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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 27 Early Predictions!

24 Sep

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With Season 27 of Dancing With the Stars kicking off tonight (and with me covering it for our live blog on ETOnline), I thought it would be fun to try to make some pre-premiere predictions for how this season’s slate of stars will fare in their race for the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

Here’s my take on who goes out first, who makes the final three and who wins the whole thing.

First Contestant Out: Nikki Glaser and partner Gleb Savchenko (Comedians always seem to drop out quickly (maybe because they don’t take it seriously, or get embarrassed, or don’t care?)

Final Three:
Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke (He’s a handsome actor with a background in musical theater, and she’s a returning fan favorite.)

Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong (Tinashe is already a professional dancer, and the closest to a ringer this season has. Plus, this is Armstrong’s first season as a pro and he likely wants to prove himself)

Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber (She’s a revered Olympic gold medal gymnast and Sasha is awesome and you can’t not love Sasha.)

Winner: Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong (I think her experience with a dance background will give her an edge that lasts all season, like when Jordan Fisher was the frontrunner right from the first episode of Season 25)

Rest of the Lineup:
2nd Place: Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke
3rd Place: Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber
4th Place: Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev
5th Place: DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold
6th Place: Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe (Keo usually gets saddled with stars who have no chance going in, so it’ll be interesting to see what he’s able to do with the 27-year-old Harry Potter actress)
7th Place: Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy (Her Facts of Life nostalgia factor will take her a long way, as well as Val’s considerable fan base.)
8th Place: “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson (Being a Bachelorette fan favorite will get him plenty of votes, especially if he can dance at all.)
9th Place: Bobby Bones Sharna Burgess
10th Place: Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten
11th Place: John Schneider and Emma Slater
12th Place: Milo Manheim and Witney Carson (He seems like a talented dancer, but having a fan base plays a huge role and he’s literally only be in one Disney channel movie.)
13th Place: Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko

Obviously, there’s a good chance all of this will be wrong, but I’ll be watching all season to see how things turn out (and I may possibly update once we get to see the stars hit the dance floor for the first time.)

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Rick Baker Finally Reveals ‘Night Skies’ Aliens

27 May

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[Editor’s Note: This story was orignally written for and appeared on ETonline]

In the 1970s, director Steven Spielberg started pre-production on a follow-up to Close Encounters Of The Third Kind called Night Skies. He hired legendary special effects artist Rick Baker to create a prototype of the film’s menacing alien, and by all accounts, it was going to be spectacular.

Then, as is often the case in Hollywood, the whole project fell apart, and the film entered that strange cinema limbo of amazing movies that never were. Many of the designs were later used in Spielberg’s alien masterpiece ET in 1982, but the menacing alien was never seen. Until now!

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R.I.P. – Artist H.R. Giger Dies At 74 – The World Has Lost A Brilliant Talent

13 May

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Iconic artist H.R. Giger, the surrealist responsible for some of the scariest imagery in horror history and the man who was the personal architect and set designer for some of my most terrifying and entertaining nightmares, has died at the age of 74.

Giger was born in the Swiss town of Chur, Graub√ľnden in 1940. He began working on his art with India ink and airbrushing, and began creating brilliantly surreal and nightmarish images of fantastical monsters that often evoked a primal revulsion in a wonderfully powerful way.

Giger depicted, sometimes subtly, sometimes overly, highly sexual and sexually violent imagery into his creature design and landscapes. By incorporating phallic and vaginal imagery, Giger was able to cut into his audience’s psyche and dredge up fear and emotional confusion from within.

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