So much went on in last night's episode that I still legitimately have no idea what happened.
Bonnie and Clyde of Prank Callers
The episode kicks off with breaking news of a bombing in Syria; Will simultaneously receives a phone call from his father — a call that later proves to be an emergency.
We then find out that Sloan has gone all girls-gone-wild on us and is apparently in deep stew for having posed for some naked photos, which obviously were leaked. This is such an unrealistic subplot line on Sorkin's part. Sloan is way too smart for this; it's not believable that she would dilly dally in this nonsense. And the irony is that she even bought him the camera. These two were hooking up for the grand total of a day.
A woman then calls the station claiming that her husband is trapped underneath the rubble in Syria. Then why is she calling a news station?! Oh, that's right, because it later turns out this call wasn't real. It was actually a prank call. Why in the actual hell is that a necessary part of the story line?
Tonight I Root for Your Failure
Twitter seems to be off the the hook on News Night. A woman tweeted about Will being a douche bag and somehow thats getting buzz on Twitter. Shocker. I'm sorry, I missed the memo on how this was at all related to the news.
Somewhere in the background, a presidential election is going on.
Righteous Daughters of Jihadi Excellence
This just in: Maggie's haircut was not her rock bottom. The good news: it looks like she ditched her Miranda from Sex in the City-inspired locks (that was such an eyesore). The bad news: she's gone completely bat s**t insane.
Sloan and Dawn sit in a dark room together and attempt to be hipsters. Sloan also thinks she's the next Rudyard Kipling. Dawn even wears plaid for the occasion. Where the bong at?
Mackenzie jumps into girlfriend mode and sticks her nose where it doesn't belong by haranguing Will to call his sick father sooner than later. She then takes a gigantic crap on Neal for reporting even more pointless tweets.
I Am One of the Sex People
Jim gets all uppity and judgmental trying to call Maggie out on her oh so hardcore party girl ways while they are waiting for the 911 call from the Trayvon Martin case to download. Yup, that news story is going on as well. She may be off her rocker but jeez, Jim, girls just wanna have fun. Hop off. He even twists the knife by calling her "unpleasant and volatile." Harsh, Tai.
In other events, Mackenzie brings down the sledgehammer on a gay kid trying to come out on air. Please, Mackenzie, we're begging you to read even more hashtags out loud. It's just so melodious.
Will continues to keeps pretending that he actually cares whether viewers thinks he's an asshole or not. This trend in the episode is getting annoying.
Maggie couldn't handle the pre-game and messed up the 911 call. Words to the wise, three tequila shots maximum before work.
Sloan realizes girls gone wild is not her thing and decides to go bad girls club instead. She crashes a big boy meeting of her ex hookup, assaults him and then takes a picture. Well played. Hopefully that's on Instagram. #nofilter
Stop trying to make Genoa happen. Honestly, no one cares. It's not even real. It was a glorious screw up on the part of the News Night team. A fact which we already knew from the first episode of this season.
Will drops the bomb that his father has in fact been dead the whole time he's been on air and he freezes up on camera.
Long story short, the most suspenseful thing about this episode was Twitter.
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Beloved author Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is heading back to the big screen as a new live-action blockbuster for Disney. The movie studio tasted success with the project in the late 1960s when it was adapted into an animated hit and now executives are looking to update Kipling's 1894 short story collection, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Walt Disney died during production of the original movie.
They're not alone in revisiting the author's most famous stories, about orphan Mowgli - Warner Bros. bosses are also developing a film based on Kipling's book with Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves adapting the adventures.
Sure, sure, "Bear Necessities" is the more recognizable number, but I will defend to the death the honor of King Louie's "I Wan'na Be Like You," one of the greatest songs in Disney animation history. No matter where you stand on this fiery debacle, you're sure to be fond of The Jungle Book, one of the more timeless gems from Walt's classic era. Which means you're sure to have mixed feelings about a live action reboot of the Rudyard Kipling source material, the announcement of which was made by The Hollywood Reporter. But then again, what don't we all have mixed feelings about these days? I guess we're pretty steadfast on Nutella, but otherwise the life is moreover nebulous.
In any event, the new film will be written by Justin Marks, who has crafted the scripts on a handful of shorts and TV movies, as well as on the 2009 film Street Fighter: The legend of Chun-Li. And when I think the whimsical adventures of a young orphan through a fantastical Indian jungle, I think Chris Klein doing video game martial arts.
So we're already getting off to an iffy start, but let's hold out hope — Kipling's literature is masterful enough to lend to a number of great visions packing disparate charms. And hey, a real life bear playing Baloo does sound like a pretty good time.
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The British actor was given the honour at a ceremony in the U.K. capital on Thursday (08Mar12). It traditionally permits the recipient to be drunk and disorderly on the streets of the city without fearing arrest, and to drive sheep over London Bridge - but these privileges are mainly symbolic in modern times.
Speaking ahead of the ceremony, The King's Speech star Firth told the BBC, "London is my home and I'm hugely touched and honoured by this gesture."
Previous recipients of the traditional honour include ex-Prime Ministers Benjamin Disraeli and Robert Peel, and writer Rudyard Kipling.
Based on the classic Rudyard Kipling story Jungle Book 2 starts basically where the 1967 original left off. Having been lured into the human village by a beautiful young girl Mowgli (voiced by Haley Joel Osment) is now living the life of his people. No more bumping bananas out of a tree swingin' with the monkeys or singing about the "bare necessities" with his old friend Baloo the bear (voiced by John Goodman). Mowgli doesn't mind living with his own kind despite their rules and restrictions especially when he can hang out with the beautiful girl Shanti (voiced by Mae Whitman) but he still misses the wild times he had in the jungle. So does Baloo who pines for his little buddy but is told again and again by the wise panther Bagheera (voiced by Bob Joles) that Mowgli is where he belongs. Even the malevolent tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Tony Jay) would like to get his hands on the man-cub--for a little payback. Finally Mowgli is fed up with the village rules and sneaks off into the jungle with Baloo while Shanti thinks he is being abducted by a wild animal and goes off to rescue him. Egad! Now there's two unsuspecting kids in the jungle. What to do? It's a chase to see who gets to Mowgli first--the man-eating tiger his old pals or his new human friends and family.
Everyone associated with this sequel makes a valiant effort to re-create the indelible character voices from the original but unfortunately just miss the mark. Goodman who will forever be the lovable James P. "Sully" Sullivan from Monsters Inc. can't quite capture the same magic the late Phil Harris had when he brought the big-hearted Baloo to life. Try and imagine someone else playing Sully. See what I mean? The same goes for attempting to top the 1967 originals Sebastian Cabot as the harried Bagheera Sterling Holloway as the villainous snake Kaa (remember "Trusssssst in Me"?) and George Sanders as the ultra-cool Shere Khan. These guys made the Kipling characters their own. Trying to imitate them in Jungle Book 2 doesn't work. At least the sequel has enough smarts to leave out the swingin' orangutan King Louie altogether who was voiced in the original by jazz musician Louis Prima. No one could have even touched that performance. Osment who is making a name for himself in the Disney voice-over community after doing the lead in The Country Bears does a fine job as Mowgli.
The one thing you can say about this sequel is that it tries too hard to be like its ultra-hip predecessor. When the original The Jungle Book was released in 1967 Disney had a vision of Kipling's story as a jazzy jungle romp with great songs such as "Bare Necessities" and "I Wan'na Be Like You' and incorporated some of the era's coolest beatniks including Prima and Harris. Jungle Book 2 isn't as toe-tappin' and fans of the original may think the new musical numbers a little cheesy especially the big one in the jungle ruins with Baloo and company. It can't hold a candle to the King Louie number from the original. Still the film doesn't fail completely. The continuing story of Mowgli's life is engaging as we watch him cope with his new surroundings realizing he truly can't be a jungle boy forever.