If you’re feeling flummoxed by the mess of half-food/half-animal supporting characters that populate the charming animated sequel ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,’ it’s fully understandable – the “foodimals” (including hip-potato-muses, watermelo-phants, chee-spiders, and sush-eep) were not present in the first film. Instead of aping the original film, co-directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn have made ‘Cloudy 2’ their own (delicious) beast, riffing on the first feature and evolving things in a most unexpected manner.
Following presentations for Disney-Pixar properties 'The Good Dinosaur,' the upcoming 'Monster's University' short film, 'Party Central,' and 'Finding Dory,' this year's D23 Expo brought out director Peter Doctor and producer Jonas Riviera to introduce their upcoming project, 'Inside Out.'
The most interesting thing about 'The To Do List' is the fact that Aubrey Plaza isn't a very good actress. No, I shouldn't say that - she isn't what we expect. Truthfully, I don't know if there is another performer quite like her on the scene. She is sardonic and snide, but then incredibly vulnerable. Neither this nor that. She is, dare I say it, something of an individual. More strikingly, she is, at times during 'The To Do List,' among the more accurate portrayals of young womanhood in mainstream American cinema.
This may make 'The To Do List' sound like some sort of heavy film, but believe me, it isn't. It's business model is to do for 'American Pie' what 'Bridesmaids' did for 'The Hangover.' It is meant to be a lewd, but still charming exploration of first sexual encounters from a woman's point of view. "Sex is a big deal, but it's also no big deal," is the surprisingly lucid thesis at the heart of this movie. And, in line with that contradiction, 'The To Do List' is a good movie, but it's also not a good movie.
After leaving Swallow Falls in the first movie, Flint and the gang must return after learning it's overrun by sentient food beasties.
We've been tepidly curious of HBO's forthcoming original movie 'Clear History,' which to date has only shown us a brief teaser and photos of stars Jon Hamm ('Mad Men') and an unrecognizable Larry David ('Seinfeld'), but now the full trailer has shown us the light. In addition to an army of celebrity guests, the full 'Clear History' trailer has Larry David back on HBO at his 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' finest.
It'll be a good long while before 'SNL' takes to Studio 6H again this fall, its first season in years without veteran player Bill Hader. And while not every episode from the past season landed, particularly Justin Bieber's double-duty hosting gig, one "train wreck" of a sketch never made it through the dress rehearsal phase, and almost seriously injured Bieber in the process.