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6 items from 2012

"Survivor" Recap: Band of Losers

11 October 2012 5:26 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Survivor: Philippines is getting more predictable each week, yet the show is entertaining the hell out of me. How? Well, the Matsing tribe is shaping up to be a bigger tragedy than the following items: 1) Gilda Radner's death at the age of 42; 2) the Hindenberg stuffed with three Exxon-Valdezes; 3) Jeff Probst's hunger for daytime TV acceptance. The Matsing losing streak is just spellbinding. It can't get any worse for these guys, but mysteriously, the show keeps getting better for us. Here are my five most ponder-worthy observations about last night's episode.

1. If your favorite tribe isn't Matsing, I don't understand.

Have you taken a close look at the Kalabaw and Tandang tribes? Because it hurts. Even a passing glance makes you realize they're filled with unlikable people. Abi-Maria is a huffy spazz, R.C. is self-impressed and condescending, Lisa Whelchel and Jeff Kent are downright antigay, Pete is melodramatic, »

- virtel

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The 10 Worst Missteps of Madonna's Career

30 May 2012 5:54 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Now hear this: I love Madonna. Always will. And that’s why I’m completely sensitive to her infuriating moments.

Recently, audio circulated of Madonna preparing for her new tour. In a short clip, she sings Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” as a mashup with her own, similar-sounding “Express Yourself,” as well as the pointed track “She’s Not Me.” Yes, it’s a cute and witty barb, one that’s meant as a gentle affront to Madonna’s heiress apparent Gaga, but I’m not laughing. I’m not exactly weeping either, but I’m more annoyed than titillated. It's just... not that funny? Or rather, too on the nose, petty, and not funny. For me, it’s of a piece with Madonna’s post-2005 career, a stretch where too much of her output and decision-making feels like the work of a canny assistant, someone who knows »

- virtel

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The 10 Hottest Moments of Ryan Gosling

22 May 2012 7:13 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

A new book about Ryan Gosling is coming out, and it's unfortunately not a picture-heavy sexual tell-all: It's the novelization of the Tumblr "Feminist Ryan Gosling," where authors caption Gosling's candid photos with quips about feminist ideals. Should be a pretty cute coffee table purchase. I want to know what sexy-posed Ryan thinks of Betty Friedan, personally.

We thought we'd celebrate the occasion with a look back at Mr. Gosling's ten hottest moments. It's a tall order, but also a buff one, thank God. Now, to you readers: Should I have included moments from Half Nelson or The Ides of March or The New '92 Mickey Mouse Club Croons the Hits of Marc Cohn. Hit me with the blowback and enjoy my ten selections below.

10. The slick and stripped-down perks of the upcoming movie Gangster Squad

I guess in the new movie Gangster Squad, Ryan Gosling wears hot gangster clothes »

- virtel

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W.E. – The Review

16 March 2012 4:38 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Looking to be come a ” queen of all media “, pop icon Madonna has stepped behind the camera to direct her first feature film, W.E. ( maybe the first woman singer/star to do so since Barbra Streisand? ). Here she tackles two stories that intertwine several decades apart : a fictional young woman trapped in a loveless marriage to a wealthy NYC doctor in 1998 and the true life romance between Wallis Simpson ( like Madonna, a style icon ) and Edward, the Duke of Windsor ( the two form the title’s We ) during the 1930′s. Other films have mixed historical and fictional characters ( Ragtime, Time After Time ), while others have featured modern-day characters getting inspiration from the past ( Julie And Julia ), so does this new film put a fresh spin on these concepts? And after a spotty career acting in front of the camera ( for every Desperately Seeking Susan and Dick Tracy, there’s »

- Jim Batts

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Madonna Photo: Golden Globes 2012

19 January 2012 12:17 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Madonna Singer, songwriter, actress, director, producer, screenwriter, provocatrice, and all-around showwoman Madonna displays her Golden Globe for Best Original Song – Motion Picture for "Masterpiece," featured in the Madonna-directed W.E. In the above photo, Madonna is seen backstage in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, January 15, 2012. "Masterpiece" has music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, and Jimmy Harry. Throughout the Golden Globes ceremony, The Weinstein Company's big boss Harvey Weinstein got more closeups than Madonna, Elton John, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, host Ricky Gervais, and just about every other celebrity in attendance combined. The Weinstein Company's movies won a series of top awards: In addition to the Best Original Song for Madonna's E.W. ditty "Masterpiece," there were the following TWC winners: Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy »

- D. Zhea

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Golden Globes: 10 Most Memorable Moments

16 January 2012 4:34 AM, PST | | See recent news »

A declawed Ricky Gervais, a near-sweep of the TV awards by cable programs, and a general spreading of the wealth among winners both big- and small-screen was the order of the day at Sunday’s 69th Golden Globe Awards. But before we turn the page on the annual kudos-fest, let’s take a look at the 10 Most Memorable Moments of a telecast that, in the words of its host, is “just like the Oscars…without all of that esteem.”

Ricky Gervais Puts Johnny Depp On The Spot | Gervais proved a surprisingly tepid presence for the majority of the telecast, but »

- Michael Slezak

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