While Rachel struggles to come to terms with Brody’s secret, the McKinley kids indulged in their favourite guilty pleasures.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Guilty Pleasures”
Mr. Schuester is out sick and instead of cancelling Glee, Blaine and Sam decided to take over and gave the group an assignment for the week. Inspired by Sam’s macaroni art (he does a mean Emma Stone), they decide everyone should sing a song by one of their guilty pleasure artists. Bring on the Wham!, Barry Manilow and Phil Collins!
He’s Got a Crush on You
Blaine may have thought his crush on Sam was a secret, but nobody else did. Sam spent the whole week trying to get Blaine to admit he was his guilty pleasure, but when all Blaine could come up with was Phil Collins, he finally admitted that he knew. It is really amazing that he doesn’t have a problem with Blaine’s feelings – although I’m sure with his looks he’s used to the attention.
The Glee club has 99 problems and they’re all Kitty (in this episode, anyways). She was admittedly the most hated girl in school, so she appeared on Fondue for Two to clear her rap. And when she revealed her biggest guilty pleasure was the Spice Girls, it was hard for everyone to hate on her. Let’s face it; the Spice Girls are the solution to every problem, ever.
With only eight contenders left in the competition, it is only appropriate that this week’s theme is “songs that hit number one on the music charts.” The X-Factor also gave audiences a special treat by premiering the new music video for Will.I.Am and Britney Spears’ new song “Scream and Shout,” which had Britney Spears speaking in a British accent for some reason. Everyone stepped it up this week, even CeCe Frey (above) with her version of “Lady Marmalade.”
Here are the top three performances you definitely need to see:
Carly Rose Sonenclar – “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele
How adorable was her oversized fedora? I felt the hat really matched the old-school, bluesy sound of her unique version. Fashion aside, Carly Rose champed the tempo of this usually fast-paced and melodic song and slowed it down for us in the beginning. While I don’t think she sang the song as powerfully as she has been singing in recent weeks, she still kept her fierce stage persona and made the song her own. LA agreed with me: “I didn’t think it was your very best,” he said. “But even your second best is better than everyone’s first best.” Simon joked and said while she can definitely sell records, she’s not human and may have to be disqualified because aliens are not allowed to enter the competition.
Paige Thomas – “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
As the weeks have gone by, her mediocre performances made me give up on Paige, and I felt her passing every week was a fluke. But this performance showed that she really has potential. While most people think “Rick Rolled!” when they hear “Never Gonna Give You Up,” I don’t think that thought stuck in anyone’s mind as she turned the song into a haunting and slow rendition that was so melodic I could totally see it on someone’s heartbreak playlist. She also seemed a lot more confident and sexy this week as she swayed her hips and moved across the stage (Love it!). Even LA Reid, who has been harsh on her the past few weeks, tweeted: “Finally, @PaigeAva just turned a page in this competition”
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We all knew attention-whore Rachel would end up lost when she started studying at NYC’s Nyada. That’s what happens to big fish in little ponds — once they move to the ocean there’s way more competition. I was expecting the Fame-esque storyline from Glee and the promo confirms they’re going in this direction, but the new season looks 10 times better than I thought it would be because Kate freaking Hudson plays a witch of a Dance 101 instructor at the academy.
While the freshman dance in leotards around her, she confidently struts across the classroom pointing out their flaws and encouraging them to embrace body dysmorphia. It looks like she’s not a fan of her students, especially Rachel, who she insists has a stuck up attitude.
It’s true though! Rachel is pretty stuck up and if there’s one thing I want from her this season, it’s to be torn apart and built back up again as a less annoying prototype of herself.
Watch the promo for season 4 here:
When I was a kid, I fancied myself a pretty talented writer. In fact, I authored an unpublished book about a family that got stuck in a flimsy canoe on the Amazon River. The book was a whole 30 pages, however, I have to admit my handwriting became increasingly bigger near the last chapters so I could meet the 30 page quota.
I’m positive I would have gone bananas if my action-filled story was featured on my newest obsession, Written By A Kid. Too bad it didn’t exist at the time… The series brings to life the fanciful tales of young children, by getting well known actors to portray their narration. In the second episode, eight-year-old CiCi tells the story of a toddler named Max (Link Neal) who tests the patience of his new stepdad (Rhett McLaughlin) and ultimately develops an appreciation of the Goth lifestyle.
The show, which was created by Will Bowles and Josh Flaum, featured Joss Whedon in the first episode, acting out a rowdy cowboy named Gerald who conquers an alien. The animation is hilarious and the stories are way better than anything an adult could come up with.
Watch the second episode here:
By Jasmine Williams
This week, we get to learn a little bit more about the Top 16 dancers. The weirdest tidbits? Lindsay has a foot phobia, and Eliana killed her pet bird by sleeping on it. Maybe we learned a little too much. And while the dancers’ unusual secrets might be memorable, their routines this week were definitely not. A lot of the routines didn’t quite hit the mark, and got some rough critiques from the judges. Better luck next time?
Here are the top five performances from this week’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance:
1. Charlie Chaplin-esque group routine
This number focused mysteriously around a bright red umbrella. With a bit of TV magic, the umbrella stood out beautifully against the colourless dancers. The costuming was also brilliant, complete with fake mustaches, baggy pants, and suspenders. Even the choreography seemed to mirror Chaplin’s jerky movements and odd characters. All in all, a very cool routine.
2. Amber and Brandon “sultry and soulful” jazz
I don’t know about the audience, but I felt like I needed a fan and a glass of water watching this routine. It was as hot and steamy as a summer in the deep South. Amber looked completely in her element and Brandon was a strong and supportive partner. My favourite part? When Brandon pushed a chair across the stage, which Amber sat on without even looking at it! How do they do that?!
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This week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars includes many visits from old and new characters. Sadly, Ezra never makes an appearance (this girl is majorly crushing on him) but hey, there’s always next week.
Here are all the characters you missed on this week’s episode, “Birds of a Feather.”
1) Jason is back — My second favourite heartthrob, Jason, comes back to Rosewood and has a very public spat with Victoria Hastings concerning her defending Garrett. He begins to post signs all around Rosewood offering a $50,000 cash prize to anyone who can return Ali’s body. At the end of the episode, Jason is seen writing a $50,000 cheque to someone! Could this mean they found Ali’s body?!
2) Caleb and Hanna break up — After what seems like a never-ending battle between Caleb and Hanna over why Hanna must visit Mona, Caleb dumps her. This is pretty upsetting because they were super cute together. But just like every couple on the show, they’ll probably get back together eventually. However, I predict Hanna will have a steamy hook-up with Wren before she gets back together with Caleb. And I will NOT be able to handle that since I’m a diehard Spencer and Wren fan!
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This week Paul talks about Jay Z and Beyonce’s night off. If they were at the Knicks game, who’s baby sitting? After struggling to find an answer he changes gears and gets to some hard hitting journalism. He polls people on the street about which Jersey Shore cast member should run for office. What would their platform be? Paul Murphy finds out what would happen if a guido or guidette was elected into the White House.
Comedian Ian Lynch (from MTV Canada’s 1 Girl 5 Gays) breaks down the 12th episode of Jersey Shore Season 4. It’s the final episode of the season, and everyone is getting ready to head back to New Jersey. However, nothing really happens on this episode!
Comedian Ian Lynch (from MTV Canada’s 1 Girl 5 Gays) breaks down the 8th episode of Jersey Shore Season 4. Snooki gets out of jail after a car accident with the police, but things aren’t looking good wither her boyfriend Jionni.
PerezHilton reports the premise of the episode is Gaga rescues Springfield after its reported to have very low self esteem. This is especially true for Lisa who is very depressed.
According to executive producer Al Jean, this is the first time the show has had a “show business legend” younger than the series itself.
The episode will air in spring 2012.
Christina Aguilera is the top paid judge of ‘The Voice,’ reports CTV.
The singer reportedly earns $225,000 per episode, compared to the $75,000 that Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton make.
That means that NBC is spending $450,000 on the judges alone, not including production or advertising costs. A little crazy, if you ask me!
The show has been a big success, though, pulling in over 10 million viewers per episode. I’m sure they are making the money back somewhere.
The winner of the show will get a $100,000 recording contact.
This proves my theory that being a reality singing show judge is the best thing you can do for your career. I mean, nobody remembers Aguilera flubbing the national anthem or getting a DUI – they all see her as a rich, successful TV judge now. Smart move.
Cory Edwards, the co-producer and writer of the 2005 animated flick ‘Hoodwinked,’ is launching a first-ever twitter series.
That’s right. Edwards has restricted himself to 140 characters or less for each ‘chapter’ of his new project, titled ‘Roger Cosmonkey,’ which is a cartoon about a super intelligent ape.
“I happened to tweet artwork that I had drawn,” says Edwards, “I thought, ‘Gosh, has anybody ever told a story in this very limited format?’ And I don’t think anybody has. At first I thought, ‘I don’t even know if it’s possible.’ And I think I’ve found out that it is. I don’t know that Martin Scorsese or Peter Jackson would want to tell a story on Twitter. But the guys who do ‘Spongebob’ or ‘Ren & Stimpy’ — they might. So I’ve created something that is kind of in that vein, something that can work in short bursts.”
The episodic series has launched today, and can be viewed here.
It’s crazy how Twitter keeps evolving – job applications are done through Twitter, episodes are being launched on Twitter, breaking news evolves on Twitter. Times are definitely changing!
An episode of Season 2′s segments that were lost on the cutting room floor, presented for your pleasure by editor/disgruntled barista, Casey Jones.
Memphis, TN. The birthplace of Rock & Roll. The land of milk & honey for rock enthusiasts worldwide. Or is it? Korey & Jordan head to Memphis to experience its modern-day music scene.
Jordan and Korey swallow their pride to discuss a guilty pleasure, the critically dismissed acts of the 90′s. Hootie and The Blowfish, The Backstreet Boys, The Goo Goo Dolls and Marcy Playground provide some much needed nostalgia.
Inspired by professional wrestling and reality television, Korey and Jordan put artists to the test. Meanwhile, Dan visits a different type of competitive atmosphere for some insight on the coveted Polaris Prize.
The best career move any musician or artist can make, is to die. Korey Schaefer and Jordan Bortolotti investigate society’s obsession with artists who’ve passed on before their time.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters has lashed out on Glee’s creator Ryan Murphy to The Hollywood Reporter this week.
Recent anti-Glee movements by artists Slash and the Kings of Leon have made news lately, both refusing Glee to use their songs in an episode. And now Grohl is defending these artists’ rights to say no.
“The Glee guy, what a f—ing jerk. Slash was the first one. He wanted to do Guns ‘n’ Roses and Slash is like, ‘I hate f—ing musicals. It’s worse than Grease.’ Then [Murphy's] like, ‘Well, of course he’d say that, he’s a washed up ol’ rock star, that’s what they f—ing do.’ And then Kings of Leon say, ‘No, we don’t want to be on your show.’ And then he’s like, ‘Snotty little assholes…’ And it’s just like, Dude, maybe not everyone loves Glee. Me included.”
“F— that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee,” said Grohl on Glee’s creator Murphy. “It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do f—ing Glee.”
Grohl says he has watched the show, but believes his music and brand doesn’t fit the mould of what the show stands for. “I watched 10 minutes. It’s not my thing,” Grohl said.
Although his comment on Murphy is a little aggressive, I kind of have to agree with him. Ryan Murphy needs to realize that not every band is going to allow you to use their music, I mean, it’s their choice and their decision. And if you’re going to retaliate with rude comments about every artist who doesn’t let you use a song, that’s just unprofessional.
I personally think Glee has gone way downhill since the first season. As opposed to the original plot lines of the beginning episodes, now, Murphy is basically targeting any hit song and using it as a cash cow for his TV show. I can understand why artists such as Slash or Foo Fighters don’t want to sell out like that. I mean, if I hear the Glee version of “Don’t Stop Believin” one more time… I swear to god, I might release an aggressive comment to The Hollywood Reporter myself.
Intoxicated with the idea of screaming fans, onstage personas and the temptations that come with playing in a band, Jordan and Korey try to figure out what it’s like to be in a rock band.