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Friday, June 29, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Flipping for iPhone

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Did you get your iPhone yet? Neither did we! But these folks in line at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York are probably already watching videos of skateboarding dogs, reading The New York Times and chatting away on their new high-tech cellies. The Slug selected this as our Favoritest Photo of the Week because we loved that there's a guy doing skate tricks (that's such a Mac fanboy thing to do) right near someone who's sleeping. (And if you just can't get enough phones, check out this rad asap video featuring morphing phones through the ages.) Please leave a message after the original caption. Beep:

A skateboarder who was waiting in line performs a trick as he and others wait around the corner from Apple's flagship store (not pictured) on Fifth Avenue to be among the first to buy the iPhone, Friday, June 29, 2007, in New York. The long awaited gadget hits the market today. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)

Jesus and Jessi "Dance" Off

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Shocked. That's how we felt about the dismissal of Jesus "Chuy" Solorio and Jessi "Dehydrated" Peraltaon on last night's "So You Think You Can Dance." Solorio's performance in Wade Robson's "Triplets of Bellville" routine a few weeks ago was flawless. Just what exactly are voters (and then the judges) basing their decisions upon?

Oh, did anyone else out there notice how the audio went out and the camera cut away to the audience during Jesus' farewell speech? The Slug did. So we asked a Fox spokeswoman what happened. She said she thought he "was emotional which is why he stopped speaking." Hmmm.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Silver? More Like Bronze

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We'd like to say the gaming industry is 3-0 when it comes to this summer's blockbuster sequel adaptations, but they're gonna have to settle for 3-0-1, at this point. That's because while The Slug thinks the "Spider-Man 3" and "Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End" games were better than the movie, the "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" game isn't better — but it's not worse, either. It's just as bad.

So, um, congratulations to The Thing, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic and Johnny Storm. Some people we know actually liked the movie, but we thought it was tolerable, not horrible. Same goes for the game. Go see this week's "Up Down Left Right" weekly gaming video for our attempt to track down the Silver Surfer, but stay for our interview with funnyman Fred Willard.

Reunited and It Feels So Spice

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So now that we know the Spice Girls are getting the band back together, let's speculate on the set list for their 11-city world tour. Obviously, "Wannabe" and "2 Become 1" are must includes. They'll probably throw "Say You'll Be There" and "Spice Up Your Life" in, too. We'd personally like to hear them belt out "Mama" and, um, what else? Maybe they'll let Ginger Spice do "Look at Me" from her first solo album, and, well we can't think of anymore Spice Girls songs! Uh oh. 

"Big Brother" is Coming!

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We're so excited and we just can't hide it. "Big Brother 8" premieres in a week. CBS just revealed the cast and this season's twists. Some of the houseguests are past rivals — hmmm, that reminds us too much of the exes season — and one of the houseguests will be selected "America's Player" each week and must do something as voted on by at-home viewers  (flirt, lie, whatev)  to win cash. Hmmm. We'll have to wait and see how that one plays out, but anything is better than "On the Lot."

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

TV Land Makes Our Sick Dreams Come True

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At last year's MTV Networks upfront presentation, the preview clip that thrilled us most (in a guilty pleasure sorta way) was TV Land's "Back to the Grind." The original reality series — yes, TV Land doesn't just show reruns, anymore —  features actors from classic sitcoms trying their hand at the jobs they portrayed on TV. Loni Anderson answering phones at a real radio station? We're so there. (Remember when Loni graced tabloid covers long before Jennifer Whatsherface? Ah, memories.)

More than a year later, TV Land sent us a preview of the first episode, which premieres July 18 and  features Anderson as well as Erik Estrada as a California highway patrol officer. Unfortch, "Back to the Grind" ain't nearly as juicy as we originally suspected. The first episode fell flat. It'd be better if the TV legends did the gigs for more than just a couple of days. However, we'll reserve judgment until we see episodes starring "Golden Girls" Bea Arthur and Betty White. Canyoubelievetheysignedupforthisthing?! Arthur makes like Dorothy and becomes a teacher while White hosts a cooking show à la "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Mmmm. Could be delicious!

Don't Try This at Home

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It's a TV show on your video game console! The Slug had a chance to test out the PS2 and PSP versions of the upcoming "Jackass: The Game" from Red Mile Entertainment today. It closely follows the style of the popular TV show featuring the casts' voices and likeness and even some inside jokes. On the surface, "Jackass" is just bunch of mini-games based on stunts from the show, but there's also a "story" and multiplayer mode. It's like "Mario Party" but with poop jokes. Our fave was Suburban Slingshot, where the goal is fly across backyards and crash into stuff. Yes, it's totally stupid. Stupid fun. In related news, we're actually not addicted to video games — but we still might be. Whew!

"America's Got" Leonid the Magnificent Again

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Sitting through two hours of NBC's "America's Got Talent" is becoming torturous, what with the bad boy bands, slow-mo backstage footage and continued fakery of audition locales. However, this is one of the highest rated shows on TV this summer, according to Nielsen Media Research, and The Slug must stay in touch with this great nation of ours. Luckily, we were treated to the return of Leonid the Magnificent, the  giant drag queen who told the judges last year, "Yes, for you I'm Christmas tree, but for somebody else, I can be a God."

This time around, Leonid had longer locks, backup dancers and a bigger chip on his shoulder. Of course, campy Sharon Osbourne, who wasn't a judge last year, loved him, and David Hasselhoff now hates him. (Hoff, last week you flipped out over Boy Shakira and this week Leonid. What's your prob with drag, Dave?) The Slug actually wasn't as impressed with Leonid this time around. He simply did a little dance and then told the judges to "go to hell." Our advice to Leonid: Ditch your skinny backup dancers and teamup with the Glamazons, who stole last night's show. 

Hey, That's Not Paris Hilton

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If you're a dumb dumb like The Slug, you tuned into "Larry King Live" last night hoping to see Paris Hilton on that giant Lite-Brite set of his, dishing on her time behind bars and maybe even crying. Instead, you were treated to the Kingster in Las Vegas celebrating one year of the Beatles and Cirque du Soleil's mashup "Love" with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. Sigh. The exclusive (!!!) interview with Hilton actually airs tonight. As always, Larry's taking your calls and e-mails.

Blame Johnny Knoxville

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So sorry we didn't post a thing yesterday! We were out late celebrating Paris Hilton's release from jail. Actually, our laptop has been on the fritz and finally went into the shop. We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We'll try to make up for that lack o' posts today. Coming up on The Slug: Our thoughts on Leonid the Magnificent's return to "America's Got Talent." And later, we'll be previewing "Jackass:  The Game." Yes, we can't believe they're making that either.