I am not a big fan of Dirty Dancing. Sure, Jennifer Grey was one of my “just turned adolescent” fantasies thanks to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I don’t know if it was her “just rolled out of bed” perm, those eternally angry facial expressions that just scream sexiness, or that slick peach trench-coat of a sweater she wore, but it worked for me. Dirty Dancing, on the other hand, turned Jennifer Grey into an oblivious upper-middle class princess that looked closer to 9 than 19. Add that to the fact that this was a dancing movie, and I wasn’t much of a dancer. Ever.
New York, NY: For 40 years, Dick Clark has been a staple of the New Year’s Eve celebration as his New Year’s Rockin Eve show played in a majority of East Coast homes in the United States as both a party backdrop and as a timer for the new year. Clark’s legacy seemed unending, almost immortal, as he survived American Bandstand, Pyramid, a lip-synch performance by Miami Sound Machine, and, finally, a stroke. Finally the truth came out during New Year’s Rockin Eve 2012, as footage of Ryan Seacrest showed that the perpetually 24 year old celebrity seemed to have aged at least 20 years since last year’s festivities.
Hollywood, CA: Heralded as one of the best dramatic horror series since HBO’s Carnivale by absolutely no-one and ABC’s Dark Shadows by co-creator Ryan Murphy, American Horror Story seemed poised to help create a solid foundation for the television genre with help from AMC’s The Walking Dead. The combination of ghost story, adultery, and Jessica Lange was a cohesive equation, which was proven by way of Golden Globe nominations. It was in the final episodes, however, that the series took a turn for the overly dramatic…
Los Angeles, CA: When it comes to Lindsay Lohan being naked, few things can surprise the masses. This is, in part, due to the many paparazzi photos that seem to catch female celebrities in just that right moment, whether it be by use of a camera’s burst mode as she leaves a car, or as she walks into a coffee house to get a vanilla latte while topless.
Los Angeles, CA: Controversial stand-up comic Patrice O’Neal, well-known for his comedy on stage as well as on the radio, was recently forced to give up on another one of his cleaner jokes when he passed away this morning due to complications of a stroke that he suffered last month.
Los Angeles, CA: Many actors and actresses engulf themselves in their characters in order to bring a certain base of believability that the audience can start from in film or television. Adrien Brody practiced the piano 4 hours a day and sold all of his possessions for The Pianist. Al Pacino pulled over truck drivers to prepare himself for Serpico. Keanu Reeves became a burnt-out air guitar-playing pop culture teenager for Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and never looked back. Recently, Ashton Kutcher began his own method of character-acting in order to replace Charlie Sheen in the television series, Two and a Half Men.
New York, NY: With the release of PEOPLE Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” cover, there seemed to be little conflict with the choice of Bradley Cooper. Handsome, successful, popular, the star of the “Hangover” movies seemed an easy choice for the general public. Unfortunately, not everyone agreed, as an overwhelming amount of Clint Howard fans took to social networking sites after Wednesday’s announcement.
Newark, NJ: Yes, the rumors are true. Once a professional basketball fan that seemed to dwarf the likes of Jack Nicholson and Spike Lee in the art of player appreciation, professional booty Kim Kardashian had enough of the NBA lockout and submitted for a refund on her court-side season tickets for the New Jersey Nets.
Los Angeles, CA: The father of Lindsay Lohan can be called many things: child-star coattail rider; drug addict; Lawn Guyland scum dumpster; Z-list celebri-whore. Finally, after the latest Lindsay-Tracker event, he can be called what he always wished to be: father of the year.
Vancouver, BC- CANADA: Shia LaBeouf, the awkward-looking “star” of the famously horrific ‘Transformers’ franchise has, after much consideration, decided on his fallback career. LaBeouf knows that, sooner or later, his luck will run out and moviegoers will realize that he lacks both the talent and the good looks required to be a marquee star. When this happens, the job offers will cease to arrive and he will need a second career. His career of choice? Punching bag.