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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Composer Hans Zimmer and director Marc Webb have formed a supergroup to help them score The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Pharrell Williams recently revealed he is working with Zimmer on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and now it has been revealed that Johnny Marr, Michael Einziger and Dave Stewart will help create music for the film.
A statement from Zimmer, reads, "Marc and I were talking about Spider-Man, and, as the word got out, so many of our friends and musicians started calling us up, wanting to be a part of it, because they love Spider-Man.
"With all of these hugely talented people wanting to join us, it was Marc who said, 'Why not start a band?' Marc and I have had a great start jamming with everybody, and we still have a few surprises up our sleeve."
Zimmer previously teamed up with Williams for the Man of Steel blockbuster, while former The Smiths star Marr was among the musicians Zimmer collaborated with on the soundtrack for Inception.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, is set to hit theatres in 2014.
Patrick Hoffmann/WENNA virtual unknown less than six months ago, 16-year-old New Zealander Lorde is now sitting pretty on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with a minimal slice of chillwave pop which is poles apart from the bombastic productions of its immediate predecessors, Katy Perry's "Roar" and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." Following in the footsteps of Baauer's "Harlem Shake," Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" and fun.'s "We Are Young," it’s another welcome shot in the arm for a singles chart which had been dominated by the same small array of pop, hip-hop and R&B superstars for the best part of a decade. Here's a look at five other chart-toppers which didn't exactly scream number one at the time of their release.The Singing Nun – "Dominique"Recently featured in American Horror Story: Asylum, "Dominique" saw Belgian nun Jeanine Deckers make the highly unlikely transition from the convent to the top of the Hot 100 with this French-language folk ballad just two months before The Beatles kick-started the first British Invasion.Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots – "Disco Duck"One of the '70s' ultimate one-hit wonders, Memphis DJ Rick Dees somehow managed to sell six million copies of a novelty disco song largely performed by a Donald Duck impressionist.Donna Summer – "MacArthur Park"The Queen of Disco failed to reach the top spot with the iconic dancefloor classics "I Feel Love" and "Love To Love You Baby" but rather perversely did manage to achieve such a feat with a cover of Jimmy Webb's nonsensical tale of a cake being left out in the rain, first recorded by stentorian actor Richard Harris.Lonestar – "Amazed"Despite the fact that the sounds of Nashville hadn't topped the charts since Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers' "Islands In The Stream" seventeen years previously, Lonestar's wedding favorite "Amazed" unexpectedly managed a two-week stint at the top in 2000. Another twelve years would pass before another country song (Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which only barely qualifies as country) reached pole position.MIMS – "This Is Why I'm Hot"Possibly one of the most minimalist US number one singles, "This Is Why I'm Hot" possessed plenty of swagger but little else as MIMS tediously repeated its title over a generic hip-hop beat and monotonous synth loop.Follow @Hollywood_com
The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb has been left heartbroken after learning a park bench that played a pivotal role in his moviemaking debut is no longer available for film fans to sit on and look out over Los Angeles. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sat on the bench in Downtown L.A. park Angels Knoll during their awkward courtship in Webb's cult romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer, and ever since that film's release in 2009, fans have flocked to take a seat and admire the view.
But, due to city cuts, the park has now been closed off to the public and there are plans to remove the bench altogether, according to local reports.
Webb tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I don't know enough about civic agencies, and God knows budgets are difficult things to manage, but, let's be honest, maybe there are better things to spend money on (than park benches).
"But, you know what? I'll miss my park bench."
British soap stars Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden have separated after a four-year engagement. The actors, who appear in Emmerdale together, became engaged in 2009 and are parents to a three-year-old son, Buster, who was born in 2010.
An Emmerdale spokesperson has confirmed the split, but insisted the co-stars remain on amicable terms, saying, "Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden have today confirmed that they have separated. They will remain friends and are focusing on their little boy."
The stars play Debbie Dingle and David Metcalfe in the long-running U.K. soap opera.
Country act Florida Georgia Line have set a new record on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in America for the longest run at number one. The duo's Cruise has just landed a 22nd week at the top of the countdown - one more than hits by country icons Webb Pierce, Hank Snow and Eddy Arnold.
Cruise first hit the top spot in December (12) and has shifted a staggering 5.4 million downloads, becoming the third bestselling country digital track ever, behind Lady Antebellum's Need You Now and Taylor Swift's Love Story.
Glee fans came together to mourn the show's late star Cory Monteith during an unofficial convention in the U.K. over the weekend (13-14Jul13). Devotees travelled from across the country to attend the three-day event, which was held just outside of London, but the convention was marred by the shocking news of Monteith's death on Saturday (13Jul13).
The event, which featured appearances from castmembers including Curt Mega, Riker Lynch and Dominic Barnes, became a memorial for Monteith as tearful fans celebrated his life and work.
Convention-goer Chloe-Louise Bond, 22, tells the Associated Press, "We all woke up to hear the story, and no one really wanted to believe it was true. Walking into the main room (at the convention), you could just feel the tragedy in the air, absolute strangers became a family right in that moment. Everyone was crying and hugging and just trying to get over the shock."
Devotees were seen hugging, weeping and singing songs from the show, and the actors shared their memories of working with the late star during a panel discussion.
Curt Mega, who played Dalton Academy student Nick, told the audience about his time on the Glee Live! Tour, revealing Monteith wanted to shun the offer of first class travel in favour of riding with the less famous castmembers on the tour bus, saying, "All the main cast would fly on a jet everywhere they went and we were like, on a bus... He (Monteith) came over one night and was like 'I heard your bus is super cool and I want to check it out'. He was like, 'Dang! I don't wanna be on a plane any more, I wanna crash with you guys'."
The talk ended with a minute's silence held in honour of Monteith, followed by a group hug.
Fans in Canada have also been memorialising the actor by leaving floral tributes and messages of condolence outside the hotel in Vancouver, where his body was found on Saturday, while Monteith's representatives have urged devotees to show their sadness by making a donation to a charity he helped launch last year (12).
Donations can be made to the Project Limelight Society, an organisation which offers free performing arts classes for children from Vancouver. Monteith launched the charity with his former acting teacher, Maureen Webb, who was one of the last people to see the star before his death as they enjoyed dinner together on Thursday (11Jul13).
Former 90210 star Dustin Milligan and members of Cory Monteith's band Bonnie Dune gathered at the late actor's Hollywood home on Saturday night (13Jul13) to stage a wake for their tragic pal. Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver, Canada hotel room earlier in the day and his Hollywood pals halted weekend party plans to mourn the star.
The sombre get together took place at the Hollywood Boulevard home Monteith shared with his pals until he moved out earlier this summer (13), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It has now emerged that one of the last people the Canadian actor had spent time with before his death was a former acting teacher, called Maureen Webb, who joined the Glee star for dinner on Thursday (11Jul13). Monteith helped his old pal launch Project Limelight, a non-profit aid organisation, last year (12).
Tributes continue to pour in for the tragic actor, who battled substance abuse and entered rehab in a bid to tackle his demons earlier this year (13) - Selena Gomez added to the list of celebrities offering up their thoughts about Monteith's death when she posted a photo of herself hugging the actor on the red carpet at the Kids' Choice Awards in 2011, and wrote: "This hurts. I love you Cory. Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
"Hold me close, young Tony Danza." Phoebe from Friends is not the only one to mess up song lyrics (or make them better, in our humble opinion). We've all crooned out some variation of "I blow bubbles when you are not here" while singing along to Macy Gray's hit "I Try." Then there are the folks who claim to be "feelin' so fly like a cheese stick." And who in the world is Jimi Hendrix talking about kissing in "Purple Haze"?
To set the record straight, Spotify has released a playlist of the 10 most misquoted song lyrics. Check out the full rundown of the correct lyrics and the strange words that people think they hear — the comparisons are unsurprisingly hilarious.
But sometimes bizarre lyrics aren't misquotes at all. We've compiled a list of ten correct song lyrics that are so strange that they sound wrong:
1. Third Eye Blind, "Semi-Charmed Kind of Life""The sky it was gold, it was rose / I was taking sips of it through my nose""Smiling in the pictures you would take / Doing crystal meth / Will lift you up until you break"
2. Tyler the Creator, "Yonkers""And stab Bruno Mars in his goddamn esophagus""Threesomes with a fucking triceratops, Reptar""So how about I start a team of leaders / And pick up Stevie Wonder to be the wide receiver?"
3. Donovan, "There Is A Mountain""First there is a mountain / Then there is no mountain / Then there is"
4. The Beatles, "I Am The Walrus"The entire song. But if you insist on examples, here are some higlights:
"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together / See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly / I'm crying.""Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come / Corporation tee-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday / Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.""I am the eggman, they are the eggmen / I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob.""Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye."Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess""Expert textpert choking smokers"
Okay, that's more than enough...
5. Elton John, "Solar Prestige A Gammon""Solar prestige a gammon / Kool kar kyrie kay salmon / Hair ring molasses abounding / Common lap kitch sadin poor floundin"
6. Steve Miller Band, "The Joker""Some people call me Maurice / Cause I speak of the pompitous of love"
7. Johnny Cash, "Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart"“And now you say you’ve got me out of your conscience / I’ve been flushed from the bathroom of your heart”
8. Jimmy Webb, "MacArthur Park""Someone left the cake out in the rain / I don't think that I can take it 'cause it took so long to bake it / And I'll never have that recipe again… Oh no."
9. They Might Be Giants, "Birdhouse in Your Soul"I'm your only friend / I'm not your only friend / But I'm a little glowing friend / But really I'm not actually your friend / But I am
10. Britney Spears, "Ooh La La""So baby come with me and be my ooh la la"
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Australian singer Dannii Minogue has stepped down from her role at the fashion brand she set up. The star has confirmed she will no have any involvement with her Project D fashion company, just weeks after she ended her business partnership with the label's co-founder, Tabitha Somerset Webb.
Minogue previously insisted she would be "considering a number of options for the Project D brand moving forward", but she has now decided to walk away from the company she helped create.
She says in a statement, "In March 2010 I teamed up with Tabitha Somerset Webb to launch the fashion label Project D. Over the past three years we have launched a clothing line, a fragrance and a watch collection. I have now decided to step down from the brand and will no longer be associated with Project D London moving forward.
"I have loved being a part of PDL and am proud of what we have achieved. I wish Tabitha all the best with her business and would like to thank every person who supported us in this project."