Jacki Weaver is set to join Jason Segel and Nicolas Stoller's sure-to-be-amazing comedy Five Year Engagement. The Oscar nominated actress will work with an incredible cast that includes Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifan, and Lauren Weedman. Let’s be honest here, Weaver will probably end up playing someones mom, but let’s pretend she was going to be playing a foul-mouthed biker babe who also molds ceramic patio furniture. She could still be the matronly figure she needs to be, but buffing her up with some tats and clay stains would be awesome. Really, just anything besides a sweet motherly figure. Animal Kingdom proved she can go crazy. I say we let her! I say, I say, I say!
How I Met Your Mother has four different kinds of episodes. They can pair up, but generally speaking we have the crappy, waste of time episodes, filler episodes that are neither good nor bad, great episodes that play with the linear aspects of the narrative and huge plot/myth episodes. So we can have great episodes that play with the myths and narratives like Bad News earlier this year or we can have fillers like last week’s. This week, a strange filler episode that kind of advanced the myth turned out to be quite fun. But more on that later.
‘I’m broken.’ - Barney
Our main story follows Barney hanging out with his dad (again). If you happen to remember every episode since Barney met his father for the first time, he was disappointed with who his dad turned out to be. Jerry recognized that he had let Barney down and wanted to change that. And since Barney wanted to see the crazy Jerry that abandoned him as a kid, Jerry decided to let loose and go crazy with his son.
Only he didn’t let go. He was just wanting to impress his son. Jerry didn’t rip out a parking meter; Barney was so drunk he didn’t notice the parking meter was already on the ground. Jerry didn’t get in a fight with a huge biker; Barney just didn’t realize it was a mannequin. In the car ride back, they both come to a sobering conclusion: Barney can’t keep living this life. When Jerry says the one thing that helped him change from the guy Barney is now to the man Jerry is now was a good woman, Barney gets the far off look in his eye that says he already knows who that woman is.
And that woman is Robin. Guys, the wedding that we’ll see is going to be Robin and Barney. At the beginning of the episode, Barney goes into this subconscious stream of thought where he pretends to be his dad saying “Deep down you know you were never happier than you were when you were with her.” It was treated like a joke, but c’mon. You know it’s true. It’s a total set up to them getting married. Not to mention the fact that the creators of the show have said that the wedding will take place farther off in the future and how the couple will be married will unfold in the seventh season.
Which brings us to Robin’s story. When she happened to run into a crush that she met several years ago, things were heating up. But Ted stepped in like he always does and ruined everything. So that’s going to happen. Robin is going to hook up with that guy, Barney is going to realize that he’s in love with her and then have to fight to get her back. I would say it sucks that we know how it is going to play out, but we always know how things are going to play out in HIMYM. It’s watching them unfold that’s fun. I’m looking forward to season seven now.
'Ok is lame. Gay bar.' - Everyone
Ignore the promo playing before this clip. The good stuff is right after.
Meanwhile for the rest of the gang, Ted was upset about the red cowboy boots that Robin hated (boo hoo). Barney invented new personalities for everyone else and assigned Lily and Marshall to an open marriage. They took it as a challenge to see who could get more numbers where the winner got to have sex with the other in the bathroom. I seriously don’t think those two could get any more adorable. And HIMYM managed to update “Who's on first?” for the twenty first century by using club names. That was some fairly clever writing, I have to say.
Overall, not a terrible filler episode. It had it’s moments, but it was definitely setting the characters up for "something bigger." And if the show will play out like I think it will, that "something bigger" is going to be awesome.
One of the downsides of watching a traditional sitcom like How I Met Your Mother regularly is that the show recaps itself for the less serious viewer. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, after all most people might not be able to watch a show every week on the dot and they may need the refresher. They might have to take the kids to soccer practice or meet up with friends while being social (what a bunch of losers, talk about not have priorities in check, am I right?). This only becomes a problem when you’re a handsome television viewer (you have to be handsome to read this recap) and you’re already aware of everything.
Like this week. We remember Marshall’s dad died. We remember Barney is having father issues as well. Ted and Zoey have a fundamental difference about the building Ted is designing. Granted, I know this is a sitcom and viewers who don’t tune in every week need the reminder and more serial shows like Breaking Bad (as opposed to the episodic HIMYM) don’t recap in show. This was just a little thing I noticed this week in fairly weak episode. But fear not! The producers have some special stuff planned for us in the weeks to come.
"The only debate we’ve had about Tommy Boy is whether its awesome or super awesome. That’s love, bitch." -Lily
The big story of the week was Marshall finally manned up and quit his job at GNB. There was a position open at the environmental firm and Lily gave him the go ahead to take it. The only problem was that by the time he took the job the position had been filled and he was forced to take an unpaid internship. But his enthusiasm was more than enough to carry him over.
Meanwhile Zoey and Ted are still dating (guess we all sort of forgot about that) and apparently they fight all the time. Like about everything: hanging up the phone, literary allegories in Tommy Boy, sex. But since Ted is the douche he is (though a lovable douche) he accepts it all as a “challenge.” Like the small stream that slowly wears away at the mountain, Ted’s resolve eventually reaches a limit and he realizes that he needs some support.
"Is that how support feels? It feels so warm and wonderful." -Ted
That’s all fine and dandy, but the real star of this episode was Lily. Lily managed to tie everything together in a very prominent role that we haven’t seen her take much this season. She was there to support Marshall but she could only do so much. And her support of Ted was so warm to him that it made him realize he needed someone who supported him. It was such a deeply sweet and well written role in the story that I’m almost willing to overlook the superficial problems I had with the episode.
On the other side are Barney and his daddy issues. He apparently took Marshall quitting very roughly and Robin was convinced he had abandonment issues on top of the daddy issues. But Barney didn’t. He just really wanted to get Marshall back with an exploding meatball sub. That’s one of the reasons I really like Barney as a character. He’s genuinely superficial, he very, very, very rarely shows his true emotions and all the other characters realize that. I love it. But as we learned, that might change soon as we get closer to the finale. And it’ll be all the more dramatic.
We’ve been teased with some big changes coming to HIMYM. And since not much happened with this episode that just means the remaining four episodes will be that much more jam-packed.
Been a little frustrated with How I Met Your Mother recently? Fear not.
Been loving it lately? Get ready for even more.
According to Vulture (who spoke with the series co-creator Carter Bays and did a surprisingly deft job of telling us what’s to come without spoiling anything), the series is unraveling to an “explosion.” But since we know for a fact the season ends at a wedding, what sort of explosion could it be?
Well, we have a few hints. They seem to be really focused on Barney this season and we’ll be seeing more of John Lithgow later on in the season. This could possibly mean that it’s Barney’s wedding we’ll be at during the season finale on May 16. How so? Well according to them, Lithgow will figuratively “hold a mirror up to Barney” and since Barney’s life up to this point is basically the anti-Lithgow, I think it’s entirely plausible he could settle down. As much as I love Barney as the lady-chaser, I’d love to see him get married. There are only so many funny one liners he can give about hooking up with a girl. Let's put him in the craziest situation we can his character and see what happens. I think it'll be a smart move.
The other members of the gang don’t seem to have quite as much of a transformation ahead of them. Marshall has already gone through a lot this season so I doubt he’ll be a big focus; same for Lily. Robin has her new job which was teased about but unless she gets back together with Barney (I still see this as a SLIGHT possibility), I doubt anything major will happen with her. And Ted? Well, we know something big happens at the wedding, so we’ll see. It seems the hotel issue he bonded over with Zoey will be resolved although we do know that he’ll have to get rid of Zoey eventually.
But the main thing to remember is something Bays said, “There are a lot of balls in the air right now, and we're gonna resolve all of the stories we've been seeing this season.” They know what they’re doing and, according to them, it turned out well. That’s good enough for me. Also, he said balls.
I'm just as frustrated Barney. Also, vague spoilers ahead, but spoilers nonetheless.
I think How I Met Your Mother is pulling an anti-Lost. You see, after a few seasons of build up Lost said, “Ok, we’re going to end this after six seasons and wrap everything up.” They had a nice timeline set for them where they could explain everything. Whether they succeeded or not is up to you. On the other hand, HIMYM says, “Let’s keep adding stuff and keep going and never ever get to meet the mother! Oh kids, turns out your mother was in that coffee shop with me!”
HIMYM, I love you, but you better have one hell of a payoff in mind.
So for a while we’ve known that Ted meets the mother at this wedding. We don’t know whose wedding it is, but we know that he’s the best man. Now we’ve learned that we’ll learn whose wedding it is at the end of this season (season six) but that point in time will still be off in the future from the “present” time of the series. Season seven will go back to “present” time and focus on how that couple will get hitched, even though they might not get married by the end of season seven either. Basically it’s a whole other plot point for us to get our heads wrapped around before we learn who the mother is and an excuse for the writers to justify the show being renewed for two seasons.
I would say I’m angry at them for withholding the mother from us, but I don’t want HIMYM to end so quickly! I actually rather enjoy the episodes that have nothing to do with Ted dating someone and this means more Marshall, Lily, Barney, and Robin stories! Woo! The one thing I think this really depends on however, is who is getting hitched at the wedding. Leading the pack right now are Robin and Barney, which would be interesting but we have no way of knowing if it's for sure. It could just be Robin or Barney or Ted’s high school friend (though I HIGHLY doubt that). I’m a little surprised at this move, but I’ll wait until the end of this season to see if it’s worth it. HIMYM has made a lot of promises and so far, they’ve kept them all. Let’s see if they can keep it up.
One of my main problems with sitcoms in general is that they exist in their on worlds. What happens to the characters and their reactions would never happen in the real world. How I Met Your Mother has managed to avoid that for the most part by keeping the craziness fairly contained, but this week’s episode went over the line into the unbelievable. And yet, it came right back around into reality two minutes later and completely redeemed itself.
The big happening this week was Barney finally meeting his father. Of course, we’re only interested in meeting Ted’s kid’s mother, but I guess their quasi-uncle’s father is a good enough place-holder for the time being. And as we already knew, Barney was conceived by John Lithgow, who made his dramatic return to sitcoms. They meet up, Barney tells a story that was our narrative shift, then Lithgow tells what really happened, the gang throws in an intervention which causes Barney to have a real dinner with his dad and boom: you've got an episode.
"What gym do you go to?" -Barney
"Fourth period." -JJ
"Sounds like you're having your fourth period." -Barney
Here’s where things get interesting. Barney lies to the group about meeting his dad and that’s fine. He doesn’t want to see him again because he didn’t live up to his expectations, and that’s cool too. The rest of the gang is there to correct him on that. But then he goes to dinner and is a complete and total tool. Jeeze. It’s crazy how much of a jerk Barney can be and yet we still care about him. He insults his half brother, berats his step mother, and basically acts out all his man-boy problems (emphasis on the boy part) with his new family and tries to steal their basketball hoop.
Yet, when he finally bursts out and explains why he was acting out at the end, it's heartfelt and instantly forgivable. He sees everything his father had and couldn’t understand why he couldn’t have been a part of that. And neither does his dad. It was raw and real. That’s the key to making it work. We can forgive Barney’s horrendous dinner because it was all done in the name of comedy. But when the emotions come out, they aren’t played up or out. They’re played real. And that’s what HIMYM does best.
"I've published two non-fiction books about asparagus. And one fiction." -Barney's dad
As for John Lithgow, I thought he was decent. HIMYM can have actors playing four different versions of their characters before finally settling on the true character and Lithgow bounced easily between cocky roadie to lovable driving instructor. And he was a lot better than he was on 3rd Rock From the Sun, in my humble opinion. Of course, he couldn’t even come close to his character in Dexter, but I don’t think anything he could do on HIMYM could touch that. Actually, strike that, nothing can compare to Harry and the Hendersons. Screw Dexter.
"He's the mother of all fathers." -Barney
Meanwhile with the rest of the gang, get into their glaring gaps of knowledge with each other after they learn Barney doesn’t know how to use a screwdriver. It was fairly funny overall; it gave us some good visual gags and cutaways, but the really interesting part was that it developed these characters even more. I thought we were about out of the clear with Marshall’s dad (talk about beating a dead horse; oh, I knew that was out of line before I finished typing) but it came back; however, it did serve a good purpose when Marshall told Barney he can’t talk to his dad any more. Marshall probably had the best cutaways this week, big points for the soul patch and the adorable possum (I’m from the South where possums are both adorable and delicious). Good for the writers giving Robin a hole in her knowledge about the North Pole. It would’ve been too easy to make it about America (though her not knowing Jack and John Kennedy were the same person was forgivable). Lily’s horrible aim was more like “what could we say about her that we haven’t said yet that we can get away with.” It was stupid, but funny. This seems to be the kind of a thing that will come back into play later. Ted had trouble saying "chameleon" which was deliciously vindictive because of Ted’s snottiness. It’s always good to laugh at the main character, right?
Anyway, overall it wasn't a bad episode and it was further proof that the more HIMYM stays away from Ted (except for actually meeting the mother), the better the show is.
Also, here's my new theory of the week: we’re not going to meet the mother this season. HIMYM was renewed for two seasons and I can’t really see the show sticking around with the mother for two. I bet we’ll meet her at the end of next season.
Judd Apatow likes to produce a lot of things and usually most of them are good. Hell, I took a poop after watching Knocked Up and it said it was produced by Judd Apatow. After all, it was a good deuce.
Anyway, Apatow has recently attached himself to produce Do Gooders, a film from King of the Hill writers Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck. The plot of the movie is being kept under wraps at the moment, but Splitsider seems to believe it will follow actors who get uppity about doing good. So basically it’s Apatow making fun of actors - AWESOME.
Meanwhile, if you’re interested in checking out this pair of writers, they recently wrote and directed A Good Old Fashioned Orgy that stars Jason Sudiekis and Will Forte. Of course, what kind of a good orgy would it be without some ladies so we have Lindsay Sloane and Lake Bell (who seems to only take sexy pictures when she is submerged in water, but I guess that's why she is named Lake, thanks Google Images!).
So we have these guys, plus Apatow, plus mocking self-promoting actors? Should be excellent.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, and Seann William Scott have all accepted offers to appear in American Reunion, the fifth (sixth? Who knows how many direct-to-DVD sequels they made. And if they count at all) sequel to the American Pie franchise. Scott accepted, despite the fact that he checked himself into treatment earlier this week. Guess he needed to clean himself up before playing an alcoholic slacker douche. Method acting, you guys!
Anyway, Universal is still in talks with most of the original cast because it just wouldn’t be a real American Pie reunion without Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari and Jennifer Coolidge. Know who else they’re talking to? CHRIS MOTHER FUCKING KLEIN! MIGHT AS WELL GIVE HIM THE OSCAR NOW BITCHES. THE KLEIN TRAIN IS PULLING BACK INTO THE STATION OF KICK-ASS! OH YEEEEEEAH!
Meanwhile, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the writer/director behind the underappreciated Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, will handle the writing and directing duties for the reunion. The original American Pie writers and directors, Adam Herz and Paul and Chris Weitz, will executive produce.
Wait. We’re missing someone very important here. WHERE’S ALYSON HANNIGAN, FOOLS? She’s the only female cast member to find steady work post-Pie and she’s not going to be in the reunion? GASP! Does that mean her and Biggs' character got a divorce? NOOOOOO!
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Thanks to the release of Jackass 3D on Blu-ray, we were given an exclusive interview with one of its stars, Jason "Wee-Man" Acuna!
As the group's go-to little person, Wee Man has popped out of trunks, ollied as an Oompa Loompa and glued himself to Preston Lacey's chest. There isn't anything the guy won't do for a laugh and we talked to him about everything from Charlie Sheen to becoming a mini-Preston to what makes a great taco.
First up, I have to know, was that really you with Preston doing the switch with the dog? I honestly couldn’t tell.
Yeah, we got a mold of Preston’s face and put it on. They made a fat suit and that was me.
Seems like a lot of work for a simple prank.
Well we went out and filmed all day. That was the first thing we got. And then we went and filmed all day after that trying to get more footage. But we did stuff in the Mobster scene, the music video style, did stuff in that with it but we tried to jump tracks and stuff like that.
Will we see any of it on Jackass 3.5?
Probably more fat guy switcheroo in 3.5.
You’re the owner of a Chronic Taco Restaurant. What's the secret to a great taco?
Gotta cook it with love. We also sprinkle a little fairy dust on everything (laughs).
Sounds delicious. When does a prank go too far?
So you’re willing to push a prank to any extreme?
(enthusiastically) Hell yeah! If it's for a movie, hell yeah.
Do you like getting pranked or would you rather pull the prank?
I’m good with both. Because I know pulling one will get something good but being pranked we’ll end up with good footage too.
Is there anything off limits for you? Anything you don’t want done to you or anything you don't want to do?
Ballsy. Have you had an idea that got cut or weren’t able to pull off?
Not that I know of right now. We’ve filmed so much, you know what I mean?
Right. Is there a favorite one that you came up with?
When we were doing the high-five with every body I was luring everyone in. Bam missed his flight so he didn’t come till the next day. So then I said we should antique him and cover it in flour. That was probably the only thing in the whole movie I wrote.
And it was awesome. When you’re not doing Jackass, what takes up most of your time?
Skateboarding and the restaurant. I have sponsors and stuff, I do my own boards. Like Indy, Ok Wheelhouse, Von Zipper, Monster Energy sponsor me and they send me out on stuff too.
Have you been seriously injured?
No, I haven’t yet. We’ve somehow, knock on wood, never been injured.
What's your take on Charlie Sheen mess?
At first it was very humorous, now I’m over it. He just came out and gave us a bunch of himself and now I’m like over it.
What do your parents think about your involvement with Jackass?
My dad loves it, my mom thinks it's crazy. They’ve seen everything I’ve done and they’re happy.
How do other little people respond to your involvement with Jackass? Any hate mail?
They just know that I’m the head midget in charge and they can tell by that and everything I do in Jackass. And I don’t get hate mail or anything like that. Other little guys go around saying they’re me, but they’re not.
Whats next for you? Another Jackass?
I have no idea. But everyday I do new things. I gotta run the restaurant, I got new boards coming out. Everyday there is something new going on.
Whoooops. It seems James Franco deciding to go to Oz has a few more ramifications than a house falling down on a witch (seriously, how the fuck did that bitch not see a damn HOUSE falling out of the sky?). His involvement means he had to drop out of Noah Baumbach’s latest While We’re Young. But Franco’s exit had a ripple effect for the film that has already suffered a few casting set backs.
Let us recap, shall we? Franco was supposed to star in Baumbach’s latest with Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Greta Gerwig. But Baumbach and Leigh split (oh yeah, they were married) and since no one wants to work with their ex, Leigh left the film. After that Gerwig left too. Then Cate Blanchett stepped in for Leigh, but she would only do it as long as it was Stiller and Franco. But then Franco took the Oz gig so now Blanchett is out as well. So all that remains is Ben Stiller. Don’t lose too much hope though! Baumbach is one of the best writer/directors working today and Stiller is a mighty powerful producer as well. I’m sure they’ll manage to rope in a few more talented peeps before their projected June start.
Source: Next Movie