Friday, October 28, 2011

Project Runway, Season 9 Finale: The New Era

Dear readers, there is much to discuss about the grand finale of Project Runway Season 9 and we haven't a moment to waste, but before we get down to the nitty gritty of it all...

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't yet watched last night's Project Runway Season Finale (and have somehow avoided the onslaught of Facebook statuses and tweets), look away before you turn to stone!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Family Jules: Halloween, The Super Bowl of Drinking

It's the end of October, which means it's time to strap on your costumes, pass out candy and judge what other people are wearing for Halloween. And if you love TV—which I'm assuming you do—it means we have a good week's worth of Halloween-themed episodes. And while Christmas- or Valentine's Day-themed episodes usually need to fit in some sort of sentimental payoff, Halloween episodes give a show a chance to just go balls-to-the-wall crazy (see last year: Glee's Rocky Horror episode that reaired last night, Modern Family's Haunted House episode that also reaired last night and Community's zombie episode). Last night, Happy Endings joined that tradition with an exceptionally entertaining Halloween episode.

So before I find a replacement costume for my Lady Gaga meat suit, let's take look at the best moments of last night...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Magical Monday Moments: Kiernan Shipka, Child Star Psychologist

I've been way too busy listening to Kelly Clarkson's new album to pay attention to anything else today, so for this week's Magical Monday Moment I thought I'd share a particularly hilarious Funny Or Die video from last week.

Meet Sally Draper Kiernan Shipka, Child Star Psychologist.

Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' In Stores Now

Just a quick reminder to all you dear readers that Stronger, Kelly Clarkson's fifth album, hit stores this morning. My iTunes pre-order is done downloading, so I'll be back soon with a full review. In the meantime, I encourage you all to celebrate this holiday by buying Stronger immediately.

Today only, Amazon is offering the album for only $4.99. You can also purchase the deluxe version (like I did) on iTunes to get a ton of bonus content.

Time to listen... Happy Stronger Day! If you want to follow along with my first full listen of the album, make sure you are following @PWYJudges on Twitter!

[Image Source: Stronger iTunes LP]

Friday, October 21, 2011

Project Runway, Season 9 E13: We're All Winners

We've finally made it to the finale! Well, sort of. The first half of the Project Runway finale is always a weird state of purgatory—the excitement of Fashion Week contrasted with the similarity of a challenge-based episode that we've been dealing with for three months—and with the exception of the blood-boiling twist at the end, it wasn't exactly an exciting episode.

So before I watch Heidi and Tim cha cha down the runway together for the 30th time in a row (I wish I was kidding...), let's get to the rundown.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Best of Kelly Clarkson: Part 2 (#1-5)

In less than four days, I'll be dancing and singing along to Kelly Clarkson's latest album, Stronger. It's hard to believe this is already her fifth album—it seems like just yesterday she beat out Justin Guarini in American Idol's inaugural season. Her career may have its ups (Breakaway) and downs (My December), but through it all Kelly has remained a force to be reckoned with.

Yesterday, I began counting down Kelly's Top 10 best songs to date with songs 6-10. I should take this time to admit that there are several songs that were incredibly deserving of making the Top 10—"Addicted," "I Do Not Hook Up," "Gone" and "Where is Your Heart?" to name a few—but tough decisions had to be made and there's no use living in the past. Now it's time to reveal the Top 5 with the assistance of Jason Myers, an expert on all things Kelly Clarkson and undoubtedly her #1 fan. Did your favorite make the cut...?

Happy Family Jules: Go Bullfrogs!

With college visits and visualization boards, Modern Family and Happy Endings both had the future in mind last night, and both delivered solid episodes. So before I gain five pounds of muscles (mussels?) before my first-class trip to Greece, let's breakdown the best moments of the night...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Best of Kelly Clarkson: Part 1 (#6-10)

In the summer of 2002, a 20-year-old girl from Burleson, Texas, appeared on the inaugural season of a little summer singing show. Nine years after being crowned the Original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson is a superstar pop diva—I will fight anyone who tries to argue that point—and one of the best voices in the industry today.

In preparation of next Monday's release of Stronger, her fifth album to date, I've compiled a list of Kelly's top 10 best songs. There were some difficult decisions made, and there are many amazing and classic Kelly songs not represented, but here it is.

In today's Part 1, I've enlisted the help of Kelly Clarkson superfan Alex Goldschmidt to rundown #6-10—even if he didn't fully agree with the list. Get ready to rock out and scream in total fanboy fashion (or is that just me...?).

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Watch Community's Seven Timelines All At Once

Although I didn't begin watching until the end of Season 1, Community quickly became one of my favorite shows on television. As someone who is admittedly addicted to pop culture, the constant barrage of references and meta moments is a delight like no other (besides 30 Rock at times). I wish a few more million viewers (and the Emmys) would notice, too.

Last week's episode "Remedial Chaos Theory" centered around Troy and Abed's housewarming party. While playing a "rousing" game of Yahtzee, the pizza deliveryman buzzes in and the group tries to decide who to send down to get the pizza. When Jeff suggests a roll of the dice, Abed points out that doing so creates alternate timelines and endless possibilities. What followed, in true Community fashion, were each of the seven timelines—some mundane, some pleasant and one horrific and dark—showing how the night would change with the brief absence of each member of the study group.

Now, thanks to the great power of the Internet and a YouTube user named EvilAbed, you can watch all seven timelines at once....

Monday, October 17, 2011

Florence Welch Covers "Since U Been Gone"

As far as I'm concerned, when it comes to music there isn't much better than Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine) or Kelly Clarkson. Except, of course, Florence Welch singing a Kelly Clarkson song.

The NewNowNext blog uncovered this amazing video of Welch and Mark Ronson covering "Since U Been Gone" while backstage at London's O2 Arena almost exactly two years ago.

Check out the video below and bask in the wonder of two wonderful musical divas colliding...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Project Runway, Season 9 E12: Empire State of Mind

New York's Governors Island was the source of inspiration on this week's Project Runway, but with Lady Liberty looming in the background the episode should've been named "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor..."

We should've known better than to have high expectations the challenge before Fashion Week, right? Season after season, this challenge shows just how burnt out the contestants are and it's always full of crazy decisions (Wendy Pepper, anyone?) and whacky fashion (again... Wendy Pepper, anyone?).

So before I try and figure out exactly how to pronounce 'artillery,' let's get to the rundown...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Family Jules: The J Spot

I feel awful for not doing this earlier in the week, dear readers. So before we continue...

"Sail the oceans of your dreams and be the discoverer of great places. Happy Columbus Day."

Yup, Happy Endings can even make Columbus Day sound cool. Last night's episode featured a knock-out guest performance by Megan Mullally and followed an equally fantastic showing from Modern Family. So before I try and remember what job Mom Gilmore had, let's breakdown the best moments from each episode...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Trailer Tuesdays: The Avengers

With so many movies coming out this fall, it seems a little crazy to use a Trailer Tuesday to focus on a movie that doesn't come out until next summer. But for this mother of all comic book blockbusters, I'll make an exception.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you just-released teaser trailer for The Avengers...

RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 4: First Details Announced

Although it regretfully doesn't premiere until January, LOGO just released some exciting details about the upcoming fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race to hold us over.

Is there anything more fabulous than getting details on a new season of Drag Race? Nope, didn't think so. So let's just cut to the chase, shall we?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Project Runway, Season 9 E11: Birds of a Feather

He rocks in the tree tops all day long 
Hoppin' and a-boppin' and singing his song 
All the little birdies on Jaybird Street 
Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

Oh, how I wish that had been the runway song this week. But, alas, I had to just be content singing to myself as this week's entries paraded up and down the Project Runway studio.

This week's episode featured twists, hypocrites and lots of fine feathered friends. So before you ask to borrow some of my fabric, let's get to the rundown...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

SYTYCD Renewed for Season 9

Great news for So You Think You Can Dance fans: FOX has renewed the series for a ninth season!

Happy Family Jules: Stellaaaa!

With references to A Streetcar Named Desire and The Blind Side, men wearing shirt-dresses and women wearing baby onesies, missing dogs and '80s limousines, I'd say last night's Modern Family and Happy Endings were a rousing success.

Before we argue about the difference between cake and ice cream cake, let's talk about the best moments from each episode...

R.I.P. Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Word spread quickly last night that Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and one of the most famous innovators of our time, passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. As I type this post on my MacBook Pro while listening to music on iTunes and checking text messages on my iPhone, the impact Mr. Jobs had on our everyday lives is impossible to ignore. And lest we not forget that he was also a co-founder of Pixar, a company that has changed the face not only of animation, but of the entire world of film. While Mr. Jobs was only on this earth for a mere 56 years, his legacy is sure to continue on for generations.

So, as many are doing today, let's remember Steve Jobs by taking a look back at his famous commencement address to the 2005 graduates of Stanford University, "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

You Are Not Alone: Fight Bullying with Kitty Clementine

It's now been over a year since Dan Savage started the "It Gets Better" project to inspire gay youth who face harassment all over the world. Since then, there's been a huge increase in focus on bullying and abuse amongst teens and in our schools. From senators to actors to musicians, everyone joined in to offer words of encouragement and inspiration.

Australian singer/songwriter Kitty Clementine is taking this idea and running with it with her "You Are Not Alone" campaign to stand up to bullying. Watch the video below and keep reading to find out how you can get involved...

Meet Marbles Hargrove, Melissa McCarthy's Alter Ego

Earlier this week, Best Week Ever unveiled some long-lost YouTube videos of Emmy-winner Melissa McCarthy as her video-blogging alter ego, Marbles Hargrove. Along with her off-screen sidekick Randy, she covered topics ranging from E. coli—Taco Bell is essentially a petri dish for it—to the Oscars.

The videos have had me hysterically laughing all week, so without further ado I give you Marbles Hargrove...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Trailer Tuesdays: Ides of March

The glitz and glam of summer movie season is a thing of the past and it's finally time to get into some gritty, dramatic Oscar-contending films. There are a lot of these such films coming out over the course of the next several weeks, so Trailer Tuesdays are going to start getting quite busy around here.

First up: Ides of March, the political thriller starring heavy hitters George Clooney—who also directed the film—and Ryan Gosling. Check out the trailer after the jump:

'Playboy Club' This Year's First Cancelled; Comedies Get Full Orders

The third week of the primetime TV season has barely begun and the first casualty of the year has just been tallied. But don't worry, there's some good news in there, too.

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