Showtime’s new comedy “Episodes” sounds pretty high-larious. In it, Matt LeBlanc will play the star of a dumbed-down sitcom based on of a much better British show. The British couple who created the original sitcom comes to Hollywood to produce the American version and is totally bummed when executives replace the classy, intelligent lead with Matt LeBlanc. Cold diss or compliment? [Just Jared]
Lately, it seems like there have been quite a few shows of a similar meta nature. And since there’s something fantastic about the upswing of self-parody, we’ve rounded up a few other actors who’ve parodied themselves in TV shows. Keep reading »
Oh, television, you are a good companion. Thank you for always providing a good time and never talking back. After the jump, some shows to look forward to this week, particularly the season premieres of “Dancing with the Stars,” “United States of Tara,” “Fly Girls,” and “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”
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I just turned 21, and to me that is the climax of birthday celebrations. I am now legally allowed to do almost anything in the United States—except rent a car, for some reason. The landmarks and rites of passage of adolescence have all been crossed out and I am now in the bright, glaring headlights of adulthood. And that is scary. As I look back at the past 20 years, I remember all the major life events: Disney World, learning to ride a bike, first kiss, prom, high school spring break, welcome week of college. I have waved my arms above my head and gone “Woooooo!” through all of these essential life events, and now I am left with my hands in my pockets wondering what to do next. Like many people I find the best way to deal is to procrastinate, and one easy way to do this is to just dote on the past and obsess over what part of life I would like to go back to. For some reason, I keep going back to junior year of high school, when I was 17. And I don’t seem to be the only one. Keep reading »
Vanessa Hudgens has broken the shackles of teenybopper, sweetheart typecasting to join the predominantly female cast of “Sucker Punch.” The action movie is set in the ’50s and has been described as “‘Alice in Wonderland’ with machine guns.” For the role, Hudgens has spent months training with Navy SEALS. “I was bawling my eyes out because they push you so hard,” she said. “But it’s amazing what you find from it. When you go so far you find a certain zen within that and you know you can do anything. It’s very empowering.” [People]
After the jump, other female stars who’ve gone to extremes for their art, from hard-core training to surviving on an apple and a can of tuna a day. Keep reading »
Orange County can break off into the Pacific Ocean now, because a different part of California is taking over the “Real Housewives” franchise. Bravo has been improving the casts with every city the franchise lands in, and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” will be no different. These new pumped, filled, and primped women have not only been married at some point in their lives, but also have famous last names and affiliations. (For a minute there I thought Bravo didn’t know the definition of housewife.) This cast is filled out by a couple of Hilton aunts, a Maloof, and the wife of a Hollywood heavy hitter. Meet them after the jump. Keep reading »
Earlier this month, Solange Knowles realized Nylon hasn’t put a black woman on its cover in years, but the magazine ends this streak with the April issue, featuring Zoe Saldana. Maybe Solange will be next? [Nylon, Facebook] Keep reading »
Are you familiar with the term “reverse cowgirl”? If you are not, let me explain. It’s not a woman riding on a horse backwards. It’s a sexual position in which the woman is on top and facing away from the man. You get it? Now, T-Pain has seen fit to give the position a salute in the form of a song, “Reverse Cowgirl.” The video, which is sort of like a slow jam homage to doin’ it that way, features a woman flailing around on the floor with a saddle on her back. It also features T-Pain singing in that horrible Auto-Tune way. The lyrics are, well, they are what they are, aren’t they? “I like how you do it,” he caterwauls, “just put it in reverse cowgirl.” Sounds like he’s asking her to put the car in second gear. Needless to say, I won’t be doing the reverse cowgirl on the dance floor anytime soon. Keep reading »
What happens when people stop being polite and start getting real? A “Real World” cast member scrubs a toilet bowl with your toothbrush and then pees on it.
On March 1, police were called to the house where “The Real World: New Orleans” is currently filming, after castmate Ryan Leslie, 22, claimed he’d gotten a fever and viral infection to his throat after his housemate, Preston Roberson-Charles, 22, did some foul things to his Sonicare. Leslie says his roommate was trying to get back at him for an argument they had three weeks earlier.
Wha-wha-what? Is MTV just casting straight-up menaces to society now, or what? Keep reading »
This morning I’m trying to recover from a musicover. I took in more live shows than my body could handle yesterday, was little bit overwhelmed by too much wonderfulness. Lots of coffee, a Tylenol , and maybe some dude watching should do the trick.
I knew yesterday was going to be the best day so far when we sat next to the band Metric at brunch. Because that’s just how it is at SXSW. You may be waiting in line for a port-o-potty with your favorite band or sipping coffee at the table next to them. Okay, that was just the build up to the good news … I got passes to the exclusive Spin Magazine party. Hell yeah!
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