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Frances McDormand finally does an animated feature. Who else still needs to?

Frances-McDormandImage Credit: Chris Ashford/Camera Press/Retna Ltd; DreamWorks AnimationFrances McDormand, the woman whose Fargo accent you can still hear in your head 15 years later, has finally signed on for her first animated feature, Heat Vision reports. She’s been cast in Madagascar 3 as “a calculating and goal-oriented animal control officer” whose team wants to capture the escaped zoo animals who are still trying to find their way home to New York, this time by joining a traveling circus. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith will return, and other actors will join in to voice other new characters that are said to include “an Italian sea lion, a Russian tiger and a Latina jaguar.”

More important than whether or not we need another Madagascar sequel — box office receipts say yes, together the first two films have grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide — this news made me wonder if there are other actors out there who have yet to do a voice in an animated movie who need to, STAT. Nominations?

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I wish there was an entire series about this baby elephant and his sheep BFF

Baby animals! In peril! Forming friendships! Holy moly, this clip just about killed me with its adorableness. Behold, a sickly orphaned elephant calf — and his wooly sheep companion. The best part is about three minutes in, when the little pachyderm charges right at the camera, but I also like the part where he drapes his trunk on the sheep and then they just walk around the mudhole together. Besties! READ FULL STORY

Lea Michele joins PETA to denounce horse-drawn carriages in NYC

Lea Michele is lending her celebrity to PETA to convince people to boycott horse-drawn carriages in New York City. “Horses in the carriage industry are deprived of everything that makes their lives worth living,” Michele says in the PSA. “Don’t get taken for a ride.” Does Michele look like a fairytale heroine alongside her noble unicorn in this picture? Well, she doesn’t not look like that…. (Lavender bridle FTW!) READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Who wore a meat dress better?

WARNING: Disturbing imagery ahead. Put on your BluBlockers! Village Voice columnist Michael Musto appropriated Lady Gaga’s tasty “meat dress” look for the paper’s Year in Review issue, complete with fishnets, headpiece, and white-blond weave. If you can handle it, vote. READ FULL STORY

Tucker Carlson calls for Michael Vick's death: Why do dogs short-circuit people's logic?

cute-tuckerImage Credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself. I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs. And he did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should have been executed for that.” Those are the words of talking head Tucker Carlson, who has understandably since found himself in his own crossfire. I’m going to guess that it’s pretty well accepted that Carlson is in the wrong with this belief. Plenty of people believe in the death penalty, whether for reasons of deterrence, social safety, or just old-fashioned Old Testament-style justice, but I doubt many of them would accept that the list of crimes that warrant capital punishment extends to, as odious as it is, animal cruelty. I am also going to guess that at least part of Carlson’s statement was typical cable news shock-jocking.

So it’s not really worth it to finger-wag and chastise Carlson for his statement when he’ll probably apologize profusely and retract it in T-minus six hours. However, I do think this incident raises another interesting question: Just how indignant do we get over cute animals? READ FULL STORY

'Yogi Bear' alternate ending creator: 'It seemed ripe for parody'

yogi-bear-endingThe Yogi Bear “alternate ending” video that took the Internet by storm yesterday is the handiwork of New York-based animator Edmund Earle, whose 3-D modeling and animation work can be seen on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and elsewhere. But when he saw the trailer for Yogi Bear, his attention turned to pic-a-nics. And … brutality. We caught up with Earle to ask him about Boo Boo, shotguns, and his rise to viral video fame.

“This started in September, when they released the trailer, and it seemed ripe for parody,” Earle says. “It’s a sad trend to revamp these old shows in pretty horrifying CG films, and my brand of humor is always to put something ridiculous and stupid into a dark and serious situation. I’m a big fan of [The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford] … and it seemed like a good mix, the goofiness of Yogi Bear mixed with about the darkest thing you can get.” READ FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin: 'Sarah Palin is deranged'

sorkin-palinImage Credit: Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images; Gilles Mingasson/DiscoveryAaron Sorkin doesn’t like Sarah Palin. I know, stop the presses! In a wondrous rant on HuffPo today (Please, Aaron, get your own real blog! They’re easy to set up!), Sorkin called Palin out for her caribou hunting. Palin had already written, “Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation of tonight’s episode.” But Sorkin sees it a different way. “What she did [was] heart-stoppingly disgusting” and tantamount to a “snuff film,” he writes. “You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals.”

Hey, I’ve heard that one before. On Sports Night.

Season 1, episode 3, “The Hungry and the Hunted,” is about, among other things, Sorkin’s distaste for hunting, and he communicates it through the sweet, nervous Jeremy, who’s sent on an assignment to produce a segment for a hunting show. He has panic attack and is later forced to admit why he didn’t want the assignment in the first place. The video is here, but since it’s not embeddable, I’ll transcribe part of it: READ FULL STORY

PETA fires at Sarah Palin after she hunts caribou

sarah-palin-caribouImage Credit: Gilles Mingasson/DiscoverySarah Palin anticipated animal activists would not respond well to her going caribou hunting on last Sunday’s episode of her TLC reality show Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and she was right: PETA Vice President Dan Mathews has issued a statement saying, “Sarah seems to think that resorting to violence and blood and guts may lure people into watching her boring show, but the ratings remain as dead as the poor animals she shoots.” (As Fancast points out, that’s not exactly true: The ratings for the series have been on the rise — and should hit a high when Kate Gosselin goes camping with Palin this week.)

Sunday morning, before the episode aired, Palin posted a preemptive message on Facebook: “Tonight’s hunting episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska ‘controversial’? Really? Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch
or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation of tonight’s episode. I remain proudly intolerant of anti-hunting hypocrisy. :)” As someone who does all three, I guess I have to agree with her, even if the scene of her hunting, skinning, and quartering the caribou with her father (and quoting Ted Nugent) is excruciating to watch. (See it below, but you’ve been warned.) As shown in the cheerier promo for the episode, Palin hunts to put meat in her family’s freezer. Like she says, if you eat meat, you can’t fault her — even if you don’t want to watch her.  READ FULL STORY

'I Love You Phillip Morris' but we hate you Ace Ventura: PopWatch Rewind looks back on Jim Carrey's career

ace-ventura-posterIn I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey plays a devout Christian police officer who discovers his true calling as a high-living gay man, a prison-escaping con artist, and the obsessed paramour of Ewan McGregor. It’s an unhinged performance… but Carrey has been  specializing in unhinged, semi-psychotic characters for almost two decades now. (Remember Bob Jackson, Karate Instructor?) We decided to honor (and deconstruct) the star by looking back at the role that made him famous. Return with us, readers, to a time before the $20 million paycheck, before the zeitgeist-defining pratfalls, before the “serious” roles that worked (The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of  the Spotless Mind) and the ones that didn’t (The Majestic, The  Number 23.) And please, help us to ponder an unthinkable question: Just  how freakin’ bad is Ace Ventura: Pet Detective?

Keith Staskiewicz: Alrighty then!

Darren Franich: This was Jim Carrey’s first big hit, the movie that catapulted him to superstardom and set him up for a ridiculously big year – first Ace Ventura, then The Mask, then Dumb & Dumber — and very shortly, he was breaking all salary records by earning $20 million per movie. And yet, his kingdom was built on a throne of lies! Because, man, oh man, Ace Ventura is terrible. I remember thinking this movie was the funniest thing ever when it came out. Now, I’m at a loss to find any redeeming quality whatsoever. READ FULL STORY

'Benji' will be back. Is there a role for Ron Burgundy's Baxter?

Benji-dog-huntedBenji is the latest franchise to get a reboot. According to Variety, Brandon Camp (Love Happens), son of Benji creator Joe Camp Jr., has partnered with Walden Media (the folks behind The Chronicles of Narnia films), to write, direct, and produce a movie resurrecting the helpful underdog mutt. His goal is to “screen test dogs in pounds” to find his star, which will make an awesome DVD special feature (unless the rejected dogs can sense the opportunity they’re missing, then you might as well just show me the Sarah McLachlan ASPCA ad).

Brandon Camp told the trade he wants to stay true to Benji’s “emotional journey.” Somehow, I’ve never actually seen anything Benji, which I know is wrong, particularly since I have seen Beverly Hills Chihuahua (for work!). I’m guessing having Baxter from Anchorman costar, in character, and making it a dog buddy flick isn’t in the cards? Then again, if this clip from 2004′s Benji: Off the Leash! is real, maybe it is!

What’s your vision for an updated Benji?

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