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Robin Williams, Iggy Azalea, Frozen, True Detective top 2014 Google Canada trends for celebs and showbiz

- December 16th, 2014

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Sorrowful and soulful, cold and hot. Robin Williams, True Detective, Frozen and Iggy Azalea (pictured above) were the biggest trends in their respective showbiz categories based on the top Google searches in Canada this year.

Google Canada released its “Year in Search” results early on Tuesday.

Williams topped the list of trending celebrities for the most tragic of reasons, of course. The legendary comedian committed suicide on Aug. 11.

Also trending for the wrong reasons was ex-CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, who came in at No. 5 among celebrities. I’ll bet a lot of people who Googled Ghomeshi couldn’t even spell his name before the scandal broke regarding his sexual activities which allegedly involved criminal physical assault.

The star power of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson clearly helped to push the HBO series True Detective to the top of the trending TV list.

Animation ruled the day with trending movies, as Frozen iced the competition and led the way.

And in an impressive doubling up, Azalea not only was the top trending musician of 2014, she also finished 10th on the list of top trending celebs overall.

Google Canada’s Top Trending Celebrities of 2014:
1. Robin Williams
2. Philip Seymour Hoffman
3. Jennifer Lawrence
4. Joan Rivers
5. Jian Ghomeshi
6. Renée Zellweger
7. Tracy Morgan
8. Ellen Page
9. Kim Kardashian
10. Iggy Azalea

Google Canada’s Top Trending TV Shows of 2014:
1. True Detective
2. Game of Thrones
3. The Bachelor
4. Orange is the New Black
5. Gotham
6. House of Cards
7. Arrow
8. The Good Wife
9. The Walking Dead
10. The Flash

Google Canada’s Top Trending Movies of 2014:
1. Frozen
2. Interstellar
3. Divergent
4. Godzilla
5. Gone Girl
6. American Hustle
7. 22 Jump Street
8. The Lego Movie
9. Lone Survivor
10. Dallas Buyers Club

Google Canada’s Top Trending Musicians of 2014:
1. Iggy Azalea
2. Ariana Grande
3. Taylor Swift
4. Nicki Minaj
5. Daft Punk
6. Lorde
7. Weird Al
8. Conchita Wurst
9. A Great Big World
10. Katy Perry

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

 

Marco Polo: Is it really the next Game of Thrones?

- December 13th, 2014

Man, I really can’t wait for Season 5 of Game of Thrones. Everyone I talk to, whether it’s my uncle, or neighbour, or barber, is excitedly thinking the same thing – we’re only a few months away from revisiting Westeros and seeing the fallout from Tyrion Lannister’s bold (and violent) choices in the Season 4 finale.

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Aside from viewing past seasons of Thrones over and over again, what should you watch in the meantime? Industry buzz suggests that Netflix’s new historical series, Marco Polo, might hit the spot. The show, which recently hit the streaming service, follows the Italian explorer as he finds himself in the court of Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan. The 10-episode first season reportedly cost US$90 million to make, second only to Game of Thrones as the most expensive series ever.

And while many critics have been comparing the epic series to the HBO hit – even Marco Polo executive producer Harvey Weinstein has described the shows as looking similar – not everyone working on the Netflix series thinks it’s an accurate comparison.

“There’s something very different tonally about our show,” says Marco Polo director and executive producer Daniel Minahan, who has also directed several episodes of Game of Thrones. “I think (Marco) is more of an adventure show. We have kung fu fighting, and there’s an element of playfulness about this that I hope comes through, and a kind of wonder, which is I think different from Game of Thrones.”

And while Marco Polo definitely contains political maneuvering, spying and shifting relationships – some of the best things about Game of Thrones – it goes about it in a different way.

“We have a lot of that, but it’s different, because we have one protagonist,” says Minahan. “That’s sort of our eyes into this world.”

Australian actor Remy Hii, who plays Prince Jingim in the Netflix series, says comparisons between the two shows are inevitable, especially since everyone and their barber are watching Game of Thrones.

“I think Game of Thrones is just running so hot at the moment,” he says. “They really opened up fantasy to the mainstream. Whereas, we’re working with a very epic, grand, historical story. It is rooted in fact. And as an artist, I don’t think that you want to compare yourself too much…I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, I love it, but I recognize that what we’re doing here is very different.”

What do you think? Is it fair to put both shows in the same category? And, more importantly, does Marco Polo contain that binge-worthy quality that makes Thrones so addictive?

Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow face off in Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Celebrity Curse-Off’

- November 25th, 2014

Two former Friends went toe-to-toe on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show.

In another edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s “Celebrity Curse-Off” last night, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow locked horns to see who had the biggest potty mouth.

At one point, Kimmel had to break up the two after they began a conversation that had nothing to do with the segment.

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Like every true heavyweight battle, this one seemed like it was going to go on forever, until Kudrow unttered the non-curse phrase “snap pants.” Aniston was crowned the winner and awarded a huge and fitting prize – soap-on-a-rope.

So, if you’re into Aniston dropping bombs like d— licker and c— sucker, have at it below.

Jimmy Fallon’s best lip sync battles

- November 22nd, 2014

Read our lips: Jimmy Fallon’s lip syncing battles are getting their own show.

The popular segment on his late night talk show that pits him and other celebrity guests against each other in epic lip syncing battles has just been picked up by Spike TV for a full season order.

The show will continue the tradition of seeing celebrities embarrass and outdo themselves while singing popular songs, we would imagine, in front of a live audience.

Although there aren’t many details of the show yet, Fallon, Stephen Merchant, and John Krasinski will be producing it.

In lieu of the upcoming show, we’ve put together our five favourite lip sync battles that have aired since Fallon started hosting them.

Paul Rudd vs Jimmy Fallon:

Paul Rudd’s innocent demeanour certainly helped him out in his battle with Jimmy Fallon. Acting coyly while belting out tunes like Tina Turner’s, “You Better be Good to Me,” and Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” gave him the upper hand, but it was his comedic timing and various hand gestures that made it one of the most memorable.

Emma Stone vs Jimmy Fallon

This was one of those rare instances where both Fallon and Stone brought their A-game to the party. Fallon kicks off the soirée with a poor (but hilarious) interpretation of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” that blows Emma Stone’s retaliating “Hook” by Blues Traveller out of the water.  Ding ding ding, however, and Stone comes walloping back in round two with a killer rendition of DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.” She definitely won that round.

Stephen Merchant vs Jimmy Fallon vs Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Three competitors meant three times the laughs, and oh boy did all three ever deliver. It’s hard to declare a winner out of these three since each one was better than the last. Perhaps the fairest way to break down this legendary lip sync battle is to just list each actor’s best song.

Merchant: “Single Ladies” by Beyonce. Reason? The little dips he does while flailing his hands is both adorable and downright funny.

Fallon: “Don’t You Want Me?” by The Human League. Reason? He may not be singing it, but he still manages to bring the passion tenfold with this track.

Gordon-Levitt: “Superbass” by Nicki Minaj. Reason? He manages to find an action for every single line Minaj raps, and incorporates Fallon’s tie in the process. That’s comedy gold.

Gwen Stefani vs Jimmy Fallon

Gwen Stefani’s performance isn’t necessarily the best one the show’s ever seen, but when Stefani starts grinding up on Fallon, his face is priceless. You just can’t script that kind of comedy. Unless this was scripted. Then you certainly can script this type of comedy.

John Krasinski vs Jimmy Fallon

One of the all time greatest lip sync moments occurred when John Krasinski seemingly transformed into Katy Perry and delivered one of the greatest imitations in comedy history. From the doe eyes to tilting his head back as he hits the chorus of the song, no one performs “Teenage Dream” quite like Krasinski. Not even Katy Perry.

Not-so-safe Haven for William Shatner

- November 21st, 2014

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William Shatner is beaming down to Haven.

Showcase has announced that the former Captain Kirk on Star Trek will guest-star in a four-episode arc on Haven, which currently is airing its fifth season. Shatner’s episodes will air in 2015, in what technically will be the second half of season five.

According to Showcase, Shatner will play “a pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate of the town of Haven and its Troubled residents.”

Haven, based on The Colorado Kid by Stephen King, stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv