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The opening moments of Thursday night's ninth season premiere for "So You Think You Can Dance" cleverly took a shot at the glut of reality singing shows this past season – including executive producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe's own "American Idol," and Fox's own "X Factor"... and undoubtedly, ABC's "Duets" which premiered at the same time.
As you've undoubtedly figured out from my many blog posts on the subject, I find "SYTYCD" to be such an uplifting, exciting, surprising show, that it puts all other reality talent series to shame. So it was with open arms that I welcomed it back onto television (minus the results show this year, which may be for the best).
We saw a lot of great potential top 20 contenders in Brooklyn, New York and Dallas, Texas, but here are my five favorite:
“True Blood’s” Grant Bowler will play Richard Burton in the Lifetime biopic “Liz & Dick,” according to Deadline.
The report states that the actor, who played Cooter on HBO's vampire series, was cast a mere 10 days before filming is set to begin.
He'll star alongside Lindsay Lohan’s Elizabeth Taylor in the flick, which will chronicle the highly publicized relationship between Burton and Taylor. The pair engaged in an affair in the early ‘60s. They eventually married … and then divorced … twice.
Taylor and Burton appeared in many films together, including “Cleopatra,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
We wonder what Rosie O'Donnell thinks of the decision to cast Bowler as Burton…
There were two big American gangster films competing for the Palme d’Or this year and both were directed by Australians.
John Hillcoat’s “Lawless” is the more conventional of the two, a Prohibition saga about Virginia bootleggers feuding with corrupt local law officials led by Guy Pearce’s snobby sadist.
Despite a heavyweight cast including Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Gary Oldman, a screenplay by singer/novelist Nick Cave and a careful balance of romance and extreme violence, “Lawless” mostly fails to make its proud country bootleggers seem fresh or interesting. The movie also lacks the uncompromising edge that made Hillcoat’s previous efforts, “The Road” and “The Proposition” so memorable.
Britney Spears is refuting reports that suggest she walked off "The X Factor" set after a contestant performed a pitchy version of her hit "Hold It Against Me."
"#Britneywalksoff??? LOL was just taking a little break people. I am having the BEST time!!!" the singer tweeted on Thursday.
Prior to her clarification, Spears wrote, "Texas has a lot of talent – seriously! Loving @TheXFactorUSA auditions so far..."
Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer, and one tradition that's up there with barbecues, beaches and camping trips is the summer blockbuster.
And while "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Men in Black 3" may spring to mind when you hear that phrase, we're thinking of the ultimate summer movie: "Jaws."
Based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name, "Jaws" opened on June 20, 1975 and quickly chomped through box office records. On opening weekend alone, it netted over $7 million in tickets sales. Incidentally, the film's entire budget was $7 million. It remained No. 1 at the box office for a staggering 14 weeks in a row and became the first-ever film to make over $100 million.
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