Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Your World in Pictures
By PopCultureWhore

Paris and Nicky Hilton, the next generation.

Plaid shirt and train conductor hat ... really Scarlett?

Don't you wish you were as pretty as us? It makes you so happy! Like a flower, or a unicorn, or a pretty, pretty diamond!

Unto us a white party is born.

Honey. A sandwich. A carrot. Anything.

Field Of Rock Star Dreams
By PopCultureWhore

Kevin Costner has a band? He and his unnamed group of musicians will make a stop in Dyersvilla, Iowa (…) on Aug. 11 to play before a showing of his 1989 hit “Field of Dreams.” The film was shot in the eastern Iowa town and Costner has not returned to the site since filming wrapped. Can't wait for a battle of the bands with Costner, Kevin Bacon, Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves and other actors turned rock stars past their prime.

Costner's "Field of Dreams" appearance is part of a 10-stop “Rolling Roadshow” sponsored by Netflix, where movies will be shown in the towns in which they were filmed. Other films on the list include Clerks (Red Bank, NJ), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Northbrook, Ill.) and The Shining (Estes Park, Co).

One thing - "The Shining" with Jack Nicholson was actually shot at a hotel in Oregon. Stephen King wrote the book in Estes Park, Co. and his atrocious mini-series was made at The Stanley Hotel there, but the massive creepy structure used by Stanley Kubrick is in Oregon. I know this because my friend and I trekked out to Estes Park while visiting friends in Boulder only to discover a tiny little hotel, no hedge maze and nothing that would inspire us to run around after Danny with an axe.

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Dirrrty Across the Pond
By PopCultureWhore

Christina Aguilera continues the 40's pin-up motif for a spread in the UK version of GQ. She says something about being bored with tattoos and vows not to abandon her sexuality now that she's married, but I was not interested enough to read the rest. She needs another Lil' Kim duet now that Kim's out of the slammer.

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Making the Hose Beast
By PopCultureWhore

“Making the Band” has some competition! The new WB-UPN hybrid network, the CW, has ordered eight episodes of a new reality show called “The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll.” It will be led by PD founder Robin Antin, sister of hissy fit fan and “Blow Out” star Jonathan Antin. "At its core, this show goes beyond just finding a new Pussycat Doll; it's about female empowerment, self-discovery and personal transformation," said Dawn Ostroff, CW's president of entertainment.

I’ll wager the only “transformation” that will occur is taking dim-witted contestants and turning them into the best little whorehouse trannies Las Vegas has ever seen! Aren’t there already like a dozen Pussycat Dolls? Do we need another one? Thousands of nine-year-olds and Talan from Laguna Beach says “YES!” Audition checklist: fishnets, bikini bottoms two sizes too small, stiletto thigh-high boots and hormone medication. We wouldn’t want Pam to slip back into Paul mid high-kick!

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Biggie Task Force. You In?
By PopCultureWhore

How great would it be to say that you were a member of the “Notorious B.I.G. Task Force?” Fight crime, create rhymes! Something like that. Six LA homicide detectives will head up a unit to investigate the still unsolved 1997 murder of rapper Biggie Smalls. The move comes after his mother and other relatives filed suit against the department because they believe rogue police officers had a hand in the shooting death of Biggie. The suit resulted in a mistrial last year. It appears that the task force will be more about disproving the family’s claims of corruption within the LAPD rather than ferreting out a rat by focusing on the theory that LA gang members and Biggie rivals were involved in his death, and possibly the death of rival rapper Tupac Shakur. I volunteer to search tropicals islands to dispel rumors that Biggie and Tupac have set up shop elsewhere.

Instead of singing about dudes grabbing up on them in clubs, Danity Kane should sing about the task force and make a video, guerilla style, outside LAPD headquarters. D-Woods could handle the heat.

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Reality Killed the 80's Star
By PopCultureWhore

Make it stop! First Raven Symone wants to ruin 80’s classic “Adventures in Babysitting” and now Jessica Simpson might do a remake of “Working Girl” in which she would reprise Melanie Griffith’s role. It’s a good fit in that they’re both the empty-headed blondes of their generation, but is everyone in Hollywood too busy tanning and snorting coke to come up with an original idea?

I think a better remake for Jessica would be the big screen version of “Charles in Charge.” Depending on her mood, she could either play Charles’ object of desire, Gwendolyn Pierce, or Jamie Powell, a role that rocketed Nicole Eggert to … Baywatch. Charles could be played by “that guy” from the Mac commercials and Owen Wilson could be Buddy Lembeck. Cinema gold!

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Jessica and Mischa?
By PopCultureWhore

Jessica and Ashlee were snapped leaving the Ivy recently, but the new hair and boho chic clothing makes Ashlee a dead ringer for Mischa Barton in this shot. Jessica, meanwhile, looks like she was nipping from the bottle a bit during dinner. I’m sure that dinner consisted of hearty fare too, not ice chips and two nibbles of a bread crust.

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Dance Down To the Wire
By Tiffany Westlie

Let's get down to business. One hour show tonight on "So You Think You Can Dance" - love it.

Our judges tonight: Nigel, Mary and my favorite wet blanket, Dan.

Donyelle and Travis are our first new couple of the evening and they will be Hip Hoppin and doing the Quick Step. Quick Step…yikes, that needs to get booted from this show since nobody knows how to do it.

For the hip hop segment, Shane choreographs something funky and weird with masks. Both dancers have such energy in their bodies and such commitment I think it really works. Nigel thinks not seeing their faces distracts from the performance. Mary loved the concept, thought it must have been hard and said they worked it! Dan thought the routine had potential and they were pretty hot.

Unfortunately, their Quickstep was about as bad as I thought it would be. They have luminous smiles and Travis is adorable in his tuxedo, but they can’t really save this. They essentially are hopping around the stage. Nigel thinks they cheated a bit in the style and that Travis was a little bit like the gingerbread man from Shrek. Mary loves them but doesn’t think they stepped up in the dancing. Dan thinks they are cute but the dance fell flat.


Allison picks Ivan to do the Tango and Hip Hop. The tango smolders, even if Ivan is a little iffy at times with the footwork. They are really hot together. Electric chemistry. Nigel comments that Allison was in Disney’s “High School Musical”…who knew? Mary thought it was quite hot, déjà vu from their last successful outing. Dan thinks Ivan worked Allison this time. Work it Ivan.

Shane does their next Hip Hop routine. Allison looks great with straight hair and they have a cute little schtick using umbrellas. It has a smooth flow and they really work the R&B style. The ending is super sweet and once again they almost kiss. Awww. Nigel thinks it was cute and beautifully danced. Mary thinks they brought out the sunshine. Dan thinks it’s hot, and that they really nailed the feeling and flow of the piece.

Natalie picks Ryan and he is on cloud nine. I’m guessing Natalie’s not too happy judging that Ryan has been on his way out since last week. They will be doing Disco and Contemporary. Natalie has got quite a personality and has a lot of energy in the disco routine, but Ryan isn’t much of a partner and he brings the piece down. Something is off about this kid. Nigel thinks it fell flat and blames Ryan. Mary thought their energy was nice but Ryan really didn’t step it up. Dan thought it was just painful. Their chemistry ain’t there.

The contemporary selection redeems them, which is good because this is where Ryan and Natalie should shine. They have beautiful lines, and Ryan shows us in his technique. They are both strong and incredibly fluid. Nigel thinks Natalie is lovely and that Ryan showed why he is in this competition. Mary thinks both of them are just beautiful dancers and will have long careers. Dan thinks they really danced well together.

Heidi and Benji will be dancing together!!! I’m so freaking excited. They choose Mambo and Broadway which sounds great for them as a team. Reverend Tyce will teach them a spiritual routine! Ironic they are our friendly neighborhood Mormons. Their first dance is “Fake Your Way to the Top” but they don’t have to fake anything…they have amazing chemistry. Our America’s “So You Think You Can Dance” sweethearts. Nigel says Halleluiah!!! Best Chemistry of the Night! Mary echoes his sentiment with Amen! Dan thinks Broadway could use dancers like them. Which is 100% true!!!

They are also amazing with mambo. Such showmen, and really make you want to get up and dance! I love how they tried to make it look like they were having trouble with the routine during rehearsals. That was definitely fake because it was one of the best dances I’ve seen in this competition. Nigel thinks they were brilliant partners and one of the reasons that this show is a hit. Mary thinks this is the best mambo they have seen yet. Dan thinks they are super refined and really hit it out of the park. This really was the most professional looking routine so far.


We start out this elimination with the weirdest version of Chicago I’ve ever seen.

First off we bring the girls up:
Natalie- Bottom 2! (yikes, not sure how I feel about this)
Donyelle- Safe!
Heidi- Safe!
Allison- Bottom 2!!!! (AMERICA, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?)

Next our boys
Ryan- Bottom 2 (Good good good)
Benji- Safe!
Ivan- Safe!
Travis- Bottom 2 (HUH? He and ALLISON in the bottom 2 is WRONG)

Our bottom four get to do their final dances. It’s heartbreaking to see Travis and Allison have to do this. America needs to get on the ball. They are the best hands down.

Who will be leaving us? Drumroll please

Allison and Ryan.

America! Bad call letting Allison go. Who will step it up next week? Tune in and find out!