September 20, 2011 3:54pm
While most of the press attention has been lavished on Chaz Bono, last night on the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars, David Arquette also performed. He waltzed with partner Kym Johnson to a bastardized version of Queen’s Somebody to Love. Interesting music choice aside, Arquette seemed to be pleased with his performance and…
September 20, 2011 2:37pm
The new CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls premiered last night. It stars Kat Dennings, one of my favorite Jewish actresses and has a plot line fueled by Bernie Madoff. Unfortunately the show is not the best vehicle for her prodigious talents. Worse still, it traffics in Brooklyn cliches that would’ve felt dated 10 years ago….
September 20, 2011 1:15pm
Last night, The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen aired and we were finally privy to all of the far too easy jokes lobbed at the former star of Two and a Half Men. (I no longer have any respect for a person who makes a “winning” joke.) Yet some still were still original and…
September 19, 2011 1:11pm
Last night the Emmys were awarded in Los Angeles and all of television glitterati (and a lot of film stars since the distinction between television and movie stars has steadily blurred over the past decade) showed up to demonstrate their best acting skills by pretending to be entertained by the evening’s proceedings.
Even Charlie Sheen was on hand to present the award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. But before he got started listing the nominees, he needed to do some penance. (We are getting close to Rosh Hashanah, after all.) “Before I present Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, my old category,” he began, “I want to take a moment to get something off my chest and say a few words to verybody here from Two and a Half Men. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television.”
Just like that bit of faux sincerity, the rest of the show felt forced and poorly scripted. Yet unlike every other armchair critic out there, I’m not going to make this post about how dreadful the show was because this was hardly a surprise. The Emmys are unwatchable virtually every year. We’d all be better entertained watching C-SPAN. Book TV anyone?
Now onto the awards.
September 15, 2011 5:28pm
The Real Housewives of New York City will be missing a Jew this season. It has been reported that Jill Zarin (along with Kelly Bensimon and Alex McCord) has been let go from the upcoming season of the Bravo reality television program. According to reports, Zarin and the other terminated Housewives had no idea that…
September 15, 2011 11:20am
Stand Up To Cancer is encouraging all Star Wars fans out there to do the same. In a series of new videos for the organization, Andy Samberg, Seth Rogen and several other actors, including Emma Stone, Ken Jeong, Aziz Ansari, Ed Helms and Bill Hader, perform famous scenes from the original trilogy, modified for comedic…
September 14, 2011 5:23pm
In an interview segment on Chelsea Lately, Paul Rudd, who was on the show to promote his new indie movie Our Idiot Brother, expressed sympathy for the boom mic operator who was forced to get too close to him during filming of a nude scene. Unable to wear a thong since it would’ve been visible…
September 14, 2011 4:12pm
In Goon, a new sports movie that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, Liev Schrieber plays an older goon, which is a hockey term for an “enforcer” or a player whose unofficial task is responding to dirty play from opponents by “checking” them. The film revolves around Seann William Scott’s character, Doug, who becomes a…
September 13, 2011 5:03pm
When an actress selects a dress for an awards shows, she probably takes the following into consideration: the color, the cut and the current fashion trends. But does she concern herself with an exposed elbow? Well, she does if she’s Mayim Bialik, who appears on the CBS comedy Big Bang Theory. The actress, who…
September 13, 2011 2:49pm
The fall television has arrived! It’s a bit early for most of the new show premieres but tonight check out former Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar as she returns to the small screen in The CW’s Ringer after years of making crappy horror flicks and Scooby-Doo movies. She will be playing a dual role, which is…
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