The competition continues to get tighter – this week, the term "semi-finalist" was thrown around quite a bit. It turns out the semi-finals begin next week, and the dancers continued to up their game accordingly. Corbin and Karina danced a beautiful waltz (they always have the best outfits, amirite?), and fan favorites Jack Osborne and Leah Remini continued to climb their way up the scoreboard. Bill Engvall faltered, his exuberance only enough to earn him sevens across the board in light of his poor sense of rhythm.
This week's special challenge was the trio dance – it didn't sound quite as exciting as the freestyle, but it turned out to be hugely entertaining. For many of the dancers, adding in a third person to the group improved their dances exponentially. Elizabeth and Val (plus Gleb Savchenko) walked away with perfect 10s all around, and Corbin and Karina (plus Witney Carson) were so good that they drew comparisons to Bob Fosse. Carrie Ann was so charmed, she said something bleep-worthy – all we know is that it had something to do with Usher...?
And the best part of the trio dances? Leah (along with Tony Dovolani, and Henry Byalikov) decided to poke a bit of fun at the three judges (WATCH IT. No, seriously). I suppose as professional dancers, it would make sense that they would make great physical mimics – Tony in particular got Bruno's sweeping gestures down to a T!
Though the odds seemed stacked against Bill (he had the lowest score by quite a bit in both of this week's dances) his legions of fans were enough to keep him on for the semi-final round. He's stolen our hearts, along with the judges, who continue to express regret that they can't score him off of his likability rather than his poor rhythm. Great for Bill, but someone had to suffer this week. And that someone? Elizabeth Berkley. Even after her consistently stellar scores, her fans were not strong enough to save her.
I know nothing about dancing, but even I could tell she had a willowy elegance and sensibility that was a rare find on a reality show like DWTS. Her considerable skill, in addition to her wide (and oh-so-slightly crazy) eyes and rapport with partner Val Chmerkovskiy will make her sorely missed – she definitely belonged up on that semi-finalist stage! It makes you really think about the popularity contest aspect of the show. I suppose that the equally weighted scores means that the show itself really belongs equally to the fans as it does to the judges. But really, it goes to show you that your dancing's not necessarily going to get you that trophy. Like fellow proficient dancers Christina Milian and Brant Daugherty before her, Elizabeth went home before her time.
* Loved the awkward cut to a reaction shot of Bill Engvall's wife as he extolled his two exceedingly gorgeous dance partners, Emma Slater and Peta Murgatroyd
* Okay I get that for whatever reason, ballroom dance costumes are often ridiculously ugly, but Jack's leopard-printed samba outfit was off the charts!
* There was a competition for best abs between Val Chmerkovskiy and Gleb Savchenko. Yes.
Comedienne Kristen Wiig has sparked rumours of a reconciliation with her ex-boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti after the couple was photographed together at a basketball game in New York on Sunday (03Nov13). The Bridesmaids star reportedly parted ways with The Strokes drummer in July (13) after an 18-month courtship, but it appears they're at least still good friends.
The couple, which has rarely spoken about its romance, was snapped in the audience at Madison Square Garden this weekend as the New York Knicks took on the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 100-109 loss.
They weren't the only celebrities in the stands on Sunday - Christian Slater and his fiancee Brittany Lopez, and Mary-Kate Olsen and her boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy were also spotted cheering on the Knicks.
The new NBA season tipped off last week (ends01Nov13).
Sharon Stone and actor/director Jon Favreau are set to be honoured at the 2013 Catalina Film Festival in California. The Basic Instinct beauty will be feted with the Stanley Kramer 'Social Artist' Award for her philanthropy efforts on Wednesday (18Sep13) during the opening night festivities, while Iron Man filmmaker Favreau will be presented with the Charlie Chaplin ICON Award on Thursday (19Sep13).
They join fellow honouree Patricia Arquette, who will receive the Career Tribute Award at the event, while late director Tony Scott will be remembered with a special 20th anniversary screening of crime drama True Romance, which starred Arquette and Christian Slater, next weekend (21Sep13).
Scott committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in California last summer (12).
Ah, the English accent. From the Cockney geezer’s rhyming slang, to the clipped elocution of the Brit gent, the twists and turns of the mother tongue in its natural habitat have thwarted many a valiant attempt. Here are five of the absolute worst.
5. Mischa Barton in St Trinian’s
Come on. Be fair to the OC babe. She gets one out of 47 British inflections almost right.
4. Keanu Reeves AND Winona Ryder in Bram Stoker's Dracula
Why have one terrible British accent, when you can have two? Fresh off rad dude duty on Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Keanu was perhaps not the obvious choice to play an effeminate British gentleman, but that didn’t stop him getting the part, alongside an equally awful Winona.
3. Demi Moore in Flawless
Maybe she got spun out by the fact she wasn’t playing her usual hottie in this diamond heist thriller set in '60s London, but flawless her British accent is not. Posh Brits tend to pronounce their t’s.
2. Don Cheadle in Ocean’s 11
Cheadle’s mockney accent as ‘Basher’ in the Ocean’s franchise was terrifically bad, but seemingly just a blip on an otherwise stellar filmography. “Leave it aahhhtt!”
1. Christian Slater AND Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Like this ‘Nottinghamshire’ is a real place, anyway. Just keep 80% of your regular accents, fellas.
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British pop star Jessie J is set to make one happy couple's big day even more memorable when she joins them to celebrate their nuptials on Friday (19Jul13). The bride and groom-to-be booked their wedding reception at Durham County Cricket Club in England 18-months ago but were stunned to discover that the venue had been double booked for a performance by the Domino hitmaker.
Future bride Samantha Slater told local paper The Chronicle, "About two months ago they (staff from the cricket club) phoned us and asked us to go in. We thought 'What’s gone wrong now?'... they said another department had booked the concert and it’s the same day as the wedding.
"We weren’t very happy about it at first, but when we found out it was Jessie J we perked up a bit. In fact, we were ecstatic."
The singer is due to perform at the venue in front of a 15,000 strong crowd as the headliner for the Durham Summer Nights programme and has promised to take time out of her busy schedule to call in on the newlyweds for their first dance.
She added, "I can't wait to be part of Sam and Chris' big day. It's going to be special. Bring on the first dance."
"Dad hasn't personally face-to-face met him but he has virtually met him and he loves him, thus far." Teenage model Ireland Baldwin insists her dad Alec is a fan of her boyfriend, paddle boarder Slater Trout.
Actor Christian Slater is planning a summer wedding (13) to fiancee Brittany Lopez. The Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves star announced his engagement during an appearance on U.S. TV programme Late Night With Jimmy Fallon at the end of February (13), and it appears Lopez doesn't have long to wait to become Mrs. Slater as the couple is planning an intimate backyard ceremony in July (13).
He tells People.com, "It will be good, intimate and small and family members. It will be nice... We had a big engagement party on the 31st of December and it was nice, it was like a New Year's and we had all the family come, 200 people, so it kind of already feels like we did the wedding, so we are just going to do a nice backyard situation."
Slater was previously married to actress Ryan Haddon. The couple divorced in 2006.
Zachary Quinto is set to make his Broadway debut in a revival of Tennesse Williams' classic play The Glass Menagerie. As fans await the launch of the new Star Trek sequel, in which Quinto will reprise his young Mr. Spock character, he has announced he will be treading the boards on the Great White Way for the first time from 5 September (13).
The four-piece play, which will run for 17 weeks, will co-star Amanda Wingfield, Brian J. Smith and Celia Keenan-Bolger, and has already received rave reviews during a stint in Cambridge, Massachusetts earlier this year (13).
The Glass Menagerie last appeared on Broadway in 2005 and starred Jessica Lange and Christian Slater.
Before Hollywood's biggest stars deliver their acceptance speeches at Sunday's Academy Awards, the 2013 Writers Guild Awards have honored the folks who supply A-list actors and actresses with words. The 65th annual ceremony kicked off Sunday, celebrating the best and the brightest behind the scenes — and behind the pen — in television, film, and beyond in 2012.
But there were few surprises at the awards — Mark Boal picked up his second WGA win for Zero Dark Thirty (he won his first for Hurt Locker in 2010) while television's critical darlings, Breaking Bad and Louie proved to be victorious.
Who else was a big winner at the WGA awards? See below to find out!
MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES
Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures
Argo, screenplay by Chris Terrio; based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures
Searching for Sugar Man, written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics
Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.; FX
Girls, Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO
Mad Men (AMC), Written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, "The Other Woman"
LONG FORM – ORIGINAL
Hatfields & McCoys (History Channel), Teleplay by Ted Mann and Ronald Parker, Story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann, Nights Two and Three
LONG FORM – ADAPTED
Game Change (HBO), Written by Danny Strong, Based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
Modern Family (ABC), Written By Elaine Ko; ABC, "Virgin Territory"
COMEDY/VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) — SERIES
Portlandia, Written by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley
COMEDY/VARIETY — MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES — SPECIALS
66th Annual Tony Awards, Written by Dave Boone, Special Material by Paul Greenberg; Opening and Closing Songs by David Javerbaum, Adam Schlesinger; CBS
CHILDREN'S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS
Sesame Street (PBS), Written by Christine Ferraro, "The Good Sport"
CHILDREN'S — LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
"Girl vs. Monster," Story by Annie De Young; Teleplay by Annie De Young and Ron McGee; Disney Channel
The Simpsons, Written by David Mandel & Brian Kelley; Fox, "Ned and Edna's Blend Agenda"
The Young & the Restless, Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Maria Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Lisa Seidman, Sarah K. Smith, Christopher J. Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS
DOCUMENTARY — CURRENT EVENTS
Frontline, Written by Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria; PBS, "Money, Power and Wall Street: Episode One"
DOCUMENTARY — OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
Nova, Written by Randall MacLowry; PBS, "The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time"
NEWS — REGULALRY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
"Tragedy in Colorado: The Movie Theatre Massacre," Written by Lisa Ferri, Joel Siegel; ABC News
NEWS — REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING REPORT
"World News This Year 2011," Written by Darren Reynolds; ABC News Radio
NEWS — ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY
"Dishin Digital," Written by Robert Hawley, WCBS-AM
PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ANIMATION CATEGORIES
ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)
"Partners," Written by Dan A. Greenberger, CBS
TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION
Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, Animation by Bob Pook; CBS, "The Oscars"
NEW MEDIA AND VIDEOGAME CATEGORIES
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING DERIVATIVE NEW MEDIA
The Walking Dead: Cold Storage, Written by John Esposito (amctv.com) – “Hide And Seek,” “Keys to the Kingdom,” “The Chosen Ones,” “Parting Shots”
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING ORIGINAL NEW MEDIA
Jack In A Box, Written by Michael Cyril Creighton (jackinaboxsite.com) – “The Compromises, Episode 1,” “The Pest, Episode 3,” The Snake, Episode 4,” “The Bonding, Episode 6,” “The Future, Episode 7/Series Finale”
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, Scriptwriting by Richard Farrese, Jill Murray; Ubisoft
What do you think of this year's winners? Let us know in the comments!
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The actor worked with Scott on 1993 crime thriller True Romance, and admits he was shocked to find out the moviemaker had taken his own life by jumping from a bridge in California last August (12).
However, Slater insists life in Hollywood can be very stressful and suggests maybe it got too much for Scott.
He tells British newspaper The Guardian, "Tony Scott was one of the best directors I have ever worked with and I was devastated when I heard about his death. He was a great guy with great energy. But this is a difficult business and people's lives are sometimes difficult."