I wanted to like X Factor in its first season. I really did. As a longtime American Idol fan, it had what seemed like a perfect formula: Simon Cowell + Paula Abdul + Unknown, Up-and-Coming Singers – Randy Jackson. Unfortunately, in my household, that formula only added up to ho-hum television, and, based on the first season’s lower-than-expected ratings, many of you agreed. (X Factor‘s finale attracted a respectable 12.4 million viewers, but that’s still 8 million fewer viewers than Idol‘s season 10 finale.) Alas, even without Randy, the judges’ panel was no match for early Idol viewing, and its host, Steve Jones, was far less involved and fun-loving in X Factor‘s early episodes than Ryan Seacrest is in Idol.
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'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 4 premiere query: Is Sharon Needles the most 'sickening' contestant ever?
Logo’s reality indulgence RuPaul’s Drag Race has enjoyed its fair share of intriguing contestants in previous seasons: Glittery gals from BeBe Zahara Benet to Pandora Boxx to Shangela — who reappeared on screen last night, albeit briefly, as a semi-annoying gag — are memorable queens who’ve been of high interest in the past. But apparently the best queen was to come, and she appeared last night in the show’s season 4 premiere: Sharon Needles.
Yes, you read that right: Sharon Needles. Read that name again. And again. Linger over it. And now say it out loud… a little bit faster. Let it wash over you. It’s genius, right?
And just look at Needles here: Have you ever seen a drag queen like her before? She was — in a word — simply divine. For the way she described herself: “Beautiful, spooky, and stupid,” she said in her first interview. For how she whirled onto the show: “I look spooky, but I’m really nice… at least for now,” she promised the other queens while arriving in the workroom wearing a hat fit for the Wicked Witch of the West. For how she reacted when the guest judge was announced: Sharon Needles went into near-hysterics when told that fellow spook-master Elvira would appear on the judging panel alongside RuPaul, Santino Rice, and Michelle Visage.
Now, I wish that the photo here — this is just her standard gallery shot, unfortunately — reflected the gal’s ghastly runway look last night, but never before have I seen a drag queen look so dead. Deliciously dead? Dumpily dead? Disgustingly dead? Honestly, all of the above — pleaseandthankyou. I’m clearly not the only one who felt this way, considering that — SPOILER ALERT — the macabre-focused queen took home the glory last night by winning the RuPocalypse-themed challenge on the main stage.
We’ve got a first look from an upcoming episode of Two and a Half Men episode airing Monday, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. Exclusive pics ahead of Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer flailing around in the wet Malibu sands (a word pairing that never fails to remind me of Saved by the Bell). But you might think they’re “hottttttt.” Who knows what you like? READ FULL STORY
Mary Tyler Moore, who was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award last night, was already a television veteran when she introduced Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970. For six years, she’d starred as Laura Petrie, one half of the popular Kennedy-esque couple on The Dick Van Dyke Show. But Mary Richards, her sweet, silly, and optimistic single gal, struck an immediate nerve with audiences. More than 40 years later, there’s no denying that she did make it after all, as television is dotted with Richards’ creative progeny. Some are married, some are drug-dealing moms, some are animated kids. But all have her spirit. Click below for just some of the female characters who have shared DNA with television’s most graceful heroine. READ FULL STORY
We’ve all seen a celebrity agree to live-tweet a TV show he or she is on for one episode. But there’s nothing more pure than a celebrity committing to live-tweet a show he or she is simply a fan of on a weekly basis. Patton Oswalt now does it Sundays with Downton Abbey, drawing attention to details we may have missed (“Not even joking — Matthey Crowley has a f—ing HALF SWASTIKA on his cheek!
#DowntonPBS”), to the performances (“NO ONE holds back tears like Carson. #DowntonPBS”), and to the level of our shared obsession (“I would pay $10,000 for the Earl of Grantham to say, ‘Good God!’ to every snack choice I made for a week. #DowntonPBS”). In Her Shoes author Jennifer Weiner has long done it on Mondays with The Bachelor, which helped earn her a spot on Time‘s list of the 140 Best Twitter feeds last year and had her defending her beverage of choice for her drinking games, Raspberry Lambic, to PopWatch when we chatted recently. “It’s fruit-flavored Belgian beer, which I know sounds super wussy, but it’s highly alcoholic,” she said, adding that she grew up on Manischewitz and needs something really sweet. READ FULL STORY
It was revealed last week that Matthew Broderick would be bringing back the world’s greatest class-cutter (not to mention the Sausage King of Chicago), the one and only Ferris Bueller, for a Honda ad that would run during the Super Bowl. It begged a lot of questions from fans of the 1986 John Hughes comedy classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Nearly 26 years later, what has our favorite troublemaker been up to? Did he finally get his own car? Did Honda simply not know what Bueller and his cohorts did the last time they were left to their devices with a car?
In the extended spot, now available online, a still fresh-faced Broderick embarks on a Ferris-like day of hooky escapades (crank calling, singing in a parade). It’s nice that Ferris no longer has to bum rides off of people, but he’s no longer the walrus — he just looks at them at museums. Watch the clip below. Chick-chicka-chicka. READ FULL STORY
It’s a(nother) reality show waiting to happen: Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting are stumping for the GOP candidate Rick Santorum. According to USA Today, the reality show parents, who have been supporters of Santorum throughout his campaign, will stump for the former Pennsylvania senator at events today in Florida as Santorum is at a Philadelphia hospital with his 3-year-old daughter (who suffers from a rare and often fatal condition known as Trisomy 18).
The union of the Duggars (who are bringing five of their of-voting-age children along with them on the campaign trail) and Santorum is an unsurprising one, as both parties have similar conservative views (Michelle Duggar said at a South Carolina campaign stop that her family supports Santorum as, “He has proven that he always stands for life”) and have unfortunately dealt with their share of tragic medical issues with their children. (The Duggars’ 19th child, Josie, spent four months in neonatal intensive care, and the couple lost their expected 20th child, Jubilee Shalom, in a miscarriage.)
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Brevity was the name of the game at last night’s Directors Guild of America Awards, held at the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Last year’s event celebrated the DGA’s 75th anniversary, and as a consequence, the evening ran so voluminously long, DGA president Taylor Hackford felt obliged to promise “to keep things moving quickly” for this year’s affair, to much thankful applause from the crowd.
As it turned out, Hackford needn’t have worried. While it is customary for all the feature film nominees to speak at the DGAs, both Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) and David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) did not attend — Allen has rarely if ever attended awards events, and Fincher had to jet to Japan for Dragon Tattoo‘s premiere in Tokyo. Best Documentary winner James Marsh (Project Nim) and Musical/Variety TV show winner Glenn Weiss (The 65th Annual Tony Awards) were also no shows. So all told, between the dinner and the awards, the evening clocked in just under four hours. Progress!
And EW was there for all of it. Check out the highlights below: READ FULL STORY
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