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Remember when we all wondered what a Simpsons feature film would be like? And then when it arrived we all collectively let out a great big “meh”? Bringing TV animation to the big screen just won’t work unless you try something different. Well with ted, Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane has given us a pretty good idea of how his show’s crass humour would work on the big screen.

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The indie sleeper hit of the summer now has a trailer

So we included Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed in our Sundance 2012 preview, and after building a lot of positive buzz at the festival we finally got a trailer yesterday.

Indiewire calls the clip endearing, and I have to agree but have to say it looks like so much more too. A smart, funny and well-thought-out film is always damn hard to find during the sunny months, so this will be very welcome when it hits North American cinemas on June 8th. I imagine a European release will follow at the tail-end of the summer.

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Man-child and sad man to make Mad Men man’s movie

Sad to think that Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson haven’t appeared on-screen together yet. Two of cinema’s most-likeable souls kept apart by the powers that be.

But not for long!

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Oh no. The bloody Golden Globes. What WILL win and what SHOULD win.

The 2012 Golden Globes take place tonight at 8pm Eastern (1am for all the GMTers)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual Golden Globes awards – which take place tonight – are really just the poor bastard cousin of the Oscars.

It seems the main logic in selecting their categories and nominations is to try and please everybody.

- The cop-out division of the film categories into “Drama” and “Comedy/Musical”. More nominated films and actors means more people show up.

- Tabloid-friendly token nods to people like Cher and Madonna despite their films (Burlesque, W.E.) being critically lambasted. This year Madge is up for best original score and best original song, for “Masterpiece.” from W.E.

- A few TV categories just to re-reward the winners of the Emmys from last August. Expect Modern Family, Downton Abbey and Breaking Bad to dominate. Though maybe the HFPA will see sense and give Claire Danes and Damien Lewis some love for their work on Homeland.

- “Miss Golden Globes”. Since 1963, a famous daughter of a celebrity gets to come out on stage and wave. This year Andie McDowell’s daughter Rainey Qualley will wobble on to stage and smile.

But despite all this, it is the first major show of awards season and I love awards dammit. Ricky Gervais is good value in his “controversial” role as host – “O.M.G. He just made fun of Scientology!!” – and it’s always fun to see Hollywood actors look bored when they drag out the best subtitled-latino-mini-series-or-TV-movie-that-isn’t-on-HBO…

Anyway Spooool won’t both you with any thoughts on the TV categories, but for those interested here’s a look at what I think should win, and what will win…

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Who knew. Kal Penn’s real name is actually Kalpen Modi.

Kal Penn, with President Obama, was an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. (photo from NY Times)

Kal Penn has worked on three of my favourite TV shows – teenage terrorist in 24, doctor on House and now a stint as Robin’s boyfriend on How I Met Your Mother. But he’s probably best known as a co-star in the Harold and Kumar films. The latest of which, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, may be out six weeks early, but still managed to satisfy my need for festive heart-warming comedy. And willy jokes.

This profile in the New York Times – Kal Penn, a Star Turn on Both Coasts – now reveals he changed his name! Kalpen Modi became Kal Penn. Amazing. Why didn’t I know this? I’m off the Spooool table quiz team aren’t I? Anyway he made this change because…

Penn says that he derived his acting name, Kal Penn, as a lark: “Almost as a joke to prove friends wrong, and half as an attempt to see if what I was told would work (that anglicised names appeal more to a white-dominated industry), I put ‘Kal Penn’ on my resume and photos.” His audition callbacks rose by 50 percent. He has stated that he prefers his birth name and uses “Kal Penn” only for professional purposes.

This all brings to mind one of the few good jokes from the “pretty decent” Horrible Bosses that wasn’t ruined by the trailer…

[to the in-car Live Support Nav Guide]
Dale Arbus: I’m always curious about these things, but is your real name Gregory?
Atmanand: Uh….no, sir. My real name is Atmanand.
Kurt Buckman: How do you get Gregory from that?
Atmanand:  Oh, Gregory was assigned to me by Nav Guide.
Nick Hendricks: Why don’t they let you use your real name?
Atmanand: They say many Americans find out real names hard to pronounce.
Kurt Buckman: Hey, you know what? I’m not gonna play by the rules anymore. From now on I’m gonna call you Amanand.
Nick Hendricks: At-manand.
Dale Arbus: What is it?
Kurt Buckman: Emanand.
Nick Hendricks: Atmanand.
Atmanand: Atmanand.
Dale Arbus: Aminand.
Dale Arbus: I’m gonna call you Gregory, cause that name’s a fucking nightmare, buddy.