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Yes that headline is meant to be literal as series star Katharine McPhee belts out a cover of Christina Aguilera's hit song Beautiful, but honestly, the trailer for Smash is actually quite a solid presentation of a show that looks like it's going to be much more than Glee for adults. From executive producer Steven Spielberg, the series follows Karen Cartwright (McPhee), a young girl from Iowa with a dream of making it on Broadway. While a veteran of the stage seems like an obvious choice to take the lead role in a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, a songwriting team (Debra Messing and Christian Borle) and their tenacious producer (Anjelica Huston) just might see something in Cartwright and kick off a new chapter in all of their lives. Watch the music video style trailer for Smash after the jump.
It's important to have a sense of humor in all things. Being able to laugh at misfortune doesn't necessarily mean that we're diminishing a tragedy's importance or ignoring the feelings created by hardship. Laughter isn't the best medicine (that would be the polio vaccine) but it's damn useful and Jonathan Levine's 50/50 manages to find humor in cancer by bringing together great performances and a gentle approach that manages to skillfully balance foul-mouthed dialogue alongside honest drama. Based off screenwriter Will Reiser's own experience with cancer (he's now in remission), 50/50 follows Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as he copes with his cancer diagnosis and tries to work through the complicated emotional baggage with the help of his horny stoner friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) and his attractive therapist Katherine (Anna Kendrick). On the surface, the film looks like it could be an unfunny, cloying mess, but the script wisely lets the humor and drama come about naturally rather than forcing laughs or tears. That result largely comes from letting the lead actors play to their strengths, although with Gordon-Levitt it's becoming difficult to tell if he has any weaknesses. He seems to have no problem moving between grizzled noir (Brick), romantic comedy ((500) Days of Summer), stylish action (Inception), and he's the dramatic heart of 50/50. The movie wouldn't work if Gordon-Levitt gave a dishonest performance that tried too hard to make the audience laugh and cry. He taps into Adam's central emotion, which is fear, but we never pity the character and we ...