While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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The film and television nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been released, recognizing achievements in both individual performances and the strengths of ensemble casts. This year's television award nominations are listed below, including many worthy recipients, but there are also a few surprising absences. Among the hard-hitters listed below are dramas like HBO's Mildred Pierce and Boardwalk Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad and comedies such as ABC's Modern Family (which swept the Emmys this year) and NBC's 30 Rock. However, some might be surprised not to find the new Showtime drama Homeland or NBC's secret weapon Parks and Recreation.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS.
Click here to read the list of this year's film nominees.
18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS: PRIMETIME TELEVISION
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood (HBO)
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Greg Kinnear - The Kennedy (Reelz Channel)
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
James Woods - Too Big to Fail (HBO
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite (HBO)
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult (Sundance Channel)
Betty White - Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine (CBS)
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams - Suits (USA)
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall - Dexter (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law (NBC)
Glenn Close - Damages (DirecTV)
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story (FX)
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)
Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC)
Steve Carell - The Office (NBC)
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Bowen - Modern Family (ABC)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White - Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Robert Clohessy, Dabney Coleman, Charlie Cox, Jose & Lucy Gallina, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Anthony Laciura, Heather Lind, Kelly Macdonald, Rory & Declan McTigue, Gretchen Mol, Brady & Connor Noon, Kevin O'Rourke, Aleksa Palladino, Jacqueline Pennewill, Vincent Piazza, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Van Wagner, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anatol Yusef
Breaking Bad (AMC) - Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Ray Campbell, Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul
Dexter (Showtime) - Billy Brown, Jennifer Carpenter, Josh Cooke, Aimee Garcia, Michael C. Hall, Colin Hanks, Desmond Harrington, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Rya Kihlstedt, C.S. Lee, Edward James Olmos, James Remar, Lauren Velez, Peter Weller, David Zayas
Game of Thrones (HBO) - Amrita Acharia, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Josef Altin, Sean Bean, Susan Brown, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Ron Donachie, Michelle Farley, Jerome Flynn, Elyes Gabel, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson Iain Glen, Julian Glover, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Richard Madden, Jason Mamoa, Rory McCann, Ian McElhinney, Luke McEwan, Roxanne McKee, Dar Salim, Mark Stanley, Donald Sumpter, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
The Good Wife (CBS) - Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC) - Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Maulik Pancholy, Keith Powell
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch
Glee (Fox) - Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Ashley Fink, Dot Marie Jones, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Mike O'Malley, Chord Overstreet, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Iqbal Theba, Jenna Ushkowitz
Modern Family (ABC) - Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julia Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O'Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter
The Office (NBC) - Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, James Spader, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson, Zach Woods
Christopher "Play" Martin, of the rap group Kid N' Play, has been accused of failing to pay child support, The Associated Press reports. Martin, 38, was arraigned Friday in federal court in Central Islip, N.Y., on charges that he failed to pay $32,277 in child support to his 7-year-old son Skyler with former wife, actress Shari Headley. She told New York's Newsday that the rapper hasn't seen his son or paid child support since the couple split in 1995.
Late actor Anthony Quinn was honored Saturday with the Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award at the fifth annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. "As far as people who have given their lives to Latin cinema, he was one of the giants of all times," said actor Edward James Olmos, the festival's artistic director, said during the ceremony. Present at the event were former costars Kirk Douglas and Mickey Rooney. Quinn's widow, Katherine Quinn, accepted the award. Cinematographer Gabriel Figeroa and actor Raul Julia have been previous recipients of this award. Quinn died earlier this year.
Producer Aaron Spelling and his wife, Candy, are selling the house where the 1976 pilot for the television series Charlie's Angels was shot, AP reports. The home, built in 1936, has six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a tennis court, and a master suite with a fireplace. The Spellings lived there for 16 years before they moved to their six-acre home that once belonged to Bing Crosby.
Actress Angelina Jolie paid a visit to Cambodia as a guest of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, AP reports. Jolie, 26, toured former Khmer Rouge zones where the UNHCR worked with displaced people and returned refugees. She also spent the last two nights in Anlong Veng; the last hangout of the communist rebel groups before the guerrillas killed them in 1998. Jolie stars in the action flick Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which includes scenes shot in Cambodia at Angkok Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, known for Buddhist and Hindu temples around Cambodia.
To mark Harry Potter's birthday on Tuesday, Warner Bros. has set up an electronic birthday card on its Web site for the upcoming movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, based on the first of the best-selling children's Potter's books by J.K. Rowling, The Associated Press reported. The CBS Early Show will televise a birthday party for the fictional character, including a Harry Potter lookalike contest, balloons, cake and a 6-foot birthday card.
Brad Pitt and wife Jennifer Aniston have bought a $13.5 million French Normandy-style house in Beverly Hills, AP reports. The 12,000-square-foot, six-bedroom house was built in the 1930s for actor Fredric March. The house has a rotunda foyer, a screening room, and a wine cellar.
Former 1980s heartthrob Luke Perry, from Beverly Hills 90210 will star in and executive produce Jeremiah, a sci-fi series for Showtime. Jeremiah is set in a future post-apocalyptic world, where a virus wiped all the adult population, leaving only those who hadn't reached puberty, Reuters reports. Perry will portray the title character. Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show) will costar. Perry is currently playing the role of Brad Majors in the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show.
Lucy Lawless, the former Xena: Warrior Princess has signed on for a multi-episode gig on the upcoming season of The X-Files, Variety reports. The actress is set to appear on the show's first two episodes. Details about her character are being kept under wraps. The new season of The X-Files will premiere on Nov. 4.
Universal Pictures and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment are moving forward in their efforts to turn the children's book series Curious George into a movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project, originally planned as a live-action feature, will now be a fully CGI project a la Shrek. Grazer also said that the studio's parent company, Vivendi Universal, which acquired Curious George book publisher Houghton Mifflin in June, is planning on turning the character into its unofficial corporate mascot.
Around 140 films will be screened during the 58th Venice Film Festival, running from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8, although not all will be entered into the competition, the BBC News reported. Among the competitors are Alejandro Amenabar's The Others, starring Nicole Kidman and Christopher Eccleston, Woody Allen's The Curse of Jade Scorpion, Richard Linklater's Waking Life and Steven Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence. In addition, 20 films from the international competition will come from Spain, Italy, France, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, India, Romania, and Brazil. French filmmaker Eric Rohmer will receive the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award.
Actor Anthony Quinn, who died June 3 of respiratory failure at 86, was honored and remembered by friends and family Saturday. About 300 people attended the public service in Providence, Rhode Island, where still shots from Quinn's 100 movies and his paintings and sculptures were displayed. An organist played an improvisation of the theme song from Zorba the Greek, one of Quinn's most memorable films.
"His real gift was helping people who had no voice," actor Edward James Olmos told Associated Press. "His gift was creativity and giving. He created in everything he did." Quinn was buried Friday on his property in Bristol, where he had settled and lived for the last six years, in a private ceremony. However, Saturday's service was for the fans who loved him as well. "He's such a piece of Hollywood history," fan Tony Bennett of Providence told AP.
Quinn's wife, Katherine Benvin Quinn, 38, and four of his children thanked Quinn's fans for paying tribute to him.