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Zooey Deschanel and Prince on "New Girl"
Prince apparently is Minnesota’s only purple person who can deliver on Super Bowl Sunday.
Who can forget his halftime performance in 2007 in the rain in Miami? Who will be able to forget his performance on Fox's “New Girl” on Sunday in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot?
It was Prince’s best acting since “Purple Rain.” Probably because he was playing himself in both cases.
Here’s a quick summary of Sunday's plot on “New Girl,” a show I don’t regularly watch.
Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Cece (Hannah Simone) almost get run over by a black SUV (with MN plates) in L.A. The driver worked for Prince and she felt so bad that she invited the two women to a party at Prince’s L.A. house.
When Cece and Jess leave for the party in a limo, Jess’ boyfriend (Jake Johnson) says he loves her for the first time. Her response: She configures her hands like six shooters and fires at him.
Boyfriend crashes party, Prince crashes their tete a tete and asks for some private time with Jess to give her advice. Over pancakes, of course. He redresses her, of course. They play ping pong (he wins 15-0). His final advice: “Anything beautiful is worth getting hurt for.”
Jess follows Prince’s advice, tells her boyfriend she loves him, they kiss. Prince calls her onstage to sing his new song, possibly called “Don’t U Wanna Fall in Love Tonight.” (Only other identifiable celeb at party was Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.)
They party like the Vikings won the Super Bowl. OK, that never happens. And did this Prince thing really happen for Jess -- or was it a dream?
“How did you know the words to the song,” Jess’ friends ask her back at the apartment.
“I think Prince is magic,” she says.
Who writes this stuff? Not the same person who scripted Bob Dylan’s Chrysler commercial (Dylan played pool, not ping pong) during the Super Bowl ...“Detroit made cars. And cars made America.”
Eric Decker and Prince won’t be the only Minnesota natives involved with the Super Bowl on Sunday. Bob Dylan’s music will be featured in two commercials.
His 1966 hit, “I Want You,” will be heard in an ad for Chobani yogurt about a bear going into a convenience store. Check it out below.
Dylan himself is expected to be featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler; no bears will be riding shotgun. No word yet which of his songs will be in the spot. In the recent past, Chrysler has tapped Eminem, Berry Gordy and Clint Eastwood to star in its commercials.
Dylan’s past involvement in commercials has been unpredictable. There was the infamous Victoria’s Secret spot in 2004 (see above), and he appeared in a 2006 Apple ad and a 2007 commercial for Cadillac. He allowed his song “Forever Young” in a will.i.am mashup for a 2009 Pepsi spot.
Your Super Bowl scorecard shows that Decker, the Cold Spring native, will be playing for the Denver Broncos, and Minneapolis native Prince will be a guest star (as himself) on Fox’s “New Girl,” Zooey Deschanel’s series that will be broadcast after the Super Bowl.
Jason Alexander got a warm reception on a chilly night when he walked onto the State Theatre stage Monday decked out in a heavy coat, gloves and scarf. He then sat down at the piano and launched into a ditty about life in Minneapolis with references to Mary Tyler Moore, our Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture and the Minnesota Twins.
It was one of the highlights of a 90-minute fundraiser for the family of Carl Lee, the former director of marketing and theatrical programming at Hennepin Theatre Trust, who died of Hodgkin’s disease last November, leaving behind a large medical debt.
Much of the show consisted of Borscht-Belt humor, but Alexander did perform a couple other musical numbers including "Georgie," a parody of "Georgia on My Mind," while clips from "Seinfeld" played on the background.
Unfortunately, Alexander passed on playing one of his biggest hits. During a short Q&A session, an audience member requested that the Emmy-winning actor perfrom the answering-machine message George Costanza recorded to the tune of "The Greatest American Hero"'s theme.
"For that, I need big money," Alexander said. "'Seinfeld' money."
John Erck and Jessica Hoel
Maybe the second time's a charm. Just two seasons after finishing 9th on "The Amazing Race," John Erck of Mora, Minn. and Eden Prairie's Jessica Hoel will compete in an all-star edition of the Emmy-winning reality series.
The engaged couple will go up against 10 veteran teams that include a pair of Harlem Globetrotters and a couple of ranchers who finished second in season 18.
The season, which opens Feb. 23 on CBS, includes challenges in China, Malaysia, Rome and Sri Lanka.
Full admission: The only reason we’re posting this is because we think it might drum up 5 million or so views and help fund the more serious news-gathering endeavors at our reputable organization.
Perhaps hoping to reach the screaming pre-teen girls of the next decade, One Direction has taped an appearance on the 45th season of “Sesame Street,” a preview clip of which was issued today by the fine folks at PBS. The show won’t air until the fall, but there should be plenty of hype in the meantime thanks to this teaser. It shows the British boy band reworking their mega-hit “What Makes You Beautiful” into a song about the letter U. Get it?
“Twenty-six letters are in the alphabet, but we're here to sing about you,” the fabbiest of the Fab Five, Harry Styles, sings in the clip.
The 1D lads will be part of what sounds like a rather stellar season of guests on “SS 45,” with other rumored names including Tina Fey, Janelle Monae and Macklemore. We can only imagine the educational knock-off opportunities in “Thrift Shop.”
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