For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson is to be feted with a top award in her newly-adopted homeland of France. The Avengers star moved to Paris after becoming engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac in September (13), and now she is set to accept a special honour at the country's top movie prizegiving, the Cesar Awards.
Executives at the Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema, the body behind the awards, have confirmed Johansson will accept the coveted Cesar d'Honneur during the annual ceremony later this month (Feb14).
Johansson, 29, is among the youngest ever recipients of the honorary award, following in the footsteps of Hollywood stars including Meryl Streep, Kevin Costner, Kate Winslet, Harrison Ford and Dustin Hoffman.
The Cesar Awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Paris hosted by Francois Cluzet on 28 February (14).
Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts and Scarlett Johansson are among the stars who have given up their usually glamorous looks to take part in a candid photoshoot with artist Chuck Close. The actresses all went without styling and airbrushing during the make-up free shoot for America's Vanity Fair magazine as part of the publication's annual Hollywood issue.
Other big names who embraced the natural look for the Polaroid pictures include Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Sean Penn and Dustin Hoffman.
There's only so much adorable precociousness one can handle in television's glossy kid characters. So let's hear it for the straight-up weirdness of Trophy Wife's Bert.
Because kids are weird. Their little minds are churning constantly, trying to make sense of the barrage of information and opinions coming at them at all times. So, as those partially formulated opinions and worldviews make it to their mouths, they can often come out sounding totally insane. Thus far Trophy Wife is avoiding the archetypal kid-on-TV trap that so many other series (we're looking at you, Modern Family) have fallen into. While you can always count on Haley Dunphy to be reliably ditzy, you can't count on Bert Harrison to be reliably anything.
It's that unexpectedness, plus little rising star Albert Tsai's enthusiastic and surprisingly nuanced delivery that will melt every cold, dead heart that ever complained about annoying child actors. In an ensemble that includes Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden and Bradley Whitford, we find ourselves waiting for scenes with Bert, especially those with his hippie mom, Jackie (the fantastic Michaela Watkins.) Whether he's having troubling nightmares ("Kate, could a doctor steal my uterus?") or reconciling with his mother after a fight ("I can never resist your Christopher Walken."), this tiny comedian is a bright spot in a bright show.
It used to be seedy comedy club basements and open mic nights was where television scouts would seek out emerging talent, but now all you need is a savvy web-series and a snappy Twitter account. That's not to say the talent has been devolved, just the venues have evolved. With Hulu screening comedy shorts and Youtube becoming the predominant way we consume entertainment, it's no surprise that Internet personalities are making the jump to the television more than ever. With the success of Nikki and Sara Live, Lonely Planet and Stevie TV, here is the next set of online comedy stars to keep your eye on.
Garfunkel and Oates
While IFC's Portlandia likes to poke fun at the twee-inclinations of its native hipster population, the network is welcoming a ukulele and guitar playing music duo that would fit right in on the show. Despite their preciousness at first glance, the folk-comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates are anything but quirky clones of Zooey Deschanel. No topic is off-limits, and while some of their early videos were pretty no-frills, they've since stepped up their game with polished videos and catchy tunes. The popular web series will join IFC's line-up next year, as the show will center on the personal and professional lives of Kate "Oates" Micucci and Riki "Garfunkel" Lindhome. Think Flight of the Conchords without the Kiwi accents. Optioning these two was not exactly a risky roll of the dice, as both ladies already have careers in Hollywood (you might recognize Micucci from her recurring roles in Scrubs, Raising Hope and The Big Bang Theory), but we're glad their satirical singing skills will be reaching a larger audience.
Another successful female comedy duo that will be making their television debut are Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. The concept of female friends navigating life in New York is sure to draw Girls comparisons, but the two comedians have been creating their gonzo-style web series Broad City since 2009. Coming up the ranks from UCB, the two are well versed in improvisation and got one of UCB's most famous alums — Amy Poehler — on to executive produce the show for Comedy Central in 2014. The former web series will transition to 10-episode scripted comedy with the help Louie producers Dave Becky and Tony Hernandez. With more of an upbeat take on city life and indefinable comedic chemistry, we're excited to have these broads on board.
Landing a role on Saturday Night Live would be a dream for any comedian, especially when the rest of your comedy troupe joins you. To be honest, the digital shorts were the strongest segment of SNL until Andy Samberg and Lonely Island left the show. To replace them, SNL recruited the comedy troupe Good Neighbor, whose comedy web series were already viral hits themselves. Nick Rutherford, Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett and Dave McCary had already been in talks to do a pilot for Comedy Central produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, when Lorne Michaels snatched them up. While one of the members, Nick Rutherford, was snubbed by SNL, the rest of the troupe has already proved their mettle on the latest SNL episode where Mooney avoids the seduction attempts of Miley Cyrus.
There's a shift going on in movie and video watching. DVDs are facing heavy competition from places like Hulu, Amazon and Netflix, who are streaming content and there's also movies On Demand - all of which mean people are deciding between paying $20 a month to watch nearly all the new movies that are also out on DVD with a much wider range of content or paying $20-$99 a piece for a single-DVD or box set. But these are five of the ones that we have kept;
The Muppets/Sesame Street
As the parent of a young child, I have around 30 or more of these that my wife and I have kept to play in heavy rotation. Fortunately, they are much less expensive than movie DVDs - costing around $5 as opposed to costing $20. Since my child loves nearly everything Jim Henson-related (alas, I cannot get him into Fraggle Rock), I also own plenty of Muppet movies and The Muppet Show. The Pros: I keep my son occupied while working and also relive my younger days when I watched Sesame Street too. These include the Sesame Street Old School DVDs which have episodes from the '70s, when I was growing up. Cons: If I hear "Can You Tell Me How To Get..." ONE MORE TIME, I may plunge something sharp into my eardrums. We may or may not also be seeing the Wiggles in concert in October.
All Six Star Wars Movies
Yes, I even own The Phantom Menace because I'm such a completionist. Of course, I'm a sucker for the original trilogy - I saw A New Hope when it first came out in the theater. (We called it Star Wars then because...well...The Empire Strikes Back hadn't come out yet.) We forget how groundbreaking they were in this day and age of super special effects. These movies are ones that I can watch over and over and over. I'm saving room for when the seventh movie comes out. The Indiana Jones Trilogy + 1
Like I said in a previous piece, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull NEVER HAPPENED. Just to prove my point I bought that one on DVD at a deep discount during a store chain going out of business. The rest I got in a box set. I can watch any of them at any time. Yes, even Temple of Doom, though I do tend to mute the Kate Capshaw parts. Harrison Ford is lucky that he's getting my DVD income in both Star Wars and this. Scrubs
I own nearly every Scrubs set. I just don't have the final season, the one where Zach Braff had left the show and not even John C. McGinley and Donald Faison could save it. It was one of the best-written and funny shows that I have ever seen, with some of the most human characters too. Dr. Perry Cox is one of my favorite characters of all time. The Princess Bride
This is a case of saving the best for last. In my mind, it's the greatest movie of all time - the funniest and most quotable movie of all time with the greatest characters too. C'mon. Don't lie. You know that if you're flipping through the channels and you see that it's on, you're going to sit down and re-visit with Westley, Buttercup, Inigo Montoya, Fezzik and Vizzini all over again. It's inconceivable that you wouldn't.
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Video games. More powerful than literature, than film, than even the ubiquitous grasp of the mighty reality series in contorting our malleable brains. Video games have hypnotised us into thinking of grand theft auto as a pastime, as magic mushrooms as a viable source of nutrition, as hedgehogs as creatures of impressive speeds. They've even wormed their way into other artistic media: notably, the upcoming film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's 1985 science-fiction adventure novel Ender's Game. The latest trailer for the Gavin Hood movie is so densely jam-packed with classic video game homages from the arcade era that you'll feel compelled to insert a quarter into your computer screen for a second round.
Can you spot them all? Here are a few we noticed...
There are even a slew of asteroids in the black sky of space that might conjur up a familiar image... look for others, and catch Ender's Game in theaters on Nov. 1.
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Talk about a dysfunctional family. This week’s episode of Dexter opened with Deb and Dexter in a therapy session with Dr. Vogel and closed with the three of them dumping Yates’ body into the ocean. I’m not sure whether they’re more screwed up because of what they’ve been through or because, in the end, they seem to be fine with it all. Either way, the relationship between Dexter and Deb is one of my favorite on TV right now. But there was quite a bit that went on in between therapy and the body dump.
Dexter is understandably hurt by the fact that Deb tried to kill them both last week. He never thought it would go that far. And who would take care of Harrison if Deb had succeeded? But, the good news is, that was Deb’s rock bottom, and now she seems to be getting better. She’s dealing with her PTSD and is finally coming to terms with what she did. Dexter doesn’t see it that way at first, though. Not to mention, he’s still pretty angry with Vogel too. And on top of all that, Miami Metro has identified Yates as the one who almost killed the girl Dexter saved last week. So, with no immediate solution to the Deb problem, Dexter heads to Yates’ house with the rest of the homicide division.
Meanwhile, Yates is kidnapping Vogel. When Deb finds out, she goes to Dexter for help. Their mutual problem makes Dexter actually listen to Deb’s side of things, and they make up. This is good for everyone, because I was really starting to worry about Deb. But it turns out that she can’t live without Dexter any more than he can live without her, and they team up to track down Yates and Vogel.
Yates takes the good doctor to some empty house, and there we learn that he had some serious mommy issues when he was younger. Vogel knows this though, and because she’s one smart lady, she uses this to her advantage. She’s able to keep Yates from doing anything drastic until Dexter and Deb show up to rescue her.
(Side note: Dexter and Deb figure out where Vogel is by asking Deb’s boss Elway to trace a call Vogel made. Elway seems to have no problem coming to Deb’s assistance, even when that includes breaking the law. So, I’m waiting for the inevitable romance that will develop between them.)
When Dexter and Deb find Vogel, she’s tied up in a closet but otherwise unharmed. Yates is nowhere to be found, but Vogel isn’t the only intelligent person in the room. Dexter remembers hearing Vogel tell Yates no child should have to hide under their bed from a parent. That, plus the blood on the floor, leads him to believe Yates is under the bed. And, in a totally psychopathic and typically Dexter move, he impales Yates (and the bed) with a curtain rod. Bye bye, Brain Surgeon. Then Dexter takes Deb and Vogel out on his boat to dump Yates’ body.
And, in Masuka news, he comes to the same conclusion I did last week: His daughter Niki might not be telling him everything. He goes to Deb and asks her to do a background check on Niki and see if anything suspicious turns up. This is playing out like I expected. Now I’m just waiting to see what the twist is.
Also, Dexter seems like he might actually be interested in Jamie’s friend Cassie. He hasn’t been with anyone since Hannah, and he should be. I know he’s a serial killer and everything, but he’s moral serial killer, and he deserves to be loved too. And then there’s the fact that it’s going to make things even more interesting when Hannah shows up again.
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Last week things were pretty calm on Dexter, but tonight’s episode was probably the most intense one since the season began, starting with the discovery of the Brain Surgeon’s identity.
After crossing numerous names off Vogel’s list of psychopaths, it looks like Dexter has finally found the Brain Surgeon, a guy named A.J. Yates. Dexter does a bit of stalking, as per usual, and sees that Yates has a scar on his head in the same place the Brain Surgeon has been cutting into people’s heads. He ends up at Yates’ house where he finds a closet full of women’s shoes, which appear to be trophies. But the second time Dexter shows up at Yates’ house, this time with Vogel, Yates has cleared out. Dexter does, however, find Yates’ hidden room full of security cameras, brain surgery how-to books, and a computer with access to Vogel’s patient files. When Dexter looks at the most recent file, he discovers it’s about him.
The file says that he thinks his feelings for Deb are real, but in actuality they’re nothing more than a delusion. Well, we all know that Deb is, along with Harrison, the most important person in Dexter’s life. So, understandably, Dexter gets a little bit heated. He confronts Vogel, who tries to explain that the notes are just a journal, but Dexter isn’t buying it. He makes it clear that after he finds the Brain Surgeon, he and Vogel are done.
Before things between Dexter and Vogel go downhill, Vogel treats Deb for her PTSD. At first Deb was belligerent (I wouldn’t expect anything less from her), but after a while it seems like Vogel is getting through to her. Deb isn’t drinking as much, she looks more relaxed, and it seems like she’s finally starting to accept that she is a good person who was put in an impossible situation. Vogel even shows Deb one of her sessions with Harry to show her she’s not the only one who had doubts about what Dexter had become. Seeing that she was more like her dad than she originally thought seems to help Deb. But then she finds a video of Harry’s last session with Vogel, where he told her he couldn’t live with the truth of who Dexter was. If Harry couldn’t couldn’t live with himself, how can Deb?
At the end of the episode, Deb goes to talk with Dexter, asking him if they can take a drive. She seems better, more like the old Deb. But after her revelation that she can’t live with herself, it’s obvious that there’s something going on under the surface. Deb and Dexter go for a drive, and Deb talks to Dexter like everything is normal, saying Vogel doesn’t understand their relationship. Dexter eagerly agrees, wanting his life with Deb to go back to the way it used to be. But then Deb asks Dexter if Harry killed himself, and Dexter tells her the truth. Harry thought he had created a monster, and he couldn’t live with that. Then Deb says he only got it half right, and she takes the wheel and sends the car into a lake to kill them both. A nearby man sees them go in and rescues Deb, but when she looks back and sees Dexter go underwater unconscious, she can’t go through with it, and she rescues him.
Big things happened tonight, but there are also a few smaller things worth noting. Quinn passed the sergeant's exam, but didn’t do as well as Detective Miller. And after getting into a bar fight to defend Deb’s honor (which did not please Jamie), Batista tells him he needs to step it up if he wants to be promoted.
Also, it turns out Masuka has a daughter. Apparently he donated sperm in college (which isn’t surprising) and now, 18 years later, his daughter has come to find him. While this is kind of adorable, it’s also a little suspicious, and I’m not sure if she’s sincere or if she has more sinister motives. Either way, it’s an interesting story line for Masuka, and it should be interesting for us too.
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Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of April 29 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Sip a Little White Wine Sangria
Because Kanye West is at again. He took to Twitter with a two simple words and now we're all forced to lose our minds speculating.
Lars von Trier's new movie poster is just two parentheses. But really, it's forcing us to be the perverts to fill in the female anatomy blank.
Someone needs to buy Al Pacino a calendar. He just dropped out of a movie two months before its release.
It turns out, celebrities and horse owners have a lot in common. Apparently, they employ the same thought process when naming their babies and their horses.
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Harrison Ford doesn't seem to be too jazzed about his new movie. This video doesn't bode well for Ender's Game, does it?
Jaden Smith is supporting Justin Bieber's harem pants movement. At the cost of looking like he has baby legs.
Everyone at The Office says Steve Carell isn't coming back. But we refuse to believe Michael Scott would miss this finale.
What the hell, Showtime? This Dexter poster is going to give us nightmares.
Go Ahead, Drink Some Straight Tequila
Lindsay Lohan has been arrested so many times, we can't keep track. No really, we tried and it's near impossible.
Amanda Bynes finally gave a reason for her madness. She wants to look like a famous stripper. Great, back to square one.
This whole Reese Witherspoon thing keeps getting worse. Now there's a second video of Jim Tosh scolding Witherspoon. Will it never end?
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