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Wednesday

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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

24

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

22

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

17

January 2017

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

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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

11

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

9

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.”

Monday

9

January 2017

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‘The Good Fight’ Trailer — Diane Lost Everything?!

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As a subscriber to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Xfinity, and HBO Go, it’s worth noting that there’s no room left in my bank account for another subscription service, and CBS All Access is therefore pushing the limits of my tolerance level with The Good Fight. Though I’m a huge fan of The Good Wife and aching for another law show, the release is confusing. The series premiere will be available on-demand on CBS All Access beginning at 8 p.m. ET., and a special broadcast preview of the premiere will air on CBS that same night at 8 p.m./7c. It’s brought to you by the same showrunners and executive producers of The Good Wife, and it picks up one year after The Good Wife ended. It stars the enormously talented Christine Baranski, whose character finds herself cash-strapped after a financial scandal, which derails her retirement. It also welcomes back fan favorite Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn, and Zach Grenier as David Lee. Watch a trailer below, and let me know if you plan to spend MORE money on ADDITIONAL content. Couldn’t CBS just air this on their network instead of getting greedy?

Saturday

7

January 2017

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The Gossip Game: Get Your Tabloid News Now

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Drake and JLO are heating up . . . for publicity? E! Online

The Brangelina battle rages on. MSN

Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj broke up. Celebuzz

Mariah Carey’s ex-husband has something to say about her career. Contact Music

Jonathan Rhys Meyers welcomed a son. People

Kim Kardashian is ready to exploit her robbery. The Superficial

T.I. and Tiny are putting their divorce differences aside. Wet Paint

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going strong. Wonderwall

Britney Spears‘ boyfriend has some serious abs. TMZ

Ciara dropped her defamation lawsuit against Future. Idolator

Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for NBC. Jezebel

Pink and Carey Hart welcomed their second child. Pop Sugar

Vivica A. Fox landed in hot water from the gay community. Too Fab

Lamar Odom finished rehab. LA Times

Serena Williams flaunted her engagement ring. LA Times

Tuesday

3

January 2017

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Mariah Carey v. Dick Clark Productions: Who’s at Fault?

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If Adele were on the stage for New Year’s Eve to perform for the world and her sound failed, absolutely no one would question whose fault it was. That’s the benefit of being a consummate professional who is always on point. You get a pass with production fails. But when you’re Mariah Carey, whose diva antics often make the news, you are not afforded that luxury. If you simply watch Mariah’s own reality show on E!, she showed up two hours late to a concert because no one on her team was aware that the city in which she was performing had a time change. In fact, the gaffe was realized on the plane, which means the concert began while in route to the venue. She was rightfully booed by her fans upon arrival. This type of behavior is unacceptable. She hired her team, and she is also capable of telling time, which means she either has bad judgment in her staff, or she is far too detached from her responsibilities as a business mogul. In fact, Ellen brought this up directly, and Mariah simply brushed it off.
I believe that Mariah’s sound failed on New Year’s. If her in-ears were not working, it makes sense that the on-stage monitors were not loud enough to serve as a supplement. That being said, she doesn’t get a pass from me. Mariah claims it was sabotage for ratings, and Dick Clark Productions was predictably pissed, saying:

As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that DCP, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd. In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that [Dick Clark Productions] had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry.

I’d encourage Mariah to put her tatas away, ditch the dated sparkly leotards, and remind everyone who she is and how she got there. People will forgive you for just about everything but entitled, diva behavior.

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