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Liz Lemon tied the knot last week proving there’s hope for everyone in this strange world. So will she get pregnant with little Rufus T. Barleysheath before the series finale? Only time will tell. Until then, Lemon can bask in the glory of her 80 Under 80 award. While riding her marriage high, Ms. Elizabeth Lemon — she’s keeping her name — found out she’d been named one of the women in entertainment who aren’t Betty White. She was thrilled with the honor, particularly when she learned the ceremony would be broadcast on Lifetime.com/garbagefile.
But Jenna, who was notably absent from Liz’s wedding, was none too pleased with Liz’s recent nuptials and general success. Jenna was furious that Liz had stolen her thunder. The biggest offense was getting married the day before Jenna’s own surprise wedding to Paul. As you know, Jenna’s been planning a secret wedding to keep up with all the A-listers. (See: Timberbiel, Beyon-Z, and Anne Hathanobody.) But honestly, it’s hard to not steal Jenna’s thunder when, as she puts it, her whole life is thunder. Jenna pretended to make up with Liz and agreed to go to the award luncheon with her. But naturally, Jenna had a secret plan — which she sang about prior to the first commercial break.
At the award ceremony, we were treated to a slew of guest stars (Pat Battle, Gayle King, Judy Gold, Sue Simmons, and Wendy Williams!) and stereotypes about women (bathroom breaks and bad directions). Bonnie Badamath, played by Andrea Martin, hosted the event that served as the backdrop for Jenna’s revenge. She planned to upstage Liz with a second attempt at her secret wedding. But Liz got wise to her scheme and used her technical lighting skills to literally put Jenna in a bad light. (Sidenote: Jenna as an old lady was almost as entertaining as Lemon on a HD screen.) But in the end, these BFFs made amends and Jenna got her surprise wedding — weird vows and all. Congratulations are in order for Mrs. and Mr. Jenna Maroney!
Meanwhile, Kenneth was upset because Lemon had fired Hazel, and Hazel had subsequently broken up with him. Tracy tried to cheer him up with a visit from Mrs. Brady herself, Florence Henderson. It was all a part of Tracy’s plan to make Kenneth’s life more like a TV show. This culminated with Tracy “recasting” Hazel with a young Asian woman. She only had one line, and I’m already liking the new Hazel exponentially more than the old. Let’s hope that recasting sticks.
In my favorite storyline of the night, Elaine Stritch returned as Jack’s overly critical mother, Colleen Donaghy. Jack decided the only way he could avoid her criticisms was to do absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, that plan was cut short when he had to attend to her ailing health. And this time, it wasn’t just an attempt to make Jack feel bad. I’m sad to report Colleen died in the carriage ride on her way to the hospital. Just like that, she was gone. But Jack realized that Colleen’s constant crushing disapproval gave him the greatest gift of all: She made him the tuxedo-wearing man his is today. Jack honored his mother by giving the best eulogy ever, which featured Jack speaking Gaelic and playing the flute, and an appearance by Kermit the Frog.
The top 10 lines and moments from “My Whole Life Is Thunder”:
Liz singing “Married/Liz Lemon got married/And made up this song” to the tune of the 30 Rock theme
“She insists on traveling on Pearl Harbor Day to, and I quote, ‘Show the emperor we’re not afraid.’” —Jack explaining his mother’s early arrival for Christmas
Lemon: “Look, I know she gets under your skin, but you should appreciate this time with her. She’s 87.”
Jack: “That’s only 14 in demon years, Lemon.”
Kenneth: “Mr. Jordan, do you know you why I love television so much?”
Tracy: “Because despite cell phones, iPads, and computers, it’s still the most effective portal for poltergeists?”
“Oh Liz, you had me at Hayden Panettiere is dead.” —Jenna
The ad for Bitch Hunter popping up as Kenneth complained about pop-up ads on TV
Jack: “Mother, call an ambulance.”
Colleen: “My father did not kill dozens of Germans so that his daughter could die in a van.”
Jack: “But he wasn’t even in the war!”
Colleen: “Go about your day, Jack. Just leave the door open and let the elements take me.”
“The horse is one of only three appropriate subjects for a painting, along with ships with sails, and men holding up swords while staring off into the distance.” —Jack
"I guess people do say strange things at the end. My grandmother said, ‘Liz, stop playing with the flesh around my elbow.’” —Lemon
“I don’t want my life to be like TV because my life is way better. Where else but real life would a millionaire movie star care so much about a hillbilly janitor that he would spend two days trying to cheer him up? You can’t do that on television, because if you did, no one would watch.” —Kenneth (gotta love the show’s self-deprecating lines)
Bonus: “You know what my best friend did for my 50th birthday? She gives everybody a car, and then she’s all, ‘Thank you for coming to Gayle’s
birthday!’” —Gayle, talking about her BFF, Oprah
What did you think of “My Whole Life Is Thunder?” Are you as upset as I am about Colleen’s death? What was your favorite line? Sound off, or you know Colleen will disapprove from her throne in hell.
The end of "30 Rock" is nigh. The cast assembled for the NBC comedy's final table read and Kevin Brown, known as DotCom to die-hard "30 Rock" fans, snapped a photo of the momentous occasion.
The photo features Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Jane Krakowski at the head of the table, flanked by Jack McBrayer (in his NBC Page uniform!?) John Lutz and more.
Take a look at the photo and after you talk to some food about your feelings, head over to Kevin Brown's Facebook to see more behind-the-scenes photos from the final season of "30 Rock."
Today's View co-host for Guy Day Friday is Mike Tyson
The War on Men
Sherri's wig line
Rapper Flo Rida is back with a video for ‘Let It Roll,’ and instead of opting for a sexy club scene or hot party, he chose to film on the boardwalk of Miami Beach; he’s clearly representing the state which gave him his moniker!
His newest and latest single off his album ‘Wild Ones’ features the rapper on sneaker skates (as if that’s a real thing), moseying around with a bunch of beautiful women, because, when in Miami, do as Flo Rida would do, right?!
The video is pretty tame compared to his other vids, and features some serious jetlev and go-cart skills on behalf of Flo Rida himself and the extras.
looks like flo lost weight! good @ him!!
also, we need a flo rida tag!!!!!
'Yacht Vaca 2012'
Rihanna was spotted a few hours ago at LAX heading to her airplane. According to her crew, she’s traveling to Zurich.
'Set it off'
I love the short hair ♥
When FX renewed American Horror Story for a third season, the network touted that Jessica Lange was set to return for Round 3 as well.
That makes the two-time Oscar winner, thus far, the only actor who will appear in all three seasons of Ryan Murphy's anthology series. But why did Lange decide to be the one constant in the repertory cast? Well, apparently, there's nothing Murphy could do that would make her not want to return.
"Ryan is very collaborative, so I don't think he would suddenly pull something out of his hat that I would suddenly say, 'I absolutely don't want to be involved with this story,'" Lange said during a call with reporters Friday. "Sometimes, episode to episode, I think, 'Oh my God, what the hell are we doing? We shouldn't be doing this!' And yet, the thing that always amazes me is nothing that we do in this show, really, is not somehow founded in some reality somewhere... Unless we really sink the ship, I can't imagine that there would be something that Ryan came up with that I would not want to be involved with."
Putting her trust in Murphy has paid off, with Lange scoring SAG, Golden Globe and Emmy awards for her Season 1 performance as Constance Langdon, the acid-tongued Southern belle neighbor of the Harmon family. But whether her Season 2 turn as Sister Jude, the nun once in charge of Briarcliff who finds herself as a patient next week, will garner the same accolades remains to be seen.
Still, after decades in the business, Lange says that she doesn't worry what the critics think and just wants to make sure she's doing things she's never done before. "Now I feel like I have nothing to lose, so I don't mind putting myself out there in the most raw, naked, exposed way," she said. "I also am able to do that because I really feel like Ryan would protect me somehow. I feel, at this point, I can take any chance I want. I can go as far as I want because judgment doesn't matter to me anymore."
She's a Queen lbr. And she will win all the wards again next year!
Parading his nan at every opportunity has come at a price.
Christopher Maloney’s nan has been getting death threats after her latest appearance on The X Factor 2012.
Speaking to Reveal magazine this week, Chris said he and his nan have been trying to ignore the messages sent by crazy fans of the show.
“I never thought being on a TV show could warrant death threats,” he said. “The most recent threat was from someone saying they were going to hunt my Nan down and kill her.
“It is frightening, but we try to ignore it, otherwise we’ll be paranoid and looking over our shoulder all the time.”
Chris previously claimed the judges have made him a target after “ganging up” on him with their comments.
He said: “They are making me out to be a pantomime villain and I’m not. I’m just a genuine normal guy from the backstreets of Liverpool that’s done nothing like The X Factor in my life.”
Christopher went home to see his nan and family in Liverpool earlier this week at his homecoming party with mentor Gary Barlow. Speaking about his homecoming yesterday, Chris said he was left in tears by the amount of support from locals.
Chris, who performed for more than 2,000 fans at the Liverpool Empire, said: “It was absolutely fantastic, the city of Liverpool came out and I’m so proud to be from the north west.
“They were brilliant. There was tears, it was emotional, I haven’t been back home of months.”
The troubled star sent sister Ali Lohan to sell shoes and clothes at a used-clothing store.
With her accounts frozen by the IRS due to nonpayment of taxes in 2009 and 2010, Lindsay Lohan is running out of cash and out of options. She's apparently resorted to selling off her old clothes and shoes for extra money.
Radar Online reported Friday that Lindsay Lohan sent sister Ali (she of the terrifyingly shadowed visage) to Wasteland, a used clothing store in Los Angeles with a collection of designer clothing.
But despite the magnificence of Lindsay's castoffs, Ali wasn't able to realize much on the deal.
"Thirty dollars for these? They cost $700!" Radar Online quoted Ali Lohan as saying, according to "an eyewitness."
Ali, do you need a lesson in basic economics? The shoes cost $700 new. After someone else's dirty, sweaty feet have been in them, they're worth $60 tops. The $30 you were offered gives the store room for a generous 100 percent markup, typical of used clothing.
IRS seizes Lindsay Lohan's bank account >>
This is also why you can't sell your $2,000 couch for more than $100 on craigslist. But I digress.
Ali Lohan reportedly tried to negotiate the price on some items up, saying that Lindsay had worn such items as Chanel pumps and a Balenciaga purse on the red carpet.
"These have to be worth more, Lindsay was photographed wearing them, that has to add value," she begged.
But the management didn't budge, and Ali ultimately left the store not much richer than went she went in.
Anyone who's ever brought old clothes, books or shoes in to sell can relate to Ali Lohan's experience -- you never get as much as you thought you would, and you leave bitterly contemplating the difference between what you paid for the items and what you received for them.
Meanwhile, Lindsay's (admittedly kooky) dad Michael Lohan wonders where all his daughter's money went. He told Radar that she made $150,000 endorsing an energy drink. Wouldn't that help with the $233,000 she owes to the feds?
Sure would! So where's that money?
I was going to try and write up a clever headline that Rosie O'Donnell is da bomb -- but that would've been lame. Instead, I just got right down to the nitty-gritty to let you know that the former talk show host will be part of the second season of last winter's number-one Canadian series "Bomb Girls."
Joining O'Donnell, who will star as a woman named "Dottie," is Gemini Award winner Michael Seater ("Life With Derek," "18 to Life") as Ivan, a factory worker who garners interest from the girls on the assembly line, while"ET Canada'"s Cheryl Hickey and the CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos will also make appearances.
"We knew we had a success on our hands when 1.6 million viewers tuned into the premiere of 'Bomb Girls,'" said Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media, in a press release. "Fans immediately embraced and connected with the little-known story of these incredible Canadian women who worked in the munitions factories during World War II. The powerful drama has a lot more in store, and this is the perfect series to kick off the new year on Global."
"Bomb Girls," which stars Meg Tilly, Jodi Balfour, Ali Liebert, Charlotte Hegele, Anastasia Phillips and Antonio Cupo, averaged 1.3 million viewers during its six-episode run, making it the highest-rated drama in its timeslot. Because of its impressive showing last winter, the series returns with 12 new episodes for its sophomore season (which is currently in production in Toronto until Dec. 11). In case you missed season one, catch up Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. The finale on Dec. 7 will also feature an exclusive sneak peek for the upcoming season.
Many thanks to the ONTDer who recommended this show to me. I love it! Can't wait to have Antonio Cupo on my TV screen every week when the new season starts. <3
Io Echo have just released a music video for their song, Outsiders.
Io Echo, the LA duo who helped score a Harmony Korine short last year, borrow a few of the filmmakers’s fuzzy VHS tricks for the bizarrely sultry video for “Outsiders,” off their debut EP. This one stars frontwoman and Koto harpist Ioanna Gika in a custom Jeremy Scott hologram kimono, alongside a freaky Andy Warhol/Stephen Hawking hybrid. Niko the Ikon directs. Io Echo’s debut album is in the works for next year, out on IAMSOUND; they open for Bloc Party’s tour in January.
will add the whole interview once it airs <3
Ten days left until VH1 Divas airs live on Sunday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET/8C. And 11 more performers and presenters have just signed on for what’s shaping up to be one hell of a party at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium. Not only are Natasha Bedingfield, Bootsy Collins, Iggy Azalea, and past Divas alumna Keri Hilson and Ledisi adding to the set list of our current all-star roster, but Brandy, La La Anthony, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Stacey Keibler, NeNe Leakes and Kelly Osbourne will be making appearances throughout the night!
I can’t wait! Can we hope for a Natasha/Bootsy duet? Will Jenna will bring her “Sexiest Man Alive” hubby along? Will Kelly will diss the red carpet fashion? Of course, anything NeNe says is a ready-made tweet. Whatever happens, you’ll get the news here first. Don’t forget you can head over to Ticketmaster to purchase tickets to VH1 Divas if you want to have your world rocked in person. Check out the press release that just dropped into our sequined laps for more info.
VH1 DIVAS ADDS NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, KERI HILSON, LEDISI IGGY AZALEA AND FUNK LEGEND BOOTSY COLLINS AS PERFORMERS WITH APPEARANCES BY LA LA ANTHONY, JENNA DEWAN TATUM, STACEY KEIBLER, NENE LEAKES, BRANDY NORWOOD AND KELLY OSBOURNE
Red Carpet to be LiveStreamed on DIVAS.VH1.com on Sunday, December 16
VH1 “DIVAS” Hosted by Adam Lambert Airs Live Sunday, December 16 at 9PM/8c
NEW YORK, NY –December 6, 2012 – VH1’s popular franchise “VH1 Divas” announced today additional performers to join this year’s LIVE dance music tribute Natasha Bedingfield, Bootsy Collins, Keri Hilson, Ledisi and Iggy Azalea. In addition La La Anthony, Jenna Dewan, Stacey Keibler, NeNe Leakes, Brandy Norwood and Kelly Osbourne will make an appearance and join the “VH1 Divas” dance party LIVE at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, December 16 at 9PM/8c on VH1. To purchase tickets for VH1 Divas please visit http://on.vh1.com/DIVAStix.
This year “VH1 Divas” red carpet will be live streamed on DIVAS.VH1.com on Sunday, December 16 from 7-9PM ET/4-6PM PT (#VH1DIVAS). Sponsored by Samsung, the live stream will provide fans an unfiltered front-row seat to all the red carpet action and will feature real time interviews with entertainment’s biggest stars. Beginning Monday, December 17, fans can view a curated red carpet highlights video on DIVAS.VH1.com.
In the spirit of celebration and appreciation VH1Divas will include a tribute to two divas we lost this past year, whose voices always lead us straight to the dance floor, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. “VH1 Divas” is bringing together Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks to pay homage to the greatest divas of dance music with performances featuring current and classic dance hits. Previous announced performers also include: Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Fiona, Metric and Pitbull along with Havana Brown as House DJ/artist.
As in previous years, this edition of “VH1 Divas” will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping music education alive in American public schools. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 128school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children. To purchase tickets to the VH1 Divas live concert and Official After-party hosted by VH1 Divas and Foundation Ambassador Jordin Sparks with special Guest DJs, The Dolls: Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe and KISSette please visit http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/divas2012.
This year’s sponsors for “VH1 Divas” include: AT&T, BURGER KING®, COVERGIRL, FIAT®, GEICO, The Hershey Company and Old Navy.
VH1.com will be offering a complete second screen experience on desktop and mobile, streaming LIVE from the red carpet and backstage so fans don’t miss a moment of the action. VH1.com will also host a live Twitter Tracker to keep tabs on the up-to-the-minute social media action around the show, and the show will be prominently featured in VH1’s Co-Star application. For more information about the show visit DIVAS.VH1.com, “Like” VH1 on Facebook, and follow @VH1DIVAS on Twitter and use the hashtag #VH1DIVAS to talk about the show.
Additional performers, presenters, special guests and sponsors will be announced as they are confirmed.
Premiering on VH1 in 1998, “Divas” became synonymous with some of the most memorable, live, female vocal performances in television history. The show quickly became a highly anticipated annual phenomenon, generating speculation amongmusic fans and industry executives on who would be part of that year’s telecast. Last year, the “Divas” paid tribute to the great cities of Soul Music including: Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia with “Divas Celebrates Soul” featuring Mary J, Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Chaka Khan, and Jill Scott. Previous featured performers over the years included Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Chaka Khan, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks and numerous others have graced the “VH1 Divas” stage.
“VH1 Divas” is executive produced by Jesse Ignanovic for Den of Thieves and Rickey Minor. Lee Rolontz and Rick Krim are executive producers for VH1.
Iggy on such a huge show already without even having released any songs officially?! Is the world ready?
Here's pics from her recent headlining European Trapgold Tour 2012 shows:
A leading feminist writer has accused Taylor Swift and Katy Perry of killing feminism and throwing society back to the 'demure girly-girl days of the white-bread 1950s'.
Camille Paglia says that both singers have 'insipid, bleached-out personas' that hark back to the man-pleasing, pre-feminist era.
In an article for The Hollywood Reporter, she wrote that as a result, many of today's young women fail to realize the role their sexuality plays in society and 'partying till you drop has gotten as harmless as a Rotary Club meeting'.
Describing 22-year-old Swift - who earned $57 million this year - she said: 'Swift affects a “golly, gee whiz” persona of cultivated blandness and self-deprecation, which is completely at odds with her shrewd glam dress sense.
'Beyond that, Swift has a monotonous vocal style, pitched in a characterless keening soprano and tarted up with snarky spin that is evidently taken for hip by vast multitudes of impressionable young women worldwide.'
She explains that many of Swift's songs touch on bland adolescent themes, about boyfriends and 'faceless louts who blur in her mind as well as ours'.
She adds: 'Swift’s meandering, snippy songs make 16-year-old Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit It’s My Party (And I’ll Cry if I Want to) seem like a towering masterpiece of social commentary, psychological drama and shapely concision.
'Indeed, without her mannequin posturing at industry events, it’s doubtful that Swift could have attained her high profile.'
Moving on to Perry, Paglia, 65, rather cuttingly describes her as a 'manic cyborg cheerleader'.
She says that despite Perry being 28 years old, she is still 'stuck in wide-eyed teen-queen mode' especially after her 14-month marriage to Russell Brand.
She explains that both Swift and Perry's personas are completely at odds with their glamorous and overtly sexy guises.
'Katy Perry’s schizophrenia - good-girl mask over trash and flash - is a symptom of what has gone wrong,' she writes.
In her essay she adds that she has noticed how many young women wear revealing clothing, however most seem 'seem curiously unaware of the erotic charge of their racy regalia'.
Paglia previously slammed Lady Gaga, insisting her over-the-top sexuality is actually 'stripped of genuine eroticism'.
She cites the star's willingness to dress in crazy outfits as an example of 'every public appearance... has been lavishly scripted in advance'.
Paglia's main complaint is that Gaga isn't sexy enough, questioning whether her opinion of sex is simply 'decor and surface'.
And now she says 'emotional deficiencies in sanitized middle-class life' are moving into other areas of the entertainment industry, leading to the success of the five Twilight films as well as this year’s The Hunger Games.
However she does applaud the 'authentic sizzling eroticism' displayed by a handful of high-earning female celebrities.
She notes that Rihanna, who earned $53 million last year, has an 'elemental erotic intensity', while Beyonce draws on the 'emotional depths of black gospel as well as the brazen street sass of hip-hop'.
She also cites Fifties U.S. singer Connie Francis, who was between 19 and 21 when she made her mammoth hits like Lipstick on Your Collar and Stupid Cupid as a role model.
And she claims that screen sirens such as Leslie Caro, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak and Natalie Wood had far more complexity and sophistication than the actresses of today.
She adds: 'Middle-class white girls will never escape the cookie-cutter tyranny of their airless ghettos until the entertainment industry looks into its soul and starts giving them powerful models of mature womanliness.'
Psy Apologizes For 'Inflammatory And Inappropriate' Anti-American Lyrics
At a 2004 concert, Psy reportedly rapped about Americans dying 'slowly and painfully' ... on Friday, he apologized.
Psy may be everywhere in 2012 with his smash hit "Gangnam Style," but it's a 2004 performance by the South Korean sensation that's raising eyebrows today ... and forced him to apologize for the words he used.
According to reports, in October of that year, Psy took part in a concert in where he joined several other prominent artists on stage for a version of Korean rock group N.EX.T.'s song "Dear American," and after seizing the microphone, rapped a verse that stated "F---ing Yankees" and their families, should be killed "slowly and painfully."
The concert reportedly took place months after the kidnapping — and subsequent beheading — of South Korean missionary Kim Sun-il by an Islamist group, who demanded the nation cancel plans to send 3,000 troops to support the U.S. war in Iraq. After the South Korean government refused to back down, Kim's execution was videotaped, with the masked executioner stating "Korean citizens, you were warned, your hands were the ones who killed him ... your soldiers are here not for the sake of the Iraqis, but for cursed Americans."
After the beheading, massive protests erupted across South Korea, with citizens taking to the streets over the nation's plans to send troops to Iraq. And it also helped fuel anti-American sentiment in the country, which had been simmering for almost two years, following the killing of two 13-year-old South Korean girls by members of the U.S. military — which has maintained a large presence in the country since 1954 — and their subsequent acquittal by American military courts. Psy also performed at a protest concert following that event, one where he lifted an American tank above his head and smashed it on the stage.
That action somewhat understandably garnered no international coverage at the time, though given Psy's current international standing, his 2004 performance has created a firestorm. It bears mention that no video of the performance exists, and that the translation of Psy's lyrics currently making the rounds appears spotty at best — a Korean employee for MTV News, for instance, pointed out that Psy actually rapped "bitches" instead of "Yankees."
Still, the vitriol in those lyrics was readily apparent, and on Friday (December 7), Psy issued a statement to MTV News, apologizing to anyone his words offended.
"As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world. The song in question — from eight years ago — was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time," the statement read. "While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words.
"I have been honored to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months — including an appearance on the Jay Leno show specifically for them — and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology," the statement concluded."While it's important we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so. In my music I try to give people a release, a reason to smile. I have learned that though music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology."
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Caught up with the always-fab John C.Reilly, who I’ve interviewed a few times now, and that loveable larrikan Sarah Silverman, yesterday who are in town to promote their vocal efforts inside Disney’s “Wreck-it Ralph”.
One of the true highlights of the year, “Ralph” encompasses a little bit of everything, and will unquestionably appeal to anyone with a ticking organ inside their chest. I’m as eager to see it again as my kiddo is.
As not only an old friend of John C.Reilly’s (left), but a big fan of Disney’s “Wreck-it Ralph”, I decided to let my 5-year old daughter Charisma have the last question – especially since she couldn’t attend the interview yesterday.
Her question, not surprisingly, was “Will there be more [Wreck-it Ralph]?”
And seems my daughter snagged quite the scoop (!). I shall retire now and let her take the reigns.
According to Reilly, Silverman and director Rich Moore the sequel looks to be a go.
“You tell her ‘there will be [a sequel]“, says Silverman.
“They wouldn’t make [all that] merchandise, if [Disney] didn’t have plans for other [Wreck-it Ralph] stories”, adds Reilly.
“Some of the big muckety-muckets at the studio, who I just saw the other night, were like ‘We’re talking sequel!’”, Reilly reveals. “The movie made $150 million dollars in eleven days, it broke the box-office record for Disney animated movies on opening weekend. If that’s any indication that we’ll be doing a sequel… I bet we’ll be doing a sequel.”
Director Rich Moore is very confident they’ll be getting to work on a sequel in the near future – and he even knows who he wants in it : Mario.
“At dinner last night we were already talking about”, he says, “So we’re talking ‘what could do they do? what kinda of things could happen? who could be in it?”
Moore says he doesn’t plan on handing over the directing reigns come sequel someone else.
“I love the group, I’d be crazy to ask someone else to take the reigns.”
Mario is someone you’ll definitely see in the next one, says Moore. The only reason the character didn’t appear in the first film is because Moore couldn’t find anywhere for him to go, it wasn’t because Nintendo refused them.
“We’ll really come up with something good for Mario to do [in the next film]“, says Moore. “To be able to present him in the sequel, would be great”.
I know there’s been so much talk of “Argo”, “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Les Miserables”, but don’t discount “Wreck-it Ralph”, it’s definitely one of the year’s top five films. Bring on… the next level!
Olympian Troy Dumais will teach the celebrities to high dive.
Fox's "Stars In Danger: The High Dive" features eight celebrities who will compete in a series of Olympic-style dives, including solo and synchronized diving, from a variety of heights (including 3, 5, 7.5, and 10 meters). The special premieres Wednesday, Jan. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Olympian Troy Dumais will help the stars in the competition.
Based on a long-running German format, STARS IN DANGER: THE HIGH DIVE is the ultimate test for eight celebrities who will step to the edge and take a flying leap or momentous belly flop into diving history. But, first, they must complete a crash-course in diving techniques, overseen by renowned diving coaches. After an intense training period, they will compete in a series of Olympic-style dives, including solo high diving and synchronized diving, from a variety of heights. With the help of Olympic diving medalist and commentator Troy Dumais, viewers will also get a poolside look at the courage and perseverance – as well as the twists, turns and flips – that go into turning a celebrity into an expert – or not so expert – diver.
"Jersey Shore" star JWoww
Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton
"Baywatch" and Lifetime movie veteran Alexandra Paul
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kyle Richards
David Chokachi of "Baywatch" and "Witchblade" fame
Former NFL player Terrell Owens
Antonio Sabato Jr.
Mentor: Olympian Troy Dumais
Considering that plot description and those terrifying stakes in mind, a mental exercise: Imagine the length of (and the intricate clauses contained in) the waiver that each of these “celebrities” must sign, clearing Fox of all responsibility in the event of a death, head injury, traumatizing humiliation, etc. Next, another even more terrifying mental exercise: Imagine that this is not the only celebrity-endangering reality diving competition in production.
Because it’s not! Amazingly, ABC has ordered a reality series called Celebrity Splash, which also features “celebrities” competing in the sport, based on a series that premiered last August in the Netherlands.
Unfortunately for ABC, Fox has beaten it to the premiere date: Stars in Danger: The High Dive will air on January 9. If successful, it will likely give way to a series of hate-watch spin-offs such as Stars in Danger: The Pole Vault, Stars in Danger: Uneven Bars, and Stars in Danger: Luge. Unintentionally humorous waivers are presumably already being drafted.
Cuba is going to ban reggaeton. The Cuban Music Institute is leading a backlash against the music genre that they deem both “vulgar” and “mediocre”.
The Cuban Ministry of Culture has formally announced this week that it plans to ban the “vulgar, banal and mediocre” genre of reggaeton music in Cuba, and to place sanctions on individuals and organizations that promote or facilitate it.
Those who oppose reggaeton and similar musical genres in Cuba have not spoken lightly of their distate for it on cultural level. Graziella Pogolotti, Vice President of the National Union of Artists and Writers of Cuba (UNEAC) – the cultural organization deemed the professional union of Cuban intellectuals in post-Revolution Cuba – has previously said that reggaeton is “vulgar”, “sexist” and promoted a “lack of values” in the glorification of capitalism and personal wealth, which they argue stands in stark contrast to Cuba’s socio-political history of socialism. The UNEAC has also previously put forward suggestions to Cuban authorities on how to limit reggaeton’s promotion and distribution to the wider public.
Such measures now seem to be nearing completion across Cuba this week. Plans to prohibit reggaeton will extend to limiting the broadcasting of reggaeton music in public spaces such as eateries, bars, state functions, offices and public transport, as well as use in radio and television programs via state media outlets. These sanctions will also extend to the individuals who either perform or promote reggaeton. Musicians could potentially lose their license to perform live music if they perform reggaeton in public places and risk being struck off official records, posing a threat to their future employment possibilities.
The driving force behind this national prohibition appears to be justified by authorities on two levels. The first, that reggaeton is a direct threat to Cuban women in its hyper-sexualisation of women, which leads to an ingrained objectification and demeaning representation of women in society overall through “aggressive, sexually obscene lyrics that deform the innate sensuality of the Cuban woman” which “projects them as grotesque sexual objects.” Secondly, that this is “backed by the poorest quality music” which stands in contrast to ‘authentic’ Cuban musical culture, with its history of salsa, rumba, jazz and the multitude of African and Caribbean influences that have come to permeate traditional Cuban instrumentation.
More at Source: http://www.dummymag.com/news/2012/12/07/cuba-is-going-to-ban-reggaeton/
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