Could there be anything sweeter than watching a new mom cuddle with her newborn? How about said new mom noting that her kid farts a lot? Then slapping on the make-up to hit the clubs? That's a little more in step with season 2 of "Snooki & JWOWW" (debuting Tues. Jan. 8 at 10:00 p.m.).
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The same week Bruno Mars releases “Unorthodox Jukebox,” the first single from his sophomore set ascends to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Locked Out Of Heaven” rises one spot to end Rihanna’s “Diamonds” after three weeks at No. 1.
The song is Mars’ fourth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in a 34-month span, giving him the record for the fastest accumulation of a quartet of No. 1s by any male artist in 48 years. You have to go back to Bobby Vinton, who scored the same trick in 30 months, starting in 1962 with “Roses Are Red (My Love)?” Mars’ four charttoppers are B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ On You,” which featured Mars, and then three songs as lead artist: “Just The Way You Are,” “Grenade” and, now, “Locked.”
“Diamonds” drops to No. 2 (although it spends its 10th week at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Ke$ha’s “Die Young” stays are No. 3. The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” rises one to No. 4, trading places with Maroon 5’s “One More Night,” which drops to No. 5.
Rounding out the top 10, Flo Rida’s “Cry” climbs 8-6, Phillip Phillips’ “Home” hangs out at No. 7 again, fun.’s “Some Nights” falls two places to No. 8, while Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” stays at No. 10.
The one new entry in the Top 10 comes at No. 9 with Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj. The track marks Minaj’s ninth Hot 100 Top 10, which ties her with Missy Elliott for the most Top 10 tunes by a female rapper.
As far as Will.I.Am's tune with Britney Spears, "Scream & Shout?" After bowing at No. 12 last week, the song already starts its decline, dropping to No. 13.
During the last installment of "The Bachelorette," earnest Texas Sean Lowe seemed like a shoo-in to win the girl. His down home attitude, wholesome good looks and family focus seemed just right for single mom Emily Maynard. Alas, he got his heart handed back to him and now he returns to the ultimate group date as the newest star of "The Bachelor" on Mon. Jan. 7 at 8:00 p.m. In a conference call with journalists, Lowe talked about taking a second shot at love on national television, the drawbacks of a house full of estrogen, and why he doesn't care if he sees another rose again for as long as he lives.
Andy Serkis is one of those guys whose influence on the industry is just starting to be fully understood, and I have a feeling we've got a lot of great work from him still to come.
Part of what will make Serkis so significant in any future conversations about performance capture is timing. He happened to be the guy who had the right skill set at the right moment, just as the technology started to come of age. But part of it is because he has embraced this moment with a joy and with a sense of invention and adventure, and it seems like other actors are having that experience, too, but that Serkis really is the pioneer.
It's great that he returned to Gollum because it serves as a very stark comparison between the state-of-the-art at opposite ends of a decade, and while you may not see a major leap forward from year to year, if you lay "The Two Towers" Gollum and the "Hobbit" Gollum side-by-side, it's a night and day experience. More and more of the subtle work that Serkis does is making its way into these characters now, and what was one inspiration is now direct manipulation.
Cat Power has previously been known for her epic (and sometimes understated) stage break-downs from earlier in her career. These days, she's causing conversation about the health care anxieties for musicians, the cost of touring and what it is to be an indie mainstay... but she's not having trouble on stage much anymore.
No matter, I'm glad to see Chan Marshall being able to make fun of herself and precious, precious stage-fright in a new skit from Funny or Die, in which she's charged to entertain 2nd-graders during music period.
"Hand-dancing" may be my new favorite term, if not a very solid euphemism for basically anything. "This lady makes me sad," reveals one clever child. And I'm loving the cropped hair, too.
Cat Power has made it on to multiple outlets' year-end lists for her latest album "Sun." She's postponed her remaining 2012 tour dates but has a few on hand for 2013.
Awards season giveth and awards season taketh away. The Screen Actor's Guild Awards have their faults, but they traditionally are an indicator of future success or failure at the Academy Awards or even Emmy Awards. Taking that into account, Daniel Fienberg and I have compiled a list of winners and losers following the announcement of the 2013 SAG Awards announcements this morning. You can wax on our observations in the story gallery embedded in this post.
Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below.
Tonight’s 12-12-12 Sandy benefit Concert in New York will be sure to be full of fun collaborations and surprises. Among the artists performing are Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys and The Who. In addition to some of the rumors already out there, we chatted with some of our sources for some other moments to keep your eyes open for at Madison Square Garden.
Here are seven things to watch for:
*Paul McCartney performing with Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. British tabloid The Sun broke this story and ran a hilarious photoshopped pic of Sir Paul in a Nirvana photo sporting Kurt Cobain’s hair. They will reportedly play a new song. McCartney and Grohl played together at this year’s Grammys, but we have no idea on if this rumor is true, and, quite frankly, we’d rather see the trio play some classic rather than a new song (though certainly not a Nirvana classic). We reached out to Grohl’s publicist who would neither “confirm nor deny” the rumor and cheekily added, “You’ll have to wait and see tonight.”
*Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. Waters spilled the beans on his performance last night on “Last Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Vedder will join him for “Comfortably Numb,” which already has us drooling. Here’s the thing: the show is riddled with Vedder’s favorite artists. He could also show up with Springsteen or The Who, since he loves them both.
*Bruce Springsteen’s opening set. The performance order hasn’t been officially announced, but word has leaked out that Springsteen and the E Street Band will open. While hardcore fans are hoping for “Sandy (Fourth Of July),” it’s too obscure for a worldwide audience. Expect “My City of Ruins” and “We Take Care Of Our Own.”
*Eric Clapton's guests: No word yet on who the rock god is performing with, but his dressing room says "Eric Clapton and Friends," according to one of our spies, so expect some high profile artists, who aren't already announced to possibly join him.
*Billy Joel, whose modified performance of "Miami 2017" was the hands-down highlight of the first Sandy benefit on NBC on Nov. 1 will play with his full band for the first time in three years. He will have no special guests with him.
*The surprises. There are some names that haven’t been officially announced. One rumor we’ve heard but weren’t able to confirm that makes perfect sense is Paul Simon. How could he not be there? We heard his name from one person on the scene, while another source told us his name hadn't appeared on any schedules. The other obvious one is Jay-Z. Though he’s not listed, we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a walk-on at some point, perhaps during Alicia Keys’ set.
*Paul McCartney's closing jam. There’s always one for something like this where everyone still in the building shows up for a rag-tag cover. Showbiz 411 is reporting that McCartney will close the set, so expect some kind of sing-along on either “Hey Jude” or another Beatles classic, but I wouldn’t bet against “Hey Jude.”
Proceeds from the evening go to The Robin Hood Relief Fund. To donate, click here. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. ET and will air basically everywhere, including 32 TV channels and on the internet.
One of the unlikely mainstays of the season, since its world premiere as the opening night presentation of the Cannes Film Festival in May, has been Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom." The filmmaker's (lucky) seventh feature has generated plenty of awards season love and critical approval, picking up Independent Spirit Award nominations, a Gotham Awards trophy and critics awards recognition, and it appears likely to bring him his second Oscar nomination to date as screenwriter.
On a brief call before being whisked away on a location scout, Anderson speaks of these kinds of things as a crap shoot. "You spend all this time working on the thing and you do your best and you have absolutely no idea how it's going to go over," he says. "I've had the experience of thinking, 'This one might really land with an audience,' and then suddenly 'x' number of days after it comes out we realize, 'Well, this is not going to happen this time.' I've had movies where it did really well in the limited release and you go from 75 screens to 300 and by Saturday morning you know, 'Well, that's the end of it for this one. This is about where this one's going to top out.' It's so much more fun to have a kind of good following for it. But it shouldn't really be the end-all. You better be doing it because you love the movie yourself or you're signing on for an extremely risky life."
A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as Santa is here on a percentage...
Sorry for the late roundup today -- I was waylaid by SAG's dawn chorus. That's obviously the news on everyone's minds right now, but I'm going to rewind to an Oscar announcement I failed to mention yesterday: the official list of 104 films eligible for the Best Original Score award. Not a particularly newsworthy list and one I was initially going to skip -- except that, when searching for conspicuous omissions, one name came up... twice. Alexandre Desplat, one of the hardest workers in the game, may be a regular nominee these days, but he only went three-for-five with his 2012 slate -- and for my money, the two Desplat scores that missed the cut showcase his best work this year. "Moonrise Kingdom"'s interpolations of existing classical work doubtless cost it a place (furthering the case for a Best Adapted Score category), but I'm less sure why his moodily throbbing work on "Rust and Bone" isn't on the list. His Oscar hopes now rest with "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Rise of the Guardians." [AMPAS]
The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees, like the Golden Globes (whose nominations will be announced tomorrow) have a big impact on (or at least are an early predictor for) the Oscar nominations. As a TV bellwether, they (like the Globes) are less important or precise. While all the actors who vote for the Emmys are in SAG, not all SAG members are Emmy voters. As a result, the tastes don't exactly line up, and you have oddities like "Homeland" being complete snubbed by SAG last year and then going on to be the biggest drama winner on Emmy night, or like "Suits" co-star Patrick J. Adams getting an unexpected SAG nomination and then being ignored at Emmy time.
It's morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "New Girl," "Happy Endings" and "The Mindy Project," coming up just as soon as I look like an example photo at a barbershop...