When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. Written and produced by Tyler Perry, this upcoming comedy stars Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Nia Long. In anticipation of the release of the film, we're doing a giveaway!
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Several shows are premiering new seasons this week, while J.J. Abrams returns to TV with Almost Human. Here's what else you need to be watching.
The GoldbergsWhatever happened to Jeff Garlin, the former sidekick to Larry David's slightly more misanthropic version of himself on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm? He's starring on The Goldbergs, the most sitcom-y new sitcom to debut on network TV this year. Despite coming off a slow start, the show is gradually finding its voice, which is why ABC renewed it for a full season. It's not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as Curb, but thanks to Garlin and Patton Oswalt, who narrates the show, it's still good for a few chuckles. A new episode of The Goldbergs airs Tuesday at 9PM ET on ABC.
Finding BigfootFor three seasons (and counting!), a rag-tag group of cryptic zoologists have been on the hunt for that ever-elusive creature known as Sasquatch. Spoiler alert: they still haven't found him! Will the mysterious ape-like being ever be located when the fourth season of Finding Bigfoot premieres on Sunday night? I'm guessing not. Finding Bigfoot airs Sunday nights at 7PM ET on Animal Planet.
ScandalFresh off her hilarious hosting job on Saturday Night Live, Kerry Washington returns to her hit political series with a brand new episode. No comedy here, unfortunately, unless you consider the show's intricate plotlines involving various lies and backstabbing among Washington's political elite as topical humor. But then we already have Fox News for that, now don't we? A new episode of Scandal airs at 10PM ET this Thursday on ABC.
Almost HumanA futuristic detective must save the modern world from its many corrupting forces. Sound like a done-before concept for a TV show? Factor in that his partner is an android and you have Almost Human, the new sci-fi series from J.J. Abrams. Hey, I'll watch that! Almost Human debuts this Sunday at 8PM ET on FOX.
Unique SweetsEver wonder what pie would taste like as a butterscotch cocktail? The good folks over at Unique Sweets have, which is why they've focused an entire episode on developing the tasty new drink, as well as some oddball ice cream flavors. Let's face it, there's just no way you can have a show about dessert mash-ups and not have people watch it. Unique Sweets kicks off its season four this Sunday at 7PM ET on the Cooking Channel.
Jill Soloway, the writer/director of Afternoon Delight, recently coined the term "funcomfortable" in her New York Times profile to describe that squeamishly funny genre of movies that combine raunchy-wry humor with moments that are just so honest that you can’t help but get a little fidgety (think: every episode of Girls). Here's a sampling of "funcomfortable" flicks if you’re hankering for an awkward evening of unsexy sexuality. Bridesmaids
If you can picture the scene when Melissa McCarthy brilliantly defiles a sink in a prissy bridal salon, then you can understand why Bridesmaids fits this category. But "funcomfortable" is more than just scattalogical humor. It’s about those clumsy, embarrassing, human moments where female sensuality is presented in real, sometimes unglamorous ways. Enter any scene where our heroine, Kristen Wiig throws herself on John Hamm.
Bachelorette *Skip this clip if you're at work or sitting next to somone you've hooked up with.
Do not watch this film if you’re in the planning stages of a wedding. If you’re "single-to-mingle," please enjoy this hyper-real depiction of friendship, jealousy, party drugs and sexuality in their most pure and pathetically funny incarnations.Knocked Up
If you're wondering how pregnant people have sex, what will happen to your boyfriend if he doesn't move out of the house he shares with his college roommates, or what your marriage will be like if your husband's idea of cheating is seeing Spiderman in theaters without you, then watch this classic Apatow movie and giggle while you squirm during every scene featuring Katherine Heigl (aka, every scene).
For a Good Time Call
Two women – one prude, one bawdy, figure out how to monetize sex (legally) and learn about the almighty female bond along the way. If dirty talk makes you blush, you’ll have to fast-forward through most of this playful film.
Slums of Beverly Hills
If you're going through "Orange is the New Black" withdrawal, watching Natasha Lyonne explore her newly sprouted femininity in this sweet, yet frank feature film will be your perfect fix. (Ed Note: I saw this movie in theaters with my mother. That was neither fun nor comfortable).
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Anna Faris Gains a Famous Mom: Mother/daughter relationships can be tough — but we're greatly looking forward to the one that forms the core relationship on the upcoming CBS sitcom Mom, since Allison Janney and Anna Faris are the duo in question. Janney's casting was officially announced today — she'll play Bonnie, whose daughter is struggling to maintain sobriety in Napa Valley, CA. Sounds like a nightmare. [Hollywood Reporter]
Smulders to Join S.H.I.E.L.D?: How I Met Your Mother may never end, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Cobie Smulders isn't open to joining Joss Whedon's upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D project. Smulders, who plays agent Maria Hill in The Avengers franchise, told IAmRogue.com that there have been talks about her at least making cameos on the series... but she can't say much more. [TVLine]
Family Feud: NBC is following in the History Channel's footsteps with its new pilot, a modern-day take on the legendary feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The show will take place in Pittsburgh, when a sudden death re-ignites the fight between the dueling families. The History Channel's 2012 miniseries about the feud drew 14 million viewers for the network. [Entertainment Weekly]
Yuuuup! Storage Wars Bad Blood: According to A&E, former Storage Wars cast member Dave Hester's claims that the show is totally rigged are totally false. Hester filed a lawsuit in December alleging that the network planted memorabilia in storage lockers for the show, which could be illegal. However, in new legal papers A&E says Hester participated in the planting he's renouncing the network for. A&E wants Hester to prove his claims against the show — and since they say he can't, they want the lawsuit tossed. [THR]
Hunka hunka Burning Love: Internet-based Bachelor spoof Burning Love, from the mind of funnyman (and Children's Hospital star) Ken Marino, is branching out into a new medium: TV. The first season of the online series will air on E! beginning Monday, Feb. 25 at 10 p.m., and will run as seven half-hour episodes. Season two of the series premieres online on Feb. 14. [EW]
Always the Bridesmaids: The Bridesmaids success continues for two alums of the comedy hit who have just landed new TV roles. Wendi McLendon-Covey will recur on Showtime's Masters of Sex (premiering in the fall) as a mentor to sex researcher Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). They're two of the only females in the boys' club that is their hospital. Meanwhile, erstwhile air marshal Ben Falcone will stir up trouble for Matthew Perry's therapy group in NBC's freshman sitcom Go On. He'll play a dinner party guest who disrupts Perry's plan to help one of his groupmates. [Deadline, THR]
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Novelist Richard Yates tried for years to bring his 1961 story of marital trouble in ‘50s suburbia to the screen but died before seeing it finally come to fruition in the form of this scorching adaptation by writer Justin Haythe. April (Kate Winslet) and Frank Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio) are young marrieds living what appears to be the ideal life in the Connecticut of the 1950s. He has a nice job she is a mother of two with dreams of an acting career. But beneath the surface is a lingering dissatisfaction with their lives; Frank is having an affair with an office worker (Zoe Kazan) and April is terribly unhappy with the way her life is turning out. They engage in ferocious arguments constantly disproving the idea they are the perfect couple. One day April decides the answer to all their problems is to move to Paris and start over. Frank initially agrees but the relationship goes downhill even further from there and things spiral out of control. Revolutionary Road’s brilliant ensemble ignites and delivers on just about every level imaginable. Kate Winslet who seemingly can do no wrong these days is heartbreakingly good as a housewife who foreshadows the feminist movement. Her April is an ambitious confused woman tragically living a couple of beats ahead of her time. Leonardo DiCaprio gives his finest film performance as a man who knows he is not living up to his potential but seems to be in a state of denial trying almost pathetically to keep what’s left of his marriage and family together. It’s the subtext and unspoken words between them that really give power to these tremendously effective performances. After the first 10 minutes you will be so mesmerized by their raw naked acting you will forget you are watching the two young stars who first appeared together in Titanic a decade earlier. Kathy Bates as a cheerful real estate agent with her own family problems is also quite good as is Michael Shannon as her disturbed grown son who seems to know more about the sad state of the Wheelers home life than anyone realizes. He should be a frontrunner for the supporting actor Oscar if there is any justice. Also blending in nicely are Kathryn Hahn and David Harbour as neighbors who are the polar opposite of Frank and April. Sam Mendes who won an Oscar for directing yet another stinging view of suburbia with his Oscar-winning American Beauty does another great job of bringing out the essence of what Yates says about a generation hiding behind a façade of happiness but living on the cusp of great profound social change. Mendes lets long dialogue scenes play out packing them with riveting moments. His filmmaking style should be savored for the insights it provides and the emotional challenges it presents. Mendes also manages to get an extraordinary portrayal of suburban angst from his real-life wife Winslet. Not since Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton battled so brazenly in 1966’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf has there been a wounded couple’s marriage so deeply and poignantly exposed on screen.
At least Bewitched has the smarts to reinvent itself contemporizing rather than going for a straight remake. First we meet Isabel (Nicole Kidman) a naïve good-natured witch who wants to give up her supernatural powers to lead a "normal" life--much to the chagrin of her warlock father Nigel (Michael Caine). He doesn't believe she can do it. Neither do we. Then on the other side of town we meet Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) a nearly washed-up actor who's done one too many bad films. To get back on track he decides to do an updated version of the beloved 1960s sitcom Bewitched. As the mere-mortal Darrin Wyatt would be the star of the show not the actress cast as Samantha. In order for that to happen a nobody must play the witch. Lo and behold Jack runs into Isabel who can manipulate her dainty nose in just the right wriggle. He persuades her to take the part while she sees Jack as the quintessential mortal man with whom she can settle down and lead the normal life she so desires. Think it'll work out? (Cue the Bewitched theme song).
We all know Kidman can play complicated and romantic and Ferrell can do comedy. But in Bewitched they each try to do something beyond those skill sets. Unfortunately they can't quite pull it off. Kidman of course is a consummate actress. She can take on just about any character and make it her own including the slightly ditzy eternally cute Isabel. And so she taps into her inner witch once again (like she did in Practical Magic). But trying to remake comedies (like The Stepford Wives) especially something as balls-out as Bewitched doesn't really suit the Oscar winner all that well. And in Ferrell's case he hilariously handles all of Bewitched's improvisational comedic moments as expected. But watching him try to be a romantic leading man is a bit cringe-worthy. I mean if you can make smooching on Nicole Kidman look uncomfortable you certainly aren't doing the job. As far as the rest of the cast everyone is pretty much wasted in one form or another. Caine as Isabel's debonair roué of a father and Shirley MacLaine as the diva-esque actress who plays Bewitched's wonderful Endora have a couple of bright moments but don't get nearly enough to do. The same goes for Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) as Jack's unctuous agent and Kristin Chenoweth (from the Broadway musical Wicked) as Isabel's spirited neighbor. Even Steve Carrell (TV's The Office) as the irascible Uncle Arthur can't offer the right spontaneity. What a shame.
One of Bewitched's saving graces however is writer-director Nora Ephron. She knows romantic comedies having helmed such hits as Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail as well as writing the quintessential romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally…. Bewitched is right up her alley and she fluffs it up like a pro. Yet overall the film is just too darn silly for its own good. Maybe Bewitched suffers from the whole TV-turned-film phenomena in general. The idea of taking such classic TV favorites and adapting them into feature films continues to prove there isn't a shred of originality left in the studio system. But sometimes the concept works (Starsky & Hutch is one that comes to mind). Fans like me are curious as to how filmmakers will rework the material and are especially interested in who they decide to cast to play those beloved icons. We end up giving each one of these big-screen treatment iterations a chance--and are usually disappointed. Bewitched is no exception. Besides being only mildly entertaining to diehard fans Bewitched's inside jokes will most likely go over the heads of those who can't tell Samantha Darrin Endora Aunt Clara Uncle Arthur or Mrs. Kravitz from the characters on I Dream of Jeannie. Probably best just to own the sitcom's DVD collection instead.