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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You don't arrive at the Grand Budapest Hotel without your share of Wes Anderson baggage. Odds are, if you've booked a visit to this film, you've enjoyed your past trips to the Wes Indies (I promise I'll stop this extended metaphor soon), delighting especially in Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and his most recent charmer Moonrise Kingdom. On the other hand, you could be the adventurous sort — a curious diplomat who never really got Anderson's uric-toned deadpan drudgings but can't resist browsing through the brochures of his latest European getaway. First off, neither community should worry about a bias in this review — I'm a Life Aquatic devotee, equally alienating to both sides. Second, neither community should be deterred by Andersonian expectations, be they sky high or subterranean, in planned Budapest excursions. No matter who you are, this movie will charm your dandy pants off and then some.
While GBH hangs tight to the filmmaker's recognizable style, the movie is a departure for Anderson in a number of ways. The first being plot: there is one. A doozy, too. We're accustomed to spending our Wes flicks peering into the stagnant souls of pensive man-children — or children-men (Moonrise) or fox-kits (guess) — whose journeys are confined primarily to the internal. But not long into Grand Budapest, we're on a bona fide adventure with one of the director's most attractive heroes to date: the didactic Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes mastering sympathetic comedy better than anyone could have imagined he might), who invests his heart and soul into the titular hotel, an oasis of nobility in a decaying 1930s Europe. Gustave is plucked from his sadomasochistic nirvana overseeing every cog and sprocket in the mountaintop institution and thrust into a madcap caper — reminiscent of, and not accidentally, the Hollywood comedies of the era — involving murder, framing, art theft, jailbreak, love, sex, envy, secret societies, high speed chases... believe me, I haven't given half of it away. Along the way, we rope in a courageous baker (Saoirse Ronan), a dutiful attorney (Jeff Goldblum), a hotheaded socialite (Adrien Brody) and his psychopathic henchman (Willem Dafoe), and no shortage of Anderson regulars. The director proves just as adept at the large scale as he is at the small, delivering would-be cartoon high jinks with the same tangible life that you'd find in a Billy Wilder romp or one of the better Hope/Crosby Road to movies.
Anchoring the monkey business down to a recognizable planet Earth (without sacrificing an ounce of comedy) is the throughline of Gustave's budding friendship with his lobby boy, Zero (newcomer Tony Revolori, whose performance is an unprecedented and thrilling mixture of Wes Anderson stoicism and tempered humility), the only living being who appreciates the significance of the Grand Budapest as much as Gustave does. In joining these two oddballs on their quest beyond the parameters of FDA-approved doses of zany, we appreciate it, too: the significance of holding fast to something you believe in, understand, trust, and love in a world that makes less and less sense everyday. Anderson's World War II might not be as ostensibly hard-hitting as that to which modern cinema is accustomed, but there's a chilling, somber horror story lurking beneath the surface of Grand Budapest. Behind every side-splitting laugh, cookie cutter backdrop, and otherworldly antic, there is a pulsating dread that makes it all mean something. As vivid as the worlds of Rushmore, Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise might well have been, none have had this much weight and soul.
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So it's astonishing that we're able to zip to and fro' every crevice of this haunting, misty Central Europe at top speeds, grins never waning as our hero Gustave delivers supernaturally articulate diatribes capped with physically startling profanity. So much of it is that delightfully odd, agonizingly devoted character, his unlikely camaraderie with the unflappably earnest young Zero, and his adherence to the magic that inhabits the Grand Budapest Hotel. There are few places like it on Earth, as we learn. There aren't many movies like it here either.
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Every hero needs his villain, and Bob Belcher of Bob's Burgers wouldn't be as lovable without the grimy, slimy Jimmy Pesto of Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria. He's handsome (just look at that butt-chin), smart, and his restaurant is hella classy. Poor Bob spends half his time just trying to keep up. Jimmy's pulled a lot of fast ones during his time on Bob's Burgers, and we can't help but love him for it. Here are some of the best and worst moments, brought to us by the incomparable Jimmy Pesto.
Bob was devastated when Jimmy beat his Burgerboss video score, but the nail in the coffin was the moment when Jimmy entered his name in as "BOB SUX." This was definitely Jimmy Pesto at his worst, but it also inspired one of the best episodes, in which Aziz Ansari as the voice of Darryl (AKA DRL) ultimately came through and saved the day. "Burgerboss" was nominated for a 2012 Emmy, and we think Jimmy Pesto deserves some credit for being the spark that created all that hilarious gamer drama.
When Jimmy Pesto and family won that damn minivan on the Family Fracas! game show under hella "suspicious circumstances" and got away with it, something in you probably died a little bit. But at least we still have this awesome clip of Tina saying, "Your ass is grass... and I'm gonna mow it."
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Jimmy tried to destroy Bob's business in "Burger Wars," and does the unthinkable when he starts selling... burgers?! A serious burger war ensued and Bob (once again) fought for his lease on the restaurant as Jimmy did everything in his power to outsell him. This was definitely Jimmy at his worst, but in the end he was no match for Bob's Meatsiah burger and Linda's hilarious voodoo dabblings.
"Sheesh! Cab, Bob?" was easily one of the most unforgettable episodes ever. All of the drama centered around Tina's birthday party got out of control when Bob had to get a second job as a taxi driver, and ended up meeting transsexual prostitutes Glitter, Marbles, and Cha-Cha, who reveal the single-most hilarious fact about Jimmy Pesto. As it turns out, he's got a serious diaper fetish and is well known around a little spot called Desire Dungeon, where he goes by the name of Baby Num-Nums. EPIC.
Jimmy Pesto, Jr.
The truth is that Jimmy Pesto is pretty much the worst. But if there was no Jimmy Pesto, there'd be no Jimmy Pesto Jr., and no reason for Tina to get all super awkward! And we love it when Tina gets super awkward.
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Star Trek icon George Takei has taken aim at legislators in his husband's home state of Arizona after they passed a new law effectively allowing discrimination against members of the gay community. The controversial bill, which was approved by state politicians on Thursday (20Feb14), gives business owners permission to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people based on their religious beliefs, and the law has infuriated equal rights campaigner Takei.
In an open letter posted online and addressed to Arizona lawmakers, the openly-gay 76 year old rages, "Congratulations. You are now the first state actually to pass a bill permitting businesses - even those open to the public - to refuse to provide service to LGBT people based on an individual's 'sincerely held religious belief.' This 'turn away the gay' bill enshrines discrimination into the law. Your taxi drivers can refuse to carry us. Your hotels can refuse to house us. And your restaurants can refuse to serve us."
Takei goes on to detail his own personal ties to Arizona, where his longtime partner Brad Altman hails from.
He continues, "This bill also saddens me deeply. Brad and I have strong ties to Arizona. Brad was born in Phoenix, and we vacation in Show Low. We have close friends and relatives in the state and spend weeks there annually. We even attended the Fourth of July Parade in Show Low in 2012, looking like a pair of Arizona ranchers."
However, Takei is convinced the bill won't last as the backlash from equal rights advocates across the U.S. continues to grow.
He adds, "The law is breathtaking in its scope. It gives bigotry against us gays and lesbians a powerful and unprecedented weapon. But your mean-spirited representatives and senators know this. They also know that it is going to be struck down eventually by the courts. But they passed it anyway, just to make their hateful opinion of us crystal clear."
Guests at a New York party hosted by Mariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon were left shocked when police officers raided the venue looking for a woman who had allegedly skipped out on paying her taxi cab fare. The rapper-turned-TV-personality was celebrating his second Bleu Magazine cover when cops entered STK steakhouse after receiving a call from a disgruntled driver.
He accused model Carissa Rosario of jumping out of his cab without paying him, according to the New York Daily News.
The issue was quickly cleared up after partygoers vouched for her presence at the celebration during the crime.
Kelly Osbourne and former Sugar Ray singer Mark Mcgrath have joined the cast of the Sharknado sequel. The TV movie about a freak storm that rains killer sharks on Los Angeles became a phenomenon when it debuted last year (13) and stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering have already signed on for a New York-based follow-up.
They will be joined by Osbourne, McGrath, Vivica A. Fox, Andy Dick and Judd Hirsch, according to Deadline.com.
Reports suggest McGrath will play the brother-in-law of Ziering's character Fin, while Osbourne has been cast as a flight attendant.
Returning to his TV roots in Taxi, Hirsch will portray a cab driver in Sharknado 2: The Second One.
Filming is scheduled to start later this month (Feb14) and the sequel is expected to hit TV screens this summer (14).
"They will sit and see (The Adventures of Rocky &) Bullwinkle or Meet the Fockers and I will say to them, 'You see that guy Robert De Niro, he was... the greatest living actor'... so I got Raging Bull and Taxi Driver. Now they've got the poster and now my son has got the ringtone, 'You talking to me?'" Gary Oldman is introducing his kids to De Niro's greatest films.
The Blind Side star Quinton Aaron was blindsided by police officers in Los Angeles on Thursday night (06Feb14) after they pulled his car over and discovered it wasn't registered properly. The actor was caught out in the rain on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood when traffic cops impounded his SUV because Aaron had failed to complete the registration process and the tags on his vehicle had expired.
Aaron tells TMZ.com he tried to reason with the officers, telling them he simply hadn't had the vehicle smog checked, but reveals, "They wouldn't listen."
The actor had to call for a taxi to take him home.
Pop stars One Direction have landed free taxi rides for a year after featuring a London cab firm in their latest music video. The singers were filmed dancing close to an Addison Lee car in the promo for Midnight Memories, and the company's name is even mentioned in the song's lyrics.
Bandmember Louis Tomlinson pointed it out to company bosses by addressing the point in a tweet, writing, "Surely we get some kind of Addison Lee gold card for the name drop haha !!?? (sic)"
The cab company has now responded to Tomlinson's request by offering the pop stars free taxi rides for a whole year, according to Britain's Daily Mirror.
The publication reports the company has confirmed the offer.
Actor Tony Danza appeared in court on Thursday (06Feb14) for jury duty in New York. The former Taxi star was selected to sit on a panel for a drug-sale trial in Manhattan Supreme Court, and he joked that it was nice to be on the other side of the law 30 years after he faced a judge for attacking a security guard at a New York restaurant.
He tells the New York Daily News, "I think he last time I was here was in 1984 when I was in a lot of trouble. It's a pretty ironic situation.
"I'm a big believer in our system and it does give you a bit of civic pride to come and do your duty."