"That snail is fast!" This tagline sums up all you need to know about Turbo, the rather ironic tale of a garden snail who races in the Indy 500. The latest computer-animated flick from Dreamworks tells a typically predictable underdog story, with the proper doses of humor and heartwarming moments. It's totally cliché, but still great family fun.
Voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Turbo (née Theo) is a simple garden snail who is fed up with his humdrum life in the tomato patch with his overly cautious brother Chet (Paul Giamatti). When he isn't working with overripe fruit at "the plant," the ambitious little snail watches old car race tapes and dreams of being fast like French-Canadian Indy 500 champion Guy Gagne (voiced by Bill Hader). Then one fateful night, Turbo is exposed to nitrous oxide and effectively transformed into a car, equipped with a radio, alarm, headlights, and best of all, super speed. Turbo's newfound abilities quickly come into play when he rescues Chet from a crow attack, but the two brothers are then snatched up by a taco truck driver named Tito Lopez. Just when they think they're about to become escargot, Chet and Turbo are surprised to find that Tito only wants to enter them in a snail race.
Tito and his brother Angelo operate the struggling Dos Bros taco stand in a ramshackle strip mall with a hobby shop, nail salon, and auto repair shop. The owners are friends, racing snails together to take their minds off their failing businesses. But when they discover Turbo's incredible talents, they decide to show him off to the world. With hopes to win the Indy 500 and put their strip mall on the map, the shop owners and their snails band together to travel to Indianapolis. Then, it's all up to Turbo and his supersnail speed.
With a star-studded cast boasting the likes of Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Michelle Rodriguez, Luis Guzmán, Michale Pena and Richard Jenkins, Turbo is an adorable film about a little snail with big dreams. While some animated movies focus solely on entertaining the kids, and others devote too much energy to appeasing the adults, Turbo manages to achieve a nice balance of humor that will have parents and their children laughing together. And it promotes the inspiring messages that we want our children to be exposed to: 1) Follow your dreams, no matter how outlandish they may be. 2) Your heroes may disappoint you, but you can become your own hero. 3) Taco trucks are awesome.
Indeed, Turbo features some nice contemporary touches, like the ever-popular food truck, a viral video subplot, and a French-accented car-racing villain à la Talladega Nights. Still, there is absolutely nothing surprising about this movie, which isn't necessarily to its detriment but certainly makes for a less exciting viewing experience. There's comic relief (most notably Ken Jeong's voice performance as a feisty female manicurist) and a bit of suspense, but we're never too worried that things won't turn out okay in the end. Is it realistic? Of course not. But is it fun? Most definitely. In effect, it's an easy movie to watch and enjoy for 90 minutes or so, but you probably won't find yourself hankering for a repeat viewing. While Turbo is nothing groundbreaking, it's a charming film with a lot of heart.
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Up-and-coming actress Margot Robbie has beaten Michelle Williams and Jessica Biel to star as Will Smith's love interest in a new comedy. The 23-year-old Australian star was cast in Focus after Kristen Stewart dropped out back in April (13), citing the age gap between her and Smith.
The project has gone through a number of cast changes - Smith stepped in to replace Ben Affleck after the Oscar winner exited the film due to scheduling conflicts.
The movie centres around a con artist who falls in love with his apprentice.
Robbie shot to fame in her native Australia on TV soap Neighbours and she was among the cast of short-lived U.S. TV drama Pan Am. She'll also appear alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in new film The Wolf of Wall Street.
Doctor Who star Matt Smith celebrated the TV show's 50th anniversary in style by hosting a special BBC Proms concert in London on Saturday (13Jul13). Smith, the most recent Time Lord, was joined by his co-star Jenna Coleman, who plays his sidekick Clara, at the Royal Albert Hall to mark five decades of the hit sci-fi drama.
He told the audience, "One of the great joys of playing this extraordinary, legendary Time Lord is the support and knowledge and love and brilliance of the fans - you really make the show what it is."
The duo introduced conductor Ben Foster, who led the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir through a series of Doctor Who classic tracks as legendary villains - including Daleks, Whispermen and a Weeping Angel - terrified the audience.
Actor Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor, and Carole Ann Ford, who played the first companion Susan in 1963, also appeared at the event to introduce some of the musical segments.
The concert was the first of two special Doctor Who Proms - the second took place on Sunday (14Jul13) - which will be broadcast as part of the show's 50th anniversary celebrations in November (13).
Smith announced his decision to bow out as the 11th Doctor Who in June (13) and will leave the programme at the end of the year (13).
Jude Law, Dame Helen Mirren and Doctor Who star Matt Smith helped raise more than $155,000 (£100,000) for charity by taking part in a one-off play in London on Monday (01Jul13). British actor Luke Treadaway enlisted his real-life neighbour Law to co-star with him in the special production, while Mirren, Smith, Skyfall's Ben Whishaw and Sherlock star Andrew Scott appeared in video clips during the West End gala.
Treadaway was inspired to spearhead the benefit for autism charities after playing a teenager with the disorder in U.K. stage show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "Jude and I hadn't practised before Sunday but we rehearsed for two hours... in his garden. Everyone has been so lovely to come and do this, I couldn't have asked for a better reaction."
Law, who personally handed over $15,500 (£10,000) to the event, adds, "I'm just here to enjoy the show. I'm doing it because Luke asked me to."
Rocker Chris Martin matched Law's donation, and brought the evening at the Apollo Theatre to a close by performing Coldplay hits Viva la Vida and Paradise.
A Curious Night at the Theatre generated more than $155,000 (£100,000), which will go towards the U.K. organisations Ambitious about Autism and The National Autistic Society.
Bond star Ben Whishaw is adamant speculation linking him to a role in Doctor Who is wide of the mark because he is out of the running for the job. The 32 year old made his debut as gadget master Q in the last 007 movie, 2012's Skyfall, and online gossip has suggested he will be joining another British institution, cult sci-fi TV show Doctor Who to take over from current Time Lord Matt Smith.
However, Whishaw is adamant he is not among the actors in line to play the doctor, telling Britain's Daily Mail, "It's not going to be me. But I don't mind - I don't think you can be Q and Doctor Who. It would be a bit wrong."
Smith will leave the popular TV show at the end of the year (13) and speculation is rife about who will replace him, with bookmakers in Britain recently backing another James Bond star, Rory Kinnear, as favourite.
Madeline star Ben Daniels has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who thanks to reports of a leaked document about his casting. Daniels has raced to the top of bookmakers' odds lists after Smith announced his plans to quit the sci-fi show after this year's (13) Christmas special over the weekend (01-02Jun13).
Daniels was reportedly mentioned as a possible replacement in an email that was mistakenly sent to to BBC Worldwide staff hours before Smith's announcement.
John Hurt was revealed as The Doctor in the final episode of the most recent season, and he will return next season. Others in the running for the TV Time Lord job include Dame Helen Mirren, Idris Elba and Hurt's Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint.
British comic Lenny Henry has accused bosses of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards of failing to recognise talented black Brits. Stars including Olivia Colman, Sheridan Smith, Steve Coogan and Ben Whishaw were honoured in the acting categories at the annual event, held on Sunday (12May13) in London.
Henry has pointed out that ethnic actors, writers and directors missed out on being nominated for any trophies, and insists channel executives should make sure British TV is more diverse.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "There weren't any black people at the BAFTAs - there was no black talent. What's the matter with those people? What were the judges doing?
"There are just not enough programmes with black people in them. In 200 years' time, our children are going to look back to now and say, 'Remember that really weird period when there weren't any black people in any programmes?'
"It's unthinkable, but now we're having to live through it. We're in this slow, idling process towards change. I'm working on things and trying to bring about change, but I can't do it all on my own.
"We need to invest in these programmes, in rainbow casting, in all of the great black writers, producers and directors who make these programmes.
"And these shouldn't just be niche programmes, they must be about things we can all to relate to. We're an inclusive nation. It's time to make some inclusive programmes. Frankly, it's just ignorance from the top down."
Actress Olivia Colman was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday (12May13) after picking up two trophies. The Iron Lady star took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for Accused and Best Female in a Comedy Programme for Twenty Twelve.
Praising her fellow nominees Miranda Hart, Jessica Hynes and Julia Davis during her second trip to the podium, she joked, "I'm not even the funniest one in our own programme."
A tearful Sheridan Smith struggled to contain her emotions at the London ceremony as she picked up the Lead Actress trophy for ITV drama Mrs Biggs, based on the true story of the wife of the notorious Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs.
Funnyman Steve Coogan won Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Welcome to the Places of My Life, while Ben Whishaw took home the Best Actor award for Richard II (The Hollow Crown).
Comedy legend Michael Palin was presented with a Bafta Fellowship by fellow Monty Python member Terry Jones, and said of his prize, "This is a fantastic honour for which I feel deeply unworthy. It is an award for thoroughly enjoying myself for the last 48 years."
Popular TV series Game of Thrones was crowned the Radio Times Audience Award winner and talk show host Graham Norton, who hosted the event at the Royal Festival Hall, landed Best Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton show.
Considering a good number of his cast mates from The Office found their way on to the first run of Arrested Development (including Ed Helms, Phyllis Smith, Craig Robinson, and Brian Baumgartner) it's only fair that John Krasinski, who spent years dealing with the craziness at Dunder Mifflin, should also get to experience the craziness of the Bluth Company. Now he's going to get that chance, and the timing could not be sweeter considering his nine-season run on NBC's The Office is about to come to a close for good when the series wraps on May 16.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Krasinski will join the continually impressive roster of guest stars on the upcoming fourth season of Arrested Development on Netflix. (Hollywood.com reached out to the actor's rep for confirmation, but they were not immediately available for comment on the casting news).
Krasinski will be among famous faces to appear on the new incarnation of AD, including Conan O'Brien, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, Seth Rogen, Isla Fisher, and returning favorites like Andy Richter, Liza Minnelli, Ben Stiller, Carl Weathers, Scott Baio, and Ron Howard. Still no word on Steve Holt (Steve Holt!).
While there's no details about who Krasinski will play on the comedy (the show's creators are keeping everything awfully close to the vest... much like you would an illusion, Michael), if the guy can deal with Michael Scott for years, Michael Bluth will be a piece of cake. Well, unless he's on the Atkins Diet.
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So, everything pretty much worked out splendidly for an unbalanced Bradley Cooper and his musically-inclined, less-ignore-how-much-younger-she-is girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence. Following an arduous emotional journey, Silver linings Playbook wrapped up with a bubbly, charming, delusion-validating conclusion: as happy an ending as director David O. Russell is capable of mustering.
To some, it felt false. Where did this rom-com Hollywood ending spring from, after two straight hours of gritty realism? Apparently, it wasn't the first choice for the wrapping up of the Matthew Quick novel adaptation. Courtesy of MTV, we have been graced with an alternate ending to Silver Linings Playbook (one that will be available on the DVD). While still a satisfyingly happy ending, there's a more probing layer of cynicism, a very present imperfection, that makes it feel just a tad more lifelike. Check it out:
So which do you prefer? The sweet and smiling theatrical ending, or this new one that packs just a tad more bite?
The deliberation between the quality of a film's final cut and its alternate versions is an argument that has attached itself to many a Hollywood title. Sometimes, darker, harsher conclusions are tossed out to better please audiences, especially when it comes to crowd-pleasing comedies.
We find a classic example in Little Shop of Horrors, Frank Oz's musical comedy that opted, for theater-going viewers, to wrap the macabre story with bumbling hero Seymour (Rick Moranis) and his beloved Audrey (Ellen Greene) tying the knot and living happily together "someplace that's green" following their defeat of the nefarious carnivorous alien plant who terrorized Skid Row. The alternate version of the ending didn't have such a sweet tone to it, instead opting to kill both main characters and have the world overtaken by the plant and his brethren:
We find a more recent, albeit less severe, example in an unexpected place:
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Making the subtitle a great deal more ironic, the original, unreleased ending of the Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy actually did not grant the good-natured Average Joes their ultimate victory, but instead lent the triumph to the powerhouse Globo Gym and its nefarious owner White Goodman (Stiller). After White scores the winning peg, the credits hit the screen abruptly, leaving viewers with a sense of unease. The rejection of this ending works to explain Stiller's inclusion of the post-credits scene in the theatrical version, wherein he laments the "good guy victory" of his film.
Darker yet is the unreleased ending to Pineapple Express, which, to be fair, is a great deal more realistic than the clean getaway made by stoners Dale (Seth Rogen) and Saul (James Franco) in the theatrical version. In the clip, the potheads just can't wait until they are safe and sound and off the grounds of the site at which they were nearly murdered moments earlier, to steal a drag from a handy joint, leading to their annihilation by a hidden gunman. The final moment of the below video, though, is kind of sweet...
Another meaninglessly morbid turn (as declared so by director Kevin Smith, which is why he opted to shift to the happier theatrical ending) occurs in this alternate version of Clerks, which closes the film after Quick Stop cashier Dante (Brian O'Halloran) shot dead by a robber. Had we seen this hit the big screen, we would never have been graced with Clerks 2 ... or the upcoming Clerks 3, for that matter.
The alternate ending to Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World isn't exactly darker than the theatrical version — at least compared to any of the above scenes, anyway — but it does stray from the anticipated romantic union of hero and heroine that director Edgar Wright eventually opted for. Here, we see Scott (Michael Cera) bid farewell to Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) as he gets back together with the wide-eyed high schooler Knives (Ellen Wong) and she skates off on her own journey of solitude. It's a bit more somber, sure, but we're up in the air on which we prefer...
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