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First In Tank
The first entrepreneur was Lauren Padawer of Alaska Glacial Mud, which creates all-natural facial masks and other skin care products you might find at a beauty spa. She wanted $100,000 for 20% equity. The problem was that she had very weak sales and that was what kept the Sharks from biting on the deal. They pointed out that the spa business was very difficult to break into and that she didn't even have a retail presence. They were more impressed by the fact that she was a commercial salmon fisherman who ran her own ship and pulled in $100,000 a year - Barbara Corcoran wanted to buy into her fish business.
Second In Tank
Mike Barzman and Bryan O'Connell (who looked unsettingly like Henry Thomas of E.T. fame) were pitching Invisplug - extension cords that blend in with the floor. They wanted $125,000 for 10% equity, a valuation that the Sharks immediately pointed out was way too high. Several sharks immediately jumped out, but Lori Greiner made an offer. She offered the $125,000 and they haggled on royalties, but eventually she refused to budge at $1 per unit until she got her investment back and then 25 cents in perpetuity after that - a deal structure that Kevin O'Leary usually offers. Robert Herjavec's interest was piqued and offered the same deal, no royalties and a 20% equity contingent on them agreeing right then and there. Like idiots, they dithered and asked to be able to confer and Herjavec retracted his offer. Fortunately for them, Greiner didn't do the same and they took her deal.
Tom + Chee, a soup and sandwich restaurant that first appeared on the show last May, was doing really well, having grown to 80 employees and hit a million in sales in just three months after the company's founders appeared on the show. Barbara Corcoran, who was their investor, got her own sandwich on the menu. She also has her own doll, though I'm afraid it might be making an appearance in a new Child's Play movie...
Third In Tank
Greg Cronin and Dr. Stephen A. Coachys were pitching LockerBones, a series of easy-to-install locker shelves to help students stay organized. They wanted $175,000 for 10%. There were two issues: first, they were initially going to sell on consignment to Amazon, which meant they would have to take any unsold units, and second, they only had a design patent, not a utility one. They had also stayed away from Staples, which almost caused O'Leary to have a conniption fit at their short-sightedness. They got lucky though: Greiner and Robert Herjavec combined for their price, but took 50% in equity.
Last In Tank
The final entrepreneur was Balloon Distractions, a company that sent people to make balloon items to distract unruly kids. The pitch opened with balloons falling from the ceiling and he gave the Sharks personalized balloons for them. It was run by Ben Alexander, who seemed to be an overgrown hyperactive kid himself. He was so overly emotional that he had to stop a couple of times to keep from crying. Of course, the Sharks were worried that he was like that all the time. His presentation was pretty much a rambling mess, though the gist was that he wanted to franchise. He wanted a recruiter. The problem for the Sharks was two-fold: he hadn't recruited the right salespeople for different regions, and he was not focused or organized. None of the Sharks invested and O'Leary even stomped on some of the balloons after Alexander left.
It was a tie between seeing O'Leary wear a mud mask and conduct his line of questioning while still wearing it and seeing all the Sharks with balloon hats on their heads during the Balloon Distractions pitch.
Dumbest Entrepreneur Move
Again, a tie: between the InvisiPlug people dithering their way out of a deal with Herjavec, and the LockerBones people not even considering selling their product to Staples. O'Leary nearly had a coronary at that. Bad distribution strategy. He was so unfocused and babbling that Mark Cuban had to yell at him. No Sharks bit, but they gave him good advice.
Most Dated Reference
O'Leary doing a Dr. Evil pinkie finger to mouth gesture and saying "One Million Dollars!" I think the last time that was relevant was when President George W. Bush was in his first term.
"That's a Kevin deal." -- All the other Sharks to Greiner at her first offer to the Invisiplug people, since it involved royalties, an O'Leary staple.
"I have to ask an important question: Are you like this all the time?" -- Mark Cuban to Alexander during the Balloon Distractions pitch
"I'm very worried you may spontaneously combust." -- O'Leary to the overly-emotional Alexander
"You don't want to piss off the clown community!" -- Herjavec responding to Alexander's saying that the clown community had been belittling him online after he opened Balloon Distractions
"SHUT UP!!!" -- Cuban to Alexander after the entrepreneur went off the rails for the 50th time when Cuban was trying to give advice.
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
February 07, 2003 1:18pm EST
With the White House hinting that war in Iraq will likely break out just prior to the March 23 Academy Awards ceremony, insiders are facing up to the possibility of the show's postponement. According to Variety, Academy insiders say the ceremony could be delayed for two days in the case of war. But while a 48-hour postponement would cause only minor readjustments, a greater delay would wreak havoc with talent as well as network commitments worldwide. Presenters and nominees from out of town, for example, would have to return to Los Angeles and, as one exec pointed out, many might not want to fly in the event of war. A worst-case scenario is a major story breaking just before the Oscarcast or during the ceremony. A delay could also spell out bad news for ABC, the network airing the Oscarcast, since major news developments could cause viewers to flip over to news broadcasts. A spokesman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences told Variety it is useless to speculate on a possible postponement because there are simply too many variables to consider.
Michael Jackson had his lawyers file complaints Thursday with Britain's Independent Television Commission and the Broadcasting Standards Commission over the just-aired documentary about his life. According to The Associated Press, Jackson's legal team claims that Jackson was not allowed to see the documentary, Living With Michael Jackson, as promised before it was broadcast. It also said the show's voiceovers, questions and editing gave credence to allegations made against him in 1993 of a sexual offense against a child. A whopping 27 million viewers tuned in to the broadcast of the documentary on ABC's 20/20 Thursday night.
The New York Daily News reports that Al Pacino filed suit in Manhattan Family Court Jan. 23 against longtime girlfriend Beverly D'Angelo for custody or visitation rights, two days before the twins' second birthday. A court date scheduled for Wednesday was postponed until Feb. 24. Pacino's spokeswoman, Pat Kingsley, told the Daily News she had not heard of the lawsuit, and lawyers for both parties had no comment.
Caroline Barrett, who worked as a personal assistant for Marlon Brando for 25 years, filed suit against the actor in a Los Angeles court on Thursday, claiming he was trying to force her to repay $185,000 that he gave her as a gift to buy a home in London, Reuters reports. The lawsuit claims Brando gave Barrett the money to buy a house in London after he moved there in 1985 and repeatedly assured her that she did not have to pay the money back. Barrett said Brando told her he would have to classify the transfer of money as a loan to avoid "dire tax consequences," and she agreed to sign a promissory note and to use her Los Angeles home as collateral to further the appearance of a loan, the suit said.
Angelina Jolie will play an accomplished aviatrix in the pre-World War II adventure pic The World of Tomorrow, Variety reports. The film, which also stars Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, begins shooting in March in London. Giovanni Ribisi and Bai Ling are also in talks to join the film. Jolie would star as a pilot teamed with a swashbuckling colleague (Law) and a probing journalist (Paltrow).
Steven Spielberg is in final negotiations to direct his Catch Me If You Can star Tom Hanks in DreamWorks' airport comedy Terminal, Variety reports. Shooting is set to begin sometime toward the end of the year--a scheduling move that could make him available to helm Paramount Pictures' fourth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise. Hanks would play an Eastern European immigrant who gets stuck a New York airport terminal when a war breaks out and erases his country from the map, voiding his passport.
Jennifer Lopez's second ex-husband Cris Judd has joined the cast of I'm a Celebrity--Get Me Out of Here!, the AP reports. Judd will rough it in the Australian Outback with Melissa Rivers, Robin Leach, Downtown Julie Brown, Alana Stewart and others while viewers decide who stays in the rainforest and who comes home, voting each night via phone or Internet. The show will air live for 15 straight nights starting Feb. 19 on ABC.
The Rolling Stones played their first free concert in 33 years on Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Pierce Brosnan, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, Mira Sorvino and Cameron Diaz as well as singer Christina Aguilera and director Rob Reiner attended the concert, which was introduced by Bill Clinton.
Rather than sell the Bad Boy label he says is worth $100 million, rap entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs signed a three-year distribution deal with Vivendi Universal's Universal Records, Reuters reports. In the deal, Universal pays marketing and promotion costs while giving Combs an undisclosed up-front fee, allowing him to get the backing of the biggest record maker without selling his own company in a down market.