The 2012 Olympics and The Fresh Sound of Emeli Sande’

First, let me start by saying that it has been a quick minute since I last blogged and the reason; life simply got in the way. Nonetheless, I am back!!

As most of the world knows, the Summer Olympics in London just wrapped and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am OBSESSED!!! Not only with London Town (one of the greatest cities in the world), but with what the games stand for, peaceful unity! In a time of great unrest in this crazy world, the games brought us together to celebrate human excellence. Durning the widely anticipated opening ceremonies the history of Great Britain before, durning and after the industrial revolution was front and center in a grand theatrical procession. The show did a great job conveying the large impact Great Britain has had on the modern world. Oscar winning Director, Danny Boyle was the nights Artistic Director. At one point a female performer came on stage and started to sing. I did not recognize her but her striking look and vocal tone captivated me. This women would reman unknown to me until one late night a few days ago when I happen to land on Jimmy Kimmel live. There she was again! After searching youtube and watching all the videos I could find, I downloaded her debut album, Our Version of Events, and have been entranced ever since. I think she will not only be nominated for Best New Artist at next years Grammy Awards, but have a good chance at winning!!

Emeli Sandé, is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter. Sandé first became known to the public eye after she featured on the track “Diamond Rings” by the rapper Chipmunk. It was their first top 10 single on the UK Singles Chart. In 2010, she featured on “Never Be Your Woman” by the rapperWiley, which became another top ten hit. Simon Cowell called Sandé “his favourite songwriter at the minute”. She has written for a number of artists, including Cher LloydParadeSusan BoyleGabriellePreeya KalidasLeona LewisAlesha DixonCheryl Cole,Tinie Tempah, and Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

In 2010, she signed a publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing. She later announced that Virgin Records had given her a record deal. Sandé released her first solo single “Heaven” in August 2011. Sandé has two number-one singles across the United Kingdom and Ireland with “Read All About It” with Professor Green and “Next to Me“. Her album Our Version of Events peaked at number one in the UK, soon after its release in February 2012 . In 2012 she performed in both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.” -Wiki

Link to Emeli Sande’ videos: http://vevo.ly/zCBNoK

Cha Cha’s Movie Reviews: My Week With Marilyn

My Week With Marilyn is a film about recent collage graduate named Colin Clark ,who so badly wants to be apart of hollywood movies. While meeting actor/director Laurence Olivier and his wife at a party, Colin is pleased to find Olivier offering him a job on set of his next film project. Colin is willing to do any job no matter what it is, as long as he can be apart of making movies. He travels to London to get that job on the new film, The Prince and the Showgirl. Olivier and his wife, Vivien Leigh, arrive in London to start shooting and find Colin on set waiting. Olivier quickly adds him on as an assistant. The star of this new film is the biggest star of them all, Marilyn Monroe. Once Monroe shows up in London to shoot, she finds an eager Olivier excited to start filming and work with her.  Monroe has brought her acting coach from the states to assist with her prep. The acting methodologies of Monroe’s coach and Olivier’s directing style do not mesh well, thus causing immense tension on set. Monroe had recently married Arthur Miller, who accompanied her to England. Like many know, Marilyn had demons and insecurities that caused the actress to suffer. These insecurities lead the movie star to turn to drugs in order to cope. Colin, now the 3rd Assistant to the director, finds his path crossing with Monroe’s regularly. Soon, an innocent relationship is born which the film follows, hence the title!🙂

I found this film to be very compelling as well as an intriguing look inside the mind of a legend many in my generation know very little about. 2 time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams created a spot on Marilyn Monroe that only further supports her ability as a leading actress and puts her among the greats of our time. Eddie Redmayne, Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh, Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Toby Jones give great supporting performances. The films settings and costumes were beautiful as was the cinematography by Ben Simthard.
I give My Week With Marilyn 3 out of 5 Cha Cha Diamonds.

 

 

 

 

 

Cha Cha’s Movie Reviews: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Plot: “Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), co-owner of Swedish “Millennium” magazine, has just lost a Libel case brought against him by crooked businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström. Meanwhile, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a researcher and computer hacker, has compiled an extensive background check on Blomkvist for a job that Swedish magnate, Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) wants him to perform.

In exchange for damning information about Wennerström, Blomkvist agrees to investigate the disappearance and possible murder of Henrik’s grandniece, Harriet, 40 years ago. While hunting for clues, Blomkvist uncovers a notebook filled with information that may help explain Harriet’s disappearance.

Salander, who is under state legal guardianship due to diagnosed mental incompetency, is appointed a new guardian, lawyer Nils Bjurman (Yorick van Wageningen). He takes control of Salander’s finances and rapes her. She stuns him with a taser, blackmails him, and regains control of her life.” -W.  Soon after their paths cross, their partnership ensues and the rest is history. 

The film is set in the snowy landscape of northern Europe in Sweden and its bustling capital Stockholm. The cinematography is beautiful and helps give the film its dark modern feel. The plot is so well-developed and intricate to say the least. I love lead actor Daniel Craig  in this role and believed his performance. Before seeing this film I had doubts about Rooney Mara and was naturally curious why her performance was nominated for Best Actress at last years Academy Awards. I now understand and completely agree. Her performance was stunning. The role called for her to do some extremely dark and often disturbing scenes. At times, the film was shocking and upsetting, but those moments were needed in order for the viewer to understand this mysterious character, Lisbeth. Oscar winner Christopher Plummer was perfectly cast as the patriarch of this dysfunctional Vanger family. Robin Wright was great and I hope her character is expand in the next 2 films, of this 3 part series. The musical score, composed by Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, was haunting and had the perfect amount of intensity and suspense to enhance the films gritty feel. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards in 2011, it won one for Best Editing for Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter (their 2nd win in a row, having won the year prior for The Social Network) Overall I loved this film and can’t wait for the next one!!!!!

I give The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 4 out of 5 Cha Cha Diamonds!

 

2 Things I’m Obsessed With This Week!!

#1: I remember hearing about this Masterpiece Classic mini series coming out of England back in 2010, but I never got the chance to watch it and then forgot about it. Cut to last September and that same series was nominated for 11 Emmys. I then tried looking for it and could not find it anywhere on my local PBS. Cut to last week and I’m watching Chelsea Lately and Chelsea Handler is interviewing Shirley Manson (Lead singer of Garbage) on her show and they start talking about this British series and how they are obsessed. That’s it, I need to see this show. I pick up my computer and downloaded both seasons and one weekend later, the rest is history. Downton Abbey is that show and I am publicly announcing it has become my new obsession and it should become yours as well!! 

The series is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, the Yorkshire country house of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V. The first series spans the two years before the Great War beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, which sets the story in motion. The second series covers the years 1916 to 1919, and the 2o11 December Special covers the 1919 Christmas period, ending in early 1920. 

Cast: Starring Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill), Oscar nominee Elizabeth McGovern and 2 time Oscar, 2 time Emmy, 2 time Golden Globe, 5 time BAFTA and Tony Award winner, Dame Maggie Smith. 

#2    The legends Carol Burnett and Maggie Smith came together back in 1974 and 1975 on The Carol Burnett Show and in my opinion, created magic! All I can do while watching them is smile and think that their talents are out of this world, thus becoming obsessed with this duo! Please watch the links below!

Link: Carol and Maggie 1974

Link: Carol and Maggie 1975

Cha Cha’s Review: Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lady Gaga and Her Mother

Lady Gaga and Oprah: Oprah’s Next Chapter

About This Episode:
“Oprah travels to New York City to give the world its first look inside the apartment Lady Gaga grew up in and still calls home. And for the first time ever, Gaga’s mother, Cynthia, breaks her silence on what it’s like to be the mom of one of the most famous—and controversial—pop stars on the planet. Oprah tours the living room and sees the spot where Gaga used to practice singing like her idol, Whitney Houston. Gaga also reveals the difficult creative process she goes through each time she writes a new song, and opens up about love, marriage and motherhood. Then, Gaga gives Oprah the inside story of the famous meat dress and her alter ego, Jo Calderone.

Plus, Oprah, Gaga and Cynthia meet up at Harvard University to launch the Born This Way Foundation, Gaga’s charitable endeavor—a project that she believes is the most important work of her life”-OWN

 What a superb show Oprah and her team put on with, Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lady Gaga and her mother. Gaga is a true artist and I really felt her honesty and sincerity during this interview. The grandness of her stage act is so extravagant that one can forget she is a real person with a real family and real issues. I love her! Click the link above and watch for yourself.

Lady Gaga is a true individual who encourages people to be proud of themselves and celebrate what makes them unique, what makes them  happy,and how they choose to express that!!

I give Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lady Gaga and her mother 5 out of 5 Cha Cha Diamonds!

 

Cha Cha’s Movie Reviews: The Descendants

The Descendants was directed by Oscar winner Alexander Payne (Sideways). The screenplay was written by Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, for which all three won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay back in February, is based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film stars Oscar winner George Clooney, newcomer Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Mathew Lillard, Grammy and 3 time Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges, and was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures. 

The film is centered around Matt King, played by Clooney. King is the conservator of his family’s estate which was handed down to him on his father’s side. The king family wealth came from a union of a native Hawaiian queen who married into the King clan generations ago. With this estate came a large undeveloped parcel of land that is being sought after by huge investors. As the head of the estate, King has to make all the final decisions in any sale. The land is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and the family is eager to sell.  As the pending sale gets underway, King’s wife is in a horrible boating accident that has left her in a life threatening coma. King has two daughters played by, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller. He has been absent for the most part of the children’s lives, as he himself is a real-estate lawyer and travels between the islands regularly. The accident has forced King to reevaluate his life and try to rebuild the strained relationship with his daughters. In addition to the sale, his wife’s coma and the dysfunctional relationship with his children, he learns that his wife was having an affair with a married man. This sends king on feverish mission to find this man and confront him. The movie is defiantly sad and is at times very troubling to watch the relationship between King and his daughters unravel. I found the script to portray real life honestly and is not over dramatized just for the “movies.” I think Clooney did a fine job in the lead role as I truly forgot he was “George Clooney.” Woodley was on point and I think she will have a long career if she makes good role choices going forward. I love Judy Greer!! Greer is a character actor seen in many films we all love, (13 going on 30, What Women Want, Three Kings) and I really enjoyed her performance as the wife of Brain Speer, who was having the affair with King’s wife, Elizabeth. I don’t think it was the best film of the past year, but defiantly deserved the nomination and the Oscar for a dynamic screenplay.

I give The Descendants 4 of 5 Cha Cha Diamonds. 

4 Things I’m Obsessed With This Week!

#1: I may be a little behind on this, but I can’t stop laughing about a lady called Showcantelle Brown!! If you have not seen her videos on YouTube then you must stop reading right now and check it out!!

The opening line to her now famous YouTube video is: “My name is Shocantelle Brown and I sho can tell that you need to come down to I-Be-Weave, because you need to take care of yo hair, Okkkerrrrrrrrrr” Need I say anymore!! Shocantelle is from a small town in Kentucky called, Cooter County. The residents of this fabulous town are to die for, okkkerrrrrrrrr! You can even become a citizen of Cooter by going to http://www.cootercounty.com.

The lady behind the weave, and I could hardly beweave it, is non other than Tony nominated Broadway actress Laura Bell Bundy!! Are you kidding me, I had noooooo idea okkeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

“She is an actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway roles, both starring and supporting, as well as in television and film. Her best known Broadway roles are the original Amber Von Tussle inHairspray and the original Elle Woods in the musical version of Legally Blonde. She signed to Mercury Records Nashville and released her first country music single, “Giddy On Up,” in early 2010. The album’s second single, “Drop on By”, was released to country radio on August 9, 2010.” -Wikipedia

#2: Kony 2012: For those who have not seen or heard of this grass roots campaign to stop this horrible man in Uganda who over the last 20 years has killed thousands of Ugandans, then you must click the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc  or go to: http://www.kony2012.com

This says it all:

WHO IS JOSEPH KONY?

JOSEPH KONY IS THE WORLD’S WORST WAR CRIMINAL. IN 1987 HE TOOK OVER LEADERSHIP OF AN EXISTING REBEL GROUP AND RENAMED IT THE LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY (LRA).

THE LRA HAS EARNED A REPUTATION FOR ITS CRUEL AND BRUTAL TACTICS. WHEN JOSEPH KONY FOUND HIMSELF RUNNING OUT OF FIGHTERS, HE STARTED ABDUCTING CHILDREN TO BE SOLDIERS IN HIS ARMY OR “WIVES” FOR HIS OFFICERS. THE LRA IS ENCOURAGED TO RAPE, MUTILATE, AND KILL CIVILIANS–OFTEN WITH BLUNT WEAPONS.

THE LRA IS NO LONGER ACTIVE IN NORTHERN UGANDA (WHERE IT ORIGINATED) BUT IT CONTINUES ITS CAMPAIGN OF VIOLENCE IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, AND SOUTH SUDAN. IN ITS 26-YEAR HISTORY, THE LRA HAS ABDUCTED MORE THAN 30,000 CHILDREN AND DISPLACED AT LEAST 2.1 MILLION PEOPLE.

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF KONY 2012?

INVISIBLE CHILDREN HAS BEEN WORKING FOR 9 YEARS TO END AFRICA’S LONGEST-RUNNING ARMED CONFLICT. U.S. MILITARY ADVISERS ARE CURRENTLY DEPLOYED IN CENTRAL AFRICA ON A “TIME-LIMITED” MISSION TO STOP KONY AND DISARM THE LRA. IF KONY ISN’T CAPTURED THIS YEAR, THE WINDOW WILL BE GONE.

WE ARE TAKING ACTION TO ENSURE THESE TWO THINGS:

1) THAT JOSEPH KONY IS KNOWN AS THE WORLD’S WORST WAR CRIMINAL.

2) THAT THE U.S. MILITARY ADVISERS SUPPORT THE UGANDAN ARMY UNTIL KONY HAS BEEN CAPTURED AND THE LRA HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DISARMED. THEY NEED TO FOLLOW THROUGH ALL THE WAY AND FINISH WHAT THEY HAVE STARTED.

WHY ARE WE MAKING JOSEPH KONY “FAMOUS”?

INVISIBLE CHILDREN’S KONY 2012 CAMPAIGN AIMS TO MAKE JOSEPH KONY FAMOUS, NOT TO CELEBRATE HIM, BUT TO RAISE SUPPORT FOR HIS ARREST AND SET A PRECEDENT FOR INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE. IN THIS CASE, NOTORIETY TRANSLATES TO PUBLIC SUPPORT. IF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE CRIMES THAT KONY HAS BEEN COMMITTING FOR 26 YEARS, THEY WILL UNITE TO STOP HIM.

SECONDLY, WE WANT KONY TO BE FAMOUS SO THAT WHEN HE IS STOPPED, HE WILL BE A VISIBLE, CONCRETE EXAMPLE OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE. THEN OTHER WAR CRIMINALS WILL KNOW THAT THEIR MASS ATROCITIES WILL NOT GO UNNOTICED OR UNPUNISHED. -www. Kony2012.com

#3: Is Britney Spears joining X-factor??? She may be closer than ever! “The pop superstar is reportedly nearing a deal to become a new judge on Simon Cowell’s  “The X Factor,” The Hollywood Reporter revealed. According to a THR inside source, Spears’ fiance Jason Trawick is negotiating the final contract, which could be signed as soon as next week.”  I for one thinks this could be amazing for Brit and the show. Love you Britney!

#4: Love her or hate her, Kathy Griffin will be back on Brovo in a new late night talk show! OMG, I’m soooo excited.com.

“Yep, Kathy Griffin is moving on up since ” My Life on the D-List,” the Bravo reality show that earned her two Emmys and a couple of notches on the Hollywood totem pole. After six seasons of “D-List” and 13 Bravo stand-up specials to date (with two more on the way this year, she said, “like a damn fool”), now she’s got a new pop culture talk show to solidify her spot on the B+/A- list.

“Kathy” (premieres Thurs., April 19, 10 p.m. EST) is a one-hour weekly talk show that lets Griffin rant about anything and everything, whatever’s on her mind, from celebrity to politics. She might sometimes be accompanied by her wine-loving mom, Maggie, and she might also do the show without clothes on. But if any Bravo bigwigs are reading this, she swears she’s going to be on her best behavior. (She’s not.)” -HP

 

 

And the Oscar Goes to……..A Recap of the 2012 Academy Awards!

The night belonged to Meryl! On her 17th nomination and a 29 year wait, Mrs. Meryl Streep won her 3rd Oscar for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Not only did this legend look amazing in her gold lame’ dress, she brought the crowd to their feet when last years best actor winner Colin Firth read her name! She was charming, funny, and sincere during her emotional acceptance speech.

The Oscars are Hollywood’s biggest night, and for movie fans around the world this annual gala gives us the chance to see the brightest stars in film from the past year, as well as, some of cinema’s living legends on the same stage. The Academy Awards are awarded to the cream of the crop in a year where we saw performances that will go down as some of the greatest of all time. This year also saw some major films paying homage to the big screen in, The Artist and Martin Scorcessi’s love letter to film, Hugo.

My favorite moments of the night!!!!!!!!

Octavia Spencer won for her transcendent performance as Minnie in The Help, becoming only the 5th African-American women to win in this category in the 84 year history of the Academy Awards. It was a well deserved honor for the character actor after over 16 years in the business playing supporting roles in films we love, Never Been Kissed, Seven Pounds, Spider Man, and Being John Malkovich  to name a few

Christopher Plummer winning his first Oscar at the age of 82, becoming the oldest person to win this prize. After the career Plummer has had in such iconic films like, The Sound of Music, Up, A Beautiful Mind, The Insider and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it was a shock to many that his name had never been read before last night.

Emma Stone and Ben Stiller (more Emma than Ben) presenting in character of a first time presenter and loving the spot light!!! She is one of my favorite leading ladies and has the comedic chops of Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball. I think millions of people around the world fell in love with this young lady last night!!

Meryl Streep’s Speech and dedication to the 2 men in her life, her husband Dan and her best friend Roy. What a moment for the two of them last night. Not only did Meryl win her 3rd Oscar for The Iron Lady, but her best friend and long time hair and makeup artist, J. Roy Helland, who won an Oscar earlier in the evening for his makeup work on the film. Helland and Streep have worked together for 37 years, and she told the story of how they met at her first play in New York City, and have worked together on every one of her movies ever since. What a testament to Meryl’s character as a loyal friend and humble person to share the spotlight with Roy during her speech. I really love this woman! What a night!

The Circ de sole performance was amazing! I was in shock over the abilities of these people!! The flying acrobatics over the audience were magical and spectacular to watch on TV and I bet were even more so in person.

Overall, I think the night was classy and epic like all past Academy Awards ceremonies. I loved the production value of the show, as it is top-notch and will always be the greatest of them all. I think Billy Crystal did a good job, minus the opening, I thought it was a little lack luster for my taste. Everyone was on point and poised. 

*Side note: I’m a little sad that The Help did not win Best Picture, and that Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo did not win for Best Original Screenplay.

The winners list: 

Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson, “Hugo”
Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schavo, “Hugo”
Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges, “The Artist”
Best Makeup: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, “The Iron Lady”
Best Foreign Language Film: “A Separation”
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Best Editing: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Best Sound Editing: Phillip Stockton and Eugene Gearty, “Hugo”
Best Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley, “Hugo”
Best Documentary: “Undefeated”
Best Animated Feature: “Rango”
Best Visual Effects: “Hugo”
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”
Best Original Song: Bret McKenzie, “Man or Muppet”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Best Live Action Short: “The Shore”
Best Documentary Short: “Saving Face”
Best Animated Short: “The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Best Picture: “The Artist”

Best and worst dressed: Top 5 leading laddies (in no particular order).

Best #1: Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

Best #2: Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford.........Okay, this is my number #1!! I love Tom and Gwyneth!

Best #3: Emma Stone in Giambattista Vall

Best #4: Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Best #5: Ellie Kemper in Armani Prive

Worst #1: Melissa Leo In Reem Acra

Worst #2: Judy Greer in Monique Lhuillie

Worst #3: Jane Seymour in unknown

Worst #4: Sherri Shepherd in unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5: Penelope Ann Miller In Badgley Mischka

And The Winners are……2012 BAFTA Awards!

On Saturday night in London the 2012 BAFTA Awards were handed out, and what a night it was for The Artist.

The ceremony was held at London’s Royal Opera House. The film won six awards: Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Costume Design as well as a performance award for Jean Dujardin who won the Leading Actor BAFTA.

Meryl Streep was named Leading Actress for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady; the film also won in the Make-Up & Hair category.

The Help’s Octavia Spencer won the Supporting Actress category for The Help and Christopher Plummer won Supporting Actor for his performance in Beginners.

“The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a charity in the United Kingdom that hosts annual awards shows for excellence in film, television, television craft, video games and forms of animation.” -BFTA

The BAFTA’s are England’s highest honor and are also called the Oscars of Great Britain. The winners normally help predict the winners of the Academy Awards held a few weeks later.

 Fun Fact (and kind-of bragging, LOL), Having actually held a BAFTA, I can say they are gorgeous trophies and extremely heavy, even more than an Oscar! Thanks Gary!!!

2012 Grammy Awards Review: The Hits and The Misses!

The 2012 Grammy Awards were held last night at the Staple Center in Los Angeles. One day after the music industry and the world lost one of the greatest talents that ever graced the stage. The mood was surprisingly celebratory, yet a cloud of great sadness could be felt in the air as friends and fans alike morned this tragedy. 

The show started out with host, LL Cool J asking the world to pray with him about the immense loss felt by everyone. As they say in show business, “the show must go on.”

The Grammy’s celebrate the superb achievements of the past year in music; spanning vast genres and styles to award the winner the coveted Grammy trophy.

I have to say that in years past the show felt forced, as I think the Recording Academy was feeling the pressure to put on a great show that would boost sagging ratings that once supported the annual telecast.  In 2004 the Grammys made the Staple Center their permanent home for the ceremony, moving it from the legendary Shrine Auditorium. I personally miss the Shrine’s more elegant and intimate setting, to the more “concert” feeling of the show now.

Recap of the nights big winners: 

-Adele took home 6 awards — Album Of The year for 21, Record Of The Year for Rolling In The Deep and Best Song for writing Rolling In The Deep with Paul Epworth. Adele also took home the Grammys for Best Pop Solo Performance for, Someone Like You, Best Pop Vocal Album for 21 and Best Short Form Music Video for Rolling In The Deep.

-Kanye West was a multiple winner, taking home Grammys in categories including Best Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his collaboration with Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie on his song All Of The Lights.

Tony Bennett and the late Amy Winehouse won the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with “Body and Soul,” and Skrillex won the Best Dance Recording award for Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.

-Chris Brown won the award for Best R&B album for F.A.M.E.

-The Foo Fighters won a total of 5 awards, taking home the Grammys for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for White Limo, Best Rock Song for Walk, Best Rock Album withWasting Light, Best Long Form Music Video for Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, and Best Rock Performance for Walk.

-Indie group Bon Iver won the major Grammy for Best New Artist, “but lead singer Justin Vernon probably didn’t win over too many record executives when he said during his acceptance speech that it was “hard to accept” the award. The American ended up dedicating the award to both the other nominees and those who will “never be nominated.” -SundayTimes

-Lady Antebellum won Best Country Album for Own The Night

-Taylor Swift won 2 awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo performance for Mean.

The 2012 Grammy Winners: 

Album of the Year:  “21″,  Adele

Record of the Year:  “Rolling in the Deep”,  Adele

Song of the Year:  “Rolling in the Deep”,  Adele

Best New Artist:  Bon Iver

Best Pop Album:  “21″,  Adele

Best Traditional Pop Album:  “Duets 2″,  Tony Bennett 

Best Pop Solo Performance:  “Someone Like You”,  Adele

Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group:  “Body and Soul”,  Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

Best Dance Recording:  “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”,  Skrillex

Best Dance / Electronica Album:  “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”,  Skrillex

Best Rock Song:  “Walk”,  Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album:  “Wasting Light”,  Foo Fighters

Best Rock Performance:  “Walk”,  Foo Fighters

Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance:  “White Limo”,  Foo Fighters

Best Alternative Music Album:  “Bon Iver”,  Bon Iver

Best R&B Song:  “Fool for You”,  Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona

Best R&B Album:  “F.A.M.E.”,  Chris Brown

Best R&B Performance:  “Is This Love”,  Corrine Bailey Rae

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance:  “Fool For You”,  Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona

Best Rap Song:  “All of the Lights”,  Kanye West featuring RihannaKid Cudi and Fergie 

Best Rap Album:  “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”,  Kanye West

Best Rap Performance:  “Otis”,  Jay-Z and Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:  “All of the Lights”,  Kanye West featuring RihannaKid Cudiand Fergie

Best Country Song:  “Mean”,  Taylor Swift

Best Country Album:  “Own the Night”,  Lady Antebellum

Best Country Solo Performance:  “Mean”,  Taylor Swift

Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group:  “Barton Hollow”,  The Civil Wars

Best Spoken Word Album:  “If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)”,  Betty White

Best Comedy Album:  “Hilarious”,  Louis C.K.

 Best Musical Theater Album:  “The Book of Mormon”,  “South Park” creators Trey Parkerand Matt Stone, plus Robert Lopez

*you can see the complete list @ Grammys.com

My top 5 Favorite Moments: 

#1: Seeing the legend, 9 time Grammy Award winner, Bonnie Raitt pay tribute to 6 time winner Etta James. I love BONNIE!!!!! RIP Etta.

#2: Seeing and hearing Adele win 6, count them, 6 Grammys. Last night Adele tide for most wins in one night ever by a female artist with Beyonce’. Her performance of Rolling in The Deep was amazing and the love she must have felt from the standing crowed, had to of been overwhelming to say the least. Welcome back Adele!

#3: Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson’s amazing vocal tribute to the voice of all voices, Whitney Huston. Jennifer was presented with her first Grammy in 2008 and said publicly (I’m paraphrasing), that winning the award was almost insignificant to the fact that her idol was the one giving it to her. The fast that it was Jennifer on the same stage, showing her that same love, and paying homage to her fallen idol, leaves me speechless.

 

 

#4: One of my favorites, The Civil Wars, won 2 Grammys and performed a short but sweet bit of Barton Hollow. I love this band and their album Barton Hallow. The Civil Wars are epic. I only wish they could have sang a full version of their song on the big stage. 

#5: Lady Antebellum wining for Best Country Album over Taylor Swift. Thank God! I really like Taylor as a person, but I don’t have an emotional attachment to her music.

My Top 5 Moments I Hated: Warning, I’m about to vent.

#1: Bruno Mars!! He is so annoying and has such a huge ego. Plus, he is hard to look at and his fucking hair has got to go. Been there done that. The throw back Elves thing is tired and not original. Next………….

#2: Chris Brown not signing live. I understand that he is an amazing dancer and I like some of his music, and I’m not a singer nor an amazing dancer, and I don’t know how to sing while dancing and make it sound good but!,….Come on dude, everyone knows you are not singing!!! It’s not a dance award show! It’s about the music and last night you were not making any.com! Oh!, and on a side note, your ego is sooooo out of control that it makes me want to barf. News flash, you are not the greatest of all time you cocky little shit. Thannnnk youuuuuuu.com

#3: What the fuck are the Grammy voters thinking giving Bon Iver Best New Artist? I mean come on! Are you kidding me??? I’m sorry, love her or hate her, Nicki Minaj has had the most impact in Music last year compared to any other new artist and that should have been recognized. It reminds me when they gave this award to Shelby Lynn. Exactly, does anyone know who the fuck that is? I rest my case.com

#4: This goes for all people at awards shows or for anything held indoors. WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU WEARING YOUR SUNGLASSES INSIDE? It’s not sunny and makes you look like is a little bitch trying to be cool. News faaaalash! It does not make you look cool, it makes you look like a super douche bag.

#5: I really enjoy this person most of the time however, Nicki’s performance was extremely stupid and came across as very forced. There is no need to act like a freak just to be able to say that you are an innovative artist and performer. I actually was some-what offended by it.

In conclusion, I feel that the show was good but not great. I guess we will have to wait until next year to see if it can get better. Here’s to hoping!

Oh, and one more thing, giving out only 6 awards durning a 3.5 hour AWARD SHOW is a little crazy given that there are over 70 categories each year. #I’mJustSaying!

Whitney…The Loss Being Felt Around The World.

I sit here in shock over the news that Whitney Huston has died at the age of 48. There are truly no words to express the sadness I feel right now. I’m left with a feeling of utter disbelief. Whitney’s voice was a gift from God. If one does not think there is a God, then all you have to do is listen to that voice. There is no way that a gift like that was not hand-made in the light of greatness, and then selected and bestowed upon a little girl from New Jersey to share with the world.

I, like many, grew up listing to Whitney’s music as it became the soundtrack to my youth, adolescence, teenage, and adult years. I have so many memories that were supported (enhanced) by Whitney’s songs. I’m struggling to find the words to articulate the loss I feel. I know I never knew her and of course many millions of fans around the world feel the same as I do, but for someone who respects the gifts of music as much as I, I feel like I have lost apart of my family.

Over 10 years have gone by since the world found out about the troubles of substance abuse plaguing this legend. Never for one minute did I not wish for her the power to overcome the evil grips of addiction. I always supported her later work with no judgment or disappointment over what many said was “not the Whitney I loved.” I understand the changes life has in-store for us all and that is not to be judged.

I can say that one of the only things helping my sadness right now, is the thought that Whitney is in heaven singing with the angels and finally at peace. I pray for her family and friends and for the millions of fans around the world, that tonight are grieving the loss of someone they felt a deep, real connection to.

May this amazing women rest among the stars and light the sky with her angelic voice for eternity.

I Love you Whitney!

XOXO, A true fan for life.

Cha Cha’s Movie Reviews: 50/50

50/50 is a 2011 comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Levine, written by Will Reiser, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. The film is loosely based on the life of screenwriter Will Reiser and his surprising cancer battle at the age of 27.

Cast

I did not rush to the theater to see this movie because, well…I don’t really enjoy SethRogen. I decided to rent 50/50 On Demand and I’m glad I did. I was touched by the raw emotions of a story where tragedy leads to the discovery of what really matters in life.
Adam Lerner, (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 3rd Rock Form the Sun, 500 Days of Summer, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Inception) is a 27 year old radio producer who finds out he has a rare form of back cancer. He is reluctant to tell his mother, (played by the magnificent Oscar wining, Anjelica Huston) because she is a worrywart. His best friend, Kyle (Seth Rogen) is a crazy ass single guy who’s goal in life is to get laid, all the time! In his own way, Kyle becomes Adam’s life-line durning this trying time and even helps Adam leave his cheating girlfriend Rachel, (the divine, Bryce Dallas Howard). Along his journey to understand why he has cancer at 27, Adam meets some unlikely friends in two older cancer patients as well as his hospital therapist, Dr. Katherine McKay (Oscar nominee, Anna Kindrick). Adam discovers at a cretin point in life, you need help and It’s okay to allow the ones you love to be there for you.
50/50 is a good film and I very much enjoyed the performance of the entire cast. I highly recommend it!
I give 50/50 3 out of 5 Cha Cha Diamonds!

A “Smash” of a Review!

The highly anticipated NBC show “Smash” premiered last night and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised!

I was unsure about Smash, as some over hyped/promoted shows fall flat. As a huge fan of everything Broadway!, I wanted the show to do the theater world justice. I’m curious what the people in the inner circle of New Yorks iconic past time think? For me, anything that helps shine a light on this fascinating world of talent, hopes, and dreams, is a positive thing.

Not knowing too much about the plot, I wondered where the creators of the series would take it. My hesitation was met with an enjoyable plot-line, that I fear I will be hooked on for the long hall.

Synopsis:

The show revolves around a group of characters who come together to put on a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. But before that can happen, the people who will try to bring it all together must deal with their own personal acts. The series will feature original music by composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. PLUS!, Oscar winner, Steven Spielberg as the shows Executive Producer.

Cast:

  • Debra Messing as Julia Houston, a songwriter/lyricist and the musical’s co-writer
  • Jack Davenport as Derek Wills, the brilliant (and womanizing) director of the musical, who is hoping for a breakout with the musical even if it means putting the lead in a compromising position
  • Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright, an Iowan who lands a successful audition and becomes the favorite for the role of Monroe
  • Christian Borle as Tom Levitt, Julia’s co-writing partner on the project
  • Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn, a veteran actress who was favored to land the Monroe lead until Karen came into the picture, and finds herself competing with the newcomer
  • Raza Jaffrey as Dev Sundaram, Karen’s live-in boyfriend, who works at the Mayor’s office
  • Jaime Cepero as Ellis Tancharoen, Tom’s personal assistant
  • Anjelica Huston as Eileen Rand the musical’s tenacious producer, who is dealing with divorce proceedings from her husband, which could threaten the musical.

Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy Award winning actress, Debra Messing is someone I love and am very happy to see back in primetime! So far, I enjoy her character as a musically gifted songbird and working mother. Golden Globe and Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston is epic and I love her as the feisty soon-to-be divorce’ who wants to make her mark on Broadway without the help of her nasty husband.  Megan Hilty is refreshing to see on the small screen. Katharine McPhee is a good actress and I think I will enjoy her voice when she starts to sing more “show-tunes,” as opposed to the pop songs, i.e. Christina Aguilera’s “I Am Beautiful” (I hated that).

Overall, I think people are going to tune in to see what happens with this new musical. My only wish is that the show helps bring a new generation of fans into the theater world!!!

I give Smash, 4 out of 5 Cha Cha Diamonds!

 

 

Recap of Madonna’s Halftime Performance.

Let me start out by saying, I’m a fan of Madonna and think she is a legend in the music industry. She has paved the way for many artists of today and will undoubtably go down in history as on of the greatest entertainers of all time.

With that being said, her halftime performance at Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI was interesting to say the least. Her new song, Give Me All Your Lovin’ Feat. M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj is a watered down pop song with no real content or depth. From the cheerleader themed video to the chanting of her name throughout. It is tired, been there, heard that. There’s nothing new-sounding that would make this a relevant track in today’s climate. Madonna has made a career out of staying on top of trends, well actually,  by creating them herself. This song sounds like a bad Avril Lavigne song (side note, I like some of Avril’s songs, LOL). I really want to like it and there are a few parts of it that I do, but the majority of Lovin’ leaves me wondering, what the hell is she thinking?

Now, my thoughts about Super Bowl XLVI’s halftime show. There was enormous amounts of publicity and advertisements leading up to the “big game,” and most were centered around Madonna’s halftime show. Talk of the show was abuzz on the net! What is the Queen of PoP going to do!?! Is she going to be over the top!?! Proactive!?! Scandalous!?!

Here are 5 reasons I was underwhelmed by the show:

#1: The costumes were cheap Vegas looking, and not in a good way.

#2: She lip-sang, as did LFMAO, Nicki, and M.I.A. Come on!!, do performers really think we will not notice?????? WTF?

#3: She danced like she was unsure of what she was doing. Something that Madonna, at least to me, has never appeared to do before. Plus, she did have a little mess-up, but recovered well.

#4: To me, for the first time, it felt like she was an older women trying to act young. The cheerleading and chanting was a ridiculous concept that comes across as way to forced.com.

#5: She picked LFMAO to perform with her. Are you kidding me? They’re a joke band that look like a joke, the flavor of the month, a flavor I hope gets old fast and goes away forever.

In conclusion, I really hope this was a misstep and her other new music is better. I guess we will have to wait and see what the next single and parent album will consist of. I hope for the sake of simply liking Madonna, it changes the sourness I have in my mouth over this debacle.

PS: Kelly was incredible singing the National Anthem!!! You go girl!!!

Cha Cha’s Movie Reviews: In Time

In Time is a 2011 dystopian science fiction-thriller film starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galecki, and Vincent Kartheiser. The film, written, directed and produced by Andrew Niccol, was released on October 28, 2011.

 Cast:

  •  Justin Timberlake as Will Salas
  • Amanda Seyfried as Sylvia Weis
  • Cillian Murphy as Timekeeper Raymond León
  • Shyloh Oostwald as Maya
  • Olivia Wilde as Rachel Salas
  • Matt Bomer as Henry Hamilton
  • Christiann Castellanos as Jasmine
  • Alex Pettyfer as Fortis
  • La Monde Byrd as Minuteman Rado
  • Paul David Story as Minuteman Roth
  • Johnny Galecki as Borel
  • Vincent Kartheiser as Philippe Weis
  • Rachel Roberts as Carrera
  • Ethan Peck as Constantine
  • Yaya DaCosta as Greta
  • August Emerson as Levi, The Priest
  • Sasha Pivovarova as Clara
  • Bella Heathcote as Michele Weis
  • Toby Hemingway as Timekeeper Kors
  • Jessica Parker Kennedy as Edouarda
  • Collins Pennie as Timekeeper Jaeger
  • Christoph Sanders as Nixon
  • Faye Kingslee as Timekeeper Jean

The film takes place in a far away future, where the form of currency is time. People don’t get paid monetarily, they earn time. Everyone stops aging at 25 when their clocks start running down. Society is divided into different time zones based on geographical location, wealth and status. 6 time Grammy Award winner and 4 time Emmy Award winner, Justin Timberlake plays Will Salas, a man living in the getto where time is of the essence as you will die if it runs out. He lives with his mom Rachel Salas, played by Olivia Wild. Together they are struggling to make ends meet and budget the little time they have on a day to day basis. One night an encounter with a rich socialite from the “other side of the tracks,” leads Will to acquirer over a century added to his clock. This is when the story takes a huge turn. Now able to travel to the “rich” time zones, he experiences major culture shock. There he finds a life style of leisure and luxury, where time running out is irrelevant. Durning a lavish dinner party he meets the daughter of a wealthy bank owner, played by Amanda Seyfried. They quickly find out that the social divide between their two worlds will soon overlap in a history changing way!

          The film’s plot is very interesting and thought provoking. I was pleasantly surprised by Justin’s performance, as his work in Friends With Benefits was less then stellar, to say the least. I was entertained by this film and was left thinking about the deeper meaning of the plot. Does one really want to live forever? Do people loose their drive to achieve a fulfilled life when you have no rush? My conclusion, time gives us parameters in which we must make goals to feel a seance of purpose. If we had forever, I truly think we would be a complacent civilization where nothing matters and life becomes meaningless. Not to mention the fact that we would eventually loose room to house everyone.  

I give In Time, 3 out of 5 Cha Cha Diamonds.

Why I love Glee and Why It Sometimes Bugs the Shit Out of Me!

Glee blasted onto the scene in 2009 and has become a pop culture phenoninon. I have watched every episode and love it for the following 5 reasons.

1. Lea Michele is EPIC and has the vocal abilities reminiscent of Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Patti Lupone , Kristin Chenoweth, and Idena Menzel.

2. The show shines a light on social issues inculding, sexuial orintation, body issues, deperssion, sexual experssion, bullying, artistic expression and the “underdog,” just to mention a few.

3. They have had amazing guest stars who elevate the show with their brilliant performances including; Charice, who played Sunshine Corazon, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow played Holly Holiday and won an Emmy for her role!, John Stamos‘ as Dr. Carl Howell, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth’s April Rhodes, Tony winner Idina Menzel plays Rachel’s biological mother, rapper Eve appeared as Grace Hitchens, Neil Patrick Harris played Bryan Ryan and won his second Emmy for this role, Molly Shannon appeared during Season 1, playing McKinley’s astronomy teacher, Josh Groban played himself, Emmy winner Katie Couric played a reporter, Jonathan Groff played nasty Jesse St. James, 6 time Emmy winner, 5 time Golden Globe winner and Tony winner Carol Burnett played Sue’s mother and Nazi hunter, 2 time Emmy winner Kathy Griffin, 2 time Tony winner Patti Lupone as herself, Victor Garber as Mr. Suester’s father, Mike O’Malley as Kurt Humel’s father, and soon, Grammy winners, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan make their appearance on the show!!

4. I love most of the songs they record and even sometimes, I may like their version better then the original…..especially if Rachel, Montana, or Mercedes are singing!

5. The writing is often hilarious, charming and witty. It makes me laugh, cry and want to get up and dance!!!

5 Reasons Glee can bug the shit out of me…….

1. Although there are some amazing female vocalists on the show, all the male leads sound the same. With the exception of Chris Colfer (his falsetto, bugs me, but I love him anyways).

2. They over lip-sing to the songs. It is soooooo annyoing.org

3. Puck, has got to go. I can’t even look at him. Blaaah Blaah Barf.com

4. Damian McGinty, the kid who won the Glee Project, is boring me with his character, Rory Flanagan. He needs to go.

5. Bring back April Rhodes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ryan Murphy, are you listening to me?!?!?!?!?

Below is a breakdown of the cast and what I think of them individually…

Dianna Agron- she’s just ok to me. Her voice is so soft and I don’t enjoy listing to it because it is blah blah (I don’t feel emotion when she sings) Why they give her big songs to sing is beyond me. Yes, she is gorgeous, but come on!

Chris Colfer- Again, his falsetto voice bugs me, but I love his acting for sure, and love his character even more!

Darrne Criss- Is HOTT and I like his voice but he over “lip-sings” and makes strange over dramatised  facial expressions when he is performing.

Jane Lynch- is so great as Sue and I kind-of like her voice!

Kevin Mchale- He is good, but the rap thing is tired. He is very boy-band to me.

Cory Monteith- His voice bugs me, however, I do enjoy when he bleneds it with Lea.

Heather Morris- She is very funny and her comedic tanlets for delivering one liners is on point. She is a gifted dancer; however, she moves so fast that it tends to not look, ummm……I don’t know…but it’s intence…….maybe it looks a little out of control, or over danced??? Don’t get me wrong, she is great, I just feel that way sometimes.

Matthew Morrison- I really love his voice and wish he sang more this season. I love him with Ms. Salsbery! The motivational speaches he gives to the kids can get a little cheese-ball for me.

Mike O’Maliey- He’s a superb dramatic actor and I never knew that about him. I really enjoy his macho charicter who loves his son more then anything! Love him.

Amber Riley- She’s also EPIC!! Her voice moves me every time. She can really sing ANYTHING! I love her and hope she has a long career after the show.

Naya Rivera- She has become MY FAVORITE character and after last weeks “smooth crimal” number, I’ve become OBSSESED.com!

Mark Saling- I can’t stand him at all. He makes me want to barf. His voice is so boring. I just hate him.

Hary Shum, Jr.- Love him! He also is a phenomenal dancer. Holy Moly can this kid move. I don’t think he has a great voice, but I’m glad they have written him a deeper plot line.

Jenna Ushkowitz- I don’t have any real attachment emotionally to her or her voice. She can sing well, but there is something lacking for me. I enjoy her but, could live without.

One can argue that they hate the show, however what this show means to millions of fans is what makes it a PoP Culture phenomenon. In less then 3 years, this show has changed the way we feel about many things, but also, it has brought Music back in to the homes of millions of TV watchers around the world.

Some interesting facts about Glee!!

The songs the show has covered have sold over 36 million downloads and 11 million albums world wide! That’s huge.com

Glee has received a number of awards and nominations. In 2009, the series won five Satellite Awards: “Best Musical or Comedy TV Series“, “Best Actor” and “Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series” for Morrison and Michele, “Best Supporting Actress” for Lynch and “Special Achievement for Outstanding Guest Star” for Kristin Chenoweth. In 2010, the show won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy“. Morrison, Michele and Lynch also received acting nomination. The series was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards, with screenplays nominated in the “Comedy Series” and “New Series” categories. The Glee cast won the “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series” award at the 16th Screen Actors Guild AwardsParis Barclay and Ryan Murphy both received nominations for “Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series” at the Directors Guild of America Awards for their work on Glee. In July 2010, Glee received nineteen Emmy Award nominations, including “Outstanding Comedy Series“, “Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy Series” for Morrison and “Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series” for Michele; it won four of these, including “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” for Lynch and “Outstanding Guest Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series” for Neil Patrick Harris.

In January 16, 2011 the show won a Golden Globe for “Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy” and both Lynch and Colfer won Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series, Miniseries, or TV Film. In July 2011, Glee received twelve Emmy nominations. 

And the Winners Are……Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012!

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE

What a night for the cast of The Help, in particularly, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis. Each taking home 2 Actors!!

Taking home the Actor for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress for their dinaymic performances in the Help, they both gave classy humbled acceptance speeches and looked stunning! I’m soooo happy for them!!! I very much enjoyed the show and thought all the presenters did a great job. Very happy for the legand Christopher Plummer on his Best Supporting Actor win for the Beginners! The cast of my favorite TV show, Modern Family won for the second year in a row!! I wanted George Clooney to win lead actor, but I have not seen Jean Dujardin’s performance in The Artist. No surprise about Jessica Lange winning for American Horror Story, or Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire. The Guild loves some Alec Baldwin, as he picked up is 6th consecutive Actor for his role in 30Rock. The lovely Kate Winslet won for her role in Mildred Pierce, but was not there to receive it. Loved the Dick Van Dyke tribute to icon Mary Tyler Moore! She is so sweet and beloved by everyone. I don’t think there is a person on earth who does not have a soft spot in their hearts for MTM!!! Great show as always, SAG!!! unlit next year!

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Jean Dujardin

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Viola Davis

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Christopher Plummer

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Octavia Spencer

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES: Boardwalk Empire

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES: Morden Family

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Steve Buscemi

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Jessica Lange

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Alec Baldwin

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Betty White

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES: Paul Giamatti

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES: Kate Winslet

Cha Cha’s Movie Reviews: Hugo

Hugo is a 2011 adventure drama film based on Brian Selznick‘s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret about a boy who lives alone in a Paris railway station and the enigmatic owner of a toy shop there. It is directed by Martin Scorsese and written by John Logan. It is a co-production of Graham King‘s GK Films and Johnny Depp‘s Infinitum Nihil. The film stars Asa ButterfieldChloë Grace MoretzBen KingsleySacha Baron CohenRay WinstoneEmily Mortimer, and Jude Law.

Cast:

My goal is to see all 9 films nominated for Best Picture before the Academy Awards on February 26th.  Hugo, leading the pack with 11 noms, is a wondrous film directed by the master film maker, Martin Scorsese. This Film is set durning a time of great fantasy in 1930’s Paris. The images used to tell this tale left me awestruck and amazed. I felt like a little kid being read a grand tale of adventure and fantasy. Asa Butterfield plays Hugo Cabret, a sweet little boy who losses his beloved father (Jude Law) and is left to live with his heinous alcoholic uncle at a grand Paris train station. The family business is clock making/repair and Hugo was born with a gift to understand this complex trade. Hugo’s uncle is in charge of maintaining the clocks in the station, but decides to teach Hugo his job so he can be left alone to drink. While left to run all the clocks in the station, Hugo must also fend for himself in any way possible. His father died when they were working on repairing a broken automaton– a mechanical man who is supposed to write with a pen. Hugo mission becomes to finish the project to reveal a message he suspects, was left  for him by his father. Hugo has an encounter with the Toy shop owner in the station, played by Oscar winner Sir. Ben Kensley and the rest is history………

This film has so much heart and love that it leaves one with a renewed longing for the childlike world of magical imagination and wonderment. Asa Butterfield is purely adorable and you truly fall in love with this boy. Sacha Baron Cohen is very good as the stations Inspector, Gustav (he needs to do more real roles like this, he is a great actor) Sir. Ben Kengsley, Georges’ Melies’, is amazing and so is Chloe Grace Moretz, who play Isabelle, Georges’ goddaughter and Hugo’s best friend. Helen McCroy (ummm.. Malfoy’s mom in Harry Potter!!!) as Mama Jeanne, Georges’ wife is also very good!

Martin Scorsese’ masterpiece is like a love story to films and boy did he nail it. I think this film is one that will be watched by generations to come and hope it wins the Oscar for Best Picture.

I give it 5 out of 5 Cha Cha Diamonds!

Weekly PoP Roundup!! Week Ending: 1-28-2012

This is my first Weekly PoP Roundup!! My ongoing review of everything POP related (or, things I want to talk about of course!) at the end of each week.

 Week ending 1-28-2012!

  • Adele’s 21 album just won’t stop!!!! And this week is no different, as her “21” album hits its 17th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (95,000; down 9%). “21” has been No. 1 longer than any other album since “The Bodyguard” soundtrack wrapped a 20-week run at No. 1 on the chart dated May 29, 1993. 
  • Adele’s 3rd #1 song!!!! Just like I thought (or I should say, as I predicted), Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, dethroning Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, after 10 weeks and making history in the process.
  • Idol is back….. and Steven Tyler is as funny as ever!! I may be a little obsessed with him! J-Lo looks amazing every show, showing off her killer body and gorgeous hair! I don’t get how she had twins and now has a 6 pack???? Simply incredible.
  • Amy Winehouse’s Dad: Jean Paul Gaultier’s Tribute Show Was in ‘Bad Taste’

Jean Paul Gaultier's Amy Winehouse Tribute
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“Paris Fashion week may represent the finest handiwork in couture design, but Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest offering didn’t leave one bereaved father in stitches.“The family was upset to see those pictures,” Mitch Winehouse told The Sun of Gaultier’s show, which commemorated the late singer “We’re still grieving for her loss, and we’ve had a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy’s death.“It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life,” he continues. (The collection heavily references Winehouse’s disheveled aesthetic, reckless attitude and penchant for smoking.)

 But Gaultier stands by his intentions: “She was an icon of fashion and truly, the sense of how she mixed the clothes — it was great,” he said after Wednesday’s show. “It is very joyous.””  Thank you People.com

I think that  Gaultier was not trying to sell his clothes more then he was truly paying tribute to the Late Winehouse. I don’t see women (that can afford his designs) flocking to his stores wanting the look Amy so amazingly embodied. I think it is a very nice way to say to the fashion world that Amy was an individual and in her own way, an icon.

I only wish that people (society) were more willing to boost her up and enjoy her gift while she was alive, rather then constantly tearing her down.

Quick notes:

  • I hope Demi Moore is ok!
  • I hate Ashton Kutcher with a passion.com
  • Ryan Tedder from One Republic makes me ill and I really can’t stand his music.
  • Mariah is in the studio and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!
  • Why can’t the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion be on NOW!
  • I am trying to see all Best Picture nominees before Oscar night…..Hugo is on Sunday!
  • I LOVE Chelsea Handler and After Lately…FUNNY SHIT! If you don’t watch, please do!
  • NEW MUSIC!!! Check out:  Emily Luther and Charlie Puth. I found out about then on the Ellen Show and I love them! They have 3 songs on Itunes right now. They have covered Adele’s, Someone Like You and Lady Atabelem’s, Need you Now, Plus one original titled: Break Again! Check them out!!!!