Showing posts with label Julia Roberts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Julia Roberts. Show all posts

Thursday, May 25, 2017

NBC Celebrates Red Nose Day All Night Long

NBC Red Nose Day TV Special
Some of the stars featured during the Red Nose Day Special. (NBC)


If you walked into a Walgreens store in the last month or so, you already know that Red Nose Day is an annual campaign that uses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty. NBC will be celebrating the occasion for the third year in a row with a night all planned out with specials related to the cause including a Celebrity American Ninja Warrior, a Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Julia Roberts and a Red Nose Day Special hosted by Chris Hardwick. The three shows will be seamlessly tied together in celebration of Red Nose Day, with calls to action to donate through each of the three programs.

“Red Nose Day’s effort to lift children out of poverty is centered around heart and humanity, and we’re excited to create a night of programming that reflects this. said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “We are thrilled to have Chris' wit and compassion championing the evening as our host for The Red Nose Day Special."

Throughout the night viewers will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference for kids in need here in the U.S. and around the world. This is the first time the night of programming for Red Nose Day has included special editions of existing NBC shows. Here is tonight’s schedule:

Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day
Derek Hough (NBC)
Because Dancing with the Stars is for amateurs, American Ninja Warrior offers up an all-star celebrity edition special where nine celebrities will go through the actual course for charity. Hosted as always by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila along with Kristine Leahy, the celebrity ninjas include Stephen Amell from the CW’s Arrow, Erika Christensen from NBC’s Parenthood, Jeff Dey from NBC’s Better Late Than Never, two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, Nikki Glaser from Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, Derek Hough from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and NBC’s World of Dance, Natalie Morales from NBC’s Today, former New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and Mena Suvari from American Woman.

Each celebrity will be advised by favorite "ninjas" including Kevin Bull, Kacy Catanzaro, Drew Drechsel, Natalie Duran, Daniel Gil, Jessie Graff, Grant McCartney, Meagan Martin and Flip Rodriguez.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It's Hard to Blend In When You're Meant to Stand Out - Video of the Day


New trailer for Wonder which is destined to be the next tear-jerking, feel-good movie of the year. "It's hard to blend in when you're meant to stand out."

Monday, May 2, 2016

'Mothers Day' Deserves a Better Script

Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston (Open Road Films)


Mother’s Day is the latest holiday-themed story compilation movies (Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Day) from director Garry Marshall. The star-studded movie focuses on the lives of four different mothers and each of their individual stories which are loosely held together with the help of Miranda (Julia Roberts) who is a home shopping channel host for HSN. In this film, everybody knows who she is and are constantly watching her show.

Jennifer Aniston plays Sandy, the divorced mom who is reeling when she learns that her ex-husband (Timothy Olyphant) has taken a new bride (Shay Mitchell) who is much younger than she is.

Jennifer Garner plays the mother who isn’t there as she died while serving her country in the military. She is only shown in a brief flashback. Her widower husband Bradley (Jason Sudeikis), who also served in the military, is still mourning her death even a year later.

Margo Martindale plays Flo, the estranged mother of Jesse (Kate Hudson) and Gabi (Sarah Chalke). Both daughters have married without telling their parents. Jesse is married to Russell (Asif Mandvi), an East Indian man and Gabi is married to Max (Cameron Esposito) who is a woman.

Then there is Kristin (Britt Robertson) who despite living with her boyfriend Zack (Jack Whitehall) for over four years and having a child together, has cold feet when it comes to marriage. She is still struggling with that fact that she doesn’t know who her birth mother is.

Though the film has a great cast and some nice ideas, overall, the movie is quite dull and contrived with tired jokes. In some cases, the filmmakers decided that the audiences will be too dumb to understand the jokes as is and proceeds to spoon-feed the punchlines.

Some situations in the film don’t even make sense. For instance, Bradley has a number of female friends asking what he and his daughters are doing for Mother’s Day. This seems really odd since his wife is dead.

There really is only one reason to see Mother’s Day and that is to see Jennifer Aniston whose comedic performance is so natural and believable, that she elevates every scene that she’s in. Roberts is especially good as well even under that awful short-and-sassy wig.

Overall though, Mother’s Day isn’t as clever as it thinks it is and isn’t as funny as it should be. The cast is giving it their all with a script that doesn’t support them. The sad thing about Mother’s Day is that you can see that it could have been a lot better film. Still, it is pretty fun watching Aniston fight with her car’s seatbelt

Friday, March 30, 2012

You Don't Need a Magic Mirror to Tell You That This Movie is Good

Julia Roberts and Lily Collins star in Relativity Media´s 
Mirror Mirror. Photo Credit: Jan Thijs.

One of the unique things about Grimm fairy tales is that over the years, there are dozens of different versions of the same story. Most of us have been raised on the Disney cartoon “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and in many minds; it is the only “correct” version of the story. However, if you can tear yourself away from that theory, you are bound to enjoy the new re-telling of the story, “Mirror, Mirror.” It follows the basic story line of Snow White losing her father at a young age and being raised by her evil stepmother. It also features seven dwarfs, a prince, a magic mirror and a poisoned apple, but each is told in a different way. Oh, and there is a mysterious and deadly beast in the forest.

The movie opens with the beautiful, yet evil, queen (Julia Roberts) telling the story of Snow White from her own point of view. Ms. Roberts is wonderful in this role and you can truly see that she enjoyed every minute of playing the part. She is incredibly condescending and cruel. Lily Collins (The Blind Side), still fairly unknown, was also an inspired choice. (In fact, according to IMDB, Lily was originally slated to play the role in the “Snow White and the Huntsman,” but lost the role to Kristen Stewart.) Her character is full of dreams but is also quite frail since her stepmother isn’t capable of loving her. She also hasn’t left the palace since her father was alive.

Soon, we meet Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is attacked by a band of bandits – seven dwarfs. This is an interesting twist to the story. Instead of diamond-seeking miners, the dwarfs are considered outcasts because of their “ugliness.” In order to survive, they must steal from others. The prince manages to find his way to the castle, in his underwear, to ask for help. The queen, who has just learned that she is bankrupted, plans to marry the prince and live off his money. And why not? She’s done that five times before. “No matter how many times I do it, I still get so excited on my wedding day,” she chirps in one scene.

Meanwhile, Snow is taken away from the palace and left to die, but discovers the home of the dwarfs where they take pity on her and teach her their ninja-like moves.

Rounding out the cast is Nathan Lane as Brighton, the queen’s right hand man, Mare Winningham as Baker Margeret and a “paler” version of Julia Roberts plays the magic mirror.

“Mirror” is a movie that they whole family can see. It is rated PG for some cartoon-type violence, but that is it. It isn’t too scary for little ones and isn’t too slap-sticky for their parents. It isn’t a musical, but it does have a Bollywood ending during the credits where Collins sings, “I Believe in Love.” This isn’t surprising coming from the daughter of Phil Collins.

“Mirror” has a few nice messages in it. For one, magic takes a backseat. It is frowned upon while working through something the hard way is applauded. It also can be used as a lesson that there are consequences to your actions; even if you are the queen. Feminists will be happy to see that Snow White isn’t completely helpless and learns how to fight like a man. Anti-feminists will be happy to see that Snow doesn’t rescue the prince, but that they both save each other.

“Mirror” is colorful and beautiful to look at and is sure to become a classic. Even an evil queen would approve. The most surprising thing about this movie is who wrote it. Jason Keller, known for writing the screenplay for “Machine Gun Preacher” also wrote the script to this one!