Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
American Idol premiered last night. I'm sure I'd have all kinds of witty things to say about it, but I didn't see it. You see, I don't have cable hooked up yet. And being that my apartment is the Dead Zone (I can barely even get cell service in there) I can't even get fuzzy local channels. I don't think the Comcast guy knows who I am. He's not coming to hook my pop culture I.V. up until January 25! That's another whole week! Doesn't he know I have a blog to run? I've even been better about updating. Slightly. But without TV, I feel so out of the pop-loop. Not to mention that I'm missing Earl (which, thankfully, my sister is taping for me) and CSI. Sheesh. And I could have very well missed the next William Hung last night. Do the cable gods care? Noooooo.
I did hear that Kelly Clarkson isn't letting AI use any of her songs on the show, which has Lord Cowell a bit miffed. Eh, I don't think it's a case of her forgetting where she started, she probably just doesn't want to hear "Breakaway" butchered 100 times, like Edwin McCain's "I'll Be" or Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Haaaaaaht". Or maybe she doesn't want this new round of contestants mercilessly compared to her when they bust out one of her tunes. But since she didn't write any of the songs, she probably has less of a say in the whole matter than everyone thinks.
In a related story, Ruben Studdard has agreed to let Idol contestants perform his songs in exchange for food.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
So, I'm nearing the corner of Houston and Broadway today, heading to Subway (for a late, late, late lunch or an early, early dinner) and I spot a guy who I find resembles Mick Fleetwood, only a little shorter and much thinner. I keep walking and coming across the street towards me is a guy who I find looks a heckuva lot like Benicio del Toro, of whom I've never been a fan. Suddenly, he stops in the middle of crossing the street to shake some guy's hand, who I turn around to see and realize it's mini-Mick. Then it dawns on me that mini-Mick is, in actuality, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, of whom I am (or was) a fan. But I was really hungry, so I didn't hang out long enough to see if either of them would get hit by a cab standing there in the middle of Broadway.
Now I wonder if those two actually know each other, or if it's just some of that celebreaucracy (new word - mine) that requires all of them to acknowledge each other's presence even if they've never met. It's like, "Hey man, how are ya? Rich? Me too!"
Oh, and sorry men....Kate Hudson was not present.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Like the goop that's always accumulating in the corners of our eyes, the following news items are curiously fascinating:
J. Lo-produced "South Beach"hits UPN - The Yahoo! review linked here is the only one I've read about this new show, but I can pretty much guess that all the other reviews will be variations on the same theme. That theme being: this show sucks. I read the reviewer's criticisms of the inane plot lines, poor character development and so on, but all the pertinent information was in the first paragraph and the cast listing. Executive producer - Jennifer Lopez. Random cast member - Michael Pare. Thanks, that's all I needed to know. Game over. I won't be tuning in. If J.Lo is putting her money behind something, it's bound to be tacky. And Michael Pare...well, let's just say he can only appear in two kinds of productions. The kind that really suck and the kind that suck so hard that they're kind of good. For the latter, see Eddie and the Cruisers and Streets of Fire. For the former, see everything else he's been in, most likely including "South Beach".
Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe Split - Oh no. Another celebrity coupling down the tubes. Well, now there are reports that they're really trying to save their marriage. I think I'll stop holding my breath riiiiight....now. I haven't really read any of the stories, just the headlines. I mean, really, you've seen one celebrity break-up, you've seen 'em all. I'm sure Hilary asked everyone to respect their privacy during this painful time and Chad just sat there and cried like it was Oscar night.
Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney are Still Friends! - Oh, thank God.
Grammys Finally Give Ziggy his Due - The Whammys will present David Bowie with a Lifetime Achievement Award this year. I don't think his career is over yet, but I let out a big "hell yeah" when I heard this anyway. Cream, Merle Haggard and Richard Pryor will also receive the award.
Brangelina Brat on the Way - Ugh. Ya know, who cares? First of all, is there something in the Evian water that all these celebs are drinking? Everyone is pregnant! And now these two. If Jennifer Aniston turns up pregnant with Vince Vaughn's love child in the next few months, I won't even bat an eye.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Yeah, yeah, I know. I still have no personal computer access. Give me a break.
So, I did see a fairly well-known celebrity this weekend. Oliver Platt came to Friday's performance of Escape from Bellevue. I think he's friends with the band somehow. I'm not really sure. I know it may seem odd being that I have a pop culture blog and all, but I'm really not that much of a celebrity hound. I really didn't speak much to him, because what could I say anyway? "Hey, I saw you in Flatliners. Are Julia Roberts' teeth really that big? How does it feel to be one degree of separation from Kevin Bacon?" I actually looked him up on the IMDB because he's one of those guys who's been in everything (like Dennis Farina or Joey Pants) but no one can ever remember. So, I discovered that he was on a really old episode of Miami Vice. Probably one of his first gigs. I fully intended to commit the episode title to memory and when he walked in I was going to act all crazy and go, "WOW! You're that guy from that Miami Vice episode! What was it like working with Philip Michael Thomas?" But, I never did. My life is so much funnier in my head.
Anyway, not being a celebrity hound I didn't get an autograph or picture, but here is a picture of Oliver with Chris (lead singer - Knockout Drops), Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes - he also stopped by but I met him already) and Tom (guitarist - Knockout Drops). This is all I have to offer you people right now, so I hope you're all big Oliver Platt or Gordon Gano fans.
I should give credit to the photographer here - Chris Cassidy. One heck of a nice guy who has some cool vids and photos on his page, Casspix.com. Check it out.
Will try to update with more stuff soon. In the meantime, everyone please get together and put a hex on that big doofus, Peyton Manning. The Steelers are playing the Colts next week. Here we go Steelers, here we go (clap clap).....