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'America's Got Talent' hopeful Snap Boogie gets eliminated

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe September 1, 2011 02:25 PM

"America’s Got Talent" whittled down its diverse crew of semi-finalists to the top 10 last night – but sadly, one hometown hopeful didn’t make the cut.

Snap Boogie, a 19-year-old dancer who had been busting out super-smooth footwork around the Bean before his AGT stint, dazzled judges and viewers alike with his mesmerizing poppin' and explosive breakin.' However, in week 14, the judges’ panel ultimately chose to advance motorcycle daredevils the Smage Brothers instead of Snap.

Armed with some magnetic moves and a cheery disposition, Snap, who chose the dance world over street life, beat out a variety of acts from across the nation while gleefully tossing Boston some shout-outs nearly every chance he got.

He may not being working it for a gig in Las Vegas right now, but judging by his skills, the kid who "brought the streets to the theater," as Howie Mandel put it, will easily find another audience.

Beyonce's Bump, Lady Gaga's Jo Calderone: 2011 MTV VMAs 'OMG' Moments

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe August 29, 2011 09:12 AM

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The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards went down yesterday, and while the storied trophy handout didn't skimp on the outrageous moments, this year's OMG-inducing events were less about reckless stage-crashing and more about super-sweet PDA.

Arguably the biggest star of the evening hasn't even sung a note yet - let alone release a VMA-nominated visual - but that didn't stop Beyonce's unborn baby from stealing the spotlight. The pop megastar drove Twitter bonkers when she hit the black carpet and revealed she is expecting, showing off her burgeoning bump before the show's kickoff. But she scored an even sweeter moment when she wrapped up her retro performance of the 4 album cut "Love on Top" by rubbing her belly and giggling contentedly. Hubby Jay-Z looked on proudly as Kanye West excitedly egged on his Throne collaborator.


Couric confirms departure from 'CBS Evening News'

Posted by Michael Brodeur April 26, 2011 04:04 PM


As forecasted by the rumor mills, Katie Couric, 54, has confirmed that she will be leaving the desk as anchor for "CBS Evening News," telling People Magazine that she is "looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling." Couric's five-year contract was set to expire in early June.

No exit date has been set, and no future plans for Couric have been announced. "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley is expected to be appointed as her replacement.

More on Couric from People.

Bourdain: Discovery killed 'Brew Masters' because big beer threatened to pull ads

Posted by Steve Greenlee March 30, 2011 05:30 PM

Did big beer kill "Brew Masters"? That's the suggestion made in two Twitter posts from Anthony Bourdain.

The famous chef, who hosts his own show on the Travel Channel, is claiming that "big beer" threatened to pull its ads from the Discovery Channel unless it pulled its series about Dogfish Head, the craft brewer based in Delaware. ( and have good reports on the subject.)

What prompted Bourdain to make that claim? A report in The Atlantic about lobbying efforts to support federal legislation that would strengthen the role of beer distributors and make it harder for brewers to ship their products to consumers (something that's already illegal in Massachusetts).

"Brew Masters," which aired last fall, was scheduled for a six-episode run, after which Discovery and Sam Calagione, the Dogfish Head founder and host of the show, would decide whether to make more episodes. There has been no indication that more episodes are in the works.

Word of Bourdain's tweets is blowing up in the beer world, particularly on this forum.

This, of course, come a day after beer giant Anheuser-Busch announced it is buying one of the country's most revered craft brewers, Chicago-based Goose Island, makers of such beers at Honker's Ale and Bourbon County Brand Stout

Audra McDonald to star in ART's 'Porgy'?

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes March 23, 2011 02:54 PM

Is four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald going to be Diane Paulus's Bess?

The 40-year-old Broadway actress told that the answer is yes, giving a sneak peek at casting for the American Repertory Theater's streamlined, musical-theaterized reworking of George and Ira Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" this fall.

The ART said it could not confirm McDonald's statement but hoped "to have a thorough casting announcement soon."

Paulus, the ART's artistic director, is teaming up with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and Obie Award-winning composer Diedre Murray to give the 1935 opera a 21st-century update. Their reinterpretation, directed by Paulus, is slated to open the ART's 2011-12 season in September.

Speaking about the show last November, Paulus was coy about ambitions for it -- though the ART's partners on the project, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, are veteran Broadway producers whose credits include Paulus's Tony-winning production of "Hair." (The touring production of "Hair" opens tonight at the Colonial Theatre, where "Porgy" had its world premiere.)

"That the project might have a future life in New York is very clear to us," she said, adding, "One can never predict that."

Jesse Heiman, TV and movie extra whiz

Posted by Nicole Cammorata March 17, 2011 03:15 PM

Boston-native Jesse Heiman has amassed an impressive resume of roles (his IMDb page has his filmography topping out at 49 titles.) The 33-year-old actor, who was born in Newton and now lives in California, has appeared as an extra in films like "The Social Network," "American Pie 2," and "Spider-Man," plus TV shows like "Glee" and "The OC." Could he be the greatest extra in the world?

Watch the video compilation below to see for yourself:

{Video found via Vulture}

Another fashion reality show?

Posted by Christopher Muther March 17, 2011 09:26 AM

"The Fashion Show" mean girl Calvin Tran, shown here plotting world domination. Photo from Bravo.

Despite my love of both trashy reality shows and fashion, I'm torn over news that NBC is developing another fashion competition show. Don't get my wrong, I'll watch pretty much any fashion reality show that is broadcast on basic cable. I'm fairly convinced that I'm the only one who sat through the entire season of the fascinating muck known as "The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection" (aka "The Calvin Tran and Iman Show") and I've stuck by "Project Runway," despite the fact that watching it now feels similar to watching a geriatric cat trying to unsuccessfully jump on a sofa (it's sad and tired, but you can't stop looking and rooting for it).

So news that NBC is now scouting for fresh faces for "The Fashion Project" ("Project Runway" + "The Fashion Show" = "The Fashion Project"!) is perplexing. But perhaps they have developed a fresh formula to inject new life into this sagging genre. Overweight designers who need to lose 100 pounds to fit into a line of clothes that they design themselves? Fashionistas competing to see if they're smarter than both fifth graders and models in a battle of wits and design savvy? C'mon NBC, dazzle the trousers off of me.

Conan: It was an 'anxious, depressing' time

Posted by Steve Greenlee March 14, 2011 02:14 PM

Film Conan O Brien Cant Stop.jpgConan O'Brien is spilling a little more about what he was going through last year when Jay Leno bumped him from "The Tonight Show."

At a premiere Sunday of a documentary called "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop," the Brookline native revealed that January 2010 was a difficult time for him -- one in which he didn't sleep much and lost 15 pounds.

"It's a swirly cone of crazy emotions," he said fm the red carpet at the music festival South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. "It was anxious, depressing but also euphoric and exciting. It was not just one emotion, it was a lot of emotion. I was confused but also really excited by new possibilities and I think you see almost every emotion in the movie. You see pretty much everything." The Associated Press reported his remarks this afternoon.

"I personally have trouble watching it because it's a time in my life that I don't like to go back to," said O'Brien, who now hosts his late-night show "Conan" on TBS. "I'm happy where I am now. I don't really need to go back to it. But I made a commitment" to director Rodman Flender. The two were Harvard classmates in the 1980s.

"I've put this all behind me, and this came along, and suddenly Rodman said, 'Hey, the film's done,' and I said, 'What film?'" O'Brien said. "It might be informative to some people that are going through a crisis," he said. "If it can serve any good for anybody, then fine, then I'm happy."

(AP photo)

Jon Cryer admits he's a troll

Posted by Steve Greenlee March 11, 2011 12:28 PM

The second most famous cast member of "Two and a Half Men" took to Conan O'Brien's show to respond to Charlie Sheen's recent comments about him.

'Charlie Sheen's Winning Recipes'

Posted by Steve Greenlee March 10, 2011 12:44 PM

This kind of makes you have to wonder whether Charlie Sheen is playing us all. As if he hasn't had enough attention over the past couple of weeks, the now-former star of "Two and a Half Men" appears in a cooking-show spoof on What distinguishes the three-and-a-half-minute "Charlie Sheen's Winning Recipes" from his recent rants, webcasts, and interviews is that it's actually funny. In fact, it's downright hilarious.

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