"Why Actors Act Out"
James Franco, an actor who is well known for his own odd/artistic behavior, has published an opinion editorial piece in today’s issue of The New York Times where he comments publicly on the recent “erratic behavior” by fellow actor Shia LaBeouf. Shia, as you may know, orchestrated a performance art piece here in LA last week called #IAMSORRY where he sat in silence in a gallery for hours on end and let members of the public sit across from him and interact with him. Franco has staged many of his own art performances around the world so, apparently, he is an expert in the field of actors-turned-artists who may possibly be suffering mental breakdowns. Click below to read Franco‘s piece on Shia to get his take on what he believes is going on with the young actor. More »
“We got it, we considered it, we ultimately decided not to use it”
A week ago tomorrow, Dylan Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times where she described in some detail the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father Woody Allen. Today we learn that the LA Times newspaper was offered the letter first for publication but they decided NOT to publish the letter in their paper. No real explanation has been given as to why Farrow‘s letter was rejected but considering the firestorm of attention it generated, it seems like a bad move on their part to choose not to publish the letter. Additionally we learn today that the New York Times is considering publishing an open letter response to Farrow‘s letter written by Woody Allen himself. The NYT says it has been approached by Allen and they are seriously considering publishing his letter. More »
"I just wanted to say thank you for the time you've given me"
Kiwi singer Lorde enjoyed a very successful night at the Grammy Awards on Sunday when she walked away with a couple of awards and she wants her fans in New Zealand that she appreciates all the love and support they have given her on her rise to the top of the music heap. Lorde took out a full page ad in the New Zealand Herald so that she could share a hand-written letter to the people of New Zealand … which I think speaks volumes about the young singer’s maturity and mindfulness. Click below to see Lorde‘s letter to the people of New Zealand and find out just how much she loves the people back home. More »
"I would rather have everything I do be 100 percent honest."
Miley Cyrus, who officially released the semi-racy music video for her new single Adore You earlier today (after it leaked online yesterday), is featured in The New York Times today wherein she talks about the events of her hugely successful year. To be honest, before I read the interview, I assumed it would be a pointless read … but it turns out, I was wrong. While the questions asked of her aren’t all that revolutionary, I must admit that I am impressed with the candidness of her answers. I’m also impressed with the fairly intelligent way she comes across. I dunno, I ended up liking the interview … not hating it like I thought I would. Click below to read excerpts from Miley‘s NYT interview and see what you think. More »
“I don’t think it’s a gentle record."
We are just days away from the LIVE return of Nine Inch Nails. As you may recall, we learned earlier this year that Trent Reznor has revived NIN not only for a new album (due out in September) but also for a new concert tour that will span the globe … starting this weekend. Reznor and the live version of Nine Inch Nails have made their way to Japan where NIN will perform it’s first live show since 2009 and to preview the coming tour and album, he sat down for a chat with The New York Times. Because it’s the Times, the interview covers a wide range of topics (many of which most of us are well aware of by now … Trent got married, had babies, won an Oscar, yada yada) but I’m most interested in the bits about the new NIN album Hesitation Marks and tour Tension 2013. Click below to learn more deets about the return of NIN as revealed by Trent Reznor to the NYT … included is a photo shot by Rob Sheridan during tour production rehearsals :) More »
"Pop Star, Fashion Darling ... Who?"
Earlier today we got to see the lyric video for Kylie Minogue‘s new song Skirt and right now we get an introduction of sorts to the Aussie popstar that so many of us have known for many, many years. The New York Times has published a feature article on Kylie that “introduces” her to its readers despite the fact that she’s been in the music business for 25 years. Despite all of Kylie‘s mega success around the world, she is still a relative “unknown” here in the US. Now that she’s partnered with Jay-Z‘s music company Roc Nation, it appears that she is ready to take another crack at breaking big here in the US … which is where this NY Times article comes in. Read on to meet the amazing Kylie Minogue. More »
"I am so ... influential and so relevant that I will change things."
We are less than a week away from the release of Kanye West‘s new album Yeezus and that means that his promo push for the release is kicking into high gear. Yesterday we learned that Kanye hosted a listening party for the album in NYC and today we learn that he sat down with The New York Times for a fairly lengthy interview. As usual, Kanye says some interesting and egotistical things but that’s to be expected. He reveals to the Times the inspiration for his new album, his opinion of his place in the world of music and he even touches a tiny bit on family. Click below to read a few excerpts from his interview and find out what the self-proclaimed Yeezus has to say about … well, everything. More »
History Is Made in America
Last night’s election win was a big one for President Barack Obama, reelected to serve as our nation’s leader for a second 4 year term, but it was also a monumental and historic night for equality. For the first time ever in this country, same-sex marriage proposals were passed by voters in 3 states and an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in another state was voted down by voters. People, this is very significant. Marriage Equality has been passed in this country by way of judicial ruling and by legislation … but it was always voted down by voters when the matter was put to popular vote (Proposition 8 here in California, you might remember, took away the right to same-sex marriage here 4 years ago). For the first time ever, voters in not just one state but 4 states stood up for equality for all. I’m just stunned and elated. History was made in other ways last night as well. Tammy Baldwin was elected as the first openly gay US Senator (she is also a veteran) and in New Hampshire, the State is now governed by all women! The governor and entire Congressional contingent are women! If all of this combined doesn’t prove that America is ready to move FORWARD with progress, then I don’t know what does. Read on to learn about all of this history and very good news. More »