Friday, September 21, 2012

2012 Emmy Awards: Predictions


In just two short days, the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will finally arrive. And while there isn't enough time to get into the nitty gritty of these nominations, I had to at least get my predictions for the 26 awards up. And just to spice it up, I'll say who will win, who should win, who could win, and who should have been nominated. Except, you know, in the miniseries or movie categories that I wish would just go away already.

Ready? Set? Go!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hey, Everybody! Cougar Town's Back!


You may have noticed a seemingly shocking omission from this week's Fall TV Lineup post. "Surely there must be some sort of mistake," you undoubtedly thought as you frantically scrolled through the network schedule, seeing no sign of perennial favorite Cougar Town.

Well, don't fret (and don't call me Shirley)! For although ABC decided not to continue the Cul De Sac Crew's adventures for a fourth season—not a surprise considering the schedule fiasko of Season 3—the show will live to see another glass of wine on TBS starting January 8th. And to celebrate the new network and just-announced premiere date, the cast got together to sing about it... and pound some grape, of course.

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

Britney Spears Makes Promising Debut on X Factor


Last night was the Season 2 premiere of The X Factor, Simon Cowell's latest British singing competition import on FOX. And though it didn't quite hit American shores with the pomp and circumstance everyone anticipated last fall, the show has done some retooling in the hopes of drawing bigger audiences and avoiding defeat at the hands of NBC's The Voice. The most significant of these sophomore season changes happened on the judging panel, with Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger out the door with new recruits the likes of Demi Lovato and BRITNEY FREAKIN' SPEARS joining the team. How's that for some star power, huh?

After finally giving up on American Idol last season, my desire to start watching another three hours per week of a singing competition is pretty non-existent, but I decided to DVR last night's X Factor premiere just so I could fast forward through it this morning and get a glimpse of how Britney fit in to the reality judge role. The past few years have definitely been a bit of a roller coaster for Ms. Spears, and a gig like this could be just the ticket to putting her back in place as one of America's sweethearts (hi, J. Lo!). Or, it could completely backfire (hi, Nicole!).

So how did Britney do? Did she robotically deliver pre-written critiques? Did she shave off all her hair and flash her cooch at the first hint of a wonky note?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall 2012 TV Lineup


It's hard to believe that summer has already come and gone. But as we bid adieu to warm weather, beach excursions and horrible sunburns—seriously, I may have lost any ability to tan—it's time to welcome back the world of television into our lives! Sure, summer TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance, The Newsroom and Political Animals have kept us entertained these past few months, but now it's time for the full onslaught of fall premieres to start filling up our DVRs and completely taking over our schedules.

Before you know it, old favorites like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory will be back, accompanied by shiny new shows like The New Normal  and The Mindy Project. Inevitably, some of these newcomers will flop despite their greatness (hello, Lone Star) and some of them will thrive despite their many, many flaws (hello, 2 Broke Girls). It's always best to go into the fall TV season with a cautiously optimistic outlook, realizing that the show with the amazing pilot might quickly fizzle or the show you assumed would be awful might become the "next big thing."

It can all be a little overwhelming at first, so that's why I've crafted a lineup to help you out. Here are the shows I'll be tuning into this fall:

Friday, August 31, 2012

Project Runway, Season 10 E7: Collect Them All


After last week's cracktastic antics—or, at the very least, Ven's cracktastic antics—Please Sponsor Our Runway got back on track with its usual proceedings. So without any major rants to go on about real-sized women and egotistical maniacs, let's get right to breaking down last night's episode...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Project Runway, Season 10 E6: Aaahh, Real Women!


Oh, boy, here we go again. The "real women" challenge is not a new addition Project Runway by any means, but there always manages to be a designer completely blindsided by it, causing them to act like a total a-hole on national television without a single shred of self-awareness. Last season, it was Olivier. And this season? Who decided to step up to the plate and be the resident psychopath when faced with a person with a waist larger than the circumference of a Twizzler? Our dear friend RoboVen.

A breakdown of his antics and the rest of the episode coming up after the jump...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Project Runway, Season 10 E4+5: Raul's Revenge


When last we met, Project Runway had just bid adieu to Raul after he sent a lackluster red carpet gown down the runway, and Andrea had gone missing in the middle of the night. I know I owe you fabulous readers an Episode 4 review. Don't you worry... a Lannister always pays his debts (wrong show?). So instead of pretending like it never happened, today you are getting a special twofer: a jam-packed extravaganza review of the last two episodes, which could be sold in a separate DVD pack and branded Project Runway: Raul's Revenge. Hey, it's better than Project Accessory (burn).

Enough jibber jabber... we have a lot to cover!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Meet the Cast of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race


Though only four seasons in, RuPaul's Drag Race has already amassed a crop of alumni so fierce and memorable that the list of potential queens that could be considered all stars is a long one. So when it came to casting the upcoming season of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race, I cannot imaging how difficult the selection process could have been.

Yesterday, Logo released the cast list for All Stars, and while there are a few questionable entries, it truly is a line up of drag stars. Take a look at the announcement video after the jump...

New Single "I Will Wait" from Mumford & Sons


I was shamefully late to the Mumford & Sons train. Though their brilliant first album Sigh No More came out in 2009, it didn't enter constant rotation in my iTunes until early 2011. I know... how embarrassing! I'm not quite sure how I lived my life before songs like "The Cave" or "Little Lion Man" were in it.

Thankfully, I have seen the error of my ways and have every intention of purchasing Babel, their sophomore release, pretty much the nanosecond after it is released next month. And though the track list for the album is posted on the band's website, I have been seriously itching for some fresh new Mumford tunes. If you are anything like me, then today is your day, because the band has officially released its first single.

Take a listen to "I Will Wait" after the jump...

Friday, August 3, 2012

Project Runway, Season 10 E3: Emmy Emotions


After last week's candy catastrophe, Project Runway seemingly apologized for their bad behavior and gave us a little gift for sticking with them: a team challenge. Wahoo! I love a good team challenge because it always unleashes the crazies onto each other. Not that anyone is making a claim that people who go on reality TV shows are totally sane, but some of these people take the cake when it comes to psychotic antics. Add in some Runway alums and you have an episode that greatly improved on its predecessor.

So who let the claws come out and who made it work? A full rundown of last night's episode is coming up after the jump...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Project Runway, Season 10 E2: Pour Some Sugar on Me


In case you didn't realize, Project Runway is currently celebrating its tenth season. They haven't really been mentioning it, so I can understand why that fact may have alluded you.

Oh, who are we kidding? They are doing everything short of flash a big neon sign in the corner of the screen for an hour and a half to remind us that THIS IS THE TENTH SEASON OF THIS SHOW! And, to be honest, I think the fact that the show has made it this long is wonderful. Despite all the shortcomings, Project Runway is a fun, creative show that is leagues ahead of most in the reality category.

That being said, if they are going to tout the 10th season as huge accomplishment every episode, wouldn't it be cool if they did more than hang photos of past winners in the workroom at Parsons? Perhaps every week could been a retooling or a twist on one of the classic challenges from the show's history? Bring back the winner of that challenge, really play up the nostalgia of the occasion?

Of course, this week's challenge essentially did that without once acknowledging it, and that, my friends, led to some serious issues. So before someone burns themselves with glue again, let's break "Candy Couture" down...

Friday, July 27, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9: Top 16


I know, I know. I missed a week of So You Think You Can Dance recapping. Let's just all pretend that I was so offended by that wretched "Teeth" number that started the show that I was unable to type about dancing for an entire week. Yes. That's it.

Anyway, I don't like to live in the past, so we are just going to charge on. This week, the Top 16 took the stage with mostly good results. We are still at the point in the competition when there are some serious weak links in the chain, and it's only a matter of time before they get weeded out. Luckily, the majority of performances were a clear indicator that Season 9 has an incredibly talented pool of contestants that will yield a dynamic Top 10 in the coming weeks.

Joining Nigel and Mary in the panel was comedienne extraordinaire Christina Applegate, who was—like last season—an insightful and passionate judge. I love that she approaches her critiques as someone who watches the show and knows the dancers, and her fangirl-iness was a delight to watch.

Now, as always, let's break down the performances from worst to first...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Project Runway, Season 10 E1: Thank You People New York!


Welcome back to another season of Project Runway! In case you didn't feel ancient enough for remembering the days of Wendy Pepper and Andrae, this is show's tenth season, and I have a feeling we will be constantly reminded of that fact throughout the next few months. "We have more seasons than I Love Lucy!" quipped Madame Kors, and I think you can probably feel my eyes rolling from wherever it is you're sitting.

But, you know what? It felt good to be back. After all, the last time we were in Project Runway Land, the judges got it right! The mentor gave specific advice! The host was... not Heidi... wait a minute! We're back with the people who gave the wins to Gretchen and Anya?! Mother...

Okay, okay. To be fair, perhaps Madame Kors, La NiƱa, Frau Klum and Sir Gunn just needed a season off to rest their weary heads and watch some other folks give it a go in those directors chairs. Only time will tell, but the best way to approach this season is with timid optimism that the judges will award the worthy and smite the fugly. Otherwise, you might as well just go watch Dance Moms.

I'm glad we talked that out, dear readers. I'm ready to break down the episode now...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Some Thoughts on the Aurora Movie Theater Shooting

This site is about the celebration and critique of pop culture. It's not, and I cannot imagine it will ever be, a place for any sort of political debate or discussion of the latest current events in the world beyond the scope of television, movies, music, etc. This isn't to say that those things are not important or that I don't pay attention to them, but that's just not the intention and mission of this space.

That being said, I've been prepping my normal reviews of this week's So You Think You Can Dance and Project Runway and every time I imagined posting, it didn't feel quite right without first discussing the horrific events that transpired last night at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. As anyone who pays attention to the news can tell you, bad things happen in this world every day. Hell, pretty much every second of every day. But something about this event truly shook me, and I have spent the majority of the day trying to wrap my head around even the most basic details.

A major part of my struggle with comprehending this incident has to do with the setting: a movie theater. Movies allow us to escape the outside world and surrender ourselves to a completely different universe. It's not always a happy place we are transported to, but there is no denying the powerful escapism that occurs between the opening and closing credits. And while we can do that in the comfort of our own homes, there has always been something magical about going to a movie theater and sharing the awe and joy with those around us. The palpable energy in a theater before a highly-anticipated movie, the roaring laughter of an audience during a brilliant comedic moment, the thrilling silence after an emotional scene: you cannot replicate these experiences, and it is maddening that someone would exploit that magic for sick, meaningless violence. The people in that Aurora theater were innocent fans who were there to enjoy two and a half hours of escape from the real world. It seems we cannot even be afforded those few hours in the dark anymore.

Finally, before we returning to our regularly scheduled posting, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrible tragedy, as well as to their families and friends.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Project Runway Season 10 Premieres Tonight!


With all the build up to this morning's Emmy nomination announcements, I didn't get the chance to let you all know that Project Runway—a recipient of four nominations—is returning for its 10th season tonight! Sixteen new designers join our beloved Heidi, Tim, Nina and Michael tonight at 8pm/EST for the annual "Road to the Runway" special, followed by the season premiere at 9.

This season, the show has added a cool new feature on its site called Real-Time Runway that allows you to follow along with the Twitter buzz about the show. You can even set your time zone in order to avoid spoilers!

So happy viewing tonight, dear readers, and make sure to come back here for the usual metric ton of judging and bitchery.

Auf Wiedersehen!

[Image Source: Lifetime]

2012 Emmy Awards: Nominations Announced!


Ladies and gentlemen, here are your nominees for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards! They were just announced this morning by Kerry Washington and Jimmy Kimmel—where was Nick Offerman?!—and thank goodness for living on the East Coast so I didn't have to up at the crack of dawn to watch the live feed.

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 http://www.emmys.com.

And now, on to the nominees...


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

2012 Emmy Nomination Dreams: The Women


Tomorrow morning at 8:35 am, the nominees for the 2012 Emmy Awards will be announced. Last night, I broke down my list of Top 10 dream nominees for men. Now, it's the ladies' turn!

Remember, these are dream nominees. You won't find the likes of Amy Poehler, Julianna Margulies or Julianne Moore on this list. Those fine women are shoe-ins and will undoubtedly—and rightfully so—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. With all of last year's nominees returning, the comedy categories are particularly cutthroat. Is it possible that Kristen Wiig won't get a nomination for her final year on SNL? Could the unstoppable Betty White get snubbed? Is last year's winner—and now Oscar nominee—Melissa McCarthy going to be dropped like old news? Not bloody likely (well, maybe the McCarthy thing). There are going to be many snubs worth bemoaning come Thursday, so let's make the most of our time pre-announcement and celebrate some fabulous women.

From vice presidents and doctors to vengeful housewives and drunks, here are the 10 women I would nominate for the 2012 Emmy Awards...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2012 Emmy Nomination Dreams: The Men


The nominations for the 2012 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 Kerry Washington and Nick Offerman, the world is our oyster and we can remain hopeful that our favorites will make the cut.

Like last year, I'm leading up to the nomination announcements with my list of dream nominees, starting with the men. You won't find the likes of Jim Parsons, Aaron Paul or Bryan Cranston 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 that, once again, most of these men are eligible for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. For the third year in a row, all of the Modern Family actors have submitted themselves in supporting categories, and while Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill would likely be frontrunners in the lead category, their inclusion here means many of our favorites don't stand a chance.

Here are the Top 10 men I would nominate for the 2012 Emmy Awards...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bill Clinton is a 'My Little Pony' Master


Former United States President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is a Yale graduate, law professor, former Governor and Attorney General of Arkansas, a Rhodes scholar and husband to the current Secretary of State of our country.

He is also, apparently, a genius when it comes to all things My Little Pony, the popular '80s cartoon that, like any self-respecting gay kid at the time, I was obsessed with during my childhood (cue When I Knew reference).

Last year, Clinton appeared on an episode of the NPR radio show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! to discuss his time as President and his current endeavors, including the Clinton Foundation. And while they weren't able to air it at the time, NPR has recently released an extended version of the interview, including a game called "Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Twilight Sparkle," in which the former president had to answer three questions about the magical ponies.

Take a listen to the amazingly hilarious clip after the jump...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9: Top 20


As is customary on So You Think You Can Dance, the "Meet the Top 20" episode that aired two weeks ago was full of praise along the lines of "all of these dancers are so talented!" or "I don't know how America is going to decide!" And, as is customary on So You Think You Can Dance, the first show of actual competition, last night's Top 20 episode, did a fantastic job of showing that, in fact, there is an incredible distinction between the  dancers who are in it to win it and the dancers whose names we will struggle to recall upon their return in the season finale for a group number or two.

Don't misunderstand what I'm saying. Indeed, all twenty of these contestants are skilled dancers, but this is the point of the competition when we determine who has that determination, that extra spark. Top 20 Week shows us the stars of the season.

Joining Nigel and Mary on the judging panel this week was Mr. Kenny Ortega, legendary choreographer and director of classics like Dirty Dancing, Newsies, Hocus Pocus and the High School Music trilogy. He also directed The Cheetah Girls 2, but let's move on. After all, he was, per usual, an excellent guest judge, unafraid to give a proper critique unlike some previous panelists (ahem, Zooey Deschanel).

So who emerged as the stars last night, and who faded into the darkness? Let's break down each duet from worst to first...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9: Top 20 Refresher Course


Tonight's the night, So You Think You Can Dance fans! We've made it through the auditions, survived Vegas Week and avoided being cut during the Green Mile. This evening, the Season 9 Top 20 will dance for our votes for the first time, with two dancers going home next week.

It's been two weeks since the fabulous "Meet the Top 20" episode aired, so if you find yourself a little fuzzy on who exactly is performing tonight, fear not! Here's a quick refresher of the Top 20 dancers, along with my rankings going in to tonight's show...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Portlandia: A-O River!


Summer is chugging along—can you believe it's almost July?!—and being by the beach means lots of fun in the sun. Top on my list of upcoming summer-y purchases is a raft that will be perfect for floating (...and ponding grape) along the waves, but I have to admit that every time I think about setting sail in my future inflatable dinghy, I can't stop thinking about Portlandia's amazing "A-O River" sketch from earlier this year.

So as my way of wishing you all a wonderfully sunny weekend, here's Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen as Kath and Dave, getting ready to set sail...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ConDRAGulations: Critics' Choice Television Awards 2012


Last night, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association hosted the Second Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in Los Angeles. The whole affair seems like the BTJA's way of trying to get some good buzz surrounding their television favorites leading up to next month's Emmy nominations, but since they award shows and actors I like, I'm totally fine with it. Plus, if we are going to pay attention to the bat-shit crazy Golden Globes in January, we might as well focus on a night that actually awards some deserving and often-forgotten recipients.

You can view the full list of nominees here, then see the list of winners after the jump and join me in wishing them all a hearty Condragulations!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9: Salt Lake City Auditions


Let us sing praise to the So You Think You Can Dance overlords! For on this, the fourth and final week of auditions for Season 9, we were finally blessed with the gift for which we have been praying for: ballroom dancers! I hope you all sacrifice a nimble female contemporary dancer in thanks and celebration.

It should come as no surprise that the talent was incredibly impressive in Salt Lake City. After all, Utah has given us some of our favorite dancers over the last eight seasons: Allison Holker, Sabra Johnson, Chelsie Hightower, Gev Manoukian, Tadd Gadduang, etc etc etc. And in a state where high school ballroom competition is practically the same as football, the cha chas and rhumbas were off the hook.

As we head into Vegas Week, here are my favorite auditions from the SLC...

Friday, June 8, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9: Atlanta Auditions


On its whirlwind tour across the nation searching for America's favorite dancer, So You Think You Can Dance left the glitz and glamour of last week's Hollywood round and headed to the Southern streets of Hotlanta, Georgia. And while LA was, predictably, jam-packed with contemporary dancers trying to make it big, Atlanta proved that variety is the spice of life. Sure, there were the typical lyrical ladies leaping across the stage, but the ATL also gave us a trio of popping geniuses, belly dancing, back woods hip hop and some (incredibly grating) karate kicks.

So without further ado, here are my favorite auditions of the week...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Best TV Moments of 2012: Blackwater Wildfire on 'Game of Thrones'


I know, I know. Two Best TV Moments posts in one day from the same week of television. But, c'mon, it's season finale time and there's not likely going to be much greatness coming out of summer TV (SYTYCD excluded, natch). And there's no denying that what happened last week on Game of Thrones was pure, amazing television. Not funny or heartwarming like some of the previous featured moments. Just balls to the wall, jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring television.

In the interesting of not spoiling it, I'll continue raving about the awesomeness of Blackwater after the jump. Just remember, spoilers ahead!


Best TV Moments of 2012: Cougar Town's Wedding


One of the great decisions the writers of Cougar Town made was to treat Jules and Grayson like adults when it came to their relationship. Not that the couple acts totally mature all the time—because what would be the fun in that?—but they saved us from the agony of all the break up/get back together/break up again nonsense that so many TV shows love to perpetuate. These are two forty-something divorcees who know what they want from life and from a partner, and being able to watch their relationship grow has been one of the show's strongest emotional developments.

It seems incredibly fitting, then, that one of the most important milestones in their relationship should make the grade to end up as a Best TV Moment of 2012: the wedding that ended the Season 3 finale that aired earlier this week. Take a look at the clip after the jump...

The New 'Magic Mike' Poster is Perfect


I've already admitted to being underwhelmed, and yet totally hooked, by the first trailer for Magic Mike, the upcoming Channing Tatum male stripper extravaganza. And while future trailers have proven to be less about custom furniture and more about the actual reasons anyone is going to see this movie, the latest poster for the film is just about perfect. Check it out after the jump...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9: LA Auditions


Just when you thought the zombies, exorcists and ballerina babies from last week's premiere had made So You Think You Can just about as weird as it could be, Nigel and company wheeled out all the freaks and maniacs the West Coast had to offer during last night's Los Angeles auditions. Waackers, circus performers, pole dancers, tapping surfers and, of course, Ninja Twins graced the stage in hopes of getting a ticket to Vegas from Nigel, Mary and guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Naturally, most of the bizarre acts didn't produce awe-inspiring auditions, but there was still a fairly good showing out in Hollywood. I'm still disappointed in the lack of ballroom dancers—we got one 15-second clip last night out of a 2-hour show—but hopefully the coming weeks of auditions will cure that. Right now we've been looking at a whole lot of female contemporary dancers, and that is just not going to cut it once we hit the Top 20. And, yes, I realize that ballroom dancers have been mistreated on the show as of late with contemporary girls taking the charge, but c'mon! I wanna see some rhumba hips on my screen!

Narrowing down my favorite auditions of the night was an interesting balance between actual talent and pure entertainment. Stephen Jacobsen turned out to be a phenomenal ballet dancer, but his half-assed and pompous audition left me with a sour taste in my mouth and him off the list. The opposite was true for the fabulous Ninja Twins: they made me cackle on the couch, but the end result audition wasn't exactly noteworthy enough to land them here. I'm not necessarily talking about the best dancers here, just my favorite auditions.

Want to see who made the cut? Keep on reading after the jump...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Trailer Tuesdays: Snow White and the Huntsman


Fairytale adaptations are no stranger to the pop culture landscape, but it does seem like they have been particularly rampant recently. ABC's Once Upon a Time just concluded its first season, the CW announced a new series Beauty and the Beast at this spring's Upfronts, and Julia Roberts brought her signature cackle to the... uh... politely-received Mirror Mirror back in March.

This Friday, another Snow White adaptation hits theaters, and this one may just turn out to be the fairest in the land. Starring the ever-fabulous Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Chris Hemsworth as the titular Hunstman, check out the trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman...

Friday, May 25, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9: NYC and Dallas Auditions


With the onslaught of singing competition shows over the past year—American Idol, The X Factor, The Voice, The Sing Off and now Duets—the opening montage for last night's premiere of So You Think You Can Dance's ninth season could not have been more clear: shut up and dance! It felt so good having the show back on the air; it's felt like eons since Melanie and Sasha duked it out in the Season 8 finale last August.

This season is going to be a bit different than its predecessors. With the elimination of the results episode, the format of the show is going to be a lot brisker than before. Routines, solos, group numbers, guest performances, judges critiques and an elimination will all be packed into a weekly two-hour episode, with the votes from the previous week determining those in danger the next. It was also recently announced that two winners—one male, one female—will be crowned by summer's end. That's a change I could've done without, especially considering the show has an even split of male and female champions over the course of its eight seasons, but ultimately I am just elated to have Cat, Nigel, Mary and the rest of the SYTYCD gang back in my living room every week.

Normally I don't get into weekly recaps until we reach the Top 20, but this year I'm going to feature some of the best auditions from week to week leading up to the showdown in Las Vegas next month. Part of the joy of this show is seeing how much a dancer can grow throughout the course of a season, so what better way to highlight that journey than showing where these talented dancers all started?

The season's first auditions rounds took place in New York City and Dallas, with a serious lack of any ballroom entries and, thankfully, only a spattering of truly terrible displays of "dance." Amongst all of the dancers we saw last night, six grabbed my attention and will not soon be forgotten. Not all of them necessarily have bright futures within the context of the show, but are certainly worth mentioning.

So without further ado, here are my favorite auditions from last night's premiere...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April 25th: Today is the Perfect Date


I hope you are all in full "carpe diem" mode today because, as you know, April 25th is the perfect date.

Do you need some reminding why? Or, even worse, do you have no idea what I'm talking about? Well, let Heather Burns, aka Miss Rhode Island Cheryl Frasier in Miss Congeniality, tell you all about it:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 4 Finale Ends Without a Champion


Ten queens have already sashayed away on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race after failing to impress the Superstar Glamazon herself in feats of sitcom acting, drag wrestling, baby daddy beautifying and zombie apocalypse survival (among others). It all came down to last night's season finale, a battle royale between seasoned veteran Chad Michaels, grating whippersnapper Phi Phi O'Hara, and outside-the-box fab freak Sharon Needles, to see who would be crowned America's Next Drag Superstar.

Or so we thought.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Trailer Watch: 'Magic Mike' Looks Terrible, and I'm Definitely Seeing It


For the past few months, there's been a lot of chatter and anticipation building up about the upcoming movie Magic Mike, a fictional story inspired by star Channing Tatum's real life background as a male stripper (I know that shocks you, since Tatum has come so far from the days when he was paid to take his clothes off for the public...). In addition to Tatum, the cast list reads like a who's who of Hollywood's current hunks du jour: Matthew Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello... and, somehow, Matthew McConaughey.

The trailer for Magic Mike has finally arrived and it's everything we could've imagined...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Magical Monday Moments: James Van Der Beek's New Jeans


We already know he can pull off a pair of DILF Khakisreally well, I might add—but now actor James Van Der Beek is back with a new exciting pant option: Beek Jeans.

Check out the video for Dawson's new denim line after the jump...

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Project Runway All Stars, Finale: Destiny's Child


You can't stop an avalanche as it races down the hill
You can try to stop the seasons, girl, but you know you never will

Destiny is a force to be reckoned with, dear readers, and there's no clearer example of that than this whole circus called Project Runway All Stars. Oof... that comes off looking insanely jaded and bitter, I know, but I promise that ultimately I'm much happier with the way this all panned out versus the last two seasons of Runway.

So before I dig myself a bigger hole, I should probably just get to reviewing the finale...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Project Runway All Stars: Who Will Win?


After shocking auf's, mental breakdowns, and more history-marking than Joanna Coles can shake a bra at, Project Runway All Stars will air its finale tonight at 9/8c on Lifetime. The fine field of competitors have been whittled down to three: Austin Scarlett, Mondo Guerra and Michael Costello. And though the winner may seem rather obvious, I've learned to stop trusting my gut when it comes to Project Runway. Just ask Gretchen Jones and Anya Ayoung-Chee... anything can happen on this show!

So before the finale begins, here's a quick rundown of my thoughts on each of the remaining designers and their chances at being crowned the All Stars champion tonight!

Happy Family Jules: The Phallus Palace


Naturally, the end of my Happy Family Jules hiatus coincided perfectly with the beginning of Modern Family's three-week break. So although we won't hear from the Prichett-Dunphy-Tucker-Delgado clan until mid-April, there's plenty to discuss after this week's installments of Cougar Town and Happy Endings.

Let's get right to the reviews, coming up after the jump...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

First Look at 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome'


For over a year now, there's been chatter and buzz about another prequel to the popular (and unbelievably amazing) Battlestar Galactica series. Originally conceived as a two-hour web series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome was then rumored to be produced as a pilot for an entire new SyFy series. Last fall, news broke that the series had once again returned to web series status, but updates have been few and far between since then. All we really know is that the series, in whatever form is takes, will focus on a young Bill Adama fighting in the First Cylon War on the then-new Galactica. Frakking awesome.

Now, one day after the three-year anniversary of BSG's series finale, a trailer for Blood & Chrome that recently debuted at WonderCon has hit the interwebz. And though not much is revealed about the story, it sure is pretty to look at. Take a look after the jump...

NBC's 'Bent' Premieres Tonight


First of all... I know. It's been almost three full weeks without a peep from me around these parts. Chalk it up to some post-Oscars fatigue, but rest assured that I'm back on the block and ready to rock. Pinky swear.

Last May, I started talking about a new NBC sitcom called Bent. Starring Amanda Peet—Jack & Jill, anyone?—as recent divorcee Alex and Perfect Couples' David Walton as her new contractor/sure-to-be romantic interest Tim Pete Riggins, it was one of the shows that really caught my eye following last year's Upfronts Week. Unfortunately, the network tabled the show for a midseason premiere while it put faith in other comedies like Free AgentsWhitney, and Are You There, Chelsea?. Nice work, NBC.

Fast forward 10 months and NBC is finally bringing Bent to primetime, with the series premiere airing tonight at 9/8c. All reviews leading up to tonight's premiere highlight the mix of humor and heart in the show, which is right up my alley (and anyone else who loves comedies like Parks and Recreation or Cougar Town). The show takes its title from the life motto of Pete's father (played by Arrested Development alum Jeffrey Tambor), "Bent not broken." The characters aren't perfect, but they're not giving up either.

Take a look at the full-length trailer for Bent after the jump...

Friday, March 2, 2012

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 9: You Light Up My Life


I had so many fun title ideas for this one, so I'll just start off by listing some that didn't make the final cut:

  • Project Runway All Stars, Episode 9: Ray of Light
  • Project Runway All Stars, Episode 9: Kill the Lights
  • Project Runway All Stars, Episode 9: Thursday Night Lights
  • Project Runway All Stars, Episode 9: Flashing Lights
  • Project Runway All Stars, Episode 9: Step Toward the Light
  • Project Runway All Stars, Episode 9: Teletubbies at Comic-Con

And now, instead of reflecting on what that list says about my life, let's take a look at last night's deLIGHTful (ugh) episode...

Trailer Watch: Minions Tease 'Despicable Me 2' with 'Barbara Ann' Cover


Today, The Lorax opens in theaters nationwide. In addition to my love of the Suessian tale on which the movie is based, I'm also excited to see the movie because it's coming from the amazing minds of the folks who brought us Despicable Me, one of my favorite movies of 2010. So imagine my delight and jubilation yesterday when I saw a teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel to that animated gem, Despicable Me 2!

Now, when I say "upcoming," I mean it's actually not coming out for almost a year and a half. But with any luck, teasers like this one, which features the Minions singing their rendition of the Beach Boys classic hit "Barbara Ann," will continue to pop up until the 2013 release date.

Keep going after the jump to see the Minions sing-along and get pumped for Despicable Me 2...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

ConDRAGulations: 2012 Oscar Contest Winner


There's one last piece of housekeeping we must attend to before bidding the 2012 Oscar season a final adieu. For the second year in a row, I hosted an Oscar prediction contest here on the site. And, for the second year in a row, there was an overwhelming response from some very clever Oscar predictors. However, there can only be one victor and, thankfully, we had a surprise victory out of Ms. Meryl Streep to shake things up and separate the pack a bit.

So who is this year's Oscar prediction champion and winner of a 2012 Oscar-winning film on DVD? Continue after the jump so we can all wish a hearty ConDRAGulations to....

Monday, February 27, 2012

ConDRAGulations: 2012 Oscars Wrap-Up


For as much time as we spend building up to it, the 84th Annual Academy Awards are now quickly done and in the books. Let's do a quick wrap-up of the ceremony and wish all of last night's winners a hearty conDRAGulations!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

2012 Oscars: My Dream Winners


Over the past week, I've laid out in great detail the reasoning and rationale behind my predictions for tonight's 84th Annual Academy Awards. I've been following the race pretty much since turning off the TV after last year's ceremony, which means there's been a lot of pattern analyzing and guild watching and pundit reading. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the Oscar race and all of the insanity surrounding it, but sometimes it's fun to just go with your gut and dream big. Sure, the Academy will do what the Academy will do, but when it comes down to sitting on my couch tonight and watching it all go down, it's not the statistical favorites I'll be cheering for, it's the ones I truly love.

So although I stand behind the predictions I've meticulously worked on over the past few months, I figured I'd share some of my dream Oscar winners. The dark horses and upsets I would be more than happy to sacrifice a good Oscar pool score for. Because sometimes being wrong can feel so right...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

"And The Oscar Goes To..." 2012 Academy Award Predictions


Are you getting excited?

Well, gosh darn it, you should be! It a little over 24 hours, the red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre Hollywood & Highland Center will be full of celebrities in their gorgeous tuxes and gowns before everyone rushes inside to watch Billy Crystal usher in the 84th Annual Academy Awards!

I've already broken down my predictions in the nine "major" categories at great length, but there are 24 awards going out tomorrow night, so I might as well throw in my two cents for all of them. Some are well-informed and researched predictions, others—ahem, Best Documentary Short Subject—are just shots in the dark. But what fun is Oscar night if you don't try, amirite?! With any luck, this list will skyrocket me to the top of my Oscar pool tomorrow night, and perhaps help you out, too, dear readers.

So, without further ado, my predictions for the Oscars are...

Friday, February 24, 2012

2012 Oscar Predictions: Directing and Picture


And so it's come to this. We've talked about the animation, the writing and the acting (both lead and supporting), but at the end of the day, it all boils down to these two Oscars: Best Directing and Best Picture.

Among the Oscar's 24 categories, there are several correlations that can be made. More often than not, the Best Editing award goes to the Best Picture winner. More often than not, Art Direction and Visual Effects are awarded to the same film. But no two categories are so famously linked than Directing and Picture. In the 83 ceremonies leading up to this year, there has only been a picture/director split nine times. Granted, three of those occasions were in the past decade or so (2000, 2002, 2005), but predicting a split usually just leads to disappointment (i.e. last year, when I foolishly believed David Fincher would be rewarded for The Social Network even if The King's Speech took top prize).

So have I learned my lesson, or am I going to predict another split?! Take a look at my predictions for Best Directing and Best Picture...

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 8: You're a Grand Old Flag


It was "Offend an Entire Culture by Highlighting All of Their Stereotypes" Week on Project Runway All Stars, or at least that's what it felt like while watching the runway show.

So slap on your sari, scream "opa!" and keep on reading for my review of last night's episode...

2012 Oscar Predictions: Acting in a Leading Role


Today is going to be jam packed around these parts, with Oscar predictions coming up in what are arguably the four biggest categories. And, luckily, they are the four categories that have the most exciting races. Isn't it nice when that happens? But let's not waste any time patting the Academy on the back, let's get right to the predicting!

Keep reading after the jump to see my predictions in Best Actor and Actress in a Leading Role...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happy Family Jules: Spring Smackdown


I know I sound like a broken record, but I just really, really love that Modern Family, Happy Endings and Cougar Town are all on the air right now. Considering the ever fickle nature of television scheduling, I don't think it's ridiculous to rejoice this fact as often as possible.

Reviews and the best lines from each of this week's episodes coming after the jump, and if any of you are like Jules Cobb... SPOILERS!

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