Sunday, April 28, 2013

Clint Eastwood says he'd love to direct movies at age 105

Clint Eastwood is 85-years-young, and if the actor, director, producer and politician has his way, he'll be directing movies for the next 20 years. The Associated Press' Jake Coyle caught up with the legendary Oscar winner at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival, where he made the statements. Speaking about 104-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira to Coyle, Clint Eastwood stated, "It would be great to be 105 and still making films. "Chuckling, he called such a hope "the ultimate optimism."

Born May 31, 1930, Eastwood is quickly approaching his 83rd birthday and hasn't shown any hints of slowing down. What his next project will ultimately be is up in the air, however. Beyonce Knowles was slated to star in an Eastwood remake of the classic A Star is Born, but rumor had it that Beyonce dropped out, quite possibly over her political affiliations and Clint Eastwood's infamous "Empty Chair" skit at the Republican National Convention. Beyonce's popularity isn't at an all time high right now, anyway, so the delay is probably in the best interest for all.

Personally, I think Beyonce is a weak actresses and don't think Eastwood should waste his time casting her in a lead role. Let Beyonce stick to singing and cast real talent in lead roles...keep those Oscar nominations coming, right?

So, Hollywood Reporter hints that Eastwood is considering a Jersey Boys picture, but just what is in the works right now for the iconic actor and award-winning director remains to be seen.

I saw Play Misty for Me when I was roughly 13-years-old. It was one of my favorite psychological dramas (one of the first I had seen), and I love when Eastwood sticks with that genre. Mystic River was phenomenal and I would love to see Eastwood explore characters that are slightly more deranged again.

But whatever he does, it's sure to be a great success.

Do you think Gwyneth Paltrow is the most beautiful woman in the world?

The Internet is buzzing after People magazine named Gwyneth Paltrow as the most beautiful woman in the world for 2013. Do you think Gwyneth deserves the title? When I was a young girl, I had a few sayings that I held close to my heart. One was, "Please be patient, God isn't finished with me yet," the other was, "Following the crowd leads nowhere, and "Beauty is only skin deep." It's the last phrase that has always set my standards for beauty and kept my mind aware of the face that another saying is true, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

True beauty is internal, not physical and when one person judge's physical beauty, there determination often varies from another person's. I have seen debates online where some say Angelina Jolie's lips are the sexiest creation on the planet, while others will argue they are gross. There have been great debates over who is the most beautiful, Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie. There is never an answer because it is a matter of personal opinion, taste and preferences. The problem with naming Gwyneth Paltrow the most beautiful woman in the world (and there are many) is the majority of people do not feel she is the most beautiful inside or out. In fact, when Gwyneth Paltrow starred with Scarlett Johansson, immediate comparisons were made with many comments equating Johansson's fuller, curvier figure as indicative as being more beautiful than Gwyneth Paltrow. It seems that People magazine hasn't realized the standards and perception of beauty has changed and more people are embracing curves and what we common folk describe as "real beauty" as opposed to the "Twiggy" waif look that comes from alternative lifestyles, extreme dieting or other extreme diet approaches, rigorous approaches to exercise and costly "beauty enhancements" that are simply out of reach for the lower and middle class members of society.

Not to mention this issue is for the most beautiful woman in the world. Is People magazine (or any outlet that comes up with such a ridiculous title) even aware of the varying degrees of beauty found throughout the world?

If we measured beauty by a woman's heart, there's a great chance that what we would define as "most beautiful" would never be found in Hollywood. If we look at physical attributes, I would include all ethnic groups as there are some women around the world who have the most extraordinary features and natural coloring combinations. For me, I would include women such as those from the Middle East with jet-black, shiny hair and green eyes, or dark-skinned women with striking natural hair colors such as blonde or red. There are so many beautiful women in the world that Gwyneth Paltrow's super-thin and curveless figure, blonde hair and blue eyes not only doesn't make the cut, she doesn't even enter the competition.

These "covers" and "titles" are absolutely senseless in my opinion. But even if I were to indulge myself and comb through all of Hollywood's offerings to find the most beautiful woman (could we call these lists what they really are..."The Most Beautiful Woman in Hollywood"?) I would probably end up with one of the 50s bombshells who have passed...Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, etc., maybe eve go back to Rita Hayworth...I could ponder about Liz Taylor...but then I would catch myself and say what about other the most beautiful woman in Hollywood a white woman? What about other ethnic groups...Salma Hayek, Paula Patton, Thandie Newton, Dorothy Dandridge. I'm sorry, these lists are just a joke. They really annoy me as well.

Don't little girls have enough to deal with when it comes to body image than to have pictures of scrawny, blonde women shoved in their faces and told that is the most beautiful woman in the world?

I'm not sure what you think, but I can tell you this. I have nothing against Gwyneth Paltrow. I don't know her and she is a fine actress. But don't tell me she is the most beautiful woman in the world. Just as she said, "It obviously isn't true."

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Are real-life crime and court proceedings the best thing in reality television these days?

After reading a piece by NBC's Today show "The Clicker" about new reality television programs, I have to wonder if the best thing that reality television has to offer is real-life crime and court proceedings.

After all, everyone knows that reality television is hardly reality but scripted programs that appear to look like real life. When you compare these programs to the drama of some of the most popular court trials publicized on television (think O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias), it seems there really is no comparison. When you want to watch "real" reality television, crime and court proceedings are your best bet.

The allure of crime programming is great too. There may be a lot of cattiness on shows such as Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but compared to the antics of Casey Anthony preceding her 2011 murder trial for the death of her nearly three-year-old, adorable daughter Caylee, most would switch the channel from RHOBH to see Casey's mug in court any day.

And let's not forget the trial that is currently taking the nation by storm: Jodi Arias. Arias is accused of murdering her secret lover on June 4, 2008, then going about her business for a month as if she was nothing but a grieving friend. Every element a writer could put into a scripted "reality" program is in abundant form in the Arias trial.

Do you want sex, murder, pedophilia, religion, violence, abuse take your pick? The Jodi Arias trial contained some of the raunchiest, dirtiest, and most vulgar language ever to hit television airwaves.

Let's go back to the O.J. Simpson trial, shall we? You simply couldn't ask for a better cast of characters than the ones that popped up during that 1995 trial. Who could forget Kato Kaelin, who actually rose to fame from the trial?

O.J. Simpson awaits verdict on October 3, 1995.

Maybe one of the draws with live trials and why they seem to hook viewers so easily is that you really don't know what the outcome will be. Not only do televised live trials give an inside look at court proceedings, something many may find interesting, but there really is no way to predict how a jury will vote.

Both O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony were acquitted during their trials; much to the shock and horror of those who faithfully tuned in to the daily broadcasts.

And who could forget the release of live doves after Michael Jackson was acquitted of child molestation? Honestly, would a scriptwriter even think of crafting a story where a pop music sensation...the "King of Pop" is put on trial for child molestation, wears his pajamas to court, then at his acquittal, onlookers celebrate by releasing doves into the California breeze?

Here are some videos from Michael Jackson's acquittal and other infamous moments from live, reality court television.

If you weren't aware, Mr Kardashian is the father of Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob.


The Casey Anthony verdict prompted protests.


The Jodi Arias trial continues live, you may watch it below.

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 Check out these videos from "The Ellen Show" where she breaks down the truth about reality television shows.

Jimmy Fallon to take over 'The Tonight Show' after Jay Leno retires (video)

The rumors have been confirmed. After Jay Leno retires this spring, he will hand the reigns of the late-night television series "The Tonight Show" to NBC's other talk show king, Jimmy Fallon. Leno hosted the show for an impressive 22 years.

Rumors circulated this past week that Fallon would take the lead, prompting a musical, comedy skit performed by Leno and Fallon that became a viral hit. You may see the video below.

Fallon's takeover comes with a much pleasant tone as compared to the drama that ensued last time Jay Leno left "The Tonight Show" and Conan O'Brien took the show to California. Team Leno and Team Coco dominated headlines with some of Conan's fans becoming furious over the perceived drama that ensued.

Fallon's transition as the newest host of "The Tonight Show" is expected to be smooth and trouble free. Fallon has a large fan-base (not that Conan O'Briend didn't), but his appeal far surpasses late night, college crowds and he is expected to keep Leno's loyal viewers while possibly bringing some of his late night followers to the show.

Jimmy Fallon released the following statement regarding the move. "I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow."

At this point, there is no word who will take over the late night spot that currently airs "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

Additionally, once Fallon takes helm of the "Tonight Show" ship, the show will move back to New York where Saturday Night Live executive Lorne Michaels will serve as executive producer. The pairing of Fallon and Michaels only promises to bring future success, and though nothing has been confirmed, word is that SNL alumni Seth Meyers may take over Fallon's soon-to-be-vacated position.

What do you think about Fallon taking over "The Tonight Show?"

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