Actress Sara Gilbert has welcomed a baby boy with her singer/songwriter wife Linda Perry. The former Roseanne star, 40, gave birth to the couple's first child on Saturday (28Feb15) and her The Talk co-host Julie Chen broke the news to viewers at the start of the U.S. daytime show on Monday (02Mar15).
Explaining the new mum's absence, Chen said, "Sara is on maternity leave. She just delivered over the weekend."
She added, "Our very own Sara and her wife Linda Perry are the proud parents of a new baby boy. Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry was born on Saturday and both mother and child are doing well."
Co-presenter Sharon Osbourne then shared the first photo of little Rhodes with fans.
The couple wed at the end of March, 2014.
Gilbert is also a mum to son Levi and daughter Sawyer from her previous relationship with TV producer Allison Adler.
The newborn is the second Gilbert has carried - she gave birth to Sawyer in 2007, while Adler carried Levi in 2004.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell narrowly made it to a live taping of U.S. daytime show The Talk on Tuesday (06Jan15) after running behind schedule. The British fashion icon had been booked to promote her role in filmmaker Lee Daniels' new TV drama Empire, but she hadn't even left her hotel when cameras began to roll on the daily talk show, which features Sharon Osbourne and actresses Sara Gilbert and Aisha Tyler among the presenters.
Co-host Julie Chen shared the news with the Los Angeles studio audience at the top of the programme, revealing, "I've been told that our lead guest, Naomi Campbell, is not even in the car yet on her way here..."
The model was en route 10 minutes later, but Chen mused, "It's not like she's around the corner, she's at least 25 minutes away, and that's if traffic is flowing, so we'll see if she makes it (to the show in time) or not."
Campbell's tardiness forced producers to ask country group Lady Antebellum to make an early entrance and fill the scheduling gap.
The supermodel was rushed onstage in the final minutes of the hour-long broadcast to cheers from the audience, and explained, "It was tough (to make it on time), it was really close. It was, like, in the car, in a robe and sneakers, doing make-up."
The British star then raced through the premise of her role on Empire before the taping wrapped.
Actress Sara Gilbert is expecting her first child with new wife Linda Perry. The former Roseanne star, who wed singer/songwriter Perry in March (14), revealed the news on Tuesday's (09Sep14) episode of her U.S. TV show The Talk, after refusing to take part in a dare to lie on a bed of nails.
Fighting back tears, she explained, "I'm actually not gonna do the dare... I was scared to do it and I really do believe in facing your fears and doing things that make you uncomfortable, but I actually can't do the dare because I'm pregnant."
The surprise news prompted her co-presenters Sharon Osbourne, actress Aisha Tyler, comedienne Sheryl Underwood and newswoman Julie Chen to shriek with joy, as Gilbert added, "I feel good, I feel really good."
Gilbert is already a mum to son Levi and daughter Sawyer from her previous relationship with TV producer Allison Adler.
The new baby will be the second Gilbert has carried - she gave birth to Sawyer in 2007, while Adler carried Levi in 2004.
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It can’t be denied that there is a lack of diversity in American sitcoms. Many revolve around white — or mostly white — characters and, currently, none focus on an Asian-Americans. In fact, the last comedy to follow a wholly Asian-American family was Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl, which ran for one season in 1994. However, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat will premiere on the network this fall and it seems to have a lot of potential.
First off, have you seen the trailer for Fresh Off the Boat? Although watching the trailers and promos for all the new network shows that will debut this fall may make many people quite jaded, Fresh Off the Boat stood out from the rest because it was actually hilarious. Secondly, the show seems to be a very genuine look into the life of an Asian-American family in the ‘90s. It looks this way because the show is based on the memoir of the same name by Eddie Huang. So, the story of Fresh Off the Boat is rooted in reality, managing to be entertaining and genuine at the same time.
If you’re doubtful of how American sitcoms can manage authenticity, take a look at the trailer for ABC’s other upcoming comedy, Christela. While it’s heartening to see ABC trying to diversify the families featured on the network’s comedies, there is a stark contrast between Christela and Fresh Off the Boat. While Christela seems to draw all its humor from tired stereotypes, Fresh Off the Boat is more about combating stereotypes by giving viewers a more honest look into the featured family.
It may be important for networks to diversify, especially within their sitcom families, but it’s also important to create quality television, which is entirely possible to do with non-white characters without relying on exhausted jokes based in horrible stereotypes. Although it may be a bit premature to say so, Fresh Off the Boat seems to be a promising example of how networks can diversify and make fantastic shows.
Actress Patricia Heaton was left cringing with embarrassment on Wednesday (21May14) after putting reality TV stars on blast while sitting next to The Osbournes' Sharon Osbourne on her own talk show. The former Everybody Loves Raymond star was a guest on America's The Talk when she was quizzed about the kind of TV shows she likes to tune into.
Without thinking, Heaton responded, "I'm not a big fan (of) reality shows where you're just filming your life. Gee, which family does that? It's so bizarre. I like the reality shows where you have to actually have accomplished a skill, like Project Runway, where you have to know how to sew and design, or like Top Chef, you have to know how to cook.
"But (when) you take your life and you sort of gee it up (exaggerate it) a little, and you do fake things that are supposed to be how you live, it's just bizarre..."
Heaton had been referring to the Kardashians, who had been discussed earlier on in the show, but her comments prompted Osbourne's co-host Julie Chen to ensure that she wasn't aiming her rant at the rock matriarch, who starred in her own family reality show on MTV in the early 2000s.
Chen said, "We just want to clarify, you were talking about the Kardashians?". After Heaton nodded, she continued, "You were not talking about the Osbournes because this lady (Sharon), she blazed the trail (for family reality shows)!"
The clarification caused Heaton to put her head in her hands as she laughed at her mistake, and she began banging her fists on the table as she apologised to a smiling Osbourne, before hugging her.
But Ozzy Osbourne's manager wife took no offence and cried in defence, "We had jobs! We had jobs to do every day!"
Tobey Maguire's daughter delighted guests at rocker Linda Perry and actress Sara Gilbert's wedding on Sunday (30Mar14) by taking to the stage to perform a song for the newlyweds. The couple exchanged vows in Malibu, California over the weekend and Juliette Lewis, Steven Tyler, Spider-Man star Maguire and Gilbert's The Talk co-hosts Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood and Julie Chen were all in attendance.
According to reports, the ceremony was more like a rock concert, with performances from 1980s artists including Bow Wow Wow singer Annabella Lwin, Missing Persons' Dale Bozzio, The Motels' Martha Davis and Terri Nun from Berlin, but the highlight of the show came when Maguire's seven-year-old daughter Ruby hit the stage to belt out a cover of Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun, reports TMZ.com.
Former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Perry also showed off her musical talents by teaming up with Nun to sing Berlin's Sex (I'm A...) hit.
All good things must eventually come to an end, and this season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is no exception. But they went out with a bang, wrapping up several season-long arcs and leaving off on as much of a cliff-hanger as a feel-good sitcom could possibly manage: Peralta has been fired from the NYPD.
After spending weeks staking out a community leader under suspicion of money laundering and drug trafficking, against both Holt and Commissioner Podolski's wishes, Peralta manges to get Santiago and the captain to join him in gathering evidence. The whole operation culminates in Peralta purposefully getting fired in order to go undercover with the FBI to investigate the Iannucci crime family. He's already got his backstory worked out. Meanwhile, Boyle and Vivian have broken up over their inability to decide on a place to live, and Boyle has fallen into a spiral of despair and depression. Luckily, he's got Diaz and Sgt. Jeffords around to help him get over his broken heart.
So, which characters are cartoon thumbs-up and which ones are faces with exes for eyes? Let's all be little boy and little girl holding hands and decide who were the MVPs of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's season finale, "Charges and Specs."
PeraltaAlthough Peralta started the season as the weakest character on the show, he has progressed to become one of the funniest, most three-dimensional characters in the precinct. It's a testament to both the writers and Andy Samberg that Peralta has come far enough to support this new undercover storyline, as the old Peralta wouldn't have been compelling enough to pull it off. - Like every white guy who has ever played pick-up basketball, Peralta shouts "Kobe!" before taking a shot, only to have the ball slammed back into his face. It seemed like an obvious goaltend, but that's beside the point. - Peralta: "Trust me, this is reliable tittle-tattle!" - A special shout-out to the actor who played Young Jake for his pitch-perfect delivery of the depressed, "We were gonna grind!" - On the pace of pursuing justice: "Could it be gently nudged into hyper-speed?" - Peralta's thrift store dance is even funnier at full-speed than it is in slow motion. There are few people who can flail their arms as well as Samberg can. - Watching Holt dance: "Who is he?!" - Peralta's preferred method of getting fired? "And your mother! All of your mothers! And your grandmothers! And all of your grandmothers' little dogs! You can't handle the me!" - Receiving his undercover assignment: "Eyes closed, head first, can't lose!"
Holt This week, we got a new insight into Holt, and we learned everything from his secret dancing skills to his favorite breakfast. Andre Braugher's exceptionally deadpan delivery will be dearly missed over the hiatus. - Even better than the reveal that Holt ended an eight-year relationship with a calm handshake is the welcome return of Holt's old-school cop mustache. - Peralta: "I brought you your favorite breakfast: a plain bagel and a water." / Holt: "Don't try to soften me up." - Holt is a master at charming judges. He's had so many great lines this season, but someone Braugher managed to make "Wassup," the single funniest thing he has said all season. I'm pretty sure Peralta and I were making the exact same face at that moment.- On his ability to seduce women: "I find many women want... what they can't have." - Interrupting the thrift store montage: "Jake, the overwhelming time pressure." - Holt is an exceptional ballroom dancer. Also, his solo cha-cha as he attempts to get Peralta to focus is a thing of beauty.
BoyleJoe Lo Truglio can play a lovable sad sack better than almost anyone else on television right now, and "Charges and Specs" gave him the best venue yet to showcase those talents. - Boyle, dressed like an extra from The Matrix, brokenly declares that "Life is a pit," after Vivian dumps him. - The running joke about Boyle only eating "eggs in a bag" for sustenance provided some of the night's best visual gags. Between him keeping one in his pocket for later and swallowing them whole, Lo Truglio managed to sell every gross, pathetically hilarious moment. - A text Boyle sent to Peralta: "I finally know what a used napkin at a barbecue restaurant feels like." - On his hand injury: "It makes it hard to navigate my egg-sack." - Boyle, stalling at the hearing: "I only heard Det. Peralta talk about Lucas Wint once. We were in my car. I took Vivian on our first real date in that car. Vivian is my fiancee. My ex-fiancee. My never-wife." - Finding out that Peralta is going undercover: "I feel like my heart just threw up."
SantiagoThis week combined Santiago's desperate need to please Holt with her determination to do the right thing, and Melissa Fumero nailed every line and reaction she was given. And that dress did make her look like a mermaid. - Holt is the executor of Santiago's will. - Sticking up for Peralta: "Sir, I am Amy Santiago, and I have something to say, I think you're wrong. I think Peralta is onto something, and I think you should let him pursue it. I'm Amy Santiago, and I'm done talking." - On working the Wint case: "We're both off-roading it here. My internal GPS has been recalculating for a week." - Santiago gets nervous about winning the dance contest, even though they're undercover. Also, she says the word "dance" every time she takes a step. - She decides to sell her fake crying by shouting "Oh, god! I live to dance!"
On this week's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Peralta is desperate to close an "unsolvable" case: Case 52ABX-32QJ, in which a man was murdered via an exploding boat, leaving behind only a charred finger and a melted torso for evidence. Since he and Terry were originally assigned the case eight years ago, Perlata convinces Terry to give up his weekend as well and help out. Of course, the real reason that Peralta wants to spend his weekend working is to distract himself from the fact that Santiago and her new boyfriend Teddy (Kyle Bornheimer) are taking a lovely weekend trip to the Berkshires. Well, they were, until Santiago remembered she agreed to help Captain Holt with a community organization meeting.
Meanwhile, Boyle and Vivian are still working through their move to Ottawa, which means he spends much of his workday on the phone. But since the precinct isn't a great place to have an emotional conversation — what with all of the hijinks, murder and holding cells full of perps — Diaz helps him out by introducing him to "Babylon," the secret bathroom she and Gina use as a private getaway. So, break out the Salt 'N' Pepa and your animal-covered nap blankets, because it's time to close a difficult case of our own: determining the MVP's of "Unsolvable."
Terry Jeffords It can be tough to balance being both an authority figure and one of the goofiest characters on the show, but Terry Crews always manages to find the right combination of the two. - It's not a fancy tea party without napkins in the shape of swans, and luckily, Terry is the king of origami napkins. - In a beautiful flashback, we learn that eight years ago, Terry wore Kangol hats to work, Peralta had frosted tips and Boyle had, quite possibly, the worst haircut of all time. - Peralta: "That doesn't sound good." / Terry: "I know. That's why I sad 'bad news.' Terry believes in having a clear topic sentence." - On Taylor Swift: "SHE MAKES ALL OF US FEEL THINGS!" - Peralta: "Do they run from the bulls in Pamplona?" / Terry: "Yes. That's the whole point of it." - Terry's biceps often mock people. It's a good thing to know. - Jake and Terry drunkenly dancing to "Whatta Man" is the best capper of the season. There is little in this world that is more delightful than Crews dancing, so it's no surprise that almost all of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's best music moments have come from him.
Santiago and Holt Santiago spends so much time sucking up to Holt that it was a nice change of pace to see her attempt to get out of doing something for him for a change. Melissa Fumero plays flustered beautifully, and this week she nailed every single reaction shot. And since she and Andre Braugher are always hilarious together, it's no surprise that their scenes were some of the funniest of the night. - Holt sprained his wrist hula-hooping: "Kevin and I attend a class for fitness and for fun. I've mastered all the moves: the Pizza Toss, the Tornado, the Scorpion, the Oopsie-Doodle." And the only person who knows this is Peralta, because "no one will ever believe [him]." Braugher's devious face as he deletes the photos is a thing of beauty. - Santiago, on her dental pain: "I am a rock, I am an island, I... have lapsed into song lyrics again." - Holt, giving last year's audio-visual presentation: "I... just deleted... everything." - Holt: "My brother-in-law is one of the best oral surgeons in the quint-state area." / Santaigo: "That's two better than the tri-state area." - Santiago: "I may be a liar, but I have great teeth, and no one can take that from me." / Dentist: "Have you ever heard of over-brushing?" / Santiago: "Oh, no."- After Santiago finds out she has seven cavities, Holt chides: "I have to say, I feel like you deserve this." - When asking for the following weekend off, Santiago starts with "I know this comes right on the heels of betraying you, but..." - Fumero had the night's best bit of phsyical comedy when her drink just spills down her face, since Santiago still can't feel her mouth.
Gina After a few weeks of Gina-heavy episodes, she took a backseat this week, and mostly hung around to help keep Boyle's storyline moving. Chelsea Peretti can deliver almost any line perfectly, and this week was a wonderful showcase for that talent. - After Santiago describes the activities she and Teddy have planned: "Sounds like you two have a lovely lesbian vacation planned." - On excuses for getting out of work: "Can't go wrong with dental emergency, or a death of a triplet. Now that one you can use twice." - Gina, on Babylon: "It's the best thing in my life, and I have a very full life. Do you know I know Papa John? The Papa John." / Diaz: "Someone is lying to you." - Diaz introduced Gina to Babylon after she got a stomach flu at a sewer rave. "Fun night, though." - After Holt forces Santiago into seeing a dentist, Gina rubs in her failure at lying with: "He's a good dude. He's a good, good dude." - Gina's over wolves. She's into angry unicorns now.
Scully and Hitchcock The fact that Scully and Hitchcock are only interested in being decent detectives when there's a secret bathroom involved is both hilarious and wonderfully fitting. They perfectly capped off that reveal with a one-two punch of them bullying Boyle into revealing Babylon's location, and then using their new secluded restroom to wash their clothes in the sink. It's kind of amazing that these two still have jobs considering how ridiculous they are.
Boyle's wedding day is fast approaching on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and he asks Peralta to be his best man — the forlover to his brudgom, if you're Danish — a role that Peralta accepts with enthusiasm. But his duties aren't all whiskey and cigars, and Peralta needs to find a way to help Boyle confess to Vivian that he doesn't want to move to suburban Ottowa with her. Meanwhile, Holt is attempting to coach Diaz into apologizing to a younger officer that she humiliated after he messed up her crime scene, and Terry, Santiago, and Gina are on a crash-diet that involves eating solitary almonds and see-through slices of cantaloupes for lunch. Needless to say, the hypoglycemic rage that results isn't pretty.
So, which characters from "Fancy Brugdom" are going to live forever, and which ones gave up easy? How long was Scully in that coma? And what does Diaz read at her book club?
Terry Jeffords Terry Crews is a delight. He sells even the silliest moments of the diet storyline with enthusiasm (that cantaloupe song is still stuck in my head), and manages to make his more serious moments equally as entertaining. - "My wife heard about it at Mommy and Me Graphic Design. Or maybe it was Toddler Karate. She takes our little ladies to so many classes, I can't keep them all straight!" - On the diet: "Pro tip: lick the baggie. There's food molecules in there!" - Contemplating the see-through thin wedge of cantaloupe that is his lunch: "Santiago! Come hold this so it looks bigger in your tiny hands!" - Terry and Santiago have a "Cantaloupe Time" song. Terry sings bass, Santiago takes the high parts, and it comes with a wonderful head-wiggling dance. Also, for a song that has two lines, it's surprisingly catchy. - "We were on the same team, until you deserted me for Team Eating Food! Was that a good burn? I'm so hungry, I can't tell." - Terry proves how strong he's feeling by casually lifting up a car. - The "fart attack" that Terry has is probably the stupidest gag that Brooklyn Nine-Nine has featured yet, but Crews' humiliated face, and his desperate order to "get back inside!" sold every second of it.
Peralta Despite his usual immaturity, Peralta throws himself completely into his duties as Best Man, and devotes himself to supporting Boyle in all of his decisions. It's clear that Peralta's friends mean a lot to him, and so it was good to see him dedicate his time and effort into helping Boyle get up the courage to talk to his fiancee about their impending move. - Boyle asks Peralta to be his Best Man by hiding a bow tie in his beer, and Peralta is so honored that he learns Danish, buys nurse shoes to last through his day of wedding planning, and forces Boyle to talk to Vivian with a well-timed baton to the knee. - Santiago: "Are you gonna set up shop in a strip club?" / Peralta: "What kind of shop would I set up? Hand sanitizer! I would sell hand sanitizer." - "According to Boyle, the Danes throw the most beautiful weddings. And the most violent funerals." - Boyle: "Hello, my beautiful, big BM!" / Peralta: "Best Man. Best Man is fine." - After Boyle tells Peralta that he's planning to retire and move to Ottowa with Vivian: "We're supposed to die on the force together! Me in a big explosion and you committing suicide at my funeral out of respect." - After Vivian mentions that peasants in Ancient Egypt drank beer for breakfast: "Well, that explains why all of their buildings are crooked." - Peralta always comes up with the smoothest excuses. This week's? "I have a mole on my back that needs looking at, and Charles has eyes." - Boyle: "Am I planning the worst wedding ever?" / Peralta: "Second worst. Red wedding, Game of Thrones."
Holt and Diaz It seems like Holt and Diaz wouldn't be a hilarious pairing, simply because they're so much alike, but Andre Braugher and Stephanie Beatriz find a way to make their sarcastic, deadpan deliveries compliment each other. - Holt, after Terry tells everyone about the twins' various activities: "Childhood truly is a time of wonder." - When Diaz finds out that the officer filed a formal complaint against her, she asks "Did he fill it out in crayon?" and Holt responds "No, but he did fill it out in green pen, which is crazy to me."- Holt staring murderously at Diaz's written apology after he lights it on fire was brilliant. If they said he lit it on fire by channeling pure fury with his eyes, I'd completely buy it. - Holt and Diaz repeating "I'm sorry" to each other in various inflections of deadpan could have been dumb, but both Braugher and Beatriz nailed every second of it. - Diaz's sincere apology: "I'm sorry for your goat face, your rodent brain, and your terrible, goose body!" Also, she's sorry for talking about Officer Deitmore to her book club. "Those people don't even know you. That wasn't cool." - Holt doesn't know who Emperor Palpatine is. - Diaz: "I'm sorry." / Holt: "Please, Diaz. Don't make a scene."
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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