She's a hip-hoppin' be-boppin' mean ol' nanny who whips a mean stew and your butt for not doing your homework—and now she's back! Alas we don't speak of the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel but rather that of Big Momma a.k.a. FBI Agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence). Agent Warner has cut ties with the FBI at the behest of Sherry (Nia Long)—who as you no doubt recall is the granddaughter of the real Big Momma—since she's pregnant with Malcolm's baby. But wouldn't you know that he gets sucked back in after a former colleague is killed. Posing as Big Momma he's hired as a nanny to a suburban family the deadbeat dad of which is involved in the murder and a crime plot. She does it all—cooks cleans dances and even runs down bad guys but it's a race against time to stop the potential national security crisis. That is a race against the film's (mercifully) short running time. Although Lawrence's resume includes some of the dregs of comedy it's hard to argue that he is truly blessed when it comes to physical comedy and comedic timing. He continues both trends here this time without the help of the breakthrough actors of the past two years Paul Giamatti and Terrence Howard who yes both starred in the first Big Momma's House. That means Lawrence's urban mania is truly on its own and absurd and juvenile as the film may be even film snobs can't hold back a few laughs at his Big Momma outlandishness. Longreturns for no more than a select few scenes and to provide a minor conflict in the story. The notable newcomer is CSI's Emily Procter as the sterile mother who hires Big Momma. She does a serviceable job as a suburban Petite Momma. Might she be the next Giamatti or Howard to bolt to bigger and better things in time for the next sequel? No.
Big Momma's House 2 is right up director John Whitesell's alley. He's the guy behind such misses—though not necessarily financially—as Malibu's Most Wanted and See Spot Run and he's right at home here. Whitesell doesn't hold back in (literally and figuratively) pulling the robe off Big Momma but he clearly knows that nothing is to interrupt Lawrence's antics not even the thin story line. Aside from that he knows quite well how to execute thinly veiled rip-offs of the aforementioned Mrs. Doubtfire as well as countless other hidden-motive comedies (i.e. Kindergarten Cop Houseguest et al). Because while the main guise is the Big Momma fat suit Whitesell parades the film about as a feel-good/family flick.
November 24, 2004 10:05am EST
Hustler to publish Paris Hilton pics
Just when the hype over One Night in Paris, Paris Hilton's homemade sex video co-starring ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon, seems to have dissipated, here comes Hustler magazine's announcement that they will publish eight photos of the hotel heiress making out with a woman. Agent David Hans Schmidt, who sold the photos the adult magazine for an undisclosed price, told The Associated Press Monday the photographs, which date back about two years, depict a fully clothed Hilton "with a brunette at a nightclub, cavorting with her, dancing and cuddling with her and fondling her." Hustler's editorial director, Bruce David, said photos will likely be published in the magazine's May issue, which hits newsstands at the end of February. "It's a hot, passionate serious make-out session," David told the AP. "It does not appear to be two girls kidding around or two girls kissing each other hello. It seems to be pretty hot and pretty heavy." Hilton, 23, is currently filming Fox's The Simple Life 3 with Nicole Richie. Her spokeswoman was not available for comment.
Ozzy Osbourne struggles with intruder
Two burglars broke into Ozzy Osbourne's English country home just before dawn Monday and stole a large amount of jewelry. Reuters reports a source close to the family said the 55-year-old rock star grabbed one of the thieves, but the intruder struggled free and jumped out of a first-floor window. According to police, the burglars used a ladder to climb into the Osbournes' mansion in Buckinghamshire, north of London. Neither Osbourne nor his wife, Sharon, was hurt during the incident. Ozzy Osbourne first shot to fame in the 1970s as the frontman for the heavy metal band Black Sabbath and later as the much-loved star of MTV's hit reality show The Osbournes.
Cojo needs kidney transplant
Fashion guru Steven Cojocaru, a correspondent for the syndicated TV shows Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, announced Monday he suffers from polycystic kidney disease and requires a kidney transplant operation, the AP reports. Cojocaru revealed his illness in an interview with ET host Mary Hart, which aired Monday night. Cojocaru said he was diagnosed with the disease during a general checkup, but was assured by his doctor that after the operation, "I can climb a mountain in Nepal." Family and friends have volunteered to serve as an organ donor but a donor has yet to be selected. Cojocaru, said he is continuing to develop a talk show for next fall.
Stern's sidekick heads to small screen
Robin Quivers, best known for playing sidekick to radio shock jock Howard Stern, has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop a syndicated talk show for daytime television, AP reports. The potential series could debut by fall 2005. Quivers will continue to work on Stern's radio show while developing her TV show, Sony said, but it wasn't clear whether she planned to stay with Stern if the show moves forward.
U2 plays surprise show beneath Brooklyn Bridge
Irish rockers U2 played a surprise outdoor concert Monday in a waterfront park beneath the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the AP reports. The 45-minute concert was for an MTV special dubbed mtvJAMMED: U2, set to air Dec. 10. Although the music cabler hadn't publicly announced or advertised the show, thousands lined up at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, a riverside park between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. U2 spent the time leading up to the show on the back of a flatbed truck driving through Manhattan as a film crew shot the group for a new video. The band played songs from their new album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, released today.
Crow testifies against stalker
Rocker Sheryl Crow testified Monday in a New York court against a 38-year-old man accused of stalking her, the AP reports. Ambrose Kappos, who authorities say has been stalking the singer since 2002, is being tried on charges of burglary and stalking. Crow said that she had seen Kappos only once, the night of his arrest Oct. 6, 2003, standing outside her dressing room after a concert but had never met or spoken to him. According to the AP, Kappos told police after his arrest the word "fan" was inadequate to describe his attraction to Crow. He said he was a "spiritual twin," and that he and the pop rocker were destined to marry and have children.
A man gets probation for threatening Jackson
A Canadian man charged with e-mailing a death threat to Michael Jackson pleaded guilty Monday to uttering death threats, the AP reports. Adrian Poffley, 26, who had been off his medication for depression and anxiety for about a week, had been watching Jackson on TV as he entered the Santa Maria, Calif., courthouse to face charges of child molestation on Aug. 16, when he sent an e-mail to the Web site of the courthouse, saying: "Jackson will not make it to his car. This is a promise. By the way, bulletproof vests are weakest under the arm." The e-mail was traced to Bell Canada's Sympatico Internet service, which released subscriber information to police. Poffley was given a conditional discharge and put on probation for one year.
Oasis singer pays fine for hotel brawl
In exchange for criminal charges to be dropped, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was ordered to pay a $65,200 fine over a 2002 brawl at a Munich hotel, the AP reports. The fight at the hotel left Gallagher with several broken teeth. At the time, police said he had kicked an officer outside the hotel's nightclub. Anton Winkler, a spokesman for Munich prosecutors, said contradictory statements by those involved left authorities unable to clearly establish who started the brawl.
Kit Bowen contributed to this report.