‘The Voice’ recap: Top 12 vie for Top 10 spots

10:00 pm EDT, November 12, 2012

The Top 12 took the stage vying for 10 spots, marking the first time this season that America’s votes will make all the decisions on The Voice now that the coaches’ saves are no more.

Monday night also marked the first time all contestants performed on the same night, showing viewers just how the artists compare to each other.

Top 12 Performances

Trevin Hunte

Twitter: @Tamor_11

For a second week in a row, Trevin took on a Michael Bolton song, this week with “When A Man Loves A Woman.” The song says, “when a man loves a woman, he can do no wrong.” Well, when Trevin sings, he can do no wrong.

Bryan Keith

Twitter: @Bryanpeeps

Taking on Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” Bryan Keith showed his jazzy, Sinatra side. With a voice that can take on the Goo Goo Dolls, Sublime and Amy Winehouse, Keith had one of the best performances of the night.

Cassadee Pope

Twitter: @CassadeePope

The former Hey Monday lead introduced America to her skills on the guitar while slaying the vocals with her take on Kelly Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes.” She spoke of a rocky relationship with her father in the recording bit before her performance and there was no doubting her emotions after hearing her sing.

Terry McDermott

Twitter: @TerryMacMusic

Singing Boston’s “More Than A Feeling,” the Scottish rocker continued to show his range and a beautiful falsetto. We’re waiting for him to whip out the Paul McCartney/Beatles any day now.

Sylvia Yacoub

Twitter: @SylvsYacoub

It takes guts to choose to sing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” but Sylvia Yacoub did it and did it well. It wasn’t perfect, but those runs at the end made the song her own and placed Sylvia among the best singers in the competition.

Amanda Brown

Twitter: @Amanda__Brown

Amanda Brown toned down the rock while showcasing her voice with “Spectrum” by Florence and the Machine and Calvin Harris. We’re partial to her take on “Dream On” but Amanda’s voice is so versatile, she’s hard not to love.

Dez Duron

Twitter: @DezDuron

The former Yale football player (a.k.a The Face) got soulful with the Lauren Hill version of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.” Walking down the steps a la Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You, it was hard not to swoon over his best performance to date.

Cody Belew

Twitter: @CodyBelew

The Arkansas singer continued to entertain, this week with Tina Turner’s “The Best.” Though it was missing the wow moments from last week’s “One More Try,” Cody never fails to command the stage even if he’s just strutting about. The coaches called him the last natural performer left in the competition.

Nicholas David

Twitter: @TheFeelin

Minnesota soul man Nicholas David sang “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis. Levine called him “strange and beautiful,” which is very fitting for the unofficial face of No Shave November.

Melanie Martinez

Twitter: @MelanieLBBH

The indie-folk singer performed Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup” by sitting on the stage floor. As always, the blonde brunette put her spin on the song with her soft, airy voice. But can her unique sound beat out the powerhouses?

Adriana Louise

Twitter: @Adriana_Louise

Singing Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” Adriana Louise showed off her playful flirty side. Vocally it wasn’t perfect, but she rocked the stage, interacting with the guitarist and even got up close and personal with Adam Levine. Looks like Xtina was right when she saved Adriana last week.

Michaela Paige

Twitter: @FLASinger1

First out of the gate, Michaela Paige took on Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” minus her usual mohawk. Though it was a fitting song for the pop-rocker, it was too easy to compare the two, and Pink always wins. She had a better performance last week with “Everybody Talks” despite the praise the coaches gave her for her Pink cover.

Who will make it into the Top 10? There are no more coaches’ saves, so America’s votes will decide the final contestants. Vote on Facebook, NBC.com, by purchasing a contestant’s song on iTunes (if an artist’s song is in the top 10 on iTunes, his or her votes will be multiplied by 10) or by phone or text (Sprint users only) up until 10 a.m. ET to choose the artists to continue on to next week.

Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC

It. Is. Here. The long-awaited first trailer for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Dan Stevens and Emma Watson is available to watch now!

Disney invites us to be their guest in this first tantalizing teaser for Beauty and the Beast, one of the most highly anticipated live-action remakes on their slate:

Anticipation has been high for Disney’s live-action retelling of their animated classic, and by all accounts the trailer suggests that the new Beauty and the Beast, hitting theaters in 2017, won’t disappoint.

The trailer does a lot to up the excitement factor, playing on our existing knowledge of the classic story, and teasing the arrival of Emma Watson’s Belle (damn you Disney, you know what we want!).

It opens with the castle (very Hogwarts-looking, no?), as we see iconic imagery from the Disney movie. We hear the voices of Ian McKellen and Ewan McGregor (Cogsworth and Lumiere), see the portrait of the prince, and finally, the rose — and Belle, barely visible, watching it in nervous anticipation. It looks like it still has all its petals, so we’d guess that this might be the first time she sees it.

We imagine the full reveal of Belle in the dress will be huge — we’ll keep you posted, as we’re sure that bombshell is dropping soon.

Beauty and the Beast opens March 2017 and stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Audra McDonald as the Wardrobe, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, and Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth.

What did you think about our first look at the Beauty and the Beast live-action movie? Did it live up to your expectations?! Or was there just not enough Belle? Share your thoughts in the comments!

‘Adventures of Supergirl’ #9: The Facet mystery deepens

And Kara hates mysteries.

2:00 pm EDT, May 22, 2016

Adventures of Supergirl #9 gives us our first look at Facet but inspires more questions than gives answers.

Adventures of Supergirl #9 keeps its creative team and picks up where the previous issue left off, with Kara and Alex underground and facing off against bots from Fort Rozz. While the sisters fight off attacks, Kara muses about hating mysteries. She reflects that Clark likes them because they taught him to reveal the hidden truths about others while Kara doesn’t like them because she wants things — and people — to be straightforward.

The mystery is, of course, who is behind everything that has led Kara to this moment. The mastermind? Facet. While Kara and Alex are fighting, Alex is grabbed to serve as bait, bringing Kara face to face with Facet. Though Facet speaks a language Kara doesn’t understand, she does recognize Facet’s uniform as belonging to a guard on Fort Rozz.

Adventures of Supergirl #9 page 1

Kara attacks Facet but breaks her hand. Uh oh. She tries to use her heat vision, but Facet deflects it. Kara is overwhelmed by Facet’s counterattacks, and Facet has the bots grab Kara. When Facet removes her mask, she reveals a reflective silver face and says she wants to begin Kara’s training to make her Krypton’s finest, like Facet herself. Facet tells Kara to ask her mother about her, but the conversation is interrupted when Alex sets off an explosion.

In the chaos, Kara grabs Alex and flees. They reach the surface, mostly still in tact, and Kara says they should go speak to Alura, so I assume she’s going to speak to the Alura AI at the DEO. The mystery that Kara hates has come around to not only encompass Facet but also her mother, which frustrates Kara to no end.

A good portion of this issue is action, as Kara and Alex fight the Fort Rozz robots and Kara faces off against Facet. Both Kara and Alex are left the worse for wear after the encounter. While we know there won’t be anything too serious happening to our main characters since the comic ties into the television series, the action sequences were still quite engaging, particularly in terms of the art.

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As with the previous issue, we see a fair amount of Kryptonian as the Fort Rozz robots and Facet speak. However, Facet also speaks a language that Kara didn’t recognize that was represented by squiggly lines. This only enhances Kara’s frustration with the mystery that underlies the entire issue — and the comic as a whole, as we learn that everything ties together after all.

With four issues left, I assume Kara will get some answers from the Alura AI about Facet. This new villain tying into the life of Alura makes a lot of sense considering the television series spent quite a lot of time exploring the consequences of Alura’s actions on Krypton. As her daughter, Kara has had to face many who held grudges against Alura for sentencing them to Fort Rozz so thematically, this issue of Adventures of Supergirl ties in nicely with the series in that way.

Reading Adventures of Supergirl every other week is like catching up with a good friend you only see every now and then — especially now that Supergirl is on break for the summer. I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here and finding out just who Facet is and why she’s taken such an interest in Kara.

Adventures of Supergirl #10 will be released on Monday, May 30.

Fred Armisen hosted the season 41 finale of SNL with musical guest Courtney Barnett. He also brought along a couple of familiar friends as well.

SNL kicked off its season finale with a bang using Kate McKinnon and Larry David as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. In what was maybe the best cold open of the season, Hillary and Bernie bickered back and forth about Hillary’s insurmountable delegate lead in the Democratic primary race. The sketch was particularly enjoyable as the two of them danced through the halls of Studio 8H before throwing to the credits with the entire cast.

Fred Armisen’s opening monologue was also one of the best opening monologues of the season. Fred performed a part of his fictional one-man show, and exaggerated just about every single thing you could imagine. The monologue was not only hilarious but one of the most unique monologues ever given on SNL.

The first sketch of the night featured a couple of breaks of character as Cecily Strong, Fred Armisen and Kyle Mooney played Native American explorers who take things a little bit too far.

To the delight of the audience, SNL brought back a Digital Sketch with none other than Andy Samberg himself. Samberg is set to star in the new movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

Maya Rudolph, who has an upcoming variety show with Martin Short, stopped by Weekend Update to play the recent ousted President of Brazil. Maya can do no wrong, and this sketch was yet another example of her many hilarious accents.

The funniest sketch of the night had to go to Fred Armisen’s character Regine. Regine and her boyfriend played by SNL alum Jason Sudeikis are outlandish, rude and inconsiderate: the perfect recipe for tons of character breaks. This is a must-see sketch!

SNL will return for its 42nd season this fall. There is no word yet as of which cast members may be leaving the show. Details around casting usually happens throughout the summer months as the show gears up for its fall premiere.

What did you think of Fred Armisen hosting SNL?