The Santa giveth, and the Santa taketh away — but today he mostly giveth, as several shows received very good news — like, "we all still have jobs next year" good news. What else did the jolly round fat man pull from his bag? Let's take a peek...
The League Totally Scores: It's a very happy day for the fellas (and the lady) over at The League — FX announced via release that the raunchy, laugh-out-loud comedy would come back with a fifth season. The show will be back next fall with a 13-episode order, and it will also air it's fourth season finale on Thursday. Bud Light, anyone?
Psych Breaks a Record: Congrats to the two kookiest detectives in town: Psych has been renewed for an 8th season, making it USA's longest-running show. The seventh season — which hasn't even started yet — will feature the show's 100th episode, as well as a musical. [Hollywood Reporter]
You STILL Think You Can Dance?: Well, I certainly can't, but Fox officially picked up So You Think You Can Dance for a whopping tenth season, so there has to be some hidden talent they haven't discovered yet. [Deadline]
Pawnee's Greatest Resident Has a Sibling: Jean-Ralphio has a twin sister and this news is great, it's even better when you discover she's Jenny Slate... face. Oh well, I tried. Well, Slate will guest star in at least one episode as Mona Lisa, our beloved Jean-Ralphio's twin with an equally fabulous name. ML is hired by Tom as a salesperson at his new Rent-A-Swag store, which is a recipe for a wonderful disaster. Don't worry, Ron Swanson will swoop in with some words to the wise. [EW]
Showtime Gets Papal: We're going to Italy! Well, we're not, but Showtime has officially put their new pilot The Vatican into production, and we're pretty sure that that's in Italy. The network announced via release that Oscar nominee Sir Ridley Scott will direct the pilot, which Emmy nominee Paul Attanasio wrote. According to the release, Attanasio's script is "a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics — set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church." Color us intrigued! With Attanasio, Scott, and The Good Wife's David Zucker set to produce, we'll give this one a very enthusiastic shot.
More Vampire Hatred on True Blood: Looks like the human versus vamp theme from last season of True Blood will continue. Arliss Howard has been cast as (human) Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell, a southern gent who has a serious beef with the undead, after one of them ran away with his wife. [TVLine]
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Troubled by unfortunate event after unfortunate event The Watch sidesteps faux pas to come out on top as a consistently funny sci-fi comedy that doesn't let its high concept tangle up a bevy of one-liners. The script penned by Jared Stern Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg assumes you've seen a few movies before entering the theater (mainly any sci-fi movie made in the 1980s). "Summer movie logic" is the foundation for The Watch's ridiculous plot which finds four adult nincompoops teaming up to form a Neighborhood Watch trying to solve the murder of a local Costco employee and eventually pursuing a killer extraterrestrial. Instead of making sense of it all The Watch wisely focuses on its four leads: Ben Stiller Vince Vaughn Jonah Hill and The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade — a quartet whose bro banter goes a long way in spicing up the dust-covered material. There's nothing revelatory to be found in The Watch but the cast's knack for improv a poetry of the profane makes the adventure worth…viewing.
Director Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) establishes his two-dimensional characters quickly and bluntly smashing together broad personality types like a Hadron Collider of cinematic comedy. Stiller's Evan is a micromanaging do-gooder who can't find time for his wife; Hill's Franklin is a mildly disturbed weapons enthusiast yearning to join the police; Ayoade is the quaint weirdo who joins the Watch to fill the void left by his divorce; Vince Vaughn is Vince Vaughn: a loud crass gent looking for a bit of male bonding. The ragtag team assembles to fight crime but they spend most of their time drinking beers in a minivan — an affair they dub "stakeouts." A perfect opportunity for banter.
For a movie about enforcing the law and alien invasions there's a surprising lack of action in The Watch. Long stretches of the film see the central players yapping back and forth about everything: Russian nesting dolls peeing in cans or the similar viscosities of alien goo and human excrement. Charisma goes a long way and Vaughn does much of the heavy lifting making up for lost time out of the spotlight (he's been virtually nonexistent since 2005's Wedding Crashers). The man spits out jokes like no other — the rest of the cast barely keeps up. Ayoade balances out Vaughn's bombardment with a tempered timed delivery that's uniquely British and rarely found on the American big screen. Even when nothing's happening in The Watch it's rarely boring.
The Watch is at its best when it goes a step further mixing the group in with outsiders and throwing them off their rhythm. Billy Crudup cuts loose as a creepy neighbor and its delightfully weird while the always-impressive Rosemarie DeWitt as Evan's wife Abby brings unexpected warmth to the couple's relationship. Sadly The Watch mishandles its greatest asset: the aliens. The film never finds a pitch perfect blend of comedy and science fiction (Ghostbusters or Galaxy Quest this is not); a few scenes where the two come together hint at the best possible scenario but more often than not The Watch avoids its sci-fi roots. A moment in which the guys haul a dead alien back to their man cave plays like an E.T.-inspired version of The Hangover credits. It's lewd and ridiculous but the rest of the film struggles to maintain that energy.
Stiller Vaughn Hill and Ayoade have all proved themselves able funnymen capable of taking weak and tired material up a notch which they're forced to do in every moment of The Watch. Schaffer can handle his talent but his direction isn't adding anything to the mix. By the third slow-motion-set-to-gangster-rap scene The Lonely Island member's obsession with non-cool-coolness is officially just an attempt at being cool (which is not all that funny). The Watch has a greater opportunity than most comedy blockbusters to go absolutely bonkers: it's rated R. But instead of taking its twist and running with it the movie plays it safe. In this case safe is non-stop jokes about the many facets of human reproduction.
The Australian beauty first sparked rumours of a new relationship after she was spotted smooching Blanc on the dancefloor at a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards afterparty in London in February (12).
George's new boyfriend has now been identified as technology mogul Blanc, who accompanied her to the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this week (ends29Apr12).
The pair appeared happy to be seen together as they enjoyed cocktails at the 2 Days in New York afterparty on Thursday (26Apr12).
A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "By 12.30am, the couple couldn't keep their hands off each other, leaving others gawking. George and the gent did not shy away from photographers, either, insisting that they be photographed together."
George dated hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons from July (11) until February (12), when he confirmed their break-up on Twitter.com and blamed "the difficulty of long-distance relationships" for the split.
The Oscar winner's statue, dressed in a black tuxedo and bow tie, has been put on display at London's Madame Tussauds museum.
Firth's waxwork was the eighth and final new celebrity statue to be unveiled this year (11), and has been placed next to Kate Winslet's double and those of David and Victoria Beckham.
A spokeswoman for the attraction says, "Colin is one of the hottest leading men of our time, an Oscar winner and a true British gent."
Chances are that, at some point in your life, you've had to deal with the unfortunate situation of breaking up with a significant other. Hey, it happens—and in the best cases, both people move on to bigger and better things.
But in the worst cases? You got it: the ex goes crazy. Evil crazy.
If you're sitting there reading this, then you've (hopefully) managed to avoid ever experiencing the evil ex or, at least, survived their violent wrath. But there's no sense in risking another encounter with a crazy, spiteful former loved one. Learn from the lessons films have taught us—here are a few of the looniest ex-boyfriends in movies. You may want to avoid anyone that reminds you of these gents:
Charlie in Straw Dogs
If you're a big fan of Alexander Skarsgard, you may not want to see Straw Dogs. He's excellent in the film, but his character…not so much.
Skarsgard plays Charlie, a God-fearing Mississippi gent and former boyfriend of Kate Bosworth's Amy. When Amy comes back to town, Charlie doesn't take kindly to her new Los Angeles beau, proceeding to mentally torture the scrappy screenwriter and, eventually, committing an act of sexual assault against Amy. To be fair, this doesn't seem to be a common Southern welcome.
Johnny in Karate Kid
It's one thing if your ex-girlfriend starts dating another guy, but it's a whole other karate match when she starts making eyes at a scrawny dude from Newark, New Jersey.
Johnny isn't a big fan of Daniel's efforts to court his ex Ali, but instead of brushing it off, he teaches Daniel a lesson using the power of hand-to-hand combat. Jealous revenge in the form of the sweeping of legs.
Eirik in In Bruges
Bruges isn't a place most of us think about in our lives, but just like the rest of the world, it's home to everything we're accustomed to: suicidal hitmen, dwarf cinema and, of course, angry ex-boyfriends.
Colin Farrell's Ray arrives in the Belgian town and quickly strikes up a romance with Chloe (Clémence Poésy), much to the chagrin of her ex-boyfriend Eirik. The anguish of seeing her with another man (and, even worse, someone cut like Colin Farrell) drives him to attack Ray with a pistol full of blanks.
Eirik may have been spiteful, but his pain clouded his judgement—in the end, the attack gots awry and Eirik lands an eyeful of bullet.
Cal in Titanic
OK, so technically they never broke up, but it was pretty apparent that once the Titanic landed New York, Cal and Rose weren't going to be together. Something about that steamy night in the back of a 1912 Renault 35CV…
When Cal catches wind of his gal Rose's love affair with scrappy 3rd class Jack, he goes ballistic. Even with the ship starting its descent towards the bottom of the ocean, Cal commits to screwing over Jack, first handcuffing him to a lower level deck, then chosen him around with a pistol upon his escape and eventually abandoning them to escape the boat. The man has priorities, after all.
David in Fear
Mark Wahlberg loves playing the good guy (see: Planet of the Apes, The Italian Job, Four Brothers, Invincible, The Departed, The Happening, Shooter…), but once he decided to take a walk along the dark path—as an evil ex-boyfriend.
Things were going swimingly with Wahlberg's David and Reese Witherspoon's Nicole until David lashed out at one of her male friends, attacking him and giving Nicole a black eye in the process. When Nicole breaks things off, David goes ballistic, damaging her family's property, carving her name into his chest, decapitating her dog and taking her Dad hostage. Chances of getting back to together? Never say never, but...
Tal in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Since Norah's boy Tal is more of a friends with benefits than a full-on boyfriend, it makes sense that he'd be just a smidgen less evil than some of the more aggressive perpetrators on the list.
Instead of beating Norah's new man friend Nick into a bloody pulp, Tal fights with his words—ugly words, sure—but little blood is shed in the name of former girlfriends. The uglier part comes when Norah realizes Tal's working her for her connections—specifically, her record producer Dad. Scumbug!
The Evil Ex-Boyfriends of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
One evil ex-boyfriend is bad. Seven is life-shattering.
But surprisingly, it wasn't a deal-breaker for Scott Pilgrim, who contended with the former flames of budding romance Ramona Flowers, one epic battle at a time. Each had their own powers: the ability to summon demon fire dancers, an army of stunt doubles, a razor-sharp belt, freshly-pressed white suits—but through it all, Pilgrim prevailed.
No amount of evil can keep true love down.
Marvel's committed to making movie history. Never before have we seen the continued expansion of a cinematic universe quite like the one they've been building with their slew of Avengers characters. Just like their many comic book series, their films have a mythology all their own, each film clicking together like puzzle pieces—but with only two hours, can they really flow into one another as easily as their paperback counterparts?
That's where their short films can come in.
Following in the footsteps of the Thor Blu-ray extra "The Consultant", a short starring Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Agent Coulson that ties together The Incredible Hulk and 2012's The Avengers, comes the follow-up: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer." Attached to the upcoming Captain America Blu-ray release, "A Funny Thing" tells of Coulson's journey from Tony Stark's (aka Iron Man) pad in Malibu to the New Mexico site where we pick up his character in Thor. Apparently, somewhere in-between, the dry-witted gent finds himself in the middle of a convenience store robbery.
Our first look at the short comes courtesy of the film's cinematographer David Myrick, who also shot "The Consultant." While there isn't much in the way of superhero antics, we do get a taste of Agent Coulson's latest misadventure, which should throw us a few laughs while filling in the Marvel Movie Universe's blanks. At least we know he lives!
(Thanks to @RIMBreaks for the heads up)
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Ang Lee was named by Time magazine as best American director in the periodical's first installment of its "best of" lists. Time wanted to fashion "the definitive list of people who stand for the best in America today," the magazine told reporters. Other entertainers who were feted by Time include Sean Penn for best actor, Julia Roberts for best actress and The Roots as best rappers. Time lauded Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ice Storm, Sense and Sensibility) saying, "This soft-spoken gent is proving again what's always been true: that American cinema is nourished by the artistry of foreigners."