Rumors of Will Ferrell’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. After falling from his perch atop the comedy world with a trio of high-profile disappointments Semi Pro Land of the Lost and Step Brothers the venerable funnyman seemed destined to join the tragic ranks of fellow SNL alums Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy comic geniuses who fell prey to their own spectacular success. But he makes a triumphant return to form in The Other Guys a riotous action comedy from longtime Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay (Anchorman Talladega Nights).
Playing Allen Gamble a straightlaced NYPD detective happily confined to his desk job as a forensic accountant Ferrell dials down the goofball element that metastasized in recent years instead exhibiting a kind of earnest cluelessness more reminiscent of his character in Elf. Safely in his element crunching numbers and combing paperwork for accounting irregularities risk-averse Gamble is more than willing to concede the spotlight to the precinct’s glory-hound celebrity cops Danson and Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel Jackson) who’ve charmed the citizenry with their heroic indifference toward danger private property or common sense.
Gamble’s good-natured obliviousness earns him the disdain of his embittered cubicle mate Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) who unlike Gamble didn’t come by his desk job by choice. In a city scarred by accidental police shootings and devoted to its beloved Yankees Hoitz committed the ultimate sin clipping an unarmed Derek Jeter in the leg during a moment of panicked confusion. (“You should have shot A-Rod!” one heckler shouts.) Removed from the street indefinitely by his boss Captain Gene Mauch (a scene-stealing Michael Keaton) Hoitz is a snarling ball of impotent rage most of which he directs at Gamble. (For those of you keeping score yes Keaton’s character is named after the former baseball manager.)
This being a buddy comedy Gamble’s and Hoitz’s fates are destined to intersect. Sure enough their chance to seize the fire comes when the city’s all-star crime-stoppers Danson and Highsmith are abruptly taken out of commission in one of the most shockingly hilarious twists in recent movie history.
Wahlberg and Ferrell may not make the best cops but they’re an absolutely stellar comedic team. To their credit McKay and Other Guys screenwriter Chris Henchy know we won’t settle for just the tired bickering odd-couple scenario of buddy comedies past (see Cop Out) and they take care at several points to flip the script on the formula when Gamble and Hoitz hit the streets together giving Wahlberg as many opportunities to flex his comedic muscles as Ferrell. It’s a bit of a gamble — the rapper-turned-actor isn’t exactly known for his range — but it pays off handsomely in the film.
Wahlberg has shown a welcome willingness to make fun of himself in recent years with his cameos on SNL and in Date Night. His performance in The Other Guys is in many ways a straight-up parody of his abrasive expletive-spewing character in The Departed a role for which he earned an Oscar nomination. (This still boggles my mind — I hope Mark is sending weekly gift baskets to both Martin Scorsese and the Academy.) The Other Guys is easily his funniest work since The Happening.
For his part McKay throws in some solidly-crafted action sequences to complement the comedy and even makes a stellar cameo as the leader of Dirty Mike and the Boys a gang of homeless men who terrorize the Priuses of New York City with their all-night orgies for which the interior of Toyota’s trendy hybrid are apparently ideal. But as a storyteller he still struggles mightily with the third act (see Step Brothers a film that all but fell off a cliff). The film loses some of its momentum in the second half mainly because it must get down to the business of resolving its nebulous plot which centers around the corrupt dealings of a hedge-fund charlatan (Steve Coogan) and some improperly filled-out scaffolding permits. But resolution issues notwithstanding The Other Guys still marks a solid upgrade over Step Brothers in the McKay-Ferrell pantheon and is arguably their best collaboration since Anchorman.
Die-hard Boston Red Sox fan Wahlberg's character is a New York cop who accidentally shoots Yankees baseball star Derek Jeter - and he admits he secretly relished the plotline, but couldn't show it.
Wahlberg says, "It was a lot of fun. It was probably one of the most difficult acting scenes, to be upset about the fact that I had to shoot Derek Jeter... My character shoots him in the leg."
But the movie star knows the scene will make him a hero in his native Boston: "We're actually screening the movie August 3rd for my youth foundation in Boston, and the Boston audience are gonna see this scene and go nuts."
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Happy post Fourth of July hangover, everyone! You’re back at work, and your hand won’t stop twitching because it’s confused as to why it doesn’t have a beer in it. I know! Times are tough. The next 4-day weekend (because none of us really did anything on Friday but still submitted time cards) comes to us in a month that’s so far away it barely exists (I think it’s September). And on last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart pointed out how Michael Steele, RNC Chairman and Radio City Rockette on the sly, is currently defending some statements he made about the war in Afghanistan at his July 5th vegan barbecue. He blamed the war on Obama, which is neither true nor even remotely rational. And so to clear things up, he spoke to Jon via satellite.
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I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be alive when the World Cup isn’t happening. John Oliver took a break from talking to soccer players in South Africa and went out to find some of racists. His search was largely unsuccessful, because there’s actually only one racist person there. But John found him, and spent a less-than-sufficient two and a half hours with him.
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And Jon talked to Denis Leary about puppeteering, and why Derek Jeter is in an ad for Rescue Me.
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Poor Stephen Colbert was incredibly under the weather yesterday, but that didn’t stop him from doing his show. He is a dedicated soul, unafraid of and resistant to the same diseases that make us civilians start writing our wills and figuring out ways to prevent our little sisters from stealing our apartments upon our certain deaths. But all Colbert needs are some bunny slippers, and he’s good to go.
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And Stephen talked to us about how it was reported last week that 125,000 jobs were lost. Republicans continue to filibuster extending unemployment benefits, and the democrats are out in left field catching fireflies in glass jugs. Despite his illness, Colbert asked Paul Krugman why on earth he believes extending benefits would be a great way to create jobs, especially since he’s not sick like Colbert.
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Kelly, the daughter of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay, is rumoured to have accepted the baseball star's proposal last summer (09) and the New York Post claims the couple is planning to exchange vows at Oheka Castle in Long Island, New York later this year.
The publication cites the official event calendar at the venue, the second largest private residence in the U.S., which simply states "JETER wedding" on 5 November (10).
If the report is true, Kelly and Jeter won't be the only celebrities to wed at Oheka Castle - the lavish venue also hosted pop star Kevin Jonas' December (09) nuptials to his longtime love, Danielle Deleasa.
However, the castle's sales manager Rick Bellando has attempted to play down the rumour, insisting organisers would never draw attention to a celebrity event by using their real identity.
Bellando tells the Post, "We wouldn't use his real name if it were (true). When the Jonas brother got married here last month, we used a different name."
Representatives for Kelly and Jeter were unavailable for comment as WENN went to press.
We've trawled through the happenings and the hits, the flops and the fuss to bring you the last 12 months in quiz form.
So, as we ring in 2010, here's your chance to test the old grey matter with 30 posers about the closing year.
Best of luck...
1. Name Kate Hudson's former baseball beau.
a. Alex Rodriguez
b. Derek Jeter
c. Manny Ramirez
2. Who won the 2009 Oscar for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role?
a. Sean Penn
b. Brad Pitt
c. Mickey Rourke
3. And who won Oscar gold in the Actress in a Supporting Role category?
a. Amy Adams
b. Penelope Cruz
c. Viola Davis
4. Name the actress who won damages from U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail after the publication called her "the most irritating actress".
a. Kate Winslet
b. Dame Judi Dench
c. Kate Hudson
5. Name the Russian who gave birth to Mel Gibson's baby in October.
a. Petra Nemcova
b. Oksana Grigorieva
c. Anna Kournikova
6. How many kids does Mel Gibson now have?
7. Which actress fasted for 12 days to highlight the plight of refugees in Darfur?
a. Angelina Jolie
b. Charlize Theron
c. Mia Farrow
8. Which great Brit recovered from a late 2008 coma to start work on his 74th film role this past summer?
a. Christopher Lee
b. Lord Attenborough
c. Sir Ian McKellen
9. Which top TV actress said, "I was named after my great-grandmother. If you look it up it's Greek, but my grandmother was apparently named after an Irish Catholic saint, who had an indiscretion with the Greek god Zeus and was kicked out."
a. Vivica A. Fox
b. Penelope Cruz
c. Calista Flockhart
10. Which movie star quit acting to become a batty rapper?
a. Hugh Grant
b. Joaquin Phoenix
c. Mark Wahlberg
11. Which Irish actor became a dad for the second time this year?
a. Colin Farrell
b. Colin Firth
c. Daniel Day-Lewis
12. She played TV chef Julia Child and Fantastic Mr. Fox's wife in two 2009 films. Name the Oscar winner.
a. Nicole Kidman
b. Julia Roberts
c. Meryl Streep
13. The castmembers of which famous TV sitcom reunited for an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm?
14. Which sexy star inhabited Jennifer's Body?
a. Megan Fox
b. Eva Mendes
c. Kate Beckinsale
15. Which Charlie's Angels star died on the same day as Michael Jackson?
a. Cheryl Ladd
b. Jaclyn Smith
c. Farrah Fawcett
16. Which 2009 movie did George Clooney not appear in?
a. Fantastic Mr. Fox
b. The Men Who Stare At Goats
c. The Blind Side
17. Which funnyman had heart surgery in 2009 to replace a heart valve?
a. Robin Williams
b. Pierce Brosnan
c. Alec Baldwin
18. Which box office smash hit featured balloons, an old man and a boy scout?
c. Monsters Vs. Aliens
19. Jaime Pressly, Claire Danes, Marla Sokoloff and Anna Faris all had what in common in 2009?
a. They got married this year
b. They had a baby this year
c. They spent time in rehab
20. Which actress was unceremoniously ditched from the Twilight franchise?
a. Ashley Greene
b. Dakota Fanning
c. Rachelle Lefevre
21. And which filmmaker's daughter will replace her in Eclipse next year?
a. Bryce Dallas Howard
b. Jessica Capshaw
c. Eva Amurri
22. Which Beatle does Aaron Johnson portray in Sam Taylor-Wood's directorial debut Nowhere Boy?
a. Paul McCartney
b. Ringo Starr
c. John Lennon
23. Which British actress was left "mortified" when Esquire magazine named her the year's Sexiest Woman?
a. Kate Winslet
b. Katie Price
c. Kate Beckinsale
24. Name the director of Inglourious Basterds.
a. Steven Spielberg
b. Ron Howard
c. Quentin Tarantino
25. Which British actor played the roles of Scotty in Star Trek and an adventurous mammal in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs?
a. Hugh Laurie
b. Simon Pegg
c. Colin Firth
26. And which original Star Trek castmember was 'beamed up' for the summer sci-fi epic?
a. Leonard Nimoy
b. William Shatner
c. George Takei
27. Name the apt title of tragic movie star Patrick Swayze's memoirs.
a. The Time of My Life
b. No More Dirty Dancing
c. Next of Kin
28. Who will co-host the Oscars in March?
a. Brad Pitt and George Clooney
b. Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman
c. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin
29. Which former heavyweight boxing champion played himself in hit comedy The Hangover?
a. Muhammad Ali
b. Mike Tyson
c. Lennox Lewis
30. And, here's a real toughie to finish on... Name Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's surrogate, who carried and gave birth to the couple's twins.
a. Kim Cattrall
b. Katherine Ross
c. Michelle Ross
According to the New York Post, the Friday Night Lights star, 29, and her 35-year-old Yankee player beau - who have been dating for a year - have told close friends and family to "save the date" for their nuptials this autumn.
A source says, "Derek and Minka are secretly engaged. The wedding is being planned and will take place after baseball season is over."
But a spokesperson for the actress says, "There is no fall wedding planned to Derek Jeter."
Latina actress Jordana Brewster married film producer Andrew Form in a romantic Caribbean ceremony on Sunday.
The Fast and the Furious beauty, 27, walked down the aisle in a Vera Wang dress at the private nuptials on Nevis Island--50 miles west of Antigua.
Brewster met Form, 38, on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2005 and announced their engagement in November.
Speaking to InStyle Weddings before the ceremony, Brewster said, "We started dating in secret--you know, hanging out in my trailer--because it would have been unprofessional otherwise.
"But every day, Andrew wore these work boots to the set, and if I was lying down in the shot or there was equipment in the way, I'd look for his shoes. It was comfortable just to know he was nearby."
Brewster's former loves include Mark Wahlberg, baseball ace Derek Jeter and Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath.
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Pop superstar Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have fuelled reports they are a couple after the actress flew to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Wednesday to be with the “SexyBack” singer.
News of a romance between the couple began circulating after the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 15 when Timberlake and Biel spent hours together at the post-show party hosted by Prince in Los Angeles.
Timberlake's ex, Cameron Diaz, was reportedly so upset by seeing her former boyfriend chatting to the Illusionist star, she confronted him about his new friendship at the party.
A Sundance source says, "Jessica has no reason to be at Sundance. She doesn't have a film to promote here, while Justin is in town talking about his new film Black Snake Moan. She's obviously here for him.
Biel, who regularly competes with Diaz in polls to find the world's sexiest actress, had been dating New York Yankees baseball star Derek Jeter. The couple vacationed together in Puerto Rico over Christmas.
Jeter is now being romantically linked to another actress, Gabrielle Union, after he was spotted dancing with her in the Bahamas last weekend.
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Blade: Trinity actress Jessica Biel is reportedly dating baseball star Derek Jeter after the pair were spotted in a Los Angeles club.
The 24-year-old beauty spent the evening with Jeter at Hyde, a favorite haunt of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, and they were seen leaving together, according to the New York Post.
Halfway through the night, Biel visited the restroom and a gaggle of girls approached the New York Yankees shortstop, but he immediately dismissed them, suggesting he only has eyes for Biel.
Jeter is no stranger to famous females--he has previously been romantically linked to Mariah Carey, Scarlett Johansson and MTV presenter Vanessa Minnillo.
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