April 21, 2013 1:15pm EST
Last Friday while watching Happy Endings on ABC (which you all should be, too) I noticed a promo for a movie called Remember Sunday, which airs on Sunday, April 21, on ABC at 9 PM ET. It stars former Chuck star Zachary Levi as Gus, a man who can't make new memories who is falling in love with Molly, played by future Mrs. Pete Campbell, Alexis Bledel.
Hmmm. Now, where have I seen this before?
Ah yes! This is exactly the plot of 50 First Dates, the 2004 movie where Drew Barrymore plays Lucy, a woman who can't make new memories falling in love with Henry, played by Adam Sandler. What, did the producers of this movie think that we all went to bed and just forgot about this hit romantic comedy? Apparently. Here are 14 ways that Remembering Sunday has ripped off its amnesiac predecessor. Warning there are spoilers ahead!
Remember Sunday: Gus can't make new memories. 50 First Dates: Lucy can't make new memories.
Remember Sunday: Gus meets Molly at a diner. 50 First Dates: Lucy meets Henry at a diner.
Remember Sunday: Gus has a well-meaning sister played by an actor from a great sitcom (Merritt Wever from Nurse Jackie) to take care of him. 50 First Dates: Lucy has a well-meaning father played by an actor from a great sitcom (John Mahoney from Frasier) to take care of her.
Remember Sunday: Gus has a goofy best friend who is a meat head who needs to exercise more. 50 First Dates: Lucy has a goofy best friend who is a meat head who needs to exercise less.
Remember Sunday: Every morning Gus reads from a file so that he knows what happened to him and what will happen that day. 50 First Dates: Every morning Lucy watches a video so that she knows what happened to her and what will happen that day.
Remember Sunday: Gus' family members warn Molly to be kind to him because of his condition. 50 First Dates: Lucy's family warn Henry to be kind to her because of her condition.
Remember Sunday: Molly has a huge dream (her own flower shop) that she needs to get more money to complete. 50 First Dates: Henry has a huge dream (sailing to Alaska) that he needs to get more money to complete.
Remember Sunday: Molly does embarrassing things that Gus doesn't remember and goes out with her anyway. 50 First Dates: Henry does embarrassing things that Lucy doesn't remember and goes out with him anyway.
Remember Sunday: Gus has a crazy job that only people in the movies have: an astrophysicist. 50 First Dates: Henry has a crazy job that only people in the movies have: a veterinarian/dolphin trainer.
Remember Sunday: Molly's annoying best friend tries to prevent her relationship with Gus.50 First Dates: Henry's annoying best friend tries to...oh, who knows what the hell Rob Schneider is ever trying to do.
Remember Sunday: Eventually Gus says that he wants Molly to forget about him and move on with her life. 50 First Dates: Eventually Lucy says that she wants Henry to forget about her and move on with his life.
Remember Sunday: With all evidence of Molly erased, Gus moves on with his life, but is still somehow reminded of her. 50 First Dates: With all evidence of Henry erased, Lucy moves on with her life but is still somehow reminded of him.
Remember Sunday: A Go-Gos song is featured prominently. 50 First Dates: A Beach Boys song is featured prominently.
Remember Sunday: Gus and Molly meet again and start dating all over again. 50 First Dates: Lucy and Henry meet again and start dating all over again.
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The producers of Transformers 4 appear to be taking a page out of the Glee Project playbook. The result, however, may be something that we actually could never see on American television today.
Paramount Pictures, and their Chinese partners who are co-producing Transformers 4, China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Entertainment, are launching a reality competition series in the People's Republic to cast four actors in the film. The show, set to launch in June, is called Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search, and it'll be looking to fill roles with two Chinese thesps who already have professional acting experience and two who've never worked professionally before. A rotating panel, made up of former AMPAS head Sid Ganis (currently the chairman of Jiaflix Entertainment), Transformers producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura, casting director Denise Chamian, Paramount distribution chief Megan Colligan, and two representatives of the Chinese film world — Jia Qi and Liang Longfei — will judge the competition.
Two things may strike you about this: First, it goes to show just how invested Hollywood is in tapping into the emerging, and highly lucrative, Chinese film market; second, it seems a lot like The Glee Project. Except that it isn't. The concept of The Glee Project was to find a singing, dancing, theater geek (or Gleek) to play a supporting character for a few episodes on an increasingly cultish show with a niche fanbase. The Glee Project itself would air on an even more niche network: Oxygen. Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search is looking for talent for one of the biggest worldwide entertainment properties imaginable. Even if the roles that are in competition are small, the visibility of whoever gets cast will be giant. Especially in China, where reality TV has become hugely popular and audiences are very hungry for competition shows.
In fact, it may be that the Transformers reality show could only happen in China these days. Compared to the U.S., Chinese reality TV culture, though extremely profitable, is still in its infancy. Competition shows and dating shows dominate the marketplace, not the kind of faux-documentary reality TV focused on pseudo-celebrities that now gluts E! and Bravo. China is basically where American reality TV was 11 or 12 years ago, when Survivor was still king, American Idol was getting ready to launch, and The Bachelor first re-introduced the idea of harem-style dating. China's probably still a few years off from something like a Real Housewives of Guangzhou.
In that period from 2000 to 2003, it might have still been possible to launch a high-profile casting competition series for a blockbuster film. That's because at that time, reality TV fame was not an end in itself, like it has since become. Colleen Haskell parlayed her fleeting notoriety on Survivor into the Rob Schneider vehicle, The Animal. Fellow alum Colby Donaldson did the same with a notable appearance on Curb Your Enthusiasm in which he fought with someone who'd lived through the Holocaust about who was the greater "Survivor." American Idol was designed to launch actual music careers. Anderson Cooper didn't want to be stuck hosting The Mole, so he used that gig to trade up to a legitimate journalism gig on CNN. And though the kind of micro-budget indies it featured are the furthest cry from Transformers 4, Project Greenlight was a docuseries that shed light on people who wanted to be filmmakers... not reality TV stars.
Reality TV stardom was not always the all-consuming end goal, like it has since become for pseudo-celebs like Kim Kardashian who have turned themselves into brands with a reality TV show as the most effective vehicle for communicating those brands to the public. Kim K. may take bit parts in movies or release s****y songs like "Jam" every now and then, but those are just side projects compared to the cash cow of Keeping With the Kardashians and its various spinoffs. She's making a helluva lot more money on those shows than she ever could with a supporting role in Transformers 4.
As American reality TV began to become an ouroboros end goal in itself, competition shows related to film and TV casting began to fizzle out. The WB's short-lived 2005 series, The Starlet, in which judges Faye Dunaway and Vivica A. Fox tried to cast several competing actresses for a role on One Tree Hill was the lowest rated show on any network that year. Fox's On the Lot, a tarted-up competition among aspiring filmmakers to win a development deal from executive producer Steven Spielberg and judges Carrie Fisher and Gary Marshall similarly fizzled. (Marshall's choice commentary didn't help matters: "A buddy film between a rat and mouse. Now that's what I want to see!") Scrappy upstart filmmakers would turn to YouTube, and the old mainstay of film festivals, to get their work noticed — not a reality show.
The fact that Paramount and its partners is looking to cast several actors via a reality competition series in China doesn't really say as much about Hollywood's pandering to the Chinese film market as it does the fact that China may be one of the few places where a show like that could still have a chance.
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December 14, 2012 4:00am EST
The Hollywood funnyman throws a massive Christmas bash in California every year, and his big party in Burbank on Thursday night (13Dec12) did not disappoint.
Sandler invited White Wedding star Idol to perform three songs during the party at the Pickwick Bowl venue, and he surprised guests by getting up and singing with him.
Revellers included Paris Hilton, who partied with her boyfriend River Viiperi, and actor Rob Schneider, who took to Twitter.com to share pictures of Sandler performing with Idol.
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December 06, 2012 11:16am EST
The 2013 nominees for the Writers Guild of America awards have been announced. Writers, you say? Yes, writers! The people that make words dance on pages to create the worlds in which our favorite shows flourish. Some people, when confronted with a brilliant episode of television automatically assume the credit for its general goodness should go to the actors. But what about the writers? They are often just as (if not more so) likely to be the reason you laughed, cried, gasped, guffawed, or squirmed in your seat during last week's episode of your favorite show.
These makers of televised scripts carry a good chunk of a show's success (and failure) on their shoulders, and leading the pack of successful witty wordsmiths? Lena Dunham and her HBO darling Girls. Overall, it seems as though cable dramas fared better than broadcast (which, duh), but on the flip-side, broadcast comedies outdid their cable brethren. Breaking Bad cleaned up in the episodic drama category, and comedy lady hero Amy Poehler got herself a nod for the episode of Parks and Recreation she penned, "The Debate."
Check out the full list of nominees below!
Boardwalk Empire written by Dave Flebotte, Diane Frolov, Chris Haddock, Rolin Jones, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Andrew Schneider, David Stenn, Terence Winter; HBO
Breaking Bad written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
Game of Thrones written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R. R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, D.B. Weiss; HBO
Homeland written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime
Mad Men written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jason Grote, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Janet Leahy, Victor Levin, Erin Levy, Frank Pierson, Michael Saltzman, Tom Smuts, Matthew Weiner; AMC
30 Rock written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Luke Del Tredici, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Matt Hubbard, Colleen McGuinness, Sam Means, Dylan Morgan, Nina Pedrad, John Riggi, Josh Siegel, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC
Girls written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO
Louie written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.; FX
Modern Family written by Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Audra Sielaff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC
Parks and Recreation written by Megan Amram, Greg Daniels, Nate Dimeo, Katie Dippold, Daniel J. Goor, Norm Hiscock, Dave King, Greg Levine, Joe Mande, Aisha Muharrar, Nick Offerman, Chelsea Peretti, Amy Poehler, Alexandra Rushfield, Michael Schur, Mike Scully, Harris Wittels, Alan Yang; NBC
Girls written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO
The Mindy Project written by Ike Barinholtz, Jeremy Bronson, Linwood Boomer, Adam Countee, Harper Dill, Mindy Kaling, Chris McKenna, B.J. Novak, David Stassen, Matt Warburton; Fox
Nashville written by Wendy Calhoun, Jason George, David Gould, David Marshall Grant, Dee Johnson, Todd Ellis Kessler, Callie Khouri, Meredith Lavender, Nancy Miller, James Parriott, Liz Tigelaar, Marcie Ulin; ABC
The Newsroom written by Brendan Fehily, David Handelman, Cinque Henderson, Paul Redford, Ian Reichbach, Amy Rice, Aaron Sorkin, Gideon Yago; HBO
Veep written by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Tony Roche, Will Smith; HBO
“Buyout” (Breaking Bad), written by Gennifer Hutchison; AMC
"Dead Freight” (Breaking Bad), written by George Mastras; AMC
“Fifty-One” (Breaking Bad), written by Sam Catlin; AMC
“New Car Smell” (Homeland), written by Meredith Stiehm; Showtime
“The Other Woman” (Mad Men), written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner; AMC
“Say My Name” (Breaking Bad), written by Thomas Schnauz; AMC
“The Debate” (Parks and Recreation), written by Amy Poehler; NBC
“Episode 9” (Episodes), written by David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik; Showtime
“Leap Day” (30 Rock), written by Luke Del Tredici; NBC
“Little Bo Bleep” (Modern Family), written by Cindy Chupack; ABC
“Mistery Date” (Modern Family), written by Jeffrey Richman; ABC
“Virgin Territory” (Modern Family), written by Elaine Ko; ABC
LONG FORM – ORIGINAL
Hatfields and McCoys, Nights 2 and 3, teleplay by Ted Mann and Ronald Parker, Story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann; History Channel
Hemingway & Gelhorn written by Jerry Stahl and Barbara Turner; HBO
Pilot (Political Animals), written by Greg Berlanti; USA
LONG FORM – ADAPTED
Coma, Nights 1 and 2, teleplay by John McLaughlin, based on the book by Robin Cook; A&E
Game Change written by Danny Strong, based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann; HBO
“A Farewell to Arms” (Futurama), written by Josh Weinstein; Comedy Central
“Forget-Me-Not” (Family Guy), written by David A. Goodman; Fox
“Holidays of Future Passed” (The Simpsons), written by J. Stewart Burns; Fox
“Ned and Edna’s Blend Agenda” (The Simpsons), written by Jeff Westbrook; Fox
“Treehouse of Horror XXIII” (The Simpsons), written by David Mandel & Brian Kelley; Fox
COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES
The Colbert Report writers: Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Dan Guterman, Peter Gwinn, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino, Scott Sherman, Max Werner; Comedy Central
Conan writers: Jose Arroyo, Andres du Bouchet, Deon Cole, Josh Comers, Dan Cronin, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Rob Kutner, Todd Levin, Brian McCann, Conan O'Brien, Matt O'Brien, Jesse Popp, Andy Richter, Brian Stack, Mike Sweeney; TBS
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart writers: Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Richard Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Hallie Haglund, J.R. Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart; Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live writers: Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Bryan Paulk, Danny Ricker, Rick Rosner; ABC
Key & Peele writers: Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Sean Conroy, Colton Dunn, Charlie Sanders, Alex Rubens, Rebecca Drysdale; Comedy Central
Portlandia writers: Fred R. Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley; IFC
Real Time With Bill Maher writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Mike Larsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin; HBO
Saturday Night Live Head writer: Seth Meyers. Writers: James Anderson, Alex Baze, Neil Casey, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Shelly Gossman, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Joe Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Christine Nangle, Mike O’Brien, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Marika Sawyer, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker, Additional Sketch By Emily Spivey, Jorma Taccone, Additional Material By Frank Sebastiano; NBC Universal
COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS
66th Annual Tony Awards written by Dave Boone; special material by Paul Greenberg; opening and closing songs by David Javerbaum, Adam Schlesinger; CBS
2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards written by Billy Kimball, Wayne Federman; IFC
After the Academy Awards Head writers Gary Greenberg, Molly McNearney. Writers Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeffrey Loveness, Bryan Paulk, Danny Ricker, Richard G. Rosner; ABC
National Memorial Day Concert written by Joan Meyerson; PBS
Days of Our Lives written by Lorraine Broderick, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Lacey Dyer, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Roger Schroeder, Elizabeth Snyder, Christopher J. Whitesell, Nancy Williams Watt; NBC
One Life to Live written by Lorraine Broderick, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Daniel J. O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Jean Passanante, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Courtney Simon, Chris Van Etten; ABC
The Young and the Restless written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Maria Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Lisa Seidman, Sarah K. Smith, Christopher J. Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS
CHILDREN'S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS
“The Good Sport” (Sesame Street), written by Christine Ferraro; PBS
CHILDREN’S – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
Girl vs. Monster story by Annie De Young; teleplay by Annie De Young and Ron McGee; Disney Channel
Winners will be announced on February 17th at events in New York and Los Angeles. What do you think of this year's nominees? Let us know in the comments!
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In the realm of cinema, especially in the major awards circuit, there is one category that often gets shafted to the background: animation. With the assigned stigma that an animated movie is necessarily childlike and uncomplicated, animated pictures rarely get the respect they deserve come Oscar season. But thankfully, there is the Annie Awards, an institution that turns 40 this year.
The International Animated Film Association's award enterprise has announced its nominations for achievements in the year 2012. Recognized above all are the far-reaching greats of the year: Pixar's majestic adventure Brave, the video game celebration of Wreck-It Ralph, and the respective claymation love-letters to horror cinema of the 1950s and early 1980s: Tim Burton's Frankenweenie and ParaNorman. Check out the complete list of nominees below. Best Animated Feature Brave Frankenweenie Hotel Transylvania ParaNorman Rise of the Guardians The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Rabbi’s Cat Wreck-It Ralph Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Before Orel – Trust Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Disney Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury Justice League: Doom Best Animated Short Subject Brad and Gary Bydlo Eyes on the Stars Goodnight Mr. Foot Kali the Little Vampire Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’ Paperman The Simpsons Best General Audience Animated TV Production For Preschool Children Bubble Guppies - ‘A Tooth on the Looth’ Chuggington - ‘Magnetic Wilson’ Jake & The Never Land Pirates - ‘Peter Pan Returns’ Doc McStuffins - ‘The Right Stuff’ Justin Time - ‘Marcello’s Meatballs' Best Animated Television Production For Children Adventure Time- ‘Princess Cookie’ Dragons: Riders of Berk- ‘How to Pick Your Dragon’ LEGO Star Wars- ‘The Empire Strikes Out’ Penguins of Madagascar -‘Action Reaction’ SpongeBob SquarePants -‘It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!’ The Amazing World of Gumball -‘The Job’. The Fairly OddParents- ‘Farm Pit’ The Legend of Korra- ‘Welcome to Republic City’/’A Leaf in the Wind’ Best General Audience Animated Television Production Archer - ‘Space Race, Part 1’ Bob’s Burgers- ‘Earsy Rider’ Motorcity- ‘Blond Thunder’ MAD - ‘FrankenWinnie/ParaMorgan’ Robot Chicken- ‘DC Comics Special’ South Park -‘Raising the Bar’ Animated Video Game Borderlands 2 Family Guy – Back to the Mutiverse Journey Skullgirls Best Student Film Can We Be Happy Now– Tahnee Gehm Defective Detective– Avner Geller & Steve Lewis Head Over Heels– Timothy Reckart I Am Tom Moody– Ainslie Henderson Ladies Knight– Joseph Rothenberg Origin– Jessica Poon The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete– Karen Sullivan Tule Lake– Michelle Ikemoto Animated Effects in an Animated Production Andrew Nawrot, Joe Gorski, Grant Laker - ParaNorman Andrew Schneider - Ice Age: Continental Drift Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lipton - Rise of the Guardians Bill Watral, Chris Chapman, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn, Michael K. O’Brien - Brave Brett Albert - Wreck-It Ralph Jihyun Yoon - Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Joel Aron - Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Effects in a Live Action Production Jerome Platteaux, John Sigurdson, Ryan Hopkins, Raul Essig, Mark Chataway - The Avengers Stephen Marshall, Joseph Pepper, Dustin Wicke - The Amazing Spider-Man Sue Rowe, Simon Stanley-Clamp, Artemis Oikonomopoulou, Holger Voss, Nikki Makar, Catherine Elvidge - John Carter Willi Geiger, Rick Hankins, Florent Andorra, Florian Witzel, Aron Bonar - Battleship Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Dan Driscoll - SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! Jennifer Dickie - Justin Time: Yodel Odel Day Keith Kellogg - Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Revenge Forrest Savelen - SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! Shi Zimu - Dragons: Riders of Berk Sihanouk Marinona - Before Orel: Trust Teri Yam - Dragons: Riders of Berk Yan Jiazhuang - Dragons: Riders of Berk Character Animation in a Feature Production Dan Nguyen - Brave David Pate - Rise of the Guardians Jaime Landes - Brave Phillppe LeBrun - Rise of the Guardians Pierre Perifel - Rise of the Guardians Travis Hathaway - Brave Travis Knight - ParaNorman Will Becher - The Pirates! Band of Misfits Character Animation in a Live Action Production Erik de Boer, Amanda Dague, Matt Brown, Mary Lynn Machado, Aaron Grey - Life of Pi (Orangutan) Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl - Life of Pi (Tiger) Jakub Pistecky, Maia Kayser, Scott Benzu, Steve King, Kiran Bhat - The Avengers Mike Beaulieu, Roger Vizard, Atushi Sato, Jackie Kochler, Derek Esparza, Richard Smith, Mac Tyrie - The Amazing Spider-Man Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Andy Bialk - Dragons: Riders of Berk: Alvin and the Outcasts Andy Suriano - DC Nation-Plastic Man: The Many and the Fowl Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ryu Ki-Hyun, Kim Il Kwang, Kim Jin Sun - The Legend of Korra: Welcome to Republic City “C” Raggio IV - Kick Buttowski: Petrified Derrick Wyatt, Chap Yaep, Steven Choi - Ben 10: Omniverse: The More Things Change, Pt. 2 Gordon Hammond - T.U.F.F. Puppy: Dudley Do-Wrong Robert Valley - Disney Tron: Uprising: The Renegade, Part I Thaddeus Paul Cauldron - Secret Mountain Fort Awesome: Secret Mountain Uncle Grandpa Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Bill Schwab, Lorelay Bove, Cory Loftis, Minkyu Lee - Wreck-It Ralph Carlos Grangel - Hotel Transylvania Carter Goodrich - Hotel Transylvania Craig Kellman - Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Heidi Smith - ParaNorman Yarrow Cheney, Eric Guillon, Colin Stimpson - Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Howie Parkins - Jake and The Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns! John Eng - Dragons: Riders of Berk: Animal House Mark Cabalero, Seamus Walsh - SpongeBob SquarePants: Its a Spongebob Christmas Mic Graves - The Amazing World of Gumball: The Job Michael Chang - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Never Say Xever Zack Keller - Dick Figures: Kung Fu Winners Directing in an Animated Feature Production Genndy Tartakovsky - Hotel Transylvania Johan Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux - The Rabbi's Cat Remi Bezancon, Jean-Christophe Lie - Zarafa Rick Moore - Wreck-It Ralph Sam Fell, Chris Butler - ParaNorman Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Adam Berry - Penquins of Madagascar: Private and the Winky Factory Alf Clausen - The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIII Frederik Wiedmann - Green Lantern The Animated Series: Into the Abyss Guy Moon - T.U.F.F. Puppy: Really Big Mission John Paesano - Dragons: Riders of Berk: How to Pick Your Dragon Michael Rubin - Bubble Guppies: Bubble Puppy's Fin-tastic Fairytale! Music in an Animated Feature Production Alexandre Desplat - Rise of the Guardians Bruce Retief - Adventures in Zambezia Henry Jackman - Wreck-It Ralph Joel McNeely, Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda - Secret of the Wings John Powell, Adam Schlesinger, Ester Dean - Ice Age: Continental Drift John Powell, Cinco Paul - Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Mark Mothersbaugh - Hotel Transylvania Patrick Doyle, Mark Andrews, Alex Mandel - Brave Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Alberto Mielgo - Tron: Uprising: The Stranger Ian Worrel - Gravity Falls – Tourist Trapped Lynna Blankenship, Sean Coons, Hugh Macdonald, Debbie Peterson, Charles Ragins, Lance Wilder, Darrel Bowen, John Krause, Kevin Moore, Brent M. Bowen, Brice Mallier, Steven Fahey, Dima Malanitchev, Karen Bauer, Eli Balser, Anne Legge - The Simpsons: Moe Goes From Rags to Riches Nick Jennings, Martin Ansolebehere, Sandra Calleros, Ron Russell, Santino Lascano, Derek Hunter, Catherine E. Simmonds - Adventure Time – The Hard Easy Peter Martin, Chris Grine, Ira Baker, Ramon Olivera, Scott Brown - hoops & yo yo's Haunted Halloween Scott Brandon James, Lee Keith - Justin Time: The Rubbery Dumplings Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin, Shannon Jeffries, Lindsey Olivares, Kenard Pak - Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Marcello Vignali - Hotel Transylvania Nash Dunnigan, Arden Chen, Jon Townley, Kyle McNaughton - Ice Age: Continental Drift Nelson Lowry, Ross Stewart, Pete Oswald, Ean McNamara, Trevor Dalmer - ParaNorman Norman Garwood, Matt Berry - The Pirates! Band of Misfits Patrick Hanenberger, Max Boas, Jayee Borcar, Woonyoung Jung, Perry Maple, Peter Maynez, Stan Seo, Felix Yoon - Rise of the Guardians Rick Heintzich - Frankenweenie Steve Pilcher - Brave Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Andy Kelly - Doc McStuffins: Righty-On-Lefty Cole Sanchez, Rebecca Sugar - Adventure Time: Lady & Peebles Doug Lovelace - Dragons: Riders of Berk: Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man Holly Forsyth - Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess Irineo Marramba, Ciro Nieli - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman Robert Valley, Kalvin Lee - Tron: Uprising: The Reward Ryan Kramer, Paul Linsley, Kenji Ono, Le Tang, Alice Herring, Mike Mullen, Aaron Hammersley - Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: Enter the Dragon Tom Herpich, Skyler Page - Adventure Time: Goliad Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Emmanuela Cozzi - ParaNorman– Focus Features Johanne Matte - Rise of the Guardians– DreamWorks Animation Leo Matsuda - Wreck-It Ralph– Walt Disney Animation Studios Lissa Treiman - Wreck-It Ralph– Walt Disney Animation Studios Rob Koo - Madagascar 3: Europes Most Wanted – DreamWorks Animation Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production James Patrick Stuart as Private - Penguins of Madagascar: High Moltage– Nickelodeon Animation Studios Jeff Bennett as Keswick - T.U.F.F. 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The Grown Ups actor's wife Patricia gave birth to Miranda Scarlett Schneider on Friday (16Nov12) after spending 19 hours in labour.
Schneider took to his Twitter.com page to share his happy news with fans, writing, "Miranda Schneider! Mommy and baby (are) happy and healthy!"
Miranda is the first child for the couple, which married in a private ceremony in Beverly Hills, California in April, 2011.
The comedian also has a 23-year-old daughter, Elle, from his previous relationship with London King.
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These days, the idea of a celebrity becoming the leader of the free world is something laughable. Can you imagine, a movie star (let alone a reality star) in the White House? Pshaw! But, it seems everybody wants to put their hat into the political ring these days, so perhaps one day soon we'll have another actor in the Oval Office to join Ronald Reagan's lonely little club of celebrities-turned-Presidents.
As we close in on what feels like the most intense presidential election season to date, we thought to ourselves, "Hey, let's take a little break from all the vitrol, all the hatred and divisiveness and focus on something silly we can all agree on: Wouldn't it be funny of one of these people were our president?"
Because in the end, once the dust settles on this campaign season, we'll have to go back to agreeing on at least some things, so we can get back to all getting along (sort of) again. Why not start off with a little bit of light-hearted irreverence loosely based on the happenings of the past year (and then some!) of political strong-arming, right? Enter: the celebrities that would be president.
Yes, you heard that right: the following stars have actually expressed interest in running the most powerful nation in the world. What would their campaign slogan be? Who's their Paul Ryan, Joe Biden, or (gulp) Sarah Palin? What would they want to change about our fair nation? We decided to take a deeper look at their would-be campaigns, and lay it all out for you, the American people.
Oh yeah, and everybody? Vote!
Vice President: Sean Penn. Of all of Madonna's former flames and friends, Penn is undoubtedly the most political. With his dedication to the seemingly continual crises in Haiti, we imagine these two would put their differences aside for the greater good of America.
Campaign Slogan: Justify Your Vote. Love, votes — so often one and the same when you're a passionate politico. Madonna's slogan would be a hint of her pop star ways, but also speak to the bigger question of justifying a vote for the singing presidential candidate.
Presidential Platform: Madonna would be a wildly liberal and controversial candidate. She would campaign heavily on the promise of a constitutional amendment to make marriage legal for same-sex couples. Undoubtedly, her campaign ads would involve a freedom of religion, expression, artistic endeavors, and voguing.
President Nick Jonas
Vice President: Demi Lovato. You know, to pull in those lady votes.
Campaign Slogan: Make It Right. A slogan based on the title of one of his songs? Naturally, this is how the littlest, non-bonus Jonas would amp up the excitement of his campaign. By the time Jonas is old enough to run for president, his fans may have long-forgotten his boy band superstardom days. Always good to use a gentle reminder of your past glory days to gain some momentum!
Presidential Platform: Jonas would definitely be big on medical advancements and treatment, given his outspoken support for diabetes research. It therefore seems natural that Jonas would campaign on health care reform and investing money into scientific education and research. Additionally, Jonas would probably be really interested in reinvigorating the religiously-minded folks across the country (no, no one's forgotten about those purity rings, Nick). Whether it be religious freedom, or just used as a bit of a moral compass is yet to be seen.
President Pauly Shore
Vice President: While we'd typically choose Stephen Baldwin to complete this ticket (hello, Bio-Dome reunion!), we know that their politics (Baldwin is conservative, Shore is liberal) are quite different. Our second choice, Rob Schneider, has the same problem (they endorsed different candidates this season). So instead, we choose his Encino Man co-star, Brendan Fraser.
Campaign Slogan: Thinking About You. Shore has become notably more political in recent years, and in his special Pauly-tics, he discusses a desire to think about everyone else and make the US economy strong again. So instead of making the election road all about him, he'd instead make it all about you. Not a bad political move when you're a comedian most well-known for being The Weasel.
Presidential Platform: Legalization of marijuana, possibly other drugs. He would create a new cabinet position: The Secretary of Hilarity, to make sure that the US keeps its sense of humor (even if it's a really, really lowbrow one) above all else in trying times.
President Arnold Schwarzenegger
Vice President: Sylvester Stallone. If Arnold ever went from Governator to Presidenator, he would certainly need his Expendables co-star to beat up all the threats to American freedom.
Campaign Slogan: Don't Be A Girly-Man. It's always about being manly with this guy. Second string options include something about pumping and humping: the two greatest activities a man can do, according to Schwarzenegger. (I wonder how he'd do with the female vote.)
Presidential Platform: Schwarzenegger would certainly campaign on his run as California Governor, even if he wasn't all that popular. He would certainly campaign on a promise for more jobs and a better economy (Schwarzenegger has frequently been quoted as saying that "the public doesn't care about figures" when it comes to the economy, but does care about jobs). He'd be a very typical Republican candidate—minus all the push-ups and the budget for accidental suit shredding from his intense workout regime.
President Donald Trump
Vice President: Donald Trump. Because The Donald is a business man. He doesn't need a second in command. All America needs is him and his billions. And the fact that he believes he is the world's most famous human. Megalomania is always a good quality to have in a politician!
Campaign Slogan: Money Makes the World Work. And if you don't believe it, you're fired from America.
Presidential Platform: Since The Donald has actually already run for President in the past, and has been both a registered Democrat (in 2001) and now a Republican, he will no doubt run on a platform of bipartisanship. Sure, he hates our current president with every fiber of his being, but that's personal, not political. In 2007, Trump has been quoted as saying, "I'm very much independent in that way. I go for the person, not necessarily the party. I mean, I vote for Republicans and I vote for Democrats." The biggest issues for The Donald? Loopholes for the rich, Trickle-down economics, turn The Apprentice into a legal viewing requirement for all Americans, and a constitutional amendment to recognize corporations as human beings.
President Roseanne Barr
Vice President: Cindy Sheehan. Since the noted activist is already Barr's running mate in the 2012 election, might as well keep her on board.
Campaign Slogan: Seriously. Because even though she's a comedian, Barr takes her politics very seriously. She always has—haven't you seen an episode of Roseanne?
Presidential Platform: Being a member of the Peace and Freedom Party, Barr's political leanings are very liberal. She wants to end the war on drugs and, well, all wars. No more fighting! So no doubt the legalization of marijuana (and all drugs) will factor into her economic policies (look at all the tax options!). She might also make it a constitutional amendment to ban former husband Tom Arnold from the United States.
President Alec Baldwin
Vice President: This one is a toughie. Since Baldwin is incredibly serious about politics, we imagine he'd pick a real hard-line liberal to end up on his ticket. His dream would probably be someone as accomplished as Hilary Clinton, but we all know she's probably a shoo-in for frontrunner in the 2016 race. Instead I'd bet on Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank. Having an openly-gay VP candidate would cause just the right amount of hysteria on the right for Baldwin's liking, no doubt.
Campaign Slogan: We're Better Together. Given that Baldwin is an actor, he's probably also a bit of a people-pleaser. Hence the desire for everyone to come together under his line of thought.
Presidential Platform: Baldwin is all about the economy and the environment. He's traveled around discussing an anti-fracking documentary, so clean energy (real clean energy, not coal) would certainly be a platform point. As would the current deficit and tax reform. Baldwin wants to actually pay more taxes as a wealthy America. Which is certainly admirable.
President Will Smith
Vice President: Jeffrey Allen Townes, aka DJ Jazzy Jeff, obviously. Please.
Campaign Slogan: Let's Do This...Big Willie Style. Because let me tell you, Smith is nothing if not confident.
Presidential Platform: In an interview with UK's The Mail, Smith has already stated what he believes are the country's most important issues: "The basis of human sanity is physical survival, right? So I'd start with universal healthcare and shelter." Look out for his children to also get cabinet positions, or at least their own movies, tv shows, and concert specials about being the Freshest First Family in the White House.
Vice President: Oprah Winfrey. Because with their powers combined, they'd probably sweep the election.
Campaign Slogan: I Got 99 Problems But Electability Ain't One. No additional commentary necessary.
Presidential Platform: HOV lanes... for everyone! Terrible jokes aside, Jay-Z will probably campaign on the promise of solving the biggest problems facing America: the lack of accountability amongst the big pimpin' types in the US. There would no doubt be some sort of reform surrounding that. Picturing Beyoncé as FLOTUS might just make this election dream a reality for him. Blue Ivy would become the most popular name in the US, and Kanye West would be the Secretary of Swag.
Would you vote for any of these potential presidents? Think they're all a wash? Let us know in the comments!
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Even in his golden era, Adam Sandler was still a largely polarizing force. Many of today's young adults revere the likes of Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore as the actor/writer's finest contributions to cinema, but careful recollection will supply open disgust on the part of those parties' disapproving parents. Today, kids seem to eat up Jack and Jill and Hotel Transylvania, while those same young adults shake their heads at an artistry gone stale. But what will today's kids think of Sandler's movies to come in 10 or 15 years? Is he losing his flare as time goes by, updating his routine to suit new generations, or simply only funny when you're below the age of 13? Sandler's imminent reunion with his old writing partner Tim Herlihy might help to answer this question: Deadline reports that the two are teaming for a Western comedy called Ridiculous 6 (a play on the classic The Magnificent Seven, presumably).
Sandler's and Herlihy's relationship dates back even before their showbiz careers — they were college roommates at NYU. Herlihy worked with Sandler during their coinciding days on Saturday Night Live and cowrote Sandler's films through the divergent eras of his big screen career. He has cowritten the universally acclaimed The Wedding Singer, fan favorites like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, the generally appreciated Big Daddy and Mr. Deeds, bottom-of-the-barrel efforts The Waterboy and Little Nicky, and whatever Bedtime Stories was. This considered, a Sandler/Herlihy reteaming could mean any number of things.
No word yet on who'll comprise the reminder of Sandler's titular Ridiculous 6, but all bets are on some combination of Rob Schneider, Kevin James, Allen Covert, David Spade, John Torturro, Peter Dante, Steve Buscemi, Jonathan Loughran, and Chris Rock. But fingers are crossed for Norm MacDonald to work his way back into the Happy Madison universe.
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Live from New York, it's... surprise appearances on Saturday Night Live! Just one day after the long-running sketch comedy show announcedthree new comedians — Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong — would join the cast just in time for its 38th season, we've learned that another unexpected face might be popping up during Saturday's premiere. Frank Ocean — the musical guest alongside host Seth MacFarlane — seemed to imply he'll be getting back-up from another famous musician during his set: "SNL this weekend," Ocean tweeted Tuesday. "Me and the bro John Mayer."
NBC has not yet confirmed with Hollywood.com that the artist formerly known as a douchebag will indeed be appearing on Saturday's premiere, but our Magic 8 balls seem to be pointing to "Yes, You Idiot." Not only because, you know, Ocean actually tweeted the news, but also because of Mayer's history with sketch comedy. Though the musician hasn't appeared as musical guest on Saturday Night Live since 2003, Mayer flexed his comedic chops on two episodes of Chappelle's Show in 2004, and followed up the well-received performance with his own comedy effort, Vh1's under-appreciated John Mayer Has a TV Show.
So, should Mayer appear alongside Ocean, will he make a splash in a sketch as well? SNL does need a new Rick Santorum following the RNC... or a chair for Bill Hader's Clint Eastwood. (Or is that role already dedicated to Rob Schneider?)
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So the Mars "Curiosity" rover is scheduled to make landfall on the red planet very late tonight/early tomorrow morning to investigate what cool clambakes are going on next door. (UPDATE: And, unlike Total Recall, it landed on Mars successfully! Zing!) Or, you know, signs of life. (But really, what's more lively than a clambake, right?!) And even though millions upon millions of dollars have been spent, and the country's most brilliant minds have spent countless hours testing the highly advanced technology, there is still that moment of uncertainty about the rover's landing. It's what is known (in the biz!) as the "seven minutes of terror," when a bevy of things could possibly go wrong. There will be tense emotions and fear-laden checkpoints as the crew at mission control hold their breath and wait for the best- — or worst- — case scenarios to occur.
Now, maybe it's just us, but if this doesn't sound like a blockbuster summer movie waiting to happen, we don't know what does. So why not play out the best- (and worst-) case scenarios that could bring this event the blockbuster luster it needs to make a cinematic transition, right?
First we need to understand the basics: In order to go from flying machine to land-bound rover, mechanical-systems engineer Tommaso Rivellini explains that "the vehicle reconfigures itself seven times." During those reconfigurations, a large amount of technical (and natural) things could go wrong — hence the "seven minutes of terror" moniker. And what plays better to an audience than terror and suspense? NOTHING! Which is exactly why this event is begging for a movie to be created in its honor. Get at me, Hollywood. I've got big, bankable ideas below, just waiting to be made.
Movie Option No. 1: Landed
Pixar is proud to present this summer's biggest blockbuster, Landed. Landed is the heroic story of a little Mars rover that could and how heroes come from even the unlikeliest of sources. All his life, Curio dreamed of being like his step family, The Shuttles. After taking Curio in when his parents were turned into scrap metal, Curio always felt as though he wasn't good enough. He was the black sheep; afraid his parent's fate would land him in the trash heap. When Curio is found by a NASA intern named Judd (voiced by Zac Efron), both of their lives change, Forever. Judd and Curio go on to helm a risky mission to Mars, and everyone is counting on Curio even though many unknowns lie ahead. This heartwarming tale also features the voice acting of Morgan Freeman, Taylor Swift, Wanda Sykes and John Ratzenberger. Coming to theaters in 2016!
Movie Option No. 2: Mars: Mission Out-Of-Control
Are you ready for a laugh-out-loud comedy of intergalactic proportions? This summer, Adam Sandler and Columbia Pictures present Mars: Mission Out-Of-Control! Sandler plays Artie, a bumbling janitor at NASA's Mission Control. Cleaning up on the night of the big Mars launch, he accidentally gets himself locked into the control room — all alone! Forced to oversee the operation while the rest of the crew attempts to break back into Mission Control, Artie must not only not mess up the mission, but also make sure that NASA doesn't look bad. This raucous comedy also stars David Spade, Drew Barrymore as astrophysicist Dr. Dana Mercurio, and Rob Schneider. Coming to theaters Summer 2013.
Movie Option No. 3: Mission Control
Bradley Cooper makes his first grab for Oscar buzz in Mission Control, the spellbinding drama from the producers of Avatar. Cooper stars as mechanical-systems engineer Jonathan Ronnards, a brilliant mind that helped create the logistics of the epic Mars "Curosity" rover mission of Summer 2012. The tense but riveting drama showcases the high-octane thrill of working in space, and what happens when you're the only man able to save a mission worth billions of dollars. With pressure at home to be a better father, pressure at work to be perfect, as well as a boss who takes all the credit for Ronnards' work, Cooper displays a masterstroke performance of a man finally getting his dues by saving the mission when times were bleak, and the rover was on another planet. Also stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts as Cooper's wife, Elizabeth Ronnards, Asa Butterfield, and Philip Seymour-Hoffman. Mission Control lands in theaters Summer 2015.
Are you planning to watch the Mars rover land this evening? If so, set your alarms because the whole thing goes down at 1:31am EST (10:31pm PST), and you can catch it all on the NASA website.
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