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Emily Blunt Is Selling ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ All By Herself, And It’s Working

Every generation there is a chosen one…

Sorry, I’ve started my Buffy rewatch…but there is a connection. In every Tom Cruise movie, there is female lead 20 years his junior. In Tom Cruise’s personal life, there is female lead who is 20 years his junior. They all do their best to sell the product, but not all of them show up for the job or are up for it. Emily Blunt has started doing press for Edge of Tomorrow, and while Emma Stone did a great job selling The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (I’ve watched that lipsynch video probably 100 times), Emily Blunt is doing this all on her own. If you’ve noticed, Tom hasn’t done much, if any, North American press yet (but he’s coming…) and she’s already appeared on both Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel to promote the film. On both shows she’s funny, charming, engaging and does an amazing Tom Cruise impression. No, seriously, can we get a super cut of her impression because it’s a game changer (it’s the way she says “…it’s…a challenge” on Kimmel that does it in for me).

So Emily Blunt’s sold me on Edge of Tomorrow (though I’m in the minority that was already sold on this movie) but at the same time, why hasn’t *it* happened for her yet. She’s had several attempts at becoming a really big star (she was fairly close to being Black Widow) but still isn’t a household name. To many, she’s still “the one from The Devil Wears Prada“. Which, fine, she’s still ours. We haven’t outgrown her or are annoyed with. In fact, these kind of interviews are a treat and I am looking forward to her being overexposed for the next few weeks.

Maybe it’s a good thing she hasn’t broken…

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Let’s Talk About Last Night’s Episode of ‘The Good Wife’

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I’ve been meaning to write about The Good Wife for some time now. I watched the first 4 and a half seasons in about 2 weeks last month and it’s one of my better life choice. In all seriousness, if you consider yourself a true watcher of TV and you are NOT watching The Good Wife, you’re doing it wrong. It’s on CBS, sure. It’s a procedural, yes. But it’s so much more than those two things. It’s not just for your parents, TRUST ME. It’s quietly the best show on TV. I wish it was titled House of Cards because it is so much more appropriate for this show. Just…just trust me. But, before I go on….

IF YOU DID NOT WATCH SUNDAY’S EPISODE THERE ARE MASSIVE SPOILERS TO FOLLOW I WARNED YOU

 

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CONTEST: Enter For Your Chance To Win A Copy of The ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie On DVD!

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Dear Marshmallows,

Tomorrow (or late tonight) is the day we’ve waited a long time for. And, to celebrate, I’ve got your chance to win a copy of the Veronica Mars movie on DVD (to be released May).

On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.

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Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign that ended on April 12, 2013, Veronica Mars was shot over 23 days during June-July 2013. It will be released in selected theaters nationwide on March 14th, 2014

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Follow @TheReelTimes on Twitter and RT THIS tweet! That’s it! A winner will be chosen at random! Contest closes on March 28th. Good luck!

(Reminder: Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Veronica Mars Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.)

Dear Marshmallows: The ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Is Getting Good Reviews

We’re 5 days away from the release of the Veronica Mars movie. Can you stand it? I can’t wait. When are you going? I’m going Friday night and it’s going to be 100 minutes of me punching those I’m going with. I just re-watched the entire series; I genuinely believe the show remains ahead of it’s time.

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Anyways, the movie has been screening for critics this week and made it’s SXSW premiere yesterday. And? Well, the reviews have been coming out and they’ve been fantastic. Like, glowing. Which, I never had any doubt Rob Thomas and co would deliver anything less than the fans deserve, but you never know. The thing is though, from the reviews I’ve read, all critics were fans of the series. I’m really interested but afraid of what non-fans are going to say. The thing with this type of movie-based-on-a-TV-show thing is that this was made for and by the fans so it should cater to the fans and I don’t want to hear anyone else’s opinion who isn’t a fan. You know what I mean? With that said, if you go into the movie having never seen a second of the show and come out having enjoyed the film, PLEASE do yourself a favor and watch the series.

Seth Meyers, Welcome To Late Night

It feels weird actively staying up to watch The Tonight Show. Are you doing this too now because of Jimmy? Jimmy is doing so, so well on The Tonight Show – so well that I’m going out of my way to watch the full show live. I never did that with Late Night, so I don’t know why, because he’s just as good here as he was there, but regardless, I like it. Last night was the premiere of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Did you watch?

It was….okay. It was very much a First Show and for a first show, it was fine, but there is a lot to be worked on, like that f-cking set. This budget desk + two chairs combo they bought at Business Depot 3 days before the show aired needs to go. Fred Armisen’s band stage looks like he might fall through it, and the background is a bit much color wise. As for Seth? He was so nervous, you could tell, but he did well enough. I don’t think the material was as strong as it should have been – I remember only a handful of the jokes and even then, they weren’t knockouts. But when Amy Poehler is your first guest, you really don’t need to do much work. Amy is the best guest a talk show host can have. Have you ever spent your Saturday night in a Tina & Amy YouTube blackhole? It’s the best kind of pre-party. There are too many Amy interviews to link to, but just go and have a field day. It feels weird to say someone is a great guest on a talk show, like when you say a celebrity is “the nicest”, as if they shouldn’t be anything other than nice but you’re still surprised when they are nice. But there are so many celebrities who suck at interviews and ultimately it speaks to their personality. Of course Seth and Amy are friends and it was like eavsdropping on two best friends at a coffee shop talking shit (the bit with Fred is amazing) but again, she’s so damn engaging, funny and smart.

Jimmy Fallon’s First Episode Of ‘The Tonight Show’ Went Very Well

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Let’s say it together: Okay byeeeeeeeeee Jay Leno

No disrespect to Jay Leno, but who is going to miss him besides those of middle america who presumably own Big Bang Theory merchandise? No one, is the answer. Bias aside (the bias being my love for Jim Jam Fallon) when it was announced he would be taking over it was the most logical choice: Jimmy is safe, yes, he’s like an adorable puppy, sure, but safe doesn’t have to equate boringness. Jimmy Fallon is safe but he is not boring. Jay Leno was, or had become, boring. Conan O’Brien isn’t Louis C.K but he isn’t as “appealing” as Fallon is, or can be. The Tonight Show is a very broad show. So this transition made sense.

I have this weird thing where I’m happy for people I don’t know. Which, for me, is rare, because I’m rarely happy for the people I do know. Jimmy Fallon has this way of being so endearing that you just want the best for him. Last night was the beginning of the new chapter and it went off without a hitch. The set is spectacular, first off. The Spike Lee directed opening is fantastic. And the show was such a smooth transition. It felt so natural. And this was only the first episode. Imagine how much more at home he will be in a week, in a month? It’s exciting because, like him or not, Jimmy Fallon is exciting. You can scoff at the “viralness” of his sketches, but when he does a sketch with a celebrity, the next day it is making waves, and in the best way. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: he has the most fun, always, and he wants you to as well.

My favourite bit of the night? Of course it was the parade of celebrities. The more I watch it, the weirder it gets because none of these people match. Not one. Not one person there matches, except for like, Tina and Tracy and Lindsay and….Mike Tyson, but that’s it. Imagine the conversation backstage? Imagine setting up who goes out when? This is why I love live TV because these questions are actually asked. Also: I know Tina would hate that this is being brought up, but she’s been looking like a REAL BABE lately. And Colbert just kills it.

 

That’s Quite Enough, Melissa McCarthy

Disclaimer: I like Melissa McCarthy. She may not have fulfilled the potential set-out by her amazing performance in Bridesmaids,  but I like her. The Heat is really good and she’s really good in it and was the best part of This Is 40 and made me laugh, like, once, in Identity Thief which I still haven’t forgiven her for. So I like her. I do, but… this new trailer for Tammy, the movie she and her husband wrote (and he, Ben Falcone, directed) isn’t encouraging.

Before Bridesmaids (which, let me make clear, she is brilliant in and deserved that Oscar nomination) Melissa McCarthy did a lot of small, quirky parts. To a lot of you, she is best known for her role on Gilmore Girls. To the other 5 people, myself included, you remember her time on Samantha Who? (take a moment to bow you heads and remember Samantha Who?). On either show she played to aspects of her comedy we’ve come to enjoy (or be annoyed by) but it was way more subtle. I assume she plays the same type of “normal” on Mike & Molly but I won’t watch that until it becomes The Melissa McCarthy Show it should have been from the beginning (or, just, Molly).

I’m not disqualifying her talent, there are others on the internet who would love to do so. It’s that Tammy does not show me anything else, anything new, it’s just another variation of one of her sketch characters we’ve seen when she hosts Saturday Night Live (which, by the way, her most recent hosting job was subpar). But it clicks. The general audiences LOVE this shit. This is why Identity Thief did so, so well. The Heat too but that is a good movie. Maybe I’m jaded because I assumed Tammy wouldn’t be this kind of movie, I thought, with her writing, it would be a bit more grounded. Granted, I’m judging from a 2 minute teaser trailer that is just from one scene (and it did make me laugh) but still, it seems it follows her Psychopath With A Heart of Gold-shtick. She’s more than this. I support her, I love that she is a hugely successful movie star, but if we’re going to shit on, who, Johnny Depp for playing the same character all the time, then she deserves some shit too.