Tuesday, January 31
Four of his latest theories:
1) I think the "others" are actually the employees of Oceanic Airlines. Who has ever heard of Oceanic Airlines! I think it was a fake airline that purposefully crashes and does experiments on it’s passengers.
2) I think that the Dharma Initiative would make a cool band name.
3) I think the polar bears are actually hippies from the Dharma Institute in polar bear outfits.
4) I think the asian guy from the Dharma film is the Korean guy’s dad. Think about it. They’re BOTH asian.
One word: Lost. Give us some scoop, I can't wait for next week for a new episode!
I so feel ya! Okay, big scoop: There is another undergroundy-ish thing that is hatch-like but not a hatch. And inside it, there is an important clue to the Others. Yee! It's good. Also, Rousseau is back. I'm told Sayid will be seeing her again--and there's much more to her story.
Aha! SexAAA revealed that Locke is a bad guy. Will the camp break into two factions?
That's what I'm guessing! A battle is certainly brewing...
From Tm: Maybe I am the eternal Locketimist, but I still have faith in him. I've thought for a long time baby Aaron was the key to this whole thing, and I feel like Locke is Aaron's guardian/protector. At the same time, for whatever reason, I feel like Eko and Claire have a spark brewing. Maybe they can kick Bernard and Rose out of the love shack Sayid built.
Locketimist? Love it! I'm also a card-carrying member, though, I think my judgment is clouded by how much I adore Terry O'Quinn in person. Did you see he rocked the diamond-studded flip-flops at yesterday's SAG Awards? (Which Lost won, by the way--hooray !) Anyway, here's what I know: The baby is muito importante (which any Brazilian will tell you translates into "Possibly what this show is all about"). And though I don't want anyone moving into a love shack with my beloved Eko (SexAAA), I, too, smell an EClaire in the making and can't help but be for it--if only for the name. Yum.
From tapdawg: What signage was on the building on last week's episode of Lost?
Ooh! Glad you brought this up. 'Kay, regarding the Easter Eggs last week, I can tell you that in the scene where Charlie and his brother are shooting a commercial in diapers and he runs out after the director, the signage on the building behind (one is a face, the other is a sign that looks to say "something or other construction") is an Easter Egg that will come up again. But the building itself might be significant as well--it is the same power plant (called Battersea) that is on the cover of a Pink Floyd album. The theme of that album is Animal Farm. And based on what I know about the Others, there are definitely some overtones of Animal Farm that can directly apply to the Others. (And no, they aren't pigs.) 'Kay, also, the other Easter Egg was on the Nigerian plane, which you could only see in HDTV, in the left side of the screen during Charlie's dream in which you see the dove...
-Thank God for a near shut out of Cinderella Man
-No Walk the Line as Best Picture. Joaquin is out of the picture at this point. It's either Heath or Philip
-Matt Dillon for Crash! I love him, so that's a cool nomination... and not the one we expected from that movie
-Dakota wasn't nominated! Poor girl.
-No Maria Bello for A History of Violence
-Jake for Best Supporting Actor!
Anyway, here's the noms!
Brokeback Mountain - Focus Features
Capote - Sony Pictures Classics
Crash - Lions Gate
Good Night, & Good Luck - WIP
Munich - Universal
George Clooney - Good Night, And Good Luck
Paul Haggis - Crash
Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain
Bennett Miller - Capote
Steven Spielberg - Munich
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix - Walk The Line
David Strathairn - Good Night. And, Good Luck
Judi Dench - Mrs. Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman - Transamerica
Keira Knightly - Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron - North Country
Reese Witherspoon - Walk The Line
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Matt Dillon - Crash
George Clooney - Syriana
Paul Giamatti - Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain
William Hurt - A History of Violence
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams - Junebug
Catherine Keener - Capote
Frances McDormand - North Country
Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Match Point - Woody Allen
The Squid & The Whale - Noah Baumbach
Good Night. And, Good Luck - George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Syriana - Stephen Gaghan
Crash - Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Constant Gardener - Jeffrey Caine
Capote - Dan Futterman
Munich - Tony Kushner, Eric Roth
Brokeback Mountain - Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana
A History Of Violence - Josh Olson
Howl's Moving Casle
The Corpse Bride
Wallace & Gromit
Full list here.
Exile Island’s immunity idol can be used repeatedly, won’t be played until after votes are cast
Talking about Thursday’s debut of Survivor Panama, Jeff Probst revealed that the immunity idol hidden on Exile Island—the remote location where one person will be sent, alone, every few days—may come into play more than once. That’s because, after it’s used, it will be hidden on the island once again.
Further, and more significantly, “the possessor puts the idol into play after the ballots have already been cast,” Jam! Showbiz reports. That means that if the person who has the most votes cast against them has the idol, the person with the second-fewest amount of votes will go home instead.
Jeff Probst says that this is a huge change. “Now, what if I have the idol and I don’t tell you and what if you vote for me - all of your guys vote for me. I cast my single vote for you and I have idol and you are the one that has to go home. That will screw your game up and everybody knows that any time somebody has been to ‘Exile Island’ that means the Idol could have been found. It means it could have been traded with someone. You don’t know. At one point someone said to me at Tribal Council that…’You know, we think this has just changed the game too much’. I cracked up. That’s definitely a sign it’s working,” he said.
Probst reveals a mild spoiler about episode two, which will feature “a schoolyard pick-em” that causes “all of the bonds that were created [to] crumble. Probst stated that the switch-up causes even more confusion for one player when they are presented with deals from both of the new tribes”, the paper reports.
Probst also runs down the contestants, who he says are very likable, giving us his thoughts on each one, and he also comments about Richard Hatch’s conviction (“I was very sad to hear what happened and I was sad when I read he was led away in handcuffs because life is hard and people make mistakes. I am not justifying what he did but it is sad to hear it. I feel badly for him and that’s the truth”).
There are four sets of friends, three dating couples, two married couples, and two couples comprised of family members. They include “bohemian best buds”, sisters who’ve lived apart for 20 years, “cocky, very competitive” friends, two “beauties”, and an “opinionated and stubborn” couple.
The show debuts Feb. 28.
Monday, January 30
Anyways, here's the big winners (notice, no Brokeback):
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Paul Giamatti - Cinderella Man
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Sean Hayes - Will & Grace
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Felicity Huffman - Desperate Housewives
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Sandra Oh - Grey's Anatomy
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Kiefer Sutherland - 24
Always annoys the piss out of me that "news-celebs" get a bunch of press for "risking their lives" to cover a story when Joe Soldier barely gets a mention, if any, for actually being in Iraq fighting a war. Piss on Bob and his colleagues. Are we supposed to think more of their journalistic integrity because they willingly went to Iraq? And it doesn't really matter if it's Bob or some other journalist, like the late David Bloom, for example.
Of course, this subject has nothing to do with whether or not I agree with the "war". It's how stories such as Woodruff's is covered and then subsequently shoved down our throats. Gag me.
Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo
Dukes of Hazzard
House of Wax
Son of the Mask
Friday, January 27
Anyway, if you are a fan of The O.C., you may have been feeling that the show has kinda been in a rut lately, and you really wouldn't be very wrong. Or wrong at all, for that matter. The first half of this season kinda stunk it up, what with the whole post-rehab party scamming, and the incessant up and down of Ryan and Marissa's school troubles.
Of course, it has all lead to the Coopers living in a trailer, and the most excellent return of Kaitlin Cooper (above), the jail-bait shit-disturber extraordinaire. This girl blows into town having stolen $1500 dollars from some frat boys, proceeds to seduce Marissa's "friend" surfer-dude Johnny, and gets Seth Cohen hooked on the reefer. Normally, the introduction of a long-lost sibling is the most shrk-jumping moment of them all, but this time, we've got renewed energy, increased tension, drugs, and sex
appeal, all from a little 15-year-old girl. And while you may be saying "oh my god, she's so young, you perv!" Don't forget that when the show started, so were all the main characters. But yeah, it does make you feel a bit creepy. Still, The O.C. is back Bitch!
And then there's The Office. This show is hysterical, and has me cracking up non-stop for the entire half-hour. Kinda like Scrubs did, before it went and got not as good. But what's even better than the super funniness of the show is the Pam and Jim not-quite-relationship.
This has go to be one of the best unrequited loves of all time. How much more perfect can two people be for each other? But then Pam's fiancé of three years has to go and ruin it all by actually setting a date for their wedding. Jim was crushed, his
love was revealed at to everyone at the office, plus he has to sit and watch Pam and her ass-hat fiancé actually talking to each other.
But the end of the episode was incredible. Why? Because Pam loves Jim too! After spending the episode in the back of the office, with the completely annoying Indian girl Kelly, Jim comes back to his desk to find seven voice-mail messages from Pam,
who needs Jim as much as he need her. I know, I'm acting like a little girl, but that's TV does to me. Especially good TV. And this is some really good TV.
From Television Without Pity:
Seth gets ready for his Brown interview by freaking himself out about it and how hard it will be to leave Newport. He relieves the tension by smoking some weed he gets from Super Bad-ass Kaitlin, who's dating up a storm with Johnny to get some attention from her sister. She's apparently given up getting attention from her mother, who totally forgets about her fifteenth birthday and then tries to make up for the inexcusable gaffe by throwing her a big ol' bash at the Roberts mansion, offered up by Dr. Neil as part of his continuing effort to snag himself a third wife. Ryan drags Seth's stoned ass to his interview, only to leave without making sure that Seth actually goes into the interview room. This makes it very easy for Seth to chicken out of the interview and then lie to everyone that he went through with it. Then he smokes more weed. The party ends in manufactured drama when Kaitlin and Johnny sort of make out and Marissa is sort of mad about it and Julie and Dr. Neil sort of decide to stop dating. Also, Sandy continues to suck at being a businessman as he alternates between wooing his client with churros and strippers.
I think I'll wait for DVD. Oh, that would be Tuesday.
Thursday, January 26
In other news, last night's episode was boooooring. They must have cut out all of the hilarious homophobic jokes that they've been using lately.
Things I was right about: training ninjas! Things I was wrong about: Hurley and Libby, sitting in a tree. But next time I'm going to miss an episode, I'm going to double-check the spoilers and see if any upcoming episodes predominantly features a) Charlie, b) dream sequences, c) adult Charlie in a diaper. Because the only thing I can think of that would make me enjoy an episode less would be some of American Idol's way-too-into-it white girls grunt-singing "Black Velvet" with their eyes closed. Charlie, you leave me crying in the aisle, what with your flashbacks about your brother being a dick and selling the piano that was given to you by your mother with the all-purpose United Kingdom accent. And Charlie has his visions of Aaron being in danger, and his response is to kidnap the kid a few times, because this is sure to get him back into Claire's good books. And while we're on the subject of Claire, she might want to think about a beauty manual called Plane Crashes, Island Births, and Dumping Junkie Rock-Star Has-Beens: How to Look Absolutely Fucking Incredible. Locke thinks Charlie's back on the heroin, which is understandable, because Charlie is as we all know the very first person to have visions. Maybe this is as good a measure as any as to how dissatisfied I was with this episode: when Locke punches Charlie at the end, I didn't even enjoy it. You know where I stand on punching Charlie vs. not punching Charlie. What you might not know is that I've pitched to ABC a Lost spin-off called Punching Charlie: The Series (I'm waiting to hear back). But when Locke's fist hit Charlie's face all I could think of was that Charlie is their friend, that he's in agony, and it just as easily be any one of them in Charlie's position. Having said that, if I had some advice for Charlie, it would be to give Claire a little space. And, you know, stop kidnapping Aaron.
"This shows the average American that he doesn't have to simply sit back and take the trash being offered on TV, but he can get involved and fight back with his pocketbook."
First of all, is the average American a he?
Second of all, if TV shows were all made for "the average American," I would not own a television. If you don't know what I mean, "the average American" watches shit like King of Queens and I simply can't take crappy shows like that. I don't think "the average American" was all that into Six Feet Under or Arrested Development, and I've enjoyed both of those shows for years.
And third of all, the ratings for Book of Daniel SUCKED. That's why the show was cancelled. So the AFA can shut the fuck up.
I thought there were two moments in the film that brilliantly made its point.
1. When Tessa asks her husband to stop their car to drive a poor African family to their village 40 km away, saying they can help three people. Her husband decides against it and drives away, saying there are millions suffering, why would we want to save just three?
2. Near the end when her husband, Justin, tries to save one African boy from a village being taken over by guerillas, saying he can save just one person. The people on the (UN) plane say no. "There are thousands, and he is just one."
We are trying to help Africa, but we're really not. Those are two tiny moments in a much larger story. You should really rent this.
I didn't even mention the acting, which is fantastic. Or the cinematography, which is truly breathtaking and exhilarating. My God, I think this is one of my favorites of the year. Certainly one of the best-made films.
1. Brokeback Mountain
2. Good Night, and Good Luck
6. Walk the Line
7. Cinderella Man
9. A History of Violence
10. The Constant Gardener
12. North Country
13. Memoirs of a Geisha
14. Pride & Prejudice
15. Match Point
16. Mrs. Henderson Presents
17. King Kong
18. Hustle & Flow
19. The Squid and the Whale
21. The Upside of Anger
22. The 40 Year Old Virgin
25. The Chronicles of Narnia
I have netflixed Junebug and Cinderella Man and should see those by the weekend. That makes 12!
Verbatim Quote Submitted on 2005-12-13 16:35:14
WOMAN IN AUDIENCE: 'I don't really understand. How is the new plan going to fix the problem?'
Verbatim response: PRESIDENT BUSH: 'Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, supposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red.'Well, it all makes sense to me now!
Hey there, kittenfluffs! It's your old pal Whitney, back again to run you through tonight's jam-packed episode of Lost. Goodness, there's so much to talk about — let's just jump right in, shall we?
Previously on Lost... Charlie's still a drug addict! And I think if there's one thing we learned this evening, it's that every time you do drugs you are stomping on the Virgin Mary's heart. We opened with little Chuckie in his bunny slippers on Christmas, getting a piano. He's overjoyed! But suddenly his brother is grown up and laughing at him, and his dad the butcher is chopping off babydoll heads with a giant cleaver, and then Charlie's playing the piano in the ocean and Aaron (Claire's baby) is crying somewhere inside it, and then it drifts off to sea and the voices are in the woods and eek!
Shh... don't be scared, my fluffies — it was only a dream. But Charlie's really got a bit of a thing with babies, don't he? Babies, it seems, are like the heroin of people, and once they get into your system, the withdrawal will make you madder than Michelle Rodriguez if you try to take her gun. And now that Claire's told Charlie to beat it, Locke's started to make the moves on her, and our poor little hoodie hobbit is burning with jealousy watching ''his'' family trot about with a new surrogate dad. Thus, Charlie's next dream is no better: He's playing guitar on the beach when he sees Aaron's crib floating out to sea. He dives in and saves the kid, but then has a vision of his mum and Claire, shining like angels, murmuring, ''You have to save him, the baby's in danger...'' over and over, and then a dove pops out of the sky and flies away — and then Charlie wakes up and he's standing on the beach with Aaron in the middle of the night, having stolen him out of his crib while sleepwalking.
In case you haven't caught on yet, Charlie's not well. The Flashbacks du Jour didn't really give us much new information: Charlie's brother was all screwed up on drugs, he blew Drive Shaft's one chance to salvage their career when he ruined a totally humiliating shoot for a diaper commercial (''You all, every Butties!''), then he sold Charlie's piano for drugs and headed off to Australia with his wife and new baby to get clean — all of which we basically could have inferred except for the piano-selling, and that was more symbolic than anything. Oh, and the diaper-wearing. We maybe could not have inferred the diaper-wearing. But anyhoo, what happened in the present was way more important, effectively separating Charlie from the group and especially from Locke. ''This island is my test!'' protested Charlie, when Locke caught him with his stash of Heroin Marys in the woods. ''That's why these are here!'' ''These are here because you put 'em here, Charlie,'' Locke responded — and did anyone else find this an awfully realism-oriented comment coming from a guy who believes the island gave him back his legs?
And finally, Charlie pretty much cemented his reputation as a crazy, ranting baby-stealer when he set a fire in the jungle to distract everyone so he could take Aaron — and you try explaining yourself to a bunch of hungry, stranded island folk who already think you're nuts when you're caught red-handed for the second time, walking into the ocean with a baby. Even Hurley shot him a dirty look, and Locke — who is taking the job of protecting Aaron very seriously now that he has it — beats the crap out of him. But the thing is, Charlie really did have good intentions! He'd pulled Mr. Eko aside that afternoon (Mr. Eko had been out marking his favorite trees, which I guess is one way to kill time) and explained his crazy dreams to the resident priest; Mr. Eko took a long pause and then said, ''Have you ever considered that those dreams mean something?'' (Uh, ya think???) Turns out the angel/dove thing was a John the Baptist reference — hey, tonight's episode opened on a painting of J.Bap! — and so Charlie decided it meant he had to baptize Aaron to protect him. Protect him against what? Well, there is that whole antichrist thing...
And hey, speaking of babies, what happened to Rousseau? (And while we're at it, Michael? And Vincent? OMG! Vincent is so totally gonna find/save Michael and Walt!! He's a dog! He knows everything! OMGOMG!)
Sorry. Where was I? Oh. So in the end, Claire goes ahead and covers her losses and gets herself and Aaron baptized by Father Eko. (Was anyone else thinking, it's a shame they're stuck on that island and haven't heard the Vatican is considering getting rid of limbo for unbaptized babies? No? Just me?) Charlie promises Jack he'll never spaz out again. And Locke puts the drugs on a shelf in the gun closet and locks the door. Why doesn't Locke just destroy the drugs to keep this problem from rearing its ugly head again in the future? Oh, come on, kittens: You can't be that naive.
In subplot news, someone's taken the time to build an outhouse. Jack and Sexy Michelle Rodriguez are spending a lot of time together, and Kate's not at all jealous. Sexy Michelle Rodriguez is a bit jealous of Kate, though, and used the phrase ''You hittin' that?'' because she's super-classy. And Hurley had a big night: He learned to play blackjack from Sawyer, and he did a little laundry with his lady love, Libby, who undressed near him and, when Hurley got all squinty-eyed and asked if he knew her from somewhere, offered the fishy explanation that he stepped on her foot real bad while boarding the plane.
Oh, and I think the TV was talking to you kittens tonight. Did you ever think that sometimes — sorta like when you've got anachronistic washer/dryers living in an underground hatch that looks like it's been furnished by Ikea — it's nice to just keep it simple?
No? Just me?
Wednesday, January 25
Tuesday, January 24
Carrying your dead friend's frozen body around with you at the Winter Olympics is not funny, even if he has "USA" painted on his dead, frozen chest.
Sending him down the luge track is not funny.
Chipping ice off his body to keep your mixed drink cold is not funny. (In fact, it's probably called cannibalism.)
And if you think this commercial is going to get me to watch the Olympics, you are dead wrong. The sad thing is, the Parents Television Council and those ultra-holier-than-thou "family" organizations boycott Nip/Tuck and The Book of Daniel, which - yes - both have dark themes. But at least they aren't skippy and happy and all cartoony about eating your dead friend's skin through your mixed drink.
I can't find the commercial online, but if I do, I'll share it with you.
I had heard The WB was going to cease to exist. I just didn't expect this scenario! Very interesting. So now we get Veronica Mars and The Gilmore Girls and Everyone Hates Chris and One Tree Hill all on the same net. Cool!
[Question: Does anyone know where the Lost podcast can be found?]
Monday, January 23
**cough cough**bull shit**cough cough**
Later this year, there will be four 1-hour specials. Let's see... NBC is in the tank, none of the stars of Friends have movie careers except Jen (although she had like 9 B.O. bombs over the holidays). Makes perfect sense.
Set your tivos :)
Friday, January 20
Thursday, January 19
Day Break - think The Fugitive with the cop being the guy on the run, and while he's running he's also attempting to thwart the murder of someone else and find the guy that framed him. This project comes from exec producer Matt Gross and writer Paul Zbyszewski.
Brothers & Sisters is described as a primetime soap focused on adult siblings, exec produced by Ken Olin and written by Jon Robin Baitz.
Our Thirties is a comedy project from Warren Littlefield and writer Dave Walpert about a group of friends, in their 30's, who are managing life and living in San Francisco.
OMG, hi, my little Lost kittens! It's me! Whitney! Back to guide you through this week's action-packed episode! Oh, man, do we have some stuff to talk about. Let's start with this: Skating With Celebrities? Didn't suck as bad as I thought it was going to!
So tonight will be remembered for one thing: The first real, declarative appearance of the Others. Sure, I mean, kidnapping Walt was one way to get noticed, but if you really want to make your point, what you gotta do is send Zeke out for a little face-to-face time with Jack. That'll wake 'em up, trust me.
Oh, while I've got you here: Did we all read the latest conspiracy roundup by EW's Jeff Jensen? Yes, he's listened to you, kittens, and posted some of his and your favorite theories about Smokey McSmoke-Smoke over yonder. If you at any point tire of my unfamiliarity with nanotechnology, let me assure you: Mr. Jensen and your fellow readers have it covered.
So once upon a time, Jack was a doctor. And after saving Carol Vessey's life (and then marrying her), word got out that he might also be a miracle worker. Enter Boris and Natasha! Boris has a tumor growing on his spine that he's been told is inoperable; Natasha is his daughter, who is hoping Jack will bring about another miracle (and then marry her). Jack — although he doesn't necessarily believe in miracles — takes the case, works long hours running tests, tries the surgery. Boris dies. Natasha (clearly experiencing some significant grief, duh) makes out with Jack. Jack goes home to discover that Carol Vessey is leaving him for another man anyway. And there, my friends, is what's wrong with Jack. I liked this flashback. Hell, I like any loose end that gets tied up. In the ''Oversimplification of Character's Personal Issues'' column, go right ahead and pencil in ''Jack always needs something to fix.''
That should explain why he's scampering off through the woods looking for Michael, no?
Oh! Right. Michael. Well, remember that one time last week when Michael took a sudden interest in guns? Yeah, well, he sorta clubbed Locke over the head, stole a gun, locked Locke and Jack in the gun closet, and ran off in search of Walt. Two things here: (1) Thank God someone's being proactive, and (2) boy, it sure makes a lot of sense to have Locke and Jack on Button Duty at the same time. But anyhoo, Kate and Sawyer show up just in time to let the President and VP out of the closet and Push the Button before the clock runs down, and then they all go off hunting for Michael.
Except Kate. Jack tells Kate to stay home, as usual.
Kate, as usual, does not do ''stay home.''
So the three boys are running through the woods, looking for Michael. They hear gunshots — seven or so. They take off running toward the gunshots. They find only three shells. Three is less than seven! And when Locke (who Sawyer, now a veritable nickname machine, has dubbed Mr. Clean) loses Michael's trail, that sets everything up oh-so-nice for the little Jungle U.N. Summit. And currently, Team Jack is not sitting on the U.N. Security Council — if you know what I mean. ''I think it's time we all had a talk,'' rasps Bad Santa Zeke (picture me now, sitting on my couch, mouthful of Nilla Wafers, screaming, ''Yes! It is high time someone had a talk with anyone around here!''). And then he makes some cat allusions and some coffee table metaphors and says, ''This is our island.'' But Jack tries to call Zeke's bluff. ''I think we outnumber you,'' he says, refusing to back down. Nice try, Jack! ''Light 'em up!'' Zeke yells, and the jungle is ablaze with torches, and then he reveals that not only has Kate not stayed home but she's gone and got herself kidnapped, too. And Zeke holds a gun to Kate's head and tells Team Jack to drop their guns. And because Evangeline Lilly is not scheduled to get killed off the show any time soon, Team Jack complies, and Zeke and his buddies slink off into the woods, leaving our friends to wonder exactly what they're up against here. Whatever it is, Jack's now a believer: When they all get home, he marches straight over to Strangely Peaceful Michelle Rodriguez and asks, ''How long do you think it would take to train an army?''
Oh, snap. It is on.
A few random notes of interest:
1. Lest you think I am not paying attention, I Googled ''Geronimo Jackson,'' and the first result was the birth announcement of a very cute kid born on Oct. 5, 2004. Please enjoy working yourselves into a lather over that one.
2. In the battle of ''He's my friend'' vs. ''I'm your wife,'' I give Sun 10-to-1 odds of getting her heart broken again. In fact, right now, I am projecting that Jin will be the next cast member killed. That's right. I said it. Too much happiness going on in that relationship. Smokey McSmoke-Smoke no like.
3. We knew Sawyer's real name was James Ford before, right?
4. Would it be possible, given enough time, to rig a clearing with some torches that could be lit by remote? Because I don't know about you, but I only saw like two, three actual people in the jungle surrounding Team Jack. Didn't the Lost Boys try something like that in Hook? (Ru-fee-oh!)
5. Is it just me, or was the whole scene with Charlie and Hurley in the bunker like some weird outtake from Everybody Loves Hurley? Lots of yuks — Hurley declares Libby to be cute ''in a 'I've been terrorized by the Others for 40 days' kind of way'' — and a random, we're-contractually-obligated-to-have-him-in-this-ep entrance from wacky neighbor Sayid? Don't get me wrong: I loved it. I think it has promise as a midseason replacement. It just seemed...odd. Like, oh, I dunno, the whole scene was there for the sole purpose of introducing Geronimo Jackson?
Anyhoo. Boy oh boy, those scenes from next week looked like a party, huh, kids? Something's up with Charlie's Heroin Marys and Claire's baby — plus, Todd Bridges is totally gonna eat it on those skates. See ya then!
What do you think? Do you have a better idea who the Others are? Do you think Jack's army could beat them? And what's your favorite Geronimo Jackson song?
Wednesday, January 18
Tuesday, January 17
I know it’s Globe time
I know it’s Globe time
Here’s how I know
Here’s how I know
I know we won’t see this many stars at any other show
These Desperate Housewives……
are matched pearl to pearl
Here is Capote and Johnny Cash
And his name is Earl
Don’t ya think that Jaime looks hot tonight?
Don’t ya think that Reese has a shot tonight?
Don’t ya love that Russell can throw left hooks?
Don’t ya love the cowboy with his good looks?
Gwyneth the baby
She’s a baby
George could win three
He could win three
Hannibal Lecter is licking his lips to taste the Cecil B,
This guy’s a riot
He’s a riot
I hope that this cast that’s known as Lost can find their seats inside
Don’t ya dig the bling on the robes tonight?
Don’t ya want to come to the Globes tonight?
Um... not really. But thanks for asking.
[Lyrics transcribed by BetterThanFudge.com]
I honestly didn't think it was possible to look more oblivious than Melanie Griffith, but I guess it is possible: if you are her daughter! I don't think Miss Golden Globes knew she was at the Golden Globes.
From Reality Blurred:
The fifth (!) season of American Idol debuts tonight on FOX. Who will make us swoon and lead us to buy their CD? And who will, say, warble a song through their tracheotomy hole and become America’s newest celebrity even though Simon Cowell dismisses them with, “You have the worst voice I’ve ever heard, at least since the last person I told that to, and you’d have to have a hole in your head to think you’re a good singer.”?
The mass hysteria and parade of delusional talentless media whores begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET, when nine (!) hours of auditions begin. Two hours air tonight, two hours air tomorrow night, and then one hour airs each Tuesday and Wednesday until Feb. 8, when the Hollywood round begins. The actual voting competition starts Feb. 21, more than a month away.
Although most things won’t change, the show is dumping the celebrity judges, thankfully. The financial stakes are higher this year, however, which means that the show will find more ways to cram products down our throats.
Why have we continued to be obsessed by this parade of commercials interrupted by singing? Journalists and writers have answers, and the trend this year seems to be providing those answers in lists. Knight-Ridder’s seven reasons why the show is successful. MSNBC’s Craig Berman calls this “comfort food” but lists 10 things that should be dropped from the show. TV Squad lists five reasons I shouldn’t watch American Idol, but promises a list of five “reasons I should watch American Idol” later today.
Monday, January 16
Is our Congress today in more danger than were their predecessors when the British army was marching on the Capitol? Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of missiles poised to be launched against us and annihilate our country at a moment's notice? Is America in more danger now than when we faced worldwide fascism on the march-when our fathers fought and won two World Wars simultaneously?
It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same.
We have a duty as Americans to defend our citizens' right not only to life but also to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is therefore vital in our current circumstances that immediate steps be taken to safeguard our Constitution against the present danger posed by the intrusive overreaching on the part of the Executive Branch and the President's apparent belief that he need not live under the rule of law.
I endorse the words of Bob Barr, when he said, "The President has dared the American people to do something about it. For the sake of the Constitution, I hope they will."
She Wants Revenge
Cafe Tacuba (always a good choice, if you like Spanish-language rock)
Also, I bought two books this weekend:
-A Million Little Pieces (yeah, I know about the contraversy... but I hear it's still a helluva read)
-Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs
Also, check out:
Any Jose Gonzales
Ryan Adams - 29
Sia - Colour the Small One
Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
Elbow - Leaders of the Free World
The Magic Numbers
Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
Any Sufjan Stevens
Best Picture Drama
The Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck
A History of Violence
Best Picture, Musical/Comedy
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride & Prejudice
The Squid and the Whale
Walk the Line
Woody Allen, Match Point
George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck
Peter Jackson, King Kong
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Fernando Mereilles, The Constant Gardener
Steven Spielberg, Munich
Good Night, And Good Luck
Best Actor, Drama
Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Terence Howard, Hustle and Flow
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck
Best Actor, Musical/Comedy
Peirce Brosnan, The Matador
Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale
Johnny Depp, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Nathan Lane, The Producers
Cillian Murphy,Breakfast on Pluto
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line
Best Actress, Musical/Comedy
Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
Laura Linney, Squid and the Whale
Sarah Jessica Parker, The Family Stone
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
Best Actress, Drama
Maria Bello, A History of Violence
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Gwyneth Paltrow, Proof
Charlize Theron, North Country
Ziyi Zhang, Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Supporting Actress
Scarlett Johannsson, Match Point
Shirley MacLaine, In Her Shoes
Frances McDormand, North Country
Rachel Weisz, Contant Gardener
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
Best Supporting Actor
George Clooney, Syriana
Matt Dillon, Crash
Wil Farrell, The Producers
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Bob Hoskins, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Best Foreign Language Film
Kung Fu Hustle
Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat - Syriana
James Newton Howard - King Kong
Gustavo Santaolalla - Brokeback Mountain
Harry Gregson - The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
John Williams - Memoirs Of A Geisha
Best Original Song
"A Love That Will Never Grow Old" -- Brokeback Mountain
Music By: Gustavo Santaolalla
Lyrics By: Bernie Taupin
"Christmas In Love" - Christmas In Love
Music By: Tony Renis
Lyrics By: Marva Jan Marrow
"There's Nothing Like A Show On Broadway" - The Producers
Music & Lyrics By: Mel Brooks
"Travelin' Thru" - Transamerica
Music & Lyrics By: Dolly Parton
"Wunderkind" - The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
Music & Lyrics By: Alanis Morissette
Best Television Series - Drama
Commander In Chief
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Patricia Arquette - Medium
Glenn Close - The Shield
Geena Davis - Commander In Chief
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
Polly Walker - Rome
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series - Drama
Patrick Dempsey - Grey's Anatomy
Matthew Fox - Lost
Hugh Laurie - House
Wentworth Miller - Prison Break
Kiefer Sutherland - 24
Best Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Everybody Hates Chris
My Name Is Earl
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
Marcia Cross - Desperate Housewives
Teri Hatcher - Desperate Housewives
Felicity Huffman - Desperate Housewives
Eva Longoria - Desperate Housewives
Mary-Louise Parker - Weeds
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
Zach Braff - Scrubs
Steve Carell - The Office
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jason Lee - My Name Is Earl
Charlie Sheen - Two And A Half Men
Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Into The West
Sleeper Viva Blackpool
Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or A Motion Picture Made For Television
Halle Berry - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Kelly Macdonald - The Girl In The Café
S. Epatha Merkerson - Lackawanna Blues
Cynthia Nixon - Warm Springs
Mira Sorvino - Human Trafficking
Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or A Motion Picture Made For Television
Kenneth Branagh - Warm Springs
Ed Harris - Empire Falls
Jonathan Rhys Meyers - Elvis
Bill Nighy - The Girl In The Café
Donald Sutherland - Human Trafficking
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Candice Bergen - Boston Legal
Camryn Manheim - Elvis
Sandra Oh - Grey's Anatomy
Elizabeth Perkins - Weeds
Joanne Woodward - Empire Falls
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Naveen Andrews - Lost
Paul Newman - Empire Falls
Jeremy Piven - Entourage
Randy Quaid - Elvis
Donald Sutherland - Commander In Chief
CBS is prepping for the launch of a new series -- a series you may not have heard anything about, and if you're not really careful, you could miss it altogether. The Courier is called a microseries - that is the episodes are less than a minute long and will air nightly during the 9pm commercial break, beginning January 24, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Courier is about a man desperately trying to rescue his
kidnapped wife by trying to figure out various clues while working against the clock. The show will be sponsored by GM's Pontiac Torrent SUV, which will also be prominently featured in the spots. Additionally, CBS will show the episodes on its website, and will make it available to your mobile. The goal of this series is obvious -
getting viewers to sit through the commercial break, with the added incentive of returning nightly.
[Source: Cynthia's Cynopsis]
I'm planning to rent this and listen to the audio commentary. Maybe that will shed some light on the thinking behind the movie.
Friday, January 13
Fox: February 10th, they're giving it a "Special Two Hour Finale."
Interpretation: They're dumping the final four episodes in one night - a FRIDAY NIGHT (the second least watched night on TV) - that happens to be the same night NBC is airing the Olympic opening ceremonies.
That is a shame. Shame, shame, shame. Why didn't Fox just move the sitcom to FX? You know that the viewers are loyal, and FX hasn't produced a comedy worth a damn yet. Seems like a win-win to me. I guess Fox doesn't see it that way. Maybe ABC or Showtime will.
Desperate Housewives - Nice little episode. Probably the best of the season, at least as far as intrigue goes. It was nice to see the five main housewives spend a little time together, coming up with theories and gossiping!
Will & Grace - This show has been grating lately, but this episode had me laughing the entire time. The actors are obviously talented, but the live aspect brought a lot of energy and (dare I say it) realism to this show. Plus, the writing is still wicked. They should do even more live shows.
The Office/Earl - Best hour of comedy on TV (not including back-to-back episodes of Arrested Development).
Thursday, January 12
-Is the black smoke covering something else up? (Like, was it something else looking at Eko, but covered in black smoke?)
-How the hell did Eko and his brother both end up on the island through plane crashes? Is there a connection? (I heard that this season will reveal how the plane crashed.)
- Why was Claire wearing so much makeup?
- There was an episode in the first season where Locke must have encountered the black smoke the same way Eko did. Which means the writers must know what they're doing (thank God).
- We shall call it "The Black Cloud of Judgement" from now on.
A Guy Walks into a Bar is a 30m sketch comedy project with George Wendt and comedian George Gray.
Commander Castle is a 30m reality series focused on a British police consultant and his particular, if not peculiar teaching techniques.
Driving Force is a 30m reality show current in production, and at the center is dragster John Force and his daughters. This project will likely get to air this summer.
God or the Girl is a reality series about four guys who must decide between marriage or monestary where they will train to become Roman Catholic priests. Currently in production, this show is slated to air during Easter week.
Finally a Family is a reality show about adoption, with a particular focus on two sets of parents who are both in the midst of the adoption process - the twist is they're both going after the same child.
Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, already in production, is a 30m reality series about Simmons and his family.
King of Cars, also in production and scheduled to premiere in March, is a 30m reality show about a Las Vegas car dealer and his whacked out infomercials that have made him a local success
Polar Posse, a 30m realty project about a team of firefighters and EMS volunteers in Alaska.
Mister Eko's in flashbacks this week, and we watch him as a young lad making a violent decision to save his brother. Naturally, as the two grow up, they become polar opposites: Eko's a murderous drug lord, and his brother, Yemi, becomes a priest. Eko tries to extort some assistance from Father Yemi -- it involves Eko and his crew posing as priests and smuggling heroin in statues of the Virgin Mary (wonder what that has to do with the island). Yemi brings in the military in an ultimately fatal attempt to save his brother (Yemi, good Catholic that he is, carries some guilt from his brother's sacrifice all those years ago). Yemi gets shot and winds up on the plane with Eko's crew, who hightail it, leaving Eko sprawled on the tarmac. When the military mistakes Eko for Yemi, Eko smoothly begins his life of piety (maybe -- he quotes the 23rd Psalm, but big deal. Even Coolio knows that, and he doesn't preach much beyond getting your woman on the floor).
On the island, Eko discovers Charlie's Lady of Perpetual Tied-Off Arms, and forces Charlie to take him to the plane, where Eko finds his brother's long dead and desiccated corpse. Eko also manages to stare down Lostzilla, which is that black cloud, more fully defined than we've seen it to date, with holograms or hallucinations or something, barely visible inside it. Oh, and Claire knows about Charlie's heroin now, and she ain't happy. And she didn't even see him whining and making excuses for his behaviour all throughout the episode. She'd be even less pleased to know that Charlie has a whole stash of backup Virgin Marys.
Michael gets some rifle-training from Locke, in between chat sessions with his son, which could yet turn out to be hallucinations of his addled brain.
Looking forward to episodes referencing the 4th, 8th, 15th, 16th, and 42nd Psalms, that's for sure.
Every month EW will turn to our shadowy operative inside the world of Lost for insight. Burn this when you're done. The truth is out there.
We have looked into the face of The Monster and have seen The Abyss — cinematically speaking. Lost's Jan. 11 episode finally gave us a body shot of the show's man-chomping, peek-a-boo boogey-beast. Meet Smokey: a billowing coil of seemingly sentient black haze, a shadowy cousin to the morphing, mind-reading ETs of James Cameron's sci-fi opus. The Abyss allusion could be instructive, though I doubt it's pointing us toward an extraterrestrial explanation of the island.
Think thematically. In the movie, the aliens were so alarmed by mankind's potential for self-destruction, they resorted to drastic measures — the threat of annihilation by tidal wave — to save us. On Lost, we've learned that the island has been/is host to gonzo experiments funded by Alvar Hanso, a munitions mogul/philanthropist dedicated to ''a brighter future for all humanity.'' My theory? Twilight Zone Isle is being used by Hanso's Dharma Initiative as a sort of human recycling plant, designed to to either rehabilitate damaged, fallen people — or junk them.
Smokey is a sophisticated piece of machinery in this soul-crunching refinery. Its function: quality control. Kinda like another cult-pop alien, the Marvel Comics scourge Galactus. Apparently, the planet-chomping leviathan (also telepathic) serves an elusive celestial purpose. He might be the embodiment of random catastrophe — an essential Lost theme. Yet he might also exist to test the mettle of living beings. Fend him off; you deserve to live. If you can't, you don't. Chomp!
But back to Lost: During Smokey's stare-down with Mr. Eko, the monster appeared to scan the former Nigerian warlord's personal history, then retreated instead of eviscerating him. Why? Because the Born Again Eko was deemed worthy. (For now, at least.) But I could be wrong. After all, we're talking about a creature made of smog and reflective properties — in other words, smoke and mirrors.
Wednesday, January 11
The CREATURE (security system) is seen again and it approaches Eko gets up close and personal. He doesn’t budge. The smoke (security system) somehow analizes Eko you can see flash images of his past in the smoke there are several images and they are faint and go by quickly.
Dad of four… this epi is not gory but eko does slash a couple of throats and as a boy he shoots a man. Yes, Mr. EKO is the drug dealer. His brother was a real priest on the plane that went down.
The only other significant thing that really happens is that it appears that Charlie is still hooked on the heroin. He keeps a stash hidden out in the jungle.
--all rumor... no way for me to verify, but still worth posting.
NICK SUES JESSICA FOR ENDING MARRIAGE THREE MONTHS BEFORE CONTRACT ENDED
According to court documents, Nick Lachey has sued estranged spouse Jessica Simpson for ending their marriage three months before the pair contractually agreed to stay together.
“Mr. Lachey signed over to Ms. Simpson all royalties from ’98 Degrees’ songs, his appearance on an MTV reality show to promote her albums and perfume line, and his soul in exchange for 41 months of marriage that would keep him in the public spotlight,” wrote Lachey’s attorney. “The couple has been married only 38 months and Ms. Simpson is in violation of the contract, ending the union early.”
In a written response, Simpson’s lawyers argued that since Lachey would continue to receive publicity until the divorce is official in several months, she is still fulfilling her contractual obligations.
“I hope Katie Holmes is paying attention to this,” said one source close to Lachey. “These Hollywood stars feel free to play fast and loose with marriage contracts and they think they have so much power you can’t do anything about it. The lack of morals sickens me.”
[Source: Dateline Hollywood]
Tuesday, January 10
First up is this week's Eko-centric episode, The 23rd Psalm, in which we see a whole new side of the seemingly gentle giant. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje says, "Eko has been pretty mysterious up until now, which I've loved playing, actually. Less is certainly more in my opinion, but you're about to get more. [We're] gonna unveil the mystery behind Mr. Eko. Episode 2.10, his flashback, reveals much of why he acts like he acts and basically where he comes from. Because he's quite a dynamic character, you're gonna get a lot more action and a lot more intrigue." And from what I hear, lordy, lordy, he is anything but what he seems (and, yes, that is a hint).
In the next episode, our beloved Foxy promises we'll also get more answers to Jack's mysteries. "Most recently we found out about the miracle that happened between [Jack and his wife Sarah] and how that led to him marrying her. Obviously we know that the Jack Shephard on the island is a man who is no longer married and is even a little reticent to talk about that part of his life. The obvious questions: What happened to that love, and what does that mean to Jack? So, that will be very intensely covered in the second episode of 2006."
And we won't have to wait much longer to find out whether or not Charlie will fall off the wagon with all that Virgin Mary-encased heroin he's found. Dominic Monaghan says, "We're gonna jump into some pretty Charlie-centric stories involving his struggle with the drugs on the island, and the fact that he feels in some way he's losing his grip on his relationship with Claire and also with the baby, which sends Charlie down a kind of one-way street. He's kind of on his way to self-destruction."
Meanwhile, it seems the cast is still settling in to having the "tailies" on board. "It's very strange, very strange," Naveen Andrews (Sayid) says of having the new cast around. "You know, it's like two groups of cattle sort of sizing each other up. Or a herd of animals. You see a new animal, everybody tenses up when the new animal comes in."
And for the record, despite what silly little Teddypants may speculate about Naveen and Maggie Grace (Shannon), I can assure you they are nothing but friends. However, clearly, they are close. When asked what it's like to work with such a big cast, he says, "We're used to the fact that there are, like, thirteen or fourteen main characters, but I think the hardest thing is, difficult as this may be to believe, actors do have feelings. And you know, when you build a relationship with your fellow actor, say like with Maggie, and the character is killed, for want of a better term, it's very sad, and it's not easy to cope with, you know, because you don't feel it should've happened." It's so Sayid-like of him, no, to have her back?
Jan. 10: Commander in Chief, Gilmore Girls, House, The Shield
Jan. 11: Lost
Jan. 12: Beauty and the Geek, The O.C., Smallville
Jan. 13: Monk
Jan. 15: 24, Grey's Anatomy
Jan. 17: American Idol
Jan. 25: Bones, Veronica Mars
Feb. 21: The Real World
Mar. 1: Top Model
Mar. 2: Alias
Mar. 12: The Sopranos
Mar. 16: Everwood
Mar. 20: Prison Break
Logo's got some good stuff going on (especially Wonder Falls!).
Monday, January 9
And in musical news people should care about, Tim Burton is now going to direct Stephen Sondheim's (brilliant) Sweeney Todd musical. And Johnny Depp is going to play the barber that kills his customers. Wonder who will play Mrs. Lovett, the woman who puts the bodies in her meat pies? Yummy!
Many of us watch reality TV because it’s outrageously fun to watch a bunch of twits clamor for camera time while trying to navigate some outrageous artificial situation. At the same time, reality television is a window into the lives of others and the world around us, and that forms a significant part of its appeal.
Because of that, starting today, reality blurred will devote occasional coverage to noteworthy (emphasis on the worthy) documentaries in film and on television, specifically those that, like reality TV, present an entertaining story about real people in interesting or extraordinary situations or circumstances. And it was, after all, a 12-episode documentary, PBS’ An American Family, that gave birth to reality television as we know it.
Tonight, PBS debuts a three-part Frontline documentary Country Boys. It follows “Chris Johnson and Cody Perkins, two boys coming of age in the Appalachian hills of Floyd County in eastern Kentucky,” according to PBS’ synopsis. David Sutherland, whose documentary The Farmer’s Wife was critically acclaimed, followed the two for three years to produce the film.
Cody’s “mother’s postpartum suicide left the infant boy in the care of his father, who, 12 years later, killed his seventh wife before turning the gun on himself. Bounced around among relatives he barely knew, Cody eventually chose to live with his former step-grandmother,” while Chris “lives in a rundown trailer in a Kentucky ‘holler’ with his mother, Sheila, a high school dropout who cleans hotel rooms for a living, and his father, Randall, an alcoholic with terminal cirrhosis of the liver” and he “supports the family financially with the monthly Social Security disability check he receives for his learning disorders.”
And we think the kids on The Real World have problems.
The three two-hour parts air tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday, most likely starting at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings), thankfully giving much of the country an alternative to The Bachelor 9.
Woebegone word from Texas--where a lotta folks seem to be from, including Lance, the Brothers Wilson, Renée Zellweger, Liz Smith, my old high school alumna Angie Harmon, etc.--is that Lance gave Sheryl the heave-ho right before Xmas.
Talk about X not marking the spot. Heavens, how hideous. "He was a cad," remarked one of Lance's relatives, regarding the seven-time Tour de France winner's reported dumping of glitzy rocker-babe Crow. "And Lance's family is trying to get him to change his mind; that's why [the news] hasn't gotten out yet."
I do not, at this point, know the reason for the supposed split. But let's get real. Everybody knows Mr. A., noble cancer survivor he may be, not only busted up with S.C. a time or two before, he also left his wife and young family before hooking up with Crow. Reps for both celebs did not comment.
Oh, and also, not to rain on everybody's poo-poo parade, but remember I did predict ages ago this somewhat odd (albeit most interesting) couple would not head down the aisle together. I do remember, with piercing accuracy, those e-darts and daggers shot my way when Lance and Sheryl's engagement was announced last September. Regardless, you two cuties, sorry it didn't work out this time. And I do hope that I'm wrong in the end and you fix things up. Mean it, love ya, don't ever change!
It really won't surprise anybody to learn that Kenny Mayne was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars last night. To his credit, he had a very good attitude about it, blaming the Italian judge, and imploring people not to riot if he was eliminated. I still think Master P. should have been eliminated, if only because he didn't seem at all interested in performing, but to his credit, he said that he would practice and put in a better performance, which means he may actually practice. One couldn't help but wonder if the fans voted for Master P in order to keep Ashly Delgrosso around for another week, because Master P's promise of the gangster cha cha didn't live up to the hype. Maybe with his new found enthusiasm, he'll wear some gangster frills or some gangster sequins. Hey, it never hurts to dream.
The next edition of CBS' Survivor will launch on February 2. This one is called Survivor: Panama - Exile Island, and will, naturally, have an all new twist to it. According to Variety, this time there will be four tribes, not just two, and they will be divvied up by age and sex. After a few weeks, the tribes will merge into just two. The list of players is expected to be announced today.
By the way, I read a great book about advertising called "Life After the 30-Second Spot," and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in pop culture.
Friday, January 6
Thursday, January 5
ABC kicks off a second season of Dancing with the Stars tonight at 8 p.m. ET with a two-hour premiere. After audience voting tonight, the losing team will be revealed on a half-hour results show that will air Friday at 8.
Ten teams, each comprised of a celebrity and a person who actually knows how to dance, will compete. According to odds posted by Pinnacle Sports, Stacy Keibler is the 2/1 favorite to win. A press release says that the site has “Tia Carrere with the second best odds to win the competition at 7/1, closely followed by fellow actress Lisa Rinna at 15/2. Famously tanned actor George Hamilton currently stands at 9/1 to win the competition after opening with the second best odds of 5/1 last week.”
The show faces off against a repeat of CSI, which should help its numbers somewhat, but also faces competition from NBC’s new Thursday lineup, which tonight features new episodes of My Name is Earl and The Office in the 9:00 hour. Dancing’s fall dance-off performed poorly in the ratings compared to the summer show, so we’ll see if people care about ballroom dancing D-list celebrities when there are other shows on TV.
Spears reportedly is hoping for a girl this time around, and is actually thinking that another baby will help smooth out her rocky relationship with Federline. “She is hoping another baby will strengthen her marriage to Kevin,” another friend told the mag.
With a new year beginning, Cruise “decided to take the opportunity to mend fences with the family of his fiancée, Katie Holmes,” according to the upcoming issue of Life & Style Weekly. It didn’t go so well. “Tom and Katie ended up leaving — three days earlier than planned,” according to a “close friend” of Cruise. “Katie was in tears, but that’s standard when it comes to dealing with family matters and Tom.” A spokesman for Cruise denies the story, but there have been previous reports that Holmes’ lawyer father is not thrilled with the prospects of the two getting hitched.
“My honest opinion is that the wedding’s not going to happen,” a “friend of the couple” told the mag. “Neither one of them seems as enthusiastic as they once did about marriage.”
Wednesday, January 4
Tuesday, January 3
According to People magazine, “The new deal, which is said to cover approximately three years, calls for Seacrest to executive produce the network’s Live from the Red Carpet awards-show coverage, starting with the Jan. 16 Golden Globes Awards. In addition, he will serve as managing editor of E! News; will produce and host celebrity interview specials; act as tower host of red-carpet shows; and start—in March—as lead anchor E! News.”
All of that is in addition to hosting American Top 40 and doing his morning talk show in LA. Oh, and hosting American Idol 5. For all of this, he’ll be paid $21 million over three years.
--can you say over-exposed? i'm tired of him already