Archive for November, 2010

The Music That Gets You Through Life’s Ups And Downs

Monday, November 29th, 2010

I spent last weekend in Charlottesville, VA.

The trip was mostly to watch the Dave Matthews Band perform at the John Paul Jones Arena, but we also worked in a few detours, like visiting Dave’s vineyard and Blenheim Vineyards, because I’m obsessed like that.

The show was pretty monumental, not only because it was in Charlottesville (DMB formed in Charlottesville and until last weekend I hadn’t gotten to see them in that city yet, so I thought that was kind of special), but also because it was the last show of their 2010 tour.

For some DMB fans, that translates to “last show until who-knows-when-because-OMG-THEY’RE-NOT-TOURING-NEXT-YEAR.”

POLL: Was The ‘Private Practice’ Rape Scene Too Graphic?

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


November’s Nielsen Sweeps ends this Wednesday, and last Thursday brought Private Practice‘s three-week rape story line to an end.

(Well, sort of. The story will actually carry on throughout the rest of the season, but for some intents and purposes – *coughsweepscough* – the bulk of the story is over.)

Thus far, everyone involved in the story arc (the writers, cast, crew, and the show’s executive producer, Shonda Rhimes) seems to be pleased with the ways in which the subject matter was handled. You might think, “Well, of course they are. It’s their paycheck, after all,” but outside sources are contributing to their back-patting, too.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Reviewing Life Lessons

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

For those of you catching a midnight opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 tomorrow night (well, those of you in North America and who aren’t fancy-shmancy enough to have attended the big city premieres), the countdown of mere hours isn’t far off.

You can keep up with MuggleNet’s handy little countdown tool, but something tells me a good lot of you don’t need it.

Anyway, in honor of the upcoming release, I thought I’d flash back to a series I wrote after the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Those of you who’ve been with Celebrity Psychings for a while might remember it; those of you who haven’t might be in for a treat.

Well, I hope so, anyway :)

UPDATE: Disney Temporarily Reworks “Sonny With a Chance”

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Now that Sonny With a Chance star Demi Lovato is in treatment for “emotional and physical issues” Disney and the show’s producers have reworked Sonny‘s structure so that – as they say – the show can go on.

According to Variety, upcoming episodes of Sonny With a Chance will focus more on the show within that show, “So Random!”

Fortunately, Lovato’s network – well, at least her Disney network – seems to be supportive and willing to help. Of Lovato’s break and the Sonny restructure, a Disney Channel spokeswoman said:

This allows her the time she needs to get well, without distraction or pressure. Again, we extend our ongoing support to Demi and her family as she works to overcome personal issues.

To date, there are plans for the show resume shooting in January.

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POLL: How Well Did ‘Glee’ Cover Bullying?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Glee Title Card

Last night, the usually effervescent FOX hit Glee tackled the serious topic of bullying.

I don’t want to put any Glee spoilers out there, but suffice it to say Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer) deals with bullying, standing up for himself, and a has his first kiss.

(If you haven’t yet seen it, you can catch the episode – “Never Been Kissed” – online courtesy of FOX.)

Of course, this isn’t really the first time Colfer has taken on the issue of bullying. Back during the summer, Colfer appeared on The View and offered advice for people being bullied in real life, and made his own YouTube video for the “It Gets Better” campaign.

Rolling Stone Gives Ozzy Osbourne An Advice Column

Monday, November 8th, 2010
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Ozzy Osbourne signs copies of his new album 'Scream' at HMV Oxford Street on June 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, Rolling Stone announced a new advice column dealing with issues about health, sex, relationships, and other life matters.

It’s your basic advice column format. You send in a letter detailing a problem, someone offers advice on dealing with said problem, it’s printed (or, in today’s age, posted) for you and the rest of the world to see and maybe, just maybe, you walk away feeling like you have a better grip on the situation.

What makes Rolling Stone’s any different?

The “someone offering advice” is none other than Ozzy Osbourne.

Sending Well Wishes To Disney Star And Singer Demi Lovato

Friday, November 5th, 2010

In a sudden move that surely shocked her fans, Disney star Demi Lovato cut short her tour with the Jonas Brothers and checked into a treatment facility earlier this week.

The singer and songwriter – who’s also well known for her roles in such Disney productions as Camp Rock, Princess Protection Program, and Sonny with a Chance – was currently on a world tour with the Jonas Brothers when she dropped out to seek treatment.

Lovato’s rep is adamant the star is NOT in rehab, but is seeking treatment for “emotional and physical issues”:

Demi Lovato left her tour early this weekend in order to seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time. Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help. She is doing just that. (

Halle Berry Tackles Multiple Personality Disorder In New Film

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 25: Actress Halle Berry attends the 14th annual Hollywood Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 25, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (shown here at last week’s 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala), will soon grace the big screen again when her new film Frankie & Alice hits theaters December 17, 2010.

According to, Frankie & Alice, both starring and produced by Berry, “is a moving psychological drama based on the harrowing true story of Frankie Murdoch (Berry), a woman suffering with multiple personality disorder in early 1970s Los Angeles.”

IMDB thickens the plot by adding Murdoch “struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality.”

Note, this isn’t Berry’s first portrayal of a character dealing with mental health issues. Back in 1995, she played Khaila Richards, a young mother who loses custody of her child due to drug addiction in Losing Isaiah.

Advice For The Soon-To-Be Divorced Christina Aguilera?

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Have you gone through a separation from a spouse or significant other? What about a divorce?

If so, any advice to offer Christina Aguilera?

The 29-year-old pop star (shown right during happier times) recently filed for divorce from her husband, marketing executive Jordan Bratman after five years of marriage. And, despite being rich and famous (because, for some reason, many people think that kind of life either prevents normal human emotions or takes away the person’s “right” to experience normal human emotions), Aguilera is struggling.

According to an upcoming Redbook interview due out in December and quoted by, Aguilera’s taking it one day at a time:

It’s not easy, and there have been a lot of tears and sadness […] Right now, I’m just trying to figure out how to make it through each day.


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