June 26, 2015 |
LET ME BE the first to admit that I did not expect the "Ted" sequel to address the Dred Scott decision and the issue of personhood. Ted, after all, is a talking teddy bear whose magical powers of obscene speech are meant to personify (and sometimes glorify) the stubborn adolescent who resides inside many American males. How many American males? Hard to say. But let's call it a majority (the first movie's $500-plus million box office supports this assessment). So it's with surprise that we realize that Seth MacFarlane's game in "Ted 2" is to spin Ted the other way, as a symbol of oppressed minorities - immigrants, gay couples, Caitlyn Jenner, people who go to Comic-Con, non-traditional families yearning to be free to be you and me. In "2," Ted gets hitched (to Philadelphia native Jessica Barth)
March 19, 2014 |
More jail for Chris Brown? Should we feel empathy for trouble-magnet Chris Brown or revel in his misfortune? The singer spent the weekend in a Los Angeles jail after he was kicked out of the court-ordered rehab where he was being treated "for anger management, substance abuse, and issues related to bipolar disorder," as Variety puts it. The 24-year-old Grammy winner, who may face additional penalties, including more jail time, was...
July 15, 2013 |
Friday "Two and a Half Men" announced it would be adding a sexy 21-year-old lesbian to its cast. The lesbian would be the daughter of the late Charlie Harper (formerly played by Charlie Sheen ). The show's new title: "Two Men and a Woman with a Man's Haircut. " Justin Bieber 's "Pay Attention to My Idiocy" Tour continued - TMZ.com ran footage of him peeing in a bucket in NYC, a Chicago nightclub was cited for allowing the underage Bieber in and rapper Lil Twist was arrested for speeding (and possibly weeding)
June 9, 2013
Condensed from Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson's reviews, unless noted otherwise. BEFORE MIDNIGHT . Third installment in Richard Linklater's meditation on romantic love. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are again a tour de force. (R) B+ THE INTERNSHIP . Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite, playing furloughed salesman trying to reinvent themselves at Google. No "Wedding Crashers," but there are some laughs. (PG-13) B- THE EAST . Writer-actress Brit Marling ('Another Earth')
June 2, 2013 |
IT'S TATTLE'S WEEK in Review with some items we missed or forgot about: Friday The 11,000 cougar-ish respondents of a CougarLife.com survey decided that they wanted to sink their teeth into Cole Hamels , the second most wanted baseball player behind the Mets' David Wright . Thursday Band of brothers Hanson is celebrating its 21st year as a group with its own brand of beer, Mmmhops. Profits will go to the Red Cross's Oklahoma relief fund. Wednesday Justin Bieber 's run of bad behavior continued.
May 25, 2013 |
Let's face it, Hollywood is a cruel and vicious taskmaster. Impelled to act by fans' indecent desires - or, at least, the unconscious drives they've been programmed to have by Hollywood (it's a vicious cycle!) - the Biz forces women who want to succeed to carve themselves up in dread ways physical and spiritual so they appear impossibly thin and young. And the consequences? What about the loss? The trauma? Amanda Seyfried knows. The Les Misérables and Lovelace star was forced to sacrifice her curvelicious figure on the altar of fame.
May 24, 2013 |
THIS TIME OF YEAR, the only celebrities on college campuses are there to give commencement addresses or watch their children graduate. Except for Eva Longoria . The former "Desperate Housewives" star probably made enough dough on Wisteria Lane that higher education isn't necessary for improving her earning ability, but that didn't stop her from getting a master's degree in Chicano studies from Cal State Northridge, where TMZ.com reports she...
May 24, 2013 |
Next time you go for a walk in the country, or in the park, or in your garden if you have one, watch out for the teensy-weensie folk dressed like Robin Hood, zipping through the blades of grass, whooshing this way and that on the backs of hummingbirds. Watch for the talking micro-snails and slugs, too, the jolly caterpillars and sinister Boggans with their pointy teeth and animal cowls, and the beautiful faerie princess-type - you definitely don't want to step on her. Or, you could just go see Epic , a hyperactive CG cartoon, very loosely adapted from children's book author and artist William Joyce's The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.