So You Think You Can Dance, Season 12: Top 8, Two Eliminated

E: Summer, where have you gone?  Don’t leave me!  As if the school calendar weren’t creeping close enough, we see the turning of the seasons in the dwindling number of dancers on So You Think You Can Dance.  Only the very top are left now, as we chug closer and closer to the finale.  Even Cat is looking ready for fall with her long sleeved blousy top, black with tiny white or cream roses, and a glittery rose broach at her throat.

I love the opening number so much I’m kind of embarrassed to find out after that it was choreographed by Tyce DiOrio.  Blech!  It’s terrific, though — set in a library with the dancers dressed in Adams family garb.  All four girls wear the same black Wednesday Adams dress and the same black braided wigs, Megz the only one breaking slightly out of the mold with glasses.  The boys wear short pants and suspenders in a variety of black and white stripes, with Derek standing out the most in a v neck college sweater.  There’s lots of evil finger waving under mischievous chins,  and hopping on and off of wooden chairs to “Lillies of the Valley” from the Pina soundtrack.  For me, Jaja’s face and Gaby’s dancing are the highlights.

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So You Think You Can Dance, Season 12: Top Ten, Two Eliminated

E: Hey there, dance fans! Sorry to have been away for so long, and particularly for longer than I said I’d be.  It was a strange couple of weeks on the show, too – first an amazing top 16 episode featuring interesting pairings and a belated glut of personal information about the dancers, then a less satisfying (though still informative) top 14 episode topped by brutal cuts.

This week’s cuts were pretty hard to stomach too, weren’t they?  Not that any of them are easy, but as we close too quickly in on the finale, it’s only going to get more painful.  The good news, of course, is that the dancing was fabulous.

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August and Everything After: August 2015 Movie Preview

E: You know, I must be in an extra good mood.  Normally, August’s film slate depresses me.  No more tentpoles, scads of horror, nothing interesting.  For whatever weird reason, lots of this month’s trailers are making me laugh.  Or they look like the kind of dumb fun I might enjoy having.

C: With a new, possibly interesting Fantastic Four movie and a full-length feature appearance from Shaun the Sheep of Wallace and Gromit fame, I think there’s some reason for optimism about August here. Though if you haven’t seen Ant-Man or Inside Out yet, those should probably be at the top of your list.

M: Yeah, I don’t know if I’d say “No more tentpoles” applies to August any more, what with FF4 and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which are both trying to be tentpoles. Late August, yes, but after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy last August, I think studios are realizing they can release things in the first week or two and still cash in on the summer money.

C: Right, why not?

M: I mean, after three to four weeks most movies have already taken in 90% or more of what they will at the box office, so it makes sense to keep early August as an option.

E: On the other hand, look at the last weekend of this month…

M: Seriously, there is nothing opening wide that weekend. Nothing. I don’t know if I can think of a week where nothing opened wide since we started doing this.

E: That’s the kind of barren wasteland we’ll see all through September.  But the rest of this month is surprisingly unshabby.

8/7 – Fantastic Four, Shaun the Sheep, Ricki and the Flash, Dark Places, Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Runner, The Prophet

8/14 – The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Straight Outta Compton, Underdogs, She’s Funny That Way, Exeter, Mistress America

8/21 – Sinister 2, American Ultra, , Hitman: Agent 47, Grandma, Slow Learners, Learning to Drive, Being Evel

8/28 – Z for Zachariah, When Animals Dream, Regression, We Are Your Friends

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So You Think You Can Dance Season 12: Eighteen Dancers, Two Eliminated

E: On the one hand, there was some pretty awesome dancing in this week’s episode. On the other, I can’t think when there’s been a greater miscarriage of justice in an elimination, or a routine where someone stumbled quite so badly as the person who (against all reason) did not get eliminated.  I’m still totally pissed.

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So You Think You Can Dance: 10th Anniversary Special

 E: Yay, dancing!  Yay, All Stars!  Boo, Knock Knock whatever you are, taking up so much of our precious time with a commercial.

Yay, Cat Deeley’s extra special aqua dress with its beautiful ruching, bejeweled shoulder strap and flowing back.  The diamond cuffs are pretty great, too.  Cat’s clothes are always fun because she takes such risks, but this is a particularly stunning outfit.  She tells us that ten years ago this week, So You Think You Can Dance began airing, and since that time there have been more than 200 episodes, 1000 routines and 227 contestants. (227?  Huh?  How does that number make sense?) Sounds like a good excuse for a party to her, and to me too.  This, she says, is So You Think You Can Dance — and she throws her arms open with gleeful abandon, laughing.

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So You Think You Can Dance, Season 12: Top Twenty Perform, Two Eliminated

E: Okay, that was much more like it. A heartbreaking early cut, yes, but the routines felt much closer to the standard I was expecting.

Also, this show aired on the exact ten year anniversary of the show’s beginning.  Huzzah!  It’ll be followed by an anniversary show Tuesday night to celebrate.  While that makes me long for the years when SYT took over the summer schedule, I’ll take it and be grateful.

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Emmy Nomination Reactions 2015

E:  It’s bad news for the broadcast networks.  It’s bad news for The Good Wife.  But there’s stuff that has me smiling looking at this year’s Emmy nominations anyway.  Let’s chat a little about it, shall we?

For a list of the nominations — and man, there are a lot of them — check out the Emmy website here.

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