Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I Want to Die Happy
Goody goody gum drops!
People like to say that it isn’t so much about quantity but quality – but people who say so say so just about anything.
And clearly, those people hadn’t quite anticipated or even known to anticipate Madonna’s Celebration, the Queen of Pop’s third greatest hits album out today.
Filled with almost 40 of the best of from M’s decades-spanning, hits-filled career, covering everything from “Like a Virgin” to “4 Minutes,” Celebration also includes two new tracks, “Celebration” and “Revolver”, featuring Lil Wayne, that are an acquired taste (the latter more so than the former, though).
An iTunes premium version of the album includes a bonus third new track called “It’s So Cool” that I really like.
And now, time to shop!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Aww...the Aussie pop princess gives props to the Queen.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Twilight hot stuff Cam Gigandet is ready for his close-up in his first musical.
“I’m shooting a movie called Burlesque with Christina Aguilera, [who’s making] her acting debut,” Gigandet recently told MTV. “And Cher.”
Production on Burlesque, which was announced over the summer, is set to begin rolling in December, and Gigandet sounds excited about it.
“It’s about a girl from the Midwest who moves out to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a singer,” he said. “Obviously, it’s Christina Aguilera, so she has an amazing voice. She finds a club run by Cher, a burlesque club. And she takes it to a whole new level and, of course, meets me – the love of her life.”
The actor will play a struggling piano player working as a bartender at Cher’s burlesque club. But will he sing with Aguilera?
“Oh right, a duet with me and Christina?” he said laughing. “That would be like Kermit the Frog and Christina. I can’t sing.”
But obviously, you could look hot trying, Cam.
It was the headline The CW had been dying to write: “The bitch is back!”
The network confirmed today that Heather Locklear will appear as Amanda Woodward on its struggling-ish reboot of Melrose Place on Nov. 17.
“We’re ecstatic to have the chance to bring her back to Melrose Place,” said executive producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.
“Heather’s involvement in the show is something we’ve been working on for some time as we couldn’t imagine creating and producing this show without [her] iconic character’s inclusion.”
Locklear joined the original Melrose Place toward the end of its first season as a “special guest star,” a.k.a. a last-ditch effort to hike up the ratings (surely her hiked-up hemlines had something to do with that).
Since the actress still looks quite banging, something tells me this will be a case of a little bit of history repeated.
Update: Word on the street is Heather Locklear will play Ella’s (Katie Cassidy) boss at the PR firm where she works.
I can’t wait to see Amanda school that little wannabitch but good.
TV is not dead – in fact, it’s quite Gleeful.
Fox has picked up Glee for a full season.
The musi-com originally had received a 13-episode order from the network, but after seeing the show perform solidly, Fox decided to pick up its back-nine option and bring the total number of first-season episodes to a full 22.
They said they wouldn’t stop believin’ – and it worked.
Bring on the more Matthew Morrison & Co.!
Monday, September 21, 2009
In an interview for Miami Living’s August issue out now, Pasdar revealed to me that he would be very much a part of Heroes’ fourth season premiering tonight, especially now that he is taking on more than just one character.
(Last season, Pasdar’s character, Nathan, died, in an all-out fight with Sylar, the badass played by Zachary Quinto, who was then mind-tricked into Nathan’s body and made to believe he is Nathan.)
“It’s going to be a tug of war between my character and Zach’s,” Pasdar said. “I can’t say much about it, but it’s really dynamic how they’re writing the storyline. At times it’ll be more Nathan, and other times it’ll be more Sylar. It’s about control and the duality of mankind – good and evil. That sort of thing.
“It’s a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kinda thing.”
Sounds good, does it not?
I mean, anything that keeps Pasdar on TV will do in my book.
I have absolutely no plans to watch NCIS: Los Angeles, starring Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J – but I don’t have any plans to change the channel should I stumble on the show premiering tonight.
The reason: O’Donnell, who’s aging remarkably well.
Boyfriend was looking bettah than evah at last night’s Emmys….
Desmond Harrington, a.k.a., Jack Bass, Chuck’s handsome, if sketchy uncle on TV’s Gossip Girl, is headed back to the Upper East Side later this season.
“I will be back this year,” the actor said. “I think it’s episode 15 or 16 where I show back up. It’s fun playing Uncle Jack. He’s evil.”
Last we saw Jack, he tried to attack Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford), who had taken over Bass Industries for Chuck. Jack was then sent packing back to Australia with a sore jaw after being punched by Chuck.
The 61st Annual Emmys Awards offered up a few surprises when all the envelopes were opened – but not in the biggest categories of them all.
Once again, defending champs 30 Rock was named Best Comedy (yay!), while Mad Men picked up the award for Best Drama.
In her acceptance speech, 30 Rock mastermind Tina Fey thanked NBC for keeping the show on the air, even though, it’s more expensive than a talk show (yeah, she means you and your big bag of taking time off primetime, Jay Leno).
For a complete list of winners, click here, but know that I was thrilled to see Michael Emerson, a.k.a. Lost’s duplicitous Ben, win in the best supporting actor in a drama category.
As expected, last night’s Emmy Awards red carpet was a glamour extravaganza, but if asked I’d say my pick for best dressed would be Mad Men’s January Jones (pictured at right), whose Atelier Versace dress was giving serious Deco.
A close second would be Ginnifer Goodwin (HBO’s Big Love), simply adorable in purple YSL dress (loving her new pixie haircut, too).
I also loved Rose Byrne’s (F/X’s Damages) eye-catching Valentino gown, and Blake Lively’s (TV’s Gossip Girl) oh-so-if-you-got-it-flaunt-it red Versace, and Drew Barrymore’s romantic Monique Lhuillier.
And kudos to Heidi Klum for showing everyone that just because you’re in your third trimester you should compromise and be anything less than stunning (natch, in form-fitting Marchesa).
Friday, September 18, 2009
What a way to cap off a week that saw the release of “Revolver,” Madonna’s second single off her Celebration, out on Sept. 29.
Y’ know, the one I kinda liked and now love (I think more out of obligation, but ask me again next week after heavy weekend rotation).
Anyway, today marked the leak of “It’s So Cool,” another unreleased M song the Queen of Pop will include in the premium version of her third greatest hits album on iTunes.
This one I’m liking right off the bat.
How do you guarantee a hit movie these days?
You take a winning concept (that would be the tried and true rom-com, natch), you ask Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman) to direct, you cast America’s Sweetheart (Julia Roberts, Duplicity notwithstanding), not to mention virtually everyone else in Hollywood – really...the cast includes Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Patrick Dempsey, Topher Grace, Emma Roberts, Eric Dane, Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah, Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Alba, George Lopez, Jennifer Garner, and Taylors Lautner and Swift, among others – you mix but good, and you serve.
Oh, and you call it Valentine’s Day and you open it in February (2010).
The proof is in the trailer:
Director Steven Soderbergh, well…OK, the trailer for his latest, The Informant!, would have you believe that the movie is a non-stop hoot and a half.
Matt Damon packed on the pudge to play Mark Whitacre, the star of this story, based on a tattle-tale, about a whistleblower at an agri-industry giant. (Whitacre was, in fact, the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history.)
Too bad for Damon that his award-baiting commitment to the movie (exemplified by the 30 lbs. that cover his hot Jason Bourneness) probably will be overlooked by audiences since The Informant! is the sleepiest movie I’ve seen in a while, one that only wakes up in its last 30 minutes.
Seriously, whomever cut the trailer did the movie a tremendous disservice because what is promised and what is delivered are two very different things. Having said that, though, Damon’s phenomenal.
His character’s a deceiving mofo, and anyone who saw The Talented Mr. Ripley knows that the actor can pull off that quality phenomenally. This time around, comedy’s been added to the mix, so Damon shines. But, he wasn’t quite enough to reconcile the fact that the expectation I had for this movie was hardly met. Yes, this is a movie for grown-ups, as he recently told Letterman. Hearing him say that I couldn’t help but wonder if he knew something is not gelling with the movie….
But, anyway, if you decide to go see The Informant!, know that it’s about a man, a rising star at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), who suddenly turns whistleblower.
That even as he exposes the company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, he envisions himself being hailed as a hero and handed a promotion. And that before any of that can actually happen, the FBI needs evidence, so he agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent.
“[I’m] Mark Whitacre, secret agent. 0014,” he says with the straightest of faces. “Because I’m twice as smart as 007.”
Indeed, he isn’t, which is unfortunate for the FBI, especially once they learn that their main witness hasn’t been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers.
Part of the fun of the movie is that you never know when Whitacre’s lying or telling the truth.
Too bad I wasn’t laughing.
My Rating **1/2
One day, Chelsea Handler’s going to host The Tonight Show – mark my words.
If she can rock it out on Chelsea Lately, her little E! show that could, she’ll be on primetime in no time.
I mean, she’s even booked Jennifer Aniston for cryin’ out loud.
Transformers star Megan Fox has worked hard at making us see her as an unapologetically sexual being – it puts a pep in her step, you know, because she knows and understand that, at this stage in her career, she’s expected to be one.
In the Diablo Cody-written horror-com Jennifer’s Body Fox arguably has found the perfect vehicle to showcase this image.
What shame it is, then, that the movie is so uneven.
Part horror movie, part comedy, Jennifer’s Body left quite a bit to be desired. Cody spoiled us with her hyper-aware and hyper-clever Academy Award-winning script for Juno, so I thought it was hyper-disappointing that this, her follow-up directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Aeon Flux), wasn’t more quip-happy.
Don’t get me wrong – the movie has its quotes, but they don’t get as pile-high as the body count (which is not that high, either). Also, I thought that, tonally, the movie kinda sorta missed the mark a little bit.
Sidebar: The limited audience with whom I saw Jennifer’s Body earlier this week was a bit of a wet blanket. It made me wonder whether this is a movie that needs to be seen in a more rapturous, fuller theater, or if the crowd simply reflected the low energy on screen.
I thought the movie had its spooks and thrills, most of which were old school (like, a door bell rings – or was it a knock? – and our heroine goes to check…but there’s no one there), and that it was funny, bitingly so at times, but the pace was just draggy.
Jennifer’s Body is a movie made with a softer touch.
It has a female director, a female writer, and Fox’s counterpart is played by Amanda Seyfried (HBO’s Big Love, Mamma Mia!). I cannot help but wonder if years of watching movie in the genre made by men has – oh? – programmed me to expect, say, more in-your-face titillation.
Subtlety, or as much as possible, rules this production, and that’s a welcome change of pace.
So perhaps you will enjoy more thoroughly the story of Fox’s titular character, an alpha female in the small town of Devil’s Kettle, who, after a fateful encounter with a small-time emo band that leaves her possessed by a demon, is propelled to graduate from high school evil to evil evil – and hungry for boys.
Only her BFF, the unfortunately nicknamed Needy (Seyfried), sees Jennifer for what she’s become – and only she can stop her from ravaging through the town’s testosterone-prone.
I – I already saw Jennifer’s Body, and while I would love to check it out again, with an audience that’s more alive and that would distract from Fox’s aggroying Paris Hilton voice affectation, I think I’ll pass. It’s a recession, after all.
My Rating **1/2
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I said it once, and I’ll say it again: Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart? It’s just terrific.
The two celebrated the release of this Friday’s Love Happens, sharing a hug at last night’s premiere in L.A.
They’re sooo pretty together, they should date.
I was up bright and early today – like, early – and heard on the radio the audio of the off-the-record part of the interview President Obama gave CNBC on Monday – you know, the one in which he called Kanye West a “jackass” for stealing Taylor Swift’s thunder at the MTV VMAs.
The comment was tweeted, and then deleted, by an ABC reporter.
I cringed as I anticipated how some people would spin this to their advantage: “The POTUS said ‘jackass.’ How unbecoming!” came to mind.
Really, though, to me the most aggroying part of Tweetgate is that not only was the off-the-record remark tweeted, of all things, now the audio’s been leaked. It makes me shudder…and nostalgic for the days of yore.
Once upon a time, “off-the-record” used to mean something, you know, and you wouldn’t follow such a gaffe with another bigger one. Now you have to watch out for any unfamiliar-with-the-concept idiot with a BlackBerry, too.
Like, a writer wouldn’t write “and so-and-so said, off the record…” because that wouldn’t pass muster.
First move toward becoming a movie star: Get cast in a cult hit.
Second move toward becoming a movie star: Get cast in one of Hollywood’s hottest commodities.
District 9’s Sharlto Copley will play oddball pilot H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdoch in the June 2010 remake of The A-Team.
The not-so-little-known-anymore South African joins a cast that includes Liam Neeson as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck, and Ultimate Fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as B.A. Baracus.
Jessica Biel will portray an ex-flame of Faceman’s, while Patrick Wilson will be featured as a CIA operative.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The Weinstein Co. has swooped in and made a commitment to A Single Man, Tom Ford’s directorial debut – get this – with the intention of releasing it this year so it can attract some Oscar loving.
The ultra-stylish drama – it’s Tom frakkin’ Ford, so uh duh – starring Colin Firth premiered last night at the Toronto International Film Festival
A Single Man may generate further buzz thanks in part to Firth and co-star Julianne Moore’s supporting performance. Matthew Goode and Ginnifer Goodwin are also in the film.
And can I just say, fantastic trailer (I’m mesmerized):
Looks like Ford has an auspicious and sexy debut in his hands.
Update: Colin Firth was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of a college professor, mourning the loss of his partner, who considers ending his own life.
A Single Man is expected to be released on Dec. 4.
Here’s something Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black does want you to keep in mind: his upcoming What’s Wrong with Virginia.
Black, who earlier this summer had a nude-photo leak situation, is set to direct the indie drama, which he also wrote.
Ed Harris, Emma Roberts, and Amy Madigan (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy) will co-star, while Jennifer Connelly has signed on to play the titular role.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Never underestimate the power of the puppet.
Producers for Avenue Q, which was marking its last performance on Broadway last night, announced that the Tony-winning hit will be moving into an Off-Broadway venue beginning on Oct. 9.
This is the first time a Broadway musical has transferred to an Off-Broadway theater.
Good for them!
Season 2 of True Blood is not even cold yet, but Season 3’s already making news.
Veteran stage (Take Me Out), film (Duplicity), and TV (Brothers & Sisters) character actor Denis O’Hare has been cast as the king of Mississippi.
O’Hare will join the show as a regular next summer, and per True Blood creator Alan Ball, he’s set to share many a scene with Evan Rachel Wood, who plays Queen Sophie-Anne.
I was looking at photos from New York Fashion Week earlier, and noticed that some band called the Plastiscines has performed at some party, so I had to YouTube them, and I’m so glad I did.
The Plastiscines are an all-female French rock band who perform mostly in English.
And rock they do.
I’m loving their song “Barcelona,” which streaming on their MySpace, as well as “Loser,” which is so much fun.
Neil Patrick Harris is putting the kibosh on the rumor that he and his partner David Burtka are itching to become parents. Not quite just yet, at least.
“We’d make very good parents,” he told New York. “We yin and yang very well. I’m just bowled over by him. I’m his forever protector, and I’m happiest when he’s happy.”
As expected, a sure-to-be-a-hot-ticket documentary chronicling the lead-up to the late Michael Jackson’s never-happened “This Is It Tour” is a-comin’ this fall, and its trailer made its debut during last night’s MTV VMAs
Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT is due out on Oct. 28.
Get your tickets early – it’ll only play in movie theaters for two weeks.
Tickets go on sale on Sept. 27.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The end must be near: Paris Hilton has made the dictionary.
The venerable Oxford Dictionary of Quotations has included Hilton’s uninspired “Dress cute wherever you go, life is too short to blend in” in its latest edition.
“So cool I have a quote in the dictionary,” she tweeted.
Mmm…. I really thought it’d be “That’s hot.”
Disney has announced that the fourth installment of its moneymaking Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be subtitled On Stranger Tides.
The Johnny Depp vehicle is due out in summer 2011.
Neither Orlando Bloom nor Keira Knightley is expected to appear in the fourthquel, which I’m sure will deal with some treacherous waters.
Not Kathy Griffin.
The comedian didn’t pick up her third Emmy in a row for My Life on the D-List at last night’s 61st Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmys – thanks, A&E’s Intervention.
Meanwhile, Tina Fey scored some guest-actress-in-a-comedy-series gold for her spoof of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, thanking her lifelong-Republicans mom and dad in the process.
“They thought the first four sketches were very funny,” she said. “The last two were in their words, ‘Enough already.’”
Justin Timberlake won for his role as host of SNL.
For a complete list of winners, click here.
Friday, September 11, 2009
True Blood’s Sam, a.k.a. Sam Trammell, is making the transition into movies and will co-star in The Details, an indie comedy with Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, and Laura Linney.
The movie follows couple’s disagreement about how to handle a raccoon infestation.
Sounds pretty simple and mundane, so it should be pretty funny.
A few years ago, four or five, I saw the Pet Shop Boys in concert in Miami Beach. It was a good show, very enjoyable. They played in town on Wednesday again, and I received not one but two invitations to go see them, which I turned down – I’d already committed to seeing today’s big movie Whiteout, and it’s not like I’m that into them.
I so should’ve gone, for I know they would’ve entertained me a heckuva lot more.
Whiteout, starring Kate Beckinsale, whom I know deserves better having seen Nothing But the Truth (rent it, it’s good), is a below-average thriller that somehow lucked out of being a movie made for cable. Or worse…network.
Beckinsale, who’s clearly the garnish here (shame on the studio for dangling such a pretty carrot in front of men), plays Carrie Stetko, a U.S. Marshal stationed in Antarctica.
Girlfriend’s the only law enforcement in this unforgiving territory, and she’s about to go back to home when – uh oh, talk about baaad timing (you see, there’s a major whiteout coming) – she stumbles onto the icy continent’s first homicide.
The shocking discovery leads to an investigation that plunges the marshal into an even more bizarre mystery, and, of course, the revelation of secrets long-buried deep beneath the ice – secrets (i.e., treasures, natch) that someone believes are still worth killing for.
As Stetko races to find the killer before he finds her, winter already closes in – but, sadly, you’ll be too bored to give a frak.
Seriously, I’d be complaining if Whiteout had been a by-the-numbers joint, but that would’ve been preferable to the makes-no-sense mess it is.
This one will leave you cold for all the wrong reasons, so skip it.
My Rating *1/2