At the start of every year “awards season” grabs hold of American pop-culutre and holds tight all the way to the big night at the Oscars! Along with awards season there seems to be a new upcoming and coming actor or actress that everyone is fascinated with. If you’ve been paying attention to this years awards buzz you know without a doubt this years Hollywood fascination is with up and comer Lupita Nyong’o.
While Lupita is garnering rave reviews and some serious Oscar buzz for her performance in “12 Years A Slave” her acting is not the only thing people seem to be praising. What else? Her fashion. It’s hard to find a magzine that isn’t talking about her wardrobe and if there is an award for “Best Dressed Red Carpet Appearances”, Lupita should get it and heres why…
Let’s start with the Golden Globe Awards.
Twitter practically exploded when Lupita stepped onto the red carpet in this exquisite red silk cape gown by Ralph Lauren. How do you know it was a smart selection? Because people are still talking about it.
But she wasn’t done yet, just a few days later she stepped out onto the SAG Awards red carpet, scoring yet another gorgeous look in a Gucci gown in turquoise silk crepe with a gorgeous intricate floral neckline.
Not only did she win the SAG Award that night, she won on the red carpet…again.
Oh, and can we talk about the BAFTAs? She once again made sure that all eyes were on her as she chose a superb green couture Dior gown with a gold belt accent.
You have to love the fact that Lupita and her team both know how to dress her body and continually hit the mark. But it’s not only about the gowns, her team perfectly executes makeup and accessories every time. If this is any indication on how gorgeous Lupita can look on her way to the Oscars you have to wonder, what will she wear to the Academy Awards?
P.S. I decided this should be all about her actual red carpet appearances but I have to say, this purple jumpsuit by Cushnie et Ochs she wore on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” was nice as well.
Are you watching this season of “American Idol”? If I’m being honest after last years drama focused season (I for one was over the Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj feud) I wasn’t sure if I’d tune back in but after they cleaned house and brought back J.Lo and new judge Harry Connick Jr. (who I said for years they needed) I decided to give it another shot.
Make no mistake, “American Idol” is the original singing competition show and if it wasn’t for the insane success of Idol I don’t think there would be “The Voice” or even the “X Factor” and not only is the show successful but the talent it has produced is untouchable. I don’t know one person who can’t name atleast one Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood song. Not to mention Jennifer Hudson’s Oscar win. But back to the show. Let’s be honest, last year Idol was starting to show it’s age and the ratings reflected that. You have to respect the fact that the people at FOX acknowledged it was flawed and put everything they had into. Sometimes people can be so blinded by what they are passionate about and not be open to ways to improve.
Switching up the process of Idol was also needed and well received in my opinion. Anyone else remember when the Hollywood rounds would take foreverrrrrrrr. Glad to know they cut that short. Which let me add, I STILL have no clue why they compete in a group around only to compete as a solo artist if they make it to the top 13.
Harry is a breath of fresh air to the show and the reviews he’s garnered prove I’m not the only one who thinks so, and the folks on twitter don’t lie either. One thing I love more in comparison to “The Voice” is that the judges aren’t afraid to get critical. Over on “The Voice” sometimes I think the coaches dance around the need to be critical because a. they are all actually friends and b. when a contestant “belongs” to a coach, it’s like messing with someones kid. On Idol, they don’t hold back and I think thats what was missing from the previous year when all Mariah Carey was worried about was looking “fabulous dahling”. Even J.Lo has seemed to turn it up a bit almost to make you think the producers said, “Listen, we get you are gorgeous and the motherly figure but you better turn it up a notch.” And I know that Harry is getting some backlash during this first week of live rounds but I WANT someone who is going to question song choice, and musical arrangement and encourage America to know more ABOUT music.
Can I tell you the one thing so far after all the revamps that I am just not a fan of? The stage? I don’t know what it is but I just do not like it. Maybe the audience is too close? Maybe it looks to dark? I’m not sure. Maybe it’ll grow on me. Moving on…
So who do you think are the front runners? I’ve got my picks but I’ll keep quiet till the top 13 are announced. —j.o.
The rumors have been swirling for a while that FOX has been working a reboot of the less successful superhero franchise of “The Fantastic Four”. The movie was almost a go last fall before some rewrites were ordered but now it seems there is finally some progress. The project seems to now have a script that executives and filmmakers are happy with. With a new and (hopefully final) final script it generated a new round of tests and chemistry reads that reportedly happened earlier in February.
Sources have now revealed to “The Hollywood Reporter” that the studio is reportedly making deals with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell.
Jordan will reportedly play Human Torch, Mara won the role of Sue Storm, aka Invisible Girl, Bell will take the role of Ben Grimm, aka The Thing with Teller playing Reed Richards, aka the stretchable Mr. Fantastic, but that’s if scheduling issues can be worked out.
This is FOX’s second try at the making of a Fantastic Four franchise. The first round, which consisted of two movies, released in 2005 and 2007, and saw Ioan Gruffudd play Richards, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm/Invisible Girl, Chris Evans as the Johnny Storm and Michael Chiklis as Grimm.
What do you think? Will you give the reboot a shot? —j.o.
I’m doing a contest! A contest you ask? Yes a contest! The rules are pretty simple.
1. You’ve got to be 18 years or older.
2. You must live in the continental United States.
3. With the rules there was a question that said, “Contest Question: How many times has there been a tie at the #Oscars?” All you have to do is tweet back the answer!
4. When you tweet your answer you must use hashtag #OscarsWithJoey
5. Oh, and you have to be following me on Twitter to qualify.
The Contest closes on February 14, 2014 at 11:59pm with the winner being announced Saturday!
If you answer, and get it right, you get entered to win a $25 VISA gift card! (This is where the crowd says ‘ooooooo’ and ‘ahhhhhhhh’). Oh did I mention you get a double entry if you retweet the question/rules?
Good luck! :] —j.o.
Story Via “The Wrap”.
Tony winner joins Pharrell Williams
Idina Menzel will perform “Let it Go,” the Oscar-nominated anthem from “Frozen,” at the Academy Awards next month.
The Tony-winner joins a line-up of performers that includes Pharrell Williams, who will sing “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2″ as part of the broadcast. Both songs are among the four vying for a best original song trophy. The other nominees include ”Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”
“Alone Yet Not Alone,” the title track to an obscure Christian historical drama, was stripped of its nomination after its writer, Bruce Broughton, got in trouble for illegal campaigning tactics.
In the past, the Oscars have alternated between featuring performances from best song nominees, eschewing the numbers entirely or carving out time for a handful of performances, such as the ones given in 2013 by “Skyfall” chanteuse Adele and the “Les Miserables” cast.
“Let it Go” was written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Menzel voices the character of the ice queen, Elsa, in the film. Menzel’s film roles include “Enchanted,” “Ask the Dust” and “Rent.” She won a Tony for starring in “Wicked” and appears on Broadway this spring in “If/Then.”
I don’t know about you but I am excited to hear this! —j.o.
If you’re like me you’re probably overflowing with excitement to see Jimmy Fallon take over “The Tonight Show” and if you watched the final episode of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (which brought in HUGE ratings) you know it’s going to be insane when the show kicks off?
How insane? Well to start Jimmy’s first shows guest are Will Smith and U2. But it doesn’t stop there. A new round of guest were just announced and they include some pretty big names…
SNL alum Will Ferrell, TV legend and comic Jerry Seinfeld, actress and creative genius Kristen Wiig, music superstar Lady Gaga, country megastar Tim McGraw, Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Grammy Award Winner and Jimmy BFF Justin Timberlake oh and a lady named Michelle Obama who just happens to be the First Lady of The United States all plan to stop by the first week of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”. If this is any indication on what’s to expect with Jimmy in the drivers seat, get ready because it’s going to be awesome. —j.o.
Life lesson: If it doesn’t add to your life, it doesn’t belong in your life. —j.o.
FOX has canceled "The X Factor" after three seasons, and its creator/producer Simon Cowell is headed home to the U.K version.
The network made the announcement Friday afternoon (Feb. 7), a few hours after it leaked Cowell would return to the British “X Factor” as a judge in the fall.
"I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on ‘The X Factor’ and ‘American Idol,’" Cowell says in a recent interview. "And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!).
"Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of ‘The X Factor’ in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank FOX for being an incredible partner, and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon."
For me personally it was like “X-Factor” never found it’s footing. The show underwent numerous changes in judging panel and format styles throughout it’s short run. Maybe they can rework it and come back in a couple of years. What do you think? Will you miss the show? —j.o.
Have a busy week and miss your dose of all things pop culture like I did? Don’t worry you’re at the right place to catch up! Here are a few things you might have missed or didn’t get all the scoop on:
1. Hollywood is still in shock over the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman who was found dead in his apartment due to an aparent overdose on heroin. While death is never an easy thing to handle a lot of people are questioning how his unfinished projects will go on? One example is the continuation of “The Hunger Games” franchise. Sources revealed to the New York Post that Hoffman will be digitally recreated for final scenes in “Mockingjay”.
2. ACA-Awesome! It was revealed yesterday that both Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have signed on for "Pitch Perfect 2" , with the film arriving in theaters in 2015. Hold on fans! We don’t have that much longer to wait. Any song request for the sequel!?
3. Neil Patrick Harris let it slip that he will not be returning as host for the TONY Awards this year as his show "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" put him out of the job. If I’m being honest, I’m not mad. Time to get someone new and fresh in the job! Any ideas? Jim Parsons?
4. Speaking of things people shouldn’t do…Clay Aiken is running for Congress. No seriously. To vote for Clay please call 1-800-CLAY1.
5. Jay Leno signed off “The Tonight Show” this week and I have to say, he did graciously and with class. You can tell he’s genuinely excited for Jimmy Fallon to take over and for him personally to embark on a new journey in his own life. Did you watch Jay’s last show?
That’s it folks! If you love it reblog it! —j.o.