October 28th, 2009
04:26 PM ET

Why the World Series is better than 'Glee'

The cast of Glee performing live? Jay-Z and Alicia Keys singing “Empire State of Mind?” Kate Hudson hanging out with Rudy Giuliani and Billy Crystal? A woman selling sex for tickets just to get a peek of all of the action? You must be thinking to yourself, “Is she making this stuff up?” Nope, I am just describing the World Series, starting tonight, between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Folks, the World Series is better than anything on primetime TV these days. It’s better than any scripted show out there. You’ve got your lead characters- the McDreamys and McSteamys if you will. For example, on the Yankees we have Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter- old friends who depending on the day, either love each other or hate each other. Their love lives are the stuff that nighttime dramas are made of- the kind of storylines that fans thrive on. After A-Rod’s divorce he was linked to none other than Madonna, and now he is dating Kate Hudson. Hudson is now a regular fixture at the games, and usually rocking some killer style in the stands. I am even convinced that she got her hair and makeup done before the last game—she was definitely ready for the close-ups that she knew the cameras were taking of her every time her man was up at the plate. It’s rumored that she has even become his good luck charm.

Jeter’s longtime love, Friday Night Light’s Minka Kelly, plays it a little more low-key, sitting in his private box away from the other wives and girlfriends of the players. Not to worry though FNL fans, you won’t miss your Minka Kelly fix because the cameras know where to find her! In addition to Kelly, you can also expect to see loyal Yankee fans like Billy Crystal, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Regis Philbin, Donald Trump, and maybe even Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. On the Phillies side, you should be on the lookout for Kevin Bacon, Rob McElhenney, Fabian, Tim McGraw and Bill Cosby and even our very own Vice President Joe Biden! There will be better celebrity sightings at these games than the red carpet at the Golden Globes!

On top of all of the stars, we are treated to musical performances- the soundtrack to the World Series if you will. The uber-talented cast of Glee may have been snubbed by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but you can get your fix by watching them on the World Series. These are the guys who reinvigorated the Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believin’” last spring, and I can’t wait to see what they are going to do with the National Anthem!

We also are going to get to hear Jay-Z and Alicia Keys sing their ode to New York, “Empire State of Mind.” It’s like getting a free concert with some of today’s hottest stars- and you know Beyonce will be in the stands.

So how hot are tickets to this show? Well, there is a woman in Philly, Susan Finkelstein, who allegedly offered sex for tickets to a game. For those who are looking for a far less illegal way of attending, tickets are still available, but they are going for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. You could do what you normally do on a weeknight however, and watch the game in the comfort of your own home. Just think, all of those celebrities, the music and on top of that, a great baseball game, all right there in your living room- what could be better than that?

The fact of the matter is that we watch TV to inspire us. We watch it for hope, for fun and for entertainment. Well that’s what baseball is about—hope, fun and entertainment. Imagine all of that in one place and you have the World Series—sounds like Must See TV to me.

October 28th, 2009
03:12 PM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's happening in the world of entertainment today:

Rumors that the Jonas Brothers are breaking up are greatly exaggerated, People reports. The band wrote a letter to fans saying, “We plan to make music together for as long as we can."

Kate Gosselin

TLC has a one-hour special, "Kate: Her Story," set for Monday night, according to EW.com, while more episodes of "Jon & Kate Plus Eight" are planned for the remainder of next month, using old footage, and the final filmed episode before shooting was suspended.

Variety reports that Adam Sandler will play both the male and female leads - twins, in fact - in the romantic comedy "Jack and Jill."

Dramas aren't entirely dead at NBC: The Hollywood Reporter says that the network is developing a "hard-hitting legal drama," starring "The Office's" Idris Elba as a vigilante lawyer.

October 28th, 2009
02:55 PM ET

Adam Lambert's new cover

Full disclosure here: My name is Jenny, and I’m an "American Idol' fan. With that out of the way…

Have you seen it? Adam Lambert’s album cover?

Well, you should.

When I first saw it, I thought it was a picture from my favorite movie when I was 5 – "Xanadu."

But no, it’s the cover art for "Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert’s debut album.  His blue hair, rainbow eyeliner, overly photoshopped face and no shirt (but is he wearing roller skates?!) picture definitely grabs your attention.

The photos released last week from Lambert’s Details Magazine shoot also grab your attention. If you haven’t seen those photos, just click here.  Pretty crazy, huh? Clearly this is a guy who likes to push boundaries – all of them.

Adam, though, seems to find the blogosphere buzz over the cover a little strange.  He tweeted out today his exasperation with people who didn’t get his "omage" – his spelling, not mine – to the campiness of the past. Hey … maybe my "Xanadu" reference wasn’t too far off.

If you’d like your own personal copy of "Xana" - oops, sorry, Adam Lambert’s "For Your Entertainment" – the album will be released on November 23.

October 28th, 2009
12:17 PM ET

Chris Farley ad: tribute or tacky?

DirecTV is taking a lot of heat for its latest "breaking the fourth wall" commercial, in which actors seem to step right out of well-known movie roles and talk to viewers about the glories of the satellite TV service.  When the campaign began, I loved it, marveling at the way they recreated scenes like Sigourney Weaver in the Power Loader suit from "Aliens."  It was fun to look for signs of aging in Charlie Sheen and Naomi Watts in their scenes from "Major League" and "King Kong," respectively.

But for some viewers, it's not quite as much fun when the ads are less recreation and more resurrection.  Last year, Craig T. Nelson delivered the pitch as he was melded into a "Poltergeist" clip featuring the late Heather O'Rourke, the "they're heeeere" girl.  Now, DirecTV is risking the ick factor with a spot featuring Chris Farley, who died of a drug overdose a dozen years ago – yet there he is, struggling into a too-small jacket in a scene from "Tommy Boy" while David Spade snarks and shills across the room.

DirecTV says "Chris' family and friends" were "on board from the very beginning and throughout the entire process and felt the spot was a great tribute to Chris."  Spade, through a publicist, said DirecTV approached him and the Farley family with the concept, and figured "it would be a cool way to remind people just how funny Chris was.  It is a clever homage to my friend and a movie that we loved doing."

Clever, or macabre?  I was kind of creeped out, but your mileage may vary... and, as always, almost any publicity is good publicity.  We're talking about the ad campaign, so it must be a success – right?

October 28th, 2009
08:28 AM ET

Krumper fox trots, avoids 'Dance' axe

The top 20 dancers finally took the stage as ten couples on Tuesday night's "So You Think You Can Dance," and just as quickly got whittled down to the top 18.

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Without Noelle, choreographer Melanie LaPatin stepped in to dance a fox trot with krumper Russell, and you would think the guy had been doing this for years. Newly-minted permanent judge Adam Shankman praised his "effortless grace," and Nigel called him an inspiration for many dancers, and I couldn't agree more.

Jakob and Ashleigh took the stage just before that to perform a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine and it became clear that Jakob is going to be around for a long time. I have yet to be all that impressed with Latin ballroom dancer Ashleigh, and I thought she fell short here, but the judges once again felt that she continued to show growth.

Someone who also could have been easily out-danced was Kathryn, who was paired with B-boy Legacy for an inventive hip-hop routine by Dave Scott, where the two portrayed evolving neanderthals. I was stunned to find that she nearly stole the show here. As Mary Murphy said, "Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm really busted a move!"

Another stand-out was Ryan and Ellenore's "falling angel" jazz routine, and like much of what Sonya Tayeh choreographs, it was definitely out there. The pair really pulled it off, though, and it didn't hurt that this was in Ellenore's wheelhouse. Ryan is looking more and more like the one to beat.

The judges (especially Nigel) were cool to "androids" Ariana and Peter's hip-hop routine and Brandon and Pauline's smooth waltz, and I agree on the first one, at least. Considering that Brandon had a day and a half to rehearse, and this was less his style than Pauline's, I thought he wasn't half bad.

Meanwhile, the judges raved about Mollee and Nathan's disco, which I found lacking. Several of the tricks came off as awkward to me, though it finished strong. Channing and Phillip's jive suffered from the curse of being the first dance and didn't leave a lasting impression., while Karen and Kevin's mediocre cha-cha couldn't even be helped by the "Glee" cast's rendition of "Push It."

Finally, it was down to the judge's big decision. One of my favorites, Pauline, was placed in the bottom two girls with Ariana, while Brandon was placed in danger with, shockingly, Russell.

Neither Ariana nor Pauline blew me away with their solos, but Pauline is better, hands down, and the judges agreed.

As for Russell, what were the judges thinking? Well, we got a pretty good clue once Nigel announced that he was going to ask the powers that be to allow Brandon to try out for next season, as he would be leaving the competition. Plus, maybe they just wanted to see Russell dance for his life again.

Talk to you next week when they do it all over again. In the meantime, fire up your webcam and tell us which dancer impressed you the most, or share your thoughts in the comments below.

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