We're down to the last ten designers, though I'm sure we're not down to our last wacky-ass design challenge. It seems that each week the designers are put through the paces for our amusement, but with little opportunity to highlight their actual skills. I guess making these guys show us how they can create evening gowns for Muppets or constructed from plastic knives or while wearing blindfolds makes things easier for the judges (she sent a model down the runway naked - she's out!), I'm not sure it's determining who's the best designer. But then, I guess reality TV doesn't really give a crap about that, anyway.
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Positioned almost a month away from the Academy Awards ceremony, the Screen Actors' Guild Awards are frequently something of a buzzkill in the Oscar race -- not because they don't make for a perfectly entertaining evening in themselves, but because they have a nasty habit of sealing up the competition in a number of categories, making life rather dull for attentive awards-watchers.
A certain degree of overlap with the Academy membership makes their routine foreshadowing of the acting Oscar winners -- in the 17-year history of the awards, nearly 70% of the performances honored by SAG went on to take the big prize -- inevitable, though since the awards calendar was reshuffled a few years ago, they tend to answer some questions in the race a bit too early. With this year's acting races already showing little wiggle room, don't count on the Guild to open things up.
A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I find an octagonal house...
It's Thursday at 8, which once upon a time would have meant an episode of "Community" was about to start. Instead, "Community" remains off of NBC's schedule with no announced return date(*), which means it's time for another installment of Why I Miss "Community," which I'm going to keep running every Thursday until we know the show's coming back.
Just in case you thought the Kardashians might finally be reaching the end of their extremely lengthy fifteen minutes, guess again. Kim Kardashian, who last year snagged a role in Tyler Perry's "The Marriage Counselor," has just landed a multi-episode arc on the fourth season of the Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva" according to Deadline Hollywood. On the show Kardashian will play Nikki, the new love interest of Fred (Ben Feldman). Nikki will also be partnering with Fred's ex Stacy (April Bowlby) in a new business venture.
Wow. Someone has been listening to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and “I’m Sexy And I Know It.” And his name is Chris Brown.
“Turn Up The Music,” a song from Brown’s forthcoming album, “Fortune,” is a straight-up slab of electro-dance that is a kissing cousin to “Party Rock Anthem... especially the first several bars.
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Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime extravaganza is only a little more than a week away, as more rumors sneak out about her 12 minutes to rule the world on Feb. 5.
The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am has now gotten into the act, telling a U.K. radio station that LMFAO, who are signed to his Interscope-distributed imprint and Cherrytree Records, will play with Madonna at the big show in Indianapolis. As you’ll recall, the Black Eyed Peas provided the half-time entertainment last year.
"I'm going to the Super Bowl this year to see my group LMFAO perform with Madonna," he told Capitol FM.
This is on top of a report from Wednesday from the New York Daily News’ Gatecrasher column that Madonna was “bringing gay to the Super Bowl,” according to one of her back-up dancers. We don’t even know what that means.
The Material Girl, herself, is keeping tightlipped. At the “W.E.” premiere on Monday, she simply said that she was “extremely nervous” and that in addition to singing “Gimme All Your Luvin” (reportedly with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., both of whom appear on the song), her performance would include some “oldies but goodies.”
We’re trying to get more details and will fill you in if we get them. In the meantime, voracious Tweeter will.i.am has tweeted nothing further about his radio remarks, neither has LMFAO.
The hilarious ladies of "Bridesmaids" are getting back together in a few weeks -- but not for the rumored sequel.
The hit film's stars Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Maya Rudolph are set to be presenters at the 84th Academy Awards.
Emmy winner McCarthy ("Mike and Molly") is up for the best supporting actress Oscar for her scene-stealing performance in "Bridesmaids," while Wiig is nominated for the film’s original screenplay. All six are making their first Oscar show appearances.
The Academy Awards, produced by Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, will air on ABC Sunday, February 26 from the Kodak Theatre in L.A. Billy Crystal is hosting.
Think you can guess this year's winners? Prove it in our Oscar pool.
Two documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival turned their focus on American singer-songwriters making an impact on different eras of apartheid-stricken South Africa. But one major difference between the Paul Simon “Graceland” doc “Under African Skies” and Malik Bendjelloul's directorial debut “Searching for Sugar Man” are the artists’ awareness of their influence on that African country. Simon lived it. Obscure folk artist Rodriguez had no idea what the hell was going on.
(The Oscar Guide will be your chaperone through the Academy's 24 categories awarding excellence in film. A new installment will hit every weekday in the run-up to the Oscars on February 26, with the Best Picture finale on Saturday, February 25.)
As is often the case, the cinematographers' branch didn't exactly search far and wide for contenders in this category, settling instead on a quartet of high-profile Best Picture nominees, plus one major December release (and guild nomination hog) that surely came close to cracking the top race. Four of the men selected, moreover, are previous nominees, in keeping with this year's unofficial theme of sticking with the familiar.
The scramble for the fifth slot on the ballot was, presumably, a tight one: moodily lensed by Hoyte van Hoytema, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" was a surprise ASC nominee that seemed to be building late momentum in the final stages of voting, but wound up ceding its spot to more postcard-pretty work from a two-time Oscar champ who had been frozen out of the guild list. Oh, well.
The nominees are...