DID JOE EFFECTIVELY COOK FRANK’S GOOSE? OR DID THURSDAY NIGHT’S BIG BROTHER PROVE THAT ONE COOK IS TOO MUCH FOR BIG BROTHER’S KITCHEN? AND HOW MANY COOKS DOES IT TAKE TO SCREW IN A HUNDRED FOOD PUNS?
ALSO, WHY AM I WRITING IN CAPS LOCK? TURNS OUT JOE’S VOICE IMMODULATION IS CONTAGIOUS, FOLKS. SO I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SCREAM LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS AT A VOLUME HIGH ENOUGH TO REACH ASHLEY’S HEAD: NO ONE WAS EVICTED FROM THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE.
Wait, no one? That's right — in a twist only M. Night or Big Brother could deliver, this season's game has been reset in order to allow the coaches in the game. Of course, it’s a twist that’s more Unbreakable than The Happening. (The trees did it? Wait, what no?) After all, we knew from the second CBS announced alums would be returning to the house that the familiar faces would eventually get their chance at the $250,000. And the timing couldn’t be better for Big Brother’s producers — the relatively underwhelming Season 14 was in need of a reset more than an iPhone 2. Especially when a strong player like Frank was one bare foot out the door. And especially when our new players’ star-gazing started to wear thin.
Because though Big Brother is trying as hard as a Frank blink to keep intriguing players in the game, it’s also pushing to create non-Willie drama that would kick life in the game like it’s Ian’s head. But, as it turns out, Big Brother might not even need twists to create house tension. So far, in the course of one single episode:
1. We saw that the game of telephone is fun for ages 2 to stupid: How much fun was it to watch Ian’s damaging comment to Britney — about whether Shane would go on the block in the future — transform from “Not in the foreseeable future,” to “Not a foreseeable option,” to “Not a foreseeable plan,” to “Not a foreseeable banana”? We also found out that Frank told Janelle, who told Ian, who told Joe, who told Dan, who told Jenn that America told Shane to get his receding hairline in order. Oh wait, that was true. Also: Who’s Jenn?
2. We learned that houseguests can’t lego of their egos: Granted, expecting a Big Brother houseguest to not have an ego is like expecting Chenbot to not one day open her mouth to reveal a tiny alien named Jabieko operating her body for a intergalactic apocalyptic mission with the code name, “B.U.T.F.I.R.S.T.” But Wig not being able to tame his temper over the fact that Janelle claimed to save him from eviction — which, if we can remember from the coach’s challenge, she did — is disappointing. As is Janelle’s inability to admit that she may have made a social gameplay error by uttering the words. As terrible a move as Chenbot’s Wilma Flintstone necklace.
3. Our coaches are not quite the apple of their players’ eyes: Wig and Janelle’s fall-out ended in fake tears — and Wig seeing right through his coach’s theatrics: “Act One, Scene Two. Insert waterworks.” (Don’t we wish it was “Insert Waterworld, because that would be an endurance challenge.) And it’s easy to imagine Dan’s relationship with the foundation bottle that replaced Danielle will wane after he (rightfully) warned his player to not tie her decisions to high school crush Shane: “I command you to stop liking him … You’re not going to date when you get out of here. He’s not your husband.” But she’s not going to be ignored, Dan!
All which leads to: Put the coaches in, Big Brother: They’re ready to play, today. Well, all except Boogie, who shockingly voted not reset the game and remain a coach. That hesitance, however, can only work in Frank’s favor — with a less-than-driven Boogie still on his side, not eager to take over the game, and a possible partnership with Dan (who, like in this season, was overlooked until he rightly won Season 10), Frank could reel in support from the likes of Ian, Jenn, Danielle, and even a Janelle-feuding Wig. Add in the fact that the stoic player lacks any iota of ego (even with a famous father like Sid Vicious), and we’ve got a contestant with all the hair of Hayden, but triple the potential. That is, if the returning players don’t all band together to obliterate the new players, Season 13-style.
Of course, everything depends on who locks in a win during Thursday night’s Head of Household competition, which looked a little like that Disneyworld ride that your father agrees to participate in before realizing how miserable he will be while immature youth of the world look on in glee. My money (and my hopes) is on Ian — the game is dying for an unassuming HoH to mix things up again. Make it happen, Ian. Don’t make me kick myself in the head.
Fellow Big Brother fans, were you surprised with the twist? (No, you weren’t.) Who will win HoH? Will Janelle and Wig repair their relationship? Which judge will make it furthest in the game? ARE YOU TOO SUFFERING FROM VOICE IMMODULATION? (Or at least investing in earplugs?) How did Ian become victim of a yellow unitard? Do you, like me, wish Dan would take off his vaguely racist headgear so we can return to liking him best? Do we think Ashley has ever watched Jeopardy, seriously? Is Willie Hantz feeling stupid for thinking he had the most famous celebrity relative in the house? Will Danielle boil a bunny (or, at least, Shane’s pink tank top) after learning he doesn’t want a showmance? And was OMC’s “How Bizarre” written about Shane’s hairline?
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You’d be forgiven for assuming Big Miracle the new film from Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) to be a made-for-TV movie. Its feel-good fervor and human-interest subject matter – the true tale of three whales trapped beneath the ice off the coast of Alaska in 1988 and the rescue efforts mounted on their behalf – certainly merit the Hallmark seal of approval and its ensemble cast is littered with small-screen stars. But it opens this week not on the Discovery Channel or Lifetime but theaters – a few thousand of them in fact. Perhaps that’s the “miracle” of which the title speaks.
John Krasinski taking care not to stray too far from his Office persona stars as Adam Carlson a Barrow Alaska TV newsman dreaming of the big time when a local boy (Ahmaogak Sweeney) arrives with a story that just might get him there: On the eve of their annual migration a trio of grey whales have become marooned under the Arctic Circle’s fast-forming ice sheet. Incapable of making the four-mile trek to open seas without running out of air they cling to a shrinking hole in the ice their only source of oxygen as time slowly runs out.
No sooner has Adam filed his first report than Barrow is inundated with reporters turning the plight of the whales into a media cause célèbre. A broad-based coalition is formed to free Fred Wilma and Bamm-Bamm as they come to be nicknamed bringing together such strange bedfellows as a headstrong environmental activist (Drew Barrymore) a scheming oil magnate (Ted Danson) a White House political operative (Vinessa Shaw) a native Alaskan tribe and the Soviet navy.
Big Miracle is conceived as an inspirational family film and as such there is the usual array of heart-tugging scenes but there’s also an odd strain of cynicism that permeates it. Hardly a soul in the film save perhaps for Barrymore’s character embraces the whales’ cause with what might be deemed altruistic intentions. Krasinski’s anchor eyes the crisis as an opportunity to advance his career as does a rival reporter played by Kristen Bell who arrives on the scene shortly thereafter. Danson’s oilman is seeking a public-relations boost while Shaw’s politico hopes to burnish the eco-friendly credentials of George H.W. Bush in advance of his presidential run. Even Krasinski’s Eskimo sidekick makes a killing hawking souvenirs and accessories to visiting rubes. The whole thing ends up feeling like some kind of saccharine paean to the virtues of self-interest a Hallmark special scripted by Ayn Rand.
Big Miracle never quite rises to the level of tear-jerker despite the best efforts of Barrymore who all but channels the whales’ suffering with her histrionics. Part of the problem frankly is that grey whales aren’t the most photogenic of species. (There’s a reason why their oceanic rivals the dolphins get the bulk of the plum movie jobs.) At any rate their majesty is scarcely apparent when confined to a hole in the ice depriving Big Miracle of those endearing “Awwwww…” moments so crucial to the success of animals-in-peril films.
Still it’s hard not to feel bad for the poor creatures unsightly as they may be as their plight is gradually overshadowed in Big Miracle by the contrived human drama that ensues on their periphery. (They are in many ways surrogates for the audience.) In the end when the whales finally escape their icy prison and take leave of their human “helpers ” one longs to escape with them.
DENZEL WASHINGTON and his wife Pauletta's romance was pre-destined - she was shooting her last day on the set of 1977 film Wilma when her future husband showed up to film his first professional acting project. He says, "That was 32 years ago... I was seven."
Legendary The Flintstones animator Ed Benedict has died. He was 94.
Benedict passed away in his sleep on Aug. 28 at home in Auburn, California, his longtime friend and co-animator David K. Sheldon has just revealed.
Sheldon says, "He was quite an interesting fellow, that's for sure. He was the main character designer for all the early Hanna-Barbera cartoons--Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw."
But Benedict was most famous for designing the main characters in The Flintstones--Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, as well as their respective wives, Wilma and Betty.
Cartoon historian Jerry Beck says, "It would not be an exaggeration to say that a large part of Hanna-Barbera's success in TV animation is owed to Benedict's incredibly appealing and fun character designs."
Before his death, Benedict requested his cremated ashes to be scattered over California's Carmel Bay.
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Property tycoon Donald Trump's son, Donald Jr., was forced to rearrange his wedding plans on Saturday due to hurricane damage.
Donald Jr., 27, and Vanessa Hayden's nuptials were supposed to take place on the front lawn of the family's Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but the ceremony moved poolside at the famous resort due to problems created by Hurricane Wilma.
A romantic candle-lighting ceremony was also scrapped due to high winds. More than 370 guests attended the lavish ceremony, including Trump Jr.'s father and his new bride Melania.
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Yabba Dabba Doo? Or, Yabba Dabba Don't?
That's the dilemma facing moviegoers this weekend, as they try to choose among "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" and two other big new releases, "Frequency" and "Where the Heart Is."
Though lacking the star power of its 1994 predecessor, "The Flintstones" (which featured John Goodman, Rosie O'Donnell, Elizabeth Taylor and Halle Berry), the prehistoric flick is the only new film aimed at kids (the other two are about dead parents and teen pregnancy, respectively), which might give it a brontosaurus-burger-sized advantage at the box office.
Here's a look at this weekend's new releases:
"Viva Rock Vegas" THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS (See the trailer) The skinny: This prequel to "The Flintstones" follows young Fred and Wilma and Barney and Betty to Rock Vegas (Get it? Get it?) for a joint wedding. As they say, hijinx ensue. The upside: The movie reveals (or, more likely, makes up) lots of new Flintstone trivia, such as Wilma's maiden name (Slaghoople). The downside: The biggest name in the cast is (dramatic pause): Joan Collins! "Frequency"
FREQUENCY (See the trailer) The skinny: Dennis Quaid plays a dead dad who communicates with his grown son (James Caviezel) from the afterlife via an old ham-radio set. Says Paul Dergarabedian of the box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations: "It may be a film that builds momentum over the coming weeks, as people tell their friends about it." The upside: It's got it all: Immortality, mystery, action, suspense and family values. The downside: Ham radios in heaven? You'd think they'd have cell phones by now.
WHERE THE HEART IS The skinny: Pregnant teen Natalie Portman gets dumped at an Oklahoma Wal-Mart by her boyfriend. The locals (including Ashley Judd) take her in. The upside: Yet another entry in the recent string of "troubled daughter/weird mother" chick flicks, minus the weird mother part. The downside: Natalie Portman's not supposed to get pregnant until the next "Star Wars" movie, when she does it with Darth Vader and gives birth to Luke Skywalker. The new entries will contend with the reigning No. 1 film, "U-571," and with several other recent box-office champs such as "Rules of Engagement" and "Erin Brockovich," all of which can be expected to remain in Top 10 contention.
"U-571 is still benefiting from good word-of-mouth, so I suspect it won't drop very much," says Dergarabedian. "It's likely to make another $13 or $14 million, so any of these openers are going to have to make more than that, in order to contend for the No. 1 spot."
However, all bets are off next weekend, when the big-budget, big-hyped "Gladiator" opens.
A fact-based drama of the childhood years of Wilma Rudolph, a Tennessee girl who overcame physical handicaps with her parents' encouragement and became a champion track sprinter, winning three gold medals in the 1960 Rome Olympics.