Bringing “The Heat,” Courtesy of Two Funny Ladies

theheatusTwo cops working together to take down bad guys on the streets of a big city. This plot sounds pretty familiar, right? That’s because it’s been done numerous times, from Lethal Weapon to Bad Boys, Rush Hour, The Other Guys, and 21 Jump Street, to name a few. This summer’s The Heat follows the same formula, with one major difference: the cops are both women. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy star in this hilarious summer sizzler about Sarah Ashburn (Bullock), an FBI Special Agent, sent on assignment from New York to Boston to imprison a devious drug lord. Upon her arrival, she quickly discovers that she can’t shrug off Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), one of Boston’s most notorious detectives, from the case and the two must figure out how to work together to accomplish their mission. the-heat-scorches-white-house-down--heres-your-box-office-roundupThey are both very effective at their jobs, albeit with very different techniques. Ashburn is methodical and follows the rules, professionally and personally. As a straight-laced, tough cop, she’s extremely confident in her capabilities, often to the disdain of her coworkers. Mullins is the opposite. Continue reading


Happy Endings: The Funniest Show You Aren’t Watching case you hadn’t noticed, a show about a group of six friends living in the city is currently on TV and is one of the funniest shows around. No, I’m not talking about Friends, but in fact ABC’s hilarious sitcom Happy Endings, which is currently in its third season. The show takes place in Chicago and centers around Penny Hartz (Casey Wilson, Saturday Night Live), Brad Williams (Damon Wayans, Jr., the son of the guy from My Wife and Kids), Max Blum (Adam Pally), Dave Rose (Zachary Knighton, an episode of SVU), and Jane Kirkovich (Eliza Coupe) and her younger sister Alex (Elisha Cuthbert, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR). While this show has a similar concept to Friends, it’s different in many ways. Continue reading

The Justin Timberlake Experience

Justin Timberlake’s third post-‘N Sync album, The 20/20 Experience, was released last Tuesday and is expected to have a massive first week, with US sales predictions ranging from 950,000 to even 1 million copies. Justin-Timberlake-900-600Seven years after the release of his last album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, and eleven years since Justified, the world is clearly ready for some more tunes from JT.

But will people like Justin’s new album and new sound? This is his least radio-friendly album, which may or may not be a bad thing, depending on what you’re looking for. FutureSex/LoveSounds had huge success in both album sales and radio/single sales. It has sold 4.4 million copies in the US alone, with first week sales of 648,000, and produced six singles, three of which reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (“SexyBack”, “My Love”, “What Goes Around… Comes Around”). front_coverSome artists have great success with radio, but fail to match their album sales to their single sales. Continue reading