New Girl: After winning hearts for her spectacular guest turn on Louie (not that there were any hearts left for her to win over), Parker Posey will be appearing on another of TV's best comedies. The frequent Christopher Guest collaborator will replace Leslie Mann on Fox's New Girl after Mann had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Posey will play a "shot girl" who appears at Schmidt's penis cast removal party... a plot point which is a surprisingly unsurprising representation of Schmidt (Max Greenfield). [TVLine]
American Idol: He may be a little (nay, a lot) younger than outgoing American Idol judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, but the youngest Jonas — Nick Jonas — is prepping his fans for a potential judging gig on Fox's hit singing competition. Confirming longstanding rumors that he was in the running for one of the two (or is it three?) replacement judge slots, Jonas tweeted on Saturday: "The rumors are true... I am being considered to be a judge on American Idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens. #nickonidol."
Romeo and Juliet revisited: ABC has committed to purchasing the network's first major development project, a Romeo and Juliet-themed drama from The OC creator McG. The drama will revolve around two feuding families in Venice, California — one of L.A.'s hottest neighborhoods — and echo the Bard's tragedy as both families battle for control over the city. The project would be McG's first foray into ABC, after developing series for The CW, NBC and Fox. [Deadline]
Weeds: American Pie star Natasha Lyonne will guest star on the two-part series finale of Showtime's chronic comedy, playing a character named Tiffani (no other details about her character have hit the Web yet). [The Wrap]
FX: The cable network has purchased a one-hour drama — to be produced by music mogul Dr. Dre — that "explores present day Los Angeles through the lenses of the music business and the crime business." [Deadline]
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While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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The ceremony, held to celebrate stars and young people who have contributed to social change, was hosted by Glee star Jane Lynch and saw performances from acts including Natasha Bedingfield and Gym Class Heroes star Travis McCoy.
Fox took the stage as a surprise guest presenter to hand out one of the awards, marking her return to the spotlight after marrying fiance Brian Austin Green in Hawaii last month (Jun10). She was seen showing off her diamond engagement ring and a wedding band.
Winners at the ceremony included Christina Applegate, who landed the Do Something Kick Ass for Survival award, Kellan Lutz, who scooped the Do Something for the Animals prize, and Snoop Dogg, who triumphed in the Do Something for the Kids category.
Leonardo DiCaprio was named the Do Something Movie Star, Glee landed the Do Something TV Show trophy and Joe Jonas picked up the Jonas Brothers' honour for Do Something Music Artist.
Newly released audio from an emergency call made by a paramedic from the slopes of Canada's Mont Tremblant on March 16 has confirmed tragic actress Natasha Richardson cancelled an on-site exam that could have saved her life.
The actress fell and banged her head during a skiing lesson at the resort, and then ignored advice to seek medical advice. She died two days later from her injuries.
And in 911 call tapes obtained by Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper, it appears the actress initially cancelled a medical checkup and then seemed "disoriented... with signs of confusion," when a medic returned to answer an emergency call connected to Richardson.
In a radio call to hospital staff from an on-site ambulance, the medic called in a "17-Delta-1," which indicated the situation was dangerous.
And in another call, made from the ambulance as it raced the actress to the Centre Hospitalier Laurentien in Sainte-Agathe, the unidentified medic revealed Richardson "is verbal," but kept drifting off.
According to reports, the actress didn't seem to know where she was or what had happened to her.
Richardson was laid to rest on March 22.
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