How the mighty have fallen. Remember back in 2007 when everyone and their dog channeled their guitar playing bad selves and rocked out to Guitar Hero? Apparently, in just a few short years the former lucrative music game franchise has fall out of tune with gamers. Forcing Activision to announce they are closing the door on what was once touted as the first great game franchise of the 21st century. Sad day indeed.

“Due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing’s Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011,” Activision said in its most recent financial statement. “These decisions are based on the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences.”

In its heyday, the franchise raked in over $1 billion dollars in 2007 with “Guitar Hero III” sales. Fast forward to the most recent installment, “Guitar Hero: Warriors or Rock“, which only moved 86,000 copies. Rising licensing fees also compounded the profitably problem of the game. As a result, the company laid off their 500-person Guitar Hero division. On the brightside, they’ll have this extra spare time to beef up their Guitar Hero skills while collecting unemployment insurance.

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American Idol 10: San Francisco Brings It

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Woo hoo, the seventh and final stop for American Idol Season 10′s audition tour is upon us. I can’t believe we’re already here. After Los Angeles’ dreckitude of an episode, the audition portion of this season ended on a high note. As promised, San Francisco delivered with talent but also in Idol-type Lifetime movie of the week stories, and with memorable gimmicks. Let’s just say, it was more than meets the eye *wink*.

Thankfully, the producers decided to opt out of the traditional “Best & Worst” mashup episode tomorrow. Rather, we’re heading straight to Hollywood Week. Is this a sign that major dramz runs amuck during the highly stressful slash entertaining phase of American Idol? I surely hope so. Rumor has it that Hollywood Week will end with a sudden death Top 20 with voters selecting the finalists. Can’t wait. But before we get there, check out some San Francisco golden ticket recipients that stand a good chance of going far. Watch them all below.

check out which performances I liked after the jump

Jersey Shore Mid Season Preview

In: TV Shows, Tyrell

MTV has just released a Jersey Shore season 3 mid season trailer and by golly its good. Season 3 has brought some of the best drama yet. With Sam and Ron going at it almost every episode, and Snooki getting drunk and being arrested there has been no drab storyline.

Well in this new preview we see the house go through some pretty deep shiz. We begin with the cast playing pranks on each other. From Pauly D hiding Snooki’s Croc and hanging him from the balcony to Mike driving the girls all the way to New York, the humor seems great. But then, the drama hits. Vinny and Snooki continue their love fling but when Vinny breaks the rules, Snooki doesn’t hold back on how she feels.

And of course, the couple we all love to hate get into it once again when Ron finds out that she has been sending texts to another man and of course, he is friends with Mike and well, lets just leave the rest up to the trailer. So go check it out!

Watch the drama unfold after the jump >>

LOL – I just remembered! Remember when someone stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from Lindsay Lohan when she was at the airport in London in 2009? My oh my, have the tables turned. Today, Lohan went to court for stealing a $2500 necklace from a store (Kamofie & Company) and was charged with felony grand theft.

Shown on surveillance walking out of the store wearing the necklace, Lohan denies that she stole the necklace and claims the store owner lent it to her for publicity purposes. I find that quite interesting, considering Lohan allegedly recently sent flowers to the store. Why would you send flowers to a store that is falsely accusing you of theft? Although she wore a white dress, she’s no angel.

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Looks like Jessica Simpson’s younger sister is following in her big sister’s footsteps as now she too is getting a divorce. Married since 2008, Ashlee Simpson just filed for divorce for “irreconcilable differences” from husband Pete Wentz. Simpson is asking for joint legal custody of their two year old son Bronx and there was no prenup agreement. The couple released a joint statement about their split:

“After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. We remain friends and deeply committed and loving parents to our son Bronx, whose happiness and well-being remains our number one priority. We ask that everyone honor our privacy as we navigate this next phase of our lives.”

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Coming Soon: The Adjustment Bureau

In: Movies, Tyrell

The first time I saw this trailer, I knew that this movie was right up my alley. It combines all of my favorite things: science fiction, action adventure and romance. It stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Damon plays a man running for senator and Emily plays a female stranger he meets in passing. However, a special group of ‘angels’ known as The Adjustment Bureau come between them as according to their plan, they are not supposed to be together.

The film is loosely based on a short story titled Adjustment Team written by Philip K. Dick. Universal Studios won the rights to the film through a media auction and started work on the production in early 2009. With a $51 million dollar budget, I’m sure this flick will pack a blockbuster punch. The film is directed by George Nolfi. This is his directorial debut as usually he is the man who pens the screenplay. He helped write The Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean’s Twelve just to name a couple.

Opening in theatres March 4th, the anticipation for this Bourne Identity meets Inception romance thriller is high. The opening critic remarks have been positive but only the box office will tell. It opens with some smaller films like Beastly and Take Me Home Tonight but may face a bit of competition with Johnny Depp’s, Rango. Check out the trailer and the featurette to see what this film is all about.

Watch the Official Trailer and Featurette here >>

If you have been having Heidi Montag/Pratt withdrawals, have no fear. Heidi may be on your TV screen sooner than you think. With rumors of Camille Grammer and one other not returning to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Speidi wants in on the opening.

According to sources, Heidi and Spencer met with Bravo execs about the show and the possibility of the couple moving to Beverly Hills. Spencer even said “we would move to Beverly Hills in a heartbeat… We would be psyched if this happened for us.” As much as these two are a nightmare, I think they would be a really interesting mix to the show no?

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Why a network hasn’t picked up “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” is beyond me? The comedian’s deadpan talk hosting style cracks me up. If feels like ages since Zach’s last segment on Funny or Die. Thank God, the wait is finally over. On his extremely low budget mock chat fest, he’s interviewed Bruce Willis, Michael Cera, Sean Penn to name a few. The latest celebrities to occupy the seats between his two ferns are ubiquitous MySpace pseudo-celebrity Tila Tequila and everyone’s favorite friend, Jennifer Aniston.

Bringing in two completely two different sides of the celebrity spectrum allows for some awkward on-air banter. It gets even funnier when Zach addresses most of his questions to Tila, practically ignoring Aniston. Eventually Jen gets frustrated and gives Zach a few #$%$# words. Watch the Zach’s latest installment of “Between Two Ferns” below.

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