Sunday, November 23, 2008

I didn't quite see the "Twilight" at the end of the tunnel


 I know that millions of teenage girls are going to kill me for saying this. But I have to tell the truth. "Twilight" just didn't do it for me.  Maybe it was the two hour wait for a seat, or maybe it was the fact that I haven't read the book, but when all was said and done I could not have been more disappointed. 
  They will teach you in any basic screenwriting class (of which I have taken) that the key to any good film rests in characterization.  You have to create some sort of character sympathy in order to engage audiences.  I felt as though unless you read the book, and already had sympathy for the characters, you were left hanging.  Bella's character was cold and unappealing, which I would have excused had a cared for Edward Cullen in the slightest. His characterization was rushed, as was the love affair between the two. And, I'm sorry, but in a movie about vampires, a love story won't carry the entire film. There needed to be more drama. One fight scene is not enough. Tension usually is a thread used to hold a film together, here it was a dangling line to which the movie was barely holding on. 
  I wanted to know more about the family.  Kellen Lutz and Peter Facinelli anchored a well cast Cullen clan, but they were underused. The film tried also to establish relationships between Bella and the Fork's High School clan, but besides some scenes invented to instigate some awkward teenage sympathy, they became more of a nuisance than an aid to the plot. 
  I am glad that the film has found a niche in the teen audience. Not since the late 90's, early 2000's has there been a truly successful love story aimed at that market (think back to the good ole days: "10 Things I Hate About You", "She's All That", "Cruel Intentions".)  
  A guest on "Table Talk" attempted to compare "Twilight" with the "Harry Potter" series. She thought that "Twilight" would find as much, or more, success.  The problem is that with the "Harry Potter" franchise, people who weren't fans of the book, or who didn't read it, can still enjoy the films.  With "Twilight" I fear that non-book fans won't find the film nearly as amusing. The good news is that if the creators decide to make the second and third novels into motion pictures, then they'll have two other chances to get it right. 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stephen Baldwin's Hannah Obsession

So I thought it was great last year when University of Michigan wrestler Steve Luke admitted his love affair with Disney's hit show. When macho men admit they have a soft spot for chick flicks and Disney movies, I suddenly have a soft spot for them.
I'll admit, however, that I don't feel the same way for Stephen Baldwin after discovering his permanent display of "Hannah Montana" pride. The buff Baldwin brother revealed a Hannah Montana tattoo (shown here). A poster on your wall, maybe. A DVD box set, sure. But a permanent display of affection for a show almost certain to leave the air in just a few seasons-you've got to be kidding me!
Apparently during a trip to the Whitehouse, Stephen tried to talk his way into a part of his daughter's favorite show. Miley told Stephen that he could have a role in her show if he showed his true dedication to the cause by getting a tattoo. At a book signing in Nashville, Baldwin unveiled his latest work of art. Miley has said she'll keep up her end of the bargain and has secured a guest spot for Stephen on the show.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Join the Circus!

Want to catch a sneak peak of brand new music from Britney Spears? Of course you do. Circus may not hit shelves until December 2nd, but if you follow this link, you can check out six of the new tracks. Then come back and let us know what you think!

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Entertainment Buzz S4E6

Want to see the latest episode of WOLV-TV's "The Entertainment Buzz"? Well you're in luck. You can watch the ENTIRE SHOW right here!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Miley Cyrus Has Show Cut From Air

  The third season of Disney's "Hannah Montana" was supposed to start with an episode about diabetes. Instead Disney Channel officials took the show out of the lineup.  The episode, titled "Sugar, No Sugar" was about Hannah's friend Oliver's dealing with diabetes.  The show was pulled after initial concerns about how the disease was represented.  According to an E-Online! report, "the Disney Channel's Standards and Practices team consulted with medical experts during the script-writing process." 
  There is still hope that the show will make it in the Hannah line-up.  The Disney Channel has previously dealt with diabetes in other programming. For example, an episode of "Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream" showed how Nick Jonas deals with the disease. 
  The third season opened with "He Ain't a Hottie, He's My Brother" which dealt with a sophisticated story-line (read: sappy/stupid) depicting Miley's reaction to Lily dating her brother.  The next episode on the schedule: "Ready, Set, Don't Drive".  Gee I wonder if the timing of this has anything to do with the fact that Miley is turning sixteen this month. Weird. 

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Heidi Klum in some Risky Business

What’s been hot in Hollywood this week? Without a doubt Heidi Klum in her bra and underwear. The supermodel and Project Runway host was involved in some risky business. No, she wasn’t caught doing anything illegal. Klum reenacted the famous Tom Cruise scene from Risky Business to promote a commercial for Guitar Hero World Tour. I promise after seeing this, you'll never look at guitar hero the same way again.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

At the Request of Others: Twilight

I've broken down. At the request of loyal Ebuzz readers, I'm finally posted for the first time on Twilight. 
  I had a Twilight fan on the show a few weeks ago (that video will be up soon), so I figure if I've talked about it on TV, I should talk about it on here too.
  Below you'll find a trailer for the movie.  The film is based on a best-selling series of novels by Stephanie Meyer.  Fans of the teen love books are hailing the movie as a possible "Harry Potter" predecessor.  Whether or not the reaction from audiences will be the same once the box office opens, remains to be seen, but I think Twilight, will at least make some media waves during its upcoming press tour.
  Look for more Twilight in the weeks to come.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ready for the Circus?

December 2nd the Circus is coming to town. And it's going to look a lot like this.
The album has already generated buzz thanks to the first single, "womanizer".
Britney's hit single has inspired an entire line of advertising for the CW's hit show "Gossip Girls". While the video below isn't an official ad, it helps you see the connection.

Angels & Demons

It's out!!! The first look is out for the new Angels & Demons movie. If you aren't familiar with Dan Brown's series of best selling books, starting with the DaVinci Code, you should be. Angels & Demons is an intense mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and if the film version-starring Tom Hanks-is half as good as the novel, it'll be the must see of the year.
The movie is set to hit theaters May 15,2009 which means you have plenty of time to read the book (which I highly recommend, by the way).