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Dirty Grandpa Review

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There's nothing clever about this deliberately rude and vulgar comedy, but certain audiences will find it absolutely hilarious. Never afraid to head straight into the cheapest, nastiest gag, director Dan Mazar and writer John Phillips throw their odd-couple stars into a series of riotously awkward situations, usually involving nudity. And even if it's not as funny as it ought to be, at least there's some meaning to the chaos.

Zac Efron plays Jason, a bright young Atlanta lawyer who takes after his workaholic father (Dermot Mulroney). But Jason's grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro) remembers a more interesting Jason, before ruthless ambition took over his life. So after Grandma's funeral, Dick asks Jason to drive him down to Florida a week before Jason is due to marry the high-maintenance Meredith (Julianne Hough). Jason quickly discovers that Grandpa is intent on sowing some very wild oats, detouring their journey through Daytona at spring break, where they meet a couple of girls (Aubrey Plaza and Zoey Deutch) who are up for pretty much anything. What Jason doesn't know is that Grandpa is doing all of this to remind Jason who he really is, and to show him how to enjoy life instead of control it.

The script sometimes lays on this message rather thickly in between a series of deliberately jaw-dropping gross-out sequences. Predictably, drugs and sex abound, and most of the jokes are so corny and ludicrous that they're not remotely believable. Everything that happens strains to shock the audience, which means that nothing is actually very shocking. But while the story has no tension at all, it also manages to grab hold of the audience simply because the characters are so vividly played by the fearless Efron and De Niro. Neither role is much of a stretch, but they dive into even the yucky and/or naked moments with gusto, developing some chemistry in the process.

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Julie Bowen And Her Three Sons Spotted Eating Lunch

Julie Bowen, Oliver Phillips, Gustav Phillips and John Phillips - Julie Bowen and her three sons spotted eating pizza for lunch at a farmers' market - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 4th May 2014

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Julie Bowen, Oliver Phillips, Gustav Phillips and John Phillips
Julie Bowen, Oliver Phillips, Gustav Phillips and John Phillips
Julie Bowen, Oliver Phillips, Gustav Phillips and John Phillips
Julie Bowen, Oliver Phillips, Gustav Phillips and John Phillips
Julie Bowen, Oliver Phillips, Gustav Phillips and John Phillips

Julie Bowen On The School Run

John Phillips, Gus Phillips and Julie Bowen - Julie Bowen takes her twin boys John and Gus Phillips to school - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 19th November 2013

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John Phillips, Gus Phillips and Julie Bowen
John Phillips, Gus Phillips and Julie Bowen
John Phillips, Gus Phillips and Julie Bowen
John Phillips, Gus Phillips and Julie Bowen
John Phillips, Gus Phillips and Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen's Big Brood

Julie Bowen, Gustav Phillips, John Phillips and Oliver Phillips - Julie Bowen walks with Sons Oliver, John and Gustav age 6 and the twins age 4 while shopping at a sporting goods store in Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Sunday 27th October 2013

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Julie Bowen
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Julie Bowen, John Phillips and Oliver Phillips

Julie Bowen With Family

Julie Bowen, Oliver McLanahan Phillips and John Phillips - Julie Bowen With Family Los Angeles California United States Sunday 3rd February 2013

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Julie Bowen and Gustav Phillips
Julie Bowen and Oliver Phillips
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Julie Bowen, John Phillips, Gustav Phillips and Scott Phillips
Julie Bowen and Gustav Phillips

Julie Bowen Enjoys A Day With Her Sons At A Farmer's Market In Studio City

Julie Bowen, John Phillips and Oliver Phillips - Julie Bowen, John Phillips and Oliver Phillips Sunday 9th December 2012 Julie Bowen enjoys a day with her sons at a farmer's market in Studio City

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Julie Bowen, John Phillips and Oliver Phillips
Julie Bowen and Gustav Phillips
Gustav Phillips, Julie Bowen, John Phillips and Oliver Phillips
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Oliver Phillips, Julie Bowen and Gustav Phillips

Sly Stone Homeless And Living In Campervan


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Sly Stone, the singer-songwriter regarded as one of the most important individuals in soul music history, has become homeless. The 68-year-old is living in a campervan currently parked in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Crenshaw, reports the New York Post.

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Michaels's Clear Channel Cohorts Axed At Tribune


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Several of ousted Tribune CEO Randy Michaels's former colleagues from his radio days at Jacor and Clear Channel Communications are following him out the door of the media company. The Chicago Tribune reported on Tuesday that they include John Phillips, a former traffic reporter for Clear Channel, whom Michaels had brought on board as director of facilities at the company's headquarters in Chicago. It was Phillips who posted on Facebook photographs taken at a poker party hosted in what was once The Office of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the conservative publisher of the Tribune , who opposed America's entry into World War II. A caption on one of the Facebook photos noted that the poker players "pretty much desecrated [the office] with gambling, booze and cigars." Phillips's wife Betsy, who also worked for Clear Channel, is also reportedly out at Tribune, as are Marc Chase, a longtime friend of Michaels from his radio days, who had been appointed head of Tribune Interactive; COO Jeff Kapugi, a former programming VP for Clear Channel; and Tribune Executive Vice President Carolyn Gilbert, who had previously held the title of "Critical Mass Media President" at Clear Channel.

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Phillips Denies Prompting Chynna's Rehab Stint


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Actress Mackenzie Phillips is adamant her shocking expose about her incestuous relationship with musician father John Phillips is not to blame for her half sister CHYNNA's anxiety issues.

The star shocked fans when she released her book High on Arrival last year (09), which revealed she had a decade long sexual relationship with her father, founder of The Mamas & the Papas, which began when he raped her on the night she wed Jeff Sessler.

After pledging her support for her sibling, Chynna Phillips entered rehab in February (10), staying for two weeks to deal with "anxiety" problems.

Upon leaving the unit, the singer/songwriter filed for divorce from husband Billy Baldwin, only to withdraw the bid two days later.

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Bijou Phillips Stunned And Upset By Sister's Incest Revelations


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Actress Bijou Phillips has been left devastated by her sister MACKENZIE's incest revelations, insisting she can't believe their father, MAMAS & THE PAPAS star John Phillips, once raped his daughter and then enjoyed a decade-long consensual affair with her.

MACkenzie has revealed all about her twisted romance with her father in her new memoir, High on Arrival, and she stunned America on Wednesday (23Sep09) when she spoke out about the affair on daytime TV show Oprah.

The actress' stepmother Michelle Phillips, who was also a member of the Mamas & The Papas, immediately fired back at the claims, suggesting MACkenzie's recollections could not be believed - because she's a longtime drug abuser, and now her stepsister has spoken in defence of her father.

Bijou Phillips insists it's not the first time she has heard her sister's outrageous claims, stating, "When I was 13, MACkenzie told me that she had a consensual sexual relationship with our father. This news was confusing and it was also scary, as I lived alone with him since I was three. I didn't know what to believe and it didn't help that shortly thereafter MACkenzie told me it didn't happen."

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John & Mackenzie Phillips Album To Be Released


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An album of previously unreleased material recorded by actress Mackenzie Phillips and her father John Phillips is to be released in 2010.

The tracks were recorded more than 20 years ago when John reformed The Mamas & The Papas with Denny Doherty and his daughter - while MACkenzie was involved in an incestuous relationship with her father, according to her new memoir High On Arrival.

Attorney Jeffrey A. Greenberg, who represents John Phillips' estate, insists the songs are "great".

And he's convinced MACkenzie's revelations won't upset sales of the album: "People will make up their own minds. I was a huge fan of John's and my object is to hopefully make people aware of John's music and his talent."

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Phillips Incest Ended With Abortion


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Actress Mackenzie Phillips' sick sexual relationship with her rocker father John Phillips ended when she fell pregnant with what may have been his child and the harsh reality of the strange incestuous romance hit her.

In a candid interview on talk show Oprah, which aired in America on Wednesday (23Sep09), Phillips revealed she had a consensual sexual relationship with her father for a decade, which began when she was a teenager.

And, as if that wasn't shocking enough, the actress opened up about an unwanted pregnancy that brought the relationship between her and the Mamas & the Papas star screeching to a halt.

She told Oprah Winfrey, "I became pregnant and I was in a relationship with my son's father as well; he knew nothing... and I did not know who the father was. The implications, the reality of that... I had an abortion and I never let him touch me again."

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Jagger Seduced 18-Year-old Phillips


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Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger seduced pal John Phillips' teenage daughter MACKENZIE while the MAMAS & THE PAPAS star was making him a tuna sandwich.

The California Dreamin' singer had left the rocker alone with his 18-year-old daughter in Jagger's apartment while he went out to get some mayonnaise and when he returned, he found the door had been locked and he realised the Brit was having sex with his girl.

MACkenzie recalls, "My dad walks out (of the apartment), Mick turns around, locks the door, looks at me and he says, 'I've been waiting for this since you were 10 years old...' and he seduced me.

"My dad comes back and (says), 'That's my daughter in there, let her out,' and we just ignored him."

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Monterey Pop Review


Excellent
For those of us who weren't yet born when the 1960's rock 'n' rolled around, Monterey Pop affords an affectionate glimpse of the music that influenced our parents to be hippies. From Otis Redding to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin to the Mamas and the Papas, and Jefferson Airplane to The Who, this documentary is jam-packed with contagious energy. But I give fair warning that I will reveal the ending, which does not do the rest of the film the justice it deserves.

Shot in 1969 at an outdoor concert that precluded Woodstock, the film defies the stereotype of the general population at the time. Sure, some have painted their faces and smoke joints, but D.A. Pennebaker (The War Room, Moon Over Broadway) surprisingly chooses to show a broad spectrum of the audience. No matter who is watching, it all comes back to the talented musicians that stir your soul.

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Village Of The Damned (1960) Review


Excellent
The creepiest moment in the recent horror film Godsend - maybe the only creepy moment - occurs when the boy around whom the action is centered informs his father, in a steady, vaguely threatening voice, that he doesn't think he likes him so much anymore. It's scary; the boy is in a sudden position of authority over his dad. The grown-ups in the audience don't like the way it sounds.

It's a good thing, then, that these same grown-ups weren't around in the British village of Midwich circa 1950. In that sleepy hamlet the entire population suffers from a brief blackout one day; a few months later, all the Midwich women of child-bearing age find that they were expecting, and the children, when they come along, are not exactly like the other boys and girls. They are, in fact, exactly like one another: blonde, rather too intelligent for our comfort, and possessed of a particularly icy stare. To say that they are aloof is an understatement. And, perhaps most tellingly, they have a hive mentality: They keep only one another's company, they communicate wordlessly, and when one of these children learns a fact, the others automatically learn it too.

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