Ryan Seacrest and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge
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The XXX Olympiad, also known as NBC’s Summer Televisiad, is now halfway to its Aug. 12 conclusion. Apart from the athletes, who and what are the winners and losers?
Winner: director Danny Boyle
I wasn’t wild about his attempt to wed British pop whimsy to stadium-sized spectacle in the grand opening night – the only resonant image for me was that giant sleeping baby – but millions certainly loved it, and the ratings were the best ever for the ceremony. If it inspires bigger artistic risks in future Olympics openings, it will have been worth it. The next time a U.S. city plays host, someone please recruit Quentin Tarantino.
Loser: Ryan Seacrest
Viewers are used to the fact that the American Idol host has the determination of a gold medalist to build and burnish his career. So why was his presence in NBC’s coverage a faint but distinct irritant? His interviews were exactly what you expect from Seacrest, who like his role model Dick Clark is scrupulously inoffensive. Maybe it’s that an interview with Michael Phelps shouldn’t feel tonally identical to one with Jennifer Lopez.
Winner: The Royal Family
The photogenic appeal of the young generation – Prince William, his wife Kate and his brother Harry – was put to full promotional use at a number of events, and there was the queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, on the equestrian team. The Queen herself proved to be a good sport, participating in a filmed gag with 007 Daniel Craig for the opening night. (Who knows? Maybe a succession of Bonds – Sean Connery, even George Lazenby – have floated through her daydreams over the years.) Well done!
Eight women from China, South Korea and Indonesia were sent home after they deliberately tried to lose as a positioning strategy for later matches. The footage of their blatantly lackadaisical performances, with hearty boos from the bleachers, is the only Olympics event I’ve seen that looks as if it were shot for a Christopher Guest comedy. China took home all the gold medals, anyway.
On camera the event boils down to … 1) The archer poised to let the arrow fly, 2) The arrow lightly thwumping into the target and 3) a surprising number of oohs and ahs from viewers – the sport popped as the summer’s breakthrough in cable ratings. The going theory: Thank the phenomenally popular Hunger Games. U.S. archer Khatuna Lorig, the five-time Olympian who trained actress Jennifer Lawrence for the movie, competed in London but failed to score a medal. The trend should hearten the CW, which will be introducing an archer superhero with this fall’s Arrow.
Under the hashtag #NBCfail, the social network produced an army of 140-character assassins infuriated by the network’s prime-time delay of the games – what they consider an imperious disregard for the realities of instant news dissemination in the Internet Age. (NBC was also criticized for such infelicities as editing out a key stumble by Russian gymnast Ksenia Afanasyeva.) I think it’s exciting to see Twitter flexing its muscle – and having a lot of rambunctious fun doing it – but the fact remains that NBC’s ratings were through the roof. A reminder that, although the dinosaurs died out, while they lived they ate whatever, whenever and wherever they liked.
Source: Olympic TV Coverage: The Winners and Losers
What’s hot, hard, and runs on Windows XP or higher? It’s robots of course! Our artificially intelligent friends have been heating up screens both large and small with their lab-crafted good looks for decades. They may not have feelings, but then again we’ve always been attracted to emotional unavailability. From Weird Science‘s Kelly LeBrock and Jude Law in A.I. to Jeri Ryan in Star Trek: Voyager and even that Svedka Vodka ad, you don’t have to be well versed in C++ or QBasic to appreciate the sizzling appeal of these machines!
Ridley Scott’s latest epic Prometheus opens wide today, starring Michael Fassbender as hunky android David. We haven’t seen it yet, but we think he’s definitely in the running for one of the hottest robots in pop culture history. But there are so many to choose from! Check out the gallery below for our list of the 20 sexiest robots of all time. With hot bots like these, who needs humans? Did we miss any? Disagree with our ranking? Let us know in the comments!
[Photo: 20th Century Fox]
Source: Michael Fassbender’s Part In Prometheus Joins Our List Of 20 Hottest Robots
No need for a long speech or laundry list of “thank you” shout-outs.
When Johnny Depp took the stage to accept the generation award at Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, broadcast live from Los Angeles’s Gibson Amphitheatre, the veteran actor showed off another one of his enviable talents.
Depp, 48, grabbed his guitar to jam with rock duo The Black Keys, who launched into their hit “Gold on the Ceiling.”
“This is quite an amazing honor,” he told the audience, moments after receiving praise from famed rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. His punch line (yes, another talent!): “It’s like the get-out-of-the-business award – you’ve done too much.”
But if he was to leave the big-screen business, he seems to have a solid back-up plan. So tell us: Would you rock out with Depp if he tried his hand in the music industry?
Source: Johnny Depp’s Rocks His MTV Movie Awards Acceptance Speech
When VH1 sat down with Ice-T at a screening of his film Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, we did not expect the conversation to go the way of zombie vampires…in space. Ever the awesome interviewee, Ice humored our vampire-obsessed tendencies and fielded some very important questions.
After 12 years, Ice’s Law & Order: SVU costar Christopher Meloni left the series last year presumably to pursue a film career and obviously for his four-episode stint as Roman on True Blood. As a 500-year-old leader of the Vampire Authority, one could say he traded one form of Law & Order for another, much more undead one. On the departure of Detective Elliot Stabler, Ice said “I’m happy for Chris. At some point, you gotta make your exit… If it’s up to me, [Law & Order] will be on for 20 years.” Hilariously Ice added, “He’s going to the best vampire they’ve ever seen because the man’s crazy – he’s got beady eyes.”
Naturally our imaginations wandered and we had to ask about he and wife Coco‘s vampire potential. “We’d be the best vampires in the history of the world,” Ice-T confidently declared. “But I think we need to be a different kind of vampire… like vampire zombies. [Laughs] The next generation – space zombies or something.”
Full interview below, wherein Ice describes Coco’s undercover love for hardcore gore flicks.
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Source: Ice-T Talks Vampires, Specifically Zombie Vampires In Space