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Idol Blogga: All you need to know about tonight’s American Idol

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Number 12 in your program book, number one in your heart

“Keep it real, boys..come on, now!” Randy “Dog” Jackson
Theme: 60s
David Hernandez, Glendale, CA: Wilson Pickett’s Midnight Hour; I thought it was terrible–like cruise ship singing. Simon says: “It was better than I thought it was going to be–you need to loosen up a bit. I loved the beginning of it.”

Chikeze, Englewood, CA: Lounge singing, not great. Randy had mixed feelings, called him an “old fashioned singer.” Simon says: “I absolutely hated the whole performance. The suit is hideous, the wink was hideous…it was all old-fashioned corny..this was so old-fashioned.”

David Cook, Springfield, MO: Singing The Turtles Happy Together: Lounge singing, I mean, it’s like a school play. Simon says: “I thought it was good–you almost made it believable.

Jason Yeager, Grand Prairie, Texas: Singing the traditional Moon River. It’s not bad, but he’s no Johnny Mathis. Simon says: “I think it was very cruise ship–the whole performance. It was very middle of the road.”

Robbie Carrico, Melbourne, FLA: Singing Three Dog Night’s One. It’s ok…he’s actually a good singer, but I think he should have chosen another song. The audience seemed to like him. It was one of Randy’s favorite Three Dog Night “joint.” Simon says: “The only current performance we’ve seen so far. I’m not sure you’re comfortable with the rock thing.”

David Archuleta, Murray, UT: He seems like a nice kid. Singing Smokey Robinson’s Shop Around. He’s good, but it’s a really high school musical version–a bit too pedestrian. “Yo, this kid is ready to go,” said Randy. Simon says: “When you’ve got it, you’ve got it…best performance of the night, by far.”

Danny Noriega, Azusa, CA: Singing Jailhouse Rock. He’s good, but this version of the Elvis classic is beyond lame. This was like bad, bad karaoke. Simon says: “I thought it was verging on grotesque. The whole performance was hideous.” Paula seems to be as drunk as a yard rat–so bad, she’s even has the hiccups.

Luke Menard, Crawfordsville, IN: Singing Harry Nillsson’s Everbody’s Talking At Me, which is one of my favorite songs. This version is, eh, not so good. Randy and Paula weren’t crazy about the performance. Simon says: “It was forgettable. No one is going to remember that as a great performance or a great vocal.”

Colton Berry, Staunton, VA: Singing Suspicious Minds, which IS my favorite song. He’s doing a good job. My favorite performance so far. Simon says: “It was OK–it wasn’t quite as bad as the other Elvis song. I got nothing from that song–it was young kid singing an Elvis song well.”

Garret Haley, Elida, OH: Singing up Neil Sedaka’s Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. He has a good voice, as this is my first time to hear him sing. It’s really not bad, but the performance is bland. Simon says: “It was boring and you look terrified and like you’ve been shut up in your room for a while.”

Jason Castro, Rockwall, Texas: Singing the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Daydream. He’s playing guitar and he sings well. Paula loved it. Simon says: “I thought it was in the top two performances of the night. You, like David, have got it. You made it sound current.”

Michael Johns, Buckhead, GA: Singing The Doors Light My Fire. He was my favorite male during the auditions. The crowd loves him. Randy loves him–“That was hot.” Paula loves him, too. Simon says: “The most consistent contestant we’ve had . You’ve just got it.”

My Top Performances: Michael Johns and Jason Castro.

Voted For: Michael Johns

Expected To Be Voted Off: Chikeze and Danny Noriega

For a different Idol experience, check out Sheena’s Scene Now.

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Everything everybody should be taking about on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Because Life Doesn’t Write Itself

  • Glenn McCullough: His new ad claims that “he’s not cool,” “he’s old school” and “he’ conservative.” Ahhh…just the way we like it. He was also recently endorsed by Tupelo Mayor Ed Neely and several other present and former mayors.
  • William Gaines: The MAD Magazine creator is getting the biopic treatment from John “Thriller” Landis. Gaines also created Tales From The Crypt and other horror titles, which will be the subject of the film.
  • Molly Ringwald: The star of Sixteen Candles turned 40 yesterday. And to think, we’re still not yet married.
  • Lindsay Lohan: The troubled actress has posed nude for New York Magazine in celebration of Marilyn Monroe. A bad biopic on Lifetime would have been plenty Lindsay. For the curious.
  • The Office: It returns with all new episodes on April 10. Hey, at least it’s coming back.
  • Horton Hears A Who: The latest Dr. Seuss adaptation stars Jim Carrey, Carroll Burnett and Steve Carell. It looks to be the best Dr. Seuss since the old school Chuck Jones cartoons. (See the trailer below)
  • Big Brother 9: An autism advocacy group is demanding an apology from CBS for insensitive remarks made recently the reality show. I just want Big Brother to go away…forever.
  • Blu Ray vs HD DVD: HD DVD loses the battle…but really, who cares? I mean, really? Whatever…The real winner will always be Netflix or the $5 bargain DVD bin at Wal-Mart.
  • American Idol: The top 24 begin their journey tonight. I’m too lazy to call, so I’ll just text my vote instead.
  • My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad: Maybe, but everybody’s better than Dan Cortez.
  • It’s Election Day In Nettleton:
  • Bush 41: He endorsed John McCain on Monday. And 42 kept on yelling.
  • Paul McCartney: The divorce turns expensive for Sir Paul as Heather Mills will not accept a $50 million settlement and a judge will now determine how much of Paul’s estate she shall receive. “I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love…”
  • The Raveonettes Lust Lust Lust: The duo’s new album finds them trading in the David Lynch for the Quentin Tarrantino, as the band puts the art rock behind and turns up the surf guitar riffs and 60s power-pop vocal arrangements. If you buy only one album today, buy this one.
  • The Flu:Who’s that bad mother..shut yo mouth. Yep, there’s a strain of flu that is resistant to drugs…10 cases in Chicago. And, if that’s not scary enough, one is dead in China from bird-flu. ” That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane and Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn – world serves its own needs…”
  • iTunes: The place to download every performance from American Idol starting tonight. Yes, every performance.
  • Mississippi State Lottery: The gaming commission is opposing it. Tennessee and Louisiana are happy and the state’s education system continues to lose….revenue, which is a huge gamble.
  • Clinton/Obama Bickering: Today, it was about some rhetoric in an Obama speech. Tomorrow, it’ about which flaover of Wisconsin Kringle is the best (Dude, it’s totally rum raisin–everyone knows that).
  • Michael Clayton/American Ganster: Both drop on DVD today. For a complete listing of today’s releases, please go to Amazon.com.
  • Empty Bowl Luncheon: It’s coming March 5 and it’s for the March of Dimes. It’s soup, an artisan soup bowl and Kay Bain. For more information, check out WTVA online.
  • Steve Guttenberg: He’s going to be on this season’s Dancing With The Stars along side Adam Corolla and tennis star Monica Seles, among others. Next year, Oscar The Grouch, Fat Albert and The Dancing Bear from Captain Kangaroo are scheduled to compete.
  • Dick Rice: No Dick Rice sightings today.
  • Where Have I heard That?: It was a Ford Focus commercial. The song was Cold Hands, Warm Heart by Brendan Benson.
  • Horton Hears A Who: The Trailer

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The Dirty Disher is one of the web’s most popular gossip bloggers. Nominated for a Blogger’s Choice Award, more and more people are getting their daily dose of Hollywood from The Dirty Disher, be it about Blohan (Lindsay Lohan), Ol’ Poontang (Britney Spears) or the rest. This week, the ever-mysterious Disher joins our Mile-High-Five-Club.

1. Art: I adore art in any form, the stranger the better. I think it’s all about the way it makes people react, so, even bad art is good. I have some papers from some University that say I know about art, but, I still don’t know what I like. That’s one of them there avant garde, artsy fartsy jokes (feel free to roll your eyes). I’d like to be Yoko Ono and break up a band, but, no one in the band will sleep with me, so I just paint and wear weird hats. It works for me.

2. I’m passionate about caffeine and nicotine: I’m pretty sure they’re in the major food groups, if they aren’t, then some city slicker that writes nutrition articles for Yahoo in a java cafe on his friggin’ Mac is just lyin’. I also have a beef jerky addiction. I’m not proud of it and I’m thinking Circe Lodge or Promises might be my next stop, but, I’m waiting for Blohan or Britney to check back in, so I can score an exclusive while I sweat out the pain of lack of hot and spicy jerky.. in my vegan clogs.

3. I’m so passionate about hating music in movies unless it’s a musical or actually about music: Otherwise it’s a gigantic humongo pain in my ass. Dude, if you are riding a horse across a mountain, let me hear horse hooves and the wind, maybe and occasional cowboy fart..not Celine Dion. I want to kill music in movies. It’s a personal quest.

4. I’m passionate about bargains, yet I love designer crap: I want to tell the world I care nothing for material possessions, yet, I have a secret closet just for hand bags. But, I love being cheap–if someone actually notices a label I’m wearing, I can’t help but grin and slyly say “I got it at a yard sale for 5 bucks!” It’s orgasmic.

5. Mostly, I love blogging: Like the song says “you’ve got to wake up in the mornin’, with a smile on your face”……but, if you can’t do that, grab some coffee, a cigarette, and trash someone you don’t know. The hilarious lawsuit threats in your mailbox will keep you busy all day.

The Dirty Disher …celebrity gossip dished daily with no sympathy.

http://thedirtydisher.blogspot.com/

Everything everybody should be taking about on President’s Day, February 18, 2008

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Because Life Doesn’t Write Itself

  • Dr. Condoleezza Rice: The Secretary of State’s name is making the rounds in the media as a possible VP on the McCain ticket. It would definitely make the McCain Campaign more palatable.
  • Chad Bumphis: The THS wide Receiver is being courted by several schools in the SEC. Let’s hope he stays in the Magnolia State.
  • Dixie: One of my favorite shelter dogs has found a home. Now, if we can only find one for Merlin and the rest.
  • American Idol Blue Tongues: No, it wasn’t a silent protest or proof of alien life forms– it was lollipops. Lollipops. Suckers….
  • LOST (ABC): Even with the black smoke and polar bears and Kate’s beautiful complexion after 100 days on the island, the recent Sayid episode wasn’t “real enough” for New York Magazine. Ahahahahaha…that’s like the funniest thing ever.
  • Knight Rider 2008: It seemed very exciting with Will Arnett on board as KITT. Then suddenly, Arnett was booted and replaced with Val Kilmer. But the Hasselhoff surprise made it all worthwhile.
  • Girl Scout Cookies: It’s that time of year again, so get your boxes at the Link Centre in Tupelo. Try the new Cinna-Spins, packaged in individual 100 calories-per-serving packs. Or get depressed and eat a whole box of Thin Mints for old times.
  • Simpsons (FOX): The volatile story of Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen was reinvented with Nelson and Lisa and Bart as Johnny Rotten. Plus, the Buzzcocks’ Ever Fallen In Love was used in a montage. The Buzzcocks on FOX?!
  • Gone Country: On a visit to the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Bobby Brown was deeply moved by the sick children. My niece had a lung removed at Vanderbilt in the Summer of 2007. I am so thankful to God and the staff for saving her life. If you are unfamiliar with the hospital, more information can be found at its website.
  • Jumper: The sci-fi adventure blew away its competition at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Definitely, Maybe did not so well.
  • Nancy Reagan: The Former First Lady was hospitalized after a fall in her LA home on Sunday. We wish her a speedy recovery.
  • Saturday Mornings With Kay Bain: This week, fiddler Willie was out sick. Tony Bain did a great version of Purple Rain, The whole band got down on When The Saints Go Marching In and the Kevin Waide Project played some Sam Cooke. And somebody is about to celebrate her 86th birthday in a small town near you.
  • B52s: The legendary Athens, GA band returns from then abyss with their new single Funplex. Ahhhh…thank God someone is making substantial pop music again. The same cane be said for Gnarls Barkley’s new single, Run, which is full of pumped-organ-60s-garage-rock goodness.
  • George A. Romero: The venerable director who uses zombies as social commentary returns this week with his new film, Diary of the Dead. A new interview with Romero can be found in Entertainment Weekly.
  • Kosovo: The nation has officially declared its independence from Serbia. Former President Clinton is said to be taking full credit for the declaration.
  • Amy Winehouse: The tormented Grammy winner is being chastised by drug addicts Keith Richards and Natalie Cole. I suppose that one can easily afford to repair their glass houses when they are rich and famous.
  • Guitar Hero Aerosmith: America’s favorite (best) rock band gets the video game treatment from Guitar Hero. Man, it seems as if the Guitar Hero franchise is really trying to convert me to their masses.
  • Oprah: It’s a comedy summit today with guests Carrol Burnett, Steve Carrell and Jim Carey. Watch to see Oprah struggle to dominate the conversations.
  • The White Stripes Conquest Ep: The maxi-single for Conquest gets help from Beck, who plays on/produces three new songs. It’s like a little slice of listening heaven.
  • Daniel Lee Update: His film, Memphis Zombie Attack: The Documentary, won an award for best short documentary this weekend at the Magnolia Film Festival. Congratulations!
  • Dick Rice: There were no Dick Rice sightings over the weekend…but today starts a new week.
  • Where Have I Heard That?: It’s our new feature. The song is The W.A.N.D, the band is the Flaming Lips–because music is more than just commercials.

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Daniel Perea, commonly known as Daniel Lee, (or Dr. Daniel when he’s fronting his band–Dr. Daniel and the Rockabilly Vampires) has a penchant for zombies and B-grade horror movies. In fact, the film maker from Blue Springs, held the world-premiere for his campy nod to the McCarthy era, OCHO: Arachnid From Hell, on Halloween night at the Malco in Tupelo. Playing to a packed-house, OCHO tells the story of a radioactive spider on the loose in Guntown, with a communist sub-plot to help heighten the paranoia.

“I have been in love with science fiction and horror since my earliest memory of seeing The Empire Strikes Back (at a drive-in no less) in 1980,” said Lee. “ So years later, as an adult, it was pretty inevitable that I would delve into filmmaking. My first real film was a music video for “Graveyard Road”– a song I wrote on one of my musical projects. I had a Kodak digital camera and two 16mb memory cards.”

Lee is no stranger to the film-festival circuit, and he will make his return to Starkville tonight. Memphis Zombie Attack: The Documentary will be shown during the 11th Annual Magnolia Film Festival at Hollywood Premiere Cinemas at approximately 8:50 PM. The film is a “nine-minute documentary chronicling the first zombie walk event held in Memphis, The Memphis Zombie Attack. This event took place on May 25, 2007,” Lee said.

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain (PRCM): Are you showing in any other festivals besides the Mag?

Daniel Lee (DL): I’ve submitted to a couple and I am awaiting a response. I plan on submitting to a couple more. They usually don’t tell you whether your film has been accepted until less than a month before the festival begins.
My films have previously screened in five different festivals. And for the record, Oxford rejected me this year. Boo!

PRCM:Are you looking forward to the Mag?

DL: Absolutely. Out of all of the festivals I’ve attended, it’s been by far the best. It was the first in Mississippi, and I like to say “The first one is still the best one.” I’m eager to meet and share ideas and stories with other filmmakers.

PRCM: Why “Memphis” and not “OCHO?”

DL: Film festivals apparently don’t appreciate the finer points of OCHO’s production values… or rather lack thereof. I’m not sure they fully understand it’s SUPPOSED to be bad, as no festival has yet accepted it. Or perhaps they weigh this incredibly absurd giant spider movie against some truly original work of absolute genius…. and they simply can’t justify rejecting the epic masterpiece in favor of a silly b-movie. They have a limited amount of time they can devote to features and have to reject quite a few movies. I can’t really blame them for including OCHO among the rejects.

PRCM: Were you surprised with “OCHO’s” reception in Tupelo?

DL: Yes, I was. I had assumed this town was gonna be really apathetic toward a homegrown b-movie. And with the VHS and cable TV generation of today, I wasn’t sure if anybody ever really watched any of the old black & white, drive-in shlock I know and love. So I wasn’t sure they’d really get the movie. But they came out in droves on a Tuesday night, loved the movie, and demanded more. What more could I possibly ask for?

PRCM: How do you feel about the current state of cinema? Are there any great directors left?

DL: The current state of mainstream cinema is pretty awful. I think the underground is where you’re more likely to find something interesting. There are a handful of standout directors still out there in Hollyweird. Ridley Scott still makes a great movie now and then. And on a more recent note, the Coen Brothers (currently up for a few Oscars) deserve a lot of credit for having been able to consistently make unique films exactly the way they want to make them without much studio interference. And what most people don’t know is that Joel Coen was the editor on Evil Dead. So I give him bonus points for that!

PRCM: Do you approach film making as art or entertainment?

DL: I definitely approach it as art. What makes film unique is that it takes the combination of all other artforms to create it. Writing, acting, painting, photography, sculpture, architecture, clothing design, music, dance, graphic design, choreography…. Most, if not all of these come into play somewhere in the creation of a movie. Even though some film is obviously created as nothing more than an entertainment product to generate profit (*cough*Transformers*cough*), somewhere there is someone who probably holds it in high esteem as a work of art. I certainly think of movies like The Giant Gila Monster and Wild Guitar to be works of art.

PRCM: What’s next from Daniel Lee?

DL: I’m currently working on the much-anticipated sequel to OCHO – It Came From Beyond Beyond. The project is in pre-production. I’m currently still finalizing the story in my head. Even so, I will probably shoot a couple of scenes in a week or two, simply because a cast member is in the Air Force and has only a short window of opportunity for me to shoot him before being deployed overseas. The rest of production probably won’t start for months. I don’t even have a monster to attack the actor yet, but it should appear that he is being attacked by one in the finished product. That’s the magic of movies for ya!

Hot-links: Daniel Lee/Suicide Kings Films

Everything everybody should be taking about on Friday, February 15, 2008

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Because Life Doesn’t Write Itself

  • Mitt Romney: He has officially endorsed John McCain. Now, if only that pesky Mike Huckabee would do the same.
  • Tupelo Symphony Orchestra: They will be performing American Music, American Voices tonight at the Link Centre. Jack Reed Sr. will be the guest speaker. More information can be found at the Link Centre online.
  • 11th Annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival: The state’s oldest film festival continues tonight ad tomorrow at Hollywood Premiere Cinema in Starkville. Local film maker Daniel Lee will be showing his film Memphis Zombie Attack: The Documentary tonight. Read more about Lee and his film in Pop-Rock Candy Mountain later today.
  • Blue Mountain: America’s favorite band from Oxford will be performing tonight at the Hi-Tone in Memphis. Ticket information can be found here.
  • Gretchen Wilson: The female member of the Musik Mafia will be performing tonight at Gold Strike Casino in Tunica. For more information, call 1-888-245-7529.
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland: The blues legend will be joining Shirley Brown, J. Blackfoot and others tonight for a Blues Bash at Sam’s Town Casino in Tunica. For more information, click here.
  • Saturday Morning Show With Kay Bain: My favorite morning program is only a day away! Thank goodness for my DVR. This week’s special guest will be the Kevin Waide Project, who will also be playing the Boondocks Grill Saturday night.
  • Aretha vs Beyonce vs Beyonce’s Dad: “Hey 19, that’s Aretha Franklin. She don’t remember the Queen of Soul…”
  • LOST (ABC): The fourth member of the Oceanic Six? Syid. Jack admits that, after 100 days, he misses baseball.
  • Jane Fonda: She let one “slip” on Today. But the worst part is that she’s 70 and starring in the Vagina Monologues. Ewwwww….
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: The NASCAR driver finished first in his qualifying competition, his second in two races for Hendrick Motorsports, his new team. Also, Danny Hamlin won in a foreign car for the first time in a long time. His car? A Toyota.
  • Make-A-Wish Grant Writing: The Make-A -Wish Foundation will be holding a seminar on how to write grants for the non-profit organization at the Link Centre on Saturday. More information on the seminar can be found here.
  • Dexter (CBS): The sublime Showtime series comes to network TV on Sunday.
  • Adrienne Shelly: The slain actress/director’s killer (read: murderer) was given a reduced sentence as his charges were dropped to first degree manslaughter. Shelley made on of my favorite movies of 2007 , Waitress. It breaks my heart every time I watch it.
  • Survivor: Micronesia (CBS): Fan Mary was voted out at Tribal Council. The real question is when is Survivor going to get voted off? It is so boring that I doubt if I will be able to make it through the whole season.
  • Dick Rice: No Dick Rice sightings today. One time my band played on the Mornin’ Show and Meteorologist John Dolusic said we “sounded like Blind Melon.” That was awesome. Here’s the mighty Chicago. Have a great weekend!

aalloyd.jpg Unconditional true love has been the subject of countless novels, poems, songs and films. For the romantic, it is the catalyst for life itself, the search for the perfect other, traditionally known as the soul-mate. But does this concept actually exist in modern society, or is it a fabricated Hollywood theme that is more fantasy or fiction? This a question that first-time film maker Sabrina McLarty hopes to answer in her film, The Search For Lloyd.

The Search For Lloyd refers to Lloyd Dobler, the fictional character made famous by John Cusack in director Cameron Crowe’s 1989 film, Say Anything, which Entertainment Weekly named the “greatest modern romance movie” in 2002.

The Search for Lloyd is a documentary about trying to find Lloyd Dobler, the perfect male specimen that was characterized in the film Say Anything by John Cusack,” said McLarty. “And it’s not really just based upon women looking for “Lloyds,” it’s about the search for ‘movie’ love or ‘fairy tale’ love. It almost feels these days that real, unconditional love doesn’t exist anymore. I love Say Anything’s story and when I talk to other people about it, they say the same thing –‘Where can I find a Lloyd?’ He’s a very sweet and genuine guy. He opens doors, listens, checks up on you and not to mention the stereo thing. Guys don’t seem to go to great lengths anymore to obtain a woman and/or keep a woman–neither do women for that matter.”

The 22 year old Saltillo resident was so inspired by Crowe’s film that she and two friends,Traci Tanner and Claire Gentry, also of Saltillo, decided to document their quest for the proof of true love.

“Claire and Traci will be the ones going on dates and such for the film, reporting and all that. Considering I am married, I can’t very well do the dating thing,” noted McLarty.

“We want to get a lot of people’s views and experiences with relationships and try to find out why these wonderful relationships stopped or did they every really exist in the first place,” McLarty stated. ” Divorce rates are so high these days and people don’t stay happy with their mates anymore. We want to know why? Is it because there are no Lloyd’s or Andie’s (Molly Ringwald’s character in Pretty In Pink, McLarty’s favorite John Hughes film) out there for us? That’s what we are trying to find out. I really want to show people that love can be like it is in the movies–but no one wants to try anymore. I don’t know very many people that are happy with their love lives, because they have so many other distractions.”

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McLarty plans to start the interviewing process for the film in the near future and is already looking towards its completion.

“I would really like to have it finished by fall to enter into film festivals. Dr. Daniel (Lee) has given me the film festival fever and I would like to have a try at it myself,” she said. McLarty starred in Lee’s 2007 salute to 1950s B-movies, Ocho: Arachnid From Hell. She will also be starring in the sequel, It Came From Beyond Beyond, which begins filming soon.

Anyone wishing to contact McLarty to be a part of The Search For Lloyd process, can do so at her MySpace page.

Sabrina McLarty joins the Mile-High-Five-Club:

1. The Search for Lloyd – I’m very into this project trying to get all my interviews and so forth lined u so I can get to the actual filming.
2. Doctor Who – I don’t have television I usually just watch movies all the time, but my sister has been bringing me discs with the new seasons on it. I absolutely love Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who. That would be another guy for me.. Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who, why can’t he be real?

3. Maroon 5 – This band is a good bit out of my norm for music, but for some odd reason, I absolutely love them. It does help that Adam Levine is an amazingly sexual singer and he’s gorgeous.
4. It Came from Beyond Beyond – Dr. Daniel’s next project, which is the “sequel” to Ocho Arachnid from Hell. We are about to start filming soon and I’m very very excited about it. I believe it will be even better than Ocho and I love acting.. not that you could call my “acting” real acting, but I thoroughly enjoy it anyway.
5. Across the Universe – I actually just saw this movie Tuesday (Feb. 5th) when it came out on DVD, but I’ve already fallen in love with it. Musicals are one of my favorite things in the world and this one is marvelous. I recommend it to all.

Photo: (Left to right: Traci Tanner, McLarty, Claire Gentry) Courtesy: Sabrina McLarty

For more Information: Say Anything; The Search For Lloyd

Everything everybody should be taking about on Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: I Love You Like A Biscuit Loves Butter!

  • Paul Thorn: Limited-edition copies of his new album will be on sale tonight during his show at the Lyric. Included in the CD will be a recording of his acoustic show at the Lyric in 2007. Y’all show Paul some love…Tickets were still available as of the publishing of this blog. Tickets can be purchased at the Lyric Theater.
  • Reba/Kelly Clarkson: If it’s not sold-out yet, it probably will be by show time (7:30 PM). More information can be found at BancorpSouth Arena Online.
  • Jumper/Definitely, Maybe/The Spiderwick Chronicles: If the concerts aren’t on your agenda for tonight, these three new movies opening today (well, SC opened yesterday)may make for the perfect date night. Jumper is playing at the Malco at 4:55 and 7:15. Romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe is playing at the Cinemark 8 at 4:50 and 7:30; The Spiderwick Chronicles is also playing at the Cinemark at 4:30 and 7:00. The Pop-Rock Candy Mountain best bet for Valentine’s Day Movie Night is Definitely, Maybe, which is also the name of one of my favorite albums by Oasis.
  • Fusion 205: A limited Valentine’s Day menu will be offered tonight, including Tempura Shrimp or Blackened Steak Strips appetizers, Duck Salad or Fusion Chicken Tikka and entrees such as Surf and Turf, Be Mine Orange Roughy and Lady and The Tramp Spaghetti. Reservations are required (662-842-7205). The seating is fairly limited before seven, so the best bet may be for a later dinner.
  • The Bistro on Main: Although the eatery is booked solid tonight, a three-course lobster and fondue dinner will be served. The special includes traditional gruyere cheese fondue, surf and turf fondue (fillet and lobster tail) and chocolate fondue. Diners can also feast on a seafood menage a trois, which includes salmon, scallops and shrimp. According to Fondue Recipes.com, “Cheese fondue was invented out of necessity. In the remote and isolated mountain villages in the Swiss Alps people had to rely upon locally made food. Over 100 varieties of cheese fondue exist, each with a unique name and different blend of cheeses, wine and seasoning.” A nifty fondue recipe can be found here.
  • Fairpark Grill/Park Heights: Although the restaurants will not be offering Valentine’s specials, a spokesperson at both locations encouraged diners going to Paul Thorn or Reba to make plans to arrive early. Fairpark Grill anticipates the dinner rush to be in full swing by 4:30 p.m.
  • Northeast Mississippi American Red Cross: The local chapter was hit hard financially after the recent tornadoes in and around Lafayette County. Please support them with your donations, including attending the benefit to be held by the Tupelo Young Professionals on February 26 at the Bistro on Main. Read more about the local chapter’s plight in an editorial in the Daily Journal.
  • Obama vs Clinton: With a growing lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barrack Obama could be coasting to a Democratic nominee victory. Of course, this is much, much much, much to the chagrin of Clinton.
  • J.J. Abrams Star Trek Movie: As if Valentine’s Day wasn’t sad enough for me, the Abrams-directed Star Trek movie has been pushed back from Christmas to May 2009. Man, I wasn’t even planning on being a dork in 2009. Dang.
  • LOST (ABC): In case you were wondering what I was doing for Valentine’s Day. I mean, just in case someone asked. I like to pretend that Kate is my girlfriend and that she is going to make me a Valentine’s card out of a coconut shell.
  • Survivor: Micronesia (CBS): Yes, I will be doing this, as well.
  • Smallville (CW): I’m starting to seem pathetic….But hey, it’s new tonight!
  • SAG: Members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) have started labor talks. Awesome. Two days after the end of the WGA strike, the actors are having labor problems. Man, I wish reality stars would start having contract and labor problems.
  • Jack Johnson: His new record is bringing smiles to the record industry and, also, to people playing hackey-sack everywhere.
  • Uno: How can you not love Uno? He has made many a beagle across the nation very proud.

    Cold Hands, Warm Heart–Brendan Benson

    Crimson and Clover–Tommy James and the Shondells

    Thirteen–Big Star

    Good Vibrations–Beach Boys

    I Melt With You–Modern English

    No Matter What–Badfinger

    God Only Knows–Beach Boys

    Sara Smile–Hall and Oates

    Run to Me–Bee Gees

    Shining Star–Manhattans

    Kiss Me On The Bus–The Replacements

    You Make My Dreams Come True–Hall and Oates

    Just You and Me–Chicago

    Lovedust–Luna

    Just Like Starting Over–John Lennon

      • Sabrina McLarty: Her documented search for true love will be featured on Pop-Rock Candy Mountain later today. Look for it!
      • Dick Rice: No Dick Rice sightings today, but from all of us (uh, me) to all of you–Happy Valentine’s Day. Here’s another of my all-time favorite love songs:

      Everything everybody should be taking about on Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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      Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Because Life Doesn’t Write Itself

      • New Indiana Jones Trailer: It should be on the web after nine AM. It will be shown during Good Morning America on ABC. But hey, I’m a Today kind of guy.
      • New Star Wars: Ok, so, it’s animated, but it’s coming to theaters this summer and then, new episodes will appear on Cartoon Network. New Indie and Star Wars? (my head just exploded.) Take a sneak peek at the Official Star Wars Site.
      • Steven Spielberg: Keeping on with my Indie/Star Wars obsession, Steven Spielberg has backed out of participating in the Beijing Olympics as an artistic director due to China’s policy on Darfur.
      • Spectacular Spider-Man: I promise–it’s not Fanboy day here at PRCM. However, the CW will begin airing Spectacular Spider-Man in March as part of its Saturday morning line-up. It follows the adventures of a 16 year old Peter Parker/Spider-Man. No word yet if Spidey will battle such teen issues as puberty, peer pressure or teenage depression.
      • King Dork: Frank Portman’s brilliant novel of teen angst and alienation is now available in paperback. Get one here. This is one of the best and most hilarious books I have ever read. I mean, for real.
      • Big Brother 9: Man, I tried to watch this nonsense, but I just couldn’t get down with it. Anyway, host Julie Chen welcomes back the same gang of sex-starved nihilists and narcicists that you would expect from this show. I think they all live in the same house and the last one to catch the VD gets a prize.
      • Radiohead: Tickets for the Atlanta show go on sale tomorrow. Great. Like I don’t have enough things to be stressed-out and depressed over on Valentine’s Day. Now, I have to try (or not) to get tickets for a concert that’s not until like May or something. Dang. I already feel like a loser on Valentine’s Day–I don’t need the added pressure.
      • The Hobbit: After all of the ruckus between Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema, it looks like The Hobbit could be in danger of being halted. The family of JRR Tolkien and his original publisher, HarperCollins, have engaged in a lawsuit against New Line Cinema, which could stop The Hobbit from being completed. (Fanboys across the world just died a little bit on the inside)
      • Steve Gerber: The creator of Howard The Duck died at age 60 on Tuesday. Gerber wrote some of my favorite comics growing up, including the 1970s KISS series for Marvel that was written with KISS blood in the ink. (Fanboys continue to die inside across the globe)
      • NASCAR: Drivers Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart were suspended for six races for alleged poor sportsmanship. And this was just a PRACTICE or qualifying race. Dang.
      • Cosby Show Reunion: It happened Tuesday on Oprah–without Lisa Bonet….of course. Why y’all still hating on her? Angel Heart was like 100 years ago.
      • Pat Benatar: My sister says she’s appearing on the Young And The Restless on Thursday and Friday. And my sister knows her Young And The Restless. (I checked. It’s happening)
      • Jericho: It came back for its second season last night, and it was good. But it was different…
      • Kevin Waide Project: They will be appearing on Saturday Morning With Kay Bain. Check them out–Kevin’s a great guitar player and Skip Oliver is an awesome harmonica player. Plus, he’s just a great guy–love me some Skip Oliver.
      • Julee Brown: While we’re on the subject of WTVA, which I love (obviously), I was a bit upset about the demise of the Mornin’ Show–but I’m over it. I heart Julee Brown on AM Live. She is just super awesome. No one (well, not me) likes to be up that early in the morning, but she makes it seem like the day is going to be ok. According to her bio, she is a motivational speaker, so that makes sense.
      • Tupelo-Lee Humane Society Valentine’s Day Special: The big day is tomorrow. Get your special friend a pet today.
      • Sabrina McLarty: The 22 year old film maker from Saltillo will be the subject of a Valentine’s Day interview with PRCM. Look for it tomorrow.
      • Mississippi Mudcats: William Stewart and Antonio Peoples have been resigned for the upcoming season, which rocks. The Mudcats also have a great promotion to help the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society. More Mudcat information can be found here.
      • The WGA Strike: The good news is: It’s over and new episodes of The Office, 30 Rock, My Name Is Earl, Lost and Smallville will be airing in April/May. The bad news? 24 is out until January 2009. Dang. Check out your favorite show’s expected return here.
      • Dick Rice: Tuesday was a severe weather day, so there were no Dick Rice sightings. But, today’s a new day.

      Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Because Life Doesn’t Write Itself

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      Finally, American Idol lands in Hollywood. 164 contestants to audition.

      Brooke White: Singing and playing Beautiful. Absolutely wonderful. “I really liked you. I like this Carly Simon-Carole King thing you have going,” said Simon. She goes to the next round.

      Lorena Pinot: “It was a bit uncomfortable to watch–it’s like when your mom gets drunk and starts dancing,” said Simon.

      Amy Flynn: No in the first round (She’s the abstanance girl).
      Leo Marlowe: “You just went from memorable to forgetable,” said Simon.

      Alisha Dixon:”It was a bit like a little angry girl banging away on the guitar in her bedroom,” said Simon.

      Michael Sanfliipo: “I don’t think the guitar did you any favors–at all. It just sounded dreadful when you strumming away on it,” Simon stated.

      Alyssa Coco: I can’t hear anymore of that. I would take a big ax to that (piano),” said Simon.
      Shaun Barrows: That was more a bout you bashing away on the keyboards. Don’t do that again,” said Simon.

      Jake Mellema: Playing the drums and singing. “Gosh, gosh, gosh. It was a horrible, horrible song choice (Hooked on a Feeling); it was a horrible, horrible presentation–there was absolutely nothing redeeming about excpet for the fact that we stopped it early. That was a ridiculous idea,” said Simon.

      David Hernandez: Singing a torch version of Love The One You’re With. It seems like cruise-ship singing to me. Simon says:“I though it was great, David–one of the best we’ve heard today.”

      Yes-Go through to the end of the week. No: You get a second chance

      Amanda Overmyer: Singing The Doors Light My Fire. I like her much better this week. Good song choice. “I’m glad you’re here.I think you need to learn to change your voice a little bit or it’s going to become monotonous,” said Simon.
      Buck Smith forgot his lyrics, as did Cardin Lee McKinney and Natasha Blach.

      Ghaleb Emachah: Singing Bryan Adams. “It sounded like a waiter picking up a guitar and murdering Bryan Adams. It was incredibly corny,” said Simon.

      54 Nos on day one. They will get another shot.

      Josiah Lemming: Singing what seems like British cabaret. Paula loves him, as does Randy. “Out of all of the auditions, this is the one that I’m going to remember,” said Simon. See kids, quitting school and running away from home does pay off—or does it?

      Danny Noriega: What’s up with everyone singing Leo Sayer? Carly Smithson sang “When I need You” as well.

      David Cook: Boring. “I wasn’t crazy about it,” said Simon. “Only my opinion. I’m going to say no.”

      Kyle Ensley: The Politician. Singing some Edison Lighthouse. “It was abysmal,” Simon said and walked off stage. Of course, Ensley was the last contestant. (Simon later apologized)

      The First Cut: 116 are on the block.

      Amy Flynn 2: Singing Love Will Bring You Back, which was not enough to bring her back for another round.

      4 of 40 have made it through. Wow!

      Kristy Lee Cook/Jeffrey Lampkin Updates (Two of My Favorites): Going through!!

      Angela Martin: She just lost her father–who was going to go to Hollywood with her: No dice—bless her heart.

      Final Day: This is the cut makes 50, which will be cut to 24

      David Archuleta: Randy loves him–“That was the bomb!” Simon and Paula liked him, too. He’s on to the competition.

      Kyle Ensley 2: “That was actually really good,” said Randy. Simon liked him this time, as did Paula. He’s off.

      Jeffrey Lampkin 2: Nope.

      Joey Catalano: Nope.

      Syesha Mercado: Singing with a sore throat–she’s wailing on Aretha. She’s on to the big show. He’s on the next round.

      Carly Smithson:That was a good song (Alone by Heart),” said Simon. She’s on her way…

      Asia’h Epperson: She’s amazing–brilliant. “I love that–I think you’re terrific,”said Simon. Yes, for her.

      Brooke Helvie: The Beauty Queen. Simon likes her. Randy doesn’t. Paula says:no. Simon is out-voted. Wow…

      Josiah Lemming: Singing Stand By Me. I think that it’s terrible. “That was not good,” said Randy. “I didn’t get that one.” He’s going to the next level.

      Where is Saltillo boy?

      Here is a clip of what you didn’t get to see in Hollywood:




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        Paul Thorn Tupelo native Paul Thorn returns to town Thursday night with a show at the Lyric Theater. His new video,A Long Way From Tupelo, is currently playing on GAC and a limited edition of his album of the same name will be available at the show. For more information, go to http://www.paulthorn.com/ 1. First, I have to say, Bluebell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. I try keep it down to one heaping bowl full a week since it's full of saturated fats and I'm a 43 year old trying to keep up the image of a front man. BUT, sometimes I'm weak and I backslide. 2. My Six Million Dollar Man Pinball machine. I finally got it fixed and have been playing it a lot. My 4 year old is learning how to play it so we get to play it together. 3. Saturday mornings, I get up and watch Kay Bain. I've been a loyal WTVA viewer for many years but I get a little upset because they've cut Kay down to just being on once a week. I love Kay Bain. You know, my coffee just tastes better with Kay Bain. 4. I've recently thrown out my old socks. I went to Wal-mart and bought a 12-pack of brand new white socks. I got them all for about eight bucks so I've been really happy about that. 5. My 14 year old daughter, Kit has become a facination. I've always been all about my daughter but now she's coming out with this Aretha Franklin style, powerful voice and I've just been amazed. I love listening to her sing.
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