Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Who was Awarded the One with the Most Talent on 'America's Got Talent'?

The judges and host of "America's Got Talent" for 2017.
Mel B, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Simon Cowell (Trae Patton/NBC)

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Of all the reality competition shows, America’s Got Talent always keeps us guessing on who each season's winner will be. Unlike the other shows that will narrow down the competition to two or three finalists, AGT typically ends with a “top ten” of performers, so with tonight’s finale and 52 million votes cast, it really could have been any of them who would win Season 12 of the top-rated show.

This season top ten included one comedian, one ventriloquist, one dog stunt act, two dance/stunt/light show performing acts and five singers. After lots and lots of filler, five of them were eliminated right away: Evie Clair, Diavolo, Preacher Lawson, Kechi and Chase Goehring. And then there were five…

A New MasterChef Has Been Crowned

The judges of MasterChef season 8
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Joe Bastianich and Aaron Sanchez (Greg Gayne/FOX)

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FOX has aired a rather truncated version of MasterChef for the show’s 8th season airing numerous back-to-back epsiodes and tonight, it all came to a head with the crowning of yet another home chef turned master – and $250,000 which is nothing to sneeze at. Tonight’s finale included bringing back Joe Bastianich to judge alongside Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and Aaron Sanchez.

On this season of MasterChef, the home cooks learned how to prepare live crawfish, cook for and serve 50 VIP guests to celebrate Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino’s 50th anniversary and created a Nutella dish inspired by their childhood, as well as take on the infamous MasterChef tag team and restaurant takeover challenges. Of course there can only be one winner and tha winner was…

7 Things You Don't Know About 'The Princess Bride' - Video of the Day

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See if you know any of these trivia tidbits about The Princess Bride. (From CineFix)

This Day in Pop Culture for September 20

Fonzie "Jumped the shark" on September 20, 1977.

Fonzie Jumps the Shark

The phrase, “jumping the shark” was inspired by the fifth season premiere episode of the TV series Happy Days which aired on this day in 1977. The episode featured the leather clad Fonzie to perform a waterskiing stunt risking his life by jumping over a confined shark. It is said that the phrase was coined in 1985 by Sean Connolly who was describing when favorite TV shows go downhill in terms of storytelling using the above storyline as the best example. In 2010, Fred Fox Jr. who wrote the Happy Days episode has been quoted in a Los Angels Times article saying "Was the [shark jump] episode of Happy Days deserving of its fate? No, it wasn't. All successful shows eventually start to decline, but this was not Happy Days' time." The series continued to air for seven more years after the stunt. Incidentally, a similar phrase, “Nuke the Fridge” was coined after the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull where Jones survives an atomic bomb detonation by slipping inside a lead-lined refrigerator.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The 'Sister Act' Choir Sings Again - Video of the Day

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It's not often that I would post a clip from ABC's The View, but I love the fact that they recently had a Sister Act reunion and got a few of the old gals who sang in the choir to perform together once again.



Of course, this is my favorite number from the film:

This Day in Pop Culture for September 19

TV's "Batman" Adam West was born on September 19, 1928.

Adam West is Born

William West Anderson, better known as Adam West, was born on this day in 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington. Best known for playing Batman in the 1960’s TV show, he never
fully broke away from the role. He has been involved in numerous versions of the superhero, mostly in animated form over the years. He has also made a lucrative career doing voiceover work for other animated projects including The Simpsons, Futurama, Rugrats and others including the role of Mayor Adam West on Family Guy. He re-voiced the character of the 1960's version of Batman for the video game, LEGO Batman 3 and joined up with his old chums, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar for the animated Warner Bros. DVDs, Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) and Batman vs. Two-Face coming out next month. West died at the age of 88 on June 2, 2017 after a short battle losing to leukemia.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Netflix is a Joke - Video of the Day

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Netflix is a joke?

This Day in Pop Culture for September 18

‘Get Smart’ Premieres

It was on this day in 1965 that the hit spy comedy TV series, Get Smart, premiered on NBC. Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, Get Smart starred Don Adams as an inept spy Agent 86 who was aided by the much smarter Agent 99 (played by Barbara Feldon) who always gave the credit of their success to Max. The two were under the leadership of “Chief” played by Edward Platt and were always at tasking stopping the evil organization, KAOS. It is said that Brooks and Henry were asked to create a show based on two of the most popular things in the entertainment world at the time: James Bond and Inspector Clouseau. The show ran for five years with the fifth airing on CBS and won seven Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series (1968 and 1969) and Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Comedy (Don Adams in 1967, 1968 and 1969) along with two Golden Globes. Despite its success, it wasn’t a huge ratings winner as it only broke into the top 30 TV shows twice. Years later, Adams reprised the role (sans Agent 99) for the theatrtical movie, The Nude Bomb in 1980. ABC created a made-for-TV movie, Get Smart, Again! (with Feldon) In 1989. In 1995, the show became a revival series on FOX that starred Adams, Feldon and Andy Dick as their son, Zack, but the fun didn’t last long. In 2008, Get Smart was re-imagined with a new theatrical release that starred Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway. A sequel was planned but never materialized.