Well "story" might be a strong word but it could be no other way for a movie version of the hit Comedy Central TV show. After the Reno police squad—deputies Travis Junior (Ben Garant) Raineesha Williams (Niecy Nash) Cherisha Kimball (Mary Birdsong) Trudy Wiegel (Kerri Kenney) Clementine Johnson (Wendi McLendon-Covey) James Garcia (Carlos Alazraqui) S. Jones (Cedric Yarbrough) and Lt. Dangle (Thomas Lennon)—makes a grand if dubious entrance the officers receive the news that they’ve been invited to the "American Police Convention" in Miami Beach. Following the cross-country trek from Nevada to Florida—by bus mind you—they’re immediately fish out of water in fast-paced party-friendly Miami but that all changes when a terrorist attack strands all local police. Suddenly the entire metropolis falls under the jurisdiction of the eight inept officers from Reno and that’s (supposed to be) a very funny proposition. The whole cast from the Reno 911 TV show is on board here and the actors are just as goofy on the big screen as they are on the small one—only now they’re more Police Academy than Cops spoofers. Indeed the sly wry humor is mostly gone but these well-traveled actors make it work more than it should. Namely Lennon as the Daisy Dukes-donning lieutenant and Kenney as the always-awkward Trudy. (It should be noted that she not only looks and acts like Rachel Dratch’s twin but the Reno Sheriff's Department would probably be a great fit for the SNL/30 Rock actress.) The rest of the actors simply stretch out their TV personas to movie versions and is it ever a stretch! Very funny cameos from Danny DeVito David Koechner (Anchorman) Patton Oswalt (TV’s The King of Queens)—whose role is more integral than a mere cameo—and Paul Rudd as a hilarious Scarface-like drug lord render the acting at least not to blame for Reno: Miami’s woes. The main story here is predictably the lack of a story. It’s fine and in fact expected to have a thin story line for Reno: Miami lest stoner audiences have to think but at least there could’ve been a mock story. Even the Scary Movies find a better way to connect their spoof vignettes but there’s essentially nothing going on here. And it’s not safe to assume that viewers of the Reno TV show will enjoy the movie because the TV show consists of more bizarre inane and dry humor than does the movie. That’s the problem with transferring such a show to the big screen: Everything must be fleshed out when it’s not meant to be. Writer-producer-director-star (!) Ben Garant who also co-wrote mega-hit Night at the Museum with Reno costar Thomas Lennon is thus the prime suspect here. When Garant brings the humor it’s golden and similar to that from the show but he doesn’t allow it to pop up often instead trying to attract a wider younger fan base via sex gags and pratfalls—some of which fail so badly it’s embarrassing.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are the latest celebrities to become models after shooting the autumn ad campaign for designer Badgley Mischka.
The twin millionaires shot the campaign at New York City's St. Regis Hotel with famed fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon.
Designer Mark Badgley says, "Ashley and Mary-Kate have an amazing sense of fashion that intrigued us.
"They reflect the younger, edgier and more sensual glamour that we have incorporated into our fall collection."
The 19-year-olds traded their regular bohemian-chic wardrobe for glamorous gowns and jewels during the photo shoot.
Creative Director Dari Marder says the designers were looking for "Modern day Cinderellas, just edgier."
The Olsens only requirements for the shoot according to Marder, were "lots of fruits and vegetables. And of course, coffee."
Marder made sure when she was scouting locations that the twins favorite coffee shop, Starbucks, was nearby so they could have easy access to their favorite beverage, triple Venti low-fat lattes.
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If you’ve got something to say about Death you say it to His face—when you meet him! So goes one mantra for Final Destination 3 and luckily for the film’s sake death personified has no face and is everywhere. It all starts when high school senior Wendy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) warns several friends off a roller coaster after having a premonition about it. After the coaster goes awry killing Wendy’s friends who didn’t heed her advice the survivors feel lucky—except Wendy. Her premonitions continue this time forewarning her that those survivors will suffer their fates in the order in which they were to be killed on the coaster. The dead youngsters walking include students and most importantly her sister her partner in crime-prevention (Ryan Merriman) and well herself! FD3 makes it nearly impossible for the Wayans Brothers to make April’s Scary Movie 4 their last. The requirements of the FD3 cast are similar to those of its teen-horror-flick brethren: Each member must look good while onscreen and even better as a victim—which isn’t to say they all must look “pretty” as they die but rather they must look right for their respective deaths. But for the two leads Winstead and Merriman they have to actually act. Winstead the prettiest darned clairvoyant ever does a surprisingly fine job evoking her perpetual doom absurd as it all may be. She shows dramatic range that might even exceed the level of cheap fun desired. Like Winstead Merriman turns in a solid performance as the absolute cliché for this sub-genre. He plays the high-school-jock type who’s thrust into actual emotions following a crisis. All the performances are totally overdone but that is precisely the protocol for kitsch; thus jobs well done.
For director James Wong the film could’ve been inflected a different way. It could almost be close to being close to being deep—what with undertones of karma and fate and perhaps metaphysics and whatnot—but clearly he knows his audience consists of mostly sneakers-in. Wong directed the series’ first installment and he deftly sticks to the formula that made that—and its sequel directed by David Richard Ellis—a minor hit. He knows how to arouse the gag reflex with almost cartoonishly silly methods of death and of utmost importance he’ll have audiences guessing aloud the wacky deaths that await each character. Like most contemporary horror flicks FD3 confuses “scary” for “explicitly grotesque.” But Wong does enough—barely—to keep subconsciously masochistic audiences from completely closing their eyes and coming back for more. Much like a (bad) roller coaster.
When ordered to fire a long-time janitor named Stavi (Luis Avalos) Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) softens the blow by hiring him to mow the lawn at his apartment complex. Steve didn't provide him with health insurance so Stavi naturally loses a few fingers in a mowing accident and now it'll cost thousands to save the digits. What's a guy to do? Why of course fix the Special Olympics—a suggestion of Steve's degenerate uncle Gary (Brian Cox) who's also in the financial dumps. Former track star Steve reluctantly goes along with the scam and competes in the Special Olympics. His competitors are quick to pick up on his ruse but they decide to help him after Steve explains his motive. He must also try not to disappoint Lynn (Katherine Heigl) the beautiful volunteer who doesn't know of his real identity. What's a guy to do? Take the high road of course. Certainly Knoxville—of Jackass infamy and debauchery—would have no moral trepidation about headlining offensive exploitative crap like The Ringer but stardom beckons him if he only he stops aiming so damn low! His performance here was probably not as easy as it'd seem but it's reasonable to think that Jackass stunts involving a bottle of absinthe and some paper cuts to the cornea quickly eliminated any butterflies. What Knoxville has in spades is that rare charisma to prevent him from ever looking uncool. Then there's Cox the latest revered journeyman to sell his soul on the cheap for a role completely beneath him. Mostly disabled actors round out the cast uttering any and all funny lines but there's something fundamentally wrong when the audience erupts in laughter before the lines are even delivered. Though the Farrelly brothers—directors of There's Something About Mary and Dumb & Dumber--only acted as executive producers of The Ringer their lowbrow stamp is smeared all over. Directing chores were handed over to Barry Blaustein prolific writer of comedies like Coming to America making his feature directorial debut. The Ringer delivers on its promise of frat-dude humor and Blaustein certainly knows how to make his leading man shine—but it does so in cheap sophomoric ways.
The American Music Awards spread things around Tuesday, with country star Tim McGraw, alternative rockers Green Day, soul stars Destiny's Child and hip-hop chart toppers Black Eyed Peas each winning two awards.
Cedric the Entertainer hosted the awards, which honors the past year’s best in music. As always, the red carpet provided a showcase for celebs to strut their stuff, and the stage offered its fair share of talent as well. The highlight of the show came when ‘80s star Cyndi Lauper wowed the audience by performing her hit “Time after Time,” with help from Sarah McLachlan.
Mariah Carey, making a career comeback, was the heavy favorite with four nominations. But the pop diva took home only one award, for favorite female artist in the soul-R&B category. Rapper 50 Cent's album, The Massacre, won the favorite rap/hip-hop album honor, while Missy Elliott took home the favorite female artist award in the rap/hip-hop category for the second year in a row.
Here is the list of winners from the 2005 American Music Awards:
Favorite Male Artist:
Favorite Female Artist: Gwen Stefani
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Album: American Idiot (Green Day)
SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES
Favorite Male Artist: R. Kelly
Favorite Female Artist: Mariah Carey
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Destinys Child
Favorite Album: Destiny Fulfilled (Destiny's Child)
Favorite Male Artist: Tim McGraw
Favorite Female Artist: Gretchen Wilson
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Brooks & Dunn
Favorite Album: Live Like You Were Dying (Tim McGraw)
Favorite Male Artist: Eminem
Favorite Female Artist: Missy Elliot
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Album: The Massacre (50 Cent)
Favorite Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Favorite Artist: Shakira
Favorite Artist: Coldplay
Favorite Artist: Mary Mary
Favorite New Artist (All Genres): Sugarland
Bob Denver, who was best known for portraying the lovable but klutzy castaway Gilligan in the massively popular '60s TV show Gilligan's Island, has died. He was 70.
Denver died Friday at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina of complications from treatment he was receiving for cancer, his agent Mike Eisenstadt told The Associated Press Tuesday.
His wife, Dreama, and children Patrick, Megan, Emily and Colin were with Denver, who also had undergone quadruple heart bypass surgery earlier this year.
"He was my everything and I will love him forever," Dreama Denver said in a statement.
Denver's signature role was certainly Gilligan, but even before he accepted that role, Denver was already well-known as Maynard G. Krebs from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, the hit CBS show that ended a year before Gilligan started up. The castaway show was eventually cancelled in 1967 but gained a resurgence in the '70s and '80s with its syndicated reruns.
And Denver never truly walked away from the role of Gilligan. In one of his top 10 list--"the top 10 things that will make you stand up and cheer"--Late Show host David Letterman once simply shouted out Denver's name to raucous applause.
"As silly as it seems to all of us, it has made a difference in a lot of children's lives," Dawn Wells, who played castaway Mary Ann Summers, once said. "Gilligan is a buffoon that makes mistakes and I cannot tell you how many kids come up and say, 'But you loved him anyway.'"
"It was the mid-'70s when I realized it wasn't going off the air," Denver told The Associated Press in 2001, noting then that he enjoyed checking eBay each day to keep up on the prices Gilligan's Island memorabilia were fetching.
"I certainly didn't set out to have a series rerun forever, but it's not a bad experience at all," he added.
Denver also starred in other TV series, among them The Good Guys and Dusty's Trail, and appeared here and there in films and TV shows.