Archives for February, 2013
We've talked about the stress Karen Gravano endured growing up as the daughter of one of the most notorious mobsters of modern times and Renee Graziano's battles with addiction, but what's going on with some of the other ladies of VH1's hit reality show Mob Wives? Well, Drita D'Avanzo, one of the original Mob Wives, recently sat down with OK! Magazine to talk about her good and, well, less-than-good experiences since signing on with the show. 'Mob Wives' Star Renee Graziano: "I'm Not a Junkie; I'm an Addict" Drita walks us through sacrificing privacy for the show, monitoring her daughters' exposure to the episodes (as well as asking her oldest daughter, Aleeya, for permission to film!), and using her celebrity for good.
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Unfortunately, we're starting the week off with some sad news, folks. Mindy McCready, the country music singer perhaps most popular for the 90s female empowerment anthem "Guys Do It All The Time," was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide. A statement from the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office in Arkansas claims the 37-year-old suffered what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
UPDATE: 2/25/2013: The Oscars winners are in, and although Silver Linings Playbook didn't fare as well as some people predicted (Peter Travers not included), the lovely, though not very graceful, Jennifer Lawrence did leave with the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Congratulations Jennifer! UPDATE: 2/24/2013: I finally watched Silver Linings Playbook over the weekend, and I loved it. Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman was spot on when he said the film portrays mental illness in "natural and poignant terms." Nothing seems forced, cliche, or - above all - stigmatizing. I highly recommend it. Highly. OSCARS 2013 UPDATE: Peter Travers, movie critic for Rolling Stone, has released his 2013 Oscar predictions in a video, which I won't suggest you watch because, frankly, it's exhausting. So, because I love you more, here's a run-down: Travers predicts and/or suggests: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) will beat Bradley Cooper for Best Actor in a Leading Role. It'll be toss up between Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress in a Leading Role, but seems to lean toward Lawrence. Robert De Niro was only nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role because "he was good for the first time in 20 years," and thinks Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) will take home the Oscar. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) will beat Jacki Weaver for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Steven Spielberg will win Best Director by default because the people who should've been nominated (namely, Ben Affleck for Argo) weren't. Argo will take home the Oscar for Best Picture. So, how about you, readers? Have you seen Silver Linings Playbook? Do you think the actors, director, and film itself will receive more love than Travers predicts? (Read on for the original post.)
Happy Tuesday, readers! What? Tuesday? That's right, you officially have about 48 hours until Valentine's Day. (Cue dramatic drum roll.) Now, I know some of you don't care for Valentine's Day. It was created by Hallmark! There's too much pressure! Why should we spend just one day showing each other how we feel?! Fine. I agree with all that most of the time, too. However, for those of you who do celebrate Valentine's Day, I'd like to veer off the celebrity-inspired road for just a second to tell you about how you can combine Valentine's Day and mental health this year.
Tim McGraw wasn't the only artist to overcome some personal challenges and release a new album last Tuesday. Jim James - probably better known to most of you as the founder, lead singer, and primary songwriter for the Louisville, KY-based rock band My Morning Jacket - released his first full-length solo album, too.
The Fix, an excellent (in my opinion) website about addiction and recovery that often tackles celebrity substance abuse issues is teaming up with the national nonprofit addiction treatment organization Phoenix House later this afternoon to talk about something that's been on all our mind's since Colorado and Washington pretty much told the world, "Yeah, we do what we want" and legalized pot. Drug policy. Specifically, legalizing drugs. Not just marijuana, either. The Fix and Phoenix House are set to talk about everything from heroin and cocaine to mass incarceration and mandatory vs. optional addiction treatment.
Let's start this week off with some good celebrity news, shall we? Your favorite country music legend and mine (well, definitely mine, and yours if you know what's up) Randy Travis is officially on the road to sobriety! If you remember, 2012 wasn't that great a year for Travis. Back in August, the "Forever and Ever Amen" singer crashed his car and wandered around naked on a Texas highway, leading to a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge. Shortly after that, he got into a bit of a scuffle in a church parking lot, and incident not to be confused with another scuffle in another church parking lot earlier in 2012. What?!
Guess who has two thumbs, a new album coming out, and has been sober for about five years now? That's right, "Live Like You Were Dying" crooner Tim McGraw! According to a recent interview with People magazine, McGraw credits his family - especially his three daughters - for his decision to give up the booze in favor of a healthier lifestyle: I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn't feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run. I'm in a good place right now.