Harry Potter

With 14 days and counting until “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is released, I thought I would post this pic that I found on ComingSoon.net.  This pic is from the filming of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

Hermonie Granger (Emma Watson), Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint)
Hermonie Granger (Emma Watson), Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint)

The Michael and Lisa Marie kiss [updated 10/5/2009]

This moment was one of the most memorable for me. I remember when I first saw this on MTV’s Video Music Awards. It was one of the most akward kisses to watch.


Update:  Due to YouTube removing the original video that I added to this post, here’s another video of that infamous kiss:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXzviwwtZg8.

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

Ever since his debut with his brothers as the Jackson Five, Michael Jackson has been a true pop icon. It wasn’t until this performance that Michael came into his own as the King of Pop. His album, Thriller was and still is today 26 years after its release one of the best known works of Michael Jackson’s. Even though, Michael’s life was marred by accusations of child molestation, he pushed forward. The world has lost a legend. Rest in peace, Michael, and thank you for your incredible talent.

Chess in Concert

Recently, I bought the 2 CD set of “Chess in Concert”.  For those of who you who are not familiar with the musical Chess, “The story involves a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any specific individuals, the characters’ personalities resemble those of chess grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Bobby Fischer.”  In this incarnation, the roles of the chess players are played by singer Josh Groban and Broadway actor Adam Pascal, better known for originating the role of Roger in Rent.  The role of the woman in Chess is played by Idina Menzel, better known for her role as Maureen in both the original Broadway cast of Rent and the movie version of Rent as well.   I have been a fan of the music of Chess for over 8 years now and when I found out that a concert version was being made in London last year, I was so excited because the music is legendary.  Two pop music hits spawned for the original concept album that came out in 1984.  Those songs were “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head and “I Know Him So Well” by  Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson and then later recorded by Whitney Houston and her mother.  The Concert album, which came out June 16, showcases some of Josh Groban’s vocal work with emotionally charged songs like “Where I Want to Be” and “Anthem”.  Before listening to this album, I was indifferent about Josh Groban but after hearing him on this, I am now a fan of him.  The person that really shines in this production of Chess is Idina Menzel.  Being a part of Chess, Idina demonstrates a vocal range far beyond what she displayed in Rent.  Her best songs on this album are “Nobody’s Side” and “I Know Him So Well”.

Melrose Place Returns

Melrose Place Returns

I am always look forward to the fall television both for the shows returning from summer hiatus and the new shows. Aside from 90210, there have not many new shows I have been excited to watch since day one, but this fall a new Melrose Place premieres. Back when the original Melrose Place was on Fox, I was glued to the TV every time that it came on. The original Melrose Place was the ultimate guilty pleasure. Every week bed hoppings, back stabbings, and betrayals were the standard for Melrose Place. There were a lot of memorable moments from MP 1.0: Sydney and Jane fighting in the pool, Kimberly returning from the dead and more crazier than ever (she blew up the apartment complex), and Amanda’s friend, Eve showing up at Amanda and Peter’s “funeral” dressed in a cheerleader outfit. From the looks of this trailer, MP 2.0 will follow in those memorable moments right out of the gate. The best thing about MP 2.0 premiering this fall is that will be paired with 90210. Stay tuned for my review of MP 2.0 this fall.


Update:  I forgot to mention Ashlee Simpson-Wentz in my post.  After the whole SNL lip-sync snafu, I really didn’t care for her, but MP 2.0 looks like it will boost the future ex-Mrs. Pete Wentz’ acting career.