Archive for March, 2010

‘Iron Man 2’ Releases A New Black Widow Poster

Meow!

Despite my fear that Scarlett Johansson is the ONE THING that can ruin what could be a truly awesome sequel, I present to you the newest Iron Man 2 promo poster for your viewing pleasure. This poster will be available for sale at WonderCon so … if this photo tickles your fancy, you might want to pick one up for your bedroom (ie. your parent’s basement) ;)

WonderCon has announced that you can pick up this mini-poster for Iron Man 2 this weekend in San Francisco at the convention’s Booth #242 (while supplies last – which, by looking at Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in the poster, probably won’t be long!)

I am SOOOO excited to see Iron Man 2 and I really hope my fears about ScarJo are unfounded … but I’ll just have to reserve judgment until I can see the film and judge for myself. Thus far, everything I’ve seen from the film has impressed me but, then again, Scarlett‘s inclusion in the promo stuff has been very minimal. Still, she looks hot … which I’m sure the Iron Man fans will appreciate. What do YOU think … is this a poster you’d like to hang on your wall?

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Kristin Cavallari Gets Her Nails Did

Don't sweat the small stuff

Despite the fact that MTV announced the end of her faux-reality TV series The Hills, Kristin Cavallari is still going about her biz as if everything were just fine. Here are a couple pics of KC as she made her way out of a local nail salon where she spent an afternoon getting pampered:


My girl KC is gonna be just fine. She enjoyed her time on Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and did her time on The Hills … who knows, mebbe she’ll go back to making movies that no one watches again? Whatever the future holds for Kristin, I know she will enjoy life on her own terms. She’s taken a lot flak during her stint as the main lady on The Hills (and many blame her for the show’s demise) but I’ve always been a fan of hers and will continue to be so. Keep your head up, KC! You will never be “Dunzo!” in my eyes ;D

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Joan Rivers & Bobby Trendy Are BFFs

Tragic, tragic BFFs

Yikes!! Joan Rivers and the immeasurably tragic Bobby Trendy were spotted here in LA filming a new segment for Joan‘s TV show How’d You Get So Rich? Words fail at the level of … well, FAIL that is featured in these photos:


I’m pretty sure that TV Land, the network that airs How’d You Get So Rich?, is hoping to draw in viewers by featuring outrageous people but I shudder to imagine what type of audience is attracted by Bobby Trendy. I’m thinkin’ Joan decided to feature Bobby because she actually looks attractive in comparison. Mebbe Joan can give Bobby some better make-up tips and Bobby can, well, burn that fugly jacket so we never have to see it again? If I saw these two together on the public streets of LA, I’d deffo be running in the opposite direction … so, yeah, I think it’s safe to say this is one TV show I will NOT be watching. Ugh.

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Cher Hits The High Seas

Super Soaker

At 63 (64 in just a couple of months), Cher is keepin’ herself very active. When she’s not workin’ on new films like her upcoming effort Burlesque, she’s sneakin’ out of medical centers trying to keep her face underwraps … but this week, she was spotted doing something a bit more fun. Cher has made her way to Hawaii to vacation with some friends and was spotted enjoying an afternoon of paddle-boarding … behold:

She once famously sang about turning back time. But a few weeks short of her 64th birthday, and it seems not even Cher can prevent the passage of years from taking their toll. Abandoning her trademark glamorous outfits for a skin-tight wetsuit and day-glo orange vest, the singer looked dishevelled as she tackled the surf while learning to paddleboard with friends in Hawaii. She confessed to having a facelift, as well as procedures to improve her teeth and breasts, and has even described herself as a ‘plastic surgery poster girl’. The singer says she felt pressure to look youthful in the highly competitive pop industry. She has said: ‘Everyone says I am terrified of getting old, but the truth is that in my job becoming old and becoming extinct are one and the same thing.’

PshawCher looks fine. Whether or not she’s had cosmetic help, she looks fantastic … that she’s enjoying a holiday with friends on a paddle-board is fantastic. Cher will outlive us all … it’s almost a certainty. I’m just happy to see her so active. Do your thing, Cher … I just hope I have your energy at 63 (going on 64)!

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Remembering Selena Quintanilla-Pérez

On the 16th anniversary of her death

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was murdered by a woman she believed to be friend in Corpus Christi, TX … but today, March 31, is the sad anniversary of that tragic day. While I was unaware of Selena‘s immense talent when she lived, I came to know and become a fan of her work after her sad death when the film Selena was released in 1997 (Jennifer Lopez portrayed Selena in the film). Now, on the 15th anniversary of her death, I want to take a moment to remember Selena … because had she lived, I’m certain she would’ve been a major, international star:

Jenne Celine Madrid wasn’t alive when Selena, the most famous name in the world of Tejano music, was murdered March 31, 1995, inside a Corpus Christi hotel by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club. In fact, Madrid didn’t become familiar with the fallen singer until 2007, after seeing the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez. But she was immediately hooked. “I’ve watched it already, like, 10 times. I saw that she was young. I’m young, too,” says Madrid, who turns 12 in April. “I’m a Tejano singer. I want to get up there just like her.” Madrid lists Selena as a “favorite” alongside current names Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, the Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez (who was named after the Tejano icon). “I like her personality most. She’s a great performer,” says Madrid, who has been dubbed “la princesita de Tejas” (the little princess of Texas). She performed during Go Tejano Day on the RodeoHouston grounds, sang the National Anthem at a Houston Rockets game and won a competition at Sam Houston Race Park. Madrid, much like Selena did, has a preternaturally powerful, emotive voice. She’s equally adept at Spanish cumbias, rancheras and English pop tunes. It was a world Selena seemed destined to bridge just before her death. Selena’s posthumous 1995 album, the bilingual Dreaming of You, sold 4 million copies and hinted at her potential. She would have likely broken through the rote pop trappings that diluted crossover bids from Thal ía, Paulina Rubio, Shakira and Ricky Martin. “I loved the freedom of what she was doing. She was just so sure of herself,” says Tejano singer Stefani Montiel, a former labelmate who became friends with Selena and spent time with her offstage. “I was like, ‘This is what I want to do. I want to be like her.’ ” Subsequent posthumous albums, including the Selena film soundtrack and Live: The Last Concert (recorded at the 1995 RodeoHouston in the Astrodome), have passed the 1 million mark. The 2005 Selena ¡Vive! tribute concert, broadcast live from Reliant Stadium in Houston, is the most-viewed Spanish-language TV program in history. “She was definitely ahead of her time. She took a lot of the old-school influences, conjunto bands, and brought them into her modern sound,” says Nina Diaz, vocalist for San Antonio-based rock trio Girl in a Coma. “It will never go out of style. You’ll hear it in 30 years, and it will still seem fresh” … Fans are indeed still hungry for Selena music, even if it’s recycled hits. La Leyenda was released earlier this month in single, double and four-disc formats. It debuted in the top 10 on Billboard’s Latin Albums and Regional Mexican charts, despite featuring no new songs. “Selena is an icon. Just like people still jam to the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Madonna and Michael Jackson — no matter how the times change, Selena’s music will never be forgotten,” says Stephanie Tunchez, a mariachi singer who accompanied Ana Gabriel at the Selena ¡Vive! concert. “Whenever one of her songs comes on, you are always going to hear people say, ‘Oh hey, I love this song!’”

Selena has been called by many the “Mexican Madonna” and while I don’t necessarily think that comparison is quite right, you cannot deny that she was and still is a very important figure for Mexican-Americas. Jennifer Lopez did such a great job portraying Selena in the film that it’s hard not to believe that mebbe she is now living the life that would’ve been Selena‘s had she lived. Before the film, J. Lo was still only a Fly Girl backup dancer … it was her work on Selena that inspired her to make her first album and act in other films. But … it’s a waste of time to worry about what could’ve been. In honor of this sad anniversary, I’d rather focus on what was … Selena‘s career was phenomenal in its scope and I’m so happy to know that she still wins new fans even today. She was a very special person … and hopefully she will be remembered for all time. I’m sure Selena is resting peacefully wherever she may be right now … it is my hope that she knows how much she is still loved and greatly missed.

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Sonic ‘OOOM’

The TV Guide

Yesterday was a fun but bizzy day. After I finished my work for the day, I had to run out and take care of a few errands around town before I could meet up with my buddy Dino for a Happy Hour catch-up session. I hadn’t seen him in a while so it was time for us to hang out for a bit. As always, we had a blast. I spent the rest of my evening running more errands before I made my way to the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip to see Melissa Auf Der Maur LIVE in concert:


I last saw MADM live at South by Southwest in Austin, TX last year (2009) so I was really anxious to see her perform again. She just released a new album titled Out Of Our Minds (OOOM) and last night’s show was a CD release party. After the jump, check out some of the pics I snapped last night … More »

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Carrie's dress, Van Der Beek's alimony, 'V' returns with a bang!
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The Cast Of ‘Glee’ Does ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine

School Daze

Principal castmembers of the hit Fox TV series Glee are featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine. In a coverphoto that is very reminiscent of the RS issue that featured the cast of Friends back in the 90′s, the Glee cast is posed in an idealized vision of High School Americana … behold:

With its group dance numbers and earnest covers of songs like Journey’s buoyant “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Glee seems like the sunniest show on TV. But darkness lurks just barely below the surface — the series also seamlessly weaves in plots about teen pregnancy, scheming wives and the most hard-hearted cheerleading coach to ever grip a whistle. Rolling Stone ventures into the Fox hit’s most controversial corners, uncovering the stories behind stolen car stereos, illegal substances, Facebook-revenge fantasies and more in the new issue. Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who previously helmed Nip/Tuck, explains the show’s double-edged appeal: “It’s about there being great joy to being different, and great pain.” Twenty-three-year-old Lea Michele, the Broadway talent who plays Rachel, tells RS about her tattoos, and Cory Monteith, who portrays jock Finn, owns up to a few childhood arrests for offenses that “didn’t hurt people.” Dianna Argon (slippery cheerleader Quinn) describes what it was like joining the cast late and falling victim to Monteith’s fart pranks, and 19-year-old Chris Colfer, who bravely plays gay teen Kurt, opens up about his own painful youth and his never-changing voice. “You know that forget-and-forgive bullshit? No, no, no, no, not for me,” he says of channeling childhood traumas into creative energy. “You take that grudge and let that grudge fester, and then you use it.” The only Glee cast member who talks back is Jane Lynch, but her softer side comes out when she stopped by the Rolling Stone offices recently for an Off the Cuff chat with Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers. For the full interview with Lynch, go to RollingStone.com.

It seems to me that this very obvs nod to the Friends cover of Rolling Stone is intentional. Friends was THE show that everyone watched, loved and talked about for many, many years … it appears that RS believes that Glee will be that show for us now. I can’t say I disagree … Glee really appeals to so many different people … and even if you don’t like watching the show, how can you resist the music? We may look back in a decade’s time and remember when Glee was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone after it enjoys a long run of success on TV, much like we remember the Friends issue all those years ago. This issue of RS goes on sale this Friday … you collectors might want to pick up a copy or two; Gleeks will wanna pick up at least 5 copies ;)

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Jennifer Lopez Signs A New Record Deal

'Jam' on it

In February we learned that Jennifer Lopez got dumped by her record label, Sony Music Epic Records, which essentially killed her plans for the release of her new album Love?. Considering how poorly her latest single Louboutins was received by the public, it sounds like Sony decided to cut their losses. But, one record labels trash is another’s treasure … today we learn that J. Lo just scored a new record contract with Def Jam Recordings. It would appear that La Diva Latina‘s music career isn’t quite finished just yet:

She said yes. Jennifer Lopez confirmed to Hitfix that she is signing with L.A. Reid’s Island Def Jam label. Rumors had been swirling since her split with Sony’s Epic Records that she and Reid would team up, but no official word from either party had been issued. Hitfix’s Greg Ellwood asked Lopez point blank “Are you signing with Def Jam” on Monday during an interview for “The Back-Up Plan” and she said yes, not once, but twice, smiling about the prospect. Word on the street is that Reid will not only sign Lopez, but will produce the actress/singer’s new album. Last month, Lopez and Epic split up before the release of her seventh studio album “Love” following the disappointing reaction to such singles as “Louboutins.” Her manager, Benny Medina, confirmed the split to Deadline Hollywood Daily, which broke the news. Since then, the IDJ chatter has only gotten louder. We can’t wait to see what Reid and Lopez come up with.

Yeah … you kinda knew that J. Lo‘s music career wasn’t gonna just go away that easily. To be honest, I’m hoping this new union with Def Jam will be a fruitful one. Altho Lopez‘s music has been quite shite for the past few years, she used to put out some amazingly fantastic pop/dance music back in the day. Let’s hope that this new recording contract will re-infuse her music with the vim and vigor it once had. Hope springs eternal … and my hope is that J. Lo‘s next album will be a club-banger rather than another sad disappointment.

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Who Wants To Smell Like Iron Man?

Only the Brave

We are just a little over a month away from the release of the highly anticipated sequel film Iron Man 2 and, as you might expect, the promo materials are comin’ at us fast and furious. On Monday, we got to check out the latest movie trailer for the film along with a new poster release. Today, we learn about a new promo item that’s a bit different. Diesel will be selling a limited edition version of their fragrance Only the Brave themed for the release of Iron Man 2 … here is what it will look like:

With the huge success of Iron Man the movie and the excitement leading up to Iron Man 2 on May 7th, you can’t fault companies for wanting to merchandise. I’ve seen all sorts of things, from shirts, to frisbees (yes frisbees), to phone accessories with the Iron Man logo, colors and likeness all being sold to capitalize on what has become a very popular character even outside the regular comic buying community. What I didn’t expect to see however is limited edition Iron Man cologne from Diesel. Yup! That’s right, Diesel is releasing the latest edition of their “Only The Brave” fragrance, this time in a special Iron Man bottle and box. If you think about it it’s kind of perfect…how many comic book fans do you know who have an odor problem? This COULD BE the answer to smelly nerds everywhere and it’s an easy gift for the nerd who has everything. The fragrance will be available in stores in April for $67.50. We should talk a bit about the quality of the product though. The scent, is the same scent as all the previous editions of “Only The Brave” so essentially you’re buying this especially for the bottle and box, and sure it’s collectable but let’s really take a look shall we? The bottle is a red hand with gold detail wearing what looks like Diesel brass knuckles. Honestly this is a bit tacky and looks more like the D. Pooly variant cover from a few weeks ago than Iron Man. As for the box, any die hard fan can tell you that THAT’S NOT EVEN IRON MAN on the box…no, no, no, they instead put Iron Patriot on the box (for those not in the know, the current Identity of Norman Osborn, formerly Green Goblin). I can’t understand that decision. They can’t have been that stupid really, right? It must have been intentional, maybe because it’s a cool picture and they figured no one would notice, I really can’t say. All in all I think this is kind of ridiculous but if it gets convention hall air breathable than sure, I’m in. For those comic fans with a little less cash you’ll be happy to know this isn’t the only super hero themed fragrance on the market. Marvel previously released an entire line of superhero smells that you can find online for about $20 a bottle.

LOL!! This is just … no. Diesel doesn’t really market well to the comic book fan set, so I have no idea what the hell they were thinking with this idea. I suppose a few Diesel fans might pick up this version of Only the Brave but I doubt this will be a big money maker. As the article above states, why would you shell out almost $70 on a cologne when you can get an officially licensed fragrance like Captain America for much cheaper?


And, for that matter, do any dudes really want to smell like a comic book hero? It’s hard enough for Comic Book Guy-like dudes to get dates in the first place … can you imagine telling a woman that the fragrance you’re wearing is called Captain America? LMAO!! This just seems like such a bad idea all the way around … I mean … right?

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