Posts Tagged Celebrity
A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture to Facebook to help give readers a chance to visualize the character of Jacquline Brody form my Jaxxa Rakala series:
This past weekend, I attended the Temecula Independent Film Festival in the Temecula Valley wine country, and I am honored to have received the Best Grape Dance Feature award for my feature film, Secrets of the Desert Nymph. The grape dance award was given to the best films from filmmakers who live in the Inland Empire (which includes Temecula, Murrita and Riverside areas). Read full Post
Shemar Moore may be good on Criminal Minds, but he is not at all a commentator, host or journalist (as clearly evidenced by his excruciating turn in the green room at the this year’s Emmy Awards). To Mr. Moore I ask (no, I beg) that you stick with your day job and leave the hosting gigs to those who are comfortable at schilling celebrity.
Could the producers of Dancing With the Stars have been more unoriginal? As the opening routine to their brand new season, producers chose to steal a page from So You Think You Can Dance and copy almost everything from the latter shows amazing opening dance routine, from starting in the parking lot, to showing them in front of faux-makeup chairs, right down to the seamless tracking shot of all of their dancers through the studio. Did they want to show homage to a much better dance show (in terms of talent, from whence several Dancing pros have originated), or did they think, just because they have a much larger audience, that no one would notice? Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
It’s very cool to see Barry Cofield, defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins, playing tonight’s Monday Night Football Game despite having broken his hand a few weeks ago. In a generation where athletes would rather sit the bench than risk playing with a hangnail, it’s good to see there are at least a few athletes left who love the game enough to do whatever it takes to compete, even if it means playing through the pain of an injury.
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.
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.