Friday, July 29, 2011

Project Runway, Season 9 E1: Oh Sheet!

"Hi, everybody. It's Season 9," cooed our favorite fraulein, Ms. Heidi Klum, and it feels oh so good to have Project Runway back in our lives!

As predicted, the sheer volume of designers and garments at this stage of the game is pretty overwhelming, but it also meant that the episode moved along briskly—I hardly had time to remember how much I typically dislike the 90-minute format! Even nine seasons in, this show figures out a way to mix things up, keep things fresh and always entertain me.

There's so much ground to cover after last night's season premiere, so let's not waste anymore time celebrating the show's return like a bunch of fussy fanboys. There are judgments to be made and harsh criticisms to dole out!

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

Last night's results show on So You Think You Can Dance was jam-packed with dancing—which should sound redundant, but you know how these results shows go sometimes. From exciting group performances to guest stars to the (sometimes lackluster) solos, people were constantly leaping and bounding across the stage.

Let's get right to it, shall we? Because there are some things we need to dicuss about the results last night!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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

Can you believe we are already at the Top 8 on this season of So You Think You Can Dance? It feels like this season is just starting to kick into full gear as all of the dancers—competitors and All-Stars alike—delivered tremendous performances throughout last night's episode.

Joining in the onslaught of excitement were two fantastic guest judges: director/choreographer Rob Marshall (Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, etc) and megastar Sgt. Pepper Lady Gaga! Both judges were wonderful, with the perfect mix of effusive praise and constructive, specific, technical critiques. We've a few questionable guest judges this season (hello, Carmen Electra), but overall they have done a great job of picking individuals who bring something useful to the table. And it doesn't hurt when they throw shoes at the stage either.

With 12 rapid-fire dances last night, there is a lot that needs to be judged. So, without further ado, here are last night's performances from worst to first...

Project Runway Season 9 Premieres Tonight

After the crushing defeat of Mondo at the hands of Gretchen in the Season 8 finale, fans have yearned for the return of Project Runway. Well, wait no longer because tonight is the night!

Keep reading for all the details you need to know for full Project Runway viewing pleasure tonight and for the rest of the season...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Trailer Tuesdays: Another Earth

What if our world wasn't the only of its kind? Not just a different planet with a different species of life, but a duplicate of our own. Would your other self make the same decisions? Would you trade places?

Parallel worlds are not a new concept to the world of science fiction, but FOX Searchlight's upcoming movie Another Earth looks to bring a poignant spin to it. View the fascinating trailer after the jump...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

R.I.P. Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

News spread quickly yesterday afternoon about the untimely death of Amy Winehouse, the bluesy British singer who took the world by storm in the latter half of this past decade.

Friday, July 22, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 10 Results

Last night's So You Think You Can Dance results show clipped along at a steady pace, which was fine by me because this recent heat wave has my apartment at a balmy 110° (the wine bottles started exploded randomly today... joy).

There weren't too many surprises—save for a surprising rules change—but let's get down to business and talk about last night's show, from sparkling hats to farewell moments.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 10

We are now officially in a new stage of So You Think You Can Dance Season 8. We had the auditions, we had Vegas Week, we had Top 20 through Top 12... and now we've reached the point when the competition really heats up. Top 10 week has arrived!

The panel this week was (thankfully) only three: our regular dynamic duo was joined by guest judge Neil Patrick Harris, who proved once again that he can do anything. Singer, dancer, actor, awards show host... SYTYCD guest judge. Check. He didn't always agree with the judges and he wasn't afraid to critique the performers and choreographers alike—go, NPH, go!

I found this week's performances to be particularly difficult to rank. The Top 10 all seemed to have a renewed fire in their dancing last night, and there weren't many routines that I disliked. But such is the burden of an opinionated pop culture blogger, so let's rank the performances from worst to first...

Quiet Beauty Elevates 'A Better Life'

Back in March, I wrote about the trailer for A Better Life, a film that had already received buzz as the first worthy awards movie of 2011. Having finally seen the film, directed by Chris Weitz and starring Weeds' Demián Bichir and José Julián, I can safely say that the hype holds up.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Trailer Tuesdays: The Dark Knight Rises

Though it doesn't come out until next summer, I've been excited about The Dark Knight Rises for quite some time. The final part of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, TDKR will pick up where 2008's The Dark Knight left off with Batman being hunted as a fugitive in Gotham. Batman was one of my favorite superheroes growing up, and Nolan's movies have brought the Caped Crusader to a new gritty level.

Casting details and teaser posters have been coming our way for months, but this is the moment we've really been waiting for: the first official trailer has been released! Watch it after the jump...

Rebecca Black Celebrates 'My Moment' with SYTYCD Alumni

True Life: I don't hate the new Rebecca Black song and music video.

I avoided writing about the whole Rebecca Black/"Friday" debacle a few months ago because I honestly felt like everyone was getting a little too hysterical over a music video from a 13 year-old on YouTube.
Now, after combating extreme criticism, having her controversial song covered (fantastically) on Glee and appearing in Katy Perry's latest music video, Miss Black is back with "My Moment."

Monday, July 18, 2011

Magical Monday Moments: Harry Potter is Home Alone

There's not too much I can say about this recut of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 2 trailer audio over scenes from the Home Alone franchise. You just have to watch it for yourself (mild spoilers ahead, I suppose)...

Friday, July 15, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 12 Results

Perhaps I was still on a high from seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but between the excitement surrounding eight Emmy nominations (including a long overdue nod for Cat Deeley), the announcement of next week's All-Stars and the harsh elimination determining the Top 10, last night's So You Think You Can Dance results show was anything but dull.

Of course, I'm getting way ahead of myself. Let's start from the very beginning...

2011 Emmy Awards: The Biggest Nomination Snubs

The dust has settled after yesterday's Emmy nomination announcements, and yet I'm still in a daze over some of television's best performances going unnoticed by the Academy. Let's be honest, it’s pretty much par for the course that the Emmys ignore several deserving nominees—Battlestar Galactica and The Wire, anyone?—but that doesn't mean we can't be upset about it, right?!

So who were the biggest snubs of the year? Check out my post on Clicker to find out! Click here to read the post, then sound off about the nominations you are most upset about in the comments!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 12

First things first: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE EMMY NOMINATIONS, SYTYCD!!! In addition to its annual nominations for choreography, the show was nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition Series and Cat Deeley was fiiiiiinally nominated for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. Hooray!!!

Now, Top 12 week is always an interesting one on So You Think You Can Dance; you can tell just how focused everyone is on making it to the Top 10 and to the national tour. For some dancers, this extra drive pushes them to new levels, and for others it gets in their way. Last night was no exception.

Joining Mom and Dad, a.k.a. Mary and Nigel, on the judging panel this week were Modern Family funny guy (and Emmy nominee) Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who rightfully pointed out how much Cat Deeley deserves an Emmy nomination and was a pretty great guest judge, and resident weirdo Sonya Tayeh, who wasn't afraid to keep it real—and I wish they would've let her swear!

The couples each did two routines, so the show went by briskly. We have 12 dances to break down, so without further ado, let's rank last night's dancing from worst to first...

2011 Emmy Awards: Nominations Announced

Ladies and gentlemen, here are your nominees for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards! They were just announced this morning by Joshua Jackson and Melissa McCarthy, and thank goodness I don't live on the West Coast or else I would've had to be up at 5 in the morning to watch the broadcast.

There are an unbelievable number of categories for the Emmys, so I am just going to list the major acting and series nominations here. For a complete list of nominations, visit

And now, on to the nominees...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 10 Predictions

Tonight, the Top 12 dancers will take the stage on So You Think You Dance, battling it out for their chance to make it to the Top 10. Making the Top 10 has always been a big deal on the show because it generally determines who makes the national tour. Add to that this season's new twist: next week, the All-Stars will be paired up with the competing dancers and we will see who really has what it takes to compete against the best of the best. Basically, tomorrow night's elimination is going to be a doozy.

So where do the remaining dancers stand in their chances to making the Top 10? Take a look at who I think is safe, who is on the fence and who is in danger.

2011 Emmy Nominations: Joel McHale Trains Melissa McCarthy

Tomorrow morning, the nominations for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced by Joshua Jackson and Melissa McCarthy. And while reading off a bunch of names might seem like an easy task, it's actually no small feat. You can't show excitement or disappointment, and you can't mispronounce the names of the nominees (although someone forgot to prep Sofia Vergara on that point last year).

To help McCarthy prep for her duties, Joel McHale, who announced the nominations last year, put her through the ringer. Check out the video after the jump...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

2011 Emmy Nomination Dreams: The Women

There's less than two days to go until 2011 Primetime Emmy nominations are announced. Yesterday, I broke down my wish list of men who deserve a nomination but will most likely get snubbed by the Academy. Today, let's talk about the ladies.

Remember, these are dream nominees. You won't find the likes of Tina Fey, Jane Lynch or Sofia Vergara on this list—those fine women are shoe-ins and will undoubtedly be frontrunners in their categories. No, these are the women that I fear will be tragically overlooked by the Academy despite delivering some of the best performances on television this year. Like with the men, you'll notice most of these dream nominees are eligible for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. This is without a doubt the most competitive category to get nominated in this year, and there are going to be many snubs worth bemoaning come Thursday.

From wine guzzlers to diva dancers to child stars, here are the women I would nominate for the 2011 Emmy Awards...

Trailer Tuesdays: The Iron Lady

We are smack dab in the middle of the summer movie season—the biggest highlight of course being this week's release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II—but already the trailers and teasers and posters for the upcoming Oscar season are starting to roll in. One of the most exciting of these previews is the international teaser trailer for The Iron Lady released last week. The biopic about the life of Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, stars Oscar-winning diva herself, Ms. Meryl Streep.

Take a look at the trailer after the jump...

Monday, July 11, 2011

2011 Emmy Nomination Dreams: The Men

The nominations for the 2011 Emmy Awards will be announced early Thursday morning, inevitably starting two months of bemoaning the snubs and pontificating on the winners. But until the names are read aloud by Joshua Jackson and Melissa McCarthy, the world is our oyster and we can remain hopeful that our favorites will make the cut.

The following are my dream nominees for the male Emmy categories. You won't find the likes of Steve Carrell, Alec Baldwin or Jon Hamm on this list—those guys are shoe-ins and will undoubtedly be frontrunners in their categories. No, these are the actors that I fear will be tragically overlooked by the Academy despite delivering some of the best performances on television this year. You'll notice most of these men are eligible for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and, yes, many of them are from Community. With 3 or 4 likely nominations for Modern Family in that category, the chances aren't very high for some of my favorite on-screen comedians.

From slapstick comedians to blood-sucking vampires to drag queens, here are the men I would nominate for the 2011 Emmy Awards...

Pia Toscano's "This Time" World Premiere

There was a major uproar after Pia Toscano's shocking elimination in 9th place on this past season of American Idol, and rightfully so. The fact that the likes of Jacob Lusk and Stefano Langone continued long after the talented diva was hard to swallow, but now Pia fans can rest easy: her single has premiered!

Take a listen to the world premiere of "This Time" after the jump...

Friday, July 8, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 14 Results

Another week, another two contestants gone. Yesterday I talked about the weak being separated from the pack, and last night continued that annual process. Some voting surprises, but overall a fairly predictable results night. Of course, next week we will find out who makes it into the Top 10, so there's plenty of drama left to be had. Let's remember what this feels like when we are bemoaning a shocking elimination later this season.

From missing judges to jaw-dropping solos, let's talk about the Top 14 results...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 8: Top 14

Four judges on the panel, three couples in danger of going home, two exciting group numbers and one host doing an imitation of a tired Chun Li from Street Fighter. Oh my!

After last week's fiery performance night, last night's show felt a bit weak in comparison. To be sure, there were plenty moments of fantastic, awe-inspiring dancing, but we are getting to that point in the season when it's time to get rid of the dancers who have been hanging on for dear life ever since the Top 20. Week after week it becomes more apparent who the weak links are in the cast, and last night was no exception.

Speaking of weak links, how did Carmen Electra end up on the judging panel? Don't get me wrong, I was a huge fan of MTV's Singled Out (who wasn't?), but next to other guest judge Travis Effin' Wall, she was pretty useless. Many kudos to Travis for being the first contestant-turned-choreographer-turned-judge on the show. Is there anything he can't do??

But before this turns into a Travis Wall Fanboy Site, let's take a look at last night's performances, ranked from worst to first...

Monday, July 4, 2011

You Look Like the Fourth of July!

I don't want to take up too much of your time on this gorgeous Fourth of July, but I had to take a moment to feature one of my all-time favorite Independence Day pop culture moments.

In Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) heads to Washington to fight for animal rights, bringing with her a slew of Americana-inspired fashion. Paulette, played by the amazing Jennifer Coolidge, pretty much sums up Elle's fashion sense throughout the movie with the quote in the clip below...

Friday, July 1, 2011

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

As far as results nights go, last night's played out fairly regularly, with just enough a few WTF moments scattered throughout to keep us on our toes. We are at the point in the season when the "cannon fodder" contestants start to get weeded out, so unless the judges went and eliminated Melanie and Marko, not much is going to happen to TOTALLY SHOCK US ALL!!!! Of course, now that I've said that, let's all karma cap ourselves that Melanie and Marko stay in this thing. Thanks.

So what were the highs and lows of last night's episode? Let's break it down, shall we?

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