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Ohio State Marching Band Moonwalks for Michael (video)

October 22, 2013

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You might not know this, but I was a member of my high school marching band. In fact, I was the president of my high school marching band. I remember those devastatingly hot, humid days during the end of summer, when we would gather at the back of the school and start going over drill formations and hitting the right notes. My senior year, we did a tribute to The Beatles. I didn’t know those songs, but I played along; it seemed everyone else did. We ended the set with “Hey Jude,” literally singing our way off the field. Some people hated it, some loved it. What I was focused on was the ridiculously hard moves that somehow ended up falling in my lap. I remember very clearly a move that had me shifting from the 40 yard line to the opposing 35 yard line in, like, 16 beats or something. I was practically running to get there. And trying to blow air through a trumpet and make it sound pretty at the same time. LOL… those were the days…

Which makes this feat all the more impressive to me. Just this past Saturday, the Ohio State marching band took the field and left an indelible mark. Already considered one of the most impressive marching bands in the country, they tackled a tribute to Michael Jackson‘s Bad to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark album. In quick succession, they showcase the Bad logo, show Michael, with his favorite glove, Moonwalk and have him do the splits. Yes, it’s that detailed. And clearly a winner. The video went viral and has racked up more than 4 million his since it was posted that afternoon. Watch for yourself and enjoy.

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First Listen: Childish Gambino Releases First Single off “Internet”

October 22, 2013

Well, here it is. The first single off actor/comedian/writer/rapper Donald Glover’s sophomore album. Glover, who raps under the name Childish Gambino, announced that the second album will be out on December 10. It’s title is Because the Internet.

This first single is called “3005,” and definitely has a Timbaland-esque futuristic vibe. Lots of bass. Where are my Gambino fans? What do you think? Does “3005″ live up to previous classics like “Bonfire” or “Freaks & Geeks?”

 

 

 

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Season 7 to End HBO’s True Blood

September 3, 2013
Photo courtesy of HBO.

Photo courtesy of HBO.

In shocking, but not-so-shocking news, HBO announced today that the upcoming seventh season of True Blood will be its last. Once red-hot, the show dipped in rating during its sixth season. Interestingly enough, the fifth season was the least-exciting creatively. The sixth seemed to recapture a lot of the fun of the original season.

True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,”  said HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo in a statement. “Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”

True Blood‘s 10-episode farewell season will premiere in summer 2014.

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First Look: Homeland, Season 3

August 9, 2013

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Showtime’s reigning KIng is back. Homeland, season 3 returns Sunday, September 29th at 9PM EST. They just released a moody trailer with very few words, save for, “I am so sorry,” from Saul (Emmy nominee Mandy Patinkin). We see the devastation left over from the bombing that took place in last season’s finale, which looks like it’s being treated similar to 9/11. Emmy nominee Claire Danes gets in at least one good ugly cry at the end, Emmy nominee Morena Baccarin will be dealing with her family imploding (again) and Morgan Saylor (Dana) will be taking naughty pictures of herself and praying on her dad’s prayer rug. Oh, and Brady (Emmy nominee Damian Lewis) himself, appears a couple of times, a beaten and broken man, with a shaved head no less. Looks like we have another winner on our hands.

 

First Look: Full Trailer for The Walking Dead, Season 4

July 19, 2013
Photo courtesy of AMC.

Photo courtesy of AMC.

Thank you Comic Con. AMC and The Walking Dead came with a full-on attack – no teasing – with a 4+ minute trailer for season 4. What do we get? Lot of walkers. Hundreds of them. Hershel (Scott Wilson) speaking wisdom, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) being sane again, Tyrese (Chad Coleman) going through some things, plenty of zombies attacking from all sides and so much more. The new 16-episode season debuts on October 13 for eight episodes and then returns in February for the remainder. I. Can’t. Wait.

 

 

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First Look: Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela

July 18, 2013
Elba as Mandela. Photo courtesy of TWC.

Elba as Mandela. Photo courtesy of TWC.

Today, in celebration of Nelson Mandela‘s 95th birthday, The Weinstein Company released the first full-length trailer for Idris Elba‘s Oscar hopeful, Madela: Long Walk to Freedom. The take-aways:

- He may not look like Nelson Mandela, but Elba is a strong actor finally getting a chance at a meaty theatrical role.

- As the US continues to struggle with race relations – and the clear division perceptions about race can cause – it is good to remind us of how race has dominated headline around the world for decades.

- The Weinstein Company has a lot of contenders for this year’s Oscar race. Elba just officially threw his hat into the ring as well.

The film opens in the US on November 29.

 

 

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Emmys 2013: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

June 25, 2013
Clockwise from top left: Carly Chaikin, Toks Olagundoye, Cheryl Hines, Casey WIlson, Ana Gasteyer, Elisha Cuthbert, Allie Grant, Eliza Coupe

Clockwise from top left: Carly Chaikin, Toks Olagundoye, Cheryl Hines, Casey WIlson, Ana Gasteyer, Elisha Cuthbert, Allie Grant, Eliza Coupe

Ahhh, Emmy season is here. And as a fan of the medium of television, I get excited. I normally create extended lists, with viable candidates for each award and my picks for the top six. But, this year, I am going a different route. I have clear-cut favorites in multiple categories, so I am going to go ahead and tell you who should win. Now, if you have ever read any of my TV-related posts, you know that I tend to like shows that America doesn’t. So, most of these people will have to work to even get a nomination, much less a win. But that’s on them. I’m bestowing the sofa award on them. It doesn’t provide as significant a career boost, nor come with a trophy for their mantle, but recipients know it comes from love.

Up next, the sofa award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

I immediately thought of the Community girls: Alison Brie Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs. Truth be told, they pretty much cancel each other out. All superb, all integral parts of the delicate Community collective. Then I thought about other ensembles, like The Big Bang Theory, and realized that while Mayim Bialik picked up a nomination last year, we shouldn’t be holding our breaths for the academy to decide that Big Bang is the kind of show that generates multiple award nominees, even if Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco do good work. Let’s see… who else? Anna Chlumsky or Sufe Bradshaw from Veep? Anna Deveare Smith from Nurse Jackie? Her co-star (and last year nominee/sofa icon Merritt Wever? I don’t watch Girls or Modern Family, so sorry; they weren’t even in consideration. Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) was, but I don’t think she will win. Neither will Julie White (the best thing about Go On). Nor Busy Philipps (Cougar Town).

Who does that leave? The supporting cast of Suburgatory, which is superb. Carly Chaiken is hilarious week after week with her deadpan delivery of every line. Laugh out loud funny, I’m telling you. Ana Gasteyer, Cheryl Hines, Allie Grant – they’re all fabulous. Seriously, one of the funniest shows on TV. But then there’s the cast of the dearly departed Happy Endings. Elisha Cuthbert, Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson make up the funniest trifecta on TV since Rachel, Monica and Phoebe. Hands down. And then, there’s the dark horse. Toks Olagundoye from The Neighbors, who I have repeatedly told you, scored the absolute funniest moment of the past year when she donned that gold lamé dress and adopted a Jersey accent for dinner out with her new (human) neighbor and her Jersey housewife friends. It was one of those career-starting episodes that should trigger a switch with every studio head in Hollywood to start sending comedy scripts Olagundoye’s way. Wow, that’s eight options right there. And while each and every one made me stand up and take notice, it was Olagundoye who really stood out. Seriously, if she submits the “Things Just Got Real” episode and voters pay attention and ABC makes a concerted effort, it could work. She’s the one. Congratulations.

As an afterthought: I would be incorrect to imply that Olagundoye was only good in that one episode. She was strong all season.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

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