Archives for November, 2012
Yesterday, Twitter (where I get all my important news - I'm only half joking) told me South Korean singer Psy's "Gangnam Style" finally beat Justin Bieber's "Baby" as the most viewed YouTube video to date. I'm not surprised. I'm not even surprised it took this long ("Gangham Style" was released back in July, and that it took this long to beat "Baby," I think, only speaks to its ongoing popularity). I am a little surprised, though, that Bill O'Reilly dedicated an entire segment to the phenomenon on The O'Reilly Factor, and even more surprised that FOX News's psychiatrist Keith Ablow attributes the song's popularity to the fact that it's "without intelligible words" and mostly about "nothing"... ...as if that's a negative thing.
Rod Stewart released his autobiography last month and, according to Jim Farber with NY Daily News ("Those looking for introspection or melancholy should quickly pass this by in favor of the far more lacerating and vulnerable bio just penned by Pete Townshend"), you might enjoy it if you're looking for something a little on the lighthearted side. Rod: The Autobiography (which, for some reason I think is an awesome title) spans everything from personal life trials and triumphs, including his marriages and divorces, as well as professional events like transitioning from working with the Jeff Beck Group to being a solo artist. Days before the autobiography hit shelves, Rolling Stone published an excerpt that blends both the personal and professional... ...and reminds us that we're all susceptible to facepalm moments.
Oh, how I love me some Outkast, and Big Boi by himself ain't too shabby, either. Big Boi fans are no doubt thrilled that is releasing his sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, in December 2012. (Daddy Fat Sax is probably pretty excited, himself: Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, his first solo album entirely unrelated to Outkast or his music partner, Andre 3000, debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200.) During a recent performance, Big Boi dropped a few tracks off the upcoming album... ...as well as some advice for his fans.
We celebrated the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards earlier this fall, and in honor of that TresSugar compiled a list of 20+ bits of love and life advice from some of the most well-known names in the biz... ...rather, the characters they play! Because we're right in the thick of the Fall 2012 television schedule, I thought starting the week off with a little tongue-in-cheek advice from some of our favorite characters would be fun. After all, who couldn't use a few words of wisdom from Modern Family's Claire Dunphy, Downton Abbey's Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Breaking Bad's Skyler White? Some of my favorites?
For those of you who're watching the final season of MTV's Jersey Shore, you've probably noticed - especially during the last few episodes - that the blast in a glass herself, Deena Cortese, isn't having such a blast this time around. Deena began the sixth and final season of Jersey Shore a little shaky: She missed her new boyfriend, Chris Buckner, and she missed her meatball, Snooki (Nicole Polizzi appears on the final season, but aside from the occasional sober trip to Karma, the then-pregnant 24-year-old pretty much avoids the party scene). During an attempt to keep things as normal as possible, Deena decides to go do a little day drinking at the Shore, where she dances, auditions substitute meatballs, and, after staggering around in the middle of the street, gets arrested. After that, things only get worse.
Ever heard of GISHWHES? It stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, and it's hosted by actor Misha Collins (Girl, Interrupted; Supernatural). Currently, teams of GISHWHESEANS are using GISHWHES to get 100,000 super awesome amazing people across the globe to pledge to do one random act of kindness before then end of 2012. Oh, and the winning team members get a little more than the satisfaction of knowing they helped spread love, consideration, and kindness across the land (which, really, is fantastic enough all by itself): They also get to join Misha Collins at a private, haunted castle in Scotland! (Where was I when these teams were picked?!)