- FriendZone, a reality show in which teenagers ask their best friend to help them prepare for an upcoming blind date. After asking for advice on style and how to make all the right moves, they reveal that the date is actually intended for the two of them.
– Savage U, which follows columnist Dan Savage as he gives advice to college students while touring different campuses.
– The Substitute, which is sort of like a school-based version of Cash Cab—a substitute teacher (Jon Gabrus) surprises unsuspecting students by transforming their classroom into a game show.
- Money From Strangers, another game show in which guest comedians convince contestants to pull pranks on strangers.
Hi there! Just wondering (and because I'm too impatient to wait until I get the new issue in the mail) if you guys are doing a review of Tina Fey's new book this week or next (or at all). Love the blog, btw! Thanks :)
I’m shocked — shocked! — that you even considered the idea that EW might not review Bossypants. In any case, Lisa Schwarzbaum’s appraisal of the book will run in next week’s issue. (Spoiler alert: It’s good.)
Here is what happens the minute I hear the words “Sweet Valley”: In my mind, I am suddenly lounging on the floor of the Oak Forest Public Library in the Young Adult aisle, in the back left corner on the second floor, leaning against the several shelves containing the battered SVH selection in its entirety. I am tearing through Dear Sister, in which good-girl Elizabeth awakes from a coma acting like popular-girl Jessica (lining her eyes with kohl pencil and everything!), in one sitting so that I can then take the next two, Heartbreaker and Racing Hearts, with me. I smell of Love’s Baby Soft perfume because while I’m engrossed in the Wakefields’ lives, I’m also hoping the love of my seventh-grade life, Greg Blakely, might show up at the library to study. He’s smart. He lives nearby. Some days this happens, and he even says dreamy things to me. Like, “I saw your school picture. It’s really good this year. Much better than last year’s.”
Most days, however, Greg’s a no-show. But I can get through it because I’m spending most of my afternoons in Sweet Valley anyway. (I will eventually go home to my diary with a unicorn on the front and write poems about my feelings for Greg — no joke — with titles culled from the book series. I actually set “Double Love” to music that I can still hum.)
“He knew he made mistakes, and he went home and honed them. He blew us away. He’s got so much going on in that brain of his. Sometimes I think it’s going to pour out of his ears! But for all of those reasons, he was our winner.”—Gail Simmons blogs the finale of Top Chef: All-Stars. Also included: her thoughts on Richard’s wacky dessert (“Do I want a scoop of foie gras ice ream on a cone during my summer vacation? Absolutely not”) and Mike’s pepperoni puree (“I went crazy for his meat dish, mostly because it was silly”).
Even if [Rebecca] Black does finagle a music career out of this meme, Miley Cyrus certainly doesn’t seem to think she deserves one. Although Hannah Montana didn’t specifically name Black, the 18-year-old starving artist was probably thinking “Friday Friday Friday” when she said, “It should be harder to be an artist… You shouldn’t just be able to put a song on YouTube and go out on tour.”
She has a point, of course. Fame should be merit-based—being the daughter of someone famous, for instance, would be a great prerequisite.
“There’s been a lot of speculation and misinformation in the press about what is going on. I want the fans to know directly from me that I had nothing to do with this delay and it is not about money. I am fighting for the cast and for the show. And I appreciate the kindness and concern of the fans.”—Mad Men maestro Matthew Weiner defends himself, saying it’s not his fault that he and AMC haven’t yet reached a deal. He also disputes that he’s been offered $10 million to continue with the show for three years, though notably doesn’t say whether that number is too high or too low.
“The thing that frustrated me is how this is Lacey’s livelihood. When I look back and analyze [her partners], she got Lance Bass. OK, she’s gotta be riding high. Dacascos. Okay, pretty cool. Then she gets Steve-0 and the Disney star who’s overweight [that would be Kyle Massey], and now me. Really, they’re just trying to mess with Lacey at this point.”—Eliminated Dancing With the Stars contestant “Psycho” Mike Catherwood on the tough breaks ABC’s been giving his partner, Lacey Schwimmer.
Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has been tapped by Paramount Pictures to adapt and produce a feature film version of the 1983 sci-fi young adult novel Earthseed by Pamela Sargent. The story follows a group of teenagers created from genetic material and raised by a spacecraft seeking a new planet to repopulate humanity.
Anybody read these books? If so, do you think there’s a multi-million dollar franchise here? And which sci-fi/fantasy YA series that hasn’t yet gotten the film treatment do you think would make amazing movies? (The answer, obviously, is Tamora Pierce’s “Song of the Lioness” quartet, but who’s counting?)
I'm going to New York City at the beginning of May. What do I HAVE to do while I'm there?
Oh gosh… how can I even begin answering this question? Your best bet would probably be to pick up an issue of Time Out, New York Magazine, and/or The Onion to see what’s going on in the city while you’re here. I guess I can also make a few general suggestions for you, though it’s difficult to do that without knowing whether you’ve been to the city before, how much time you’ll be here, and how much money you’re willing to spend.
- In early May, the weather will (hopefully!) not be horrific anymore. Which means it’ll be the perfect time to take one of many subway lines all the way down to City Hall, then walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Once you cross the river, you might as well go to Grimaldi’s—the wait could be long, and yes, it’s a little touristy, but it’s definitely worth it. Other amazing pizza options around town: Motorino in the East Village or in Brooklyn, Keste or John’s in the West Village (they’re practically across the street from one another), and Roberta’s in Bushwick. Yes, I eat a lot of pizza; why do you ask?
- Oh, and speaking of comedy: get thee to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Though I recommend basically any show, lately, I’ve been getting into Whiplash, a free stand-up show on Monday nights. Last night, Michael Ian Black was a surprise guest; I’ve heard that Zach Galifianakis and Aziz Ansari have been known to show up as well.
- More food options: Vanessa’s, on the Lower East Side (not the one in the East Village), is another can’t miss spot (read: four incredible dumplings for just $1). The chocolate bread pudding at DessertTruck Works will haunt your dreams, as will anything you buy at Doughnut Plant (especially if there’s jam in it). A fancy pressed cheese sandwich from Murray’s might make you cry tears of joy.
- Oo, okay, one more idea: If the weather’s nice and you want to take a leisurely walk around the Upper West Side, pick up bagels at Absolute Bagels and lox at Zabar’s, then eat them in Central Park. That’s about as stereotypically New York as you can get.
In Lowe’s book, the actor writes that in their younger days in Malibu, [Charlie] Sheen was “one of a kind … a Polo preppy clotheshorse in a world of O.P. shorts and surf t-shirts” and “a wonderful mix of nerd … and rebel.”
“At my house we are still saving money by not buying desserts,” he writes, comparing his life to the neighboring Sheen fmaily. “At Charlie’s house, it’s never-ending Häagen-Dazs, brand-new BMWs, a lagoon pool with underwater tunnels, and a lit, professional-grade basketball half-court.”
Not to be weird or anything, but I was just wondering who ran the Entertainment Weekly blog? Because I know Hilary Weston does a lot of the Blackbook blog, and I was just wondering who's job this was. Because we tend to "chat" occasionally, and I'd just like to know who I'm talking to.
That last part isn't meant to sound rude.
Oh, you don’t sound weird or rude at all! Oddly enough, my name also happens to be Hillary (but with two Ls—Clinton, not Duff). I’m EW.com’s intern-slash-Tumblr-monkey. If you’d like to get an even deeper peek into my twisted mind, you can check out my personal Tumblr or my brand spanking new Twitter (yes, I held out this long).
Says AMC: “AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of Mad Men, triggering our option with Lionsgate (Mad Men‘s production company). While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations, Mad Men will be back for a fifth season in early 2012.”
“Natalie danced her a-– off. I think it’s unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention away from [the praise] Natalie deserved and got…She’ll tell you [that], no, she was not on pointe when she did a fouetté [turn]. No one’s going to deny that. But she did do every ounce of every one of her dances.”—Following in director Darren Aronofsky’s footsteps, Mila Kunis is also defending her Black Swan costar Natalie Portman against dance double Sarah Lane’s claims.
Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that’s 75% Natalie Portman. What about duration? The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second. There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement. Even so, if we were judging by time over 90% would be Natalie Portman.
And to be clear Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes. If you look at the final shot of the opening prologue, which lasts 85 seconds, and was danced completely by Natalie, she exits the scene on pointe. That is completely her without any digital magic. I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor. Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance. And I don’t want anyone to think that’s not her they are watching. It is.
Question time! What do you think is the quintessential Broadway number?
EW writer Mandi Bierly saw the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Anything Goes this Saturday (side note: jealous!)—and teared up during the title number, which might be one of the greatest song/dance/performance combos in Broadway history. Which other show-stoppers do you think are representative of the quintessential Broadway experience?
“Yes, I’m taking over. My character’s name is Deangelo Vickers, he loves the American Southwest, and he’s just kind of in his own way going to step into Michael Scott’s shoes and try to fill them. I’m friends with Steve and a fan of the show, and I just selfishly wanted to do one episode with him, and they pitched multiple ones, and I said, ‘That’d be great.’”—
Behind the scenes, however, sources closes to Ferrell and NBC dismissed the idea. One insider thisclose to the actor highly doubted Ferrell will join the show next fall and a network insider likewise rejected the notion. Another source, however, said that the actor’s schedule is being cleared to accommodate a possible run next season on NBC. Finally, a production source left wiggle room either way: “Will was likely joking, but time will tell.”