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Check out Steven’s picks for Golden Globes in the film categories.

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golden-globes-statutes-1 It’s Golden Globe time and with the Oscar Nominations announced, it’s also time to see which movies, actors, etc have the best chance to come away with golden statues in February. Take a look at my picks for both TV and Movies at tonight’s Golden Globes.

Check out my Movie Picks below! And follow me on Twitter @StevePanzarella for updates and opinions about each and every winner.

 

 

 

 

Best Picture-Drama 

ARGO

DJANGO UNCHAINED

LIFE OF PI

LINCOLN

ZERO DARK THIRTY

If you would have asked me 3 weeks ago who wins this, I would have said ARGO, If you asked me last week who wins this I would have said ZERO DARK THIRTY. Today, I have no clue but in my heart I am sticking with ZERO DARK THIRTY. Excellent performances by a brilliant cast, and near perfect direction by Kathryn Bigelow. I would not be shocked to see any of these films win but ZERO DARK was my favorite movie of 2012.

Best Performance by an Actress-Drama

Jessica Chastain-ZERO DARK THIRTY

Marion Cotillard- RUST AND BONE

Helen Mirren-HITCHCOCK

Naomi Watts-THE IMPOSSIBLE

Rachel Weisz-DEEP BLUE SEA

Looking at this set of nominations and at the Oscar nominations, you see a huge difference, the two things that are similar are Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain. For me Jessica Chastain gave the best, most overwhelming performance of the year. A win here gives her a better chance to take on Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars.

Best Performance by an Actor-Drama

Daniel Day Lewis-LINCOLN

Richard Gere-ARBITRAGE

John Hawkes-THE SESSIONS

Joaquin Phoenix-THE MASTER

Denzel Washington-FLIGHT

All great performances, with the growing theme that if Bradley Cooper is not in the mix, Daniel Day and Denzel are the leaders in this category. For me Daniel Day Lewis as Honest Abe takes the cake at the golden globes. An Epic performance for the movie that has a huge amount of momentum going forward.

Best Picture-Comedy/Musical

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

LES MISERABLES

MOONRISE KINGDOM

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Personally, I loved MOONRISE KINGDOM, and I really enjoyed SALMON FISHING as well but this is probably a two horse race. Between LES MIS and SILVER LININGS, both movies are carrying plenty of momentum. While I think SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK has a better chance on Oscar Sunday, LES MIS has been so hyped and is carrying so much weight all the talk should carry LES MISERABLE to a best picture win.

Best Performance by an Actress-Comedy/Musical

Emily Blunt-SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Judi Dench-THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Jennifer Lawrence-THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Maggie Smith-QUARTET

Meryl Streep-HOPE SPRINGS

We will really know what people thought of Jennifer Lawrence in THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK considering this is one of the only categories that I think is a foregone conclusion. I think this is all Jennifer Lawrence, I don’t see another performance in here quite like Lawrence.

Best Performance by an Actor-Comedy/Musical

Jack Black-BERNIE

Bradley Cooper-THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Hugh Jackman-LES MISERABLES

Ewan McGregor-SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Bill Murray- HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

A group of great, memorable performances with two leaders being Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper. Remember, Cooper took home a lot of the critics awards earlier in year. Jackman has a great chance and at the end of the day I think he will probably take home a Golden Globe but Bradley Cooper was brilliant as a mentally unstable man, trying to make his way back into the real world. Cooper is my choice but with Jackman close behind.

Best Animated Feature

BRAVE

FRANKENWEENIE

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

WRECK IT RALPH

This is always a fun category, I was a huge fan of BRAVE but WRECK IT RALPH was an excellent animated film and one of the better ones done by Disney without pixar. BRAVE has that Disney/Pixar logo that so many vote for and Frankenweenie is the great Tim Burton claymation that has been 20 years in the making. WRECK IT RALPH just has the feel of a great animated feature that was great enough to take home the globe and then the Oscar in a month or so.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams-THE MASTER

Sally Field-LINCOLN

Anne Hathaway-LES MISERABLES

Helen Hunt-THE SESSIONS

Nicole Kidman-THE PAPER BOY

Remember when THE MASTER came out and Amy Adams was a foregone conclusion winner, well now it’s Anne Hathaway’s to lose and right now there is not much of a chance Anne does not leave that ceremony with a Golden Globe.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin-ARGO

Leonardo DiCaprio-DJANGO UNCHAINED

Phillip Seymour Hoffman-THE MASTER

Tommy Lee Jones- LINCOLN

Christoph Waltz-DJANGO UNCHAINED

Alan Arkin gave one of my favorite performances of the year in ARGO, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman is deserving of an award for THE MASTER. This is literally the most jam packed, toughest to pick categories of the year. (CAN I TAKE THREE!?) Leo and Waltz in DJANGO both had memorable turns, I would love to see Leo win after his oscar snub, and I would love to see Tommy lee Jones win in Lincoln but because i have to actually make a pick I am taking Christoph Waltz. Waltz was hilarious in DJANGO and I wonder if voters maybe forgot Phillip Seymour Hoffman in THE MASTER since that hit theaters in September.

Best Director-

Ben Affleck-ARGO

Kathryn Bigelow-ZERO DARK THIRTY

Ang Lee-LIFE OF PI

Steven Spielberg-LINCOLN

Quentin Tarantino-DJANGO UNCHAINED

Ben Affleck just won the Critics choice award for ARGO, just days after being left off the oscar ballot. Affleck had a huge amount of momentum which slowed down after LINCOLN and ZERO DARK THIRTY hit theaters. I would love to see either Bigelow or Affleck win after their big snubs. I think Affleck actually wins the globe and Spielberg takes home the oscar in february. Even though I thought Kathryn Bigelow’s direction of ZERO DARK THIRTY was some of the best of the year, voters did not seem to like all the torture sequences. I think Affleck wins one more to prove to the Academy what exactly they missed.

Best Screenplay

Mark Boal-ZERO DARK THIRTY

Tony Kushner-LINCOLN

David O. Russell-THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Quentin Tarantino-DJANGO UNCHAINED

Chris Terrio-ARGO

All great scripts, all excellent movies, Thought Boal’s script for ZERO DARK THIRTY was absolutly incredible followed by Chris Terrio and Tarantino. Anyone could win but my pick is Mark Boal for ZERO DARK THIRTY.

Best Original Score

Mychael Danna-LIFE OF PI

Alexandre Desplat-ARGO

Dario Marianelli-ANNA KARENINA

John Williams-LINCOLN

Tom Twyker, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil-CLOUD ATLAS

The STAR WARS fan in me wants so badly to see John Williams win another award, plus his LINCOLN score was excellent. I thought the best part of ANNA KARENINA was it’s score and Mychael Danna’s LIFE OF PI score was pretty memorable as well. My Pick is Marianelli for KARENINA but don’t be shocked to see Williams, Danna and Desplat take away the award.(setting myself up to see CLOUD ATLAS win)

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POP in the Kitchen! The Perfect Snack and Cocktail Pairings.

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POP Goes The Week’s Brian Balthazar is part of the all new Food Network Kitchen App! Cook LIVE alongside Brian as he makes get party food and the drinks that go perfectly with them!

Hey everyone! I’m so excited for this – I was thrilled to be a part of the new app, which is an all new way to cook with your favorite chefs and cooking experts. In the app, you can get the recipe and ingredients and recipe in advance, check the live class schedule, then cook at the very same time as your instructor!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to do a live snack and cocktail pairing, which you can still watch – and cook along with me! Trust me, these all start out as live, which means anything can happen! (I have an adventure with the broiler in one of them!)

Download the app here.

For my recipes, I made a pulled pork toast with queso, sour cream radishes and green onions, along with a smoky mezcal paloma.

Pulled Pork Toasts with Sour Cream, Queso, Radishes and Green onions, garnished with cilantro. The recipe is literally those ingredients stacked onto baguette slices!

In another class, I make lavender honey that gets drizzled right on top of baked brie with herbs, then use that same lavender honey for my own interpretation of a “Bees Knees” cocktail that I call a “Bees Knees Breeze.” I came up with the variation because the original recipe, simply gin, honey and lemon was just TOO strong for me and I found myself always getting plastered!

Check out the gallery of what I made, all available on the FNK app!

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I hope you can check them out, AND all your favorite instructors like Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentiis and Ree Drummond!

 

 

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Who Is This Brian Balthazar Guy, Anyway?

Did you see Brian on TV today? Wondering who he is? Here’s much more than you wanted to know. They leave the part out that he loves a well mixed Dark And Stormy, but let’s keep things professional…

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You may have seen Brian Balthazar on television this morning, heard him on the radio, or read about some recent developments in the world of media and pop culture. But who the hell is this guy? Brian Balthazar leads a double – triple – okay, maybe quadruple life. Part journalist, actor and comic, he appears on many TV shows as a guest, but is also a developer and creator of several television shows behind the scenes. This when he’s not renovating homes and making snacks for his websites, POPgoesTheWeek.com and Snackist.com.

After launching the fourth hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, he turned his attention to cable television, overseeing the direction and development of several shows on HGTV, including Flip or Flop, Love It Or List It, Christina On The Coast, House Hunters, Hit Properties with Nathan Morris, Flea Market Flip and dozens more.

As a comic he served as the opening act for Russell Brand In New York City and the MTV series Man and Wife featuring hype man Fatman Scoop.  He has performed at The Comic Strip, Caroline’s On Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club and more.Wendy Williams Show Feb 2013

In addition to being a frequent guest on “The Wendy Williams Show,” (he co-hosted several times during Williams’ three week break) and appearing on the “Today” show, where he guest co-hosted with Jenna Hager-Bush,  Brian has frequently been seen co-hosting the syndicated TV gossip show Page Six TV.

Additionally, he was the sideline reporter for HGTV’s Rose Parade Coverage, hosted the HGTV Special I Bought A Famous House, and has appeared on CBS’s The Talk, HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, MSNBC’s Caught On Camera, The Joy Behar Show, and more.

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An appearance on the fourth hour of the TODAY show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

He has also been an emcee for many notable events and sponsors, including work as a brand ambassador for Bombay Company, the co-host of the Miss Tennessee and Miss Mississippi USA pageants, and a red carpet host at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

You may also have seen Brian in some viral videos, most notably a recent parody of Bird Box, and a satirical look at House Hunters’ Writers’ Room.

HGTV – House Hunters Writer’s Room from Buffalo Picture House on Vimeo.

 Brian Balthazar Bombay

Appearing in a series of videos for Bombay Company.

 

Brian has provided analysis, interviews and helped co-host the Tony Awards backstage show. He also followed all the backstage madness at the launch of Fashion Week in New York City while co-hosting the Red Dress Event. He has been a roving reporter for the Dr. Oz show. Earlier in his career he was a features reporter and contributor on NBC, MSNBC, United Airlines In-Flight Entertainment and more.

For A&E network, Brian appeared in an episode of Biography about Jim Carrey. He also provided play by play of some of film’s greatest car chases for a documentary about, well, car chases. (Ask his family and they will tell you: NO one would have expected to see him in a show about cars. We’ll leave it at that.)

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Before ‘finding himself’ professionally, Brian was a singer on a ship, a publicist for a trance medium, an insurance customer service rep, waiter, bartender, activities director, substitute teacher, website programmer, pianist at a camp for spoiled children, and college mascot. None of them worked out. Let’s hope this does.

To contact Brian, email BrianBalthazar@aol.com.

To check out his video clips from NBC, HLN, and MSNBC, click HERE…

And – become his friend on facebook! www.facebook.com/brianbalthazar

For a more extensive listing of his TV appearances visit his IMDB page.

And he’s apparently getting better about Twitter. So he says. He’s @BrianBalthazar.

Thanks for reading POP GOES THE WEEK!

For his TV Appearances, Click on the TV APPEARANCES page.

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‘Saved By The Bell’ Cast Reunited For 30th Anniversary – And I’m So Excited

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If you think your high school experience feels like ancient history then it won’t bring you any comfort to know that Saved By The Bell debuted 30 years ago!

Back in 1989, Saved By The Bell hit the small screen and quickly became a television staple. Over the course of its four seasons, the sitcom followed Zach Morris and his unique blend of friends as they navigated the tricky waters of high school. Everyone had a favorite Bayside Tiger and the series spawned many memorable scenes…but you are a liar if you didn’t say your favorite scene was where Jessie broke down crying after coming to terms with her caffeine pill addiction while crying out the most iconic line ever, “I’m so excited…I’m so excited…I’m so…scared”

 

In any event, some of Bayside’s most memorable students reunited over the weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the hit sitcom. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zach Morris), Tiffany Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) all gathered together to hit us right in the nostalgia. Notably missing were Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) and Dustin Diamond (Screech). Berkley wrote on her Instagram “FRIENDS FOREVER!!!” along with some sweet and fun hashtags. Lopez upped the ante and posted a video recapping the fun time the gang had as they reminisced on the days way back when. WHY WASN’T THIS TELEVISED?!? Many are speculating the reunion to be the beginnings of a reboot or revival but nothing of the sort has yet been confirmed.

 

 

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FRIENDS FOREVER #spousestoo!!!❤️❤️❤️#imsoexcited #buddybands #love #friends #family #life #magic

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Credit card roulette comin up! #OldSchool

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