Project Runway: Finale Part Two

(For the first part of the finale, click here.)

When we last left our quartet, no one was auffed, and all four are going to have their fashion week shows broadcast on basic cable. Anya is frantic to rework her pieces out of disaster land and into something that isn’t going to embarrass her. We know she’s the queen of miracles, but this is a stretch. Viktor is riding high on his critique. Josh is frothing at the mouth that his chances of winning are still 25% instead of 33.3%. Kimberly’s just happy to be here.

Tim shows up, tells the contestants how much he loved each and every piece that the judges hated, and gives everyone a pep talk about how awesome they are. (Even Josh?) He hands them $500 for no good reason except to do whatever they want to help edit their collection as they see fit, and takes them to Mood for the last time. Funny that since we moved to Lifetime, they don’t bother show the bones of the production like they used to. The finale used to be filled with the model castings,  and the nitty-gritty of editing pieces for each model, along with a last minute “make an evening gown/bathing suit/etc to go with your line, and cut a piece out of your line to make room for it” style challenge. I guess with the amount of changes some of our contestants *coughAnyacough* have to make, they thought an extra twist was too much? Obviously they have the money to spend at Mood if they’re giving contestants $500 for “edits.” Maybe they felt with four competitors for the runway, they didn’t think there would be time? I’m not agreeing with this choice. Instead, this  next part feels like 30 minutes of filler until we get to the 3am call at the tents.

Anya attempts to buy inspiration. Josh buys more incredibly bright fabrics that should make Tim want to weep in horror. Viktor is determined to rework his gorgeous smoke dress (Really?  Sad!), and try to “change up his line.” This strikes me as a terrible idea. Kimberly doesn’t have any more clear direction than she did before, and Tim warns her about gilding the lily. Meanwhile, Josh is having  a breakdown over the pressure, and his inability to edit himself. The more time the give him, the more rope he has to hang himself. Anya steps up and comforts him, once again winning herself the title of the sweetest contestant in the game.

Tim’s check in: He tries to help Kimberly with her booty skirt, but she doesn’t have a good plan on how to fix it. She doesn’t know how she’s going to fix anything. Anya feels like she’s improved with her new fabric choices and outfits, but her speech to Tim sounds defeatist, and like she’s accepted she not going to win this. Viktor is getting rid of things Tim (and I) love in favor of things that are not as good, which confused us both, and gives me very bad feelings about Viktor having this in the bag. Josh’s new pieces don’t go with the vision the judges thought they saw on the runway. The new shorts are just horrendous. The longer the man has to work, the more he derails himself. Watch, the judges are going to love it, and I’m going to be totally confused.

On to the collections!

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X-Factor Voting Methods

Taking a page from The Voice, X-Factor is getting into multi-media voting. Including, for the first time on any show, Twitterized voting. How does that work? From the press release:

Toll free calling and text message voting will open following each regional broadcast of the performance shows. America can vote for their favorite finalist(s) for at least two hours, subject to time zone restrictions.

Verizon, the show’s official voting sponsor, and THE X FACTOR will offer viewers five ways to vote, including:

  •  Twitter – Fans can vote via Twitter using the instructions and prompt at twitter.thexfactorusa.com. Once fans sign up for Twitter, they must then follow @TheXFactorUSA and cast their votes via Direct Message. Direct Messaging is a private way to communicate on Twitter. Votes will not be publicly visible. Tweets will not count as votes.

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Penguin Sweaters

OMG.

Cutest save-the-world idea EVAR.

Skeinz, a yarn store in New Zealand, is calling on knitters throughout the world to knit sweaters for the penguins affected by a massive oil spill that occurred earlier this month. The tiny sweaters, while eliciting aww’s and squee‘s, serve a very important function: they prevent the oil-soaked birds from poisoning themselves by preening, as well as keeping them warm before it’s their turn to be cleaned up by cleanup workers. And, you know, who doesn’t want to save the lives of penguins by dressing them in the most adorable way possible?

 

Harry Potter DVDs to be Shelved

Taking a page from Disney, Warner Brothers is going to create a high supply and demand  for the cash cow that’s kept them floating for the past decade.

 As of Dec. 29, no more Harry Potter theatrical film titles (includingHarry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection) will be shipped to stores, initiating a profitable home entertainment model not unlike the one at Disney, which periodically re-releases its classics for home purchase. (Warner Bros.’ moratorium on Potter will not include digital — Electronic Sell-Through and VOD — or games.)

Way to make sure there’s a rush right before Christmas, guys.

*heading home to figure out which ones I don’t have*

The We-Promise-Its-Final X-Factor Schedule

No more changes after this! We mean it!

Tuesday, Oct. 25 (8:00-10:30 PM), Finalists Revealed (Special Tuesday Airing)
Wednesday Oct. 26 NO SHOW
Thursday Oct. 27 NO SHOW
Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-10:00 PM), LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Nov. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM), LIVE Results Show
Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM), LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Nov. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM), LIVE Results Show
Wednesday, Nov. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM), LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Nov. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM), LIVE Results Show
Tuesday, Nov. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM), LIVE Performance Show (Special Tuesday Airing)
Wednesday, Nov. 23 (8:00-9:30 PM), LIVE Results Show (Special Wednesday Airing)
Wednesday, Nov. 30 (8:00-9:30 PM), LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Dec. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM), LIVE Results Show
Wednesday, Dec. 7 (8:00-9:30 PM), LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Dec. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM), LIVE Results Show
Wednesday, Dec. 14 (8:00-9:30 PM), LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Dec. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM), LIVE Results Show
Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM), LIVE Season Finale, Part 1
Thursday, Dec. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM), LIVE Season Finale, Part 2

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

Yeah, you read that right. From the press release:

Shot in glorious black and white by Jay Hunter (PAPER HEART, “Dollhouse”), the film 
stars Amy Acker (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Alias”) and Alexis Denisof (“How I Met 
Your Mother”,  “Angel”) as Beatrice and Benedick, the world’s least likely lovers headed 
for their inevitable tumble into love.  As Joss Whedon puts it: “The text is to me a 
deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love 
letter – to the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in.”  The supporting cast 
includes Nathan Fillion (“Castle”, WAITRESS) as Dogberry, Clark Gregg (AVENGERS, 
IRON MAN) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Dollhouse”) as 
Claudio and Reed Diamond (“Franklin & Bash”, MONEYBALL) as Don Pedro.

The cast list, after the jump.

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Russell Brand On Occupy Wall Street

Russell Brand is wasted as a celebrity. Give the man a full time writing gig. This is a Must Read:

Perhaps it is this ambience of inclusion, of acceptance and indeed of love that has brought #OccupyWallStreet such success. There is a remarkable absence of anger and resentment which is why the movement resonates so deeply. Is this movement’s implicit goal to reengage our humanity? To reach beyond the political, the national and other illusory, temporary concepts and into our true, spiritual nature?

Justin, our volunteer tour guide was smiling and patient, especially with my incessant questioning about where people go to the toilet; mostly in McDonald’s it transpires – I’m glad Ronald and the Hamburglar at last have a chance to atone for their mucky past and eery jocundity. The sense of cohesion and civic duty in the square, which many call Liberty Square, its former title, was something I found appealing. In my country, England, and across the world there is amongst older people an irritation at the breakdown of traditional values, a grudge against apathetic and uncaring youth, atomized and X-box agog, indifferent to their culture, abstracted from their land. Continue reading

X-Factor: Top 17 into Top 12

Tonight’s supersized episode is our only dose of X-Factor this week. Instead of a long drawn out process filling hours of programming, we find ourselves in a “one night only” semi-final round where America doesn’t even get to vote. So it’s a bit like the audition rounds all over again. Part of the problem here is we don’t get that sense of build with each round like we do on Idol. With Idol you have “alone in a room with the judges” followed by “in front of other contestants” followed by “in front of studio audience.” Once you reach the top twelve is the first time we find our contestants in front of a theaterful of strangers, culminating in a final two in the biggest theater in  town. With XFactor, we started off in an arena full of strangers. Where can you go from there? There’s no room for up.

But I digress on a night when there’s no time for digressions. We have 17 performances to get through, plus eliminations! One elimination per group except for Simon, who has to cut two. Hold on to your remotes, it’s going to be a long night.

Steve Jones does not strike me as up to the Ryan Seacrest-esque task of keeping these trains running on time while being the most loveable man in the room. So far he’s coming across as a personality-less robot.. Also, someone tell Simon the Carmena Burana abuse needs to stop. NOW.

But enough about the filler. Onto the performances!

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