March 8, 2013 |
WHAT'S Crystal Bowersox doing, playing the 125-seat Tin Angel (on Friday) and putting out her sophomore album on the "indie" Shanachie label? Exactly what she wants, apparently, to hear tell from the artist: "It's like Ani DiFranco suggested in a song: 'If you're not getting happier as you're getting older, you're f---ing up.' I'm in the best place I've ever been. And by the way, did you know, my husband [performer and sometime songwriting collaborator Brian Walker Linsk] is from Philly?"
February 10, 2012
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor David Spade; Betty Wright performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Rachel McAdams; Cee Lo Green performs with Vicci Martinez. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Chelsea Handler; biologist Dan Riskin. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10)- Dwayne Johnson; singer Katharine McPhee; comic Neal Brennan
February 6, 2012
SMASH. 10 tonight, NBC 10. I'VE SPENT months trying to resist NBC's "Smash," I really have. Not only does that title - "Smash"! - lead with its chin, but as a show about show business, it has critically acclaimed heartbreak written all over it. And I know my gushing about it isn't going to help, especially if you're already tired of hearing about it. So I'm not going to gush. Much. Instead, because I've considered all of them, I'm going to offer a few reasons you might not want to bother with "Smash," which premieres tonight after a two-hour episode of "The Voice," the singing competition that's currently the only decent lead-in NBC has to offer: * You're already sick to death of Fox's "Glee," and a show about the making of a Broadway musical sounds an awful lot like "Glee" for grown-ups.
February 5, 2012 |
The big-ticket item for NBC in 2012 is - drumroll, please - show tunes. Seriously. They won't let me make this stuff up. The network has sunk some serious cash into Smash , a series built around the mounting of a major Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. What a refreshing concept for a play! No one has exploited Marilyn's legacy in the last, let's see, 15 minutes. Smash , which airs at 10 p.m. Mondays on NBC10, is executive-produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ( Chicago )
September 3, 2011 |
SEVEN TULANE students plus two bayou rednecks plus scores of sharks plus 3-D add up to zero fun in "Shark Night 3D," the worst movie of the summer, arriving on the last weekend of the summer. Director David R. Ellis has delivered a heartless, suspense-free 90 minutes of sharks dining out on kids stuck on an island in a Louisiana lake. It's one of those magical movie locations: There's no cell reception, and while the power grid serves the island-mansion where the Tulane seven hang out, nobody thought to install a land line.
April 16, 2011 |
Are American Idol fans misogynistic? The argument goes that the last three Idols have all been boys (David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze); that this season, particularly, girls seem to be targeted for elimination; and that teenyboppers are to blame for this gender bias, because they always vote for the cute guys. There are several problems with this theory, beginning with its ipso facto implication that DeWyze is cute. Over the course of the show, boys have won five times and girls four - hardly a rout.
January 31, 2007 |
Winning isn't everything. Ask Taylor Hicks - or Chris Daughtry, for that matter. The gray-haired retro-soul singer seized the "American Idol" crown last year, leaving the chome-domed rocker wheezing as fourth runner-up. Fast-forward eight months and it's Daughtry who's now modeling the tiara while Hicks stands muttering on the runway. "Daughtry" became the No. 1 album in the country this week, with sales of nearly 1.3 million copies so far. While the disk only beat out the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack by a hair (just 130 copies separated the two)
December 13, 2006 |
NOTHING LIKE a new movie to get an actress babbling about the things she once insisted were NOYB. Angelina Jolie stars in "The Good Shepherd," out next Friday, and wouldn't you know it, she's ready to clear up a few things regarding her baby daddy, Brad Pitt, and how they got together. Let's start before it started, when she was "content to be a single mom" and Pitt was seemingly content to be married to "Friends" actress Jennifer Anniston. Then Angie, 31, and Brad, 42, crossed and, er, double-crossed paths while making the film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
July 27, 2006 |
Millions of teen girls are shedding bitter tears today: Bubble-pop singing heartthrob Lance Bass, 27, the most attractive 'N Sync-singer-with-spiked-up-blond-hair in the world, has revealed, via People mag, that he is gay and in a "very stable" lovelink with square-jawed all-American Amazing Race winner and sometime soap opera actor Reichen Lehmkuhl, 32, whose first name means all sorts of things in German, including "the rich" as in die reichen M??igg?nger...
July 23, 2006 |
President Bush got 59 mil votes in '04. On May 24, Taylor Hicks got 63 mil. Yeah, people can cast multiple votes for American Idol, but the Alabama singer's rousing win has still earned him an invitation to the Oval Office on Friday. Hicks and the other top 10 finalists, including Katharine McPhee, Elliott Yamin and Chris Daughtry, will be the first Idolaters to meet the prez. Taylor already has a White House in: Laura Bush's press secretary taught him ninth-grade English.