Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of Feb. 18 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Settle Down With a Tall, Frosty Beer
-Catfish, How Could You?!: America's new favorite reality show turns out to be a little short on the reality side of things.
-Seth MacFarlane, Don't Be a Family Guy Character at the Oscars, Please: Because if you do, you're going to be hearing lots of crickets and seeing lots of grumpy cat impressions in the audience.
-Poor NBC Just Can't Catch a Break: Some of us still hold out hope, but it appears we'll never again see the era of Must See TV return to us.
-We're Feeling Pretty Guilty About How Much We Want to Watch the Rihanna/Chris Brown Law and Order Episode: But that hasn't stopped us from setting our DVRs.
-Destiny's Child Reality Show? Yay! About Michelle Williams... Only. Damnit.: Seriously, who thought this was a good idea?
-Fox May Be Hurting New Girl: Moving the lovely little sitcom could spell disaster for the already shrinking ratings.
That's It. Guzzle a Whiskey and Coke, Hold the Coke.
-Lena Dunham Now Has to Apologize for Things She Didn't Do: This is some bulls**t.
-Meanwhile, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is Doing Things She Most Definitely Should Apoligize For: Like this body-shaming commericial she made in Isreal.
-LeAnn Rimes Gets to Make Totally Amoral Decisions And Receive Zero Negative Consequences: How is this living situation fair?
-Shia LeBeouf Can't Even Apologize Without Plagiarizing: Yet his clothes are probably more expensive than my laptop.
-Michael Bay Picked a Bombshell to Play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Feminist Hero: We'll give it a shot, but it's making us a little worried.
-What the Hell, American Idol?: The men this year are so awful, I'm still angry three days later. But hey, at least the show is back to inspiring some sort of emotion, right?
-Pretty Guys Can't Win Oscars: At least that's what history has taught us. We'll just have to love Ryan Gosling that much more to make up for it.
-Apparently, Obsessing Over Oscar Pistorious' Alleged Crimes Aren't Enough: We need to see it in documentary form too.
-Some Boneheads in England Thought It'd Be Fun to Tell Us Who They Don't Want to Bone: Thus ensuring their spot on womankind's similar list of jerks who'll never get laid.
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Voice actress Lucille Bliss, best known for providing voices for such classic cartoons as The Smurfs, Crusader Rabbit, and The Jetsons, died of natural causes on November 8 at an assisted living center in Costa Mesa, the Los Angeles Times. She was 96 years old.
Bliss' career in Hollywood spanned 60 years and, according to the L.A. Times, she was last working as recently at last month. Bliss got her start in the business in 1950 by providing the voice for Cinderella's stepsister Anastasia in Disney's animated film. Later that same year she was cast as the voice as the title character in NBC's Crusader Rabbit, the first first animated series to ever be produced specifically for television.
Owner of TDA Animation David Scheve recently spoke of Bliss' talents to the L.A. Times. "Actors from her generation who came up in live radio, you'd do one or two takes with Lucille and she'd just nail it," he praises. "She could do three or four characters in one [scene] and you'd never know they were all her. She was terrific."
In the 1960s, Bliss provided the original voice of Elroy Jetson on The Jetsons. She lost her job, she told interviewers at the time, because she refused to work under a stage name that would hide the fact that a grown woman was providing the voice for a little boy. She said, "Life as a voice actress is tough. It's not an easy career."
Children of the '80s best know Bliss for her work as Smurfette on Smurfs. She voiced the bubbly blonde for the show's entire run, from 1981 to 1990. When the show went off the air, Bliss continued to find work, providing voices for video games (you can hear her on Star Wars: Bounty Hunter and Battlestar Galactica) as well as feature films such as 2005's Robots and television shows including Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Bliss took her job as a voice artist incredibly seriously and was a lifelong student of her craft. According to the L.A. Times, Bliss continued to take acting classes with aspiring artists late into her life and once told a writer, "I'm an actress specializing in voices. don't like the term 'voice-over.' … You have to be an actor first, and then the voice.... You have to take acting lessons to learn how to act before you can speak."
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A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
Ceremony organisers recently announced the induction of the new category in a bid to spice up this year's event and now a total of five nominees will duke it out for the Golden Popcorn prize.
Aniston's portrayal of sexually-promiscuous Dr. Julia Harris in Horrible Bosses and Howard's Miss Hilly in The Help earned them nods. They will compete with Mad Men star Jon Hamm, who was nominated for his role as Kristen Wiig's arrogant sex buddy in Bridesmaids, Colin Farrell, for his cocaine-addicted Horrible Bosses character Bobby, and newcomer Oliver Cooper for his wild behaviour as Costa in the comedy Project X.
The inaugural winner will be announced at the star-studded prizegiving on Sunday (03Jun12).