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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So You Think You Can Dance: Meet the Top Twenty, Season 12

E: That was — well, I don’t know if it’s just that the judges were grumpy, but I didn’t love that as much as I usually do, and perhaps oddly, it’s not the often-choreography challenged street dancers who’re letting me down.

In other news: Michelle Obama, All Stars, Jason sings, a beloved dancer gets replaced by a dubious one, and the format is totally not going to be what I thought.  Interesting, interesting… Continue reading

So You Think You Can Dance: Vegas Week and the Top Twenty

E: Okay, I have to admit I was a little surprised at the outcome here.  Where I thought there might be balance, there isn’t. Two dancers talk themselves off the show. Some obvious favorites don’t make the cut. To be fair, though, I had more than twenty favorites; one thing the Vegas week episodes clearly show is that there are way, waaaay more talented dancers than can make the show, so it’s inevitable that some who we hope to get through won’t.  Once again, they managed to include people they’d only barely shown us before, something that has me smacking my head against the wall.  Take heart in Aaron and Tiffani Maher, folks – they made it to the finals after getting no screen time in the auditions. And after starting as a complete unknown, Jeanine Mason won it all. Maybe you guys can, too.

Or, who knows.  Maybe one of them is the person who got injured and won’t actually be in the top twenty after all.

Lesson of this episode?  You think you know it all?  You don’t.

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Little Is The New Big: July 2015 Movie Preview

C: After a May and June featuring some strong contenders to the 2015 Best Summer Movie title, July opens weakly, but picks up steam toward the middle of the month with the Despicable Me spinoff Minions and the much-awaited yet much-confusion-causing Ant-Man. (“Ant-Man? Really? Well… why not.”)

E: You know what gets me?  That here we are, writing the third of four summer previews — and my kids have been out of school for only one week.  It’s like the summer’s over before it’s even begun!

M: You know what gets me? I had the heat and seat warmers on in my car yesterday. It’s like summer’s never going to begin!

C: Yeesh, folk. We had two cold days after a month of 80-degree weather. Luckily, the kids can now catch up on Inside Out and all the other goodies!

E: 80-degree weather? What?

M: It must be warmer down there, C. But we digress. On to more important things, like this: how you can say July’s starting off slow? There’s a Magic Mike sequel and another Terminator sequel!!!! I mean, how can you contain your excitement?

E: Hmm, let me think.

July 1st Magic Mike XXL, Terminator Genisys, Jimmy’s Hall, Amy

July 10thMinions, Self/Less, The GallowsBoulevard, Do I Sound Gay

July 17thAnt-Man, Trainwreck, Mr. Holmes

July 24thPaper Towns, PixelsSouthpaw

July 31stMission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Vacation, The End of the TourThe Gift

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