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TROLLS Movie: A Full Review

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The creators of Shrek have delivered a delightful animated film that is fun for all ages. With an old-school music playlist that brought me back to my Bat-Mitzvah days (“I’m Coming Out, “Celebration,” “Move Your Feet” etc.) and a colorful collection of overly optimistic Trolls that are determined to help others find their own happiness, we’ve got a dance-friendly message of love.

TROLLS stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Quvenzhané Wallis, with John Cleese and Gwen Stefani. Each Troll has its own, rich identity, with my personal favorite covered in glitter. Director Mike Mitchell and co-director Walt Dohrn deeply researched Troll lore for the film and adapted it to fit a modern day story. “We were fascinated by how these creatures were originally scary-ugly and evolved over time into being cute-ugly,” says Mitchell. “In the 1970s they became a symbol for happiness.”

The film almost immediately presents its conflict when the Trolls’ unhappy neighbors, known as the “Bergens,” attempt to capture and eat the Trolls as a mode of achieving their own happiness. Though they initially escape from the Bergens, their new location is found after they throw a loud, celebratory party. When Poppy’s (Anna Kendrick) friends are caught and whisked away to Bergen Town, she becomes immediately determined to bring them back to safety, and she enlists the help of her neurotic Troll friend, Branch (Justin Timberlake) who seemed to have missed out on the Troll happiness gene. As Poppy and Branch journey into the Bergens’ dangerous world, they help one another keep their resolve in trying moments.

The film is good, but it brought a few existential questions to the surface, which proves that I probably need a vacation. First, the idea that happiness comes from within rather than anything external (such as eating a Troll) made me ask whether it’s a poo-poo on taking medication for depression. Maybe we need to eat a Troll or two after exploring other failed options (that’s a joke . . . kinda). Second, I understand Branch’s character is a foil for Poppy, but his hue looks too close to the Bergens and it doesn’t make sense that he’d be unhappy. After all, he’s still a Troll. Perhaps one can be happy AND neurotic, but Branch just looked depressed, which goes against Troll lore. Lastly, the film made me think of an Eeyore meme, which said:

“One awesome thing about Eeyore is that even though he is basically clinically depressed, he still gets invited to participate in adventures and shenanigans with all of his friends And they never expect him to pretend to feel happy, they just love him anyway, and they never leave him behind or ask him to change.”

I understand that if the Bergens are trying to eat the Trolls, then it makes sense to help them change, but its just a thought.

It should be noted that I saw this movie with children, who were engrossed from start to finish and endlessly praised the music while exiting the film. It’s family-friendly, it’s entertaining, and the colors could make anyone happy.

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Did the CMAs’ Scrub Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks From Social Media?

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If you missed the CMAs, there’s one performance worth watching, and it’s Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks’ rendition of “Daddy Lessons,” off Beyonce’s album ‘Lemonade.’ The crossover cut off Queen Bey’s record has been covered by the Dixie Chicks in concert, so it’s a fitting on-stage collaboration. They also threw in a piece of the Chicks’ “Long Time Gone,” which gives a subtle nod to the trio’s tumultuous history with the country music establishment, who rejected them after their much-maligned critique of President George W. Bush.
The killer pop-culture moment was; however, met with alarming criticism, as “fans” of the 50th annual Country Music Awards pointed out that Beyonce’s support of Black Lives Matter, along with her “cop-hatred” and “dislike for white people” should disqualify her from the stage. If that’s not enough, there is of course the residual animosity for the Dixie Chicks, and their “anti-America” stance. According to TMZ, instead of standing firm against these racist, twitter trolls, the CMA’s began to systematically delete pictures of the performance. They have since changed their stance once again, presumably in reaction to TMZ’s post.

It goes without saying that we need to live in a country that tolerates multiple points of view without spitting vile hatred at one another and resorting to violence. Need I also point out that one can be anti-unnecessary killings AND support cops at the same time. It’s also worth noting that if Twitter wants to grow, they need a policy against hate-speech. And before I get comments about the First Amendment, I’d like to preemptively say that I’m a lawyer, and trust me when I tell you that deleting racist comments DOES.NOT.VIOLATE. the First Amendment. I’d explain it, but it will waste your time and mine. And nobody wants that.

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Mel Gibson Addresses His Drunken Rant With Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Colbert’s low-and-slow approach to Late Night television might work in his favor, as the Comedy Central staple has yet to top his competitors’ viral videos. Though he might not be ahead of the game, he’s certainly making ripples in the water worthy of discussion. In an interview with Mel Gibson, Colbert addressed the actor’s “rough patch,” which obviously refers to Gibson’s infamous, anti-Semitic rant. Colbert is clearly empathetic and interested, rather than asking a “gotcha” question to deliberately cause Gibson’s unease. Interviewing will likely be Colbert’s niche in this market, as both Jimmy Fallon and James Corden are nowhere close.
As a Jew, Gibson’s rant is especially interesting and important, and though it might be nice to shun hatred for eternity, perhaps it’s true that Gibson DOES NOT have hate in his heart, and his “worst moment” was the product of a deep dive into depression coupled with a drunken relapse. Aren’t we all worthy of forgiveness? It would be nice if Gibson was a tad more comfortable while talking about this, but he has always been notoriously private, so perhaps it’s just not his bag. Watch the interview below.

His new film, Hacksaw Ridge, opens November 4, 2016.


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Saturday

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Howard Stern Should Feature Undiscovered Musicians

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Howard Stern’s star has never shined brighter. The man’s “shock jock” status has slowly morphed into a one-stop-shop for career cleanup interviews whose long-form format is unprecedented in the business. Gone are the days of the small club of cool kids or loyalists who understand his appeal. In fact, those who poo-poo the radio titan are now considered old school, up tight outsiders.

In the last few years, Stern has dialed down his on-air time to just about twelve hours per week, which means that he must be extremely judicious about his interviews. And though he’s still loyal to the comedians whose careers he helped launch, there’s a large space for something more, and it lies in music. Though Stern often interviews the musicians who perform live on his show, that space only leaves room for huge acts, and there’s an opportunity to feature up-and-coming talent at the end of each show. He should follow in David Letterman’s footsteps and hire a talent scout to find rising stars. It’s simply ten minutes at the end of each show and it would keep in current.

Get on it, Stern. We’re all waiting.

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October 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of News

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Melco Crown Entertainment's Co-chairman, James Packer, right, and singer Mariah Carey pose on the red carpet of the opening ceremony for the Studio City project in Macau, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. China's world-beating gambling hub is getting a taste of Hollywood glamour as its newest casino resort makes its debut on Tuesday with a glitzy grand opening that masks turmoil behind the scenes. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Melco Crown Entertainment’s Co-chairman, James Packer, right, and singer Mariah Carey pose on the red carpet of the opening ceremony for the Studio City project in Macau, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. China’s world-beating gambling hub is getting a taste of Hollywood glamour as its newest casino resort makes its debut on Tuesday with a glitzy grand opening that masks turmoil behind the scenes. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Kevin Jonas and his wife welcomed their second child. RTW

Mariah Carey is devastated by her breakup with James Packer. E! Online

Johnny Depp left his talent agency. CAA

Amber Tamblyn and David Cross welcomed their first child. Yahoo!

A Grey’s Anatomy is pregnant. Wet Paint

Kristen Stewart went public with her new girlfriend. Stuff

Kate Beckinsale’s husband filed for divorce. TMZ

Brangelina is selling off their property. People

Michael Phelps is married. CNN

Nick Young welcomed a baby months after cheating on Iggy Azalea. Rolling Out

Is Khloe Kardashian getting married? Uproxx

Amber Rose used to date a transgender man. Shade Room

‘Birth of a Nation’ director Nate Parker was hit with another sexual assault allegation. The Wrap

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October 2016

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Quote of the Day: Mel Gibson Wants You to Forget “Sugar Tits”

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“It’s pretty old stuff. It’s ten years old. It’s an unfortunate incident, I was loaded and angry, and arrested, so, you know, these things happen. I was recorded – illegally – by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime, and then it was made public by him for profit. So – not fair.

Ten years have gone by. I’m feeling good. I’m sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me it’s a dim thing in the past. But others bring it up, which kind of I find annoying, because I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue. Surely if I was really what they say I was, some kind of hater, there’d be evidence of actions somewhere. There never has been. I’ve never discriminated against anyone or done anything that sort of supports that reputation. And for one episode in the back of a police car on eight double tequilas to sort of dictate all the work, life’s work and beliefs and everything else that I have and maintain for my life is really unfair.”

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October 2016

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The Problem With Amazon’s ‘Goliath’

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You’d think a legal show created by David E. Kelley would actually involve the law, and you’d think a mysterious adversary would actually involve a little mystery. Unfortunately, Goliath is not the anecdote to my aching desire for another addictive legal drama.

I had high hopes for Goliath. It stars Billy Bob Thornton, whose mere presence alone exponentially raises a show’s stock value. In fact, it’s safe to say if a Thornton vehicle fails, everyone but Billy Bob Thornton could be to blame.

The show surrounds a once powerful lawyer, Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton), who is now a washed up alcoholic that hasn’t seen a courtroom in years. When he reluctantly agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the client of the massive law firm he helped create, Billy and his resource-limited team uncover a deadly conspiracy. The life-threatening conspiracy actually gets Billy’s original client killed, only to be replaced by the young son of the deceased who also has a claim for wrongful death. That decision has holes, especially since if the defendant is a murderer, one might think twice about putting a child’s life in jeopardy. Plus, wouldn’t it make more sense to kill opposing counsel instead? It’s certainly more efficient. The story also unfolds far too quickly, and the defendant’s true crime and subsequent cover up becomes clear by episode three, thereby eliminating my interest.

David E. Kelley once reigned supreme in this arena, having created some of the best law shows of all time, including LA Law, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, and The Practice. His sweet spot has always lied in his quirky characters coupled with a thorough understanding of the law and all its intricacies. As a lawyer, I feel confident in saying that he’s nearly always accurate, unlike many other law shows that cause me physical pain. The problem with Goliath, is that it’s as if Kelley forgot that sweet spot and nearly made it an afterthought. Most of the happenings take place outside the courtroom, and very little of the show is dedicated to the actual law. For example, it’s hard to believe in Billy’s talked-about talent when we never get to fully explore his skill set. He’s seems more like a crazed cowboy than a gifted lawyer, and that’s unfortunate. At least Kelley got his quirky characters right.

Having said all of the above, I’d give the show a solid C+, meaning it’s armchair enjoyable while watching my dishes, It is not; however, popcorn television.

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October 2016

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Kendall Jenner is Not a Ballerina — And That’s Okay

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I get it. Making light of someone’s profession is objectionable, but the content of Kendall Jenner’s Vogue Spain ballerina shoot (the video below) sheds light on the choice. We all love ballet, and many of us donned our tutus as a child in hopes of one day making it. If we’re not thinking of Misty Copeland, then we’re thinking of our younger, carefree self. I think we all need to give it a rest. She’s not “representing” ballet, she’s simply inspired by it. Also, I’m sure the concept was not even her decision.

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October 2016

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Watch Blood Orange’s Stunning ‘I Know’ Video

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As the third album of Devonte Hynes (ake Blood Orange), ‘Freetown Sound’ is written and produced by Hynes himself, and the man further proved his artistic prowess with the video for “I Know,” featuring eye-catching ballet moves that fall far outside the box. Formerly known as “Lightspeed Champion,” Hynes also wrote produced worked for Solange Knowles (among others), including the very memorable track, “Losing You.” His new record follows 2011’s ‘Coastal Grooves’ and 2013’s ‘Cupid Deluxe.’ Watch below.

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October 2016

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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon at Camp Winnipesaukee: WATCH NOW

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Nothing pleases me more than watching Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon together. First, Timberlake always delivers, and I’d even go so far as to suggest he become a permanent fixture on The Tonight Show. Second, nearly every person on the planet says Timberlake is both professional and kind, and he often operates without the traditional entourage we so often see with bloated celebrities. Third, who would have thought he’d have the comedic timing to facilitate sketch comedy? And lastly, he might be the only boy-bander in history to move beyond his teeny-bopper status into a legitimate, rich career. Watch below to see the twosome sing “Ironic” at Camp Winnipesaukee.