Once upon a time in Japan, a bamboo cutter discovered a miniature girl inside the body of a glowing stalk of bamboo. When he took the girl home, he adopted her as his daughter, and decided that she must be a princess. The princess began to grow at an alarming rate, soon becoming a young woman. One day, the bamboo cutter discovered another glowing stalk and once again, decided to chop it down. Inside was enough gold for him to build a palace for his princess. But a princess with a palace needs a prince, and the little princess wanted only to return to her friends. The punishment for dishonouring the prince's request would be death, so the princess was forced to embark on a journey through love, life, and Japan, in search of her heart's desire.
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Breaking Bad has won five of the nine categories in the Primetime Emmy Drama Awards. The series, which finished its run last year, dominated this section of the awards and won the award for Outstanding Drama Series amongst others. Here is a quick analysis of each drama category.
The Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Monday evening (25th August) in Los Angeles and there was stiff competition in every category although the results were ultimately highly predictable.
Breaking Bad dominated the drama awards at the Primetime Emmys.
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From the studio that brought us classics like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, this animated drama feels unusually low-key and realistic. But while the lack of fantastical elements leaves it somewhat dry, as if it should really be a live-action movie, the animation is still a lavishly detailed feast for the eyes.
It's set in 1963 Japan, where orphaned teen Umi (Bolger) lives with her grandmother (Hendricks) atop a hill overlooking a fishing village. She raises flags every morning as a signal her fisherman father, who died in the Korean War, then heads to school where the topic on everyone's lips is the impending demolition of the ramshackle clubhouse. As the nation prepares for the Tokyo 1964 Olympics, old buildings like this must go, but the students band together to protect it, and Umi teams up with student journalist Shun (Yelchin) to clean up the building and make a plea to the corporate boss (Bridges). Meanwhile, Shun is having a personal crisis: as he begins to fall for Umi, he starts to suspect that they have the same father.
The film never really weaves these two plot strands together, so as Umi and Shun try to save the clubhouse and work out their parentage, each storyline feels like a distraction from the other. But they both raise intriguing questions about the past, present and future in a nation still recovering from WWII. And the beautifully rendered backgrounds bring the period to life with artful detail. On the other hand, the characters are more basic anime shapes, inexpressive and a bit stiff, which makes it difficult to identify with them even when their stories turn extremely emotional.
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Director-cowriter Megan Griffiths refuses to sensationalise the tabloid aspects of this harrowing true story about human trafficking within the USA. As she follows the central character into a nightmare of forced prostitution, the film could have easily exploited the sexual situations. Instead, she takes a matter-of-fact approach that's deeply unsettling. The filmmaking may sometimes feel a little simplistic, but it raises issues in ways we never expect.
The true story begins in 1994 New Mexico, where 18-year-old Hyun Jae (Chung) goes on a date with a seemingly nice guy (Mechlowicz) and is suddenly sold into black-market slavery. She's renamed Eden and forced to work as a prostitute alongside much younger girls. Living in a series of warehouses overseen by crooked cop Bob (Bridges), Eden continually tries to escape and is met with brutal punishment as a result. Finally, she decides that her only hope is to get close to their pimp Vaughan (O'Leary), a young veteran with a drug-addiction problem. But as she gets to know him, she realises that he's trapped as well.
The film explores much more complex aspects of the captive-captor relationship, as Eden becomes increasingly close to Vaughan, helping him with his work and even ratting out some of the other girls who break the rules. Of course, there's an event that snaps Eden back to attention, leading to the necessary confrontation. But all the way through, filmmaker Griffiths focuses on the psychological and emotional side of the story, leaving much of the actual violence and sexual abuse off-screen. Just a bit more detail, and a clearer sense of the chain of events, might have made the film's gut-punch much stronger.
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Jayma May is another actor to be leaving 'Glee' before Season 5. It was revealed yesterday (Sunday 30th June) that the actress would be leaving to pursue a role in CBS's new sitcom 'The Millers'. Fans of 'Glee' will be pleased to know Emma Pillsbury (now Schuester) will be returning to the programme for a "few episodes", according to E!
Jayma May who plays obsessive compulsive guidance councillor, Emma Pillbury, on Glee will be leaving the show. Rumours have been spreading about the possibility but sources speaking to E! have confirmed they are true.
Jayma May at the Elle's 19th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration, L.A.
May will, according to E!'s source, be starring alongside Will Arnett in CBS's drama The Millers. She will be playing the part of Arnett's sister Debbie (a part played in the pilot by Mary Elizabeth Ellis). The Millers follows a family of four Arnett and May as siblings and their parents played by Beau Miller and Margo Martindale. Arnett decides to divorce his wife and his father follows suit. Also starring in the sitcom are Eve Moon and comedian J.B.Smoove.
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The new series, on a limited run, probably wont survive past its 7-episode run.
The Goodwin Games had one heck of a fight getting on to television in the first place. But, sadly, the show struggled to make a decent first impression with critics and audiences alike on its first run.
The show was drafted into the end of the spring/summer schedule by Fox for a 7-episode run only, following the trials and tribulations of three siblings following the untimely death of their father Benjamin (played by Beau Bridges in videotape footage and voice-over capacity). The recently deceased has left his dysfunctional offspring with his $23 million fortune, only thing is the three must compete in a series of task designed by Benjamin in a winner-takes-all type scenario. The three taking part in this distinctly sitcom-like scenario are Henry (Scott Foley), a overbearing surgeon, former math geek-turned popular girl-turned post high school popular girl Chloe (Becki Newton) and ex-con Jimmy (T.J. Miller).
The general theme among reviews so far is that the show is, whilst having all the halmarks of a potentially good family sitcom, in the end it just isn't very good at all, with an underwhelming round of performances and a half-assed script. The Los Angeles Times does comment that the scenario is "well suited for a finite amount of screen time," but goes on to comment that even in this short run the show will fail to achieve much. Likewise, Variety have commented that the show is "mildly charming but exceptionally thin," and that Fox's lack of faith in the show is understandable. Elsewhere, on TV.com's 'Should I Watch...' column, the answer is a frankly a no, with the column mentioning; "not all the humor lands, and the zaniness of the entire situation (weird game tie-ins, kooky family stories, and T.J. Miller's absurd character) are going to be a matter of taste," adding, "All this adds up to a very mediocre sitcom."
Audiences out for a bit of mindless fun will probably enjoy this raucous road movie, but only if they can look past comedy that relies on jokes about racism, sexism and homophobia. And if the characters are all paper-thin, at least the film is loose and enjoyably silly.
It centres on Charlie (Shepard), who lives in rural California with his girlfriend Annie (Bell). But when she's offered a job in Los Angeles, Charlie has to face up to his criminal past. He's currently in witness protection, and returning to L.A. is very dangerous. Still, he decides to take Annie to her job interview, while his protective agent (Arnold) follows close behind. But trouble is brewing because Annie's still-smitten ex (Rosenbaum) is also in hot pursuit, and when he figures out Charlie's secret, he gets in touch with the gang boss, Alex (Cooper), who wants him dead.
While the film looks whizzy and is packed with banter that sounds offensive, everything is pretty half-hearted. The dialog continually touches on sexuality and ethnicity in ways that are more lazy than inappropriate, and the discussions of serious issues like gender roles have no depth at all. This is a movie essentially made up of nothing but stereotypes. Bell and Cooper just about manage to give their characters personalities, but everyone else has essentially one note. Most of the men are mere chucklehead idiots, while the women are male fantasies.
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And Clooney has never had a role that was quite as emotionally resonant as this.
In sunny Hawaii, Matt (Clooney) has coasted through marriage and parenthood, focussing on his career and managing the estate of his family, which is descended from Hawaiian royalty. But now his wife (Patti Hastie) is in a coma, and he has to take responsibility for his free-spirited daughters, 10-year-old Scottie (Miller) and 17-year-old Alexandra (Woodley). Meanwhile, his cousins want to sell off a gorgeous tract of ancestral land in Kauai. Amid all of this, Matt finds out that his wife isn't going to wake up, and also that she had been having an affair.
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When his family's finances hit the skids, Colby (Mathew Botuchis, who doesn't even get his name on the DVD cover) decides to install webcams throughout his house and turn his family's life into an online web show. Dad (Beau Bridges) is a gross weirdo. Mom (Rosanna Arquette) is a sex-obsessed cougar with a penchant for betting big on the stock market. And the main attraction is sis Audrey (Baelyn Neff), a teen hottie with a plethora of sexual gadgetry and lots of free time on her hands.
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