For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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New dad Jason Biggs celebrated the birth of his son on Wednesday (26Feb14) by holding a Jewish circumcision ceremony. The American Pie star and his wife Jenny Mollen became first-time parents to son Sid on 15 February (14) and they held a brit milah at their Los Angeles home this week.
Mollen shared photos of the event with fans on her Instagram.com blog, including one shot of her cradling the baby and kissing his forehead.
In the accompanying caption, she writes, "Today was not a good day to be Sid's penis. #babybiggs #circumcision".
American Pie star Jason Biggs and his wife Jenny Mollen have taken steps to store their newborn son's stem cells in the hope they can one day be used to save a life. The couple became first-time parents to baby Sid on 15 February (14) and Biggs has since revealed they have teamed up with medics at the Cryo-Cell blood bank facility to store the umbilical cord blood from their child's birth.
They have provided a testimony for the company's website, on which they state, "We may joke a lot in life, but all kidding aside, when we learned the facts about how stem cells from cord blood and cord tissue can be used to possibly save lives, hell yeah we stored.
"And knowing that our baby's stem cells might be used for our whole family made the decision that much easier. We hope we never have to use them, but it is a definite relief to know it's there and stored safe at Cryo-Cell."
Stem cells can be used later in life to help treat the child and possibly their relatives for certain illnesses where they can be used to repair faulty cells or organs.
Actor Jason Biggs has become a father for the first time after his wife Jenny Mollen gave birth on Saturday (15Feb14). Mollen announced the baby news on Instagram.com on Tuesday (18Feb14), after posting a series of videos documenting the birth of little Sid.
She wrote, "February 15th, 2014 5:00 pm babybiggs."
The American Pie star and Mollen wed in 2008 and they announced the pregnancy in July (13).
It appears the baby was over a week late as Biggs revealed last year (13) the tot was due on 4 February (14).
He told chat show host Conan O'Brien that he was concerned the baby's birth might interfere with his Super Bowl plans.
Biggs explained, "The Super Bowl is in New Jersey this year, it's right where I grew up and I'm on the host committee... I don't know what the hell that means but I know that it comes with two tickets to the Super Bowl.
"Obviously I'll still love the kid whenever it's born... I hope he's not an a**hole and is born right before the Super Bowl."
Last year, it was announced that Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence were teaming up for a new comedy series, and the entire world let out a collective, "Huh?" Grammer and Martin are not the two guys we would have expected to see in the next big buddy comedy show, but Braddock & Jackson sounds so strange, we're thinking it just might work.
Deadline reports that Grammer and Martin both play Chicago lawyers "from vastly different backgrounds" (we can all guess what that means) who start working together after unexpectedly meeting in court. Martin's certainly proved that he knows how to play the buddy role well. And being able to watch him transform into Marcus Jackson, Attorney at Law, is reason enough to tune in to the FX pilot episode.
Yes, the two starring roles are kind of a weird pairing (which, again, just might work) but you can't help but get excited about the supporting cast. Lyndie Greenwood, who Sleepy Hollow fans will recognize as Jenny Mills, recently posted a photo on Instagram of herself on set with Grammer and Lawrence. Tony-nominee Rory O'Malley from The Book of Mormon has signed on to play the office manager of the Braddock & Jackson law firm. And those of us ever-nostalgic for the '90s will get to see Telma Hopkins (AKA Aunt Rachel) playing Lawrence's tough-as-nails mama. See? This could be fun!
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Moviemaker Akiva Goldsman made sure his new romance Winter's Tale was a star-studded affair by calling on favours from famous friends like Will Smith, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. The director was given a strict budget of $40 million to make the film after asking executives at Warner Brothers for twice that amount - and so he knew he'd have to get creative to put together the film he wanted to make.
He landed his A Beautiful Mind co-stars Crowe and Connelly as part of a package deal, as they were completing work on Biblical epic Noah and begged pal Smith to join in the fun.
He tells WENN, "We didn't have the money to make the movie... so everyone did it for love or kindness or friendship or belief in some idea of the way the world works and magic inside the world.
"Will is a friend and I needed the devil and he said, 'Yes'. I knew that Russell and Jenny were in fact making Noah, and in fact went horrifically from the Noah set to our set... Managing having two actors in two different movies was tough. Friendship and alcohol prevailed and we made it through!"
Actress Katherine Heigl is calling on fans to invest $150,000 (£93,750) to help complete production on her new movie Jenny's Wedding. Heigl and director Mary Agnes Donoghue have turned to the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo.com to raise the funds needed for post-production costs.
In a video for the fundraising effort, Heigl says, "We've teamed up with Indiegogo because we are trying to raise money to finish the film and we could really use your help and we have lots of really fun, exciting perks."
Jenny's Wedding chronicles the story of a woman who surprises her conservative parents by telling them she wants to marry her girlfriend.
The campaign has raised $5,980 (£3,738) with 44 days remaining.
A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit the Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) charity in Cleveland, Ohio, where the film was shot.
Look who's outshining her famous sons every week on A&E.
Viewers tuned into Wahlburgers because of the famous names behind the show's titular Boston burger joint. But we're staying because of the Wahlberg family's fierce and loving matriach Alma. Donnie and Mark may be key investors. Her chef son Paul may run the kitchen. But it's Alma who rules the roost. They adore her. We adore her.
Alma's no Real Housewife. She raised nine kids on welfare in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. And we can see how she managed it. She's got a habit of imposing her will on her boys, even if they resist. She hires Paul an assistant and gets her started without his permission. She knows she's always right, he just has to come around to it. She puts Donnie's new girlfriend Jenny McCarthy to work in the kitchen as soon as she walks into her house. And Alma's sons are forever arguing with each other over who is mom's real favorite.
With her raspy voice and thick Boston accent, Alma's constantly letting her will be known. It's no secret that the boys were wild in their youth, and they make frequent mention on the show of her regular trips to collect them from hospital or, on occasion, jail. But now they're older, wiser, and totally devoted to the woman who stuck by them. And, despite their fame and forture, she's still keeping them in line.
A&E has already ordered 18 more episodes of Wahlburgers. Have you been watching and loving Alma as much as we do?
"There's no immediate plans (to get married) right now, but a girl can dream... If I marry Donnie I also know I'll be marrying all the Blockheads (fans), which I welcome completely." TV personality Jenny Mccarthy is ready to tie the knot with New Kids On The Block heartthrob Donnie Wahlberg.
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After one fist-clencher of a finale, the recent Sleepy Hollow casting news is pretty darn interesting. What to make of the fact that John Noble and Lyndie Greenwood are now series regulars? Warning: spoilers for the first season abound below.
Now that Abbie's sister Jenny Mills seems to be a permanent part of the show's Scooby gang, Greenwood's new slot is less surprising. The growing closeness of the sisters seemed to spell certain doom for Jenny, so we're just thrilled she made it out of the season finale alive. And, unless the show's creators are trying to fake us out and destroy us emotionally, she'll also survive the Season 2 premiere and the resolution of that merciless cliffhanger. Looks like the other Miss Mills will be around to assist Abbie and Ichabod in their defense against the dark forces of Sleepy Hollow for quite a while.
What's really interesting/disturbing is the permanent placement of John Noble. His character — the man we knew as Henry Parrish — was revealed in the two-part finale to be not only Katrina and Ichabod's son Jeremy, but also the Second Horseman. (A must-add to our list of scariest Sleepy monsters.) And once he made his Bond-villain-style confession, Jeremy buried his father alive and trapped Abbie in a giant, creepy dollhouse. We don't know how our heroes will make it out of their respective prisons, but we now know that Jeremy won't be completely vanquished anytime soon. Then again, we're talking about Sleepy Hollow here, so let's not rule out body-switching or talking corpses or any other method of keeping Noble around while still getting rid of the bad guy.
What do you think this casting means for the second season of Sleepy? Leave your predictions in the comments.