Archive for March, 2011

Don’t Give In To Pressure: Lessons From Dave Grohl

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

According to Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, he and his band mates will be the only ones rocking out to hits like “Everlong” and “Times Like These” any time soon, Thank You Very Much.

After the Foo Fighters documentary, Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, made its debut at South by Southwest (SXSW) earlier this month, the former Nirvana drummer spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the band’s decision to join the ranks of other musicians (Kings of Leon and Slash, to name a couple), and deny FOX’s Glee permission to use its music on the show.

Grohl is pretty passionate about the choice, dropping multiple F-Bombs and directing the majority of them at Glee’s creator, Ryan Murphy, but the gist of the ordeal is that no one should feel pressured to do – well, basically – what everyone else is doing.

Lindsay Lohan Drops Last Name, Seeks Fresh Start

Monday, March 28th, 2011

I’m guessing she can’t get an official “fresh start” until the matter of the felony grand theft charge is taken care of, but to help get that New Beginning Ball rolling, Lindsay Lohan is joining the ranks of Madonna, Beyonce, and Cher, and becoming…


As in, just Lindsay. No more Lohan. No more LiLo. She’s dropping her last name (and, according to, years and years of Irish heritage) as a way to “start over.”

(According to a family friend, Lindsay’s mom Dina Lohan and sister Ali Lohan want to start over, too. The two will not, however, be going the single moniker route; they are changing their last names to Dina’s maiden name, Sullivan. Reportedly, no one wants to be affiliated with Michael Lohan anymore.)

Naturally, there are some naysayers and critics, which is understandable because – let’s face it – Madonna, Beyonce, and Cher she is not, but I get it.

I mean, don’t most – if not all – of us understand the need for a fresh start?

I can see how changing or altering one’s name might be one step in that direction.

Just one step, mind you.

How about some of you? What are some of the things you’ve done to get a fresh start? What advice would you offer others looking to do the same thing?

Image Credit: Globovision via these Creative Commons Attributions.

Songs For Japan Proceeds To Support Disaster Relief Efforts

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

If there’s one thing celebs love – collectively – it’s getting together to raise money for a good cause, and that’s exactly what they’re doing with Songs for Japan.

Songs for Japan, a 38-song album made possible by just as many super star artists (including the likes of Justin Bieber, Eminem, Cee Lo Green, John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Katy Perry), was released last Friday on iTunes for $9.99.

Proceeds from Songs for Japan will benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society, a nationwide program with more than 100 years of experience in providing Japan with medical and safety services, social welfare services, and domestic disaster responses. All acts featured on the album, which includes John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Human Touch,” Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm,” and Shakira’s “Whenever, Whenever” (weird?), waived their rights to proceeds and royalties from the worldwide sales.

Oddly enough, Gwen Stefani, who recently donated a cool $1 million to the Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund, isn’t featured on the album.

Holly Madison: “I’m Proud Of My Body. I Have Cellulite.”

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Holly Madison recently announced to the world via Life & Style that she – yes, even she – has cellulite and, frankly, the world just needs to get over it.

She even went so far as to allow the magazine to publish unretouched bikini shots of herself.

Madison’s body has been in the public eye in some pretty big ways. The model was once the girlfriend of Hugh Hefner (though she was never a Playboy Playmate, oddly enough), a relationship that was documented in the reality television show The Girls Next Door.

Now she’s the star of her own reality show, Holly’s World, and performs topless in Peepshow, a burlesque show performed at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas which has also featured the likes of Playboy Playmate Kelly Monaco and former Spice Girls member Melanie Brown.

You’d think Madison would be feeling pretty good about her physique, but requests from Peepshow‘s choreographer and director to “shed a few pounds” knocked her for a loop –

– for about all of a second.

Elizabeth Taylor Mourners Gather Online At Memorial Matters

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

It’s interesting, the way celebrity deaths affect us. Most of us didn’t actually know – or never even met in passing – the celebrity who has passed away. Still, sometimes something makes us pause and acknowledge the death in more than just an “a human life has ended” sort of way.

For example, I didn’t know Mike Starr, but I’ve known, and know, people with drug addictions. A few years ago I lost a dear friend to a drug overdose.

I didn’t know Nate Dogg, but some of his music – especially “Regulate” – holds a small part of real estate if you walk down my memory late.

I didn’t know Elizabeth Taylor, but I admired her beauty and acting in several movies, and her passion for charity work such as her involvement with AIDS-related fund raising and helping starting the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). My mother used to wear one of her perfumes.

Michelle Williams Helps Single Moms Obtain Free Yoga Classes

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Actress Michelle Williams, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Blue Valentine, recently launched a non-profit that helps single mothers experience the physical and mental health benefits of yoga.

Earlier this year, Williams spoke with Marie Claire about how she copes with the death of Heath Ledger, her one-time fiance and the father of her daughter, Matilda Rose Ledger. Among some of the other nuggets of wisdom (seriously, it was a fantastic piece), Williams shared that yoga provided her with comfort and relief.

In addition to the various physical health benefits of yoga (such as improved strength, flexibility, posture, and balance), some of the mental health benefits of yoga participants can experience include:

  • The cultivation of deep and mindful breathing.
  • Experiencing fewer feelings of stress and more feelings of calm and relaxation.
  • Improved mood and concentration.

Understanding that not all single mothers can afford to pay for daycare each time they want to take a yoga class, but still wanting these mothers to experience the same yoga benefits she experienced, Williams, with the help of Boston-based yoga instructors Chanel Luck and Bonnie Argo, launched Yoga for Single Moms.

Simple and to the point. I like it.

Nate Dogg Mourners Pay Respects Online At Memorial Matters

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Snoop Dogg, Warren G, P Diddy, and others paid tribute to the late rapper Nate Dogg at South by Southwest (SXSW) Saturday night, and now those of us who can’t attend any such event or public memorial can still pay our respects online.

Memorial Matters, the same website hosting the online memorial for Mike Starr (the former Alice in Chains bassist who was found dead of a suspected drug overdose earlier this month) is now holding an online memorial for Nate Dogg.

Nate Dogg (Nathaniel Dwayne Hale) passed away on March 15, 2011 at the age of 41 after battling health complications, some of which were related to the two strokes he suffered in recent years.

Perhaps best known for his role in 213 – the rap trio that also included Warren G and Snoop Dogg – and “Regulate,” his 1994 hit collaboration with Warren G, Nate Dogg also had his hand (or voice) in various works with Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, and the late Tupac Shakur.

Mel Gibson Booked On Same Day ‘The Beaver’ Premieres At SXSW

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Friday before last, I suggested you all check out NAMI’s interview piece with Jodi Foster. NAMI got a sneak peek at The Beaver, Foster’s new film with Mel Gibson about a man – and his family – struggling with depression, and Katrina Gay, NAMI’s Communications Director, talked with Foster about the film.

At that time, I didn’t have any information about a release date for The Beaver, but it seems the film premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival in Austin, Texas last Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Oddly enough, that’s the same day Foster’s co-star, Mel Gibson, reported to the El Segundo Police Department and was booked, fingerprinted, mug-shotted, and released as part of a plea deal that:

[…] resulted in him being on probation for three years and attending a year of domestic violence counseling. (Yahoo! News / Associated Press)

Apparently, this isn’t new trouble for Gibson: It stems from a 2010 misdemeanor battery charge that alleges Gibson struck Oksana Grigorieva, his girlfriend at the time and mother of the daughter over whom the two are currently engaged in a custody battle.

Still, it’s…interesting press given its timing with The Beaver‘s premiere, nonetheless. I wonder what impact, if any, it will have on the film’s success.

(Special thanks to Chato B. Stewart, author of Psych Central’s Mental Health Humor, for the story heads up!)

Image Source: Released by the El Segundo Police Department

Weekend Reading: Sammy Hagar Memoir Exclusive Excerpts

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Guess what, Redheads:

Sammy Hagar, a.k.a. The Red Rocker, a.k.a the second of three lead singers for Van Halen, released his memoir, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, last Tuesday (March 15, 2011), and Rolling Stone has exclusive excerpts of the autobiography for those of you who haven’t picked up a copy yet.

Rolling Stone describes the memoir as “20 years of madness and mayhem with Van Halen,” and after perusing the 20+ blurbs about drunkenness, chain-smoking, suitcase-living, and a series of highs and lows regarding the band’s dynamics, I can see why.

Check it out over at Rolling Stone: Exclusive Excerpt: Surviving Eddie.

And, if you want to learn more about the book, how to order it, and read some interviews Sammy gave to Rolling Stone and, head on over to his official website, Red Rocker.

Image Source: Matt Becker,, via Weatherman90 at en.wikipedia

Michael Lohan To Appear On Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Speaking of Celebrity Rehab (and, in other Father/Daughter Drama News), it seems Lindsay Lohan’s father, Michael Lohan, will appear on the upcoming season of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.

According to TMZ, Lindsay is none to pleased about her father’s appearance on the show (Radar Online reports he’s already started filming) and is afraid his being on the show will further embarrass the family.

(Even Lindsay has turned the show down in the past.)

During her first post-rehab interview with Extra, Lindsay admits she understands the kind of havoc her past behavior has caused (and will continue to cause) her professional life, and that she fully expects to have “to build [her] way back up.” Current legal troubles aside, Lohan wants to get to a point where she’s no longer known for the “tabloid stuff” her name has become synonymous with over the years.

So, how will her father’s appearance on Celebrity Rehab affect those goals?


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