Oh. My. God.: Louis C.K. is back on TV! Don't get too excited — it's not his currently-on-hiatus FX hit Louie. Instead, the famed comedian will air a new stand-up special, entitled Louis C.K.: Oh My God. The special will debut on HBO on April 13th at 10PM, and will eventually be up for sale (cheaply) on his website. [Splitsider]
Fox Says Goodbye: Fox has officially finalized its plans for the end of the 2012-2013 television season. Some of the bigger names on the roster include American Idol, which will bow out on May 16, Glee (May 9), and New Girl (May 7). [E! Online]
Simon Cowell Continues Quest for World Domination: Apparently, the many failures of the US version of The X Factor are not enough to stop King Simon Cowell. The infamous Brit announced today that his company, Syco Entertainment, is joining forces with YouTube for an online show called “The You Generation" — which will search for the best talent in photography, cooking, visual art, and... wait for it... magic. Err, illusion. Quick, someone call GOB Bluth! [EW]
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Alison Janney Gets Sexy Guest Gig: No, it's nothing like her role on Lost. Showtime has announced via release that Janney will be playing Margaret Scully, the wife of Beau Bridges’ University Provost Barton Scully, on 5 episodes of their new series Masters of Sex — a drama which focuses on the pioneers of the sexual revolution. [Showtime]
Family Feud: Former One Tree Hill-er Sophia Bush is returning to her drama roots after co-staring in the canceled CBS sitcom Partners. The actress will star in NBC's Hatfields & McCoys, about the infamous feuding families set in present-day Pittsburgh. Bush's Emma McCoy is her clan's eldest sibling and a successful doctor. Meanwhile, Rebecca De Mornay will headline the show as Mary Hatfield, the city's mayor and the matriarch of her powerful family. [Deadline/Deadline]
No more Ryan Shay?: Chatswin's lovable dumb jock might not be returning next year. Parker Young, who plays the fan favorite Suburgatory character, has landed a role in the military comedy Enlisted as one of three brothers working at an Army base in Florida. Geoff Stults plays his older bro. Although Suburgatory boss Emily Kapnek has said that Ryan will return after he heads off to college at the end of the current season, Young's pilot takes priority over his role on the ABC show so it's likely his return will be relegated to guest spots. [TVLine]
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
When all-American girl Susan Murphy is inadvertently hit by a falling meteor on her wedding day she grows to be nearly 50 feet tall. The U.S. military gets wind of this renames her Ginormica and locks her away with a slacker group of other “monsters” in a top-secret compound. But when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins wreaking havoc these good-hearted but inept creatures are called into action by the President and must band together as a team to save the world from certain catastrophe.
WHO’S IN IT?
As usual Dreamworks has assembled a stellar A-list voice cast led by Reese Witherspoon as Susan/Ginormica. Playing one of the rare female animated heroes Witherspoon’s sweet/confused demeanor — in light of her highly unusual status as a fearsome freakazoid — hits just the right tone generously letting her zanier colleagues steal scenes from right under her (a long way down by the way). Chief among these are a not-so-bright gelatinous blue mass named B.O.B. hilariously voiced by Seth Rogen; the genius Dr. Cockroach Ph.D in the capable hands of House doc Hugh Laurie; and Will Arnett’s half-ape half-fish The Missing Link. In the human roles there’s Stephen Colbert as the idiotic U.S. President Kiefer Sutherland as the monster’s prison guardian Paul Rudd as the ego-driven weatherman fiancé of Susan; and a deliciously villainous Rainn Wilson as Galaxhar the alien determined to take over Earth.
Superb 3-D effects aren’t overdone and add immeasurably to the ginormous fun of the film but even seeing it in theaters that only show it in regular 2-D doesn’t spoil the pure joy of this cartoonish War of the Worlds. Throw in parodies of every cheap '50s sci-fi movie you can think of and you have the ingredients for a silly monster mash sure to appeal to just about anyone who wants to laugh. Despite the impressive production elements it’s the smart and clever script that really sets it apart from its competitors — and that even includes the similar Monsters Inc. from Pixar.
Like any kid-oriented comic ‘toon today the action can be a bit too frenetic and Monsters vs. Aliens piles a lot of it on in its trim 95 minutes. Still the lovable characters carry the day and somehow make it all palatable.
When Susan now Ginormica brings her new friends home to meet her parents chaos ensues and so do the laughs. Also impressive are the large action scenes that make fine use of CGI animation breakthroughs.
BEST SUPPORTING BLOB:
It's easily the one-eyed lame-brained blue lug of a people hugger named B.O.B. perfectly matched to the talents of Rogen. He rolls away with the movie and inevitably the merchandise tie-ins.