Move over Sarah Palin, there’s a new Palin powerhouse!
Everyone in the "Showbiz Tonight" morning meeting could not stop buzzing about Bristol Palin today. There were not many Bristol fans in our newsroom before her debut last night on “Dancing With the Stars,” but there was a unanimous sense this morning of, "Yeah, we kinda like her now!"
So today we're debating Bristol's transformation: Has she gone from the teen mom daughter of Sarah Palin to a star in her own right? Do we need any more stars from Wasilla?
Here’s the scoop on what else we've got on the show: There are two star couples who took shocking celebrity divorce detours, saying “I don’t” to splitting up, and there are startling new clues today that Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan may never mend their ways. Plus, we weigh in on whether or not Lady Gaga can sway the Senate.
It’s all making big news today on "Showbiz Tonight."
With Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” taking the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the L.A. Times points to speculation that there may be an Academy Award or two coming up for the film.
Since two other movies that have shown at TIFF, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “American Beauty,” nabbed this award (which is voted on by Festival audiences) before going on to win the best picture Oscar, it’s possible that “King’s Speech” could garner the same appeal with critics. Last year’s TIFF winner, “Precious,” was nominated for the best picture prize but lost out to “The Hurt Locker."
The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI as he attempts to move past his speech impediment of stuttering while trying to lead the country into battle during World War II.
“Teen activist” – as “Dancing with the Stars” put it – Bristol Palin made her reality-TV debut last night, but mom Sarah wasn’t in the audience as previously expected.
Bristol took the stage in a conservative-yet-sparkly, Sarah Palin-esque gray skirt suit that she then ripped off to reveal a short fringed red dress, joining partner Mark Ballas in a cha-cha performed to “Mama Told Me Not to Come.”
Instead of getting a front-row view of Bristol show off “good hip action,” as one judge pointed out, Mama Palin watched her 19-year-old daughter compete for the Mirror Ball trophy from the comfort of her Alaskan home.
"Over-the-moon excited and happy for Bristol! Cheering her on @ DWTS party in the Palin living room," the former Alaska governor tweeted, along with photographic evidence of the friends "who r lovin' this change of pace 4 Sweet Bristol!"
According to The Insider, it looks like Sarah Palin will eventually make the trip down to Los Angeles to check out her daughter's moves live. "She will be here next week," Bristol said in the interview.
I'm a little young to remember the original "Hawaii Five-O," which aired on CBS from 1968-1980, but I watched plenty of reruns growing up. To me, the original "Five-O" was the definition of a fun crime drama. Strong cast, Hawaiian backdrop, iconic theme music - it was all there.
So I was a tad hesitant when I learned that CBS was planning a new "Hawaii Five-O." Could it be just as good, let alone better, than a TV classic? After watching last night's premiere, the jury is still out.
The iconic theme is still there, albeit shortened and presented in a high-intensity opening that needed to be lengthened by 20-30 seconds to get the full effect. The show is again based in Hawaii - hey, ex-"Lost" cast and crew members need to work - and eagle-eye viewers caught a wink to the old "Five-O" thanks to a cameo by a Mercury automobile that Jack Lord drove in the original series.
If you’ve been remotely alert throughout 2010, you know that Lady Gaga is not only a consistent presence in media headlines - be it for flipping the bird at a Mets game or wearing a meat dress at an awards show - but she’s also one of the most powerful celebs using social media. And when we say powerful, we mean that the Lady is the Queen of Twitter.
The 24-year-old pop star has been wielding her Twitter power as of late to rally her “little monsters,” as she affectionately calls her fans, to support a repeal of the military's Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.
“All hands on deck Lil Monsters: Key Senate vote this Tues. on #DADT repeal. We need 60 senators. Call your senator now," Gaga tweeted last week, following that up by sharing a video message she’d composed addressing the issue with her 6 million-plus followers on the social networking site.
So of course it follows that the “Paparazzi” singer, after addressing a crowd gathered at a Portland, Maine rally in support the repeal, would tweet follow-up info for any little monsters who missed Gaga speak.
If that applies to you and you want to watch the full address, Gaga suggests you head over to CNN.com.
[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen this episode of "The Event" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]
One thing we know for sure after seeing Monday night's premiere of "The Event" (and the large amount of promotion behind it) is that NBC hopes it will fill the void left by "Lost."
The pilot was certainly not as good as that of "Lost," though it would be difficult for any pilot to reach that level. What transpired over the first hour were a lot of mysterious happenings with very little context behind them.
What does Sean Walker's girlfriend being apparently kidnapped while he was on vacation have to do with a group of detainees being released from an Alaskan prison? Your guess is as good as mine.
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