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Todd Margaret is, not to put too fine a point on it, an asshole. David Cross's character in this six-episode BBC/U.S. co-production isn't a bad person necessarily, but he is stupid and a compulsive liar and unwilling or unable to admit when he's well in over his head. But then, that's kind of the joke of the series, isn't it? Cross created this series where Portland resident and temp employee Todd Margaret is drafted to lead the U.K. sales of the potentially toxic energy drink Thunder Muscle by his obnoxious, foul-mouthed, possibly deranged boss Will Arnett, and upon his arrival Margaret continuously alienates, pisses off, or is subsequently abused by the London locals who aren't really sure what to make of this little man for »
DVD Review - The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Series 1
David Cross and Will Arnett are already gods of television comedy, thanks to their roles as Tobias and Gob on the Fox (and soon to be Netflix) sitcom Arrested Development. But while fans worldwide are waiting for the two to reunite with that show's highly-anticipated fourth season, Cross and Arnett are still co-stars -- this time on the little IFC series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. The show's six-episode first season hit DVD on December 27.
Not since Extras has a comedy left me with such mixed feelings (not really surprising, considering Todd Margaret co-creator Shaun Pye did have a recurring role on that show). The show certainly takes several pages from the Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant school of comedy; Todd Margaret skews more toward the awkward than the funny, featuring a clueless protagonist and intricately constructed traps that he creates for himself. »
- Sam McPherson
David Cross has been searching for a long-term project since the demise of Arrested Development, and should The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret hold on its current path of painfully awkward moments intertwined with misdirected optimism, then Cross just might have his next television mainstay. Cross deserves a success after proving with Mr. Show and Arrested that his comic style can run a wide range of delivery, and countless guest spots on other television series just make his weekly absence on a prominent series all the more glaring. With that said, Todd Margaret isn’t a home run quite yet, but its compressed six-episode run gives its first season a tight story line that keeps the comedy on a short leash. It’s never afraid to go the distance with making its audience uncomfortable but sometimes those jokes are too silly to be effective.
- Lex Walker
IFC's The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret returns for Season 2 on January 6th. To help refresh you on this twisting tale of depravity, Taiwanese News Networks' Next Media Animation has created a two-minute reenactment of Season 1 with their crazy style of computer-animated dramatizations. Check out the madness below.
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, created, written by and starring David Cross follows the American bloke Todd Margaret, a compulsive liar lacking any sense of good judgment who finds himself in London heading up the sales office of a new energy drink, Thunder Muscle.
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret premieres Season 2 on Friday, January 6, 2012 at 10:30pm Et/Pt (immediately following the Season 2 premiere of Portlandia). »
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, MI4 – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise/Brad Bird's Paramount-distributed Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol topped the North American box office this Christmas weekend, collecting $29.5 million — three million more than estimates released yesterday — according to revised studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Not to be left too far behind, 20th Century Fox also upped its estimates for Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by $2.5 million — to $20.26m. Ghost Protocol is expected to earn $46.21 million for the four-day weekend; A Game of Shadows $31.81m. For comparison's sake: Back in 2005, when Christmas Day also fell on a Sunday, the three leaders at the domestic box office were Peter Jackson/Naomi Watts's King Kong, Andrew Adamson/Tilda Swinton's The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Jim Carrey/Téa Leoni's Fun with Dick and Jane. Among »
- Zac Gille
Paula Patton, Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible IV As expected, Tom Cruise/Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol easily topped the North American box office this Christmas weekend. Ghost Protocol collected $26.53 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Cruise's latest was followed by Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $17.8 million (-55%) and Mike Mitchell's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, with $13.32 million (-42%). For comparison's sake: Back in 2005, when Christmas Day also fell on a Sunday, Peter Jackson/Naomi Watts/Jack Black's King Kong, Andrew Adamson/Tilda Swinton's The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Dean Parisot/Jim Carrey/Téa Leoni's Fun with Dick and Jane — the top three movies at the Us/Canada box office — took in a total of $55.4 million (approx. $68 million* today) from Friday to Sunday. As per studio estimates, »
- Zac Gille
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise remains the only bright light at the North American box office as 2011 comes to a close. According to early, rough estimates found at both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com, apart from Cruise/Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol, every mid-to-late December wide release is performing somewhere between "disappointingly" and "poorly." Among those are: Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, David Fincher/Rooney Mara/Daniel Craig's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mike Mitchell's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, and newcomer We Bought a Zoo, directed by Cameron Crowe, and starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson. It's true that Christmas is generally a relatively "soft" box-office holiday, but this year chances are it'll be softer than usual. Back in 2005, when Christmas »
- Zac Gille
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Tom Cruise/Ghost Protocol to Save North American Box Office: Mission: Impossible IV Overperforms on Wednesday Trailing Brad Bird/Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol was David Fincher's remake of Niels Arden Oplev's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara replacing Michael Nyqvist (featured in Ghost Protocol) and Noomi Rapace (featured in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). The Swedish-set American remake earned a good — though hardly outstanding — $5.06 million at 2,914 locations on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in North America, as per Box Office Mojo. The thriller's per-theater average was $1,738 — or about $850 less than Ghost Protocol's at 3,448 sites. Admittedly, the Tom Cruise actioner has the advantage of IMAX ticket-price surcharges. (All things being equal — including the fact that both Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and Rooney Mara's Lisbeth Salander walk around hooded — the fewer the number of theaters, »
- Zac Gille
Since the finale of "The Biggest Loser," Access Hollywood has been busy trying to figure out who John Rhode's celebrity doppleganger is - but the reality star himself has his mind firmly made up about who he now looks like since dropping an amazing 220 pounds.
Billy Bush and Kit Hoover had fun this past week picking out lookalikes on Access Hollywood Live, throwing around "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Macho Man Savage, Stacy Keach, Bluto from "Popeye" and actor/comedian David Cross as matches - but John thinks he resembles an Oscar winner.
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Here's a preview of what's opening in theaters this holiday weekend, starting with Wednesday's premieres: the tense crime drama "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and the animated thrill ride "The Adventures of Tintin," along with the expanded release of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."
The holidays are a great time to get together with family, wearing loose pants, eat until you regret it and then crash on the couch and catch up with countless movies and television shows you might have missed in the past year. And one series that would make a good selection to idle away those post-turkey hours, is the IFC comedy "The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret." And for five lucky readers, we're going to stuff their stockings this year with a copy. Starring David Cross and Will Arnett, with Spike Jonze in a small role and Johnny Marr providing orignial music for the series (told you this was one you'd want to watch), the show follows the mishaps of the titular character played by Cross, an office temp and liar, who bluffs his way into a senior sales job at an energy sports drink company in London. The »
Three sequels reigned supreme. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows premiered in the top spot at the box office with $40 Million. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked premiered in Second Place with $23.5 Million. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premiered in Third Place with $13 Million. New Year’s Eve was Fourth with $7.4 Million. The Sitter was Fifth with $4.4 Million. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Young Adult, Hugo, Arthur Christmas, and The Muppets rounded out the top ten respectively.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a 2011 British-American action mystery film directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey, and Dan Lin. It is a sequel to the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The screenplay is by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney. Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, »
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Created, written by, and starring David Cross (Arrested Development, Mr. Show), The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret follows the awkward misadventures of an American office temp and convenient liar named Todd Margaret (David Cross »
It looks like Sherlock Holmes can’t solve the mystery of making more money with a sequel. Warner Brothers Pictures’ “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” earned a decent $40 million this weekend for the top spot, but it was far less than 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” of $62.3 million over that Christmas weekend. The new Guy Ritchie-directed Sherlock Holmes movie has actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law returning to their respective roles. In addition, the sequel features the notorious Sherlock Holmes facing his most well known adversary, Professor Moriarity (played by actor Jared Harris). Rising star Noomi Rapace also starred in the movie. Another follow-up movie also was a disappointment at the box office. Twentieth Century Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” was in second place with $23.5 million. The third film earned far less than 2009’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” with $48.9 million and 2007’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks” of $44.3 million. »
In 2007, 20th Century Fox released the live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, based on the venerable animated TV characters. Most movies based on TV characters are big flops but this one was a huge success. It grossed $217 million in North American box offices, $144 million overseas, and was the seventh highest selling DVD in 2008 -- earning more than $101 million.
To no surprise, a follow up movie was ordered -- 2009's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Incredibly, that outsold the first one and grossed $220 million domestically and $224 million overseas. It's sold more than $70 million in DVDs.
This weekend, the singing rodents are back for a third movie -- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked. It stars Jason Lee, David Cross and Jenny Slate. Justin Long, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate are among the voices. »
Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hasn't exactly "saved" the North American box office despite the estimated $40.02 million it earned (or rather, is earning) this weekend at 3,703 locations, including $1.25 million from Thursday midnight screenings. In fact, A Game of Shadows failed to shake things up because it earned slightly over $40 million. After all, the original Sherlock Holmes collected $62.3 million on Christmas weekend 2009 (admittedly, when people were out of school/work) and last week's predictions had A Game of Shadows bringing in anywhere between $55 and $60 million.
I'm not sure if many have used the word "flop" in reference to a movie that grossed $40 million over the course of three days. But unless things pick up dramatically next weekend and the following one — Monday as a holiday should help things some — A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
Sherlock Holmes may have won the weekend with a modest debut, but was it the real box office winner? Not with Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible gang around to flaunt their fab limited release per-screen average in everyone's faces, a precursor to next week's Christmastime blitz. And, yeah. The new Chipmunks is out. A moment of silence for all the poor souls who helped it debut in the number two slot. I'd wager even David Cross feels for you. »
During the House debate on Sopa, out Rep. Jared Polis (who is an Internet mogul) attempted to amend the act to exempt the government from protecting copyrights of pornography in an attempt to derail the bill. Ultimately, he was unsuccessful in doing anything more than delaying the proceedings, but one of his tactics makes you smile: He read the lyrics of "The Internet Is For Porn" from Avenue Q into the Congressional Record.
Queerty is reporting that Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of The Fabulous Beekman Boys got engaged in front of the cameras Friday night. Since their show was canceled, the event will likely be shown on The Real Housewives of New York, whose Sonja Morgan hosted the party. Congratulations!
Mitt Romney's tales of his impoverished time on mission for the Mormon church in France may have been greatly exaggerated.
Kate Middleton has been named the "Best Mannered »
David Cross has commented that the Arrested Development cast are very excited to be reuniting. Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz confirmed in October that Cross, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and the rest of the show's stars will appear in several new episodes and a feature film. Cross provided an update on Arrested Development in an interview with Indie Wire when he said that the full cast are "verbally committed" to a reunion. "No-one wants to be the asshole who ruins it for everyone else. But no-one doesn't want to do it, everyone's excited," Cross said. The actor went on to (more) »
- By Justin Harp
New Alvin Chipmunks 3 Chipwrecked movie delivered good comedy,adventure & more. 20th Century Fox released their new adventure/comedy flick "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out,and I thought it was pretty good. It had a good plotline and some good comedy. The movie stars: Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris,and Christina Applegate. In the flick, Alvin and the Chipmunks,along with the Chipettes went on a cruise with Dave to get to the international music awards. Unfortunately, Dave still couldn't get Alvin to stay under control and behave. The chipmunks kept causing incidents onboard the chip that put them in a position to nearly get kicked off. However,they wouldn't have to get kicked off because Alvin's latest stunt had them flying off the ship by hang gliders and kites. »
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