Posts By Liz Black

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Diablo Cody Gives Friends Ultra-Crude Necklaces

The only piece of friendship jewelry we’ve ever had is one of those “Be Fri” and “St End” necklaces in the fifth grade. It was so innocent and wholesome. In a way, Diablo Cody is bringing the friendship necklace back, but true to form, Cody’s doesn’t say “Best Friend,” it says, um, “F*ck My Face.”

Diablo Cody gave the necklaces to her three best friends, Lorene Scafaria, Dana Fox and Liz Meriwether, who call themselves The Fempire. All four of them are respected Hollywood screenwriters who like to get drunk, talk about seeing each other naked, and discuss their bowel health — sounds pretty much like normal girlfriends to us.

The quartet was profiled in The New York Times this weekend and the article referenced the necklace whose inscription was too filthy to be printed. New York Magazine was so curious to know why the necklace had to be censored that they went digging and found out, to our delight. We can’t say we’d give our own BFF the same accessory, but we expect nothing less from Diablo Cody. [Photo: FilmMagic]

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Cook’s Fans Are THIS Close to Boiling Bunnies

Obsessed fans be warned, David Cook ain’t havin’ it anymore. Last year Cook became our latest American Idol and the fans that voted for him have gotten so possessive that he was moved to issue a notice to them on his MySpace Blog to back off.  Rumors that fans were crazy enough to place GPS devices on his tour bus and follow him and his crew into their hotel to find out his room number caused him to write this:

First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who has been coming out to the shows since my last post. The vibe at these shows has been amazing.

Secondly, I have to address some behavior that has become disturbing. We pride ourselves on being accessible to you as fans, but in contrast, we do enjoy what little privacy we can muster. To that end, the efforts by some fans to find our hotel rooms, call our hotel rooms, attach things to our bus, etc., is something I have to condemn. This relationship only works when it remains healthy for both parties, and should this behavior continue, the only thing we can do is take more preventative measures to maintain our privacy, which in turn makes us less accessible to you.

I hope this doesn’t come off as harsh. I merely want to nip this in the bud so we can continue to have a great experience with all of you at the shows we have coming up. Take care and see you at the next show. — D

While it may seem like a reasonable enough request to some, some of Cook’s MySpace fans think this is an affront to their fan-dom, responding with comments like “Your (sic) an ass. really? maybe they are just huge fans and look up to you. before you became mr. bigshot i bet you had someone you really wanted to meet. you should be honored your fans come out of their way to try to meet you” and “What a tool.”  Luckily most other commenters to his blog were more respectful, but it is creepy that certain fans would go to such lengths to follow the guy. Let’s hope they don’t get more drastic and actually try to attach themselves to the underside of the bus or something.

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Paula Abdul’s Style Through The Ages

Having been in the public eye for more than 20 years, Paul Abdul has endured plenty of scrutiny for her reality show, her relationships and especially for the video she made featuring one MC Skat Kat (we give her a pass for that because it’s the punchline to many a joke around here).

When she hit it big in 1987 it was the height of bad fashion and big hair, and Paula was drawn to those two things like moths to a flame. It’s an addiction she’s never been able to kick.

Unlike a lot of celebs who get famous, get a stylist and start dressing for success, the graph of Paula-Style has some major ups and downs. The woman’s fashions are more inconsistent than her emotions – some days good, some days so very very bad and we’re going to have a look at all of it, from A (armbands) to Z (zebra stripes).

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Idol Recap: Alexis Grace Cut. Right Or Wrong?

Ryan Seacrest told us early on last night that the final results might shock us, so right off the bat we knew that someone big, someone key to the entire Idol early prediction process, would face the judges. When it came down to Alexis Grace and Michael Sarver in the bottom two, it was Alexis who had gotten the lowest number of votes and had to sing for her young life. The oil-rigger was safe, but it’s okay because he pulled at our heartstrings earlier in the night talking about his daughter. After reprising “Jolene,” it turned out Alexis wasn’t worthy of the elusive Judges’ Save like all those blogs were saying. Maybe this show isn’t rigged after all. Wait a minute, rigged…oil-rigger…holy crap, is Michael Sarver this year’s American Idol?? Here’s our five favorite moments.

5. I’m A LITTLE Bit Country. But Not Much.

We’re not the worlds biggest country fans, and having a bunch of amateurs sing music they’re not thrilled about, arranged in ways we’ve never heard before can be trying. But the lesson we learned last night is that country music when done right can be good. Brad Paisley, who we’re not all that familiar with but who has a nice stage presence, performed “Then” (with no sitars), and later Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis debuted their duet “I Told You So” that was so good that it made a bird sit very still on Carrie’s head for the entire performance without flying away. Really though, it was nice to hear a couple of songs written and performed by people who really knew what they were doing in this genre and didn’t muck it up.

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Idol Recap: Lambert Flops On Country Night

Not even going to use an opening paragraph to preface this post. Adam Lambert. Oh my God. Insane. So wrong. Also, what were some of these kids wearing? But mostly, Adam Lambert. No. Words. Here are our top five moments.

5. Anoop Dogg Vs. Tender Dogg

Anoop Desai professed (not all that shockingly) that country wasn’t his forte during last night’s episode devoted to The Grand Ole Opry, but his especially tender version of “You Were Always On My Mind” will definitely get him through this round, we think. Even if he isn’t the next American Idol, his performance last night bridged a classic song with classic Anoop coolness and made him a serious contender again. Even Simon Cowell said Anoop’s was one of his favorite performances of the night. However we can’t discount Kris Allen, who is also still in the running to win Cute Guy Idol (Side-Mouth-Singing Division). Kris sang Garth Brooks’ “To Make You Feel My Love” and did the whole sitting-on-the-stool-to-bring-the-room-down-a-notch move. It worked, although the bright lights of the Idol studio created quite a glare off his wedding band and only emphasized the fact that it’s his wife who gets to feel his love. (Under the protection of their his-and-hers aprons, of course). Randy Jackson started calling Kris “Tender Dogg” (dawg? dog?) because of his sweet singing, a name we don’t like. All we can think of when we heard it is our worst Chinese food nightmares come true.

4. Wardrobe Malfunctions

These guys have stylists working with them, there is NO need for any of them to look bad. And yet, weekly, some of them can’t pull it together. Even Megan Joy (no more Corkrey? What, is she the John Cougar Mellencamp of this season?) who was dealing with the flu looked stunning, but we take issue with Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace and Anoop. Danny was dressed like a safari astronaut this week. (And seriously, he changed his glasses again this week. We’ve heard of Transitions Lenses but maybe he invented Transitions Frames, the frames that adjust to your outfit?) Then Alexis Grace was dressed up to look like a child who got into her mother’s sequins and Manic Panic drawer, she looked so tiny and overdone. And, much as we love Anoop Dogg, we have to say that in the same way that Willie Nelson owns “You Were Always On My Mind,” Ellen DeGeneres owns the hoodie and blazer look.

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Top 25 Greatest Idol Alumni Videos

American Idol as a TV show is about as successful as you can get, but people might not realize just how big the empire is. Okay, some of its former contestants probably realized after it was too late that conquering movies was maybe not their thing (From Justin to Kelly to … nowhere). But if you consider their musical track record, it’s pretty impressive. Since the show started in 2002, there have been more than 200 songs by Idol alums to hit the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. David Cook even had 11 songs from his self-titled debut hit the chart in 2008 in the same week.

We took into account album sales and chart-toppers and threw in a dose of personal favorites to bring you our list of The Top 25 Greatest American Idol Alumni Videos. Some artists show up a few times (Kelly Clarkson bookends the list) and a certain someone only shows up once because his baby face is just too sweet to stare at for too long (David Archuleta, we’re looking at you…). Our methods aren’t scientific, but they do take things like over-cuteness into account.

25. Kelly Clarkson – “My Life Would Suck Without You”

The latest of Clarkson’s singles, it made our list because while it’s a great song, the video sticks to the Clarkson formula that all other Clarkson videos adhere to – shots of Kelly performing with the band, spliced with shots of Kelly freaking out on/about a guy in a series of dramatic reenactments.

24. Bo Bice – “Witness”

Bice’s hair blows so freely — in the wind, in his convertible, by the sheer power of song — throughout the video, we couldn’t turn away. Viewers loved it too, the song spent three weeks at #1 on the VH1 Top 20 in December 2007.

23. Daughtry – “Over You”

“Hi, my name is Sara. Only it’s not, it’s Jessica Szohr, of TV’s Gossip Girl. I’m sorry I just cried throughout this whole video while wrapped in a towel. Actually nevermind – that was probably pretty hot. You’re welcome.”

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Idol Recap: Jasmine Murray, Jorge Nunez Sent Packing

Turns out America doesn’t give a crap about you no matter how uplifting your English as a Second Language backstory is or how many gorgeous sisters you have back in Mississippi. The two finalists sent home last night on American Idol‘s first finals results show were Jorge Núñez and Jasmine Murray who proved they just couldn’t satisfy America’s taste for the King of Pop. Pack your bags and say goodbye to the insane Hollywood mansion we got a glimpse of last night, kids. No more black light bowling or steam room for you guys. As sad as their departures may be, we still found five choice moments to discuss.

5. The Judges’ Save

After announcing that Jorge was eliminated from the competition, Ryan Seacrest told him “I’m going to have you sing while the judges chat,” presumably about whether or not Jorge deserved “The Judges’ Save,” which is the new twist to season 8. Seacrest explained that the judges would allow one “save” this season in case someone they thought was worthy needed a second chance after being voted off. There will be only one save, it must be unanimous, and the week after the save, two people will be eliminated to make up for it. We LOVE that Ryan even bothered to tell us that during Jorge’s performance the judges would “deliberate” in case they deemed him save-worthy, because while Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell appeared chatty, uh, Paula Abul and Kara DioGuardi not so much. Paula was on her feet the whole time. But of course we know Paula expresses herself through dance.

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Idol Recap: Adam Lambert Is A Screecher, Megan Corkrey ‘Kaws’

Aside from the over-the-top entrance by the judges at the top of the show, and the obvious sale on glitter at Sally Beauty Supply (it was swept liberally across all the girls’ eyes, Kara DioGuardi‘s arms and Paula Abdul‘s upper half — where she wasn’t enveloped in plumage), there wasn’t a lot of flash in last night’s American Idol. Considering the show was devoted to Michael Jackson, a man known for his sequins and sparkle, it was kind of a bummer. The big question is why would anyone sing a lesser-known Michael Jackson song? The man has 13 number one singles, why couldn’t each contestant take one? We’re looking at you, Scott MacIntyre. Here are five moments we loved from last night’s show.

5. The Battle of the Backstories

Our first favorite moment was actually several, let’s call it the battle of the backstories. We’ve run hot and cold on some contestants, but seeing their families root them on melted our hearts a little. We saw a lot of hardships being endured and a lot of familial love, like Scott MacIntyre, who has a sister who is also visually impaired, Lil Rounds‘ family of five, displaced due to a tornado, Megan Joy Corkrey and Alexis Grace‘s babies, and Jorge Núñez who even went so far as to say that since the death of his grandfather, his being on the show has helped his family stay together. No pressure there, America.  While we learned something new about many of the contestants (Kris Allen is married? He and his wife have matching aprons???) the real question is will any of this have an impact on the voting?

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Idol Recap: An Extra Wildcard Squeaks By

“Tonight it’s about us, believe it or not,” Simon Cowell told Jesse Langseth, the first contestant in the Wildcard Showdown last night, after saying her song was self-indulgent. We just thought it was boring, not self-indulgent, but Simon had a point, these Wildcards had better bring it because their Idol futures were in the judges’ hands. Those who didn’t got the old see ya later — including Ricky Braddy, Von Smith, Tatiana del Loco and Jesse “Self-Indulgent” Langseth. The four — yes, they let an extra one through! — contestants selected as wildcards are Jasmine Murray, Megan Joy Corkrey, Anoop Desai and Matt Giraud.For the first time ever, Idol has a Top 13 instead of a Top 12. Here are five moments we loved from last night’s show.

5. We Be Jamsy

“I’m doing one of the jamsiest songs around,” Megan Joy Corkrey said of “The Black Horse & The Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall. (Side note: Our friend calls her KT Turnstyle, which is all we can ever think about when we hear this song). If there’s one way to describe Megan’s dancing it would be jamsy, so even though she made that word up, it actually worked for us. Simon is a big fan of Megan and he professed his love to her, as did all the other judges. She has a very Hollywood smile. Even if she isn’t the next American Idol, we can see her playing Kirsten Dunst‘s sister in a movie, if Kirsten Dunst ever makes another movie.

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American Idol Results: 3 More Finalists Selected

Ryan Seacrest was decked out in a suit for last night’s results show because he had a lot of work to do. Not only did he have to announce the show’s three finalists, two of which we predicted (are we getting better at this?), but he had eight wildcard spots to give out too. This week’s finalists were Lil Rounds who, as Paula Abdul so gleefully put it, we’ll be seeing for a lot more lil’ rounds, Scott MacIntyre, and the one person we didn’t predict, Jorgé Nuñez (pictured above). After seeing Jorgé’s excitement and the way that native tongue of his befuddled Ryan so, we were thrilled for him.

The first order of the night was the group song and as soon as Ryan announced it, we couldn’t avert our eyes. The group song has always been highly mockable but until last night’s version of Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold,” we never thought it was pre-recorded. Trying to find out who was singing what part was a fun game because no one’s lips matched anything that we were hearing. Our eyes started to blur from looking at the TV so hard.

Lil Rounds was the first of the finalists to be announced — no shock there, she was a lock. Ryan asked Kara DioGuardi what she thought we could expect from Lil this season and Kara replied with “Just … ridiculous vocals every single week. Unless something ridiculous happens.” In Kara’s world, ridiculous is like Aloha, it means many things. And apparently one of the meanings is “amazing” and another involves a Tonya-Harding-esque plot against our songstress.

Ryan then had Arianna Afsar, Taylor Vaifanua, Alex Wagner Trugman, Kendall Beard, Scott MacIntyre stand up and he said, “One of these people is through to the next round. Which one is it?” Hilariously, someone in the audience thought they were being personally addressed and yelled “Scott!”, ruining the surprise that yes, it was indeed Scott. We then had to sit through a commercial break that was all for nothing.

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