Sunday, February 28, 2010
Jennifer Lopez is all smiles while she hangs onto Marc Anthony at the SNL after-party held at New York City’s STK restaurant on Saturday night.
Earlier in the evening, Jennifer hosted and performed at Saturday Night Live. She performed two songs from her upcoming album, Love?, called “Starting Over” and “Pieces.”
“Dear Ke$ha, you have won me over with your tricks and charms and I must tell you I really like your song. Though I must add I tried brushing with a bottle of Jack and I chipped a tooth on the glass. Where might I remit an invoice?”
John Mayer tweeting to Ke$ha... I see a love affair coming up!
Tune in after tonight’s Olympics Closing Ceremony @ 10:30PM ET for a special sneak peek of NBC’s new series The Marriage Ref.
The series, hailing from Jerry Seinfeld, features opinionated celebrities, comedians and sports stars who will candidly comment, judge and offer different strategies for real-life couples in the midst of a classic marital dispute.
The celeb panel for tonight’s episode includes Madonna, Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) and British comedian Ricky Gervais.
Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, on a coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Here are my three highlights:
1) Convento de San Francisco is the Spanish name for Saint Francis Monastery located in Lima, Peru. The church was completed in 1774 and is noted for its architecture, a high example of Spanish Neoclassicism. The convent's library is world-renowned. Catacombs below the monastery contain an ossuary and are said to connect to other catacombs beneath the cathedral and other area churches.
2) The Basilica Cathedral of Lima is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the Plaza Mayor of downtown Lima. Construction began in 1535, and the building has undergone many reconstructions and transformation since, however it still retains its colonial structure and facade.
3) The Torre Tagle Palace is a Spanish Baroque palace located at Jr. Ucayali 363, in downtown Lima, Peru, a couple blocks east of the Plaza de Armas. The palace currently is home to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The palace was commissioned in 1715 by Don José Tagle and Brachio (Marquis Torre Tagle), who at the time was treasurer of the Royal Spanish fleet, for his own personal use as his home.
This is part 34 out of a series of 50. Next city tomorrow: Stockholm.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Marie Osmond’s 18-year-old son Michael Blosil leapt to his death Friday night from his downtown Los Angeles apartment building. ET reports he left a suicide note referring to a lifelong battle with depression.
“My family and I are devastated and in deep shock by the tragic loss of our dear Michael and ask that everyone respect our privacy during this difficult time,” Marie said through her publicist Saturday.
Marie’s brother Donny Osmond added, “Please pray for my sister and her family.”
"I had this rock and roll trick that I would do. I'd be in the worst (place)… like Cleveland (Ohio) or Cologne, Germany… Munich… I wanted drugs because I used to do drugs and I don't do them any more.
"I would call up a hooker agency and I would ask for the ugliest hooker, because the ugliest hooker would know (where to get drugs). They would think I was a lesbian and come with all sorts of things (sex toys) and I'd be like, 'No, no put it down, I just want to know where the drugs are.' So that was my trick."
Courtney Love is such a rolemodel...
Thank God! In spite of rumours, Britney Spears is not releasing an album by June, her record company has announced. She is indeed in a studio, but thankfully it will take a while before we weill all be confronted with the horrors that are going on there.
By the way: I kinda like the way she's gone back to blonde!
As you know, one of the big things coming up for me (well, at least I'm planning on them), is my big visit to Los Angeles, including a visit to Disneyland in Anaheim. Now I was thinking, wouldn't it be fantastic to spend the night at the Disneyland Resort as well? I mean, if I am going to spend big bucks, then why not spend them altogether, right?
The Disneyland Resort has three hotels: Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel and the Grand Californian Hotel. Out of those three, the Grand Californian hotel is the most expensive, but it's also the one that really gets you into the Disney spirit.
I'm not sure yet, but I might save up just a little more to afford myself a room at the hotel!
Kylie Minogue was photographed today while leaving the studio in London, and although the paparazzi tried to spin it into an article regarding how she looks without makeup, I would actually say the opposite thing: doesn't she look absolutely fantastic without makeup, and judging by these photos, without plastic surgery?
The woman is 41 years old, give her a break! I love her for looking normal!
The family of trainer Dawn Brancheau (pictured above), who got killed by a killer whale in SeaWorld Orlando last week, has released the following statement:
“You have all heard what an amazing trainer Dawn Brancheau was, and that is true.
She was the best. It came natural to her. Being a trainer was a lifelong dream that she achieved.
She loved her job and she loved her animals. For her husband, family and friends, Dawn was so much more—a compassionate and loving person who lived life to the fullest.
She touched so many lives. To those who loved her and suffered a tremendous loss, one so unexpected, it is extremely difficult to even process or comprehend at this time. Our family sincerely appreciates everyone’s prayers and compassion and thoughts for Dawn and her husband and family. While we understand that this tragic event is capturing headlines across the country, at this time our family needs space and privacy to absorb our loss. We sincerely hope that the media will honor this request.”
The killer whale, by the way, will stay with SeaWorld regardless of what happened, as it was nothing more than a very unfortunate accident.
A huge spoiler for Robert Pattinson's new movie Remember Me is coming up. In fact, it's such a huge spoiler that if you don't want to know the ending of the movie, you have to stop reading now.
Okay, you have been warned:
Though viewers are led to believe that the movie is set in the present day, it's actually set in 2001. In the final moments of the film, Robert Pattinson's character has a fight with his girlfriend, played by Emilie de Ravin. He leaves to go to his father's office and when he arrives, he rides the elevator up to the 92nd-floor. As he waits for his father, he looks out the window and helpleslly watches American Airlines Flight 11 hit the building and dies in what is now known as 9/11.
Didn't see that one coming, did you?
The final encore of Kelly Clarkson's All I Ever Wanted Tour, here's My Life Would Suck Without You, live at Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam.
Looks like a great party, doesn't it? (it was!)
As you know, last Thursday I went to see Kelly Clarkson's All I Ever Wanted Tour at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. So, today it's time for a couple of more videos from this great show.
We'll start today with That I Would Be Good/Use Somebody, her Alanis Morissette/Kings Of Leon cover.
A massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake rocked Chile early Saturday, killing at least 122 people and triggering tsunami warnings for the entire Pacific basin.
Numerous tsunami waves have been reported in the Pacific, with one reaching as high as 7.7 feet in the central Chile coastal town of Talcahuano, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Sirens sounded at 6 a.m. Friday across Hawaii, warning people of a possible tsunami and telling people in coastal areas to evacuate.
"They're going to sound the sirens to air on the side of caution and make sure there's enough time to get people out of the evacuation zones, which are the coastal areas that may be affected," Brian Shiro of the Pacific Tsuanmi Warning Center said.
"We have information of high-altitude waves that could be seen in the following hours. We are evacuating people in lower areas to higher ground." California and Alaska are under a tsunami advisory.
An official confirmation of the delay of the release date for the Sticky & Sweet Tour in the U.S. market comes in from madonna.com:
"While Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet" Tour will hit worldwide stores on DVD, CD and Blu Ray March 30th (April 26 in the Netherlands), please note that it will be released just one week later in the US, on April 6th."
"To coincide with this new release date, the VH1 broadcast of the show has been pushed to April 2nd. A chance for US fans to watch the show on TV four days before its domestic release."
Fantastic news: Lady Gaga will announce more European dates for her Monster Ball Tour this Monday, and the Netherlands is indeed on the list!
The European tour will be in May this year!
Can't wait for the official announcement, and of course to buy my tickets!
A happy, happy day!
With a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. It's situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. Here are the three highlights:
1) Kowloon Walled City was a Chinese military fort in Kowloon, Hong Kong, which became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. Following Japanese occupation during World War II, the Walled City developed into an extremely dense, largely ungoverned urban settlement. In January 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City. After an arduous eviction process, demolition began in March 1993 and was completed in April 1994. Kowloon Walled City Park opened in December 1995 and occupies the area of the former Walled City. Some historical artifacts from the Walled City, including its yamen building and remnants of its South Gate, have been preserved there.
2) The Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower is a landmark in Hong Kong. It is located on the southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is the only remnant of the original site of the former Kowloon Station on the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Built out of red bricks and granite, the Clock Tower peaks at 44 metres, and is topped by a 7-metre lightning rod. The top of the tower can be reached by a wooden staircase located within. The interior of Clock Tower had previously been open for visit, but is currently closed for maintenance. The tower has been listed as a declared monument in Hong Kong since 1990.
3) The International Commerce Centre is a 118 floor, 484 m skyscraper under construction in West Kowloon, Hong Kong; as part of the Union Square project built on top of Kowloon Station. Upon completion by 2010, the skyscraper will become Hong Kong's tallest building and will have the third highest roof in the world, after Burj Khalifa and the Shanghai World Financial Center.
This is part 33 out of a series of 50. Next city tomorrow: Lima.
Lady Gaga is in London for two sold out Monster Ball shows at the O2 Arena, so of course she needs to eat in London as well. I guess the staff of Zuma restaurant were pretty surprised to see her walking in, looking like a tree.
There is no ending to the outrageousness that is Lady Gaga!
Twilight hottie Kellan Lutz seems like a really nice guy. In addition to his work for PETA, he also turns out to be very nice towards his fans. While doing groceries at a gas station in Los Angeles, the station's employees recognized him and asked him for a photo, which he nicely provided.
His sponsors are dropping like flies! In light of the recent truckload of Tiger Woods scandals, another one of his endorsment deals is coming to an end. Gatorade, owned by PepsiCo, no longer wants to be associated with Tiger.
“We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts and have ended our relationship,” Gatorade spokeswoman Jennifer Schmit said. “However, our partnership with the Tiger Woods Foundation will continue. We wish him all the best.”
Friday, February 26, 2010
2,8 Million people live in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Time to bring the city a virtual visit! Here are the three highlights:
1) The Castle of São Jorge is a Portuguese castle that occupies a commanding position overlooking the city of Lisbon, and the broad Tagus River (Rio Tejo) beyond. The strongly-fortified citadel, which, in its present configuration, dates from medieval times, is located atop the highest hill in the historic center of the city. The castle is one of the main historical and touristic sites of Lisbon.
2) Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or Sé de Lisboa is the cathedral of Lisbon and the oldest church in the city. Since the beginning of the construction of the cathedral, in the year 1147, the building has been modified several times and survived many earthquakes. It is nowadays a mix of different architectural styles.
3) The Pombaline Lower Town area covers about 235,620 square metres of central Lisbon. It comprises the grid of streets north of the Praça do Comércio, roughly between the Cais do Sodré and the Alfama district beneath the Lisbon Castle, and extends northwards towards the Rossio and Figueira squares and the Avenida da Liberdade, a tree-lined boulevard noted for its tailoring shops and cafes.
This is part 32 out of a series of 50. Next city tomorrow: Hong Kong.
Rapper 50 Cent was et to perform at Ahoy Rotterdam on March 15, as part of his Before I Self Destruct World Tour, but unfortunately for him, nobody cared to go see him. Because of disappointing ticketsales, LiveNation was forced to cancel the concert.
The 13 people who actually bought tickets can get their money back through the official ticket outlets.
Avril Lavigne, who sings the themesong to the new Disney movie Alice In Wonderland, looks great at the London premiere of the movie, at Odeon Leicester Square. She's wearing a Dolce And Gabbana dress, which may not be very grungy, but suits her very well regardless.
So, last night, Remco, Leendert and I went to see Kelly Clarkson's All I Ever Wanted Tour at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. I was expecting quite a lot from the show, since on YouTube videos it was obvious this girl could sing, but to actually hear her in person... wow! She just blew me away.
As usual I didn't care for the support act, so we took the time to have some beers (after all, the venue was sponsored by Heineken, so what else could we do?). Then, at about 8 PM, the lights went out and Kelly came on. Right from the first song, All I Ever Wanted, I loved the show.
Kelly Clarkson isn't the sort of act where you get pyrotechnics and huge props on stage, but she doesn't need them either. Just her beautiful, and remarkably strong voice, is enough to leave the audience breathless (except of course during the very loud cheers between songs). She did a great mix between her own songs and covers, between uptempo and ballads, and between singing and taking the time to interact with the audience.
This was my first concert this year, but already such a good one, the other artists I'm seeing this year (Mika and Rihanna among others) will have a real challenge being just as good!
It's Polydor Friday, which means record company Polydor is giving away a bundle of freebies from one of their signed artists. Last week it was Take That, and this week it's Lady Gaga. All you have to do is Retweet the following message right now:
RT @polydorrecords: RT this msg to win this EPIC @ladygaga bundle. Winner picked at random #polydorfriday http://ow.ly/i/A2T
Lindsay Lohan recently shared about how Samantha Ronson was the only woman she had ever been attracted to, and that they may eventually get back together. “If I wasn’t with Samantha, I would probably be with a boy next. She’s the only woman I’ve been attracted to. We love each other. We might reconcile the relationship, maybe. I don’t know,” she said.
As far as her childhood fame, she said that, “When you’re young in school, people think you’re bragging. I just didn’t want the drama of all that. “My childhood was very… well, my mom was amazing but my dad was there and then not there,” Lindsay shared with The Sun.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The city of angels, right there in sunny California: Los Angeles. The metropolitan area has almost 13 million people living there... wow! Here are my three highlights:
1) The Hollywood Sign is a famous landmark in the Hollywood Hills area of Mount Lee in Los Angeles, spelling out the name of the area in 14 m tall white letters. It was created as an advertisement in 1923, but garnered increasing recognition after the sign was left up. The sign was a frequent target of pranks and vandalism but has since undergone restoration, including a security system to deter vandalism. The sign is protected and promoted by the Hollywood Sign Trust, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to physically maintain, repair and secure the sign, to educate the world about its historical and cultural importance, and to raise the funds necessary to accomplish these projects.
2) The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, Los Angeles, that serves as an entertainment museum. It is embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of not only human celebrities but also fictional characters honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry.
3) Staples Center is a multi-purpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex. For pop concerts, it holds as many as 20.000 people. Michael Jackson's memorial service was held at Staples Center, as well as the annual Grammy Awards.
This is part 31 out of a series of 50. Next city tomorrow: Lisbon.
Ke$ha works it out on the red carpet at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 held at Brixton Academy on Thursday in London, England.
“I’m throwing a huge animal party, performance and life should be about having fun and I embrace that message all the time,” Ke$ha told The Daily Star.