Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2010 Olympics: Kim Yu-Na Wins Gold Medal in Ladies Figure Skating, Mao Asada Takes Silver, Joannie Rochette Takes Bronze

Kim Yu-Na won the gold medal in ladies figure skating, South Korea’s first ever figure skating medal. Her chief rival, Japan’s Mao Asada, won the silver, with Canada’s Joannie Rochette taking home the bronze. The USA’s Mirai Nagasu told an interviewer “I don’t care about the results, I just want people to know I’m the future.” Well, she certainly did that, pulling up from 6th to 4th place. Her teammate, USA’s Rachel Flatt fell to 7th place.

1. South Korea’s Kim Yu-Na came into the free skate with a score of 78.50. She claims that the long program is not her strong suit, but she skated a perfect program and landed all her jumps perfectly. Skating to Piano Concerto in F by Gershwin, she skated a beautiful flowing program, her expression serene and relaxed, and as she went into her spins, you could tell she felt the music and connected with the audience. She has never skated this program clean, but the Olympics was the place to do it. Her record breaking score of 150.06 gave her a total of 228.56, breaking the old record by more than ten points. She wiped tears of joy at the medal ceremony.

2. Japan’s Mao Asada came into the free skate with a score of 73.78, skating to Bells of Moscow. Coming in after her main rival, she became the only woman to ever land three triple axels in one competition (one in the short program and two in the free skate). She had a dramatic opening, and went right into her jumps. While she landed her axels, she unfortunately fell out of one landing, tripped on her skates at one point, and had to fight to land her triple/triple/triple combination. She scored 131.72, which I thought was high considering her mistakes and her forgettable artistry, for a total of 205.50, and the silver medal. The rivalry between Asada and Yu-Na is not just a skating rivalry. It is a rivalry between countries and, in previous interviews, Asada has stated that if she didn’t get the gold, the whole country could turn against her. I think it’s a shame that this girl is going home feeling disgraced, as was evident at the medal ceremony.

3. Canada’s Joannie Rochette came into the competition with a score of 71.36, skating to Samson and Delilah, with the whole world rooting her on. She was much more composed than she was during the short program, not even two days after the death of her mother. Rochette is just so much more graceful and sophisticated than the other skaters. She skated an almost flawless program, losing points when she fell out of the landing on one triple flip and turned a double axel combination into a single double axel. But the rest of her program was well done, athletic, her spins beautiful and she flowed with and felt her music. She was obviously determined to perform well, and she connected with her audience. Her score of 131.28 gave her a total of 202.84, for the bronze medal. She was warmly embraced at the medal ceremony, enjoying a longer reception than the gold and silver medallists. He dad looked a bit more composed this evening as well, as he managed a smile at his daughter’s triumph. It was just so sad that he seemed to be alone.

4. USA’s Mirai Nagasu has had her debutante ball at Vancouver. She came into the competition with a score of 63.76, skating to Carmen. She nailed the landing on her opening triple combination, getting a lot of speed and height. Her personality shone through her performance as she followed her coach’s instructions to “Smile, smile, smile.” She also landed all her other jumps cleanly and received full credit for her triples. Nagasu lived up to her rep of having the best spins in the competition, and skated a crisp, pristine program. Besting her teammate Rachel Flatt, Mirai’s 126.39 earned her a total of 190.15, and fourth place, a personal best for her, and she jumped like she’d won the gold when she realized she’d pulled ahead of both Flatt and Miki Ando.

5. Japan’s Miki Ando came in with a score of 64.76, and skated to Cleopatra. She admittedly is a jumper, and doesn’t care much about her choreography or artistry, and it showed tonight. She did a lot of triples, but has no triple combination. She wobbled on a spin, just hung onto a landing, and was just slow. I think she was overscored again, given a 124.10, for a total of 188.86 and fifth place.

USA’s Rachel Flatt came in with a 64.64, and skated to Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. While Flatt landed all her jumps, and had no major mistakes, she had two of them downgraded which cost valuable points. She skated a nice, clean program, but it felt slow, even plodding. She did flow into her spins and spirals and connected with the audience, but her downgrades did her in and she finished with a score of 117.85, and a total of 182.40, dropping her to 7th place.

And so my loyal readers, I thank you for following me and for your lovely comments. I am now going to the chiropractor for this crick in my neck from hunching over the keyboard for two weeks. Then I’m going to sleep for two days. Thank you for your support.

Sources: NBC-TV 10 Philadelphia; Ladies Free Skate Results

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2010 Nissan Altima Sedan: Keeps the Best, Changes the Rest

The 2010 Nissan Altima Sedan echoes some of the best features of Nissan’s popular sports car in a comfortable and more luxurious package. It’s a softer, more practical side of Nissan, and should appeal to a wider audience than the two-seat sports car option. The 2010 Nissan Altima Sedan has been spruced up a bit this year, and the results have been pretty impressive.

The first thing you’ll notice about the 2010 Nissan Altima Sedan is that it has had a facelift. The front grille and hood are sleeker and sportier than previous models. Paired with the already decent design of the rear of the car, the new front gives it a younger, more aerodynamic overall feel.

The interior of the 2010 Nissan Altima has undergone some much needed changes. Gone are the cheesy fabrics and materials, and in their place Altima has provided a much more upscale feeling for the whole interior. Those who like to have all of the latest gadgets in their automobiles will love the high-tech features of the 2010 Nissan Altima. You get full multimedia connectivity, an audio system with a 4.3 inch color display, and a standard rearview camera. The navigation system has also been upgraded and includes a touch screen that is 6.5 inches, Zagat dining suggestions, XM weather and traffic, Bluetooth, DVD, and almost 10 GB of music storage.

If you liked the way previous Altimas have driven, you’ll be very comfortable in the driver’s seat of the 2010 Nissan Altima. It has a comfortable, crisp responsiveness that enhances the sportier feel of the overall design. The 2010 Nissan Altima comes equipped with continuously variable transmission that has six ratios that are manually selectable, but it doesn’t include a manual transmission option.

There is also a hybrid option for the 2010 Nissan Altima. As you would expect, it is not as sporty as the other packages, but it does seem a little more geared toward luxury. The way it glides down the road with hardly any sound makes it very impressive to drive. Of course, a substantial drop in fuel consumption, which makes your pocketbook feel a little more impressive as well, accompanies that luxury.

The 2010 Nissan Altima offers the same quality full-sized automobile you’ve come to expect from Nissan. It also adds some much needed sportiness, while retaining the solid handling and smooth ride. If you liked the previous models of the Altima, you’ll love the 2010 Nissan Altima.

References:

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2010 NFL Thanksgiving Day Schedule

For decades, football has established itself as a staple of the American Thanksgiving tradition. Whether you enjoy competitive football (Dallas) or comedy (Detroit), there is something for everyone to enjoy on Thanksgiving football. Here is an early outlook of the three games that will be played on Thanksgiving for the 2010 NFL season.

2010 NFL Thanksgiving Day Schedule: New England Patriots at Detroit Lions
While Thanksgiving Day games are regular for the Detroit Lions, they haven’t won many more than other teams who haven’t partaken in the tradition in the past decade. Since 2001, the only victory the Lions have mastered on Thanksgiving was a 22-14 victory against the Green Bay Packers in 2003. Since 2003, the Lions have been defeated by double digits in all of their games.

The last time the Detroit Lions played the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving was on November 28, 2002. The Lions were defeated 20-12 as the Patriots were in the midst of their 2000 dynasty run. In the past three Thanksgiving Day games against AFC opponents in 2008, 2006, and 2004, the Detroit Lions have been outscored 115-29. Their previous Thanksgiving Day game against an AFC opponent was a 47-10 loss against the Tennessee Titans in 2008.

2010 NFL Thanksgiving Day Schedule: New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
Entering their Thanksgiving ritual on a 4 game winning streak, the Dallas Cowboys will be represented with what could be one of the most intriguing games of the 2010 NFL regular season. The Dallas Cowboys ruined the New Orleans Saints shot of a perfect season in 2009 after a 24-17 defeat in week 15. In 2010, can the Saints return the favor by invading Dallas during Thanksgiving and coming away with a victory?

The Dallas Cowboys have won their past four Thanksgiving Day games by outscoring opponents 130-29. However, their last competitive opponent on Thanksgiving was in 2005 against the Denver Broncos, who defeated the Cowboys 24-21 in overtime. As the Saints are expected to be competitive coming off their Super Bowl campaign, expect the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day ritual to finally be of more importance and entertaining in 2010.

2010 NFL Thanksgiving Day Schedule: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets
The New York Jets will try to build off ofa suprising 2010 season that ended up with them falling just short of the Super Bowl. After defeating the Cincinnati Bengals on two consecutive occassions to end their season in 2009, the Bengals will have the opportunity to seek revenge during the prime-time game on Thanksgiving. In 2009, the New York Giants were upset by the Denver Broncos 26-6 in this situation. Can the Jets avoid the same fate as their in-state rivals on Thanksgiving?

REFERENCES:
NFL.com, Week 12. Schedules are from nfl.com, Apr 22, 2010.
Pro Football Hall of Fame, Thanksgiving Day results, Apr 22, 2010.

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2010 Nissan 370Z Coupe Review

The 2010 Nissan 370Z Coupe remains one of the most vibrant and dynamic sports cars available in North America. The 370Z Coupe is again available in three models, 370Z Coupe and 370Z Coupe Touring and the NISMO 370Z, which features unique performance and design attributes. The 2010 Nissan 370Z probably is the best affordable sports car with immense high-performance. If you are looking for a high performance sports car, this should be the one.

Engine

The standard 2010 Nissan 370Zs have a 3.7-liter V6 engine generating maximum power of 332 hp and maximum torque of 270 pound-feet for them. This engine is mated with a six-speed manual transmission, which also is standard transmission here. The 370Z Coupe comes with an advanced 4-wheel independent suspension. The double wishbone front suspension uses lightweight forged aluminum arms and a lightweight rigid aluminum-alloy cradle, along with a hollow construction stabilizer bar. The 2010 370Z is offered with a choice of two advanced transmissions a close-ratio 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic. The 6-speed manual is available with SynchroRev Match, which allows drivers of any skill level to experience professional like gear shift performance.

The Z’s standard 4-wheel vented disc brake system includes Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). The optional Sport Package includes Nissan Sport Brakes with large diameter 14.0- inch front and 13.8-inch rear discs (versus 12.6-inch front rear standard discs) with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear aluminium callipers

Interior

The 2010 Nissan 370Z comes loaded with faux suede and leather upholstery, heated seats, power seat adjustments, Bluetooth, an upgraded Bose stereo having six speakers, a rear cargo cover, an in-dash six-CD/MP3 changer, two subwoofers and satellite radio.Available technology features include the enhanced Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 7-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, 9.3GB HDD Music Box, USB connectivity and iPod connection, XM NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather, automatic phonebook download and Bluetooth Streaming Audio; Nissan Intelligent Key and a Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.

Exterior

The Z features aluminum door panels, along with an all-aluminum hood. At the same time the body structure was extensively revised for this generation design, improving front body torsion rigidity by 30%, a new front suspension cradle to reduce body lateral bending, a new 3-piece strut tower brace to improve steering precision and reaction time, a new rear structural reinforcement behind the seats to further increase rigidity, and an under body ‘V-bar’ to help reduce rear lateral bending. Other enhancements include the use of a carbon fiber composite radiator housing and strengthening the rear fender and hatch areas.

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2010 NFL Schedule Released: New York Jets

The 2010 NFL Schedule is here, and the New York Jets look to make another deep run into the playoffs. With numerous high profile moves during the offseason, an up and coming QB, a motivating head coach and a new stadium opening up the Jets are in prime position to draw a lot of attention from opposing teams. With the talent on this squad a Superbowl appearance may not be out of the question.

New Additions: Ladainian Tomlinson (RB), Jason Taylor (DE/OLB), Santonio Holmes (WR), Antonio Cromartie (CB)

Player Departures: Thomas Jones (RB)

Biggest Test: One of the biggest tests for the Jets this year will be their first game of the season against the Ravens. The spotlight will be on the Jets to perform when they travel to Baltimore for the first Monday Night game of the year.

Most Exciting Games: Monday, October 11, 2010. March the date off on the calendar. That is when Brett Favre and the Vikings make a trip to the Meadowlands. Many fans still hold some resentment towards Favre for the way he departed the team. This should prove to be one of the best games of the season when two playoff teams square off.

Easiest Stretch: The easiest stretch of games for the Jets has to be Week 9-12. This stretch contains only 1 playoff team (Bengals), an average squad in the Texans and 2 of the worst teams in the NFL (Browns and Detroit). New York can’t afford to do worse than 3-1 during this group of games if they intend to make their mark as one of the NFL’s elite.
Schedule:

Week 1: Monday, Sep. 13, Baltimore, 7 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 19, New England, 4:15 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 26, at Miami, 8:20 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3, at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Week 5: Monday, Oct. 11, Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17, at Denver, 4:05 p.m.
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 31, Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 7, at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 14, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21, Houston, 1 p.m.
Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 25, Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m.
Week 13: Monday, Dec. 6, at New England, 8:30 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12, Miami, 4:15 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19, at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 26, at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2, Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Season Prediction: 10-6

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2010 Oklahoma State Football Schedule

Oklahoma State will begin their 2010 football season on September 4th led by Head Coach Mike Gundy. This will be Gundy’s sixth season with the Cowboys as head coach. He was the quarterback for the Cowboys at one time.

2010 Oklahoma State Cowboys Football Schedule:

Saturday September 4th Oklahoma State will play Washington State in Boone Pickens Stadium

Saturday September 11th Oklahoma State will play Troy in Boone Pickens Stadium

Saturday September 18th Oklahoma State will play Tulsa in Boone Pickens Stadium

Saturday September 30th Oklahoma State will play Texas A&M in Boone Pickens Stadium

Saturday October 8th Oklahoma State will play Louisiana-Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana

Saturday October 16th Oklahoma State will play Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas

Saturday October 23rd Oklahoma State will play Nebraska in Boone Pickens Stadium

Saturday October 30th Oklahoma State will play Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas

Saturday November 6th Oklahoma State will play Baylor in Boone Pickens Stadium

Saturday November 13th Oklahoma State will play Texas in Austin, Texas

Saturday November 20th Oklahoma State will play Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas

Saturday November 27th Oklahoma State will play Oklahoma in Boone Pickens Stadium

All game times are still to be announced due to television coverage. For the most up to date game times you can go here.

Game Day Information:

The Walk happens 2 hours and 15 minutes before game time. The Oklahoma State team led by Coach Gundy will walk from Atherton Hotel to Boone Pickens Stadium. This is the first chance you will get to help fire up the team before game time.

There will be free parking in Downtown Stillwater with a free shuttle service that will bring you to Boone Pickens Stadium. Shuttle services begin 3 hours prior to kickoff and continue throughout post game with pick up and drop off every 15 minutes.

Stadium Policies:

A ticket is required for all children regardless of age.

No pets or animals of any kind are allowed in the stadium other than service animals for disabled or impaired guests.

You are not allowed to bring in food or drinks as there are concession stand available in the stadium.

Stadium gates open 1 and a half hours before kickoff.

Artificial noisemakers are prohibited from being brought inside the stadium by the Big 12 Conference and NCAA.

These are just a few of the policies. For a complete list of game day rules check out the A-Z Guide.

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2010 Oscars Hair Trend: Old Hollywood Glamour

The Golden Globe Awards were full of dreamy updos. But it seems that at the Oscars the women are letting their hair down. The red carpet is a sea of waves. And not just the loose “I-just rolled-out-of-bed” tousled kind. These waves are precise and meticulously arranged. For some reason this year’s Oscars appears to celebrate old school glamour. Even red carpet hostess, Sherri Shepherd is wearing the trend.

Sandra Bullock pulls off a pretty good example of this style. She happens to be sporting a deep side part in her rich, chocolate-brown locks. Elegantly styled, it is obvious that she’s dressed the part of the potential Oscar winner.

But if you didn’t know any better, you would believe that Kate Winslet has cornered the market on vintage hairdos. Yes, she’s got the look down pat. Her long, luscious waves are highlighted by wheat-colored blond hair and copious amounts of bling. But even though her tresses exemplify the old Hollywood look, her stiff pewter ensemble clashes with her hair’s femininity.

Best Actress nominee Gabourey Sidibe also is getting in on the wavy action. Her sweet, curly bangs drift across her brow, while the remainder of her hair is a neat tumble of waves. The style strikes a nice balance with her blue Marchesa gown.

Cameron Diaz also brought the sexy back (bad innuendo intended) with her side swept curls. But her winged hairdo has a California twist to it. She caps off the look with an impressive smear of red lipstick.

We don’t get to see much of actress Julianne Moore during this year’s Oscars. As she takes the stage in her white Calvin Klein gown, we realize that she’s jumped onto the Side Sweep bandwagon. But somehow, her tresses appear a bit more haphazard than the rest of the Oscar gals.

One standout exception to the rule is original Brat Pack member, Molly Ringwald, who goes against the grain-sporting her signature fiery red hair, in a straight bob with bangs. The look is in stark contrast to her asymmetrical violet gown, and some loopy mod accents. This is in fact, a nice yet understated departure from the extravagance that we’ve seen on the Oscars red carpet thus far.

How to Get These Styles…

Achieving this glamorous Old Hollywood look is quite easy. Place a deep side-part on either side of the head. Use a medium curling iron, beginning halfway down the hair shaft to create curls. The trick is in controlling the depth of the waves. A gentler way to get these sexy waves is to set the hair on large rollers–then sit under a hood dryer with medium heat–for about 15 minutes. Use a brush to gently loosen up the curls. Tuck one side behind the ear for a dramatic side swept effect.

SOURCES:

www.fekkai.com
www.instyle.com
www.abc.com

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2010 Oscar Nominations for Best Supporting Actor

The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced by Academy President Tom Sherak and actress Anne Hathaway. The five nominees competing for Best Supporting Actor are Matt Damon, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Plummer, Stanley Tucci and Christoph Waltz. The winners for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be announced on Sunday, March 7, 2010. The following list gives a comprehensive look at the box office performance for each Oscar nominee. The information includes release date, production budget, approval rating and total lifetime gross. The source is based on estimates by professional researchers and movie industry writers. Movie information is subject to change. For a complete list of the nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards, click here.

The Nominees for Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon in “Invictus”

The movie was directed by Clint Eastwood. “Invictus” was released December 11, 2009 and grossed $8,611,147 over the opening weekend. The movie had a production budget of $60. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 77% overall approval rating. “Invictus” grossed $36,239,040 in total domestic box office and generated $53,939,040 worldwide.

Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”

The movie was directed by Oren Moverman. “The Messenger” was released November 13, 2009 and grossed $44,523 over the opening weekend. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 90% overall approval rating. “The Messenger” grossed $770,208 in total domestic box office.

Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”

The movie was directed by Michael Hoffman. “The Last Station” was released January 15, 2010 and grossed $73,723 over the opening weekend. The movie had a production budget of $18 million. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 64% overall approval rating. “The Last Station” grossed $343,758 in total domestic box office.

Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”

The movie was directed by Peter Jackson. “The Lovely Bones” was released December 11, 2009 and grossed $17,005,133 over the opening weekend. The movie had a production budget of $65 million. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 40% overall approval rating. “The Lovely Bones” grossed $38,314,092 in total domestic box office and generated $46,145,428 worldwide.

Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

The movie was directed by Quentin Tarantino. “Inglourious Basterds” was released August 21, 2009 and grossed $38,054,676 over the opening weekend. The movie had a production budget of $70 million. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 88% overall approval rating. “Inglourious Basterds” grossed $120,526,681 in total domestic box office and generated $313,569,648 worldwide.

Movie information is subject to change. For a complete list of the nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards, click here.

Source:
RottenTomatoes.com
Boxofficemojo.com
the-numbers.com
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2010 People's Choice Awards, Why Winners Win

Entertainers are genuinely grateful to be chosen by the voting public when they win a People’s Choice Award. It has to be a gratifying and humbling moment to realize that enough people care enough about your work to take the time to vote.

The same was true of last night’s 2010 People’s Choice Award winners, which proclaimed to honor fan favorites. It was an entertaining show and 1000 times better than the MTV awards. The producers and writers did a marvelous job incorporating class and humor.

Yet, I’m somewhat bothered by the notion of the People’s Choice, because the results are a measure of the favorites of the most dedicated fans, and some genres have more avid fans than others. I also question whether the general public has much insight into acting, how media influences voting for People’s Choice, and how the voting system works.

I suppose that regardless of these concerns, the key term is “fans.” The People’s Choice awards are not as much about what the general public likes as they are about what true fans like, because it is the fans who go to the extra effort of voting.

I’m part of the general media’s audience, a viewer, and favor some shows more than others, but I didn’t vote in the 2010 People’s Choice awards and if I had, would my vote have even counted amongst the thousands of votes cast by individual fans of a specific genre? I doubt it.

I think, for example, of the vampire genre. It showed some teeth in the 2010 People’s Choice awards. The Vampire Diaries won Favorite New TV Drama, True Blood took home the Favorite TV Obsession Award, and Taylor Lautner from TheTwilight Saga won Favorite Breakout Actor of the Year.Why? Is it because the actor and television show that won are favorites of television viewers or was it because people attracted to vampire books, movies, and actors are part of an active subculture of society? I think that the later came to play in the 2010 People’s Choice Awards. A subculture like vampires, vampire lovers, and vampire wannabes is notoriously active on behalf of their cause.

So follow me, the vampire shows are not a reflection of the 2010 People’s Choice, but the vampire sub-culture choice. Noting that American teenagers and young people are more likely to log on and vote for the vampire culture because it enthralls them, but that still doesn’t mean it is a reflection of television and movie fan favorites.

There were other examples of inexplicable winners this year in light of their competition.

Who didn’t know that Steve Carrell, despite his inability to act, wouldn’t win Favorite TV Comedy Actor? Carrell has been riding a huge publicity wave since he starred in 40 Year Old Virgin.How can Steve Carrell win best comedy actor, but Big Bang Theory win Favorite TV Comedy? Carrell is more likeable than any of the other contenders (I cringe when I think of Alec Baldwin). The Office is funny, but that is to the credit of the writers and producers for working outside of the box. Steve Carrell doesn’t even act on the show. He shows up on the set. And this is a People’s Choice?

In a new category, Favorite Web Celeb, Ashton Kutcher’s win was a given. Why, because fans adore him? No, because he beat CNN in the race to one million followers, he is married to Demi Moore, and he still has a cult following of young women who have followed him as he has grown into a young man. He also raised millions of dollars to provide mosquito nets to protect children from malaria. These are all admirable qualities, but his Tweets were not that intriguing nor was his web presence. In my opinion Ashton Kutcher attempted to be a philosophical and religious guru through the vehicle, primarily, of Twitter.

Kutcher didn’t have the website and video coverage that Miley Cyrus put on the web. I don’t think she should have won. Miley had some embarrassing web moments. It was P. Diddy who started the first live streaming broadcast from the web. The fans probably didn’t know about all of this, so the easiest choice, the one they heard about in the news, Ashton Kutcher, wins. That is not the People’s Choice. It is the media’s choice.

I don’t know that there is an equitable way to figure out the real People’s Choice. Some of the winners deserved the win. We knew Hugh Laurie would take Favorite TV Actor in a Drama. House is one of the highest rated shows. It rightly received the 2010 People’s Choice for Favorite Television Drama. That was a well-deserved win based on ratings.

So how should the People’s Choice awards be decided: Soon the Golden Globes will be presented based on the choices of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Then there will be the Emmy’s hosted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. For whom do they speak?

How do we really hear from the people who are buying movie tickets, turning on the TV, and buying CDs and mp3s? Sales could be a good indicator, minus the amount of pirating going on. Nielsen Entertainment ratings? Is their scope to limited?

As with most measurements and awards I suppose the best thing that can be done for People’s Choice awards is to let the people vote. The passionate will win. Hmmm, maybe that is the way things are supposed to be.

Sources:
Emmy’s
Golden Globes
People’s Choice
People’s Choice: About Us
2010 People’s Choice Awards, CBS, Monday, Wed, Jan6, 2010.

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2010 Oscar's Fashion Recap: 82nd Academy Awards Red Carpet Fashion

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards kicked off tonight with tons of high fashion on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Stars arrived on the 2010 Oscar’s red carpet wearing designs from fashion labels such as Marchesa, Versace, Armani and Chanel, and Tom Ford (who is a film director as well!). For fun Oscar’s fashion, including ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘Worst Dressed’, read on! For a list of 2010 Oscar winners, click here!

While there were some definite snoozers on the red carpet tonight, some stars simply sizzled! George Clooney, who is up for an Oscar for his lead role in “Up In The Air”, walked the 2010 Oscar’s red carpet wearing a flattering, fitted tuxedo. Clooney’s look included sexy, feathered hair, silver-toned buttons down the front of his white dress shirt, and a classy bow-tie.

Cameron Diaz looked pretty as a picture in Oscar De La Renta. Diaz wore a golden-flecked strapless gown with a straight-across neckline and fitted bodice. Diaz shined with simple make-up and flowing hair she wore cascaded over one shoulder. Penelope Cruz looked glam in a scarlet gown with an assymetrical, strapless bodice and full, gathered gown.

Charlize Theron arrived at the 82nd Academy Awards in an interesting selection. Theron sported a strapless, floor-length gown in blush tones and a mermaid silhouette. The gown featured light pink rosette embellishments positioned over her bosom, which led around the back of the gown and developed into a train. Though the piece was unique, it didn’t pack quite the impact Theron likely was going for.

Another curious gown on the 2010 Oscar red carpet was worn by Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker chose a lemon-creme colored Chanel sheath which featured a distracting, over-done silver embellishment at the neckline and a reverse-halter shoulder strap that began in the back and ran up and across her neck. Her smokey eyes, bouffant hair bun and well-paired accessories helped detract from the dress itself, which was a good thing.

There were definite touches of Old Hollywood, perhaps most evidenced by Best Supporting Actress nominee, Vera Farmiga. Vera Farmiga, who got her nod for her role in “Up In The Air” with George Clooney, chose a truly stunning Marchesa gown in a deep crimson red. Farmiga’s gown highlighted the starlet’s adorable figure with its intricate darting, gathering and scalloped ruffles. Farmiga completed her glamorous Academy Awards look with over-sized pearl earrings and a lightly-teased up-do.

Most of the men on the 2010 Oscar’s red carpet began to fade into one another, with several actors dressed in seemingly identical duds. Granted, the Academy Awards is not the place to take major fashion risks or make a controversial statement, however it would have been nice to see a little more creativity. Presenter Zac Efron looked smart in a black tux with a skinny tie, but so did Avatar’s Sam Worthingon,+ and about two dozen other guys on the red carpet.

The one exception to the rather boring male fashion sense at the 2010 Oscar’s was Neil Patrick Harris. Harris opened the 82nd Annual Academy Awards with a fun, jaunty Las Vegas-inspired act that included a fabulous sequined tuxedo, and the accompaniment of dozens of beautiful showgirls in full, feathered regalia.

Back to the pre-Oscar’s fashion, though! Meryl Streep looked fabulous in a classically-fitting, faux-wrap style gown in white, which featured a plunging neckline but long sleeves to balance the skin factor. Streep looked not only age-appropriate, but very elegant!

Jennifer Lopez, who will be presenting an Oscar award tonight with Sam Worthington from “Avatar”, floated down the red carpet with hubby, Marc Anthony, in a strapless gown with a opalescent pink sheen and dramatic fabric-bunching which developed into a very full side-train. The gown’s train snaked down Lopez’s left side, and continued behind her. The hem of the gown itself dusted the floor, but was rather form-fitting.

Female actors such as Elizabeth Banks, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sandra Bullock chose very form-fitting Oscar gowns for the 2010 Academy Awards. Sandra Bullock’s dress was very feminine and sweet, though the bodice was a touch ‘teenage figure-skater’ to be worn by someone over the age of forty. Still, with a body like Bullock’s, she pulled it off.

Two questionable 2010 Oscar’s fashion choices were Amanda Seyfried’s silver Armani gown (which was stylish and fashion forward enough, but the color completely washed her out), and Faith Hill’s flawed frock which featured lacey cut-aways reminiscent of something she might have worn to a dinner party in the mid-1980’s.

The ultimate 2010 Academy Awards fashion faux pas was committed by one of the stars from the 2009 mega-hit “Avatar”, Zoe Saldana. Zoe Saldana is a beautiful woman, and her hair, make-up and personality on the red carpet matched that statement. However, the gown was another story. The miles of multi-toned purple ruffles swallowed the starlet, and the damage wasn’t mitigated by the tight-fitting, sequined bodice. This gown was perhaps one of the scariest sites at tonight’s Oscar presentation, besides perhaps, Molly Ringwald’s.

Molly Ringwald looked awkward as she co-presented an Oscar in a boxy, blue gown which had a beautifully-draped shoulder but an odd, medieval looking embellishment (which exactly matched a bracelet on her left arm). The look was slightly odd and simply didn’t flatter Ringwald’s shape.

Best And Worst Dressed Picks for the 2010 Oscar’s:

Best Dressed – Female: Vera Farmiga

Best Dressed – Male : Neil Patrick Harris

Worst Dressed – Female: Zoe Saldana

Worst Dressed – Male: James Cameron

*Honorary Best Dressed*: Ben Stiller in blue body paint, four-foot tail and dramatic contact lenses for his “Avatar” get-up as he presented the “Best Make-Up” Award

Sources:

E! Network: “E!’s Live: From The Red Carpet” televised Oscar’s red carpet coverage

ABC: Oscar’s Red Carpet pre-show and Oscar’s – live broadcast

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