ABC’s new comedy series Imaginary Mary (Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30C) marks the return of Jenna Elman to series television. This is a Good Thing because she’s a gifted comic actor with a knack for both physical humor and comic reactions.
The series premieres with an episode that sets up the reason for Alice’s childhood imaginary friend, Mary – to deal with a crisis when she was six – and her reappearance now that Alice has apparently found the right guy and it’s time to meet his kids.
This Is Where I Leave You finds four siblings reuniting with their mother for their father’s funeral. The mother insists they sit shiva for him – which means seven days of dysfunction. It’s a plot we’ve seen quite a bit in the last year, but thanks to a terrific cast and surprisingly nuanced direction from Shawn Levy, it’s what August Osage County could have been.
The crowd-pleasing (if not critically appreciated) trio of Night at the Museum movies come to a close with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. This time, Security guard Larry (Ben Stiller) and his lively assortment of historical figures (Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson, et al) must journey to London, England when the magic that brings the museum to life at night appears to be waning.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb comes to life on December 19th.
This week, FX is premiering its new private eyes series, Terriers [Wednesdays, 10/9C]. It’s a kind of soft-boiled detective drama that revolves around Hank Dolworth [Donal Logue, The Tai of Steve, Life] and Britt Pollock [Michael Raymond-James, True Blood], a odd couple of P.I.s – Hank’s an ex-cop [not by choice] and Britt’s an ex-thief [by choice].
The Other Guys may be the funniest film of the summer, so far, but the funniest movie of the year, to this point, is April’s Date Night. The slightly unhinged [in a good way] fusion of romantic comedy and action flick starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey as an old married couple trying to kick a bit of pizzazz back into their humdrum marriage hits shelves today and well worth a look.
In the ‘30s, there was a series of screwball comedies – cleverly disguised as mysteries – that revolved around a rich, happily married couple, Nick and Nora Charles [William Powell and Myrna Loy] who drank too much; engaged in something called witty repartee, and solved mysteries. Date Night is about a couple who might be the middle-aged Nick and Nora with considerably less cash and considerably more children – and gives them two mysteries to solve.
A few years following Larry Daley’s (Ben Stiller) first adventure as night watchman in New York City’s Museum of Natural History, Daley discovers that his friends, the exhibits which come to life, are now being shipped to the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Upon arrival however, Daley’s old compatriots now find themselves battling against a whole slew of new, evil exhibits bent on conquering the world.
Hollywood has come to Washington D.C., as Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, the sequel to the 2006 family hit movie debuts in the museum’s backyard. Since most of the action takes place in and around the famed exhibits surrounding the National Mall, the cast and crew decided to come promote the film by holding a press conference in the Smithsonian Castle.
Sitting before me was a star-studded lineup including: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Rick Gervais, Hank Azaria, director Shawn Levy and writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon.
Stiller started things off by talking a little bit about his character of Larry, and how it felt like the right time to revisit the series. He mentioned how Larry is no longer really happy in his life, and he finds himself needing that bit of adventure back, which is what launches the story.