The majesty of the Emerald Isle is on full display in Leap Year an opposites attract romantic comedy starring Amy Adams (Julie & Julia Enchanted) and Matthew Goode (A Single Man Watchmen). Director Anand Tucker (Shopgirl Hilary and Jackie) shooting entirely on location in Ireland takes us on a whirlwind tour of the country’s breathtaking landscape reveling in its fabled fairy-tale charm.
Pity then that such a magnificent setting is so mercilessly defaced by Leap Year’s unrelenting mediocrity. The film’s dubious premise testing the already loose limits of rom-com believability casts Adams as Anna a type-A career girl who flies to Ireland intending to pop the question to her feet-dragging boyfriend on February 29th aka Leap Day. Why Leap Day? Because according to some idiotic old Irish tradition that’s when women are allowed to do such things. (Click here to watch Adams herself try to explain the plot.)
Unfortunately for Anna weather problems force her plane to land far away from Dublin and her would-be fiance. Trapped in a tiny coastal town with no reliable transportation at her disposal she enlists the help of a scruffy abrasive barkeep named Declan (Goode) to drive her cross-country so she can reach her destination by the 29th. And thus begins the traditional rom-com mating ritual of sexually-charged bickering followed by moments of abrupt awkward intimacy.
While watching Leap Year I swear I could hear the Irish countryside quietly weeping as it witnessed Goode and Adams slog through the film's succession of trite misadventures the talented actors straining in vain to manufacture some semblance of romantic chemistry as an assortment of jolly Waking Ned Devine types futilely spurred them on. Oh if only Greenpeace could have intervened and put a halt to such wanton environmental desecration. It's the worst thing to come out of Ireland since The Cranberries.
Michael Jackson's Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years might not include a Jackson 5 reunion after all. Two members, Jermaine and Randie, have dropped out of the reunion show on Friday after complaining of "exorbitant ticket prices" being charged for the event.
According to Reuters, the two brothers wrote an open letter to the media saying that the cost of the ticket will prevent some of their most loyal and true fans from attending the shows. "It is almost embarrassing that no charities have been named to benefit from this most momentous occasion," the letter reads.
Although Jermaine Jackson has not signed a contract to appear in the show, he insists that there is no argument between Michael and any of their family members.
"I am sorry Jermaine has chosen not to participate in this event,'" said World Events LLC president David Gest, the event's producer. He said, however, that the remaining members of the Jackson 5 would unite with Jackson on stage.
In response, Jermaine Jackson's manager, Danny O'Donovan, told The Associated Press that he he hoped all the Jackson 5 members will attend the anniversary special.
Marlon Brando, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, 'N Sync, Quincy Jones and Diana Ross are among the celebrities expected to participate. Tickets for the Sept. 7 and Sept. 10 shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden are reportedly valued at up to $2,500.