American Dreamz is in theatres today

A new film opening today tries to satire both the American Idol phenomenon and our current political climate. American Dreamz stars Hugh Grant (as the Simon Cowell character), Dennis Quaid (as the George W. Bush character), Marcia Gay Harden (as the Laura Bush character), Willem Dafoe (as the Dick Cheney character), and Mandy Moore (as the Kelly Clarkson character).

I saw the movie Monday, and tragically, this is no Series 7: The Contenders. That is, it’s barely satire, and is actually kind of boring. As The New Yorker’s Anthony Lane says, “this picture ain’t funny.”

The nation’s critics seem to agree; so far, the film has an average MetaCritic score of 40 out of 100. Worse, users rate the film 2.6 out of 10. Yahoo’s users are a bit more kind, rating the film a B.

American Dreamz [Universal]
How could ‘Dreamz’ miss such an easy target? [MSNBC]
American Dreamz (2006): Reviews [MetaCritic]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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