Entertainer of the Decade Saturday, Nov 21 2009 

Each year, Entertainment Weekly chooses an Entertainer of the Year.  This year, they’re crowning an Entertainer of the Decade and giving people a chance to offer their ideas.

First of all — end of a decade?!  How weird is that?  What do we even call this decade?  The 2000s?  The oughts?

Anyway, I started thinking about who best exemplifies the entertainer of the decade — someone who was incredible and revolutionary throughout the entire decade, not part of it.

Here are some of my ideas:

Johnny Depp. Every performance was incredible — and he also broke out with Captain Jack Sparrow, arguably the most inventive performance of the decade.  He also broke out as an A-list star, finally getting the recognition he long deserved, and got several Oscar nominations as well.  Think of all the performances: Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…

Pixar. Taking Disney movies to a new level, this studio churned out massive hits that were perfect for kids and funny enough for adults.  Films during this decade include Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and the inventive Wall-E.

Kanye West. Love him or hate him, when Kanye West burst onto the scene early in the decade, people couldn’t believe him.  Besides churning out hit songs and producing tons more, being outspoken about just about any issue, and delivering George Bush a beatdown on live TV, he brought fashion to this genre like nobody else (sorry, Diddy).

American Idol. The most popular show of the decade, a permanent fixture in our lexicon, and they managed to turn quite a few nobodies into enormous pop stars, with Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson leading the pack.

iPod/iTunes. They changed the way we listen to music, the way we purchase music, and the way artists release music.  The world will never be the same.

YouTube. It changed TV, music videos, and how view video — and how we entertain ourselves.  Anyone can become a star, but you can never predict what will go viral.

Tina Fey. SNL’s first female head writer, a star on Weekend Update, created and starred in 30 Rock, one of TV’s best comedies, skewered Sarah Palin in a legendary impression, and proved that geeky girls — though beautiful — have a spot in comedy.

The Daily Show. Believe it or not, a comedy show has been the strongest media watchdog out of all of them. This show is as smart as it is hilarious.  It is must-see TV during the presidential elections because it’s the one most likely to point out the absurdities of the candidates and how other networks were reporting.

Britney Spears. We watched her spectacular rise and fall and were captivated every minute of it.  Nobody else better represents the growing popularity of celebrity observation.  In this decade, celebrity blogs grew massively, while celebrity tabloids continued strong, unlike other print media.

But my #1 pick:

J.K. Rowling. She created an incredible, imaginitive world of wizardry with so many layers and details, and who among us hasn’t dreamed of attending Hogwarts?  Both the books and the movies were commercial  and critical hits.  Today, the hottest trend is college Quidditch teams.  Though I think the series would have been better if the final book had ended a few chapters earlier, you can’t deny her influence.  She truly defined this decade.

Any other ideas?

I met Alec Baldwin today. Thursday, Sep 25 2008 

When I heard that Alec Baldwin would be making an book-signing appearance at the Borders right by my office, I knew I had to go.  I am such a big fan of his.

I know what you’re thinking.  He called his daughter a “rude little pig” in a voicemail that made the rounds across the internet a year ago.  Why would I like this guy?

I’ll paraphrase my friend RyanHe is so damn good on 30 Rock, he makes me forget what a bad father he is. Watch the show — the best comedy on TV by FAR — and you’ll understand why he deserves the Emmy that he won on Sunday.

Besides 30 Rock, I love him as an actor.  I’ll watch him in anything.

Alec recently wrote the book A Promise To Ourselves, a memoir of his divorce and an attack on what he calls the “family law industry.”  I don’t really want to read the book, but I did want to get to meet him!

Alec arrived at Borders and, instead of reading, talked about his experiences.  I couldn’t see him from where I was in line, waiting for my book to be signed, but I could hear him.  And he actually made all the divorce stuff sound entertaining — he made a lot of great points.

And then I rounded the corner.

Dear God, he is SO much better-looking in real life than he is on TV. I’m totally serious.  The camera must add something like 30 pounds.

They were ushering people through pretty quickly, so I knew I’d have to be fast.  That didn’t stop the woman in front of me from having an entire conversation with him.

But the best part was that towards the end of the conversation, he was talking to her but looking at me the whole time.  And his eyes are SO blue.

And then it was my turn.

I handed him the book.

Alec: “Hi.  Who should I make it out to?”

Me: “I’m Kate. I LOVE 30 ROCK. And I really wanted to say to you, ‘It’s after six.  What am I, a farmer?'”

Alec laughed.  That’s one of his lines from the show.

Me: “And I love your pieces on the Huffington Post.  Thank you for all that you’re doing.”

Alec: “Thank you very much for coming.  Good luck to you.”

And that was that.

My book says “To Kate — [squiggle].”

Today was a good day.  🙂

Best Dressed at the Emmys Monday, Sep 22 2008 

The Emmys, as usual, weren’t very exciting.  But I’m very happy that 30 Rock swept the comedy awards.  Well deserved.  I LOVE that show.

No matter the outcome of the show, however, I always get excited about the gowns.

Here are my favorites:

Tina Fey

Love her.  Love the gown.

Kate Walsh

Don’t care for her.  Love the gown.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Love her.  LOVE this gown!  It’s hard to believe that she used to wear black every year when she was on Seinfeld.  She’s been choosing some great colors lately.

Catherine Keener

Like her.  Not a big fan of tuxes on women in general.  But the first thing that this made me think of was that she was honoring Yves Saint Laurent, who passed away this year and who pretty much created the women’s pantsuit.  A few fashion insiders have said that tuxes would be big with women this year, but I haven’t seen much of them yet.

I just looked it up, and yep, that’s Yves Saint Laurent she’s wearing.  RIP.

Holly Hunter

Like her a lot.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress.

Debra Messing

Love her.  Love the dress.

Christina Applegate

Love her.  Love the dress.  She looks fantastic, especially since she just had a double mastectomy.

Heidi Klum

Love her!!  Like the gown a lot.  Seriously, she can do no wrong, fashion-wise.

Best of the night?  I think I’d say Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Holly Hunter and Debra Messing.

What do you think?

No — thank YOU for being a friend, Estelle Getty. Tuesday, Jul 22 2008 

I knew she had been sick with dementia for a long time, but I was still really sad to find out that Estelle Getty passed away early today.

I’ve been a huge Golden Girls fan since high school, and Sophia was always one of my favorite characters (but how can anyone not love them all?).  She had the best lines on the show. In fact, she MADE that show. I doubt it would have been a success without her one-liners.

After seeing the outpouring of sympathy and shared memories on CNN, YouTube and People, it reinforced how many people loved her.  My favorite comment from a fan: “Her little wicker bag should be in the Smithsonian.”

Here are some of my all-time favorite Sophia quotes:

Dorothy: “Why can’t you sleep on the couch and give Clayton and Doug your room?”
Blanche: “Are you crazy? What will the neighbors think if they see two men in my bedroom?”
Sophia: “They’ll think it’s Tuesday.”

Blanche: “I tried giving up sex.”
Dorothy: “I guess you fell off the wagon.”
Sophia: “And onto a naval base!”

Blanche: “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to relax in a hot, steamy bath with just enough water to cover my perky bosoms.”
Sophia: “You’re gonna lay in an inch of water?”

Dorothy: “Ma, I waited up until two in the morning for you, and you still weren’t home.”
Sophia: “Oh, yeah.  Me and Gertie went over to Wolfie’s to pick up guys.”
Dorothy: “I called Wolfie’s. You weren’t there.”
Sophia: “Guess who got lucky.”
Dorothy: “Oh, God!”

Dorothy: “Ma, where have you been?”
Sophia: “I always believe that when you’re in a hospital, you should go around and cheer the other patients up.”
Dorothy: “Oh, Ma, that’s so nice.”
Sophia: “Yeah, so I went upstairs to Geriatrics and sang ‘Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.'”

Sophia (after losing her glasses): Dorothy, I’m going to my bedroom.
Dorothy: “Okay.” (She walks from the living room to the kitchen. Sophia heads in the wrong direction and goes outside instead. A horn beeps and tires screech.)
Dorothy (running in again): “Ma?…Ma?!…MA!!”
Sophia (coming through the front door): “Who the hell parked their Buick in my bedroom?!”
Dorothy: “Get in here!”

Dorothy: “Blanche, what exactly makes you think he’s your man?”
Sophia: “Who?”
Blanche: “Maybe the fact that I found him first.”
Sophia: “Who?
Rose: “What about the fact that he dumped you for me?”
Sophia: “Who?”
Dorothy: “Laszlo, Ma.”
Sophia: “Who’s Laszlo?”
Rose: “A Hungarian artist we’ve all been posing nude for.”
Sophia: “In the future, a simple ‘none of your business, Sophia’ will suffice.”

Blanche: “Ooh…I’ve got goosebumps. Mel’ll be here any minute.”
Dorothy: “Honey, why are you so jumpy? You’ve been out with Mel a thousand times.”
Blanche: “I know but now there’s more at stake — everything’s changed. It’s all new and exciting. In many ways I…I feel just the way I felt when I was a virgin.”
Sophia: “You mean the feeling isn’t gonna last long?”
Blanche: “Are you implying I lost my virginity at an early age?”
Sophia: “I’m just saying you’re lucky Jack & Jill Magazine didn’t have a gossip column.”
Dorothy: “Ma!”
Sophia: “Hold it, Pussycat. I’m on a roll.”
Blanche: “I’m sorry, Sophia. But I’m not gonna let your skepticism ruin my entire evening. Mel and I were meant to be together.”
Sophia: “I wish I could say the same for your thighs. God, I’m hot tonight!”
Blanche: “I’m not gonna stand for this.”
Sophia: “Take it, Dorothy.”
Dorothy: “But I’ll bet you’ll lie down for it.”
Sophia: “Well, that was just plain rude.”
Blanche: “Some people just don’t know when to quit.”

Sophia: “You know why I call you Pussycat, Pussycat?”
Dorothy: “Why, Ma?  Because you only gave me yarn for Christmas?  Because you fed me once and I hung around?  Because you used to put me out at night?”
Sophia: “Because I love pussycats, and I love you.”  (She kisses Dorothy on the head.  Dorothy is surprised and smiles.  The audience awwwws.)  “And you were the only one who could catch mice.”

Here’s a video of arguably the funniest episode of all time, the episode when Dorothy’s friend Jean, who is gay, visits the girls.  Watch the whole four-minute clip if you have time — it’s hilarious! — but if not, watch Sophia’s reaction to the statement Dorothy makes at 1:14.

This episode eventually leads to my favorite Sophia quote of all time.  The next day, they can’t figure out where Jean slept, since she didn’t sleep in her bedroom.

Dorothy: “Ma, did Jean sleep with you?”
Sophia: “Dorothy, there’s a lot of things I want to do before I die.  That’s not one of them.”

RIP, Estelle.  Thanks for the laughs.

The 5 Best Sex and the City Episodes Saturday, May 31 2008 

It seems like everyone is picking their top Sex and the City episodes.  My friend the Missus recently wrote about her top five, and her are the top 10 from Yahoo! Canada and MSNBC’s top 5.  A few of them fall in line, but I’m surprised that so many of my favorites aren’t on the list.

Quick background:

  • I don’t have a favorite character (I love them all!) but I’m most like Carrie and Samantha.
  • I ADORE Harry.  Charlotte and Harry are my favorite couple on the show.
  • I hate Berger.  Mostly because I’ve dated two guys who had similar insecurity issues.
  • I love the later episodes best because you’re so invested in the characters by then.

First, let me say something about the finale: An American Girl in Paris, Part Deux.  I love it, and I think it ends the series well.  In particular, Miranda’s subplot of taking care of her dementia-afflicted mother-in-law is moving.

However, I’m not putting it in the top 10 because I feel like there are so many out-of-character moments.  Take Big’s reaction to Petrovsky slapping Carrie — it doesn’t look like him at all, and his lines are so forced, they’re painful.  Also, it didn’t seem natural that Charlotte was at peace and calm that she and Harry would be getting a baby, while Harry was freaking out, despite being duped by their potential baby’s birth parents.

And that slap from Petrovsky.  We didn’t need it.  He was enough of an asshole without the slap.

I do have to say, the finale has one of my favorite moments — Carrie running down the street and Big in the car next to her, unaware that she’s there — and I always tear up when Charlotte and Harry find out they’re getting their baby.

Anyway, I like the episode, but it’s not good enough for the top 10.

The 5 Best Episodes of Sex and the City:

I Love a Charade (Season 5) — The girls get invited to the Hamptons wedding of Bobby and Bitsy — the obviously gay piano bar legend (played by Nathan Lane) and his businesswoman.  Miranda sleeps with Steve, to her dismay.  Charlotte has Harry wax his back, starts dating him publicly, then finds herself falling in love with him — only to learn that he can only marry a Jew.  Samantha throws a party at Richard’s Hamptons house.  Carrie finds out Berger is now single and tries to hook him.

I love, love, love this episode, and it seems like nobody else does!  It’s entertaining, it has a great location in the Hamptons, all characters are in top form, there are so many fun lines and it introduces HARRY to the rest of the girls!

Details I love: Harry trying to coax Charlotte to dance with him and her friends encouraging her.  Miranda and Samantha dancing while Miranda holds Brady.  Harry joining in the witty one-liners during the vows.  Bobby mime-grating cheese across Marcus’s abs.

Best quotes:

Carrie: “He doesn’t need the money.  He was one of the original investors in A Chorus Line.”
Miranda: “Just when you think you’ll never hear a gayer sentence than Mr. Broadway has to go tinkle.”

Miranda: “I find the love part the most insulting part of all.  I don’t care what you do, just be straight with me.”
Carrie: “I think that’s how Bitsy proposed to Bobby.”

Miranda: “Not having sex was the only thing holding our relationship together.”
Carrie: “Well, you’re fleeing to the right wedding.”

Hop, Skip and a Week (Season Six, Part One) — After their tearful reunion at Jewish singles night, Harry proposes to Charlotte.  Samantha transforms Smith into the Absolut Hunk.  Miranda feels guilty about not spending enough time with Brady.  Carrie and Berger decide to take a break, then decide to work things out; hours later, he breaks up with her ON A POST-IT.

Really, this episode is about two things: the proposal and the Post-It.  The proposal is one of the most romantic TV proposals ever.  Charlotte’s tears while asking him if they can start dating again, and then gasping as he gets down on one knee…wow.  It’s perfect.

The Post-It breakup became a cultural phenomenon.  EVERY girl remembers this episode.  And this episode branded Berger as the ultimate asshole of Sex and the City.

Beyond that abomination, I think that the episode is great with depicting what it’s like when a relationship is disintegrating and everything about the other person is starting to bother you.  To be honest, this is one of the episodes that I found to be truest to life.  I hate when you’re in that time of a relationship when you’re constantly at odds with another person.

Splat! (Season Six, Part Two) — Carrie and Petrovsky throw a dinner party for Carrie’s friends.  Petrovsky invites Carrie to live with him in Paris.  Carrie and Miranda have a huge fight.  One of Carrie’s old party friends dies in a freak accident.

I love seeing all five couples (including Stanford and Marcus) together.  It’s kind of odd, actually.  And that whole party scene, especially with the death of Lexi, oh, God.  She actually says, “I’m so bored, I could die,” before tripping and falling out the window.

Most of all, I think it’s easy to relate to this episode when you think about how you act when you’re with your boyfriend and when you’re with your friends, and how when the groups don’t seem to mesh at first, it feels like trouble.  It makes you question to whom you give your loyalty.  And in this episode, Carrie chooses her guy, who hasn’t even said that he loves her.

There are a lot of good quotes in this episode.  The best:

Steve: “That’s a nice piano.  Do you play?”
Petrovsky: “Yes, I play.”
Steve: “Do you know any Billy Joel?…No?  Uptown Girl?  She’s Always a Woman?”
Marcus: “Piano Man?”
(Petrovsky shrugs.)

Hours later:
Charlotte: “What are they doing down there?”
Miranda: “Not having a Billy Joel singalong, that’s for sure.”

And my favorite:

Carrie (after introducing Enid’s “date”): “He’s really sweet.  And smart.”
Enid: “He’s a hobbit!”

 

What Goes Around Comes Around (Season 3) — Carrie is robbed at gunpoint and thinks she has bad karma for her affair with Big.  Miranda starts dating a gorgeous detective, thinks she’s not good enough for him, and overcompensates by drinking heavily.  Samantha meets (and sleeps with) Sam Jones, a college student whose calls she keeps getting.  Charlotte and Trey decide to separate.  Carrie tracks down Natasha to apologize for the affair with Big, which ruined their marriage.

The Samantha plot has some of the funniest scenes in the series (“I LOVE YOU, SAM JONES!!!!”), and the rest of the episode is great, but what REALLY makes this episode stellar is the interaction between Carrie and Natasha.

When Carrie cheated on Aidan with the married Big, it was the ugliest her character had ever been.  She made tons of mistakes in her dating , but this one was by far the worst.  Still, her attempts to apologize seemed to almost redeem her…until we heard this painstaking conversation:

Carrie: “I heard about — your marriage.  And it’s — just so terrible.  I never, never meant for any of this to happen, and if there was something I could do to take it all away, I would.  So I came here today because I needed to say how sorry I am.  I am deeply sorry for what I did to you.  It was wrong.  And I’m sorry.”

Natasha: “Are you through?”

Carrie: “Yes.  Thank you for listening.”

Natasha: “Wait.  I’m sorry, too.”

Carrie: “You are?”

Natasha: “Yes.  I’m sorry about it all.  I’m sorry he moved to Paris and fell in love with me.  I’m sorry that we ever got married.  I’m sorry he cheated on me with you and I’m sorry that I pretended to ignore it for as long as I did.  I’m sorry I found you in my apartment, fell down the stairs and broke my tooth.  I’m very sorry that after much painful dental surgery, this tooth is still a different color than this truth.  Finally, I’m sorry that you felt the need to come down here.  Now not only have you ruined my marriage, you’ve ruined my lunch.”

That’s some of the best writing the series has ever had.  And that moment drives it home.  For a while, there, we thought the show was going to redeem Carrie — but it wasn’t even close.  That moment drove home that what Carrie did was much worse than even she thought it to be.

Perfect scene.

One (Season Six, Part One) — Charlotte and Harry finally conceive, but she miscarries less than a month into her pregnancy.  Samantha discovers a gray hair “down there.”  Carrie meets the intriguing Aleksandr Petrovsky.  Robert surprises Miranda with an “I Love You” cookie, which she promptly devours; she can’t say the words back to Robert…but she can to Steve.

It’s all about the moment: the moment when Miranda is putting candles on Brady’s cake, Steve brings out the giant 1 candle, and she looks at the candle, then him, and says, “I love you, Steve.”  Even though they’re both involved with other people — people who are in the next room! — Steve grins and tells Miranda that she’s the one.

Over time, I think a lot of us have rooted for Miranda more than any other character, and I think that all of us fans always had Steve in the back of our minds.  It was this moment that shows us that we were right all along — we knew Robert was perfect, but he wasn’t Steve.  Steve was who Miranda always needed, and she finally got her happy ending.

Details that I love: Harry comes to Brady’s birthday party alone.  I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the music when Carrie first meets Petrovsky and when Charlotte loses the baby.  I love Charlotte’s pink dress at the end, and I love that she tells Brady to make a wish while wishing for a baby herself.

The Effect of American Idol on iTunes Saturday, May 24 2008 

Yikes.  Forgive the scientific title.  It gives me chills and flashbacks to ninth grade honors bio, Science Fair and a purple sweatshirt with green paisley diamonds on it that was worn at least once a week (NOT by me).

Anyway…

It’s no secret that American Idol’s huge popularity has an effect that carries over to iTunes.  When a song is sung, even if obscure, it often jumps onto the iTunes charts.

This was especially evident when Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” jumped from relative obscurity into #1, thanks to Jason Castro’s incredible performance of the song on the show.

This is the first year that American Idol and iTunes have had a partnership.  I’m a big fan of it — the contestants all record one of the songs that they cover each week into a polished track, available immediately on iTunes the day after the results show.  (Of course, during the run of the show itself, they don’t publish songs in the top 100, to keep the voting fair.)

But even before American Idol and iTunes teamed up, songs sung on the show would become the most downloaded tracks in the country.

I was just checking out the iTunes top 100 and I was blown away by how many songs on the charts have to do with the show.  Here are all of them:

First, songs by Season 7 contestants:

  • #1: David Cook, “Time of My Life”
  • #2: David Cook, “Dream Big (American Idol Performance)”
  • #4: David Cook, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (American Idol Performance)”
  • #5: David Cook, “The World I Know (American Idol Performance)”
  • #10: David Archuleta, “In This Moment (American Idol Performance)”
  • #12: David Archuleta, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (American Idol Performance)”
  • #21: David Archuleta, “Imagine (American Idol Performance) [Top 2]”

If you go to more extremes, here are the original versions of songs that have been performed by contestants this season:

  • #46: Chris Brown, “With You” (performed by David Archuleta on Top 3 night)
  • #59: Collective Soul, “The World I Know” (performed by David Cook on Top 2 night)
  • #85: Bryan Adams, “Summer of ’69” (performed by the top 12 at the finale)
  • #96: Aerosmith, “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” (performed by David Cook on Top 3 night)
  • #98: Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah” (performed by Jason Castro on Top 16 night and at the finale)

And, just so we’re covering everything, here are the songs performed by current chart-toppers on the results show:

  • #7: Natasha Bedingfield, “Pocketful of Sunshine”
  • #8: Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”
  • #14: Carrie Underwood, “Last Name”
  • #23: Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, “No Air”
  • #24: OneRepublic, “Apologize” (performed with David Archuleta)
  • #37: Maroon 5, “If I Never See Your Face Again”
  • #40: Miley Cyrus, “See You Again”
  • #47: Mariah Carey, “Bye, Bye”
  • #50: Jordin Sparks, “One Step At a Time”
  • #61: George Michael, “Praying for Time”
  • #73: ZZ Top, “Sharp Dressed Man” (performed with David Cook)
  • #97: Timbaland featuring OneRepublic, “Apologize” (performed with David Archuleta)

And finally, songs by past Idols:

  • (Mentioned previously: #14: Carrie Underwood, “Last Name”)
  • (Mentioned previously: #23: Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, “No Air”)
  • (Mentioned previously: #50: Jordin Sparks, “One Step At a Time”)
  • #65: Carrie Underwood, “All-American Girl”
  • #79: Daughtry, “Feels Like Tonight”
  • #88: Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, “No Air” (single version)
  • #93: Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”

If you stick to current contestants and the songs they sang on the show, that’s 12 (or 15, if you count the original artist/Idol collaboration performances).  That is a LOT out of 100.

If you count songs recorded by American Idol contestants, that’s 14.

Count every song on iTunes that has been performed on American Idol at some point during this season, and you have a staggering 28 out of 100.

All from one TV show.

Look, FOX, you have a juggernaut of a show that is making you a TON of money.  There’s no reason to make us sit through thoroughly unfunny promotions for new Mike Myers movies that I won’t name here on principle.

David Cook: Guitar Hero Thursday, May 22 2008 

If watching this over and over (and over) again is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Get rid of the American Idol “mosh” pit!!!! Tuesday, Mar 25 2008 

I am watching American Idol right now.  God, this show sucks you in, even though it’s so easy to hate it.

I mean, it’s obvious that plenty of these contestants (including Carly and Kristy Lee) are plants.  Come on, Carly and Randy Jackson were at the same label at one point!  David Archuleta has family ties to the producers at American Idol!

It’s a cheesy karaoke contest.  There’s enough filler to fill a swimming pool.  Randy has become more incoherent than Paula.  And if I have to hear “Against All Odds” one more time, I’ll be throwing limp Boca patties at the TV.

Still, these things don’t bother me.

I love this show.  I love obsessing about it on the boards, I love the contestants’ stories; I love the near-daily analyses on ew.com.

There is just one thing that bugs me.

THE “MOSH” PIT.

There is a group of tweenage girls that fills a pit in front of the judges’ stand.  While that’s only a minor change, the difference is that these people are always standing, they’re much closer, and they SWAY THEIR DAMN HANDS OFF-RHYTHM TO ANY REMOTELY SLOW SONG, AND PLENTY OF OTHER SONGS, TOO.

Not only is this excruciating to watch from a distance, the hands are now starting to get in the way of the cameras!  There is a great shot of a performer and it’s disrupted by a hand with sausage-like fingers on it waving, or worse, weakly almost-clapping, smack dab in the middle of the screen.

(Carly’s singing now.  Did anyone else think she would sing the Old School version of the song?  Is it bad that I think of that as the default version of the song?  TATTOO FACE!  TATTOO FACE!  THEY SHOWED HER HUSBAND IN THE AUDIENCE!!)

American Idol producers, pretty much every commentator has said the same thing.

GET RID OF THE MOSH PIT.

Or at least restrain the audience from waving their arms.

Betty White is one hot ho! Wednesday, Feb 27 2008 

Most celebrities getting into their eighties tend to slow down in painfully obvious mental and physical ways.  (Barbara Walters and Peter O’Toole immediately come to mind.)  Not all of them, though.  Betty White is still as sharp as a tack — and fucking HILARIOUS!

Check out this interview Craig Ferguson did with her on his show.  Her comedic timing is fantastic.

Why I Love Tim Gunn Saturday, Jan 12 2008 

I found this at the People.com TV blog, and it is a perfect example of why I adore Tim Gunn from Project Runway.

Tim Gunn knows a thing or two about fashion and even though he could probably work some magic with troubled pop star Britney Spears, he says he wouldn’t even go there.

“I would refuse,” he told PEOPLE at the recent YMA Geoffrey Beene Fashion Scholarship Dinner at Marriot Marquis in New York. “There is no amount of moneyand I’ll tell you why: I can’t want you to succeed more than you do. And it’s obvious that she doesn’t want to succeed. I think of her right now as being in exile from the human race and she needs major, major help… There was a time that we were all marginally amused by it and then it just became a repugnant horror show. No, I wouldn’t even be remotely interested in [making her over].”

Gunn, who played master of ceremonies for the organization which hands out “several hundred thousand dollars a year” to young designers to “pay off loans and use it for their tuition and use it to survive,” says he feels “deeply sorry” for Spears, but asks, “Who would trust her with children? I hate to say that — the whole notion of separating children from their mother — but she is a basket case!”

Best Dressed at the Emmys Monday, Sep 17 2007 

I was at a party at my friend’s cafe in the North End tonight, so I unfortunately missed the Emmys. However, I am quite happy to provide commentary on the best dressed women of the night!

#1: Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) in Escada

If I were going to the Emmys, this is exactly the kind of gown I would wear — purple, slinky and HOTT. It’s not particularly new and exotic, but it’s a fantastic gown that looks gorgeous on her frame. The mermaid shape is a classic that gets dressed up by the almost-retro, 70s/80s fabric. (Actually, I had a shirt from that fabric in the early 90s. It was gold, and I loved it.) Felicidades.

#2: Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) in Georges Chakra

I think that Marcia Cross is one of the unsung heroes of fashion. Each year, she looks fantastic, whether in forest green, coral or white, like this year. Marcia is fabulous with color. Very fair-skinned redheads only look good in a few colors, but Marcia always picks an offbeat color and looks gorgeous. How many redheads can pull off white without looking washed out? The cuts are usually the same for her, with a flattering, looser A-line dress. She knows exactly what cuts work best for her, and as a result, she doesn’t deviate from them. (Also, it doesn’t hurt to keep in mind that she had twins a few months ago.)

#3: Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development — RIP) in Azzuro

Portia is hit or miss when it comes to fashion. She’s more adventurous than most, and as a result, she often ends up on worst dressed lists. However, the gowns she chooses are not ugly, just different, unexpected and JUST over the edge, taste-wise. This gown is more conservative than the ones she usually wears, but I am crazy about the neckline, and the color looks beautiful on her.

#4: Heidi Klum (Project Runway) in Dior by John Galliano

This dress isn’t particularly innovative, especially for a wild designer like John Galliano, but it looks great on her. I love the neckline, I love the slit, and while I wouldn’t ordinarily choose this color for Heidi, she looks great in it. One Galliano trademark is the large bow on the side — he’s been doing those for the last few seasons, and since Charlize Theron is the resident Dior fan, she’s modeled a lot of them at awards shows.

#5: Olivia Wilde (House) in Zuhair Murad

I’m not sure who she is, but this is a gorgeous gown, if not terribly original. It looks great. I love the sleeves.

Honorable Mention: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine) in Narciso Rodriguez

I love the color. During her tenure on Seinfeld, Julia wore black to the Emmys all but one year (when she surprisingly wore lime green). That makes me especially happy to see the beautiful purple. I don’t, however, like the bottom of the gown — the hemline is too obvious, and I would love for it to be more subtle.

Honorable Mention: America Ferrara (Ugly Betty) in Monique Lhullier

This is a very safe gown. Monique Lhullier is a much appreciated designer, and at least one of her gowns has ended up on the red carpet at every event. However, her style hasn’t particularly evolved over the past few years. I love the color, and the gown looks great on a curvy woman like America, but I’m not blown away. Perhaps it’s mean, but I feel like the designer phoned it in.

Honorable Mention: Ali Larter (Heroes) in Reem Acra

Reem Acra is so hot right now. Ali looks like a candy apple. This gorgeous satin gown is classy and elegant. Again, it’s not terribly innovative, but I think that simple works here. I think we’re going to see a lot more from Reem Acra in the next few years.

It’s the Brood! Monday, Sep 3 2007 




Left to right: Lisa, Beth, Alexa, me.
I love these pictures SO much.
How hot do we look?
I think it’s time for the Brood to guest star on The Simpsons….we could take pictures with Chief Wiggum, daydream about Principal Skinner and yell, “Hey, hot guy!” at Moe.

Simpsonized! Sunday, Sep 2 2007 

Yeah, I know this is a bit late, but I had no idea the AWESOME Simpsonizer existed — I only knew about the one on the official movie Web site, where you create a character. This one analyzes a picture you upload!

I love it. I think that these are dead-on. The only thing I added was earrings to each of them, and on the second, they inexplicably gave me blonde hair, so I changed the color. I think that the second one, in particular, resembles me in an uncanny way — fivehead and everything!

Here they are: Casual, everyday Kate
Party-girl Kate

You must go Simpsonize yourself!

Commentary on the new Dancing with the Stars cast Friday, Aug 31 2007 

Melanie “Mel B” Brown wow

Sabrina Bryan who?

Helio Castroneves who?

Mark Cuban ugh

Jennie Garth eh

Josie Maran eh

Cameron Mathison who?

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. ew

Wayne Newton ugh

Marie Osmond maybe

Albert Reed who?

Jane Seymour FOR THE WIN!!

As usual, I have no idea or don’t care about most of the people. I’m a bit surprised that Mel B. is on — with all her stuff in the tabloids, she’s not as obscure as the rest — but I am PSYCHED that Dr. Quinn is on there!! She is going to win it!!

The only thing I will say about American Idol tonight is…. Thursday, May 24 2007 

….seeing Taylor Hicks made me realize just how bad the camera guys had it last year. Those dance moves!! You never know where he’ll flail next! They were clearly out of practice….

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