Thursday, June 25, 2009
I was preparing to write a Farrah Fawcett post tonight. I planned on watching the 20/2o special and then providing a final thought on the life of a person who defined a generation.
All of those plans came crashing down when this afternoon the Michael Jackson news broke. Like any good journalist I completely switched gears and scrambled to not only get a story up on the web (BTW I had the story on WZZM BEFORE many of the networks had it on their sites) and write a breaking news story for the 5:30 show. Before the 6 o'clock aired Michael Jackson had been pronounced dead.
I'll be brutally honest... I have never been a fan of Michael Jackson the person. His eccentricities weren't for me. But his music...now that was something I was a fan of. To me music has no color, no gender, no bias. It transcends politics, economics, and religion. Michael Jackson proved that at a time when racial tension still dominated popular culture.
My earliest Michael Jackson memory wasn't of the man, but of his music. When I was in kindergarten the Ludington High School showchoir sang "Heal the World". They needed kids to do the background vocals and fill the stage. I tried out and was given one of the parts. I'll never forget being up on the stage in that auditorium in front of hundreds of people for the very first time.
"Heal the world. Make it a better place. For you and for me and the entire human race."
I wasn't around for Charlie's Angels. Farrah Fawcett never inspired my hair style, her poster never adorned my wall. Michael Jackson, on the other hand, has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. He is the reason that I went to every showchoir concert possible until I was in high school and finally able to try out for the group myself. He is one of the reasons that I stood on stage in front of hundreds belting out solo after solo. I wanted music to touch the lives of others as his music had touched mine. My theory is that if just one person is impacted by music in a positive way than it's worth it. Michael Jackson's music touched millions of people in that way.
That is why I'm forgetting about Michael Jackson the man. Unlike the specials on NBC and ABC I won't dwell on his court cases, his hotel/baby incident, or his plastic surgery nightmare. I'm going to remember Michael Jackson's music. Thriller, Bad, and the rest of the albums that transformed popular culture will continue to live on long after he is laid to rest. It will be another perfect example of how music never dies.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Selena is starting off her sensational summer with the Disney Channel Original Movie Princess Protection Program. Gomez will be joined onscreen by Demi Lovato and combined they should be a force to reckon with (I think the film could give the first HSM a run for it's money in ratings).
She'll get to bask in the glory of the film's success for a month before turning around to promote another Disney Channel Original film Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie. The trailer for which just came out and you can see below.
So my question is this: Can anyone compete with the Disney machine over the summer?
While I didn't originally intend on watching the Make it or Break it premiere on ABC Family, I found myself pulled in for the simple fact that there was absolutely nothing else on (I already knew that Jon and Kate were getting divorced so I chose to forgo that misery).
I kept the following list of observations and decided to share them with you (just in case you missed it ;):
*Way to take advantage of the post-olympic ferver. If the show only would star cute little Shawn Johnson I might just watch it again. They did pick a great Nastia Luiken character.
*Could they have stolen anymore things from Stick It? The leotards look almost identical, the main star looks freakishly like Missy Peregrym, and the mother looks JUST like the mom in the movie too!
*How could a gymnastics show feature so little gymnastics? I know they require special effects and stunt people, but you'd think they'd show more routines rather than fancy/crappy camera work to cover up their actress' inability to do any of the things the show requires.
*How on Earth are they going to come up with a seasons worth of this show? The less-fortunate gymnast can only over-take her spoiled rich competitors so many times. This show is going to end up like Gilligan's Island where you know how each episode is going to end and you'll end up stop caring.
*At least the guy is really hott. That's it. He can't act but he's really good looking so I can ignore that.
P.S. I know I've bitched about this before...but having seen a couple new teaser trailers for 10 Things I Hate About You during the show I decided to bitch again. They had someone remake "I Want You To Want Me" and have been using that for their teasers. I'm sorry but it's bad enough to remake a great movie into a TV show you shouldn't ruin a good song by remaking it too.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
There is nothing I like more than the University of Michigan. OK, maybe my family and friends...but after that it's clear where my allegiances lie. That is why I get absolutely giddy when I discover someone else who shares my passion for the Maize and Blue. That giddiness gets taken up a notch when that person is a high profile Wolverine. Below I've compiled a list of some prestigious celebrity Michigan (wo)men.
1.) Leo DiCaprio.
This one came as news to me. But you don't wear a Block "M" to a Lakers game unless you have some serious Wolverines spirit.
2.) Russell Crowe.
There's a great story behind this picture. I caught Crowe on the SIDELINES of Michigan Stadium where he was helping then head coach Lloyd Carr to a victory over the Fighting Irish. Carr had spent time with Crowe and his rugby team in South Sydney after Crowe learned the legendary coach used Cinderella Man as a motivational tool for Wolverine teams. Lloyd helped South Sydney win a title, and to return the favor Crowe made a special trip to A2 while in the States promoting a new movie. Great times.
3.) Michael Phelps.
Phelps only has two tatoos. One is of the Olympic rings (surprise, surprise). The other...it's a block "M". That love is permanent, and very real.
4.) Derek Jeter
You know him as a Yankee. I like to think of him as a Wolverine. Jeter went to Michigan (not for long, but still he set foot on campus and in a classroom). He continues to don the Maize and Blue and can be seen on the sidelines of important games (in the picture he's at the Michigan v. OSU game).
5.) Lindsay Lohan
I'm not a Lindsay fan 99.9 percent of the time...but when she dons the Maize and Blue I have the sudden urge to see Mean Girls all over again.
Finally...my favorite...Michigan celebrities who give Maize and Blue love on tape.
Patrick Stewart's proclaimation to 100,000 plus Maize and Blue faithful...
And Will Smith's Michigan over OSU prediction...
Monday, June 15, 2009
The ballot for the Teen Choice Awards is out. The show, which will air in August and will be hosted by the Jonas Brothers, is bascially a giant promotional tool for teen stars. Disney isn't hosting the award show, but they might as well be. The Jonas Brothers aren't just hosting, they're NOMINATED for more than one award (not that this is new, Hilary Duff and Miley Cyrus have both hosted AND won awards in the past-and both are Disney bred talent). Miley Cyrus has TEN, that's right TEN, nominations ranging from Best Actress to Best Female Artist. The uber-popular teen film Twilight has also racked up ten nominations and stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are sure to take home an award or two. Other Disney products like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato appear on the ballot and will likely gain some ground over the heavy favorites thanks to their heavily promotoed new movie airing on the Disney Channel later this month.
The teen choice awards truly are by teen choice. The log in website requires a date of birth and won't let anyone that isn't a true "teenage" engage in voting (that is unless they make up a date of birth within the teen range).
Miley Cyrus has already promoted the voting and awards show on her Twitter page: "i still cant believe im up for all the teen choice awards! please please please vote! :)"
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
While I admit I like some of their music, the tight pants boys never made me drool (like a certain EBUZZ on-air personality I know...). Seeing this video was the first time I experienced that sensation and it was only because my urge to vomit caused me to salivate.
Joe Jonas, I know you want to sell more records, but wearing tight jeans makes me question your sexuality enough as it is...you looked WAY to comfortable in those high heels. I have nothing against homosexuals, I just have something against straight guys trying to act gay to sell records. I can tell if I should be insulted or if I should laugh.
You be the judge...
Hi E-Buzzers! Here I am writing to you from my new life in Los Angeles and I have a lot to share. I've just been searching for a job and have gotten to visit some really awesome places! I've been to ABC Studios, Warner Brothers (where I visited the Ellen DeGeneres set) and Nickelodeon. But, better than visiting those places was my trip to the MTV Movie Awards this past Saturday. I was able to get a ticket through a family friend and by some stroke of sheer luck, I also got a pass to the after party. Here's a shot of the theatre pre-show. The show itself was pretty awesome. Andy Samberg was an amazing host. Prior to the show, I was waiting in the line at the bar, and Whitney Port of The Hills and the City, asked me if that was the line for drinks and I said yes. While I dont necessarily consider her a valid celebrity, I was a bit starstruck to say the least. Once the show was over, I headed outside to the after party, which took place right outside the theatre, on a patio/grassy area. This party was SWARMING with celebrities. The first person I saw was Rumer Willis, smoking a cig and looking atrocious. As my friends went to get food, I decided to take advantage of the open bar as well as walk around scouting out celebrities. So my first encounter was with Ed Helms, aka Andy Bernard on the Office, as well as a cast member of the upcoming movie "The Hangover." He was AWESOME. So nice and just as funny in person as he is on the show! Here's a picture:
Monday, June 1, 2009
It's late. I'm tired. And this MTV Movie Awards Wrap up, thankfully, will be kept short. Basically all you need to know is that teen and twenty something girls flooded the MTV site and voted a gillion times for everything that had to do with Twilight. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and company won just about everything they were nominated for EXCEPT best song from a movie (which went to Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" from Hannah Montana: The Movie).
This goes to show you once again that fans don't know shit-which is why the Oscars are voted on by the academy. No offense to Twilight but it was NOT the best movie of the year. Slumdog Millionaire was better in every facet (well maybe not hotness of the main character, but that shouldn't really count). The MTV Movie Awards are another excuse for celebrities to shamelessly plug their upcoming projects in front of millions of viewers. MTV will run the seemingly endless show ten different times a day for the next two months until you want to vomit every time you turn on the TV and see a star holding a bucket of gold popcorn.
I didn't watch the show during its original air (the Red Wings Stanley Cup match took precedent), but luckily for me MTV re-aired it twenty five minutes later. My favorite moment of the night was when Ashley Tisdale won "Breakout Female" for her role in High School Musical:3. Here's my question: Can you be a "Breakout Female" if you've starred in the first two installments of the same franchise? Did everyone just ignore the fact that Disney had already put out two OTHER HSM movies? That's like giving a "Best Original Screenplay" award to one of the Rocky sequels.
In case you actually cared about the results of the show, they're as follows:
The Dark Knight
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
* Zac Efron, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Christian Bale, The Dark Knight
Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man
Shia LaBeouf, Eagle Eye
Vin Diesel, Fast & Furious
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
* Kristen Stewart, Twilight
Angelina Jolie, Wanted
Anne Hathaway, Bride Wars
Kate Winslet, The Reader
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
* Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Derek Mears, Friday the 13th
Dwayne Johnson, Get Smart
Johnathon Schaech, Prom Night
Luke Goss, Hellboy II: The Golden Army
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
* Jim Carrey, Yes Man
Amy Poehler, Baby Mama
Anna Faris, The House Bunny
James Franco, Pineapple Express
Steve Carell, Get Smart
* Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet, Twilight
Anne Hathaway vs. Kate Hudson, Bride Wars
Christian Bale vs. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Ron Perlman vs. Luke Goss, Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Seth Rogen and James Franco vs. Danny McBride, Pineapple Express
* Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Twilight
Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, Wanted
Freida Pinto and Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
James Franco and Sean Penn, Milk
Paul Rudd and Thomas Lennon, I Love You, Man
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, FEMALE
* Ashley Tisdale, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia!
Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire
Kat Dennings, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie
Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, MALE
* Robert Pattinson, Twilight
Ben Barnes, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Bobb'e J. Thompson, Role Models
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Taylor Lautner, Twilight
BEST WTF MOMENT
* Peeing In The Sink, Amy Poehler in Baby Mama
Curved Bullet Kill, Angelina Jolie in Wanted
Jumping In The Poop Shed, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar in Slumdog Millionaire
Tasting Decapitated Head, Ben Stiller in Tropic Thunder
Naked Break Up, Jason Segel and Kristen Bell in Forgetting Sarah Marshall
BEST SONG FROM A MOVIE
Miley Cyrus "The Climb", Hannah Montana: The Movie
A.R. Raham "Jai Ho", Slumdog Millionaire
Bruce Springsteen "The Wrestler", The Wrestler
Paramore "Decode", Twilight