Emma Stone’s breakthrough role in next week’s “Easy A” makes this a good time to look at some of her earlier work. She is terrific in this story of a high school rock group.
Pete Best, who was famously kicked out of The Beatles just before they brought on Ringo Starr and rocketed to international superstardom, appears as himself in this movie about a drummer who was kicked out of an 80’s hair band before they went on to such heights of international superstardom that they now speak with cheeky lower-class English accents, even though they came from Cleveland.
“The Office’s” Rainn Wilson plays “Fish,” the drummer still stuck in Cleveland, where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seems to be there just to remind him of how much he has lost. Fired from his job, dumped by his girlfriend, he is living in his sister’s attic when, 20 years after he last sat behind a drum kit, he gets one more chance to live the dream. His nephew’s band needs a drummer for the prom.
A video of Fish rehearsing in the nude becomes a viral sensation on YouTube and suddenly the group of three graduating high school seniors and a demented and bitter burn-out is on tour.
The best way to keep families close and teach children essential life skills is to keep family dinner time a priority. No matter what else is going on, families should stop everything else at least five times a week for a quiet moment to touch base. Family dinners should include time for each member to talk about the day while the others listen patiently, with a few moments for supportive comments and follow-up questions. All electronic and telephonic devices should be banned until after the dishes are washed. I was very pleased to see this book from the editors of Cookie Magazine, a terrific resource for parents about how to make it work.
Thanks so much to my dear friend Tim Gordon for including me on his fall preview show along with film critics Dann Gire (Chicago Daily Herald), Eli Savada (FilmThreat), Wilson Morales (Black Film), Arch Campbell (WJLA-TV), Daryle Lockhart (The Black Box Office), Brandon Fibbs (The Colorado Springs Gazette), Joe Barber (WTOP-FM), Rebecca Cusey (Comcast), TT Stern-Enzi (Cincinnati City Beat), Jen Chaney (Washington Post), Kevin “BDK” McCarthy (FOX 5 DC) and hosts of BlogTalkRadio’s Punch Drunk Critics, Travis Hopson and John Nolan.
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