many bells down


She can sing, but can she act?
May 5, 2006, 2:44 pm
Filed under: Celebrity, Movies, Television

American Idol winner Fantasia will play herself in a Lifetime movie.  The made-for-TV movie will be based off of Fantasia's biography, Life is not a Fairytale.

A few years ago my friend Melissa (henceforth known as M. Middy) and I created a drinking game based around Lifetime movies.  The idea was that if you could correctly predict upcoming events or plot points, you had to take a shot.  Because Lifetime movies are highly predictable, M. Middy and I inevitably ended up five sheets to the wind.  Even though there's really no guesswork involved in the Fantasia story thanks to the media blitz that is American Idol, that is in no way going to stop me from playing the Lifetime Drinking Game ™.  And I'll be more than five sheets to the wind.

Additionally, Dwayne Wayne from A Different World is going to play one of Fantasia's parents!  Awesome!



How do you spell “boring”?
May 4, 2006, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Television

Thanks to a Broadway musical and a couple of movies, the National Spelling Bee is going to be broadcast on primetime TV.  The finals will be shown June 1 on ABC.  Previously, the Bee was aired on ESPN.  (I guess spelling is a type of sport.  Maybe?  Kinda sorta?)

The winner will receive more than $30,000 in cash, bonds and scholarships.  The 275 contestants hail from United States, American Samoa, the Bahamas, Canada, Europe, Guam, Jamaica, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Don't get me wrong – I love spelling.  I was even an alternate in second grade!  But I think this has the potential to be more boring than watching golf or fishing, which happen to be two of the most boring sports to watch ever.  But maybe I'll be wrong, and it will be a nailbiter, compounded by the pressure to see if you, the viewer, can spell better than the kids in the competition.

On a somewhat related note, I never actually made it to my elementary school's spelling bee.  My friend Kathleen did, however, and got eliminated in the first round when she was asked to spell "study." 

Sweet!  What an easy word!  She was thinking to herself.  So it sort of came as a surprise when she answered, "Study. S-T-U-D.  Study." 

It was hilarious.  We all laughed, and she ran and locked herself in the bathroom because seriously, how embarrassing is that?  We still tease her about it to this day.  But I guess you had to be there for it to be funny? Yes, no?  Oh well.  It still makes me giggle.



Lost is the best show on Television…
May 4, 2006, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Television

…and last night's episode proved it!

DON'T READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET!!!

I know a lot of people have been complaining about Lost this season – that it's too slow, there weren't enough "Oh my god" moments, etc.  But these finale episodes have really been stepping up the Oh-no-I-think-I-just-crapped-my-pants factor.

Take last night, for example:  Henry Gale tried to kill Ana-Lucia; there was a hot sex scene between Ana-Lucia and Sawyer (she is a tricky minx, no?  she only did it to get his gun!); and HELLO!!!  MICHAEL KILLED ANA-LUCIA AND LIBBY, THEN SHOT HIMSELF AND LET HENRY GALE ESCAPE!

So I suppose it's safe to say that Michael is on a mission to get Walt back, and the only way to do that is to lead the survivors to war – and get Henry Gale back.  Which means that Gale is a lot more important than we've been lead to believe.  The death toll is only going to go up from here.  I CAN'T WAIT!

According to Michelle Rodriguez (who was on Good Morning America today) her death was planned from the get-go, and she couldn't even tell the other cast members that her character was a goner.  Kristin from E! Online said that one death was planned from the beginning and the other wasn't, so it should be interesting to hear the story behind that.  (Although there is some buzz that maybe Libby isn't dead – Michael shot into the blankets she was holding, which possibly held a record for Hurley, and we didn't see any blood – but what was that drip, drip, drip?  Did anyone else catch that?  Maybe she'll live and tell on Michael.  But who really knows with this show?)

Interesting subplot: Ana-Lucia follows Jack's dad to Sydney to act as his "protection"; turns out that Jack's dad is a bit of a man-whore and has a daughter in Australia whom he wants to see, badly.  The mother looks very, very much like Claire.  So…could is be that Claire is Jack's long lost sister?  Oooooh!

Oh man, I love this show!

PS – Did anyone catch the Hanso Foundation commercial?  There was a phone number at the end, and I actually tripped over my friend's foot trying to get a pen to write it down! Read a transcript of what happens when you call here. Also, the Hanso Foundation website has been revamped and there are some pretty interesting things happening there – particularly in Joop's Corner.

Wee! I think what I love so much about this show is that it's more multimedia than just television.  One of my friends said last night that he doesn't check out any of the show's websites…just think of how much he's missing!



“Queen of Nice” to join The View?
April 28, 2006, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Celebrity, Television

It is being reported by the Associated Press that Rosie O'Donnell will replace Meredith Viera on The View.  It is said that it will be announced on today's show and is supposed to be a huge surprise. 

Oh man, I hope this is true!  Couldn't you just see Star Jones and Rosie at each other's throats while Joy Behar cackles in the background?  Rosie would probably piss Barbara Walters off too.  And we all know Rosie's not as nice in real life as she was on her own talk show…veeeerrryyyyy interesting indeed.



Band in a Bubble?
April 21, 2006, 3:28 pm
Filed under: Music, Television, Things that make you go 'Hmm.'

Apparently, UK band The Darkness, whose big US hit was "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," are contemplating living in a bubble while they record their album, and will document the whole experience for a reality TV show called Band in a Bubble. 

The program would feature the spandex-sheathed rockers locked inside a sealed capsule in London’s Trafalgar Square for a month, while they are filmed 24/7 recording their new album. The entertainment value of such a show would presumably stem from watching the band members crack under the pressure of constant camera scrutiny, ever-looming deadlines, and potential bickering between the Darkness's two Hawkins brothers, Justin and Dan.

I wonder if the bubble would be clear or opaque?  And what about going to the bathroom?  That could be a problem in a clear capsule.  When I went to England, you had to pay one pound to use the public loo (that's Brit-speak for the bathroom, you Americans!).  Would they have to pay, considering that the loo is outside and might therefore be considered public?

In other claustrophobic news, David Blaine is planning on living inside an aquarium for awhile.  His bathroom problems are on a whole different level!



Brokeback Island
April 12, 2006, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Movies, Television

I am an uber fan of Lost, and I love all the parodies surrounding it too.  I stumbled across a new one this morning…I apologize if you've seen it before, but it was so funny I laughed till I cried!  I just had to share.

In honor of Wednesday night and Lost, I present to you the trailer for Brokeback Island.

It's proof that with the right kind of music and the appropriate use of slow-mo, anything can look romantic!



Free TV = Awesome
April 10, 2006, 2:22 pm
Filed under: Television

LOST.jpgStarting in May, you can watch Lost, Alias, Desperate Housewives and Commander in Chief online – for free!  The online offerings will be supported by advertisers.  The news article  isn't specific about which Lost or Desperate Housewives episodes you'll be able to get, but the entire final season of Alias will be online!  (I think that's particularly cool because the season was sort of split up into two sections.  I can't remember what I had for breakfast this morning, let alone what happened on Alias in September, so I can use this to catch up!)

The shows will be available online for one month only…so make sure to get while the getting is good!