'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

Look Who's Feuding This Year

Team Eva Longoria on Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)


Maybe I’m just fooling myself, but I thought that Family Feud was a lot cleaner when I was kid. Still, it’s hard to pull away once the show gets started and even tougher when you add celebrities. If you remember, last summer’s premiere episode “went there” with the very first question which is a shame since this could be a great family show. Hopefully, ABC rethinks its strategy this time around, but with guests like Amy Schumer, it doesn’t look promising. Be that as it may, Celebrity Family Feud kicks off its third season with back-to-back episodes beginning at 8:00 p.m. and instead of money for themselves, the 10-episode series features families competing against each other to win money for charity.

As always, the show is hosted once again by Steve Harvey (who is also hosting ABC’s Funderdome and NBC’s Little Big Shots: Forever Young this summer) who will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.

Here are the players announced for the first four episodes airing on June 11 and June 25:

Singer Kelly Clarkson
Playing for: The Dollywood Foundation

Alyssa Watson – Kelly’s sister
Shane Tarleton – Kelly’s friend; vice president and creative - director of Warner Music
Ashley Donovan – Kelly’s childhood friend
Tricia Farrow – Kelly’s personal assistant

Actress and Comedian Amy Shumer
Playing for: Everytown for Gun Safety

Kim Caramele – Amy’s sister; writer and producer on Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer
Kevin Kane – Amy’s friend; actor from Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer
Jason Stein – Amy’s brother; from band Locksmith Isidore
Cayce Dumont – Amy’s sister-in-law; helped write Amy’s memoir, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Australian animal conservationist Bindi Irwin
Playing for: Wildlife Warriors USA, Inc.

Terri Irwin – Bindi’s mother
Robert Irwin – Bindi’s brother
Daniel Marineau – Bindi’s cousin
Sara Marineau – Bindi’s cousin

Actress Chrissy Metz
Playing for: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Denise Hodge – Chrissy’s mother
Monica Watson – Chrissy’s sister
Morgana Witt – Chrissy’s sister
Abigail Hodge – Chrissy’s sister

Actress Eva Longoria
Playing for: Padres Contra El Cancer

Amaury Nolasco – Actor known for Prison Break, Transformers and 2 Fast 2 Furious
Ana Ortiz – Actress known for Ugly Betty, Devious Maids and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Justina Machado – Actress known for One Day at a Time and Jane the Virgin
Wilmer Valderrama – Actor known for That ‘70s Show, NCIS and Charming

Actor and Comedian George Lopez
Playing for: George Lopez Foundation

Constance Marie – Known for her roles on George Lopez, Selena and Switched at Birth
Ray Diaz – Model and actor on George Lopez, East Los High
Oscar De La Hoya – Olympic gold medal-winning boxer
Mayan Lopez – George’s daughter

International Model Ashley Graham
Playing for: World Vision

Linda Graham – Ashley’s mother
Abigail Ralston – Ashley’s sister
Kia Ervin – Ashley’s sister-in-law
Kathryn Ervin – Ashley’s mother-in-law

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown
Playing for: The Motion Picture and Television Fund

D.C. – Yvette’s brother
Rachelle Jones – Yvette’s cousin
Stacey Bryant – Yvette’s cousin
Sharon Etheridge – Yvette’s cousin


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