It's the night we've all been waiting for on "Dancing with the Stars"! Okay, it's the night some people have been waiting for. Cher tweeted that she'd sit in the audience to cheer her son Chaz Bono on if he made it through to this week, so we'll all get to see if her plastic surgery has veered into Joan Rivers territory or if she's (aack!) attempting to age gracefully or, hopefully, something in between. But before we see Cher politely applauding in the audience, it's time to watch some dancing.
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It takes a special talent to make a show about people going through a wormhole to dinosaur-infested prehistoric times inside an alternate time stream…and then make it this spectacularly dull. I almost want to applaud the show’s writers for achieving something I didn’t dream was possible. There’s a lot of talent behind the scenes on “Terra Nova” that came from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Had tonight’s plot showed up intact with the crew of the Enterprise standing in for our prehistoric heroes, no one would have blinked an eye. It would have been perfectly of a piece with that show. Here’s the difference: “TNG” would have at least known to tell this episode in its third season, not as its third overall offering.
Okay, I offered my review of HBO's "Enlightened" this morning. Now it's your turn. What did you think of this collaboration between Laura Dern and Mike White? How do you feel about what we see of Amy Jellicoe both before and after she gains her alleged enlightenment? If you were a fan of Mike White's stint on "The Amazing Race," were you excited to see Victor from that season as one of the corporate lawyers? Glad to have Diane Ladd and Dern playing mother and daughter again? And do any of you plan to watch more than this episode?
Have at it.
It turns out Kid Rock really does care; that’s not just the title of his current single.
Kid Rock, aka Bob Ritchie, has lined up a collection of Detroit businesses who will donate to local charities and causes in every city on his upcoming theater tour. Radio stations in the chosen tour stops will help decide which organizations get the funds from such companies as Quicken Loans, Compuware Corporation, The Detroit Pistons and The Suburban Collection.
In a statement,Kid Rock further explained, “The song [‘Care’] says 'the least that I can do is Care' - and I want to put my money where my mouth is. Everyone knows that Detroit is hurting. But I want to show that even though we don't have a lot on our own plate, it doesn't mean the people of my hometown don't have compassion to share with others all over the country. At the end of the day we're all Detroit, we're one country, one family".
Kid Rock will be backed by his Twisted Brown Trucker Band. Ty Stone will open the dates. Tickets go on sales Oct. 15.
11/10 Center Stage - Atlanta, GA *
11/12 The Amphitheater at the Wharf - Orange Beach, AL (rescheduled show) *
11/13 Citrus Bowl - Orlando, FL (Orlando Calling Festival) *
11/16 Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
11/19 Beacon Theatre - New York, NY
11/20 Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
11/22 Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN
11/23 Ryman Theatre- Nashville, TN
11/26 House of Blues - Chicago - Chicago, IL
11/29 Midland Theatre - Kansas City, MO
12/01 Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
12/03 The Great Saltair - Magna, UT
12/04 Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
12/09 Fantasy Springs Special Events Center - Indio, CA *
* - not part of club tour
As I wrote about at the start of "Bored to Death" season 2, I think I've come to terms that the parts of the show I enjoy (George and/or Ray on their own, the three guys on a job together) and the parts I don't (anything to do with Jonathan by himself, and also some parts of Jonathan interacting with the other two) aren't going to change, that Danson and Galifianakis are just funny enough to overcome my dislike of the Jonathan Ames character and/or the way Schwartzman plays him, and that it's therefore not something I'll write about much.(*)
(*) If at all. I wound up not writing about season 2 again after that initial post, and we'll see if HBO winds up ordering a fourth season. For all the publicity about how Danson would get to do both "CSI" and this, it was easy to say, given that "Bored to Death" season 3 was already in the can. I have no idea whether CBS will let him do a fourth season, whether HBO would bother with a fourth without him, whether its banishment to Mondays (due to an overload of original programming) suggests HBO doesn't have future plans for it, etc.
For those of you who are still sticking with it, how did you feel about the season premiere? Are you glad to see Jonathan becoming more accomplished in both his professional lives? Did the level of violence (even if it was off-screen) seem off for the show? And how about Ray Hueston, part-time dad?
From the jazzy intro to the red draped stage and live format, "The Rosie Show" initially feels like any late night talk show. But, this being Rosie O'Donnell and the network being OWN, there are some significant differences. The announcer, Michelle, is a woman; the opening monologue prominently features jokes about the host's kids; and Oprah shows up. If you were expecting Letterman, you're sure to be disappointed.
"Allen, you've seen three 'Star Wars' movies now."
Allen is three, keep in mind. "Yes."
"Can you tell me what they are?"
"I seen the one with Darth Vader, where they're on the spaceship, and they blow it up, and I seen the one where Darth Vader cuts off Lukeskywalker's arm, and I seen the one where he cut off Darth Maul's body."
"What's your favorite one?"
"'The Phantom Menace.'"
Damn. I was afraid of this.
At each concert stop on her “Speak Now” tour, Taylor Swift has incorporated material from other performers from the area. Sometimes she’s been joined by them. For her Cowboys Stadium show Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, she brought up B.o.B. for a fun duet of his hit, “Airplanes.” B.o.B.'s from Georgia, but that's close enough.
Swift takes on the part handled by Paramore’s Hayley Williams, who, incidentally, recently joined Swift on stage in Nashville.
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By now it's pretty obvious to everyone that tonight's not-so-secret New York Film Festival work-in-progress screening is Martin Scorsese's "Hugo." Even though Scorsese has done something like this in the past (bringing 20 minutes of "Gangs of New York" to Cannes back in 2002), it's nevertheless a curious move on the part of the master filmmaker and Paramount Pictures. The question everyone seems to be asking is, "Why?"
One can only assume the studio thinks it has something special on its hands and wants to muscle into the fall festival frame before all the other films cannibalize the conversation. Well, one can only hope, I should say. Because if "Hugo" doesn't really have the goods (I've heard iffy things here and there), then bringing it to a heavily scrutinized festival setting with incomplete effects shots and whatnot could really damage the film.
"I've always wanted to make a film in 3D," Scorsese says in a recently posted behind the scenes clip. "The story is something very emotional. Funny at times. It was like a celebration." I hope it's a celebration indeed after tonight's big reveal. Have a look at that behind the scenes clip below.
In the world of big-budget franchise management, the stakes are very high.
When your job is managing an intellectual property, you aren't just telling a story or making a movie… you're creating something that is meant to service something larger. In the case of the "Judge Dredd" property, this is the second time filmmakers are taking a shot at bringing the character to the screen, and they've got the advantage of having seen it done absolutely wrong by Hollywood the first time.
Based on reports that have started to trickle out over the last week, it sounds like they're making all new mistakes this time, and I'm curious to see what happens with the film now that Pete Travis, the director on the film, has been shut out of the process.