Bringing “The Heat,” Courtesy of Two Funny Ladies

theheatusTwo cops working together to take down bad guys on the streets of a big city. This plot sounds pretty familiar, right? That’s because it’s been done numerous times, from Lethal Weapon to Bad Boys, Rush Hour, The Other Guys, and 21 Jump Street, to name a few. This summer’s The Heat follows the same formula, with one major difference: the cops are both women. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy star in this hilarious summer sizzler about Sarah Ashburn (Bullock), an FBI Special Agent, sent on assignment from New York to Boston to imprison a devious drug lord. Upon her arrival, she quickly discovers that she can’t shrug off Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), one of Boston’s most notorious detectives, from the case and the two must figure out how to work together to accomplish their mission. the-heat-scorches-white-house-down--heres-your-box-office-roundupThey are both very effective at their jobs, albeit with very different techniques. Ashburn is methodical and follows the rules, professionally and personally. As a straight-laced, tough cop, she’s extremely confident in her capabilities, often to the disdain of her coworkers. Mullins is the opposite. Continue reading

It’s The Great Gatsby, Old Sport!

GG movie posterThe first thing you need to know about Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is that it’s Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Gatsby is Luhrmann’s fifth film, preceded by 1992’s Strictly Ballroom, 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, 2001’s Moulin Rouge!, and 2008’s Australia. Luhrmann doesn’t shy away from his signature style in this film, even though it’s based on a novel that has been read by millions and was written by one of the most respected American authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald. This runs the risk of alienating some viewers, especially those who are particularly fond of the original novel, published in 1925. moulin rougeLuhrmann’s unique style covers every aspect of a film, from camera angles, to plot devices, to soundtracks. One of the most significant aspects of a Luhrmann film is the juxtaposition of old and new. romeo and julietRomeo + Juliet is set in present day, but retains Shakespeare’s original dialogue. Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby take place in 1899 and 1922 respectively, but contain contemporary music. Continue reading

Happy Endings: The Funniest Show You Aren’t Watching

reg_1024.happy.cm.102312_copyIn case you hadn’t noticed, a show about a group of six friends living in the city is currently on TV and is one of the funniest shows around. No, I’m not talking about Friends, but in fact ABC’s hilarious sitcom Happy Endings, which is currently in its third season. The show takes place in Chicago and centers around Penny Hartz (Casey Wilson, Saturday Night Live), Brad Williams (Damon Wayans, Jr., the son of the guy from My Wife and Kids), Max Blum (Adam Pally), Dave Rose (Zachary Knighton, an episode of SVU), and Jane Kirkovich (Eliza Coupe) and her younger sister Alex (Elisha Cuthbert, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR). While this show has a similar concept to Friends, it’s different in many ways. Continue reading

The Justin Timberlake Experience

Justin Timberlake’s third post-’N Sync album, The 20/20 Experience, was released last Tuesday and is expected to have a massive first week, with US sales predictions ranging from 950,000 to even 1 million copies. Justin-Timberlake-900-600Seven years after the release of his last album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, and eleven years since Justified, the world is clearly ready for some more tunes from JT.

But will people like Justin’s new album and new sound? This is his least radio-friendly album, which may or may not be a bad thing, depending on what you’re looking for. FutureSex/LoveSounds had huge success in both album sales and radio/single sales. It has sold 4.4 million copies in the US alone, with first week sales of 648,000, and produced six singles, three of which reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (“SexyBack”, “My Love”, “What Goes Around… Comes Around”). front_coverSome artists have great success with radio, but fail to match their album sales to their single sales. Continue reading

The Saga of Girls

Season 2 of HBO’s Girls concluded Sunday night after ten crazy, random, intriguing, destructive, bewildering, and Imagesometimes comical episodes (it is a comedy after all) about four girls living in New York City. (SPOILERS AHEAD!) The season began with Hannah begrudgingly helping Adam with his broken leg and ended with Adam gallantly rescuing Hannah in her time of need. It began with Marnie hooking up with Hannah’s gay ex-boyfriend and ended with her officially getting back together with Charlie. It began with Jessa returning from her honeymoon and ended with… Continue reading

PaleyFest 2013

The highlight of the past week (besides SXSW) was… PaleyFest 2013! PaleyFest, founded in 1984, is a public program that showcases television shows at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. It is an opportunity for a show’s cast and creative team to come together and discuss their show in front of an audience. ImageLasting about an hour, the program is moderated by someone in the TV business and concludes with an audience Q & A. Basically, it’s a great way to get the inside scoop on your favorite TV shows and hear the cast talk about their characters and plotlines. Continue reading

Getting things started: SNL, Girls, etc.

So this is my first post! To celebrate, let’s jump right in.

This week’s Saturday Night Live was hosted by Justin Timberlake, and as expected, was very good. The cold open featured JT impersonating Elton John singing about Hugo Chavez. Of course, Fred Armisen’s Venezuelan personality was my favorite part, as it reminded me of his portrayal of Raul in the season 2 episode “Sister City” of Parks and Recreation. Continue reading