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And so … another Hallowe’en has come and gone. November 1 always feels to me the way it feels for Charlie Brown and Linus on the day after Hallowe’en … there’s so much anticipation and then, in a flash, it’s over. October 31 last year was the day that David and I met our good friends Emma and Josh and we had to celebrate our Friendiversary … unfortch, Josh got sick and was MIA all weekend long. He was feeling better yesterday but still couldn’t come out to any parties … so David and I trekked down to Manhattan Beach, CA so that we could all celebrate our 1 year together:
Our plan all along was to be the Super Mario Gang this Hallowe’en but because Josh was sick, he wasn’t able to partake in any of the fun … despite the fact that he got his Toad costume and everything. So, at the very least, we snapped a couple of photos to commemorate the occasion. We had a fun dinner and hang out session together … but it was then time for Josh to go back to bed and David and I had to get back to West Hollywood for the 23rd annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval! As you can see, David and I dressed up as Pac-Man characters:
We then met up with our friend Dino and hit Santa Monica Blvd. to take in the all the fun and crazy Halloween sights. Check out some of our fun photos, after the jump … More »
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25 years ago today the classic 80′s film Back to the Future opened in theaters … tonight, on the 25th anniversary, David and I will be joined by our friends Emma and Josh for a screening of Back to the Future on the big screen:
Josh found out that AMC Theaters around the country are screening Back to the Future today in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary and we jumped at the chance to attend. This film is honestly one of my favorite films of all time … and I’ve never seen it in a theater. I am so excited, I can’t even tell you.
I hope your Mondays are going well … it’s the final week of October, y’all. Enjoy the Hallowe’en fun while you still can ;)
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She channels her inner Diana Ross
Mary J. Blige graces the cover of the 65th anniversary issue of Ebony magazine in a coverphoto that pays homage to a 1970 cover of Ebony that featured the iconic Diana Ross:
This is a hot cover, y’all. Mary J. looks fantastic in all her photos but this tribute to Diana Ross is just too amazing. I can’t think of a more fitting person to pay homage to Diana Ross than the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige. Congratulations goes out to Ebony magazine on their 65th anniversary … here’s to another 65 years and beyond!
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Good Grief, Charlie Brown!
On Thursday we learned that the iconic animated family The Flintstones celebrated their 50th anniversary and today we learn that the comic strip gang Peanuts (aka Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends) is not to be outdone as they celebrate their 60th anniversary this weekend! If you consider that the Peanuts gang is 60 then that would make Snoopy 253 in dog years ;)
Peanuts, the iconic comic strip that charmed hundreds of millions of people worldwide with the antics of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and Linus, is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Saturday. The original strip, drawn by Charles M. Schulz, first ran on October 2,1950 in seven newspapers and continued until February 13, 2000, the day after Schulz’s death at the age of 77. It has appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers in 72 countries and 21 languages and still continues in reruns. Its lovable characters, Linus with his trademark security blanket, bossy Lucy at her lemonade stand, anxiety-prone Charlie Brown and Snoopy with his typewriter and fantasies of being the Red Baron, appealed to children and adults of all ages and appeared in books, plays, TV shows and in films. Schulz’s daughter, Jill, attributes the phenomenal success of Peanuts to its universal themes … The characters became like family to her. “They were like siblings, but couldn’t argue back.” Jeannie Schulz believes the success of her husband’s comic strip came from its ability to convey common human emotions simply. “People love the simplicity and the clarity of the drawings and the language. We always knew the characters dealt with human emotions, fears, hopes, and insecurities,” she said … A year-long tribute to Schulz and the Peanuts characters is planned in the United States and around the globe to mark the anniversary … Web-based Peanuts fans can participate in a social media game (greatpumpkincountdown.com) and earn points by completing daily Peanuts related tasks, such as sharing a memorable quote with Facebook friends or Twitter followers or putting up a character as a profile picture. The winner will be awarded a Peanuts-themed iPad and $25,000 in cash from Peanuts Worldwide LLC. Jeannie Schulz said her husband would have been pleased that his characters still have such a fervent following. “He always wanted to make people happy. He would like that people are still enjoying it. Making people happy was the measure of success for him”
Wow … 60 years is a long time for a comic strip to exist … and when you consider how beloved Charlie Brown and his friends still are even to this day, it’s not hard to believe that they’ll continue be remain beloved for many, many more years to come. As much as I’m not too thrilled with the onset of Fall, I am very much looking forward to Hallowe’en since it is one of my favorite holidays … and with Hallowe’en comes the yearly broadcast of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I remember how much fun it was for me as a child to watch The Great Pumpkin … and to be honest, it still is. Then around Xmas we have the A Charlie Brown Christmas special to look forward to. Honestly, the Peanuts comic strip was never the way that I enjoyed the characters … for me, it is the cartoons that hold a special place in my heart. But I grew up in the TV age (as opposed to the print age) and I’m certain kids growing up today in the digital age will make their own beloved memories of these lovable characters. I hope you’ll join me in wishing the Peanuts gang a Happy 60th Anniversary! And here’s to many, many more!!
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Yabba-Dabba Happy Birthday to YOU!
Big Birthday Lurve goes out today to everyone’s favorite prehistoric animated show, The Flintstones, which is celebrating its 50th birthday/anniversary this week. Modeled on the very popular TV series The Honeymooners, The Flintstones have been entertaining us for the last half-century. At the very least, hitting the 50 year mark warrants a hearty Yabba Dabba Do!
A half century ago, Fred and Wilma Flintstone and neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble put the mythical town of Bedrock on the map when “The Flintstones” cartoon aired on US television for the first time. The show, which parodied suburban life in the United States, was the longest running US animated sitcom to be aired during peak viewing hours on television until another cartoon family, the Simpsons, claimed the record in 1997. The series aired weekday evenings for 30 minutes on prime time television on the ABC network from 1960-1966, and NBC showed reruns on Saturday mornings from 1967-1970. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, The Flintstones’ had cartoon appeal for kids, while its satirical dialogue appealed to grown-ups. Its catchy theme song, called “Meet the Flintstones,” was only introduced in 1963, the cartoon series’ third season … On Thursday [September 30], it will be 50 years since the Flintstones and the Rubbles have dealt with the woes of the 20th century working class as they go about their daily lives in the town of Bedrock, around 10,000 BC. Fred and Barney work at the local rock quarry and live for when they clock out and can go home to their families, head to the bowling alley, drive-in movie or Water Buffalo lodge. Wilma and Betty reportedly worked as cigarette girls/waitresses before becoming suburban housewives and mothers. Wilma was believed to be the first cartoon character to be pregnant, and gave birth to a little girl named Pebbles. The Rubbles adopted a boy named Bamm Bamm shortly after Pebbles was born. Fred had a running battle with the family cat — a saber-tooth tiger which doesn’t want to stay outside for the night — and Dino, a baby dinosaur, replaces the typical modern American family’s dog. The series chronicled popular culture and spotlighted icons of the day — not of 10,000 BC but of the 1960s.
I’ve been a big fan of The Flintstones since I was very little … it’s crazy to think the show is 50 years old. Even Google is getting in on the fun … they’re paying tribute to the show today on their main page. I hope you’ll join me in wishing the show a hearty congrats … here’s to another 50+ years ahead!
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A year ago this week we learned the terrible news that Jessica Simpson‘s beloved dog Daisy Mae got snatched away by coyotes right in front of her face. For a few days, Jessica futilely hoped that her tiny dog would be able to fend off a pack of coyotes and spent some time and energy to search for her pet pooch … but she eventually gave up and realized that Daisy Mae was gone. Yesterday, Jessica posted a tribute message for her beloved pet on her official Twitter profile:
Just a few days ago Jessica shared a cute and very happy photo with her new man Eric Johnson but yesterday Jess paused to remember the dog she lost a year ago. Now, I’m not a dog owner but I can appreciate Jessica‘s sentiment that if you do have a dog, you should give it extra love because you never know what tragedy might befall at any given time:
Let’s pour one out for Daisy Mae … and let’s Never Forget.
'Empire' state of mind
Last month, you may recall, Entertainment Weekly featured Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back on the cover of their magazine in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary … but last night, here in SoCal, the film screened in front of a special audience not only to celebrate their 30 years but also to raise much needed funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Empire stars like Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams and Peter Mayhew (who played Chewbacca in all of the Star Wars films) were joined by fellow Star Wars alum Ewan McGregor and Darth Vader himself at last night’s event. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals and some deets about this very special benefit screening:
Harrison Ford drew the crowds at a Star Wars reunion in LA. The actor, who played Han Solo in the sci-fi films, was joined by Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew and Ewan McGregor for an event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. The special screening took place at the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood and was held to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ford, 67, admitted he is slightly out of touch with the movie sequel. “I have not seen it for 30 years,” revealed the star. Explaining why he signed up to the George Lucas features he said: “I was in it for the money. I was an actor and I was looking for a job and looking for an opportunity. I had a family to feed.” Ewan McGregor, meanwhile, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in three prequels to the original series, has revealed he still has a crush on a Star Wars character he fell for as a kid. The Scottish actor said: “I’ve spent a great many years being deeply, deeply in love with Princess Leia. “There’s still a part of my heart that is quite deeply in love with her – both as a character and an actress.”
I understand that tickets for last night’s event were in the hundreds but, as is mentioned above, all of the proceeds went to St. Jude Children’s Hospital … a very worthy cause, I think. After the movie screened last night, some of these celebs were on hand to participate in a Q&A with the audience … which I bet was insanely cool. It’s crazy to think that Empire is already 30 years old but it’s a film that deffo stands up to the test of time. The entire Star Wars saga continues to entertain audiences today just like it did all those years ago. I absolutely believe that we will be celebrating many more anniversaries for the SW films for many years to come.
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Twice as nice
Just a few days ago we learned that happily marrieds Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon were planning to celebrate their second wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows. On Friday night — April 30 — the couple did just that and celebrated their anniversary with another wedding ceremony (white dress, veil, the whole bit) attended by close family and friends … behold:
Pop star Mariah Carey has famously pledged to renew her wedding vows to husband Nick Cannon every year – but next time she may want to consider wearing a slightly larger dress. The singer appeared in danger of falling out of her skin-tight gown at the ceremony, held at the couple’s Beverly Hills mansion on Friday. The celebration took place exactly two years after their wedding on Ms Carey’s estate in the Bahamas. The couple first met on the Caribbean island of Antigua when Mr Cannon took part in the filming of the music video for her song Bye Bye. The couple listened to traditional wedding music, exchanged rings and kissed before Mr Cannon, an actor and radio show host, presented his wife with an engraved bracelet. Speaking of the couple’s plans to renew their vows every year, Mr Cannon, who at 29 is 12 years younger than his superstar wife, said: ‘I encourage everybody to do it. If you are happy and in love, celebrate it. ‘Doesn’t everybody do that? Don’t Heidi Klum and Seal do the same thing every year? ‘It’s just something fun to celebrate. We renew our vows and exchange gifts.’
Aww … this is cute. I think it’s really cool that Mimi and Nick want to renew their vows every year, it truly shows how committed they are to one another. I don’t know that Mariah Carey really needs a new wedding dress every year but, you know what, she is Mariah Carey and she could wear a new wedding dress every day if she wanted. As much as I love Mr. & Mrs. Cannon‘s yearly commitment to renewing their wedding vows, I kinda gotta call them out on the wee bit of tackiness that ensued on Friday night. You’re never gonna guess what kind of garish gift Nick got for Mariah as a second anniversary gift. After the jump, see what he had specially (and tackily) made for her … More »
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Happy 40th Birthday, Earth Day
Do you love your Mother? Well, if so, you should know that today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day … a special day created back on April 22, 1970 to “inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment”. As the world’s population gets larger and the need to manufacture things from the Earth’s resources increases, it becomes even more important to be Earth-aware so that we — as a species — work together to do our very best to care for our planet so that we nurture and sustain her as she nurtures and sustains us. Earth Day is meant to inspire and remind us all that we have a precious charge in our care … saving her means saving us:
From grassroots beginnings in 1970, Earth Day—which celebrates its 40th anniversary today—has blossomed into a global tradition. Organizers expect more than a billion to honor Earth Day in 2010—but many will do so with Facebook rather than megaphones. As part of the Billion Acts of Green, an initiative organized by the Washington, D.C.-based Earth Day Network’s Green Generation campaign, more than 30 million people will use social media to encourage green activities. One commenter on the Earth Day Network Web site named “Elroy,” for example, plans to “shower with a friend”—presumably to conserve water and electricity. Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network, said that everyone is part of what she calls the green generation, which marks the transition from the industrial revolution to the green revolution. The campaign aims to make Earth Day’s 40th anniversary the moment when the green generation comes together to address pressing environmental concerns, such as the global freshwater crisis and global warming. “The idea that we can all belong to something is what’s exciting people and what’s making them want to join,” Rogers said … Hundreds of events are held each year across the world on and around April 22 to mark Earth Day, Rogers said. (Related: “First Green Supersonic Jet Launches on Earth Day.”) Among the highlights for the 40th anniversary include the first community garbage cleanup in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, which does not have garbage-collection service. Rogers said that event is a stepping-stone in the establishment of an environmental movement in India. “I think people would be extremely disappointed if it went back to the way it was,” she said. The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, will formally announce a National Charter for Environmental and Sustainable Development on Earth Day 2010. The novel idea was inspired by the Earth Day movement in the U.S., Rogers noted. “He’s a king that wants to represent the fabulous side of environmental protection,” she said. “It’s very forward thinking.” Earth Day Network’s marquee event in the U.S. is an April 25 star-studded rally in Washington, D.C., calling on the nation’s political leaders to combat global warming. Big-name speakers at the rally include the Reverend Jesse Jackson; film director James Cameron; and a roster of musical guests including Sting, Bob Weir, and Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, grandson of folk singer Pete Seeger, who performed at the first Earth Day teach-in in Washington, D.C.
Earth Day is a rare opportunity for the inhabitants of the planet to work together toward a common cause. In order to really make a difference, all you need to do is to be more Earth-conscious and change your habits in very small but significant ways. David and I have been working on cutting down our use of plastic. We purchased a bunch of recyclable canvas bags for shopping and now refuse any plastic bags that are offered to us … it’s not much but it’s something. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a list of 5 Things you can commit to in order help make a difference in helping the environment. I say, doing just one of those things will make a difference. I think Earth Day is a great way to remind us that we are all connected by the common bond of the world we live in and on … if we all work together to share the responsibility of taking care of our home, we all get to reap the benefits of a happy and healthy Earth :)
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In SINsational style
In recent weeks, we’ve been hearing about plans for 2 upcoming sequel films (HERE and HERE) to the classic 1995 X-ratedly campy film Showgirls and today we learn that the original film will be celebrated with a special edition 15th anniversary Blue Ray/DVD release! Titled The Sinsational Edition, Showgirls will be made available in a new release that not only includes the ridiculous (yet fun) film but also a bonus disc that includes stripper lessons! How cool is that?!
The show is about to begin. Sex, seduction and betrayal come together in the outrageously unforgettable camp classic Showgirls: 15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition, hitting the strip on Blu-ray June 15 from MGM Home Entertainment. It’s Vegas, baby, and Nomi’s (Elizabeth Berkley) dreams and desires to make it big are as sharp as a stiletto heel. When she catches the eye of Cristal (Gina Gershon), the Stardust’s sexy headliner, Nomi is on the brink of living her dream. But she soon realizes that there is only room for one starlet on the marquee… and that either she or Cristal will have to take the fall! A sinfully lusty film no one should miss, Showgirls also stars Kyle MacLachlan and Robert Davi as the men in the middle of this Sin City cat fight. The Blu-ray edition is busting with special features including the “Pole Dancing: Finding Your Inner Stripper” featurette, a lap dance tutorial from the world-famous Girls of Scores, commentary from Showgirls connoisseur David Schmader, a full-length trivia track and more. The Showgirls: 15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition two disc set includes the Blu-ray disc and standard DVD and will be available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.
DVD Specs: (Catalog # M122169)
·Pole Dancing: Finding Your Inner Stripper
·Lap Dance Tutorial Featuring the World-Famous Girls of Scores
·“The Greatest Movie Ever Made” – A Commentary by David Schmader
·Showgirls Fact-Up Trivia
·A Showgirls Diary
LOL!! This movie is amazing … I just re-watched it again in full a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. Sure, the movie is terrible but if you see it for what it’s worth, it really is a good time. I remember seeing Showgirls in theaters when it was released as because it was rated X (well, NC-17 … which is the new X rating), I had to show my I.D. before they’d let me in the theater. Ahh … good times. I’m sure there are a few Showgirls fans out there who might be interested in adding this new release to their collections. Showgirls: 15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition will hit stores in about 2 months time. Wee!