Dancing With the Stars

'Smash,' Lady Gaga, 'Pariah' Honored at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Last night, the first section of the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented in New York City in an event hosted by Glee‘s Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera. The awards, which will continue April 21st in Los Angeles, honor media outlets, people and programs across the board “for their fair, accurate and… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. For reasons unclear to us (OK, not really, it’s a paycheck), the lovely Judy Greer has joined the cast of Two and a Half Men. She’ll be playing the role of Ashton Kutcher‘s soon-to-be ex-wife. [via Vulture]

2. This drawing — which was recently purchased by a couple in Britain… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. So, Kanye West performed his new album last night at Bowery Ballroom, and he said some things. Ten minutes worth of things. Namely about George Bush and Taylor Swift. (video) [via The Awl]
2. Not that we usually care about Dancing with the Stars, but we have to admit that we’re… Read More

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A History of Game Show Scandals More Serious Than Bristol Palin’s

Bristol Palin caused quite a stir by moving on to the finals in Dancing with the Stars, despite low scores from judges, potentially due to an outpouring of support from fans of her mom. Some folks were upset enough to take a shotgun to their TV. “This year has not been about the dancing,” one oddsmaker told Bloomberg. “This year is about popularity.” In light of the “scandal,” DWTS is changing their voting system to give the judges’ votes more weight. Of course, any time we see people succeed on TV contests, we may become jealous and start looking for foul play. Here are five cases where viewers really did have a reason to be suspicious. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. House Majority Leader Tom Delay will be on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. [via Mediaite]
2. New Yorker critic David Denby says Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is too silly to be enjoyed, even as a joke. [via The Daily Beast]
3. Peter Jackson-produced District 9 topped the… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Lollapalooza. [via Pitchfork]
2. Germany’s Central Council of Jews wants to republish a critical version of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, a book that has been banned in the country since the end of World War II. [via PW]
3. Have you ever eaten from the most expensive hot dog cart… Read More

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Broadway Newcomer Burn the Floor Is Not Your Grandfather’s Ballroom

Choreographer Jason Gilkison says that Burn the Floor, the ballroom extravaganza that opens on Broadway this Sunday, is his grandfather’s legacy. It’s a bittersweet story: Sam Gilkison opened Australia’s first ballroom dance school in 1931, and young Jason grew up to be a world champion Latin and ballroom dancer. But the elder Gilkison didn’t live to realize his dream of popularizing ballroom among the general public. When he died 12 years ago, the dance form was considered irrelevant and hopelessly out of… Read More

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TV Conspiracy Theories: How Cloris Leachman Has Pulled One Over On America

For the first time since she played MRS. GARRETT’s sister Beverly Ann on THE FACTS OF LIFE, CLORIS LEACHMAN is relevant to our lives again.

Critics have said she’s dancing on “borrowed ballroom time.” DANCING WITH THE STARS staffers are allegedly concerned that Leachman is a loose canon and going to wreck the show. FLORENCE HENDERSON has said that she makes old people look bad and SUSAN LUCCI is annoyed that she might be eliminated tonight while a no-talent nutter like Leichman gets to stick around.

The weirdest part of all this senior citizen brouhaha? The fact that we actually care. … Read More

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