Monday, March 26, 2012

"...Let's All Wear A Label That Says 'No Labels Allowed'..."....

Let's get something out of the way here.

Every talent deserves its own recognition.

And while it's inevitable, and unfortunate, that media insists on their asinine labeling of people, Jonathan Antoine is no Susan Boyle.

He is, and deserves to be, Jonathan Antoine.

So, please, media lightweights, class up the industry a little by singing the praises of talent found instead of embarrasing yourselves by trying to come up with cute nicknames.

Now, here's the thing.

Jonathan does, in fairness, share one critcal quality, besides a beautiful singing voice, with Susan.

The opportunity to prove, once again, to all of us that we demean only ourselves when we insist on judging books by covers.

And as for the teasers and bullies whose cruelty took their toll on this kid, here's something you might find useful to know...

Jonathan Antoine can lose weight and will still be a brilliantly gifted singer.

You, on the other hand, will always be assholes.

I think poetic justice would be more than served if Jonathan includes a special bonus recording on his inevitably successful first CD.

Words and music by Taylor Swift.

"Someday / I'll be/ big enough so you can't hit me / and all you're ever gonna be / is mean"....

Nice work, young Antoine.

And extra props for sticking by your partner, there....
Break a leg.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"..When A Quart Of Haagen-Daas Just Won't Get You Over Him...."

Just came across a benchmark moment in the evolution of the female pop singer.

Was a time "if you break my heart / I'll cry forever..."

Comes the time "if you break my heart / I'll kick your ass..."

Hell hath no....yada, yada.

Semper fi.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"...And Delta 'Delilah'...".....

This just in from the land of cutting edge entertainment...

ABC-TV is working on the pilot for a new TV show called Nashville. The Hollywood Reporter describes the series as a “family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene revolving around one star at her peak and another on the rise.”

It remains unofficial, but MusicRow has learned that the pilot episode will be taped in Nashville.

Starring as Rayna, the country singer struggling to stay at the top, will be Connie Britton, known for roles on ABC’s Friday Night Lights and FX’s American Horror Story.

Hayden Panettiere, who first rose to prominence on ABC’s Heros, will play rising star Juliette Barnes.

The project is from ABC Studios, Lionsgate and Gaylord Entertainment, with Gaylord’s Steve Buchanan as an executive producer.

According to THR, on board are writers and executive producers Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) and R.J. Cutler, who will also direct the pilot. Other actors set for the show include Powers Boothe, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Robert Wisdom and Eric Close.

Here's the thing.

Given Hollywood's track record at accurately portraying Nashville, my admittedly unsolicted advice is as follows...

Callie Khouri should revisit her previously successful Thelma and Louise bag of tricks and end the pilot episode (and series, for that matter) with the entire cast driving off a cliff into freeze frame/fade to white.

Water coolers nationwide will be abuzz the next morning discussing the landmark TV show that killed itself off right out of the box.

Admittedly, a series that purposely lasts only one episode isn't going to get much in the way of long term benefit.

But the attention generated here will not only trump any other entertainment news that following morning, it will be the only attention the series would get after the first episode anyway.

Trust me.