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Let’s face it: keeping up with pop culture is difficult. With more than 1000 channels worth of TV shows, not to mention a new flood of movies and music every week, it’s practically a full-time job to keep up with everything. Luckily, it is my full-time job. So after the jump, your cheat sheet of the TV shows you need to watch, the albums you need to hear, the movies you need to see, and much, much more this week. Oh, and shall we just dub this the Week of Selena Gomez? Keep reading »
To make a long story out of a short story — or perhaps the other way around — “So You Think You Can Dance” may have stumbled upon The Beatles scandal of the century at their Utah auditions. I couldn’t sleep last night and decided to catch up on a little “SYTYCD” — reality TV has the same effects on me as a glass of warm milk — and I caught contestant Brittany Morgan Starr, who revealed a big secret. Ringo Starr (of the famed band The Beatles, perhaps you’ve heard of them) is her father. Brittany claimed he is in permanent hiding while another man impersonates him in the public eye. I know, so wonderfully bizarre. According to Brittany, her dad, Ringo Starr (real name: Richard Starkey), signed a contract to have another man take his identity as Ringo Starr after John Lennon was shot. And bless FOX for taking us to meet her pops, the “real” Ringo. He turned out to be a toothless man with no discernible British accent in a Sgt. costume. Somehow, my gut tells me delusion runs in the family. At least judging from Brittany’s dance skills. These kinds of segments are exactly why I watch reality TV before bed. Keep reading »
So everrrrrrybody’s talking about Oprah’s new Oprah Winfrey Network business–and we’re not gonna lie, we’re watching. The show we’re most psyched on? Her Machiavellian-tinged “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.” The show pits 12 regular folks against each other for the chance to, yes, have their own show on the fledgling Oprah-fied network. Most of the prospectives have either cooking program or talk show plans. But not our personal frontrunner: Zach Anner, a 25-year-old guy with cerebral palsy who’s aiming to make a travel show about all the things that go wrong when you travel. He describes his cerebral palsy as “the sexy palsy,” so you know he’s got a sense of humor. Plus, it’s refreshing to see a differently-abled person on television. It also got us thinking: what would we do if we had our own television show? Most likely it would involve traveling, cute animals and random make-out session-filled cameos from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. What about you? Tell us about your television show dreams in the comments. Keep reading »
The winner of next season’s “America’s Next Top Model” can look forward to the standard prizes — a contract with a major modeling agency, up close and personal views of Miss Jay’s legs — but also an Italian Vogue cover. “ANTM” followers will know that the standard editorial prize offering is a shoot with Seventeen and the switch to Vogue is a major upgrade. Don’t get us wrong, Seventeen is a decent magazine, but it’s no Vogue Italia. Where Seventeen features models trying to make it, Vogue is more or less for the ones who’ve already arrived. Given that “ANTM” has always claimed to be a career-maker but generally had limited success in actually launching a successful career, this seems like a step towards making good on the promise of being a real supermodel machine. [NY Post] Keep reading »
When “Dawson’s Creek” first aired, I was in 7th grade and was caught in a blissful lust-cloud of my first “relationship.” Gregory Ware* was the self-appointed Dawson of Pine Cobble School, not because he was so arty or into film, but mainly because he had blond hair kind of like Dawson’s, dressed like him (oh, how I don’t miss the days of baggy khakis and unbuttoned plaid shirts), and was the most attractive guy in our class. (However, it’s not like he had a ton of competition, considering the average class size at our teeny private school in Western Massachusetts numbered 20 or so.) If Greg was Dawson, then I took after Jen, because, well, I was a blonde. But I’d also become the school’s new girl, an import from New York City. At the time I transferred to Pine Cobble, Greg was “going out” with Haley, the Joey figure; the two had been friends for a while and lived close by. Although Haley and I became part of the same group of friends, we maintained a competitive relationship for years.
Just as quickly as partners swapped on the show, so too did hand-holding change at Pine Cobble. Keep reading »
Usually, this story would just be about Justin Timberlake landing a role in a new film called “Friends With Benefits.” But there is a bigger issue here, other than questioning whether JT can successfully act in something that isn’t “Saturday Night Live.” See, Justin’s “Friends With Benefits” is just one of three projects currently in the works with the same title. You’d think this title would’ve been used already, since the term has bopped around our lexicon for years, but it hasn’t. It looks like the entertainment world can use a little help deciding whom to bestow the coveted title to. Read on and decide who you think deserves the prize. [Deadline] Keep reading »