"If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer, as, in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers. That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others... and would rather hear any of them anytime rather than me!" Axl Rose responds to a new online poll which placed his at the top of the world's greatest singers list.
British model-turned-reality TV star Katie Price has hired the top female lawyer behind Sir Paul McCartney's 2008 divorce from Heather Mills. Following news of her split from husband Kieran Hayler amid allegations he cheated, Price has signed up Fiona Shackleton, who also acted on behalf of her cousin Nigella Lawson during her divorce from Charles Saatchi last year (13).
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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The cast of Edgar Wright's superhero adventure, Ant-Man is growing at an exponential rate, and after the recent additions of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Michael Pena to the cast, Evangeline Lilly is now being considered to play the female lead.
Lilly is no stranger to genre film, after spending six years battling smoke monsters on Lost, and appearing in Peter Jackson latest The Hobbit movie. While the jury is still out on who the actress will play in the upcoming film, the scuttlebutt over at Variety is hinting that she might be cast as the daughter of Hank Pym (Douglas), and a love interest to Scott Lang (Rudd, Ant-Man himself). Since Lily is taking her first step into comic book filmmaking, we wondered what roles the rest of her Lost castmates could play. We've already heard rumors of Josh Halloway being considered to play Aquaman, or some other DC fixture, in the bizarrely cast Batman vs. Superman. We think his casting as Aquaman could work, given he plays the hook-handed and more roguish version of the character, and not the vintage boy scout of the sea of yesteryear that probably cries a lot after watching Finding Nemo. So now that we're in Lost mode, which superheroes can we match up with the other islanders?
Matthew Fox (Jack)What Character?: The Red HoodWhy: The Red Hood is a former incarnation of Robin who gets blown up by the Joker and feels betrayed that Batman never killed the dastardly clown in retaliation. Those are some Jack-level daddy issues. We've already seen Fox play maniacal in Tyler Perry Presents: Alex Cross, so maybe he could pull it off in a future Batman movie.
Terry O'Quinn (Locke)What Character?: Lex LuthorWhy: Terry O'Quinn is already bald so that's already a mark in his favor, but his period as "Evil Locke" showed that the actor exuded the right mix intelligence, charisma, megalomania to be Superman's greatest foe.
Naveen Andrews (Sayid)What Character?: ArchangelWhy: Archangel or Warren Kenneth Worthington III was a young rich playboy whose mutant powers manifested into a pair of giant wings that allowed him to fly. Several very comic book-like plot developments turned him into a dark and misunderstood anti-hero. Sayid had a similar slide into darkness during Lost and, Naveen Andrews is well-equipped to play a similar character.
Emilie de Ravin (Claire)What Character?: JubileeWhy: Jubilee is a young and feisty member of the X-Men. Actress Emile De Ravin has a lot of the same exuberance and sweetness that has made the character such a popular addition to the X-Men mythos over the years.
Dominic Monaghan (Charlie)What Character?: SpeedyWhy: Green Arrow's troubled sidekick grappled with a crippling drug addiction, and is generally underappreciated in the comics world for being the sidekick of a character whose only ability is to shoot arrows pretty well. Who is better to play Speedy than Dominic Monaghan, who plays a wounded drug addict extremely well in Lost.
Jorge Garcia (Hurley)What Character?: The KingpinWhy: Jorge Garcia has always played the nice guy, but maybe it's time for some career diversity. We want to see the actor take on a role that's really a 180 from anything that he's done before.
Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim (Jin and Sun)What Character?: The Wonder TwinsWhy: One of Lost's most crushing moments was the demise of Jin and Sun. In fact, we still wonder why Jin didn't leave Sun behind, no matter how painful it would have been, to raise their baby, but that's an Internet rant for another day. Bringing the actors back in roles where they would hardly ever be separated from each other is the only remedy for our post-Lost blues.
Harold Perrineau (Michael)What Character?: The PunisherWhy: Michael lost his only son on the island, and has done some unsavory things in order to find him. Loss has driven him to do some terrible things, but deep down he's still a good guy, just a bit misguided with the methods he uses.
Malcolm David Kelley (Waaaaaaaaaalt)What Character?: Franklin RichardsWhy: Walt seemed like a normal kid in Lost's first season. That is until he started using creepy backwards speak and was revealed to have some sort of mystical connection with the island that had viewers going "What the f**k is up with that kid". He could definitely play Franklin Richards who also seemed normal, before becoming a reality-warping mutant.
Michael Emerson (Ben Linus)What Character?: Doctor OctopusWhy: Michael Emerson played the manipulative and intelligent Ben Linus in Lost, and he'd be perfect to play Dr. Otto Octavius in the new Spider-Man series.
The new year brings with it new changes, new resolutions, and new epsiodes of our favorite television shows. There's so many major premieres heading our way in the coming months, promising the resolutions to some insane cliffhangers, highly-anticipated follow-ups to beloved plotlines, and one significant attempt to recover after a terrible previous season. We've gathered together all of the most exciting winter premieres into one handy guide, plus all quick recaps of all of the most gasp-indcing cliffhangers and what to expect from the upcoming seasons. (Spoilers below, obviously.)
Community - January 2After the firing and then re-hiring of show creator Dan Harmon and a widely panned fourth season, Community fans have been waiting desperately to see what the new season will bring. So far, we know that Jeff and the gang will be back at Greendale, along with more guest stars than we could possibly hope to remember, and that Donald Glover will only appear in six episodes. What we don’t know? How or why he’ll leave, and if the show can possibly hope to return to its glory days. The new season has a lot to live up to, but we're hoping it manages to recapture some of that early Community magic.
Downton Abbey - January 5After a season that included births, deaths, and secret affairs, it's hard to imagine what the residents of Downton Abbey will have to endure next. This year, there's been a huge cast overhaul, including a few new love interests for Lady Mary, a shake-up in the household staff, and a visit from Cora's brother, played by Paul Giamatti. Meanwhile, there's still plenty of drama headed for Bates and Anna, including a new storyline that caused a great deal of outrage when it aired earlier in the UK. For a show about an inhertance dispute, there's always something insane going on, so there's no telling what to expect when we return to the estate.
Parks and Recreation - January 9It may not have ended on a cliffhanger, but there's still plenty about the midseason finale of Parks and Rec for us to look forward to. It's the last hundred days of Leslie's term on city council, and she still has some grand plans for the city. Ann and Chris are not only getting ready to welcome a new baby, but also to move away from Pawnee for good. Ron's also about to become a father, and Andy's hopefully heading home from London soon. After the weird way that NBC decided to air the most recent episodes, we're really looking forward to finding out what's happening next in Pawnee, hopefully on a steadier schedule.
Shameless - January 12When last we left the Gallagher clan, Jimmy had disappeared onto a boat with the Brazilian mob, Fiona still had no idea he was in any kind of trouble, Ian stole his brother’s identity and enlisted in the army, Lip was starting college, V is pregnant… and V’s mom is a lot more pregnant than she let on. Oh, and Frank has to stop drinking and doing drugs cold turkey or else he’ll die. Even though the producers have revealed the answer to Season 3’s biggest cliffhanger, there’s still no telling what could happen next with the Gallaghers. And since anything goes with this show, we'll be glued to our televisions to find out.
Sherlock - January 19The world’s most famous consulting detective, BBC edition, returns to the small screens after a two-year hiatus in which we were all left with one very important question: How did Sherlock manage to fake his own death? Season 3 promises to answer this question, as well as focusing on the resulting tension between Sherlock and John, a surprise wedding, and a brand new bad guy. Plus, we’ll finally learn what possessed Anderson to both dye his hair and grow a beard, when he knew full well that they would both look terrible on him. (Don’t even get us started on John’s grief-induced moustache.)
Hannibal - February 28When last we left the team at Quantico, Will had been arrested under suspicion of being the copycat killer, although he has finally started to understand that Hannibal Lecter is not as friendly as he had appeared. Meanwhile, Jack and Alanna are trying to deal with the fact that their good friend might be a serial killer, and Bella's only getting sicker. This season, we'll find out whether anyone will be able to prove Will's innocence - or if anyone even wants to - and how much more Hannibal will be able to get away with before people start getting suspicious.
Orphan Black - April 19When it comes to cliffhangers, no season finale did it better than the end of Orphan Black. There were surprise deaths, new clones, and possible betrayals, all in one compact hour. We're not quite sure what to expect from the new season just yet, as they've only just wrapped filming, but we're sure that for every question they'll actually answer, they'll raise at least three more. However, the clones are finally starting to fight back against their makers, and Sarah is still fighting to get Kira back, so there's bound to be plenty of drama, action, and surprises come April.
Rocker Liam Gallagher has moved out of his marital home in the wake of his lovechild scandal, according to a U.K. report. The Beady Eye frontman hit headlines in July (13) when it emerged he is embroiled in a legal battle with an American journalist over claims he fathered her young daughter.
Gallagher has yet to comment on the scandal but it would appear he has now moved out of the home he shares with his wife, former All Saints star Nicole Appleton.
On Thursday (12Sep13), two men were photographed taking items from Gallagher's mansion in Hampstead, London, and loading up a moving van.
The snaps, published by Britain's The Sun, show guitars, shoes from Gallagher's Pretty Green label, plastic-wrapped furniture, as well as Beatles and Sex Pistols memorabilia being taken out of the star's home.
The former Oasis star is believed to have hired celebrity lawyer Fiona Shackleton, the legal eagle behind Sir Paul McCartney's split from Heather Mills, to help with divorce proceedings.
Liam Gallagher has hired the top lawyer behind Sir Paul McCartney's divorce from Heather Mills in the wake of his lovechild scandal, according to a U.K. report. The former Oasis star hit headlines last month (Jul13) when it emerged he is locked in a court battle with an American journalist who claims he fathered her young daughter.
Neither Gallagher nor his wife, former All Saints star Nicole Appleton, have commented on the scandal, but their marriage seems to be heading to an end after Gallagher hired Fiona Shackleton, the lawyer behind a string of celebrity divorces.
A source tells The Sun, "Hiring Fiona Shackleton is a huge statement of intent from Liam. Divorce had been mentioned but until now nobody knew he would actually go through with it. Now the wheels are in motion.
"Nicole will be devastated. Shackleton is one of the best. She is incredibly shrewd in the courtroom. On top of that, she represented Liam's all-time hero Paul McCartney. There is every chance this could turn nasty and it looks like Liam will not be giving up his massive fortune easily."
Shackleton helped McCartney keep most of his estimated $800 million (£533 million) fortune intact when his second wife Mills was awarded $36.4 million (£24.3 million) in 2008. The lawyer also represented Madonna during her split from Guy Ritchie and has recently overseen the quick divorce of her cousin Nigella Lawson and advertising mogul Charles Saatchi.
Gallagher wed Appleton in 2008, seven years after the birth of their son, Gene.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Fiona Apple has reunited with her ex-boyfriend, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, for a new video. Anderson, who dated Apple in the late 1990s and early 2000s, has directed the promo for Hot Knife.
It's the There Will Be Blood director's first video project in over a decade. He also took charge of Apple's promos for Paper Bag, Limp, Fast as You Can and her cover of Across the Universe.
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has hired Sir Paul McCartney's former attorney to help finalise her divorce from advertising mogul Charles Saatchi by the end of the month (Jul13). The couple separated in June (13) after headline-grabbing photos emerged showing Saatchi with his hand around the British TV star's throat during an argument outside a London restaurant.
He was cautioned for assault by police, and Lawson subsequently moved out of their family home in London with her two teenage children from her previous marriage to late journalist John Diamond.
Saatchi filed for divorce earlier this month (Jul13), insisting he and his wife had become "estranged" in the past year, and now they have issued a joint statement confirming their intentions to reach a "swift and amicable" split.
The statement reads: "We can confirm that Fiona Shackleton is acting for Nigella Lawson to ensure a swift and amicable resolution. A divorce will proceed on the undefended basis, the decree nisi is to be pronounced on 31 July, and neither party will be making any financial claims against the other.
"Contrary to some reports, Charles Saatchi has not consulted lawyers and has represented himself throughout.
"Both parties would appreciate privacy for themselves and their children at this difficult time."
Lawson and Saatchi wed in 2003 and have no children together. He has a daughter from a previous relationship.
Shackleton represented McCartney in his high-profile divorce from second wife Heather Mills in 2008.
There's a scene towards the latter part of Judd Apatow's mercilessly long This Is 40 that makes having endured the needlessly self-indulgent worthwhile. When Paul Rudd's emotionally crumbling Pete makes a great escape from his house via his bike, there's an urgency, an actual gut punch of feeling that had been missing from the film until that point. That's because, at that very moment, Fiona Apple's knock-down, drag-out song "Dull Tool" kicks in.
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While the movie actually has an incredibly well-rounded soundtrack, it's Apple's "Dull Tool" that stands out among the bunch. Not only was it the perfect song for that moment (the track's pacing matches Rudd's frantic pedaling and her brilliantly cutting lyrics are exactly what you'd want to listen to after having a fight with your significant other) but it was one of the most perfect songs to be featured in a film in 2012. So why in the hell isn't it nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song? Doesn't the Academy realize what a spectacular acceptance speech Apple would make?
Is it because she says "f**k" so much in it and that would make for a live performance nightmare, considering they are thankfully, doing them again after last year's ridiculous hiatus? Or because the Academy has a history of inexplicably snubbing some seriously great music? (Don't even get me started on the unforgivable omissions of The Beasts of the Southern Wild in the Best Original Score category). Probably a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B?
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Sure, Adele's Skyfall theme "Skyfall" is a shoo-in (and rightly so), but Apple's raw "Dull Tool" from This is 40 being slighted by the forgettable "Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi or the silly "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted is a misstep and a missed opportunity. (As was leaving out Matthew McConaughey's inspired "Ladies of Tampa" from Magic Mike, but I digress.) Listen to the song here and decide for yourself:
Of course, Apple's "Dull Tool" is hardly the first song in Oscar history to be foolishly overlooked by the Academy. Here's some other tunes that were not only perfect for the movies they were in, but damn great songs on their own.
"Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees from Saturday Night Fever: One of the most iconic movie songs during one of the most iconic movie scenes? Even more baffling, the disco classic won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score.
"Theme from New York, New York" by Kander and Ebb for New York, New York: Is there a song more synonymous with that Martin Scorsese film, let alone the city of New York itself? Originally written for and performed by Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra's version is a music staple.
"Kiss From a Rose" by Seal from Batman Forever: Yes, Seal's ballad was released as a single before it became the "love theme" to Batman Forever, but songs released before becoming a soundtrack theme have won before. (See: "Falling Slowly" from Once). Plus, this was one of the best songs of the 90s and remains a karaoke staple and pop culture fixation to this day.
"Don't You (Forget About Me) is as timeless as The Breakfast Club itself (see: the homage in Pitch Perfect) and much like the musical symmetry in Saturday Night Fever, the song, which is great on its own, is forever associated with the opening and closing credits of the John Hughes classic.
Honorable mentions: "I Believe I Can Fly" from Space Jam, "Diamonds Are Forever" from Diamonds Are Forever, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" from St. Elmo's Fire, and "Goodbye Horses" from Silence of the Lambs and Married to the Mob.
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