Archive | March, 2010

Why does America keep sending the wrong ones home on American Idol and Dancing with the Stars?

31 Mar

I’m starting to get sick of my favorite reality shows.  Dancing with the Stars and American Idol have gotten off to rough starts in my opinion and this week’s results are only further proof of that.

Having America vote is a great idea, in theory, until they start keeping people around who have zero reason for being there.  Two days in a row, America sent the wrong person home and it destroys the credibility of what the shows are trying to achieve.

On Tuesday night, DWTS sent 90210 vixen Shannen Doherty packing.  The worst contestants, Buzz Aldrin and Kate Gosselin, weren’t even in the bottom two.  I can understand keeping Buzz around, as he’s seen as a national hero, but Kate was beyond awful.  In the nine previous seasons, I don’t recall anyone being as bad as she was on Monday night (and this includes Tucker Carlson and Kenny Mayne).  It is painful to watch her attempt to dance and she looks miserable every step of the way. 

Tonight on American Idol, the voters chose to send Didi Benami home.  This meant that once again, Tim Urban is left to compete.  What is it about this kid that has America keeping him in the competition?  He’s got Zac Efron looks and hair, an eternally optimistic outlook on his time on the Idol stage and doesn’t take any of the judges comments too seriously.  While those traits may be endearing, they don’t make someone worthy of a spot in the top 10.

I think it comes down to the drama.  It’s always more entertaining to watch someone crash and burn than it is to see them succeed.  Sure, it’s amusing to see Gosselin struggle and fight with her partner (just like she did with ex-hubby Jon on her old reality show), but she doesn’t even look like she’s happy to be there or having any fun at all.  Why send her home when you can watch her sulk and complain instead?

Idol is a whole different ballgame though.  None of these aspiring singers were famous before the show.  It’s supposed to be about finding someone who can make it in the music business.  Urban is not that person, not even close.  He’s not even doing something original or remarkable.  He’s basically a young guy who sings like he’s playing for people in an elevator.

Sure, maybe I’m being cynical, but I just want to see some good, healthy competition.  Whether someone is trying to win a recording contract or a mirrorball trophy, I want people who are in the hunt and not just spectators.  I’m not naive enough to think it will change anytime soon, but a girl can hope, right?

Glee and Modern Family score with Peabody Awards

31 Mar

The 2010 Peabody Awards recipients were announced today.  Glee and Modern Family are among a list of both entertainment and news programming recognized for achievement and service in electronic media (radio, TV, cable)…

Glee and Modern Family score with Peabody Awards

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DVD Release Tuesday 3/30/10

30 Mar

So all of you hard-core movie fans out there know what every Tuesday is, right?  It is new DVD release day.  I look forward to this day every week and I always have my Netflix set up ahead of time to make sure I get the newest flicks that are out there.  Here’s a short list of what is coming out today:

Movies:
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – Jason Lee, Zachary Levi
An Education – Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard
Sherlock Holmes – Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

 

TV:
Rhoda – Season 2
iCarly: iFight Shelby Marx

Matt Damon honored with American Cinematheque Award

28 Mar

At the ripe old age of 39, Matt Damon has been honored with a lifetime achievement award for his body of work from American Cinematheque

Matt Damon honored with American Cinematheque Award

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Weekend Box Office Results for 3/28/10

28 Mar

Alice in Wonderland‘s box office reign has come to an end after three consecutive weekends on top.  How to Train Your Dragon secured the top spot with over $40 million.  The animated film seemed to strike a chord with viewers this weekend. 

John Cusack’s Hot Tub Time Machine had a lot of buzz going into the weekend, but only managed to scrape up a little under $14 million.  Avatar finally fell out of the Top 10 after a 15 week run that totaled $740 million.

Box Office Mojo’s Top 10 Box Office Estimates for 3/26-3/28:

1. How to Train Your Dragon – $43.3 million
2. Alice in Wonderland – $17.3 million
3. Hot Tub Time Machine – $13.6 million
4. The Bounty Hunter – $12.4 million
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – $10 million
6. She’s Out of my League – $3.5 million
7. Green Zone – $3.3 million
8. Shutter Island – $3.1 million
9. Repo Men – $3 million
10. Our Family Wedding – $2.2 million

Heap of Hollywood 3/28: 2011 award show dates, 24 says goodbye

28 Mar

Heap of Hollywood is your chance to read about some of the latest news and casting updates around H-town!

News:
*MTV‘s The Hills is finally(!!) coming an end.  This upcoming season will be the last. 
*FOX‘s critically acclaimed drama, 24, has been cancelled.  The final episode is scheduled to air on May 24, 2010. 
*Showtime has renewed Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara.
*Alyssa Milano‘s new ABC pilot, Romantically Challenged, is set to premiere April 12.
*Paranormal Activity 2 has signed Tod “Kip” Williams to direct the sequel.
*The following award shows have set dates for the 2011 shows:
          Golden Globes – Jan. 16, 2011
          PGA (Producer’s Guild of America) – Jan. 22, 2011
         SAG (Screen Actors Guild) – Jan. 30, 2011
        Academy Awards – Feb. 27, 2011

 

Casting:
*Angela Bassett is the newest cast member to joining the film, Green Lantern.
*Martin Short and David Krumholtz are set to star in the FOX comedy pilot, Tax Man.
*CBSThe Big Bang Theory has cast Blossom’s Mayim Bialik to play a possible love interest for Jim Parsons’ Sheldon.

 

Addition Information: THR, Deadline, Variety

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Winners

28 Mar

Last night in Los Angeles, millions of kids had their voices heard.  The people responsible for choosing the winners at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, the kids, cheered on as their favorites were crowned for movies, music, sports and TV.

The only award show to get away with sliming celebrities, celebrated its 23rd anniversary on Saturday.  Hosted by Kevin James, the kids voted on 19 different categories.  Here is a list of winners:

Favorite Cutest Couple: Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner
                                                         (Bella & Jacob)
Favorite TV Show: iCarly
Favorite TV Actor: Dylan Sprouse
Favorite TV Actress: Selena Gomez
Favorite Music Group: Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Female Singer: Taylor Swift
Favorite Male Singer: Jay-Z
Favorite Song: You Belong with Me – Taylor Swift
Favorite Movie: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Favorite Movie Actor: Taylor Lautner
Favorite Movie Actress: Miley Cyrus
Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
Favorite Reality Show: American Idol
Favorite Female Athlete: Misty May Treanor
Favorite Male Athlete: Ryan Sheckler
Favorite Video Game: Mario Kart
Favorite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
Favorite Animated Movie: Up
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie: Jim Carrey