Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Angelina Jolie speaks out for the victims of Pakistan’s flood:
“This is not just a humanitarian crisis,” Angelina, a goodwill ambassador for the organization, said. “It is an economic and social catastrophe.”
“The more support we can give, the greater number of tents, food, clean water and medicine will get to the people in need,” she added.
To learn how you can help, visit Unicef.org!
I really am in a Alanis Morissette mood tonight! I've been listening to her music this entire evening! One of my favourite songs is called That Particular Time. In fact, when I saw and heard her sing it (from front row) during the Toward Our Union Mented Tour at Ahoy Rotterdam, I cried, that's how beautiful and sad the song is.
Here it is, live from the Air Canada Center in Toronto. Please enjoy.
"By no means do I want to be a piece of meat for the rest of my career. It's funny when you get asked to do a talk show, and then they follow it up with requesting you take your shirt off."
Kellan Lutz wants to have a serious acting career. Well... good luck with that.
Kylie Minogue's official website Kylie.com wrote a piece about the fantastic Watermill Benefit concert Kylie did together with Rufus Wainwright:
Kylie took to the stage in New York this weekend as the special guest of Rufus Wainwright at The Last Song of Summer Concert at The Watermill Center in the Hamptons.
Dressed in a striking Dolce & Gabbana leopard-print dress, Kylie joined Rufus for a number of duets including ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’, ‘Over the Rainbow’ and Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.
Much to the delight of fans, Kylie pulled out a 7″ copy of her 1988 debut American smash hit ‘The Loco-motion’ and joked about her ’80s stylings before launching into a show-stopping rendition of the iconic song with Wainwright.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal before her performance with Rufus, Kylie said: “I’m a great admirer of his work and was thrilled when he came to see my concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last year. I absolutely adore doing these types of one-off gigs. To share these moments with fellow artists, to be able to go ‘off-piste’ and perform different songs and different styles is like food for the creative soul.”
The Last Song of Summer Concert benefits The Windmill Center, founded by Robert Wilson, which supports emerging artists and creatives.
A Peta commercial about the Canadian seal hunt garnered second place for video advertising in July 2010 over at Ads of the World, a super-popular ad blog. It was second omly to the insanely popular Old Spice guy video. The Peta commercial is part of their “Explore Elsewhere” campaign, a rebuttal to the Canadian Tourism Commission’s “Come Explore Canada” campaign.
This ad is also important now because the European Union’s general court just put a suspension on the legislation that would ban the sale of seal products in Europe that passed last year. The suspension came about because an Inuit group is claiming that the ban will hurt the market for them, even though it does not include products from their seal hunt.
As you may have noticed I have posted a new poll about an hour ago, asking you to choose between Madonna and Lady Gaga. Unfortunately, someone using internert service provider Planet Technologies from Tiel, the Netherlands, if apparently constantly deleting his or her cookies so that he or she can vote for Madonna as many times as he likes.
Therefore, although you are still free to vote, it's pretty obvious the poll is useless now. Pretty pathetic Madonna fans need to resort to practices like this to 'prove' she's still popular, in the process proving exactly the opposite, as obviously they don;t even believe for themselves she could get enough votes on her own.
As you may know, Kylie Minogue's hot dancer Jason Beitel also teaches classes, and if you happen to live in London, you can just walk into one! He regularly teaches at Pineapple, and walkin's are accepted, encouraged even. The fees aren't ridiculously high, and let's face it, who wouldn't want to enjoy a dance lesson by Jason?
For more info, click here!
Madonna sent out a message via the Raising Malawi mailout to thank all those who made her birthday so special:
"My birthday last week was such a blessing for me. I was surrounded by dear friends, my loving family, and by you.
The notes I received from the Raising Malawi family were simply beautiful -- both in their kindness and their concern for the children of Malawi. Thank you for making my birthday so special.
The note from Sylvia in Great Britain is a message for all of us:
May Malawi, and its beautiful people, be raised through the generosity of those who share your dreams. Thank you for the work you do and the joy you give to your fans worldwide. We are all better people for being connected.
I love how Sylvia echoed the African philosophy ubuntu -- I am because we are. We do share a common fate. And we must continue to dream of a better future.
That's why it's so important that we stay connected with each other. I hope you will help us raise awareness about Malawi by joining our Facebook community:
Along with the birthday wishes, many of you took the opportunity to make a donation to our work in Malawi. Again, thank you all!
From Alvaro in Mexico City to Esther in Istanbul, your generous donations totaling over $18,000 touched my heart and will change the lives of so many children. I truly cannot think of a better birthday gift.
Thank you again for being a part of this community and the work most dear to my heart."
P.S. If you would like to donate to Raising Malawi today, I will match your donation - doubling its impact on the lives of the Malawi children.
Jurassic Park III director Joe Johnston revealed in an interview in that Jurassic Park IV was set to be the beginning of a second Jurassic Park trilogy. He also added, “Jurassic Park 4 is going to be unlike anything you’ve seen.”
According to a new interview conducted in 2010 by Drew McWeeny with Joe Johnston on the website Behind the Films, a new script is under works with a different idea behind it. Johnston says once he finishes Captain America, he hopefully will develop Jurassic Park IV with Steven Spielberg. Joe Johnston enthusiastically has confirmed the likelihood of the film's production more than once.
With "Love the Way You Lie" jumping to the #1 spot on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart two weeks ago, Rihanna becomes the artist with the most #1 singles since the Nielsen survey started 18 years ago. Rihanna tied Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga at the top of the singles chart with six number one singles!
Time for my daily top ten! Today, it's about my ten favourite Kevin Costner movies. Here we go:
1) The Bodyguard
3) Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
4) Dances With Wolves
5) Thirteen Days
6) Rumor Has It
7) Message In A Bottle
8) Tin Cup
9) Wyatt Earp
What are yours?
Mika is closing down his Mika's Magic Numbers competition, and the top players will be able to win tickets to see Mika on a very special private concert, or have a glass of champagne with him. However, there are still two ways to earn even more points:
First up, Mika wants YOU to design a Mika t-shirt. You can be as creative as you like, let your imagination run wild. All entries will be posted on his official site and get you a 1000 Mika points.
The winner - as chosen by Mika - will see their design put into production for sale in the Mika Store and also earn 25,000 Mika Points. Just email your designs to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win.
Secondly, Mika wants to know what you think of his music - post a video review of your favourite albums and singles to date and it’ll earn you 1500 points.
Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow will give the debut live performance of their new single Shame at the fundraising Heroes Concert next month.
Robbie and Gary will perform to 60,000 concertgoers at Twickenham Stadium in south west London on September 12.
The event is in aid of the Help For Heroes charity and also features James Blunt, Alexandra Burke and Katherine Jenkins.
Radio station Silver Rain has announced they will broadcast the concert Tori Amos will be performing at Crocus City Hall in Moscow on September 3 (this Friday) live! Additionally, Tori will also be making an interview appearance on Silver Rain the day before the concert, Thursday, September 2nd.
For those in Russia, you can tune in Silver Rain at 100,1 FM in Moscow and a number of other frequencies in other cities.
For tose of you outside of Russia, there will be a live stream! Click here to go to the stream (which will of course not work until Friday).
Great news! California's legislature has officially endorsed repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
On August 23, the California State Senate approved joint resolution AJR 19 in a bipartisan vote of 22-12, calling on Congress to immediately repeal DOMA -- the federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Two of Orlando's newest roller coasters recorded multiple rider injuries during the second quarter of the year, according to updated filings from Florida's big theme parks.
At Universal Orlando, a 36-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman each experienced back pain after rides on the year-old Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster (pictured above) at Universal Studios Florida.
And at Walt Disney World, a 54-year-old man had trouble breathing and later had a heart attack, and a 74-year-old man became dizzy and ill, after riding the 4-year-old Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The Rockit incidents were the only guest injuries reported by Universal during the period, while the Everest injuries were among nine reported by Disney World during the April-through-June quarter.
Thanks to the 23 people who used last week's poll to tell us where they live. Here are the results:
Europe - 17
North America - 2
South America - 0
Asia - 2
Africa - 1
Australia - 1
Of course this means that over the past week, about 8000 of you came to visit and didn't vote, but that's okay. You'll get another chance this week! This week's poll is a battle of the diva's. A while ago I already made you choose between Madonna and Kylie Minogue, but I haven't polled you on the most obvious choice yet: Madonna or Lady Gaga?
Lindsay Lohan is on the cover of the October issue of Vanity Fair. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:
On her supposed alcohol addiction:
“If I were the alcoholic everyone says I am, then putting a [scram] bracelet on would have ended me up in detox, in the emergency room, because I would have had to come down from all the things that people say I’m taking and my father says I’m taking — so that says something, because I was fine.”
On denying drug abuse:
“I’ve never abused prescription drugs. I never have — never in my life. I have no desire to. That’s not who I am. I’ve admitted to the things that I’ve done — to, you know, dabbling in certain things and trying things ’cause I was young and curious and thought it was like, O.K., ’cause other people were doing it and other people put it in front of me. And I see what happened in my life because of it.”
On hanging out with the wrong crowd:
“So many people around me would say they cared for the wrong reasons. A lot of people were pulling from me, taking from me and not giving. I had a lot of people that were there for me for, you know, the party.”
On her father, Michael Lohan:
“I think if anyone should be looked at medically it’s him. He has such a big chemical imbalance at this point because of all the things he’s done to himself. … The worst part of it is you turn around and you see your dad crying and normally you’d be, like, happy that your father’s there. But then he has to go and do an interview right after.”
On her career being far from over:
“I want my career back. I know that I’m a damn good actress, and it’s been my passion since I was a child, and I know that when I care about something, I put 100 percent and more into it. … I want the respect that I had when I was doing great movies. And if that takes not going out to a club at night, then so be it. It’s not fun anyway. I don’t care. It’s the same thing every time.”
Sandra Bullock appeared on The Today Show today, to talk, among other things, about the adoption of her son:
“It takes good people with integrity. I remember, I read something like ‘How did someone keep a secret?” and it’s - human beings exist that have integrity, that know how to keep their mouth shut - that know the picture, that don’t sell out their friends. Those people are all over the place, but again, we don’t like to talk about it ’cause it doesn’t sell a magazine, but I was blessed with the same friends that I’ve had since before things got really special for me…when things get bad, they’re still the same friends.”
Monday, August 30, 2010
Last month, a federal court in Alaska found that the Bush administration violated the law when it approved oil and gas leasing in Alaska's Chukchi sea without sufficient information and analysis about risks to the Arctic environment. A different court found similar flaws with Arctic drilling plans in 2009.
Yet, President Obama's administration has so far failed to revisit protections for the Chukchi - arctic waters off Alaska's coast that are home to some of America's remaining polar bears and key to the survival of Inupiat Eskimo communities.
Please urge President Obama to take action now to save polar bears, bowhead whales and other wildlife - and the Alaska Native communities that rely on their health to survive - by preventing the next offshore drilling disaster.
The Obama administration has asked the court in Alaska to allow activities that would pave the way for drilling to proceed, potentially jeopardizing an area key to the survival of not only polar bears, but also bowhead whales, Pacific walrus and other wildlife.
Alaska native communities, polar bears... and the rest of America deserve better. Please send President Obama a message right now.
Kylie was performing at the Watermill Summer Concert near Southampton, Long Island, New York and poked fun at herself while on stage with Rufus Wainwright by pulling out a copy of 1988 single The Locomotion - with a picture of her looking very 80s.
I'll try and get some videos from last night's concert later this evening, so remember to check back!
I'm not a socialite. My private life belongs to me only. Add to that the fact that I'm really shy. During an Oscar after-party, I made a poor figure with Madonna. I was sitting at the same table with her and Christian Louboutin, but I was too shy to say even one word. I wonder what she might have thought about me.
Mika, talking about meeting Madonna.
From The Sun:
THE man who claims to be the father of MADONNA'S adopted daughter MERCY will not be meeting her.
The singer has denied him access after disputing his claim on the four-year-old.
JAMES KAMBEWA was angling for a meeting with the little girl, who was adopted from a Malawi orphanage last year.
But Madonna's rep BARBARA CHARONE told a South African newspaper: "The extended family members had no knowledge of a father. The village leadership had no knowledge of a father... the mother was raped and left."
Kambewa, who works as a waiter in Durban, initially challenged the adoption but a Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that it could go ahead.
Mercy was born in January 2006 to a 14-year-old girl who died soon afterwards.
You may find this hard to believe, but I actually own all of Nirvana's albums. I don't listen to them as much as I used to do anymore, but I still like their music very much. So, today's top ten is my ten favourite Nirvana songs. Here we go:
1) About A Girl
2) Come As You Are
3) Smells Like Teen Spirit
5) Rape Me
6) All Apologies
7) In Bloom
8) Pennyroyal Tea
10) On A Plain
What are yours?
The Associated Press is reporting that 69 employees of Walt Disney World are being paid a sum of $433,000 in back wages.
An investigation by the U.S. Labor Department found that the managers of the Food and Beverage department, were not adhering to Disney policy regarding off the clock work and had thus violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Sandra Bullock helps open the Warren Easton Charter High School Health Clinic in a ribbon cutting ceremony in New Orlean, Louisiana on Sunday.
Sandra, who is a part-time resident of New Orleans, helped rebuild the school and the clinic which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina 5 years ago.
“I have seen nothing but unimaginable kindness, perseverance and hope right in this room here,” Sandra said according to People. “It gives me great pleasure to be in the company of these people who have actually made the difference. They did the hard work, they are here sitting before you.”
Snippets of a previously unreleased Madonna song, called Broken, have surfaced. Apparently the song was recorded for Madonna's Celebration album but didn't make the cut.
Check out this low-quality recording and hear for yourself how it's almost just as bad as that awful Revolver song that did make the record.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Simon Cowell was under renewed pressure last night after the X Factor Auto-Tuning scandal crossed the Atlantic.
Producers of American Idol issued a statement insisting they have never used voicealtering technology. Cowell left the judging panel of the top-rated US show at the end of the last series. He was set to bring an adapted version of Britain's X Factor to the Fox network next year.
But producers of American Idol were quick to distance themselves yesterday from the furore that has engulfed the UK show.
A spokesman said: "We have never, and will never, use Auto-Tuning. Singers have regularly been scolded for pitchiness."
The storm broke after it emerged software was used to alter some X Factor performances. Bosses say it was to remove background noise - and have now vowed to ban Auto-Tuning.
Lady Gaga goes Amy Winehouse! The Lady was photographed while stepping out of a car, sporting the beehive made famous by trainwreck Winehouse. Except, it looks a lot better on Gaga!
This picture was taken while Gaga was on her way to her Monster Ball show in Vancouver, Canada.
Guess who's writing the script for the upcoming Spice Girls musical? None other than Jennifer Saunders, writer and star of classic sitcom Absolutely Fabulous!
The musical will be called Viva Forever, and is themed the way the ABBA musical Mamma Mia was: Spice Girls songs will be used to tell a love story.
Toy Story 3 has hit a huge milestone, bringing in $1 billion at the worldwide box office today.
The film joins Alice in Wonderland as the second film from Disney to hit the billion dollar mark this year!
“It’s been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton’s vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm,” Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross said in a release. “These box office triumphs prove that creative storytelling brought to life by imaginative, inspired and talented professionals is something audiences respond to the world over.”
Toy Story 3 is the first animated film in history to gross $1 billion.
Kanye West and Jay-Z will do a 5-song album together, called Watch The Throne, Kanye announced on his Twitter page.
Earlier this week, Kanye said that he will be releasing a new song every weekend until Christmas. He said that the song could be one of his own, one of Jay’s, or one by someone else.