Saturday, June 11, 2011
Just a few weeks ago, San Franciscans maneuvered their way into a frenzied packed concert hall downtown, to get an up-close and personal gander at their Pop Princess!
Although a handful of critics sniped over every little thing - from the pouty star's alleged "lacklustre" robot-like dance moves to her oh-so ho-hum wardrobe struts - the die-hard fans were not disappointed in the least.
Now, the big Britney Spears "Circus" heads into Las Vegas on the 25th of June, and lands at the MGM Grand arena.
I expect the much-anticipated Brit extravaganza will be a sell-out!
See 'ya there, eh?
In the aftermath of all the brouhaha over Anthony Weiner's outrageous indiscretions over the Internet on a couple of popular social hubs, folks are still scratching their heads and searching their souls for an answer.
How could anyone - particularly a seasoned politician in the glare of the public eye - be so stupid?
An old expression obviously applies in this instant case.
Gosh, it seems like Kendra Wilkinson was celebrating her "B" Day in the trendy desert oasis just yesterday.
Is it really time to toast the Vegas beauty once again?
Die-hard fans - and friends alike - will be doing just that tonight at PURE at Caesars Palace on the glitzy Vegas strip.
If you plan on attending the star-studded soiree, then it may be a good idea to trot up to the popular Nightclub early, because the ultra "in" spot will no doubt be pulsating to packed houses tonight.
Last evening Caesars Palace was a mad house - so expect that same tonight in "Sin City" - eh?
If you're unable to crash the event, then take a trek down the crowded boulevard to the "Bond Lounge" (at the Cosmopolitan Hotel) - where a dazzling chic young crowd - is sure to party hearty at the witching hour!
And, if the hunger pangs set in, just saunter over to Henry's Restaurant across the dazzling bar for a bite to eat.
The beef dip I devoured last night at 3 a.m. was just scrumptious!
Meanwhile, fans of pool-playing will be thrilled to hear that one level (or two?) above, there is a cozy billiard room to take advantage of, too
See 'ya there!
Friday, June 10, 2011
When a local news anchor's co-host ceremoniously announced yesterday afternoon that school was out for summer, the dude was beside himself over the prospect.
"OMG," he lamented right-off-the-bat, to all within earshot.
"Now, when I zip over to the local pool to swim my daily laps, I am going to have to deal with all those screaming kids," he lamented in so many words!
His gal pal chortled in response, as she noted with a touch of glee in her voice, that he was just going to have to "deal with it".
"Well, as long as they stay out of my lap lane," he groused, before they signed off.
The whole drama that unfolded triggered memories of my own youth.
When I resided just outside of Oshawa (Ontario) when I was about eleven or twelve years old, all the local kids would sprint down to a natural pond (that grew out of a lazy little creek that ebbed and flowed in the nearby woods) at the height of the summer season.
The kids appropriately nick-named the quaint little swimming hole "Happy Hollow".
Whenever I get nostalgic for the past, that one memory looms large in my mind, for sure!
Oh, the sweet bird of youth!
On the heels of crying the blues - and hitting the high-energy talk-show circuit to plug her spanking-new "docu-series" (Finding Sarah) - the latest chapter of Sarah Ferguson's sorry saga spewed out over the broadcast airwaves to titillate the country once again this past week.
Has the woman no shame?
Well, if 'ya ask me, Oprah Winfrey - who made a gracious exit from network television last week - is largely to blame for the tawdry fiasco!
In fact, once the "Sarah and Oprah" interview aired yesterday - to launch the much-ballyhooed "tell-all" - it was quite evident to me that Big "O" is nothing more than a clever snake-oil-saleswoman out to rustle up controversy, boost ratings, and selfishly tout her dubious bill-of-fare at the OWN network.
For example, when Sarah Ferguson was caught red-handed influence-peddling last year in an undercover sting, the cast-out Royal fessed up that she fell victim to the temptation because - she was not only "broke" - but had also hit rock-bottom emotionally.
At this juncture, Oprah - who claimed to be a "good friend" - entered into discussions with Sarah about the development of a vehicle aimed at rehabilitating Ferguson's image in the public eye on the OWN Network.
"Why not a series on cooking," Sarah allegedly suggested to her pal, as she struggled to swallow her pride in a desperate hour of need.
Personally, I believe that the idea for the culinary show was an excellent way to go, for a couple of reasons.
For starters, it would have brought much-needed funds into the coffers - and thus - provided the wherewithal for the former Duchess of York to support herself and her children.
In addition, the cooking spot would have slowly restored Sarah's flaky image to the public-at-large around this country and across the big pond.
But, for some inexplicable reason, Oprah elected to offer up a show that would "toss a spotlight" on Sarah's lack of good judgment and fall from Grace in the past.
More scurrilous, perhaps, was Oprah's deceitful decision to draw on the professional assistance of two network personalities (Dr. Phil, for one) she has been vigorously promoting - in what amounts to - a "spotty" television schedule (full of holes).
Oprah's conduct was (and is) particularly outrageous when you consider one obvious fact.
Near the end of the interview, after playing back tapes of the upcoming segments of "Finding Sarah", Oprah actually concludes to Sarah (and her viewing audience) that Prince Andrew's former spouse essentially got into trouble because she was too vulnerable and too trusting.
"So, people were able to take advantage of you," Oprah summarized in so many words.
In the final analysis, Oprah Winfrey was guilty of the same cruel and unusual outrageous conduct.
If Oprah really cared about Sarah (some friend!) she would have signed on the flaming red-headed beauty for a cooking show.
Instead, she elected to manipulate Ms. Ferguson into a reality-based docu-series about a tawdry scandal from the past, in order to boost her ratings, and also promote Dr. Phil (and a money guru she's also pushing) on her fledgling network.
In sum, Oprah is just another shark, circling the treacherous waters for innocent prey.
Does Big "O" think we were all born yesterday?
Talk about disreputable conduct!
Shame on you, Oprah.
"Finding Sarah" broadcasts on June 12th (2011).
You be the judge!
Fairy Tale crumbled under glare of spotlight!
Although pretty Shania Twain suffered an indignity this past week when she fell down and went boom! at the annual Country & Western Music Awards - the popular beauty's sizzling hot music career - didn't suffer any damage in the aftermath.
In fact, her handlers just announced that Shania is slated to appear in concert at the Colosseum (at Caesars Palace) in December.
But, don't get all gussied up just yet.
That's December 2012, folks!
With the way Mother Nature has been acting up lately - who knows - a few of us may not be around by then to bask in the glow of Shania's charismatic persona!
But, optimistic fans are snapping up the tickets -nonetheless - at ticketmaster!
See 'ya there!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Holly Madison fans are delighted to hear that the sexy Peep Show Star (and reality-show actress who appears regularly on entertaining Holly's World on a cable network) is slated to to sashay into the Paris Hotel & Casino on Saturday June 11th to sign her book and blow kisses!
The light-hearted tome allegedly features Holly's fave local haunts that range - she says tongue-in-cheek - from VIP suites to fun adventurous out-of-the-way joints (and unexpected finds).
See 'ya there!
12 - 2 P.M.
Paris Hotel & Casino
3655 Las Vegas Blvd (South)
Las Vegas, NV
Pop Idol Barry Manilow - who writes the songs that the whole world sings - now pines to nurture budding talent out of the shadows and into the spotlight on the stage in the trendy desert oasis.
Word out of the Manilow camp is that the perennial crooner has now launched a talent contest for aspiring stage performers aching to break into elusive show business!
Potential candidates (vocalists) are invited to submit a video of a themselves belting out their stuff to Manilow's web site on YouTube - where the precious entries - will be personally viewed by Mr. Manilow for due consideration.
The winner will be treated to an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas (cost of meals, airfare, and Hotel accommodation will be covered), gifted with back-stage passes, and nab tickets to a sold-out Barry Manilow concert at the Paris Hotel on the glitzy strip.
At that juncture, the lucky entertainer will be invited up on the stage, to perform a duet with the down-to-earth out-going hit-maker.
The promotion is being run in tandem with the release of Barry's new album - 15 minutes - his first featuring original songs in about ten years!
Gee, just this past week, I noted in a post that I just purchased a new microphone and amp so that I can venture into the street in Vegas in the next week-or-so to try out new material on tourists flocking into the city.
If God smiles on me, just maybe, Mr. Manilow will be driving by in his limousine and catch my act!
I'm all for doing a duet with Mr. Manilow - and winning the contest, too - you betcha!
News at 11!
In the aftermath of the scandal that broke this week regarding a Congressman's indiscretions (9th Circuit) on a popular social hub - that was oh so tweet! - late-night talk-show hosts have been having a field day with the titillating gossip that continues to tickle the male funny - um - bone!
In sum, it doesn't appear that Weiner was ever that kosher to begin with!
News at 11!
Looks more like a fish tale!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Today, Carolyn Goodman's supporters are toasting a Martini Monster's wife, for scoring big in her bid for the Mayor's "hot" seat in Las Vegas.
Mrs. Goodman - the better-half of the current head honcho in that coveted high-profile job - beat out her competition with a 60% to 40% edge.
According to Fox News, only 24% of eligible voters turned out to cast a ballot in yesterday's election.
Are desert rats too complacent or simply happy with the status quo?
By the way, I spied Mrs. Goodman engaged in an odd-bit of party behaviour in one revealing news clip after her delicious victory.
The Mayor-elect actually sniffed the contents of her cocktail cup before slurping down the contents.
What next, a Royal taster?
News at 11!
Cirque du Soleil is ecstatic over the fact they are entering their fifth year at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas with no end in sight!
The ever-popular regularly sold-out hit continues to appeal to audiences across the musical mainstream!
At press time, it was announced that - Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Dhani Harrison (George Harrison's son), and George Martin (Beatles producer) - are trotting in to town to attend a soiree tonight on the strip!
See 'ya there!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Music-lovers - and fans of PBS - were treated to a vastly entertaining live! concert by an enormously talented songbird by the name of Jackie Evancho over the weekend.
Armchair critics may recall that the little "Angel" - with the golden tresses - appeared on ever-popular "America's Got Talent" last year and scored a prestigious No. 2 slot with discerning Judges who raved about her stellar talent.
In fact - on the heels of her success - Simon Cowell's Syco Label signed the pretty vocalist to record a debut album which was titled "Dream With Me".
Ms. Evancho truly captivated the audience during the course of the fabulous sold-out concert on PBS on Sunday Night - in part - due to the fact that she demonstrated a range that was quite phenomenal.
In addition, haunting unexpected musical transitions - not only took fans by surprise - but underscored the 11-year-old has been blessed with a God-given gift to reckon with!
Unfortunately, Evancho's handlers have steered the innocent young performer in the wrong direction in many respects and by virtue of the fact that a handful of tunes selected for the concert were beyond her ability to interpret.
For instance, when Evancho attempted to perform the hit - "Arms of an Angel" - the "essence" (the true meaning) of the song eluded her.
Sometimes, it is important that a poignant tune be sung simply and in a straightforward manner if it is to truly touch!
In this instance case, the number was too over-the-top - and thus - missed its mark.
In fact, on occasion, Evancho sounded like she was warbling with a few marbles in her mouth!
The phrasing was poor, too.
Likewise, when Opera-style singer (by way of the magic of special effects) sang a duet with Barbra Streisand, the end result was a disaster.
Up against a seasoned pro like La Streisand (who was bang on, by the way), Evancho didn't have a chance!
Her vocalization was forced, over-the-top, and devoid of any common sense idea of what the tune was all about!
In the final analysis, Jackie Evancho has a long way to go before she is recognized as a polished professional performer worth her salt on the Concert circuit or in the recording studio.
Evancho's PBS Performance lacked "essence"!
For weeks before the Royal Wedding - the media pulled out all-the-stops - in a bold-faced effort to scoop up all the delicious details surrounding the scuttlebutt on Kate Middleton's Wedding Gown!
Unfortunately, wild horses couldn't drag the top-secret details out of Royal insiders, so the curious were forced to speculate right up until the 11th hour!
Now, word out of Queen Elizabeth's camp is that the Royal Wedding frock will be on display in full public view at Buckingham Palace, July 23rd to October 3rd (2011).
For a hefty fee, no doubt!
Meanwhile - for some inexplicable reason - the Royal Couple have yet to relax into a suitable love nest in Jolly Old England across the pond.
The Queen's handlers have confirmed that Prince William & his lovely bride Kate will take up temporary residence in a modest apartment at Kensington Palace until suitable digs are given the nod of approval.
Kensington - was not only Prince William's former childhood stomping ground - but also the tony Estate where his much-admired mother -Lady Diana - remained in residence until she passed to spirit in 1997.
Meanwhile, the young Royals remain ever-popular.
A jaunt to the horses races the other day triggered a blitz of photo ops for the paparazzi which caught the frenzied focus of major news outlets around the globe.
The fairy tale romance continues to captivate!
News at 11!
Kensington Palace to shelter young Royals from media storm!
Monday, June 6, 2011
After being stalled for about twenty months, a plan to open the doors to Nevada's first major Film and Television Studio, has finally been given the nod to go foward to the delight of the founders and backers of the illustrious endeavour!
Dream Vision Studios will not only compete for lucrative TV and Film projects - but, also - act in the capacity of a training center for up-and-coming Nevada talent also.
"Now talented creative individuals interested in the business will not have to trek to California to get their skills under their belt," one of the organizers gushed in so many words on a local talk show the other day.
For starters, Management has installed a "green screen" and a "water tank" with an eye towards landing Film & TV productions keen on working in 3-D and nifty special effects.
The founders argued that work previously lost to Louisiana and Georgia - by way of runaway production - is inclined to remain in the State (especially now that there will be tax incentives to the tune of at least twenty-five percent).
Of course, another plus is obvious.
Once the studio is in production and steaming ahead, there will undoubtedly be dozens of new jobs for locals and out-of-towners, alike.
Break a leg, Dream Vision, eh?
Well, I finally decided to take the plunge!
Today, I purchased a mic and an amp and I've started to rehearse a roster of tunes to perform for solo gigs in the near future.
It occurred to be bright-and-early at the crack-of-dawn today - that it was important to get my a** in gear - while my voice is still relatively golden (and intact) and my range still far-reaching.
And, before I depart this mortal coil, of course!
Of all my gifts, my voice was probably the best one God ever bestowed on me, without doubt.
If I am in a restaurant and I sing along to a tune playing on the radio, other patrons turn around in their seats, and stare at me in amazement.
In Church, I am likewise the center of attention, when I sing out my favourite hymns!
I am a cross between Johnny Mathis and Elvis Presley!
So, in the near future, I'll be popping up on stage - in the streets, too - crooning a handful of my signature songs such as - "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "This Masquerade", "People", "My Heart Will Go On", "Don't Let me be Misunderstood", "All I Ask", "I Want to be Free", "You Don't have to Say You Love Me", "Over the Rainbow", "Oh, Baby" (original), "Main Street" (original) - to name a few!
If you spy me performing, do stroll up and say hi, eh?
The spirits were high (at a fever pitch), the schmoozing was rife with superficial moments, and the bewitching sequel to "Twilight" once again swept Pop Culture's most coveted award!
And, there were scintillating titillating thrills, courtesy of a wayward Vampire.
For instance, when sexy Robert Pattinson was declared winner for - "Best Kiss" - he sighed that he wasn't in the mood to kiss his main squeeze of the month - at which point - he was inclined to plant a wet sloppy one on studly co-star Taylor Lautner.
Golden Boy Launtner - known for his washboard abs and impeccable pecs - was totally taken by surprise (or was he?).
Vampires don't discriminate when it comes to fresh blood, after all!
Pattinson - a respected Brit - also got the nod for "Best Actor" for his performance in the popular blood-thirsty thriller (Twilight) which took North America by storm over the past three years!
Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart - sometimes a bit press-shy - was honored for her portrayal of the lead in Twilight's "Eclipse" also.
On the heels of the announcement that the best-seller (effectively adapted for the silver screen in a trilogy) was named best flick for the third year in a row, hunky Lautner was quick on-the-uptake and gushed for the cameras and fans in attendance alike.
"The fact we're standing here is a testament to all the hard work that went into Eclipse," Lautner asserted boldy, as his co-stars nodded in agreement
Justin Bieber - pop flavor of the month - scored with fans when his project - "Never say Never" - beat out the competition for "Best Jaw-Breaking Moment".
A handful of silly award categories (Biggest Badass star?) - and a gaudy Popcorn Trophy - underscored (to moi at least) that the celebrations were all tongue-in-cheek.
In fact, one actor said it all, when he stressed what an honor it was being singled out.
"This will look very nice in my downstairs toilet," chortled Tom Felton ("Best Villain" for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part I)).
'Til next year.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Shortly after Lady Gaga strutted out on stage at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in an exotic outfit replete with mysterious mask and black plumage and elegantly alighted next to Dave Letterman, the Pop Diva found herself peppered with a serious of in-depth questions from toothy Dave.
Of particular interest to the late-night host were the Pop Diva's earnings potential (and what comprised those figures).
"I guess you have to tour to make money because there isn't enough to be made in record sales," Dave quizzed at the top of the highly-rated CBS late-night show.
"No, actually I make a lot of money with my records," Lady Gaga gushed excitedly.
In fact, on the night of her appearance on Letterman, the sales for her latest album "Born this Way" were literally soaring into the stratosphere.
As part of a savvy record promotion, the Amazon web site - if you recall - was offering up the latest offering by the Pop Diva for a one-time fee of 99 cents!
The demand was so high for the product, that the portal was overwhelmed - and subsequently - crashed!
Some die-hard fans were crushed when the downloads ended up stalled or incomplete - and, in some cases - contained only one or two playable tunes!
After apologizing profusely, Amazon tried a second shot at the deal of the century, after the site was overhauled to accommodate thousands of Lady Gaga Monsters anxious to get their copy pronto later in the week!
Needless to say, the endeavour paid off big time!
"Born this Way" ranked the biggest first-week album in six years (1.11 million in sales).
Previously, 50 Cent sold 1.15 million in 2005.
Some industry analysts attribute the phenomenal success of the album to a round of guest appearances a week prior to the release on sizzling hot shows like Saturday Night Live (featuring Justin Timberlake), American Idol (where she performed a steamy erotic dance number with a sexy male stud), and the ever-popular Good Morning America.
According to Keith Caulfield at Billboard, Lady Gaga is a "true pop superstar, ostensibly the biggest in the past three years. Every single is a hit. Every video is a water-cooler moment. All eyes are on Gaga."
And, where are Lady Gaga's sights set now?
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