Tuesday, December 9, 2008

PLEASE VISIT OUR NEW SITE!!!

In my attempt to broaden the image of The Spielster, I would invite you to check out my BETA site - Spielster.com. Actually it's not BETA, its the new and nearly improved with some functionality issues THE SPIELSTER.

And on December 15th, we will be introducing that site as the new and lovely SPIELSTER.

Please let me know what you think about it so far. While its been great here at Blogger, I felt that nearly a year and half of doing this, it was about time I got myself a domain, a fancy site and the possibility to track backs.

So pardon its appearance and love me dearly on THE SPIELSTER.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Prop 8 - The Musical....Music to My Ears...

Sometimes, I miss the Jack Black of yore. You know the one who would jump around and sing and dance with merry on "Mr. Show" and was only sort of famous back then. Well if you are like me and miss him very much, please check out "Prop 8: The Musical". As always, the bastards at FunnyOrDie.com have found a way to make a anti-civil rights law passing in California funny. Black, with the help of Neil Patrick Harris, John C. Reilly, Rashida Jones, and others have brought humor and melody to a very state of affairs. ENJOY!

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Real Housewives of Atlanta are a bunch of hot bitches....

So last night was the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion show and it was a doozey. First, let’s say that much like Anderson Cooper, I am in love with Nene. She doesn’t take bull, is unimpressed with much of the hoopla these ladies find interesting and seems to have a grasp on what’s real. While I definitely know that this show is ridiculous in so many many ways, I can not help myself from watching the train wreck. I am not sure why they chose these particular five women to participate in this show, other then the obvious, but they do make relatively good TV. While the five ladies do not seem as close as say the bitches from the OC, they are pretending nicely for the camera that all they do is meet up and talk shit on one another, when they are not talking about their up and coming designing, singing, philanthropy careers. Kim, who has been ripped apart on the all the blogs for everything from her “singing voice” to her boyfriend, very much understands her role on the show and is not giving up on becoming a star. Unfortunately, the friendship that once was between Nene and Kim disappeared through the course of the show and as you can see from the clip below, there is a lot of love lost. I can not wait to see what goes down next season.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend everyone....

Since I will be away from a computer for the majority of the holiday weekend, I wanted to let you all know that posting will definitely be sporadic at best until December 1st.

Over the next few days though, there might be some posts about the new cast members on SNL, The Sexiest Man? and Holiday fun.

Also, next week The Spielster will have some interesting news for you readers, well interesting in my book. On that note, I leave you with some fierce dance moves.




ENJOY!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Britney Spears - Are we ready for her comeback?

So Britney is apparently on her way to a comeback, for the thirty thousandth time. With her cover story on next week’s Rolling Stone, professing that “Yes She Can!” I am wondering what exactly are we waiting for her to do? The pop star, who first made her way onto the scene with suggestive song, “Oops I did it Again” and an even more suggestive Rolling Stone cover, ten years ago, has lived just a few lives at this point. She has been the poster child for Disney and puritanical BS only Southern celebs or those with Disney contracts sell to the public. She was Ms. Sexy, who found her strength in tighter and tighter outfits and making out with Madonna. We saw her as Mrs. Mom, when she made the abrupt decision to marry a no good back up dancer with a pregnant girlfriend and have two children with him. We saw her be the new woman after that marriage failed and emerge as if from some adult cocoon, attempting to convince the public she was a great mother and even more, a great woman. And then we saw her as Ms. Meltdown, just a year ago, where she was doing drugs, attacking paparazzi, shaving her head, dating photographers, having wild nights, being picked up by ambulances and losing ALL control over her daily life. The culmination of this mess was her “performance” at last year’s MTV Music Awards, which was the night I resigned to no longer discuss her or the once music network (I have failed on both accounts.) The one time dream girl of teenage boys all over America had become a car wreck and another in a long line of sad stories of child stars and successful female singers. Most people, me included, began the countdown clock on the expiration of Britney’s longevity in the business.

At this point, just one year later, it seems that Ms. Spears has gotten her act together and never too late to do so, for both her professional and personal lives. She will debut a new CD next week, and an MTV documentary, along with the Rolling Stone article, in which she will allow reporters to dig through the muck that has been her past few years and attempt to sell us as to why she really is “back for good”. While I mean no harm to Ms. Spears, but what exactly is she making a comeback with? Her albums, overly produced and written by virtual strangers to the singer, sound nothing like a person who has just spent 10 years soul searching and from previous interviews, I can’t imagine the depth of these. What I would love to see Britney do in her next incarnation is truly follow in Madonna’s foot steps, but even more so, gain a “self”. Madonna, while a magnet for controversy and contempt, she always made everything she did seem like it was honestly from her. Not a made up PR scheme or jumping on the newest trend, but something Madonna wanted to do, so she did it. Britney has yet to find that depth within herself or even her “career persona” to own what she has done or will do in the future. And for any “artist” seeking longevity, if you don’t have “self”, you have NOTHING. For now, I will keep an open mind as to the next part of her journey and technically her audiences. I know there are many people out there rooting for her, hoping there is not another crisis on the horizon for our pop star. I can honestly say that I do hope that the drama that has followed this girl around for years is far gone and now, she can hopefully create a career based on her talents and interests, as opposed to pleasing her handlers and the masses.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Day Man...AHHHHH! - The glorious season finale of "It's Always Sunny"...

So it’s taken me a few days to wrap my head around the glory that was the season finale of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. “The Dayman Cometh” episode could have been one of the funniest programs I have ever seen in all of my TV watching history. And for those of you who have yet to check out this show, SHAME ON YOU! To say this is next level is bemoaning the true genius behind the above and beyond anti-PC laughter that is “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.

In this season's finale, Charlie wrote a musical, which is basically a secret way to (SPOILER ALERT) finally get the Waitress to marry him, never mind that they have only dated ONCE. The musical, which had Sweet Dee, a princess who works in a coffee shop, Dennis as DayMan, Mac as Night Man and Frank as the hilarious Antonio the troll, focuses on the maturation of Dennis’ character through the creepiest methods ever to finally secure his love, the princess. Let’s just say the creepiest methods are most definitely some of the most outlandish stuff you have seen in the in the show. For some reason, Antonio being the name of the troll could have been one of the funniest things the show has ever done and I am not the only one who agrees. But the real star of the program was the ever mind-controlling and incredibly infectious “Dayman” song. While it premiered on the show in the third season, the musical version of the song has yet to leave my brain since watching the program last Friday! Here it is in all its glory. I can not wait until the fifth season!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Monday Movie Box Office Recap - One Hell of a Weekend

Holy hell was it a good weekend for box office totals. While the recession seems to be hitting other areas of entertainment, movie grosses have remained strong over the past few months. Coming in at number one was the vampire tween spectacle that is "Twilight"! The movie based on the young adult series that follows the life of Bella and her vampire suitor pulled in $70.6 million, making this one of the highest grossing opening weekends this year. Three quarters of the audience for Twilight were of the female persuasion, no shock there, but what was interesting that almost 50% of the audience was at least 25 years or older. I guess the puritanical outlook on romance and limited sexual interaction between any of the characters, courtesy of Mormon author of the series Stephenie Meyer, did actually get a lot of people’s hearts pumping. The movie, which was made for actually half the amount of the weekend gross, has proven that marketing campaigns and teenage girls can be the only thing that makes a movie a success. There is a sequel in the works, based on the second novel in the series New Moon, and hopefully from the reviews, a bit more direction and money can be pumped into this to make this a successful franchise. This movie has propelled the careers of the two stars, Kristen Stewart, a Rising Star nominee here almost TWO YEARS AGO! and Robert Pattinson, to already crazy status and has lead to fan frenzy at malls, premieres and anywhere else these two can be found. I made sure to stay away from this vampire frenzy at all costs, since I do not plan on reading the books nor seeing the movies. I do wonder what execs who passed up on the film, like those from MTV Paramount, are thinking about now and if they are kicking themselves for not shelling out some small beans to get their hands in the blood sucking pie?

And don’t think that it was only teenage girls at the theaters this weekend. Quantum of Solace, the second Bond flick to star Daniel Craig, remained strong with a near $30 Million draw this weekend. Surprisingly, Bolt, the animated tale of a superstar dog, starring the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, did not do anywhere near as the industry expected. The Disney flick pulled in $27 Million, which is not a great start at the box office totals for an animated film (I blame John and his bad toupee). Rounding out the remainder of the top five was another animated film, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, with $16 Million and Role Models, the comedy that shows why you should step out of your comfort zone, which pulled in $7.2 Million.

Here is the rest of the Box Office Top ten, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
1. Twilight - $70.6 million
2. Quantum of Solace - $27.4 million
3. Bolt - $27 million
4. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - $16 million
5. Role Models - $7.2 million
6. Changeling - $2.6 million
7. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - $2 million
8. Zack and Miri Make a Porno - $1.7 million
9. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - $1.7 million
10. The Secret Life of Bees - $1.3 million



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I know I promised I wouldn't post about Britney, but....

Ok, but I sort of have to. Well I don't have to, but I wanna. So in preparation for the release of Circus, her album dropping December 2nd, MTV did a little documentary on the pop star. The footage is a mixture of poignant interviews, footage of behind the scenes work on the new album and the beginning of the press juggernaut she is about to get back to.

And from the clips I have seen so far, it seems that Ms. Spears might just have gotten her shit together. In part of the film, she explains how her marriage to Kevin Federline was doomed from the start and that she "married for all the wronge reasons". She also states that there are times where her life "feels like a prison" and that she considers "her childhood normal compared" to other child stars. So yes, while I am recuperating from the pig our fest that will be Thanksgiving, my ass will watching the Britney redemption documentary.

Here's a clip of the 90 minute special....

Whose on Top? Not America's Next Top Model!

Ugh…I think I have to admit that the golden age of reality programs is DEAD! Well, at least America’s Next Top Model is. This show used to be AMAZING, with drama between the models, actual competitions that would show off if someone could be a model and important guests who would stop by to be guest judges all the time. Sadly, this is no longer the case and that could not be anymore evident after this shitty season. The girls this go-around were boring with a capital SNOOZE! They also had probably the least amount of skills to obtain a lucrative position within the modeling world of any previous cycle. Anywhos, McKey won the title that means about as much as winning a Barbizon contest nowadays.












And I am not sure if the trip overseas to Amsterdam was the best idea to regain some footing within the fashion world. That being said, last night’s finale was the worst of any season because it was boring, the critiques were pointless and the girl who should have won was already kicked off. The fact that Sam got into the final two was beyond silly, given that EVERY WEEK she was told that she didn’t come across as a model. Even when she was told she was in the final two, Tyra was still giving her notes on her look. Really? And Analeigh, who given the final three should have won, was told that she was likable, commercial ready, as well as good in editorial, was kicked off for a non-existing reason. Don’t worry Analeigh, CW producers were watching and you will most likely be asked to join the cast of some tween sensation soon enough. McKey, was about as personality bare as possible and could not have been less like a Cover Girl, but she still won. While I think her editorial photographs are beautiful, I am not sure how anyone would know what she was capable of if they met her in person. Anyways, she won after a piss poor runway show and someone had to wake me up from my sleep to let me know this boring chick won. Tyra better recognize the deficit that this show has gone through the past few cycles and pick some stellar girls next go around and bring them to something actually fashionable – say Paris or Milan. If not, this show will self-destruct. Unless that’s what Ms. Oprah 2.0 wants?

In other Tyra Banks news, the supermodel cum Oprah 2.0 had the kicked off contestants from this past cycle on her syndicated talk show earlier in the week. She brought on some of the ladies to discuss some of the major issues within the house, most notably the unfavorable attacks on Isis, the first transgender contestant in the program’s history. See, I like how Tyra thought she would be doing something brave by bringing in Isis to the house and have her compete, but didn’t she realize that when she picks idiots from across the nation to fill the rest of the house, unity isn’t going to be a very easy thing? But props to Tyra for one, offering to pay for Isis sexual reassignment surgery, two, bringing on her mother to discuss the issue or her daughter being a transgender and finally, calling out hypocrite and wench Clarke for hating on Isis. See Clarke is a wench, much like Ann Coulter is and by that I mean she sucks! She throws around hateful words, believes she is better than everyone, does things that go against everything she says she is about, like making out with another girl just for the hell of it, but being anti-gay, and then says Jesus about twenty times to make it all okay. Here is Tyra dishing her just some of what she deserves.

Wanda Sykes "Comes Out"....

In other TV funny lady news, Wanda Sykes, co-star of The New Adventures of Old Christine and Curb Your Enthusiasm, “came out” this past weekend at a rally for gay marriage in Las Vegas. The comedian announced that she had recently married her long term girlfriend, just days before Proposition 8 was passed in California, banning gay marriage. Sykes had never gone on the record before in regards to her sexual orientation because she didn’t feel the need to, but after the passing of Prop 8 she felt “pissed off”. The comedian said that she was hoping that the ban on gay marriage in California will now lead to work and progress that would make it legal in all 50 states. She also said “I am proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman and I’m proud to be gay”, later in her speech. Sykes, who is a well known comedian and co-star on a popular comedy program, is just another celebrity who has made the decision to live her life out in the open and for that we couldn’t be prouder. Not to say that I think everyone should “come out”, but this takes strength and hopefully will bring further awareness to the public.

This rally is just another in many that have been happening across the country in protest of the passing of Prop 8. For more coverage, please check out Queerty’s Tireless Coverage.

Here is a snippet of Wanda Sykes’ speech at the Las Vegas rally this past weekend.

Rashida Jones joins Amy Poehler for Non-Spinoff to "The Office"......

As you can tell,The Spielster loves anything having to do with Ms. Amy Poehler. I mean the lady rapped and danced around on national TV at Midnight, six days before popping out a kid. So I have been waiting on pins and needles for any more information on the new mysterious Amy Poehler project on NBC.



















So far the cast seems like comedic gold, with Poehler and Aziz Ansari, from Human Giant fame, starring in the comedy produced by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur from “The Office”. While originally it was expected to be a full on “The Office” spin-off, the newest cast announcement confirms that this is NOT true. Michael Schur, has announced that the one time “Office” star, Rashida Jones, will be joining the cast. He has also confirmed that her character will NOT be Karen Fillipelli, the jilted girlfriend of Jim and manager of another Dunder Mifflin branch after her departure from the Scranton office. When discussing the upcoming non-spinoff spinoff, Schur had this to say about his newest addition to the cast, “"She is perfect for this new show, which -- just to remind everyone -- is not a spinoff of 'The Office. It is a spinoff of 'MASH' called 'Seinfeld II.' "

The show is said to be in production as we speak, which I find a bit hard to believe considering they are still casting, no plot points are known and their main star just had a baby two weeks ago, but who knows. Jones will be seen next will two of my Hollywood crushes, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in ”I Love You Man”, which will be released in theaters early next year.

Image courtesy of Watch with Kristin on E!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday Movie Box Office Recap


Who said people weren’t going to buy Daniel Craig as James Bond? Well whoever did is biting their tongue to the tune of the $70 Million, which is what ”Quantum of Solace”, the lamest title of a film from the Bond franchise to date, pulled in this past weekend. This is the second strongest November opening for a film which is not a Harry Potter flick, after “The Incredibles”. The movie has already pulled in $250 Million overseas and is confirming with the studio why they chose Mr. Craig to step into Bond’s shows for at least another two feature length films. Coming in second were the zany animals in Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa, with very strong second weekend total of $36 Million, bringing the domestic gross to $118 Million after two weeks. Role Models, the hilarious comedy directed by David Wain, stayed strong comparatively, coming in third this weekend with a little under $12 Million. High School Musical 3 and Changeling rounded out the top five movies of the weekend, coming in at fourth and fifth, respectively.

Here is the rest of the Box Office Top ten, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
1. Quantum of Solace - $70.4 million
2. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - $36 million
3. Role Models - $11.7 million
4. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - $5.9 million
5. Changeling - $4.2 million
6. Zack and Miri Make a Porno - $3.2 million
7. Soul Men - $2.43 million
8. The Secret Life of Bees - $2.4 million
9. Saw V - $1.8 million
10. The Haunting of Molly Hartley - $1.6 million

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

There is no Pepe Silvia.....

If you have not been watching the fourth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, then you are missing out on the funniest show on TV. The completely off the wall, flipped the script comedy has the least PC storylines to ever appear on TV, yet is one of the sincerely funny comedies ever. I have been obsessed with the show since I first caught it on FX, but this season has reached far beyond my already high expectations. If you are unfamiliar with the program, it’s a comedy that follows the “lives” of four good for nothings, played by co-creators Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, as well as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” alum, Kaitlin Olson, who live in Philly and work in a dive bar, they partly own with their father figure and severely disturbed Frank, played deliciously by Danny DeVito. Think Seinfeld on acid and crystal method. In previous seasons, we have watched the gang get hook on crack, get on welfare, date trannies, bomb buildings, try out for the Philadelphia Eagles and form a rivalry with a family of incestuous freaks. This season has taken the acid tripiness of the show to a whole other level, with the episode “Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack”, which you can watch in full at Hulu. In the show, Dee has a heart attack, which forces Charlie and Mac to get a job with health benefits. They stumble upon a mail room gig that they split for the pay and benefits. While Charlie is down in the mail room toiling away, Mac is finding out if he can save the company and move up the ladder ”Secret of My Success” style. What follows could be the funniest two minutes I have ever watched on TV. Charlie and Pepe Silvia will haunt your funniest dreams!



What’s great about the show is that the cast and creators are all friends in real life, and actually they have two married couples, Olson and McElhenney and Day and Mary Elizabeth Eliis, Charlie’s real life wife and “The Waitress” who he has an unrequited crush on throughout the series. Here is a great interview with the cast and co-creators of the show about their amazing fourth season. And some good news for fans or will be fans, FX has picked up the program through at least a six season.

Jaden Smith to Star in Remake of "Karate Kid"

And for the annoying news of the day, Jaden Smith, child of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, will be starring in a remake of the CLASSIC “Karate Kid”. Columbia Pictures has tapped Chris Murphy to pen the script for the remake. The movie will reprise the idea of the original, a bullied child turns to Karate to gain strength, but with it shooting in Beijing, I see this will not be a straight up remake. Honestly, “Karate Kid” could be one of the most perfect teen focused movies from the 1980’s, with its focus on class issues, self-esteem, education from elders and awesome action sequences. It also had an adorable love story between back in the day cutie Ralph Macchio and the underutilized Elisabeth Shue. So I am not sure how a ten year-old, like Jaden, can reprise the role originally played by a teenager without making this a typical cheesy Disney-esque film. And I am not sure how you can identify with him because this kid is about as annoying as his VERY annoying father. Seriously, he is already showing up to red carpets with sunglasses on and suits, posing like he has been doing this for years. Maybe its my aggressive dislike of most things surrounding Will Smith since 1996 or that I hate the fact that Hollywood keeps promising to ruin all my favorite movies from the 80’s, but this movie sounds like a big pile of poop already. And with Daddy Smith co-producing, I am sure it will be just a vehicle for nepotism. Yuck!

Image courtesy of Wire Image

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday Movie Box Office Recap

So Madagascar basically kicked a lot of ass this weekend at the box office, where they filled about 4,000+ theaters and pulled in $63 million in the opening weekend. To be honest, this could have been because there hadn’t been a children friendly movie since the Chihuahua hot mess a few weeks ago or the fact that even in NYC my local theater was playing this 21 times on Saturday alone. Whatever got them the second highest grossing weekend after The Dark Knight this past July, it worked. The movie has received praises from audiences and critics alike and the only I have against it is the commercials drive my dog Oliver f’ing crazy. Role Models, the comedy starring Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd, came in strong at second place with nearly $20 million in its first weekend. The hilarious movie, which scored as well as Madagascar II with critics and audiences, focuses on two jerks forced to become big brothers to children. This is also the highest grossing movie Paul Rudd has played the lead in, so congrats. High School Musical 3 remains strong with a third place finish, pulling in an additional $9.3 million. Clint Eastwood’s Changeling remained strong, coming at fourth place with $7.3 Million and Kevin Smith’s romantic comedy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno moved down three places from last weekend to a fifth place finish and pulled in $6.5 Million. My review on the comedy is forthcoming on this here lovely blog and get ready folks – it’s a doozey!

Here is the rest of the Box Office Top ten, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
1. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - $63.5 million
2. Role Models - $19.3 million
3. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - $9.3 million
4. Changeling - $7.3million
5. Zack and Miri Make a Porno - $6.5 million
6. Soul Men - $5.6 million
7. Saw V - $4.2 million
8. The Haunting of Molly Hartley - $3.5million
9. The Secret Life of Bees - $3.1 million
10. Eagle Eye - $2.6 million

Friday, November 7, 2008

Little Kid Nostalgia....

There are things that I will always remember like they were yesterday and one of those things is what I considered to be one of the scariest things ever when I was six years old. Below Bert and Ernie discover some terrifying mummies on Sesame Street back in the day.



When the mummy taps Ernie on the head, it used to freak me out! Am I the only one?

Daily Rounds....Obamamania Edition....

So now that my faith in humanity has returned and I can face problems like personal credit card debt and what to do with my lazy ass on a Friday night, let’s discuss some pop culture nuggets. Here is the return of your Daily Rounds and it’s a week’s worth of goodies.



  • * First, I would be remiss to not discuss the Obama/Biden win and say how wonderfully amazing it is to have two politicians who speak the truth, sometimes too much of the truth, come into the White House. I am very much looking forward to January 20th, 2009.

  • * And here comes the bloodshed within the Republican party. Even though John McCain, during his very graceful concession speech on Tuesday night, blamed the loss of his campaign on himself, the same can not be said for many of his advisors who pointing some really dirty fingers towards Governor Palin. The accusations upon the VP hopeful have ranged to her comfort standing in a towel in front of male campaign staffers to the idea that she was not aware that Africa was NOT a country. Um, and this is supposed to discredit her for a run in 2012? Shouldn’t this have discredited her from the run in 2008? Oh Repugs.

  • * There’s a good chance Blur might be getting back together. Damon Albarn, who has consistently shot down the idea, said a reunion was “very possible” in an interview with the BBC earlier this month. Damon and onetime Blur band mate, Graham Coxon, who are notorious for disliking each other beyond the point of reconciliation, recently sat down for lunch and have begun discussing the possibility of making music together once again. So if 2009 brings Blur around, as well as Jane’s Addiction, it will officially be my favorite year, well at least for now.

  • * David Lynch has just signed a deal with On Networks to produce a series, based on his book Catching the Big Fish” for the web. The media company has recently scored a few big names to bring new programming to the web, such as Amy Poehler with her ”Smart Girls at The Party” program, which features young girls and their stories in pursuit of self-confidence. Lynch’s show will focus on the Director’s interest in Transcendental Meditation.

  • * This Q&A with the creators of “How I Met Your Mother” doesn’t let us know who the mom will finally be, but it does clue us in on the behind the scenes stuff and if they planned Robin and Barney making out in the first season.

  • * I think I found a new comedy crush. Um SNL, you taking notes?

  • * The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be releasing a new album next year. They say it will be different, but I say I will be the judge of that.

  • * Melissa Etheridge wonders if those who voted against her right to marry think she should still pay taxes or treated like a true second class citizen. I like this idea.

  • * And finally, Zack and Miri came in at number two last weekend at the box office, but you’ll hear what I think of the movie later this week. Warning…it’s a mixed bag.

    ENJOY!

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2008

    There are no words to express the delight in my heart right now...

    So I will let President-Elect Barack Obama do it for me.

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    To be able to have participated and witness this glorious historical landmark is priceless. And now we have Obama and Biden in our White House. Who wants to go to DC on January 20th?

    Thank you America for showing up, voting and making history! I can breathe again.

    Friday, October 31, 2008

    "Where's the Crack?"

    Ugh.. on The Daily Show make community organizing, idiots, crack and Appalachia this fun!

    Barack Obama on The Rachel Maddow Show



    For more clips, check out Crooks and Liars

    Just for Laughs..

    Happy Halloween!

    I want to apologize to my dear readers for the lack of posting this week. To be honest, my brain has been fried courtesy of the Election, work freak outs, personal ailments, friend problems and sadness. And this has all led to an overall BLOCKAGE for even this chatty of Chatterboxes. I am at the point where I would like to just turn off my brain, cuddle up in bed and watch marathons of “Golden Girls” and “Roseanne”. I am not on a pity train here, but hoping some of you can empathize and understand and possibly even feel the same way. But hopefully tonight’s festivities will pull me out of my slump.

    Today is Halloween, which is one of my favorite days of the years. It could be my arrested development or my once upon dream of being an actress, but I adore dressing up. I love wearing costumes and usually am quite diligent in my costume creation. Last year, I was Tippi Hedren from “The Birds”, see here and so far this is hands down my favorite costume ever!!!. And last Halloween was bizarre because I ran into David Cross, dressed as Tobias Funke from “Arrested Development” in his never nude/blue stage. It was amazing and I still kick myself for not having any of my drunk friends capturing me and him chatting it up at Galapagos. Anywhos, this year it’s Tinkerbell, because apparently I have a thing for blonde characters who surround themselves in green and shady characters. Hopefully all of you will enjoy your Halloween, whatever you are up to! Make sure you are safe and excited and please send in photos!

    And I pinky swear in my quest for internet dominance, this site will up and at ‘em next week. There are things in the works down the line, but you’ll have to wait till November to find out about them.

    Again, Happy Halloween!!! And vote early if you can!

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    Monday Box Office Movie ReCap - The Tweens stand alone!


    Let’s keep this short and sweet, since I am not particular about any of the movies on the list, nor has my lazy ass seen them. This weekend, and as no surprise to anyone, Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year blew away the competition and pulled in $42 Million putting it at the number one spot at the box office this weekend. This major amount also has the first time to big screen cable giant tween sensation setting the record for the highest grossing weekend for a musical ever! The anticipated success of this movie finally coming to the big screens was accentuated by smart marketing efforts and lull in tween comedies at the box office. The weekend success also confirmed that Zac Efron pulls some weight in Hollywood and pulls in dollars at the box office, the remake of “Footloose” starring Efron is reportedly on its way! In a close second was the fifth installment in the horror franchise that is SAW, which had the torture porn classic Saw V bringing in $30 Million dollars the weekend before Halloween. Max Payne, last week’s number one, kept strong with a third place finish and another $7 Million to add to their till. “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” is still holding weight, coming in fourth overall and the new Irish-cop drama “Pride & Glory” came in fifth with a little over $6 Million.

    Here is the rest of the Box Office Top ten, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
    1. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - $42 million
    2. Saw V - $30 million
    3. Max Payne - $7.6 million
    4. Beverly Hills Chihuahua - $6.9 million
    5. Pride & Glory - $6.3 million
    6. The Secret Life of Bees - $6.1 million
    7. W. - $5.1 million
    8. Eagle Eye - $5 million
    9. Body of Lies - $4.1 million
    10. Quarantine - $2.6 million

    Monday, October 27, 2008

    The Spielster is Under the Weather

    I can barely type this, let alone the other goodies I have for you. Hopefully, I can post The Monday Movie Box Office Recap and some stuff later on.

    Saturday, October 25, 2008

    Video of the Week...

    Today is a hectic one, but please enjoy a moment of zen courtesy of Morrissey:

    Friday, October 24, 2008

    Daily Rounds...



  • *Ashley Todd, the McCain campaign worker from Pittsburgh, who yesterday said she was attacked by an Obama supporter and mugged, as well as had a letter B carved into her face by her attacker, has changed her story once more. As expected from most media outlets, even from Michelle Malkin, the 20 year-old LIED and made up the whole attack. Pittsburgh police are looking into the matter to see what charges will be brought against the girl.



  • * Woohoo! Word is Gale Harold was released from ICU, following a nasty motorcycle accident earlier this month. A rep for the amazingly beautiful actor said late last night that Harold is expected to make a full recovery and would like to thank the fans for well wishes and prayers.

  • * Larry David, much like myself and millions of others, can not wait for November 4th to roll around. Any one else battling election paranoia/depression/anxiety?

  • * Bravo will not sit idly by and allow Lifetime to take Project Runway. The network already has another fashion designer making it big reality show in the works. On the other hand, this could be very bad news for PR and even the host, Heidi Klum is worrying what this will do to the fans of the program, along with the move to a new network.

  • *Jane’s Addiction reunited last night to a sold out crowd in downtown LA, had the Fire Marshall come down and wowed the small crowd with 10 classic songs. And good news, Dave Navarro declared the performance by the original foursome a success on his blog and said he hoped it would happen again. Navarro credited the power behind the band to returning original bassist Eric Avery. Check out pictures from some luck bastards here!

  • *Sarah Palin is now saying that she did not spend $150,000 on new clothes and that apparently they are all on some plane or something. This is a day after the McCain campaign somewhat confirmed the purchases and said all items would be donated to charity after the campaign. Can these two crazies get their stories straight?

  • * And finally, can you wait till 2009 for your next Lost fix? No, well check out the trailer for the fifth season below.

  • SNL gets it right....

    Last night, Will Ferrell stopped by the last prime-time “Saturday Night Live” of the election cycle to reprise his wonderful impression of our sitting President George W. Bush. Honestly, the dude is the best W. that I have seen! Anyways, Ferrell’s W. visited with Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin and gave her some advice for “important job”. Some mockery oh John McCain, Dick Cheney and others followed. Here’s the video so you can see the faux awkwardness between Bush and the new Republican candidates.



    And word is that Maya Rudolph will be reuniting with her onetime fellow cast mates to embody Michelle Obama this weekend on “SNL”, which will be hosted by the insanely hot John Hamm from “Mad Men”. Rudolph will also be appearing in probably the show’s last “Bronx Beat” with Amy Poehler who is set to depart from the show after the election in preparation for the birth of her first child.

    Thursday, October 23, 2008

    Jane's Addiction To Reunite Once Again....

    The original lineup of Jane’s Addiction will be reuniting once again this evening to play a ten song set at a downtown LA bar, La Cita. Rumors of this evening’s show have been floating around for weeks. The band’s original foursome reuniting briefly earlier this year to play the NME Awards, but before that it was 1991 the last time Eric Avery joined his fellow band mates on stage. Eric Avery, bassist of Jane’s and Dave Navarro, guitarist of Jane’s, have been waxing nostalgic about an extended reunion since the NME awards back in April on their respective blogs and Navarro even gave away a few tickets for tonight’s gig on his. Avery has revealed a bit more on his blog, confirming the performance, admitting that this has been in the works for awhile, as well as declaring the future of Jane’s to be promising.

    As a self-determined Jane’s Addiction fanatic, to see the original lineup of this band would be mind blowing, especially in a 400 person capacity venue. So all you lucky devils checking out the band tonight, feel free to upload everything to YouTube tomorrow for us suckers on the East Coast. And for you all you fellow Jane’s fans, start praying there will be an announcement any day for a tour.

    In other, Spielster musical obsession news, Morrissey confirmed that he will be penning his autobiography and soon. It will not come out before his next studio album, scheduled for a February 2009 release, but it appears that Moz will be laying down all the good facts since there has been so much speculation about the singer throughout his popularity. I can not wait to read this!

    A bit personal....

    So I’m done. Two weeks out from the election and I think my brain will literally fry if I discuss McCain’s non-existent plans to take back the gov’t from the gov’t with one more undecided voter. I have immersed myself into the election cycle this year, which I promised my boyfriend and myself not to do this time around, and I am literally spent. My mind is blank when it comes to all other topics and I am fearful of what this country will become if Obama and Biden do not win this go around. I remember back when I was in college during the 2000 election and being so fearful of a Bush administration. I was convinced that something terrible would happen to America if this man were to take office. And boy was I right. As a New Yorker, who was able to experience 9/11 on a different level than most Americans, it was demoralizing for the RNC to have their convention here in 2004 and basically become giddy with discussions of that monumental day in 2001. I was angry at Bloomberg for allowing them to come here and revel in the destruction they had watched happening. When Election Day came and went, with no clear cut winner that night, I became distraught. And when finally John Kerry gave in, fully knowing he could not win this one, I got mad! I was mad at Americans for not being brave enough to break away from the fear game and vote Bush out. I was mad at John Kerry caving and giving in and not standing up for himself and better yet, us. And I was mad at myself, thinking that there was more that I could have done to get John Kerry elected. The anger didn’t subside after awhile either and I found myself disbelieving anything that was uttered by the Bush Administration.

    When Hurricane Katrina came around, my hope in the American public and our government ceased to exist. I had the opportunity earlier this year to visit New Orleans and Baton Rouge for the wedding of close friends, who grew up down there. Shocking is not the word to describe the conditions down there. There were still damaged and condemned homes. Signs of the natural disaster were everywhere. And I saw full families, almost villages, living underneath train trestles and underpasses on mattresses and in tents because their homes were no more. Parts of the city were still empty, with debris and sadness lying all around. And I could not believe that this was “the home of the brave”. While it’s hard to understand sometimes the inner workings of government, I just could not believe we had failed so many of our citizens on this one. The cynicism that lies around the American public today is beyond sad and without something positive happening soon, our hope could be gone. When it was confirmed that Barack Obama and John McCain would be our Presidential candidates, I was hoping that the race would be about progress, hope, change and in all honesty, bringing back this country from the brink of sadness. This idea was turned on its head when McCain began switching out his campaign to negative attack ads, as opposed to exposing Americans to anything positive the man has done in his thirty years in gov’t. I was blindsided by most of decisions and turned off by his behavior. And I realized “they” got to him. The same people who shit on him in 2000, and shit on Kerry in 2004, were using McCain. He was no longer a Maverick standing up against his party, but merely using the same fear tactics Bush used in 2004, but this time attacking his opponent as being not American enough. His appointment of Gov. Palin was the nail in the coffin for McCain with me and my friends. The fact that he chose someone so close minded, judgemental, and lacking in experience was shocking to me, but that he used it to grab Hillary Clinton supporters was even more offensive. While I can respect Gov. Palin for the job she has done in Alaska, she is not ready for the world stage, which you need to be when applying for the number two spot in the country. And before I go on and on and on about something earlier in the post I said I was done with, I was just want to remark on how much positivety there has been on the other side. Beyond the landmark primary race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Democrats for once have hope on their side. They were not acting as the lesser than two evils, but as the real choice for progress. And while the Republicans apparently shy away from progress, this country can not survive without it. It is what has brought us our Freedom, our Stregnth and our Liberty. It is what put us on the map as the impressive place that we are, where you can grow up a child of a single mother, and find yourself 30 years later running for the most important position within the nation. Our advancements in technology and science is what catapulted us to be the biggest and baddest and our faith in our fellow Americans is what gave us strength through the hard times. While I feel defeated and fearful for the next few days, so fearful I can’t even muster up a blog about Project Runway, I have to remember that there are men and women who came before me and Obama and Clinton, who paved the way for progress in this country. And I believe, with all my heard, that come November 4th, they will be able to be proud of this nation once again. I want us to be that shining light once again and I am certain that with the appropriate chance come January 20, 2009, we can make it. And if you are like me and fearful and conflicted and just want everything to be over with, please look at this and remember that sometimes hope means just that: HOPE.

    Wednesday, October 22, 2008

    Sarah Palin Spent $150,000 On a Whole New Wardrobe.
















    Hey remember when Ann Coulter and her other Republican friends got all up in arms over John Edwards getting a $400 haircut? Oh good, me too! So it's odd that I didn't hear the same patriots shouting things today like "Off with her...St. Johns coat!" when it was released that since the conventions the Republican National Committee has spent $150,000 on Gov. Palin's wardrobe and makeup, as well as clothes for her family. Wow! That is some big bucks for a Washington outsider who wants you to know she is your average "Hockey Mom", just a real American. And ironically this information is on the heels of her dismissal of the major fund raising effort that drew in $150 Million for the Obama/Biden campaign as shocking to throw around "such a large figure during such a trying financial time". And as expected, the Republican pundits are of course questioning why we are making a big deal about this. But why did the RNC see it fit to dress up Gov. Palin in the way that they did, basically making her Cindy McCain 2.0? How come she couldn't have kept her Alaskan mom/outdoorsy attire? Why did she have to be made over for the Repugs? And if you don't know why its beyond offensive day in and day out to hear the hypocritical BS come out from the right and thrown at the Democrats, well then you need your head checked. But if the alarming decision to have some guy who was once the orchestrator behind robocalls AGAINST McCain in 2000, is even more telling. But if that doesn't turn you off from the "pro-America" team, maybe the video below will.



    No? How about this gem?

    Monday, October 20, 2008

    Sarah Palin stops by SNL...and Amy Poehler wins...

    Yeah yeah Sarah Palin did a few jokes during her guest appearance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend and she locked arms with Alec Baldwin and neither of the two spontaneously combusted. Apparently, she was nice, courteous and open to poking fun at herself, qualities anyone in the public eye can surely benefit from. I can't say if she is actually funny because they didn't give her much to work with on the show, even though she was on camera three times. I do wish that there was more interaction with Tina Fey, although Ms. Fey might have asked for it that way, and want Tina wants Lorne grants. As Alec Baldwin pointed out in his round up for HuffPo, this is a parody sketch comedy show, not Meet The Press, so there was only so much they can do and I am sure a lot of things were gone over with a fine toothed comb. SNL did manage did manage to score its highest ratings in fourteen years with Palin's guest appearance on Oct. 18th, the highest viewer turnout since Nancy Kerrigan stopped by after the Tonya Harding incident. And while the show was its usual bore, the real hilarity came, as it has been for weeks, during Weekend Update. This season, as SNL usually does, is strongest around the political commentary. And while some see it as skewering of Palin or Hillary Clinton, I see it as supporting its strongest comedians, the women cast members. Sarah Palin stepped up to the plate, but it was truly Amy Poehler who hit a home run, per usual, with the "Palin Rap". ENJOY!



    While many have dissected what this means for the McCain/Palin ticket, I was more interested in why likability somehow means electability in America? Of course after appearing on SNL many people decided they like Gov. Palin more today than they did yesterday. But because she can laugh at a joke and read correctly from a teleprompter, that should grant her access to the second most important position within our nation? This is what I do not get about the Republicans or half of the American voters out there. We already voted in a President we would like to have beer with and we are now in two wars and a looming depression. I had no doubt Palin wouldn't fail on SNL, but in America's eyes whenever Palin doesn't fail, she wins. I would assume that since America has grown accustomed to pathetic leaders who just barely make sense when speaking and fuck up 75% of the time as adequate enough that this somehow gives Palin even more traction. But lets remember that someone must succeed to win and in regards to her performance on Saturday, there was no success there for Palin. There was some success for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. And now the big question for SNL is what Lorne will do without his artillery of funny ladies by his side.

    Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama for President...

    The big political news this weekend wasn’t that Sarah Palin was able to bob her hands up and down while Amy Poehler rapped on SNL, but that General Colin Powell, a former Secretary of State for George W. Bush and possible running mate for Sen. John McCain, has officially endorsed Senator Barack Obama for President on Sunday’s edition of Meet The Press.



    For those of you not fully understanding of what this means, let me put it to you in the most clear cut way. A lifelong Republican and highly decorated veteran and longtime advisor to the GOP, Powell has worked within the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush throughout the Gulf War and most recently was Secretary of State during Bush’s first term. He has been a possible Presidential candidate many times, in 1996, 2000 and 2008, and was believed to be a running mate for John McCain once he secured his party’s nomination earlier this year. The man is not only one of our most respected leaders, but most recently he was widely touted as a maverick after dispelling the myth of WMDs before the invasion of Iraq and unfortunately while too late in the game, spoke out against Bush’s decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003. It is surprising that Powell would not only deviate from his party, but would oppose the election of his long time friend, John McCain, for President. Monday, Barack Obama has said that he would appreciate Gen. Powell to become an advisor within his administration and that an official position would be available if Powell would be so interested.

    What’s more significant in this whole endorsement was the plethora of reasons Powell gave for SUPPORTING Obama. He stated that the candidate being elected would not only be “electrifying” for the American public, but that the Senator from Illinois was a candidate for a new age and a new direction. This endorsement came on the heels of the news that Barack Obama and Joe Biden raised $150 Million in support of their campaign in September alone, which is now the largest pull for any political campaign and it more than doubled his last record fund raising month of August. The overall momentum of the campaign has shifted and Obama’s fund raising efforts are being lauded as transitional for all political campaigns in the future, with the public’s money truly supporting their candidate and the methods that were used to gain the additional funds.

    Sunday, October 19, 2008

    Monday Box Office Recap - Max Payne comes in at number one....

    So this weekend proved once again American audiences wouldn’t know a good movie if it bit them on the nose. Sorry America, I don’t want to blame you for the doldrums your in with the economy in the shitter and the election taking as long as the 100 years war at this point, but Max Payne in the top spot at this weekend’s box office? AS a friend said on Friday “I just saw the number one movie this weekend” and then explained how bad the movie was. I mean it could have been worse, it could have been the Chihuahua movie at number one again, but really people? Anyways, as I already stated, Max Payne Max Payne, the action flick based on the video game of the same name came in at number one this weekend at the box office. At least Mark Wahlberg can boast about being a movie star again. Beverly Hills Chihuahua was robbed of its number one spot and with an $11.2 Million draw, came in second this weekend. I bet those puppies and Jamie Lee Curits are planning a sequel to this movie as we speak. And in third place was The Secret Life of Bees, a family favoritebased on the book, which was a New York Times Bestseller after its release in 2002. The movie starring Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning, is becoming the new favorite of women moviegoers and Hollywood, specifically Steven Spielberg and Will Smith, producers of the film about sisters in the 1960’s, are looking at this as a case study for changing the template of box office successes. Sadly, even at the box office, George W. Bush is a lame duck. Yep, Oliver Stone’s revealing documentary into Bush’s life, W., came in fourth place, hopefully meaning most Americans would like to forget the guy who is our current leader and move onto whoever will take his place. I can’t wait to see the movie because as much as I do not agree with the man’s policy, dude knows how to make me laugh. And finally, in fifth is weekend, is the Shi LeBeouf blockbuster Eagle Eye.

    Here is the rest of the Box Office Top ten, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
    1. Max Payne - $18 million
    2. Beverly Hills Chihuahua - $11.2 million
    3. The Secret Life of Bees - $11 million
    4. W. - $10.5 million
    5. Eagle Eye - $7.3 million
    6. Body of Lies - $6.9 million
    7. Quarantine - $6.3 million
    8. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - $3.9 million
    9. Sex Drive - $3.6 million
    10. Nights in Rodanthe - $2.7 million

    Friday, October 17, 2008

    TV on The Radio...How I love thee.....

    How do I love TV on the Radio? Let me count the ways. The inspiring band just finished up three sold out nights at the Masonic Temple in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and I was luck enough to experience it in person. The Brooklyn based band, who released their Dear Science LP last month, is known for their live performances, so I was excited when we scored tickets to see them a few times during their stint at the Temple. TVOTR is possibly one of my favorite bands of all time and most definitely listened to way too much in my house recently. They have an uncanny ability to bridge rock, dance and artsy music and tones into one very harmonious package. Their new album mixes dancey and funky, like “Dancing Choose” and “Golden Age”, with quieter and softer sounds of the band, like “DLZ” and “Halfway Home”. Tunde Adebimpe, the charismatic front man and Kyp Malone, the guitarist/vovalist, riled the crowd up with assistance from Gerard Smith, keyboardist/bassist and fellow Purchase alum, guitarist and producer Dave Sitek and the incredibly talented drummer, Jaleel Bunton. Though the set list remained mostly the same for all three nights, they did move the songs around a bit and I think last night, Thursday, had to be the best performance out of all of them. While they played many songs of the new dance and sing along friendly album, they continue to pull out their hits “Satellite” and “Wrong Way”. This go around they had a backing band in addition to their lovely friend Katrina from Celebration, who provides a few back up vocals and their own full instrumental arrangement. The crowd was awesome all of the nights, dancing up a storm and proving that good music nowadays can be appreciated by all. As a fan, I was beyond impressed by the performance level from TVOTR and their increasing musicality. The band not only manages to let you know they are good what they do, but that they love doing it as well, which is a rarity nowadays. They are able to have the toughest dudes singing along to the smoothest Prince like grooves. I for one am excited by a mature dancey band bringing it back to New York City. I was getting so used to dashing off to Fort Greene and watching them play well into the night, that I am not sure I will know what to do with myself. Please do yourselves a favor and check out this band before they get too big. (More pics to follow)

    Here is a live performance from September outside the David Letterman show:

    Project Runway Finale Recap - You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone

    So if I wasn’t so drunk with excitement and Budweisers from two nights straight of dancing and singing along to TV on the Radio (more on that later), I’m not sure I would have made it all the way through the snooze fest that was the final episode of Project Runway on Bravo. The show moved slowly while watching the final three ladies finish up their collections, which for Korto that meant producing TWO NEW garments, their model search, that was filled with many reality TV models and finally presenting their collections to the audience at Bryant Park. So with this quiet season and even quieter finale, let’s get straight to the goodies: the final collections at the tents.
    The behind the scenes madness that usually is the precursor to the runway shows was all but non-existent this time around except for the last minute ditching of celebrity judge duty by Jennifer Lopez. Tim Gunn happily stepped in, announced his impartiality and took a seat next to Nina, Michael and Heidi. One of the greatest moments wasKenley, who upon finding out that Gunn would be a judge, said “Maybe I should have adjusted my attitude”. So now onto the clothes…

    Let’s be honest, this go around might have been the only time that I knew within a second of the first garment coming down the runway, which designer was the architect behind it. Kenley, who did not take Tim’s criticism in losing one piece the judges commented on last week presented first. She quickly got teary eyed while introducing her collection and thanking her family. Her shapes were severe, her fabrics were hand painted and the collection overall was colorful and was so very Kenley. There were three items I loved: the green top/black skirt combination, the hand painted floral dress and the black/fuchsia 50’s prom dress meets 80’s Madonna . Most of the other looks looked less refined and not very expensive. While the collection had a common theme, there was not a true sense of cohesion. And to be honest, I was expecting Kenley to really knock it out of the park with her 40’s flair, but unfortunately I thought a good portion of the collection fell flat.

    Korto was next and she introduced herself, her point of view and her collection with determination and she also thanked her family. Right off the bat, I love the first few pieces of her collection, which were composed of what looked like saturated linen in greens, khakis, oranges and blues. The two issues I had with her collection were that most pieces looked overworked and through television, the fabric looked stiff and uncomfortable. There was more cohesion within her collection than that of Kenley’s but it could simply be that her look is very strong and original. Overall, there were a few pieces I liked, but the collection, much like Kenley’s, didn’t have that luxurious look I believe you need to deliver at Bryant Park.

    And then there was Leanne, who came out simply thanked her family and explained her determination to get there. From when the first piece came down the runway, I was entranced with her collection. Her pieces were light and airy, yet incredibly architectural. The pallet was fresh and I could imagine myself, after losing about 15 pounds, in almost all of the pieces. Not sure if it was excessive drinking that I had done earlier that night, but I felt this could have been one of the strongest final collections ever in the show’s history. The look and feel behind the pieces was a wonderful mix of modern style, feminine shaped and strong details. And I want the long strapless light blue dress to wear on my wedding day. So Leanne feel free to forward that to me c/o of The Spielster.



    Here are the best looks from Kenley:
















    Here are the best looks from Korto:












    Here are the best looks from Leanne:










    Anyways when it came to judging, it was more than obvious that Leanne was the one to beat. In regards to Kenley, they felt a few of her pieces were reminiscent of other designers’ garments, which honestly I didn’t get, Overall, they felt she had a strong style, but needed to learn more about the industry to excel within it. She was auf’d. Then it was Korto’s turn. While they loved the inspiration behind her collection and the colors of her pieces, they felt she has a heavy habit of overworking her garments and stripping them of their beauty. They also felt that while the overall look of the collection had a bit of similarity to it, there was not a concentrated cohesion to it. She was auf’d. Leanne was voted the winner because of her ability to present a full and satisfying collection. Her collection was the strongest, had cohesionand was truly a new voice in fashion. Michael wanted to make sure she was more than a one petal pony, but the rest of the judges agreed her pieces were the winners. She was able to present the audience with various pieces from gowns to mini dresses to halter tops to sailor pants and it was all intertwined flawlessly. Leanne Marshall definitely deserved to win in my book.

    All in all, it was a lackluster season and I don’t think it was because of a lack of talent. I feel stronger people went home too early in the season, like Kellie, Wes and Daniel and others, like Suede and Blayne, were given way too much rope to hang this season on. I wish that Bravo had put aside some of the bitterness it was obviously harboring for the show moving to Lifetime, if that ever happens, and put together its strongest Project Runway ever! This season was drama less for a reason. It felt like every designer was there for a reason and I truly believe that lackluster ratings and even more lackluster challenges are something Bravo executives should be ashamed of. I am proud of the final three and believe that they all such a distinct vision of their collections and the voices behind them that the runway show was a success. I just wish Bravo had taken notice of it. And now I guess I will just count the crow’s feet around my eyes until Top Chef comes back.
    Next week in honor of Project Runway and its fifth season, I will be doing a daily countdown of favorites: all-time designs, best characters, best feuds, best final collections, and overall the top three designers to be on the show. Dear readers, I would love to hear any suggestion. Drop them in the comments or email them to me.

    More on Project Runway:

  • BravoTV chats it up with Leanne
  • Blogging Project Runway
  • TV Guide’s PR Roundup
  • NY Mag’s Take

  • Thursday, October 16, 2008

    NO POSTS TODAY....Sorry..

    I know I know...there was a presidential debate last night, the finale of Project Runway and I saw my first night of TV on the Radio at the Masonic Temple. Which is why capturing all of it with the full detail you need will have to wait till tomorrow.

    Tomorrow I will chat all about one of the best bands ever, a very boring finale episode of Project Runway, but the best collection to have won to date, the fight continuing between Obama and McCain, the leading ladies of funny and Halloween ideas!

    Enjoy.