We knew it was only a matter of time before some production company had the idea to take the “Jersey Shore” and apply it to (fill in the blank here) nationality. So we weren’t surprised to hear about “Brighton Beach,” a show where a group of hot Russian 20-somethings will live in a beach house in a Brooklyn neighborhood that’s been dubbed “Little Odessa.” “The Russian community has its own set of characters which we think could be even more interesting,” said show co-creator Elina Miller. “There will be plenty of vodka, techno music and guys wearing Adidas pants, leather jackets and gold chains, and driving souped-up cars. There will also be a lot of hot, decked-out Russian girls. … But we would never want to portray this insular community in a way that isn’t positive. We’re used to everyone asking if we’re in the mafia and if we drink vodka and get chased by bears.”
Miller put up a casting site for the show last week, and says she has already received hundreds of hopefuls, some of them conveniently with nicknames like “The Entity,” “B-Boy” and “Mr. OTB,” an abbreviation for “Off The Boat.” Miller’s dream cast mate? “It would be really funny if we got a Russian mail-order bride,” she said. So funny. What do you think? Will you be DVRing this show? [NY Post]
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We’d imagine that among you voracious readers of The Frisky, there are writers and aspiring writers. No doubt, writing is one of the trickiest arts around, and yet we here at the site count ourselves as lucky that we get to do it every day. Across the pond, the Guardian has rounded up “Ten Rules for Writing Fiction,” with advice from some of the best writers at work today. While these tips are geared towards fiction writers, many of them are equally relevant whether you’re thinking about writing a novel, running a blog, or write for a living. After the jump, a few of our favorite tidbits of writing advice. Keep reading »
This dress code signage outside the New Orleans nightclub, Republic, wants to remind you all coming happens in the hot tub. [Eater] Keep reading »
We know what you’re thinking. Farmville is the worst. And “watermelon mastery”? Are you kidding me with this?
You can keep Farmville from showing up in your Facebook feed, but that hasn’t stopped people from carping about it. (In fact, there was an entire “Dr. Phil” episode dedicated to Farmville addiction.) So we thought we’d ask Marika, a real-life Farmville addict, what all the fuss was about — and whether or not she felt bad about glutting our feeds with her lost ocelots. Answer? Not at all. Instead, here’s her emphatic defense of Farmville:
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I’ve never so much as heard of the show “Seducing Cindy” on Fox Reality channel, but turns out that I should have been fastidiously watching it for the past month. The concept is familiar: Playmate and internet “sensation” Cindy Margolis is single and looking to mingle, so will choose from a field of 24 guys, ranging in age from 18 to their 71, who go through stuntastic ordeals to show her that they’re “here for you.” On this week’s episode, Cindy pulls a pretty nasty/hilarious trick on the final six suitors on the show. The guys see her get into an SUV and drive away—just as the car crashes and flips. She isn’t in it, of course—it’s driven by a stunt driver. The guys run toward the site of the accident, where a fake-blood covered Cindy is taken by emergency crew into an ambulance. Then the piece de la resistance—the show’s host tells the guys that Cindy is seriously injured and will need blood … and a new kidney. One of the guys evidently volunteers his kidney, at which point he is carted off to an ambulance. Inside, he finds Cindy totally fine and wearing a sexy nurse’s outfit. The perfect way to say, “Just joshin’ ya.” Cindy thought the stunt was over the top, but thoroughly enjoyed it. “It was cruel, it was mean,” Cindy told Radar. “It was so heart wrenching. We put them on an emotional roller coaster. One guy got so upset that he physically assaulted a camera guy.” She says, in the end though, she did find the man of her dreams on the show. Oh, and she also boned a total of three of the contestants. Yeah, I’ll totally start DVRing this one—it’s on Saturdays at 9 p.m. (EST). [RadarOnline.com]
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I’m starting to notice that certain types of movies come out at certain times of the year. Family and blockbuster movies all wedge their way into that blissful time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, sappy relationship movies get Valentine’s Day, and all the scary/political/cop/insanity movies come around that depressing end-of-winter-still-no-hope-for-spring time. As if we have nothing better to do than go slowly insane. This week’s releases include “The Crazies,” “Cop Out,” and “A Prophet.” I know “Cop Out” isn’t going to be depressing per se, but every time Kevin Smith directs a movie he didn’t also write, a fairy loses her wings and plummets to her death. And that’s depressing. Keep reading »
Let’s play Oscar psychic for a minute, OK? I have a pretty good idea of who is going to win this year’s Best Supporting Actress Award. My crystal ball says Mo’Nique—and not just because she won both the Golden Globe and SAG awards. See, the Academy is pretty darn predictable on who they decide to bestow with their gold-plated paperweights. For Best Actress they tend to go with America’s Sweetheart and for Best Actor they pick the guy with the most nominations under his belt already. But something very interesting happens in the Best Supporting Actress category. The Academy generally favors actresses who are fresh out of the gate—who are making their movie debut, or who landed their first big role. In other words, they like the Breakthrough Star.
Let’s take a stroll down the Best Supporting Actress memory lane. Keep reading »
Fans can finally stop speculating, because Carly Simon finally revealed who inspired her hit song “You’re So Vain” in an acoustic version that’s on her upcoming album, Never Been Gone. And it’s not a former lover, like Warren Beatty or Mick Jagger, as you’d expect. Surprisingly, record label executive David Geffen was the inspiration. Geffen was at the helm of Elektra Records when Simon was on that label, and the lyrics could hint at Simon’s anger over Geffen’s choice to focus more on another singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell. [Starpulse] Keep reading »