For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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We've got quite the crop of best supporting actress nominees, this year, haven't we? Let's review:
Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle
Girl showed off her comedic chops, as well as some pretty terrifying behavior that caused the vast majority of reviews to refer to her character Rosalyn as a "loose cannon."
June Squibb in Nebraska
An acid tongue if we ever saw one: Squibb's Kate is on par with Rosalyn in the poison department. What sets Kate apart, though, is her completely irreverent and matter-of-fact – all with the air of the unintentional – meanness.
Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine
Another great performance: she's especially wonderful when Louis C.K. breaks her heart over the phone. Talented as she may be, in a movie dominated by Cate Blanchett at the top of her game, it's hard for a sister (literally) to catch a break.
Lupita Nyong'o in Twelve Years A Slave
Nyong'o breaks your heart just about every single time she's on screen. From making corn husk doll families in the fields to begging Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to end her life, she's completely magnetic.
Julia Roberts in August: Osage County
My professional (ha!) opinion? Meh. Tables will be flipped if she walks away with the trophy.
The obvious frontrunner is Jennifer Lawrence: she's received rave reviews, and she might just be the brightest star in Hollywood right now, with no sign of dimming. She's also got the added advantage of pretty much sweeping all the awards last year with another David O. Russell collaboration, Silver Linings Playbook.
While the game may favor Lawrence (or possibly Roberts – ick!), I'm personally rooting for newcomer Lupita Nyong'o. As electric as Lawrence was in American Hustle, the fact of the matter is, Nyong'o delivered a stronger performance. We'll see what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has to say.
Either way, something tells me Nyong'o's here to stay: considerable acting prowess aside, she's the darling of too many fashion aficionados to go anywhere anytime soon.
Yes, Shonda Rhimes has successfully weaved us into her Scandal web and Veep has become an Emmy darling. And yet, in 2012, Political Animals also premiered and promised scandal, sex, and politics. All that, plus Ellen Ripley Sigourney Weaver.
Hilary Clinton Elaine Barrish (Weaver) threw her hat into the presidential election and lost. She was former First Lady to a philandering husband, Bud Hammond (Ciarán Hinds). She is gearing up for a huge political push to run for president again. She finds an unlikely ally in Susan Berg (Carla Gugino), a journalist whose career was built trying to take her down. She must balance her political career and her eccentric family. Her Chief of Staff son, Douglas Hammond (James Wolk) is planning a huge marriage to his bulimic, perfectionist fiancé Anne Ogami (Brittany Ishibashi). Both her mother, former showgirl Margaret Barrish (Ellen Burstyn), and her openly gay son Thomas "T.J." Hammond (Sebastian Stan) are alcoholics and drug addicts. Plus, she has to get out of her husband’s shadow and maneuver around current president Paul Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar).
What is so great about the series is how it portrays the multi-faceted world of politics. People have multiple agendas and even more faces. It also focuses on the pressure that politics place on the family. It delves a level deeper than Scandal, because this series focuses on the politicians themselves and the unique factors affecting their lives. It also has just as much drama and tension, with various inappropriate couplings, revelations, and political machinations.
The actors are amazing. Weaver is unstoppable and manages to be a persnickety hard-ass but also a vulnerable and loving woman. Burstyn won an Emmy for her role in the series. Wolk (who went on to greater renown as Bob Benson on Mad Men) and Stan are great as twins with two vastly different personalities and drives.
The mini-series was only six episodes and was, sadly, not optioned for a full series. Luckily, it’s available on Netflix in its entirety.
These actors have shaken us to the core with their gravitas on screen, but they've also shaken us with laughter. While they normally play kings, soldiers, gangsters and Shakespearean characters, once in a while they'll play best friends to teddy bears and over-the-top agents with intense arm hair. And they play both ends of the spectrum just as convincingly. Just think about how Steve Buscemi played Nucky on Boardwalk Empire and magician sidekick Anton Marvelton in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone at the same time and nobody batted an eye. In other words, these might be the perfect actors.
Sir Patrick Stewart may be best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, or for his stage roles in Shakespearean classics like MacBeth, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Recently, however, Sir Stewart has emerged as somewhat of a viral video darling, wowing us with his quadruple-take acting lessons and endearing us by sharing his first experience with pizza. In 2005, he made one of the funniest and most memorable cameos on Ricky Gervais's Extras, in which he's obsessed with seeing women naked.
When you think Tom Cruise, you probably first think action star, and then maybe dramatic actor (and then maybe crazy Scientologist), but before 2008's Tropic Thunder, you probably would have never thought overweight, balding, sleazy studio executive. But he played exactly that in the Ben Stiller-directed comedy, and he played it to perfection. His character Les Grossman spouts such lines as "First, take a big step back...and literally f**k your own face!" and "A nutless monkey could do your job," making Ari Gold look like Mister Rogers.
Mark Wahlberg has steadily starred in Oscar-winning dramas like The Fighter and The Departed during his career, but peppered throughout are movies like Ted and Date Night. Wahlberg's gruff Boston attitude gives him weight in more serious roles, but also lends an edge to his comedic roles. His performance in David O. Russell's quirky, surreal, philosophy-heavy comedy I Heart Huckabees is perhaps one of the most underrated comedic performances of all time. Seriously, go watch it if you haven't.
Colin Firth first rose to fame playing Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and recently he was nominated for an Oscar for A Single Man and won one for The King's Speech. That said, let's all stop kidding ourselves and admit it: our favorite Colin Firth role was in Love Actually. Don't be ashamed. Every single other person secretly feels the same way.
There are few actors in Hollywood who can do stoner movies (Airheads), Tarantino classics (Reservoir Dogs), rom-coms (The Wedding Singer), dark comedies (Fargo), iconic stoner movies (The Big Lebowski), and still terrify us as TV's meanest gangster. Steve Buscemi is a rare gem of an actor. If he played an old Asian grandma, we would probably believe it, and be impressed.
Oscar-winner Matt Damon has made a career out of carefully-chosen film roles, most of which are of the dramatic or action variety. But the actor's inherent charm truly comes out when he dabbles in comedy, even in less-than-successful movies. His turn as bumbling and dense Mark Whitacre in The Informant! is subtle but spot-on. When he pairs up (literally) with Greg Kinnear in Stuck on You, his performance may not have won over critics, but it's a refreshing contrast to the usually serious Damon. And let's unearth a little-known ditty, shall we? Here's Damon as the lead singer of a pop-punk band in the 2004 comedy EuroTrip (you're welcome):
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When you get a tattoo on your body you want it to really mean something since it will be permanently stamped on your body forever (well unless you get that tattoo removal surgery). But either way, it should mean more and be more symbolic than just representing what your favorite cartoon character was as a kid unless it's Cartman from South Park because that's just awesome. Miley Cyrus herself decided toget inked again with something that is very important not only to her, but to a great number of people worldwide: equality. The former Disney star shared a photo of her latest tattoo on Twitter Friday, displaying an equals sign (=) on her right ring finger. In a caption underneath her tweet pic the singer wrote, "all LOVE is equal." This gesture is reportedly making a statement for the singer's support of gay marriage. This will be the latest tattoo in her vast growing collection which includes a dream catcher on her torso, Just Breathe on her ribcage, an anchor on her wrist, Love on her ear, and a cross and heart on her hand. Cyrus clearly seems to think a picture is worth a thousand words. What can I say -- she's just being Miley. - E Online
Kat Von D and Jesse James may not be together anymore, but Von D is letting their love live on on our television screens. The tattooed star is not shying away from replaying her romance with James on L.A. Ink. The show's executive producer said, "Kat wants to show that this was a fairy tale and that she was truly in love." What sort of fairy tales were read to her as a child? Because I know it's been a while, but I'm pretty sure there's supposed to be a Happily Ever After in there somewhere. Apparently, there will be no re-edits in light of the split and the series will show the couple in happier times. Even though this will be the main focus of the show, viewers will still definitely see what led to the demise of the tattooed duo's relationship. The exec claims, "We're going to hear how he proposed to her and we're going to hear how they got to the point where they are up to now." - People
They'll be back...as friends. It can be hard to remain friends after a break-up, especially when you're in the spotlight, but apparently Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are going to give it a try. The ex-couple reunited on Saturday in Beverly Hills to enjoy lunch at Barney's for the Terminator star's 64th birthday. Schwarzenegger and Shriver were spotted in the same car arriving at the restaurant. Witnesses commented that there didn't seem to be "any tension" between the exes and that the group "seemed relaxed." Shriver even paid the bill for the birthday boy. Arnold said, "Bye, darling," to Shriver at the end of the meal, who went to the restroom and exited by herself. - Us