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Ugh... Mondays, am I right? Every week kicks off with that trademark despair so expertly articulated in Mike Judge's Office Space: you've got a case of the Mondays. Luckily, Netflix has you covered, with plenty of pick-me-up comedies to make the worst day of the week a bit more jolly. To start off our Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendations, we suggest Our Idiot Brother.
Is it possible to be too nice? That's the question posed by Our Idiot Brother. Paul Rudd, the nation's greatest resource of pure charisma, puts his all into Ned, an impossibly idealistic man in a world that isn't ready to take in so much goodness. Ned loves everything unconditionally. He's a soft, easygoing spirit, but lacks the tenacity to make it in the modern day, and spends the twilight of his thirties surfing between his sisters' couches. Everyone learns soon enough that even affability has its breaking point, and Ned, who is cluelessly honest in all situations, throws his family into turmoil when he lets loose damaging secrets.
The film is an adorable indie comedy, and features the likes of Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, and Steve Coogan, all putting in good work, but the true highlight of the film is the completely likable Rudd. The character and his worldview are affecting, and ultimately a bit inspiring. Even when Ned's lack of duplicity causes the film to take one or two unfortunate detours, his charm is pure magnetism.
You can stream Our Idiot Brother on Netflix, and make sure to check back tomorrow for our recommendations for the perfect Bluesday Tuesday movie.
Stars including Evan Rachel Wood, Lindsay Lohan, Aaron Paul and Zach Braff were left shaken following an earthquake in Los Angeles on Monday morning (17Mar14). The city was hit by a 4.7 magnitude tremor at 6.30am local time and many celebrities took to Twitter.com to share their stories.
Actress Wood was thrown into a panic by the tremor, so she grabbed her baby son from his crib and cowered in a doorway with the infant in her arms until the ground stopped shaking.
She writes in a post on Twitter.com, "My house shook like when the jet engine falls on (film) Donnie Darko. Grabbed my baby and hid under a doorway till it was over... there are no tables in my bedroom."
Rapper Nicki Minaj was also caught up in the chaos, writing, "This earthquake just made me re-evaluate my entire life... I swear it felt like the entire house was picked up n (and) thrown down the block", while singer LeAnn Rimes adds, "Holy hell we just had an earthquake! Shaking," and singer Mika tells fans, "Wow just woken up by pretty strong 2 second tremors in LA. Strongest I've ever felt here."
Glee's Dianna Agron adds, "Not going to lie. That woke me up & that scared the s**t out of me. Can't say I've never felt an earthquake anymore..." and actress Elizabeth Banks quips, "Earthquake! I leapt out bed to check on the kids. They slept right through it, and couldn't have cared less."
Other stars who tweeted about the earthquake include Aaron Paul, who shared footage from a news programme which showed the TV hosts crawling under their desks, as well as Kevin Jonas, Vanessa Hudgens, Kerry Washington, Josh Duhamel, and funnyman Zach Braff, who joked in a message to One Direction star Harry Styles, "Dearest Harry Styles are you in LA? Is your hair ok? Earthquake."
Lohan also managed to make a joke about the incident, adding, "Earthquake... Where's Oprah when you need her."
Rapper Azealia Banks has postponed her U.K. tour dates until the autumn (14). This is the second time the 212 hitmaker has rescheduled shows in Glasgow in Scotland and Birmingham, Manchester and London in England, which were set to kick-off later this month (Mar14).
The dates were originally scheduled for last November (13), but will now take place in September (14).
There is currently no rescheduled date for the Birmingham gig as of yet.
It is the latest setback for the 22 year old - her new album has been delayed since 2012 amid a feud with her record label bosses.
Rapper 50 Cent is refusing to pay attention to disparaging comments made by his former G-Unit bandmate and friend Tony Yayo, insisting he has done everything he can for his longtime sidekick. Yayo recently took to his Instagram.com page to announce his retirement, revealing he was no longer part of G-Unit and accusing his former pal of abandoning him and fellow group member Lloyd Banks.
The In Da Club hitmaker has now hit back, insisting he gave both Yayo and Banks the best chance possible to make it in the music industry on their own.
He tells Billboard.com, "I had a wonderful journey with the people I grew up with. I think the frustration comes from shock, probably, that it's not everything they wanted it to be.
"It's not a secret, it's a known fact that he (Yayo) actually came home from jail with a million dollars and a Bentley. Like, 'What do you want?' These guys are millionaires. They've made millions of dollars. Why do that then..? I don't know what the goal was."
He adds, "I don't believe in looking back. I can care less about things that's (sic) happened in the past. I'm looking forward, at prosperity.
"I've learned the same person that tells you you're a piece of s**t, tells you they love you when the right song comes out... so you can't be affected by 'I hate you' - because it won't allow for something good to come in."
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Hollywood is cyclical. People shift in and out of importance all the time. Orange Is the New Black is responsible for the return of Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, and Jason Biggs. It’s also set to bring back Point Break star Lori Petty. Betty White and Joan Rivers are also having a major career resurgence. Peter Scolari is on Girls. Angela Bassett is on American Horror Story. People are popping back into the limelight all the time. Here are a few nominations of actors that need to step back into center stage.
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Oscar-nominated children's favourite Room On The Broom has swept the board at the British Animation Awards. The TV short, which missed out on the Short Film (Animated) prize at the Academy Awards last Sunday (02Mar14), saw off competition from Pirates! On an Adventure with Scientists and The Snowman and the Snowdog to win the coveted Best Long Form prize.
During the awards show in London on Friday (07Mar14), veteran actor Bill Nighy missed out on the Best Voice Performance trophy for his turn in The Hungry Corpse, losing to comedienne Morwenna Banks for Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom.
In the music video category, director Andrew Thomas Huang was honoured for his work on the promo for Before Your Very Eyes by Thom Yorke's supergroup Atoms for Peace.
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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Lily Allen has vowed to quit criticising her fellow stars. The Smile hitmaker famously became embroiled in public feuds with singers Katy Perry and Cheryl Cole during the early stages of her career, and was last year (13) involved in a bitter online war-of-words with upcoming rapper Azealia Banks.
However, she has now promised to walk away from future spats to prove she has grown up.
She tells ShortList magazine, "I don't really care about b**ching about Katy Perry. To me, that was never my edge. That was just sensationalist s**t. I was young and I didn't know how the media worked. I haven't lost my edge. I just know what is f**king tabloid stupid sensational bulls**t and what isn't."
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is in "serious talks" to reprise his role in the hit TV drama for the show's upcoming spin-off series, Better Call Saul. Show co-creator Vince Gilligan has been working on a prequel based on the dodgy dealings of lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, and Paul reveals he has been invited to reunite with his old co-stars as troubled youth Jesse Pinkman.
His character will be portrayed as a low-level drug dealer before he joined forces with his high school chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White (Bryan Cranston).
He tells the New York Daily News, "Anything Vince is involved with, I'm there. I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days - because it's all a prequel - it would be fun."
Paul won't be the only familiar face making an appearance on Better Call Saul - Jonathan Banks, who played private investigator Mike Ehrmantraut, has also signed on for the series.
It is not yet known if Cranston will also return, but Dean Norris, who was cast as his onscreen brother-in-law and drug enforcement agent Hank Schrader, will not be part of the reunion.
He says, "I think that experience was that experience. I'm not a big fan of kind of revisiting something that has already been done. But I think it's going to be awesome. So I can't wait to see it."
Better Call Saul is due to debut on America's AMC network in November (14), a year after Breaking Bad's fifth and final season aired on TV.
Seth Meyers officially threw his hat in the late night ring this week as the new host of NBC's Late Night. See the highlights of his first week on the job and remember to check back here at Hollywood.com every weekend for your weekly late night talk show highlights.
"Fake or Florida"Seth Meyer's breakout bit of the week was an odd little game show about that kooky place in the USA that calls itself The Sunshine State.
Rudd Battles FallonPaul Rudd absolutely shamed Jimmy Fallon into submission with a this one-sided lip sync battle.
Late Night TakeoverTwo of the greatest thespians of our time, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan, try their hand at hosting a late night talk show.
EscandaloThe folks over at Jimmy Kimmel Live! put together a hilarious Latino-flavored parody of ABC's Scandal.
Take That, ArizonaThis hilarious sketch from Conan O'Brien takes a jab at the Grand Canyon State for its anti-gay laws.
Acrobatic ArcheryThis "Stupid Human Trick" really missed the mark on Late Show with David Letterman – she really should've aimed for Letterman's crotch.
Show Me the Digital MoneyJon Stewart lampoons banks such as Credit Suisse for its role in financial marketplace fraud.
A Decade of LoveAdam Sandler and Drew Barrymore profess their on-screen love that has lasted 10 years on The Tonight Show.
Military Over-SpendingWhen Stephen Colbert found out that America is spending billions of dollars on useless military equipment, the fake political pundit doubled down on more spending!
Suit of the LoomJimmy Kimmel debuted his brand new suit, made completely from authentically loomed rubber band braids.
Waste Paper BasketballJimmy Fallon and Miami Heat's LeBron James rapped about their favorite office distraction.