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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Last week, the Dancing With the Stars judges proved that even the mighty can fall from the top after they sent Jaleel White packing in the last Dance Duel of the season. It doesn't matter if you've earned perfect scores or received numerous 10s throughout the competition — absolutely no one has a guaranteed spot in the finals. So now that the Dance Duel has taken its final bow, couples will have to rely on their fan base more than ever before if they hope to dance another day.
This week, the six remaining couples had to once again participate in two different sets of dances: a ballroom dance and a first ever "Trio Dance," which means each couple had to incorporate another professional dance partner into their routine. And while you may think adding an extra pro could make things easier on the stars, you couldn't be more wrong. As if that wasn't enough pressure, Tuesday night's results show will also be a double elimination round, meaning that not one, but two couples will be shown the door by the night's end.
So who among the six couples will be the next to leave the ballroom and who will make it to the final four? Judging by the shakeup on the leaderboard this week, it's going to be a hard one to tell. Check out the scores below (from highest to lowest) and see if you agree with the ranking scale this week:
William Levy and Cheryl Burke
Foxtrot: "Stray Cat Strut" by Stray Cats
Score: 30 out of 30
Trio Dance: Paso Doble
Trio Dance Score: 27 out of 30
Total Score: 57 out of 60
Roshon Fegan and Chelsea Hightower
Foxtrot: "Sweet Pea" by Amos Lee
Score: 29 out of 30
Trio Dance: Paso Doble "Turn Me On" by Nicki Minaj
Trio Dance Score: 27 out of 30
Total Score: 56 out of 60
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
Tango: "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder
Score: 27 out of 30
Trio Dance: Jive "Rip It Up" by Bill Haley and His Comets
Trio Dance Score: 28 out of 30
Total Score: 55 out of 60
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
Viennese Waltz: "Kathleen" by David Gray
Score: 26 out of 30
Trio Dance: Cha Cha "She's A Lady" by Tom Jones
Trio Dance Score: 29 out of 30
Total Score: 55 out of 60
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
Viennese Waltz: "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
Score: 28 out of 30
Trio Dance: Samba "Mama Do the Hump" Rizzle Kicks
Trio Dance Score: 25 out of 30
Total Score: 53 out of 60
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Foxtrot: "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart
Score: 24 out of 30
Trio Dance: Samba "Hard To Handle" by Otis Redding
Trio Dance Score: 27 out of 30
Total Score: 51 out of 60
What did you think of tonight's set of performances? Did you agree with the judges' scores? Are you a fan of the Trio Dance? Who stands the biggest threat of going home Tuesday night amid all this talent? Sound off in the comments below!
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The Philadelphia star's parents divorced when he was just five years old and he spent the rest of his early years moving from town to town with his siblings and dad Amos, who made a habit of uprooting the family to new locations.
And Hanks believes the lack of stability in his youth has affected his ability to trust others.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "When I was growing up, we moved around an awful lot so we didn't have a lot of friends around us that we really knew well. We were always taking off. Our father was a cook who moved often, uprooting us. We saw our mother on holidays. Altogether, I had three mothers, four fathers, five schools and 10 houses.
"My childhood wasn't a bed of roses, but it made me independent... Since I moved around so much as a kid, I didn't have an awful lot of friends. I don't think it's part of my make-up to completely open up. I can pretend to be very good friends with people then not have anything to do with them for 18 months."
Top Story: Suge Knight Back in the Hoosegow
Rap mogul and founder of Death Row Records Marion "Suge" Knight was sent back to prison for 10 months Thursday for punching a parking attendant at a Hollywood nightclub, Reuters reports. The Compton-born record executive was arrested after the incident, which happened last month outside the White Lotus Club, a celebrity hangout frequented by the likes of Hugh Hefner, Jennifer Garner, Jewel and Jessica Simpson. The arrest was the second parole violation for Knight. He was paroled from prison in 2001 for an earlier assault conviction and arrested in December 2002 for associating with reputed gang members, but was cleared of most of the allegations against him and ordered to perform community service plus 61 days in jail. In fact, jail may be the safest place for the music exec. According to a Los Angeles Times report, Knight may be the ultimate target of a series of gang slayings that killed four people close to him: "Word on the street is there's a hit out on Suge Knight," said Det. Michael Caouette of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Queen Latifah Gets Breast Reduction
It's not your imagination. Rapper turned actress Queen Latifah tells USA Today that she had breast reduction surgery in April and went from "well over an E cup" to a double D. The 33-year-old Oscar nominee says she also lost 25 to 30 pounds in the past year through exercise and eating right. But Latifah said back pain forced her to consider surgery. "It took a year and a half to make that decision. It wasn't for confidence or image. I'm the anti-Hollywood girl." Latifah has become a spokeswoman for a new line of undergarments called Curvation.
Jam Master Jay Reportedly Feared for His Life
Ronald Washington, a lifelong friend of Jason Mizell, who was shot and killed at a recording studio in Queens, N.Y., last year, told police the Run-DMC rapper was carrying a .45-caliber handgun and feared for his life the night of his murder, CNN reports. Washington, who is currently detained on armed robbery charges in New York, did not disclose why Mizell, also known as Jam Master Jay, feared for his life that night, but his lawyer, Dana Grossblatt, said he has shared the reason with police. She also said Washington described to police and named the two men he claims he saw heading inside the studio minutes before he says he heard the gunshots that killed the rapper. Neither police nor prosecutors have named any suspects in the case or have stated a motive for the killing.
French Actress Marie Trintignant Dies
French actress Marie Trintignant died Friday in a French hospital, a day after she was flown back from Lithuania in a coma after sustaining severe head injuries following a violent incident with her boyfriend, Reuters reports. Trintignant's family has filed a complaint in a Paris court against her partner, Bertrand Cantat, the frontman for the French rock band Noir Desir, alleging premeditated grievous bodily harm and failure to help a person at risk. The 39-year-old singer was admitted early Sunday for alcohol poisoning and a suspected overdose of medicine or drugs soon after Trintignant was rushed to the same hospital in a coma with severe cerebral hemorrhaging. He appeared in court in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius Thursday and was placed under formal arrest for two weeks while police investigate.
Garner Stays With Alias Through 2008
Actress Jennifer Garner is finalizing a new deal that will keep her on the ABC drama Alias through the 2007-08 season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Garner, who won her second straight Emmy nomination for her role as undercover agent Sydney Bristow, is expected to receive a substantial raise. Under the new pact, Garner's salary will go from about $40,000 an episode to about $150,000 an episode. Alias is returning for a third season in the fall on ABC.
Dave Matthews, Mos Def Named for Shortlist Music Prize
Dave Matthews, Mos Def, Tom Waits, Tori Amos, Perry Farrell and the Neptunes will serve as judges for the 2003 Shortlist Music Prize, which honors the year's most creative and adventurous albums. According to The Associated Press, other judges include Chris Martin, Flea, Pete Yorn, Erykah Badu, Spike Jonze and Cameron Crowe. Music industry veterans Greg Spotts and Tom Sarig created the prize in 2001; past winners include N*E*R*D and Sigur Ros. The Shortlist Organization said this week a list of about 100 nominees will be released in late August with 10 finalists named in mid-September. The prize will end with a multi-artist Los Angeles concert in October with the winner receiving a $5,000 cash prize.
Ringling Bros. Accused of Animal Cruelty
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the nation's largest circus, will have to defend itself against charges that it mistreats elephants that perform under the big tent, the AP reports. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Welfare Institute, The Fund for Animals and Tom Rider, a former Ringling Bros. elephant trainer filed the suit in 2000, claiming circus employees routinely beat the elephants with sharp bull hooks, keep elephants in chains for long periods of time and forcibly remove baby elephants from their mothers before they are properly weaned. A federal judge Wednesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit because Asian elephants are considered an endangered species under federal law.
Role Call: Verbinski and Cage in Weather, Dead of Night Gets Remade
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl director Gore Verbinski and actor Nicolas Cage are in negotiations to star in and direct, respectively, The Weather Man for Sony Pictures Entertainment. The project is about a divorced Chicago weatherman up for a new job on a network morning show in New York who must first make peace with his e
A Cab for Three was awarded the Golden Shell for best film at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival. According to CNN, the film, directed by Orland Lubbert, was not among the favorites to win. French director Claude Chabrol was booed by the press and critics when he announced the award.
At a time when television talk show hosts are showing restraint and respect in dealing with the complexity of the terrorist attacks, the self-proclaimed King of All Media Howard Stern is taking a more tasteless approach. In the aftermath of the attacks, Stern has blamed the U.S.' lack of military response on the feminization of America. Entertainment Weekly quotes Stern as saying, "What's all this peace and love crap? [Let's] offer up someone from the Middle East."
Singer Tori Amos is addressing the issue of female victimization in her latest album, Strange Little Girls. According to SonicNet.com, Amos covers 12 songs written by men, giving them each a distinctive, female voice. Songs on the album include Eminem's "97 Bonnie & Clyde," the Velvet Underground's "New Age," Tom Waits' "Time," and the Beatles' "Happiness is a Warm Gun."
A coalition of entertainment companies on Monday will try to strike down legislation requiring music labels to offer the same licensing deal at the same price to all online music ventures, Variety reports. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Rick Boucher (R-Va.) this summer over concerns that major record labels would somehow lock up the online music business.
The Directors Guild of America has agreed to early negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, Variety reports. While the DGA's current three-year contract with the AMPTP does not run out until June 30, 2002, they are hoping to avoid showbiz disruptions like this year's writers and actor's sagas.
Producer Quincy Jones has an autobiography coming out Oct. 9, aptly titled Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones. According to The Associated Press, Q will cover his days of working with Count Basie to Michael Jackson's Thriller. "[Jackson] was so shy he'd sit down and sing behind the couch with his back to me while I sat there with my hands over my eyes with the lights off," Quincy says.
Country singer Naomi Judd will act as honorary chairwoman for a campaign to build Kentucky's first freestanding hospice facility for the dying, The Associated Press reports. The group hopes to raise $1.5 million for the 10-bed, 12,000-square-foot Community Hospice.
At a Friday summit in Washington sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, rap leaders were urged to help others understand rap music as a positive force. According to Variety, the panel included the president-CEO of the Recording Industry Assn. of America Hilary Rosen, Def Jam Records' founder Russell Simmons and NAACP president-CEO Kweisi Mfume.
Spirited Away, a Japanese animated movie, has set a new audience record in Japan, Variety reports. The film, which debuted on July 20, has reached 16.9 viewers and grossed about $184.14 million. Distributor Toho Co. expects the film to surpass Titanic's gross in the next few weeks. As of Wednesday, the film was $4.27 million shy of Titanic's all-time high.
Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, is starting a two-year course in International Relations at Oxford University. According to Reuters, father and daughter arrived in London on Sunday surrounded by British and U.S. security officials. Clinton, who attended Oxford from 1968-1970, has been quoted as saying he is taken with the idea of returning to his alma mater in a teaching role.
Let's hear it for the old guy who in this movie comes off sexier than his buff young accomplice (Dermot Mulroney). OK the old guy happens to be the gracefully aging icon Paul Newman -- as a feisty heistmeister who dodges a long prison sentence and then teams up with his equally conniving rest-home nurse (Linda Fiorentino) on a bank job gone wrong. "Where the Money Is" is breezy suspenseful and as much a love story as anything else -- if you call mentoring a new life in crime a kind of love. The mission-improbable caper is no more or less entertaining than a "Rockford Files" rerun but the film's swerving joyride takes its real thrills from the great escape that Fiorentino's Bonnie Parker makes from a dead-end life in the married lane.
Newman still hasn't lost it and as Henry Manning he doesn't miss any nuances in the edgy balance between streetwise wariness and amiable rapport with his sultry new colleague. The steam-powered Fiorentino has forged her career by making danger look casual and this is her most alluring work since "The Last Seduction" added another zero to her salary. Her chemistry with Newman a flirty twist on the idea of honor among thieves is really what makes this movie worth seeing. Mulroney is serviceable as the dim but lovable hubby a supporting role that's more foil than fully etched character.
We can all thank director Marek Kanievska for deciding not to have the May-December duo end up in the sack and leaving them simply professional cohorts. The director's admirable sense of comic timing works all the better by not letting the laughs get in the way of his leads' exploration of their characters -- although there's no denying the limits of this frothy genre. Perhaps Kanievska's greatest feat here is allowing Newman to retain his dignity in close-up.