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Thursday

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August 2014

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Retta Kicks Out Seat-Filler at Emmy Awards

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I just came across this story, and it must be repeated. Parks and Recreation’s Retta was seated in the second row during Monday’s Emmy Awards and was met with a very annoying seat filler who attempted to engage in irritating conversation with the star, who hilariously live-tweeted the issue. The seat-filler in question later identified himself and allegedly responded with racist insults toward Retta. I believe his account has since been suspended. Enjoy the tweets below.

Thursday

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August 2014

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The Catalina Jazz Club Welcomes the iLatin Jazz Mini-Fest

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Launched by Emerson Bran to bring attention to Latin Jazz, the Catalina Jazz Club welcomed it’s first-ever iLatin Jazz Mini-Fest. Highlighting established jazz artists and emerging talent, the unforgettable two-night event featured performers including New York-born master pianist Oscar Hernández and his new ensemble Alma Libre (with a special guest appearance by sax man Bob Mintzer of the Yellowjackets); Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca; and the world premiere of Panamanian roots-meets-jazz project Puente Del Mundo, led by Grammy-nominee and percussionist Giancarlo Anderson. If you have yet to see this little Los Angeles gem, now’s the time to collect your friends and visit the club.

Thursday

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August 2014

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Counting Crows Release ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ — iTunes First Play

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Counting Crows latest record is a refreshing throwback to their well-known sound, with Duritz’s standard love lamenting perfectly put up against up-tempo tracks like “Earthquake Driver,” which remind us of his prolific, “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby.” There’s a lot to love on this record, and lucky for you, you have a few days left to listen on iTunes First Play for free, courtesy of Counting Crows. Enjoy the video for “Scarecrow” below.

Wednesday

27

August 2014

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Monday

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August 2014

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MTV VMA’s Recap: WATCH PERFORMANCES NOW

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For a pocket of time each year, MTV enters a time machine to celebrate the music that once drove its channel. Last night’s VMA’s brought out the industry’s best players, who executed some unforgettable (and forgettable) performances. Enjoy the most notable videos below, along with my thoughts on each.

Sam Smith was an evening standout, with his vulnerable, monster-hit, “Stay With Me.” The refreshing performance reminds us all that not everyone needs a sparkly leotard to get noticed.

Nikki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and Jessie J joined together for their performance, with Nikki stealing the show. As for Minaj’s wardrobe malfunction, I have an extremely low tolerance for her unprofessional antics. Had the dress simply snapped open, I’d be more forgiving, but she clearly knew during dress rehearsal that she’d have an issue with time, and she chose to take the risk. As a result, she trumped her female counter-parts in the press, who have solely chosen to cover the mistake. And though this may be mean to mention, a music industry insider has pointed something out to me about Jessie J, and it’s worth repeating. It’s just not going to happen, despite the enormous push from her label. To quote my friend, “She’s pop’s Grouplove,” and it’s time to abort mission.

Beyonce brought down the house with a standout medley of hits, proving once again through professionalism and vocal prowess that she deserves her reigning title as Queen Bey.

I’ve recently discovered 5 Seconds of Summer, and though I’d love to hate on the boy band, much like One Direction, I simply can’t. They are good, their songs are catchy, and they’re adorable. Watch their sweet song below. It will pull at your heartstrings.

For a guy who bad-mouthed the VMAs last year, it’s interesting to see him perform, but given that Adam Levine has sold his soul to secure his billboard status, I’m not surprised. It’s also worth mentioning that this is a professional show, and the guy is wearing a jersey. Remember when Maroon 5 wore suits? Yeah . . . so do I.

This was not the best night for Usher, who looked noticeably winded. I usually love the guy, so that’s all I will say.

Sunday

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August 2014

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Links

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‘The Good Wife’s’ Josh Charles is going to be a dad. E! Online

Zooey Deschanel has a new boyfriend. Us Magazine

Nina Dobrev is heating up Ibiza with her new man. Hollywood Life

Ciara and Future called off their engagement. VH1

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are separated. The Stir

Stacy Keibler gave birth to a baby girl. HUFFPO

Suge Knight was shot. USA Today

Simon Cowell is a doting dad. ICYDK

MTV’s Diem Brown is battling cancer for a third time. Wonderwall

Maria Shriver has a new man. Page Six

Katie Holmes moved to Los Angeles. What’s New

Pete Wentz had a son. ABC News

 

 

 

Sunday

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August 2014

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The Actor’s Gang Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Summer is winding down, and is there a more fitting way to finish the season than with a refreshing rendition of William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream?’ For just one more week, The Los Angeles based ensemble theater company, The Actor’s Gang, will perform the iconic play under the direction of Academy Award winner Tim Robbins. With minimal costumes and sparse sets, the performance depends on the actors alone, who must carry the show through sheer talent, shedding the typical elements of which actors often rely. Take a moment to discover this magical pocket of Los Angeles, with fairies, spells, and some must-see mischief. Visit The Actor’s Gang for tickets.

Saturday

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August 2014

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‘For the Record’ Presents ‘Tarantino’ — A Must-See Event

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tarantino-poster-largeLos Angeles locals are lucky enough to encounter unforgettable talent at every turn, and the team behind For the Record certainly brought their best players for ‘Tarantino.’ The can’t-miss cabaret series left Los Feliz’s Rockwell Table and Stage for its debut at DBA, a new nightclub acting under artistic director and notorious nightlife impresario Simon Hammerstein. With a modern mash-up of Quentin Tarantino’s most notable films, the live-music event is an edgy, high-concept masterpiece, which is best described as sensory overload at every vantage point. ‘Tarantino’ transforms traditional entertainment and catapults the well-known nightclub outing into a captivating new direction. There’s just one week left to enter the wondrous world of  creators Shane Scheel, Christopher Lloyd Bratten and Anderson Davis, and you don’t want to miss it. Visit DBA Hollywood or For The Record Live for tickets.

 

 

Wednesday

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August 2014

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Tabloid Gossip — Week-in-Review

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Jersey Shore’s Ronnie and Sammie split for good. TOO FAB

Elizabeth Vargas and Marc Cohn split upon her second rehab stay. PEOPLE

Have Rihanna and Drake reunited. CELEBUZZ

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are going for round 1,332. POP BYTES

Karreuche Tran and Chris Brown are back at it. RUMOR FIX

Katherine McPhee has moved on from married men. US MAGAZINE

Christian Bale had another baby. JUST JARED

Andrew Keegan needs a new hobby. WONDERWALL

Gene Simmons seriously sucks. RADAR ONLINE

Julianne Hough might be a judge on Dancing With the Stars.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner had the cutest ice bucket challenge ever. WET PAINT

Meg Ryan and John Mellancamp split up. FOX NEWS

Michelle Rodriguez and Zac Efron ended their summer fling. DAILY MAIL

Chris Martin is dating Jennifer Lawrence. STUFF

Monday

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August 2014

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Taylor Swift Debuts “Shake It Off” — LISTEN NOW

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As celebrity worlds become small, so does their material, and Taylor Swift’s new single shines a light on that exact issue. Instead of her typical love-lost lamenting, it appears as if she’s traded it in for a single-girl celebration that takes aim at her critics, with lyrics like, “haters gonna hate” and “players gonna play.” The new found, non-country genre is a confusing cross between Katy Perry and Beyonce, with far less vocal prowess or convincing choreography. If you want to forgo authenticity and song quality for party music, then the production value of the presentation has to drastically increase. Unfortunately, that did not happen here. Swift is nothing if not cute, fun, and a little crazy, but perhaps she’s in need of some new inspiration.

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