Betty a La Mode


Up And Away
21 August, 2007, 12:29 am
Filed under: News, Site Updates, Ugly Betty

Before I start I just wanna say…

Website Hits Record

Wow!

Above is a picture of the hits Betty a la Mode has received over the past 30 days. Averaging at about 350, then having a lull around 150 for a few days and then…

1,266 hits!

Today has been such a strange day, my previous hits record for one day was 591 and now I have doubled that in one day!

Okay, I’m going to shut up now, but as you can imagine, I’m pretty excited, haha!

Anyway…

On Saturday night some of the cast went along to support AIDS research in Los Angeles:

“A bigger spender at the auction was Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, who bid $35,000 for a Toyota Prius.

“I already drive a hybrid Highlander, so now I have two hybrids,” said Ferrera, who was heading to Duke’s home today to shop for an Emmys dress.

Ferrera’s Betty co-stars Michael Urie and Becki Newton dressed up as Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand to sing You Don’t Bring Me Flowers. “It was a big fight, but Becki’s playing Barbra and I’m playing Neil,” cracked Urie.

“We’ve been practicing it on set every day,” Newton added.

Ferrera took the stage to sing a number from Gypsy. Crossing Jordan‘s Jerry O’Connell was her backup dancer. Earlier, O’Connell was sweating bullets over his drag costume — a woman’s wig, high heels, underpants and a hot-pink sparkly bikini top that showed off more than he would have liked. “You can see everything,” he sighed.

The bit was inspired by a Broadway trip that Ferrera took this summer with O’Connell and his wife, Rebecca Romijn. The trio joined Newton and Urie to see Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, who plays Urie’s mom on Betty.”

Oh my god, those performances sound hilarious! Why, oh why did no-one take a video camera!? I would have paid good money to have seen that, haha! Nice to hear Jerry O’Connell joining in on the fun too.

Now, as the DVD is released tomorrow, the first few reviews have started to pop up overDVD Boxart the internet:

Here’s a snippet of the review from DVDeez:

“VIDEO: Presented in anamorphic widescreen (THANK YOU), the show looks crisp and clean
AUDIO: Again nice and clean, serves the show well. Nary a complaint.
PACKAGE/DESIGN: Hmmm ok so it’s Betty’s face on an EXTREME close up. I’m sure that’s going to draw towards the box, but not sure its going to entice the people who don’t know the show to pick it up. Speaking from the stand point of someone who hadn’t seen a single episode until I got the set I can say that this packaging wouldn’t have sold me on it, and that’s sad since the show is quite enjoyable.”

[click to read full review]

I completely agree with the packaging. I love Ugly Betty but, in my opinion, the artwork is awful. It is such a shame they used that extreme close up of America’s face, a cast shot would have been much better.

Blogger News Review gives a great insight into the DVD bonus features:

“Extras in this set are lavish, contained all together on the final disc: the conversations with cast members about their characters, and one rather fascinating feature about how the “green screen” is used to re-create a convincing New York setting, when the shows’ actors are all in Hollywood. Viewers may be astonished to discover how good digital technology has become at this. I was quite surprised to see that the Suarez’s house in Queens is one little façade, all by itself; all the other houses are added later! There was the obligatory blooper reel (so-so) and a nice collection of complete scenes omitted from finished episodes. It was clear why one or two of them were cut (too long and expository, or bogged down the story-line) but most of the omitted scenes would have benefited by being included where intended.”

[click to read full review]

Also, you can now get Betty a la Mode delivered straight to your inbox! Click here to subscribe

That’s all for now, start collecting your money together so you can go out and buy the box set tomorrow!

Richard

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