Smash is pretty much the equivalent of Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking. It’s only a matter of time til NBC puts it out of its misery. They might as well make it official. The peacock network banished the musical to Saturday nights and the show’s stars including Debra Messing have started landing roles in pilots.
The eventual cancellation of Smash won’t be due to lack of effort. New showrunner Josh Safran certainly pulled out all the stops for Season 2. He wrote off several hated characters, most notably Ellis (Jaime Cepero), and gave Julia (Debra Messing) a brand new scarf-free look. He also enticed several high-profile names to guest star on the show including Jennifer Hudson, Sean Hayes and Jesse L. Martin. Even with that, Smash quickly crashed in the ratings. If Hudson’s heavily-promoted stint couldn’t bring in the ratings, I highly doubt Liza Minnelli can, especially now that it’s on Saturday night.
NBC just debuted a clip featuring Minnelli’s guest spot. She appears as herself singing a duet with Tom (Christian Borle). Together, they serenade Ivy (Megan Hilty) at a New York lounge. Snagging a film and Broadway legend is a major coup. Sadly, it won’t bring back Smash to life. Get your sneak peek at Liza below. Her episode airs this Saturday night.
If you caught the first season of Smash and weren’t impressed, I recommend you give it another chance when it returns in February 2013. Not only did they cut four useless SLASH annoying characters, but they added a roster of talented Broadway vets to the cast. Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family), Jesse L. Martin (Rent) and Broadway legend Liza Minnelli are on board as part of the show’s makeover. If that wasn’t enough for you, this season also features a mini Will & Grace reunion with Sean Hayes joining the cast. And if that STILL didn’t entice you to give the NBC musical show a second shot, they’re bringing in Jennifer mother effin’ Hudson. Watch out Karen and Ivy, the Dreamgirls actress is about to steal your “Spotlight“.
The changes to the NBC show aren’t only in front of the camera, but behind the scenes as well. Josh Safran was brought in to become the show’s new showrunner. He took over when show creator Theresa Rebeck stepped down. Safran’s previous credits include Gossip Girl. Don’t worry, he was in charge when the CW show was still good and not the tragic mess it became to be. Based on the newly-released trailers, Smash already shows signs of massive improvement.
Smash makes the move to Tuesdays for its second season, launching Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. with a two-hour bow and returning Feb. 12 in its regular slot at 10 p.m. Check out the trailer below and see where things stand between Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) and their battle for the lead in Bombshell. Looks like Debra Messing and company have finally decided on who’ll portray Marilyn Monroe. Find out who below.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Charlie Hides parody where he pits Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Cher against each other, but today, we’ve got just the fix.
In this new parody, the divas reenact some memorable scenes from The Devil Wears Prada. This movie is up there with Mean Girls as one of those guilty pleasure movies I can watch over and over again. In the parody, Charlie’s version of Madonna plays the role of Miranda Priestly, famously played by Meryl Streep. Charlie’s Lady Gaga plays Andy, the role originally played by Anne Hathaway. Lastly, Cher plays the role of Emily, originally played by Emily Blunt.
When Stefani Germanotta interviews with Madonna for a job at Runway, both her and Cher are not too keen on how Madge treats them. Charlie’s Liza Minnelli makes an appearance as well. Enjoy the parody below!
Long-time civil rights advocate and artist Cyndi Lauper has rallied an impressive list of stars from music and entertainment to help kick off the 2012 True Colors Summer Charity Auction to benefit the True Colors Fund’s work in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Lady Gaga, Anderson Cooper, Jason Mraz, Ricky Martin and many more celebrities have donated incredible experiences for the auction, open now through July 31st at leading online charity auction house CharityBuzz at www.charitybuzz.com/TrueColorsSummer2012.
This is the fourth annual summer online for Lauper’s True Colors Fund and I have to say it’s the best collection of prizes yet. Whether you’re a music lover, television junkie or sports fanatic, there is a prize that might appeal to you. I’m even tempted to bid on a couple of items myself. Which ones, you ask? Well, since you ask… I would kill for a chance to meet silver fox Anderson Cooper. I’ve been a fan of his since his hosting days on ABC’s “The Mole“. Also enticing is watching the Project Runway finale fashion show live and getting my nails did with my girl, Jessica Sutta after grabbing a bite to eat. We can dish and dish ;). Check out all the items below.
A parody on all of our favorite gay icons? Yes, please! For me, the only one missing is Britney Spears – #sad face. In the following video, we enter into Madonna‘s nightmare: Lady Gaga. Madge calls up Gaga because she wants her career back, but at first, runs into a problem. Gaga has never heard of Madonna, and hangs up. She calls back and says, “You’ve stolen my looks, my music, and my gays and I want it back!” Gaga keeps hanging up on her.
It seems like a hopeless situation. Madonna just wants her crown back…but was it always hers? Nope. Before Madonna was Cher. So, she calls up Cher to apologize and say she knows how she feels. Cher’s not buying it.
Later on, Madonna finds herself at “Divas Anonymous,” which is moderated by Sue Sylvester. Others in the support group are Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, and Barbara Streisand. This scene is hysterical. Could this all just be a bad dream? Or is Lady Gaga actually her living nightmare? Find out by watching below.
Another season of The Apprentice is coming to a close. This season was dedicated to giving those affected by the recession a second chance, and in the end it came down to two finalists: The gorgeous, cool, calm, and collected Brandy competing against Clint, the tough, outspoken, and persistent Texan.
Last night’s episode was the second of the two part finale, in which the two finalists each prepared and executed their designated tasks of The Trump Gold Classic. Brandy and her team was responsible for running the actual tournament, with Kathy Griffin at her disposal. Clint was responsible for the dinner banquet as well as the Liza Minnelli and Kathy Griffin performance that followed.
Okay, so here we go on the usual dragged on two part season finale of The Apprentice. Last week, Steuart was fired and Clint, Brandy and Liza remain. It’s not even a question that Liza is going home when they go in to face Mr. Trump at the beginning of the episode. Brandy makes a very compelling speech, outlining her education, drive, and track record. Then Clint says that essentially says he’s a “CEO in a box”, while Liza feels like she should be in the finals because of what it would do for her career. Sorry, Liza…Mr. Trump doesn’t give sympathy votes. Liza…You’re fired. Either Clint or Brandy will now be The Apprentice.
Meeting on a golf course, Trump gives Brandy the option to either choose the team or choose the task. In a no brainer, she chooses the team consisting of Liza (third wheel), Anand (cheater), and Stephanie (bossy biatch). With that, Clint gets Steuart (giggly guy), Mahsa (nightmare!) and Poppy (lest we forget).
Clint’s task is to organize a Liza Minnelli concert and Tournament Dinner, while Brandy must organize a VIP Golf Tournament featuring Kathy Griffin. There’s always a golf tournament at the finale LOL. Apparently it’s a deal breaker! LOL. Sidenote: Is Trump trying to cater to the gays with Kathy Griffin and Liza Minnelli in his finale?
I was one of the very lucky few who got to see a screening of the long awaited and HIGHLY anticipated Sex and the City sequel. A movie that pretty much every girl and every gay man are completely obsessed with. I am here to tell you that fans of the show will be satisfied.
As I was watching the SATC movie, I realized something. While this movie is totally considered to be a summer blockbuster (and will be for sure), this movie is unlike movies like Iron Man 2, and Prince of Persia and all the other giant movies. In this movie you have no explosions, no mega twists, no shock value. That struck me about halfway through the movie, so I write this review with that in mind.
It’s been two years since we last left Carrie. She and Big are now married, and living 12 floors down from the apartment they were supposed to live in in the first movie. While the apartment may be smaller, Carrie still got to keep her gorgeous closet. All of her clothes and shoes have somewhere to live, thank God. She and big are now, as the commercials have been saying, somewhere in between children and wild sex. Children are completely ruled out right away, but I think they were going for boring married couple, which is what Carrie is scared of. She’s missing her sparkle. She got the man of her dreams after years and years of trying, and she doesn’t want to spend time at home with him. What. A. Baby.