Ty Burrell Loves Being A Patriarch In The Adorable Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Peabody-Sherman2(PCM) Ty Burrell is thoroughly invested in his fatherly role – both at home and at work.

A doting father of two young daughters and a TV dad in Modern Family, he is starring as an unusual doggie daddy in an irresistible new movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

A well-loved cartoon, best known from being part of the Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon, has sprung to life on the big screen. This new animated Dreamworks film, part comedy and part adventure, opens on Friday, March 7.

The adorable new animated film features Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy, Sherman, (Max Charles.). This unusual father-son pair uses their time machine – the WABAC – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to either man or dog.

But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend, Penny, (Ariel Winter), they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history.

Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an adventure-comedy featuring science fiction, time travel, outlandish characters and clever dialogue, all of which are bound together by the unexpected relationship between the titular heroes – a dog and his boy.

Burrell, 46, a self-professed late bloomer, said that juggling his home and his acting career is a good balancing act. “Having two kids; it’s really become a bigger question and one that’s important to me and to my wife. So, we’re making more decisions.”

He said that making an animated movie like Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a gift for his entire family. “Doing something like this is such a win/win because it’s something that I can actually watch with my kids and I’m doing something of which I am very proud.”
At its heart, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is the story of the relationship between a father and his son. “Mr. Peabody adopted Sherman and raised him the best way he knows how,” explains the film’s director, Rob Minkoff, whose previous hits include the beloved animated films Stuart Little and The Lion King.

“Like with any family, things become complicated,” Minoff said, “so they both must grow and learn from their experiences and ultimately become an even better family.”

Burrell’s young co-star in Mr. Peabody & Sherman is 10-year-old Max Charles (The Three Stooges and The Amazing Spider-Man), a young boy who has already launched a great acting career.

Ty Burrell, who is best known for his starring role as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family, is enjoying animated movies as a change of pace. He has a major role in The Muppets Most Wanted and portrays Mr. Peabody in the charming new movie that has great heart.

How does playing a parent dovetail with being a real parent?

TY BURELL: My kids are almost two and almost four, so the teenage thing I deal with [on Modern Family] is so foreign to me. This is actually a little bit closer to where I’m at. We adopted, so this adoptive relationship is very meaningful to me and the depth of the bond that Peabody and Sherman have, I really love that.

Peabody-Sherman3What kind of father are you to your two adorable young daughters?

TB: My fault is being overly sensitive and overly expressive and overly loving where my kids are running from me and I’ll chase after them saying, ‘Please, just one more hug before I leave. And then they’re cornered.’ ”

How do you see this relationship between Mr. Peabody and Sherman?

TB: It starts sort of like mentor protégé. He takes him in, it’s the right thing to do, it’s such an honorable thing, and he really loves kind of mentoring Sherman. But, he goes by Mr. Peabody. You know he says, ‘Call me Mr. Peabody.’

But their relationship evolves – right?

TB: Yes. As it goes on, the fact that their bond grows so much and he really realizes that he loves him, and they really do become father and son, truly father and son. And I love that. I really love being a part of a film that’s going that deeply in terms of the emotional arc of it, because obviously, I feel that way.

Do you relate personally to Mr. Peabody?

TB: We adopted our two children, so I felt a very strong connection to somebody developing a really strong bond with an adopted child from the minute I read the script.

Are you like this character?

TB: I’m least like Peabody in the obvious ways, in terms of intellect and skill sets. But also in that Peabody’s sort of trying to learn how to be a sensitive being, where my fault is being overly sensitive and overly expressive and overly loving where my kids are running from me. I’m like, my kids will be running away and I’ll chase after them saying, one more hug before I leave. Please, just one more hug, just one more, I’ve got one more. An
d then they’re cornered.

You play this extraordinary dog in this movie, so I have so ask are you a dog lover?

TB: Yes I am. But I have two young girls and we travel a lot. My wife won’t allow us to get a dog right now, but we’ve negotiated and we will get one. We just have to be a bit more stationary.

How do you deal with fame?

TB: I would say that the fame part is 99 percent good. I honestly think that whatever your character is, you get that energy reflected back at you to a degree so I’m very lucky.

What are your fans like?

TB: The people who come up to me approached me with a lot of kindness.
Having kids and handling fame is a little bit more of a challenge because I’d like for them to decide on their own if they want to be in the public eye. So that’s one of those things that has taken a little bit more managing.

How does it feel that Modern Family has been such a hit?

TB: I feel so lucky, just to be involved. It’s been incredible. I mean, it’s felt really surreal. It’s felt like a dream, essentially. It’s funny, because I haven’t had a long track record of being on shows that keep going. So this has been an incredible luxury and an incredible learning experience. It’s really funny how much of a family you become. I don’t really know what the word is, but in sports you can’t put a team together on paper, it just somehow happens.

Do you know anyone like Phil Dunphy? Did you base him on anyone?

TB: Yes, a couple of people who will remain nameless. I have since met a lot of people that I like to take from. I’m really happy to find that his personality type exists in the real world. I do know of a few people, and met a few people before Modern Family started who were very positive, very loving, and a little bit unaware of their space in the room, or that certain jokes weren’t landing, but in the way that you can’t help but still like them. It’s not them doing it at somebody else’s expense. The only person coming off horribly is them, and I certainly know some of those people. And I guess probably I should be somewhat circumspect and realize that I’m sure that I’m like that. Some of that has to be based on myself, too.

How quickly did the chemistry come together with you, Julie and the kids?

TB: Very, very quickly. Julie and I hit it off right away. She’s just a good egg, you know? but from the beginning Julie has been an easy person to work with, and that’s an everyday thing, so it does become like a version of a marriage. She’s just a lot of fun, and more than anything, she’s just totally game. The kids are all just great; they are total pros. They’ve been around; they’ve been in the business longer than I have, so it was a very fast, fun situation. When we first started working on the show, we all came together very fast.

Peabody-Sherman1How do you balance TV and film work with your personal life?

TB: It’s a great question, and one that I’ve been asking myself in the last year or so. Having two kids, it’s really become a bigger question and one that’s important to me and to my wife. So, we’re making more decisions. This is a good example of trying to be more selective. Doing something like this is such a win/win because it’s something that I can actually watch with my kids and I’m doing something that I can be proud of, even though when I’m doing more adult, sort of, or even darker material, I am proud of it, but it’s stuff that they wouldn’t watch for, I hope, 20 years.

Did you have a Plan B if acting didn’t work out for you?

TB: Oh that’s kind of funny; I really had no plan B. And I’m not burdened with another skill set. It really is a big part of why I continue to do it. I was really thinking more about stopping the steady flow of rejections. I guess I was forty-one, and the day to day life of auditioning is that sort of Gatling gun of no’s, and you’re really putting yourself out there every day emotionally. For someone as soft as cotton candy, as I am, it takes a toll, and I had been doing it for about 20 years. It was like, gosh, I don’t know if I can handle it anymore. Luckily for me, I literally cannot do a single thing else. So I had no choice. Everywhere I looked it was, ‘I can’t do that. Oh, I can’t do that either.’

So how do you sum this up?

TB: I got lucky. I made the right decision by default. I appreciate every moment of it – both at work and at home.

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E! News Exclusive: Oprah Cancels Her 60th Birthday Party Due To Guest List Issues

Oprah1E! News Exclusive: The party’s off! E! News has learned that Oprah Winfrey has cancelled celebrations for her upcoming 60th birthday.

The media mogul was slated to have a blowout bash “but the guest list was getting out of control so she decided to cancel.”

But it seems like she already rang in the special occasion with a little help from Soul Cycle.

Sure, it’s not exactly a swanky, black-tie affair, but Oprah looked like she had the time of her life in the spinning class.

She and several of her closest friends (okay, like 50 pals) stopped by the West Hollywood outpost on Friday, Jan 24.

“I just had the best birthday experience ever at SoulCyle,” the sweaty birthday girl explained in a video she posted on her Instagram after the class.

A source told E! News at the time that everyone in the class wore blue shirts with “Happy Birthday Oprah” written in big green letters.

Instructor Angela Davis made sure to include many of Oprah’s favorite songs during the 45-minute workout.

Oprah’s bestie Gayle King spoke with E! News about what she was thinking of getting her for her birthday.

“It’s not like Oprah needs anything, but she loves all things, books…and she’s a fan of cashmere. She has everything, but I don’t care who you are, everybody likes a present.”

So what will Wednesday bring the soon-to-be 60-year-old?

“She’s still trying to figure out what’s the best way to celebrate,” King explained.

Happy birthday, Oprah!

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On The Red Carpet With Kit Harington And Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Of Pompeii

Pompeii4(PCM) We were recently able to catch up with actors Kit Harington and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, star of the upcoming Tri-Star Pictures film “Pompeii”. We were able to discuss their upcoming roles in the film and more. Be sure to stay tuned for our full interview coming soon, but here is a small taste.

When speaking with Kit Harington, who is best known for his role as protagonist Jon Snow on hit HBO series Game Of Thrones, we mentioned that he has become a household name nowadays given the success of Game Of Thrones and the sure to be epic film “Pompeii”. Kit replied that we were the first to tell him he is a household name and very humbly replied that “every actor is very happy to have any type of recognition, as that is why they take on the roles that they do”.  Kit also went on to say that the production for “Pompeii” was “exhausting” but without a doubt an incredible project.

We asked Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje whether or not he enjoys portraying a hero or a villain to which he commented “villain of course” with a sly wink.  He also spoke about how much fun he had with his role in “Pompeii” and how much he enjoyed learning about the history of the region.

ABOUT THE FILM: Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

POMPEII opens nationwide on February 21, 2014.

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