November 26, 2013 |
The Top 8 singers on "The Voice" gave us a lot to love on Monday night. In addition to elaborately staging (Choreography! Exciting lighting! Fleets of backup dancers! Sprawling backing bands!), the evening's performances provided bursts of impressive vocal pyrotechnics, as well as compelling, quieter moments. Savvy song selections helped some singers hit their sweet spots, moving their coaches to seek out new ways to praise them. CeeLo Green even wrote his sole remaining contestant, Caroline Pennell, a mash note, declaring her to be, at the very least, the winner of his heart!
November 15, 2013 |
For Republicans who found themselves on the losing end in November - and particularly the Republican who lost to President Obama - the events of the last few weeks have been sweet comeuppance. First the website portal for Obamacare, the healthcare plan the GOP had railed against throughout 2012, collapsed at its Oct. 1 opening. Then the president was forced to acknowledge that, contrary to his oft-uttered line, some people would lose their insurance policies as a result of his plan.
November 12, 2013 |
And the stars just keep on falling. In another shocking “Dancing With the Stars” Season 17 elimination, actress Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were ejected from the glitterverse in the quarterfinal round of competition. This unexpected result landed about as well as Nomi pushing Cristal down the stairs. The “Saved By the Bell” actress just came off a perfect 30 score. A routine the judges thought was her best ever. They all joked about “ab envy.” She had just danced with a shirtless Gleb Savchenko.
October 20, 2013 |
We're quietly approaching the 100th anniversary of the modern cigarette, but don't expect much in the way of fanfare. Cigarette sales have been falling since 1981, when 630 billion were smoked in the United States. Now we smoke only about 300 billion in any given year, mostly in the style of the "American blend" introduced by Camels. Camels were first sold in October 1913. Only 1 million were sold that first year, but this quickly grew to 425 million in 1914 and to 6.5 billion two years later.
October 19, 2013 |
There is something nicely unexpected about "Dancing on the Edge," writer-director Stephen Poliakoff's seductive drama of jazz and England in the early 1930s. The series, which begins Saturday on Starz (it has already aired on the BBC), forms a kind of "Upstairs/Backstage" story with a mystery attached and comes in five parts, plus an epilogue - appendix might be the better word - in the form of interviews. To be sure, jazz has often lurked at the background of British period pieces - Lord Peter Wimsey dragged to some Soho cellar, Bertie Wooster knocking out a chorus of "Minnie the Moocher.
October 17, 2013 |
Guys hoping to pique the interest of the cool ghouls and lady demons this Hallow's Eve should consider donning a Batman costume or dressing up as Jay Gatsby. That's one of the takeaways from a recent survey of more than 2,000 singles conducted by dating website PlentyOfFish . In response to the question: "Which is the male costume that women are most interested in meeting this Halloween?" 24% of women responded with the Caped Crusader, narrowly edging out Jay Gatsby at 23%. (While you might be curious about the other 53%, we're actually wondering how Redford's Ralph Lauren Gatsby might stack up against DiCaprio's Brooks Brothers Gatsby.)
October 16, 2013 |
If you haven't caught Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the delightfully out-of-her depth vice president in her Emmy-winning HBO comedy "Veep," and have only dim memories of Elaine, "Seinfeld's" yuppie princess with a pea, "Enough Said" is an excellent example of her goofy, gracious way with comedy. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener's bittersweet romantic comedy about the difficulties of middle-age relationships is right in the actress' sweet spot, where insecurities and good intentions battle it out. Both Louis-Dreyfus and costar James Gandolfini (in his final role)
September 26, 2013 |
Kaley Cuoco knows how to seize an opportunity: "The Big Bang Theory" actress and tennis-player beau Ryan Sweeting are engaged! Seems like only yesterday she was debuting him on the red carpet. Oh, wait, it was only this past weekend , wasn't it? Cuoco's rep confirmed the engagement to Us Weekly on Thursday, and quoted a source close to the star as saying, "When you know, you know. " That of course being a reference to the fact that the two have been dating for only three months or so. Sweeting popped the question Wednesday, according to the mag, though Sports Now says the engagement was rumored during tennis' U.S. Open earlier this month.
September 26, 2013 |
According to US Weekly magazine, rumors during the U.S. Open tennis tournament were true. Actress Kaley Cuoco, best known for her starring role in the highly popular TV comedy "The Big Bang Theory" and her role in Priceline commercials with actor William Shatner, is engaged to American tennis player Ryan Sweeting, who played at Florida before joining the ATP Tour. Sweeting is ranked No. 582 on the ATP Tour computer and his career-high ranking was 64. He won his first ATP-level tournament in Houston in 2011.
September 24, 2013 |
Entrepreneur, reality star and new mom Kim Kardashian said she is coming out with her fifth fragrance, True Honey, designed to be "light, sweet ... but also powerfully seductive. " [People] In an embroidered dress, Kiernan Shipka was one of the best dressed at the Emmy Awards on Sunday. Like it? The Delpozo dress is for sale for $5,200 on website Moda Operandi through 11 p.m. EDT on Sept. 29. Not the exact one she wore, of course -- the same design. [Racked] Since Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour became creative director of Conde Nast, she has revamped Lucky and Conde Nast Traveler.