Thursday, June 30, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 16

The competition really heated up last night on So You Think You Can Dance, and I'm not just talking about Jordan and Tadd's bedroom romp (yet). With four dancers out of the picture, the Top 16 all did their best to stand out from the pack and earn enough votes to stay out of harm's way. Some did so quite successfully, while others should definitely be prepping their solos for tonight's elimination show.

Joining permanent judges Nigel and Mary last night was Broadway legend, Emmy award winner and overall firecracker Kristin Chenoweth, who will never be able to do any wrong in my eyes. "Shut the front door! Shut the back door, shut the side door, shut the garage door!" will most likely enter my lexicon now thanks to Ms. Chenoweth. Oh, Lil' C also guest judged but I tend to block him out, especially when he talks about his future rap career and whatnot. Ugh.

We have a lot of dancing to discuss, so let's not waste anymore time. Here are your Top 16 dancers, ranked from worst to first...

'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Trailer Released

I know it's not time for another Trailer Tuesday yet, but I just couldn't let you all go through the long holiday weekend without seeing this.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, based off of John Le Carre's novel, is a Cold War-era spy thriller about the investigation of a mole planted by Russia into the high ranks of British Intelligence. And the cast is to die for: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy just to name a few.

Check out the international trailer below:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Teen Choice Awards Nominees Are Insane

Listen, I understand that as a non-teen, I should probably just ignore the Teen Choice Awards altogether and go along my merry way. After all, that same technique works just fine for similarly silly awards shows like the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the Grammys (zing!).

That all being said, the nominations for the 2011 Teen Choice Awards were announced today and I just couldn't look away. Some of these are just laughable—like Limitless being in the same category as Black Swan for Choice Movie: Drama—so I thought I'd share with you fine readers so we could all have a good chuckle. And since there are seemingly eight thousand categories—Choice Movie: Hissy Fit is an award, I kid you not—I'll just highlight the particularly absurd or interesting. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Trailer Tuesdays: Brave

Pixar's latest animated feature, Cars 2, just came out this past weekend—to, at best, mixed reviews—but the seemingly unstoppable studio has wasted no time in building up hype for next summer's movie, Brave. The trailer doesn't reveal much, but it does get this Pixar lover to already be excited for next June.

Check out the trailer for below...

Splitscreen: A Love Story

Who doesn't love a good story? Especially one told in a unique and lovely way.

Nokia and Vimeo recently held the Nokia Shorts 2011 Contest, inviting filmmakers to create short films using only Nokia N8 smartphones and a budget of $5,000. The eight finalists were all shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival. UK filmmaker James W. Griffiths created a clever and heartwarming piece entitled Splitscreen: A Love Story. And as New York Times writer Brian Stelter put it, it may just be the greatest thing you'll watch this week.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Magical Monday Moments: Kathy Griffin Imitates Ronnie's Commercials

If you find yourself watching shows on Bravo, MTV or anything late at night, chances are you've seen some of the terrible commercials starring members of the cast of Jersey Shore. Apparently the insane amount of money they get for being morons on television isn't enough to sufficiently fund their constant GTL-ing or smushing or whatever else they do, so they hawk various products and show off their fantastic acting abilities. Heh.

Well leave it to Kathy Griffin to call them out. On her latest Bravo standup special, Kathy Griffin: Gurrl Down, she talks about Ronnie's commercials for Xenadrine diet pills. Watch the video below...

Friday, June 24, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 20 Redux Results

Wouldn't it have been amazing if the judges once again refused to eliminate anyone last night? Unfortunately, four dancers got the boot during last night's results show, which played out much more like a results show should than last week's three-ring circus.

The best and worst of last night's show, followed by a breakdown of the solos and the final results coming atcha in 5, 4, 3, 2....

Thursday, June 23, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 20 Redux

The Top 20 returned last night on So You Think You Can Dance, and in case you weren't sure why this wasn't actually the Top 18 we were treated to an intensely dramatic recap of Indecision 2011—also known as the judges' decision to not eliminate anyone last week. I've bemoaned that choice enough for now, though I'm sure it'll come up again tomorrow after 20% of the finalists are axed tonight.

For now, let's discuss last night's performances, the most important and exciting one being the brilliant performance by guest judge Ms. Debbie Reynolds, famous for being Princess Leia's real-life mom and Grace Adler's TV mom... oh yeah, and for being fan-effing-tabulous at all times. Whoever decided to bring the Singing in the Rain sensation onto the show should be given a hefty raise—she was at least 75% of the entertainment last night. The impression of Woody Woodpecker alone was enough to make me want to go home with Mommy Debbie. Okay, I'll stop now, but you get the point. Debbie Reynolds for President in 2012.

Now... ON TO THE DANCING. Let's break the couples down from worst to first...

Summer Shows You Should Be Watching

Summer television is an odd thing. We are so used to the fall/spring primetime schedule: shows start in September and end in May. But what about the shows the air during the warm months? The premieres are scattered and the schedule is sometimes hard to keep track of.

Well, fear not, dear readers! Writer Kate Hacket of is here to spotlight some great summer television shows and tell you exactly where you can view them. So without further ado... take it away, Kate!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: My Top 4 Predictions

After last week's SHOCKING results—or, more accurately, the judges' refusal to make an easy decision—the Top 20 will perform again tonight on So You Think You Can Dance. Tomorrow night, four dancers will be eliminated, which will probably ultimately be a harder decision for the judges.

Even though we are still early in the live show process, I've applied an incredibly scientific process (read: my opinions) to predict who will make it all the way to the Season 8 finale. So who will be in the Top 4 and which contestant will ultimately be named America's Favorite Dancer? Well, you'll just have to check out my post on Clicker to find out.

Click here to read my bold predictions. Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ConDRAGulations: Critics' Choice Television Awards

Last night, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association held their inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards in Los Angeles. And while I'm normally averse to more Hollywood awards shows, the BTJA honored some phenomenal performances that will hopefully add some momentum going into Emmy nominations.

You can view the full list of nominations here, and then help me in wishing a hearty Condragulations to the winners...

Trailer Tuesdays: The Muppets

After releasing several parody trailers, Disney has finally released the first full official trailer for this fall's The Muppets. And, as the trailer says, there's no movie like a Muppet movie.

Magical Monday Moments: Weird Al is a Little Monster

Two months ago, the Interwebz were abuzz with talk of a Weird Al vs. Lady Gaga showdown. You can go back and read about the saga, but the gist of it was: Weird Al made a parody of "Born This Way," sent it to Gaga's people for permission, jumped through hoops to meet their demands only to be denied, posted the song on YouTube and then got permission from Lady Gaga, who had allegedly never been played the track. All caught up?

Well now Weird Al is back with the official music video for "Perform This Way," and it's one you won't want to miss. Check out the video below...

Friday, June 17, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 20 Results

Well that was... something...

In case you feel alone in your overwhelming confusion regarding last night's results show, fret not...

Yes, even our faithful leader was puzzled about last night's events. So let's break it down and figure just what the hell happened...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 20

What a way to start the competition! After the audition rounds, Vegas Week and an electric Meet the Top 20 night, it was finally time to see the SYTYCD Season 8 finalists pair up and dance for America's votes, and the results were quite impressive. With each passing routine it was evident that everyone from the choreographers and dancers to the costume and lighting designers were doing their best to deliver attention-grabbing and vote-generating performances. If we're going to compare guys to girls (and we are), the "Beasts of Season 8" really came out swinging last night. To quote Randy Jackson (ugh), the girls are in it to win it.

Joining us this week in the guest judge spot was former Will and Grace star (and "Turn the Tub Around" recording diva) Megan Mullally, who despite her lack of intense dance knowledge still proved to be a better judge than Randy, Steven Tyler and JLo combined on American Idol. Of course, I really just wanted her to have a martini in her hand and deliver harsh, scathing critiques in the style of Karen Walker, but I guess you can't always get what you want. Also, no sign of her husband, Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman, in the audience. Boo.

Since there were ten routines, and this is the first time I'm writing about this season's finalists, we have a lot of ground to cover. So before Mary Murphy lists off the 10 styles of ballroom dancing again, let's get down to business and rank the dances from worst to best (and then some information on how you can join my HitFix SYTYCD Fantasy League!)...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Magical Monday Moments: Katy Perry Relives 'Last Friday Night'

I'm not quite sure what causes my initial aversion to Katy Perry. Off the top of my head, I cannot name a single song of hers that I hate, and yet every time a new one comes out I need some time to get to love it. Sometimes it takes a few thousand listens, sometimes it take a solid Glee cover, but I always end up having her songs on repeat.

Well, this time, Ms. Perry has released a music video for her latest single that has made it impossible for anyone to hate it. Fact.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Glee Live! Tour 2011

It should come as no surprise that when the second annual Glee Live! Tour was announced, I practically jumped out of my chair to circle the presale date on my calendar. I attended the tour last year at Radio City Music Hall with Please Welcome Your Judges intern Chris, and looked forward to seeing the new show in an arena setting. So I recruited fellow Gleeks Ali and Lilla (pictured above) and we got some killer floor seats at the TD Garden show in Boston. In fact, our seats happened to be next to a mini-stage in the back of the arena where several of the performances took place.

The show was non-stop, action packed fun. These people know how to put on an entertaining show—lights, fireworks, video snippets of Will and Sue, vignettes with Brittany S. Pierce and, of course, all of our favorite music. With a few exceptions, this year's tour focused on Season 2 music, which was a nice reminder of all of the fantastic moments the sophomore season brought us. In fact, most of the songs were ones honored in the Season 2 Thunderclap Awards last week.

So, without further ado, here's a little glimpse at the glory that was the show...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Magical Monday Moments: Texting at the Movies

Dear readers, allow me this opportunity to vent for just a moment. As much as I love movies, the experience of going to the movie theater is one I have started to loathe. Forget the fact that the movie is often out of focus or my expensive 3D glasses don't work, the worst part about going to the movies is having to deal with the people around you. It used to just be not wanting to sit near someone who talked throughout the whole movie (no, I don't know what happens next... let's find out together, shall we?). Now, a new nemesis to moviegoers everyone has emerged: the cell phone.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Project Runway All-Stars: My Dream Cast

Project Runway Season 9 will be gracing our televisions later this summer, hopefully helping us forget about Gretchen Jones' baffling victory over Mondo Guerra in Season 8 (and, yes, I'm still bitter).

While I'm eager for the upcoming ninth season to begin, the thing that has me truly excited is the recently announced Project Runway All-Stars, which will bring back some of our favorite designers from past seasons to compete.

Before Season 6, Lifetime had a one-hour version of this concept, the Project Runway: All Star Challenge, which was won by Season 2 designer Daniel Vosovic. And while the network has yet to release the names of the returning designers, my mind has already been churning with the endless possibilities. The series will only have eight episodes so it's likely to be a small cast, but I decided to create my ultimate dream cast as if it were a full, 16-designer season. And, taking a note from Top Chef All-Stars, I tried to favor talent instead of drama (sorry, Wendy Pepper and Anthony) and excluded all eight previous winners (sorry, Christian and Seth Aaron).

So who made the cut in Please Welcome Your Judges' Project Runway All-Stars Dream Cast? Check out the roster below...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Glee, Season 2: Thunderclap Awards

It's been about a week since the somewhat disappointing Season 2 finale of Glee, an episode that ended a season full of tremendous highs and mind-boggling lows. I haven't forgotten my promise to do a State of the Union for the show before Season 3 begins, but that's not what we're here for today. Today we're here to celebrate the best of the best this past season had to offer.

It's time to pass out the 2010-2011 William McKinley High School yearbook, the Thunderclap. And with it, the Season 2 Thunderclap Awards.

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