Dragon*Con 2014 lineup includes Patrick Stewart, Lou Ferrigno, Walter Koenig, Mary McDonnell, Sean Maguire
- 3:00 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The annual Dragon*Con convention is less than five weeks away and the guest list is almost complete.
I readily admit I’m no sci-fi expert by any stretch, but the celebrity attendee list seem to be a bit softer on star wattage than in recent years.
Among the bigger names I see on the notables list include returnee Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “X Men”), Walter Koenig (Chekhov on “Star Trek”), Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Major Crimes”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Kristin Bauer (“True Blood”), Sean Maguire (“Once Upon a Time”), Julie Benz (“Angel,” “Dexter”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad,” [More]
- 1:54 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
It’s a tight race this week for most popular song in Atlanta, with Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” just squeaking by Magic’s “Rude” and Sam Smith’s fast-rising “Stay With Me.”
They are separated by just 14 spins over the past seven days: 322, 321 and 308, respectively.
In fact, “Stay With Me” has some factors going for it that will likely propel it to the top, possibly in a few days: it’s played on seven stations in Atlanta vs. the four pop stations for the other two songs. All three have support from Star 94, Q100, Power 96.1 and B98.5, according [More]
- 10:00 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Three metro Atlanta acts made the cut of the top 48 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday night.
Next week the show goes live to feature 12 acts each over four weeks.
Adrian Romoff, a precocious 10 year old pianist who hopes to be in college by age 12, wowed the judges with his keyboard playing a few weeks back:
Here’s part of the bio from NBC:
He discovered the piano at age four and taught himself to play under the careful eye of his mother, Olga. He gave his first concert at age five and has since played countless public concerts and recitals. [More]
- 4:21 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The resurrection of Paula Deen continues.
Georgia’s own received a $75 million-plus influx of cash earlier this year from private-equity firm Najafi Companies to reinvent her brand after all the brouhaha last year.
Part of her investment is an on-line subscription television network set to debut later this year. Last year, she was banished from the Food Network after 14 years and lost a host of endorsement deals after a lawsuit deposition indicated she admitted to using a racial epithet multiple times in the past.
- 9:06 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
I have never watched an entire season of “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” before. So this is my first “Men Tell All” as well.
Honestly, I’m not sure we learned a heck of a lot about anything. But here ya go:
Time killing moments: Teaser of “Bachelor in Paradise,” which involves blood, an assault and handcuffs. Just like paradise! Season 7 “Bachelorette” Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, that rare couple that worked out, are having a baby and they find out live that it’s a boy.
Did Andrew say “blackie”? After Ron and Marquel, the two token black dudes, were given roses at [More]
- 10:55 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mimi Faust doesn’t quite understand freedom of the press.
She gets all upset when Benzino said he wanted to is place her on the cover of Hip Hop Weekly — without paying her for the honor. He simply wants her cooperation for an interview and a photo shoot. She wants $10,000. He balks. He’s a journalist, he says. He doesn’t have to pay her diddly squat to put her on the cover.
So she threatens to sic lawyers on Benzino and storms out. As a public figure, unless the magazine deliberately slanders her, she has virtually no legal leg to stand on [More]
- 4:32 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
‘American Idol” runner up Jena Irene had her share of critics on this blog this year. Many just found her style grating, her enunciation poor.
But you have to give her credit for working on her craft, taking critiques seriously and improving week by week. She was also far more versatile than most of her competitors. able to work behind a piano a capella and rocking it with the live band. And the bottom line is she has charisma and can sing, two important components for any artist.
I spoke with her in an advance of the upcoming stop at Verizon Wireless [More]
Radio/TV briefs: Kicks Country Fair 2014 with Miranda Lambert; Kicks afternoon jock shift; ‘Jeopardy contestant
- 3:12 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
- 9:16 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
This is a very quiet week on TV, with the only really notable show returning being Lifetime’s “Project Runway” on Thursday as it enters its 13th season.
Otherwise, Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” wraps up the same night and Gordon Ramsay‘s “Hotel Hell” returns on Monday. (Gotta have Ramsay on at all times on Fox!)
WGN enters the scripted series game with its critically acclaimed “Manh(a)ttan)” on Sunday about creating the atom bomb during the 1940s.
And if you’re into those dopey shark films, Syfy has a new one on Saturday night.
“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — The rejected guys dish on Andi and each [More]