Monday, March 30, 2009

Malawi video


BBC News has posted this video of Madonna and Lourdes arriving in Malawi, for their second kidnapping, excuse me: adoption of a Malawi todler.

And speaking of Madonna and Malawi, click here to see her I Am Because We Are documentary.

Just garbage


I just don't have any words to comment on this garbage....

No response yet


Probably because it's a weekend, but nonetheless both TicketMaster and LiveNation have not responded yet to my previous story. Let's hope they'll do soon! If I get any kind of response, I will post it here!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Press problems


Zac Efron was assaulted pretty much by the paparazzi, while dining out with (alas) Vanessa Hudgens and a couple of friends. Check out the video to see how horrible the press can be.

Madonna in Malawi


Madonna is in Malawi, ready to adopt a second child. Check out the pictures above.

FutureSex/LoveShow


For only 7.50 euro's, today I bought the FutureSex/LoveShow Tour DVD by Justin Timberlake, filmed at the Madison Square Garden in New York City! I was planning on buying this one for a long time, basically ever since Leendert and I wanted to see the show at the Amsterdam ArenA, but could only get shiteous tickets.

Planning on seeing the DVD this week!

Back from Leeuwarden


I just came back from a great afternoon with my mother and father in Leeuwarden! As usual, it has been a great Sunday!

Taking back my love


To watch the video to Enrique Iglesias' new single Taking Back My Love, click here!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Stop overcharging us

As a new trend, TicketMaster is adding ridiculous expenses up to normal tickets to shows, just to get into one of the first rows. Basically, these were tickets that were usually sold to the public as general tickets (except for the fact scalpers bought them up so quickly there's more than one reason to suspect TicketMaster and LiveNation are actually involved in this scheme). As to be expected, TicketMaster calls this an extra service, while obviously it is not. In reality, all they do is premium price a certain stock of tickets that were available to the general public before they put in their superduper greed.

It's a shame TicketMaster and LiveNation are putting these ticket options in. The public isn't really served, because there aren't any tickets become cheaper, instead, front row (seated) or Golden Circle (general admission) tickets are just becoming way more expensive, with, really, no extra service to the customer. Worse yet, I've heard independant stories from several friends last year, that Golden Circle ticket holders for Madonna's Sticky & Sweet concert at London's Wembley Stadium were treated horribly. So much for premium service!

Rest assured, I am posting this very same story to both TicketMaster and LiveNation, and I will post their responses, or lack thereof, on this very site! Stay tuned!

I am... Tour


YouTube is filled with video's from Beyonce's first I Am Tour (by the way, am I the only one to think this is a ridiculous name for a tour, that looks shiteous an tour merchandise t-shirts?), at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Canada. I am not going to link to the video's, because I really, really, really don't like Beyonce. She's coming to the Netherlands at the Ahoy Rotterdam on May 3 and 4, just one day before I see Enrique Iglesias there. I simply do not understand how she can fill the Ahoy two times. Why in the world do people like her music?

Anyway, I know many of you do like Beyonce, so go check it out on YouTube, just not linked through me.

Enrique Iglesias setlist


As I do with every tour coming up: I made a dream setlist, meaning if I had the choice, this would be the setlist played during the show. This is what I came up with for Enrique Iglesias' upcoming tour, which my mother and I are going to see at Ahoy Rotterdam:

Escape
Be With You
Away
Could I Have This Kiss Forever
Don't Turn Off The Lights
Miss You
Addicted
Somebody's Me
Do You Know
Tired Of Being Sorry
Bailamos
Rythm Divine
Taking Back My Love
Love To See You Cry
Maybe
Hero
Can You Hear Me

What do you want to know?


Next Monday, it's time for a new poll, and this time I'm giving you the chance to pick a subject! Let me know what you want to know, and if I think it's interesting enough, I'll conduct the next poll on the subject you want me to!

The beach


Tonight on Dutch television at 10 PM: The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I own it on DVD already, but I might watch anyway!

Exploitation!


Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, seems desperate to destroy his daughter's career even more than he's done before. As you may know, Jamie Spears currently acts as Britney's legal representative, getting paid big bucks over the back of his daughter.

Now, it seems, he can't stand fans being critical about his exploitation of Britney, threatening to sue these fans. This is what the webmaster of one of Britney's biggest fansites, BreatheHeavy, has to say:

Dear BreatheHeavy readers,

I, Jordan Miller, Owner & Webmaster of BreatheHeavy.com and BritneyRes.com, want to thank you with all my heart for the loyalty and support you’ve shown over the last 5 years BreatheHeavy has been open.

We are all here for one purpose: to support the icon of our generation, Britney Spears, and to continuously stick by her through the good and bad.

I have been battling the conservatorship Britney is currently placed under for months now. When I did not conform to the requests and demands Britney’s management and father, Jamie Spears, recently put upon BreatheHeavy to stay quiet, they in turn became angry and malicious, launching, what I feel is an unjust attack, against me and my website.

As a result, I received a legal notice from Jamie Spears’ lawyers pressuring me to close BreatheHeavy.com by 3:00 p.m. PST today, March 27, 2009, or face an injunction, claiming they will pursue legal action by Jamie Spears, who, as a conservator, is legally allowed to act as Britney and sue using her money and lawyers.

“Britney doesn’t control her affairs,” said Brad Rose, the lawyer representing Britney in this case in a telephone conversation.

“You are an uber fan who’s gone a little too far.”

The legal notice states BreatheHeavy is not in compliance of Copyright Infringement laws, violating Britney’s rights of publicity and privacy:

quote:
"The Infringing Sites are replete with willful, unauthorized and unlawful use and/or exploitation of: (i) the copyrighted lyrics to songs written and/or recorded by Ms. Spears; (ii) Ms. Spears's trademarked name, (iii) various video and audio recordings embodying the performances of Ms. Spears; and (iv) photographic images of Ms. Spears (owned or exclusively licensed to third parties by Ms. Spears).

The unauthorized use of these recordings, images, copyrighted works and trademarks constitutes actionable infringement under, inter alia, copyright and trademark law, and also violates Ms. Spears's rights of publicity and privacy."

"Ms. Spears will pursue damages and injunctive relief in connection with the blatant violation of her rights of publicity and privacy."

The real issue, in my opinion, is hidden behind these Copyright Infringement claims, rather management, particularly her father / conservator, Jamie Spears, who makes $18,000 a month off his daughter, is desperately trying to hide the truth about Britney’s imprisonment, and shut anyone up who disagrees with their conniving and selfish exploitation of an innocent mother of 2 pushed back into the lime-light just several months after a hospitalization.

Another issue the lawyers claim aside from “Copyright Infringement,” is the use Britney’s trademarked name and image, stating I am not allowed to use her name or picture except for editorial and hard news purposes only.

Additionally, the Google and TicketMaster ads placed around the website are a “major issue,” stating I am using Britney’s name and image for financial gain without her consent.

BreatheHeavy.com is a non-profitable website, meaning I, nor anyone, makes a PROFIT off the website. The ads used help the website remain self-sustainable, and if there is a profit made, the funds, in return, are used to purchase magazine scans and other materials needed for the website.

Am I crazy and naive for running a major website that leaves me in debt each month? Possibly, but BreatheHeavy is my passion, a creative outlet that has allowed me to grow as an individual.

Britney Spears is my inspiration; I can’t put a price on that.

Though I made very clear to the attorneys that BreatheHeavy is a non-profitable website, it is of no concern of theirs.

This entire site thrives because of YOU, the fans, who support Britney by buying tickets to her show, merchandise and music. Sadly, your hard-earned money that goes to supporting your favorite celebrity, is now money being used to potentially sue me, a major fan and supporter of Britney Spears, and hide fans from knowing the TRUTH.

This conservatorship Britney is placed under, which controls every aspect of her life, is now clenching the future of her biggest Fansite.

I’m prepared to fight, but I need to know that you guys are willing to fight with me.

I desperately need your help.

BreatheHeavy.com costs a minimum of $350.00 a month to run. Because I am not allowed to use ads to run the website any longer, as I am “using Britney Spears’s image for financial profit,” I am asking readers to donate money until the situation has been handled.

Paypal email address: breatheheavydotcom@gmail.com

Any donation will be greatly appreciated.

This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but I know with the support of fans and readers, this unjust bullying will come to an end, and one day Jamie Spears’ reign over his daughter, her money, lawyers, career and life will cease.

Please understand this is NOT my decision, and I am being FORCED to take desperate measures in an effort to save this website and stand up for what is right.

BreatheHeavy will remain up in the air until a resolution with her management, lawyers and father has been reached, if ever.

“I will destroy your ass,” threatened Jamie Spears to me in a telephone conversation.

This is not the end.

Love,
Jordan Miller, Owner & Webmaster of BreatheHeavy.com

Robbie wants back in


Robbie Williams has told British newspaper Daily Mirror he's ready to get back together with Take That...

Figures: his career is in a downspin, while Take That is having the UK number one tour this year, with multiple sell-out shows at London's Wembley Stadium and Manchester's Old Trafford Stadium, among others. If I were him, I would want to get back together as well.

Luckily enough Gary barlow announced earlier there were no plans of taking Robbie back into the group.

Carrie


Today, while being horribly stuck on the train ride from Rotterdam back to Groningen, I finished my book The Client by John Grisham. This means I've re-read all my Grisham books, so now it's time to re-read my Stephen King books.

I'm gonna start tonight, with Carrie.

O2 tickets


Ticket's for Madonna's Sticky & Sweet shows at the O2 Arena in London have been send out. They actually look kinda nice, a lot better than the usual TicketMaster standard tickets!

Nice one

Leendert's birthday party in Rotterdam has been good fun! Because of major train delays I arrived quite late, but then again, there's nothing wrong with being fashionable late!

The first couple of hours we stayed at Leendert's house, and then, later on, we went out for a night on the town. We went to this cool place called Rotown, which played Top40/dance music. Just the way I like it!

Todat we were supposed to go out swimming or something other active, but none of us were really into it, so we skipped that part. I'm heading for a nice quiet evening, and then tomorrow I will visit my parents.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Birthday party


I'm on my way to Rotterdam, for Leendert's birthday party! Have a nice weekend everyone!

Zac in London


Zac Efron was in London yesterday, to visit the premiere of his new movie 17 Again at Odeon West End. He was all smiles and looked a lot less tired than he did last week in Paris!

Madonna on Twitter


Madonna went on Twitter yesterday for a chat with her fans. After one fan told her he is glad she's single again, because she always comes up with the best music when being single, Madonna replied 'Not as glad as I am.'

Also, she had this to say to Perez Hilton: 'You obviously love Britney more cause you made an opening film for her show and not mine. I still love you, - going to sleep! - M'

The end of U2


What a glorious day! Thankfully, U2 singer Bono told the press their upcoming 360 Tour might be their last one! The band's been long overdue anyway, so it's about time they'd call it quits!

Justin rocks


Bad news for Justin Timberlake fans: Justin has announced that currently he doesn't have any plans of releasing a new album. His last one, FutureSex/LoveSounds is already a couple of years old, so it would be about time.

Also, Justin said that when he's finally ready to record a new album, it could become a rock genre CD. Justin rocking? I'd rather not.

Merry christmas


Britney Spears is clearly not back to normal... last Wednesday, during her The Circus Starring Britney Spears Tour at the Verizon Center in Washington DC, she wished the audience a merry Christmas... in March...

Click here to watch the clip of Do Something, the song in which she utters her bizarre seasons greetings.

Kylie in Rabat


I mentioned Kylie Minogue playing the Mawazine Festival at Rabat, Morocco, before. Now, however, there's an official promotional banner for the event, pictured above! Love it!

I wonder if Kylie is going to play her KylieX2008 show, or performs an entire new show?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

WND's amazing discoveries

Regular readers will know this, but in case any first time visitor comes across this post: I HATE conservative Christian websites, and, at the same time, I love them! They provide me with so much comic and laughter, I just can't imagine my daily morning routine without them.

However, after observing it for a while, I discovered that WorldNetDaily isn't really a news souce after all. I wouldn't dare calling my friends at One"News"Now a legitimate news source, but at least they keep up appearances.

Not WND... in fact, every story Joseph Farah's club publishes is basically an infomercial to one of the books or DVD's they publish. It's astounding to read that every single one of their news stories and editorials (in their case: the same, since they don't actually publish any unbiased stories) has a link to a related book or DVD that WND just happens to have on sale.

The saddest thing is... their readers most likely actually believe in them...

I do not hook up


Check it out: the cover art for Kelly Clarkson's new single I Do Not Hook Up. As soon as the video's available, you'll see it here!

Another child


The press is going wild: Madonna is to adopt her second child from Malawi... I've been reading the stories today, and I don't really know what to make of it yet.

You cannot go around the fact that a child will have a WAY better life living with Madonna and all of her luxury, than living in Malawi.

On the other hand... is Madonna (or any famous person, for that matter) allowed to do this,just because she's famous?

What if


Tori Amos plays her brand new song What If live! This song is, again, a new one from Tori's new album Abnormally Attracted To Sin. This album's gonna be one of her best yet! Dare I put it in the same league as From The Choirgirl Hotel?

Click here to listen to the performance!

HSM 3 soundtrack


Am I pathetic or what? I ordered the High School Musical 3 soundtrack today! It will be delivered tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to it already! Here's the tracklisting:

1. Now Or Never - High School Musical Cast
2. Right Here Right Now - High School Musical Cast/Vanessa Hudgens/Zac Efron
3. I Want It All - Tisdale, Ashley & High School Musical Cast/Lucas Grabeel
4. Can I Have This Dance - High School Musical Cast/Vanessa Hudgens/Zac Efron
5. Night To Remember - High School Musical Cast
6. Just Wanna Be With You - High School Musical Cast
7. Boys Are Back - Bleu, Corbin & High School Musical Cast/Zac Efron
8. Walk Away - High School Musical Cast/Vanessa Hudgens
9. Scream - High School Musical Cast/Zac Efron
10. Senior Year Spring Musical - High School Musical Cast
11. We're All In This Together (graduation mix) - High School Musical Cast
12. High School Musical - High School Musical Cast
13. Boys Are Back - US5

I love to shop


After work, I went to town today, and I bought myself some really cool pair of shoes and jeans! Shopping can really cheer a guy up!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I made it!

Finally, a comment made by me, has made it to One"News"Now! Usually they censor everything I submit to them, but this time I got through for the very first time! Click here to read to article to which I respond. Click on 'View comments' at the bottom of the article to see the comments, including mine. Here´s my comment:

The idea that one person can veto a bill that's been approved by the Senate and House is quite ridiculous. It doesn't matter what the bill is about, it shouldn't be possible in any case to veto a bill, just because the Governor feels different than the rest of the State's legislators.

The Garden, live in Holland


Click here to watch Take That perform their new single The Garden at Dutch TV show Mooi Weer De Leeuw. Remember, host Paul de Leeuw is crazy, so you can just skip the interview part and head straight for the performance. I think it's kinda cute how Jason Orange (my favourite member of Take That, pictured above) starts in the wrong key, but fixes himself in time

Broken pictures


While browsing through the Totally Theo archive, I noticed several picture links are not working the way they are supposed to, anymore. The reason for this, is because I've changed the layout a while ago. Since then, pictures from the archives that are apparently too big now, don't fit the screen anymore.

I apologise for this, but unfortunately I cannot fix it. Totally Theo exists since August 2005 and has been going though some makeovers since then. It would simply be too much work to fix them all. If you want to see one of the old pictures in their entirety, just click on them, and they will show up!

New Jason Beitel


A new, and lovely, picture from Jason Beitel, taken on one of his Storm Models photoshoots!

In case you don't know Jason Beitel (if you're a regular visitor to this site, you're bound to know him); he's the cute dancer from Kylie Minogue's ShowGirl, HomeComing and KylieX2008 tours!

Zac Efron talks about Perez Hilton


Zac Efron clearly doesn't mind the (sometimes ridiculous but always hilarious) stuff Perez Hilton writes about him. This is what he has to say in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times:

“There could be 100 tabloid articles about crazy stuff that perhaps involves me and they would all go unnoticed," Efron notes. "But as soon as Perez has a single post, inevitably I get like 10 or 20 phone calls from friends or family, or whoever, and so it seems like it’s going in his favor, it seems like what Perez says goes. I laugh about it. I’m just flattered that he’s nice. I don’t know how I got so lucky."

Sign my guestbook!


Another new feature on Totally Theo: sign the guestbook! Just click on the link to the right of this page, right between my picture and the poll!

Remember, be polite!

My life would suck without you


Click here to watch the video for Kelly Clarkson's great single My Life Would Suck Without You!

Commercial break


You may have noticed, as of today, there are advertisement on the right side of Totally Theo. They're placed by Google AdSense on my request, and might help me make a little money out of my site. Obviously, making money is not, and has never been, the goal of writing this blog. However, it is my opinion the advertisements are not annoying, and people are free to click on them (or not).

Serious Request in Groningen


Hurrah! Radio 3FM's Serious Request charity event will take place in my hometown Groningn this year! You may remember I posted a link to a petition to bring the event to Groningen a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, it worked!

The event takes place annually, around Christmas. I'm looking forward to it already!

Miserable


It's supposed to be Springtime in the Netherlands... instead, what we get is misearble weather, constant rain, and storms. Doesn't exactly makes me anxious to leave the house and go to work in the morning...

Let's just lie and cheat

Because it appears the ridiculous AFA is now dragging people to court who re-publish their insane One"News"Now stories, I decided to only link to this latest gem, instead of publishing it here. So, before you read the rest of this post, please first click here, and don't forget to read the hilarious reader's comments.

I thought this story to be pretty funny, because it either:

A) displays a huge ignorance
B) dismisses Biblical laws
C) both

The correct answer, of course, is C. The article seems to imply it's okay to lie, well at least that's what they seem to endorse: the girl in question was just fine turning in her speech and then doing an entirely different one? Uhm... that's not the proper thing to do, especially since it's not public forum, so free speech laws are not in place. Isn't it wrong, according to the Bible, to lie?

At the same time, imagine what outcry the Evangelicals would have if the girl in question would use her (illegal) spare time to promote, let's say, homosexuality? They would have gone beserk, screaming hell and fire! I guess laws only apply when they're in your favour, don't they?

So again, One"News"Now has proven an excellent source of fun. Christian conservatives really should get their act together, cause it will only be soon when they'll end up being the laughing stock of the rest of society.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Zac in Paris


Zac Efron is near! As I'm writing this, he's in Paris, promoting his new movie 17 Again. As you can see in the photo-call picture above, he was -as usual- looking lovely, although a bit tired. Then again, he's flying all over the world promoting his film, so who could blame him?

Now if only he comes to Amsterdam. We need some serious promotion too!

Is she kidding me?


As I wrote yesterday, I ordered the Britney Spears Live From Las Vegas DVD, filmed during her Dream Within A Dream Tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and let me tell you, I'm having SUCH a good time with it. Except... probably not in the way Britney intended me to. I'm laughing out loud here, because the show is so completely ridiculous... Except for one, all the songs are lipsynched, and not even in a way that would make us believe they were live.

Britney just pops in and out of overdubs, and moves around (I wouldn't dare call it dancing) in such a way it's pretty obvious it's impossible to sing without being out of breath. Moreover, the camera constantly zooms out because Britney simply isn't that good in lipsynching.

An then the real treat comes... Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know. It's the only song she sings live in this show, and it just simply sounds horrible. If you thought Madonna wasn't a pleasure listening to on a live show, trust me, you don't wanna hear this...

Why in the hell are people paying good money for this shit? Even worse, why did I pay good money for this shit, not once, but twice? And moreover, how can Britney do these shows without being utterly ashamed of herself?

It's all just way too embarrasing, and, because of that, so much fun to watch, and laugh at her!

What are the odds


How much bad (or good, depending on your view) luck can you get? 93-Year old Tsutomu Yamaguchi has survived BOTH atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This guy, who worked at the time as a technician for Mitsubishi, was on a business trip in Hiroshima when the town got hit by the very first nuclear bomb to be used on a civilian target, on August 6 1945.

He survived the attack, and went back to his hometown Nagasaki, where on August 9 1945, just 3 days later, he was again hit by a nuclear bomb. And he survived both... what the fuck!

Japanese authorities have officially declared that Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived the bombings today. Considering they had 63 years to do this, it sounds a bit late, doesn't it?

Anyway, pretty miraculous story!

Zaragoza gets Sticky & Sweet


Although Madonna.com still hasn't confirmed the concert, TicketMaster is now running a venue map for the Zaragoza Sticky & Sweet concert on July 25. A fanclub pre-sale is scheduled for March 25. Tickets are priced from EUR 43 to a whopping EUR 232. The standing area has again been devided into a Golden Circle, followed by General Standing 1, and General Standing 2, meaning the people in General Standing 2 will be so far of the stage they will barely be able to watch the video screens, much less the show itself.

Please don't leave me


Click here to watch the video for P!nk's new single Please Don't Leave Me, taken from her fantastic Funhouse album. I like the video a lot, it's violent, yet funny. Go check it out!

The cradle of life


Tonight on Dutch televison: Tomb Raider 2, The Cradle Of Life, starring Angelina Jolie. I saw part 1 for the first time last week, and wasn't too impressed. Shall I give it another try with this second installment?

Adding people


I've been working on my LinkedIn profile today, adding loads of friends and co-workers to my contact list. Usually I'm not such a big fan of social networking sites, as I don't really see the point to them, but LinkedIn is a little different. Because it's not just about keeping in touch with people, it can actually help you in your career (I guess), so there may be some actual value to being a member.

Well, and even if that turns out not to be true, it's not a big hassle adding people, so why not?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Concert top ten

Someone on the Madonna.nl forums asked for a concert top three of all times. Because I thought three was not enough, I made a top ten (difficult to choose, cause I went to over 50 big concerts, but these were the ones that really stood out):

1) Kylie Minogue - KylieX2008
2) Madonna - Re-Invention
3) Kylie Minogue - ShowGirl
4) P!nk - Funhouse
5) Take That - Beautiful World
6) Madonna - Confessions
7) Tori Amos - On Scarlet's Walk
8) Madonna - Sticky & Sweet
9) P!nk - I'm Not Dead
10) Madonna - Drowned World

KylieX2008 wallpaper


Check out this really cool KylieX2008 wallpaper I found on the web!

Zac Efron pulls out of Footloose


Too bad: Zac Efron has decided not to play the lead role in the remake of Footloose. Apparently Zac is afraid he will only be cast in musicals if he does them too much. I'd say just go for it, it's proven itself to be a succes formula!

On the other hand, I can understand why he doesn't want to get typecast. He said a short while ago he wanted to do feelgood movies for as long as possible, which I think is a smart move. However, of course feelgood movies don't necessarily mean musicals.

Guess High School Musical 4 is definitely not in the cards for Zac.

Dream within a dream


Last week I ordered the Britney Spears Live From Las Vegas DVD, and just a minute ago I got the confirmation e-mail telling me it will be delivered tomorrow. Really cool, it's filmed at the MGM Grand Garden Arena during Britney's 2001 Dream Within A Dream Tour. Here's the setlist:

Oops!... I Did It Again
(You Drive Me) Crazy
Overprotected
Born to Make You Happy/Lucky/Sometimes
Boys
Stronger
I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman
I Love Rock & Roll
What's It's Like to Be Me
Lonely
Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know
Anticipating
I'm a Slave 4 U
...Baby One More Time

Down Under


My best friend Ziena is in Australia at the moment, Melbourne, to be precise. Her fiance has been working Down Under for the past couple of weeks, and now she's there to visit him.

I miss her already, but I did get an email today! Looks like she's having loads of fun! I really want to visit Australia myself one day!

I Am Because We Are


Click here to watch the interview Madonna did this week to promote her Malawi-documentary I Am Because We Are.

The vote is on


The polls are closed, and the vote is indecisive: 19 people voted 'yes, Britney's back', and 19 people voted that she's not back. Thanks to the 38 people for voting!

Now for the new poll, let me now who's your favourite James Bond actor! Choose between Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

The vote is on!
 
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