2014 MTV VMAs: Back in Los Angeles

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The MTV Video Music Awards are heading back to Los Angeles. Actually, to be more precise, it’s Los Angeles’ turn to host the all but ironically titled awards show since they trade off each year as host. Sort of like an amicable divorced couple trading visitation rights with their child, blended in with trips to Cool Uncle Las Vegas and Sweaty Creepy Uncle Miami.


This year’s edition, which will be August 22nd in case you were curious, will be at the legendary Forum in Inglewood which I have to think will be pretty awesome for all the acts performing there that night. I mean, any venue that hosted Dylan and Bruce Springsteen is immediately a few hundred levels more awesome than your typical stadium.

As for the show itself, the last time the City of Angels played host to the VMAs was in 2012 when Kevin Hart hosted the show. It was also where the festering annoyance of One Direction was cemented in the minds of music fans everywhere. On the plus side, that was the year we got that awesome Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj’s performance of “Girl on Fire” while gold-medalist Gabby Douglas did a gymnastics performance. So…could be a pretty good night for music.

Not that MTV will care a great lick in that department. As long as the ratings aren’t as horrible as they were 2 years ago, they’ll probably be fine with whatever stews inside the pillars of the Forum.



Lupita Nyong’o: 2014 People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person!

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Lupita Nyong’o was chosen as 2014′s Most Beautiful Person by People Magazine on Wednesday.

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It’s nowhere close to the Oscar in terms of prestige or shininess. But it’s still pretty awesome. “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” she said about landing the cover. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”

The Oscar winner and overall classy human being seems to me a perfect, logical choice given the fact she’s one of the rare actresses (and actors) in the business today who exude a genuine quality inside and out.

Outside of Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington and Emma Stone, is there another person in Hollywood who can make you immediately smile every time they’re on TV? I’m hard pressed to find many that don’t have the last name Streep or Blanchett.

With the announcement though, there are the questions of whether this will result in a backlash against Ms. Ny’ongo or whether Hollywood will do the sane thing and bring her the meaty roles to get her to Halle Berry levels of stardom as she deserves. On the former, anyone who wants to bash her after this is the type of person I want to stand far, far away from. On the latter, I’ll happily help the studio power players out with a role that I think she would be perfect in.


Drew Barrymore Gives Birth to Daughter, Frankie

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For those in need of a nice smile today, some new baby news from Earth Day. A rep for Drew

Drew Barrymore pregnant again

Barrymore, star of the upcoming comedy Blended and aka the most well-adjusted child star in history, announced that the actress had a new bouncing baby with art advisor husband Wil Kopelman. This is the couple’s second child. They also have a 19 month old daughter, Olive.

“Happy to announce that today we are the proud parents of our second daughter, Frankie Barrymore Kopelman,” the statement from her rep to the magazine read. “Olive has a new sister, and everyone is healthy and happy.”

Belated Mazeltov to the Barrymores (or Barrymore-Koppelmans; I’m never really sure how the last names with married couples are)! I also love the name they picked, Frankie. It has endless possibilities in terms of her future life: Professor, Writer, Artist, CEO, Scientist, Politician. And, when paired with her sister, you can see them opening a Co-Op somewhere in the Bay Area.

Frankie & Olive’s Co-Op. Selling fresh, natural fruits and vegetables by day, Prog-Rock duo singing Bangles and White Stripes songs. Eh…I’m probably gonna be dead wrong when it comes to all these predictions. But that’s what makes the arrival of new babies so intriguing, whether they’re famous or not. The curiosity of where life might take him. Then again, that may just be my weird self.

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Selena Gomez Unfollows Everyone on Instagram, Causes Likely Pointless Drama

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There was a great tumult throughout the Internet on Tuesday. No, it wasn’t from those poor souls who listened to Miranda Kerr‘s debut single “You’re The Boss” (I’ll take the fact I couldn’t load the song on my laptop as a merciful blessing from the great musical gods).

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The tumult came from Selena Gomez unfollowing many of her famous friends like Kendall and Kylie Jenner on Instagram.

People have taken the move as some type of potential setback in her recovery from her brief rehab stint in January for exhaustion. I am not one of them. Even when you factor in the snapshot she posted of lyrics from R&B High Priestess Mary J. Blige’s “Work in Progress”:

“I got every material thing I could ever need/I got the love from my fans that adore me/and I’m grateful/But my love for myself is lacking a little bit/I can admit that I’m working on me.”

To me, this all looks like Ms. Gomez is trying to lessen her social media footprint and the stress that comes with it. How can anyone criticize her, even with the aforementioned past, for not wanting to deal with the endless bombardment of status updates and selfies? Her staying with King Joffrey Bieber…that’s another tale. Albeit one where we equally don’t have control over the outcome.

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Aaron Sorkin Apologizes For The Newsroom..​.One Season Too Late

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Few writers in Hollywood can elicit blind rage or devotion from people than Aaron Sorkin. Quentin Tarantino and Woody Allen are close for their ultra-violence and the whole raping his cousin thing, respectively.

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But the smugness and the overly preachy writing style, not to mention the fairly horrible gender politics, puts Sorkin on another level to other writers. A level that has hung around him with his latest show, HBO’s The Newsroom.

At the Tribeca Film Festival Tuesday, for the first time, Sorkin apologized for the show weeks before it’s set to begin its third and final season. He told the audience,

“I’m going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don’t mind. I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I’d like to start over.”

He went on to say that there was a misunderstanding about the show’s premise and that he wasn’t trying to show the journalistic pros how to do it. Yet that’s exactly what happened with the show. I like Sorkin and the show too, even with its many many faults.

I have to ask though where was this conciliatory tone after Season 1 when something like this might have gone a long way to generating goodwill with fans like me and staying on the air? Instead, it’s like someone who causes a car accident saying “Whoops!”


Porsha Pulls Kenya Moore’s Hair, RHOA Reunion Fight Video

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Kenya Moore brought a scepter and a bullhorn to the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion taping this year. Last season, Kenya brought a big fan that she was using to fan herself. Andy Cohen and Bravo’s staff allowed Kenya to bring props to the reunion show while the other cast members brought none. Because Bravo knows that Krayonce is good for ratings, they allowed her to call Porsha a dumb hoe with her blowhorn. Porsha had already warned Kenya by telling her “I ain’t playin’ wit you,” but Kenya Moore Whore continued to provoke Porsha.


Kenya claimed that Porsha was cheating on her ex-husband, and that’s when Porsha snapped. What was much more dramatic than the “fight” itself was Porsha’s reaction to it. Rarely do you see someone so hysterical on TV all the while cameras film their panic attack. Porsha had no reason to be embarrassed for defending herself. Before Porsha drew hands, she told Kenya “Your vagina is rotten, that’s why no one wants to claim you!” LMFAO. Porsha kept winning on the reunion and it’s a real shame that Andy sent her home!!

RHOA fans love Porsha and almost unanimously hate Kenya Moore. I was so disappointed to learn that Kenya was asked to return to the show for a second season. I hope this season was Kenya’s last. From a viewer’s perspective, she is such a frustrating, insane person who is “rotten” and ugly on the inside. Watching Kenya on the series is stressful because you’re unable to jump onto the set and shut her up yourself.

The questions at the reunion were also awful, the worst questions I’ve ever heard at a reunion show. Andy Cohen enjoys getting people worked up and it’s sad to see that RHOA has become more ghetto than Love & Hip Hop. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here’s hoping that Kenya gets fired. We love you Porsha!

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Gwen Stefani: The Voice’s New Judge

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The Queen of Ska will soon arrive on NBC! Gwen Stefani is set to sign on with the network’s hit reality singing competition The Voice, according to a source who spilled the beans to E! News.

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TMZ is saying it’s a one-year deal that is already set in stone. But given that it’s TMZ, I’m gonna wait cautiously before talking about the length of deal till it’s actually signed and announced.  She’s set to fill in the spot on the four rotating red chairs that Christina Aguilera is ready to jettison after the upcoming seventh season, joining Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams who’s coming onboard after Ceelo Green left.

As the first sentence of the story may have alluded to you, even though I don’t watch the show religiously, I really dig this news. Stefani would mark a rare presence of Rock & Roll in the judges chairs of TV singing competitions.

The only one who has even come close to representing the genre there was Steven Tyler on American Idol (I don’t count Levine personally because Maroon 5 are more Adult Contemporary than actual Rock). She can give voice and actual sage advice to budding Rock singers on the Voice, much more than Tyler did for Idol anyway.

The only thing that could make this bad is if she brought the Harajuku Girls back. That would be a frightful thing to behold.

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James Franco Calls Reporter “A Little B!tch”

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In case you may have forgotten, James Franco is currently treading the boards on Broadway as George in a production of John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice and Men.

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Reviews for the show have been mixed with the good stuff focused squarely on co-star Chris O’Dowd’s portrayal of Lennie. As an actor, you could always choose to ignore reviewers for the most part like I have.

For Franco though…not so much.

He got miffed over a review of the show from New York Times’ theatre critic Ben Brantley who said that Franco had no stage presence.

“Though he sports a Yosemite Sam accent, Mr. Franco is often understated to the point of near invisibility,” he said of Franco in the review.

“It’s a tight, internal performance begging for a cameras close-up.” Instead of taking the criticism in and tweaking his character, he took to Instagram on Friday, calling the reviewer “a little bitch” who should be working for Gawker because…I have no clue.

It’s amazing that a guy who prides himself in his public persona on being so learned and educated would take this much offense over one night’s performance. Maybe his hyper-stylized character in This Is The End isn’t as hyper-stylized as I thought. Maybe he’s just an @sshole who hides behind a veneer of intelligence. Then again, he may just be a small man with a massive ego.

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Justin Bieber: White House: “No Comment” On Deportation Petition

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Sometimes in this world, there are good ideas that are simply destined to die off quickly. In January, as the King Joffrey of the music world Justin Bieber was getting arrested for reckless driving and a DUI in Miami, a petition on the White House’s “We The People” website was created to revoke Bieber’s green card and boot him out of the country.

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Two hundred and seventy thousand signatures were gathered on the petition because, like Amy Winehouse, it was just beautiful to hear. On Saturday though we got a response from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and…well, it wasn’t all that surprising if you think about it.

“Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one,” they said in their official statement. “The We the People terms of participation state that, ‘to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.’”

It was a very nice dream while it lasted. Maybe we can try a trade with Canada, Bieber for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. At least with Ford we’d get the occasional laugh and awesome football field pratfall. Also, he’d be able to log some time in rehab for crack and his “drunken stupors.” I’d certainly be cool with that.


Nick Carter vs. Joey Fatone: When Nostalgia Beef Gets Sad!

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What better way to wind down from your chocolate and Peep fueled Easter high than a tale about beef between boy band has-beens Joey Fatone of N’Sync and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys?

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The beef began with an interview Fatone gave to the Huffington Post this past week. I don’t really know why HuffPo thought anyone would care what he thought. But who am I to bash an online media conglomerate worth more than my life. Things started off relatively so-so at first. Once it shifted toward BSB’s recent announcement of a reunion tour he opined, “I feel like they just need the money. No offense guys!”

Again, a fairly solid truth here in my view. Carter disagreed, Tweeting on Friday to say he was “disappointed” and that “I’m proud of who we are and love what we stand for. Truthfully its about not letting our fans down. Sorry bro but you have us all wrong.” Actually Mr. Carter, he hasn’t got you all that wrong.

If it were really about not letting your fans down, you’d leave them with the warm nostalgic thoughts first fomented when you guys broke out in the late ’90s with “Everybody” and “I Want it That Way.” You wouldn’t try to recreate that magic well into your 40s solely for a few more ducats in your pocket. As much as you may bash N’Sync, at least they know when to ride off into the sunset. Take your own advice and enjoy the honeymoon.

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