Run Away! Best Alien Movie, TV Invasions

Posted Nov 3rd 2009 at 10:30 AM by Tricia Romano

At the end of the ten-minute opening scene of the re-imagining of 'V' (debuting tonight on ABC), two overly excited guys are being interviewed by TV. "Dude! This is Independence Day!" one of them says of the by-now familiar site of giant spaceships hovering in the sky. "Which was a rip off of any number of alien invasion predecessors," says his annoyed friend. It's a smart, self-aware way to...

Oscar Watch: Is Michael Jackson the Heath Ledger of 2009?

Posted Oct 30th 2009 at 02:00 PM by Tricia Romano

We already know that death sometimes pays off for artists. In Michael Jackson's case, death is paying off in dollars ($20 million worldwide so far), but will it pay off in pretty gold statuettes? Elizabeth Taylor might have been a tad hyperbolic when she Tweeted: "It is the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen. It cements forever Michael's genius in every aspect of...

On Broadway, Bumpy Ride for Some Stars

Posted Oct 29th 2009 at 09:00 PM by Tricia Romano

Matthew Broderick just can't catch a break. Though the actor has a long history on Broadway, lately it seems he gets a beating pretty much every time he steps on stage. Though he had a great run with 'The Producers' in 2001 with Nathan Lane, his latest, 'Starry Messenger,' was actually delayed after he and several other actors required the use of an off-stage prompter. And earlier this year he was...

Dead Music Stars Rake in the Big Bucks

Posted Oct 28th 2009 at 09:46 PM by Tricia Romano

Dead music stars still have major drawing power. Michael Jackson's posthumous documentary and CD 'This Is It' is released this week, and if history is any guide, his estate stands to make a lot of money. Since his death in June, 9 million Jackson albums have been sold -- which means he's already beaten John Lennon and Elvis Presley in his fourth act. Actors like Marilyn Monroe and Heath...

Who Needs Last Names? Not These Stars

Posted Oct 26th 2009 at 12:45 PM by Tricia Romano

It used to be that very few stars went by a single name. Madonna started her career as simply Madonna (and good thing too; having to say Madonna Louise Ciccone every time we talked about her would be a mouthful). But over time, and with the advent of more and more gossip magazines and blogs, features like, "Stars -- They're Just Like Us!" -- stars have increasingly become referred to on a first...

This Week in TV: Oct 17-23

Posted Oct 23rd 2009 at 05:49 AM by Tricia Romano

This week in TV, we were forced to squeeze the last precious drops of the Balloon Boy saga, as the sweet nectar of scandal and ridiculousness keeps us alive for days! Days! We've got some 'Gossip Girl,' some Oprah and some 'Top Chef' just to whet your appetite. ...

AskMen Names Don Draper Top Man of 2009, We Ask Men: Why?

Posted Oct 20th 2009 at 04:32 PM by Tricia Romano

Recently, Askmen.com's readers named Don Draper, a fictional character, the most Influential Man of 2009. We thought, "Well, this could be so much worse." It could be Vito Corleone, or Hannib­­­al Lecter, or Darth Vader. Of course, we love the protagonist of 'Mad Men' as much as the next person; he's handsome and dresses well, but he's really not a nice guy or a happy person. See...

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