Saturday, March 6, 2010

Alex Borstein in "Kicking & Screaming" (2005)

Zeo voice actor Alex Borstein (voice of Queen Machina, Zeo) played a small role in the 2005 comedy "Kicking & Screaming." The film stars Will Ferrell as family man Phil Weston who has been the constant victim of his father's intense competitive spirit. When Phil takes a job coaching a kids' soccer team, he soon finds himself in direct competition with his father. Borstein appears in a couple of the film's scenes, as an unnamed woman who gets into Phil's way, testing his ability to stand up for himself. Their first encounter comes at the beginning of the movie when she steals a parking space from him, using her Hummer to take up two spots. When he mentions it to her, she responds by making fun of his smaller car. Later, Phil is impatient for his caffeine fix when he gets stuck behind her in a long line, which she holds up by asking the employee to explain different beverages to her. When Phil tries to be more stern with her, she attacks, causing him to be thrown out of the coffee shop for good.

"Kicking & Screaming" is available on DVD

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Brandon Jay McLaren in "Love Happens" (2009)

Former Red Ranger Brandon Jay McLaren (Jack, SPD) played a small role in the 2009 romantic drama "Love Happens." The film stars Aaron Eckhart as a self-help guru named Burke whose book about coping with loss makes him into a major success, but secretly he struggles in dealing with his own wife's death. When he meets Eloise (played by Jennifer Aniston) he's forced to front his feelings over his lost love. McLaren appears in a few scenes of the film as Mohawk, a friend of Aniston's co-worker and best friend Marty. When Marty invites Eloise to see her perform her poetry on stage, Mohawk is amongst her other friends in attendance. The group is later joined by Burke and take a walk through Seattle. When they each add a piece of gum to a large public wall, McLaren's character seems grossed out by doing it. McLaren has only a few lines in his two scenes.

"Love Happens" is available on DVD

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David de Lautour on "What I Like About You" - 13 (2005)

David de Lautour (RJ, Jungle Fury) continued his recurring role on "What I Like About You" in the third season episodes "Stupid Cupid" and "Nobody's Perfect." These two episodes were pivotal for his character Ben Sheffield, as they signaled the end of his romance with main character Holly Tyler (played by Amanda Bynes). It's time for Valentine's Day in "Stupid Cupid," but Holly's love for Ben seems to be waning in favor of her ex-boyfriend Vince. The previous episode ended with her calling Ben by Vince's name and she tries to make amends in this episode by giving Ben a gift to show her love, but it's too late. Ben knows her heart is elsewhere and the two break up. David appears in a few scenes of the episode. The following episode "Nobody's Perfect" picks up Holly & Ben's story from there, as Holly tries to maintain a friendship with Ben, since she's still his music manager. Holly wonders why Ben doesn't seem crushed by their break-up and urges him to let his feelings out. When he writes a song, calling her out as a liar who broke his heart, Holly feels even worse knowing he'll sing it in public, which could be good for his career but seriously embarrassing for her. In the end, Holly tells Ben to sing the song anyway, as she comes to terms with her guilt over their relationship ending.

Episode 3x15 - "Stupid Cupid"

Episode 3x16 - "Nobody's Perfect"

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Anna Hutchison, Ari Boyland & Jared Turner on "Go Girls" (2009)

In the "Go Girls" world, Jungle Fury's Yellow Ranger and RPM's Blue Ranger happen to be siblings. Anna Hutchison (Lily, Jungle Fury) continued her starring role in the show's fifth episode titled "Loyal." Her character Amy Smart deals with the frequent torment of her rival Angelina who browses her sock stand only to bring up Amy's money problems without buying anything. Unbeknownst to Amy, she is also the object of her best friend Kevin's fantasies. Amy also tries to celebrate the return of her brother Scott to town, until she discovers that he intends to stand by their greedy mother in the midst of their parents' messy divorce. Ari Boyland (Flynn, RPM) makes his debut on the series playing Amy's brother Scott, a slacker who returns home after running out of cash on his never-ending surf vacation. The relationship between brother & sister remains strained as Scott continues his smoking & drinking with his friends, who make fun of Amy's friend Cody who shows up at the party with a makeover to help her find a man to marry. Speaking of Cody, her boyfriend hunt continues to falter, especially as her attentions remain on her daughter's teacher, the married Ben Maddox, played by Jared Turner (voice of Whiger, Jungle Fury). Ben learns about the Alzheimer's Disease affecting Cody's mother and the two continue to bond when he brings his car into her garage for repairs. The episode ends with the two sharing a dangerous kiss.

Anna Hutchison

Ari Boyland

Jared Turner

Season 1 of "Go Girls" is available on DVD (Non-U.S.)

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