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January 2017

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Ed Sheeran Covers British GQ: Read Quotes Now

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Ed Sheeran covered the March issue of British GQ to promote his upcoming album, and the hit singer/songwriter brought out his competitive side. Though I’m not sure it’s the best idea for sweet, nice guy to show his salty side, Sheeran is currently on top of the world. His two new singles are topping the charts, and he shockingly has a cut off Justin Bieber’s record, which was nominated for Album of the Year at this year’s Grammy Awards. Check out some choice quotes below, and head on over to GQ for more. It’s available now for digital download, and it hits newsstands Thursday.

On his biggest competition:

“Adele is the one person who’s sold more records than me in the past ten years. She’s the only person I need to sell more records than. That’s a big f***ing feat because her last album sold 20 million. But if I don’t set her as the benchmark then I’m selling myself short. I’m not in competition [creatively] because we all sit in our own lanes, but once the creative product is out there is a race to the finish line.”

On whether he’s aware of Sheeran-lite copycats on the scene:

“There are a lot of singer-songwriters around now. I’m not the first but there are more than before. I’m very happy for everyone to be in the same race as me, even if they copy every single thing I’ve done. In a 100m sprint to get a No1 album I just know I’m going to win. I don’t care who’s doing what. I just know I’m going to win. I’m going to make sure I come first.”

On why he’s so driven:

“There’s an underdog element to it. Taylor [Swift] was never the popular kid in school. I was never the popular kid in school. Then you get to the point when you become the most popular kid in school – and we both take it a bit too far. She wants to be the biggest female artist in the world and I want to be the biggest male artist in the world. It also comes from always being told that you can’t do something and being like, ‘F*** you. I can.’”

Thursday

26

January 2017

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Keke Palmer Addresses Trey Songz Incident With Larry King

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I’ve never felt more satisfied with an interview, and to think that the snippet below is just a short representation of what we’ll see in full on February 1st. In a series of hard-hitting, matter-of-fact questions, Larry King got to the bottom of the Keke Palmer/Trey Songz feud, which erupted on Instagram when the ‘Scream Queens’ star accused the R&B artist of “sexual intimidation,” alleging that he coerced her into appearing in his music video shoot, for which she did not grant permission. Palmer proclaims that she said no to Trey multiple times, further that, “I feel like as a female, often I’m put in situations where sometimes males will use their masculinity, their sexuality, to taunt you […] I hate to say that and make it known, but I ain’t the first person that’s gone through this. People have gone through this all the time.” Tune in to Larry King for the full interview at 11am PST/ 2pm EST on ORA.

Wednesday

25

January 2017

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A Tribute to Mary Tyler Moore – On Screen and Off

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As a child who resisted sleep, Mary Tyler Moore on Nick at Nite was my sanctuary. It originally aired just four years after her legendary stint on the ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ where she won an Emmy for a performance that began at just 24 years old. Though Moore played a traditional housewife, she insisted on wearing pants, which caused major controversy for its time. According to Moore, she found it unrealistic to do housework in a dress with pearls, and therefore pushed for her cool trademark capris, which released other housewives from their “pantyhose prison.”

When Mary Tyler Moore transitioned to her now iconic leading role, producers were quick to make sure the viewers understood this was an entirely new show, thereby giving her a broken engagement to solidify she did not leave the beloved Dick Van Dyke to pursue a career as a journalist in Minneapolis. She was instead single and ready to build her career. She landed in a newsroom as an Associate Producer beside a stellar cast, including Ed Asner as Lou Grant, Ted Knight as Ted Baxter, Gavin MacLeod as Murray Slaughter, Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern, and of course — Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens.

To understand the radical impact of ‘Mary Tyler Moore,’ one need not look far. Mary and her best friend Rhoda represented independent, empowered women whose dating life was so secondary to their everyday life, it was almost an afterthought. They did not need a man to feel complete, and they were mostly too good for the men they dated anyhow. That narrative is difficult to find even on today’s television landscape, as most women are window dressers to the man’s more important storyline. The 70’s world in which Mary lived was historically significant for women, given that the pill first became available and more women were earning degrees and working outside the home. Behind the scenes, the show was equally important. Treva Silverman became first female with an executive title on a network sitcom. She won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Writer of the Year in 1974. This makes sense given the content of the show, and it’s a lesson for writers everywhere. If you’re going to write a strong, powerful woman, it’s probably best to use the voice of another strong, powerful woman when doing it. According to The Atlantic, “In 1973, 25 out of 75 writers on the show were women, which was revolutionary at the time.”

‘Mary Tyler Moore’ is not without criticism in the world of feminism. For starters, she conformed in ways that invited debate. She was the only one to call her boss, “Mr. Grant,” instead of Lou, for example, and she was often sheepish, especially when asking for the raise she deserved. Her inner circle were arguably far more rebellious than she, which allowed the viewer to covet their lovable, somewhat innocent protagonist. But that’s far beside the point. She was carving a path and her trepidation made her one of us. As such, Mary Tyler Moore was one of us, and her death could not be more timely in a world with pussy hats, a women’s march, and constant talk of equal pay in Hollywood. Sex and the City certainly celebrated women, but those women were in search of something that Mary Tyler Moore had already found. She will be missed.

Wednesday

25

January 2017

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Carlos Vives Debuts “Al Filo de Tu Amor” – Watch Video

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There’s no bigger fan of Carlos Vives than myself. Having grown up in Miami, ‘El Amor de Mi Tierra’ was a constant at parties, His new video for “Al Filo de Tu Amor” features former Miss Colombia and Miss Universe finalist Ariadna Gutiérrez who was more than thrilled to work with the iconic Colombian singer. His upcoming album will also feature his Shakira-shared smash hit, “La bicicleta.” It’s good to see someone staying strong in the game, especially in today’s changing music market. You can catch Vives on tour starting April 15. Watch his video below.

Tuesday

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January 2017

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The New Celebrity Apprentice Ratings Struggle: A Full Explanation

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It’s tough to relaunch The Celebrity Apprentice with a new host, because the brand is so deeply associated with Donald Trump, and considering the boisterous blowhard is our now President, the chair demands someone with the equivalent ego, resume, and personality. The show’s core has always been about business, and there are few hosts who are both compelling AND successful. We could argue about Donald Trump’s true success, but when the show first aired, there was a latest assumption that he was indeed a billionaire. And that brings me to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an unequivocal force who perfectly represents the American dream and how an insane level of self-confidence can basically take you anywhere, no matter what the barrier. He wanted to be a body builder, and he became the best at it. He had on-screen dreams, and he became Hollywood’s biggest star. He wanted a romantic partner, and he landed a Kennedy. He wanted to enter politics, and he became governor. So how is it possible that the Terminator cannot survive an easy, reality-show format. Why aren’t people tuning in?

First, while Schwarzenegger has a playful personality and a keen sense of humor, it’s buried in this format. Having a bloated bobble head (Trump) in a boardroom barking at people over their business decisions just isn’t his bag. For it to work, they’d have to rebrand the show to let him shine, and NBC is far too in-the-box for that. Some like Mark Cuban would have been a far better choice, but he’s likely exclusive to ABC for Shark Tank, making him unavailable. Richard Branson was also rumored to be on the short list, and he would also make the better pick. Schwarzenegger is a king, but perhaps he’s too kind for this.

Sunday

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January 2017

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of News

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Bella Hadid is not happy Selena Gomez is dating The Weeknd. Contact Music

Justin Bieber is also not happy Selena Gomez is dating The Weeknd. NYDN

Uma Thurman is in the midst of a custody war. Page Six

Peta Murgatroyd revealed her post baby body. People

Kate Hudson’s brother is having fun with those Brad Pitt rumors. Wet Paint

Padma Lakshmi is dating her baby daddy/Dell bigwig again. Wonderwall

Gavin Rossdale finally addressed his divorce from Gwen Stefani. Us Weekly

Britney Spears revealed how she met her boyfriend. Hollywood Life

The Kendall Jenner/A$AP Rocky romance rumors continue. E! Online

Anwar Hadid and his girlfriend are Insta official. Daily Mail

Cuba Gooding Jr. filed for divorce. MSN

Keke Palmer called out Trey Songz. Vibe

Tuesday

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January 2017

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Did ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Expose David Charvet’s Sexism?

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Photo by: Luis Trinh/NBC

 

This season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ has largely been a letdown, but last night’s episode was a strong exception, as it rose some serious issues about gender roles and the LGBT movement. In an assignment to create a marketing campaign for Kawaski motorcycles, the men’s team created a left-of-center product, which saw a naked Carson Kressley atop a bike, along with a drag queen, and Vince Neil holding a Yorkie. When Kressley and Boy George proposed the idea, it became immediately clear that some men were uncomfortable, notably MMA fighter Chael Sonnen. Though he mostly kept quiet, his facial expressions spoke volumes. A joke made by Jon Lovitz about an “overhug” with Kressley also indicated his latent discomfort. While I don’t think it’s helpful to place blame on a straight man’s discomfort around drag queens and homosexuals, society is evolving, and they should too.

As for the gender issues, things took a turn for the worse when David Charvet resisted his wife’s request to ride on the back of the motorcycle for “macho” reasons, and he predictably received a world of hurt on twitter the following day, such as “Way to go, David Charvet. Throwing a fit over a pic makes you look like a bigger bitch than if you’d just ridden bitch.” Charvet then subsequently liked a fan comment, which said, “I can’t even read this fembot crap anymore, how programmed are people? Men being men is now not only frowned upon, but engendered.” Burke held firm in defending her man,which disturbed me even more. According to Brooke Burke, because her husband would not ride in the back in real life, the shot would be “inauthentic.” Arnold Schwarzenegger rightfully responded, indicating he’d have zero issue with riding behind Burke on a bike. His comment is a specific jab at David Charvet, because if The Terminator doesn’t subscribe to gender stereotypes, David Charvet certainly should not. I understand that Burke was in an impossible position, because she’s loyal to her husband and certainly cannot bad mouth him in public. In fact, she should have known him better and never suggested the shot in the first place, so as not to expose his hidden sexism. And while I enjoy the social media firestorm Charvet is receiving, I know it won’t move the needle and will only serve to make him defensive. No matter what our age, we can still learn, evolve, and change, and Charvet is no exception. Perhaps he can see this episode, understand the changing times, and realize that in today’s world, “tradition” is no excuse for sexism. Furthermore, a man whose comfortable with a woman taking the lead, is far more masculine than a man who is not.

Tuesday

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January 2017

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Sturgill Simpson Takes On ‘Saturday Night Live’ — Shows Everyone How It’s Done

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Photo by Will Heath/NBC

When Sturgill Simpson’s album, ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,’ was nominated for Album of the Year for the 59th Grammy Awards, he humbly proclaimed that he “would’ve liked to see Frank Ocean’s name where [his] is,” because he thought Ocean’s record, ‘Blonde,’ was “really groundbreaking.” Funny enough, Ocean did not submit his album for consideration, thereby removing him from contention. Ocean believes the “infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated,” and he might be right, but Simpson’s nomination represents a much bigger movement in the music industry, and here’s hoping it sends a message. First and foremost, he’s the only artist who wrote his entire album. Adele is a close second, with just one co-songwriter, but Beyonce’s much-praised ‘Lemonade’ has more songwriters than bagels at Yom Kippur. The same goes for Drake. And though I’m not a Bieber hater, I need not explain the alarming juxtaposition between the two artists, and It begs a bigger question about the what the Grammys truly represent. If Starry Night had been a collaborative effort between Vincent van Gough and his 25 cohorts, would we see it through the same lens?

Simpson has long been called a country music outlaw, refusing to cater to the confines of what has now become a homogenized songwriting factory in Nashville. There’s no more Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, or Willie Nelson, and Simpson is therefore considered to be the “savior” of a dying genre. Simpson himself might not see himself this way, and judging by his performance on Saturday Night Live, all he really sees is the music. His blues riff on “Call to Arms” lets his 11-piece band make a tiny stage with a small audience seem like an amphitheater. Watch both performances below.

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Wednesday

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January 2017

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Lena Dunham Covers Nylon Magazine — Talks ‘Girls’

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Photo by: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello

When ‘Girls’ first began, I wrote a piece about Lena Dunham’s off-putting use of excessive nudity, and now, years later — I finally welcome it. She defies traditional standards of beauty, and if you don’t like it, you better get over it. There’s something to be learned from her unapologetic attitude about nearly everything, especially given that most people, including myself, won’t wear a bikini in public let alone show my boobs on national television. As ‘Girls’ approaches its final season, Dunham sat down with Nylon Magazine to reveal what you can expect. Some choice quotes are below. Head on over to Nylon for the entire interview.

On Public Critique: “I used to think the worst thing in the world could be for someone to have a thought about you that you didn’t have yourself. Now I’m like, ‘Have at it, guys!’”

On Changes She Would Make To Girls: “I wouldn’t do another show that starred four white girls…When I wrote the pilot I was 23…I was not trying to write the experience of somebody I didn’t know, and not trying to stick a black girl in without understanding the nuance of what her experience of hipster Brooklyn was.”

On how the 2016 Presidential Election is reflected in the final season of Girls: “…we wrote in a climate where we were thinking a lot about this election, and the election was heating up as we shot the show, and that energy for sure made its way into how we tackled topics. I don’t mean to be demurring, but there are some big female issues, more than maybe ever before.”

On Donald Trump: “It’s going to be interesting promoting this show right after Trump is inaugurated. The final season definitely tackles some topics that are complicated and wouldn’t be beloved by the incoming administration. Hopefully it’ll bring up important conversations, and not just become the worst Twitter abuse storm in history—or it will.”


 

 

 

Monday

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January 2017

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Meryl Streep Sounds off on Trump: Inappropriate Forum?

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If you’ve ever been to a Hollywood party, you’d know that nearly everyone in this business believes their own hype, and to quote Jon Stewart, “Hollywood and DC are the same, but in Hollywood they think they have power . . . and they don’t.” Though I love Meryl Streep, her speech at The Golden Globes reeked of the elitism I loathe. Personal opinions have their place, and this wasn’t it. First, it won’t move the needle. She said absolutely nothing of substantive value, and though it’s pretty to profess a more inclusive culture, it’s an unnecessary soundbite in the wrong forum. When it’s time to pass a law, then you can campaign. Other than that, you’re dulling the glitter I want to see at the Globes.Second, I don’t know the point of mentioning Mixed Martial Arts, and as a writer, I can only assume it was penned by someone else, who felt the word “art” would fit easily within that sentence. I need not suggest it was a bad move, because twitter has already pounced. Lastly, to quote my friend that might not want to be named, “Every time a liberal utters a snobbism, another creationist joins a state legislature.”

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