First of all, Vinny the dog has replaced Brian in the opening credits. Weak.
A buzzing bee startles Quagmire and Peter causing them to shriek like a couple of scared girls. They notice that their shrieks sound kind of good, like maybe they could be singers. It actually sounds like one half of a barbershop quartet, but Family Guy couldn't do an episode like that, then they'd be blatantly ripping off a Simpsons episode.
Vinny is in his second episode. He's no Brian. Get rid of him, Family Guy.
Quagmire and Peter buy paper at Mort's store, prompting the tightwad owner to explain how he had experience managing Earth, Wind, Fire & Pollen back in the day. The duo decides to take Mort on as their manager.
Griffin & Quagmire's first performance is at a library. Their first song is about not being able to poop in public. After their performance, Mort books Griffin & Quagmire at the New England music festival. This time, their song is about putting butter on a Pop-Tart.
After the performance, a shady guy in a leather jacket promises he will pump up the careers of Griffin & Quagmire.
Peter abandons his family hoping to find great success on a road trip. He slowly develops a diva attitude, belittling Quagmire and worse, farting in a recording booth.
Meanwhile, the song lyrics continue to get more random. One talks about how a "waitress is prettier than my wife" and after that he will "kill his family with a knife." Another subject points out that you should never look at your mom and dad's private parts. Good advice.
During a live performance on Conan, Peter's guitar pick gets stuck. Of course, he screws around trying to find it rather than continuing the performance. This foolishness pisses off Quagmire, forcing a fallout between the duo. At the end of the episode, Peter goes back home and he even makes amends with Quagmire. Peter mentions that life after fame is always better. He goes back in the tour bus to grab his stuff. Instead, he apparently shoots himself in the face. We know Peter will be back in future episodes, hopefully the same can be said about Brian.
Where did he come from? A plaguing question that surrounds any grand figure, heroic or villainous, and one that has been answered in accord to many of cinema's favorite characters: Anakin Skywalker, Indiana Jones, Bilbo Baggins, Butch Cassidy, Charles Xavier, Mike Wazowski, and the Man With No Name. When it comes to fictional greats, we have the opportunity to travel back in time — via the good graces of the "prequel" — to engage in the origin stories that got these individuals set on their paths to glory. Or terror. Or small scale duplicity and tactless one-liners... that last one we can chalk up to the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, a comedic series centered around Bob Odenkirk's shifty lawyer Saul Goodman in his pre-Walter White era.
TheWrap reports that the idea, floated by the AMC network and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan a while back, is now officially a go. We're still not totally sold on the project — a bit nonplussed by the idea of anything thinking it might carry the Heisenberg torch — but we're at the very least curious. After all, with more of a humorous hue and a far different type of character at the forefront than Breaking Bad has, Better Call Saul is going to veer quite a bit from its predecessor. So what, exactly, will this show be like? Maybe some of the involved parties' past works might inform us...
The X-FilesMany Breaking Bad fans know that creator Gilligan is an X-Files vet, having written and produced the classic sci-fi series starting in its second season. We don't presume that Saul Goodman is going to have many run ins with alien life forms or the Cigarette Smoking Man, but maybe a week-to-week super-procedural, steeped in mystery and dense mythos, might best fit the amoral attorney. Roswell ain't too far away from Albuquerque, you know.
Mr. Show with Bob and DavidEveryone who knew Odenkirk before Breaking Bad knew him from Mr. Show, a sketch comedy series starring and created by the actor/writer and Arrested Development's David Cross. Although it sounds crazy, maybe Better Call Saul would work best in sketch comedy form. Each week, the lawyer could find himself in three or four distinct scenarios — defending junkies, spying on clients, poisoning schoolchildren — each erupting in wacky hijinks that only his doubletalk can solve. (Costarring David Cross as rival attorney and constant one-upper Mort Grandfellow.)
HancockWanna hear something weird? Vince Gilligan wrote Hancock. Remember Hancock? That Will Smith superhero movie you don't remember? Yeah, that one. Again, we're not expecting anything too mystical to come from BCS, but if we can dream, we wouldn't mind a comical series about a superpowered laywer... or better yet, a lawyer who defends superheroes. There've got to be an awful lot of property damage cases.
The Spectacular NowIf you've seen this summer's powerful coming of age drama, you know that supporting player Odenkirk can pack a wallop of sentiment. As the surrogate dad to main character Sutter (Miles Teller), he doles out reserved charm and somber advice... the sort of wisdom that you could almost see coming from Saul Goodman, if he were to have just a fraction more of a soul. But hey, Saul and a teenaged delinquent? A pseudo-father-and-son dramedy about a childless Goodman and the young meth head he takes under his wing... that could be the winner.
What version of Better Call Saul would you want to see?
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Woody Allen likes Louis C.K.. A lot. Not only was he enough of a fan of the standup comic's slice-of-life FX series Louie to cast him in Blue Jasmine (out July 26) Allen came to appreciate C.K.'s gifts so much while making the movie that he's determined to act opposite him in a future film. "He's clearly such a sweet guy," Allen told The New York Times. "I'd love to do a movie with him and me, a comedy. I'm looking for some idea that would work, for the two of us to do." Even more remarkable, he's also considering a return to standup, which he hasn't actively been involved in since the Jack Paar '60s.
Those who think of Woody Allen's latter-day efforts as primarily nostalgia pieces — crammed with moth-eaten euphemisms like "making love" to describe any sexual encounter and scored by his personal collection of crinkly jazz LPs — may be surprised that he'd find such a kindred spirit in Louis. Sure, there's a generation gap there. Allen is 77, and C.K. is 45. But Allen's shown an admirable openness when it comes to casting his recent films. Who would have thought that Owen Wilson would prove his jittery avatar in Midnight in Paris? Or that Scarlett Johansson and Penélope Cruz would become his recurring, post-millennial muses? In the Times piece, Allen even says that his next project is "the perfect movie for Colin Firth and Emma Stone." If you stop to think on it, C.K. is really the perfect partner to complement Allen's vision. Certainly much more so than Larry David, whose neo-Borscht Belt attitude hearkens back to Allen's "earlier, funnier movies" but felt out of place amidst the existential musings of down-and-dirty Big Apple character study Whatever Works.
Louie is, at heart, a study of futility, which is also Allen's primary theme. Much of what C.K.'s FX alter ego experiences could be described as "Anhedonia," the original title of Annie Hall — a movie also about a standup comic dealing with a parade of exes and relationships that go nowhere. C.K. doesn't have many of Allen's iconic nebbish-isms, but the slice-of-New-York-life structure and sensibility of Louie makes each 20-minute episode feel like a mini Annie Hall. Whether dealing with rude fans or shallow showbiz types, Louie's trying to keep his head above the muck in a city he simultaneously loves and finds sullied and discover somewhere in it a lick of truth. Louie's failed sitcom pilot from Season 1 — complete with much younger, overly hot wife — feels like the lazy sketch show Woody works on in Manhattan. The Matthew Broderick-starring Godfather remake he's cast in could have been made by Alan Alda's "if it bends, it's funny!" producer in Crimes and Misdemeanors. You could argue there's no comedian today who bottles literacy and raunch the way Allen always has as effectively as Louis C.K..
Allen even went so far as to say that he's considering a return to standup. That's something he hasn't actively done in decades, though he does continue to perform live as a clarinetist with his jazz band. In the Times he said that he was inspired to give standup another try after seeing the 85-year-old Mort Sahl do it. "Since I saw him, I’ve just been toying with the idea," Allen said. "I would love to see if I could. Just getting together an hour of stuff to talk about would be a lot of work." It's hard not to think, though, that his working friendship with C.K., arguably the finest practioner of the form today, also encouraged this idea. Far from being a stodgy, talky filmmaker for old folks, Allen's always shown his capacity for synthesizing the new. But if he does return to standup, if he does star in a film opposite C.K., it'll show something else: that at 77 he's still a risktaker too. And we'll be the ones to share in the reward.
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A contestant on the French version of Survivor is dead. During the filming of a challenge in Cambodia on the first day of taping a new season — the 16th cycle of the long-running franchise – 25-year-old Gérald Babin suffered a heart attack. By the time he arrived at a Cambodian hospital, he was pronounced dead.
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Called Koh-Lanta, after a region of Thailand, the French version of Survivor has never experienced such a tragedy before. After Babin's death, producers immediately scrapped filming the season and sent the contestants back to France.
In a statement, Koh-Lanta's network, TF1, said, “Gérald Babin, 25, a participant in the 16th season of Koh-Lanta died today of cardiac arrest during the first day of filming in Cambodia. … All their thoughts are with his parents, his sister, his girlfriend and his family. It was immediately decided to stop filming and repatriate as soon as possible all the teams in Paris.”
There have been a number of close calls on the American version of Survivor, hosted by Jeff Probst. On the second iteration of the series, Survivor: The Australian Outback, contestant Michael Skupin lost consciousness after standing over a fire and inhaling the smoke, causing him to collapse into the flames and burn his hands. He has evacuated by helicopter for treatment of his injuries and forfeited his spot on the show. There's never been a fatality, though. The Bulgarian version of Survivor, however, did suffer a fatality in 2009.
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Because nothing sells a product quite like a frown, Grumpy Cat (who really needs no introduction, but here, if you insist) has been named the newest face of Friskies. And if TMZ is to be believed, she is being more than a little high maintenance about it.
To get to her first Friskies photo shoot, which took place in Austin, Texas, Grumpy was flown to the Lone Star state first class. Then, TMZ reports, she feasted on an endless supply of Friskies, bottled water, and filet mignon. To prep for her close-up, Grumpy was brushed to fluffy perfection by her own, full-time assistant. And then, when shooting was done for the day, Grumpy had her chauffeur drive her back to her four-diamond hotel where she could take a quick cat nap in her own king-sized bed.
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And to think, my cat is satisfied with a half-eaten can of tuna and a sunny, cat-sized spot on the tile floor.
Grumpy's newly discovered diva antics got us thinking: What crazy demands would our other favorite Internet cats be wont to make. The possibilities are endless.
Spaghetti Cat obviously needs a bottomless bowl of the pasta. Only handmade noodles flown in from Italy will do, and they must be served in a Waterford crystal bowl. Allowances must also be made for Spaghetti Cat's video entourage, which follows him everywhere to document his life for The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.
Maru, the Japanese box-loving Scottish Fold, demands six dozen cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes. We're talking large boxes, small boxes, skinny boxes, boxes with lids, boxes with both ends open. Oh, and all boxes must be covered in gold leaf. Maru also requires at a patch of sunlight no smaller than 36 square feet.
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Shironeko, aka Basket Cat, is too lazy to write up his own list of demands. But his second assistant reports that he won't show up to a photo shoot for less than 24 baskets a day — he needs a new basket for each hour. Oh, and a crown. Shironeko wants a crown... made out of heirloom cherry tomatoes.
Tiny Lil Bub, who is now officially a movie star — no really, a documentary about the bug-eyed feline premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival — calls for Beluga caviar, to be fed to him one roe egg at a time (because his lil tongue is too small to handle more than one) by his own personal spoon feeder. And he demands a silver — no, platinum — spoon.
But Henri, Le Chat Noir, doesn't need anything. C'est la vie. C'est la mort.
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When retired U.S. Special Forces Soldier Chris Vaughn (Johnson) returns to Kipsat County Wash. it's only to find his hometown overrun with crime drugs and violence. The old mill where Chris's father (John Beasley) worked for most of his life is closed and the town's only thriving industry is the Wild Cherry casino. Even Chris' high school sweetie Deni (Ashley Scott) couldn't resist the Wild Cherry's lure; she's become a peepshow dancer to "pay the bills." But Chris really loses it when he discovers the casino's dealers are using loaded dice--and he starts a brawl that ends with the security team carving up his chest and abdomen with a rusty Exacto knife. Chris also learns that that his old high school rival the casino's owner Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough) has transformed the mill into a crystal meth lab and is using the casino's menacing security staff to sell the drugs to innocent kids. Chris strikes back by running for sheriff firing the entire police department on his first day and with the help of a cedar two-by-four and his deputy and buddy Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville) restores peace to the Pacific Northwest.
Johnson looking buffer than ever is well cast in the role of Chris: He's a fearless and determined soldier with beyond-human fighting skills. But while the film takes advantage of Johnson's brawn it fails to take advantage of his brain. In last year's comedy The Rundown Johnson proved he was more than a muscle-bound action star; he oozed charm and was surprisingly witty. With Walking Tall he never gets a chance to flex his acting muscles; if anything they atrophy. The only skills Johnson gets to show off are his ability to swing a plank at someone's shins and his unique way of bashing skulls against slot machines. Johnson's sidekick Ray played by Knoxville of MTV's Jackass fame is an ex-junkie who after spending a couple of years in the slammer is content with living in a camper and doing odd jobs around town. With his scraggly appearance and klutzy demeanor Knoxville supplies the film with brief interludes of humor amid the slam fest including a scene in which he stabs a bad guy with a potato peeler. Johnson and Knoxville would have made a first-rate action team had they had more screen time together.
A WWE production with Vince McMahon serving as executive producer Walking Tall has none of the subtlety of director Kevin Bray's last film All About the Benjamins and all the elements of a wrestling match. As with wrestling the film begins by melodramatically establishing the story (Chris and his family's lives are devastated by the mill's closure) and just like rival pugilists who publicly taunt the favored wrestler Chris challenges Jay--not for the world title but at least for control of Kipsat County--in a never-ending battle between good and evil that mimics wrestling to a T. But what's entertaining in the ring doesn't translate to film especially when the good guy running the town is a maniacal meathead. Chris is supposed to be the protagonist who single-handedly saves the town but who's responding to the citizens' domestic violence calls for example when the sheriff fires the entire precinct and spends 24 hours a day casing the casino? Never mind the fact that he has sex with his girlfriend in his office while he's on the clock.