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 Michael Strahan

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5 reasons why Michael Strahan is right for 'Live! with Kelly'

He isn't Regis, but that might be a good thing
So, the morning chat show rumor mill has been abuzz with speculation about who Kelly Ripa will choose as her permanent co-host on "Live! with Kelly." Of course, the speculation is pretty focused on just one person. Of the 59 personalities who were tried out the co-host chair, the most likely candidate to take Regis Philbin's old chair appears to be Michael Strahan. A former NFL defensive end and co-host of Fox's "NFL Sunday" show (a job he's expected to keep), Strahan is a big, brawny guy who's about as much like Regis Philbin as he is a box of cats or a sugarplum tomato. And that's not a bad thing.
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<p>Nicki MInaj in &quot;I Am Your Leader&quot;: Leaders bathe however they want</p>

Nicki MInaj in "I Am Your Leader": Leaders bathe however they want

2 new Nicki Minaj videos: 'I Am Your Leader' with Rick Ross, B.o.B.'s 'Out of My Mind'

You can tell she's in charge 'cause she's got a little hat

Nicki Minaj is making it Pink Friday today as she drops two different music videos with three other artists: "I Am Your Leader" with Rick Ross and Cam'Ron and B.o.B.'s "Out of My Mind."

"I Am Your Leader" is off of actual "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," Minaj's sophomore set and a rap from the Roman side of the coin. Dropping two verses, she talks nasty mean threats to "check bad b*tches" from her seat on rap's throne. And by throne, she means from a bathtub as she rocks thigh-high platforms; or from the middle of a pink and green funhouse floor, empty with exception to a zebra-print rug. As she's flanked by her two featured artists Cam'ron and Rick Ross, Minaj rocks what I'd describe as stipper-biker wear and she does a quick dance in a dictator's hat.

See, that's how you can tell she's you're leader: she's got a little hat.

If you get enough flesh from Nicki, there's plenty more skin to go around from Bawse's front, as he drops the jog suit and goes bare-chested in his golden dining room (styling courtesy of Party City?). Minaj's big refrain on this track is for hos and haters to "suck a big d*ck," and Ross generally runs with the theme after he's done dropping car names and the ilk. "So where the fuck is her manners, she gives brain while I Tweet," he boasts. How rude, right? "DM in the BM, you cm, you buckin', you love it / motherf*ckers on my d*ck, suck it."

Cam'ron also wants to talk about his watches, and then half the verse with an excruciating hit-em-quit-em toss off. It's a fine rhyme, but all eyes still on Nicki, who can steal the video show without even trying. And here: she's trying. The green hair and the blow-out certainly have a part in this stage play, but it's also a swing from the pop tracks she's been pimping all summer, starting with "Starships." Now she's back to the rap side of "Roman Reloaded" and simultaneously working her own sexuality as she asserts power over minions by suggesting they suck a big d*ck. There was no way this one wouldn't be eye-popping, if no other body part was already popping or sulking.

And if "I Am Your Leader" is too subtle for you, try on B.o.B.'s "Out of My Mind" -- a list of reasons why B.o.B. insists he's out of his mind, which doesn't sound like a person who is out of their mind at all. The clip is a good excuse to bust out the nuthouse porn, with leather face muzlzes, old-timey wheelchairs, straightjackets and sexy nurse outfits.

Let's be fair: all the women starring in this video, Minaj included, are playing out a sexy-time role. So perhaps B.o.B. is out of his mind because he's convinced he's getting laid and it just. never. happens.

Minaj turns on the booty pyrotechnics underneath her doctor's coat and does a lapdance for the mentally disturbed. I imagine Lady Gaga was just "watching" from the sidelines.

How do these Minaj offerings fare?

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<p>Enrique Iglesias</p>

Enrique Iglesias

Listen: Enrique Iglesias likes you, really, on new song 'Finally Found You'

You go girl... wait, what?

We’re not sure it’s much of a compliment when Enrique Iglesias tells his loved one, “You know I won’t drop you like everyone else does” on his new song "Finally Found You," but apparently it is since he later vows that there are only two choices to make “either you’re coming with me or I’m coming with you.”

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Grace Potter and the Nocturnals</p>

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

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Watch: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals see 'Stars' in new video

Band heads north for Vermont festival with Avett Bros., Galactic

After going all “Where The Wild Things Are” on us for their dark fairy-tale like video for “Never Go Back,” Grace Potter & The Nocturnals take a much more low-key approach for the video for “Stars,” the new single from “The Lion The Beast The Beat.”

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Robert Redford in &quot;The Company&nbsp;You&nbsp;Keep&quot;</p>

Robert Redford in "The Company You Keep"

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Sony Classics picks up Redford's 'The Company You Keep'

The film is set for the Toronto and Venice film fests

Sony Pictures Classics has quite a few irons in the fire this season, as usual. There is the Cannes trio of Michael Haneke's "Amour," Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" and Pablo Larraín's "No." There is the recently acquired "At Any Price" from Ramin Bahrani. There are Sundance hits "Smashed," from James Ponsoldt, and "West of Memphis," from Amy Berg. And now, there is Robert Redford.

The movie star/director's latest, "The Company You Keep," is part of the slate of films announced for Toronto and Venice. It features a spectacular cast, including Redford, Shia LeBeouf, Julie Christie, Brendon Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling. With Sony Classics' just-announced acquisition of the title, I wonder if we might see the film pop up at Telluride first? They always come to Colorado with plenty to show.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Lost Loves,&quot; Cambodia's submission for the foreign language Oscar.</p>

A scene from "Lost Loves," Cambodia's submission for the foreign language Oscar.

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Cambodia joins the foreign Oscar race... but what of 'Amour?'

Meanwhile, Germany, Mexico and Israel announce shortlists

Before I get to the second official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race, a word about the film that many have been casually assuming is the film to beat in the race: "Amour." Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or basked in critical adoration at Cannes and looks sure to stand as one of the year's most lavishly acclaimed films when 2012 wraps up. After the Academy broke with tradition last year by actually giving the prize to the critics' favorite -- Iran's "A Separation" -- you could be forgiven for liking Haneke's chances this time round, particularly given that his film should resonate with the Academy's older voters, who are legion.

First, however, it actually has to be entered into the race, and that's less of a sure thing than you might think. Though it's a wholly French-set, French-language production, three countries can lay claim to it: France, Germany and Haneke's home state of Austria.

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"Project Runway"
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'Project Runway' recap: Fix My Friend

One designer emerges as a royal jerk during a makeover challenge

 So, things are getting a little tense on "Project Runway." The girls want some of the "silk chiffonies" to go, and Dmitry is tired of losing. This week things are only going to get more miserable, but the good news is that almost all of the designers will be able to unite in their hatred of one jerk. Even better? Viewers will, too! And mind you -- I'm totally going back on my previously glowing assessment here. But let's just get to it, shall we?

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<p>Louis C.K. and Chloe Sevigny in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. and Chloe Sevigny in "Louie."

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Review: 'Louie' - 'Looking for Liz/Lilly Changes'

Louie searches for a former date and his older daughter

A quick review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I speak Slovenian...

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<p>Bruce Campbell and Jeffrey Donovan in the &quot;Burn Notice&quot;&nbsp;mid-season finale.</p>

Bruce Campbell and Jeffrey Donovan in the "Burn Notice" mid-season finale.

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Summer finale review: 'Burn Notice' - 'Desperate Times'

Mike and the team get very close to Nate's killer

A review of the "Burn Notice" mid-season finale coming up just as soon as I use sparkplugs as a substitute for diamonds...

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<p>Shane of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Shane of "Big Brother"

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Can Boogie survive?

Would Mike Boogie be able to turn the hamsters against Jenn?

I don't know about y'all, but I haven't been all that impressed by the intelligence of the hamsters on "Big Brother" this season. 

One way or the other, Thursday's (August 23) episode will make the end of one of the dumbest Head of Household reigns in recent memory. It wasn't that Dim-Bulb Pretty Boy Shane did the wrong thing with his nominations. When the opportunity to get rid of Mike Boogie and 21st Century William Katt Frank presents itself, you have to take it. But watching Shane justify his picks on Wednesday's episode was comically awkward, as he threw Britney under the bus and Britney tacitly threw Dan under the bus and Dan sat in stoic silence throwing himself under the bus. The lone beneficiary of all of the bus-throwing on Wednesday was Ian, whose status as undercover-weasel remains safe.

But how long would Anemic Harry Potter Ian be able to keep that secret? Would Boogie be able to convince enough people to vote Jenn out to survive another week? And how many combined sentient statements would Shane and Ashley -- Seriously, how have those two not hooked up yet? -- be able to make in an hour?

Click through...

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<p>The Joy Formidable</p>
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The Joy Formidable

Song Of The Day: Joy Formidable back with explosive 'Wolf's Law'

Wait for it... wait for it...

Joy Formidable has one of those band names that fits its sound perfectly, like dogs that look like their owners.

So here's a wolf. Or "Wolf's Law." The music video is made of the stuff that's the core of those Inspiration Posters, all in black and white, while Ritzy Bryan's Welch vowels saturate her powerful voice and drapes all over this quiet-LOUD piece. They give a piano a good ride and then let the earth rise up and nearly implode. I half expected the "2001" star-child fetus to appear in the end.

"The band really wanted the film to translate the idea of a re-awakening and rebirth. We worked together to select a series of stills and moving imagery that showed the Real and the truth of nature. Through rhythmical editing we created a real symbiosis of imagery and music to evoke the powerful kinetic energy of life in all forms," said the video's director Cat Botibol.

"Wolf's Law" is the title track off the band's new album, due in 2013. The sophomore set is the follow-up to Joy Formidable's awesome 2011 album "The Big Roar."

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<p>Christina Aguilera</p>

Christina Aguilera

Listen to a leaked Christina Aguilera song about 'Your Body'

'I think you already know my name'

Guys, I'm sorry to do this to you, but it's worth warning you that there's a link to a Perez Hilton video below.

Phew. Got that out of the way.

Let's talk about Christina Aguilera, and her newly leaked -- or was it "leaked"? -- song "Your Body." The singer previously confirmed to Rolling Stone that "Your Body" would be the title to her next single, and here it is, a stunning song that seems to be lacking a master.

And Christina Aguilera is making it abundantly clear she wants to "f*ck ya body."

This one has the cool-headed, dance floor approach a la Enrique Iglesias to said sacking. I can already hear the radio edit: "All I wanna do is love your body." The simple, mindless four-on-the-floor refrain has Aguilera flaunting her famous pipes on either side with the verses. It sounds like she had fun recording, and that there's ample room for endless iterations and remixes. It's true: somebody's getting lucky, and it's you!

The song arrives suspiciously close to the Sept. 10 premiere of the new season of "The Voice," on which Aguilera will mount her judge's chair and now all we'll be thinking of when she does is that.

What do you think of this nasty little number?

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