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Movie Mania: Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

21 April 2012

Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Josh Groban

RYAN GOSLING’S LADYKILLER educates Steve Carell’s dorky divorcee how to be a real man in this funny and poignant rom-com.

Having being left by his wife Emily (Moore), Cal (Carell) spends his nights drowning his sorrows at a local bar and droning about his woes to anyone in sight.

Taking pity on the middle-aged mess, the suave Jacob (Gosling) takes Cal under his wing – teaching him how to dress properly and seduce women. 

Meanwhile, the suburbanite’s young son Robbie has fallen hopelessly in love with his older babysitter, who in turn harbours feelings for Cal, and law student Hannah (Stone) must decide whether the irksome Richard (Groban) is really the man of her dreams. 

Love Connection

Dannii Minogue & Adam Levine 

HE’S GOT THE Moves like Jagger and a string of female admirers queuing up – including the delectable Jennifer Love Hewitt – following his split from Victoria’s Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna.

So who better to set the Maroon 5 singer and The Voice judge up with than someone in exactly the same boat? We’ve gone with the blazingly obvious choice of Dannii Minogue, who also happens to be a pop star, reality show judge (on Australia’s Got Talent) and singleton after separating from partner Kris Smith just weeks ago.

She may be rumoured to have had a fling with Simon Cowell, but will Adam think she has the X-Factor?

Just for Laughs

A MAN IS lost in the Sahara desert.

Having used up the last of his water two days ago, he’s lying on the sand gasping for something to drink when he hears a voice calling “Mush! Mush!”

He ignores it at first, but shortly after hears the call again and turns to see an Eskimo bundled up in furs, driving a sled with a team of huskies across the dunes.

Certain he’s hallucinating, the man nonetheless weakly lifts up his arm and rasps, “Please help.”

The Eskimo pulls up next to him, and the overjoyed man exclaims, “I have no idea what you’re doing here, or why, but thank goodness you are. My water’s gone and I’m completely lost.”

The Eskimo looks down at him, and shouts wildly, “You think you’re lost?!”

YouTuge giggles

Wing and a prayer

WALKING ALONG A well-maintained path in the sunshine, a suit-wearing pedestrian encounters a goose blocking his way.

He expects the bird to step aside, which of course it doesn’t. Cue plenty of man-against-nature tomfoolery, as the perplexed gentleman tries to scare his foe away with some rolled up paper, while the angry bird proves a surprisingly endurable fighter.

To see the clip, visit www.youtube.com and type ‘Man vs. wild goose’ into the search box.

Celeb Trivia

ONE OF THE best-loved films of all time, colourful family tale The Wizard of Oz (1939) with Judy Garland was adapted from a 1900 book by L. Frank Baum.

But the story had already received numerous film adaptations before MGM studio’s seminal release – including several by Baum himself. Among the less famous screen versions which predated the Oscar-winning classic were The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910), Her Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914) and The Land of Oz (1925).

In contrast, MGM’s official sequel sat on the shelf for 35 years, finally coming out in 1974 as animated flick Journey Back to Oz.

Mole of the Emirates

Overheard from conversations around Dubai this week…

>“I shall have to give a lecture to my legs right now”

>“He’s a dreamy boat”

>“Potatoes and what?”

>“No one thinks about barnacles”

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