With a million hits in just a few days, this Sesame Street parody of the Old Spice campaign is proving to be hugely popular. What’s not to love about Grover and the word “on”? Good work, Sesame Street!
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There is little doubt that Sally Hawkins gave one of the best acting performances of this entire decade in Mike Leigh’s 2008 masterpiece Happy-Go-Lucky, yet Hawkins was scandalously snubbed when the Academy Award nominations for Best Actress were announced, despite a near clean-sweep of the critical precursors leading up to the Oscars.
After turning in solid supporting performances in An Education and Never Let Me Go, Hawkins’ name is back in contention as a candidate for the leading actress Oscar once again for Made in Dagenham, the true story of female employees walking out in protest against sexual discrimination and to gain equal pay. Aiding Ms. Hawkins in her feminist quest are Bob Hoskins, Rosemund Pike and the always-amazing Miranda Richardson, who looks to be angling for an Oscar nomination of her own—for Best Supporting Actress—for her portrayal of “fiery redhead” politician Barbara Castle. Richardson is a scene-stealer!
After the success of original programs like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, AMC is trying its hand at a new television genre; horror. Their newest program, The Walking Dead, centers around motley band of humans, the only survivors after an apocalypse that has left the world ridden with zombies. We follow this group, lead by county sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), through the events following the apocalypse as they continue their fight to survive. AMC describes the show as “an epic, edge of your seat drama where personal struggles are magnified against a back drop of moment-to-moment survival.”
The show, which will premiere with a 90-minute episode Halloween night (Oct. 31, 10 EST/9 CST), is based on the popular comic book series by Robert Kirkman and is not only a great departure from the character driven dramas on AMC, but from shows across the channels. Yet, as vampire everything becomes more popular it was only a matter of time until other scary movie staples got their moments on the small screen and if AMC has proven anything, it’s that they know a good show when they see one.
The Coen Brothers return this Christmas with their take on True Grit, Charles Portis’ 1968 western novel. Of course, the book was already adapted into a 1969 star-vehicle for John Wayne, but judging by this trailer, the Coens’ version promises to be darker in tone. The role of Rooster Cogburn is filled out by Jeff Bridges, making this his first collaboration with the Coens since the Big Lebowski. It also stars Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross.
The nominees for the 2011 Grammys won’t be announced until December 1st, on a glitzy CBS TV special similar to last year’s event. However, industry insiders and general music fans are buzzing about a rumored “entry list” that was leaked to a public website.
Before a song can be nominated, the record label behind it has to submit it to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for consideration. Therefore, the submission list that was posted online has to contain the year’s nominees.
This is a look at likely contenders for the Song of the Year, which is a composer/songwriter’s award. While we can safely assume that submissions like Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t Be Tamed” and Ludacris featuring Nicki Minaj’s “My Chick Bad” are a long shot, remember last year’s winner was Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”.