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31 July 2010
The Social Network
24 July 2010
Christina Aguilera – You Lost Me [Music Video link]
Olly Murs – Please Don’t Let Me Go
Nicki Minaj – Your Love
Secondhand Serenade – Something More
Ellie Goulding – The Writer
Adechike and Comfort – Lyrical Hip-Hop (‘Fallin’ by Alicia Keys’), Choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo
Lauren and Twitch – Hip-Hop (‘My Chick Bad’ by Ludacris feat. Nicki Minaj), Choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo [Alternative Link]
Kent and Kathryn – Jazz (‘Tightrope’ by Janelle Monae), Choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
Lauren and Robert – Jazz (‘Wasted Time’ by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult), Choreographed by Tyce Diorio
Kent and Twitch – Stepping (‘Pro Nails’ by Kid Sister), Choreographed by Chuck MaldonadoAllison and Jose – Contemporary (‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ Theme by Jon Brion), Choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
Lauren and Robert – Samba (‘Drummer Boy’ by Debi Nova), Choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin
Jose and Adechike – Paso Doble (‘The Arrival/Rampage/Continued Existence’ by James Dooley), Choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin
Bottom 3: Billy (due to injury), Robert and Jose
Eliminated: No Elimination, causing a double elimination next week.
18 July 2010
The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou
The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt
Conviction, starring Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo and Juliette Lewis
Rango, starring Johnny Depp
Getting to lead a life like Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dom Cobb (safe for his complicated romantic woes) would be an amazing one, because he makes his living navigating the minds of other people, sharing their dreams, and stealing their ideas through a psychological ploy they term ‘extraction’. Along with his henchman Arthur (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has an impeccable fashion sense in the movie [see below]), Cobb’s job scope mainly revolves around collaborating with businesses to engage in complicated corporate espionages.
However, the task that Saito (played by Ken Watanabe) offers Cobb is of a slight modification to his usual scope. Instead of stealing an idea, Saito wants Cobb and Arthur to plant an idea in Robert Fischer’s mind (played by Cillian Murphy), the next heir to an energy conglomerate, through another psychological process called ‘inception’. If this idea to break up his family company succeeds, Watanabe's empire expands, and Cobb — an international fugitive sought by extradition authorities because he is being suspected of killing his wife— can go home to America and his beloved kids.
It would be a frightening thought to be aware that other people could literally intrude our dreams, let alone manipulate our sleeping life and implanting ideas in our subconscious states, making us believe that they are our very own.
I love how Mal (pronounced More, and played by Oscar-winning Marion Cotillard), the untrustworthy femme fatale, and a woman with deep and complicated ties with Cobb, eerily weaves in and out into dreams where she is not wanted. The remaining of the cast, Ellen Page (the pregnant teenager in Juno), Tom Hardy and Dileep Rao, also put on superb performances as the architect, the muscle man, and the chemist respectively.
The set pieces in the movie are mesmerizing. From the opening scene in the Japanese fortress, to the war zone, to the streets of Paris and Los Angeles, and to the snow-capped mountains, the transitions are all just so seamless. What was more mind-blowing was how the Paris streets were able to roll up and over itself like some sort of tapestry.
Yes, we all know Cobb finally decides to go home. That certainly sent a very strong emotional message to the viewers, amidst the ridiculous dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream concept. It raises the most identifiable human struggle that we all have - to let go, to forgive and to move on with life – and that is what makes ‘Inception’ so kick-ass good. Way to go, Christopher Nolan.
P.S The ending of the movie is LARGELY RESEMBLENT to Shutter Island. Same actor, same WTF ending.
17 July 2010
Robert and Allison – Contemporary (“Fix You” by Coldplay), Choreographed by Travis Wall
Adechike and Kent – Contemporary (“You Only Disappear” by Tom McRae ), Choreographed by Dee Caspary
Kent and Neil – Broadway (“Shoeless Joe from Hannibal” by Damn Yankees),
Choreographed by Tyce Diorio
Jose and Dominic – Broadway (“Battle For The Beat” by District 78), Choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo
Lauren and Billy – Jazz (“Boogie Shoes” by KC & The Sunshine Band), Choreographed by Mandy Moore
Adechike and Anya – Salsa (“Oyelo Que Te Conviene” by Eddie Palmieri), Choreographed by Liz Lira and Danny Davalos
Kathryn and Robert – Disco (“Instant Replay” by Dan Hartman), Choreographed by Doriana Sanchez
Lauren and Mark – Tahitian (“Jungle” by Last Voices), Choreographed by Tiana Liufau
Billy and Anya – Jive (“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” by Meat Loaf) Choreographed by Louis Van Amstel
Jose and Courtney – Broadway (“Mister Cellophane” from Chicago OST), Choreographed by Joey Dowling
Bottom 3: Ashley (by virtue of her injury), Billy and Jose
Eliminated: Ashley Galvan
Screw balls la, Getting eliminated for overworking themselves. Like what?! Now you have useless people like Jose and Adechike. *Faints*
11 July 2010
The saboteur is definitely Kathy.
I was watching the episode using this link.
Now, scroll to 37:27 in the video, where the blackout occurred. Note the people who were present. Only Andrew, Brendon, Monet and Kathy were absent. Andrew was being a prankster and Brendon was brushing his teeth. Monet cannot possibly be a mole, since she won the $10,000 in the hotdog challenge, she can’t possibly be making herself a susceptible target right at the start. So, where is Kathy?
When the lights came back on, Kathy was seated at the corner of the sofa, the exact spot which had a void earlier during the blackout. To cover herself up, she starts pointing the finger at Andrew (who was stupidly lying on the floor), making people think that he was fiddling with the snacks store during the blackout.
Scroll to 39:37, you see her covering her mouth, looking unconvincingly shocked when they announced that the padlock was being installed. She also looked unconvincing when Julie Chen annonuced that a mole was amidst them.
Next, Kathy screwed her team up during the HoH challenge, being unable to grab onto the weiner time and again. A classic form of sabotaging your teammates.
It would be a wise choice to ally with Kathy as well, since she is a deupty sheriff and thus has very good investigative skills. Her relatively older age also gives her more life experiences, and thus houseguests would possibly turn to her for advice. Sadly, she’ll be manipulating everyone else instead.
During her conversation with Andrew and Matt at 21:26, she raised the topic of sabotaging people with slob [to quote her exact words: "What if the Saboteur locks the storage room, so we have no supplies and have to eat slop", which is EXACTLY what happened to the Houseguests, as they are deprived of proper snacks.
Oh man, I feel like some accomplished investigator.
09 July 2010
Janelle Monae – Tightrope feat. Big Boi (album)
Shakira – Waka Waka
Enrique Iglesia – I Like It
Justin Nozuka feat. Zaho – Heartless
Eminem and Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie [Acoustic Cover Link]
Due to a lacerated Achilles tendon, Alex Wong was barred from continuing to perform by the doctors. This is absolutely tragic, considering he was a definite frontrunner in this season's competition.
Alex Wong: Thank you for your prayers last night. I hope to have a speedy recovery. I am so grateful to be where I am today and to have met all these wonderful people and amazing choreographers. I have enjoyed every minute of this experience and I wish it would never end. I love you all so much, especially my fellow contestants, you guys are my back bone, thank you so much for always being there for me. Kent, thank you for everything.
Hope he makes a comeback like Billy did this season!
Lauren Froderman and Kent Boyd - Contemporary ("Collide" by Howie Day), Choreographed by Travis Wall
Ashley Galvan and Dominic Sandoval - Hip-Hop ("How Low" by Ludacris), Choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo
Lauren Froderman and Pasha Kovalev - Cha-cha-cha ("Telephone" by Lady Gaga and Beyonce), Choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux and France Mousseau
Billy Bell and Katee Shean - Broadway ("Macavity: The Mystery Cat" from Cats), Choreographed by Spencer Liff
Other Dances (click link to view video):
Lauren Gottlieb and Jose Ruiz - Contemporary
Kent Boyd and Comfort Fedoke - Hip-Hop
Courtney Galiano and Adechike Torbert - Jazz
Kathryn McCormick and Robert Roldan - Jazz
Adechike Torbert and Marla (replaced Alex Wong who sustained an injury during practice) - Bollywood
Ashley Galvan and Robert Roldan - Quickstep
Billy Bell and Jose Ruiz - African Jazz
08 July 2010
It's a huge year for Emmy debutants Glee, as they managed to snag nominations in many categories, including Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Matt Morrison), Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Lea Michele), Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Chris Colfer), Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Jane Lynch), as well as Outstanding Comedy Series.
They are faced with tough competition though, as Morrison is up in the running against others like Steve Carell for The Office and Alec Baldwin from 30 Rock; Michele would be against veterans like Tina Fey from 30 Rock, while Colfer is up against Neil Patrick Harris for his Barney Stinson role in How I Met Your Mother, as well as 3 other supporting actor nominees from ABC comedy Modern Family. It would also be an uphill task for Glee to win Outstanding Comedy Series, as they are faced with longstanding nominees like The Office, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as new series Modern Family and Nurse Jackie.
SYTYCD garnered some nods in the Outstanding Choreography segment too, with Stacey Tookey being nominated for 'Fear', and Mia Michaels for 'Gravity'.
There is even stiffer competition in the category for Best Host for a Reality Television Series. The nominees include Phil Keoghan from The Amazing Race, Heidi Klum from Project Runway, Jeff Probst from Survivor, Ryan Seacrest from American Idol, and Tom Bergeren from Dancing WIth The Stars. All these nominees, with the exception of Survivor, are also in the running for Best Reality Program (Competition), with the inclusion of Top Chef.
The nominees for Outstanding Drama Series include Breaking Bad, Dexter, Lost, The Good Wife, Mad Men, and True Blood.
For a full list of nominees for the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, please visit www.emmys.tv. The winners will be announced on the 29th August 2010.
03 July 2010
Due to a lack of storage space and an overdose of Youtube videos, I shall just post the 4 better dances this week.
Alex Wong and Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss – Hiphop (‘Outta Your Mind’ by Lil Jon and LMFAO), Choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo
Ashley Galvan and Ade Obayomi – Contemporary (‘Cosmic Love’ by Florence And The Machine), Choreographed by Dee Caspary
Courtney Galiano and Robert Roldan – Jazz (‘XXXO’ by M.I.A), Choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
Billy Bell and Kathryn McCormick – Contemporary (‘Jar of Hearts’ by Christina Perri), Choreographed by Stacey Tookey
Bottom 3: Robert Roldan, Melinda Sullivan, Billy Bell
Eliminated: Melinda Sullivan
02 July 2010
BIG BROTHER 12
This is the 12th edition of CBS' voyeuristic reality TV series. The twist this season is that one of the 13 contestants is a saboteur, who would try to wreak havoc on the other housemates. The remaining housemates would then try to be the last one standing over the course of 2 months in order to win the $500,000 cash prize.
Contestants whom I think will make it far in the game:
Andrew Gordon – The probable schemer/manipulator of the game
Brendon Villegas – The resident hottie who will serenade the girls into assisting his gameplan
Monet Stunson – The outcast who would probably get far should she avoid elimination early in the game
Rachel Reilly – The flirtatious redhead whose intelligence people would underestimate
PROJECT RUNWAY 8
Each episode will be 90 minutes long when the reality show returns July 29 on the Lifetime Network. Now in its 8th season, the show pits aspiring fashion designers against each other for a $100,000 cash prize to help them launch their own clothing line and a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.
Maroon 5 – Misery
Marina And The Diamonds – Oh No!
Lissie – When I’m Alone
Lissie & Ellie Goulding – Everywhere I Go
Sara Bareilles – King Of Anything [Song Link]
GLASTONBURY 2010Marina & The Diamonds – Hollywood [Video Link]
Marina & The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road [Video Link]
La Roux – Bulletproof
Florence + The Machine – Heavy In Your Arms (from the Twilight OST) / The Chain
Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Vampire Weekend – Cousins
Muse – Uprising
Muse – Resistance
Muse – Knights of Cydonia
Shakira – Waka Waka
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