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Clip du jour: 'I'm not here to make friends' round-up

It's not your imagination: Everyone on reality shows says "I'm not here to make friends." (At some time or another, many also claim to "step up," and I predict the continued popularity of "throw [someone] under the bus.") Anywho:

Here's last year's initial collage– the clips above are only from the last year. Wowza.

Site of the Day: Awful Library Books

Awful_library A fun activity for these economically strapped times: Go to your local library, rifle through the shelves, and try to locate the most ridiculous book you can find! Or, if you prefer to save gas money — or are currently wondering, "What are books?" — just log onto Awful Library Books, an awesome blog that posts the worst reads available in local libraries. The blog, which was started by two Detroit-area librarians — see TIME's article about the duo here – is a little like a literary version of FailBlog, highlighting long-forgotten treasures like Bert Bacharach's Book For Men, Dee Snider's Teenage Survival Guide, and Guide to the Return of Halley's Comet (useful once every 75 years!).

Exclusive: Meet the pimp on HBO's 'Hung'

The words "pimp" and "hung" in the same headline: good day! In advance of Sunday night's premiere of HBO's new comedy Hung (10 p.m. ET), which stars The Punisher's Thomas Jane as a divorced, broke, high school coach with a large money-maker in his pants, we have your first look at the vlog his "pimp" Tanya (Frasier's Mel Karnofsky, Jane Adams) will be keeping on the show's website. Below, she explains how she and Ray (Jane) got into business together and how she plans on teaching him to use his "extra special d—" to satisfy women in a new way. (We didn't mean that to sound dirty.) (It's actually pretty funny.) Will you be watching Hung? Give us a Y or N below!

Read Ken Tucker's review of Hung

The 'Terminator' TV showrunner hilariously, sadly recounts the day the lights went out at Skynet

Terminator-sarah-connor_l The signal-to-noise ratio on the Internets has never been a good one. Too many blogs, too many voices, too few of them saying anything remotely interesting. But every now and again, something rises above the flotsam: something like this blog entry from Josh Friedman, the executive producer of the recently cut-down Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Friedman is honest about a process that most of us had never had any insight into during the days before blogs. And not just honest about the mechanics of being unceremoniously removed from a TV show, but the emotional and physical toll it takes. To wit:

"Losing your show is more like a surprise divorce where you get servedpapers in the morning and your (ex)wife is f—ing Human Target bythree in the afternoon using the same time slot your child wasconceived in and also where she did that one thing that one time onyour birthday."

I've been reading Friedman's hilarious, self-deprecating blog, "I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing," for years (anyone who uses a Vader quote as his blog name is a friend of mine). I even checked back on a daily basis, even though this recent post is his first since February 2008. The dude is just that good:

"Eventually the day came when I was evicted from the room I'd writtenthirty episodes of my very first television show. I packed a very largeSUV with a very large amount of computer equipment, scripts, DVDs,Sarah Connor memorabilia, something that may or may not have been manyhalf-empty tequila bottles, some office supplies I don't want to talkabout, and possibly some gum and trail mix. Despite the show NOT yetbeing cancelled, I was the last person to leave the empty building andwould've turned the lights out if I was paying for the electricity."

Anyone else love "I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing"? Who else has a blog that seems to rise above the rest?

Jenny McCarthy joins forces with Oprah: Is she the next Dr. Phil?

Mccarthyoprah_lIt goes without saying that Oprah Winfrey wields some major starmaking power, so when someone signs a multi-platform, multi-year development deal with Harpo Productions, get ready to see a lot of them. The latest beneficiary of Oprah’s media might is Jenny McCarthy, who’s on track to create a syndicated talk show for Harpo after inking just such a deal. In the meantime, she launched a blog called "Give It Up Before Summer" on Oprah.com this past Friday. The "it" currently being given up is refined sugar, which McCarthy seems to have sworn off because, she explains, "I would always complain to my friends that I wish there were AA meetings for chocoholics." Also, just FYI, Jenny McCarthy was PMSing this weekend. And she refers to her "awesome husband" even though she and Jim Carrey are not technically married. So many things to learn from this blog!

So far McCarthy’s been a Playboy model, an actress with a knack for gross-out comedies, an MTV dating show host, an outspoken parent, and, recently, a frequent guest on Oprah. Not a bad career arc. Now, clearly, she’s poised to become a bigger phenomenon than ever. So now’s the time to speak up: What sort of projects would you like to see emerge from her Harpo deal? The sky is the limit here.

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David Lynch is having a Web TV party! Paul and Ringo are invited!

Davidlynch_lToday, David Lynch launched David Lynch Foundation Television (dlf.tv), a new online venture that he calls a "celebration of consciousness, creativity and bliss." As you probably know, in addition to being one of the most envelope-pushingly creative filmmakers working today — I still get freaked out thinking about Bob from Twin Peaks — Lynch is a devotee of Transcendental Meditation with 35 years experience. His foundation is dedicated to teaching at-risk youngsters to meditate as a way of coping with stress. Now, he’s got this new site dedicated to all things Transcendental Meditation — or just TM for those in the know — and it’s chock-full of videos, docs, and other odds and ends that Lynch fans will gobble up.

Among the video offerings, there’s "Daily David," where you can see the Blue Velvet director pontificate on such topics as silence, how to make a good movie (he talks a lot about props), and "cleaning the machine," i.e. meditating. Under the awesomely named "David Doing Stuff" channel, there’s a video of Lynch jamming with Moby. (Personally, I prefer these rando fly-on-the-wall vids, even if my "high-speed connection" here at work reduces them to a sputtering, jittery mess.)

Aaaaaand, on April 4, dlf.tv will also host its very first webcast, a concert at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall headlined by Paul McCartney and featuring Ringo Starr (two Beatles under one roof!), Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, and Lynch’s jamming buddy, Moby. You still have to mosey on over to davidlynch.com  to watch the guy’s daily weather reports for the L.A. area or buy his coffee (all organic all the time!), but tell me PWAAFL — that’s PopWatchers Who Are Also Fans of David Lynch — are you into the idea of dlf.tv? Could it be your ticket to consciousness, creativity and bliss?

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Clip du Jour: Real life Mario Kart

Gallic prankster Remi Gaillard makes like Mario on the streets of Montpelier, France.

(A bit of advice: next time, load up on turtle shells — those banana peels weren’t working at all.)

Site of the Day: Zombie Haiku (as Written by Famous Poets)

Picture_2_2The walking dead. Celebrated through the rigid metrical phrasing of haiku. In the voices of several masters of verse. I love every part of this concept.

Dylan Thomas offers practical advice: Do not go gentle / into that zombie-plagued night. / And take the shotgun.

But my favorite is from Walt Whitman: Every skin atom / form’d from this soil, this air, / tastes like chicken meat.

Site of the Day: What Cats Do When Looking Inside the Toilet

Underwater_swimmingFinally, a sober and no-nonsense site that answers one of the most pressing questions of the day: What Cats Do When Looking Inside the Toilet. Apparently, they read. And do magic. And even spy for the KGB.

Honoring a dead art: JamsBio's best album closers

Thewhosnext_lIn our iTunes-ruled world of 99-cent singles, the careful construction of an album’s song order has become sort of a lost art, which is precisely what inspired the fine folks over at music social community site JamsBio to put together a list of the 25 best closing tracks in (mostly rock) music history. Overall, it’s a solid list. Included are "A Day in the Life" from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” from Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” from the Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from the Who’s Who’s Next, and “Gouge Away” from the Pixie’s Doolittle.

Anyone who doubts the waning importance of track sequencing need only look at the last half of the list, starting with that Pixies selection, which, while inarguably a great closer, feels a bit less obvious a choice as the first three. We can go back and forth over whether the Beatles are better represented by "A Day in the Life" than "Tomorrow Never Knows" from Revolver, but both are clearly ideal for this list. On the other hand, "Glorybox" from Portishead’s Dummy? "Blue Line Swinger" from Yo La Tengo’s Electr-O-Pura? Again, great songs, but they don’t scream "greatest closer ever" the way "You Can’t Always Get You Want" does. Perhaps it’s just a case of being too recent. It’s taken 40 years of history to build "Won’t Get Fooled Again" into the anthem it is today. Plus, music today is so much more segmented than it used to be, making JamsBio’s list seem incomplete without any electronic dance music ("The Private Psychedelic Reel" from the Chemical Brothers’ Dig Your Own Hole), metal ("The Call of Ktulu" from Metallica’s Ride the Lightning), or hip-hop ("Mind of a Lunatic" from the Geto Boys’ Grip It! On That Other Level).

But again, the biggest reason this list has just two entries since the turn of this century is because the music industry has become so singularly focused on singles, while consumers have taken full advantage of the option to buy individual songs. Sadly, this shift has made song sequencing feel like an antiquated practice back from the age of album sleeves, 7-inch B-sides, and 37-minute LPs.

So check out the list, PopWatchers, and let us know which of your favorite album closers are left off. Do you still buy complete albums, or are you more of a singles consumer? Do you think album sequencing is a thing of the past, or is it still in integral part of the records you buy, if not culture as a whole?

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