Posts Tagged ‘American Idol’

POP-U-larity!

Posted 21 Jul 2012 — by Ezra Stead
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Ezra Stead

POP-U-larity!, USA, 2012

Directed by Michelle Ehlen

POP-U-larity! is a reasonably enjoyable light comedy that satirizes modern singing competition shows such as American Idol and The Voice.Michelle Ehlen’s POP-U-larity! is a reasonably enjoyable light comedy that satirizes modern singing competition shows such as American Idol and The Voice. It is filled with strange, amusing characters and moments of genuine humor, but unfortunately most of its best material is used up in its first half. By the time the inevitable competition happens, the film and its characters have worn out their welcome and, for the most part, become somewhat grating. More than anything, it feels like an extra low-budget take on Christopher Guest’s largely improvised mockumentaries, such as Waiting for Guffman (1996) and Best in Show (2000), with the small-town quirkiness of Guffman at the forefront.

POP-U-larity! is at its best in its first act, when it introduces its wildly varied characters and their respective quirks and self-delusions. Ehlen, who also co-wrote the film with J.C. Peterson, stars as the film’s ostensible protagonist, a cowgirl named Charlene Hornsby who feels a deep affinity for one of her horses, Beth; she says of the other horse she tends, “We’re not close.” The writing and delivery of lines like this provides some of the film’s best humor, and many of the scenes involving two other competitors, Darque (Krys Fox) and Ness (Thessaly Lerner), are even better. Performing together as “Darkness,” the two bring a pot-addled, pseudo-nihilistic edge to the competition with their unlistenable melange of noise created by banging on random household objects while shouting a bizarre, stream-of-consciousness rant about the meaninglessness of life over the cacophony. A second act argument between the two of them about their artistic direction is undoubtedly the movie’s best scene.  Read More

ABC Leads Network Programming in Week 36

Posted 08 Jun 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Essay, Hollywood Beat

By Rachel Menendez Dancing with the Stars is one of the biggest draw cards having just enjoyed its biggest ever audience for a spring finale.

The latest ratings continue to confirm the dominance of ABC over its rival networks. ABC is now airing seven of the top 20 TV shows in the adults 18-49 years-old bracket, which is more than any other network.

Additionally the network is also delivering two out of the top three most-watched shows overall.

ABC is the most watched network on Mondays over the past 11 weeks – Dancing with the Stars is one of the biggest draw cards having just enjoyed its biggest ever audience for a spring finale. Read More

Bridesmaids

Posted 24 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Fred Ibarra Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph teamed up in last weekend’s No. 1 box office hit, “The Bridesmaids.”

Bridesmaids, USA, 2011

Directed by Paul Feig

Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph teamed up in last weekend’s number one box office hit, Bridesmaids. The comedy, according to 37-year-old Wiig, who co-wrote it with Annie Mumolo, was supposed to penetrate the subject of the comedic events that exist in pre-wedding planning; but some of Wiig’s personal sorrows of being a thirty-something with no direction were sprinkled into the plot, making it a huge success as her first starring role in a motion picture. Read More

ABC Continues to Wipeout Competition

Posted 09 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Essay, Film Industry News

By Rachel MenendezABC is having an impressive ratings season with many of its programs wiping out the competition from other channels.

ABC is having an impressive ratings season with many of its programs wiping out the competition from other channels. Thursdays are making a splash with viewers as last Thursday (May 5) was the biggest audience since March.

Thursday night ratings kick off with “Wipeout” on ABC, up against ratings giant “Idol”. ABC’s Wipeout continues to improve its ratings each week and now comes in a virtual tie for second place with CBS comedies “Big Bang Theory” and “Rules of Engagement”, with “Idol” still rating first. Read More