Friday, February 25, 2011

I Apologize

I'm sorry. I have to admit, I have not been giving this blog the attention it deserves. I promise thought I will do better! I'm headed home to visit family for a week but when I get back on Monday, March 7th, I'm relaunching this blog the way it should be. Like a true DivaSoulSista, when I come back, I'll be bringing the sassy, the funky and the funny with me!

In the meantime, if there are any topics you'd like to see covered, let me know.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Justin Timberlake's Not So Sound Judgement

The singer/actor (lately more actor than singer) known as Justin Timberlake said no to Glee using his music. I thought to myself, “Well, okay, no big deal.”

Then he makes an appearance on The Cleveland Show. Not just any appearance mind you, but appearing as a singing booger. Yes, he voiced a singing green booger.

And, this is better than having a song on Glee? Really!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl XLV

Before I start, let me state upfront, I’m a sports girl. I get it. I am not that girl that jumps up after a touchdown and screams “Goal!” Having said that, the only part of last night’s festivities I really enjoyed was the game itself. The way it started, I thought we were in for a boring, high scoring shut out but the Steelers rallied back and made the game interesting and fun!

I was born and raised in Cleveland, so there are two things I can never be - a Steelers fan and a Ravens fan. Needless to say, the right team won.

Here's another confession. I cannot make any sense of Roman numerals. Seriously, it took several Google searches plus counting on my fingers to figure out how XLV got to be 45. Hell, as far as I was concerned XLV could have stood for the Extra Large Version. Anyway...

Xtina, Xtina, Xtina ... Christina Aguilera’s rendition of the National Anthem was ... a hot, loud mess. I get that the girl has a powerful voice, there’s no denying that. Does that mean she has to over sing everything? Geez! And if over singing wasn’t bad enough, over singing the wrong lyrics on the National Anthem is beyond embarrassing. Lea Michelle did a better job on America the Beautiful. Again, it wasn’t an amazing job, but it was respectful, and sung on key, with all the right lyrics.

Let's move on to halftime, shall we? I’ve got a feeling that the Black Eye Peas aren’t a great live band. While they had a great set and dancers, I found there set lacked a little of the whole “Boom, Boom Pow.” Slash? Really? Fergie’s version of Sweet Child of Mind made me miss Axl Rose (and that’s hard to do ). But OMG! The best part about the half time show was Usher.

What was really disappointing were the commercials. The little Darth Vader boy didn’t do it for me, nor did the two Eminem commercials (seeing him in cartoon form was just unnerving). There wasn't much to recommend. I had to go back and review the commercials to find a few that were memorable. So, here they are. Just click on the title, if you want to view the commercial.

NFL Best Fans Ever: I love a bit of nostalgia, so it was great to see all my favorite old TV shows from Happy Days to Seinfeld in this commercial. I mean, I can never see enough of Marsha Brady getting hit in the face with that football. Classic!

Cowboys and Aliens: Damn, this movie looks good. Cowboys AND Aliens? Great combo! Plus, we get a non-Bond Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. I'm really looking forward to this one.

Sealy Posterpedic After Glow: Simple, sexy and straight to the point. What can I say? It had me almost ready to go out and buy a new mattress!

Worst Commercial of the Superbowl:
Pepsi Max: Love Hurts: I'm a Coke girl all the way, but if I was drinking Pepsi, I wouldn't be after this. I was offended from beginning to end. As a black woman, I am tired of the whole evil-unlovable-neck-twisting-attitude-having black woman ... and she was the star of this sorry spectacle. Next we have her husband, who was portrayed through most of the commercial as a spineless wuss. Yet at the end, he can't help but stare at the blonde jogger who sits down next to him ... because we know black men can't resist a blonde (especially when his wife is one of Hell's Minions). And in the most offensive move of all, Satan's Spawn, who sees her husband throw a flirtatious glance the jogger's way, throws a can of Pepsi Max at his wimpy head. He ducks and she knocks the white girl in a head, knocking her to the ground. The couple grabs hands and run off, like a pair of criminals, leaving the woman holding her head on the ground. And how exactly, does this make me want to drink a Pepsi Max?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Movie Review: The Roommate

The Roommate, or what I like to call Single White Female 2.0, wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It was far from amazing or even original, but having said that, it could have been a lot worse.

Friday Night Lights’ Minka Kelly is Sarah Matthews, the beautiful, talented fashion design freshman at University of Los Angeles. Fresh from Des Moines, she has the misfortune of getting a psycho for a roommate. The psycho is Rebecca — not Becky — (Leighton Meester). Before long, Rebecca is staking her claim to Sarah. She wants to be her one and only friend. No one, and I mean no one, not a party girl freshman (Alyson Michalka), a friend from back home (Daneel Harris), an old boyfriend (Matt Lanter), or a new one (Cam Gigandet) will stand in her way.

We know where this one is headed before the previews are over; so, in a movie like this, it’s less about where you are going and more about how you are going to get there. Kelly and Meester have good chemistry but the character of Sarah should have been a little more creeped out a little bit earlier.

Having said that, Meester is pretty creepy and Gigandet is likeable as the requisite boy toy. Billy Zane has a small role as the lecherous design teacher who has designs on young Sarah. Frances Farmer, a great actress, is relegated to an even smaller role as Rebecca's concerned mother.

I had to laugh (unintentionally) when Rebecca terrorized Sarah's friend Tracy while she was in the dorm showers. Tracy gets a bad case of IWGS (Investigative White Girl Syndrome) when the lights go off. I don't know about you, but if I'm in the shower and the lights go off, I'm leaving the bathroom, not sticking around and trying to figure out the mystery of the lights while I'm naked in the dark in the shower. Just leave!

Consider Yourself Warned: Like the psycho movies that came before it (Fatal Attraction and Single White Female), you KNOW bad things are in store for the little kitten Sarah finds outside the dorm. I’m definitely a dog person but I don’t like to see anything bad happen to any cuddly creature. If you don’t like to see bad things happen to cuddly creatures either, you have been warned.

Nevertheless, The Roommate passed my audience test. In other words, those who came out to see this movie seemed to leave the theater pleased. So if this is your cup of tea, take a chance, you might just like it (not love it but like it).

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Idris is Out ... And Replaced with WHO?

How could anyone turn this down?
He's just all kinds of delicious!
Back in the 90’s Morgan Freeman brought to live James Patterson’s detective Alex Cross in the movies Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls. Fans of Patterson’s books often wondered what happened after that. Why no more Alex Cross movies?

Well, they are now looking at revamping that series and bringing the Cross character back. Initially, Cross was to be played by Idris Elba. To me, the casting would have been perfect given Elba’s intensity and especially after seeing him in the BBC series Luther.

But the producers have changed their minds. They are going into another direction, they scrapped Elba for … wait for it … Tyler Perry. Yes, the actor/writer/director known for playing an old woman in drag, was selected over Idris Elba to take over a role made famous by Morgan Freeman. Does that sound right to you? It doesn’t sound right to me either.

Producer Bill Block explained his casting choice to Entertainment Weekly. “Sure, Idris is a great actor; Tyler Perry is a phenomenon. Tyler Perry is one of the most significant entertainers in all of media. He is a huge cross-media talent and presence — and he’s a terrific actor whose range is going to be shown here. You’re going to see Tyler Perry like you haven’t seen him. He’s 6’5″, he is a linebacker. He is an awesome physical presence and is just going to tear it apart here. It’s an intense, dramatic role.”

Would you rather see Perry or Elba in this role?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Everything Old is New Again

Charlie’s Angels, a serious 70’s guilty pleasure is headed back to the small screen. If you didn’t get your fill from the two Charlie’s Angels films, you might get another chance to enjoy this heavenly trio … if ABC picks up the pilot.

Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers) make up our terrific trio. Kelly plays a former Marine and weapons expert. Ilonzeh is an ex-cop and martial arts expert. Taylor is a con artist and spoiled daughter of a white collar criminal. Taylor also has a recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy and could be a possible love interest for Dr. Karev.

No word yet on who will voice Charlie.

And if that wasn’t enough, in other pilot news - TNT is doing a reboot of Dallas complete with Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) and Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) reprising their roles. And … wait for it.. J.R. Ewing himself (Larry Hagman) is also onboard. The show doesn’t revolve around these original characters though but Bobby and J.R.’s feuding sons.