Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Kylie's North American Tour kicks off tonight in Oakland, and for all those (like myself) who will be attending the event (when it stops in NYC October 12th), here is a peek at the setlist. Miss Minogue also takes us backstage at the Fox Oakland Theater on her first-ever North American Tour where we get a glimpse at some of her hot male dancers. If there happens to be some footage of the tour that makes it online (which I'm sure it will), then i will post it up on this here blog.
Finally some good news on the Resident Evil series. A few months back, it was reported that Screenwriter Paul W.S. Anderson was working on the script for the fourth chapter in the popular video game to film franchise. Now we have more news as who will be joining the cast.
As you all know, actress Milla Jovovich reprises her role as the zombie-fighting heroine Alice. Returning from Resident Evil:Extinction will be Ali Larter (Heroes)and Spencer Locke as Claire Redfield and K-Mart, respectively. New to the film franchise is leading man Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), who will play Chris Redfield – Claire's brother and a popular character from the game series.
The role of Alice's nemesis Wesker has been recast with actor Shawn Roberts.Boris Kodjoe and Kim Coates have also been cast.
Paul W.S. Anderson is returning to the director's chair with a script he penned. He'll be shooting this entry in 3-D.
According to Shocktillyoudrop.com, Anderson offered a small glimpse of what can be expected in the new film: "Alice's battle with The Umbrella Corporation isn't finished," he says. "Last time we saw Alice, she let them know she was coming after them. It’s time to settle the score."
Resident Evil: Afterlife is due in theaters around the fall of 2010. I'm really hoping they scrapped the million Alice clones storyline and have decided to go back to basics, as keeping the scariness of the videogames, but follow their own formula with lots of action and special effects. So far I'm loving the cast choices. boris Kodjoe is a good actor, always have been a fan of Ali Larter, and I'm sure the fans will enjoy the fact that Chris and Claire Redfield will be in the new movie. i just hope because Paul and Milla are together he will give the Redfields a much larger role in the film that is equal to Alice. Love you Milla, but the Alice character isn't even a character in the Resident Evil series. Was completely made up by the screenwriter. I think if Paul goes back to the basics of the first film (which wasn't half bad), then I feel the RE series can redeem itself in a big way. Another thing i was wondering. Since they killed off Oliveras in the last film, why not bring in leon as a possible love interest for Alice? Leon is badass!
I really enjoyed the original Wrong Turn with Eliza Dushku, and the even gorier and much more brutal straight to DVD Wrong Turn 2. Now the third in this awesome series puts a bunch of stranded convicts fighting for their lives against the nastiest group of cannibals in the backwoods of West Virginia. Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead will be hitting DVD shelves on October 20th.
This is the trailer for the third sequel in the popular gay romantic comedy series. It stars Michael Walker, Chris Salvatore, John Stallings, Leslie Jordan and Mink Stole. Sadly, Jim verarros will not be returning to the popular series. The film is scheduled for release on October 9th at select theaters and on DVD November 10th. visit official site for more info:http://ariztical.com/
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Adam Lambert's debut album, went on sale this week via Amazon, and it's already debuted at number 2, a month and a half away from it's November 24th release.
Here's what The NY Post is reporting: "That put Lambert ahead of Madonna, The Beatles and world-wide sensation Susan Boyle...Remarkably, Lambert's record company, RCA, did not announce that it was taking pre-release orders. The sales were all propelled by word of mouth...Fans, left without their daily fix, have been scouring the Internet for news of their "Idol" favorites. It was during one of these searches, early Sunday morning, when a Lambert fan discovered that Adam's album was available. Within hours, word of the album's availability on Amazon spread across the Internet. The online social networking site, Twitter, lit up with the news. Fans traveled from "Idol" blogs to Lambert fanboards to spread the word to other fans. Soon, the album, which has yet to be named, began climbing up the Amazon Bestsellers List. By late Sunday afternoon, it hit No. 4. Later that evening, it peaked at No. 2."
Lambert has also been tweeting about the album, according to MTV, and has been working with producers Rob Cavallo, Ryan Tedder, Dr. Luke, Linda Perry and Claude Kelly. With all these top notch producers working with Lambert, he just might have the best Idol debut Cd in history, since every first record released from an American idol is always some wack music that plays to the cheezy schmalz of the show. Since Lambert was always himself since he made it thorugh the auditions, it's only appropriate RCA let him do the music that works for him, instead of the cheesy music the execs usually go for. Who knows, maybe Adam's success will finally open doors for other flamboyant performers to become successful in the U.S. like The Scissor Sisters.
Amerie - Heard 'Em All (Official Video)
I have always felt my girl, Korean/African American R&B princess Amerie was underrated as a performer. "Touch" was an amazing CD, where she teamed up with producer Rich Harrison and they came out with her own style, mixing the go go beats of the 60's with Hip Hop, and then a certain chick who has a knack for jacking styles named Beyonce came along and stole her style. Now after a long absence from the music scene, Amerie is back with "Heard 'em All", where Amerie and her grimy futuristic dancers shimmy like Tina Turner in The Matrix. This is the first track from her new album In Love & War (out November 3).
I have always felt my girl, Korean/African American R&B princess Amerie was underrated as a performer. "Touch" was an amazing CD, where she teamed up with producer Rich Harrison and they came out with her own style, mixing the go go beats of the 60's with Hip Hop, and then a certain chick who has a knack for jacking styles named Beyonce came along and stole her style. Now after a long absence from the music scene, Amerie is back with "Heard 'em All", where Amerie and her grimy futuristic dancers shimmy like Tina Turner in The Matrix. This is the first track from her new album In Love & War (out November 3).
This is the shit that pisses me off! While I do enjoy my fair share of reality television, I will admit i have never seen a single episode of The Hills. that shit just rubbed me the wrong way the first time it came on television, and everyone who knows me will tell you, my instincts are pretty much spot on. It's ridiculous that while most people are either unemployed due to this recession, or are stuck in some job that makes them want to slit every artery, the assholes over at MTV are shelling out gobs of cash to a bunch of twenty-somethings who are about as entertaining as watching paint dry. Hell, Kim Zolciak's wig is alot more entertaining than the half retarded asswipes of The Hills.
The Daily Beast got their manicured hands on a contract which states what everybody on The Hills makes per episode. Check it out below and be prepared to clutch your pearls and carve a blade into your desk as you read this...
Lauren Conrad - $125,000 per episode. The highest paid actress on the scripted reality series, and she also stated in her contract no one could be paid higher than her.
Kristin Calamari - $90,000 per episode
Heidi Montag - $100,000 per episode
Audrina Patridge - $100,000 per episode
Lo Bosworth - $100,000 per episode
Spencer Twatt - $65,000 per episode
Brody Jenner - $45,000 per episode
i could sit here and scream at the top of my lungs, or even make lewd comments about a bunch of dumb white people who make a living doing absolutely NOTHING! What good would that do? As long as folks keep watching this fake shit show, they will ocntinue to make bank. So all those who will be watching nothing going on for 22 minutes when the new season premieres tonight, just remember that you're helping these annoying reality stars make more than you will make in a year.
I'm guessing producer Swizz Beatz didn't think about taking a gag order out on estranged wife Mashonda, who is tweeting to anyone who will listen about singer Alicia Keys affair with her husband, calling her a homewrecker. Apparently now that Alicia and Swizz relationship is no longer a secret, Mashonda still feels that Alicia is being insensitive.
Alicia was recording and Tweeted some random thoughts: “Having a heated debate n the studio. Question is...N love is it better to go 4 the choice that is or "SMART" or the choice that has "SPARK"
Studio debates are always random and funny! LOL! I stay out of them. I'm GOOOODDD!!! ;-) ;-) evn the things u might b ashamed of,love is feelin comfort & safe wit some1,but still gettin weak knees whn they walk n2 a room & smile at u....& love is knowin all abt some1, & still wantin 2 b wit thm more thn any other persn. love is trustin the enuf 2 tell thm everythin abt urself,I don't pretend 2 no wht luv is 4 every1, I can tell u wht it is for me
Well, those messages got Mashonda's pot licker coolin', and in a lengthy tweet, she decided to get at Alicia, woman to woman. I thought you could fit but so many words on Twitter? Check out what Mashonda had to say below...
"'After having a great evening with my son and enjoying some fun twit chat, I decided to sign off and get some work done. However, a few hours later I was advised that I should check @aliciakeys twit page. I've never reached out to her on twitter before. I feel our issues are a lot more serious than a website conversation. Not to mention that I've reached out to her many times in the beginning of this whole thing, as any wife would do. Unfortunately, I never succeeded in getting a response. The 1st time I meet AK, my husband introduced us to each other at an event. ( I have no choice but to call him my husband, until he is not anymore) In the messages that I sent to her (AK), I made it very clear that on the contrary of what she might be hearing, I am still married to my husband, living with him and just had a child. Its been two years and I still have not received a response. What I do receive, is constant displays of selfishness and disconcern to me and my son.
'I was a fan of AK's last album, we were both signed to J Records and I always checked up on her projects. I sang her songs and admired her for creating Superwoman and Karma, I would never deny her, her talent. I believed in her until I found out she was possibly sleeping with my husband. The affair was denied by both, until it was finally admitted months later."
"'Already I can hear some of you saying ' why are u blaming her, You cant make someone leave their wife, You cant break something thats broken'. Well, my marriage was not broken, as far as I knew we were celebrating our sons birth and getting ready to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary . Call it blind love, whatever. I call it being a devoted wife.. As far as me blaming her and not blaming him, thats false. Me and my husband have worked out our differences. We are in a good place as people and as parents. I accept his choices and I am comfortable enough with myself to move on. I am so very blessed in many ways.
'My concern with AK is no longer the fact that she assisted in destroying a family but that she has the audacity to make these selfish comments about love and wanting to be with someone, even after knowing their situation. How is this the same Superwoman that I sang out loud with in my truck? I ask myself sometimes.
'If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create."
"'Im not saying everything was perfect all the time but no relationship is perfect. We made a vow to God and I believe you should have respected that, as a woman. I know you owe me or my son nothing but I just wish you would've handled things more carefully. I'm not judging you, I put you and the whole situation in the hands of God, the Higher Power. Just know that as a woman, I expected so much more from you. I never had intentions on reaching out to you this way but after reading your twits tonight, and the constant disregard, you left me no choice. I feel that after 1 and a half years of you hiding this affair and acting like it doesnt exist, that now is the time to confront it, since you talk so openly about it now
'This is not a publicity stunt, I dont have a record coming out. I just need to close this chapter in my life and that means confronting our issues. There is a small child involved. His dad loves him to death and he wants to spend more time with him but hes afraid because he knows we don't have a relationship. This is my main concern. My son NEEDS his dad and I NEED to be comfortable with you. For him!
'I know many will see my point and many will not be able to look into what's real because they only want to see Alicia Keys the celebrity, not the human. This is not for the 'people', this is for you. Like I said I was left no choice but to reach out to you this way. By now, Im sure you want to find a balance in this as well."
"'I read your tweets tonight and I felt they were very insensitive. You have no idea how much pain I was caused because of this affair. Its baffling to me that you don't understand what I might have gone through with this situation. I dont consider myself a victim anymore, Ive learned alot from this! I just ask you to try and be a bit more realistic and delicate to the situation, at least until my divorce is final. I felt me attending the party would have been a starting point for us, since you shook my hand after I offered it, but I suppose I was wrong.
'If its so, that you and my husband are meant to be together, then God bless you both and I hope you never have to deal with what I did. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. If you two being together forever is the case, its more of a reason for us to get along, because I'm not going anywhere. Theres a child to be raised.
'To answer your tweet, choose smart over spark. Sparks burn everyone, be smart! Its simple actually, just think of the shoe being on the other foot.
'Stay blessed and lets work this thing out with respect and dignity.'"
Grease! Maybe Alacia needed some inspiration to write for her next CD, which is scheduled to be released at the end of the year? I still believe in my heart of hearts that Alicia and Swizz were put together by Clive Davis (I wouldn't put anything past his queeny ass. After all he did clean up Whitney's ghetto ass and turn her into an R&B suoperstar). Aicia would rather munch carpet than slobber on Swizz'a Nathan's hot dog. All you have to do is go back to the first CD when she was giving you NYC dyke girl realness. the minute the lesbian rumors started to fly, Clive took her in the office and had her fem it up by losing the braids and wearing dresses.
16 year old Derrion Albert, was brutally beaten to death in front of his Chicago community center last Thursday, and a three minute video shot by a fellow student on her cell phone was released to police. Four teenagers -- Silvonus Shannon, 19, Eric Carson, 16, Eugene Bailey, 18, and Eugene Riley, 18 were later arrested and charged. While cell phones do get a bad rap alot of times when it comes to sexting and scandalous nude videos winding up on the internet, in this case it was used as evidence to bring a young man's killers to justice. So sad.
This video will tear you apart. It's so sad."
This is officially the new hater Anthem of 2009. Actually more like a gay anthem. I wonder if the angel in the background was a drag queen. i could have sworn I've seen her perform at a New York gay club somewhere. Oh and I'm definitely a hater. Now when you gonna whip it out?
Check out the brand new single from Britney Spears titled "3," where she talks about threesomes. Hopefully she didn't do any with K Fatass while they were married. The song is hot, but pretty much sounds like every other britney single she's put out. I'm sure if she conjures a hot video with some sick choreography this song may grow on me. Her 'Singles' hits compilation, is due in stores Oct. 27. Still wish she would just release a brand new CD since she's released more Greatestr Hits than actual records.
Also check out another new track "Feet On The Ground" below...
Monday, September 28, 2009
As some are probably aware, Lady Gaga is gearing up to release her album 'The Fame Monster,' a double-disc re-release of the 3 times platinum 'The Fame,' on November 24. Album will feature all the originals plus a couple new tracks.
According to GagaDaily, she will perform one of her new tracks this weekend, October 3, on 'Saturday Night Live'. Ryan Reynolds will be the guest celebrity host.
I love you Gaga, but why not release a new cd instead of the old ones? The Fame is a great CD, and if people love Just Dance, Paparazzi, Love Game, and all the hits released from your debut, why not give them something young, fresh and new. I had your first CD the day it came out and now I have to buy another one? I honestly hate when artists do that. The Fame Monster better have more than three new tracks on it or there will be hell to pay.
According to Kylie's MySpace page, the pop diva arrived in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon ready to commence her first ever North American tour! I for one cannot wait for October 12th when she makes her stop here in NYC at the Hammerstein ballroom. I will keep you guys updated on further info regarding Kylie and the long-awaited U.S. tour.
After a week of rumors stating that it was going to happen, People confirms that Khloe Kardashian married Lamar Odom in Beverly Hills Sunday night after dating for for less than a month. The two became husband and husband in front of 250 guests including Ryan Gaycrest, Kelly Osbourne, Kobe Bryant, Lara Spencer, Chelsea Handler, Lala Vasquez and a dozen cameras from E!. Yes, are any of you surprised they captured this shit for their even shittier E! reality series?
Khloe was walked down the aisle by Bruce "Daddy New Face" Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kim's fat ass and Kourtney. Kim's ass was the flower girl. She wore a gown made by Vera Wang and the guests gave her points for how serious her tuck game is. Khloe's bridesmaids included her two half-sisters Kendall and Kylie.
I'm happy for anyone who marries for the right reasons, and I truly feel they'll be divorcing faster than you can say Khloe & Kourtney Go To Miami Season 2. I wonder what's Lim's next move, since she was once the reighning kardashian but has been eclipsed by Khloe's sudden marriage and Kourtney's sudden pregnancy. maybe Kim will go suddenly lesbian to seal the deal? If it can work for Gaycrest, anything is possible. If I was invited to the wedding, this is the gift i would have given the both of them.
The reason why Minnesota's Simoni Lawrence was lying down with his hand on his chorizo was because someone hit his penis and for onyone who has been hit in the dick knows, that shit hurts!
This is why we need fluffers in sports. Football, Soccer (Bavid Beckham..hello?)
and even for them giants that play basketball. if y'all hired me as your personal fluffer, trust you'd feel no pain!
A few months back, people were speculating that Madonna was going to marry boytoy Jesus Luz in an intimate Kabbalah ceremony. After many denials from her camp, the rumor quickly went away. Now, one of Madonna's biographers is speaking out, claiming she will make the hot brazilian model/DJ her third house slave by the end of the year. Randy Taraborrelli told Hello! Magazine (via DM) that Madonna is currently planning a "lavish ceremony."
According to Randy, Madge has been telling friends, "He's so sweet. He checks in with me all the time. I probably should do the same, but you know me. I think he gets it now that I'm a little - shall we say --self-involved." So basically, because he's doing everything you expect him to do, and of course without his lips being attached to your 'roided cooch, you pay him mind? You don't need a husband. you need a fuck buddy. And someone as stupid as Jesus (hello model? What other convo could you two possibly have? He barely speaks English) could be your very personal pocket gay (minus the gay, of course).
A friend of M's also added, "He respects her, that's number one. He has learned so much from her. He's amazed at how well-rounded she is, the way she juggles her career with her life as a mother, for instance. He understands that she's self-involved, too. Of course, the sex between them is scorching hot. To be candid, it's what's driving things."
Okay it's official: Jesus is dickmatized by Saint Madonna. One whiff of her 'roided vadge pheromones, and ten years of his youth is lost. How do you think she manages to stay so young and can keep up with her much younger dancers on tour? Now if you two are enjoying each others company, and are having amazing sex, why not keep it that way? There's no reason to put a ring on it everytime you have feelings for someone. Besides, as self-involved as she is, do you really think she'd tie the knot again, especially after she just had to pay last husband Guy Ritchie some hefty coin. If i was in her position, ther is no way I'm giving up my half a billion dollars that I just made from my "Sticky & Sweet" tour to anybody, especially some 23 year old brazilian model I'm infatuated with. As a Padawan you may learn alot from a Jedi, but as they say in a favorite movie of mine, "fame costs, and right here is where you start to pay...in sweat (or in their case, in companionship)."
After all the will she/won't she mumbo jumbo, word on the street is that Neve Campbell has signed on to star in Scream 4. Wes Craven is back to direct, as well as Courteney Cox and David Arquette. No word on how much of a role she will play in the film, but my guess is since she's been so adamant about returning to the franchise after the lackluster Scream 3, Kevin (Williamson, screenwriter for all three flicks) may give her the Drew Barrymore special a la the first Scream and kill her ioff within the first fifteen minutes. Her death will bring Dewey and Gail back on the case to not only investigate Sidney's death, but a new crop of kids as well. What do you guys think the next film will be about?
I am a HUGE fan of cult movie icon Danny trejo. I think he's an amazing actor, and like Tiny Lister, can always pull off the hard-edged look like he'd kick your ass and ask questions later. Trejo recently spoke with Punch Drunk Critics, where he talked about his upcoming projects with his cousin, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (including the upcoming star-studded fake trailer-cum actual film Machete), he mentioned that the long in development sequel to Sin City was on hold because "they" are doing Predators next. In the predators sequel, it will take place on the Predators home planet. No word on who will be directing, but Rodriguez will be on board as producer.
When re-asked, "So you'll be doing Predators?"
Trejo replied, "Yeah, we'll be doing Predators in about a month."
Check out the video above...
The trailer is finally here! Check out the trailer of A nightmare on Elm Street, a re-imagining of the classic 1984 horror film starring Robert Englund. The new film stars jackie Earl hayley (Watchmen) as the iconic Freddy krueger, the bastard son of 100 maniacs who gets his jollies by killing the teens of Elm Street in their dreams. Just like I enjoyed the re-imagining of Friday the 13th, Platinum Dunes, the same company who breathed life into the F:13 franchise are behind Elm Street.
here is a synopsis: Freddy Krueger returns in A Nightmare on Elm Street, a contemporary re-imagining of the horror classic. A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another... but when they sleep, there is no escape. I like the darker grittier direction they are going with the reboot. the first film wasn't all comedy, like the latter sequels took which in my opinion made the series silly rather than scary.
Starring alongside Jackie Earle Haley is Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker and Katie Cassidy. New Line opens the film on April 30 2010.
Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, currently starring together in the police drama A Steady Rain on Broadway, broke the fourth wall on Wednesday twice when a cell phone went off in the audience. the actors got pissed and asked the audience member to shut it off.
You would think that if they ask you to turn off your cell phone in the movie theater, the same would apply at a Broadway theater.
U.K. rapper Lady Sovereign was placed under arrest and charged with assault in Australia after a spitting incident over the weekend. Who knew as short as she is, her spit could reach that high? Here is what Gigwise is reporting:
"The singer, real name Louise Amanda Harman, spat in a doorman's face at Beat, in Brisbane, after being ejected from the club. She pleaded guilty to assault and drunk and disorderly charges during an appearance at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday. According to Billboard, Magistrate Brendan Butler told Harman spitting had 'serious health implications' and fined the singer $400 Australian dollars. She was also ordered to pay $200 to the doorman."
Lady Sovereign even took to her Twitter page to tweet her side of the story. Check it out below:
R&B superstar/gentleman Ne-Yo, who was in the midst of writing 'melodic' songs for Michael Jackson's comeback album until his untimely death, spoke with New York magazine he's undecided as to what to do with the music, since the songs were specifically written for his idol, Michael.
“It’s sitting there, waiting to either come out on someone else or not come out at all,' he said. 'I don’t know. I’m kind of on the fence because it was music that was meant to go to Michael, so I would kind of feel funny about giving it to someone else. Some people have been like, ‘Well, why don’t you release it yourself?’ Same reason. Because it was supposed to go to Mike. So I don’t know. I’ll sit and listen to it again and figure out what I want to do.”
What he's definitely sure about, though, is writing Jennifer Hudson's entire sophomore album and changing her sound up a bit.
“I’m quite probably going to be executive-producing her whole project,' he told the magazine. 'She wants this one to be a lot more personal than the last one was. And she’s had a lot of stuff to deal with, personally. The marriage; she just had a baby; and, you know, the whole.... A lot of things to talk about. So we’re gonna take all of these experiences and turn them into music, somehow.”
I must give it up to Ne*Yo. Ol' boy definitely knows how to keep that paper coming. I like Ne*Yo's music and he definitely knows how to write a hot ass hook. Really looking forward to what he has to bring for J Hud's sophomore CD.
And surprisingly, it didn't come from season premiere celebrity host Megan Fox. on SNL (aka the show that desperately needs to be cancelled), new cast member Jenny Slade dropped an 'F" bomb during a skit about biker chicks. Don't worry for those who care. She will not be fired for the slip. First Ernie Anastos drops it during the CBS news and now this? Why not take the work before the board and have it used for now on in television. After all, don't we all use the "F" word anyway?
Vanity Fair recently did an interview with West Coast rapper and hip-hop producer Warren G (who mind you, hasn't had a hit in YEARS, but is important enough to get an interview with Vanity Fair), and launched into a tirade about how kids are being led down the wrong path by rap artists who focus on wealth, and, well, gay people. I'm sure if you were wealthy like Diddy, Pharrell, his cousin Snoop Dogg, and countless other rap artists with money, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
Here is what Warren G had to say:
"I ain’t against gay people. I’m just against it being promoted to kids...I know people that’s gay. My wife’s got friends that are gay. I got family that’s gay. Cousins and shit. He cool as fuck. He cool as a motherfucker. He’s my homie. I just mean that on some of these TV shows, they got dudes kissing. And kids are watching that shit. We can’t have kids growing up with that...I know it happens, but let’s keep it behind the scenes. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with it if that’s what two dudes wanna do. Cool. But that’s not bring that out into the world, where the kids can see that. We don’t want all the kids doing that. ‘Cause that ain’t how we was originally put here to do. Like I said, I ain’t got no problem with the gays."
I just love how he wants to make it as if homosexuality on television will turn kids gay. it's the oldest ignorant argument in the book, and I am tired of having to put ignorant (and most of the time self-hating fags) in their place, because they're not comfortable with their manhood (or womanhood for that matter). As someone who follows pop culture, I don't see many shows that represent gays on television or even show gays being sexual. Queer as Folk, The L Word, and Noah's Arc are long gone, and most of the gays that are on reality shows are A: boring, B: trying the straight acting suit on because they don't want to perpetuate a stereotype on TV, and C: playing up the gay card for attention like that tired Tila Tequila reality joke of a show. i dodn't hear Warren mention lesbians once in his conversation. So as usual, it's ok for girl on girl action (as long as they look like Playboy Bunnies and not like Rosuie O' Donnell) but two men makes your nalgas boil. get over yourself, miss Honey! I was talking to a very straight friend of mine who is Puerto Rican, from the hood, and definitely doesn't have a gay bone in his body (but is comfortable around gay people) and he said to me when i was talking about Floyd Mayweather's homophobic rant on Chelsea Lately 'if you know who you are inside and are comfortable with yourself, then you don't give a shit what other people do.' As I say to many insecure men struggling with what it means to be a man...'the truth shall set you free!'
Model Tyson Beckford was on Watch What Happens with Andy Cohen with Real Housewife of Atlanta star and "Tardy for the Party" songwriter Kandi Burruss and the big gay question came up. Check out what he had to say and who he said what historical icon he'd top. I wonder if the 'I don't actually go that way, but alot of people think I do' comment was directed at Wendy Williams, who has long pegged Tyson with the gay rumors.
I know you guys will look at me sideways for posting this, but Kim's "Tardy for the Party" song is so damn catch, and a guilty pleasure I can't get out of my head. Even though we all know Kim can't sing, this song is like a too sugary piece of candy that'll coat the sweetest sweet tooth. there I said it! I'm obsessed with this song and I don't care who knows. After you hear this song, you'll be singing the chorus in no time as well. hell, I'll take Kim over Heidi Montag any day.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
If you guys haven't started watching this show, this is the best time more than ever to catch on to the phenomenon sweeping the nation. Words cannot describe how good this show is. Check out the football team working it to Beyonce's "Single Ladies"
90210 nwewest cast member Trevor Donovan (whom always seems to give me gay face everytime he pops up on screen) was shopping sans shirt at Armani Exchange Sunset Plaza in Los Angeles yesterday.
The 30-year-old recently talked about his character Teddy’s dating life. He told TV Guide, “Well, I wouldn’t call him a manwhore per se! (laughs) He’s not a player; he’s not running around lying to these girls and dating a bunch of girls at different times. He’s very honest and straightforward. I think he’s just much more realistic about adult, more mature relationships instead of thinking, “Oh, this is the one and only” like a lot of high school kids do. He does genuinely care about all these women in his life. When he’s dating a girl, he’s upfront with them and lets them know that he’s not Iooking for any sort of relationship. He’s not deceitful in any way.”
I also said it looked like he was way too old to be playing a high school kid on television as well. When you look at him on screen, I know I'm not the only one who thinks he should be in college or at least teaching high school. I love how the CW thinks we can't pick up on these things. Although, if you look at the amount of hormones they put in the meat products and milk these days, we have 15 year olds who look like they're 50.
We all know how Oprah fels about rappers, and in my opinion the only reason she's even paying him any attention is because he's married to beyonce. Anyways, check out his appearance on Oprah last night. Thanks to tracks like "Run This Town" with Kanye and Rihanna and "Empire State of Mind" with Alicia Keys, Blueprint 3 is doing really well on the charts.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
1) This nerdy rap and hip-hop superstar is "bored with straight porn" so he is casting his own live XXX shows. The fashionable rapper has paid to watch couples and threesomes in New York City and Atlanta. No frontin' and NO cameras. He just wants to watch straight, gay, bi and trans sex scenes that drop it like it's hot. "Excuse me miss" or "Excuse me sir" is how it begins. The rapper's bodyguards approach strippers and gym boyz shaking their money makers at gay clubs in New York City and Atlanta. ("I'm open-minded," the rapper has said publicly. "I've been to gay clubs.") The rapper is usually outside in the Rolls and security sends the boys' photos to the rapper's one-of-a-kind iPhone.
"My friends call me _ _", the rapper says, giving his well known initials.
Well since 85% of the dudes in Hip Hop slay dick on the side, I'll go with Jay Z (Bey don't tell me you ain't on your job), LL Cool J, Fabolous (wait...he can't afford a rolls let alone rent one. My guess would either be Kanye (too obvious if you ask me. Although, he'd be so into himself he'd say fuck the candidates and would wind up just beating his own ego to death). Pharrell is my final answer (N.E.R.D. Hello!!!) and let's add Jay to the list too since he did do a song that Pharrell produced called "Excuse Me Miss."
2) Friends are worried because they think THIS star signed up for “Dancing with the Stars” HOPING to be injured! Twinkle toes has long had a penchant for drugs of all kind, and especially painkillers. Rigorous rehearsals often cause amateur dancers to have injuries and back problems that can last for who-knows how long. This dancer may be eagerly anticipating the powerful pills and shots generally prescribed for recovery. Friends predict such an injury will lead directly to another stint in rehab. (Janet Charlton via Blind Gossip)
I'd say all of them. But my top three would be Aaron Carter, Ashley Hamilton and Kelly Osbourne. I would have added Macy Gray but she was eliminated last night.
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Check out Part 1 of Fixxology: A Mini Movie by legendary producer Tori Foxx. I will get part 2 up here as soon as he puts it up
Check out this excerpt, where author Terrance Dean (Hiding In Hip-Hop) explores the intricacies of being a black gay man in a white gay dating world in his latest piece for Advocate.com.
Growing up, many black people are taught an emphasized sense of pride and self-assurance of loving oneself that their white counterparts are typically not. White men do not need validation in a world that already justifies their existence. Then again, some whites appreciate dark skin, but it seems too often that it is out of novelty or fetishism, rather than pure connection.
“There are white men who think that just because they are attracted to or sleep with black men, they can’t be racist,” says James Earl Hardy, 42, a writer in Atlanta and New York. “It’s as if their ability to deep-throat black dick means they don’t have a prejudice or bigoted bone in their body. They oftentimes feel the need to tell me they love black men. I always have to correct them. No, you love black meat. That is what you have reduced us to.”
Darian Aaron, a 29-year-old writer and activist from Atlanta, says the media’s shallow portrayal of black gay men is a key ingredient in the roots of the problem. “Black men are often obsessed and glorified by white men. They buy into the myths that black gay men are well-endowed and hypermasculine. White men tend to worship and seek after that and nothing else. I don’t want to be anyone’s object. We are smart, intelligent, and more than our penises.”
The fascination with the black male physique can be pinpointed to centuries ago, when slaves were stripped nude in public view of white men and women. Slaveholders boasted of black men’s penises, stating, “He is good for mating with negro slave women to produce virile offspring."
“Some of my white friends will hook up with someone black or Hispanic because it’s like a trophy,” says Jeff Brauer, 38, political science professor in Scranton, Penn. “They wouldn’t date or have a relationship with them. They think black and Hispanic men are only interested in sex. It’s a sexual thing, so they think they have nothing else in common with them.”
“Black gay men have not been out of the closet or comfortable in their own skin as white gay men,” says Lee Hayes, 35, a Washington, D.C.–based writer. “Black men are not out to the same degree as white gay men. We have a need to blend into society instead of standing out. To date outside our race makes that particularly difficult.”
Wow what an awesome article. This definitely got me thinking about something I have been thinking about for a long time. This is the time I wish I had my radio podcast up and going, because this is a topic I would be able to explain better on a mic instead of typing. Growing up with interracial parents, I didn't really experience racism on that front. I was called faggot more than I was called nigger or any mixed race comments paeople would have made when I was a kid. I never really experienced racism until I started to get more into the gay community. While I do agree with some of the comments made in this article, some I do not. Because I have exotic features (I am Filipino, Black, American Indian, German and Spaniard), I often do feel as if I am seen as an object or something to wear on someone's sleeve, just because I look different than what men usually go for. Often times than not, I am fetishized by black men, and I hear the comments that they make which to me comes off as racist. Yes white men make little comments as well, but I don't think we should only put it on White men fetishizing Black men or thinking that black men all have big dicks. I can definitely tell you that isn't the case. I have a friend who feeds into this shit and has even gone on to say that white men have small penises. This coming from someone who has never slept with one (so how in the hell would he know). We shouldn't only put it off on white men fetishizing black men. I have gone to The Web (the only Asian gay club in NYC) on the Upper East Side, and I see how the Asian gogo boys are compared to the latino and black dancers. Often times I see Asians going for white men and vice versa. I couldn't name one Asian dancer that hangs out with me at the club. All of my friends who dance are Latino. Yea I give my tips, but don't only think older white men have money. You bitches don't know what I do for a living.
I guess growing up in an interracial household, where my mother wanted me to go to school where I could be around all types of cultures instead of just one has opened my eyes to loving all kinds of men instead of just one kind. If I was being fetishized, I would definitely let you know I don't go for that shit. Let's talk about James Earl Hardy. I have read all his B Boy Blues books, and from the way he writes white men as stupid pisses me off. If you don't want people to be racist against you, you shouldn't be racist as well. What's good for the goose...as they say. I have no problem dating outside of my race, and will continue to do so. i feel education is key. The more we open our eyes to different races, and care less about who people are fucking, maybe we can get along better in the world and in our own community.
Have you ever dated outside of your race? Would you consider doing so now? How do you feel about black gay men who only date white men and vice versa? In the post Obama era should race even be apart of the equation when looking for a mate?
I think it's vile and disgusting that this poor kid has to live a lie because his family will not except that homosexuality exists in the world, and that there is nothing you can do to change that. Not even the demon that posessed Regan in the Exorcist can keep this boy from craving peen. This is why so many kids committ suicide, because people can't step outside of the ignorant bullshit churches preach about homosexuality to understand it is not a disease. it is not some demon living inside of you. it is a part of who you are. And last time I checked, we were all made in GOD's image. So to release homosexuality from your body would be releasing GOD from your soul as well. It is so sad what the church has become, particularly the Black church. Anyone who is for this and goes around trying to cast demons from people as if you were anointed by a higher power to do so should be ashamed. Ain't no good gonna come to you until you do by this boy and allow him to be who he is. Check out the whole episode above if you missed it...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Slashfilm.com is reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman may be joining the cast of Matt Reeves American remake of Let The Right One In, retitled Let Me In.
The web publication got a tip on the potential casting and later found Hoffman's name listed in the cast credits on the NY Times website here. We would imagine that Hoffman would play the Håkan character from the original? Also of note, Kodi Smit McPhee (The Road) is listed as "Owen" (Oskar in the original Swedish version) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, (500) Days Of Summer) as "Abby" (aka Eli).
While none of this is official as of yet, it's a sign that the production could be ramping up to start shortly with a tentative fall 2010 release date still in place. We'll do a little more digging and see if we can confirm any of the above.
The original beloved vampire classic Let The Right One In was directed by Tomas Alfredson from a script by John Ajvide Lindqvist based upon his original novel and starred Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragner, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist, Peter Carlberg, Ika Nord & Mikael Rahm.
The remake is being written and directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and is set in Reagan-era Colorado. Reeves is adapting from the original source novel as opposed to remaking the Swedish film. More on this story as it develops!
If they adapt from the original novel (which was amazing, mind you) they need to keep all the shit that made the book great like how Eli became Eli, elaborate more on Håkan being a child molester (which would explain why they have Phillip Seymour Hoffman in mind for that role)
Variety is reporting that Columbia Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to Ghost Rider.
David Goyer is in early talks to create the story and supervise writers for a film expected to once again star Nicolas Cage.
The trade adds that plans are under way to base the sequel on a script written years ago by Goyer (The Dark Knight, "Blade" franchise"). The original Ghost Rider was written by director Mark Steven Johnson.
The second installment will be produced by Avi Arad, Michael De Luca and Steven Paul, with Gary Foster serving as executive producer.
Dave Goyer would be a great assett to the Ghostrider franchise, as long as they keep Nicolas Cage out of the writer's room and don't incorporate any of his ideas. Goyer is an amazing writer and I loved both Batman films and the Blade series. Here's to Nic making a grwat film for once.
I guess no one cared about his reality show, because according to TMZ, K-Fatass is trying to drop half a person on the new season of Vh1's Celebrity Fit Club along with his original baby mama/unemployed actress Shar Jackson, Nicole Eggert and Bobby Brown. Yes, KFed and Bobby Brown in the same cast. Can you imagine the smell in that room?
Do you hear that sound? That's all the fast food chains in America facing an economic meltdown because KFat and Blubber Brown are off the fast food market.
Former shock rocker (since he hasn't shocked his way onto the billboard charts in years), Marilyn Manson, has claimed that he has the swine flu. And just think ffrom those pics I saw of him at the airport with his face wrapped in blue yarn that that bump on his lips was the Parasite Hilton Special.
Marilyn said, "So I have officially been diagnosed, by a real doctor, with THE SWINE FLU. I know everyone will suggest that fucking a pig is how this disease was obtained. However, the doctor said, my past choices in women have in no way contributed to me acquiring this mysterious sickness. Unfortunately, I am going to survive.”
Wait a minute. marilyn Manson fucks pigs? So who are referring to? Dita Von Teese or Evan Rachel Wood? That's not very gentlemanlike Manson.
Although the first Sherlock Holmes film hasn't even been released, The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that Brad Pitt will star in the sequel. Whatever happened to seeing how a film does at the box office first before you start granting sequels and endoursement deals?
The star of Inglourious Basterds is reportedly going to star in the follow-up to the Guy Ritchie-directed Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
Pitt is to take on the role of Sherlock's nemesis, Moriarty, even though no deal has been inked. However, if the box office success of Pitt's most recent movie project with Quentin Tarantino is any indication, Warner Bros. is most likely going to hurry up and seal this deal.
I'm a an official Noisettes fan. I have always been a sucker for 50's and 60's girl groups, since my parents raised me on The Supremes, the Ronettes, and the Shangri-Las. I also love when artists of today take that sound and incorporate it into their style of music, which is why I instantly gravitated toward Amy Winehouse. then she became a mess, which prevented her from putting out new music. many other artists have tried but failed to accumulate Wino's success...until now.
I had no idea who this English band was until I heard lead singer Shingai Shoniwa blow me away with her husky vocals on The Wendy Williams Show a few weeks ago when she sang "Never Forget You." Well that's not the only Amy Winehouse-esque hit you'll get on their brand new CD, Wild Young Hearts. There are definitely plenty of radio friendly hooks, and awe-inspiring lyircs (and beats) that will keep you tapping your toes and snapping your fingers right into the wintertime. Check out some of my favorites...
Always wondered what hapened to this New Wave Swedish band. Now I know. They've got new music out and an even awsomer (is that even a word?) video. The way they edited the beatboxing together to go with the song is just amazing.
This song gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it. Last week I posted a video of this track with clips from V for Vendetta. Here is the actual video of "Uprising," which is set in a post-apocalyptic world populated by strange dolls and evil bears on fire. Or more like an episode of Doctor Who. Or should I say Torchwood? The Resistance is in stores now!
On Monday's episode of Judge Pirro, former VH1 TV reality whore 'Tailor Made' brought a $3,300 lawsuit against a boxing promoter alleging breach of contract. 'Tailor Made' claims he was supposed to be paid $1,000 to take part in a 'celebrity' boxing match against a weatherman, who dropped out and was replaced by a 'celebrity' tailor. The fight never happened. 'Tailor Made' brought his star (we're using that word loosely, of course) witness, 'It', who is running for City Council in Queens, NY and used the TV appearance as a campaign stop. He even had the cojones to ask for Judge Pirro's endorsement. To which she replied: 'I live in New York and if someone named 'It' got elected to public office, I'd move to New Jersey!' ROTFLMAO!
Anyway, take a few minutes of your time from being bored at work to watch this mess.
The very cute and flamboyant pop singing sensation Mika has often taken the Ricky Martin route and refused to talk about whether or not he has a thing for the peen. He recently opened up to Dutch magazine Day & Night about his sexuality, and said if people need to put a label on him, to just call him bisexual. Here's a quote:
"I've never ever labeled myself. But having said that; I've never limited my life, I've never limited who I sleep with. So, whatever. (…) Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me."
He also recommends the label-less route for everyone else:
"There are ways of being a role model without having to always having to establish yourself with a label. Let's say if you're a 16-year-old guy, and you're not sure about your sexuality, you should be as free as you want...Having a role model who makes you feel like it's alright to do whatever you want, without the pressure of a label, I think that's a good thing as well. I think there's a million different ways to do it, there isn't only one. And I hope I'm right."
I've always said it's much better to go the independent route instead of getting attached to a major label. Labels restrict your creativity and often times refuse to allow you to expand as an artist. It's unfortunate that we can't just enjoy artists for who thay are instead of always needing to know who they're sleeping with, but it's the name of the game, I guess.
Here is an awesome interview with the very private Queen of Pop, taken from London's Times online.
The British nerve centre for Madonna Inc is to be found in two adjoining townhouses in central London. The buildings are a home for the singer and her four children when they are in this country, plus offices and a personal gym. From the outside, the six-storey edifices are standard-issue London mansions — that is, way beyond the standards most of us are accustomed to. There is something impregnable about such streets: an air of discreet luxury pervades them. Litter seems not to blow or rattle down their immaculate expanses; no chewing gum or urgently expelled kebab encrusts their gleaming paving stones. You might glance up at Madonna’s perfect residential pair and admire their symmetry, the cleanness of their architectural lines. But you would be more likely, unless you were a lurking paparazzo, not even to notice them; they are merely two houses in a long, wide street of the things. Anonymous, ordered, well maintained and with a touch of class. Madonna wouldn’t have it any other way. “Where do you live?” she asks when we meet later. Dalston, I say. The name doesn’t register. Stoke Newington, I add as a pointer. “That’s not even in London,” she scoffs. And it isn’t, to be fair. Or not in this London, at any rate.
The evening before I walk down her street and ring the doorbell, I visit another imposing building near the singer’s home. A few days earlier, a leaflet had been thrust into my hand. “It’s a Sign,” it read, and considering that it went on to invite the bearer to an introductory talk on kabbalah at the centre Madonna bought for the organisation six years ago, it seemed just that. The lecture offered an hour-long precis of what cynics would dismiss as woolly mumbo jumbo. One per cent of each of us is concerned with our corporal beings; concentrate on the remaining 99%, the speaker suggests, and we locate the key to a spiritually nourishing life. There is, however, an impression of calm, wellbeing, even complacency. And Madonna, as even a cursory knowledge of her questing, controversy-courting 27-year career will attest, needs calm. Because the opposite of calm, of control, is? “Chaos,” she says later. “Pain, suffering.”
We are meeting to discuss Celebration, the two-disc, 36-track greatest-hits collection that marks Madonna’s final contractual obligation to her record label before she skips off into the $120m embrace of Live Nation, the American concert promoters. Conditions have been imposed: no questions about adoption, about her divorce, about her love life, her faith; discussion is to be confined to her music. Refereeing the joust is the singer’s longtime American publicist, a formidable, don’t-mess-with-me powerhouse named Liz Rosenberg, whose manner, if not appearance, puts one instantly and inescapably in mind of the character of Roz, the giant snail in the film Monsters Inc, with her catch phrase: “I’m watching you, Wazowski. Always watching.” She has worked for the singer pretty much from the moment, in 1982, when Madonna was first handed the keys to the candy store of stardom. “By the way,” Madonna says at one point, “my dream was always to work in a candy store. It was because of my obsession with candy; I don’t have it any more, now that my teeth are all rotten. I did go to a university for a year, as shocking as that might sound to people, and there was a candy shop that I used to go to all the time, an old-fashioned one where all the candy was in these big glass jars. I used to go in there and look at all the candy and think, ‘God, it would be really cool to work in here; I could have candy whenever I wanted.’ So I did want the keys to the candy store, but I had different keys.” Confectionery’s loss, pop’s gain.
In Life with My Sister Madonna, Christopher Ciccone’s bitchy and embittered memoir, the singer’s brother recounts how every single minute of his sister’s day is planned and accounted for. Today, however, that schedule has gone awry. Seconds before I am due at her front door, a call comes through advising me to delay by 15 minutes. Which I duly do, only to be parked in the reception hall for a further quarter of an hour. It gives me a chance to take a look around. As I wait, Madonna appears briefly before descending to the basement, from which various sounds drift up: a peal of throaty laughter; a burst of her new single; and the noise of a vacuum cleaner. Is she catching up on housework, geed up by one of her own songs on the stereo and skipping round, Dyson in hand? Unlikely, but it’s an appealing image. In the hall where I wait, a painting by the 17th-century Dutch baroque artist Gerrit Dou hangs on one of the walls, which are covered with blue brushed velvet. On another wall, a pair of circular canvases show a troupe of pierrots, rope-dancing. Scented Christian Dior candles fill the air in a space so dimly lit, it seems both slightly theatrical and quasi-religious. A huge telephone with multiple extensions bears labels such as M study, M dressing room, M bathroom, Laundry, Music Room, Kitchen, Mews. The picture is one of great wealth combined with logistical and organisational rigour. Discipline, control, precision. “And that’s the definition of me?” Madonna says later, finishing my out-loud train of thought. “Yeah, but I don’t even think, when people write that, that they really believe it. I just think people are tapping into a zeitgeist and repeating things they’ve heard other people say; and it makes good copy.”
Our encounter finally gets under way in Madonna’s study, an all-grey room with a Frida Kahlo painting above the huge art-deco desk, glass shelves bearing art books and family photographs, and two semi-facing armchairs, on which we sit. In the flesh, in black trousers and a sleeveless shirt, the 51-year-old is tiny, even in heels, and pretty, her face somehow more animated and readable than you expect, her features forming into butter-wouldn’t-melt or knowingly ironic expressions as she talks. Her accent is noticeably clipped, with a Queen’s English clarity, a result of the amount of time she began to spend in this country following her marriage to Guy Ritchie. For a good 10 minutes, her discomfort is visible, a hand covering her face as she answers. And when, during this initial awkwardness, I lean into the space between us to emphasise a point, I sense without any room for doubt that I have crossed an invisible line.
You begin to understand why people are so in awe of her: you wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of her frosty glares. Does that mean, I ask at one point, that we have stopped treating her as a mere mortal? “A lot of people are just really confused by me,” she says. “They don’t know what to think of me, so they try to compartmentalise me or diminish me. Maybe they just feel unsafe. But any time you have an overtly emotional or irrational, negative reaction to something, you’re fearing something that it’s bringing up in you.” She pauses and looks over at Rosenberg. “Let’s all call our shrinks right now and have that discussion. Liz?”
When, last year, an American magazine writer profiled Madonna and wrote “Think back on her career. It’s not songs you remember, or not primarily”, you knew what he meant. Videos, film roles, marriages, haircuts, children, charity work: all carry visual freight that has often seemed to overshadow Madonna’s original claim to fame. But doesn’t Celebration, I suggest, indicate that the songs figured in there somewhere, too? That writer, Rosenberg barks suddenly from behind the desk, “is an arsehole”. “Those are harsh words,” Madonna chides, unable to suppress a laugh. “I don’t know, I guess it depends on what side of the fence you’re on. Some people don’t appreciate my music, so they’re not going to think of me as a musician or songwriter. They like to think of me as a sort of cultural phenomenon.” So people listen to her songs and react visually, more than emotionally or musically? “Right — ‘That’s when she had the cone bra on’, ‘That’s the burning-crosses song’. That kind of stuff. I suppose that’s partly my fault.” And when we sift through the milestones of her career, we look for, what? Motivation, irony? “Manipulation, provocation,” she says.
Another commentator wrote that Madonna’s “ability to absorb and incorporate knowledge keeps her one step ahead”. Certainly, her instincts about music, fashion and future cultural trends have proved uncanny. But doesn’t this concentration on her skill for assimilation overlook what she herself does with that knowledge? “Well, yeah,” she replies. “We can all take in information. It’s how we regurgitate it that makes us different. Right?” And might concentrating on the absorption remove her own subsequent input from the equation? “Well, it’s an undermining thing to do, isn’t it?” She laughs. “Isn’t that the point of the exercise?”
I ask her about her early days in New York in the late 1970s, where she arrived, penniless and a university dropout, to pursue a career as a dancer. And where she earned a reputation as a stop-at-nothing, manipulative, sexually promiscuous wannabe, discarding managers, bandmates and boyfriends on a whim.
Five years of hard graft, thrift, ruthlessness and opportunism paid off when she signed a record contract in 1982. But they also marked her, indelibly, as an artist; indeed, from the way she talks about the period, you get the sense that, no matter the rumoured £300m fortune, the art collection, the toy boy, the record-breaking tours (her most recent, Sticky & Sweet, grossed a staggering $408m), there is a part of Madonna that is still motivated by the cross-fertilisation and experimentalism of early-1980s New York.
Physically, she left it long ago. Artistically, she’s still there, in her own imagination at least: zooming around taking on influences and collaborators, draining them dry, moving on, a cultural magpie. The budgets, and the headlines, have got bigger; the spirit, she argues, remains. “The city will never be the same,” she says. “It was an amazing time, an amazing convergence of pop culture and art. To think I used to have dinner on a regular basis with Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. That was like an everyday thing. It was a much more informative part of my life than most of the parts people choose to focus on. I got to do gigs at places like CBGB before I got put underneath the microscope, and that was helpful to me, as an artist, and also to give me a sense of confidence about myself — regardless of the subsequent beatings I would take.”
Madonna contra mundum? It’s a condition you find in many artists, a willed psychological state that pumps them up before they rescale the heights with each successive album or tour. The affirmation of album sales — Madonna is the most successful female recording artist of all time — cannot shake such people from a sense of victimhood, of being misunderstood or underappreciated. Possibly, this is rooted in the belief that what they create is ineffably trivial. That might explain why some, especially the intellectually curious (or insecure), dabble in a multitude of other arts disciplines or gather around them the appurtenances of cultural refinement and significance. (How revealing, after all, is that “I did go to a university for a year, as shocking as that might sound to people”?)
Madonna is surely better placed than most to resist such doubts. Her recent releases may have been patchy — you’d need to go back to 1998, and Ray of Light, to find her last bona-fide classic — but Celebration offers indisputable affirmation of her pop genius. Vogue, Cherish, Into the Groove, Borderline, Like a Prayer, Material Girl, Frozen: the hits rattle by, potent reminders of what we — and Madonna, too — have lost by drowning in the froth of celebrity, rather than being swept along by the music. “The song comes first,” Madonna agrees. “And all of those other things that people remember, the imagistic things, are secondary, or certainly not as important.” She wants us, she implies, to get back to the music. But surely she doesn’t care, by now, what people think? “I do too,” she zaps back. “But I think I’ve become pretty good at sussing out when people’s opinions of my work are coming from what they think of me personally. You just have to do your thing and then let it go out into the world. The rest, you’re not in control. So there goes that theory that I’m a control freak. I can make all the music, do all the shows that I want, make all the films I want, but I can’t control people’s reactions — at all. They’re going to think what they want to think, and feel what they want to feel. I can only control myself — and sometimes I can’t do that very well.” Her reputation for ruthlessness is, she argues, confused with simple self-discipline, although she concedes: “Sometimes I will stop at nothing.”
Again, it was New York that finetooled that drive into the unstoppable force it still is today. “That was when I knew,” she says, “that that’s what I was going to do — be a singer and a songwriter and an entertainer, and I don’t care if I have to starve, and live in a room with five guys, and wash in a sink; this is what I’m going to do. And because I lived a pretty dismal life and I didn’t care, well, if you’re living a dismal life and you don’t care and you’re enjoying it, then that must be proof that you’ve committed to something.”
The 36 songs on Celebration document the succession of skilfully selected producers and writers — John “Jellybean” Benitez, Steve Bray, Pat Leonard, William Orbit, Mirwais, Stuart Price — Madonna has worked with during her career. Other collaborations — with Prince, with Michael Jackson — either went off like a damp squib or failed entirely. Of the Jackson collaboration, she says: “We spent a chunk of time together, and became friends, but it never happened. I wrote a bunch of words and presented them to him, and he didn’t want to go there. He didn’t want to be provocative. And I said, ‘Well, why come to me?’ I mean, that’s like asking Quentin Tarantino to not put any violence in his films. I felt like he was too inhibited, too shy. Well, I’m shy too. When you’re writing with somebody, you immediately become shy, because, unless you’re already good friends, you can’t be honest and say, ‘That’s the shittest thing I’ve ever heard.’ You’re afraid to say that you don’t like something because you don’t want to hurt their feelings, or you’re afraid your ideas are shit; and if you reveal those cards, they’re not going to want to work with you.” Surely any musician in the world, I think, would kill to work with her. But of course that’s not the point. Madonna needs to want to work with them. It’s never the other way around.
“The first thing that came into my head,” she continues, referring now to Jackson’s death, “was the word ‘abandoned’. I feel like we all abandoned him and put him in a box and labelled him as a strange person. And it used to pain me to see people go write such horrible things about him, accuse him of being a child molester, and all these things that nobody had any proof of — because, you know, I’ve had plenty of things I’ve been accused of. When I adopted David, I was accused of kidnapping him, for God’s sakes; and it’s very hurtful, and people love to jump on bandwagons. The lynch-mob mentality is pretty scary.”
As Madonna said in her tribute to Jackson at last week’s MTV awards, she lost her mother at six, and he lost his childhood. Both engaged in a long search for something to fill those gaps. Madonna is still looking, but alive. Something armoured her on that journey that was missing in Jackson. What advice would she give to her 24-year-old self, about to release her first single and blast into the limelight? “Don’t take it personally,” she answers without a pause.
Listening back to the tape later, I’m struck by how un-uptight she sounds, but also how tired. Perhaps that’s because she still had a few shows left before her world tour finally wound up. But there is, in her voice, the beginning of a sense of weariness, even as she recites self-motivating mantras such as: “I’m still curious and still hungry. I want more knowledge, I want more information, I want more experience.” Her enthusiasm for London, for music, for success, is both audible and visible, especially when she laughs, which she does often. But there are moments when you can’t help but wonder if she doesn’t dream of jumping off the carousel. And, however circumscribed the line of questioning, it is nothing like as controlled as Madonna’s candour, which seems nonetheless designed to brook neither argument nor deeper inquiry. She is open to an extent, but determinedly crease-free.
A growl from Rosenberg indicates that my time is up. And with that, Madonna looks at the watch hanging from a chain around her neck, rises from her chair and says, “Ooh, bathtime.” And is gone. Off to a room that doubtless has its own telephone extension. In a pristine household where everything runs (almost) like clockwork. You look back at the career Celebration marks, at how much could have gone so horribly wrong, and suddenly that craving for order, for security, for predictability, begins to make a lot of sense. Perhaps that’s what it’s all been about, at heart. “Pain, suffering,” she called it. At a young age, Madonna resolved not to experience that again. How much of her has succeeded in that avoidance strategy, only she can know. But that’s probably the only percentage that counts.
Celebration will be released nextTuesday, September 29th on Warner Bros.
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