This week's Parks and Recreation marks a return to Pawnee and, strangely enough, feels like a return to the show's third (and, in my expert opinion, best) season. Leslie (Amy Poehler) is consumed with fierce pride for her town and equally fierce hatred of the neighboring Eagleton, led by their version of Councilwoman Knope, Ingrid de Forest, (played by guest star Kristen Bell). When the towns meet for a yearly high school basketball competition, Leslie mocks the snobs to bump up her poll numbers in the upcoming recall election.
But Chris (Rob Lowe) and Ben (Adam Scott), back in money management mode, cross town lines to find that their snooty neighbors are flat broke. When they try to find a way to help, the two are met with resistance from Leslie. While Leslie's conflict with Ben falls a tiny bit flat, all of her Eagleton burns are top notch (and by top notch, I mean corny and hilarious). However, Leslie finally realizes that the only way to both help Eagleton and protect Pawnee is to combine the two towns, so she sucks it up and takes the heat from the rowdy citizens on both sides of the border. In the past, it's felt like Leslie's hatred for Eagleton has crossed over from funny to pathetic. But right now, with the federal government more inefficient then ever, it is somewhat cathartic to see a competant bureaucrat taking idiots like the fat cats in Eagleton to task, and yet winding up willing and capable of helping them in the end.
Meanwhile, April and Ann take a road trip to Bloomington for April to check out the veterinary school, and Anne to unexpectedly realize that maybe the chemical wasteland of Pawnee is not the best place to raise a child, all of a sudden providing an out for her and Chris to move later in the season. While that is a nice and simple way to start the process of moving those two on, it also makes April, never the sweetest, seem mean as she knee-jerkedly rejected the school Ann worked hard to help her gain acceptance to on the basis of one slightly annoying tour guide. April may have inadvertantly helped Ann, but she isn't helping herself. Hopefully the show isn't so afraid of losing Aubrey Plaza that they limit the character, who could use some forward momentum.
And finally, if they had to do an episode full of Windows product placement, at least it was couched in the very in-character Tom and Donna spending a whole day enjoying the social media grid as Ron tries fruitlessly to escape it. Ron's attempts are foiled in a very reasonable conclusion that as a husband and father, he has to just barely be a part of society.
Questions, Comments, and Concerns:-Ron's first Vine is a thing of beauty. "Delete all pictures of Ron!" -April only agrees to go on the college tour if she can pretend Ann is her 65-year-old grandmother, and Ann gets a little too into it. "'Youngsters'? Am I 65?"-The top two sexiest things Ben's ever said to Leslie both are about slamming Eagleton. "Yes, because Eagleton sucks." -Chris Bosh is a member of the Eagleton high school basketball team, and he's a little bit of a showboat. No need to keep dunking when you're 50 points up.-It's useless to compare apples and oranges... but the oranges are made of Swavorski crystals, while the apples have all been recalled due to a G-Coli breakout. Oh, no, it's way harder to treat than E-Coli.-Leslie's Powerpoint presentation on "helping" Eagleton featured very little practical advice and mostly just pictures of her holding champagne, jumping on graves, and doing a jig with #BROKE superimposed on top.
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Steven Spielberg's kids Sasha and Theo have become in-demand DJs as the brains behind music act Wardell. The two 20-somethings, who are scheduled to release a debut album next year (14), performed at Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood Party last week (27Sep13), when guests like actress Hailee Steinfeld and Patrick Schwarzenegger raved about their song choices.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Spielbergs have signed to Roc Nation, the company founded by Jay Z, for management.
Sasha is also a talented screenwriter - her pilot Girls Without Boys has been picked up by ABC bosses in America and will be produced by another celebrity kid - Quincy Jones' actress daughter Rashida.
Actress Amber Tamblyn has been given a big TV boost - her lesbian character in hit sitcom Two And A Half Men has become a regular. The former House star joined the show for a five-episode stint, portraying the long lost daughter of late character Charlie Harper - and now she has been promoted to ex-castmate Angus T. Jones' full-time replacement.
Jones, 19, quit the show to attend college.
Rapper Jim Jones has been booked for driving under the influence (DUI). The musician's vehicle was pulled over by cops in New York who suspected it was travelling too fast but Jones was taken into custody after failing a field sobriety test.
Editors at Tmz.com report the rapper had bloodshot eyes when he was stopped in the early hours of Wednesday (02Oct13) and refused to take a Breathalyzer test to determine his level of intoxication before he was booked.
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones' children with Michael Douglas have picked up mum's love for dance and she's so grateful they're not sports-mad kids. Both Dylan and Carys are showing signs of becoming hoofers and their mother couldn't be prouder.
Speaking at the New York Dance Alliance Foundation Gala, where she was honoured with the Ambassador for the Arts Award on Sunday (29Sep13), the Chicago star said, "My son is a great dancer as well as my daughter Carys. She actually goes to dance school in Westchester.
"I'm so happy because dance shoes are much more pretty outside the door than a hockey stick. I wouldn't know quite what to do if she came home with a hockey stick, so I'm so happy she changed direction!"
But Zeta-Jones regrets there's no video footage of her as a young girl performing onstage.
She added, "When I played Peggy Sawyer (in 42 Street) on the West End for two years we never had any video and my mother wasn't allowed to take a photograph in the theatre. My mother was a really good girl. She would never break the rules. So now, every time I want to show my kids, I have to take my tap shoes out and do it in the kitchen!"
American football star Adam 'pacman' Jones showed his generous side by handing out $100 bills (£66) to the homeless on Monday (20Sep13). The Cincinnati Bengals ace gifted 15 vagrants with cash before announcing his next act of benevolence will be to help needy mothers.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "I just give (sic) 15 homeless people a 100 next I'm pay (sic) for 15 mothers bills that's in need."
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are giving their marriage another try after the Hollywood actor moved back into the family home, according to a U.K. report. The pair shocked fans by announcing it was splitting in August (13) after 13 years of marriage. Douglas downplayed rumours they were heading for divorce by insisting the marriage trouble was a "temporary situation" while keeping his wedding ring firmly on his finger.
Now it has been claimed by editors at Britain's The Sun that Zeta-Jones has allowed the Fatal Attraction star to return to their property in New York, where she has been living with their two children, Dylan and Carys.
A source tells the publication, "Michael's asked Catherine to give things another try and she's agreed. It's not just for the sake of the children.
"When they're good they're amazing together, so they're hammering out their issues at their home. It's good news and Catherine is on top of the world."
The news comes after the Welsh beauty was spotted wearing her wedding rings again at a gala in New York on Sunday (29Sep13). The beauty attended the New York Dance Alliance Foundation Gala at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, where she was honoured with the Ambassador for the Arts Award.
Before the separation, both stars had suffered turbulent times, with Douglas undergoing treatment for stage four throat cancer, while Zeta-Jones received professional treatment for her ongoing battle with bipolar disorder.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has broken her silence following her split from husband Michael Douglas to praise the veteran actor for his recent win at the Primetime Emmy Awards. The Hollywood couple announced it was separating in August (13), but Douglas has continued to wear his wedding ring and has been downplaying the marriage trouble as a "temporary situation".
He even paid tribute to Zeta-Jones in his Emmy acceptance speech as he was honoured for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind the Candelabra on 22 September (13), telling the audience, "I want to thank my wife Catherine for her support."
The Welsh beauty was not by her estranged husband's side at the Los Angeles ceremony, instead choosing to attend a gala in China, where she reportedly remained to celebrate turning 44 last week (25Sep13) instead of honouring their tradition of spending their shared birthdays together.
However, she has now spoken out to congratulate Douglas on his career achievement, telling U.S. news show Access Hollywood, "I'm thrilled for him. It was wonderful - so well-deserved."
The couple wed in 2000.
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You know that feeling when you've just watched an awesome movie, and you want it to continue forever? We do. Unfortunately for us, franchises do end, and we have to rejoin the real world eventually. But at least some filmmakers understand this dilemma, and they've created documentaries covering the films they love. Here are a few of the best film documentaries available for streaming on Netflix.
Full Tilt BoogieThis documentary about the making of action flick From Dusk Till Dawn gives an interesting glimpse into the creation of an independent movie.
National Geographic: Beyond the Movie: The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the RingThis LoTR documentary includes a lot of fascinating details about the creation of the movies and the life of J.R.R. Tolkein.
Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007This doc is as slick as its subject as it traces the history of James Bond from his obscure beginnings to ubiquity.
Lost in La ManchaThis documentary tells the story of a movie that was never made, Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote, which would have starred Johnny Depp but never worked out for a variety of fascinating reasons.
Best Worst MovieFor those obsessed with the ultimate terrible movie, Troll 2, this documentary is a must-see.
IndyfansThis film chronicles the fans and influence of the Indiana Jones movies.
Making the BoysThis doc discusses the iconic film The Boys in the Band, which was groundbreaking in its treatment of gay subjects.
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A brand new Bridget Jones book hits shelves in October, but fans are already in a rage about recently released extracts that deal with the current state of Bridget's relationship with barrister Mark Darcy. (Massive spoilers here.) If the third book in the series gets a movie adaptation, we don't like what this means for Colin Firth's role.
And what would any Bridget Jones movie be without Mr. Darcy? Mark is everything a rom-com love interest should be: solid and reliable; able to pull off a reindeer jumper as well as an expensive suit; and fond even of our "wobbly bits." Much like his Jane Austen namesake, Mark takes a while to warm up to strangers. But, once he does, you can count on him to defend you from psychological attacks by "smug marrieds" and to politely disregard every terrible thing you ever wrote about him in your diary. Plus, you know: Colin Firth. In no particular order, here are the Mark Darcy moments that had us (and dear Bridge) all aflutter.
When he liked us...just as we are
Bridget is used to apologizing for her flaws, until Mark tells her that he is fond of her because of them, not in spite of them. For someone who feels like she doesn't deserve happiness until she changes all the things she doesn't like about herself, it's a revelation.
No, really...Just as we are
This is the dream, people. This is the dream.
When he fought for our honor
Mark is always willing to throw down to defend himself and his lady love, even though he doesn't have a clue how to do so. We're guessing he didn't exactly have a rough-and-tumble coming-of-age experience in the series of fancy private schools he attended. But what his fighting style lacks in grace, power, and agility, he makes up for in heart.
When he was helpful in the kitchen
"This really is the most incredible s**t."
When he showed us how nice boys really kiss
Every romantic hero needs to be able to deliver that epic movie kiss. "Cold fish" Mark Darcy warms up just soon enough to catch Bridget before she leaves for Paris and sweep her off her feet. And he's not at all embarrassed that she's in leopard print underwear and trainers. What a guy.
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