So You Want To Be Free?
Madagascar, the animated feature released last Friday has some pretty big names providing the character voices. Marty the zebra is played by Chris Rock, Gloria the hippo is Jada Pinkett Smith, Alex the lion is Ben Stiller, while Melman the giraffe is David Schwimmer. Cedric the Entertainer also holds a hysterical role as a lemur (a sort-of squirrel looking animal). Many critics boasted that the penguins steal the show, but the true show-stopper is king Julien played by Sacha Baron Cohen, better known for his alter ego character on HBO, Ali G. Unlike movies like Shrek 2, that were made with children and parents in mind, Madagascar plays more to the children and loses its adult audience several times in the film. The storyline is basic – animals in zoo want to be free and roam wild, only to find that the plush lives they’ve lived have made them unable to cope with the jungle. The film drags on and although it catered mostly to children, there were some scenes which were obviously written with an adult audience in mind – problem is, you don’t see how children would find them very funny (they don’t have that double-edge joke feel). Ultimately, children who sat near me were more interested in watching my date and I lean on each other, feeding each other butter-drenched popcorn, rather than catching the anti-climactic end of the film. Note to self: Don’t Fandago animated films!
Okay, So We Lied – A Lot!
David Larkin, executive director of the Atlanta Area Boy Scouts resigned after an independent investigation revealed that the organization had inflated the number of reported black scouts by over 5,000 members. Larkin took full responsibility and said he was “deeply disappointed both personally and professionally” – I would think so! The Boy Scouts have been plagued by several un-PC press reports. Several years ago a troop leader was barred from the organization based on his revelation that he was gay. Maybe it’s time for the Boy Scouts to make nice and sell their cookies?
X-Men 3 Keeps Hitting Director Snag
Set to begin production on August 2, the filming of X-Men 3 has again been delayed after director Matthew Vaughn backed-out of the project citing personal reasons. The original director of X-1 and X-2 was Bryan Singer, who was canned by Fox after agreeing to direct Superman Returns for Warner Bros. The film is scheduled to be released May 26, 2006 and will have the original cast, plus some interesting new characters.
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