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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Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson is back behind bars after failing to show up in court for a probation hearing in court. Thorson, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in the hit 2013 TV movie Behind the Candelabra, was arrested in Nevada.
He was on probation for a burglary and ID theft conviction - and back in September (13) he was in court for a drug violation.
He was sentenced to rehab.
Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra was the big winner at the 65th annual Emmy Awards, picking up major honours for the director, his leading man Michael Douglas, and landing the night's Outstanding Miniseries or Movie prize. The TV film was also honoured by Sir Elton John during the ceremony - he dedicated his new song Home Again to Liberace as part of a tribute to the flamboyant pianist.
He said, "This year a television film about a musician scored 50 Emmy nominations... That musician was Liberace and this guy played a mean piano. His programme aired in England and I was keenly aware of his enormous talent and his impact on the musical world and my dress sense, of course."
Douglas played the gay entertainer in the film and Matt Damon his lover, Scott Thorson. Both stars were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie, and Douglas heaped praise on his co-star as he accepted the honour.
He said, "This was a two-hander and Matt, you're only as good as your other hand... You were magnificent and the only reason I'm standing here is because of you, so you really deserve half of this, so do you want the bottom or the top?"
Otherwise, the 2013 Emmys were full of surprises - Merritt Wever and Tony Hale beat a host of favourites to claim the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series trophies for Nurse Jackie and Veep, respectively, at the start of the ceremony, and Claire Danes and Bonny Cannavale were shock winners in the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series (Homeland) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Boardwalk Empire) categories.
Double winners on the night included The Big Bang Theory, Veep, Homeland and Breaking Bad, which was named the Best Drama Series. The big snubs included Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey, which failed to pick up a single award.
Highlights included Carrie Underwood's Beatles tribute to 1963 and the impact the news from that year had on America, host Neil Patrick Harris' mid-show song-and-dance number with actor Nathan Fillion and comedienne Sarah Silverman and Will Ferrell's comic climax - he ambled onto the stage at the Nokia Theatre in shorts, sandals and a T-shirt with three kids to present the night's Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series awards and joked, "Unfortunately Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith dropped out at the last second and they (Emmy producers) called me, literally, 45 minutes ago, and I couldn't find childcare.
"We had a soccer game, there was a neighbour's birthday party, a nut allergy, I didn't have time to do my hair."
Ferrell kept a straight face as he bickered with the three kids about their use of electronics and the need to use the restroom while onstage.
The winners list is:
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Merritt Wever - Nurse Jackie
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Tina Fey & Tracey Wigfield - 30 Rock
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Hale - Veep
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Melissa Leo - Louie
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Gail Mancuso - Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries Or A Movie
Laura Linney - The Big C: Hereafter
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Henry Bromell - Homeland
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Reality - Competition Program
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale - Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes - Homeland
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Carrie Preston - The Good Wife
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Dan Bucatinsky - Scandal
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
David Fincher - House of Cards
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
The Colbert Report
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King - Saturday Night Live
Dancing With The Stars - Derek Hough
Outstanding Host For A Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn - Project Runway
Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Abi Morgan - The Hour
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries Or A Movie
James Cromwell - American Horror Story: Asylum
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Steven Soderbergh - Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Ellen Burstyn - Political Animals
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries or a Movie
Michael Douglas - Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Comedy Series
Michael Douglas' camp TV movie Behind The Candelabra stole the show at the annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday (15Sep13), picking up eight out of the nine awards it was in the running for. The Liberace biopic, which starred Douglas as the legendary entertainer and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson, outshone the competition at the prizegiving, which honours the people behind-the-scenes of Hollywood.
The film picked up trophies for Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Costumes, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing, Outstanding Hairstyling, Outstanding Make-up, Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up and Outstanding Sound Mixing. It only missed out on the award for Outstanding Cinematography, which went to Elisabeth Moss's TV drama Top of the Lake.
Boardwalk Empire was another winner on the night, taking prizes for art direction, hairstyling and sound editing.
The ceremony also feted actors who make guest appearances in popular shows, and the crowd went wild when veteran funnyman Bob Newhart won his first Emmy for his role in The Big Bang Theory.
Dan Bucatinsky and Carrie Preston were named Best Guest Actor and Actress in a Drama Series for Scandal and The Good Wife respectively, while Melissa Leo's cameo in Louie won her the Best Guest Actress in a Comedy.
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn shared the prize for Outstanding Host for a Reality Show for Project Runway, while Lily Tomlin picked up her fifth Emmy, her first in 32 years, for her voiceover work on documentary An Apology To Elephants.
Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson has escaped another jail sentence after a judge agreed he should attend rehab instead. Thorson, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in acclaimed 2013 TV movie Behind the Candelabra, breached his probation agreement when he failed a drug test recently - and he was facing another lengthy jail term.
But, in court in Nevada on Wednesday (11Sep13), he was ordered to rehab after confessing he's a drug addict and begging the judge for a second chance to complete a court-ordered rehab programme, according to TMZ.com.
Singer Elton John is set to pay tribute to Liberace at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards later this month (Sep13), according to U.S. reports. The Rocket Man hitmaker's performance will mark the first time he has appeared on the U.S. television industry's biggest award night.
Behind the Candelabra, the TV movie about Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson played by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon respectively, is nominated for 15 awards.
John's musical number will accompany nominees Douglas and Damon when they present during the show, according to E! News.
Liberace's former toyboy lover Scott Thorson is back behind bars for allegedly violating his probation after failing a random drug test. Thorson, who is fighting colon cancer, was taken into custody by Nevada police on Thursday (05Sep13), less than two months after he was sentenced to five years probation in relation to burglary and identity theft charges.
The writer, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in TV movie Behind The Candelabra, is said to have tested positive for methamphetamines during a court hearing to modify the probation sentence, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
However, Thorson's attorney, David Houston, claims the failed test could be linked to nasal surgery his client underwent on Tuesday (03Sep13).
He says, "I don't know what drugs were used during nasal surgery. More questions (need to be asked)."
Thorson's next hearing has been set for 11 September (13).
Liberace's former toyboy lover Scott Thorson has been sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to burglary and identity theft charges. The 53 year old, also known as Jess Marlow, was arrested by police in Reno, Nevada on 22 February (13) after he was caught paying for a room at the Ponderosa Hotel with a credit card that did not belong to him.
He was charged with four counts of first-degree burglary, in addition to charges involving the possession and use of a credit, debit or ID card without the consent of the cardholder on four different occasions.
Thorson, who was once the late showman's teenage toyboy, pleaded guilty to the charges at the Washoe County District Court and on Wednesday (17Jul13) he was sentenced to 60 months probation.
Judge Patrick Flanagan also ordered the author, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in a TV movie adaptation of his book Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, to attend a substance abuse programme and submit to drug tests.
Thorson originally faced up to 20 years behind bars, and his attorney, David Houston, tells local publication the Reno Gazette Journal, "I think the court handled it as well as I hoped they would."
Thorson, who is fighting colon cancer, served time behind bars for his criminal actions earlier this year (13). He was released on 31 May (13).
Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson has revealed all about his fling with "best friend" Michael Jackson in a new TV interview. Thorson, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in the recent TV movie adaptation of his memoirs Behind the Candelabra, claims Liberace isn't the only late showman he was intimate with - he also had a sexual relationship with the King of Pop.
He tells Access Hollywood, "It was a loving relationship. He was my best friend back then because I was going through a lot of trauma with Liberace. He also knew I was on drugs. He was very against drugs back then."
Thorson claims he was introduced to Jackson by Liberace in 1977 and he romanced the King of Pop for several years, but the truth never came out because the singer refused to take a lie detector test.
He explains, "I passed two lie detector tests, and they offered Michael a lie detector test, but Michael refused, and then of course the Jackson family denied it."
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon shine as Liberace and Scott Thorson (respectively) in HBO's biopic Behind the Candelabra — but even their stellar performances are no match for the glitz and glitter exuded by the film's costumes. We've rounded up 12 of the sparkliest looks from the movie into a photo gallery for your viewing pleasure — and you better believe gold chains are well represented.
Behind the Candelabra airs on HBO Sunday, May 26.
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Met 1976; Thorson was Liberace's chauffeur and live-in lover for years; He sued Liberace 1982, but case settled out of court 1986; Thorson wrote book about their relationship Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace (1988)