"It took all four of us to wreck that poor guy's toilet. At one point we came back on-set and he had taped it over. 'Please stop using!'" Tina Fey is embarrassed to have wrecked the bathroom at the Long Island, New York home where she and her This Is Where I Leave You co-stars Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman and Adam Driver filmed the new comedy.
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This Is Where I Leave You doesn’t get a lot right about grief, marriage, love, relationships, parenthood, infidelity, masculinity, depression, alcoholism, human reproduction, homosexuality, Oedipal complexes, Judaism, sibling rivalry, marijuana use, brain injuries, ice skating, or how human beings speak to one another. But, you know, it’s cute.
Though they’re given little more to do than alternate weepy existential soliloquys with jokes about masturbation (there are a lot of jokes about masturbation in this movie, or at least a lot more jokes about masturbation than most movies targeted to my mother’s demographic seem to have), the Altman siblings are hardly a chore to watch as they banter and bicker their way through a weeklong mourning ritual (and neatly packaged “side problems”) following the death of their father.
As Judd (wife cheated on him) Jason Bateman is essentially fine. As lone sister Wendy (husband’s a douche/old lover right across the street), Tina Fey is more than not inviting. As youngest brother Phillip (can’t get his act together), Adam Driver is a cast standout. Corey Stoll, you might have heard, is also in this movie as oldest child Paul (can’t conceive a child). But just barely, showing up every so often for the sole purpose of reminding everyone just how little these would-be siblings look like each other.
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A few sweet moments are managed — more often than not involving the dynamic Driver and one of his disapproving elders — though never impressively, settling predominantly for Vanilla Sky-inspired maxims and scenes of contemplative driving. A few good jokes land — again, usually via Driver — though never uproariously. And with takeaway messages peaking at innocuous, there’s really nothing to be gained from a viewing of Shawn Levy’s dramedy adaptation.
But, somehow — thanks to the good graces of Fey’s aptitude for sisterly sardonicism and Driver’s animalistic likability — it manages a competent dose of cute. Sweet. Nice. This Is Where I Leave You has nothing — or close to it — to offer, but it’s hardly a joyless ride.
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Singer Adam Lambert has returned to the American Idol auditions to fill in for judge Keith Urban as he comforts his wife Nicole Kidman following the death of her father.
The country singer scrapped a planned charity concert performance on Thursday (11Sep14) following the death of Dr. Anthony Kidman in Singapore, and flew back to their native Australia to be by his wife's side. And, when Idol auditions began this week in New York, Urban was a no-show. Instead, Lambert, who was runner-up in the singing competition in 2009, took his place alongside Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. for a photo call at New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge.
A spokesman for the talent show says, "Adam Lambert will be serving as guest judge at the New York auditions. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family during this difficult time."
Maroon 5 have returned to the top of the U.S. album charts.
Newlywed Adam Levine's band has debuted V at number one, beating out rapper Young Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography by over 40,000 first-week sales.
Maroon 5 last topped the Billboard 200 in 2007 with It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack returns to the top three at three, while late reggae legend Bob Marley posthumously scores his highest-charting album ever, as his re-released greatest hits package, Legend, jumps up 95 spots on the new chart to number five. The album was originally released in 1984, and last hit a chart high at 18 in 2012. Marley previously charted high in 1976 when his album Rastaman Vibration peaked at eight.
Meanwhile, on America's Billboard Hot 100 chart, Meghan Trainor has ended Taylor Swift's reign at number one by taking All About That Bass to the top. Swift's Shake It Off, which previously spent two weeks at number one, falls a spot to two, while Nicki Minaj's Anaconda stays put at three for a second week.
U2's shock new album will not scoop a single Grammy Award next year (15) because its official release date misses the honours deadline by two weeks.
The Irish rockers thrilled fans on Tuesday (09Sep14) when they announced a new record, Songs of Innocence, would be given away free to anyone who uses Apple's iTunes music downloading service. It means up to half a billion music lovers around the world can get access to the new record, but it will not hit stores until 14 October (14) - ruling out a Grammys nod.
The deadline for entrants to the 2015 Grammy Awards passes on 30 September (14), two weeks before Songs of Innocence is available in shops.
A Grammys spokesman tells Billboard, "The album must be commercially available in order for it to be eligible, and the official release date determines its eligibility in a particular awards year. In this case, the album is commercially available on October 14, 2014, so it will be eligible for consideration for the 58th Grammy Awards (in 2016)."
Pop star Adam Levine is planning a huge family with his new wife, model Behati Prinsloo.
“We’re definitely going to do it. I want to have 100 kids. I want to have more kids than would be socially responsible. I don’t know when we’re going to do it. We can’t do it right now (but) I think it’s absolutely in the works for some future date.”
Lady Gaga surprised the audience at a Queen concert in Australia on Wednesday night (27Aug14) by taking to the stage to perform classic hit Another One Bites The Dust.
The Bad Romance hitmaker has been gigging Down Under on her own tour this month (Aug14) and during her night off, she treated Queen fans by duetting with the rockers and Adam Lambert, who is fronting the band for a worldwide trek.
Gaga wore a voluminous black wig and a ripped jumpsuit as she strutted around onstage at the Allphones Arena in Sydney and sang Another One Bites the Dust with Lambert. Following the surprise appearance, Gaga wrote on Twitter.com, "I just played with Queen, I'm the happiest girl alive! #QAL (Queen and Adam Lambert)," while guitarist Brian May adds, "Thanks Sydney for a great night ! And thanks to our great and lovely pal Lady Gaga."
Gaga's Australian trek finishes on 31 August (14), while The Queen + Adam Lambert tour will conclude in Auckland, New Zealand on 4 September (14).
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Five minutes into If I Stay, I had already begun compiling a list of the audacious teen movie cliché lines spouted by stars Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley, and their supporting cast. Fifteen minutes in, I had already given up — it was too much for one man to bear. For this reason alone I left the movie impressed. Impressed at how much disingenuous angst from the cutting room floor of Dawson’s Creek they managed to fit into a 106-minute movie.
It takes quite a toll on you to look past these maudlin iambs, and those braving the journey will find few rewards beneath the surface of If I Stay. Moretz’s character Mia, an overachieving cellist on the precipice of a breakup with Adam (Blackley) and wrestling with the decision to move across the country to study at Juilliard, suffers a monstrous car accident and washes back over the past year of her life — discovering her passions, her self-esteem, and her love for the obnoxious indie rock boy a grade above — in the form of flashbacks. While a couple of Mia’s more lighthearted memories manage to muster up some genuine spirit, this breed is significantly outnumbered by the drama. The sort of stuff we’ve all seen before, with the piercing reminder courtesy of the ham-fisted dialogue that it’s the sort of stuff we’ve all seen before.
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Despite the general capability of Moretz, who helps to turn what could be another spineless YA heroine into a character with relative biological agency, latching onto Mia will be a difficult task. Surrounding her, we have a nearly insufferable Adam — sure, being in a band is a tried and true way to impress a desired mate, but usually one or two other redeeming personality traits are required to actually make a relationship work. As Mia’s parents, Miereille Enos and Joshua Leonard alternate scenes of enjoyable goofiness and cloying idiocy, with Enos at least coming out favorable thanks largely to her mastering of motherly affection.
But the story surrounding these characters is so rumpled and misguided, itself unsure of what to prioritize and who to root for and what constitutes personal victory, that the heart of the movie feels as withered and phony as its veritable tapestry of teen drama quotables. Worse, in fact, when it reaches its audacious conclusion: one that, without spoiling anything, feels not only ineffective but earnestly harmful in its message and the stolen authority with which it proclaims it. In honesty, the way to walk away from If I Stay with anything gained is if you actually manage to complete its cliché roundup. And to anyone who does I offer my humblest admiration.
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Actress Hayden Panettiere has confirmed she is pregnant by nominating her "unborn child" for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Nashville star finally acknowledged she and fiance Wladimir Klitschko are preparing for their first child on Wednesday (20Aug14) by posting footage of pal and co-star Derek Hough tipping a bucket of freezing water over her on Instagram.com.
Panettiere prepared for the cold blast by nominating country singer Kacey Musgraves, her fiance and her "unborn child" to take the challenge next. The actress follows in the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana, who also confirmed she is pregnant in an Ice Bucket Challenge video posted on Tuesday (19Aug14).
She opted to dodge the challenge set her by director James Gunn, and her husband Marco Perego agreed to take the plunge in her place. Celebrities including Panettiere's Nashville co-star Connie Britton, Robert Pattinson, Emily Blunt and Adam Sandler all recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise cash and awareness for charity the ALS Association.
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Just three weeks in production, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raked in more than $15 million — this puts it ahead of the latest YA release The Giver as the eighth highest grossing property this month. But trouncing that Jeff Bridges/Brenton Thwaites travesty by nearly $3 million is only the second most noble of the Ice Bucket Challenge’s efforts. The movement is allotting nigh unparalleled funds toward the study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an illness known best as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The condition observes the weakening of the muscles in accordance with a degeneration of a specific portion of the spinal cord. As a result of ALS, those afflicted find difficulty speaking, swallowing, breathing, and moving altogether.
Though discovered in the 19th century and brought to infamy in the late 1930s in accordance with the suffering of beloved New York Yankee Lou Gehrig, ALS remains the most common motor neuron disease actively plaguing men and women today. While perhaps only a small measure in the fight against the illness, the Ice Bucket Challenge is allowing for tremendous progress in the collection of funds devoted to the defeat of such a longstanding travesty.
As is inevitable with any cause célèbre or public movement, we have witnesses no small share of backlash against the Challenge; critics decry the endeavor as a bandwagon trend and a waste of time that offers no real benefit to the cause in question. As far as the latter goes, the $15 million and counting — a sum made possible thanks in large part to the spirited, sportsmanly brand with which the Ice Bucket Challenge was designed — would beg to differ. Nevertheless, we find those with a sour taste for the charitable phenomenon. Not to mention those who simply don’t want to pour a bunch of cold water over their heads. But if you find yourself a culprit of this mindset, maybe take a look at the pedigree of the company you’d be joining were you to hop aboard for this particularly frigid mitzvah.
So what pop culture accomplishments can be attributed to the community of water-logged philanthropists?
5 ACADEMY AWARDS Between Steven Spielberg (3), Russell Crowe (1), and Oprah (a Humanitarian Oscar).
60 EMMYSBetween Oprah (13 Daytime Emmys and 2 Primetime Emmys), Steven Spielberg (11), Meredith Vieira (4 News/Documentary Emmys and 3 Daytime Emmys), Jimmy Fallon (4), Justin Timberlake (4), J.J. Abrams (3), Conan O'Brien (3), Jim Parsons (3), Ricky Gervais (2), William Shatner (2), Harry Connick Jr. (2), Rachel Maddow (1), Ryan Seacrest (1), Nathan Fillion (1 Daytime Emmy), and Topher Grace (1 Daytime Emmy).
62 GRAMMYSJustin Timberlake (9), Taylor Swift (7), Carrie Underwood (6), Lady Gaga (5), Mackelmore (4), Lil Wayne (4), Keith Urban (4), Weird Al Yankovic (3), Gwen Stefani (3), Ludacris (3), Brad Paisley (3), Adam Levine (3), Harry Connick Jr (3), Jason Mraz (2), Drake (1), Jimmy Fallon (1), and Calvin Harris (1).
10 GOLDEN GLOBESSteven Spielberg (7), Russell Crowe (1), William Shatner (1), and Don Johnson (1).