Feb 12 2009

Joaquin Phoenix on Late Show with David Letterman

Category: Entertainment,Humor,VideoTim @ 9:14 am

If you missed this, Joaquin Phoenix has quite a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Check this out:

Wow. Letterman, “Joaquin, I’m sorry you could not be here tonight.” Priceless!

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Nov 26 2008

MTV to Host Obama Inauguration Event: “Be the Change Inaugural Ball”:

Category: Entertainment,PoliticsTim @ 9:00 am

MTV knows a good party when they see one. The network has decided to throw a Ball for the Obama inauguration:

The network announced Tuesday that it will host the “Be the Change Inaugural Ball” at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington on Jan. 20. The event will be televised live across MTV’s many channels and platforms, including MTV and MTV.com.

Why is MTV throwing the ball? Here is what they say on their press release:

The event will celebrate the massive youth-voter turnout in this month’s presidential election and an active commitment from America’s youth to impart positive social change through volunteer service. ServiceNation is an organization that campaigns to increase support for expanding national service programs like the Peace Corps and Americorps. In September, it hosted a forum with Obama and Senator John McCain, in which both presidential candidates agreed on the importance of community involvement.

A record 24 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted in the 2008 presidential election, accounting for 18 percent of the 133.3 million voters who hit the polls. It marked the third major election in a row with increased youth-voter numbers, and for the first time in 20 years, the number of young voters surpassed the number of voters over the age of 65.

One can bet the line-up for this event will read like a Hollywood who-s-who. One thing is certain, after her comments, Lindsay Lohan’s invitation will be lost in the mail.

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Nov 24 2008

Barry Manilow, Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Colorado Noise Offenders

Category: Entertainment,HumorTim @ 2:11 pm

A Fort Lupton, Colorado judge has taken extreme measures to prevent repeat noise offenders:

Fort Lupton Municipal Judge Paul Sacco says his novel punishment of forcing noise violators to listen to music they don’t like for one hour has cut down on the number of repeat offenders in this northwestern Colorado prairie town.

About four times a year, those guilty of noise ordinance violations are required to sit in a room and listen to music from the likes of Manilow, Barney the Dinosaur, and The Platters’ crooning “Only You”

“These people should have to listen to music they don’t like,” said Judge Paul Sacco for a segment about the program that aired Friday on Denver’s KUSA-TV.

This is not the first time someone has been punished with Barry Manilow. In 1989, the US used a dose of Manilow to try and drive former Panama strongman Manuel Noriega from the Vatican Embassy and a couple of years ago, in suburban Sydney, officials used Barry Manilow to prevent people from gathering at the Cook Park Reserve.

I’m not sure what Barry would have to say about this use of his music, but I think there are some who would consider this cruel and unusual punishment!

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Nov 24 2008

Man With Samurai Swords Shot at Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood

Category: EntertainmentTim @ 7:29 am

This is one of those stories that can only come from Hollywood:

A security guard at the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre in Hollywood on Sunday shot and killed a man wielding two samurai swords, police said.

Police detained the guard for questioning but said that a surveillance tape at the facility backed his claim that he fired his semiautomatic handgun to protect himself and two colleagues.

“The evidence is very clear the security officers were defending their safety,” said Deputy Chief Terry S. Hara of the Los Angeles Police Department.

I would tend to think that a man coming at guards wielding two samurai swords would constitute an immediate threat. What is not clear is why the man who was described as being in his 40s would attack the Celebrity Centre. What is the Celebrity Centre anyway?

The Celebrity Centre includes a seven-story Norman-revival landmark that towers over the Hollywood freeway and used to be a residential hotel for movie stars.

The castle-like facility now serves as “a home for the artist, a place where he can come and learn, attend seminars, meet other artists and even perform at our many showcases and events,” according to the center’s Web site.

Well, that clears it up. Let’s see, a 40-year-old man with ties to Scientology wielding samurai swords…


Nov 22 2008

Nickelback’s New Release “Dark Horse”- Where’s the Inspiration?

Category: EntertainmentMatt @ 8:00 am

This Tuesday, Nickelback released their “long-awaited” new CD entitled Dark Horse. I had been a fan of this band ever since my dad and I heard “How You Remind Me” on the radio years ago. He even took me to see their headlining show with Hoobastank, Chevelle, and Hinder on their “All the Right Reasons” tour. We had amazing seats and they blew me away.

Nickelback Live

Little did I know that their success would be “All the Right Reasons” to sell out and take the easy way to MTV fame. Their power ballad “Far Away” quickly reached the top of the charts, sending them to the top of the mainstream rock charts. This success prompted Nickelback to make an album with four songs in the “Far Away” model and filled up the rest of the album with the worst new trend in rock music.

In 2006 Buckcherry released their mega-hit single “Crazy B****” and reached instant stardom. I first heard that song from them in concert and I honestly liked it. The song had something different to it, it was  nothing I had ever heard before. But after the song reached the top it had changed. It was more than just a song. After seeing it performed live at Crue Fest this summer, I quickly realized it was more than just a song, it was actually how they thought. They were by no stretch of the imagination the first band to ever try sleazy music. The hair bands in the ’80’s were doing this long before Buckcherry, but they never took it to that level. It went from being an enjoyable song to a crude child-like fantasy. Buckcherry wasn’t the only bold new band to try out this crude style, Theory of a Deadman released “Bad Girlfriend” and Saving Abel released “Addicted” and now rock music has a new trend, bad taste. Songs written by perverted, fantasizing young artists are making it to the top.

Nickelback Something In Your Mouth CD Cover

Not being a band to miss out on a trend, Nickelback embraced this new trend fully. The first single off their new CD that I heard was titled “Something in Your Mouth”. Their lyrics can be read here because I don’t think they’re appropriate for my father’s blog. Other new songs on the album like “Next Go Round”, “Just to Get High”, “Never Gonna Be Alone”, “Shakin’ Hands”, and my personal favorite “S.E.X.” where Chad Kroeger sings

“Sex is always the answer, it’s never a question,
‘Cuz the answer’s yes, oh the answers (Yes)
Not just a suggestion, if you ask the question,
Then it’s always yes. Yeeeah!”

Is this really creative? Is this the kind of music you’d expect from a 34 year old musician who has played with the likes of Carlos Santana and ZZ Top? Is this trend going to last? How long are we going to be forced to listen to the fantasies of a 34 year old man, or any other rock star who gets his hands on a pen and paper? At 17 it’s pretty reasonable to figure that this type of music is geared towards my age group, but I find them to be very immature. Here’s hoping this trend fades before I lose my faith in the genre.

-Matt

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Nov 19 2008

ESPN Wins BCS TV Rights: Another Blow to Football Fans Without Cable

Category: Economy,Entertainment,Pro Sports,SportsTim @ 10:30 am

For those football fans without cable TV, you are now officially in trouble:

ESPN and the Bowl Championship Series confirmed Tuesday that they have reached agreement on a four-year television deal beginning in 2011 that gives the cable network broadcast rights to the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and the national championship game, which rotates among those three plus the Rose Bowl. Sources from both sides said the contract is worth $500 million.

Perhaps this is a sign of the times. It’s getting harder to find the “free lunch” in the sports world. Prime sports are moving more toward a pay-per-view option:

ESPN and other cable network providers say this isn’t a big deal, noting that in most American homes today, subscription TV is a utility, like power and water. An estimated 98 million of America’s 118 million television households have cable or satellite systems.

Moreover, some of that other 20 million are a step ahead, not a step behind. They’re iPhonegeneration kids who skip cable so they can get higher-octane Internet – and watch TV that way.

But still, for the 15 million to 20 million households that only have broadcast TV, Tuesday’s announcement is the bluntest declaration so far that they’re being shut out of one of America’s biggest cultural common denominators: major sports.

It is true, as cable and sports operators note, that this is a business with costs, and no one has a right to enjoy the product for nothing.

OK. So most of us already have ESPN and having access online helps those who do not have cable. Add to that the digital TV conversion in February and it looks like not having cable/satellite is no longer even an option for sports fans or TV viewers in general.

I know the “bottom-line” mentality has been around since the first exchange of goods, but it seems that we are getting out-of-hand. Advertising is squeezed into every possible corner, even on the field of play and the player’s uniforms. Commercials run over top of plays and have worked their way into the play-by-play. We are already paying for the right to view sports. At what point does it end?


Nov 14 2008

Mitch Mitchell, Drummer for Jimi Hendrix, Dead at Age 62

Category: Entertainment,VideoTim @ 10:30 am

The final surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, drummer Mitch Mitchell, passed-away Wednesday:

Mitch Mitchell, the jazzy and versatile British drummer in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, died Wednesday in a hotel in Portland, Oregon. He was 62 and had recently finished a national tribute tour, Experience Hendrix.

The cause was unknown, said Bob Merlis, a publicist for the tour.

Mitchell was one of two Englishmen in the Experience, the group that catapulted Hendrix to fame in the late 1960s.

Along with the bassist Noel Redding, who died in 2003, Mitchell was recruited in a rush in the fall of 1966, after the journeyman Hendrix had been discovered in a New York club and whisked to London by Chas Chandler of the Animals.

Rest in peach Mitch. I can only imagine the reunion tour that is happening in heaven right now.


Nov 13 2008

Paula Goodspeed, American Idol Contestant and Paula Abdul Fan, Commits Suicide

Category: Entertainment,VideoTim @ 8:16 am

Those of you who follow American Idol probably remember the audition for Paula Goodspeed, Paula Abdul’s “number one fan.” If you don’t here is the video:

In LA this week, news came out that Paula Goodspeed committed suicide near Abdul’s home:

Paula Goodspeed, 30, was found dead, an apparent suicide, Tuesday evening in her car, which was parked a few doors down from Abdul’s Los Angeles home. Reuters reported that prescription pills, along with CDs and pictures of Abdul, were found in the car.

“It appears to be a suicide by overdose,” Detective Robert Bub of the Los Angeles Police Department told Reuters.

Rest in peace Paula.

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Nov 12 2008

Lindsay Lohan on Access Hollywood Calls Obama “Our First Colored President”

Category: 2008 Election,Entertainment,VideoTim @ 7:22 am

Lindsay Lohan was on Access Hollywood and managed to put her foot squarely in her mouth.

Leave it to Lindsay Lohan to be the first celebrity to offer support and excitement for her candidate while at the same time insulting him. In a recent interview with Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos this week, the troubled starlet stated her excitement for our country’s “first colored” president.

Here is the actual video from the Access Hollywood website.

In listening to the interview, she actually said, “it’s our first colored president”. Are you kidding me? How can someone claim to be involved in the race for President and be so far out of touch with the world today? This is not the 1970s and you are not Archie Bunker.

See what happens when actors go off-script.

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Nov 07 2008

Tough Economic Times May Equal Short Lines at Walt Disney World

Category: Economy,EntertainmentTim @ 11:47 am

The tough economic times are having an impact on the Disney Corporation:

The global economic downturn hit Walt Disney Co’s quarterly results harder and faster than Wall Street expected, with the company on Thursday reporting a sharp decline in hotel bookings and softness in advertising revenue at its networks.

Disney’s shares slid 9 percent in extended trade but recovered a bit after executives announced plans to discount stays at Walt Disney World to stimulate bookings in the first half of 2009.

“Consumer confidence is the lowest we’ve seen in over three decades, and even the best product out there is feeling the effect,” Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger told analysts on a conference call.

The entertainment industry better take notice, times are getting tough. What about the Disney parks?

Disney reported parks and resorts profit of $412 million, down from $430 million a year earlier. Sales at the unit rose 6.5 percent to $2.97 billion.

Reservations are off 10 percent for parks visits this quarter and next quarter compared with the year-earlier periods, Iger said. Holiday bookings at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, are down 1 percent, he said. Visitors who book four nights will receive an additional three for free, plus a $200 credit to spend on food or merchandise.

“People want to take vacations in 2009 but they are much more value-focused,” Iger said. “That’s why we have seen bookings fall off somewhat.”

The strengthening U.S. dollar is making the trip to Disney World less affordable for foreign tourists, who have bolstered Disney’s parks this year. Resort profit may decline 12 percent this fiscal year as the U.S. economy shrinks, said Barclays Capital analyst Anthony DiClemente before yesterday’s report.

By 4 get 3 free. That sounds like a good deal, but getting there and being able to take 7 days off in a trying job market may be a completely different issue. I think Disney is being short-sited here. I believe people are more likely to spend fewer days in the parks. Why not add incentives for shorter stays then 7 days? I know it is more cost-effective to have longer visits, but realistically, your customer’s needs have changed.

Does this signal really problems for Disney in the future? Forbes doesn’t think so:

Long-term, however, Spring said Disney still has solid brands and a strong balance sheet.

It’s good to know there will still be some magic in the Magic Kingdom for years to come. Maybe this just reduces the size of the crowds at Disney World for a while and prevents the need for the Fast Pass.

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