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AMERICAN IDOL Season 8's Top 13 Finalists!

March 5, 2009 – 9:49 pm | 6 Comments

Tonight’s wild card show went mercifully fast, with a lot of business wrapped up in an hour instead of stretched out to two. Eight wild card performers competed for the remaining three spots in the …

Reviews of New Movie Trailers

March 5, 2009 – 1:17 am | 11 Comments
b-pitt

These movies won’t be out for at least a couple of months but trailers are available so I thought I’d review them. Trailers are an art in their own right—they only have a few seconds …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Group 3 Finalists & Wild Card Contestants Revealed!

March 5, 2009 – 1:15 am | 9 Comments

Here’s what you want to know: Scott MacIntyre, Jorge Nunez and Lil Rounds were voted into the top 12 by the public. After that was settled, the judges picked 8 previously rejected contestants for the …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Group 3 of Semi-Finalists

March 4, 2009 – 2:52 am | 6 Comments

During the first half of this show, everyone was so boring I felt like we didn’t need this group at all. There was enough rejected talent from the first two groups (Anoop, Jesse, Megan, for …

No Limits on the Horizon for U2

March 1, 2009 – 10:06 pm | 9 Comments
adam-big-screen

So, U2’s dropping a new album Tuesday (download it from Amazon for only $3.99!) and I’m excited, having been a fan since 1980. But when it came to doing a review, I knew the best …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Finalists from Group 2

February 27, 2009 – 1:41 am | 9 Comments

Let’s get right to the point. The 3 who made the top 12 from this bunch were Allison Iraheta, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. Save for the choice of Iraheta, who has an incredibly powerful …

THE REAPER Kicks Butt!

February 26, 2009 – 12:50 am | 6 Comments
beat_reaper

Man, oh man, I just finished this book by Josh Bazell called Beat the Reaper and it was so good, I started writing this review before the book’s back cover had slapped shut. That’s how …

AMERICAN IDOL — Group 2 of Semi-Finalists

February 26, 2009 – 12:36 am | 8 Comments

The girls were way better than the guys tonight and it burns me that the rules force us to accept at least one guy from this group into the top 12. There are three girls …

Backstage Oscars Scoop!

February 23, 2009 – 5:57 am | 11 Comments
fr12

After the ceremony, I received a call from a source who attended the show and had lots of scoop to share. Here’s our conversation: [She also took the photo below]
PCN: Spill! Tell me your favorite …

2009 Oscars Fashion Round-Up

February 23, 2009 – 5:19 am | 10 Comments
n-portman1

There were a lot of beautiful dresses tonight so it’s hard to pick a best. Even the “bad” ones weren’t horrible. But Nerdies need to be given out so here goes:
Best Dressed—Female: (Tie) Anne Hathaway …

81st Academy Awards — "Nerdies" for Best & Worst

February 23, 2009 – 3:54 am | 16 Comments
phillip-petit

Overall, a fun show. I was psyched I got all except two of my predictions right (missed on Best Sound Editing and Best Foreign Film). If you want just a list of winners, click here. Otherwise, …

Video of Hugh Jackman Rehearsing for Oscars!

February 21, 2009 – 10:11 am | One Comment

Check this out. Someone took footage of Hugh Jackman rehearsing for the Oscars in New York and Hollywood. Entertainment journalist Nikki Finke confirmed its authenticity. Hugh narrates it, shows off his ripped arms (those guns are …