May 01, 2009
Springtime for Hitler
Mel Brooks got into so much trouble with his movie, The Producers. I won't bore you with hte entire plot but it revolves around a musical so bad that it surely must fail. And,. of course, it seccueeds. A musical called, or at least it contains the song, "Springtime for Hitler".
And as this buzzed the antennae of the Germans, where such jollity is banned, no one thought it would ever be seen in Germany. But the musical, from which the movie comes, has just opened there:
More than six decades after the Nazi dictator killed himself in his Berlin bunker, a character parodying Hitler will feature in the first production in Germany of the award-winning Broadway musical comedy by Mel Brooks, "The Producers."
Berlin's Admiralspalast theater -- just blocks to the north of the dictator's infamous bunker -- will stage "The Producers - Fruehling fuer Hitler" (Springtime for Hitler) from May 17.
It is the eagerly awaited German rendition of Brooks's record-setting musical about two men trying to create a Broadway flop that ran for six years with more than 2,500 performances. It grossed $300 million in New York and $1 billion worldwide.
It has to be said that the musical, and even more the movie, is screamingly funny, even if it does tread on some touchy subjects.
March 03, 2009
Sir Elton in Vegas
There are any number of reasons why you might want to see Sir Elton John in Las Vegas. Start from the top, of course. The first is that the two are simply made for each other. No, really, they are.
Of course there's been gossip about Sir Elton over the years. Anyone who started out as Reg Dwight and ended up as the most successful recording artist of his times has to have something going for him (no, really, there was a time in the early 70s that he was responsible for 3% of all record sales globally). But one of those things is obviously, over and above the music, reinvention. As with Las Vegas, of course, a place where we can indeed reinvent ourselves.
So there's a very real reason why "Elton John Las Vegas" really rather goes together.
Then, over and above that, there's the fact that the music is great. He and Bernie Taupin, while perhaps not quite creating the one unique song which everyone knows, have between them created a superb back history of music. So to go and see that catalogue being played.....well, who could resist it?
And, of course, who could resist it in Vegas?
One story I've heard....I am told it is true. Sir Elton was in a hotel in Italy. On the balcony. The wind was blowing and he lost it. Started insisting that someone stop the wind.
Hmm, well you can't do that in Tuscany, but you can in Vegas. Sounds like a good place to see Sir Elton then, eh?
October 24, 2008
Kanye West Naked Models
Kanye West used forty naked models to help promote his new album '808's and Heartbreak'.
Guests at the launch party were treated to an open bar and DJ before "walking up a driveway illuminated by fluorescent lights to a darkened room where we say 40 nude women. Most of them were wearing strange masks made of wool."
The models who West said were, "live performance artists" then stood in the middle of the room while the new album was played. Apparently the naked models were part of a art show put together with the help of Vanessa Beecroft.
After the album was played West said, "These are pieces of real life that I'm putting out for people to judge. It's from my heart. I don't give a f**k if someone rates it 'hot' or 'not'. I'm here to bring positivity that cannot be judged. It's like judging a grandmother's love!"
Sounds to me like he was not expecting good reviews so he got his attack in first.
October 22, 2008
Lyfe Jennings Arrested
R&B star Lyfe Jennings has been arrested after alleged firing a gun, running away from the police and then refusing to take a sobriety test.
Police were reported called after Jennings discharged a firearm then rushed from the scene. Police gave chase and caught up with the multi-selling platinum singer after he crashed his car.
This is not Jennings first brush with the law. He was found guilty of arson in 1992 and spent over ten years in jail.
Jennings has been charged with weapon possession by a convicted criminal and faces further charges of attempting to elude officers, firing a gun near a public highway and refusing to take a police DUI (drinking under influence) test.
October 06, 2008
Janie Liszewski & Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen engaged to Janie Liszewski
News on the Edie Van Halen romance front, Eddie is reported to be engaged to his girlfriend/publicist:
Van Halen, 53, proposed to Liszewski, 38, on Aug. 4 while they were vacationing in Hawaii. The rock guitarist dropped to one knee and popped the question in a private room at Tiffany's, a source close to the couple tells People.
This is Eddie Van Halen's second go at marriage:
Van Halen was previously married to actress-turned-weightloss spokeswoman Valerie Bertinelli. Van Halen and Bertinelli have a son, Wolfgang, who has played with his father’s band in recent years.
Van Halen and Bertinelli’s divorce was finalized in 2007. Van Halen proposed to Liszweski in Hawaii in August, and the couple plans to wed in June, according to People.
This will be the first matrimonial go for Liszewski, an actress and stuntwoman who became Van Halen's publicist in 2007, just in time to promote the hugely successful Van Halen reunion tour with David Lee Roth.
Eddie took an instant liking to Janie and asked her out during her job interview:
The musician told People magazine back in May that he fell in love with Liszewski the minute they met while she interviewed to be the band's manager in 2006. "A lot of people at the table were upset because I asked her out in the middle of a meeting." The couple stayed together and exchanged promise rings at Christmas last year." Speaking of their marriage plans at the time, the two said, "We'll do it when the time feels right."
Incidentally, there's an interesting comparison to be made between the photos news-sites are using to accompany this story. There's 'Nice Eddie' and 'Scary Eddie'...
I can't help but think that these days he looks like 'Nice Eddie', but the picture editors didn't feel it was "Rock n Roll" enough.
October 04, 2008
University of Wisconsin Band Suspended
The University of Wisconsin has suspended its entire band from performing following hazing allegations
Band director Mike Leckrone suspended all 300 members of the band from performing having heard allegations pertaining to consumption of alcohol and inappropriate sexual behavior. He didn't specify what sort of sexual behavior was considered appropriate for band-members.
Leckrone said he believed only a small percentage of the band members were involved in the alledged incidents, but said the members had a "shared responsibility" to behave appropriately. "You don’t have any idea how hard it was," he said. "It was like I can remember my father saying, 'This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.'"
It's a good thing that Mr Leckrone pursued a career in music rather than the law. On the strength of an unproven allegation about the behavior of a few people he has punished 300! If the police operated the same way he would be in jail every-time his neighbor was caught DWI.
Having said that, the band do seem to have a colorful history.
In October 2006, the University of Wisconsin put the band on probation following semi-nude dancing and sexualized banter during a road trip to the University of Michigan.
Before that, previous allegations include hazing female band-members by having them suck on a sex toy and forcing female band-members to kiss each other before they were allowed access to the bathroom.
See the Badger Band in action here.
September 16, 2008
Jack White miffed at Coke
August 28, 2008
Solange interview bitch
Solange Knowles bitched at an interviewer during a live interview when she confused an off-air conversation with part of the introduction.
Launching an album must be hard work if you're not used to it and Solange clearly showed the pressure when she snapped at a confused interviewer and criticized her for raising a topic she hadn't mentioned.
The interviewer referenced Ashlee Simpson's rise from her sister's shadow and welcomed Solange and was clearly mystified when Solange fired back,
"I have to say that that was not a very professional introduction before. Please don't tie me into family and my brother-in-law's establishment."
The interviewer did her best to keep the live interview sweet by apologizing while clearly being at a loss to understand what the confused starlet was talking about. All was revealed when an off-stage voice reassured Solange, "That wasn't live Solange, that wasn't on TV."
Well, it wasn't - but it is now!
I see her Wikipedia page describes Solange as an actress, singer, songwriter, producer, model and dancer. It's surprising she is a master of all that, yet still doesn't know when a camera is on.
See below for a bit of Solange as she would prefer to be seen.
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July 31, 2008
Black Crowes sue Gretchen Wilson
The Black Crowes have issued a copyright infringement to Gretchen Wilson, her label SonyBMG and publishing company J Money Music regarding her song "Work Hard, Play Harder".
The Black Crowes say that her song has striking similarities to their 1991 hit track "Jealous Again". Wilson's song is used in the commercial for the show "Saving Grace" starring Holly Hunter. As the show is aired on Turner Network Television, they have also been named in the paperwork.
Neither Gretchen Wilson or Chris and Rich Robinson, who wrote "Jealous Again", have commented on the action but Black Crowes manager Pete Angelus says, "We find the musical verses of Wilson's song to be such an obvious example of copyright infringement that I expect all parties to reach a relatively quick resolution to avoid litigation."
I know what I think.
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July 24, 2008
Kid Rock has been fined $1000 and sentenced to one years probation for a rumble inside a Waffle house in Atlanta last fall.
He pleaded no contest to one count of battery. He was also sentenced to six hours of anger management and eighty hours of community service.
Having just watched the video footage, what is wrong with Kid Rock. With an entourage that big surely someone is his beat-up-the-skinny-dude man. Why do it yourself when you have half a dozen others ready to wade in.
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