After just 1 week, Mimi is already canceling shows
Last week, Mariah Carey kicked off her concert residency in Las Vegas to mixed reviews (including one scathing review by The New York Times that really went in on the elusive chanteuse). She performed a string of shows over the weekend and, as fas as I could tell, did a great job entertaining her fans. Last night, Mimi was due to kick off her second weekend of performances … but she was forced to cancel the show due to illness. Hours before she was due to take the stage, a sign was put up alerting ticket-holders that her show last night was cancelled — not postponed — cancelled. Around the aborted showtime, Mariah posted a statement on her official Instagram profile explaining her reason for canceling the show. Click below to read what she had to say. More »
"remember when you had a life ..?"
Oh man … here we go. It’s been a few weeks now since Zayn Malik quit One Direction to become a solo artist (and a “regular 22-year old”) and up until now, the split has been fairly amicable — at least, in public. That all changed just a short time ago when Zayn and is former One Direction groupmate Louis Tomlinson got into a beef on Twitter. It all started when Zayn‘s new BFF/producer Naughty Boy posted a photo of the two of them on Twitter and Louis chimed in to make a snide remark. Naughty and Louis went at it back and forth for a bit … and then Zayn inserted himself and now the world is practically over because former BFFs Zouis are now feuding on Twitter and nothing makes sense anymore :( More »
Another big reveal from the Sony hack
I heard about this last night and thought it was a really fascinating story. I haven’t watched Henry Louis Gates, Jr.‘s new PBS show Finding Your Roots, but I’m a big fan of his academic work (one of my favorite books of all time is his collection, Reading Black, Reading Feminist). And—fun fact—my parents used to run in the same circle as he does so I met him a few times when I was a kid. He also did great work on the PBS miniseries The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. So it’s kind of interesting to see his name mixed up in this Ben Affleck scandal of sorts. Apparently, Affleck appeared on the show, but demanded that Gates go against PBS policy and hide the truth about his ancestors—that they were slave owners. Click inside for more.
I *really* hope she was trying to be unfunny cuz ...
Earlier we saw performance video from Madonna‘s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where she performed her classic song Holiday with classroom instruments and her new song Bitch I’m Madonna with everyone/everything AND the kitchen sink. Right now, we get to watch video of Madonna making her stand-up comedy debut on The Tonight Show. In her interview with Jimmy, she revealed that it has always been “a dream” of hers to do stand-up comedy … so Jimmy gave her the stage and she did a stand-up comedy bit. At first, I wasn’t sure if Madonna was purposely being awkward and unfunny for the sake of trying to be funny OR if she was being serious with the terrible “jokes” she told but whatever she was going for, it wasn’t easy to watch. I mean, click the embed above to watch for yourselves and determine first, if she was trying to seriously tell jokes or if she was purposely telling bad jokes in an attempt at humor … and second, if she was successful in being funny no matter what she was going for. Then, click below to watch video of Madonna‘s interview with Jimmy Fallon last night. More »
This is worse than straight-to-video
Remember back in 2012 when we first learned that Nicole Kidman would be playing Princess Grace of Monaco in a biopic film about her life and a few months later we got our first look at Nicole in character as Princess Grace? Well, the movie made the film festival rounds and was supposedly headed for a theatrical release here in the US but … nothing. Today we learn that Grace of Monaco will be released here in the US after all … but not in theaters. Grace of Monaco is headed for debut on Lifetime TV. Ouch. More »
All is NOT Full of Love
Back in January, Björk released her new album Vulnicura which chronicles her unhappy break-up with her ex Matthew Barney. Today we learn that Barney is striking back at Björk with his attempt to get custody of the couple’s daughter Isadora Bjarkardottir. While I’m certain that Matthew‘s attempt to sue Björk for child custody has more to do than with his bitterness over her new album, I’m also certain that the album’s release doesn’t help matters. Barney is alleging that he doesn’t get enough time with his daughter and, so, he wants the court to help him get more custody of his child. Ugh. It’s bad enough when a couple goes through a bitter break-up but when kids get involved in the fight, it’s just the worst thing ever. More »
He also loves to joke about transgender people and "fat chicks"
Yesterday we learned that South African comic Trevor Noah has been selected as the new host of The Daily Show after Jon Stewart retires from the gig later this year. And very soon after Noah‘s casting was reveled, folks started reading his official Twitter profile to learn a bit more about the man … and what was learned is that Trevor Noah likes to make jokes about Jewish people, transgender people and “fat chicks”. I mean, if you go through any comedians Twitter profile, you’re very likely to find at least one offensive thing … but the number of jokes that seem to have angered people does seem inordinate. Click below to read some of Trevor Noah‘s more controversial (?) tweets and see what you think. UPDATE: Comedy Central has issued a formal statement in regards to Noah‘s brand of humor, read it below. More »
And his label is PISSED
This is an odd feeling. I thought I’d be doing backflips in the living room on the day of Kendrick Lamar‘s new album release, but something tells me it wasn’t supposed to go down like this. March 23 was the originally release date for To Pimp A Butterfly, but last night Interscope released a clean version of the album on iTunes a week early. However, the head of Kendrick‘s label Top Dawg Entertainment, has taken to Twitter to let the world know he is furious about the release. Click inside for more.
The video graphically shows the point of impact and reimpact
Back in January we learned that rap mogul Marion Suge Knight was arrested on charges resulting from a fatal hit and run on the set of the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton that was still in filming production here in Los Angeles. Knight claims that that the hit and run was the result of self defense. Today, graphic video of the full hit and run incident has been released and … yeah … it’s pretty insane to watch. The incident was recorded on surveillance video and altho a bit censored, the video does show the points of impact when the truck Suge Knight was driving struck Cle Bone Sloan and Terry Carter — who ended up dying from his injuries. For the record, Carter‘s family asked that this video be released publicly in order to bolster the case against Suge Knight. You can watch the video in full above and then read a description of what this video shows in more detail. More »