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.
TV viewers watched as the movie star halted the show to exchange words with a vulgar heckler, who had shouted out something obscene intended for Kunis as she took to the stage to present Jennifer Aniston with her Dirtbag of the Year trophy.
Neither Kunis nor Wahlberg are repeating what the unruly audience member shouted out, but it was enough for the actor to state, "Excuse me? What did he say?" before adding, "And here I thought I was going to have to slap Russell."
He also uttered an expletive that was bleeped out of the telecast.
Explaining himself and his comments on Monday (04Jun12), Wahlberg said, "When I came onstage, some random heckler in the crowd said something vulgar to Mila. So that's why I got a little upset. I did say somebody was going to get slapped, but I figure it's Sunday, I went to church, I'm feeling forgiving right now."
We saw plenty of good and bad at this year's MTV Movie Awards: Russell Brand joked about ex-wife Katy Perry during his introduction speech; Mark Wahlberg threatened an audience member; and Kristen Stewart couldn't keep her hands off of herself (what else was she supposed to do without Robert Pattinson?). But who looked the best (and who looked the worst) on the red carpet? While some celebrities like Charlize Theron and Emma Stone stunned in their beautiful dresses, others like Emma Watson and Nikki Reed chose get-ups more outlandish than the awards' categories.
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The Fighter star and Kunis were the first guest presenters to step onstage at the Los Angeles event to read out the nominations for the inaugural Best On-Screen Dirtbag award, the first prize of the night, but the Black Swan beauty was rudely interrupted as a man in the audience shouted at the actress, prompting her to halt her lines in disbelief.
The jeers were inaudible for many in the Gibson Amphitheatre and for viewers at home, and Wahlberg was just as baffled as he asked, "Excuse me, what did he say?"
Kunis brushed off the incident and encouraged Wahlberg to continue with their presenting duties, responding, "Doesn't matter, go 'head."
However, Wahlberg refused to let the insult go so easily and defended Kunis' honour by calling out the suspect - although his exact words were bleeped out by censors.
He then quipped, "And here I thought I was gonna have to slap Russell (Brand, host). Wow."
The action blockbuster earned a total of four honours, including Best On-Screen Transformation (Elizabeth Banks) and Best Fight, but the coveted Best Movie title went to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.
The vampire franchise also claimed victory for Best Kiss - Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart made it four years in a row, but the 22-year-old beauty was left to collect the award on her own as the British hunk was unable to attend.
The wizards weren't left out either - the stars of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 walked away with Best Cast.
Emma Stone's co-stars and friends Viola Davis, Mila Kunis, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell all hailed the actress with funny tributes as she was presented with the inaugural Trailblazer Award, and Johnny Depp was saluted by Aerosmith legends Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as they presented him with the Generation Award.
Depp also showed off his rock 'n' roll credentials by jamming with The Black Keys for a performance of Gold on the Ceiling before collecting his honour, and the actor admitted he was flattered to receive the accolade.
Accepting the Golden Popcorn prize, he joked, "This is quite an amazing honour, truly. It's like a 'Get out of the business' award, basically. It's like, 'Alright, you've done too much...' It's an honour to be presented by these two legends, Steven and Joe, and these up-and-coming legends, The Black Keys, so thank you very much."
Depp's collaboration with The Black Keys was the musical highlight of the night, but rapper Wiz Khalifa showed the crowd at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheatre a good time as he performed his new single, Work Hard, Play Hard, and fun. and Janelle Monae opened the show by performing their smash hit We Are Young.
Comedian Russell Brand provided the tongue-in-cheek laughs as the host of the ceremony, while guest presenters included Charlie Sheen, Charlize Theron, Mila Kunis, Jessica Biel and Mark Wahlberg.
The winners of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards are as follows:
Movie of the Year - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
Best Male Performance - Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games)
Best Female Performance - Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Breakthrough Performance - Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Best Cast - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Best On-Screen Transformation - Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games)
Best Fight - Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games)
Best Hero - Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
Best Kiss - Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1)
Best On-Screen Dirtbag - Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses)
Trailblazer Award - Emma Stone
Generation Award - Johnny Depp.
The MTV Movie Awards this year showed us a lot of, well, stuff. It wasn't all bad, and it wasn't all good; but watching the awards show was an experience. Some people got awards, and a few of those awards were actually ones that they didn't make up on the spot. But we're here to bring you the best and worst moments from this year's big dance. In case you missed it, or didn't!
Best Red Carpet Moment:
Perks of Being a Wallflower Trailer Debut. The long-awaited film from the book with the same name is sure to be a hit among the MTV-and-older set. The book was nearly universally loved, so to see the trailer released (finally!) after years of waiting for the film is pretty exciting.
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Worst Moment of Attempted Charlie Sheen Relevancy:
Every reference that MTV made to the man. Seriously, that's enough.
Best High-Fashion Blood-Splatter Dress:
Next: Pork pie hats and dog buttsBest Unsolicited Anger Moment:
Mark Wahlberg, getting angry at the random, inaudible person in the audience. I hope he said hi to his mother for Mark.
Onscreen Dirtbag. Because was that really the only name they could think of for this?
Best Audition for a Buster Keaton bio-pic:
Josh Hutcherson's hat
Best Impression of an '80s-Era Aerosmith Microphone:
Wiz Khalifa's microphone stand.
Next: Elvira wigs and Johnny DeppWorst Intro to a Category:
Best Kiss. Dog butthole jokes. America. COME ON.
Kristen Stewart's. Homegirl's dress was FIRE, y'all.
Best Middle-Aged Woman:
Joe Perry and his Elvira wig. (Steven Tyler's bellbottoms are really jealous, so let's not talk about it too much.)
Best Award Moment:
gfjhfduibhfdiuhfsiugdfh. I mean, Johnny Depp. Sorry, I type his name and have a reaction. Every time. That Johnny Depp; man, what a career, eh? He's like, some super talented fella, apparently! The whole intro reel was just radical and reminds the world that Johnny Depp is still totally the man. And to follow up with Johnny performing with The Black Keys? Be still my heart. That was one of those old school-style MTV moments that reminds you of the networks' heyday.
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Next: Fassbender is FassBETTER!Worst Use of a Joel McHale:
Joel McHale as Lester Boonshaft. If you have a Joel McHale, and you have an archer's uniform, why is there not more flitting about in tights and perhaps a remake of Robin Hood: Men in Tights?
Best Michael Fassbender:
Michael Fassbender. Just for being Fassbendery. Also I had no idea that Fassbender could get FassBETTER and then I saw him with a beard. And I won't make a d**k joke, I promise... even though I've seen Shame and know it is a glorious member of society.
Best Award Acceptance:
Elizabeth Banks for Best Transformation, featuring the boys from Magic Mike. It was stiff competition, but Joe Manganiello's shaft dance was truly a revelation.
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Next: Dark Knights and Ginger LadiesBest Earnest Moment:
Emma Stone. Golly gosh, girl. Not only are you sassy, adorable, hilarious, and a fellow ginger, but you also name-dropped another one of my Head Queen Goddess Boss Ladies, Gilda Radner. I think it's safe to say you deserve the honor of being a fellow Head Queen Goddess Boss Lady (even though this Trailblazer Award seems a bit of an odd choice)... Welcome, girl! You're America's Girl Crush.
The Dark Knight Rises. I JUST WANT TO SEE THE S**T OUT OF THIS MOVIE, YOU GUYS. And oh, hi, hello to you, too, attractive human specimen Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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So that was the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. Are we a better or worse nation for it? Only time will tell.
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Concerts, parades and thousands of street parties are being held across the U.K. to celebrate the royal's 60-year reign, and a host of British A-listers are joining in the festivities - even from sunny Hollywood.
Cowell says, "I'm holding a small private party for friends and family at my home in Los Angeles and will be getting up early to watch the festivities on television. I'm really looking forward to this. It's one of the great things about Britain. There's a lot to celebrate."
Brand admits he is upset not to be in London to mark the occasion as he is stuck Stateside gearing up to host the MTV Movie Awards in California on Sunday (03Jun12).
He insists, "It hurts my heart. It's a great time in our country and I'm devastated not to be there. I love the Queen and have never been so in love with her since I came to America. But we will be honouring the Queen in our own special way."
However, Caine, who was knighted by the Queen in 2000, is set to get a prime view of the action when Her Majesty takes part in a boating procession along the River Thames.
He says, "We're going to my flat in Chelsea harbour because that's where the Queen gets on her boat right outside my house. Genius. We'll be able to see her and wave her off. The Queen represents continuity, the passing of time, good health in older age and our great capital. I'm proud to be British."
The former Saved by the Bell star asked advertising executive Catriona McGinn to become his second wife in August (11) - and the couple now has a wedding date.
Gosselaar tells HollyScoop.com, "I'm real private about that kind of stuff, but yes, I'm getting married in July."
The actor's marriage to Lisa Ann Russell ended in divorce last year (11).
Actor Russell Crowe was almost caught in the cross hairs of a hit on the life of police officer-turned-criminal Mark Standen after meeting him in secret as research for a movie.
The Gladiator star arranged a low-key chat with New South Wales Crime Commission assistant director Standen in his native Sydney, Australia back in 2008 to help him develop a film character.
They met in an alleyway, but Crowe had a sneaking suspicion something wasn't right when they had a run-in with a group of what appeared to be construction workers.
He says, "I met him (Standen) out on the street and we were walking down this alleyway between these buildings and there were these guys dressed as workmen, but there wasn't like a building site anywhere. They sort of turned and came toward us and if they wanted they could have very easily stopped us in that alleyway. There was quite a large group of them and one of them looked at me and kind of nodded his head and said, 'Hey Crowey, how are ya mate?' And then they stepped aside and allowed the two of us to pass. We walked a few steps (away) and I said to him (Standen), 'F**k that felt like a hit'. And he said, 'It did, didn't it?'. I just thought, 'What the f**k was all that about?'."
Little did Crowe know that several months later, Standen would be arrested for conspiring to import and supply chemicals to produce the street drug ice - and the actor realised he had put his life at risk by associating with the crooked cop.
The star relayed his experience to journalist Charles Miranda, who included the piece in his new non-fiction crime book Deception, which is set to be released next week (begs04Jun12).
Standen was sentenced to 22 years in prison last year (11).
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Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly and nominee Saoirse Ronan have signed up to join Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky's 2014 film Noah.
No word just yet on whom the actresses will be playing in Aronofsky's adaptation of the Old Testament tale about Noah's Ark, but Crowe recently boarded the project as the title character.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount's Adam Goodman seemed to confirm the casting news: "It will be a big, robust production and will have tremendous scale. It's the perfect combination of casting [Russell Crowe, Saoirse Ronan and Jennifer Connelly] and a remarkable adventure. This isn't what you think of when you think of Darren, but it will be very true to him as a filmmaker. It will be PG-13 and will likely cost around $125 million."
It will mark a reunion between Connelly and Aronofsky, who worked together on the latter's breakout 2000 drug drama Requiem for a Dream — AND Noah will reunite Connelly with her A Beautiful Mind costar Crowe.
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