Are you one of the people who experienced “Pandora Withdrawal” after seeing “Avatar“? Well, Disney is working on a solution for your “Avatar” blues. The entertainment giant announced today that it will be creating an “Avatar” theme park within the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. They break ground on the $400 million project in 2013 and estimate that it will take five years to complete. Meanwhile, the first sequel to “Avatar” will be hitting theaters in the winter of 2014.
James Cameron, for one, is thrilled with Disney’s plan. Keep reading »
Note to the cast and crew of the new “Charlie’s Angels“: it probably isn’t a good idea to slap the butt of the show’s leading actress. Star magazine is reporting that Minka Kelly was sexually harassed on the set of the show in late August and was, understandably, very upset about the incident. Here’s what allegedly went down: a staffer walked up behind her, slapped her tush, and then waved a $100 bill at her. Apparently, he thought it was funny? A source on the set squealed, “It seems like it was meant to be a joke, but clearly it was inappropriate. Minka was shocked and absolutely irate. She was still fuming about it hours later.” Keep reading »
Lady Gaga didn’t think one video for “Yoü and I” was enough, so she has also created six “fashion films” about each of the vid’s assorted characters. She’s shown us the Nymph and the Bride and, today, she released the third video in the series about her mermaid alter ego, Yüyi. The film, called “Haus of Ü Featuring Yüyi,” shows Gaga as a mermaid writhing in a director’s chair, smoking a cigarette, and being carried out of a trailer. And yes, she has gils. Lots of them.
But what I find most notable about this video: all those umlauts! Keep reading »
There are a lot of bands I love and a wealth of genres of music on my iPod, but there is one band that will go down in history as my favorite — Pearl Jam. I discovered the band at 12 and it changed my relationship to music forever — two decades, 10 live shows later, and many discarded flannel shirts later, I am still just as moved by their music as I was back then; I’m just better at containing my hysterical shrieks. This week, the band celebrates their 20th anniversary with the release of “Pearl Jam 20,” a documentary film directed by Cameron Crowe which tells the real story of how the band came to be and how they’ve survived this long. (A week-long run in select theaters starting on Friday and the movie will air on TV in October.) In addition to the film, the band has released a double-disc soundtrack filled with rare demos and live performances, as well as a book documenting their 20 years together. If you are a fan, you need both, trust me. Right now, I am singing along to the demo version of “Nothing As It Seems,” while looking at old photos of Jeff Ament and wondering whether he kept all his ugly hats. As Eddie sings in a tune he recently penned for the occasion, I’m so glad they’ve made it “to when it all got good.”
As the kids of McKinley High School enjoyed their summer vacations, much ado was made of the fact that—come tonight’s season premiere—Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) and Kurt Hummel (Emmy nominee Chris Colfer) will be seniors. Meaning that at the end of the season, they’ll graduate. “We didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years,” creator Ryan Murphy said in June. “We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline.”
Murphy explained that he didn’t want to use the television trickery most high school shows employ to solve this problem—make all your main characters magically land at the same college, a la “Beverly Hills, 90210″ or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Keep reading »
I won’t lie to you guys. I can’t watch “Dancing with the Stars” all the way through—it’s just so much filler. But that said, I do like to record it and fast forward to the performances. I have to say that last night, I was pretty impressed by the crew’s first efforts—from Chynna Phillip’s “I Dream of Jeannie” get-up to Chaz Bono’s gleeful smile as he danced. After the jump, the best, the worst, and most WTF performances of the night. Keep reading »