Free Birds: Role Mommy Interviews Amy Poehler

Written by Role Mommy contributor, Kristin Flannery.

photo (4).JPG Rolemommy sat down with Amy Poehler to discuss her new animated movie, Freebirds, in theaters on November 1st. We talked turkey, what it was like playing the straight man and every mom’s worst nightmare… Forgetting where you are driving to.
Free Birds is the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences and travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Before Reggie and Jake become a main course at Standish’s dinner, they are rescued by Jenny (Amy Poehler), the beautiful and fierce daughter of the Wild Turkeys’ Chief Broadbeak (Keith David). Jenny leads the pair to the edge of the forest where the rest of her flock is hiding from the Pilgrims. Jake must teach the wild flock about the future and rally support for his mission to change history, but Reggie is apparently on a mission of the heart: falling beak-over-tail for Jenny.
Rolemommy is all about the strong woman characters and since this is something different from Amy’s usual zany characters, we asked her if it was hard for her to tone it down a little. It didn’t seem to be a problem for Amy, “she’s kind of the straight turkey in the movie. And animation’s so fun because you get to take really big jumps but you do sometimes need a force that’s grounding everything together, which I think the character Jenny is. And I didn’t really do so much of a voice in this because they really kind of wanted it to be kind of natural. But, I’ve played all different kinds of spectrum of that. So, it’s cool to actually play someone that feels like a somewhat normal animated character, if that makes sense. But, she’s also a turkey.”
Spoiler alert, Jenny turns out to be the chosen one of the tribe and we had to know how she felt being the chief, the supreme being of the movie. Always with amazing comedic timing, Amy responded “Oh, I thought you were talking to me, not my character. Yes, it feels great. What did I get chosen for? It’s cool. It’s fun to play a strong female character, natural leader, a girl who’s kind of following in her powerful father’s footsteps. It’s nice. When I read it, I was like, oh, that’s great. Unfortunately, not as typical as it should be and so it was cool to play, yes.”
Now Rolemommy wants to know more about Amy’s personal life. When asked is she had any “mom fails”‘ Amy opened up and honestly answered, “Oh, Gosh. Sometimes, I forget where I’m driving them to. That happens, right? I do just stop in the middle of the road and go, where are we going. That happens a lot.
How are we in this car, and who am I dropping off and where are we going – that happens a lot. It’s just a lot of forgetful stuff that every mother has to deal with.”
Since this fun animated film centers around one of our favorite holidays, we were curious to know if Amy had any traditions with her two young boys. When we asked her if she has made some of your own traditions, she said “I like watching movies with my kids on Thanksgiving night. That’s always a really fun thing, especially showing them a movie they’ve never seen is always really fun. Last year, we watched Willie Wonka, which was a big deal.”
So checkout Amy’s animated performance in FREE BIRDS from Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios In Theaters on November 1, 2013 and to see the trailer click here http://youtu.be/r-RnGP63rpM
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Golden Globes 2013 Recap

Written by Role Mommy Contributor, Danielle Feigenbaum

Screen-Shot-2013-01-13-at-9.31.54-PM-620x390.png Last night I was glued to my TV watching every moment of the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were the hosts of the show, and by far my favorite part. They were hysterical and looked beautiful. The opening was laugh out loud funny, and I got so excited every time they came on the stage because I knew they would be funny, I just wish they were on more.
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So, the winners and losers… even though “Lincoln” was nominated for 7 awards, it only brought home 1. Some say this movie is amazing and some say it is too slow, but either way, I am sure it will do well at the Oscars. I was so happy to see “Argo” win for best director and best movie. I thought it was fantastic, and I happen to love Ben Affleck. I secretly wish I was BFFs with Ben and Jennifer. We could hang out with our kids at the park, go for dinners, see some movies… ok sorry, I don’t want to seem too stalkerish. I saw “Les Miserable” six times on Broadway, I know every word by heart, and I loved the movie. I was happy to see Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman take home Globes. When Hugh was talking so beautifully about his wife, I definitely got teary eyed. Speaking of Teary eyes – I know I may get a lot of slack for this – but what was with Jodi Foster’s Cecil B. DeMille Award speech? It seemed all over the place to me. She sounded as if she was going to come “out” (didn’t that really happen years ago?) and then said she was single. I think there was some sort of message there about reality shows or something. I did think the part when she spoke to her mom, who I guess is suffering from alzheimer’s, was touching, pan the audience for the actresses crying.
On the Television side – I was so happy “Homeland” won for best actor, actress and show! I am obsessed with “Homeland”, it’s awesome. Claire Danes looked unbelievable (she just had a baby in December!) I don’t watch the show “Girls” so I can’t comment on their win, but I can comment on Lena Dunham’s (creator and star of “Girls”) strange walk onto the stage each time she won. It was sort of a painful waddle, I guess her shoes did not fit well and her feet hurt? I was disappointed that “Modern Family” went home empty handed, I still love that show, it makes me happy.
On another note, is it fair that they have a category, BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION (same with the actresses) – here are the nominees…
a Max Greenfield NEW GIRL
b Ed Harris GAME CHANGE
c Danny Huston MAGIC CITY
d Mandy Patinkin HOMELAND
e Eric Stonestreet MODERN FAMILY
How is that fair? Max Greenfield and Eric Stonestreet are beyond hysterical in their respective comedy roles, I honestly never heard of “Magic City” – I’m sure Danny Huston is great, Mandy Patinkin is ridiculously good in “Homeland”. Ed Harris wins for a the 118 min. long “Game Change.” I’m sure he deserved it, I just don’t think we are judging apples to apples here.
On to the fashion… I was pleasantly surprised by all of the beautiful dresses. Nobody really made me cringe this year. Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba looked spectacular, and I loved Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lawrence’s entire look. There were a few trends… plunging and keyhole necklines, old Hollywood hair styles, blush and coral colored dresses. My favorite was Olivia Munn in Giorgio Armani, in my opinion it was perfection.
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So, what did you think of the 2013 Golden Globes Show? Any shockers or disappointments? What was your favorite red carpet look? For all the must-see fashion from the show, check out E’s Fashion Police.