"That snail is fast!" This tagline sums up all you need to know about Turbo, the rather ironic tale of a garden snail who races in the Indy 500. The latest computer-animated flick from Dreamworks tells a typically predictable underdog story, with the proper doses of humor and heartwarming moments. It's totally cliché, but still great family fun.
Voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Turbo (née Theo) is a simple garden snail who is fed up with his humdrum life in the tomato patch with his overly cautious brother Chet (Paul Giamatti). When he isn't working with overripe fruit at "the plant," the ambitious little snail watches old car race tapes and dreams of being fast like French-Canadian Indy 500 champion Guy Gagne (voiced by Bill Hader). Then one fateful night, Turbo is exposed to nitrous oxide and effectively transformed into a car, equipped with a radio, alarm, headlights, and best of all, super speed. Turbo's newfound abilities quickly come into play when he rescues Chet from a crow attack, but the two brothers are then snatched up by a taco truck driver named Tito Lopez. Just when they think they're about to become escargot, Chet and Turbo are surprised to find that Tito only wants to enter them in a snail race.
Tito and his brother Angelo operate the struggling Dos Bros taco stand in a ramshackle strip mall with a hobby shop, nail salon, and auto repair shop. The owners are friends, racing snails together to take their minds off their failing businesses. But when they discover Turbo's incredible talents, they decide to show him off to the world. With hopes to win the Indy 500 and put their strip mall on the map, the shop owners and their snails band together to travel to Indianapolis. Then, it's all up to Turbo and his supersnail speed.
With a star-studded cast boasting the likes of Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Michelle Rodriguez, Luis Guzmán, Michale Pena and Richard Jenkins, Turbo is an adorable film about a little snail with big dreams. While some animated movies focus solely on entertaining the kids, and others devote too much energy to appeasing the adults, Turbo manages to achieve a nice balance of humor that will have parents and their children laughing together. And it promotes the inspiring messages that we want our children to be exposed to: 1) Follow your dreams, no matter how outlandish they may be. 2) Your heroes may disappoint you, but you can become your own hero. 3) Taco trucks are awesome.
Indeed, Turbo features some nice contemporary touches, like the ever-popular food truck, a viral video subplot, and a French-accented car-racing villain à la Talladega Nights. Still, there is absolutely nothing surprising about this movie, which isn't necessarily to its detriment but certainly makes for a less exciting viewing experience. There's comic relief (most notably Ken Jeong's voice performance as a feisty female manicurist) and a bit of suspense, but we're never too worried that things won't turn out okay in the end. Is it realistic? Of course not. But is it fun? Most definitely. In effect, it's an easy movie to watch and enjoy for 90 minutes or so, but you probably won't find yourself hankering for a repeat viewing. While Turbo is nothing groundbreaking, it's a charming film with a lot of heart.
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The daytime gang came out strong tonight to serve up its 39th Emmy Awards ceremony, with nary a mention of the of the earlier murder-suicide that occurred late last night at the Beverly Hilton--where the awards were taking place. The show started off with a very lost Anthony Geary, having trouble finding the stage after a sing-songy intro between Oscar the Grouch and Anderson Cooper.
So let's get down to brass tacks and talk winners and losers, alligators, dry skin jokes (Thanks, Bethenny Frankel), and THE Susan Lucci!
Almost as a parting gift to the legacy of Regis Philbin, Live! With Regis & Kelly won several trophies in their respective categories. General Hospital was the big winner of the evening, bringing home several of the biggest trophies of the evening--including Outstanding Drama Series. But enough of us yammering on; check out the full list below of the biggest winners (winners are bolded) and the ones who shocked 'em all at the awards.
Outstanding Drama Series
All My Children (ABC)
Days Of Our Lives (NBC)
General Hospital (ABC)
The Young And The Restless (CBS)
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Crystal Chappell, as Dr. Carly Manning Days Of Our Lives (NBC)
Debbie Morgan, as Angie Hubbard All My Children (ABC)
Erika Slezak, as Viki Lord One Life To Live (ABC)
Heather Tom, as Katie Logan Spencer The Bold And The Beautiful (CBS)
Laura Wright, as Carly Corinthos Jax General Hospital (ABC)
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Maurice Bernard, as Michael “Sonny” Cointhos, Jr. General Hospital (ABC)
Anthony Geary, as Luke Spencer General Hospital (ABC)
John McCook, as Eric Forrester The Bold And The Beautiful (CBS)
Darnell Williams, as Jesse Hubbard All My Children (ABC)
Robert S. Woods, as Bo Buchanan One Life To Live (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bradford Anderson as Damien Spinelli (General Hospital, ABC)
Matthew Ashford as Jack Deveraux (Days of our Lives, NBC)
Sean Blakemore as Shawn Butler (General Hospital, ABC)
Jonathan Jackson as Lucky Spencer (General Hospital, ABC)
Jason Thompson as Patrick Drake (General Hospital, ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Melissa Claire Egan as Annie Chandler (All My Children, ABC)
Genie Francis as Genevieve Atkinson (The Young and the Restless, CBS)
Nancy Lee Grahn as Alexis Davis (General Hospital, ABC)
Elizabeth Hendrickson as Chloe Mitchell (The Young and the Restless, CBS)
Rebecca Herbst as Elizabeth Webber (General Hospital, ABC)
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Eddie Alderson as Matthew Buchanan (One Life To Live, ABC)
Chad Duell as Michael Corinthos (General Hospital, ABC)
Chandler Massey as Will Horton (Days of our Lives, NBC)
Nathan Parsons as Ethan Lovett (General Hospital, ABC)
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Molly Burnett as Melanie Layton (Days of our Lives, NBC)
Shelley Hennig as Stephanie Johnson (Days of our Lives, NBC)
Christel Khalil as Lily Winters (The Young and the Restless, CBS)
Jaqueline Macinnes Wood as Steffy Forrester (The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS)
Outstanding Talk Show — Entertainment
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated)
Live With Regis And Kelly (Syndicated)
The Talk (CBS)
The View (ABC)
Outstanding Talk Show — Informative
The Dr. Oz Show
Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host
Giada De Laurentiis, Giada At Home
Rick Bayless, Mexico One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless
Nate Berkus, The Nate Berkus Show
Paula Deen, Paula's Best Dishes
Sandra Lee, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
Outstanding Culinary Program
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
Giada At Home
Guy's Big Bite
Outstanding Game Show Host
Ben Baily (Cash Cab, Discovery Channel)
Todd Newton (Family Game Night, The HUB)
Wayne Brady (Let's Make A Deal, CBS)
Meredith Vieira (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Syndicated)
Outstanding Talk Show Host
Anderson Cooper (Anderson, Syndicated)
Dr. Mehmet Oz (The Dr. Oz Show, Syndicated)
Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa (Live with Regis and Kelly, Syndicated)
Rachael Ray (Rachael Ray, Syndicated)
Dr. Lisa Masterson, Jillian Michaels, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Travis Stork, Wendy Walsh (The Doctors, Syndicated)
Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
Cash Cab (Discovery Channel)
Let's Make A Deal (CBS)
Wheel of Fortune (Syndicated)
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Syndicated)
Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
America's Court with Judge Ross
Judge Joe Brown
Last Shot with Judge Gunn
We the People with Gloria Allred
Oustanding Morning Program
Good Morning America (ABC)
Today Show (NBC)
Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team
All My Children (ABC)
Days of Our Lives (NBC)
General Hospital (ABC)
The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Oustanding Children's Animated Program
Curious George (PBS)
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (Nickelodeon)
Peep & The Big Wide World (American Public Television)
Penguins of Madagascar (Nickelodeon)
Sid the Science Kid (PBS)
SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series
Dakota Goyo as Josh (R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour The Series, The HUB)
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph as Abby Cadaby (Sesame Street, PBS)
Kevin Clash as Elmo (Sesame Street, PBS)
Caroll Spinney as Big Bird (Sesame Street, PBS)
Lifetime Achievement Award
What did you think of this year's awards? Anyone you were surprised or happy to see recognized? Let us know in the comments!
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I’m not about to rail on you like a cartoonishly angry mega-feminist right after she’s burned her bra and refused to shave her armpits or wear makeup. I’m not about to write you a long, whiny complaint about women not getting enough credit in the comedy world, and you know why? Because it’s simply untrue. What is true is that women in comedy are often relegated to a sort of side stage where only women dare to venture and only some women really find the content funny. What is also true is that time is coming to end. There are a few folks whose hilarious work is taking us into an age when the term “female comedian” or “comedienne” doesn’t send the menfolk running for the hills; an age when a romantic comedy can actually be universally funny; an age when women’s comedy doesn’t have to suck.
Take a look at today’s comic landscape: many of the famed female standups, comedy writers and actresses are only famous for girl-friendly comedy. Folks like Chelsea Handler or Whitney Cummings, TV characters like Carrie Bradshaw and every girl in a rom-com in the last 10 years make jokes that only women (and sometimes only bitchy women) would find funny. Don’t get me wrong, we need a little comedy thrown our way too, but we don’t always have to alienate the other sex to do it and luckily, we’ve got a crop of funny ladies who agree and more and more often, they’re getting the chance to prove it.
Granted, most of our favorite, more universal comediennes have all seen plenty of screen time and they’ve tickled men and women alike, but often it’s only been as the secretary or assistant or girlfriend to the front-and-center funnyman – or in some cases funnymen. In fact, I remember seeing Mike Judge’s Extract in the theater with two girlfriends because we were so excited to see one of our favorite funny ladies – Kristen Wiig – in a bigger movie role outside of SNL. I also distinctly remember leaving the theater and shaking my head. She’d been completely wasted; the funniest thing she did was dramatically tie her sweatpants to signal that Jason Bateman wasn’t getting any that night. I couldn’t believe they’d use someone as talented as Wiig for such a basic part. Hadn’t they seen her on SNL or in Knocked Up? Everyone remembers her small role as the judgmental assistant to Katherine Heigl’s boss at E!. She was so obviously talented. It prompted me to wonder, why don’t folks like Wiig get to properly showcase their abilities more often?
Well, this week, I got an answer. Wiig and the film she co-wrote with Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids, brings comedy by women into the Apatowian boys club – an Everest-like set of comedies oft accused of being a wee bit sexist. This lady coup sees Wiig getting some well-deserved time in the spotlight as a flawed, goofy woman who, much like 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon, allows her normalcy to comfort us and her absurd humor to keep us in stitches. Wiig’s Annie fills the likeable everywoman role, but the film also carries a decent ensemble. We find Rose Byrne as the woman every girl loves to hate; Ellie Kemper takes a break from The Office to show us that she can be funny outside of Dunder Mifflin antics; Wendy McLendon-Covey shows us that her Reno-911 humor translates to the big screen; Melissa McCarthy offers up the unladylike lady; and Maya Rudolph aims to remind us why we loved her so much when she was on SNL.
This universal romantic comedy didn’t just get a chance because Wiig is hilarious, or we would have seen something like it years ago. Bridesmaids can thank one woman in particular for its existence as a blockbuster: Tina Fey. Sure, we knew she had talent when she was head writer for SNL, but I certainly didn’t realize she’d write one of the best teen comedies ever, Mean Girls, and not only make us laugh, but transcend the genre and hit every nail on the head. And of course she went on to create, write and star in one of the best comedies on television, 30 Rock, where Fey’s Liz Lemon makes up for the fact that Carrie Bradshaw’s cosmopolitan style amid lame puns unfortunately stood as the shining beacon of female comedy throughout her reign while people like Fey and Amy Poehler were honing their crafts on the SNL stage and in various improv groups. Be honest, Liz Lemon eating “night cheese” in a Snuggie or throwing back slices of ham in a wedding dress and sneakers is, now and forever, heaps more hilarious than Bradshaw-isms like "When you’re tired you take a napa, you don’t go to Napa."
Liz Lemon and Poehler’s Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation lead their ensembles with laughs, and while both of those shows rely heavily on the male cast members, they don’t cave to making Leslie or Liz bear only girl humor. They don’t separate jokes into comedy and comedy for women like the genre tends to do. Just look at the aforementioned Handler or Cummings; droves of women love everything they say, but men might tell you differently. Conversely, Fey’s got her past SNL work, 30 Rock, her brand new book, Bossy Pants, and even Mean Girls, and I can’t think of single guy I know who doesn’t appreciate any of that. You’ve also got folks like Mindy Kaling (The Office) who plays heavily on female stereotypes, but in an intelligent way that lets all of us in on the joke. Women like Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) and Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Concords, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) take advantage of their tiny girl voices to bolster their ridiculously insane yet well-written jokes.
People like Wiig, Fey, Poehler, Schaal, Sedaris and Kaling don’t ignore the fact that they’re women, but instead use it to add weight to their comedy without allowing it to dictate it. They separate themselves from characters and comediennes who use stereotypes or man-bashing to get a laugh. I’m looking at you, Lisa Lampanelli and Sarah Silverman; the sex-crazed-love-handled-cougar act and the I’ve-got-pigtails-so-I-can-sing-about-poop act aren’t funny and they only work because of things we’ve decided over time are funny about women instead of working because the jokes are well-written or the women telling them are actually witty, hilarious people.
Of course, I must play devil’s advocate and note that it wasn’t always this way. Yes, some comediennes of the past weren’t always creating content that only women would enjoy. I Love Lucy and The Carol Burnett Show were aimed at both sexes; Cloris Leachman isn’t remembered for making women laugh in films like Young Frankenstein, she’s remembered for making us all laugh; Lily Tomlin and Phyllis Diller are widely regarded as generally hilarious on both sides of the gender barrier. However, for every influential comedienne, there are droves of men who were just as influential, if not more so.
But these things take time. It’s because of all of these women that we can now see a summer blockbuster that focuses on a wedding, a group of bridesmaids and even a little romance that won’t be condemned to the tortuous rom-com doldrums. We have a set of contemporary, intelligent and hilarious women that can lead films that you won’t have to trick your boyfriend into seeing; that don’t make you think you curse too much or that acting goofy or making silly faces makes you look fat; that don’t teach you to wait for your knight in shining armor while your desperate/single/overweight friend makes jokes about eating or not eating or dying for any man who’d have her; and that don’t insult your intelligence.
They lead films that use the feminine perspective to produce universal comedy that is genuinely funny. The result is just another group of people who’ll continue to make funny movies, plain and simple; and that’s one great happily ever after, if you ask me.
The 15th Annual Webby Awards announced their winners today and, well, there's not too much surprise here. Apparently, the main factor in determining if someone deserves a Webby or not is the level of their fame. This years winners include Justin Bieber, Lisa Kudrow and Zach Galifiankis, among others. Regarding websites, Funny or Die unsurprisingly led the way, considering they're pretty much hilarious in everything they do. Anyway, check out the complete list below:
Winners in Multiple Categories: Funny Or Die (8), Google Creative Labs (5), Wieden+Kennedy (4), @radical.media (4), Discovery Communications (4), Goodby,Silverstein & Partners (4), MLB Advanced Media, LP (3), The New York Times (3), TED.com (3), ESPN (3), AOL (3).
Winners boasting star-power include:
Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy,” (Best Comedy: Long Form, and Best Individual Performance in an Online Video)
Adrian Grenier’s Shft.com (Webby Award and People’s Voice Award)
Arcade Fire’s “The Wilderness Downtown,” (Webby and People’s Voice Award for Best Experimental & Weird Video)
Conan O’Brien‘s “Team Coco,” (Webby Award and People’s Voice or Best Celebrity/Fan website)
Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” (Webby Award for Web Personality/Host , Webby Award and People’s Voice Award for Best Online Variety Show, Webby Award and People’s Voice Award for Best Comedy Individual Short or Episode featuring Steve Carell)
Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Darrell Hammond’s “Funny or Die’s Presidential Reunion” (directed by Ron Howard), (People’s Voice Award for Best Comedy: Long Form or Series)
Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J’s “Snoop Dogg vs. LL Cool J: The Ultimate Halo Smack Down,” (People’s Voice Award for Best Branded Entertainment)
Jim Carrey’s “Funny or Die’s Presidential Reunion,” (People’s Voice Award for Best Individual Performance in an Online Video)
Winners of Both a Webby Award and People’s Voice Award include:
2 Guys 600 Pillows
Best Use of GPS/Location Technology
Best Use of Online Media
The Johnny Cash Project
Best Use of Social Media
Old Spice Response Campaign
Best Tourism Website
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Online
Best Mobile Game
Best Celebrity/Fan Website
Best Green Website
Best Weird Website
Awkward Family Photos
Best Personal Website
What I Made
Best Web Service and Application
A list of winners in other major categories follows:
REDU (Webby Award)
Avaaz (People’s Voice Award)
Dropbox (Webby Award)
Skype (People’s Voice Award)
Best Web Personality/Host
Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifinakis (Webbys Award)
Justine Ezarik for iJustine (People’s Voice Award)
Team Coco (Webby Award and People’s Voice Award)
OpenIDEO (Webby Award)
Twitter (People’s Voice Award)
Entertainment – Tablets and Other Devices
PBS for iPad (Webby Award)
MythBusters App (People’s Voice Award)
SHFT.com (Webby Award)
Funny Or Die (Webby Award)
College Humor (People’s Voice Award)
Web Therapy (Webby Award)
Funny Or Die's Presidential Reunion - Jim Carrey as President Reagan (People’s Voice Award)
New Yorker (Webby Award)
National Geographic Magazine (People’s Voice Award)
What I Made (Webby Award)
Travel – Mobile & Applications
TripIt (Webby Award)
KAYAK Mobile for iPhone (People’s Voice Award)
Boardwalk Empire - Interactive Boardwalk (Webby Award)
Hulu (People’s Voice Award)
CNN Walk Around the World (Webby Award)
Girls Are Bad At Sound Effects (People’s Voice Award)
Rated Awesome (Webby Award)
Bed Intruder Song (People’s Voice Award)
Web Service and Application
Dropbox (Webby Award)
Awkward Family Photos (Webby Award)
Although Eminem, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and P.O.D. led the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards in nominations with six nods each, Eminem walked away the winner when the awards were handed out tonight, taking home the prize for best video, best male video, best rap video and best direction in a video.
The White Stripes followed close behind with three wins, including the coveted breakthrough video award. Michelle Branch took home the viewer's choice award.
'N Sync and Spears left Radio City empty handed, however, giving credence to rumors that the reign of bubble gum pop has indeed come to an end.
Of course, good old fashioned rock 'n' rollers never die, as industry veterans Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band proved when they kicked off the 19th annual MTV Video Music Awards outside New York City's Museum of Natural History by performing the title track from Springsteen's new album The Rising.
Inside Radio City Music Hall, things started off with a royal bang with pop princess Britney Spears--dressed in a riveted, low-cut leather corset--presenting the self-crowned King of Pop Michael Jackson with a big birthday cake (it was his 44th) and calling him "the artist of the millennium."
The pop oddity, apparently thinking he had been given an award, accepted it gracefully and thanked a handful of people, specifically illusionist David Blaine, saying, "Your magic is real and I believe in you."
"When I was a little boy in Indiana," Jackson said, "if someone had told me that one day I'd be getting the Artist of the Millennium award, I wouldn't have believed it. I can't believe it."
Well, Jacko, when something seems too good to be true, it probably is. MTV doesn't give out an artist of the millennium award--Britney was just being nice.
Jackson's "surprise" appearances at the VMAs have become almost commonplace. Last year, Jackson joined 'N Sync at the end of their performance, and seven years ago he awkwardly kissed his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley on stage.
More surprising was the appearance of former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who thanked fans for their support following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Presley was also part of this year's show, but she wasn't making out with Jackson this time. Presley and Avril Lavigne presented Pink with the award for best female video for "Get the Party Started."
Other presenters and performers at this year's VMAs included Ja Rule, Run DMC, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Usher, Busta Rhymes, Jennifer Lopez, Brandy and Kelly Osbourne, who wore a jacket with "I'm not strange, you are" printed on the back and a T-shirt that read, "My boyfriend is out of town."
Carson Daly gave a short but poignant tribute to TLC's Lisa Lopes--who died in April from injuries she sustained in a car accident--and announced the MTV Lisa Lopes AIDS scholarship, a $25,000 educational grant.
As expected, the show was not without some tense moments. Trouble started when Triumph the insult comic dog riled Eminem for calling Moby a "bald headed f**" on the Detroit rapper's single "Without Me." Moments later, Christina Aguilera presented Eminem with the award for best male video for the same song, but when irate Moby fans booed the rapper during his acceptance speech, he shot back, "I will hit a man with glasses."
The three-hour show ended with what Kurt Loder called "a historical VMA moment," Guns 'N Roses performing their 1980s hit "Welcome to the Jungle," proving--just in case Bruce didn't manage to--that ole time rock 'n' roll is here to stay.
For a complete list of winners, click here.