Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Oh, Gaga...You never cease to amuse me.

Yes, this is probably my millionth post about Gaga…but you have to admit, she just never seems to fade into the pack! On the David Letterman show last night, Lady Gaga’s third outfit was a revealing one…consisting of underwear and a mask. Now, let’s be realistic: why would they even allow her to dress this way on a television talk show? But then again, this IS Gaga that we’re talking about—the same artist who served as a mentor on American Idol and wore some not-so-acceptable shoes (without anyone noticing, might I add)!
 She was on the show due to the release of her album “Born this Way” on Monday. Many are questioning how she even managed to record the album within the time span that she did, and Ryan Seacrest revealed on his LA radio show the same morning it released that most of the album was actually recorded ON the roads! After shows, Gaga would record her songs on a bus that was converted into a mobile studio while traveling to her next location. She never does quit, does she? You have to give her credit though…recording the majority of an album while on a moving bus is rather impressive.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flintstones Set to Return to Fox!

After almost 45 years of absence from primetime television, they’re back: the Flintstones! Fox will be picking up the new version of this popular animated show. Like the old version, the new will still features the same characters, with the same friends, in the same village of Bedrock. Executive producer Seth Macfarlane says that Fred Flintstone was the first character he drew at the age of two. Kevin Reilly, the President of Entertainment of the Fox Broadcasting company, is ecstatic about the show; “The Flintstones are among the funniest and most beloved characters in television history, and we can’t wait to introduce them to a whole new generation on FOX,” he says. He also mentions a few of the iconic families that began on fox, including the Simpsons and the Griffins, and seems to be quite sure that the Flintstones, and even the Rubbles, will fit in rather nicely. I grew up watching the Flintstones every day on cartoon network, and cannot wait to see what producers have in store when it comes to the new episodes. However, much to my disappointment, the article I read concerning the topic ended with the following sentence: “The series is set to air on FOX in 2013.” What a bummer!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Update: Top Three on Idol

Yes, another American Idol update. However, regardless of how many I’ve already posted, this one is completely necessary. James Durbin, the metal/rocker powerhouse on Idol, was sent home in a shocking elimination last Thursday evening. Personally (and after reading many online reactions, I know most of the other viewers share my opinion), I would not have been surprised to see James win the competition. He always puts on quite a show, and portrays many different sides to his rocker style. But what’s up with America not feeling it? Fox news blames his level of maturity and, thus, lack of ability to relate as a sole reason. Considering two of the remaining contestants are in their teens, I can understand this theory. Fox also references, but does not clearly blame, Durbin’s disabilities—high functioning autism and Asperger’s— for his elimination. I do not see how these conditions hindered him in any way, especially since we all learned early in the competition that, oddly enough, James never shows symptoms of these while performing. If anything, persevering through the competition, all things considered, is miraculous, and quite inspiring.
Just in case the thought wasn’t caught, yes…it upset me to see James go. I looked forward to his performances and what different element he would bring to the stage each week. Wednesday night’s show will seem like it’s missing something (maybe because it is!).

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FarmVille Goes Gaga

What do you get when you mix Lady Gaga with FarmVille? Yeah, I don’t know either…but the singer has turned to yet another odd method of expanding her fan base.  Gaga has made the decision to release some of the songs from her new album on FarmVille before allowing them to be heard anywhere else. There will be a special “farm”-like profile created on the game called “GagaVille”, where the users can visit. Once there, there will be daily tasks for the users to complete in order to unlock another new exclusive track from May 17th to May 19th. Starting May 20, users can continue to complete tasks in order to unlock songs, however, the songs they unlock will not be exclusive to FarmVille. Zynga, creator of FarmVille, declares the brevity of the event; “GagaVille” will only be available until May 26th, since it is simply a celebration of the release of the singer’s new album “Born this Way”. In addition to “GagaVille”, Zynga is also offering Gaga-based goods to players on their other games, as well. Neither party would enclose on whether or not any type of money or financial exchange would occur.

Fourth Season of "Jersey Shore" Faces a Setback

It looks as though the next season of Jersey Shore could be in jeopardy. As the cast members entered the Newark airport to prepare for the flight to Italy over the weekend, they received news that several filming permits had suddenly been pulled. These permits included permission to film scenes in the Uffizi art gallery, the Boboli gardens, and the symbol of Florence, Palazzo Vecchio. This season was meant to include all the veterans—Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino, Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio, Vinny Guadagnino, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, and, of course, Sammi Giancola and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro. Production for the fourth season was set to begin today, but this set-back has put the show on hold—indefinitely, might I add—until the situation is worked out… (Pun not intended.)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Will Charlie Sheen be a "Winner"?

According to Los Angeles Times on Sunday, Charlie Sheen teamed up with Snoop Dogg and Korn guitarist Robert Patterson to record a song titled “Winning”, named after the catchphrase repeated nonstop by the actor through interviews and tweets. Sheen told his Twitter followers to “get ready to rock the Sheenius”, as the hit will be aired on Tuesday. However, Patterson’s stand on the song is a little less enthusiastic; he claims he does not want people to take the song seriously, because it is “meant to be fun and entertaining.” The lyrics were written by Snoop Dogg solely 45 minutes before heading to the studio to record it, and the actual recording itself took no more than two hours. The beginning of the song features a cameo from Carmen Electra, who is engaged to Patterson. Sheen seems to be optimistic about the song’s future, asking the rhetorical question “Who doesn’t like winning?”

Gaga's New Hit Offends

Just two days before the start of holy Week, Lady Gaga’s new single “Judas” leaked onto the internet. Needless to say, many Catholics aren’t exactly pleased about this song, nor it’s not-so-timely release—in fact, most are down-right outraged. The song lyrics exert Gaga’s love for Judas, who is infamously known for betraying Jesus: "Jesus in my virtue and Judas is the demon I cling to...I'm just a holy fool, oh baby he's so cruel, but I'm still in love with Judas baby.” Crazy enough, Gaga, herself, was even raised Catholic. She seems to be taking after artists such as Madonna and Sinead O’Connor, both of whom also adopted offending religious innuendos and imagery in their performances and videos. Some of Lady Gaga’s previous acts were offending—such as dressing as a nun and swallowing a rosary on stage—but her new single portraying her “love” for Judas tops that event in the eyes of many viewers, according to the New York post.