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As the titular character in Rene Denfeld’s The Child Finder, Naomi does exactly what her job description says: find missing children. Madison disappeared three years earlier, at the age of five, and her parents have …

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AMERICAN IDOL Reveals First 3 of Top 12 for Season 8

February 18, 2009 – 10:12 pm | 8 Comments

WTH?!! Anoop is gone? Argggghhh! Most shocking and upsetting result of the night! Man, I thought he was a sure thing. I voted for him about 30 times and he’s still going home. What happened?! …

Top 10 Performances Robbed of Oscars

February 18, 2009 – 12:57 am | 31 Comments
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Oscar Sunday is coming up this weekend and, though I’m really looking forward to it, I have a feeling at least one of my faves won’t win. I think my predictions are pretty solid but …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — First Batch of 12

February 18, 2009 – 12:27 am | 3 Comments

Oh wow, so many people crashed and burned tonight. I went in thinking, “How can we pick only 3 for the next round?” By the end of the evening, I could barely find three to …

Low Interest at THE INTERNATIONAL, SHOP Elsewhere for a Good Movie

February 16, 2009 – 4:05 pm | 6 Comments
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Valentine’s Day was this weekend so I wanted to see something romantic. But, not being a very girly girl, I also wanted to balance out my moviegoing experience with something more muscular with actions and …

The Beyman Bros Taps Into Pleasant MEMORIES

February 12, 2009 – 1:31 am | 8 Comments
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When The Beyman Bros’ debut CD, Memories of Summer as a Child, arrived in my mailbox, it was a gray and rainy day in Los Angeles. Within minutes of popping the disc in my player, …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8's Top 36!

February 12, 2009 – 1:02 am | 5 Comments

Tonight, 54 contestants found out if they made it into the top 36. Producers made some changes to the ritual (no elevator, nicer mansion, better chairs, sing-offs) but it was still nerve-wracking for the wannabes.
I …

Winners of FROZEN RIVER Script

February 11, 2009 – 3:44 pm | 18 Comments

Wow, that was fast! Evidently, my trivia questions are too easy. Must make it harder next time.
Congrats to Julien, Allison and EireGo for being fast on the trigger and the first three to get it …

FROZEN RIVER on DVD and Script Giveaway

February 11, 2009 – 1:29 am | 6 Comments
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I’d bet good money you haven’t seen this little film which got Melissa Leo and writer/director Courtney Hunt Oscar nominations (Leo for Best Actress and Hunt for Best Original Screenplay). I didn’t want to see …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Final Audition Day

February 11, 2009 – 12:39 am | 4 Comments

I’ll try to keep this short since the top 36 still hasn’t been revealed, though a bunch of people got cut tonight. We did get more singing and less drama so that was good.
Some Safe …

Backstage at the Grammys 2009

February 9, 2009 – 1:41 pm | 5 Comments

With all the talk regarding the Chris Brown scandal that came to light at last night’s Grammys, I contacted one of my sources who worked the show to see if she had any interesting inside …

AMERICAN IDOL — Second Hollywood Round: Slaughter of the Front-Runners!

February 5, 2009 – 12:01 am | 7 Comments

Oh, the drama. So much of it tonight, where to begin?
Let’s start with the best news of the evening. No more Bikini Girl! She abandoned her group practice then had the gall to call her …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — First Night of Hollywood Week!

February 4, 2009 – 12:45 am | 5 Comments

I was really looking forward to the competition finally kicking into high gear but the first Hollywood edition was kinda dull. We were told 104 made it through to the next round (out of 147 …

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