Dancing With the Stars
This season marks the 14th gathering of some of Hollywood beloved classic stars in a winner takes all 12 week dance competition. At first, I was skeptical that this season would lose its zing for me, but I found a few things that will entice new audiences and keep loyal fans.
Highlights: Best season premier to date. Two dancers received nines in their scores (never before done on the first night) and all others received positive praise for musicality and performance value.
People to watch: Don’t count Gladys Knight out! While she is the oldest star on the show, the lady can move. Classical singer and sitcom personality Jaleel White scored two nines and were surprisingly wonderful to watch.
Concerns: There is a lot of good talent in this season, but I’m nervous that some of the better dancers won’t make it because they aren’t as well-known. Every season, a Disney star does REALLY well, but doesn’t seem to have the fan base to grab the mirror ball trophy.
The Hunger Games
Highlights: New trilogy for literary nerds to salivate over after the end of Harry Potter.
Plot: Girl is picked to fight to the death in a yearly gladiator style reality show.
What to watch for: Jennifer Lawrence is an Oscar nominated actress turned badass and is fast tracking to be the next big movie series star. The remaining cast is solid and is filled with some of my favorite actors. (Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Lenny Kravits just to name a few.)
Concerns: In reading up on The Hunger Games news, Elizabeth Banks commented that she will play her character, Effie, as a villain. Effie is, in my opinion, NOT a villain. She’s too dumb and wrapped up in the Capitol frivolities to be villainous. She’s a product of a messed up society. So, I’m worried that the film will ruin one of my favorite characters.