Running a little short on time today, so one quick plug then on to some abbreviated links:
Friday at 12:30 p.m. we’re having a live fitness chat in conjunction with the Great Pocono Weight Race. Elevations Health Club trainer April Pansy will be online answering all of your fitness questions, and I’ll be along for the ride moderating. She’s going to be available for as long as people have questions (within reason) so if you’ve always wanted to ask a personal trainer questions about how to properly exercise, how to drop a couple pounds or how to diet but didn’t have the money, now you’ll have the opportunity to do it. April is really looking forward to it, so try to make it back tomorrow afternoon if you can.
Some people are always “on.” No matter when you catch them, no matter where they are, they have something funny or cool to say. Everyone knows a couple people like that, but in the Hollywood world, it’s tough to come by because we associated certain people with a certain persona they play on the big or small screen. I distinctly remember being utterly crushed as a 9-year-old during some stupid “Salute to George Peppard” special that I sat through for an hour to see him talk and say cool things like “I love it when a plan comes together” — only he talked for about 30 seconds and walked off the stage. Great. But John Mayer is one of the guys who’s always on. The guy is a riot, no matter where you see him interviewed. the one-episode John Mayer show on VH1 from about seven years ago remains one of the most surprisingly funny things I’ve ever seen. But to keep coming up with quick, witty, material, sometimes you get a little too comfortable and go a little too far, and that’s exactly what happened to Mayer. Let this be a lesson to all celebrities — even though you’re funny, you could be setting yourself up for problems if you don’t keep a close ear on what you say.
American Idol is somewhere between “a scourge on American culture” and “the reason I’ll ultimately end up dropping out of society to live in a cabin in the woods.” Somewhere in there. That’s why it’s conflicting to hear Howard Stern talk about the rumors that he may take Simon Cowell’s spot — rumors he started, by the by. Would Stern’s presence make me want to watch? Probably not — I hate Idol that much. But even if he never takes over, he’s already got enough people upset that it’s generating buzz for Idol whether he’s there or not. I’ve stayed quiet on the rumors for the week because I know exactly why he started this crap, so he can campaign for it on the radio show and grab a little attention. But until Fox says something — either confirming or denying — this story is nothing. We should all treat it that way, including the Parents Television Council.
Seems like every movie that even has the potential to be a blockbuster is going to be released in 3-D, so it’s not surprising the Spider-Man reboot will be too. It’s also not surprising that a true visionary — someone like James Cameron — had to be the first person in Hollywood to take a chance on 3-D before everyone else followed suit. Then again, Cameron and Avatar could be the reasonwe lost out on having Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire involved in the fourth movie. I’ll buy that. Raimi had been establishing a reputation for the Spider-Man movies being the most visually stunning productions around. So when Avatar blows Spidey out of the water, the natural reaction is to want to do better and to make sure everyone is on board to want to make it better. When the studio isn’t, there’s a problem. Instead of putting yourself through a world of pain, just walk away. Gotta admire the guy for doing that.
The fact that Friday Night Lights even made it to a fifth year is incredible. So how can anyone be sad that it’s going to end after that fifth season? It’s more than any fan of the show could possibly have dreamed and it’s been blessing to have it in our lives this long. It’s like having a dog you really love stick around for three extra years after the vet claims he’s only got six months to live. You’re sad when the day finally comes, but you’ve prepared yourself for it and you’ve enjoyed every day with him since then. Making it to a fifth season also qualifies it to be discussed in the greatest shows of all time, since that’s about how long a show needs to stay on the air to make the discussion. Off the top of my head, it would probably inch toward my top 10 of all time as long as these next two seasons don’t suck.
When Martin Scorsese talks, you listen. He could be talking about foreign policy on Bolivia, but you listen. Good news — he’s not talking about Bolivia in this interview. That’s the great part about Scorsese in interviews — he’s always talking about movies. Why can’t all celebrities do that? Why this infernal need to try and sound ed-you-mah-kated by talking about something other than the thing we pay hundreds of a dollars a year to see you do? I’ll never understand it.