The 2010 DGA Nominees Are…

In: Donovan, Movies

If you’re going to participate in your Oscar office pool, get to know these five gentlemen. This year’s Academy Awards nominations won’t be announced for another couple of weeks, but if history has anything to say about it, these five men will be receiving congratulation calls come Oscar nomination day. Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David Fincher (the social network), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Christopher Nolan (Inception) and David O’Russell (Fighter) all scored Director Guild of America Awards nominations, or better simply known as, the DGAs.

Since the DGAs started giving awards to movie directors in 1948, they have only differed six times from the Oscar Best Director winner. Those are some pretty good odds. The most recent discrepancy came in 2002 when Rob Marshall won the DGA for “Chicago“, but Roman Polanski won Oscar glory for “The Pianist”.

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Just before the Christmas break, I had to chance to chat on the phone with the lovely Michelle Visage, the newest addition to the permanent judges panel on RuPaul’s Drag Race for season 3. Does her name ring a bell? Well, she’s done a lot of things. She was in two music groups including The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. and Seduction, she is a morning radio host and if you remember RuPaul’s show back on VH1, she was there for that too.

Her career has spanned many outlets of the entertainment industry, but as I found out in this interview, she couldn’t be more excited to join RuPaul on his Drag Race ventures. “Its been a long time coming…” as she told me in the interview. With her past history with Ru, it was only a matter of time before she jumped onboard. In the interview, she reveals a lot of information about the upcoming season which makes me real excited to check it out.

The list of guest judges for this season have also raised a lot of anticipation with Michelle Williams, Margaret Cho, and the list just goes on. Its season three, and they’ve really amped up the stakes and the drama. Michelle admits that she is going to be very real on the show and with that, comes some drama from the queens. “I’m sure there will be a lot of talk about me in the Interior Illusions Lounge…” but I promised her, we’d keep track of the shade, and let her know.

Check out the interview after the jump.

In 2009, Big Brother 9 winner Adam Jasinski found out that Big Brother really is watching you when he found himself in a little bit of criminal hot water (and I don’t mean the BB hot tub). After being arrested and charged by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) after being discovered with 2,000 Oxycodone pills with intent to distribute.

Allegedly, Adam admitted to using his $500,000 winnings to fund his new drug ring of buying and reselling the pills. He is now facing 20 years in prison and a whopping 1 million dollar fine. But Adam is about to meet his new housemate. Funny thing is, they’ve lived in a house together before. Roommates for life! What a twist.

Former season nine house guest and co-star, Matthew McDonald is about to join Jasinski in the slammer for twenty years. He just pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone in connection to his buddy’s drug ring. I bet they are both wishing for Power Of Veto now.

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Wine 101: Colome, Argentina

In: Charge It, Nic, Random Reads

Just a quick disclaimer. Due to last weeks comments on Wine 101, I thought it necessary to let the general wine drinking public know that I’m not getting endorsement for any wine promoted in this column. Hell, if someone wants to make a deal, bring it on. Until then, being in the wine industry for quite a few years now has helped expose me to some pretty cool varietals, regions, and wines. Be assured, that I am only writing about a wine because I enjoy it, and for no other reason. Hopefully you are getting a good wine from my recommendations, and not a bottle of questionable quality due to endorsement of any kind. ON WITH THE WINE!

Argentinian wine has become really popular in the last five or so years. Well, South American wine in general thanks to the influx of interest in Malbec, an easy drinking, fruit-forward red wine. Although Chile was the first country to really take off with this varietal in North America here, Argentinian wines have become a close second in popularity now, and are continuing to gain notoriety.

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I honestly never thought I’d see the day, but funny man Owen Wilson is expecting his first baby boy. Previously linked to Kate Hudson and songstress Sheryl Crow, it looks like Owen has finally found his baby mama for life.

So who’s the lucky lady? Her name is Jade Duell and according to Wilson’s rep, she is due any day now. The couple obviously did a great job of keeping this pregnancy a secret because no one knew up until this point. Apparently, Jade is in Hawaii which is where the couple would like the baby to be born.

According to sources, Wilson is overjoyed and “involved with the pregnancy.” The parents-to-be “want to do everything as natural as possible.” Lets hope that Wilson knows how to wrangle this Little Focker to the best of his ability. FYI: Owen’s new film Hall Pass comes out February 25th with Jason Sudeikis.

Who knew the Countess’ guilty pleasure track “Money Can’t Buy You Class” would be so prophetic? Days after a YouTube video showing Luann De Lessep’s daughter smoking a doobie and using the N-word, the Countess is finally speaking out about the embarrassing situation. She told exclusively that she’ll be using this incident to teach her daughter, Victoria, a life lesson about the consequences of her actions. Way to spin that one, Luann.

“I am the parent of a teenager, and as any parent can attest, teenagers go through periods of doing things that are wrong and not appropriate and that are later regretted. My daughter Victoria knows that the behavior she exhibited was unacceptable. I have chosen to deal with this as a private family matter and an opportunity to discuss consequences of our actions.”

see what Ramona Singer did after the jump

Meet Survivor Redemption Island’s Cast

In: Donovan, TV Shows

With about a month to go before “Survivor: Redemption Island” premieres, CBS unveiled the cast. Well, sorta. The network revealed only 16 out of the 18 castaways competing this season. The two remaining slots will be for two returning players who will be announced at a later date. “Survivor: Redemption Island” premieres Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Seriously, CBS. The jig is up. Everyone knows that Russell Hantz and Boston Rob are coming back. And revealing part of the cast isn’t doing you any favors in fueling the speculation that those two infamous contestants are coming back. We all know Survivor is always gender-equal when casting. Out of the 16 revealed cast, nine of them are women and seven are men. Presumably, that would dictate that the remaining two are men. It doesn’t take Angela Lansbury to solve this mystery.

Overall, Survivor 22’s cast looks promising. There’s a former beauty pageant winner, two former NFL players, college head cheerleader, hot yoga instructor along with your usual suspects of attorneys, doctors and waitresses. Couple this with the Redemption Island Twist, this season is poised to be an entertaining one. Jeff Probst revealed more details to about this game-changing twist. All contestants will be informed about the twist upfront, unlike the Survivor Pearl Islands where the remaining survivors were sandbagged with the Outcasts twist. Here’s what we can expect from Redemption Island:

“We have all our duels laid out… Luck of the draw which one you get. Depends what time you’re at Redemption Island. Some will be a little tougher. Some will be puzzle based.”

Even though CBS didn’t reveal the final two contestants or the tribe breakdown, we here at did a little digging and came up with more details. Check below to see which teams will be lead by Russell and Rob.

check out the tribes and cast after the jump

Britney’s Single Debuts One Day Early

In: Music, Patrick

The highly anticipated first single “Hold It Against Me” from Britney Spears’ upcoming album was set to be released tomorrow (Tuesday) after the pop princess herself made the announcement last week via Twitter. Things didn’t go as planned when apparently iTunes in New Zealand released the song ahead of schedule. With that, Ryan Seacrest decided to debut the song on his radio show this morning. A demo version (with someone else singing the song) had been previously leaked. I have been listening to that version ever since to hold me over – haha.

In comparison to the leaked demo, this real version is much more polished and sexier with Britney’s real voice, and there’s a lot more more that’s been done to the track, complete with a signature Britney dance break. The song will be available for purchase/download on iTunes tonight at midnight, but you can preview the track below.

Listen to the track after the jump…

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