The biggest issue with the script is that the conflict is introduced before we get to know the characters, making it far too early for a genuine interest in the result. For instance, without proof in Act One that William loves Fiona and their romance is real, why should it matter if his brother Leonard’s surprise entrance breaks them up? And is William actually interested in Fiona, because he seems a little low-energy for a man about to spend his life with someone. Do we even know what made William lie about his family’s true class? Isn’t some semblance of a backstory key? Additionally, does it make sense to accept such a disheveled, strange “best friend” into the family home without more of an explanation or argument? Without more story in Act One outside of the conflict, the interplay between the conflicting characters becomes exhausting. This dueling-duo formula can only work with the tightest of writing and the strongest of jokes and that doesn’t happen here. Moreover, when William’s true identity is revealed, the ensuing, Act Three events take a bizarre turn. The father’s excessive cursing and physical abuse of his co-star seems off character and strange, especially for his social status. The transition just isn’t believable without peppered hints in the previous acts.
It’s also worth noting that many of Jason’s complaints in the behind-the-scenes episodes leading up to this film were spot on. The location is not elevated enough to seem as expensive as it should, and the infamous car scene that didn’t quite land to Jason’s request ultimately didn’t serve its purpose for Act Two. If it’s a fender bender instead of an alarming, flip-car collision, then what exactly pushes Fiona’s revelation about their romance being an ill fit? And again, why is William so low-energy after being rejected by the woman he loves? That’s a director’s decision, and Jason should have dictated that William exhibit more light and shade to his approach. Jason was also correct about the creative value of shooting on film instead of digital, and the result is noticeably more beautiful. One might suggest an audience’s eye can’t tell the difference, but that’s a drink-the-juice adaptation to the changing market, and it’s simply untrue.
Despite all of the aforementioned notes, I must say that for his first feature film, Jason Mann likely has a great career ahead of him. We don’t all creatively land upon our first try, and this movie has enough impressive elements to learn from and use in the next. My only hope is that he begins to compromise and accept the view of others. There’s a notorious struggle between the big studios and their creative hires, and no director wants to take notes from the powers that be. But it’s inevitable. Lastly, I’d have pulled a ‘While You Were Sleeping’ and had the lead end up with the sister. But that’s just me.
OVERALL RATING: 2.5/5 DISHES
There’s a larger, shockingly obvious reason that Harry Hamlin’s costume causes controversy, and it’s sad I’ll have to map it out, since you’d think adults would act as such. There’s no humor associated with a symbol that represents one of the most painful times in our history. Yes someone else wore it and it’s simply a costume, but that doesn’t make it right. I realize Hamlin doesn’t advocate it’s intention, but that’s irrelevant. Wearing such a wretched image also keeps it in our consciousness, decensitizing society to its horror. I’d say the same about the use of the N word (in any context, no matter who speaks it) and to the use of black face. We should know better. And lastly, I am Jewish. That either makes me a biased observer or uniquely qualified to comment. You decide.
China ended its one-child policy. MTV
Ed Sheeren and his gf broke up. CM
Jason Mraz got married. Wonderwall
Kim Kardashian dressed as herself for Halloween. JSYK
‘RHOBH’ star Adrienne Maloof has a new man. Wet Paint
Heidi Klum had a crazy-good Halloween costume. DListed
Nicki Minaj reposted an offensive Halloween photo. Bossip
Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter continues to speak out. The Stir
Gigi Hadid became a Victoria Secret Angel. Hollywood Tuna
Khloe Kardashian is still seeing James Harden, despite helping Lamar Odom with his health issues. Hollywood Life
What’s interesting about Levine’s stance is that Simon Cowell’s true motivation behind ‘American Idol’ was always to produce a music star, not a television show. Cowell felt the labels weren’t doing their job of finding the next sensation, so he’d do it for them. His planned worked, and he used ‘American Idol’ as a platform to push his find. ‘The Voice,’ is created by powerhouse reality producer Mark Burnett, whose musical expertise doesn’t hold a candle to Cowell. The man can make a show, but he can’t make a music star. Furthermore, the judging panel has zero A&R experience, and while it might be nice to see Gwen Stefani’s outfits atop a big red chair, she’s never found the next big thing. As for Adam Levine himself, my critique holds the same weight.
Hats off to Adam Levine for an honest Howard Stern interview. Hopefully the powers that be will attempt an intervention and take action. Otherwise, you’re just a bunch of big stars on big red chairs with big paychecks. It’s surely a pretty picture, but when the gloss begins to fade, so will the audience.
‘Saved by the Bell’s’ Lark Voorhies ended her marriage. Contact Music
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are staying together. MTV
Scott Disick went to rehab. The Stir
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are being sued. ICYDK
Raven-Symone and her girlfriend broke up. HUFFPO
Kaley Cuoco’s ex asked for spousal support. Wet Paint
Oscar Pistorius was released from prison. Digital Spy
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale settled their divorce. Just Jared
Selena Gomez has a crush on Chris Evans. E! Online
‘American Idol’s’ Phillip Phillips got married. People
Eddie Murphy impersonated Bill Cosby. Variety
Famed and controversial photographer Terry Richardson is having a baby. DListed
Mick Jagger’s ex Jerry Hall is dating Rupert Murdoch. Wonderwall
A publicist admits to planting the Rihanna/Jay-Z rumors. Jezebel
Jennifer Aniston didn’t take too kindly to the shock surrounding her John Mayer romance, insisting they adored each other and dismissing the eight year age difference. Mayer ran his mouth about their relationship, and the couple split shortly thereafter. He has since dated just about everyone in Hollywood.
9. DAVID COPPERFIELD AND CLAUDIA SCHIFFER
David Copperfield worked his magic on Claudia Schiffer after calling her on stage during one of his acts. Their quick collaboration turned into a 6 year engagement, which ended in 1999. They said their busy work schedules were to blame.
8. SANDRA BULLOCK & JESSE JAMES
When America’s sweetheart ended up with outspoken bad boy Jesse James, people were less than pleased, but the backlash died down when she vouched for their bond during many interviews and acceptance speeches. Their story ended sadly; however, when tabloids got wind of James’ affair and the odd couple called it quits.
7. LYLE LOVETT AND JULIA ROBERTS
Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts’ love story ended just as quickly as it began, marrying merely three weeks after meeting and later divorcing in just under two years. The two remained friends and blamed their work schedules for the split.
6. CAMERON DIAZ AND BENJI MADDEN
Benji Madden might seem like a strong departure from her previous picks, but perhaps Cameron Diaz went for the nice guy for once. The A-list actress is clearly smitten with her husband, given that she previously swore of marriage in every interview.
5. DUDLEY MOORE & SUSAN ANTON
4. RYAN REYNOLDS & ALANIS MORISSETTE
Ryan Reynolds has proposed three times to date, beginning with Alanis Morissette, whom he dated for five years before calling it quits in 2007. Less than a year later, Reynolds was engaged to Scarlett Johansson. He is now married to Blake Lively. Morissette admits that her album “Flavors of Entanglement,” is inspired by the grief associated with their breakup.
3. BRAD PITT & JULIETTE LEWIS
2. DREW BARRYMORE & TOM GREEN
Drew Barrymore and Tom Green’s whirlwind romance ended just months after they married. Though Green rarely discusses what went wrong, he admits that their issues surfaced while planning the wedding but they went through with it anyhow. They no longer keep in touch.
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton’s weird romance made some serious waves, most notably when the creepy couple wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks as an expression of love. Their public displays of affection also caused concern, with many suggesting that the red carpet might not be the best place for sloppy tongue kisses. The couple divorced soon after Angelina adopted her first child, and Thornton later admitted that her success stalled the relationship, as he simply couldn’t handle it. She removed the tattoo of his name, but the two still remain friends.