Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week ending Dec. 8 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flismy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down. Take the Edge Off With a Glass of Pinot Noir A Royal Baby is Suri’s Worst Nightmare What if it’s a girl? She’ll be an actual princess. Suri (or Suri’s Burn Book’s parody version of Suri) is not having that. Her Burn Book is going to fill up fast. There’s Way Too Much Line-Dancing in the New Christmas Music Video From Olivia-Newton John and John Travolta Also, there’s too much reunioning these days, do we need to make it worse with line dancing? We Didn’t Know There Was a Totally Hilarious Version of The Night Before Christmas Thankfully, we do now. Jazz Hands Are About to Get Scaaaaary Pan’s Labyrinth: The Musical is coming. Get a little Loose With a Few Glasses of Pinot Honey Boo-Boo Child is In the Same Category as Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie, and Gabby Douglas They’re all some of Barbara Walters’ most fascinating peopleof 2012. Johnny Depp May Reprise the Futterwacken. And if you saw the first Alice in Wonderland, you’d know that the Futterwacken, is well, wack. Lamp Had Better Watch Her Back in Anchorman 2 Because Kristen Wiig is coming afterher man. Let's Forget This Ever Happened With Long Island Iced Tea Randy Jackson Thinks American Idol is like Picasso But maybe he should visit a museum, read a book, or at least check Wikipedia before he says something like that. We Had to Try to Understand and Take a Stance on the Politics of Psy And it’s all a bit murky, but does it mean we can we stop caring about “Gangnam Style” now? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Wenn] More Unhappy Hour: Nov. 30: 'Girl Meets World,' Angus T Jones, etc. Dec. 1: Twinkies, Guy Fieri, and More Nov. 10: Donald Trump, No Doubt, and Modern Family
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Pamela Anderson is reportedly in talks to make her Broadway debut as murderess Roxie Hart in Chicago. According to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, the former Baywatch beauty is set to star in the revival of the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical in the role played by Christie Brinkley, Brooke Shields, Melanie Griffith, Ashlee Simpson and Bebe Neuwirth, among others.
The former American Idol judge will make her theatrical debut as murderess Roxie Hart in the Award-winning musical. She will begin her eight-week run on 5 September (11).
DioGuardi is the latest celebrity to join the Big Apple cast - singer Ashlee Simpson and actresses Brooke Shields and Melanie Griffith have all taken the stage as Hart.
Meanwhile, Brinkley is in talks to head overseas with the role - and take the lead in the West End production of Chicago.
The former wife of Billy Joel has received warm reviews as Roxie Hart in Chicago and now she's set to spend the summer (11) in London playing the singing-and-dancing murderess.
According to Showbiz411.com, Brinkley and co-star Amra-Faye Wright will star in the West End's Chicago for a limited engagement from next month (Jul11).
She's not the only big U.S. name to have graced the London stage as Hart - singer Ashlee Simpson played the part in 2006 and 2007.
And on Broadway, the killer with dreams of fame has been played by Brooke Shields, Marilu Henner and Melanie Griffith.
Based on H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger's bestselling book of the same name Friday Night Lights tells the true story of the dusty West Texas town of Odessa where nothing much happens until September rolls around. That's when the town's 20 000 or so denizens pour into Ratliff Stadium the country's biggest high school football field every Friday night to watch the Permian Panthers Odessa's "boys in black " take to the field. All the town's hope and dreams are pinned on the padded shoulders of these young gridiron heroes--including insecure quarterback Mike Winchell (Lucas Black); cocky self-assured running back Boobie Miles (Derek Luke); headstrong self-destructive tailback Don Billingsley (Garrett Hedlund) who must contend with an overbearing abusive dad (Tim McGraw--yes that Tim McGraw the country singer); and the team's spiritual leader middle linebacker Ivory Christian (newcomer Lee Jackson). The Panthers begin their season with one thing on their minds--winning their fifth straight championship for the first time in the team's 30-year history--but for their coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) it also means instilling a love and joy of the game in the boys' hearts amidst tremendous pressures and expectations. Easier said than done.
There isn't a false note in any of the performances and no one falls back on clichéd versions of their characters as is so easy to do in rah-rah sports movies. Thornton does a particularly good job as Gaines keeping you guessing whether he's going to be a hardass insensitive to his players' emotional needs (like so many movie football coaches before him) or if he truly means to coach his boys in a fair and decent way. Gaines too has to deal with his own pressures especially from the townsfolk who are likely to string him up if the team loses the championship. As for Gaines' players Black (the oh-so-serious kid from Thornton's Sling Blade) is all grown up and buffed out and still very serious. It works for the young actor though as the beleaguered Winchell struggles with the love-hate relationship he has with his chosen sport. Other standouts include Luke (Antwone Fisher) as the star player Boobie whose cocksureness leads him to an injury; Hedlund as the volatile Billingsley trying desperately to please his father; and McGraw making his film debut as the father a former Permian Panther champion who sure hasn't given up his competitive spirit basically beating it into his son. First Faith Hill (McGraw's real-life wife) in The Stepford Wives and now McGraw--who knew country singers could act?
From All the Right Moves to Varsity Blues to Remember the Titans Friday Night Lights unfortunately doesn't completely distinguish itself from the pack of football movies before it--like those this is all about how the young players--be they underdogs second-string nobodies or stars--rising above the mounting pressure and playing the best they can bless their hearts. Still there's no question the sports genre--particularly football--always gets the juices pumping with FNL being no exception. It might have something to do with our sick fascination with watching bone-crunching hits and body-punishing tackles. It's dangerous out there for these guys; no other sport (besides maybe hockey) can elicit such wince-inducing emotion and actor/director Peter Berg (The Rundown) exploits that. Obviously influenced by Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday Berg effectively paints his own gritty documentary-style picture of the competitive sport without relying on too many trite gushy over-the-top moments. And to give it credit the film does not necessarily have a feel-good "let's win one for the Gipper" ending; it is based on a true story after all and as we know real life isn't all sunshine and roses especially in the bloodthirsty world of Texas high school football.