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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Groovy Giveaway: Jennifer Hudson's new album, JHUD



Courtesy of The Karpel Group, this week's Groovy Giveaway is three copies of JHUD, the new album from Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, featuring "Dangerous", "Walk It Out" and "It's Your World" feat. R. Kelly.

Available Now!
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/JHUD?IQid=yt
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/JHUDAm?IQid=yt

Are you #TeamJHUD? Stay connected to http://jhud.jenniferhudson.com/ for a chance to unlock exclusive album content and win prizes!

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https://twitter.com/IAMJHUD
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To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to deepdishdrama@aol.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Thursday, October 2 (CST).

Dish of the Day #1498: Keep Your Shirt On


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Battle of the Network Stars #56: 1979-81 TV Seasons, Round 2


The following stars from the 55th Battle of the Network Stars will be moving on to Round 3:

Farrah Fawcett-Majors (Charlie's Angels/ABC)
Jaclyn Smith (Charlie's Angels/ABC)
Willie Aames (Eight Is Enough/ABC)
Shaun Cassidy (The Hardy Boys Mysteries/ABC)
Parker Stevenson (The Hardy Boys Mysteries/ABC)
Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley/ABC)
Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky & Hutch/ABC)
Robert Conrad (Baa Baa Black Sheep/NBC)
Dan Aykroyd (Saturday Night Live/NBC)
Chevy Chase (Saturday Night Live/NBC)
Jane Curtin (Saturday Night Live/NBC)
Bill Murray (Saturday Night Live/NBC)
Gilda Radner (Saturday Night Live/NBC)
Linda Lavin (Alice/CBS)
Pat Harrington (One Day at a Time/CBS)
Cloris Leachman (Phyllis/CBS)

Now on to our 56th battle, which takes us back to the 1979-81 TV seasons when we welcomed the following 32 stars into our homes:






Dish of the Day #1497: Keep Your Shirt On


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Web Series Worth Watching: Welcome to Paragon School for Girls



Web Series of the Week: Paragon School for Girls
And now for something completely different, check out the new web series, Paragon School for Girls, which I will attempt to describe: If innovative director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel) made a "school for girls" film - like Suspiria, Satan's School for Girls or Picnic at Hanging Rock - with every female character played by a guy in drag, Paragon might be the result. But instead of Anderson, creator Jim Hansen deserves the credit for this visually creative show that apparently was filmed in an actual dollhouse in his own living room. And then through the magic of movie making (i.e. green screen), he was able to insert his actors into this wonderful setting.

Friday, September 26, 2014

66 Groovy Things about Olivia Newton-John on her birthday



Today I'm celebrating Olivia Newton-John's 66th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England, on September 26, 1948, and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, when she was five.

Reeling LGBT Film Festival: Best of the Fest



Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival ended last night after presenting many fabulous films. I hope everyone enjoyed reading my reviews - and for my final festival post, here are my own Best of the Fest awards:

Win tickets to see Wanda Sykes at The Chicago Theatre on October 18



Courtesy of The Karpel Group, today I'm giving away a pair of tickets to see one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America - Wanda Sykes - at 8 pm on Saturday, October 18, at The Chicago Theatre.

Tickets on sale now at The Chicago Theatre Box Office or Ticketmaster.com.
http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/2014/october/wanda-sykes-at-the-chicago-theatre.html

Wanda Sykes has been called "one of the funniest stand-up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. In 2009, her second HBO stand up special, I’ma Be Me, premiered and was nominated for two Primetime Emmy awards. Her first HBO comedy special, Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired, debuted in 2006 and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

In 2011, Wanda made a return to HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and in 2010 she starred on her own late night talk show on FOX, The Wanda Sykes Show. In the fall of 2003, she was seen on Fox's Wanda at Large, which she wrote, produced and starred in. She also has a one-hour Comedy Central special called Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied.

She spent five years as a performer and writer for HBO's critically acclaimed Chris Rock Show, for which she was nominated for three Primetime Emmys and won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. In 2001, she won the American Comedy Award for Outstanding Female Stand-Up Comic. She won three more Emmys in 2002, 2004 and 2005 for her work on Inside the NFL.

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To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to deepdishdrama@aol.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Monday, September 29 (CST).

Deep Dish Pool Party #88


The rules are simple - each week I feature 10 Dishes of the Day and you get to invite your three favorites over for some wet and wild fun at the Deep Dish Pool Party. The five guys who receive the most votes get to stay, and the following week five new Dishes are added to the guest list.

1) Dish #1352: Connor Moxam
Last Week #4, Week 30, 36 invites out of 209



2) Dish #531: Matt
LW #1, W6, 33 invites


Dish of the Day #1496: Hot Man Reading


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. Click here to vote for your three favorite Dishes in this week's Deep Dish Pool Party poll.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dish of the Day #1495: Hot Man Reading


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Andre Ziehe.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Battle of the Network Stars #55: 1975-77 TV Seasons, Round 2


ABC and Fox tied in the 54th Battle of the Network Stars, and the following stars will be moving on to Round 2:

Ioan Gruffudd (Forever/ABC)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder/ABC)
John Stamos (Members Only/ABC)
Juliette Lewis (Secrets & Lies/ABC; Wayward Pines/Fox)
Martin Short (Mulaney/Fox)
Dave Annable (Red Band Society/Fox)
Matt Dillon (Wayward Pines/Fox)
Josh Duhamel (Battle Creek/CBS)
Patricia Arquette (CSI: Cyber/CBS)
Téa Leoni (Madam Secretary/CBS)
Casey Wilson (Marry Me/NBC)
Debra Messing (The Mysteries of Laura/NBC)
Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie/Netflix)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Netflix)
Grant Gustin (The Flash/The CW)
Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca/TBS)

Since Round 1 is now over, let's see which network won the most Battles:

ABC (19 Battles): 1956-61, 1964-65, 1969-70, 1973-74, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1989-90, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2014-15 (tie)

NBC (18): 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1974-75 (tie), 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1993-94 (tie), 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2001-02, 2008-09

CBS (11): 1948-56, 1961-64, 1965-66, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1974-75 (tie), 1981-82, 1986-87, 1991-92, 1992-93 (tie), 2005-06

Fox (3): 2003-04, 2009-10, 2014-15 (tie)

HBO (2): 1997-98, 2013-14

PBS (2): 1993-94 (tie), 2010-11

BBC (1): 1992-93 (tie)

Netflix (1): 2012-13

Showtime (1): 2000-01

Beginning next week Battle of the Network Stars will be featured twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Now on to Round 2 and our 55th battle, which takes us back to the 1975-77 TV seasons when we welcomed the following 32 stars into our homes:






Dish of the Day #1494: Hot Man Reading


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Groovy Giveaway: Erasure's new album, The Violet Flame



Courtesy of The Karpel Group, this week's Groovy Giveaway is three Deluxe 2-CD copies of The Violet Flame, the brand new album from the iconic Erasure produced by Richard X and featuring the new single, "Elevation."

Available Now!

In addition to the standard CD, The Violet Flame will be available in a Deluxe 2-CD edition, with a bonus disc featuring Erasure’s legendary live performance at Mute’s Short Circuit festival in 2011. Deluxe 3-CD box sets, VIP Ticket Bundles and more are also available at pledgemusic.com/erasure.

Standard - Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TVFCD / iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TVFDigital
2-CD set - Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TVFCDdlx / iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TVFCDdlx

See Erasure on tour in North America this Fall!
Sept 26 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata - The Music Box
Sept 27 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Sept 28 - Homestead, PA (Pittsburgh) - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Sept 30 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
Oct 1 - Royal Oak, MI (Detroit) - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 3 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
Oct 4 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
Oct 5 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
Oct 8 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium
Oct 10 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
Oct 11 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
Oct 12 - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center for the Perf. Arts
Oct 14 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Oct 15 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Oct 17 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
Oct 18 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
Oct 19 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
Oct 21 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Oct 22 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's
Oct 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
Oct 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
Oct 26 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Oct 28 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct 29 - Salt Lake City - UT Capitol Theatre
Oct 31 - Las Vegas, NV - Palms Casino Resort
Nov 1 - Oakland, CA - The Fox

Visit www.erasureinfo.com for additional details.

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To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to deepdishdrama@aol.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Monday, September 29 (CST).

Dish of the Day #1493: Hot Man Reading


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.