Do NOT F*&K with Thomas Kretschmann of The River
M: This guy is #badass! And not tough on the eyes. You may remember him from Wanted (or not - I think that flick was underrated). But he is tough as nails (and in secret contact with an unknown entity) in The River on ABC. Here he’s getting ready to kick some ass, simply by flexing. You don’t want him to use that gun - he’s Chuck Norris-level tough. Read his bio - he...
R.I.P. Davy Jones
M: I will always strive to be a daydream believer. (T: I just saw this. Sad. I was never a Monkee’s fan, but I was raised on The Brady Bunch and his episode is legendary. He was a good sport to be in the movie as well.)
Anonymous asked: Asking either kitty what they think of AI. I'm watching now, and it's pretty awful.
What To Watch, 2-29-12, Leap Year edition
T: Happy Leap Day! M: I’m so excited for the full ABC Wednesday night line-up to be back (from 8:30PM on - tried the The Middle - so not for me) If it’s Wednesday and everything is new, you know where to go. ABC has the most solid line up of all (and I’m talking of all nights, every network). Start your night off with the under-rated The Middle. Last week, with the focus...
Netflix loses Starz. Will it lose T?
http://www.cnbc.com/id/46557436 T: Netflix seems to be run by the most idiotic CEO ever. Now, I understand he doesn’t have control over what Starz does. But yes, he sort of does. Negotiation is key here. And this fucking tool seems like the worst negotiator in the history of business. Here’s the deal. Starz delivered content to Netflix for more than 5 years. Though the last...
Whether or Not Smash Makes It as a TV Show, I'd...
M Prediction: (T, do we play Nostradamus?). Marilyn would be a great show if the early numbers are any indication. (T: As long as it isn’t connected to Smash.)
So, Smash Compensated by Throwing a Jonas Brother...
M: The episode wasn’t that bad otherwise (for once, I enjoyed the behind the scenes drama), but come on! Isn’t it too soon for a Jonas brother? (T: It’s way too late for a Jonas brother. For both Smash and any Jonas brother.) Also, a quiz for you Broadway and stage producers out there: lead lady sleeping with director RIGHT BEFORE she got the part. How realistic is this?...
What To Watch 2-28-12
T: Tuesday is super busy. And super fun. Let’s get to it. ABC has the perplexing Cougar Town. I don’t know if I get this show. I don’t know if this show gets itself. Yet I watch. It’s a fantastic cast. I think the problem comes down to creator Bill Lawrence. He also created Scrubs, which was always an acquired taste. I would say this. Not every scene needs to...
The CW hits another "home run"
T: Just kill this network (but send Ringer to another). They’ve now given “Perez Hilton” two shows. Welcome back to 2009. Horrid. M: On the scripted side, they are going to pilot with The Carrie Diaries from Candace Bushnell, and have cast Anna Sophia Robb. I thought that was intriguing (not for me, but for their viewers). I also still have no idea how they make...
Dancing With The Stars: Why
T: I don’t understand why the incredible Gavin DeGraw would do this show.
Fashion Police Get Best-Dressed Wrong
M: Viola Davis looked lovely, but was not, IMO, the best-dressed (Joan chose Viola, overruling the other 3 judges). I found that her eye make-up drowned out her eyebrows & hair, so she didn’t take my breath away. And I’m sorry, but Gwyneth Paltrow cannot win (3 of the 4 judges chose her) — she is just TOO ANNOYING & SMUG. And I don’t think Contagion qualifies...
T Critique--Chelsea Lately
T: Simply put, the best late night talk show on TV. M: You say this, but have you watched any of the other ones? Kimmel? Daily Show? Colbert? I am not a religious LN viewer - usually watching my 8 or 9PM shows or reading a book, but when I do occasionally check in, I find Kimmel and Daily Show (yes, the only other 2 I’ve seen) better than Chelsea. Sorry… (T: I LOVE Kimmel....
T Critique--The Academy Awards
T: This was the worst Oscar show I have ever seen. This Academy is so rooted in the past it makes me ill. I’m going to reco a few changes. I think these will help, but nothing is certain with this aging group of people. —No more Billy Crystal EVER. M may disagree. But he was horrific. We’re making Sammy Davis Jr. jokes on the 2012 Oscars? Are you fucking kidding me? The...
Oscars Twitterfest - Destroys the Super Bowl. ... →
While the stars lit up the stage at the 84th Academy Awards, viewers set the social web aflame, posting just short of 2 million messages on Twitter. This infographic shows which users and celebrities sparked the most activity. A tweet criticizing the absence of the final Harry Potter movie in …
Poor Wanderlust :o( Box Office Wrap-up
M: The good news: moviegoing was up for the 8th straight week this year, with BO +24% vs. same week in 2011. (BO = Box Office - stop snickering) Interesting, because individual BO performances weren’t huge #s. Maybe it’s another example of entertainment fragmentation. There are some wide open weeks coming up — not sure why the studios crammed so many openings into February....
What to Watch, 2-27-12, Part 2
M: T gives you most of the highlights (or lowlights in the case of 2 Broke Girls) below, but there are some other don’t-misses tonight. T: She’s crazy off about 2 Broke Girls. Crazy off! Maybe it’s the supposed rain on her brain. E!’s (that punctuation looks so weird) Fashion Police has their special Academy Awards wrap-up edition at 7PM PST. I’m very curious to see who will...
KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic Is Great Today
Jason is pulling out a lot of fantastic covers. He’s played Jack White from the U2 Achtung Baby cover album; right now, Bonnie Raitt is covering Right Down the Line - NICE! Awww - now I’m getting a little M. Ward “Primitive Girl.” I’m a happy girl.
What To Watch, 2-27-12
T: Enjoy new episodes tonight. With sweeps almost over we’re in for a little dry spell. CBS has the ON FIRE How I Met Your Mother. And don’t just take that from me. It’s been on some series rating highs this season. I’ve seen some critics complain it’s become to soapy. I think it just has come into its own. 2 Broke Girls is next. I LOVE this show. M often...
The Walking Dead is INSANE.
T: That is all.
Thank God I Have The Walking Dead on My DVR
M: That’s how I feel after this snoozefest of an Oscar telecast
M&T Live with the Oscars - Most Boring Telecast...
T: M knows exactly what she's talking about! Tru dat, grrrrl! (Did I really just do that?) I'm giving the show a C-.
M: It's unanimous - C-. I didn't know you gave scores lower than an A - glad to see that.
M: It's fun to listen to the audience as they run through the Best Picture nominees. Notice the light clapping during movies that really don't deserve the Best Pic (you know who you are). So, you know The Artist won. Eh - it was a good movie. It's gimmick (I'm sorry - gimmick) was attention-grabbing. The story & the actors overcame the gimmick to win me over & enjoy the movie greatly. But it didn't feel like a Best Pic for me. I would have liked to see The Help or The Descendants take it. I'm glad nobody called Harvey Weinstein God in this show; if anything, he is the King of the Underworld.
T: Bored to tears.
M: I really wanted to see Viola Davis win this. It was a great field, though - really tough choice. I love that Colin threw in "Mamma Mia." Just to keep her humble... God, he's hot! I agree - Meryl's pretty fab. Would love to hear a Brit's take on her accent in the movie. And I thought her acceptance speech was a tad arrogant. "Oh god! her again?" "Who knows if I'll be up here again?" (Knowing laugh) Left a bad taste in my mouth.
T: You can't not like Meryl's win. She's mesmerizing.
M: George? Let's talk for a minute about this being Gary Oldman's first nomination. Gary Oldman has never been nominated, leave alone won??? That said, I've seen both The Artist & The Descendants - I wanted George to win too. (Although Jean IS quite charming & I hope to see more of him - agree this was not the film)
M: Wow - this music DOES suck
T: The biggest disappointment now, of the night, is George Clooney not getting what was justly his. I really thought The Academy would have pulled this one out. Nothing against Jean Dujardin. He seems like a perfectly nice guy. This was George's year. Can the music just stop, also? What is this person singing us to break? Not happy. Over this show.
M: Speaking of ads & promos. a) When will we get to see Ed Norton next? b) Oh - Missing, starring the hot Judd sister. I only barely liked this when it was a movie called Taken, starring Liam Neeson. Actually, given the hot WOM on that, I felt ripped off. No thank you, Missing.
T: What is it on Billy's head? It's supposed to look like hair I think...
M: RIP to a group of amazing people in the In Memoriam segment. Special sentiments for Elizabeth Taylor and Laura Ziskin. Liz, you were beautiful, an amazing actress, and a tireless humanitarian. Laura, you produced so many movies that the world loved, and you used your power for good. You will both be missed.
T: WORD on Oprah. I think this In Memoriam piece is extremely classy. And I think what Billy said about Gil Cates was very lovely.
M: re: Governors Awards. James Earl Jones is fabulous - you are so intimidating & awesome - congrats!. Apparently, Dick Smith is the guy who did the Exorcist make-up. Well then, bravo to you, sir! But I am SO SICK OF OPRAH. Seriously. So sick. Her totally rehearsed, "oh golly - me?" acceptance speech? Enough. It's not Oprah's fault I grumble every time I see her. It's those sheep who follow her blindly. You know? The ones who never read a book until Oprah (cue celestial choir) told them to? I am so over her. And clearly, everyone is over her network.
T: Meryl Streep, for the first time in her life, looks pretty damn good!!!
T: This is the beginning of the end. Damn you, The Artist.
M: I'm disappointed in The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius winning Best Director. I did enjoy the movie (still not a Best Pic for me), but I would have liked Alexander Payne or Martin Scorcese to take it. Boo!
M: The Documentary Short "Saving Face" acceptance speech from Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy joins Christopher Plummer's as one of the most eloquent and touching in this show.
T: I can't stand how much I love these Bridesmaids. That is not something you'll ever hear escape my lips again.
M: You have the happiest T&M right now. I am thrilled that Midnight in Paris won Original Screenplay. The concept & the script were the most crucial elements to what made this film work. So deserved, although I wish Woody attended the awards, because I'd love to hear his speech. I know he typically doesn't, and I get it, but I'd love to hear what he has to say.
T: If nothing else, I am SO INCREDIBLY thrilled about The Descendants winning adapted screenplay. I hope we see a little more of The Descendants tonight. And props to Jim Rash for his acceptance Angelina Jolie stance. Amazing. Congrats, Alexander Payne!!!!! I am SO HAPPY!
M: LOVE this Jim Rash!
M: Let me preface this by saying that I love Angelina Jolie & would pay large sums of money to look just like her. That said, did she really just thrust her left hip out, put her hand on it, and say (seductively), "Good evening...."?
T: Amen as well, M. One nice thing about this Live Blogging is the fact I'm forced to watch the advertising, yes, the very thing that ensures my well being, I know. Will Arnett's Hulu commercial is AWESOME.
M: Thank God Will Ferrell and Zach Galifanakis are here to save us? Please, Muppets! YES! Am I a Man or Am I a Muppet! Jason Segel! JIm Parsons! Brett McKenzie! Flight of the Conchords!
T: Ugh. Please don't let this be a Hugo/The Artist sweep. I will cut myself.
T: This set is horrible. And seriously, M. Nick Nolte?! What what that?!
M: Oh, Christ! Because this show needed some pizazz, here comes the President of the Academy. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
M: Did Nick Nolte turn into Santa Claus overnight?
T: That Revenge commercial was fucking amazing.
T: This band in the wings experiment is stupid.
T: So happy for Christopher Plummer. What a class act. Just a little classier than J-Lo's nips. Ok, A lot classier.
M: First & foremost, I can't believe I missed Jennifer Lopez' nip slip. Perhaps I was just stunned by her beauty, but I was probably typing something inane. That said, Best Supporting Actor - nice job, Christopher Plummer! I can't wait to actually see this movie. (Yes, I'm a bad person, but he's a fab actor - I'm sure he's great) Tell me YOU'VE seen all the nominees' films!
T: Melissa McCarthy had some damn pretty shoes. I want to destroy Emma Stone's dress. But I do love her. And Ben Stiller is 3'9'' M.
M: Seriously, how short IS Ben Stiller?
M: Thanks, Melissa McCarthy, for some much-needed comedy from the current decade.
M: Hmmm - I was really pulling for Puss in Boots for Best Animated, but I haven't seen Rango. Should I? Perhaps I'll like it.
T: Ladies and gentleman, Chris Rock's hair.
M: Thank f'ing god for Chris Rock. But dude, get your hair done for the Oscars. Chris Rock is so funny, he makes my face hurt.
T: I want Robert Downey, Jr's bow tie. M can have him. And yes, stupid and boring.
M: Robert Downey, Jr. please take me away. Please. Oh - you & Gwyneth are going to be boring too? Got it.
T: Oh, and don't think I'm not getting shit from my co-watchers on this.
T: Listen. I'm not going to deny their talent, but why is Cirque on the Oscars?
T: Cirque du kill me. Loved the guys from Dragon Tattoo for Film Editing. Tina Fey looks amazing from the head to the waist. Wish I could cut her off there.
M: Totally on the Cirque thing.
M: Oh COME ON! A Cirque du Soleil performance? You're killin' me! (Let me caveat that I have enjoyed many live Cirque performances, but this Academy Awards is dragging out every awards show cliche in the book.)
M: Dear cute single guys who do sound work. Can you please explain to me the difference between sound editing and sound mixing?
M: What up with the mustache, Bradley? I thought I told you NEVER to cover that pretty face!
M: I LOVE Christopher Guest and crew, but even that sketch was painful.
T: It's when M says things like Harry Potter has been robbed that makes me proud to have her as my friend and partner. So true. And Octavia? How nice is it to see someone so grateful for an award. And I love that the audience stood up for her. Class act.
M: Yes! Octavia Spencer! Yay for The Help. I bet she makes a fab speech.
M: Will Christian Bale take that jab ("be careful: you're in his eyeline") like a man?
M: Listen, I love experiencing a great movie on the big screen (I also like experiencing it at home, with wine & food, and bathroom breaks whenever I want), but was that "magic of cinema" montage commissioned by NATO (no - not the real NATO - the exhibitor trade organization)?
M: Hearing the technical awards reminds me of how much the Harry Potter series has been robbed. These are GREAT movies!
M: Even the graphics package says that tonight belongs to The Artist (and certainly doesn't add to the freshness of this year's Oscars). I think I agree with Nikki Finke that this may be the most boring Oscars ever.
T: Holy fuck. Cameron Diaz and J-Lo look unbelievable.
M: Won't The Artist get enough tonight that Best Costume could have gone elsewhere? Anonymous?
M: Haven't I seen this montage before (a thousand times)?
M: Dear ABC, don't play over Pharrell and, who was that? Sheila E.? when they're drumming!
C (Guest commentator): What is up with the set? It's just horrendous - it reflects in the background behind each presenter.
T: Ohhh. Seat filler jokes. Boy, this show is just on fire. Blech.
T: That woman for Art Direction looks like a cat. Meow.
M: Hee hee - Robert Richardson looks like a total stoner. Congrats, dude.
M: OK - I agree with T that I could have done w/out the musical number
T: So bored with Billy Crystal. But I could still make a turnaround. Can he?
M: Are you kidding? That opener was hilarious! I know he didn't necessarily write it, but I love those well-crafted mash ups, especially with a few winks (e.g., Batman). "You put your doody in there, didn't you?" - ha ha!
T: I cannot believe Justin Bieber was just on the Oscars. Puke.
M: Agree - bleegh!
T: I don't need to see George Clooney kissing Billy Crystal.
M: Loved the Batman reference in the Descendants clip - hee hee!
Just Because: Jason Segel, I Love You
They're Called Nippits, Cameron
M: Otherwise, you look beautiful. But you can buy them here: http://www.nippits.com/
Octavia Looks Impeccable Again
M: Kudos to well-dressed curves!
Jennifer Lopez Is Ssssssizzzzling, Hot, Stunning...
M: I’ve got to hand it to her. T: Nipples and all.
Emma Stone Looks Good, but Not Her Usual Stunning
M: She raised her own bar a little too high - this is a rare miss for her. The neckline & bow look prissy to me. T: Horrible dress. Wonderful girl.
Wow! E!'s Red Carpet Show Is So Much Better than...
SNL Ladies: Stylist Wanted
With a few exceptions, but geez! Help these ladies out! Tina Fey’s dress was great, though - nice job, funny lady!
Sacha Baron Cohen, You're So F'ing Funny!
M: I can’t wait for you all to see this movie - it’s REALLY hilarious! Hope his appearance doesn’t offend anyone (can’t imagine that, right?) T: Bored.
Adam Sandler Sets Razzie Record
M: Congratulations? To be honest, say what you want about this guy. Some of the things he does are very funny (more than we acknowledge), he never forgets his friends, and he loves his dog. And I will always love Opera Man. T: And if anyone dares hate on Billy Madison I’ll Walking Dead you (I can’t keep saying cut you, right?).
You Don't Believe Rooney Mara Picked Her Dress Out...
M: It’s totally saggy in the boobs. If it was properly tailored, it would be a knockout. It may be time for her to start eating again. She is strikingly beautiful, though.
Michelle Williams Should Wear Tomato Red All the...
M: Although I’d like to see an evolution from the pixie cut. We get it: you can pull it off. Bravo. Now try something else. That said, you look ethereally beautiful as always. Maybe I just resent that you can pull of that cut.
Rose Byrne Is Smoking and Shimmering Tonight
M: I know this isn’t a fashion blog, but I love watching the Red Carpet & then the special Fashion Police on E! that follows it. Rose Byrne looks fab. It’s daring & stunning & edgy & I love it.
Jessica Chastain Is a Goth Princess
M: I really like this a lot. Very unique. Not many can pull off a goth/butterfly dress, but she totally does. Could be a best-dressed for me. T: We’re going to have to throw down if she’s your best dressed. This is horrific. What the hell was she thinking? She’s a beautiful girl that chose the busiest dress on the planet earth. NO, NO, NO!
Giuliana Rancic Looks Terrific
M: This dress is a beauty. I’m not always a fan of hers, but she looks fantastic!