The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
McCartney to perform at Super Bowl halftime show
Former Beatle Paul McCartney is expected to headline the Super Bowl halftime show this February, The Associated Press reports. After the controversy over last year's halftime show, CBS and the National Football League are taking extra precautions to ensure that this year's halftime show goes on as planned. At Houston's Reliant Stadium last Feb. 1, pop star Justin Timberlake exposed singer Janet Jackson's right breast to a TV audience of over 90 million people. CBS is still protesting the FCC's fine of $550,000 for last year's halftime show incident. McCartney has performed at two other Super Bowl games in the past, giving NFL executives a much better feeling about the outcome of his performance. "We are extremely pleased to work again with Paul McCartney, one of the greatest musicians of our time, to create a memorable show," said Steve Bornstein, the NFL's executive vice president of media.
New York TV network rejects promotion of Kinsey
New York TV station WNET has rejected the promotion of the controversial upcoming movie Kinsey, deeming it "too commercial and too provocative." According to the AP, the PBS station does not air commercials, but instead replaces them with "enhanced underwriting spots" that advertise upcoming movies. Fox Searchlight Pictures, which is distributing the movie about sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, is shocked at being censored in a state as liberal as New York. "New York is the most sophisticated city in the country," said Nancy Utley, marketing chief for Fox Searchlight. "It would never occur to me that a censorship issue would come up in New York." The introduction of Kinsey has gained negative attention from conservative groups around the nation, blaming the researcher for inspiring the sexual revolution. CNN has agreed to air the commercials as well as have stations in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston.
Seinfeld's famous puffy shirt on display at the Smithsonian
The unfashionable, puffy shift worn by comedian Jerry Seinfeld in an episode of the Emmy Award winning '90s TV show Seinfeld has been put up for display at the Smithsonian, the AP reports. Alongside Archie Bunker's chair and Dorothy's ruby red slippers, the puffy shirt worn in just one episode of the show is now being remembered for being an unforgettable piece of wardrobe. In the 66th episode of the "show about nothing," Jerry agrees as a favor to wear the goofy blouse during an interview on the Today show. The white shirt was designed by Seinfeld's costume designer, Charmaine Simmons. Now considered an icon, the puffy shirt goes down in Smithsonian history as a memorable piece of American pop culture.
Jim Carrey lives a drug-free life
Actor and comedian Jim Carrey says he's quit all drugs. In an interview that aired Sunday with CBS' 60 Minutes, Carrey told reporter Steve Kroft that his reliance on the anti-depressant Prozac, never cured his depression. "I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that ... everything is just OK," said Carrey. Carrey now lives his life without any drugs or alcohol. "I rarely drink coffee. I am very serious about no alcohol, no drugs," he said. "Life is too beautiful." Carrey's film credits include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Mask.
Prosecution cracks down on defense in Jackson case
The prosecution in the Michael Jackson child molestation case is accusing the defense of abusing their rights under the judicial system, the AP reports. The defense is being accused of demanding medical records from the alleged victim and his family. Prosecutors have expressed their disapproval by adding that the defense "has grossly abused the process of the court" by requesting information that violated privacy right of the alleged victim and his family that "could not possibly lead to evidence relevant." The response from Jackson's defense team could not immediately be made public. Jackson has pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation, conspiracy and administering an intoxicating agent, alcohol, to a young boy. The trial is scheduled to being on Jan. 31.
Vanilla Ice expected to be reunited with his wallaroo and goat
Bucky Buckaroo the wallaroo and Pancho the goat will soon be reunited with their owner, rapper Vanilla Ice. According to the Associated Press, the animals escaped their Florida home before being captured on Nov. 13 after scratching a woman's car. The animals are now in the custody of an exotic animal breeder until fines of $220 are paid to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "I'm pretty shocked at all this attention," he said. "They get more attention here than they do at home." Vanilla Ice, born Robert van Winkle, is best known for his 1990 hit, "Ice Ice, Baby." Recently he has appeared on the WB's reality show, The Surreal Life.
Record producer songwriter Terry Melcher dead at age 62
According to his publicist, record producer and songwriter Terry Melcher lost his battle with melanoma on Saturday. At age 62, Melcher was best known for his work with The Beach Boys, The Byrds and The Mamas and the Papas. Melcher also led a productive solo career in addition to producing his mother Doris Day's CBS shows, The Doris Day Show and Doris Day's Best Friends. Melcher's name was also linked to the 1969 Charles Manson murders after turning Manson down for a record contract. The Los Angeles police department denied rumors that Melcher was one of Manson's targets.