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LOS ANGELES, Calif. —

Lady Gaga has extended her scepter of approval to the cast of “Glee” for their performance of her hit single, “Born This Way.”

“I really loved Glee’s Born This Way episode,” the pop star Tweeted on Friday. “I admire the show for being brave+fighting for such modern social messaging. Never back down.”

Gaga’s inspirational anthem was featured in a special monster-sized 90-minute episode of the hit FOX series on Tuesday, with members of the cast wearing hilarious yet touching T-shirts boldly proclaiming their character’s insecurities.

Matthew Morrison, who plays sexy teacher Will Schuester, wore a shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Butt Chin,” while lovable ditz Brittany (played by Heather Morris) wore a shirt that read, “I’m With Stupid,” with an arrow pointing upward toward her head.

Mark Salling’s Puck also wore a shirt that read, “I’m With Stupid” – however, the arrow on his tee pointed downwards toward his nether regions, in reference to his character’s notorious hormone-driven decision-making!

In related news, Mother Monster Gaga is pleased with the music video for her latest hit, “Judas.”

“Been working so hard, wonderful things coming!” she Tweeted on Friday. “The Judas Video is a masterpiece, coming next week!”

Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated new album, “Born This way,” is due in stores on May 23.

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“We’re best friends,” Noble says as they discuss the mind-bending Fox drama and the three-part season-ending story (Part 2 Friday, 9 ET/PT).

Their mutual trust makes it easier for them to take the relationship between the Bishop boys, father Walter (Noble) and son Peter (Jackson) to some very dark places.

“We wanted to make the relationship as real and bloody and wonderful as it is,” Noble, 62, says.

“To make it honest, not to knock the rough edges off it,” Jackson, 32, says. “After you’ve gone through the ugly portions of the father-and-son relationship, then once you get to places of happiness and joy or any beauty, you’ve earned them.”

Their connection during a recent joint interview is apparent. A conversation with the Bishops at times turns into a conversation between the Bishops as Jackson and Noble play off each other’s comments, compare notes on favorite episodes and address their answers to each other.

The complicated Bishop relationship is a cornerstone ofFringe, which follows an investigative team that seeks to solve seemingly unexplainable mysteries, including those involving two universes that are nearly mirror images. Walter caused an imbalance between the two when he took the alternate universe’s Peter to replace his own son, who had died.

If that sounds complex, that’s just the start of it. A few weeks ago, Walter, Peter and FBIagent Olivia (Anna Torv) turned into cartoons during a journey through Olivia’s mind.

“It’s unusual. It’s bizarre. It’s Fringe,” Noble says.

The show’s demanding mythology may have cost the show some viewers, Noble acknowledges, but he says it also earns the series intense devotion from others. “People use it as a conversation piece to discuss all sorts of metaphysical facts of life,” he says.

“The vein they tapped creatively caught on with a very specific and very rabid base who use it as a launching-off point for the rest of the conversation,” Jackson says.

Fringe also doesn’t make it easy to choose between universes, between Walter and Olivia in this universe and so-called Walternate and Bolivia “over there” in the other universe.

“The most difficult thing we faced was getting an audience to accept that there’s no good or evil, because people want to take sides. It was our challenge to get our audience to accept those folks on the other side,” Noble says. “I think we actually achieved that. We got people to kind of like the people on the other side and realize they were human beings.”

The devout base helped Fringe earn an early Season 4 renewal. Even though it averages a modest 5.7million viewers a week, it scores particularly well in DVR viewing.

In last week’s Fringe, the first of the three-part finale arc, the universe started to come apart after Walternate turned on a doomsday machine. Peter may be the only hope of stopping the machine, but he becomes injured in his effort to do so.

The story will “show the world what Armageddon is like,” Noble says. Someone will die in next week’s finale, Jackson teases: “We can tell you who, but it won’t matter by the end of the episode. That’s not a spoiler. That’s a good tease,” he says, turning to Noble. “No? That’s a spoiler?”

Before next season’s shooting starts, Noble will spend time in his native Australia “and learn to be an Australian again,” while Jackson just landed a role in a Stephen Frearsfilm, Lay the Favorite.

As for off-work hobbies, Noble enjoys music and painting. And Jackson says, “I drink and chase my woman (girlfriend Diane Kruger) around the world.” Adds Noble, “He has a young man’s version of mine.”

http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2011-04-29-Fringe29_ST_N.htm

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Survey

1. If your doctor told you TODAY that you were pregnant, what would you say? Ummm…Hell no re-do that damn test dumb ass. 🙂
2. Do you trust all of your friends? Those closet to me yeah.
3. Would you move to another state or country to be with the one you love?  yep
4. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? Yes.
5. Can you make a dollar in change right now? lol nope.

6. Which one of your friends do you think would make the best doctor? lol Sam

7. Are you afraid of falling in love? No have been in love for years now baby.

9. Is there someone who pops into your mind at random times? yep

10. What’s your most favorite scar? One on my left knee got that one when I was a kid.

11. When was the last time you flew in a plane? years ago so hate flying man.

12. What did the last text message you sent say? “I love you”

13. What features do you find most attractive in the preferred sex? eyes, butts 🙂

14. What colour is your underwear? peach

15. What is a goal you would like to accomplish in the near future? moving out

16. When was the last time you slept with someone? with hubby every single night.

17. How many kids do you want to have? have one

18. Would you make a good parent? I fucking rock man.

19. Where was your default picture taken? N/A

20. What’s your middle name? nada

21. Honestly, what’s on your mind right now? too many damn things man.

22. Do you need a pee right now? ha ha no

23. Who was or will be the maid of honor/ best man in your wedding? had none we did it civil like ya know.

24. What bra size are you? not telling

25. Righty or Lefty? Righty

26. Best place to eat? Cheesecake factory

27. Favorite jeans? have none they are just jeans man.

28. Favorite animal? all

29. Favorite juice? grape

30. Have you had the chicken pox? Yes

31. Have you had a sore throat? yes

32. Ever had a bar fight? Nope

33. Who knows you the best? my hubby & my son

34. Shoe size? 10

35. Do you wear contact lenses or glasses? glasses

36. Ever been in a fight with your pet? no she knows I am the damn pack leader enough said ha ha ha
37. Last time you went commando? lol been a while

38. Did you buy something today? Not today.

39. Did you get sick today? getting over a damn cold

40. Do you miss someone today? nope

41. Last argument? um with hubby

42. When is the last time you had a massage? a few nights ago hubby gives me good ones. 🙂

43. Last person to lay in your bed? my son

44. Last person to see you cry? my son

45. Who made you cry? long story

46. Do you shave your nether-regions? Not as often as i’d like but yes

47. What are your plans for the weekend? work & work & work

48. Who do you think will repost this? Probably no one

49. Who was the last person you hung out with? my son

50. If your significant other asked you to marry them TODAY what would you say? married been great kick ass years.

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CONCORD, Ala. – It was bad enough that a tornado obliterated Derrick Keef’s house. Worse still was the heartbreaking scavenger hunt for his most priceless possessions strewn across the devastated neighborhood.

His guns were in the ruins of a neighbor’s home. A Christmas heirloom shared space in a ditch with broken glass and jagged nails. And his 7-year-old son’s bike — one of the few toys he could salvage — was pinned under a car a block away.

“I’ve been going from lot to lot finding stuff,” he said as he rifled through debris in Concord, Ala., in search of a family photo album. “It’s like CSI.”

As crews combed the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation’s deadliest tornado outbreak in nearly four decades, survivors were left trying to figure out how to put their lives back together.

At least 297 were killed across six states in Wednesday’s outbreak.

President Barack Obama planned a trip to Tuscaloosa on Friday to view storm damage and meet Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and shattered families. Late Thursday, Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state to provide federal aid to those who seek it.

Those who took shelter as the storms descended trickled back to their homes Thursday, ducking police roadblocks and fallen limbs and power lines to reclaim their belongings.

They struggled with no electricity and little help from stretched-thin law enforcement. And they were frustrated by the near-constant presence of gawkers who drove by in search of a cellphone camera picture — or worse, a trinket to take home.

“It’s just devastation. I’ve never seen this,” said Sen. Richard Shelby during a visit to storm-ravaged Tuscaloosa. “This is the worst tornado devastation I’ve ever seen.”

The storms did the brunt of their damage in Alabama. More than two-thirds of the victims lived there, and large cities bore the scars of half-mile-wide twisters that rumbled through. The high death toll seems surprising in the era of Doppler radar and precise satellite forecasts. But the storms were just too wide and too powerful to avoid a horrifying body count.

As many as a million homes and businesses there were without power, and Bentley said 2,000 National Guard troops had been activated to help. The governors of Mississippi and Georgia also issued emergency declarations for parts of their states.

“We can’t control when or where a terrible storm may strike, but we can control how we respond to it,” Obama said. “And I want every American who has been affected by this disaster to know that the federal government will do everything we can to help you recover and we will stand with you as you rebuild.”

The storms seemed to hone in on populated areas by hugging the interstate highways and obliterating neighborhoods and even entire towns from Tuscaloosa to Bristol, Va.

Concord, a small town outside Birmingham, was so devastated that authorities closed it down to keep out rubberneckers. Randy Guyton’s family, which lived in a stately home at the base of a hill in the center of Concord, rushed to the basement garage, piled into a Honda Ridgeline and listened to the roar as the twister devoured the house in seconds. Afterward, they saw outside through the shards of their home and scrambled out.

“The whole house caved in on top of that car,” he said. “Other than my boy screaming to the Lord to save us, being in that car is what saved us.”

Alabama emergency management officials in a news release early Friday said the state had 210 confirmed deaths. There were 33 deaths in Mississippi, 33 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, five in Virginia and one in Kentucky. Hundreds if not thousands of people were injured — 800 in Tuscaloosa alone.

The loss of life is the greatest from an outbreak of U.S. tornadoes since April 1974, when the weather service said 315 people were killed by a storm that swept across 13 Southern and Midwestern states.

Some of the worst damage was in Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 that is home to the University of Alabama. The storms destroyed the city’s emergency management center, so the school’s Bryant-Denny Stadium was turned into a makeshift one. School officials said two students were killed, though they did not say how they died. Finals were canceled and commencement was postponed.

Shaylyndrea Jones, 22, had expected to graduate from the University of Alabama next weekend with a degree in sports science. Instead, she spent Thursday moving out of her ruined apartment, where she rode out the storm huddled in a hallway. But graduation suddenly isn’t so important — she’s just thankful she and her roommates survived the night.

“It was the scariest thing I’ve been through,” she said. “We were saying our prayers as it was coming down the street.”

Police used bullhorns to tell people not to cross the tape to a neighborhood they were searching. On the other side, people were walking over glass, through pools of water, endless piles of debris and smashed cars. The city imposed a 10 p.m. curfew for Thursday and an 8 p.m. limit for Friday.

Search and rescue teams fanned out to dig through the rubble of devastated communities that bore eerie similarities to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when town after town lay flattened for nearly 90 miles. Authorities in Concord and elsewhere even painted the same “X” symbols they did in New Orleans to mark which homes they searched and how many survivors were found.

In Phil Campbell, a small town of 1,000 in northwest Alabama where 26 people died, the grocery store, gas stations and medical clinic were destroyed by a tornado that Mayor Jerry Mays estimated was a half-mile wide and traveled some 20 miles.

“We’ve lost everything. Let’s just say it like it is,” Mays said. “I’m afraid we might have some suicides because of this.”

Officials said at least 13 died in Smithville, Miss., where devastating winds ripped open the police station, post office, city hall and an industrial park with several furniture factories. Pieces of tin were twined high around the legs of a blue water tower, and the Piggly Wiggly grocery store was gutted.

At Smithville Cemetery, even the dead were not spared: Tombstones dating to the 1800s, including some of Civil War soldiers, lay broken on the ground. Brothers Kenny and Paul Long dragged their youngest brother’s headstone back to its proper place.

At least eight people were killed in Georgia’s Catoosa County, including in Ringgold, where a suspected tornado flattened about a dozen buildings and trapped an unknown number of people.

“It happened so fast I couldn’t think at all,” said Tom Rose, an Illinois truck driver whose vehicle was blown off the road at I-75 North in Ringgold, near the Tennessee line.

Lisa Rice, owner of S&L Tans in nearby Trenton, survived by climbing into a tanning bed with her two daughters: Stormy, 19, and Sky, 21.

“We got in it and closed it on top of us,” Rice said. “Sky said, `We’re going to die.’ But, I said, `No, just pray. Just pray, just pray, just pray.'”

For 30 seconds, wind rushed around the bed and debris flew as wind tore off the roof.

“Then it just stopped. It got real quiet. We waited a few minutes and then opened up the bed and we saw daylight,” she said.

In Tuscaloosa, hundreds of people walked in a long, slow procession down the town’s main four-lane drag. Some shot pictures and videos of what had been a bustling community. Others came to search the wreckage of their homes.

Seventy-three-year-old Frank Frierson sat on a porch and marveled at the damage.

“It was God up there letting us now that he is the boss, what he could tear up and what he could destroy,” he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ap_on_re_us/us_severe_weather

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Leverage is returning for its fourth season to TNT on June 26 with ‘The Long Way Down Job.’ That episode will take them 10,000 feet up in the snow, and Parker and Eliot will suffer the consequences when the ground beneath them cracks. There are also cons involving inventions, a painting, and a funeral home to look forward to.

Watch a sneak peek of the Leverage season 4 premiere here.

Things will be progressing between the two couples on the show – Nate and Sophie, Parker and Hardison – and through it all, the fifth member of the crew, Eliot will still be doing what he does best: being the hitter of the group.

Check out a slideshow of the Leverage crew here.

John Rogers and Dean Devlin have called him “a Home Depot of pain,” and he definitely knows how to use any object at his disposal to take out his opponent. A recent tweet from Christian Kane previewed a fight in one of the upcoming fourth season:

Continue reading on Examiner.com: ‘Leverage’: Christian Kane teases ‘brutal fight’ coming up – National Leverage | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/leverage-in-national/leverage-christian-kane-teases-brutal-fight-coming-up#ixzz1Kv4I1zZo

He also tweeted a picture from Faber with that bit of information, and he sure looks bloody in it. Urijah Faber is a professional fighter in the UFC, so this should be one crazy fight coming up on Leverage.

Leverage returns with its fourth season on June 26 at 9PM.

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This is fail man:

Like I said before I am no longer bothering with this show. Fail man pure and simple it fails.

With time running out before the CBS upfront presentation in May, the plan to relaunch “Two and a Half Men” without Charlie Sheen is beginning to take shape.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that series co-creator Chuck Lorre has hatched an idea to reboot the Warner Bros.-produced sitcom with a new creative direction that does not involve Sheen, who was fired from the series in March.

Lorre is said to have presented close associates and “Men” co-star Jon Cryer with the plan, and the studio and network are aware of his intentions. According to an insider, Lorre has told Cryer this reboot would involve a significant role for him and the introduction of a new, yet-to-be-cast character.

[PhotosWild photos from Charlie Sheen’s tour]

Sheen, who is suing Lorre and Warner Bros. for $100 million, has frequently expressed his desire to return to the show as he has crisscrossed the country on his “Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option” comedy tour.

A source tells THR that Sheen is still actively working behind the scenes to be reinstated, attempting as late as this week to set up meetings with “Men” cast members, hoping to clear the air and win their support. But Lorre is said to remain uninterested in meeting with Sheen, and Warners sources are adamant that Sheen will not be invited back.

Neither CBS nor Warner Bros. has said whether “Men” will return for an ninth season. But industry speculation is that the show will almost certainly return. And talent representatives say that Warners has quietly begun pursuing an actor to appear in the series next season. Who that actor will be has become Topic A in Hollywood. Speculation has ranged from the plausible to the peculiar, with names from Woody Harrelson to Jeremy Piven to Bob Saget being bandied about. A Warners spokesperson says none of these actors is in contention.

[PhotosCharlie Sheen’s unforgettable career moments]

While a new cast member wouldn’t make “Sheen money” — in the $1.2 million realm, per episode — slipping into television’s No. 1 sitcom would earn an actor a rate well above the usual freshman series fee, says one observer. But the role would come with intense pressure, as blame could be placed on the newcomer if the revamped show flops.

Others have suggested that “Men” might consider a “roommate” scenario, with multiple stars appearing on one or a few episodes to fill the Sheen void.

[PhotosCharlie Sheen’s craziest Twit Pics]

When exactly “Men” would return is another open question. Two sources say a midseason relaunch is more likely than a fall return. While delaying “Men’s” start would leave a significant revenue and ratings generator off the CBS fall schedule, the network and studio would have more time to retool the series. But unanswered questions about TV’s most-watched comedy could upset ad buyers and upstage CBS’s splashy upfront presentation next month.

http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/chuck-lorre-hatches-two-and-a-half-men-reboot-without-charlie-sheen–2856

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