Saturday, February 16, 2008

Previewing Dexter and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Video


In a story I broke last week, tomorrow is the network series premiere of Dexter (or tonight depending on when you read this, at any rate, Sunday, 10:00 on CBS). I have already seen it so I really didn’t plan on rewatching it myself, but I was interested on how the edited for television. Granted they didn’t really need to do much in my opinion aside from the occasional expletive or naked breast or bottom side. And much of the gore is more about what you don’t see than what you do (think about the ear cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs where they actually pan away from the act). From these exclusive clips below (unless of course you have seen them elsewhere, but in not, they’re exclusive to you), it doesn’t look like they have cut out much, although considering the Showtime show runs an extra ten or so minutes so something must hit the cutting room floor. Be warned, these clips are not for kids, the faint of heart, or anyone that doesn’t want to see what a body completely drained of blood looks like. For those that do, enjoy.


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Now, all the ladies and gay dudes, feel free to skip down to the lyrics quiz below (there still is an overabundance of unanswered one) because the next part is just for the guys. And guys, what a treat I have for you. From today until February 25th, you can download the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Video exclusively, and more importantly free, from Amazon Unbox. Below is a preview of the video and to download the whole video, click, well, “Buy the Unbox video” (and as long as the price still says $0.00 then it is still free). Yeah, I would go as far as to say the Brooklyn Decker is moderlately attractive.




Friday, February 15, 2008

Lyrics Quiz: Guilty Pleasures


Every once in a while I get people asking me what my guilty pleasures are. The only problem with that is I do not have the capacity to feel the human emotion that is guilt. But here is a list of songs, as an accused musical snob, I probably shouldn’t admit to having on my iPod, but alas, I don’t really care if anyone knows. And if you think less of me maybe it is you that has the problem. As always you need to put both artist and title in the comments section (or you can e-mail me) and if you are correct I will un-bold it and give you credit. The Lyrics Quiz is for entertainment purposes only so please do not use anything besides your own meandering mind to help you up with the answers. Now onto the quiz:

Hints:
3. A duet with one singer already i this quiz and the other's song namedropped in a different lyric in this quiz.
7. Not only is this song a guilty pleasure, but it is the theme song to a guilty pleasure television show (not that I ever watched).
10. Fun Fact: this song was written by Lenny Kravitz.
11. Another one of this artist songs certainly isn't about the artist at 21 on account the dude doesn't like chicks that way.
12. Not only is the song on my iPod, I can still do the accompaning dance.
18. This artist had the most acceptable guilty pleasure of last year but I like this classic one.
23. Somwhow this artist has gotten even more theatric since this over the top video for this song.


1. Not just urban she liked the pop ‘cause she was living la vida loca. (Thong Song - Sisqó; guessed by Angie)
2. For the first time in a long time she bowed her head to pray. She said I’m sorry for the way I’ve been living my life. I now I should change. (Jesus Take the Wheel - Carrie Underwood; guessed by Angie)
3. My body’s longing to hold you so bad it hurts inside. Time is precious and it’s ticking away and I’ve been waiting for you all of my life.
4. Smack it up, flip it, rub it down. Oh no! (Do Me! - Bell Biv DeVoe; guessed by Angie)
5. You said that you would treat me right but you was just a waste of time. (Leave (Get Out) - JoJo; guessed by Angie)
6. And I will take you in my arms and hold you right where you belong. (This I Promise You - *NSYNC; guessed by Angie)
7. Let’s go back, back to the beginning, back to when the Earth, the sun, the stars all aligned.
8. Whatever makes me happy sets you free. And I’m thanking you for knowing exactly. (What a Girl Wants - Christina Aguilera; guessed by Angie)
9. Take heed, ‘cause I’m a lyrical poet. Miami is on the scene in case you didn’t know it. (Ice, Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice; guessed by Angie)
10. I want to hold your hand in Rome. I want to run naked in a rain storm. Make love in a train. Cross country.
11. There was blood and a single gun shot. But just who shot who?
12. Now c’mon, what was I supposed to do? He was out of town and his two friends were SO fine.
13. Now I can see that we’re falling apart from the way it used to be. No matter the distance I want you to know that deep down inside of me… (I Want it That Way - Backstreet Boys; guessed by Angie)
14. Last time that we had this conversation I decided we should be friends. But know we’re going round in circles tell me will this déjà vu never end. (Say You'll Be There - Spice Girls; guessed by Angie)
15. You can take that cookie and stick it up your… (Nookie - Limp Bizkit; guessed by Angie)
16. New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits. (Summer Girls - LFO; guessed by Angie)
17. And in my dreams I kissed your lips a thousand times. Sometimes I see you pass outside my door.
18. Run, Run, Run, Run everybody move run. Lemme see you move and rock it ‘til the grooves done.
19. You look like MC Hammer on crack. (The Humpy Dance - Digital Underground; guessed by Angie)
20. Get back you flea infested mongrel. (Who Let the Dogs Out - Baha Men; guessed by Angie)
21. So baby come to me. Show me who you are. Swing to me like sugar to my heart. (Candy - Mandy Moore; guessed by Angie)
22. I like Angela, Pamela, Sandra and Rita. And as I continue you know they getting sweeter. (Mambo #5 - Lou Bega; guessed by Angie)
23. Secret lovers is what you wanna be. While making love to him, girl, you’re silently calling on me.
24. Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots and ruined your black tie affair. (Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks; guessed by Angie)
25. See I’m a fool in so many ways. But to lose all my senses, that is just so typically me. (Oops! I Did it Again - Britney Spears; guessed by Angie)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Feed Your iPod vol. XV: Have a Little Faith in Me


Here is one for all the lovebirds out there celebrating Valentines Day today (or as I like to call it, Thursday). Two summers ago when writing a long diatribe about Your Song’s I called Have a Little Faith in Me the most romantic song ever, so really there is no better song for a day like today than this.


Have a Little Faith in Me - John Hiatt John Hiatt - Bring the Family - Have a Little Faith in Me




Bonus: Have a Little Faith in Me - Mandy Moore Mandy Moore - Coverage - Have a Little Faith In Me




Extra Bonus: Have a Little Faith in Me - Joe Cocker Joe Cocker - Super Hits - Have a Little Faith In Me



Wednesday, February 13, 2008

First (and Second) Impressions: Eli Stone


The cast of Eli StoneThere are four types of shows I do not watch: shows about doctors, cops or lawyers and anything on Fox. But from the promos for Eli Stone, you could get the sense that the show was going to be the greatest thing ever, or the worst. The show is definitely the latter. And I mean that in a good way. I mean you really can’t expect a lawyer who is haunted by George Michael songs to be the next Wonderfalls; at most you can hope for the next Sledge Hammer!.

Julie Gonzalo - I'd hit thatWhat the show excels at is its impeccable casting with a handful of “it’s that guy (gal)” moments in the first two episodes. My list includes Ms. Hendricks, Dr. Abbott (have I mentioned I met him?), Ed Stevens, The Shredder, and Mac’s roommate Parker (who definitely looks better with the short brown hair). Seriously, if Andrew from Buffy The Vampire Slayer shows up I may have to check to see if I also have an aneurysm. That is not to say the cast is perfect, I mean, the chick from Species? Certainly there was someone else out there that does not tower over the lead and is a more convincing human than alien.

George Michael out of a restroomSurprisingly the star of the show isn’t the title character Eli Stone, who really seems too nice and a push over to be a successful lawyer, but instead George Michael is the true star. Or at least his music is as his songs, Faith and Freedom were featured in the first two episodes with every episode being named after one his songs. Next week you can expect a Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go themed episode. Although considered that Stone is engaged to the boss’s daughter, I am a little weary for when Father Figure shows up.

Victor Garber singing for FreedomThe father in question is Victor Garber, finally out of the stuffy father role in Alias and can show his impeccable comic timing especially when he was the on Eli saw singing Freedom. But who could end up being the big scene stealer amongst so many of them is Eli’s acupuncturist who fakes his Chinese accent to get patients. Not so stellar is the writing that goes from hilarious, like when Eli asked his one night stand from college’s son was his for her to respond, “Yeah, I was pregnant for eight years,” to down right boring, like his voice over. It is almost as if the show was written by someone from Friday Night Lights but edited by a staff writer from One Tree Hill.

Verdict: Enjoy it why it last because I rank the chance of Eli Stone filming more episode than it has just slightly above Cavemen’s. But decent idea, great casting, suspect writing, and the post-Lost jinx does not bode well for the show. But as long as cheesy George Michael songs show up I’ll be watching. Eli Stone airs Thursdays at 10:00 on ABC. You can stream recent episodes at ABC.com or download the show on iTunes.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

First (and Second) Impressions: Lost


Not-Henry still doesn't tell us anything interestingIn what may have been a nod to the fanboys, Not-Henry promised to tell Locke anything he wanted to keep him from killing him and the first question Locke asked was at the top of everyone’s list, what the frak is that smoke monster thing. But in true Lost fashion, as everyone sits on the edge of the couches for the answer, Not-Henry said he didn’t know and proceeded to tell Locke every mundane fact about one of the new characters. Wow, all her siblings are chicks. Welcome back Lost, I missed you and your frustrating ways.

The Lawnmowerman, still crazy after all these yearsAlthough four seasons in I can’t say I’m that frustrated anymore. I made my peace last year that we are never going to get any answers and the few that we get will be two seasons too late or are so underwhelming I just do not care. And since I stopped caring I can enjoy the show for what it is absurdly funny. Dude takes to a spirit to extort money from a grieving mother. Sure, why not. The Lawnmower Man is convinced that a wedding rich couldn’t possibly fall off after being submerged for weeks. Of course not.

The big news of the first episode is there is an Oceanic Six that make it off the island. And surprisingly, according to voice over promo monkey we actually learn a fourth next week to add to Jack, Kate, and Hurley. Presumably four and five are the person Kate has to get back to (Sawyer), and the person who died (Locke). Which leaves one more; I put my money on Juliet. Of course the thing with Juliet is that she wasn’t actually on the plane so what if there are more people who make it to the mainland. I don’t think that the Others Redux will leave without Not-Henry, so what if ends up being the dead dude (whom I originally predicted)? And maybe there were up to eight people who made it off the island?

Or maybe more. What if Kate isn’t one of them either? You really think the government would let her off the hook for killing a dude and then fleeing the country just because she had to live on a deserted island for a couple months. Maybe she snuck back but Jack and Hurley are letting everyone think she is dead so she doesn’t have to go to jail.

Kristen Bell seriously passed on this roll?Then the second episode brought in the new question of who are these Others Redux and what’s with the black dude who assembled them? Are they Dharma out for revenge? And how did they get a picture of Not-Henry, has he left the island? How does Desmond, who they also had a picture of, fit into their plans? And why recruit the ghost whisperer, a scientist, an anthropologist, and a nut-job pilot? The most interesting is Charlotte and her dig with the Dharma polar bear. Did Kristen Bell seriously choose to slum it on Heroes with the lame Elle instead of taking this character? And can I possibly ask anymore questions in this post?

Verdict: Like I mentioned earlier, the show is much more enjoyable when you stop caring. I don’t think I have enjoyed two straight episodes since the first season. Lost airs Thursdays at 9:00 on ABC. You can stream the most recent episodes over at ABC.com.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

We on Award Tour: 2008 Grammy Awards


In contrast of award shows, The Grammy’s decided to kick off their fiftieth anniversary with Alicia Keys dueting with a youthful Frank Sinatra while MTV decided on their twentieth Video Music Awards to instead go with the train wreck that is Britney Spears. And this is why the Grammy’s keeps getting better and better why the VMA’s has slipped further and further since the last time Chris Rock hosted. And the Grammy’s were wise enough to stick their over hyped train wreck (i.e. Amy Winehouse) near the end of the show just in case it backfired. Here are some other thoughts from last night’s festivities:

Cariie Underwood - I'd hit that- Another reason why the Grammy’s are always worth watching is because they get artists to take their songs in a different direction and that was most evident with the Carrie Underwood, doing her best Nancy Sinatra impression, being backed by Fat Albert’s Junk Yard Band and still made it work.

- Someone should have told Rihanna just because she was performing with The Time didn’t mean she had to get the Morris Day haircut.

- Performance of the night had to go to Kanye West. I actually preferred the slowed down version of Stronger than the album version and it was visually stunning as he brought the Daft Punk pyramid complete with Daft Punk inside. Then Hey Mama was just heart wrenching. Not sure why he continued to wear that glow in the dark vest all night though.

One is Rihanna, one is Morris Day, can you tell which is which?- Too bad John Legend had to slum it with Fergie, couldn’t they let him sing one of his own songs for having to stoop so low.

- I wonder if Cher and Tina Turner had a contest to see who face could move the less last night. When will people realize that you look much creepier with Botox than with wrinkles? Odd that Tina performed a song she help made famous with her ex-husband who just died without a mention. As for the guy who wrote it, I really couldn’t tell if John Fogerty liked the preference or not.

- I don’t remember the show ever performing outside the venue and not only did they have Amy Winehouse perform via satellite, the Foo Fighters performed in the parking lot. Luckily they didn’t spend as much time as last year hyping the My Grammy Moment this year but more Jason Bateman isn’t that bad. And did I miss what exactly the girl won? Aside from being at the front of the stage, it didn’t seem that much prestigious than the rest of the orchestra.

Kanye West goes dark and glowy- Yet another reason not to listen to hillbilly music, the song Brad Paisley performed about searching a chick for ticks. And I didn’t think anything would be stupider than the song about how tractors are sexy. My IQ needs to drop about forty points before I can start enjoying those types of songs.

- In a rare misstep in Grammy performances, that was an odd bit from Feist. I’m not for sure, but I think they cut out a verse. Her performance on Saturday Night Live was actually much better and cooler with the massive band and choir she had with her. Really, the “whoa-o-o-o” is the best part. Less people on a bigger stage just didn’t work.

- Speaking of things that didn’t work, Keely Smith (who won the first Grammy) and Kid Rock? Umm, yeah, no.

I am glad they did not perform Lesson Learned- Just when I started to get tired of No One, the new spin on it from Alicia Keys made it better again. Performing with Frank Sinatra and John Mayer in the same night? Good work if you can get it.

- Seeing Amy Winehouse singing about not going to rehab when she is on leave from rehab (name dropping her incarcerated husband twice during the song) just makes the performance a little weird. And seeing how she reacted to winning Record of the Year making me wonder if the current treatment is taking.

- Token Old Dude Alert!: Nothing better than an old dude who probably made more last year than I’ll make in my lifetime complain about money.

- Earlier this evening, Grammy’s went to the narrator of Pushing Daisies and Barak Obama who beat out Bill Clinton. No, seriously.

- Will.i.am’s little bit was, um, interesting to say the least.

- And the Grammy for Album of the Year goes to… of, course, the oldest guy in the category. Anyone who says their shock by Herbie Handcock beating out Kanye and Winehouse obviously has never seen the Grammy’s before even if it were the second jazz album to ever win the award.

- My two favorite performences of the night:







Sunday, February 10, 2008

57 Channels and Only This Is On vol. XIX


Quote of the Week: Everything I know about women you can stick in this damn coffee cup. But I do know you got to have trust and honesty and without trust and honestly it is not gonna work. (Coach Taylor, Friday Night Lights)

Song of the Week: Freddom '90 - George Michael (As performed by Victor Garber and a childrens choir, Eli Stone)

Big News of the Week: Ben Silverman Is a Humongous Tool: Back when I was a freshman, the varsity soccer coach said to me, “Hey you.” Apparently I had a deer in the headlights look because my JV coach said, “Don’t worry, if you were in trouble, he’d know your name.” I bring that up because until Thursday I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish Ben Silverman from Ben Stein or Jonathan Silverman. That was until Jo pointed me to this article from Radar Online (which name dropped my brother Shooter) where a reporter asked about Friday Night Lights to which NBC President Silverman said, “Start watching 30 Rock.” Then proceeds to say no one watches FNL. Um, I’m sorry Benny Boy; I totally missed how 30 Rock was this ratings juggernaut. And most of its few viewers are ones that are just too lazy to switch the channel between My Name Is Earl and The Office. I bet if you put 30 Rock in-between 1 vs. 100 and Las Vegas it would have even less viewers than Friday Night Lights.

In fact I would like to point out that Friday Night Light outsells 30 Rock in Unbox Downloads and FNL season 1 is outselling 30 Rock season 1 in the Amazon DVD store (currently 144 to 407 respectively in overall sales to put things in perspective). And keep in mind Amazon numbers are actual hard numbers of people buying unlike the Neilson Ratings which is a glorified poll that is so shady it doesn’t even release its margin of error.

So everyone out there that watches Friday Night Lights be sure to boycott the Knight Rider movie that comes on sometime soon because if it does well they will be making it into a series for some reason even though the debacle that was resurrecting Bionic Woman should still be fresh in their heads. Do not watch My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad whenever that premieres for the same reason (not to mention it will most likely lower your IQ). You can also sign the Best Week Ever petition. And if you want to express to Silverman why he should keep on the Lights here is address (although you may want to avoid calling him a humongous tool even though he is):

Ben Silverman c/o NBC Studios
3000 W. Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA. 91523

Keep the Lights On!  Sign the Petition!  Friday Night Lights



Coalition Links of the Week:

Buzz wonders how many '80s TV references you can pack into one little Ben Lee music video. (BuzzSugar)

Araya tells us why Friday Night Lights is number 2 on his Top 10 TV Shows list. (Daemon's TV)

Mikey was relieved to see Ricky finally get auf'd on Project Runway, but he still has considerable beefs with the current season. (Mikey Likes TV)

Pop Vultures interviewed writer Eric Estrin and got his perspective on the WGA strike. (Pop Vultures)

To explain her love for Anna Fricke, Rae channeled her Dawson's Creek fangirl of television shows gone by. (RTVW)

Vance skipped The Super Bowl but loved all the super bawling on Friday Night Lights which deserves a bit of that 97 Million Super Bowl football audience. (Tapeworthy)

Jace was all about advance looks at British telly this week, with reviews of new series That Mitchell and Webb Look and Last Restaurant Standing on BBC America. (Televisionary)

Dan interviewed Tonight Show writer Michael Jann about the WGA strike as part of the Adopt a Writer project. (TiFaux)

Jennifer questioned whether Nip/Tuck should be renamed “Nip YUCK,” after the latest developments. (Tube Talk)

Kate picked the five best and five worst looks from this season of Project Runway. (TV Filter)


Welcome to the Captain: Not really the funniest thing I have seen in a while but then again that is what I thought about The Big Bang Theory and it turned into the second funniest thing on television. And a show with George Bluth Sr. and some Hispanic dude named Jesus who pronounces it the Anglo-Saxon way, not the Spanish was has to get better right? You can download Welcome to the Captain on iTunes.


Super Tuesday:It is funny that for months the pundits have been suggesting that the Republican nominee would be decided by a brokered convention but now it is the Republican that have the nominee all but picked and the Democrats are heading for a brokered convention. Not only that, it is plausible that Barak Obama wins more delegates but Hilary Clinton gets the nomination because of the superdelegates (you know because Hilary is pimping out her daughter by making Chelsea call these superdelegates looking for support).

Then all day Saturday, the pundits try to make a big deal out of Mike Huckabee beating John McCain in the Nebraska primary. They all talked about this was conservatives sending a message to McCain but never talked about the real reason: if you are a McCain supporter why bother voting? It is the middle of winter and your candidate is basically a lock why leave your house. I’m not bothering to vote in March in the Republican primary opting to vote in the Democratic one because it will actually mean something.


Lost: Finally got around to watching the first two episodes of the season, but they really deserve their own posts. Look out for that later this week. You can catch up on Lost on iTunes.


Friday Night Lights: Wait, Jason Street nailed that waitress? How did I miss that? And if there were a reason to have another season it is because of his miracle baby. Seriously, only Friday Night Lights can pull off a miracle baby and not make it seem lame (yes I’m talking to you Lost and The X-Files). Anotyher reason there has to be another season is so we can follow Smash down to Whitmore. The scene with him and the two coaches ranks up there as one off the best this season. I’d like Silverman point out any specific scene from 30 Rock better than scene. Check out the latest episodes over at NBC.com.


Promo of the Week: Thanks to the writer’s strike, CBS is importing the Showtime killer drama Dexter to network television premiering next Sunday at 10:00. The show is actually less gruesome so I’m not sure what exactly is going to be cut because the show has a longer runtime than network shows. Below is a promo for the show:

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Next Week’s Pick: Flavor of Love 3, Monday at 9:00 on VH1: Okay, to be honest the only reason I am excited about this is because it may mean more contestants for a possible second season of Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School. Although I am really hoping for a Flavor vs. Rock version of Charm School or possibly a Battle of the Sexes with the dudes from I Love New York.