Los Angeles -- For a city that has argued for decades over what its official song ought to be, Los Angeles has never lacked for serious contenders.
Anyone who has spent time here knows the city already has at least one unofficial tune: Randy Newman's "I Love La" is played after every home game the Los Angeles Lakers or Dodgers win.
But have you heard Bing Crosby warble about how he once planned to "settle down and nevermore roam, and make the San Fernando Valley my home?" Or songwriter George G.W. Morgan's tuneful boast in 1876 that if you really wanted great wine, forget the fancy European stuff, just open a bottle of La's best and drink up.
Crosby's "San Fernando Valley," a hit in 1943, and Morgan's "The Wines of Los Angeles County" are just two of nearly 200 songs that promote, mystify, glamorize and, let's be honest, often exaggerate »
Elaine Laron, a witty writer and lyricist who participated in the classic children’s TV projects The Electric Company and Free to Be … You and Me, died of pneumonia June 6 in Los Angeles, her nephew William Funt said. She was 83. Laron's recorded works also include the anti-Vietnam War anthem "Hell No, I Ain’t Gonna Go" from 1960s activist Matthew Jones and "The Loving Song" by Greek international star Nana Mouskouri. During her career, Laron -- at one time the sister-in-law of Candid Camera founder Allen Funt -- collaborated with such celebrated composers as Stephen Schwartz (Godspell), Charles Strouse (the All in the Family opening theme “Those Were
- Mike Barnes
Sure, there were plenty of things that happened in the second episode of Season 5 of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" (which we'll get to just a little later), but when it comes down to it, "A Manzo of Her Word" was about one thing: The much-anticipated showdown between Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice.
(This recap will be told with the aid of GIFs, so consider yourself warned.)
The clash of the titans
True to this week's episode title, Caroline kept her word with Joe Gorga after promising him, last week, that she'd reach out to Teresa to try and help kick-start a reconciliation with his sister. While spending some time with hubby Al (wherein we also learned that her sister Fran has been living in the Manzo manse since her divorce), Caroline admitted that she was once again stepping into the Gorga-Giudice fray, to the dismay of her husband. »
Well, my fellow "Housewives" fans, Season 5 of our favorite Garden State girls are back with the premiere of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" on Sunday night (June 2). After an especially angry Season 4, which saw the entire cast turn on Teresa Giudice, can any of these relationships be saved? And what's going on in each woman's life? Let's start at the beginning.
"Sandy, you're a b****"
Okay, but on a serious note -- The premiere started with a somber tone, checking in with the women after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in November 2012. Kathy Wakile and hubby Rich drove around Seaside Heights until the National Guard wouldn't let them go any further. Rich commented, "I can't believe this is happening in the United States of America." Huh?
Here we go again Britain's Got Talent fans! In the fourth and penultimate live semi-final, nine more acts will take to the stage hoping to impress the judges and the voting public for the chance to add the coveted title of "Bgt finalist" to their CV/Twitter bio.
Tonight's acts include an impressionist, a magician, a self-confessed diva (no, we don't mean David) and it wouldn't be a Britain's Got Talent semi-final without an obligatory dance troupe or two.
So, put the kettle on, break open the hobnobs and join Digital Spy from 7.30pm when the excitement begins on ITV.
21:02Well, that's your lot guys! Thanks for keeping DS company during the show, and what an all-singing, all-dancing show it was! Just enough time for a cuppa before we find out who the lucky two finalists will be in the results show at 9.30pm. Simon Cowell's been recycling »
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There was a double billing of Scott and Bailey this week, with the final two episodes of the season airing on Wednesday and Thursday nights. I feel I could write a book about each one, so I’ll do my best to contain this. But lord, are there just a lot of feels.
While there was an episodic mystery in Episode 7, the main things that are important to know are: 1) Janet and Rachel are fighting in a way they’ve never fought before and everything is horrible, and 2) We find out the identity of the mole who’s been leaking information about the Helen Bartlett case to the press throughout the series.
1) Rachel’s downward spiral has basically become unstoppable. She’s told Sean that after being married for a hot second, she just can’t do it. But he’s still »
Endearing, invested, and exceptional in her recent roles in “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” James Ponsoldt’s “Smashed,” and “The Spectacular Now,” actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead has devoted some time on the side toward a musical outlet even as her star's been rising of late, and not without fine company. She and hip-hop producer Dan The Automator put together a band a year ago, Got A Girl, made a Twitter account just two days ago, and, just as quickly, have uploaded their first official track for the world to see. The duo have just released their single, “You And Me” online, and it certainly fits in with the inspirations that Winstead previously cited: “French 60’s pop, Jane Birkin… married with Dan’s sensibility, which is his beats and a little bit of that low-key hip-hop vibe.” The project was first announced about a year ago, and came into being when »
- Charlie Schmidlin
The Beijing Municipal Government has unveiled 15 winners in its inaugural international screenwriting contest for U.S.-based scribes of all nationalities.
The feature winners are “The Panjiayuan Diary” by Tim Plaehn; “The Monkey King” by Galen Tong; “Legend of Gong Shun Hui” by Gary Shockley; “Million Dollar Wedding Club” by Johnny M; and “Tusk” by Joshua Banta.
Seven short screenplays were selected for a grand prize: “You and Me” by J.S. Mayank (Loyola Marymount University); “Morning Song” by Pamela K. Johnson (American Film Institute); “701″ by Maya Rudolph (Columbia University); “Plight of the Honey Bee” by Anita Gou (New York University/Tisch School of the Arts); “City Music” by Cameron White (Princeton University); “Patchwork Dreams” by Lee Quarrie (Arizona State University); and “You, Me, Beijing?” by Crosby Selander (Carnegie Mellon University).
- Dave McNary
Pre-credit sequence. I miss Malcolm already. Will the tribe? It's night 30 and... Tarsier! "You and me, Eddie! Nothing's changed since Day 1," Reynold says. Without hesitation, Reynold tells everybody that he's capable of winning five Immunities in a row. Nobody disagrees. Eddie makes no such claims about his potential prowess. "Just keep going. Keeping rolling with the punches. You never know. Anything can happen in this game," Eddie says. Andrea is getting worried about Reynold and his power, but Cochran reassures her that the Fans have no power. He's ready to take out the remaining Fans. "I'll do it without »
- Daniel Fienberg
Beyonce looks amazing in a new commercial for H&M swimwear, rocking both blonde and black hair to perfection. As she dances to her new single ’Standing On The Sun,’ we get a look at the new bikini line! Watch below!
Beyonce Knowles, 31, seamlessly transitions from the sleek, straight hair she rocked in her Pepsi commercial to long, black locks in the new clothing advertisement. Watch the super sexy video of Beyonce rocking hot bikinis in this new video!
Beyonce’s H&M Bikini Video
First, Beyonce rocks her straight, blonde hair while wearing a black fringed bikini. She dances seductively in the sand, not afraid of getting a little dirty in the process!
Then Beyonce switches into a tie-dyed teal two-piece with ’50′s inspired bottoms. The matching wrap flows in the wind and looks so beautiful!
Then Beyonce’s hair magically switches to black and she changes into a blue ombre mini dress. »
- Dory Larrabee
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" was definitely one of my favorite episodes in this latter half of Hart of Dixie Season 2.
The reason being the final scene between George and Zoe because George said Exactly what I was thinking. Also, because George and Tansy grew closer while Brick and Shelby became engaged. But the key moment for me was a confession from Zoe Hart in regards to Brick Breeland.
Let me start of by talking about the best part of the hour: when Zoe confessed to George that she "liked" him and George responded, "Are You Freaking Kidding Me!?" You and me both, George Tucker, or G.T. as you liked to call yourself.
This whole re-hashing of George feelings from Zoe is So Hart of Dixie Season 1. She chose Wade, end of story. George is now sloppy seconds... while Wade is the guy who cheated on her. It seems both dynamics have been tainted somehow. »
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Ah, my friends. If you, like me, know your TV rating codes and were unnaturally aroused by the appearance of the following letter combinations on your screen at 9pm Eastern last night:
...then you, like me, were unnaturally excited about the return of the naughty, nasty, dirty-haired square dance that is Game of Thrones. Let's jump right in, shall we?
The episode kicks off with unholy shrieks. So, basically, this could be any of the Real Housewives shows.
Spamwise Tarley (John Bradley) is running for his life through the snow - wait, are we literally picking up exactly where we left off last season? He comes across a seated figure in a cloak - he calls it "brother", but then realizes that his brother has no head. Well, he has a head, but he's holding it in his lap, technically. A White Walker with an axe comes at him, »
Well, this is genius: When everyone's dream boyfriend Ryan Gosling announced he was taking a break from acting, the crushing sound of hearts breaking echoed around the world. British media company Blinkbox decided to do something about it and opened up a Ryan Gosling helpline over the weekend, aptly called #TheGosline.
#TheGosline, a British hotline, will soothe a devastated fan by playing back some of Gosling's famous movie lines, like his monologue from "The Notebook": "So it's not going to be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're going to have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever. You and me, everyday."
To help console Ryan Gosling fans upset by the news he is taking a break from acting we've set up #TheGosline > twitter.com/blinkbox/statu…
— blinkbox (@blinkbox) March 22, 2013 Note: The phone »
- Liat Kornowski
Bruno Mars is not only charming and talented ... he's also incredibly candid! The "Grenade" singer covers the April issue of GQ where he opens up about his 2010 drug arrest ... and writing/singing about sex. Three years ago, Mars had a number one single ("Just the Way You Are") but it was his run-in with Las Vegas police that landed his name in the headlines. On September 19, 2010 the singer was arrested in the bathroom of Vegas' Hardrock Hotel and charged with cocaine possession. Talking about the eye-opening experience, Bruno admits "I was a young, man! I was in f---ing Vegas. I wasn't thinking."For anyone who's been to Vegas in their '20s ... maybe, you can relate. The 27-year-old adds, "I was really intoxicated. I was really drunk. So a lot of that was a big blur, and I try everyday to forget and keep pushing."But he did learn an »
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Bruno Mars isn't afraid to sing about sex -- actually, he isn't afraid to talk about it either.
The 27-year-old singer covers the April "Style Bible" issue of GQ magazine and opens up about his infamous mugshot, his disappointing arrest and why he loves to write lyrics about doing the deed.
“It feels good to sing about. It feels…sexy," Mars admits about his sex-driven songs. "It puts you in a sexy frame of mind. It feels good to project. Sex is a great party starter.”
He even confesses that his hit "Gorilla" is a bit raunchy.
“It was just painting a picture -- some animalistic sex," he says. "Instead of me singing ‘You and me having animalistic sex’ -- which is a terrible lyric.”
Something else that was terrible was Mars' 2010 arrest, in which he was caught with a bag of cocaine in a Las Vegas casino and booked »
- Leigh Blickley
Justin has recorded his second song with Will.i.am, and it’s awesome! Listen to ‘#ThatPower’ here.
It’s not just Britney Spears who has recorded a duet with Will.i.am – Justin Bieber has recorded one as well! While Britney is busy screaming and shouting, Justin and the Black Eyed Pea are busy looking for ‘#thatpower.’ Will.i.am tweeted his new song on March 15 and wrote “This is it…its live and officially launched to the world… #thatPOWER.” So exciting!
‘#ThatPower’ — Justin Bieber & Will.i.am’s Hot New Song
Will.i.am, who is a judge on the UK version of The Voice, recorded this song with Justin in London, and it will be the fourth song released from his album #willpower. Will.i.am loves those hashtags!
“It’s up-tempo, it’s Friday. I’m proud of the collaboration. Hopefully the people listening can guess who it is, »
- Eleanore Hutch
For girls born after women were appointed to the Supreme Court, sexual harassment is not tolerated in the workplace, and females always competed in school sports. So for them, "Makers: Women Who Make America" is a history lesson.
The three-hour special that airs Tuesday, Feb. 26, on PBS (check local listings), is naturally not just for younger women. It is for everyone - those who relished victories whenever women won higher office, experienced fury when colleagues made sexual advances or were frustrated when schools allocated money only for boys sports.
It's for males and females -- those who suffered the indignities and fought to change the world and those for whom the Era is only a baseball stat. Meryl Streep narrates the film, which should be required in any course about 20th-century America. Additional information is available at www.Makers.com.
The program features the accounts of famous leaders of the »
Emma Becker is in trouble - and, for once, it has nothing to do with finding her birth mom and pretending to be her twin sister. In "Regrets Only," we find out that Emma finally cashed in her v-card to Thayer.
The whole problem is she may not be 100% invested in Thayer.
It seems like nobody is invested in their designated partner these days on The Lying Game. Well, nobody except for Theresa and Dan, the almost newlyweds. But after that last scene with Theresa in the graveyard, it doesn't look like anyone is headed to the altar tomorrow. Who abducted or attacked Theresa? That's a whole other question.
Back to all that couple swapping: Alec and Kristen are so on. Now that I no longer really hate Alec, I could be down with this. Don't get me wrong, he's fairly shady but I think Rebecca is by far the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Leigh Raines)
The episode begins with a typical American family scene: a man drowning his own daughter in the bathtub. Turns out Frank (William H. Macy) is just helping Debs (Emma Kenney) - by force, granted - to build up her underwater breath-holding time in order to prepare her for the bullying she is set to suffer at the hands of all the city kids - Frank clarifies, "and by city kids, I mean black kids" - at the Sullivan Street pool. Frank's convinced that, as they did to him back in the '60s, "savage little Cosby Kids will drown your ass." Well, Frank - maybe your ass actually earned a drowning or two, ever think of that?
Mandy (Emma Greenwell) and Lip (Jeremy Allen White), meanwhile, are having crazy sex at her house. Wait, is that her house? It seems about twelve dirty brothers short. Where is she living? Somewhere »
Our scene opens with Naevia, sparring with everyone’s favorite horse whisperer, Diotimos. Naevia quickly gets the upper hand, and Diotimos realizes that he is much better wrestling with dead horse innards than with empowered women. He wishes he could return to his former job: hamburger cook at McDonald’s.
Billy Ray Crixus (seriously, Crixus: Cut. Your. Hair.) arrives for Diotimos, who is being summoned by none other than Spartacus himself. Gulp. Is Diotimos finally getting his comeuppance for mouthing off about Spartacus acting a little too big for his britches (well, in Spartacus’ case, too big for his peplum) in the previous episode? Nope—Spartacus and his advisors want intelligence on Diotimos’ home city. Camp Runaway Slave is looking for a new location, and Spartacus feels that Diotimos’ hometown may have everything the slaves need: stunning ocean side vistas, good resale potential, and excellent local school districts. Oh, yes, »
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