Adele was a star at 19, but at 21, she’s become one of the most sought after performers in the world. Now you can watch her perform her deeply personal collection of songs inspired by heartbreak on her new DVD, “Live At The Royal Albert Hall.” The DVD, due out November 29, features a 90-minute live concert, behind the scenes footage, and a CD of the entire show. It’s even better than a front row seat!
WIN THIS! Adele’s devastating breakup inspired her to write many of the songs that eventually became 21. She turned her pain into music that touched her fans’ hearts and sold millions of records. If only every breakup turned into a hit album! Tell us in the comments about your first major heartbreak and how you dealt with it —the tales that move us the most will win a copy of Adele’s “Live At The Royal Albert Hall” DVD. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. We’ll pick our favorite responses and announce the winners on Wednesday, November 30. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules here.) Good luck!
Oscar the Kitten was born without formed eyeballs, and was adopted from a shelter at just five weeks old. The poor little guy had a tough time adjusting to his new environment, until his owners brought out new toys for him to play with — balls with jingle bells in them so that Oscar could follow the sounds they made. This video is Oscar’s first experience “playing!” [YouTube]
This Thanksgiving week, I would like to give a personal shout out to the creator of Foodie Fight, a game which combines two of my favorite pastimes — somewhat useless trivia and eating. This Trivial Pursuit-style game tests your knowledge of everything from “culinary science and celebrity chefs to food history and exotic cuisine.” For example: “What kind of shank is used to prepare Italian <i>osso bucco</i>?” I know! I know! Veal? “Congrats, you are correct!” Consider me starved for more.
“Absolutely, and as a pro-choice feminist, that was certainly my concern going in. No matter what, I would not have done this movie if it violated my own beliefs — I would have just walked away — so I had to find a way into it that was in line with my own thinking and yet not violating anyone else’s beliefs. So that was probably one of the initial challenges of it. I’ve also heard the comment that Bella is the one who’s constantly sacrificing, and wow, I never saw her as someone who sacrificed anything. If anyone’s sacrificing anything, it’s Edward, because from the very beginning — and certainly in this film — she knows what she wants and goes for it, hell or high water. She’s perhaps even a little selfish because she’s so driven for what she wants. ‘Okay, so I die and Edward’s broken-hearted for the rest of eternity? Well, tough luck, I’m going for it anyway.’ She’s very clear, and frankly, I see her as a very strong character. Do other people see her as someone who sacrifices? Absolutely, but I’ve never written her that way, and it actually took me by surprise.”
— “Breaking Dawn” screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (who also wrote the three previous flicks) on a debate in this film between the Cullens about whether to call the vampire-thing in Bella’s belly “baby” or a “fetus.” Keep reading »
When I heard that Diablo Cody had signed on to write the big-screen version of my beloved Sweet Valley High series, I died a little inside. In a good way. You see, I’m such a hardcore SVH fan that I collect the series and read them on the regular. I am still not over the butchering that occurred when SVH became a TV show, starring a bunch of losers who had no business tainting Francine Pascal’s vision. However, Diablo Cody I trust. Mostly. I’m thrilled to learn that the film will be taking place in the ’80s, which means it will, hopefully, be inspired aesthetically by the original book covers, recognizable by their soft-focus-colored pencil drawings. However, I’m concerned that Diablo might need help casting the film. I’ll never forgive her if Lila Fowler is played by, shudder, Megan Fox, or Bruce Patman’s brawny bad boy is ruined by faux badass Shia LeBeouf. Diablo, I hope you are reading.
The Dixie Chicks share their life stories through their songs. If you can’t get enough of these female phenoms and their music, you’re going to want to hear the inspirational tales behind their biggest hits on the new DVD “Dixie Chicks Storytellers” due out November 29. Recorded live in 2006 for VH1, their performance at the Los Angeles Theater was the grand finale in the whirlwind that surrounded the release of their album, Taking the Long Way. The DVD includes personal anecdotes and never before seen performances from the original broadcast.
WIN THIS! “Not Ready To Make Nice”, one of the Dixie Chicks biggest hits, is perhaps their most irreverent. Tell us in the comments about a time in your life when you were too mad to back down and stood up for what you believed in—the tales that inspire us the most will win the grand prize package, which includes “Dixie Chicks Storytellers” DVD, The Essential Dixie Chicks CD, and a signed poster. Two lucky runners up will receive a DVD and signed poster. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. We’ll pick our favorite responses and announce the winners on Wednesday, November 30. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules here.) Good luck!