Hello Friskyverse! Last week I told you about what drives me crazy on the subway. I mostly just needed to get it off my chest, but I was touched when so many of you hopped on the complaint train and sounded off about the things that send you through the roof. After the jump, the 20 most common things that piss Friskians off. Don’t you just love turning lemons into lemonade? Keep reading »
“There were a number of different reasons. But partly, the support system that I needed was not necessarily in place. There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it. In fact, as musicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment — and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the [music] industry, that really nurtures these gifts. Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society, or at least some aspect of society. And it’s important that people be given the time that they need to go through, to grow, so that the consciousness level of the general public is properly affected. Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely. And then that sound radiates … I have five children. The youngest is 2 now, so she’s old enough that I can leave her for a period of time and know she’s going to be OK. That’s one reason. And I think it’s just time. I’m starting to get excited again. Believe it or not, I think what people are attracted to about me, if anything, is my passion. People got exposed to my passion through music and song first. I think people might realize, you know, ‘We love the way she sounds, we love the music, but I think we just love how fearless she is. How boundless she is, when it comes to what she wants to do.’ And I think that can be infectious.”
– Lauryn Hill gave a rare interview to NPR, in which she speaks candidly about the business reasons that led to her music hiatus, but she makes no reference to the personal aspects (ahem, Rohan Marley) that she alluded to during her MTV Unplugged special. Either way, I’m happy Ms. Hill, as she wants people to call her, is back onstage, even if I can’t see her at this summer’s Rock the Bells festival. [NPR] Keep reading »
Your fave, Scissor Sisters, are back! No, not the ones you loved to love from your college drama class … Jake, Baby Daddy, and Ana Ma-friggin-tronic! They’re gonna fight fire with fire, and ass cheeks. Plus, hit maker The-Dream drops the kinda record that makes you wish you could go back in time to grind at your middle school dance; Wolf Parade puts on a show to rival the NYC Gay Pride parade this past weekend; and we’ll pretend bitchtastic Ke$ha isn’t in 3Oh!3′s oh-so catchy summer single. So, let’s get this party started, after the jump!
Susan Sarandon may have lost her marbles—or, uh, her ping pong balls. Last December, she and her dude of 23 years, Tim Robbins, split. Next thing you know, Susan was seen constantly hanging out with Jonathan Bricklin, a 31-year-old who is her fellow investor in SPiN, a ping-pong club in New York City. Now, Susan has announced that they are working on a reality TV show together about the ping-pongers who spend their days and nights at SPiN. “It won’t be the ‘Jersey Shore,’” says Susan, who also says she is the “Johnny Appleseed of ping-pong.” “It’s more of an episodic documentary. We’re trying to invent something you haven’t seen before that follows a bunch of people in this crazy little subculture. … We’re just in the early filming stages now.” Keep reading »
When the opening shot of a TV show is a scale, one thing is clear: this show will be about weight. But true to what actress Nikki Blonsky told me in our recent Q&A, her new ABC Family show “Huge” is about so many things beyond just body size. “Huge” debuted on ABC Family last night and it’s cute, funny and just like Blonsky said, it’s unlike any other show on television. Visually, the show is a complete anomaly: Nearly every single actor is plus-sized. Their size stood out at first, but soon I forgot it was a show about kids at a weight-loss camp and just saw it as a show about kids.
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“Oh I totally enjoy ['Full House']. I don’t cringe at all. It’s funny and I completely embrace it. ‘Full House’ made me part of who I am today. There’s nothing embarrassing about it—maybe just the sweaters and big hair. I’ve had so many people say, ‘I used to want to dress like DJ Tanner.’ Now they look back and it’s a joke. ‘What am I going to be for Halloween? Ooh, DJ Tanner—I’ll wear scrunchie socks and big high bangs.’ I think it’s awesome. And I think pretty soon ‘pulling a DJ Tanner’ will be in the dictionary. I hear it all the time when girls who haven’t eaten all day are about to faint while working out. They ‘pulled a DJ Tanner.’ It’s great. I love it.”
—Candace Cameron Bure, who played DJ Tanner on “Full House” back in the day. After leaving Hollywood, getting hitched to a hockey star, and having three kids, Candace is back on the small screen on the totally underrated show “Make It Or Break It.” I wonder if her brother, Kirk Cameron, ever has anyone tell him they “pulled a Mike Seaver”? Which I imagine would be skipping school to make out with a girl while having Boner Stabone wear a wig and pretend to be him. Ahh, late ’80s television. [NY Post] Keep reading »
Confession: I have only read up to the fifth book in the Harry Potter series. And if there is anything that’s going to make me regret that lazy choice, it’s this trailer right here. “Epic” is the only word suitable for this teaser. The franchise seems to know it’s a big freaking deal, dubbing itself “generation-defining.” But I am willing to let the boasting go, mostly because it’s true. I think a weekend vacation to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and see the “Death Hallows Part 1″ midnight showing is in order. Who’s with me? Keep reading »
We’re a year away from Oprah‘s final talk show. But do not fear—the Big O is creating her own network. Oprah is currently on the hunt for a fresh face to host a show, and since she loves her fans—especially giving them things—she is bestowing on her adoring public the honor of selecting their favorite for a chance to win. Thousands of people have uploaded videos, pitching their ideas and personas in hopes of getting their own slot in Winfrey World. According to MSNBC, “Ten finalists will appear in an eight-episode boot camp to determine who will get to host; shows will air when OWN launches in January 2011 and will be executive produced by Mark Burnett.” The good news: there’s one more week to cast your vote. The bad news: there are way too many videos to watch. So we’ve sifted through the candidates and picked out 10 who would make Oprah proud.
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Tonight on “The Bachelorette,” Ali gets a phone call that changes her life forever. Who is the caller? Jake, calling to beg for her back upon realizing Vienna is a skank who just wants him for his body? Krazy Kasey, saying he got a new tattoo he thinks she’ll like? Paris Hilton, asking to get her ratty extensions back? Or, more likely, some chick saying she’s the girlfriend of one of the bachelors. Whatever, I’m still excited. See ya at 8 p.m. you crazy cats! Keep reading »
Tom Ford, former Gucci designer, raging narcissist and surprisingly awesome director of “A Single Man,” has confirmed that he’ll be making another movie. We were skeptical when we heard last year that Ford was directing at all, but his debut film was actually pretty great, so we’re excited to see what he’s got for us this time. Ford’s staying tight-lipped about the project for now, but we’re sure it’ll be at least as visually stunning as “A Single Man” was and can’t wait for the release! [Elle UK] Keep reading »