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TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (02.25.10)

Tonight begins my least favorite of the Idol shows…the results show.  Idol producers have to stretch a 5 minute announcement into one hour.  So let the waiting begin.  Tonight 4 people are going home, the two guys and two gals with the lowest votes.  We’ll also be treated to performances by former Idol winner Kris Allen and former Idol contestant Allison Irahita (pictured).  On with the full results show, after the jump.

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TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (02.24.10)

Tonight it’s the guys turn to take over the mic.  Like the ladies, they are singing songs from the Billboard chart.  It will be interesting to see if they guys take the advice the judges gave the ladies last night.  Simon helps inspire the guys by saying he watched some of the rehearsals earlier and if the guys let the nerves get to them, “your career is over.”  Nice, Simon.  In any case, LEE DEWYZE (pictured), had nothing to worry about since Simon crowned him the best performance of the night.  A complete breakdown after the jump. 

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TELEVISION: American Idol Recap 02.23.10

The live performances begin.  For the next 3 weeks, girls and guys perform separately and America will vote for their favorites.  Tonight, it’s Ladies Night and hits from the Billboard charts.  We have a few surprises and some disappointments.  Only a couple of performances were “wow” performances and the judges really seemed to love Lilly Scott (pictured).  Sadly, they did not like more than they liked.  A complete breakdown is after the jump!

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TELEVISION: IDOL Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, OH MY!

 

Well, it only took nine years for IDOL to get hip to social networking.  In the past seasons, contestants were contractually obligated to shut down their Facebook and MySpace pages, but this year, the producers have had a change of heart.  Not only will the contestants have approved (and I am pretty sure monitored) Facebook and MySpace pages, they will also have Twitter feeds.  If you have your favorites already, check out how to connect with them AFTER THE JUMP.

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TELEVISION: American Idol (TOP 24 Revealed) 02.17.10

Finally, the full TOP 24 is revealed.  Last night we learned of the first 7, among them 22-year-old DiDi Benami (above).  Tonight, we learn the rest.  It’s a fantastic group, a young group and a very talented group.  There are also a few surprises, one or two who I thought would make it, but don’t.  I don’t know that I would classify anyone of these people as weak or undeserving.  In other words, no Sanjaya’s in the bunch. It’s going to be a very good year on IDOL.  Get ready for full details on who gets chosen and who gets cut.  Big ***SPOILERS*** AFTER THE JUMP!

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Television: Hungry Heart Gets a New Meaning – Commentary on Supernatural S5.14 My Bloody Valentine

 

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Breaking News: The CW has announced today (2.16.10) that the hit series Supernatural starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins has been given an early renewal for a a 6th season. However the good news for fans and viewers of the show has been tempered by information coming out that series creator Eric Kripke is stepping down from his duties as show-runner on a day-to-day basis in season 6. Those duties will be turned over to executive producer Sera Gamble. Gamble has been with Supernatural since season 1, coming on board first as a writer than taking on executive producer duties as the seasons progressed. Kripke along with Robert Singer will both continue on with the series in their roles of Executive Producers and will still have a hand in the direction of the series. Word also has it that Kripke will also be using his time to work on a new project for Warner Brothers.

“Cupid, draw back you bow and let your arrow go straight to my lover’s heart for me.”

That’s a line from a very popular Valentine’s Day themed love song, but in Supernatural S.14 My Bloody Valentine (written by Ben Edlund and directed by Mike Rohl), it seems to have a very sinister and deadly consequence. Or does it? That’s what Sam (Jared Padalecki –who is getting married in two weeks to the lovely Genevieve Cortese aka Ruby 2.0) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester are at first led to believe by the Angel Castiel (Misha Collins) who is convince a Cupid (Lex Medlin, whom I have to say is one confident man) has gone rogue and is killing the lovers it first unites. Castiel tells them that a cupid is actually a lower level cherub and not incontinent. Nor, as we find out are they “little dudes with wings and a diaper”. The one in is this episode is a full grown, robust looking man with the gentle playfulness of an over eager puppy. It becomes apparent to both Winchesters and to Castiel that the whimsical cupid is not the one setting lovers up for the kill and they also quickly discover that it isn’t just hungry hearts that are dying, other people with other hungers are falling victim as well.

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Television: American Idol (Hollywood Week Pt 3) 02.16.10

It’s Hollywood Week Part 3 and tonight we learn who some of the Top 24 will be.  Typically, IDOL waits until Hollywood Week Part 4 to reveal the Top 24, but not this year.  We’ll learn part of the group tonight and part tomorrow night.  71 contestants will be culled down to 24.  The good news is they have a full band to back them on their last performance.  The bad news is that they will get no feedback from the judges until the end of the night when they will either see their dreams realized…or crushed.  Among them, 26-year-old new dad, MICHAEL LYNCHE (above) who media reports in January say was disqualified from the competition.  Is it true?

Hollywood Week Part 3 begins…. AFTER THE JUMP!

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The Simpsons 20th Season Blu-ray is one of the Worst Blu-rays Evah! Michelle’s Review

The Simpsons Season 20 is now on Blu-ray, this special; landmark season gets the Blu-ray release it deserves. It’s packed to the gills with extras including a nice coffee table book that commemorates this milestone, has a 1-hour retrospective, a look at creator Matt Groening, a special look at the China Sweatshop where the animation is actually created and more. Why the 10 hours of extras is worth the price of admission alone! We love you Fox Home Video for giving the fans what they want! If I lived in a dream world, this opening paragraph would have been true. Unfortunately reality sucks and so does The Simpson’s Season 20 featureless Blu-ray set. Not only does it not include any worthwhile features; unless you count a 3 minute Sneak Peak at Morgan Spurlock‘s 20th Anniversary Special, but they didn’t even standardize the picture. Half the episodes are Full Screen 1.33:1 and the other half are in Widscreen 1.76:1.

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Television: Sneak Peek at Supernatural S5.14 My Bloody Valentine

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Once upon a time, in mining town in Pennsylvania called Harmony, there was this handsome but totally deranged young man named Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles) who took on the personality of Harry Warden a dead miner who used to kill people with a pick axe. Hanniger unable to control his split personality, began taking up where Warden left off and..oh wait wrong My Bloody Valentine!

This one is  the newest episode of season five of the hit CW Network series, Supernatural. While this aptly titled 14th episode of Supernatural, which is being aired in February (and you gotta love this show’s sense of the absurd to connect these things together) might not be featured in the latest 3D technology, we still get to see Jensen Ackles..and Jared Padalecki too.

In Supernatural S5.14, My Bloody Valentine (directed by Mike Rohl and written by Ben Edlund), Castiel (Misha Collins) helps Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) hunt down Cupid (guest star Lex Medlin) on Valentine’s Day after townspeople start to kill each other for love. However, after Cupid tells them he’s innocent, they discover Famine (guest star James Otis), one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, has arrived in town. 

Hmmm, wonder if he is as good looking as the deranged killer, Tom Hanniger? Let’s take a look at the sneak peeks provided by Warner Brother and see if we get to find that out.

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TELEVISION: Americal Idol Hollywood Week 02.09.10

*****SPOILER ALERT****  If you live on the West Coast, don’t read this.  For those of you on the East Coast, YES!  YES!  YES!  These are the Idol episodes we have been waiting for.  It’s Hollywood Week where we separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls and the queens from the, well, queens.  It’s also the debut of new Idol judge ELLEN DEGENERES.  Yay, Ellen!

Enough chit chat.  Let’s get down to business.

100,000 people auditioned.  181 got that elusive Golden Ticket to Hollywood.  In one week, that number will drop to 12 guys and 12 girls, so one heck of a cut is coming and that means a whole lot of drama in between.  I’m literally salivating as I type this.  I’m so excited.

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Television: Michael Shanks Flies into Smallville for Absolute Justice

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Actor Michael Shanks is best known for his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson on the hit Syfy Channel series Stargate SG1, which ended it’s successful ten year run back in 2006. Shanks also reprised this role in two made for DVD Stargate SG1 movies and in guest-starring appearances in the two spin off series, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: Universe. Of course this talented and versatile actor has spent time in other roles as well since becoming a fan favorite on Stargate SG1 (so popular in fact that many loyal fans participated in a campaign to bring him back to SG1 after the actor departed the series at the end of season five). Shanks has appeared in guest starring roles on several top rated television series such as 24, CSI: Miami and a very popular recurring guest appearance on Burn Notice as the rogue agent, Victor.

Now Michael Shanks steps into the realm of the superhero as he dons winged armor to become The Hawkman in the upcoming Smallville telemovie, Absolute Justice.

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