Archive for September, 2013
To be a leader one must be able to make quick, intelligent decisions in the heat of the moment, go against the status quo when necessary, and never second-guess a decision or compromise his or her integrity. A leader stands up for and protects anyone and everyone under his or her command, does not let personal bias affect his or her decisions, and refutes and discourages the actions of anyone who would seek to harm, whether physically or emotionally, anyone he or she is bound to protect. A leader is someone to look up to, to emulate, and he or she will respect that with the conviction of his or her actions, always following through on what he or she says, never going against his or her own words, whether past or present, including (and especially) any promises he or she makes, and never makes excuses. A leader’s word must be his or her bond, no matter the consequences, and he or she must always accept those consequences, welcoming blame for any and all decisions that were made under his or her leadership. This doesn’t mean a leader cannot be flawed; a leader is still only human after all. But when a person in a leadership role blatantly ignores, or disregards these key attributes, that person can no longer be trusted. And when that trust is broken, that person’s strength and honor (which go hand in hand with leadership) are threatened. Don’t Stop – There’s Plenty More
That’s right. Bill Nye, the Science Guy is back! He will be joining a shockingly decent cast on the next installment of Dancing With the Stars, which includes Leah “King of Queens” Remini, Elizabeth “I’m so excited” Berkley, and long-time TV vet Valarie Harper (who it seems was diagnosed earlier this year with terminal brain cancer, so to Valerie, her friends and family, our hearts go out to you! Stay strong and positive!). Over the past few installments, the show seemed to be scrapping the bottom of the barrel to find their so-called “stars,” and though most of the names on this season’s list still aren’t A-listers, at least most of them, if not all of them, have clear name recognition. You may not like them and some of them may not have been around for awhile, but at least you know their names, and for Dancing With the Stars, that’s a step up (even if they did choose to add Snooki to the list… do we really need more of her on our TV screens?). Corbin “High School Musical” Bleu may have a slight edge right now on paper, however, I believe this cast will give him a run for his money. And though I’ve never watched this show (and don’t plan to break that streak any time soon), my particular favorite of the bunch is probably Bill “Here’s Your Sign” Engvall (who should also bring a lot of good laughs to the show), though I’d have to say that it’s Bill Nye, the Science Guy (love saying that name!) that I hope takes home the trophy.
UPDATE 9/10/2013: With Nigel Lythgoe officially announcing today that So You Think You Can Dance has been picked up for Season 11, it seems Fox was smart enough after all. Now let’s hope Nigel is just as smart.
If Fox is smart enough to renew So You Think You Can Dance for next summer, they should really consider hiring Paula Abdul as their permanent third judge. Unlike her nearly incoherent and always loopy commentary (and wildly eye-rolling antics with Simon, I might add) on American Idol, Paula brings an oddly warm and interesting take to the judges panel on Dance. It also makes complete sense, seeing as how she was always a much better dancer/choreographer than she ever was a singer. Add to the fact that the guest judges this season (and to some extent last season as well) have been hit-and-miss (for every Tyler Jesse Ferguson and Kenny Ortega we get a Carly Rae Jepsen), this seems to be where Paula Abdul belonged in the first place. Don’t Stop – There’s Plenty More
At the very end of the trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new film, Don Jon (which he also wrote and directed!), Gordon-Levitt is driving down the road. His music is blasting and he’s singing along with Marky-Mark’s “Good Vibrations” like no one’s business. When he pulls up to a stoplight, he notices another car sitting beside him and immediately stops singing, as if he was never doing it in the first place. But the second the light turns green, and the other car pulls away, he’s back at it, singing his head off with Marky Mark.
Raise your hand if you’ve never done this exact same thing before! That’s what I thought! We all act a little different when we think no one’s watching. Check out the Trailer
Let’s face it – this past cycle of American Idol was a train wreck. With a nearly unwatchable judging panel and a group of guys that seemed to be chosen simply so that a female would take the trophy (aka: manufactured drama), the show certainly showed its age. Now it seems the producers of the show are once again hoping to revive a show that has been getting buried by another, and some would say better, singing competition, The Voice. Yeah… where have I heard that before? (Answer: Every season since Simon left! Nothing much has changed, though.) And though kicking out Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick does help bring fresh blood in behind the scenes, for everything the show seems to be doing right, there seems to be a decision that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Don’t Stop – There’s Plenty More
For it: Christopher Nolan’s choice to cast Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Against it: We all still remember Daredevil.
Bottom Line: Without Nolan’s participation as producer on Batman vs Superman, it’s up to Zack Snyder to mold Affleck into Batman. Whether or not he can do that is questionable.
Next week, I will begin a weekly movie review, where I will review one film that opened over the weekend. If there is a movie you would like to have reviewed each week, please make note in the comments section and I will do what I can to review the most requested film.
If no film is suggested, it will be a random film, one that drew the most passion from me, good or bad.
To all of you out there in the cyber ether, please let me take this moment to welcome you to my brand new blog, Chaos breeds Chaos, where anything goes so that chaos can reign.
This is where I will speak my mind on anything from entertainment to sports, to politics and reality. Everything is fair game here; nothing is too big or too small, too outrageous or to mundane. Posts will include a weekly movie review, discussion of the latest trends, complaints about the government’s latest decisions, but most of all, I’ll be telling it like it is, no matter what. And like any other decent blog, I encourage a robust debate on everything I throw out there, whether it be on films, books, music, government or marketing, not to mention all of those little things that make us laugh, cry, think and marvel at in wonderment. Don’t Stop – There’s Plenty More