Stan, the bullheaded and ridiculously large-chinned patriarch of the Smith family, decides to team up with Roger the alien and Hideki, an eccentric party host who always "trusts his gut." Hideki's gut literally rumbles when something feels right. Later on, Stan and Roger’s guts rumble when they come up with the idea of a cake-cutting device that will slice individual pieces in an instant. They should get that gut rumbling checked, that's not normal.
After that opening, the entire episode revolves around the death of Snot's father. Yes, the whole gut thing is tossed aside in favor of Steve's idea to go on a road trip to Snot's dad’s funeral. Nerdy Steve convinces Snot, Barry and Toshi.
At this point, the episode "changes" into an indie movie. The screen gets dim and grainy. Those little lines and dots you see on old films occasionally flash on the screen. It's a minimal effect, but a clever one. Their road trip starts off the group picking up a hitchhiker (he's a meth addict and takes off when they pull over). Snot is totally indifferent about this trip, since he never cared for his negligent dad. Toshi travels to a corn field, stripping off his shirt and glasses, wrapping a leaf in a bandanna style around his head. It doesn't make sense because it’s indie, remember?
Stan, Barry and Snot stop at a motel to rest up. A cool, blue haired-girl catches the attention of Steve at the motel. Blue Hair (voiced by Zooey Deschanel) is a quirky girl — we're indie now, remember? She shoots Polaroid photos at random locations, blows bubbles out of a smoking pipe and says she wears ice skates to weddings. Steve decides to spend time in a hot tub rather than continue to the funeral.
The episode ends when Steve realizes his error, hitchhiking on an 18-wheel truck to meet up with Snot and Barry at the funeral. Steve makes it, but doesn't get off. He tells the truck driver to keep going. The episode ends. No sense. Indie. During the credits, Stan, Roger and Hideki celebrate their idea with a giant cake. Their guts rumble and the three of them pull two guns each, pointed right at their business partners. "What now?" Stan asks. The screen goes black. A gunshot's heard. Roger says that Hideki was shot.
The Futureheads frontman Barry Hyde is trading in his guitar to pursue a long-held dream of becoming a chef. The British rocker became interested in the culinary field after working with Juniper's Pantry owner David Gill, who organised the Gourmet Tent at the Split festival the band organised.
After Gill advertised for a trainee chef, Hyde applied and has been working at Juniper's Pantry deli in Sunderland, England for the past few weeks.
He tells NME.com, "I'm at the bottom of the ladder. I get to wear the whites (uniform), but I mainly do preparation, get shouted at and clean up after messy chefs."
Hyde compares preparing food to making music and explains he draws on his talents to help him.
He says, "There are similarities between music and food. They are both about creating something that exists in a moment in time, then it's gone and it's never quite the same next time you do it."
The 32 year old is hoping his new-found career takes him around the world to learn "about different country's cuisines," but stresses it doesn't mean the end of The Futureheads.
He continues, "I don't think we'll ever break up. It's just that we've been doing he band almost constantly for 10 years and we all wanted to do something different. We'll definitely be back, but for the moment we're on hold and I'm concentrating on this."
Actor Shia Labeouf has been encouraged to settle a financial dispute with his uncle out of court for the sake of his family. The Transformers star and his mother Shayna filed suit against her brother, Barry Saide, earlier this year (13), accusing the defendant of reneging on a deal to repay an $800,000 (£533,330) loan in installments beginning in January, 2011.
Saide hit back at the legal action with a countersuit, insisting his famous nephew was trying to bankrupt him, despite allegedly lending the pair money before the actor made it big.
The case was heard in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday (18Mon13), when Justice Eileen Bransten urged to two sides to reach an agreement privately, telling them, "A resolution would be better for the family."
LaBeouf's lawyer, Robert Gage, claimed the actor and his mum had offered to take a 25 per cent stake in Saide's employment companies as an alternative for the cash repayments, but he reportedly failed to honour that agreement either - and now it's too late.
Gage told the judge, "We're beyond that (company deal) now."
However, attorneys for both sides agreed to continue talks in an effort to work out a settlement.
When directors set out to make a film, chances are they have a production designer in mind. The look is what brings a film to life, and it's why we plunk down our cash. The Hunger Games franchise has a super-high coolness quotient when it comes to that: the demented hair, the gowns made of flame, and its mash-up of sartorial styles.
Now imagine you've been asked to do the costumes for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. What films do you watch for a little inspiration? Here are two scenes that run the gamut from Hogarth to Post Apocalypse, and could easily pass in Panem.
Blade Runner visualized a future awash in nostalgia, the actual storyline of the film. It was high-tech pulp fiction. So when Sean Young sidled onscreen in a shimmering futuristic 1940s day suit and V for Victory hairdo, production designers all over the world slid to the front of their seats.
Hollywood has been guessing at what 18th century fashion looked like in motion since the advent of cinematography. Stanley Kubrick's 1975 masterwork Barry Lyndon is considered an apt interpretation. He even filmed it in candlelight. There are traces of Effie Trinket in there, for sure.
Boybands including One Direction, Jls and new supergroup Mcbusted led the way during Britain's Children In Need telethon on Friday night (15Nov13) by helping to raise cash on live TV. One Direction took to the stage to perform their hit track Best Song Ever, marking the third time they have appeared on the annual fundraiser, and bandmember Harry Styles revealed how much the organisation means to them, saying, "We grew up watching it... If you grew up watching something, it's so important, so we love getting involved."
His bandmate Liam Payne added, "We've watched Children In Need since we were children and we are so proud to be a part of it. The children the charity supports are a complete inspiration."
The pop stars later filmed appeals for donations on the set of popular U.K. soap opera Eastenders, while another boyband, JLS, performed a medley of their hits on the show's set.
New supergroup McBusted, made up of members of McFly and Busted, also performed, along with rapper Tinie Tempah, singer James Arthur and Ellie Goulding, who belted out the official Children in Need single How Long Will I Love You.
Singers Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Cheryl Cole and actress Olivia Colman were also among the famous faces who filmed appeals featured during the show.
The telethon had raised in excess of $22.5 million (£15 million) to aid disadvantaged kids as WENN went to press.
Officials at the Children In Need organisation also hosted a star-studded concert in London earlier in the week (beg11Nov13) to raise money for the cause. The show was masterminded by Take That star Gary Barlow and featured acts including Kings of Leon and veteran crooner Barry Manilow.
Several shows are premiering new seasons this week, while J.J. Abrams returns to TV with Almost Human. Here's what else you need to be watching.
The GoldbergsWhatever happened to Jeff Garlin, the former sidekick to Larry David's slightly more misanthropic version of himself on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm? He's starring on The Goldbergs, the most sitcom-y new sitcom to debut on network TV this year. Despite coming off a slow start, the show is gradually finding its voice, which is why ABC renewed it for a full season. It's not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as Curb, but thanks to Garlin and Patton Oswalt, who narrates the show, it's still good for a few chuckles. A new episode of The Goldbergs airs Tuesday at 9PM ET on ABC.
Finding BigfootFor three seasons (and counting!), a rag-tag group of cryptic zoologists have been on the hunt for that ever-elusive creature known as Sasquatch. Spoiler alert: they still haven't found him! Will the mysterious ape-like being ever be located when the fourth season of Finding Bigfoot premieres on Sunday night? I'm guessing not. Finding Bigfoot airs Sunday nights at 7PM ET on Animal Planet.
ScandalFresh off her hilarious hosting job on Saturday Night Live, Kerry Washington returns to her hit political series with a brand new episode. No comedy here, unfortunately, unless you consider the show's intricate plotlines involving various lies and backstabbing among Washington's political elite as topical humor. But then we already have Fox News for that, now don't we? A new episode of Scandal airs at 10PM ET this Thursday on ABC.
Almost HumanA futuristic detective must save the modern world from its many corrupting forces. Sound like a done-before concept for a TV show? Factor in that his partner is an android and you have Almost Human, the new sci-fi series from J.J. Abrams. Hey, I'll watch that! Almost Human debuts this Sunday at 8PM ET on FOX.
Unique SweetsEver wonder what pie would taste like as a butterscotch cocktail? The good folks over at Unique Sweets have, which is why they've focused an entire episode on developing the tasty new drink, as well as some oddball ice cream flavors. Let's face it, there's just no way you can have a show about dessert mash-ups and not have people watch it. Unique Sweets kicks off its season four this Sunday at 7PM ET on the Cooking Channel.
Veteran singers Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Cowboy Jack Clement were the toast of Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday (27Oct13) as they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Barry Gibb, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris were among the stars who gathered at the venue to salute the three honourees, with Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks and Darius Rucker joining forces to celebrate Rogers' career.
Speaking during the ceremony, Brooks hailed The Gambler hitmaker as a master, saying, "If there was an entertainer university, when it comes to Entertainer 101, I can vouch firsthand that Kenny Rogers would be the professor of that class."
The event also featured a special tribute to Clement, who learned of his Hall of Fame induction five months before he succumbed to liver cancer in August (13), aged 82. He was remembered by two trumpeters, who performed the horn intro to his classic hit Ring of Fire, which he produced for Johnny Cash.
Actor Peter Facinelli is hoping his Twilight fans follow him into the literary world as he prepares to launch his first young adult novel After The Red Rain. The movie star, who portrayed vampire patriarch Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight films, has teamed up with authors Rob DeFranco and Barry Lyga to develop his first novel, featuring a hero named Rose.
He tells EW.com, "I love storytelling. Being an actor is a form of telling stories through characters. As a writer I get the opportunity to create the entire world that all the characters live in as opposed to focusing on one character or one part of the story. I enjoy being able to create and manipulate characters and events in order to tell a whole story.
"I have written two film scripts, but I have not tackled a novel before... (and) the task of writing a novel was overwhelming at first, and I am happy that I get to collaborate with Barry Lyga and Rob DeFranco. It makes the process less daunting when you get to bounce ideas off of others you respect, and Rob and I both feel very fortunate to work alongside Barry, who has experience in this form of storytelling."
Facinelli is hoping After the Red Rain will become a trilogy after the first book is published in 2015, and he admits his kids like what they're reading so far: "I do have my own YA (young adult) test group at home. I've read some sample chapters to my 10-year-old and 16-year-old daughters (and) so far I'm getting thumbs up."
CNN/YouTubePublished this week, Piers Morgan's latest diary, Shooting Straight, sees the former newspaper editor describe Kelsey Grammer as 'astonishingly rude' after the Frasier star walked out of his CNN interview before it had even begun in 2012. But Morgan isn't the only host who's unexpectedly found themselves with some airtime to fill. Here's a look at five other celebs who have stormed off the set of a chat show.Bee GeesThe legendary pop trio became increasingly irate as Clive Anderson repeatedly made fun of their original moniker, Les Tosseurs, during an appearance on his BBC show in 1997, before a gentle ribbing about their solo careers saw Barry and Robin quickly exit the stage, suggesting Maurice was the only Bee Gee with a sense of humour.Andrew Dice ClayThe foul-mouthed comedian lived up to his reputation in 2003 by launching into a profanity-laden tirade live on CNN when interviewer Alan Chernoff began to imply, quite understandably, that his career hadn't been firing on all cylinders of late.Robert PattinsonProof that it's often the publicists who are more difficult to deal with than the actual stars, Robert Pattinson was promptly whisked away from a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest in 2009 after the American Idol host asked a fairly innocuous question about his relationship with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart.Paris HiltonThe celebrity heiress didn't take too kindly to ABC reporter Dan Harris' questions about her one-time BFF Kim Kardashian and the falling ratings of her Oxygen reality show in 2011. But her initial walk-out was slightly undermined when she then agreed to re-appear with a carefully stage-managed response about her career longevity.Tracey EminResponsible for possibly the most undignified walk-off, controversial artist Tracey Emin appeared to have taken advantage of the green room's facilities judging by her inebriated state on a televised debate about the Turner Prize in 1997 which saw her berate the other panellists, repeatedly swear as she tried to take her mic off and call for her mum before staggering off the stage.
Cecily Strong continues getting comfortable at the desk, while Seth Meyers still handles the guest patter. The tattoo bit with featured player Brooks Wheelan was weak, and none of our no-fail recurring guests showed up. Not a home run week, but here are our favorite jokes from Saturday's Update sketch.
"Insiders are saying that Prince Harry may soon propose to his girlfriend Cressida Bonas, who, judging by her name, is a mid-priced Toyota sedan."There's about a million and a half places to go with that name, but this take feels inventive.
"May they find themselves in a restroom stall devoid of toilet paper, with nothing to use but a receipt from CVS in they wallet. A receipt for a small purchase, that they must then tear into small pieces."Kenan Thompson as Senate Chaplain Barry Black, who has been using his daily prayer to admonish members of Congress. (Although has Kenan ever been in a CVS? Even if you just buy a pack of gum, your receipt is a yard long!)
"A federal judge ruled this week that a former intern for a Chinese language broadcasting company cannot sue for sexual harrassment, because unpaid interns aren't technically employees. So, buckle up, NBC pages. Cause mama's gonna be droppin' a lotta pencils."Cecily goes full Disclosure on the entire NBC intern program.
"The US Postal Service has announced that it is destroying an entire run of activity-oriented stamps, after they were criticized for depicting unsafe activities, such as skateboarding without pads. Guys, what were you thinking? You know kids will do anything they see on a stamp."Seth's style of delivery is going to fit the Late Night monologue format like a glove.
"Bruce and Kris Jenner confirmed this week that they're getting divorced; no word on who gets to keep the haircut." "It was confirmed this week that the comedy and tragedy masks are getting divorced."Seth and Cecily tag-team the Jenner marriage news with dueling jabs.
"Florida police arrested a man who was caught at a McDonald's drive-thru, wearing no pants and fondling himself. He's been charged with one count of lovin' it."Ding ding ding, we have a winner. (Cecily's seemingly improvised grace note of tracing a McDonald's logo with her fingers was a nice touch as well; she really does seem to be relaxing into the anchor chair.)