Tuesday, August 30, 2011
We already had a discussion about this summer's Kelly Clarkson song leaks, but the pop diva has finally (and officially) premiered her first single off of the new album Stronger titled "Mr. Know It All."
It all happened just minutes ago during a live webcast on KellyClarkson.com. Despite some technical difficulties, Kelly was an adorable delight as she introduced the track and then answered questions from fans. Some of my favorite moments from the Q&A: her celebrity crush is Kyle Chandler—aka Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights—and she urged fans to not take themselves seriously while doing karaoke because everyone in the bar will just laugh.
Of course, the highlight of the broadcast was the premiere of the song. So without further ado here's "Mr. Know It All"...
Like Harry Potter and Twilight before it, The Hunger Games young adult book series has taken off into an unstoppable phenomenon. It tells the tale of a futuristic world in which an unhinged wealthy government lords over its impoverished colonies with an iron fist, annually forcing selected teenagers to battle it out to the death on live TV for entertainment. Written by Suzanne Collins, the series has captured the nation's attention and is now being adapted for the screen for a 2012 release. Having obsessively read all three books in rapid-fire succession, I am incredibly excited to see Katniss' story come to life on the big screen, especially with Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role.
During Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards—which I couldn't bring myself to watch—viewers were treated to a special teaser for the film. Take a look at our first peek of The Hunger Games...
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Well, if you weren't aware before now, I guess it's now painfully obviously that Project Runway is now in the hands of Bunim/Murray Productions, the same producers that bring us The Real World and all of the insanity and (keyword here) DRAMA that comes along with it. We had double the problems, double the attitudes, double the eliminations and double the winners. All we need now is for someone to vomit in the shower and a threeway to happen in the hot tub. I wouldn't put it past Bert.
But before I start mapping out the plot of The Real World: Parsons, let's breakdown the action of last night's episode.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I am a celebrity book addict. Christian Siriano, RuPaul, Kathy Griffin, Tim Gunn, Tina Fey—if they write 'em, I read 'em. Of course, some of them prove why they are famous for skills other than writing (sorry, Tim), but more often than not I'm willing to give them a shot.
Next month, Emmy award-winning actress Jane Lynch, most famous now for being Sue Sylvester on Glee, will release her memoir Happy Accidents. And true to her hilarious ways, she's bullying people into purchasing it. Check out the video below:
Monday, August 22, 2011
Leaks of an artists' songs or albums is something of a touchy subject. Fans are rabid to get a hold of anything they can related to their favorite artists, and the ease of sharing on the Internet has only intensified that "need". On the other hand, the artists feel they should be able to present—and get paid for—the final product.
I side with the artists on this one. I tend to avoid listening to song leaks, let alone post them on here, because it is not the polished, finished version that we are intended to hear. There's too much unknown: Is this an old song or one on the upcoming album? Is this just a demo or is this the final track with all of the bells and whistles? I'd much rather hear the best the artist has to give me rather than a low quality mp3 that's been passed around the dark corners of the web.
One of the most recent victims of song leaks is pop diva (and Please Welcome Your Judges favorite) Kelly Clarkson. All summer long, Kelly Clarkson songs have been leaking left and right. With her new album Stronger continuously delayed, fans found themselves piecing together almost an entire album's worth of songs. Now the music goddess is speaking out... and she's not happy...
Friday, August 19, 2011
One of the most iconic phrases in Project Runway history harkens back to the days of Season 2 when Tim Gunn sternly shouted "Don't... bore... Nina!" That advice was especially relevant this week as the designers had to take on Señora Garcia head-on in one heckuva challenge.
So before I try and fill my wardrobe with mustard-colored frocks, let's break down last night's episode...
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
This year's Muppets Mania is continuing in full force and that is just fine by me. I'm practically counting down the seconds until Jason Segel's The Muppets hits theaters this Thanksgiving, but since that is still so far away I was delighted to learn that Disney is releasing a compilation album titled Muppets: The Green Album, bringing together a smorgasbord of artists to recreate some of the Muppets greatest hits.
The album doesn't come out until next week, but, thanks to NPR, we have a sneak peek! Check out the full stream after the jump...
Monday, August 15, 2011
I have never seen an episode of Hoarders, mostly because I've heard it's worse than most horror movies. When you can find dead animal skeletons, thousands of old magazines and decomposed food in someone's living room, that is some scary sh*t.
Last year I went and saw the ever-hilarious Kathy Griffin perform and she had an entire chunk of her show devoted to the terrifying wonder that is Hoarders. Well, apparently someone at A&E is also a Kathy Griffin fan and they are using her words against her in this year's Emmy race.
Every once in a while on Project Runway, the designers collectively produce work that is far below the standard that we have come to expect. Unfortunately, this week's episode was one of these particular occasions when the winner isn't exactly fantastic, it's just the best of the bunch. Lucky for us, it coincided with the first team challenge of the season, so the drama counteracted the underwhelming runway results.
Let's dig into the black velvet button bag and dig out some judgments, shall we?
Friday, August 12, 2011
And America's Favorite Dancer is...........
Just kidding. I wouldn't spoil it that soon. But BE WARNED: if you haven't yet watched the So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 finale and have somehow avoided finding out who won last night, you should probably stop reading right about now.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
My reactions to the routines in last night's performance finale on So You Think You Can Dance went a little something like this: yikes, oooOOoo, aight, wow, cool, ugh, ahhh, yummm, WOAH, blech. In other words, last night was all over the place. The good was really good and the bad was really bad. Not exactly the way you envision a finale. As I posted earlier today, previous season finales have brought us a plethora of iconic moments, and last night's efforts kind of fell flat in comparison.
Of course, there are a lot of reasons why this happened. The most obvious one being that the dancers have got to be beyond exhausted at this point. Forget all the previous weeks of grueling competition, just consider this week: each dancer had to learn and perform four new pieces and a solo, in addition to the old pieces that will be performed in tonight's results finale. That is a lot of dancing to cram into one week and one body. As for the other reasons, here's looking at you, choreographers. Many of these routines just didn't measure up to what we have come to expect from this program and this talented crop of choreographers.
Then again, it could all be because guest judge Katie Holmes sucked all the energy out of the room whenever she opened her robot mouth to speak. I knew it wasn't going to go well with Katie when the first thing out of her mouth was a plug for her upcoming movie. Gracious. Thank goodness High School Musical and Dirty Dancing legend Kenny Ortega was also present to dish out some praise, criticism and, in Melanie's case, job offers.
Tonight, a winner will be crowned and Season 8 will be in the history books. But before that happens, let's rate last night's performances from worst to first and then VOTE IN THE POLL for who you think should and will win tonight...
Later today we'll discuss last night's So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 performance finale. And Lord knows there's a lot to be said about it. The most common word floating around cyberspace at this moment is "disappointing," and I can't say that I disagree. Now, there are a lot of reasons for that—which we will get into—and I have to say that there were a few really fantastic moments, but the more I think about last night, the more I yearn for some of SYTYCD's finest finale night performances.
If you think back on past seasons of the show, some of the most iconic moments happened on the final performance night of the season. So before we dish about last night, I thought we should take a moment to remember what a finale should look like on this show.
Here are the 10 best finale night performances from the show's first seven seasons...
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Way back when, long before a single dancer had been eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance's Season 8 Top 20, I made some bold predictions about who would make the season's finale. I'm happy to report that three of my four predictions made it in—sorry, Ricky—and will compete tonight to become America's Favorite Dancer. It will be a bloodbath, for sure, as this is one of the most talented Top 4 in recent memory—probably since Kayla, Jeanine, Brandon and Evan in Season 5.
So now comes the hard part. The really, really, really hard part. Who is going to win this thing? Let's break down the Top 4 and make a few more bold predictions.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Don't mess with Texas, huh? Don't tell that to Padma Lakshmi!
Coming off an incredibly entertaining All-Star season and heading into Emmy season as the defending champion, Top Chef announced today that its upcoming ninth season will be based in Texas.
Keep reading after the jump for more details...
Monday, August 8, 2011
Getting ready for the upcoming fall TV season, AOL TV invited its Twitter followers to submit questions about a number of ABC shows and have posted videos with the stars of the show answering them.
Well, what do you know, they asked one of my questions to Zach Knighton and Elisha Cuthbert, a.k.a. Dave and Alex from Happy Endings!
Check out the video below to see the question and answer...
We are only two episodes into Project Runway Season 9, but it's time to take a look forward at the upcoming Project Runway All-Stars!
Two months ago I highlighted my dream cast for All-Stars, choosing simply on talent instead of ratings-grabbing dramatics. This morning, the contestants, host, judges and mentor were announced, and it seems Lifetime didn't exactly take the same approach I did. Take a look at who they chose...
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Now that all the introductions and meet-and-greets are out of the way, it was finally time to get a full episode of classic Project Runway. Of course, for some added spice they added Michael, Nina, Heidi and Tim into the opening credits—gotta keep it fresh after nine seasons, right?
Once again, the 90-minute format didn't phase me as much as usual, but that could be because there are still 187 designers still in the mix. The looks are somewhat of a blur, but let's power through and dish out some judgments...
Friday, August 5, 2011
And there you have it, folks. The votes have been counted and the finalists for Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance have been announced.
With one week left to go until the winner is crowned, there are predictions to be made and finales to plan. In the meantime, let's breakdown the events of last night, shall we?
Thursday, August 4, 2011
After the non-stop excitement of the Top 10 and Top 8 performance nights, last night's Top 6 on So You Think You Can Dance felt like kind of a letdown, huh? Which isn't to say that we didn't witness some of the best this season has to offer (which we'll get to in a moment), it's just that the overall level just wasn't as high as previous weeks.
Joining the panel last night were Christina Applegate, who desperately needed a comb but was one of the most insightful guest judges to date, and Lil' C, who is too verbose for me to actually pay attention to. Sorry, C, but I'd much rather we bring back Neil Patrick Harris, Lady Gaga or my twin Adam Shankman instead of go through another week of your alliterations.
Eek, it sounds like I got up on the wrong side of the bed. So much complaining... but we're getting toward the end of this season, so expectations are high! Let's get to the point here and break down last night's performances from worst to first...
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I'm worried I might catch some flack for this one, but I don't care!
Starting August 12th, Gleeks can head to their local movie theater and watch the concert event of the year: the Glee tour... in 3D!!!! Yes, I know this is just a way to get more money out of a huge, devoted fan base. And, yes, I know that I already went and saw the tour, but take a look at the trailer for Glee: The 3D Concert Movie and behold the magic.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Do people use AOL Instant Messenger anymore? Create profiles and stalk their crushes and check away messages for hours on end? I hope so or else those of us who were teenagers around the turn of the millennium will look awfully stupid to pretty much everyone else.
Well, just in case young adolescents are still OMG-ing and ROFLMAO-ing all over themselves, Stephanie Georgopolus at Thought Catalog has written a pretty spot on "How To" guide for creating a proper AIM persona.
Here's a quick excerpt to whet your appetite...