Part of why I asked you to vote on Grown Ups, Knight and Day and Toy Story 3 on Friday was because even though the new movies boasted big stars, I sorta thought TS3 might prevail at the box office again, which it did. This weekend I caught a bunch of movies at the Los Angeles Film Festival and as I waited to enter screenings for (important, vaguely artsy but very good) movies, I couldn’t help noticing all of the kids at the concession stand jumping out of their skin to catch TS3 (which happened to be playing in the next theater) for the second, third and fourth time. Don’t get me wrong – the films at LAFF rocked, but it made me feel vaguely nostalgic for the days when you just couldn’t get enough of a movie. So much so, that you saw it over and over and over.
Also this weekend, PCA’s own Queen Latifah hosted the star-studded BET Awards — anyone want to weigh in on Chris Brown’s tribute to Michael Jackson? He broke down while singing Man in the Mirror which seems in no way surprising since I couldn’t get through the video when Michael was alive and singing it himself.
Who caught the Daytime Emmys? It was good Sunday night TV. Plus, it turned out to be a fitting farewell to As The World Turns. Did you think Regis did a good job hosting? I don’t know what it is about Reeej, but if anyone else said nine of ten things that come out of that man’s mouth I would accuse them of spewing of disingenuous platitudes. I’d call that person an affront to sincerity and all who practice it. For some reason, however, I totally buy Regis. Always have. I watch him and there’s something about his wide-eyed good nature, combined with his if-you’d-seen-what-I’ve-seen-in-this-biz demeanor that makes him, for me, ultimately charming. And he made the show move along nicely. Plus he weathered insults from David Letterman (who’d obviously hired a twelve year-old boy to author them) and that’s never easy. The Dick Clark tribute was excellent, peppered with acts whom Dick brought to American Bandstand just after World War 1, singing abbreviated versions of their songs. Now let’s take note here, because I think from now on this should be the super-smart way to go with musical numbers. If we agree that the best tip in showbiz for any live performer is “leave the audience wanting more” – let’s also agree that everyone should follow this mantra. Shortened songs are perfect! We get the taste, but we don’t have to regret having ingested the entire meal. It’s win-win. We all have YouTube. We can all watch extended versions of anything we want, any time we want. But here’s the what – when time is of the essence – like it is on these shows, let’s create musical numbers that keep everyone desperate for more. Then they went and honored the lovely Agnes Nixon – queen of daytime drama, who happens to live in suburban Philadelphia, where I happened to grow up. Did she base characters and plotlines on that area? Nobody knows for sure, but there are an awful lot of familiar family names getting tossed around whenever I tune in. Just saying. The show was good, nobody talked for too long, and ATWT Best Actress winner Maura West brought her pretty adorable kid on stage, which kinda got me too. I’m not quite sure why David Copperfield was there, unless he happened to be walking by (or I guess levitating near) the venue before they began the show. But if the inclusion of David Copperfield is the least interesting part of your awards show, you’re definitely doing something right.
1) Maura West (& kin)
2) Honoring Dick Clark
4) Honoring Agnes Nixon