Parks and Recreation has settled back into its familiar groove, with Leslie's (Amy Poehler) struggle to keep her council seat serving as a nice framing device that informs the stories around the office. But no real forward momentum is achieved, primarily because the petty Councilman Jamm (Jon Glaser) ties her up in an obviously manufactured trial about an inappropriate tweet sent from the Parks Dept. Twitter.
For all the talk, we never get to see the offending picture... but it's not a full-on Anthony Weiner, just a racy snapshot of a pair of lips and an eggplant and the caption "See you tonight. Hope you like tongue baths, you big nasty fireman," which, as far as inappropriate tweets go, seems pretty tame. However, it didn't stop Leslie from being railroaded at every opportunity for her negligence by Jamm. Surprisingly, we get Donna (Retta) in a main plot this week, as she proved to be the offending tweet-er, and the trial uncovers some rude things she wrote about Leslie on her personal page. However, for some reason, the conflict between Leslie and Donna clears up through Chris (Rob Lowe), not via a confrontation between Leslie Donna. It would have been nice to see a little bit more of Leslie and Donna alone, since the season (and the show) has been a little Donna-starved, and Donna's frustration at Leslie being "annoying" was solved a bit too simply.
It also continues its parade of guest stars, with the appearance of Tatiana Maslany as Nadia, a doctor from Indianapolis looking to book a park with Tom (Aziz Ansari) and April (Aubrey Plaza). You'd think Tom would have more game after dating Jama Williamson, Natalie Morales, Rashida Jones, and even Jenny Slate as the crazy Mona-Lisa. But, instead, at the sight of Maslany he panics and immediately begins faking a British accent. Maslany is of course best known for her lingual flexibility on Orphan Black, so to see her baffled by Tom's attempt at being dapper (and then, of course, being forced to drop it) feels like a nice reference to that show while still grounding it in character. From there, Tom attempts bribery, stalling, and eventually, outright lying in hopes of charming Nadia, but in the end what wins her over is April's blunt assessment of why she should give him a chance: "You're way out of his league. There's literally no risk for you at all."
The ensemble feels a little light this week, but that may just be due to the lack of Ann and Andy, as almost every other character appears and had something to do. Ron (Nick Offerman) and Ben (Adam Scott) tackle the thrilling subject of estate planning, as we find out that Ron's will is a single sentance he wrote when he was eight (of course it is) and he now has an outrageous amount of money (of course he does). Eventually, Ben must convince Ron to file a real will in order to protect his children. While Ron's reluctant transformation into a family man is sweet, it's also becoming somewhat one-note already, and could be time to switch it up for the character. But if they keep adding great bits like the ongoing accountant/lawyer rivalry between Ben and his attorney, I'll still be laughing. Who knew lawyers hated puns so much?
Questions, Comments, and Concerns:-Ron, on making his first joke: "I don't care for it."-Tom's burgundy suit was pretty fly. Looks like now that Rent-A-Swag is defunct he's got all of those clothes to himself again. -The Anti-Leslie "Committee to Recall Leslie Knope" farting Knope dolls is kind of lame for a show that's this funny.-Leslie's idea to add question mark stickers to "Recall Knope" signs backfires when April gets ahold of them, making every sign around the town read like a hypothetical. Also great: she creates a question mark plastered fascinator in the shape of an exploding firework. -#BitchBoss is obviously an insult, while #BossBitch is a total compliment. #PsychoBoss probably most accurately describes Leslie.-Ron is confident that he will not die at the hand of an accountant, lawyer, or wild boar.-DJ Roomba lives!
Bridesmaids star Chris O'dowd is in talks to make his Broadway debut opposite James Franco in an upcoming stage revival of John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice And Men. Oscar nominee Franco announced his participation in March (13), revealing he will play intelligent field worker George Milton, who travels around California in search of work with his mentally disabled best friend, Lennie Small.
Irish actor O'Dowd is currently the frontrunner to portray Small in the new stage adaptation, which will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro, who won acclaim for her production of August: Osage County in 2007.
Of Mice and Men originally ran on Broadway in 1937 and was revived for the New York stage in the 1970s, with Kevin Conway and James Earl Jones leading the cast.
The new production is expected to begin previews in March (14) and open in April (14). It will also mark Franco's first time on Broadway.
"They usually had a ramp for me to walk up so I could land somewhere near his face." Diminutive actress Natalie Portman needed a height boost for kissing scenes with Chris Hemsworth in their 2011 movie Thor.
Paul Hogan's Crocodile Dundee romance appears to be over - his actress wife Linda Kozlowski has filed for divorce. The couple met on the set of the 1986 action film and married in 1990, after Australian star Hogan had divorced his first wife Noelene.
Kozlowski has cited irreconcilable differences as her reason for ending the union, but the actor's publicist tells WENN the couple is still "extremely amicable".
She has requested spousal support and joint legal and physical custody of the couple's 15-year-old son, Chance.
The rep says, "He will be co-parented by them."
The news comes just weeks after Hogan sold his Malibu, California family retreat to fellow Aussie Chris Hemsworth.
Actor Chris Noth has revealed he was forced to lose weight prior to shooting the big screen version of popular U.S. TV series Sex And The City. The actor, who played Mr. Big - the longtime love interest and eventual husband of Sarah Jessica Parker's leading lady Carrie Bradshaw, agreed to return to the iconic role in 2008, four years after he had said goodbye to his alter-ego on television.
But creator Michael Patrick King had one requirement for Noth before he reprised the role on the big screen - he had to lose the extra pounds and return to a leaner frame.
Noth tells HuffPost Live, "He came up to me and said, 'Listen, dude, we're not calling you Mr. Big because of the size of your stomach, so go lose that before we start shooting.'"
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Warner Bros.’ release schedule for 2014 has already taken shape, dominated by titles greenlit by former film division chief Jeff Robinov. The films in production are lining up to hit theaters over the next 18 months or so and we're taking a look at Warner’s 2014 releases and overall strategy.To read the full report check it out at Studio System News.
Lance Armstrong is the perfect candidate for a biopic. Not only has he beaten cancer and won seven consecutive Tour de France tournaments, he then suffered a very public fall from grace when a doping scandal resulted in him being stripped of his titles. It's the kind of story that film producers dream of, and their dreams are finally coming true. Ben Foster is set to play the disgraced champion in an upcoming film based on David Walsh's book, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong. The yet-untitled project will follow Armstrong's career rise and fall, including his cycling dominance and cancer ordeal. Chris O'Dowd will co-star as Walsh, the journalist who was a fan of Armstrong's before becoming a key player in exposing the doping culture in cycling.
The film will also star Guillame Canet and Jesse Plemons in supporting roles, and is set to start filming in mid-October. Studio Canal, who are producing the film, are attempting to rush into production in order to compete with another Armstrong biopic from Warner Bros. That film, entitled Red Blooded American, is set to star Bradley Cooper in a leading role. There's also a third project about Armstrong rumored to be in the works from J.J. Abrams, although that one doesn't appear to be heading into production any time soon.
The role is somewhat of a depature for Foster, who has spent most of his career starring in smaller, independent films, and although he has appeared in several blockbusters, they have all be supporting roles. However, he does bear a slight phsyical resemblance to Armstrong, which, along with his talent, makes him a solid choice for the part. O'Dowd will also be playing against type, having made his name in comedic projects such as Bridesmaids. This will be his first dramatic role, but his performance in the independent film The Sapphires proves that he is capable of handling heavier material. Foster can currently be seen playing William Burroughs in Kill Your Darlings, and O'Dowd is next set to play a supporting role in the upcoming. Thor: The Dark World.
Nope, that whole "Ben Affleck is Batman" thing wasn't a dream, and will soon be a very expensive reality. Zack Snyder must be out sharpening Warner Bros' corporate credit cards, as he will be shooting his very first setpiece for Batman Vs. Superman this weekend at an East LA College football stadium. The story is being sourced to ELAC's college newspaper, which says that Snyder will be shooting several short crowd scenes during halftime, without the presence of the leads Henry Cavill or Affleck. The scene will take place during a college football match between Gotham City University and Metropolis State University. Maybe the "Vs." in the movie title refers to the ride-or-die football fandom of the two heroes.
Continuing the proud tradition of Christopher Nolan before him, Snyder will be inserting (a probably unecessary) football sequence into his film to pander to locals. But while Nolan at least was hoping to capture some of the working class Pittsburgh energy that was part and parcel of the themes in his movie, and tied in an opportunity for Bane to rain down carnage on unsuspecting sports fans, Snyder's "20 minutes" of shooting don't give opportunity for either thematic resonance or heavy plot involvement. Besides, what sense does it make to have this scene set in L.A. when we know the film was supposed to start shooting in Detroit (a very different city) this February (a very different season)?
This whole thing smacks of desperation, a Hail Mary pass (if you will) hoping to get fans on board for what so far sounds like a terrible idea for a terrible movie. The only thing more crowdpleasing than gratuitous sports/college shoutouts is letting fans appear in the movie. Snyder's already hit both, and they haven't even started shooting yet. If PR for this film gets any worse, he might have to cast Val Kilmer in a winking cameo or add Krypto the Superdog.
If you managed to stay away from all means of communication this past week and have no idea what's up in Hollywood, look no further. From Scar-Jo as World's Sexiest Woman to Bryan Cranston on Broadway, here are the week's top stories from our favorite websites:WENNShould We Be Talking About Chris Brown's Latest Interview?Chris Brown, whose new album X is set to drop at the beginning of December, raised some eyebrows in his published interview with the UK's The Guardian last weekend. The singer revealed that he lost his virginity at an extremely young age, and Flavorwire's Tom Hawking explores the reason behind the lack of discussion on what would normally be called sexual assault. Could Lady Gaga Have Done Without Jeff Koons?Lady Gaga refuses to be just another pop singer, but is her latest attempt a bit curious? ARTPOP will be released on Nov. 11 with an album cover designed by NYC-based artist Jeff Koons, but would Gaga have been better off without him? Flavorwire is wondering if her attempt at high art is missing the mark.Bryan Cranston Confirmed for Broadway PlayWalter White is headed for the city that never sleeps! Kind of... As much as we'd all love to see Breaking Bad-gone-Broadway, it's Bryan Cranston who will be making his debut on stage as Lyndon B. Johnson later this fall in All The Way. Hollywood.com has all of the details on Cranston's latest role.Scarlett Johansson Named Sexiest Woman Alive, AgainSeven years later and she's still got it! As if the release of her new movie isn't enough, Johansson, who can be seen in theaters alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Don Jon, was once again named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire. Celebuzz has the full story.
Spy games are a family affair in the new international trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Chris Pine and Keira Knightley's marriage gets wrapped up in a complex web of international spy intrigue, and spy intrigue in Hollywood means a lot of stuff getting shot at and blown up.
CIA analyst and desk jockey Jack Ryan (Pine) must go operational to stop the nefarious plans of Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh), whose Russian accent tells you he's the bad guy behind all of the global corporate evil going on. Kevin Costner plays Jack's steely CIA handler.
While this new international trailer treads similar ground to the last trailer from a few weeks ago, there are a couple new scenes to chew on, including some post-mission sheet wrestling between Pine and Knightly, more of Branagh's thick Russian accent, and more clues of Jack's wife's role in the film. It seems like she will be getting kidnapped a lot, but there are worse things in the world than having Chris Pine come to your rescue.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens Christmas Day.