RuPaul’s Drag Race: Who Will Win? Who Cares?

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It pains me to write this, but I know a lot of you out there agree with me. This season was very less than or it sucked! I keep trying to figure out why it just didn’t pop like all the others, including All-Stars. The biggest change this season, it aired exclusively on VH1; a little problematic, especially that pre-show aka “Fierce Fridays” with Wendy Williams which after a few weeks mysteriously disappeared. Good move, but it couldn’t save the lack of excitement.

The season started with Lady GaGa finally making her ‘Drag Race’ debut as a mystery queen then as a judge in a challenge that one, RuPaul didn’t dress in drag for, and two it brought back Cynthia Lee Fontaine, the CuCu. Sadly, not Queen CuCa.

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And don’t get me started on Valentina. Did she have the best shot to win? Yes, alas.

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Valentina is an example of what happens when you totally think you’ll win and you don’t prepare. Lip syncing is THE essential drag queen skill, such horseshit! The fact she won Miss Congeniality made me more angry. It was fan-voted, it was fair but I don’t agree. I voted for Eureka who will be coming back next season due to her early exit for knee surgery. Thus, we still wait for a big queen to take the crown. Sigh.

I’ll just cut to the chase, here is who I want to win:

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Shea Coulee’ slayed this season. It’s not that I don’t think Sasha Velour (who is rumored to be the winner), Peppermint, and Trinity Taylor aren’t worthy, Shea just brought it a little harder, and she can dance!

I’m praying next up is an All-Stars season. Season 10 better be better.

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Even Lady Lovers Have Man Crushes

Okay, I realize it’s been nearly three months since I posted anything. LORD! And I won’t go through all the excitement in pop culture that’s taken place in that time period. Of course I want to go on a Honey Boo Boo rant, but, we all saw that coming. Not the unfortunate sexual abuse allegations, but the show wasn’t going to last forever. Shame on Mama June! I’ve said my piece.

The topic I am going to talk about, I totally ripped it off from a podcast I listened to earlier today. Plus I watched this, and it made me laugh!

Even I’m being honest I only have two real man crushes, wait, three. In no particular order, let’s take a gander.

Ewan McGregor

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Hand to God, my sister had this picture up on the inside of her bedroom door. I find him crush-worthy for two reasons. He has nice eyes, and he’s a Star Wars legacy. Yes, the last trilogy sucked, but McGregor cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi was perfect. Though he may not feel the love of the fans, he’s a good guy, and I like looking at him.

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Brad Pitt

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Here’s where I get picky. I’m only crushing on the Fight Club Brad Pitt. Today we have Channing Tatum as a one of the models of a perfect man. Sorry Gosling. In that moment, Tyler Durden was the perfect physically-looking guy I had ever seen. Now I should point out when I was crushing on all these dudes, I was not out yet. I was still window shopping so to speak. Here’s another Durden.

movies_cause_chaos_with_tyler_durdens_oliver_peoples_523_sunglasses_from_fight_club_003And, don’t laugh.

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Again, I crushed on Leo from the mid to late 90s. There’s only one reason I love Leo, he looks very womanly in the face, or is feminine a better fit? I mean, come on.

leonardo-dicaprio-swanHe posed with a swan! A SWAN! Even though I loved both movies, I prefer the “king of the world” over “the wolf of wall street”. What’s even more disheartening to me now, Leo turned 40 the other day; he still looks fine, but he’s not truly pure-looking to me anymore. He’s aged, but he’s aged okay.

handsome-leonardo-dicaprioOOF! Maybe not. It’s pictures like this that make me glad to be a pure blood, gold star, card carrying lady lover.

Who’s Ready For Some Summer TV? This Girl Is!

I preface this post by saying, my head may explode after Tuesday night. Why? There are a plethora of brand new seasons of some of my favorite shows returning this week. Let’s get right to it!

MONDAYS: Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York City begins!

Um, aren’t there a few missing? (nydailynews.com)

Yes, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Killoren-Bensimon, and last season addition Cindy Barshop are GONE! Frankly, I think letting Jill go was a mistake; her fights with Ramona Singer are legendary. Fans were probably skeptical when Bethenny Frankel left after season 3, but season 4 was very ridiculous and entertaining. Of course, the show continues for the Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona, and Sonja Morgan, who joined the cast in season 3. And when wives are let go, new ones must be found. In this season’s case, former designer Heather Thomson, author Carole Radziwill, and amputee (seriously!) Aviva Drescher have been brought in. I think my skepticism about the new “wives” is very high. But Aviva’s fake leg? I’m intrigued! (Bravo, Monday nights, 9E/8C)

TUESDAYS: Dance Moms, Rizzoli & Isles, and The Glee Project

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Well obviously, we need to first address a new season of Dance Moms (the original). When we last left Abby Lee Miller and company, Maddie lost her mental focus and she screwed up royally and Abby literally left the girls and Moms at the competition after Cathy’s Candy Apples BEAT Abby’s Junior dancers by one point. One positive, Chloe ended up receiving a scholarship from the Joffrey Ballet in New York, and she beat one of Abby’s defectors, Kendall. And we all remember Kendall and her Mom Jill from last season! Cheap cowboy hat ring a bell? I gave Dance Moms: Miami a chance, but it didn’t take, Abby is where it’s at and I can hardly wait! (Lifetime, Tuesday nights, 9E/8C)

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Tuesday marks the return and third season of Rizzoli & Isles. I’ve only recently started watching Jane (Angie Harmon) and Maura (Sasha Alexander); I caught the tail end of season 1 and I watched all of last season. It’s a great show and it’s nice to see an all-female team fight crime again. Harmon and Alexander have a great chemistry, which has created a whole lot of “are they or aren’t they?” subtext for lesbian fans of the show. It’s hilarious how obvious it is sometimes. (TNT, Tuesday nights, 9E/8C)

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Last, but not least, The Glee Project is back for a second season. As you recall, Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen were co-winners of season 1 and McGinty easily got more camera time, even though he was just another kid in the choir room in the last couple of episodes. Lindsay Pierce and Alex Newell also got to appear on the show, Newell in a prominent role as “Unique” star singer of New Directions’ biggest rival, Vocal Adrenaline. 14 fresh faces, including a blind boy and a girl in a wheelchair, will vie for a coveted role on the FOX hit series. This season, in fact I think in the first episode, the contestants will wet their pants when Lea Michele/Rachel Berry serves as a guest mentor. And as usual, co-creator Ryan Murphy, choreographer and co-producer Zach Woodlee, and casting director Robert Ulrich will make the call on who makes it to safety each week. (Oxygen, Tuesday nights, 10E/9C)

And I guess I’ll be smacked in the face if I don’t mention season 5 of True Blood begins June 10th. New faces this year? Scott Foley plays an old Army buddy of Terry (Todd Lowe) and apparently Foley will shake things up. Christopher Meloni joins the cast as Roman, a member of the Vampire Authority. 

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And of course, Sookah, Beel, Eric, Lafayette, Jason, Jessica, Pam, Alcide, etc. will all be back, but will Tara (Rutina Wesley)? She sort of got shot and killed in last season’s finale; I have a feeling Alan Ball, who will step down as show runner, will go all Ryan Murphy on us and I bet he’s found a way to keep Tara on the show. And I believe Denis O’ Hare AKA Russell Edgington found his way out of the pavement. NO SPOILERS!   (HBO, Sunday nights, 9E/8C)

Review: Hatfields & McCoys

I would like to first congratulate the History Channel on their fine production, though it was shot in Romania, it was really goodPart one of Hatfields & McCoys drew the biggest audience ever for a “non-sports show on ad-supported cable” with 13.9 million viewers, until final numbers for the conclusion just came in: 14.3 million for the finale, incredible. It’s not surprising at all considering the summer re-run season has started. Another difference, this story was told with real actors and it wasn’t one of those historical re-enactment shows, I cannot stand those. The mini-series reunites star Kevin Costner with his buddy and director Kevin Reynolds, Reynolds directed one of Costner’s first films Fandango, and went on to direct Costner again in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and WaterworldCostner served as an executive producer, and his band, Modern West provided the soundtrack for this mini-series.

So how did all this start? The history of the feud goes back to before the Civil War ended Randall MCoy‘s cousin Asa, a Union soldier, was killed over (?) though the mini-series has Asa insulting Anderson Hatfield‘s Uncle Jim Vance, therefore Vance avenges his honor. By the way, I saw the name Tom Berenger in the credits but I could never figure out his role, Berenger is nearly unrecognizable as Vance and Vance is pure evil. But the official beginning of the feud is true, it was over a Hatfield stealing one of Randall’s hogs. And yes, Anderson’s son, Johnse, fell in love with Roseanna McCoy, and Johnse, it would seem, is the reason the feud kept going on as long as it did.

Matt Barr plays Johnse and Lindsay Pulsipher, last seen as Crystal one of the Were Panthers on last season of True Blood, plays Roseanna.

“Can I tie you up and claw at you?”

I asked my Dad, who used to be a history teacher, if guys looked like Johnse back then. I mean, Johnse had a rocking six-pack! My Dad said “Sure”, I forgot all the hard work our forefathers did with their hands, so muscle definition was possible and the Hatfields ran a logging company. Unfortunately, my heredity is sans six-packs, my Dad’s family, a lot them have big guts, some as big as a beer belly. Not me! I will probably never have rocking abs, but I do have a little bit of a gut. Johnse also marries another McCoy, Nancy, played by Jena Malone, who it looks like went to great lengths have the appearance of bad teeth.

Parts two and three were definitely better and they were a lot more bloodier, duh! Eye for an eye is an understatement. And who can play a weathered, old pioneer woman better than Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy?

I smell an Emmy, maybe a Golden Globe?

Bill Paxton plays Randall, who seems to be the only one who isn’t totally hell-bent on killing  every Hatfield in sight. Which brings me to the argument, who is better, Hatfield or McCoy? Although the Hatfields were the more affluent family, due to their logging business, they seemed to be more blood-thirsty. Whereas the McCoy clan, though wronged, were still blood-thirsty, I found myself sympathizing with them more. Or maybe it’s my Kentucky pride. 

I do want to touch on that ending. “Devil Anse” Hatfield proclaims the bloodshed to be over after his nephew Ellison “Cotton Top” Mounts is hanged for the murder of McCoy daughter Alifair, it’s the only time we see a trial verdict handed down instead of an eye for an eye. Meanwhile Randall lopes off into seclusion to drink away what days he has left, after Sally is institutionalized following the same attack that killed her daughter. Then cut to “1914 Kentucky” and Randall is seen burning all the news clippings about the feud and when he decides to fuel the fire with whiskey, he sets himself and his cabin on fire. On the other side of the babbling brook state line in WV, Anse is seen being baptized and that’s the end. Huh? I was a little insulted, was the History Channel trying to tell us, the McCoys were a bunch of drunken fools? or were the Hatfields the anointed ones? 

The debate continues…and did you like Hatfields & McCoys?

Donna Summer Gets Bumped AGAIN, Attack Of The Catsuits, And P2 Wins American Idol

When I read who all was going to be performing with the American Idol finalists yesterday, I got very excited, and in the end, I fast forwarded through A LOT when I got home. I was most excited Kristin Chenoweth was going to join now runner-up Jessica Sanchez in a Donna Summer tribute. Well, I had totally forgotten about it, but then I realized, they probably cut it from the show. Seriously??? They hauled out John Fogerty for winner  Phillip Phillips, Chaka Khan (we’ll return to her in a moment) for the ladies, and Neil Diamond for the guys, but they CUT Donna Summer?!? I did some investigating, because I knew there had to be an explanation as to why the tribute medley didn’t happen. Several media outlets promoted Chenoweth’s appearance, but then I couldn’t find why we didn’t see her. I checked Chenoweth’s Twitter and I finally saw an answer:

Wrong again Uncle Nigel! Did he honestly forget that Summer was a guest judge and performed with the girls on the finale in Season 7? I’m more angry over this bump than I am the Billboard Music Awards bump. Not cool!

As far as what I did watch on the finale, there were some odd moments and one spectacular performance. First of all, Joshua Ledet had confessed his love for Season 3 winner Fantasia all season long, so, he got to do a duet with her. However, this is what Fantasia wore:

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Meow-what?!? Not only did Fantasia barely strut around in a catsuit that I’m pretty sure she found at drag queen rummage sale in North Carolina, but she donned a less than fabulous weave. I hate to say all of that distracted me from hearing if she could still sing. I hope Josh is happy now, and hopefully, he’s a little disappointed. All right, well, moving on, the female finalists sang a Chaka Khan medley, and I read she was going to be on the show, but I wasn’t ready for what she was wearing:

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Okay, two facts: 1. She is 59 and 2. She recently lost 60 pounds. Great news! And although Khan’s catsuit was far superior to Fantasia’s, I think she could have worn something different, like maybe a fitted dress. When Khan finally came out, she had to be literally carried down the steps by Idol’s on-stage dancing entourage. I was watching it with a friend and we couldn’t decide if there was a camel toe issue. I know the people at SPANX were very happy after Wednesday night.

The other odd moment for me was Season 5 finalist Ace Young proposing marriage to Season 3 runner-up Diana DeGarmo. The ways producers come up with filler for a two hour show is staggering. I mean no one cares. Congratulations, but it was filler.

The best performance of the night came when Jessica Sanchez was joined by Tony-winner Jennifer Holliday for a fierce rendition of Holliday’s Dreamgirls essential, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”. Oh Lord, this was awesome! Here’s my problem, in my eyes, Holliday is the ONLY woman/diva who should ever sing that song. The evidence is when Holliday joined her Dreamgirls movie and Oscar-winning Effie White counterpart Jennifer Hudson on-stage in Atlanta three years ago…just watch and listen for the “Oh my Gods”. If this doesn’t give you the goosies, you are not a music fan.

I give props to Jessica for holding her own with Holliday who looked like she was trying to bite off Sanchez’s face on certain phrases. And when Sanchez took on the showstopper during the season, I knew she had a fair shot at making the finale and maybe winning. But NOOOOOO! The Vote for the Worst site guy/gal (no one knows) may take credit for the fifth straight “white guy with guitar” win, but Phillip Phillips did all by himself and he’s probably on his way for his much needed kidney surgery that could have possibly knocked him out of the finale altogether.

Seriously America, I’m in a lot of pain, but thanks. (Yahoo)

In less than two weeks, the auditions for season 12 will begin…yep, it will keep going and going and going and going, you get the point.

Lisa Lampanelli: Celebrity Apprentice Mean Girl

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You know, I’ve always liked Lisa Lampanelli as a comedian, but on Celebrity Apprentice, she’s turned into someone who is more likely to have a violent mood swing rather than to crack one of her classic dirty jokes. There’s no doubt she wants to win, and she has a really good chance to win, but at what cost? It’s plain to see through eleven tasks, Lampanelli has made it clear she’s not a fan of the pretty models/actresses who are really now all gone. I wouldn’t call Aubrey O’Day an anything, and then it’s only Teresa Giudice, who is also not recognized for anything beyond The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Lampanelli has been the “writer” for 90 percent of her team’s tasks. She’s played right into the stereotype that her abilities are just as important as a model’s or an actress’, it’s just they are not always visible.

In a way, Lampanelli is turning the competition on its ear by taking out all of the “pretty girls”, and that’s great, but when she paid absolutely zero respect to Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, things got out of hand. It’s unfair to assume Mendoza couldn’t contribute anything as a Project Manager or team member. Lampanelli always saw Miss Universe as Miss Universe, a woman incapable of thoughts or feelings. Yet, the comedian has had her breakdowns aka episodes, where she had to reiterate she wasn’t the pretty one by bawling and by stating she indeed had feelings feelings too. No, really? A competition show isn’t about feelings, it’s about pawing your way to the top of the heap and Lampanelli has made no qualms in doing just that.

Mendoza was totally set up by Lampanelli and Clay Aiken to be the pseudo-Project Manager for Sunday night’s task. I know the two were trying to make a point, but Mendoza was never given a chance. And after being called back to the board room a record seven times, Donald Trump got the message, although I bet he was not sure he made the right call, even though Dayana could not control Lampanelli or Aiken. But Trump loves to see the celebrities fight and cover their asses, there’s no show if there’s no fireworks.

Here’s my brutally honest theory: Mendoza was left out of tasks because of her language barrier and her accent, and the Miss Universe moniker was never going to help her out. Let’s not forget, Trump owns the Miss Universe pageant and he’s the reason she ever got a shot in the first place. Lisa may win, but she won’t be winning in a graceful and in a respectable manner. Here’s just one mood swing proud moment from Sunday’s show…I’ll get back to you, oh and although Clay was just as conniving this week, I hope he wins.

The Hi-Top Fade Returns To Kentucky

cincinnati.comKentucky fans are already hanging NCAA championship banner no. 9 all because they Coach Calipari landed yet another #1 high school recruit, 6-10 Nerlens Noel from Massachusetts. Calipari has now made it four years in row he has recruited the top prep talent in the country. But that’s not the real story.

The fact that Noel is rocking the hi-top fade is making the story more exciting. Welcome to infamy kid! Naturally the first name that springs to mind when seeing Noel is Christopher “Kid” Reid of rap duo Kid ‘N Play and honestly, his fade was the best.

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Who doesn’t love House Party? After news broke of Noel’s Kentucky signing, I started feverishly looking for pictures of Reid, Bobby Brown, and I came across a name I totally forgot about. UK alumni and former NBA star, Kenny Walker!

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Walker even won the 1989 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where was I? Kidding, I remember. Walker’s hi-top fade was not too high and not too low…just right. I would say the New York Knicks could use a little Sky Walker right about now, since Jeremy Lin got hurt. If you’re wondering what Walker is up to these days, he works for UK’s flagship station, WVLK in Lexington. And just for nostalgia’s sake:

Dig the goggles!

 

 

Sexy Glee Photos in GQ? Quinn Objects! (Sort of)

Well, by now we’ve all see Glee cast members creating a quite a stir with their “sexy photo shoot” for the November GQ.  Not long after the sexy pics, which I say Lea Michele was singled out as the most, tarty, The Parents Television Council, conservatives, fired back saying the shoot “borders on pedophilia”.  Really?!?  Some people just don’t get it and I’m not saying the PTC is entitled to their opinion.  I think it’s quite clear Glee isn’t exactly a family show.  And I mean family show as in Home Improvement or The Cosby Show.  The show tackles many contemporary teen issues: sexuality, teen pregnancy, drug/alcohol abuse, fitting in, etc. 
For GQ capitalize on it’s good-looking stars in a sexy photo shoot set in a high school is genius!  All of the actors involved, Michele, Cory Montieth, and Diane Argon, are in their mid to late 20’s, so the issue of them participating shouldn’t be scrutinized.  That is, until a story just broke that Argon is now expressing regret over the photos; she thinks the photos have caused Gleeks to be “hurt” and “uncomfortable”; here’s a quote:
“perpetuating the type of images that evoke these kind of emotions,” but pointed out that “in the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, Gossip Girl, other public figures and shows that have pushed the envelope and challenged the levels of comfort in their viewers and fans…we are not the first.”
And she’s right, so why make a fuss?  Glee is a popular show and the more publicity, however scandalous it is, the better.  Positivity and negativity go hand in hand, so Gleeks shouldn’t feel cheated by Rachel, Finn, and Quinn.  I personally love the pictures; a little sexiness never hurts.
Oh and don’t worry, a complete analysis of next week’s Rocky Horror Glee Show is on the agenda!

Corey Haim

I can’t believe it has happened, though sadly, it was not a surprise…Corey Haim ruled the 80’s teen flicks with his co-star and his best friend, Corey Feldman…aka The Coreys…both stars had early individual success…Haim with LUCAS, Feldman with THE GOONIES…however, their first collaboration, THE LOST BOYS…was huge and it has become a cult hit…Feldman tried to help his friend, by helping him land a role in the Lost Boys sequel a few years ago…however, if you watched A&E’s “The Two Coreys”, Haim was freaked out and he was suspected of taking anti-anxiety meds…Haim had become so desperate in the last ten years, you may remember he offered up some of his teeth for auction on EBay…I hate to see Corey Haim become another fallen child star statistic, but he was never going to give up drugs…which you could see throughout “The Two Coreys”…I only think of one movie when I think of the Coreys….
RIP Man!

I Know It’s Wrong To Criticize When It’s For Charity, BUT!

The new “We Are the World”????…Oh, not good…I understand it’s for those suffering and recovering in Haiti, but some classics should be left alone…here it is…
I don’t object at all to some of the artists involved…Pink and Jennifer Hudson turned it out…and of course Celine!!!!…however, you have the artists, Justin Bieber, who are just out of place…I’m talking to you Tony Bennett, Miley, Lil’ Wayne!…yeah, why auto tune????…is that what the world has come to?…oh yeah, I forgot to throw props to Babs-Barbra Streisand…and I’m a little pissed not more country artists were featured…where was Taylor Swift’s solo?…Jennifer Nettles was the only country singer, well, if you count Miley (I DON’T!) that did get a solo…and wouldn’t you know, some random actors showed up, like Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges, who sings very well…and…Vince Vaughn…we’ll call him this version’s Dan Akyroyd…and in a moment of eerie tracking, we hear the late Michael Jackson on a chorus and when he sings “when you’re down and out and there seems no hope at all”…it’s the best part of the song…God bless Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones for making this happen, again…but next time, leave out the auto tune…