The nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards will be announced tonight for the first time in a flashy, live concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J that will feature performances by fun., The Band Perry, Maroon 5, Janelle Monae, The Who and others.
While previous years' Grammys have been dominated by a single powerhouse artist or album (I'm lookin' at you, Adele), this year it could be anyone's game. Will Billboard sensations Justin Bieber and Rihanna get nods, or will indie darlings like Frank Ocean, Mumford and Sons, and The Black Keys rule the night? I guess we just have to wait and see!
Check back at 10:00 PM ET as we reveal the nominees along with CBS' broadcast.
Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Florence and The Machine, Ceremonials
fun., Some Nights
Maroon 5, Overexposed
Pink, The Truth About Love
Record of the Year
"Lonely Boy," The Black Keys
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Kelly Clarkson
"We are Young," fun. featuring Janelle Monae
"Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra
"Thinkin Bout You," Frank Ocean
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift Best New Artist Alabama Shakes fun. Hunter Hayes The Lumineers Frank Ocean Country Solo Performance "Home," Dierks Bently "Springsteen," Eric Church "Cost of Livin," Ronnie Dunn "Wanted," Hunter Hayes "Over," Blake Shelton "Blown Away," Carrie Underwood Album of the Year El Camino, Black Keys Some Nights, fun. Babel, Mumford and Sons Channel Orange, Frank Ocean Blunderbuss, Jack White Song of the Year "The A Team" Ed Sheeran (songwriter: Ed Sheeran) "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen (songwriters: Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay) "Adorn" Miguel (songwriter: Miguel Pimentel) "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson (songwriters: Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi) "We Are Young" fun. featuring Janelle Monáe (songwriters: Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess) Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Shake It Out" by Florence + The Machine "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra "Sexy And I Know It" by LMFAO "Payphone" by Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa Best Pop Solo Performance Adele, "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)" Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe" Katy Perry, "Wide Awake" Rihanna - "Where Have You Been" Best Dance Recording Avicii, "Levels" Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo,"Let's Go" Skrillex feat. Sirah, "Bangarang" Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin, "Don't You Worry Child" Al Walser, "I Can't Live Without You" Best Dance/Electronic Album Steve Aoki, Wonderland The Chemical Brothers, Don't Think deadmau5 Kaskade, Fire & Ice Skrillex, Bangarang Best Rock Performance Alabama Shakes,"Hold On" The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy" Coldplay, "Charlie Brown" Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait" Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care of Our Own" Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Anthrax, "I'm Alive" Halestorm, "Love Bites (So Do I)" Iron Maiden, "Blood Brothers" Lamb of God,"Ghost Walking" Marilyn Manson ,"No Reflection" Megadeth, "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" Best Rock Song Jack White, "Freedom at 21" Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait" The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy" Muse, "Madness" Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care of Our Own" Best Rock Album The Black Keys, El Camino Muse, The 2nd Law Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball Jack White, Blunderbuss Best Alternative Music Album Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do Bjork, Biophilia Gotye, Making Mirrors M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Tom Waits, Bad As Me Best R&B Performance Estelle, "Thank You" Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi, "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) Luke James, "I Want You" Miguel, "Adorn" Usher, "Climax" Best Traditional R&B Performance Anita Baker, "Lately" Beyonce, "Love on Top" Melanie Fiona, "Wrong Side of a Love Song" Gregory Porter, "Real Good Hands" SWV, "If Only You Knew" Best Urban Contemporary Album Chris Brown, Fortune Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream Frank Ocean, Channel Orange Best R&B Album Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio Anthony Hamilton, Back To Love R. Kelly, Write Me Back Tamia, Beautiful Surprise Tyrese, Open Invitation Best Rap Performance Drake feat. Lil' Wayne, "HYFR (Hell Ya F---ing Right)" Jay-Z & Kanye West, "N---as In Paris" Nas,"Daughters" Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz, "Mercy" Young Geezy feat. Jay-Z & Andre 3000, "I Do" Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Flo Rida feat. Sia, "Wild Ones" Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream, "No Church in the Wild" John Legend feat. Ludacris, "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" Nas feat. Amy Whinehouse, "Cherry Wine" Rihanna feat. Jay-Z, "Talk That Talk" Best Rap Song Nas, "Daughters" Wale feat. Miguel, "Lotus Flower Bomb" Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz, "Mercy" Drake feat. Lil' Wayne, "The Motto" Jay-Z & Kanye West, "N---as In Paris" Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars, "Young, Wild & Free" Best Rap Album Drake, Take Care Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 The Roots, Undun Nas, Life Is Good Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don't 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story Best Country Song Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away" Ronnie Dunn, "Cost of Livin' " Eli Young Band, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" Alan Jackson, "So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore" Eric Church, "Springsteen" Best Americana Album The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter John Fullbright, From the Ground Up The Lumineers, The Lumineers Mumford & Sons, Babel Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream Best Blues Album Shemekia Copeland, 33 1/3 Dr. John, Locked Down Ruthie Foster, Let It Burn Heritage Blues Orchestra, And I Still Rise Joan Osborne, Bring It on Home Head to Grammy.comfor the nominees in all 81 categories! Follow Abbey Stone on Twitter @abbeystone [Photo Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images] More: Wait, Really? 12 Grammy Winners You Won't Believe American Music Awards Winners' List: Did Justin Bieber Best Rihanna For Top Honors? The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Winners Are...
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Tonight is the second of the 2012 Presidential Debates between President Barack Obama and the Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney. The country will watch on — and learn things — as the two share their platforms during the town hall face-off. While Obama and Romney answer important questions from audience members about the economy, health care, reproductive rights, foreign policy, and the state of the economy, we at Hollywood.com are staging debates of our own. Today, we decided to argue pop culture heath care. Specifically, what is more likely to get you sick: jumping in the mud with Honey Boo Boo, or swimming in the Jersey Shore hot tub? Writers Brian Moylan and Shaunna Murphy square off on this vital issue.
Opening Argument from Shaunna Murphy:
Hollywood.com readers, you may not know this, but there is a rare genetic trait common amongst people born in New Jersey (myself included), that makes us totally lose our s**t whenever we are in close proximity to a hot tub. We pack bathing suits wherever we're going, even in the dead of winter, "just in case." When we go to Vegas, we shell out extra cash to ensure that our suite includes a 'cuzzi, because every drunken evening must end in a nice, hot soak in a disease-ridden cesspool. You only live once! It's science.
However, ever since Jersey Shore premiered in 2010, even I have become wary of my hot tub usage. Why? Because watching MVP's nightly conquests drunkenly saunter into their rooftop Thermo Spa (not to mention Snooki and Sitch's infamous drunken hookup in said Thermo Spa) finally made me realize that getting in hot water with shady people, under the influence, is a bad idea. "People don't realize it, but a hot tub can be a breeding ground for infections ranging from skin issues to STDs," says New York internist Holly Phillips. Gross! Let's go on.
Hot tubs need to be heavily chlorinated, because a lapse in proper maintenance will allow bacteria to grow — with or without heavily tanned guidos. Bacteria grow like wildfire in warm water, leading to a common 'cuzzi side effect known as pseudomonas folliculitis, a skin infection that produces itchy, bright red bumps. It'll clear up on its own in 10 days or less, but you'll look like this for awhile.
Then there's Toxic Shock Syndrome, the potentially fatal illness that none other than Deena "You like da boobz?" Cortese thought she had last week. Thankfully our second favorite meatball is okay, but the bacteria that causes TSS can be present in hot tubs — if you get in with a friend carrying the bacteria, better be sure you don't have any paper cuts. It's that easy. So if Deena carried the bacteria and I was to get in with her, my clumsy ass would be in major trouble. Like, Snooki wearing no panties in public in front of Jionni trouble.
Finally, there's the issue of genital herpes — a disease roughly one in six people (there are seven in the Jersey Shore house, not to mention the many strangers they bring home) between the age of 14 to 49 carries. According to New York City dermatologist Dr. Albert Lefkovits, if someone with herpes recently sat on the edge of a tub and you were to take their place, you could contract the virus, even through a bathing suit. The virus loves to live in warm, damp areas, which sounds exactly like a jacuzzi!
There are so many other issues that can abound when you combine alcohol, guidos, and warm water (like heat stroke, or passing out and getting your hair caught in a filter), but we can start here for now. I'd rather roll around in the mud any day than get in hot water with these folks.
Opening Argument by Brian Moylan:
I'm just going to start this off and say that, while they may be poor (for now) and may live in a house that is not like yours and may eat things that you think will make your stomach dance right out of your body and then die in a heaving mass on the floor, that does not mean that the Thompson clan on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is dirty. They are not. Neck crust never gave anyone a disease.
That said, mud certainly has. Do you know what you can get from the mud? That flesh eating bacteria that you hear about so often on the news. Yeah, you thought you could just go splashedy splash in the muck and the mire and wash it off. No. Not unless you also want to wash off your face. Know what else you can get from mud? Meliodosis. Know what that does to you? It gives you joint and chest pain, a fever, flu-like symptoms, and a bunch of other things that will drive you right to WebMD. Well maybe not right to it, because it can live in your body for 62 years before preventing any symptoms. Yup, Honey Boo Boo could be diagnosed with this in the ear 2076. It is also fatal. And we're not going to even get into the brain-eating bacteria that hangs out in lakes and mud. Because if we did, you'd never touch dirt again.
This all sounds awful, and the thing about hot tubs is, nearly all of them have chlorine in them, which prevents the spread of disease. But just like health class in Catholic high school taught us, the only way not to get a disease is by abstinence. The Jersey Shore kids seem to have learned this as well. There has not been one romantic encounter in the hot tub in Seasons 4 or 5 and it seems to have fallen out of favor with the guidos. Considering this year every female is in a monogamous relationship, The Situation is practicing sobriety, Vinny is practicing celibacy, and DJ Paulie D is practicing his usual discretion, you aren't going to be able to catch anything in that hot tub other than fish.
Rebuttal from Shaunna Murphy: Ick, you're right, Brian. That brain-eating amoeba thing, that the article claims is found in "warm lakes, streams, and hot springs" sounds pretty nasty. However, the article also mentions that millions are exposed to these amoeba every year, with only one to eight people actually dying from it. "The illness itself is devastating, but the fact is that this is a very rare infection," said infectious disease expert Dr. Roy Gulick. "It's not a new infection, we've known about this for decades, and there's no evidence that the number is increasing. If you compare it to the odds of having a traffic accident on your way to the lake or drowning in the lake, this is much smaller." Phew! Thank goodness. And as for that horrible, flesh-eating bacteria that is currently devastating poor Aimee Copeland — well, that one's rare too, and could have been treated early on with some antibiotics. Amy Horneman, who is chief of microbiology and molecular diagnostics at the Baltimore Medical Center of the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System, and an internationally recognized specialist on Aeromonas hydrophila, says infections caused by the bacterium are relatively easy to treat with common antibiotics, if you take care of them in time. Basically, it's this simple: Get a cut in dirty water, go to the doctor. As for hot tubs, you're also right — chlorine can erase a lot of problems, excluding heat exhaustion, and hair getting sucked into filters, drowning people. (There have been about 49 cases over the last decade or so, and drunkenness certainly ups your chances.) But the problem is, people are often lazy about chlorinating their hot tubs, and the herpes on the side of the ledge will still be there either way. In fact, even the folks at Playboy are notoriously lax about cleaning their hot tub — in February of 2011, 123 people came down with Legionnaires' disease, a potentially fatal illness, after getting in the Playboy Mansion hot tub during a fundraiser. You're right that, every now and then, an unlucky soul is in the wrong mud with the wrong cut, and gets some nasty bacterial disease — but hot tubs filled with dirty people are proven cesspools. And even though the cameras haven't spent as much time in the tub so far this season, I wouldn't take my chances on the ledge of that thing, given the insane number of sexual partners the male cast has had during past seasons. Come on, you know at least one of them has herpes. It doesn't. Go. Away. Rebuttal from Brian Moylan: Shaunna, I see a lot of things that can happen to you as a result of being in a hot tub. However, I'm not seeing many concrete examples of what will actually happen in that hot tub. Just last year, three children in Louisiana, which is near Honey Boo Boo's home in Georgia, were hospitalized for contracting E. coli while playing in a mud pit, much like the one on the show. Luckily they all survived (though each probably suffered a severe case of "mud butt" for at least a few days), but E. coli can be fatal. In 2011, there was also an outbreak of meliodosis in Australia where two people contacted a disease. Yes, it's grody to think that you could catch herpes, a rash, or something even worse for taking a dip with the kids from Jersey Shore, but there are actual documented cases where mud has gotten people very ill — so ill that they had to be hospitalized and so ill that they could actually die. And like you said yourself, flinging the mud at each other like so many monkeys in a poo pile isn't nearly as fun as getting in the hot tub. With the assistance of chlorine and a well-maintained tub (do you think MTV would dare risk the lawsuits of letting the hot tub get too nasty?), I'd rather risk a good time at the shore than a messy afternoon out on the bayou. Closing Statement from Shaunna Murphy: I don't know, Brian — maybe it's the second-generation southerner in me, but I'd take my chances on a rare case of E. coli, and a fun afternoon with the loving Boo Boo clan, over a pretty damned good chance of contracting herpes, or pseudomonas folliculitis with the shore-dwellers. I would just make sure that no livestock were around, since it's proximity to livestock fecal matter that causes these extremely rare cases of E. coli. And I agree with you that Snooki and J-Woww are a great time, but, as a lady, the notion of sitting with Sitch, Vinny, and known sociopath Pauly D in a tub, KNOWING their sexual history, would just be too much for me. I also order my meat rare, so there's that. Closing Statement from Brian Moylan: I don't care what you say, but the actual diseases that you can contract from rolling around in the mud are far worse than the far-off threat of what might happen in a hot tub. And you don't need to shower after a hot tub. Plus, Snooki wouldn't give me anything but a good time, would she? I don't think so. More: Pop Culture Debate: Did 'Clueless' or 'Mean Girls' Have a Bigger Impact on Vocabulary? Pop Culture Debate: Who Is Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" About? Pizza Vs. Burritos: The Pop Culture Election — Round 2
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Hip-hop guru Russell Simmons said Tuesday he will announce plans this weekend for a boycott against Pepsi, accusing the soft drink giant of applying a double standard, Reuters reports. A few months ago, Pepsi yanked a commercial featuring rapper Ludacris after conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly urged a boycott and accused Pepsi of being "immoral" for using the foul-mouthed rapper to promote their product. Pepsi caved in to the pressure and pulled the 30-second television spot, but recruited potty mouth Ozzy Osbourne for a Super Bowl commercial only months later. A spokeswoman for Simmons said in a statement, "The boycott is being called in response to Pepsi dropping Ludacris as spokesman and subsequently picking up the Osbournes, who are no less vulgar." Meanwhile, a PepsiCo Inc. spokesman told Reuters the Ludacris controversy was an unfortunate experience. "It was our mistake, we learned a lot from it and we've moved on," the spokesman said. "We respect Russell's interest in bringing hip-hop talent to a larger audience and we have worked together to do just that," he added.
Madonna said she has not dyed her hair or started sporting baggy clothes because she is pregnant--and she is striking back at British gossip magazine Heat for saying so. Spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said Madonna would file a complaint with Britain's Press Complaints Commission, a self-regulatory body set up and run by newspaper and magazines, over inaccurate reports that she is pregnant with her third child. "It's not true ... it's not accurate. She dyed her hair brown instead of blond, that does not confirm somebody's pregnant. And she's been wearing baggy clothes for 20 years, so what else is new?" Rosenberg told Reuters.
Brit mag Hello!, meanwhile, told London's High Court Tuesday that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones couldn't complain over the use of unauthorized photos of their lavish New York wedding because they actively sought publicity for the event. The stars are suing the mag for an estimated $800,000 in damages for loss of income, stress and damage to their careers because of the poor quality of the shots, taken by gate-crashing photographer Rupert Thorpe. Hello! published the pics three days before rival magazine OK! hit the stands with official shots secured in a $1.65 million deal with the stars, Reuters reports.
A man who helped steal Nicolas Cage's 1989 Porsche 911 was sentenced to five years in prison Monday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, The Associated Press reports. Michael Gramling, 20, of Arnold, Mo., pleaded guilty last year after Missouri Water Patrol divers found the $100,000 car submerged in 12 feet of water at Lake of the Ozarks. It had been stolen a month earlier from a parking lot in Arnold while in a transport trailer on its way from California to Pennsylvania. Another defendant, Scott Air Force Base airman Robert Clerkin, 21, was previously tried on stealing charges in a military court and sentenced to six months in prison. His sentence includes a rank reduction, forfeiture in pay and a letter of reprimand.
Tickets are on sale now for the Santa Monica Film Festival, which runs Feb. 13-16 at the Laemmle Theater in Santa Monica, Calif., and features more than 40 independent and short films including Briar Patch (a dark love story starring Dominique Swain and Henry Thomas), Stevie (a documentary by Hoop Dreams director Steve James) and Lost Junction starring Neve Campbell. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are slated to receive the festival's Maverick Filmmakers award at the Feb. 13 opening night ceremony. Tickets and more information are available at www.smff.com.
Miramax offshoot Dimension Films is on board to co-finance the Warner Bros. action comedy Starsky and Hutch, which is based on the classic 1970s cop series. Originally the film was going to be an updated pic set in modern-day Los Angeles but has since been turned into a period piece. Co-financing was needed to cover the rising cost of costuming and set design expenses. Insiders tell Variety the budget for the pic is already north of $60 million. Directed by Todd Phillips, the film stars Ben Stiller as Det. David Starsky, Owen Wilson as Det. Kenneth Hutchinson and Snoop Dogg as their streetwise informant, Huggy Bear.
Director Mathieu Kassovitz, best known for his 1996 drama Hate, will helm the supernatural thriller Gothika starring Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz, Variety reports. The film revolves around a criminal psychologist (Berry) who awakens to find herself a patient in her own mental institution, unable to remember a murder she supposedly committed, and victimized by a vengeful spirit in the asylum. Cruz plays a fellow inmate. The film begins production in April and is scheduled for release at Halloween.
AP reports the first new Doors concert will take place on Friday in Los Angeles with a tour planned for later this year, despite a looming lawsuit. Original Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger re-formed the group and renamed it The Doors 21st Century, with Ian Astbury of The Cult on vocals and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. But former Doors drummer John Densmore has now filed a suit seeking a court order prohibiting the band from calling themselves The Doors when they perform without him, and requests that Densmore be paid a share of profits from any shows that have already taken place without him.
Texas Rangers is loosely based on the actual story of the reconstitution of the Rangers members of a mounted force of Texans organized in 1835 to maintain order on the frontier. The film begins with Lincoln Rogers Dunnison (James Van Der Beek) witnessing the brutal murder of his family by a group of sadistic cattle rustlers. Seeking justice Dunnison heads to Brownsville to join the Texas Rangers. Even though he can't shoot a gun or saddle a horse Rangers leader Leander McNelly (McDermott) is impressed with Dunnison and takes him under his wing. McNelly who is afflicted by a deadly tuberculosis-type ailment decides his young apprentice will make a good leader once he is dead and buried. The Rangers spend the rest of the film plodding across a sepia-toned map and taking revenge upon lawless cattle thieves accompanied by lame and explanatory narrative.
Not even a group of male heartthrobs like James Van Der Beek Ashton Kutcher Dylan McDermott and Usher Raymond could make Texas Rangers remotely interesting. The biggest problem stems from the fact that all four have been typecast based on their familiar TV personas (with the exception of Raymond who is essentially the token black guy who complains about being mistreated by Uncle Sam). Van Der Beek plays the same moral righteous character he does on Dawson's Creek every Wednesday night while Kutcher acts pretty much along the lines of his alter ego Kelso from That '70s Show. And although Dylan McDermott is convincing as Leander McNelly he just seems as fervent as his character on The Practice. Their typecasting not only takes away from the film's authenticity it also magnifies their Wild West ineptitude like bungling horse riding skills.
Director Steve Miner takes what is by far the most clichéd and unimaginative script ever written (care of Scott Busby and Martin Copeland) and turns it into the most uninspiring film ever made. The movie consists primarily of shots of the aged map with superimposed images of faded Rangers on horseback galloping across it and of butternut squash exploding during shooting exercises. Combined with the fact that the editing is so thoroughly sloppy and unevenly paced the film becomes almost jarring. One has to wonder for example if Dunnison's expert marksmanship literally developed overnight or if it was simply a product of bad editing. It doesn't help matters that an Alberta stunt coordinator and horse wrangler employed during the shooting of Texas Rangers claims he counted 20 horse-related accidents during the production. It will make you cringe every time a stallion goes down.
Ryan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Jennifer (Claire Forlani) first met on a plane when they were 12. He’s terrified of planes she promptly tells him about her first period so it’s granted that they don’t exactly click. Fast-forward to high school where they bump into each other again. Now he’s the school mascot she’s the homecoming queen. No sparks. Fast forward to college where he’s the geeky engineering major (yes you read correctly) and she’s the free-spirited rocker-dating Latin student. Finally here they become friends help each other with their love issues and despite their opposing viewpoints … well take a guess.
Prinze the BMOC in "She’s All That " is supposed to be an anal-retentive doofus. And while the pageboy cut (split down the middle) and glasses do little to mask his good looks he plays against type surprisingly well doing his best to rise above the cliché-filled script. Forlani who was calm and luminous in the sluggish "Meet Joe Black " still has "proper British upbringing" written all over her so she’s not really believable as an outrageous one-night-stander (she also looks too old for Prinze). Heather Donahue (showing a promising comedy career post-"Blair Witch") and Amanda Detmer make a great supporting cast but the show is stolen by an underused Jason Biggs. As Ryan’s woman-chasing roommate Biggs also gets the single funniest scene in the film which you’ll miss if you walk about before the credits roll.
"She’s All That" director Robert Iscove is back and using the same traits again. First we have the you-are-there flashback narration ("So I was watching him play with his band " a character might reflect in her dorm room and suddenly she’s sitting at the concert still in her pajamas). Then there’s the choreographed dance number. Disguised as a scene to show Ryan trying to loosen up at a "foam club" (like a car wash soapy water douses the dancers) it’s really an excuse to show off Iscove’s choreography background by having all patrons wiggle simultaneously to Apollo Four Forty’s "Stop the Rock." It’s cute and all but the biggest faux pas Iscove makes is having Ryan and Jennifer take a "walk" from Berkeley … and miraculously wind up at the Golden Gate bridge.