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The North Providence Breeze 07-08-2020

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | JULY 8-14, 2020 ENTERTAINMENT 14 Some funny moments in Ferrell's 'Eurovision Song Contest' HH 1/2 I think it's fair to say that all actors have peaks and valleys in their careers. Some vary from film to film, while others have huge gaps of low visibil- ity after a bomb or dud at the box office. It could be said that Will Ferrell has, of late, had such a stretch. "Daddy's Home" and its sequel plus "Zoolander 2" all came out over a three-year stretch starting in 2015, and besides "The Lego Movie" in 2014, it's been awhile since he has had a solid hit. In all fairness, I'd have to say that 2008's "Stepbrothers" was probably his last true hit. I hate to say Ferrell might be in a rut, but it sure feels that way. Last week his new film, "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga," hit Netflix. This wacky tale takes Ferrell to Iceland to portray Lars, one half of a duet with life- long dreams and aspirations competing in a long-running talent show. His partner Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) is beauti- ful and with a genuine, gifted voice, though she may or may not be his sister and this is a running gag through most of the movie. Pierce Brosnan is onboard as his disapproving father who thinks he is going nowhere in life and that he is basically an utter and sheer embarrassment not only to his small village but especially to his family. There's a lot of quirky moments along the way and there's plenty of tongue- in-cheek jokes made at the expense of Iceland. Sigrit believes in elves and goes to tiny little houses at the foothills to bring them small trinkets and treasures in the hopes they will help the duo make it further in the contest. Dan Stevens, who was unrec- ognizable portraying the Beast in Disney's 2017's live action remake of "Beauty and the Beast," is an absolute treasure here as Russian beefcake singer Alexander Lemtov. There are some decent laughs throughout and Ferrell knows how to work the audience subtly and he gets his costars to amp it up. McAdam's Sigrit comes off naïve at times and her interactions with the lecher- ous Lemtov are excellent. For someone like me who simply cannot tolerate these abhorrent talent shows, I chuckled perhaps a lot more than the regular viewer. In the latter half of the film, Lars has a field day abusing some American tourists and it becomes a running joke through the end of the film. While this may not be the flick to light a spark on Ferrell's career, it's a funny diversion. But realistically, it could've been 30 minutes shorter to tighten up the plot a little as there's definitely some points it drags on. McAdams and Ferrell make a good match and Brosnan basically has to portray the "handsomest guy" in the town and scowl disapprov- ingly toward Lars. English talk show host Graham Norton seems wasted here as the commentator and definitely lacks the bite of say, Simon Cowell. The film is directed by David Dobkin who did "Wedding Crashers" way back in 2005 and "Fred Claus" back in 2007, so he's definitely got some his- tory with Ferrell. Perhaps the recently announced sequel to "Crashers" will be the big ignition Ferrell needs. The film is rated PG-13. WILL FERRELL and RACHEL MCADAMS star as a duet with lifelong dreams of competing in a long-running talent show in Iceland. Stadium Theatre announces Summer Teen Intensive WOONSOCKET – The Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, announces its Summer Teen Intensive show titles. The program is open to students entering grade 9 through freshman year of college. Four two-week sessions are offered through the months of July and August. Limited space is available. • Selfie - Session I-A ; non-musical: July 20-31, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Session I-B; non- musical: July 20-31, 5-9 p.m. • An Actor's Showcase - Session II-A; musical: Aug. 3-Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Godspell - Session II-B; musical; Aug. 3-14, 5-9 p.m. The theater is working with the state and comply- ing with its COVID-19 guidelines. Tuition is $375 per stu- dent, per session. To reg- ister, visit https://tinyurl. com/y9fzru6n . Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE

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