This Wednesday, TLC is gifting all of us with two new episodes of "Extreme Cheapskates" and "Hoarding: Buried Alive" (at 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. respectively). As gross as these shows may be, they're tremendously reassuring to anyone who has ever had a moment of quirk and wondered if they, in fact, were a little weird. Guess what? There's a very, very small chance too many people are as oddball as the two women we see here. In fact, these ladies may be unique in the world. So, watch the clips below, then pat yourself on the back. You may buy toilet paper from Costco, but that does not make you either extremely cheap OR a hoarder.
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We got 90-seconds of Beyonce’s new song, “God Made You Beautiful,” on Friday and today, we get the whole song. It’s a majestic ode to daughter Blue Ivy that is filled with a mother’s pride and wonder at her new child.
If you don’t listen to the verses at all, it’s possible to hear this as a romantic love song in the choruses, but lines like “When you were born...” or “I kissed those little feet” make it pretty clear that
Gorgeous African chanting at the beginning and heavy percussion elevate the ballad to a stately crescendo.
Every parent acts like he or she is the first to have ever given birth and while Beyonce’s sentiments may seem over the top, she’s just a mom with a microphone and the means to get her feelings out worldwide.
She’s certainly not the first to write a song about the overwhelming rush of love that a new parent feels. She’s not even the first in her own family to do so, since Jay Z put out “Glory,” featuring Blue Ivy, within a week of her birth.
Overt songs about becoming a parent tend not to zoom up the charts, Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” is certainly an exception, as was Creed’s “Arms Wide Open.” No word of if “God Made You Beautiful” will be worked to radio, but expect for it to be a major hit with parents across the land regardless.
The song will be offered as a free download to those purchasing Beyonce’s HBO documentary, “Life is But A Dream,” which comes out on DVD today.
Throughout the course of Justin Bieber’s Music Mondays, his songs have examined the ups and downs of love. On the eighth entry, “Rollercoaster,” he takes the term literally.
Produced by Rodney Jerkins, the tune has a great old-school vibe, especially courtesy of the the funky bass synth line that runs through it (it sounds like a sample, but I don’t have the songwriting credits to check). The song has so much promise, but it’s missing a great chorus. And Bieber's vocals are too low in the mix during the choruses. That’s happened a lot with the material Bieber has released in the series. None of it is memorable despite having potential.
We’ve got two more Music Mondays to go, all leading to the big Christmas Day release of Bieber’s new theatrical movie, “Believe.”
What do you think of “Rollercoaster?”
Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contenders from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan were among the winners at this weekend's Golden Horse Awards -- effectively the Oscars of the Chinese-speaking film industry. And while there were some heavy-hitting auteurs in the running for top honors (Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhang-ke, Johnnie To and Tsai Ming-liang among them), it was ultimately a modest debut feature that won out, as young Singaporean director Anthony Chen's gentle family drama "Ilo Ilo" took four awards, including Best Picture.
For all the many Whovians who have spent the weekend dissecting "The Day of the Doctor," here's a clip to lighten up matters. Will Ferrell, as his Ron Burgundy "Anchorman" character, tries to sort out why no one has will tell him the Doctor's name, a play on the old "Who's on First" Abbot and Costello bit.
Finally, we have a return date set for "Orphan Black"!