Archives for October, 2009

Celebrities

'Brangelina Exposed': Anyone Interested?



If you're struggling with issues in your personal life (say, mental health problems, a rocky pseudo-marriage, or a tumultuous relationship with your family, for example), I imagine the last thing you need is a fairly well-known investigative reporter and best-selling author to write a book about your woes.

Yet, that's exactly what Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (really, more emphasis on Angelina Jolie) are getting when Ian Halperin's new...
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Celebrities

Glenn Close Launches ‘Bring Change 2 Mind’


Last Wednesday, Oscar-nominated and Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe award-winning actress and mental health advocate Glenn Close and her sister Jessie Close launched .

Similar to Paige Hemmis's Blueprint for Hope campaign and Joe Pantoliano's No Kidding, Me Too! organization, Bring Change 2 Mind is a nonprofit organization geared toward helping raise awareness about mental illness as well as providing information and support to people with mental illness and is already receiving positive...
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Celebrities

Would You Name Your Baby After A Celebrity?


Recently published research supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health suggests that parents choose names for their babies based on which names happen to be "trendy" at the time. The study was based on 127 years worth of data collected from the Social Security Administration and the results are, in my opinion, common sense.


What's wrong, kid?
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Athletes

Mike Tyson Offers Lessons In Self-Awareness



Mike Tyson might be the last person from whom you'd expect to get a lesson on the importance of self-awareness (okay, well maybe not the last - but close to it), but a lesson in self-awareness is definitely what the former heavyweight boxing champion who's suffered some serious out-of-the-ring life blows over the past few decades offered during a recent interview with Oprah.

Actually, rather than an...
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Celebrities

Don't Miss Daniel Johnston At The Austin City Limits Music Festival



If you're not busy this afternoon and near your computer around 4:45 p.m. (and not already at the event itself, in which case I'd be extremely jealous of you), head over to Hulu.com and catch Daniel Johnston performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Hulu will be live streaming the entire three-day event (which kicks off a little after noon today with Asleep At The Wheel and wraps up around 10 p.m. Sunday night with Pearl Jam), which includes such well-known acts like Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, John Legend, and Mos Def.

It's Daniel Johnston, however, who's of most interest to this blog.

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Mariah Carey Drops the Diva Act, Picks Up Some Self-Confidence



Over the past several months, I've paid a little attention to some of the things floating around the social media and networking scene (specifically Twitter) regarding Mariah Carey.

I'm not a Carey fan (well, I haven't been since that MTV episode of Cribs in which she refused to allow the cameras to shoot Marilyn Monroe's famous white piano she purchased at the 1999 Christie's Auction "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe" - yeah, it was years ago, and yeah, Carey has since stopped being oddly secretive about it, but, whatever - don't judge me), but most of the talk was about Carey's sleeping habits - rather, her nonsleeping habits - and so I paid attention. In addition to catching @ replies encouraging Carey to get some Zzzzs, various blogs from the celebrity-oriented I'm Not Obsessed! to Dr. Michael J. Breus's The Insomnia Blog picked up on the issue.

Whether Carey stopped staying up all night and then working out at 5 a.m., I have no clue. I hope so. Insomnia sucks.

What I do know, however - or, what Yahoo! tells me - is that whether or not Carey's sleeping properly, she's learned not only how to drop the diva act and stop focusing so much on her appearance, but how beneficial it is to do that.

For Precious, Carey's upcoming film with fellow musician Lenny Kravitz, director Lee Daniels - who was well aware of Carey's diva behavior - warned the singer/actress that coming in to work with so much as a shred of makeup on would get her the boot.

Carey listened, and apparently it paid off in more ways than one.

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