Big news, Survivor fans … CBS has unveiled the contestants that will compete in the forthcoming new season of the show titled Survivor: Philippines. Among the contestants battling for the $1 million dollar prize and the title of sole survivor is a former Major League Baseball player and an actress. You may remember the actress as the woman who played Blair Warner on the long-running 80′s sitcom The Facts of Life. Lisa Whelchel, a born again Christian, is among the players competing in the upcoming season of Survivor … click below to see who she will be competing against. More »
Very sad news to pass along today … famed comedian Phyllis Diller passed away today at the age of 95 surrounded by family and friends in her home here in LA. Diller had been dealing with health problems ever since she suffered a heart attack back in 1999 and finally succumbed at the age of 95. The irreverent Phyllis Diller changed the world of comedy forever with her style … not only for women but for all comedians. While it’s extremely sad to learn of her passing, I’m comforted by the fact that she was surrounded by loved ones in her last moments. More »
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Yesterday was, for me, a very fun day with friends. I got to enjoy a fun brunch with new friends Tom and Ben and then I got to enjoy a totally chill (if extremely hot) pool party with Ollie and her friends in the Hills of Hollywood. Now, keep in mind, I like to stay out of the heat as much as possible when it gets scorching out but a nice day with my peeps was exactly what I needed. More »
The HuffPost is sharing a Brazilian photographer’s collection titled ‘Albinos’ and I was amazed at the actual images and the responses from viewers. It’s difficult to say where I stand on the series; on the one hand Gustavo Lacerda‘s work has an anthropological feel to it and I get the sense that he had great respect for his subjects. But the gaze of the viewer (myself included) is problematic, as the project cannot help but to inspire that sometimes dangerous feeling of other-ness (in fact, this is part of the point of the project). And some of the responses I saw were also strange to read. So I’m trying to figure out if Lacerda has done more harm than good, by putting a certain group of people on display, allowing others to exoticise them, even if he meant to ‘normalize’ them in some way. Join me as I work through this cultural quandary, inside.
For the past few days there have been rumors going around about which musicians might be added to the forthcoming new season of American Idol as judges. Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias and Keith Urban have been floated around as possible new judges for the show … and today, US Weekly is reporting that Nicki is “definitely” joining AI as a judge. As I understand it, the Nicki deal is complicated because she is a spokesperson for Pepsi Cola and Idol is sponsored by Coca Cola. The folks at Pepsi aren’t too keen on their spokesperson appearing on TV weekly with a big red Coke glass sitting in front of them. If this report is true and Nicki does join Idol as a judge, it would seem that the Cola Wars matter has been settled. Read on for all the known deets about this American Idol casting rumor. More »
Welp, Azealia Banks fans, our girl has got some disappointing news for us. After we were told that her debut album Broke with Expensive Taste would be released next month, Miss Bank$ now informs us that the album release date has been delayed … until early next year. While in Japan this weekend to perform at the Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo, Azealia posted the album delay news on her official Twitter profile. Read on for all the deets. More »
A few weeks ago I saw this trailer for Hermano and it somehow slipped away from me. Today I re-discovered it and got excited all over again. Hermano (or Brother) comes from Venezuelan director Marcel Rasquin and it’s a foreign language sports drama that received major hype and critical acclaim when it was first released back in 2010. It’s finally coming to US theatres this Friday and I cannot wait to see it! It’s got the good brother/bad brother plot that we saw in films like City Of God and Slumdog Millionaire (and that crazy good 2009 drama Brothers, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman). The two young men in this movie have been raised as brothers and ‘struggle to become professional soccer players amidst slum life and tragedy.’
Any film that reminds me of City Of God in the slightest, is a must-see, so I’m definitely looking forward to August 24. Anybody else into it?
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Okay. Now they’ve gone too far. Well, maybe they haven’t… I dunno. So there are these t-shirts you can buy to express your rage over the death of Robsten AKA to blame Kristen Stewart for all your emotional problems. Which is fine. I’m all for people going over-the-top/over the deep end (y’all know I love me some Emma Clark) but that’s only if it’s so over-the-top it’s hilarious. These shirts aren’t even funny! They’re kind of boring, which is my only critique. How dare they make an attack on a celebrity and not make me laugh while doing it?! Check out our That-Ish-Cray Of The Day, inside.
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