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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People reports that Katie Couric is newly engaged. The news anchor and talk show host accepted a proposal from her boyfriend of two years, banker John Molner, over the holiday weekend.
Couric struggled with her love life after Jay Monahan, father of their two daughters, succumbed to colon cancer in 1998 after nine years of marriage. But she's never been opposed to settling down, telling Parade in 2012, "I’m the marrying kind, even though I’ve only been married once. I like the idea of having a life partner."
Since her first husband's death, Couric kept busy, raising her two children, starting several cancer centers and charities to honor Monahan's memory, and breaking television barriers to become the first female head news anchor of CBS News for five years. While Couric did date sporadically, including a high profile relationship with Brooks Perlin, a hedge fund manager and entrepenuer (who also happens to be 17 years her junior), it only took two years before she knew Molner was the one. With a dating history that includes Larry King, Bob Sagat, Jeff Probst, and turning down Michael Jackson, it must be a relief for Couric to finally end her search.
Yes it's true! So touched by all the kind Tweets & warm wishes-thank you! A great end to the summer & looking fwd to seeing you all Monday!!
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) September 3, 2013
Happy to confirm engagement rumors on Twitter (above), Couric has a second reason to celebrate this week — her talk show, Katie, returns Sept. 9th. Perhaps viewers will be treated to an on-air reveal of her (no doubt spectacular) ring. The couple has yet to release any other details about their upcoming wedding.
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David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas consists of six stories set in various periods between 1850 and a time far into Earth's post-apocalyptic future. Each segment lives on its own the previous first person account picked up and read by a character in its successor creating connective tissue between each moment in time. The various stories remain intact for Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run) Lana Wachowski's and Andy Wachowski's (The Matrix) film adaptation which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The massive change comes from the interweaving of the book's parts into one three-hour saga — a move that elevates the material and transforms Cloud Atlas in to a work of epic proportions.
Don't be turned off by the runtime — Cloud Atlas moves at lightning pace as it cuts back and forth between its various threads: an American notary sailing the Pacific; a budding musician tasked with transcribing the hummings of an accomplished 1930's composer; a '70s-era investigatory journalist who uncovers a nefarious plot tied to the local nuclear power plant; a book publisher in 2012 who goes on the run from gangsters only to be incarcerated in a nursing home; Sonmi~451 a clone in Neo Seoul who takes on the oppressive government that enslaves her; and a primitive human from the future who teams with one of the few remaining technologically-advanced Earthlings in order to survive. Dense but so was the unfamiliar world of The Matrix. Cloud Atlas has more moving parts than the Wachowskis' seminal sci-fi flick but with additional ambition to boot. Every second is a sight to behold.
The members of the directing trio are known for their visual prowess but Cloud Atlas is a movie about juxtaposition. The art of editing is normally a seamless one — unless someone is really into the craft the cutting of a film is rarely a post-viewing talking point — but Cloud Atlas turns the editor into one of the cast members an obvious player who ties the film together with brilliant cross-cutting and overlapping dialogue. Timothy Cavendish the elderly publisher could be musing on his need to escape and the film will wander to the events of Sonmi~451 or the tortured music apprentice Robert Frobisher also feeling the impulse to run. The details of each world seep into one another but the real joy comes from watching each carefully selected scene fall into place. You never feel lost in Cloud Atlas even when Tykwer and the Wachowskis have infused three action sequences — a gritty car chase in the '70s a kinetic chase through Neo Seoul and a foot race through the forests of future millennia — into one extended set piece. This is a unified film with distinct parts echoing the themes of human interconnectivity.
The biggest treat is watching Cloud Atlas' ensemble tackle the diverse array of characters sprinkled into the stories. No film in recent memory has afforded a cast this type of opportunity yet another form of juxtaposition that wows. Within a few seconds Tom Hanks will go from near-neanderthal to British gangster to wily 19th century doctor. Halle Berry Hugh Grant Jim Sturgess Jim Broadbent Ben Whishaw Hugo Weaving and Susan Sarandon play the same game taking on roles of different sexes races and the like. (Weaving as an evil nurse returning to his Priscilla Queen of the Desert cross-dressing roots is mind-blowing.) The cast's dedication to inhabiting their roles on every level helps us quickly understand the worlds. We know it's Halle Berry behind the fair skinned wife of the lunatic composer but she's never playing Halle Berry. Even when the actors are playing variations on themselves they're glowing with the film's overall epic feel. Jim Broadbent's wickedly funny modern segment a Tykwer creation that packs a particularly German sense of humor is on a smaller scale than the rest of the film but the actor never dials it down. Every story character and scene in Cloud Atlas commits to a style. That diversity keeps the swirling maelstrom of a movie in check.
Cloud Atlas poses big questions without losing track of its human element the characters at the heart of each story. A slower moment or two may have helped the Wachowskis' and Tykwer's film to hit a powerful emotional chord but the finished product still proves mainstream movies can ask questions while laying over explosive action scenes. This year there won't be a bigger movie in terms of scope in terms of ideas and in terms of heart than Cloud Atlas.
S2:E19 “I’m bleeding when I use the bathroom.” – Ronnie
If you haven’t been heeding all of Katie Couric’s warnings to care for your colon, then you’re a jerk. Your body is yours. It’s not like your roommate’s sofa that you don’t have to have any respect for because wine has already been spilled on it too many times and it is actually the perfect place to start a Little Shop of Plaster project. No, your insides are sacred, and if you fuck with them too much, they’ll fuck with you back. No joke. They’ll show no mercy and they’ll start holding co-op meetings where they’ll plan the best way to get you back for fucking with them so hard. They’ll wait until you’re at a really great place in your life and that’s when they decide the time is right for you to START BLEEDING FROM YOUR ASSHOLE. Which is exactly what happened with Ronnie last night on Jersey Shore. Everything was great between him and Sammi so he went out one night, drank way too much, and woke up the next morning with blood coming out of his ass. Realizing this was A BIGGER FUCKING PROBLEM than the sudden disappearance of all the Risk game pieces, Sammi took Ronnie to one of those weird doctors that operates out of a building that looks like a house. He poked around places like Ronnie’s “rim” and basically told him to stop drinking so much. Which he did, in addition to begin keeping a crazy tube of cream on his bedside table.
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So the whole house was getting along for the first time since, I don’t know, boxerbriefs. They all went to Karma where Snooki met Jeff and Deena met Dario. When they went back to the house, Dario fed Deena enchiladas even though she said she wanted to go to the gym more. He told her she didn’t have to because she was small and in actuality, she could gain weight. She was charmed, but not enough for her to have sex with him so she said they were just going to cuddle. Then, we caught a glimpse of how, when they were in bed together, Dario said that he hadn’t had sex in three months and that it’d be really great if she’d just indulge him. And so she did because she could sense that he was really close to going to Kinkos and making a pie chart to illustrate his inadvertent solidarity. The next day, Snooki hung out with Jeff, and she explained to him that the reason why the ocean was salty was because of all the whale sperm, and Jeff explained to Snooki that he was practically engaged to a virgin before he went to Iraq. HER MIND EXPLODED. This scared Snooki quite severely that she broke it off with him before she had a chance to explore the capabilities of his tongue ring. Idiot.
“We’re going to take the other Escalade to go to the sex store and get games.” – Jenni
Before the guys went out to do their laundry, they asked the girls to clean out the refrigerator. But instead, the girls went to a sex shop. Jenni got some kind of bondage outfit that was so frail the gums of a baby could rip it a part, Deena tried on an angel costume, Snooki purchased a baseball player’s uniform, and Sammi did nothing and just acted like a piece of sea glass in one of their foots that they happened to drag in there with them. So when the boys got back, they realized the girls had not cleaned out the refrigerator and this irritated Ronnie in particular because thought he did everything for Sammi except breathe for her. When the girls made it back to the house with their costumes that would eventually find a spot in their closets next Petco sweaters that each of their dogs got too fat for, Ronnie said it was unfair that the guys had to go food shopping, clean the kitchen, empty the refrigerator (are wrecking balls in there? What’s making this task so excruciating?) and then cook dinner for everyone. Sammi said she had done her duties when she held a bag in front of his mouth to catch his vomit and took him to the doctor when his asshole was bleeding, and I kind of thought she was right. At the dinner table, everything was awkward again because Sammi and Ronnie were not on good terms anymore.
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Next on "Today": A peek up Katie Couric's butt.
Yes, it's come to this. Just weeks after a pair of total strangers married on live TV in the name of unholy matrimony, America's leading morning-news show is offering up footage of its anchor's recent colonoscopy. The fun started today. More goodies from Couric's electronic cancer screening test are scheduled to air Tuesday.
Top that, Bryant Gumbel.
"Today" "Today's" look-at-Katie's-colon segment is part of the NBC show's weeklong series about colon cancer. Couric knows first-hand how serious the disease is; her husband, NBC legal commentator Jay Monahan, died from it in January 1998 at age 42. Since then, Couric has been championing education and preventive measures to combat colon cancer, which claims 55,000 American lives each year.
This is all well and good, but the question begs: Does America really want and/or need to see Couric's innards?
"We're showing it to demonstrate that there's no reason people should be scared," "Today" executive producer (and fellow colon-cancer patient) Jeff Zucker told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We try to do sit with tremendous sensitivity. We don't show a lot of her colon. We're not going to gross anybody out."
THE GREATEST NUT OF ALL? In New York, Whitney Houston has obtained a restraining order against a 36-year-old woman who says the singer/actress/diva is her, you know, "supernatural reincarnated mother." According to Houston's camp, Desiree D. Weeks began sending rambling letters to the entertainer in August. The missives reportedly referred to Houston's 7-year-old daughter as Weeks' "little sister" and Houston's mother as Weeks' "nana." Authorities says Weeks also sent Houston a four-tiered cake, underwear and other unspecified gifts -- although why you'd need other gifts after scoring a free four-tiered cake, we have no idea.
TEENY-WEENY BOPPER: The ex-drummer for the Bay City Rollers, the 1970s-era, plaid-clad pop group that once dominated the teen-idol press on the (relative) strength of one catchy hit ("Saturday Night"), pleaded guilty to kiddie porn charges Friday in his native Scotland. Police there say they found the offending photos and videos during a raid of Derek Longmuir's apartment. The former teen idol, now in his 40s, most recently worked as a nurse at a local Edinburgh hospital. He'll be sentenced at a later court date. No comment on the case from his erstwhile bandmates. Like the guy named Woody.
GET YER STINKIN' GUN LAWS OFF ME! "Planet of the Apes" survivor and National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston has canceled an appearance today alongside gun-control activist James Brady. Heston was scheduled to take part at a campaign kickoff for Colorado Project Exile, a program aimed at cutting gun-related crime in Colorado. A parent of a child killed in the Columbine High School massacre is also taking part. An NRA spokesman said some last-minute things came up on Chuck's schedule. (Time to reload?)
OSCAR WATCH: Drew Barrymore has been added to the list of celebrity presenters at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards on March 26 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. We're sure the appearance is in no way timed to her upcoming movie "Charlie's Angels." We're sure of that. We think.