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We’ve Moved!

February 27, 2011 by

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Dearest ArtSTALK Readers: We’ve moved to a new site! Join us at www.artstalk.org for all your arts and culture journalism needs – and make sure to update your bookmarks and RSS Feeds accordingly. See you at our new home! – ArtSTALK Staff

Making Whoopi

February 15, 2011 by

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The world’s first African American to win an Oscar pens a letter to Whoopi Goldberg By Hattie McDaniel Dear Whoopi, I was hanging out in Heaven yesterday, eating some candy hearts for Valentine’s Day, when someone passed along a link to you complaining on “The View” (or as we call it up here, “The Bitching […]

WeSTALK: Grammys

February 13, 2011 by

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ArtSTALK: Continuing to complain during award shows so you’re not alone We’re back folks. The ArtSTALK staff is back to snark on celebrities tonight, only this time the musically inclined are in our sights. Beginning today at 7 p.m., Managing Editor Meryn Fluker will live blog/live Tweet the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, which will be […]

F.A.M.E. and SNL

February 12, 2011 by

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Chris Brown’s career was declared dead two years ago. But tonight, he takes the “Saturday Night Live” stage with two Top 20 singles and three Grammy nominations. Is it forgive-and-forget time for him? By Anna Wiegenstein In a previous ArtSTALK piece of mine, I quoted a co-worker who, when expressing her deepest loathing of an […]

Syfy Goes HiFi

February 12, 2011 by

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For a 16-year-old cable property once best known for airing “Battlestar Galactica” and reruns of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Syfy has taken significant strides in the past few years to distance itself from its fanboys-only viewer base in hopes of reaching a broader audience. Although the network was one of NBCUniversal’s most reliable entities, ranking fifteenth among basic cable channels in adults 18-49 and eighth in adults 25-54, Syfy President Dave Howe saw the original “Sci Fi” moniker as a hindrance to future expansion (indeed, when most basic cablers saw ratings growth in 2009, the science fiction network had basically none). Viewers may have initially ridiculed the network’s decision in 2009 to rebrand the Sci Fi Channel as the phonetically identical “Syfy,” but the effort has ushered in a successful programming and publicity metamorphosis. Armed with the tagline “Imagine Greater,” Syfy has not only expanded the range of its science fiction offerings (it now includes fantasy, horror, paranormal, supernatural, mystery and action/adventure under its genre umbrella, as well as new original scripted and reality-based shows), it’s building its reputation as Syfy Ventures, a business portfolio that includes five consumer sub-brands: Syfy Games, Syfy Films, Syfy Kids, Syfy Gear and Syfy Digital. In essence, if all goes according to Howe’s rebranding plan, the nerd of cable’s high school could soon become its most popular student.

A Gay Old Time

February 9, 2011 by

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When I heard that the cast of characters in MTV’s “Skins” included a hot lesbian cheerleader, my heart, like the hearts of the rest of the red-blooded straight males in the “Skins” audience, began to beat a little bit faster. After all, a spirited young hottie who gets a thrill out of her teammates’ tight, sweaty, revealing uniforms (sorry folks, that’s not a link to RedTube), is basically the archetypal heterosexual male fantasy. I was willing to accept that the show was mindless drivel in exchange for the possibility, however remote, that the writers would deem it necessary to include a post-cheer-practice shower scene (again, not RedTube). Child pornography concerns (legitimate ones at that) aside, it quickly became apparent that the use of lesbian cheerleader Tea as a cheap thrill to lure straight guys into surrendering their Monday nights was contributing to the show’s status as actual mindless drivel.

Good Girls Go Bad

February 9, 2011 by

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When not preparing for “Hello Dolly!” or captaining the Scholastic Bowl team, I, like everyone I knew, turned to TV in my spare time. But even there, I was still pretty goody-goody. My most relatable character was Dawson Leery due to his film fixation – too bad no one liked him, and his legacy is now an unattractive crying scene. Meanwhile, the show I chose to devote my heart to – “Roswell” – was one with no bearing in reality at all. In summary: Nothing in my life has ever resembled “Gossip Girl.” Now, I’ve been informed that the television landscape is more dangerous than ever.