Showing posts from February, 2008


Normally I wouldn't shine a light on a show that's already monopolized television for so long and hogged so much attention across all media platforms, but after watching last night's American Idol , I can no longer ignore the fact that I. Frickin. Love. David. Archuleta. Unabashedly. Folks, we're only in the top 20, and already we have one of the most memorable performances in the show's history. How can this ridiculously likable 17-year-old get any better? He's a guaranteed shoe-in for the top 12...hell, make that the top 3...hell, make that...well, I'll have to be careful with the hyperboles because we know how unpredictable this competition can be. Here it is, an absolutely beautiful rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine." Be mesmerized:

Extended 'Sex'

My hopes have returned for this highly anticipated mother-of-all-chick-flicks. Carrie's jilted, Charlotte's preggers, Miranda's complaining and Samantha's horny. Oh, and even Jennifer Hudson is looking for love. May 30 y'all. *Anyone know who does that Don Henley cover?

Learning From Oscar

The main lesson we learned at the 80th Annual Academy Awards: Americans ain't good at anything anymore. Congrats to Javier, Tilda, Marion and Daniel.

'Dangerous' Indeed

I'm sorry, but I just can't get enough of this hot track. At first glance, he may just be the poor man's Justin Timberlake (with a French accent). And despite some nifty touches (Flaming chairs! Neon webs!), the video may give the impression that it was made for $5 (okay, maybe $10). Questionable choreography aside, IT'S HERE! M. Pokora's vid for his single, "Dangerous," debuted over the weekend, and I've been hitting replay in between commercial breaks during the Oscars. The title of the song says it all. Some chick is badass ("Her love should be illegal"), guys can't resist her, Timbaland's younger brother Sebastian makes a cameo, and dancing commences against a lost backdrop from the set of Tron . Turn it up:

Chillaxed: Spring 2008

If you're like me, you're probably getting sick of the winter weather and pining for warmer days and new episodes of Pushing Daisies . Spring may still be a few weeks away, but at least you'll have these must-listens to prep yourself for the freshest of seasons: 1. "Dangerous" by M. Pokora featuring Timbaland & Sebastian 2. "Surveillance" by Wynter Gordon 3. "Daylight" by Kelly Rowland & Travis McCoy 4. "Underneath" by Alanis Morissette * My girl is back, ever so articulate and contemplative . 5. "Can't Speak French" by Girls Aloud 6. "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" by Paula Abdul * Overproduced, yes, but irresistibly retro...the "Straight Up" of the new millennium . 7. "Soulmate (Frenglish Version)" by Natasha Bedingfield 8. "Map of the Problematique" by Muse 9. "Mercy" by Duffy * Break out the go-go boots and fall in love with the next Amy Winehouse

Can't Speak French

If Marie Antoinette were a Pussycat Doll, she may have strutted through Versailles with a posse like this. It's "Can't Speak French," the latest single from mega girl group, Girls Aloud. They've definitely been around longer than the Dolls, produced way more albums than the Spice Girls, and most of you may not even know a thing about them (that's you, America, lovers of Top 40 hip-hop and bland Midwestern rock). The song is a slight departure from the Girls' traditionally pounding dancefloor ditties, but it's still a catchy-as-hell, mid-tempo mesmerizer of a pop confection:

Hiko Does Dublin

I told y'all I was big in Europe. This week I have the pleasure of being one of the Oscar Week correspondents for 98fm's Morning Crew in Dublin, Ireland. Click on the pic of these lovely lads and, if you're a night owl or insomniac, catch my award predictions live online Wednesday night from 10pm-2am (PST) and 1am-5am (ET).

Jonesing for Indy

I feel like a 9-year-old all over again... That's what I call a classic adventure filmmaking.

HOT MIX: Music Preview

The writers and editors of HIH.TV are getting prepped, primed and pumped for this Friday night's HOT MIX at Cinespace in Hollywood. And just to remind y'all, Big Chocolate from will be spinning some tunage to get you in the mood - whether it be for dancing, lounging or enjoying a Friday night like you've never experienced before. Her playlist is ready with some sick beats and a few surprises. Wanna peek? Click and listen, kids: 1. "I Believe" by Simian Mobile Disco - The perfect early evening groove from Britain's hottest DJs (James Ellis Ford & James Anthony Shaw). 2. "Let's Dance" by Hi-Tack - The David Bowie 80s classic gets a hot makeover.

How I Survived The Great Strike of 2007-08

Now that the writers have hung up their pickets just in time to enjoy Valentine's Day (well, I guess nothing's final until those signatures dry on whatever specifics are hammered out), I can now look back on the past three months like a summer vacation...or a devastating drought. It was indeed a bleak entertainment landscape. I refused to succumb to the ways of the reality-TV salesmen who tried to sell me gimmick after annoying gimmick. I had no interest in Duel ing or finding out if I was smarter than a 10-year-old. I could care less about Tila Tequila and her loyal band of losers. I chose not to check myself into Celebrity Rehab . Sorry. All of my favorite TV shows were off the air (no one does repeats anymore these days). I never found out what havoc Sylar was about to wreak on Heroes after regaining his powers. I didn't get to see if Wisteria Lane was completely recovered from that nasty tornado. I wouldn't know if my favorite characters' secrets were going t

The Grammy Goods

Kanye, Carrie and Amy - oh my: The First Echo does the Grammys over at HotInHollywood.TV

The Mitsuzuka Manifesto

My full name is Hikoichi Paul Francis (don't ask) Mitsuzuka. I tend to punctuate my life experiences with pop culture references. I believe in working smarter, not harder. If a glass if half full, I would rather drink from a bottle. I enjoy the words ensemble and symposium . I hate the fact that I am relying more on text messaging; I believe direct human communication is gradually dissolving into a soulless practice. Barnes and Noble is my haven. I am meticulous when it comes to selecting tracks for CD compilations. I started to read at the age of 3. I've had one sleepwalking incident during which I randomly walked into my parents' bedroom to ask them when my grandmother was coming over for a visit. There had been a time when I never realized that public schools have no tuition; I was a private-school brat up until I was 18. I own a Darth Vader Potato Head. I have recently discovered the magic of Tide-To-Go stain-removal pens. I love the smell of freshly Xeroxed paper.