Archive for April, 2010

nooo, christina isn’t mimicking gaga’s image concepts, not at all…

Friday, April 30th, 2010

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Imitation is supposed to be be the highest form of flattery.  In the case of Christina Aguilera completely emulating Lady GaGa these days I’d say “Awww, she really likes her style.”  However, it’s not so much flattery when the little diva is denying she is imitating anything.  Back when GaGa was first entering the  scene, she hadn’t blown up yet but she was starting to get photographed and make little waves I noticed Christina was rocking a very similar look:

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When asked about the similar look she was sporting, Christina completely blew it off saying “I don’t know what you’re talking about.  I don’t even know who that is.”  Hmm.  You sure about that Christina?  It’s okay to admit GaGa’s style and videos are awesome, they ARE.  She has this ego that won’t let her acknowledge she has been influenced.  Hands down, Christina has stronger singing pipes than GaGa.  There’s no need to be catty …but as a year or so went by and there is no way on God’s green earth she could deny knowing who “GaGa” is and she was asked about her new video Not Myself Tonight taking a lot from GaGa’s Bad Romance video and Madonna’s Human Nature video.  Again, she denied even paying any attention to what GaGa was doing and simply stated she has been around over a decade and it’s all her vision.  Sure.  She has been around a long time.  I would never dream of saying otherwise about her talent or staying power.  What I don’t get is why she can’t just share the influence credit where it’s due.  Every time the comparison comes up she throws her bitch face on.  I have gone ahead and supplied some screen shots above …just as the most recent work she has put out that is ALL her.  Hey, if there was ever a hot image to borrow from, that’d be the one!  Just admit there’s room for everyone, and that it’s possible she: a strong, immensely talented and longer standing force in her industry could possibly have liked someone else’s idea more than anything she could come up with, at least for now.  It sure beats the baby doll ts and chaps phases she was going through.  Her pin-up period was really adorable for her too.  This works too!  This just looks like her image-influences have just been getting better and better.  Still think Christina is a one-woman show …let’s go back to when GaGa’s career was first taking off and was just too small for Aguilera to even know who she was:

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Yeah…not the same at all.  I know it’s silly to babble on about, it’s not at all an extraordinary story …I mean, all artists take from one another.  Always have, always will.  It’s just so ridiculous to me seeing these two women’s mirror images and hear this gal go “Huh? I don’t see it.  I’m original!”  Just because you have the singing chops of a diva doesn’t mean you have to get arrogant like one.  She can be, sure, she’s amazing.  But why would she? Pft.  Just admit it so we can move on, so I can move on…

your WTF?! story of the day

Friday, April 30th, 2010

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21-year-old Anna Godfrey of Lincoln, Nebraska BIT OFF a part of a 24-year-old man’s ear after he called her fat at a party!

The police reveal that after he called her fat, she tackled him to the ground and bit off a chunk of his ear — and the ear chunk was not found! (ummm, did she EAT it?)

Godfrey was arrested on suspicion of felony assault.

This probably wasn’t the most effective way to get your point across…

marilyn writings to be published

Friday, April 30th, 2010

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux has announced that they plan to release a collection of Marilyn Monroe’s own writings.  Selections will include poems, correspondence, rare photos and reproduced handwritten documents by Marilyn. The book will be in stores this coming fall.

There have been a few publications in the past that have claimed to be in “Marilyn’s own words.”  My Story was dubbed an “autobiography” but there is no real evidence it was penned by her.  It seems more viable it derived from interviews and transcriptions from a weak effort Monroe made when she dictated thoughts to someone else to put it all down on paper.  It is also available in an “illustrated edition.”  That oughta indicate something.  Like most books trying to capture the legend “in her own words” resort to photographs, because really that’s all we’ve got.  Movie stars, especially back then, are a persona.  Even the “facts” are muddled.  In this case, people have always romanticized her and have sculpted her into whatever image they want to imagine.

I myself own Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words which is composed of casual photo sessions were literally the last ever taken of her.  George Barris, a photographer and long time friend of hers took these photos and had many conversations during her last days and wrote the text to accompany the long unpublished photos.  Again, it is not fact and it’s a man with his own idea of who she was and wrote her words down that he had taken notes from.  With that said, it is the most down to earth and enjoyable Marilyn books to go through.  There’s obviously not a ton of text, it couldn’t fill a book by itself.  But it’s full of inarticulate thoughts that could easily come from her in conversation.  The photos are beautiful.  They don’t involve glitter or anything of that sort.  At any rate, it’s the only book to this point I would recommend.  I have a couple of other books regarding Marilyn I could ramble on about, but I’d be going completely off point …imagine that.

This book, titled Fragments at least calls it like it is.  That’s all anyone will ever get.  At least this seems like it’ll have some interesting content.  That isn’t to say any of the poems or writing will be profound, or even good.  But it should be interesting if you’re into her myth.  I’m looking forward to it.

happy meals about to get less happy

Friday, April 30th, 2010

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It is being reported that officials in Santa Clara County, California are looking to ban toys from being included in fast food meals. The logic is that toys make the high-calorie, low nutrition offerings too desirable for kids and if outlawed, will keep fast food out of their mouths.  If the ban is put into action, over a dozen fast food joints, including McDonalds, will be affected. It is the hope of officials that if passed, other areas of the country will follow.

A final vote will come down by the end of next month and the debate will raise one very important question:

Should this be a government issue or a parental one?  Tough call.

It’s a good idea in theory.  I think a lot of parents take the easier route and just swing by and pick up crap for their kids.  That wouldn’t change anything if they took the toys out.  The parents would still by driving through and getting cheap and easy crap for their kids, only then they’d have to listen to their kids whine about not getting a toy.  I was a kid once, and I LOVED my Happy Meals.  They were a treat to me.  A toy was part of it …but it was also the tasty fries and chicken nuggets I got excited about (without or without a toy, that greasy goodness was something I’d get excited about).  It’s an intriguing idea though, considering we have a ridiculous ratio of healthy to overweight kids in this country.  I’m interested in seeing how it works out in Santa Clara.

courtney love to sell off her remaining holdings on cobain’s music???

Friday, April 30th, 2010

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Oh Courtney, what are you thinking???  I’m going to have to STRONGLY advise you to think about what you are doing. That would require you to put down your crack pipe and plug up the box of wine for at least an hour, but trust me, it will be worth it.

Courtney Love is considering selling off her remaining holdings on Kurt Cobain’s music. If she sells, that would mean someone else would hold all the rights to his music, publishings, EVERYTHING!  Though the sale would bring in a truckload of money, Courtney insists that the decision to sell is not a financial one, but a step she needs to take to move on with her life.

“I’m thinking about selling off all of Kurt’s publishing. All of the rights, everything. It’s not a financial decision; it’s an emotional one. He was the best friend I’ve ever had, but Kurt and I were only married for three years, and now I need to have my own life. I’m always ‘the widow’ and that drives me nuts. That money has been cursed since the day it started to come in.”

Cursed? Please!  She is a hot mess with or without the help of her late husband’s estate.  I sincerely doubt Hole would be able to keep her in the kind of money she is accustomed to having!  How on earth would she buy all her drugs and pay all the legal bills?  Heck, how is she going to threaten people and/or sue them if she has no legal holding to do so anymore?  What would she do with herself?!

Okay, if her reasoning is true and she wants to move on with her life.  Good for her.  I hope she DOES get more of a life than being a crazy bitch all the time and gets the freedom she has been looking for out of Kurt’s shadow.  However, the reality of the matter is she’ll just be broker and have to find new things to throw fits about.  I’ve never been happier to not be a part of the Twitter universe.  You know, where she unleashes most of her incoherent rambles about anything and everything …and often, nothing at all.

We’ll see if she actually follows through on this notion.  Good luck to ya Courtney.