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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Comic-Con Jealousy

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(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

As you could probably tell, we weren't at Comic-Con this year. Boo. However, we don't want to leave you out in the cold if you weren't able to get down to San Diego for all the hot geekiness. So let us point you in the direction of our colleague (and "Up Down Left Right" co-host) Ryan Pearson's asap dispatches from the convention floor. We're so jealous! He was hanging by Jessica Alba's side, found five really cool things, watched awesome teaser trailers and interacted with fans.

Dear "Diaries"

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(AP Photo/HO/Twentieth Century Fox/Barry Wetcher)

Layoffs make for great drama! While watching a preview screener for SoapNet's new "Devil Wears Prada" and "Ugly Betty" inspired reality series "The Fashionista Diaries," which chronicles three pairs of assistants in the fashion biz in New York, The Slug couldn't help but wonder what's gonna happen to the two assistants assigned to Jane magazine, which folded earlier this month. According to a press release that landed in our inbox, they'll be "reassigned" to CosmoGirl magazine and the Jane closure drama will be part of the show, which premieres Aug. 1. Now if only the Jane staff members not being chronicled for a reality show were so lucky.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Turn the Lights Out on "Hey Paula"

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(AP Photo/HO/Bravo/Vivian Zink)

Every time we watch "Hey Paula," we can't stop asking ourselves why on earth Paula Abdul, a celebrity with an already fragile public image, would agree to do a show that makes her look worse. Last night, however, another question popped into our head: Just how dumb do the makers of this show think we are? They tried to make it look like Abdul ditched a meeting with an interior designer at her rental house while she and her friends were nabbing free schwag at an Oscar event. It was 3:15 p.m. at the house, but the sun had clearly set outside the windows of the schwag suite. Straight up now tell us why you gotta misrepresent reality like that to us.

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Eye Sore

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(AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)

When we saw this AP photo by Miguel Villagran, we immediately started humming Rockwell's classic — OK, only — hit "Somebody's Watching Me." There's nothing like a pair of giant German eyeballs peering down at some pedestrians to inspire some '80s Motown nostalgia. How come billboards in America are never this rad? We could stare at this Favoritest Photo of the Week for hours. Peep the original caption:

Two pedestrians walk past an illuminated poster in front of the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 26, 2007. The poster is placed at the backside of an temporary screen, till August different movies will be shown outdoors. (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)

Chatting with Mike from "Big Brother 8"

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We can't say we're shocked that closed-mouthed, hot-bodied Mike Dutz was evicted from the "Big Brother 8" house in last night's live episode. Quiet people are soooo suspicious. And attractive people are sooo threatening. Not a good combination for a contestant on this summer's most paranoid reality show. Recently upgraded Chenbot didn't have much interview time with Mikey last night, so let's ask him some questions of our own.

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The Dawn of Chenbot 2.0

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(AP Photo/CBS/J.P. Filo)

She's spunky. She's cracking jokes. She's asking all the right questions. She's not screwing up her TelePrompTer recitations. She's not upstaged by her clothing choices. Has infamously not-that-great "Big Brother" host Julie Chen received an upgrade this season? On last night's live eviction episode, we loved how she described house guest Jen Johnson as a vain, robotic b-word, well, in a quotation because Julie Chen is a journalist, people. Now if we could just get the Chenbot to stop repeating "but first." Check back later today for The Slug's evictee interview with Mike Dutz. We're gonna try to have a conversation with him or something.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Wednesday Night Fever

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Our ultimate "So You Think You Can Dance" dream came true last night: smiley b-girl Sara Von Gillern and jumpy boy-next-door Neil Haskell, our two favoritest contestants, performed a cheesy high-energy disco routine brought to you by Velveeta. Delicious! Too bad the rest of the episode was filled with downers like the most non-Viennese waltz ever and those completely repetitive Wade Robson anti-war solos. If we never hear John Mayer's "Waiting On The World To Change" again, we'll be happier than Neil in a leisure suit.

Michael Will Get "Lost" Again

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(AP Photo/HO/ABC/Mario Perez)

We still have to wait until 2008 for new episodes of "Lost," but the producers are shocking fans with some news: Michael will actually return next season. Of course, those teasers behind "Lost" ain't saying whether he'll appear in flashbacks, flashforwards, as an apparition, if Walt will be alongside him or otherwise. Whatever happens, The Slug thinks Michael will come back as a very, very changed man. After plugging bullets into two castaways to escape the island, he's got a lot of redeeming to do. Does this mean he wasn't the one in that casket?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Drew Carey to Take "Price is Right" on the Road

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This is gonna make that whole "come on down" thing a tad confusing. "Price is Right" host-elect Drew Carey says he's taking the long-running daytime staple on a trip away from the Bob Barker Studio at CBS Television City. During today's first taping at the Kaufman Astoria Studios of his new CBS prime-time game show "Power of 10," Carey told the audience (which included The Slug, thankyouverymuch) that the famous "Price is Right" set would be packed up and make stops across the country — with New York as a probable destination. Good luck getting that Big Wheel and Plinko board through airport security.

Lindsay Lohan Defends Herself to This Guy

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Her family. Her sponsor. The Los Angeles County Superior Court.  Barbara Walters. Larry King. The Slug. God. Of all the people she could plead her innocence to following her second arrest, Lindsay Lohan chose Billy Bush, the gossip-hungry and very shiny host of "Access Hollywood" and "Grease: You're the One That I Want." We had our suspicions before, but now we're really beginning to question her judgment.