I always loved "The Wonder Years," and upon recently viewing the show in syndication, am increasingly impressed with the multi-dimensional characters in a traditional 60s setting that easily could have fallen flat. Sadly, due to licensing complications in getting their soundtrack approved, the series has yet to be released on DVD. But apparently "The Wonder Years" is not lost.
NBC has enlisted original writer/producer Bob Brush to create a pilot of "Lost in the '80s," an updated, me-decade version of the dramedy. Described as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" meets "The Ice Storm," it's yet to be determined whether the program would use the same voiceover narration as "The Wonder Years."
With family shows somewhat lacking these days, would you watch "Lost in the '80s"? [Hollywood Reporter]
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Mon, Sep 8, 2008 9:39 PM EDT
I always loved "The Wonder Years," and upon recently viewing the show in syndication, am increasingly impressed with the multi-dimensional characters in a traditional 60s setting that easily could have fallen flat. Sadly, due to licensing complications in getting their soundtrack approved, the series has yet to be released on DVD. But apparently "The Wonder Years" is not lost.Read More »from '80s version of â€œThe Wonder Yearsâ€ coming to TV
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Mon, Sep 8, 2008 7:39 PM EDT
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesBritney opened the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony looking fantastic. She didn't mess up her lines, she wasn't too goofy, and she wasn't dressed inappropriately, which was really all anyone wanted or expected. Then something crazy happened--Brit went on to win Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year for her single, "Piece of Me."Read More »from Britney wins Video of the Year: Did MTV promise her awards?
"Wow, thank you, I'm in shock right now. I was not expecting this," said Britney of winning video of the year. "This is such an honor to have this award right now."
Even in her prime Britney had yet to take home an MTV "Moonman" statue, yet her big comeback night led to Spears sweeping every category she was nominated for, beating out the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Chris Brown, The Jonas Brothers, The p----cat Dolls, The Ting Tings, Danity Kane, Panic at the Disco and Tokio Hotel.
The awards are voted upon by loads of entertainment industry insiders, and sure, we were rooting for Britney, but we're in slight
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Sep 5, 2008 8:04 PM EDT
L.A. TimesBritney Spears has maintained distance from her mother Lynne since she testified against her in a custody battle against Kevin Federline. If Lynn's new book "Through the Storm" is any indication, the distance between her and her daughter will only get worse. Selling your famous child out is one thing, but the detailed stories of Britney's youth depicts Lynne to be the driving force behind on bad decision after another.Read More »from Lynne Spears sells Britney out, becoming a worse mom than her tell-all implies
Apparently Britney started drinking at 13, right after she joined "The Mickey Mouse Club," though Lynne felt it was okay if done under her watch. At 14 years old, Britney dated and lost her virginity to an 18-year-old footballer, but Lynne encouraged the relationship and approved sleepovers since she felt the high school senior would help freshman Britney's popularity. At 15, Brit went to Los Angeles to record her debut album, "...Baby One More Time" and tried drugs, but Lynne felt that was all part of normal experimenting… that is until a year later when Britney was
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Sep 5, 2008 6:59 PM EDT
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesFollowing Sarah "Barracuda" Palin's speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday evening, Heart emailed a statement regarding the use of their like-named song:Read More »from 70s group Heart is fuming over unauthorized use of â€œBarracudaâ€ at RNC
"The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission," the email said. "We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."
Thursday night John McCain took the stage to accept the GOP's presidential nomination, and at the end of his speech, Palin joined him as balloons fell and "Barracuda" played once again. Heart's Nancy Wilson was so angered she called up Entertainment Weekly to let her voice be heard. "I think it's completely unfair to be so misrepresented," says Wilson. "I feel completely f---ed over." She and sister/band mate Ann Wilson then followed up with a more complete statement via email:
"Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song
In the new comedy "Hamlet 2" a wacky high school teacher creates a totally bananas musical sequel to the Shakespeare play. This got us thinking: what unexpected classics could totally pull off an intriguing follow-up film? The folks at Entertainment Weekly had the same idea and made a list of some great ideas ("The Usual Suspects," "Casablanca," "Wall Street," "The Truman Show," "The Big Lebowski") and some horrible ones ("Top Gun," "Independence Day," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Before Sunset").Read More »from Which of your favorite movies needs a sequel?
We'd love to see what happened to gangster Henry Hill in a "Goodfellas" sequel after entering the Witness Protection Program and becoming "an average nobody" who gets to "live the rest of [his] life like a schnook."
We'd totally watch Reese Witherspoon again as Tracy Flick after she's moved from Omaha to Washington D.C. and see if she can successfully win another "Election."
Which movies would you love to see a sequel of and why? [EW]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Sep 4, 2008 11:40 PM EDT
GawkerAfter experiencing Sarah Palin overload this week, I got to thinking: how is gossiping about a politician different from reading and spreading rumors about a celebrity? The Alaska governor is gracing the cover of every tabloid this week (has Britney, Miley or Angelina ever accomplished this?) and has the whole country--women in particular--up in arms, whether in defense or objectification over every minute detail that has surfaced thus far.Read More »from Political gossip: Valid and informative or detracting and pointless?
Many of us, myself included, spend hours a day reading and regurgitating magazines, TV shows and online blogs that pick apart the daily lives of celebrities. Sure, some may say it's a waste of time, yes, it's kind of cruel to scrutinize people we don't actually know, and without a doubt, a lot of the information provided isn't even 100% true. But is there real harm in it, other than perhaps invading someone's privacy who longs to be famous?
Now let's turn to the lives of politicians. These people aren't staring in films or making albums. They are
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Sep 4, 2008 10:23 PM EDT
HBOBack in 1985, cartoonist Alison Bechdel made up a rule (now known as the Bechdel Rule) in one of her strips where a woman won't see a movie unless the female characters talk about something other than a man. The joke is, if you abide by the rule, there's nothing left to watch.Read More »from Do all female TV and movie characters always talk about men?
How much has changed in 23 years? Not much. The female-dominating summer flicks--"Sex And The City," "Mamma Mia" and "Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants"--all fail miserably. Fall TV premieres of "Grey's Anatomy," "Gossip Girl," "Lipstick Jungle" and the new "Kath & Kim" break the rule too.
"30 Rock," "Steel Magnolias," "A League of Their Own," "Thelma and Louise," "Volver" and ass-kicking action movie "Kill Bill" are the closest rule-abiding examples I can come up with.
Can you think of any movies or TV shows that follow the Bechdel Rule? [Jezebel]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Sep 4, 2008 8:32 PM EDT
Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesMy Britney Spears obsession is probably fairly evident to you all after countless Brit-related blogs about her getting back on track with her old manager, her TV appearances, her new album, her rumored duet with Justin Timberlake, her three MTV Video Music Award nominations, her much anticipated-yet-refuted appearance at the VMAs and her imminent comeback. (Do you feel like I've brainwashed you yet?)Read More »from Britney: Back in shape and opening the VMAs, for real
She's fallen hard, but I can't wait for our old pop princess to be back on top again... and now it finally seems like it's happening. Yesterday it was confirmed that despite recent denials, Britney will in fact open the 25th annual MTV VMAs. Sadly, her appearance on Sunday night's show wont be a performance, but rather something "fun and unexpected," whatever that means.
ONTD"MTV has long played an important role in my career," says Britney. "How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs? I'm excited to open the entire show, to say hi to my fans and to be nominated."
So does Britney
Greg Williams/Getty ImagesWe came cross a story today in Variety that asks, "Where have the manly movie stars gone?" The author claims Hollywood is overrun with boys, instead of the tough guys that once ruled the big screen, and that we must in turn import more gruff types (Russell Crowe, Daniel Craig, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Javier Bardem, Colin Farrell, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Gerard Butler, Eric Bana and the late Heath Ledger, to name a few) from other countries. She tears down our male box-office draws one by one: Johnny Depp? "Fey." Brendan Fraser? "Goofy." Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise? Eh, not tough enough.Read More »from Are American actors not manly enough?
In generations past, we had Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Charlton Heston, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty. Now our heroes (Brandon Routh as Superman, Edward Norton the Hulk and Tobey Maguire Spider-Man) are what the author refers to as "boy-men."
While there are many 50-and-up actors who might fit the bill (Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L.
We're hoping many of you watched the series premiere of "90210" last night so we can discuss with you. If not, we'll give you a run-down of what you missed. **Warning: some plot and character appearance spoilers ahead!
The Minnesota twins Brenda and Brandon Walsh are redone with Kansas imports Annie Wilson and her adopted brother Dixon. The family relocates to Beverly Hills to live with aging grandma Tabitha and their father takes over as the new principal at good old West Beverly High. Their first days of adjusting to brats, private jets, pranks and crushes old and new leave the family with the obvious mindset: they're not in Kansas anymore.
Kelly Taylor is still around, serving as the school's guidance counselor and Brenda returns to direct West Bev's theatrical version of "Spring Awakening." They dine at a revamped Peach Pit where lovable Nat struggles to work a modern espresso machine. The times they are a-changin'!
What we liked:
- BRENDA! We have missed you so.