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SNL: Peter Sarsgaard & The Strokes

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 22nd 2006 1:48PM

Peter SarsgaardI wasn't expecting much from Peter Sarsgaard. I just didn't picture him as an SNL host. He is a great actor, but comedy isn't what he's known for. That being said, he did so-so. It wasn't a spectacular episode but it did have some very funny moments.

Cold Open - Hooray for something different and by different I mean not a Hardball Sketch. Ok, well kind of different. Seth Myers is still alive and kicking as Anderson Cooper and the show opened with a 360° sketch where he welcomed Ray Nagin (Finesse), Darrell Hammond as Jesse Jackson, and Hillary Clinton (Poehler). It centered around Nagin's recent comments that New Orleans needs to be rebuilt as a "chocolate city." I have no idea what that means. The highlight was Jesse Jackson preaching about inclusiveness and claiming that New Orleans needs to have a variety of sweets such as Bavarian crème for the Asians, caramel for the Latinos, and tiramisu should any Italians show up. "...and the dessert cart rolls on!"

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Idol stars: What are they up to?

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 22nd 2006 12:11PM
People online has a nifty little photo-story updating us on some of our favorite American Idol contestants who didn't win the title. Here are a few:
  • Diana DeGarmo: after spending the holidays entertaining the troops abroad, she's joining the cast of Hairspray on Broadway on February 7.
  • Frenchie Davis: proving that racy photos on the internet aren't the end of all things, she's a cast member of Rent on Broadway, where she's been since she was prematurely booted off the show in 2003.
  • William Hung: thinking he's entitled to more than 15 minutes of fame, he's still performing crap from his three, yes three, albums.
  • Tamyra Gray: the one who should've gone against Kelly Clarkson in the finale, Tamyra is working on her second album and persuing more acting roles.
  • Josh Gracin: lookin' a little thick around the middle, Josh just kicked off a tour where he is opening for Trace Adkins. He and his wife, Ann Marie, now have two children.
  • Corey Clark: ah, who the hell cares?
The story also includes new photos and updates on Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, LaToya London, and Justin Guarini.

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Should Isaac Mizrahi work Oscars red carpet?

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 22nd 2006 11:18AM
Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi sparked a lot of discussion following his behavior on the red carpet last week while co-hosting the Golden Globes arrival show for E! Some outrageous moments include grabbing Scarlett Johansson's breast, looking down Teri Hatcher's dress, questioning Eva Longoria about her pubic hair, and referring to Charlize Theron's character in Monster as a "scary dyke with bad teeth." Yes, he was totally sexually harassing these women. Although none of those actresses have filed any complaints about their treatment, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is skeptical about whether Mizrahi should be working the red carpet during the Oscars. A spokesman for the Academy said they expect that Mizrahi won't behave like that on their red carpet and, if he does, "I cannot predict what we would do afterwards."

Did anyone watch the E! preshow? Was it offensive? I didn't see it, but this totally makes me want to watch the Oscars preshow in March. I'm hoping he takes Russell Crowe down a notch or two.

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What do you think a TV director does?

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 20th 2006 5:44PM
Chris Rock directing Everybody Hates ChrisI just saw this press release that announces that Chris Rock and Will Smith will direct an episode of Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us, respectively. Obviously, both actors have an in with each series, since they are the executive producers of their respective shows. Of the two, only Rock has directorial experience, having directed his 2003 movie flop, Head of State.

It's amazing to me how many actors get a chance to direct episodes of the shows they star in or produce. Now, I know how involved film directors are with their projects, shaping the actors' performances, setting the mood with lighting, effects, and filming techniques, and setting the pace through editing. But what does a TV director, especially of an established, long running show, do? "Uh, Jenny, baby, can you act a little more Rachel-like?" "Mary, can you cry a little more when you say 'Oh, Mr. Grant!"?" What do they do that can put a unique stamp on a show? The only time I've ever seen a director make a difference on a show was when Quentin Tarrantino directed episodes of ER and CSI.

It's almost as if the show runners think that directing a TV series is so easy, anyone can do it, which must be a slap in the face to experienced, esteemed directors such as James Burrows and David Steinberg.

If you know what a new director, especially a cast member or star producer, can bring to an existing TV show, let me know in the comments.

[via The Futon Critic]

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Talk Talk: Who's on the late night shows tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 20th 2006 4:32PM
  • Dennis MillerCharlie Rose: TBA
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Charles Grodin and Jordana Brewster
  • Jay Leno: Dennis Miller, Bob Uecker, and Heather Headley
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jerry Bruckheimer, Method Man, and Motion City Soundtrack
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Nia Long and Clyde Peeling  
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Mimi Rogers
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Cheryl Hines, Jay Fernandez, Mike Young, and Panic! at the Disco      

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American Idol contestant stalked

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 20th 2006 3:20PM
Jessica Sierra is being stalked by a 59-year-old man who says he fell in love with her when he saw her on American Idol last season. While she was on the show, he sent her jewelry and flowers. Tampa, Florida police say Paul Young left Sierra more than 40 voicemails in the last few months, telling her he loved her and he would go to jail for her. What an odd thing to say. When he showed up at the home of her grandmother recently, he was arrested. Young is currently in a Tampa jail, being held without bail.

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Jack Osbourne is dating Kate Moss?

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 20th 2006 10:53AM
I bet even Jack Osbourne never thought he'd get to date supermodel Kate Moss someday. But now he's hot and she's clean, so apparently they make a good match. The unlikely couple were reportedly doing some dirty dancing at a party after the Golden Globes awards in Los Angeles earlier this week. Tabloids have them on a bunch of other dates, too.

Kate Moss has just been through a heck of a time. She was caught by British tabloids doing cocaine, lost half her modeling contracts, dumped her druggie boyfriend, and ran off to rehab in the United States. Maybe that's where she and Jack have a connection. He also did a stint in rehab for a drug and alcohol addiction. Jack, by the way, is 20 years old. Kate is 32.

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Paris Hilton is really stupid

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 20th 2006 8:09AM
I think Paris has a future as one of those Jaywalkers on The Tonight Show. The girl is dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. If you didn't already figure that out from her crap reality show and personal appearances on various talk shows, you really should read some of her spoken word. It's... depressing. TMZ obtained a copy of Hilton's deposition from a lawsuit in which she is accused of spreading lies in gossip magazines about her ex-boyfriend's ex-girlfriend. Here are a few Paris-isms:

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Talk Talk: Who's on the late night shows tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2006 4:54PM
  • Carson DalyCharlie Rose: John McLaughlin, former Acting Director of the CIA
  • The Daily Show: Josh Lucas
  • The Colbert Report: Nina Totenberg
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Cheryl Hines, Anna Nalick, and Mike Vanderjagt  
  • Jay Leno: Albert Brooks, Jenna Elfman, and Mary J. Blige
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Giant Drag (repeat)
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Kate Beckinscale and Brian Poeshn 
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Phyllis Diller, Colonal Matthew Bogdanos, and Rogue Wave
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Mekhi Phifer and Natasha Bedingfield        

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Previously on Cinematical

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2006 2:18PM

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American Idol twins arrested

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 19th 2006 1:59PM
Damn. I really liked these two. Terrell and Derrell Brittenum, 28, are accused of stealing a man's identity to buy a 2005 Dodge Magnum last June in Georgia. Terrell has been sitting in jail since January 10, and Derrell is expected to turn himself in soon on charges of forgery, theft by deception, and financial identity fraud. Wow. That's serious stuff. The brothers are from Memphis but they auditioned in Chicago last September. I wonder if they drove that stolen Magnum up for the occasion?

Such a waste of a good talent. Both of these guys sounded spectacular in their auditions on Tuesday night. And, what I really liked about them was that they "got it". That is, they auditioned together, as twins, but they also belted out separate songs to show off their individuality. The Brittenum boys understood that the twin gimmick wouldn't get them very far in the auditions process. They even told Seacrest that they didn't want to perform together, but against each other. I was really looking forward to a twin face-off.

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The Five: Stars I'd like to see back on TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2006 10:14AM

Bruce Campbell1. Bruce Campbell: The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. was one of the great short-lived shows of all-time. A really entertaining mix of western and science fiction, with a perfect star. Campbell later had roles in Ellen and Jack of All Trades, but it's been a while. I can picture him in a clever private eye type show, or maybe a smart comedy. Whatever is, he should be back on TV (and I don't mean those Sci-Fi Channel flicks...) 


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Clarkson refuses to let American Idol use her songs

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 18th 2006 5:36PM
Kelly ClarksonNow she decides to grow a pair. According to this article, original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has refused to allow the show to use her songs. In fact, according to her label's spokesman, Clarkson isn't licensing her music for any outside purposes, so her decision to shut out her sugar daddies at Idol should not be considered to be a personal swipe at the show.

Of course, Simon Cowell thinks Clarkson's full of crap. "It's the public who bothered to pick up the phone to vote for her," said Cowell. "If she refuses to give songs to be used on the show, it's like saying to every person who voted for you, 'you know what? Thank you. I'm not interested in you anymore.'" Though he has a point, it's good to see Kelly breaking free from her image as an Idol contestant that got lucky. It's vital to her career that she makes it on her own, which is something that even Simon should be able to appreciate.

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Talk Talk: Who's on the late night shows tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 18th 2006 4:23PM
  • Jimmy KimmelCharlie Rose: Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan 
  • The Daily Show: James Woolsey
  • The Colbert Report: Frank McCourt
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Kate Beckinscale and Bob Saget
  • Jay Leno: Colin Firth, Sasha Cohen, and Fort Minor
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje 
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Josh Lucas and Tegan & Sara
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Tom Cavanagh and Sebastian Maniscalco
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Joe Rogan and Joe Firstman       

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William Shatner sells his kidney stone

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 18th 2006 9:30AM
We thought for sure that William Shatner's kidney stone would go to the ultimate Star Trek fan. Alas, it turns out the stone has gone where many strange objects have gone before: GoldenPalace.com. That crazy online casino bought Shatner's kidney stone for $25,000 (which he's donating to Habitat for Humanity). Golden Palace also owns a cheese sandwich with the image of the Virgin Mary and recently funded a trip for Dennis Rodman to visit foreign lands and compete in unusual contests. Shatner actually haggled with the casino for more money. The original offer was for $15,000 but Shatner told them that he had some fans willing to pay $100,000. Then, why didn't he sell it to a fan? Guess he was bluffing.

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