Friday, July 29, 2011

Amy Winehouse RIP Edition

Another talented singer who fell to her demons last week. I admit that I was never a fan of hers. But I can understand why people listened to Amy Winehouse. She had an original sound that alot of pop stars are starting to use now.

But while on the subject of her death, I don't think you can put her in the same category of other singers that died at the age of 27. I look at the names of those who are in the 27 Club (which for the record, I am glad I am not in this prestigous club) and as talented as Amy Winehouse was, she is not in the same league. Kurt Cobain is responsible for the Grunge movement. Without Nirvana Seattle would just be a rainy town. Jimi Hendrix is one of the most talented guitarists of all time! Jim Morrison was the enigmatic lead singer for one of the most popular classic rock bands ever. Janis Joplin was a superstar when music was predominately male. Nothing against Amy Winehouse, but in this era of tabloids she is more known for going to Rehab then she is for her song "Rehab"

According to her parents, the cause of death is withdrawl from alcohol. I am not a doctor, but I think this is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. I understand the pains of withdrawl, but I refuse to believe that she drank so much that her body couldn't deal without it.

The music world lost another voice in the night. Regardless of the age of this singer, she provided many with great inspiration and great music. She will be missed. However, chalk another one up for the demons.... And that's sad

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Harry Potter Finale and Emmy 2011 Edition

If you think you would come here to find spoilers on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 you are sorely mistaken. Because as a matter of fact, I haven't seen it. Nor do I plan to. Nor have I seen anything since Prisoner of Azkahban. They aren't my cup of tea. I am not anti-Potter, but I am also not Pro-Potter.

That being said, the Harry Potter books and movies have played a huge part of pop culture in the years since they first debuted. So I would be remissed if I didn't mention the finale of a series of this magnitude. It helped launch the careers of three children actors who seem to be on very different paths now. Daniel Radcliffe has appeared on Broadway. Emma Watson went on to Ivy League schools and back to movies. And Rupert Grint is... well, I dont know what to say about him just yet. It allowed a guy like Alan Rickman to reconnect to a whole new audience. To me he is one of the actors that NEVER got the reconigtion he deserves. He is brillant in every role. And as Snape, you don't know if you like him or don't, but you can't take your eyes off him when he is on screen.

The books themselves opened so many doors to children that probably wouldn't have read as much as they did because of JK Rowland. I am truly impressed by the devotion that kids and now adults have shown for this series. You haven't seen this much devotion since Star Wars and Star Trek. I know people who probably cried at the end of the movie, dressed as their favorite characters. That shows you how important a series like this is. I can almost gurantee no one will be dressed as their favorite Spy Kid when the new movie opens!. (We hope not anyway) And it opened the doors for book/movie series like Twilight as well.

This week the 2011 Emmy nominations were announced. I didnt get the final counts but I think it's safe to say Modern Family had the most nominations. For exampe of the 6 nominees for best supporting actor in a comedy, four of them are from the ABC Show. I know it's "the best show on TV" but there should be limits on how many nominations per show per category. Alot of great performances went unawarded because of it. I am not going to step up on a soapbox and say who I think should have been nominated (Jason Segal or Neal Patrick Harris anyone?).

I think there wasnt many surprises this year. More surprises in who wasn't nominated then he who was. A few first time nominees. For example Josh Charles from "The Good Wife" was nominated this year. Friday Night Lights is going out with a bang with several nominations for the cast (Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton). But I do think it's safe to say when the winners are named, it will be another modern family day. Stay tuned so I can give me predictions as we come closer to Emmy time.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Half Century Edition

Welcome everyone to the 50th edition of Entertainment Guru. It has been slow in Hollywood so I haven't alot to talk about. But there are some things churning so I am back to spread the news for the 50th time! Let's get into it.

Chord Overstreet was at first fired from Fox's hit show Glee. But due to fans wanting him back, it appears that the character of Sam will be back next season. It may not be a full promotion, but anything is better then being fired.

Speaking of fired, Charlie Sheen has agreed to be the subject of Comedy Central's next Roast. Never before has sooo many jokes written themselves. I hope Comedy Central plans this roast to be atleast three hours long. I don't condone drinking games (tehehehe) but if I did, there would be a serious drinking game for everytime the words Winning or Duh was said on that broadcast. I reckon you could get pretty damn trashed that day. The irony of it is the show airs the same day as the first episode with Sheen's replacement on Two and A Half Men Ashton Kutcher airs on CBS. How many people think that was planned?

It seems that Shia LaBeouf is out as the lead in the Transformers series. Who could replace him you ask? What if I told you the 2nd biggest action star in the world? The big rumor is Jason Statham will be the new main character. Now I am not sure that he can spin kick Megatron, but that would be amp the action. I am sure Shia has four or five other franchises he can get into. They are making a 5th Fast and The Furious. Shia is all about the franchises really. Come on people, we have to make it happen!

With the remake of Footloose coming out, Hollywood is once again looking to capitalize on my youth (please stop!). There is a rumor right now floating around about both a remake or a sequel to Ferris Beuller's Day off. Mathew Broderick has been quoted to say he would love to play Ferris again. And who wouldn't? As much of a fan as I am of the original, please leave it alone. You can't top yourself. Especially without the recently passed John Hughes.

We have seen some weird pairings in movies over the last fifteen years. I still don't know if you can top Jack Nicholson starring opposite Adam Sandler. But there is a movie coming soon featuring Brad Pitt and..... Jonah Hill. Two more opposites just don't exist. And it's a baseball movie! Based on real people. Do you think when Billy Beane goes home and he turns to his wife he says "I don't have to do the dishes. THey cast Brad Pitt to play me". Hmmm, I wonder if his wife looks like Angelina Jolie.....

Here's to another half century of blogging! Stay Classy, San Diego! Oh... nevermind!