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Trainwreck



It's cliche at this point to say that Judd Apatow movies run too long. It's actually becoming a joke unto themselves. "Hey, I'm going to see the new Apatow movie." "Oh yeah? Well, hopefully you took a nap before because it's a long one." Listen, no doubt the man has his place in modern American comedy. He's the reason for so many of the A-list comic actors that we have today. But really, he's only directed two really funny films. The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up are both arguably hilarious. But Funny People and This is 40 are both massive disapointments. Trainwreck was supposed to be his sign of hope. He handed the reigns of writing over to Amy Schumer entirely. It was a risky move and, sadly, it did not pan out.


Schumer is funny. Her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer is not only hilarious but doing important work addressing important issues, mostly around the treatment of women, and still managing to do it in a funny way. Because of that success, I can understand why Apatow would put so many eggs in her basket. I would expect a funny, smart, edgy, feminist romantic comedy from Schumer and what she ended up writing was a funny-ish, dumb, edgy, cliche romantic comedy. Not only is it unoriginal, it's exactly what we've seen hundreds of times. All that Schumer did was take every single element you'd see in every romantic comedy and simply swapped the sexes of the two leads. She couldn't have even made it from a woman's perspective because the woman in the film, played by Schumer, has all the cliche characteristics of the male lead in every romantic comedy.

Apatow is no help either. He leans so heavily on improv that lines make no sense and scenes go on too long. It's like he's being allowed to do whatever he wants without a single Hollywood producer saying "Hey, maybe you should end the scene five minutes earlier and cut out that whole segment that is 15 minutes long and a complete distraction from the story." And trust me, I don't like Hollywood creeps mucking with directors' films but in the case of Apatow, somebody has to do it since he doesn't have the "enough-is-enough" gene in his body. The other thing that he goes to again is casting wacky non-actors to catch us off guard. Wrestler John Cena and basketball star LeBron James both have big roles in the film. Sure, they both do great with what they have but it doesn't make any sense for the story and it's distracting.

The one thing that Trainwreck has going for it is a great performance from Colin Quinn (SNL, Grown-Ups). The comic does a decent performance as Schumer's ailing father who's suffering from M.S. Even though his storyline is completely unneeded for the plot, it is touching and certain scenes show that Schumer really has a wide range of acting ability. Bill Hader also stars as the role that is typically played by a woman and everything about his performance makes that abundantly clear. Hader is one of the funniest people to come out of SNL and kills it in almost everything he's in. Why you would waste that talent on a part that doesn't do anything funny in the entire movie, that's longer than two hours, is beyond me.

Don't get me wrong, Trainwreck has some scenes that are very funny. The scenes in-between, however, are irritating, unfunny, paint-by-number and dull. The movie is far from an actual trainwreck but it's also far from an actual success. Considering this is his fifth feature film and it's continuing the trend of dissapointment, I have to say that I'm no longer looking forward to Apatow projects. He seems like a good, ernest guy who cares deeply for comedy and social causes but it might appear that his best is behind him. I hope I'm wrong about that but I'm not holding much hope for his future.

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Don't Wonder Why, Because Then You'll Need to Know How

Post this one under the WHAT THE FUDGE files.

Police in Stratford, Connecticut arrested an 81-year-old man on Monday.

According to the Associated Press, he was charged with public indecency, because he was allegedly "performing a sex act with some shrubbery."

As the story goes, the man was in his yard with the shrub. A neighbor videotaped the performance, called the man out, the man covered himself up with the top of a barbecue grill and went into his own house.

Here's hoping the barbecue grill wasn't in use at the time, otherwise we've got an entirely different weinie roast going on.

He was released on a $10,000 bond and has to return to court on August 5.

And according to the story, he didn't immediately return a call to the Associated Press.

Gee, I wonder why...
 
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Dang Me, Dang Me, Oughta Take a Rope & Hang Me...

Talk about dedication.

A group of anti-drilling activists are putting themselves on the line - quite literally - to block an ice-breaking ship for Shell Oil from leaving Portland, Oregon.

The ice-breaker is needed to help Shell get where it needs to be to drill in the Arctic, but the folks at Greenpeace have different plans.

Thirteen of them rappeled off a bridge under which the ice-breaker must pass, and are hanging there, forming a literal human wall.

Reportedly, they plan to stay as long as it takes, and they've got what they need to survive for a bit - including adult diapers.

This could get very interesting...
 

Good Morning Portland with @Greenpeace @RisingTideNA #Fennica icebreaker departure delayed. Can you guess why?

Posted by 350 Seattle on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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What Would You Do on a Plane?

Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski, stars of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, were sitting on a plane - at least it looks like they're on a plane - with the show's creator, Tina Fey.

Beyonce's "Flawless" came up on someone's playlist, so obviously, the three of them had to lip-sync to it.

I mean, wouldn't you?

 
 

I love @beyonce #nofilter #jetlife #unbreakle #netflix #janegetontwitter #tinaiknowyouwon't #peenonoir

A video posted by Tituss Burgess (@titusssawthis) on

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You WILL Have Fun at the Beach

It's summertime, so that means beach time.

For those without kids, no big deal.

For those with kids, you need a degree in project management to pull that off, and even that won't help.

Freelance writer Robyn Welling, a New York Times bestselling humorist, put together a fun little video that will hit home with any parent who's ever had to pack up the kids for a day at the beach.

 

Can you relate? Then follow Robyn on Twitter.
 
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Mystery Solved?

"A huge break in the biggest aviation mystery in decades," says NBC News reporter Tom Costello.

Debris likely from an airplane has surfaced on Reunion Island, about 600 miles away from Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

Investigators from Boeing believe it's a fragment from a Boeing 777, and the only Boeing 777 currently missing in the world is Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which was lost over a year ago, presumably in the Indian Ocean.

Mystery solved? Not yet, say the experts, as there's still a lot of work to do. But it's the first solid clue they've had to work with since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard.

Stay tuned...

 
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Teaching Center, with Key & Peele

Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele are behind the best sketch-comedy show on TV right now.

Their latest sketch applies the metrics and showmanship of ESPN's Sports Center to the world of teaching.

What if teachers got as much interest and as much pay as professional athletes.

What a world that might be, huh?

And thanks to Key & Peele, we know how it would be covered.

A+, boys!

 
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Lion on the Loose

Folks in Milwaukee report seeing a big cat prowling the neighborhood.

One woman managed to get a video of it.

They're calling it the Milwaukee Lion - clever, don't you think?

There are all sorts of theories on it. The two biggest:
 
(1) Could be a young African lion purchased as a pet and let loose.
(2) Could be a cougar, as cougars are becoming more comfortable in the Midwest.

Folks at the Milwaukee County Zoo checked - all their lions are accounted for.

 

Here's some fun news. The Milwaukee Lion has a Twitter account. And he's having some fun.
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Duck... No, Really, Duck

One of the coolest things about America's Got Talent is when they stumble upon someone who's got a fresh take on an old talent.

For instance, ventriloquism. Guy talks for himself, and his puppet.

Great. You don't often get the sense that the puppet's real.

But you do with this guy - his name is Paul Zerden, and his puppet is a baby.

A cantankerous little fellow who wants a bedtime story, but doesn't like scary things, so Little Red Riding Hood's wolf has to be replaced by a yellow fluffy duck.

Very clever routine, and very nicely rewarded at the end too. Check it out.
 

Congratulations Paul Zerdin (and child) on getting Marlon Wayans' #GoldenBuzzer!

Posted by America's Got Talent on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Helen Mirren Cusses on Live TV

Helen Mirren was a guest on Good Morning, Britain yesterday - a wake-up-and-smile TV talk show.

We have a few of them here in The States - perhaps you've heard of them?

She's telling a story about going camping with then-boyfriend Liam Neeson - he of the "very particular set of skills" - and mentioned that it "pissed with rain, non-stop."

Turns out you can't say that word on TV in England.

When Helen asked why she couldn't say that, the show's co-host explained they could debate it, but they'd get fired.

"You might be the Queen, but you can't say that."

Watch the video. The whole exchange is pretty funny.

 

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