It’s one sunny spring Tuesday, and the tunes are just as h-o-t! This week, smokin’ guitar gods Melissa Auf der Maur and Slash are both flying solo, we bow to Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings’ royal jewels, the John Butler Trio keeps on jammin’, Dr. Dog licks our wounds, and Laura Marling waxes poetic and awesome. So, let’s get into the groove after the jump! Keep reading »
I always thought “The Price of Beauty
” was kind of an amazing idea. What’s more fascinating than learning about the age-old aesthetic values of different cultures around the world? Too bad the host of this eye-opening show is completely disrespectful of said cultures and screams her way through each episode. Most recently, Jess and the gang made their way to Uganda to visit a tribe that feels a woman can never be too rich or too fat
. Needless to say, Jessica Simpson
is beyond amazed. Keep reading »
A casting call was recently posted to Craigslist in L.A. asking for “interesting, attractive, colorful Asian-Americans to cast in a reality show similar to ‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘The Real World,’ ‘The Hills,’ etc.” An unidentified production company and network are looking to capitalize off the unexpected success of “Jersey Shore,” which debuted last year. This new show will no doubt have bigger-than-life personalities with weird nicknames and unique grooming habits. L.A.’s Koreatown might be the locale for this reality show since the production company is especially interested in individuals who know about or have experienced that neighborhood. This show could be the third “Jersey Shore”-like spinoff in the works — there’s “Brighton Beach,” which focuses on Russian-Americans, and “Sunset Daze,” starring nursing home residents. [NY Post] Keep reading »
In February 2004, Piper Kerman arrived at the women’s prison in Danbury, Conn., to serve a yearlong sentence for a drug-related crime she’d committed 10 years before.
“There’s no visiting today,” an officer told Piper when her fiancé pulled into one of the parking areas.
“I’m here to surrender,” she said.
Piper spent the next 13 months behind bars, navigating the minimum-security federal correctional facility in Danbury and other prisons in Oklahoma City and Chicago. She kept her sanity by running around an outdoor track; learning yoga from a fellow inmate; visiting with her family, friends, and fiancé on a weekly basis; performing electrical and construction work around the prison; reading; writing lots and lots of letters; and bonding with the women who were locked up with her. Her amazing new book, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, details the experience, from how she ended up in jail in the first place to what it was like waiting five years before getting sentenced. She spoke with The Frisky about why it’s important to make friends in prison and how her incarceration relates to the bigger picture. Keep reading »
Kristen Wiig can do no wrong in my eyes. She’s like the new Gilda Radner of “Saturday Night Live” and, finally, her career is starting to expand beyond that. Recently, she’s brought some of her funny to the big screen. And thus, I was so excited to find out that Kristen has co-written a new comedy called “Bridesmaids,” about a group of girls competing to plan their friend’s wedding. I’m laughing already. After the jump, some reasons why I think this may just be the best comedy ever. [NY Post] Keep reading »
If you see me today, you’ll notice that I look a tad bit beaten down. This is partly because I am sick. But it is also because last night’s NCAA championship game was, in a word, stressful. For two hours, the Duke University Blue Devils battled it out with the Butler Bulldogs. Duke was the #1 seed, the team overdetermined to win it all. Butler, however, was hot off a 25-game winning streak and amped after pulling off some stunning upsets in the tournament. The fact that their campus was less than five miles from the arena where the championship game was held only seemed to light their fire even more. While Duke kept eeking out small leads throughout the game, they were clearly thrown off their game and the momentum clearly seemed to be on Butler’s side. Until the last moment, as Butler’s final shot ricocheted off the rim and Duke won by a mere two points, the game was a true nail biter. Seriously, yesterday afternoon, my nails were long. Now they are gross nubs.
See, I am a huge, colossal, royal-blue loving, devil horn-wearing Duke fan. Keep reading »
If you missed last night’s “Dancing with the Stars
,” have no fear. Here is the episode’s highlight—and by that I mean the “WTF, OMG, that was horrible” performance. Last night, Kate Gosselin
and partner Tony Dovolani did a paso doble, which they crafted into a story about a woman who has a love/hate relationship with the paparazzi. The woman was, of course, Kate, and the song was, naturally, Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” Too bad Kate looked like a stiff linebacker marionette through the whole performance. Honestly, it kind of looks like Tony has given up on her—the two barely even tried to dance. Do you think Kate will be voted off soon? Keep reading »
Oh, television, you are a good companion. Thank you for always providing a good time and never talking back. After the jump, some shows to look forward to this week, from the premieres of “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” “The Tudors,” and “What Chili Wants” to soon-to-be classic episodes of “Gossip Girl” and “Saturday Night Live.” Keep reading »
, by Nick McDonnell, is not a particularly good book. (My personal, snotty theory is that McDonnell got the book deal in the first place
because his father edited Sports Illustrated
and family friends have included people like P.J. O’Rourke, George Plimpton, and Hunter S. Thompson.) “Twelve” the movie looks marginally better, if only because it means we can stare at Chace Crawford
‘s lovely face for two hours. He plays a rich Upper East Side kid who gets in over his head selling drugs to the kids of his social milieu — kind of like a two-hour-long episode of “Gossip Girl”
if only Nate Archibald were more like Chuck Bass.
Poor Chace has gotta be sick of playing the same role over and over and over again, though. Will somebody cast the poor dear in a sci-fi flick or something? Keep reading »