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Almost pathologically buoyant, this brightly colourful animated comedy is so cheeky that it's impossible to dislike. The plot may be thin, and the wackiness a bit too full-on, but every moment is packed with smart verbal and visual jokes. This rapid-fire energy keeps us laughing all the way through, while the lively song score has us humming along and wishing we could get up there and dance.
It's set in a garish fantasy world in which sweetly happy trolls are locked in a mortal battle with gloomy bergen who think the only way they can achieve happiness is to eat a troll. It's been 20 years since the trolls escaped to form a secret forest community, so they throw a party to celebrate. Led by Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the festivities feature so much music, glitter and hugging that the bergen's Chef (Christine Baranski) spots their location. The paranoid troll Branch (Justin Timberlake) had warned that this might happen, and sure enough Chef sweeps in and grabs a handful of trolls to take back to bergen King Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Feeling responsible, Poppy sets out on a quest to rescue them, and Branch grudgingly accompanies her. They also get help from the lovelorn bergen scullery maid Bridget (Zooey Deschanel).
There isn't a moment in this story that carries even a hint of actual suspense, but the action scenes are still exhilaratingly madcap, and the darker moments along the way generate proper emotion. Thankfully, the lesson is so painfully obvious (you don't need to eat a troll to be happy!) that the filmmakers don't bother hammering it in. Instead, they fill every scene with deranged wit, ridiculous gags and lively character detail.
Continue reading: Trolls Review
Because faith isn't always something you're born into.
Zooey Deschanel has reportedly converted to Judaism for her new husband Jacob Pechenik, despite having never been affiliated with any religion before. The conversion took place prior to the marriage earlier this year and it seems the newly bonded pair and their new baby couldn't be happier.
Zooey Deschanel converts for Jacob Pechenik
Having been raised in a liberal environment, with both parents affiliated with Christian denominations, the 'New Girl' actress never really found her own spiritual path. That is, until producer Pechenik came along and she began to study the teachings of the Jewish faith, according to a source in Us Weekly. This could mean that they'll also be raising baby daughter Elsie Otter in a Jewish household.
Deschanel and her husband Jacob Pechenik told waiting reporters about the inspiration behind their three-month-old girl's name.
Three months after she gave birth to her first child, Zooey Deschanel has revealed the unusual middle name she and her husband have given their baby daughter, and the inspiration behind it.
The ‘New Girl’ and husband Jacob Pechenik have chosen the name Elsie Otter for their three month old girl, they told People magazine at the red carpet premiere for Rock The Kasbah in New York on Monday night (October 19th). “It’s Elsie…” Deschanel began, with her husband jumping in with “Otter”. “Like the animal,” she explained, with Pechenik adding “sea otter”.
Continue reading: Zooey Deschanel Reveals Her Baby Daughter's Unusual Name
Fox will be filling in for Deschanel while she's on maternity leave for a handful of episodes.
Producers of Fox comedy ‘New Girl’ have revealed their plan for how to cope with lead actress Zooey Deschanel’s upcoming maternity leave, and they’ve landed a pretty sizeable name to temporarily replace her. Transformers star Megan Fox will be moving into the attic as part of a multi-episode arc during the new fifth season.
Essentially, since Deschanel's pregnancy was never part of the series' storyline, the producers will explain away Deschanel’s absence through a plot in which her character Jess is sequestered on jury duty for a time. At that point, Fox will move into the apartment for a while. She’s to play a character called ‘Raegan’, a “gorgeous, straight-shooting pharmaceutical sales rep who comes to town on business and shakes things up in the loft,” according to Fox’s press release.
Megan Fox will fill in for Zooey Deschanel on 'New Girl'
Continue reading: 'New Girl' Gets A New Girl As Megan Fox Fills In For Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik have welcomed a daughter. Deschanel’s representative made the announcement and confirmed the two had also secretly married before the arrival of their first child together.
There’s two lots of good news for fans of Zooey Deschanel. The New Girl actress has welcomed her first child and, her representative revealed whilst confirming the arrival of the healthy baby girl, is also married!
Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in August 2014.
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Lucy Lawless says it's just a rumour, but we can dream.
So, rumours are circulating that a modern reboot of the 90s cult show 'Xena: Warrior Princess' is set to hit screens in the near future. It would be great to see Lucy Lawless back in that badass leather corset but, chances are, if it does ever return, it's likely to have a new wearer. But who should it be?
In a world where feminism has become re-invigorated and strong female role models are being taken seriously in movies and on the small screen, it seems only right that 'Xena: Warrior Princess' be brought back as part of this phenomenon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, original executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are involved in her resurrection (literally) with the series suggested to arrive in 2016 and take on a kind of Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games' angle. Original star Lucy Lawless is keen to crush our dreams, though, telling Twitter, 'Sorry, friends! news of a #Xena reboot is just a rumor. I'd love it to happen one day but it's still in the wishful thinking stage', but it still got us thinking about who we'd like to see in the role if it ever did come back.
Continue reading: Chakrams At The Ready! Who Should Play Xena In The Rumoured TV Re-Boot?
Sometimes, life can really take a turn when you least expect it. For one man, things about to go completely off the rails. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) has been a tour manager for some of the greatest rock bands of all time, and his latest project is about to stir up something special. After becoming the tour manager for a young woman (Zooey Deschanel), he informs her that they are putting on a show in Afghanistan. Terrified, she runs away after they arrive, taking Lanz' wallet and passport with her. Now, stuck in Afghanistan, Lanz is forced to do what he can to find a way home, while doing what he can to enjoy the rocking lifestyle he has come to know and love along the way.
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Released in October, the film will see rock band manager Bill Murray get stranded in Kabul.
Directed by Barry Levinson (Sleepers, Bugsy, Good Morning Vietnam), it stars Murray, Hudson, Willis and Deschanel with a supporting cast of Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Leem Lubany, Fahim Fazli, Taylor Kinney, Beejan Land and Arian Moayed. It is scheduled to be released in US theaters on October 23rd.
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson and the gang will return for a fifth season of Fox's successful 'New Girl' in 2015-2016.
Fox’s successful comedy ‘New Girl’ has been given the green light for a fifth season, the network announced on Tuesday.
Fox's 'New Girl' has been extended for a fifth season run, due for 2015-16
Continue reading: Fox Picks Up 'New Girl' For A Fifth Season
As She & Him announce new ‘Classics’ covers album, Contact Music look at the New Girl star’s best-loved renditions of songs by the Smiths, the Beach Boys and more.
‘New Girl’ star Zooey Deschanel is a woman of many talents. While many know her as the quirky school teacher Jess in the hit US TV show or from roles in films such as 500 Days of Summer and Almost Famous, the actress has also built up a respectable singing career as part of indie pop duo She & Him.
Actress and singer Zooey Deschanel
Last night (August 12) the pair - consisting of Deschanel and multi-instrumentalist M.Ward - announced plans to release their fifth album, Classics, later this year.
Continue reading: What Are Zooey Deschanel's Best Cover Versions?
Date of birth
17th January, 1980
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