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Until today I had never seen an episode of Style Network's "Giuliana & Bill." And now that I have, I'm wondering why anyone would watch this show on a regular basis.
Obviously someone out there likes it. Tonight was the fifth (!) season premiere, which apparently was much more serious than usual as it tackled Giuliana's diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer.
I wouldn't say "E! News" host Giuliana Rancic and her "Apprentice"-winning husband Bill are bad, or even boring, people. I'm just curious where the appeal in an entire show chronicling their relationship lies.
This is all pure speculation, but here are five possible explanations for why people watch:
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I hear about Van Halen playing your birthday party...
It's the first ever live results show on "The Voice"! A product of the show's success, NBC is giving it some extra hours on the schedule and making the eliminations more dramatic. Will it be as mind-numbingly inane and unnecessarily padded as the average "American Idol" results show?
Don't count on it, because four people will be going home. And before that happens, the bottom three from each time take the stage for a last chance performance in the hopes of winning a coach's save.
Plus, Gym Class Heroes will perform with Team Adam. That's a lot to pack into a single hour, so let's get to it.
With the way Hollywood churns through material these days, we thought it was worth taking a look at the various sources they're pulling from and discussing what they might make from these books, games, TV shows, or whatever else they use. For today's column, we're looking forward to the summer of 2013, when Steven Spielberg is set to release "Robopocalypse," which is certainly an attention-grabbing title.
Daniel H. Wilson's novel tells the story of what happens when an artificial intelligence named Archos becomes sentient and instigates a full-blown robot versus human war. The book begins with what seem to be random incidents of machines turning on users, and then it follows the loose structure of something like "World War Z," telling the story of the war from several perspectives, returning to them over the course of the book. It's sort of cut from the Michael Crichton cloth, ad Wilson is a computer engineer by training, with a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon. He's the real deal, and his educational background informs his writing in terms of general authenticity. He definitely followed the career track of Max Brooks, who preceded "Word War Z" with "The Zombie Survival Guide." For Wilson, his first book, "How To Survive A Robot Uprising," sold to Paramount, and they had Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant write a few drafts.
With 20 years of experience in the electronic music industry, it’s safe to say that Paul Van Dyk is an authority on the subject. Today (April 3), the German producer and DJ released his new studio album “Evolution,” after five years chock full of singles, compilation and remix contributions, work on the “Dark Knight Rises” soundtrack, crafting songs for video games like “Mirror’s Edge” and racking up frequent flyer miles as one of dance music’s biggest festival and circuit jetsetters.
We're still over two weeks from the official announcement of this year's Cannes Film Festival lineup, but speculation over the inclusions is in full swing -- the blogosphere is littered with wish lists, predictions (the most thorough of which is this rundown by critic and betting man Neil Young) and even purported leaks, including this bogus one excavated yesterday by Jeffrey Wells.
As a guessing exercise, that list looked plausible enough in some respects -- at this stage, few are going to bet against David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" or Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" showing up in a Competition, while young Directors' Fortnight and Un Certain Regard graduate Xavier Dolan seems ripe for his first appearance in the big show -- but questionable in others. For starters, as much as we'd welcome some fresh blood in the mix, it seems unlikely-to-impossible that perennial Competition participants Michael Haneke, Ken Loach and Abbas Kiarostami, all of whom have films ready for the taking, are all going to miss out on a berth.
Probably shouldn't be going there on my honeymoon, but, well, it's relevant and our trip is winding down, so why not?
I'm on the tail end of a nine-day trip to Rome, typing this out from an apartment on Via dei Pettinari, listening to the sounds of joy and inebriation from those walking east across the nearby Ponte Sisto and a night of drinks across the Tiber in the Trastevere. Posters and full-bus adverts for Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love" (née "Nero Fiddled"/"The Bop Decameron") have been announcing the film's imminent April arrival all over the city and the trailer dropped today, so I thought I'd give it a look and "work" for a bit.
Allen cranks out a film per year. The law of averages dictates that most of them will stink, and indeed, as of late, most of them do. For every "Midnight in Paris" (which held an impressive stay on the circuit last year and yielded a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for the writer/director), we're due a "Scoop" here, a "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" there, etc. I have heard from only one person who has seen "To Rome with Love," and from what I gather, it's back to the junk pile. And the trailer sure does suggest some scattered silliness with little to stimulate the mind.
It’s notoriously difficult, at times, for British artists to break in the United States, to garner the same amount of success here than they do in their home country.
T.I. isn't the best singer, but he got a fitting hook and an easy beat for "Love This Life," which his label Grand Hustle/Atlantic is dubbing as the first single from long-awaited album "Trouble Man."
So a centerpiece for "Man" is T.I.'s woman, on whom he spends his energy with "Love This Life."
"You know, you love / Bitch, you know you love this life/ Don't nobody do you like me," T.I. reiterates on the refrain. Because if there's one thing that ladies love, is being told what they like. And to be called bitch.
Beyond some obvious strain between romance and being a hustler, T.I. has dropped a generally likeable, Mars-produced track, his flow bounding after the beat with ease and an accessible drum sample that could take it to top 40 and not just the rap charts.
No insight has been revealed as to when to expect "Trouble Man" except "later this year; there have been some fits and starts in getting an album proper from TIP ever since he left the pokey in late summer last year. He's launched his reality show "T.I & Tiny: The Family Hustle," put out a book last fall, premiered a mixtape on New Year's Day in 2012 and has dropped a few promotional singles with "I'm Flexin'" featuring Big K.R.I.T. as the biggest standout. It didn't track so big with crossover radio, so maybe that's why there's a push with "Love."
T.I. is on tap as producer of Iggy Azalea's forthcoming debut album "The New Classic"; he will also star along side of Kelsey Grammer in Starz series "Boss."
What do you think of "Love This Life?"
I spend more time disappointed by movie posters these days than not. Sure, I love the sort of secondary posters that Mondo is doing, but those aren't the actual theatrical release one-sheets for the most part.
No, instead, we are treated to an endless sea of photoshopped images and movie star faces, unimaginative art that seems to all look like it was made by the same marketing intern. It's a real drag, especially for a movie fan who grew up in an age where movie posters became just as much of an art as the films they advertised.
It's always nice when I see a poster that stands out, but to see three posters in the span of 24 hours that all seem to be strong graphic treatments of upcoming movies… well, that's rare like a Bigfoot sighting, and worth a mention.
One thing's for sure… Kim Pierce appears to be very excited about her upcoming remake of "Carrie."