Gloat Break! Regional Emmy Nominations Announced and I'm Nominated! YAY! 

So, the 2011 Emmy nominations were announced last night, my home away from home, KMIR6, the NBC affiliate in Palm Springs received the most nominations locally -- 8 nods! Yay! (Check out the complete nominations right here)

Last year, I won for Best On-Camera Talent, and this year, I'm nominated for the same category again! I also received a nod for Best Arts/Feature for my story, "Palm Springs -- Hollywood of the Stars."

I feel truly blessed and fortunate, and I am very happy! So please pray for me that I win. I know it's cliche to say at least I was nominated, but I want that trophy darn it! :happy

Winners will be announced this June. Our regional Emmy is called the Pacific Southwest which includes the Las Vegas and San Diego markets.

Here's what I submitted for Best On-Camera/Talent category.

And here's what I submitted for Best Arts/Feature.

Thanks for the love and the support! :happy

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Confirmed! Johnny Depp to Make "21 Jump Street" Cameo! 

Once upon a time, many moons ago, there was a young, unknown actor who stole viewers' hearts in the Fox series, "21 Jump Street." His name was Johnny Depp.

Years later, Depp is set to return to the world of "21 Jump Street" in a small cameo role according to ComingSoon. The Columbia Pictures production is filming right now.

The big screen adaptation is going to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Dave Franco, and Jake Johnson.

The original Fox series ran from 1987 to 1991 where Depp played Officer Tom Hanson. The new film has Hill and Tatum as undercover cops who are assigned to work in schools. Cube is set to star as the police chief.

I wonder what Hill wrote for Depp's cameo. It's supposed to be really funny! We'll find out on March 16, 2012 when the film is set for release.

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What Movies Do You Lie About Having Seen? "The Godfather" Perhaps? 

There's a new U.K. poll where 30 percent of respondents admitted they've never seen "The Godfather" but lied about watching it! Shame! You may end up swimming with the fishes :happy

The Francis Ford Coppola flick topped the poll. So what other movies made it to the Top 10? Here's the list:

1. 'The Godfather' (1972) 30 percent
2. 'Casablanca' (1942) 13 percent
3. 'Taxi Driver' (1976) 11 percent
4. '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1969) 9 percent
5. 'Reservoir Dogs' (1992) 8 percent
6. 'This Is Spinal Tap' (1984) 7 percent
7. 'Apocalypse Now' (1979) 6 percent
8. 'Goodfellas' (1990) 5 percent
8. 'Blade Runner' (1982) 5 percent
10. 'The Great Escape' (1963) 4 percent

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"Madea" Bigger Than "Elephant" But "Rio" Soars for Second Weekend! 

"Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family" edged out "Water for Elephants" but both movies were no match for "Rio." The animated film sold $26.8 million tickets to remain as the No. 1 movie in America for the second-straight weekend. ("Rio" movie review)

Meanwhile, Lionsgate's "Madea" proved that the franchise has strong built-in audience. The Tyler Perry flick grossed $25.8 million, debuting at No. 2 and beating Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.

Their romance drama "Water for Elephants" entered at No. 3 with $17.5 million. Both the No. 1 and No. 3 movies were distributed by Fox.

Universal's "Hop" at $12.5 million (No. 4) and Dimension's "Scream 4" with $7.2 million (No. 5) complete the Top 5. For the complete Top 10 box office films for weekend of April 22, check it out below:

1. "Rio," $26.8 million.
2. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," $25.8 million.
3. "Water for Elephants," $17.5 million.
4. "Hop," $12.5 million.
5. "Scream 4," $7.2 million.
6. "African Cats," $6.4 million.
7. "Soul Surfer," $5.6 million.
8. "Insidious," $5.4 million.
9. "Hanna," $5.3 million.
10. "Source Code," $5.1 million.

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Summer (2011) Movie Preview -- Films I'm Dying to See These Upcoming Hot, Hot Days! 

Giant robots, superheroes, and adventurous pirates, it must be summer at the movies! Hollywood studios are unleashing their blockbuster films so here’s my quick guide to the movies I’m dying to see this summer.


May 6: “The Beaver” – Jodie Foster directs the embattled Mel Gibson in this dramedy about depression. Oh what fun!

May 6: “Something Borrowed” – Based on the bestselling novel by Emily Giffin, Kate Hudson returns to top form in this romantic comedy about love and friendships.

May 6: “Thor” – I love this comic book superhero and I can’t wait to see how director Kenneth Branagh will add his Shakespearean twist to the mythology.

May 13: “Bridesmaids” – The early buzz surrounding this film is great! It’s being called “The Hangover” for the ladies. It’s about time!

May 13: “Everything Must Go” – Will Ferrell tries his hands at drama again in this film based on Raymond Carver’s short story “Why Don’t You Dance?”

May 13: “Priest” – Paul Bettany seems to be the go to guy when Hollywood needs a B-movie star. In “Legion,” he played the Angel Michael, in “Priest,” he’s a man of God battling vampires.

May 20: “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow in this fourth installment of the popular franchise. Sure, the trailer looks fun, but I will definitely miss Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom.

May 26: “The Hangover Part II” – The biggest R-rated comedy is back for the sequel. This time, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha find themselves in Bangkok for Stu’s (Helms) wedding.

May 26: “Kung Fu Panda 2” – Everybody will be Kung-Fu fighting for the second time as our lovable panda, Po (Jack Black), joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters.

May 27: “The Tree of Life” – Terence Malick directs Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in this meditative film about innocence. I love watching non-blockbuster movies in the middle of the summer!


June 3: “Beginners” – Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor team up for director Mike Mills’ (“Thumbsucker”) in this drama about the transformative power of life!

June 3: “X-Men: First Class” – The latest film in the “X-Men” franchise takes us back to the good, old days when Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) were best friends!

June 10: “Super 8” – Writer/director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”) transports us back to 1979 in this sci-fi mystery. I suspect this film will be the popcorn movie of the summer!

June 17: “Green Lantern” – More superheroes! This time, Ryan Reynolds wears the magical ring to bring order to the universe.

June 17: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” – Jim Carrey stars as a businessman who inherits six penguins. Are you laughing yet?

June 24: “Bad Teacher” – Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake reunite, at least on the big screen, for this comedy about a foul-mouthed teacher (Diaz).

June 24: “Cars 2” – Even though I enjoyed “Cars,” I don’t think it’s one of Pixar’s strongest films. So I am very curious why Disney ordered a sequel. This time, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) go on an international adventure to rev it up against the world’s fastest cars.

June 24: “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” – I already saw this documentary and it’s great! The film highlights the lowest point of Conan’s career as he comes to terms with losing the Tonight Show. Drama!


July 1: “Larry Crowne” – Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts reteam for this yarn about an unemployed middle-aged man who returns to college to reinvent himself. Very timely?

July 1: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” – Optimus Prime and Megatron will rule our Fourth of July!

July 8: “Horrible Bosses” – The plot sounds funny – three friends decide to kill their horrible bosses because they think they’ll be happy without them. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman star in this comedy.

July 8: “One Day” – Dexter (Jim Sturgess) and Em (Anne Hathaway) are recent college graduates who vow to meet each other on the same date each year to see where they are in their lives. Why don’t they just get married?

July 15: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2” – Finally, the part 2 we’ve all been waiting for!

July 22: “Captain America: The First Avenger” – Another superhero! This time, Chris Evans dons the red, white, and blue outfit for director Joe Johnston.

July 29: “Cowboys & Aliens” – The “Star Trek” writers (Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman) team up with the “Iron Man” films director (Jon Favreau) in this comic book-based film about aliens versus cowboys in Arizona circa 1873. Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig star.

July 29: “The Smurfs” – Just for curiosity factor, I wonder how 20th Century Fox will transform our little, blue friends into movie stars! Neil Patrick Harris and yes, Katy Perry star!


August 5: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” – James Franco star in this origin story about the genetic engineering of super-intelligent apes! So pretty much, we’ll find out how the planet of the apes was created.

August 19: “Conan the Barbarian” – Jason Momoa inherits Arnold Schwarzenegger’s loin cloth in this reboot that tells the adventures of Conan the Cimmerian (Momoa).

August 19: “Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World” – Just in case you want to see the fourth installment of Robert Rodriguez’ popular kiddie franchise.

August 31: “The Debt” – Sam Worthington, after appearing in blockbusters such as “Avatar” and “Clash of the Titans,” teams up with Helen Mirren in this remake of a 2007 Israeli thriller. The script is co-written by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class”) and the film is directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”).

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