Thursday, April 30, 2009
So I stumbled upon this movie directed by Demi Moore and starring Brittany Snow. It caught my attention for more than one reason and I highly recommend taking fifteen minutes out of your day to take a look.
First of all the film is a little ironic. The movie centers around Snow who has been living with weight/body obsessed girls all through college. They monitor their food, work out constantly, and make fun of others that are overweight. In real life Brittany Snow went to rehab for her battle with anorexia and depression. I give her major kudos for attacking the subject by starring in a film that focuses on eating disorders and body image.
Secondly the title of the film "Streak" comes from the running of something eerily similar to Michigan's Naked Mile. While it can never actually be reproduced, it's nice to know everyone out there is trying.
To watch Streak for yourself just follow the link. It'll be worth it.
During my childhood rarely could I turn on the television without seeing the face of this next actress. She was a Nickelodeon product through and through and may still be suffering the effects of that today.
23 year old Amanda Bynes has had her own TV show and clothing line, starred in movies, and has even lent her voice to a track or two on a top-selling soundtrack (Hairspray). But since the mega-musical hit came to theaters last summer Bynes has been a relative no-show in the industry.
In the early 2000s the star pigeonholed herself with a myriad of teen-centered films. What a Girl Wants, She's the Man, and Sydney White weren't exactly block-busters but they did keep Bynes a household name (especially because her co-stars included the likes of Channing Tatum!).
The real question...what is Bynes doing now? The answer: She's currently filming a TV pilot for ABC. That's right Bynes has progressed from Nickelodeon to the WB to finally landing a gig on one of the big four. Canned is supposedly about a group of friends who find themselves unemployed during these rough economic times and must discover what they truly want to do with their lives. According the internet reports the show hasn't officially been picked up yet, just ordered so it remains to be seen whether or not we'll actually SEE Bynes in that role.
It's that third thing that led me to share the following video. Before the Disney channel got a hold of Mitchel Musso and Selena Gomez, Chuck Norris did. While sadly their appearance on the show didn't include a fight scene (at least in this clip), it feature two of the Mouse's biggest future stars. Coincidence? I think not.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Michigan native (Grand Rapids) Taylor Lautner, 17, has been on a number of woman's radars after his casting in the mega-hit vampire franchise Twilight. Fans of the series who have been drooling over the buff werewolf apparently aren't the only ones...
Lautner has recently been linked to Disney channel starlet (and rumored heir to the Miley throne) 16 year old Selena Gomez. The Wizards of Waverly Place star has been in Canada shooting Beezus while Launtner has been there shooting New Moon. People.com has reported the two have been spending lots of time together and have been spotted cuddling at the movies and eating together.
I've scoured Gomez's Twitter account (which she updates with a surprising frequency) and can't find any link to Lautner...but he may not have hopped on board the Twitter train himself so I won't rush to judgement on that point just yet.
I saw a trailer for Ghosts of Girlfriends Past last night and noticed a familiar face: Lacey Chabert. It's been a while since I've seen the Mean Girls star and it got me thinking about other actors and actresses who've fizzled out since their break on the big screen. As a result I'm going to dedicate a series of posts to tracking down these "one hit wonders" of film. Considering Lacey was my inspiration, I'll start with her.
You may not have seen 26 year old Lacey Chabert on the big screen lately, but that doesn't mean she's taken a break from Hollywood. Chabert has starred in some lesser known works including Being Michael Madsen and Sherman's Way. The last time I saw Chabert she had starred in the ABC Family original movie Hello Sister, Goodbye Life. Chabert's voice may be more recognizable than her figure. She has lent her chords to animated series like The Wild Thornberries and Bratz. Chabert got her start as Claudia Salinger on Party of Five. My hope is that when the CW decides to do a remake of that series too she'll come back and join the new cast (come on what other 90's series could better compliment 90210 and Melrose Place?).
Monday, April 27, 2009
Former tween queen (the first Miley Cyrus) Hilary Duff will be appearing as a guest on the popular NBC show Law & Order tonight. Duff will play a "young, irresponsible mother named Ashlee". First of all is it just a coincidence that there is currently another young celebrity mother whose name is spelled the exact same way (Simpson, anyone?)? I think not.
Second get used to seeing the Duffster on the Peacock. As was reported on this site earlier, Duff has a development deal with the network and is working on Barely Legal-a Doogie Howser like law show. Duff will play the youngest lawyer ever to pass the bar in California. It'll be a far cry from her last full-time TV gig (Lizzie McGuire), but should allow her to shed some of her tween image (if there's any still left).
It's been a while since Hilary has made headlines. Besides pictures surfacing of her a beau Mike Comrey (he's a professional hockey player), not much else has been worthy of media attention. Duff's most recent movies have found anything but commercial success (War Inc. = independent flop) and her latest musical endeavors haven't hit the charts.
I'm thinking the return to television is a chance for Hilary to start all over. Everything else is well... "So Yesterday". If the former tween queen can establish a new audience in TV she may just be able to re-incarnate her musical career too. Good luck. You'll need it.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
"Twitter Tabloids" that's what I just may start referring to entertainment sites/magazines as if they continue to publish absurd stories about celebrity's Twitter feeds.
As if the Ashton Kutcher/CNN race to a million followers wasn't ridiculous enough, entertainment sites are scouring EVERY celebrity Twitter page in hopes of breaking the next "big" story. Today People.com was the guilty party. They published an article about Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas (for those of you that have been living under a rock they once dated) spending time together. The article's goal was to prove that rumors stating the two tween stars are getting back together is totally false. Their proof? Miley Cyrus' Twitter feed. True they are words directly from Cyrus, but in 140 characters can you really establish both a solid context and factual accuracy?
I admit I follow a number of celebrities on Twitter, not because I want to stalk them or really care about what they are craving for breakfast, but mostly because I think it's interesting to compare their updates to those of your average joe (like myself). I also enjoy seeing Twitter being put to good use, like in the case of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore (in the interest of full disclosure I follow them both). The Hollywood power couple is using the service to gain attention to important causes. Recently they've asked users to help raise money for mosquito nets (it sounds silly but in reality is an important cause).
Last week stars used Twitter to respond to the Miss California's Perez Hilton question response during the Miss USA pageant. Miley Cyrus was just one of the celebrities to go back and forth with Perez Hilton on the topic. The conversation was incredibly intriguing but again got me wondering...is it newsworthy?
I hope that the entertainment media stops scrutinizing Twitter (although they won't), because my fear is that it will result in celebrities not feeling comfortable sharing their thoughts with the world. One slip up on Twitter and you could cost yourself a career.
My Twitter followers don't quite compete with the likes of Ashton or Demi, but it's still amazing to think that ANYONE cares what's going on in my life.
You can follow me on Twitter at: kaitlinurka
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Emma Watson calls herself a nerd. To me that statement alone is worthy of a post. Being a self-proclaimed nerd myself I get much delight at hearing someone so popular make education sound so cool. It's nice to know that someone millions of youth will be looking up to in the coming months has a solid head on her shoulders. While I won't go as far as to say that Watson is the British Miley Cyrus (no sold out concert tours, or hit TV show to go along with her big screen success), she certainly has the same ability to serve as a role model thanks to her role as Hermione in one of the big screen's most successful franchises.
Watson is currently shooting "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows" and will likely be a media darling this summer as Warner Brothers prepares to release "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".
In a recent interview Watson addressed the subject of her continuing education. Having scored incredibly high marks on her examinations the star is currently choosing between schools like Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard. Right now she claims she is leaning towards the Ivy League (I still can't believe Michigan isn't on her radar ;)
"Here, I feel the specification is very narrow, whereas in America, you're encouraged to be broad and choose many different subjects," she explains. "For someone who has missed as much school as I have, I want to go back and discover what else there is. I always loved school -- I was a proper, proper nerd. I just want that back again."
On another interesting note...Watson has been seen swapping saliva with 27 year old Jay Barrymore. Considering Emma is only 18 years old I'm a little shocked this hasn't received more play in the media. Is there a double standard here? Miley Cyrus dates a guy four years her senior and everyone and their brother is calling foul. Emma Watson goes after a man 9 years older and no one pays any attention. I know that Watson is legally an adult so the rules change a bit...but still I'd take the four year gap over the nine year one anytime.
We used to have reoccurring segment on EBUZZ called "La Lohan Lowdown". Because it was so fun, and because Linds has been getting a lot of media attention lately, I've decided to resurrect it on the blog.
Lindsay has been milking her post Samantha Ronson breakup for all it's worth. Which makes me wonder: How much of the timing of the breakup had to do with publicity reasons? Lohan's career had been in the toilet (her latest feature is being shown for the first time on ABC Family), this has been the perfect opportunity for her to light a fire under her celebrity status. For the first time in a long time she's on talk shows NOT defending a night of binge drinking, but rather attempting to gain sympathy for a broken homosexual relationship. I'm not sure any publicist in their right mind would have planned such an event, but given Lindsay's history you have to work with what you're given. And this set of circumstances is more favorable than most regarding the former teen queen.
At the end of the day I have no sympathy whatsoever for Lohan. Breakups are rough, I get that. But to then go publicly bash your ex and take details of your relationship to the presses just isn't right. Lindsay should have taken a lesson form Miley and Kevin or Taylor and Joe...private breakups are the classier thing to do. You can make your millions from them AFTER you release a hit song in their honor ("7 Things", "Goodbye", all of Taylor's recent hits).
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...HEROES IN A HALF SHELL--TURTLE POWER!!!
Sorry. I had to. I'm SUPER excited for the announcement that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming back to the big screen in LIVE action form. TMNT (the animated version that came out a few years ago) was a horrible way to end the franchise. The thought of another live action flick to bring the totally tubular turtles back into the limelight sounds like a winner to me.
The project is targeted for release sometime in 2011. It will be the fifth time that Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael will make their way onto the silver screen.
I have seen EVERY TMNT movie. When I was little my cousins and I each owned turtle costumes and would dress up on a daily basis to mimick our beloved heroes. I admit they still haven't inspired me to try anchovies on my pizza, but they did make it cool to be a nerd (thanks Leo!). I also own the TMNT soundtrack which sports incredibly awesome hits like: "Walk Straight" and "Pizza Power". No joke.
I'm not sure where I'll be in 2011, but I promise I'll find my way to theaters just so that for two hours I can revert back to my childhood self.
FOX is currently having a sh*t fit over the leaked release of this summer's blockbuster "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". The movie giant is attempting to woo back fans who've already downloaded a copy of the film by claiming that the theatrical version includes a number of changes. The Huffington Post claims that the movie hasn't been reworked and points to the film's running time (107 minutes) as being exactly the same as the bootlegged versions.
I really don't care either way. The question I pose is whether or not the leaked version of the film will actually diminish box office returns? With all the added publicity surrounding the leak, and the question of what, if anything was changed as a result, could the film possibly be garnering a larger audience as a result?
Studios have been known to "leak" clips from popular movies in the past. Even if they just put selected scenes on their website they are still giving fans a glimpse into the unknown, and thus piquing interest. Oftentimes clips used in trailers, and even leaked clips from the film themselves don't end up in the final cut (The trailer for "The Perfect Man", for example, used scenes that were not in the theatrical version).
Maybe it's not such a bad idea to leak pre-cut copies of films as a marketing tool. I wouldn't want to give away the entire movie...but packages that include scenes that won't make the final cut could certainly give fans something to stew over while waiting for the final project. Studios normally put these things on the DVD extras...why not use some for a little pre-movie promotion?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
So if you haven't seen it take a look. I promise if nothing else, you'll get a good laugh. I got an extra chuckle at the end of the video where Miley starts crying during her acceptance speech for her "Best Female Singer" award.
And speaing of the JoBros new show...
I caught the trailer on YouTube (see below). I have not seen a worse display of acting since Misty May Treanor guest starred on Wizards of Waverly Place (oh yeah I watched it. I was a Misty May fan thanks to my Beijing experience).
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
When Hillary Clinton ran for president everything from her wardrobe to her wrinkles were slammed in the press. At 16 years old Miley Cyrus hasn't gone out clubbing, or wound up in rehab, but she still makes the cover of magazine after magazine due to comments about her appearance. Brittany Snow actually wound up in rehab after suffering from depression and an eating disorder related to the pressure put on her by Hollywood to be thin. Sadly these cases aren't the exception, they're the rule. Open up any magazine and you'll find a story about a celebrity who's too thin or too fat, a diet fad that you can try to drop your own access weight, and the story in small print in the back about how American's shouldn't be so concerned with looks. Often times this last story is on the page opposite the story on the celebrity's weight issues.
I love that Susan Boyle has come right out and said she has no plans on changing who she is now that she has this new-found fame. For every man who passed up the opportunity to kiss her in her 47 years on this Earth shame on you. Paybacks are a bitch though, aren't they?
If you haven't seen her video yet should watch. The look on Simon's face is worth the seven minutes of your time. Trust me.
The good news for "90210" star AnnaLynne McCord is that the series has been a success and will see a second season. This means the star will get a couple months of downtime before she's due back on set. While her cast mates will likely be using the downtime to capitalize on the show's popularity and make a movie or two, McCord has told reporters she's using the time to go backpacking through Europe!
In an article published in People McCord said:
"I had several offers for the summer, but I decided there wasn't anything I really 100 percent wanted to do," she explained. "I ended up telling my agent, 'I'm sorry. I'm not available. I'm leaving. Don't call me. I need some time and I just want to be by myself for a little bit.' "While backpacking through Europe sounds awesome (I'm a little jealous I won't be joining), it got me wondering...is AnnaLynne McCord popular enough that her career can survive a summertiem drought? "90210" may be popular, but it is on The CW-and network that averages less than 5 million viewers per show. While that's still 5 million more than watch "The Entertainment Buzz", it's still pretty slim in terms of overall TV ratings. I just hope McCord enjoys her vacay, because he next may not be voluntary.
Monday, April 20, 2009
It's one thing to have a hit at the box office. It's another to have a hit at the box office AND 6...that's right 6 hits on the billboard charts as well.
I'm guessing that the Beatles were one of the last groups able to pull off such a feat. Notice how I haven't even mentioned the superstar's name yet? It's because it's almost too obvious.
Miley Cyrus is making bank with "Hannah Montana: The Movie" (it's made over 50 million dollars in just over a week in theaters). I'd be less shocked if I'd read that Miley also had A SONG in the top 100. That makes since. "The Climb" was released just prior to the film and serves as the title track. BUT, to read that Cyrus has 6 songs in the top 100 right now is borderline ridiculous. Two of Cyrus' hits are in the top fifty:
8. Miley Cyrus "The Climb"
28. Miley Cyrus "Hoedown Throwdown"
I guess this proves that not only isn't she a one hit wonder, but she's expanding her fan base. The tween set doesn't have enough power to put Miley on that pedastal all by themselves.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
For the second week in a row a Disney-born star led the way at the box office. This past weekend Zac Efron's "17 Again" buried the competition pulling in 24 million dollars. Miley Cyrus' "The Hannah Montana Movie" brought in another 12.7 million making it the fourth place movie for the weekend. Cyrus' flick has earned Disney a whopping 56.1 million in just ten days in theaters.
Yahoo!'s headline for the story is "Zac Topples Miley". Here is the problem with that...while Zac did "topple" Miley this weekend..."17 Again" still didn't have as good of an opening weekend as Cyrus' "The Hannah Montana Movie".
Either way Disney has shown why it pays to be associated with the ears.
My roomate and I went and saw "17 Again" tonight. I'll be honest (if you haven't figured it out yet I'm generally all about the honesty) before tonight I wasn't all on board the Zac Efron train. Now I'm riding in the engine car.
Efron made that movie. The storyline was nothing new (if you haven't seen "Big" shame on you). The other actors were hit or miss (Thomas Lennon was hilarious, but I could have done without Michelle Trachtenberg). Zac made a teenie bopper role into a serious display of acting. I, along with the other women in the audience, were all ready to jump out of our seats and through the screen to get at him.
The movie itself, as with others of its genre, got me to thinking. As I sit here, stomach turning in knots waiting on a phone call that will determine my future, I ponder: If I had it all to do over again would I want to be 17 again? Do I have regrets? Sure. Who doesn't? But I'm not sure I'd ever want to go back. Even now on the verge of graduation, I don't think I'd want to do it all again. It's not about the destination, it's the journey. I've had one hell of a journey. This week I've had to close a chapter in my life I truly loved, but who knows...maybe the next chapter will be even better.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Exhibit A: The Zach Efron Pool Party. With cameos from Brittany Snow, Vanessa Hudgens, Carmen Electra,Lance Bass, and the always funny Justin Long this one is one of my favorite.
Exhibit B: The M&M Cru. What other 16 year old on the planet could afford to put together a YouTube video as sophisticated as this AND enlist the help of a dozen hot celebs? None. Miley Cyrus once again proves she's the coolest teenager in America. You don't have to like her, but you have to admit the kid makes an entertaining video.
Exhibit C: Eva Longoria 'Sex Tape'. This is another Funny of Die classic. Kim Kardasian should have taken a lesson or two...
Exhibit D: Natalie Portman Puppies. This video makes no sense to me at all, but I love the fact that Natalie Portman is making fun of her own political activism and the puppies are genuinely adorable. Thus it's the last video on my list. Enjoy!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The argument as to whether or not Miley is a role model is borderline ridiculous. There is not doubt she is a role model. If she weren't then millions of tween girls wouldn't be sporting "Hannah Montana" apparel on a daily basis. If she weren't a role model then there wouldn't be an audience or a need for the sixteen year old to write an autobiography. And, most importantly, if she weren't a role model then the topic wouldn't be debatable.
The real question MSN was posing wasn't whether or not Miley Cyrus IS a role model, but rather if she's a Good role model. To this I also feel the answer is clear: Hell yes. Compare Cyrus to the other tween queens and their track records and I bet that most parents would clearly choose Cyrus as a model for their children than any of the other options. Lindsay Lohan equals disaster. Hilary Duff was great during her time, but she's a Disney has been and thus is irrelevant to the current generation. Selena Gomez is another great option for the youth of today, but she doesn't permeate society in nearly the same way (yet).
Cyrus has undoubtedly made mistakes, but so has every other person on the planet. Her mistakes have actually made her MORE appealing as a role model. She makes them, she admits them, and generally she learns something from them (it sounds like an episode of "Hannah Montana" doesn't it?). She has a great relationship with her family. She is openly religious and has talked about her choice to remain abstinent until marriage. Miley Cyrus admits to her insecurities and opens up about the pressures to look and act a certain way. She can sit down and have an adult conversation with people like Barbara Walters one day, and the next appear on a Disney 365 segment where she just as easily relates to kids her own age.
I'm passionate about this topic because I have seen first hand Miley's effect on kids. The only reason I have ever watched "Hannah Montana" is because I have babysat for a number of kids who can't get enough of the show. These are kids who, in their everyday conversation, use Hannah or Miley references to explain situations occurring in their own lives. The parents of these kids have used Miley's faults to open up important dialogues with their kids. Good things have come out of the this Disney multimedia machine, and in an age of cable television where sex, drugs, and violence are the norm on TV it's nice to see kids have a series they can relate to that doesn't contain all those things.
Monday, April 13, 2009
If you haven't yet heard, the Obama's new Portuguese Water Dog is named Bo. While reports claim the name is a nod to Michelle Obama's dad and a cousin's cat, I beg to differ. I believe that the dog's name is actually a nod to the incredibly awesome Bo Schembechler. The Michigan Man is really the only Bo worth naming anything after...
Now they just need to get him a Maize and Blue colored collar/leash...
I don't think anyone in the entertainment world was shocked when the box office figures from this past weekend were released. "The Hannah Montana Movie" owned the top spot grossing 34 million dollars, over five million more than its closest competitor "Fast and the Furious".
What gets me is that respectable adult media outlets aren't slamming the Disney flick. From Access Hollywood to ABC entertainment reporters are claiming this isn't all that bad of a movie. As a result I'm slightly torn. I have licked almost every one of Miley Cyrus' radio singles. Her music is catchy, she has a goody-two-shoes charm that appeals to the goody-two-shoes in me, and having seen an episode of "Hannah Montana" or two I can say I kind of like the quirky character that Disney developed. So the question is as follows: Do I spend the money to see the film and risk social suicide, or do I follow the unwritten code of adult-hood that denies me the opportunity to willingly see the kid oriented film?
The mature me says this movie will be retarded and I shouldn't waste my money. The kid in me says that you only live once and I should go for it. I can't tell if I really want to see it or if I really just want to procrastinate growing up. I liked being able to go see "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" because at the time it was age appropriate. I don't like that all of a sudden I've been cast out of an entire marketing group.
So maybe before I graduate I'll take one last leap into the world of kid-dom in an attempt to prolong my head first dive into adulthood. Maybe....
Monday, April 6, 2009
Having been out of the country for a week I was feeling a little TV deprived (I should get used to it considering seasons are coming to a close and soon I'll be avoiding the medium all together). This week is sure to deliver some hits.
Monday: Gossip Girl got juicy last week with Serena's decision to leave the country, the introduction of Rufus and Lily's son (sort of), Chuck and Vanessa's affair, and Nate and Blair's second chance at romance. These last few episodes should be amazing especially leading up to the introduction of the show's spin-off. Remember Michelle Trachtenburg is due for a repeat guest appearance (they hinted at it last week).
Tuesday: I'm not an American Idol fan (I know right?) so I won't spend much time dwelling over that over-extended phenom. Instead I'll head back to the CW where there is a brand new episode of 90210. Last week's episode felt like it may have been jumping the shark, but look for a strong comeback this week when the characters can pull it back together. Dixon and Annie's relationship issues are enough to drive the show which makes Naomi's presence an added bonus. Also remember Tori Spelling is on her way back...so original fans of the series are in for a treat.
Wednesday: This is really the only off-night of the week in my opinion. There is nothing here I HAVE to watch...but Scrubs fans will be happy to note there is a brand new episode airing on ABC. If that doesn't float your boat there are some great cable movies on Wednesday night that could be equally worth your time. If you're lucky enough to have On Demand I suggest you check out the WB section and watch a classic episode of Veronica Mars instead.
Thursday: This is by far my favorite night of television...and the one I'm never around to watch live. CSI and the Office are both brand new. CSI's 200th episode was a total let-down, in my opinion. But I have a feeling this week Lawrence Fishbourne and crew will make amends.
***I just wanted to point out of the irony of the fact that the Disney Channel in preparation for the Hannah Montana Movie premeire is going back to the franchise that started it all with the airing of the Lizzie McGuire Movie.
Friday: This night belongs to CBS. With new episodes of Ghost Whisperer AND Numbers if you don't have plans these are the shows to watch. The good news is that if you plan on being at the bar like me you can watch Numbers On Demand the next morning!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I am convinced there is a conspiracy on American Idol. Last night I watched for about an hour of the hour and 25 minute show. I thought none of the performances were stellar and I thought one was particularly terrible. That was Danny Gokey's butchering of my favorite Rascal Flatts song "What Hurts the Most." I thought he absolutely mutilated a beautiful song and was sure that the judges would feel the same way. To my SHOCK all of the judges loved it. Maybe its because I am not musical or whatever but I thought it was just dreadful. Hence when I starting believing in a conspiracy. If any of you have seen the movie American DreamZ with Mandy Moore and Hugh Grant and various others, this movie parodies Idol and basically makes it out to be a total sham, showing the execs of the show hand picking the top 3 before the show even gets under way. Here are the reasons I believe the folks over at Idol have already picked Danny Gokey to win: