I knew it. I knew it. I knew it. The moment I wrote in yesterday’s Idol recap that this season was amazing and that the talent was phenomenal, I knew I jinxed myself. This episode was the epitome of what I hate during the audition portion of the season. It was filled with losers who couldn’t sing and simply there, trying to capture their 15 minutes of fame.

Personally, I don’t even know why the producers go to LA. The city never produces any memorable performances. Instead, it’s just a bunch of fame-seeking failed entertainers trying to grab a little attention. Idol is lucky they placed this episode near the tail end of the process, otherwise I would’ve given up on this Season the minute I saw this. Thankfully, after San Francisco’s stop, it’s onto Hollywood Week, which is my favorite portion of the show.

Nigel Lythgoe is the king of giving contestants he likes a leg up in the competition and last night he was in major pimping mode. Before the episode even started, the show began with a montage of the “best talent” we’ve seen so far. Brett Loewenstern, Lauren Alaina, Casey Abrams, Jackie Wilson, Robbie Rosen, Jacee Badeaux, Chris Medina, Thia Megia, Scott McCreery and a few more received a little bit of airtime reminding America that this was good and what we were about to see in the next hour was supremely BAD. Was the LA episode just a big joke on us, so that Idol could promote their “chosen ones” a little before Hollywood Week? I smell a conspiracy.

check out which performances I liked after the jump

That’s right ladies and gentleladies, the world famous musical, Legally Blonde – The Musical is sashaying its way into Vancouver, performing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from March 1 – 6, 2011. Naturally, yours truly will be there covering the opening night premier event and dishing about the performance soon after. I recommend you get yourself a ticket to the opening night as well to ensure you don’t miss out on this must-see theatre spectacular!

The musical stays true to the original Hollywood blockbuster, Legally Blonde, following scorned Elle through the pains of a break up and into the perfect revenge (okay, tactic to win the supposed man of her dreams back). With her best friend and four-legged pal Bruiser, Elle changes focus from shopping and sorority life to that of a higher education – Harvard Law School to be exact! If you haven’t seen the movie, wait, there’s no way you haven’t seen this movie, who am I kidding!?

find out how to get discounted tickets after the jump

Meet The Real Housewives of Miami

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Bravo’s highly successful franchise is heading off to a brand new city, looking for the same drama viewers have come to expect from middle-aged women. Meet the six hot mamas of “The Real Housewives of Miami“. The newest installment of the Housewives franchise promises to add a unique flavor as the show goes inside this cultural hot spot. According to the press release, the series will follow six of Miami’s most connected and influential women as they live their lives to the fullest in this sunny city where the party never stops.   

Personally, I don’t care about all the mumbo jumbo and just want confirmation that these ladies will bring on the cray cray and ridiculous catfights. The ladies of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” certainly set the bar high for a new Housewives series launch. Those women brought it and then some. Mind you, we could’ve watched them all shop for 13 episodes and it would’ve been more fun than that dreckitude called “The Real Housewives of D.C.“. Unfortunately for the women of MIA, they’re going to be compared to Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Kyle Richards and company. The one thing I’m certain these ladies can do better than the BH ladies is correctly pronounce “salsa”. Seriously Kim Richards, WTF?!?!?

You can watch all the Miami drama unfold when the newest addition to the family premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 22 on Bravo. Fun fact. Originally the show was a stand alone show titled “Miami Social Club“, but for one reason or another, it became the seventh installment of the Housewives franchise. Check out each lady’s bios below and see what first impression they give off.

meet the cast after the jump

Fashion: Hats

In: Charge It, Fashion, Redd

Check out Coal Headwear, a very cool hat company based out of Seattle, WA that offer various hat styles for practically anyone. From the classic fedora (which yes most of you hate) to the ever dependable baseball cap. I’m sure you’ll find one that suits you just perfectly.

A classically-inspired collection of headwear where no detail is overlooked. In our Fall 2010 offering we introduce new innovative designs and even finer materials, from pure Mongolian cashmere to the finest organic bamboo. The Considered collection is as unique as you and the lifestyle you live.

Check out a few of my picks from their Fall/Winter 2010 line on the next part of the post.

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Are you tired of not meeting “the one” on Grindr or Manhunt? Well there’s a new app on the block, that’s worth checking out. GuySpy is the latest cross-platform location-based gay mobile dating app on the market. The good folks at Stark Mobile Media created a new social networking tool for smart phones that’ll make it easier to find, meet and chat with “men seeking men” faster and easier. Not only that, but it houses more features than any other gay dating app on the market. The best part of it all… it’s FREE and works on both iPhone and Android.

GuySpy is entering the highly-competitive market in style by making its debut at GayWhistler’s 2011 WinterPRIDE event. The new gay dating app is holding an Après Ski T-Dance today (Friday, February 4, 2011) at the Whistler Conference Centre. It only makes sense that GuySpy is launching at one of the premier events for gays in North America. Here’s what GuySpy Executive Editor Morris Chapdelaine said in a statement:

“We are excited to be working with GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE for our product launch of GuySpy. The festival is a natural environment for us to demonstrate the power of this new cross-platform, all male location based mobile social networking tool that utilizes voice, text, mapping and images. So as guys are ripping it up on the mountain they can send messages to meet up later for events like our GuySpy Après Ski Village T-Dance on Friday, February 4th at the Whistler Conference Centre.” – Morris Chapdelaine, Executive Editor with GuySpy

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Book Review: Stieg Larsson, My Friend

In: Dan, Random Reads

Over the past year I tackled the epic Millennium trilogy written by the late Stieg Larsson, and to say those books have become an inspiration across the content is a simple understatement. Larsson’s trio of novels has become international best sellers with publications in a variety of languages. Sadly, Larsson wasn’t alive to see his books go ‘platinum’ as he passed away when they were simply manuscripts being shopped around to potential publishers. Little did he know that his impressive scripts, written in just three short years, in tandem as three flowing stories, would become best sellers and made into motion pictures.

The saddest part of Larsson’s passing is his inability to shine, and reap the rewards of his dedication to his craft. His memory is propelled forth in a short summary of his life in the back inside cover of each of the Millennium books; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. If you’re a book fiend like me, you often wonder what the author’s life is like and how they conceptualized the words we end up reading and digesting. Larsson unfortunately isn’t around to discuss his process, or shed some light into the intricate workings and plot development of his novels, and for that I was left wondering who was this wondrous man and writer?

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James Franco To Teach James Franco 101

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

Where do I register? I’m not exactly interested in learning how to be James Franco, but I sure as hell wouldn’t mind if he was my teacher! In the past year, he’s done soap opera, drag, SNL, movies, Inside The Actor’s Studio, been nominated for Best Actor, he’ll be co-hosting the Oscars, and next he’ll be teaching a class.

The sexy Hollywood A-Lister will be teaching a course at Columbia College Hollywood called: “Master Class: Editing James Franco… with James Franco“. So can anyone sign up? What is the class really going to cover? Well, according to the press release, the course will take “12 of the private film school’s best editing students [to] create a 30 minute documentary film from videographic footage from Mr. Franco’s own unorthodox career.”

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Two Actors Move Out From “90210?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

It certainly doesn’t pay to grow old in Hollywood, as the old adage goes. Two of “90210’s” oldest characters are being shuffled off from the infamous zip code. Lori Loughlin, who plays Annie & Dixon’s mom, and Ryan Eggold, a teacher at West Bev High, are being written off the show at the end of the season.

With the kids graduating and heading off to college, the show will focus on the kids and less emphasis on the parents and high school teachers. Ironically enough, Ryan Eggold who plays Mr. Matthews is actually younger in real life than Trevor Donovan (Teddy), Liam (Matt Lanter) and Navid (Michael Steger).

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