After years of outcry, rage, and public demands, Justin Timberlake has finally apologized for how he treated both Britney Spears and Janet Jackson in the media — and as far as I’m concerned — it’s too little, too late. Following the release of Framing Britney Spears, the New York Times Presents series for FX and Hulu, the public’s outrage over Timberlake’s treatment of Spears following their breakup has reignited, and this time he has no choice but to address it.Continue reading “Justin Timberlake Apologizes to Janet Jackson and Britney Spears — Too Little, Too Late?”
Tara Reid has had an incredibly prolific career. She entered the business at the age of six after being spotted by a talent scout in the New Jersey mall, and she hasn’t stopped working since. Though I was first introduced to her because of American Pie, she has had a series unforgettable of roles/scenes, most notably an over-the-top, hilarious scene in Cruel Intentions the incomparable Bunny in The Big Lebowski, and of course — Sharknado.
Tara sat down for an interview for my podcast (The Dishmaster Does Things), where she walked me through her creative process and discussed her new stint behind-the-scenes as an executive producer. Listen below for a very interesting interview with an incredibly gracious guest.
President Biden’s Inauguration Concert brought out huge stars and the highest production value of a virtual concert I’ve seen since the pandemic began. Because of the circumstances, many of the performances were played to empty streets in different cities or in Washington, DC against our most beautiful backdrops (if you forgot the beauty of the Lincoln Memorial — John Legend will remind you). Below are some of the evening highlights.
Austin soul band — Black Pumas — owned the night with their performance of the song, “Colors” from their 2019 self-titled album. Led by singer/songwriter Eric Burton and guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada, the Grammy nominated band performed ACL Live in Austin. Quesada won a Grammy for his work with Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma and according to Vulture, he connected with Burton through a mutual friend. Burton was busking in Austin at the time.
If you’re looking for more Black Pumas content after watching the video below, I’d encourage you to watch their stirring rendition of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” After learning how fiercely protective Chapman’s of her music, I love it even more knowing that she likely had to approve it. You can also see them on NPR’s Tiny Desk series.
John Legend’s stirring performance of “Feeling Good” was joyously juxtaposed against his wife’s hilarious Instagram stories, which featured her sitting on a windowsill “reporting the news.” But when Chrissy Teigen captured Legend on camera seconds before he performed — she showed the world just how cool and calm this guy actually is. For a voice with that prowess and an event of that magnitude, I would think the guy would be sweating a little — but not a bead.
Legend took to his Instagram to reflect on the evening, saying, “It was so special for me to celebrate with the nation in front of the memorial to one of our greatest presidents. AND I loved honoring the late great Nina Simone, my constant source of musical inspiration.” Lincoln, Nina, and Legend? Say no more. Watch below.
Demi Lovato is my father’s favorite performance of the night, and since he has high standards, she is getting a special mention. The powerhouse singer managed to keep our interest in an empty room with a little help from a green-screen background featuring clips of healthcare workers and other Americans across the country. Her rendition of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” was meant to uplift America, and I’m pretty sure she did just that. For music-aficionados that enjoy fun facts — Withers 18-second long note at the end of the original tune is one of the longest recorded in pop history.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE + ANT CLEMENS
Justin Timberlake reminded me of his talent 10 times over, and his performance with Ant Clemens proved magical. The duo performed in Timberlake’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee inside Stax Museum of American Soul Music. According to People the the singers were “joined by former Stax Music Academy students and musical director Adam Blackstone, who arranged the live music.” You might remember Clemons’ voice from his appearance on Kanye West’s 2018 single “All Mine.” He earned a Grammy nomination for best R&B album with his debut LP HAPPY 2 BE HERE.
Clemons and Timberlake wrote the song, “Better Days” only a few months ago and since I initially thought it was a classic that I didn’t recognize — I’d say it’s damn good.
Katy left me gobsmacked. And what an incredible arrangement. That’s all I have to say about that.
There’s a lesson to be learned here. Sometimes a disadvantage can be used in one’s favor. Had this been flooded with folks, these performances would have been far less magical.
What happens when a man tells each of his women two different stories? The women attack one another, of course. Such seems to be the case with Larsa Pippen and Minnesota Timberwolves NBA player Malik Beasley. After receiving substantial blowback for flaunting her new relationship with her married squeeze, Larsa insists he was separated from his wife, Montana Yao, at the time the time they met.
Malik and his ex were separated before I ever met him that’s a fact— Larsa Pippen (@larsapippen) December 27, 2020
Yao did not take kindly to Larsa’s representation, saying, “This is 100% false. Continue to speak on my name and my relationship and we’re going to have issues. Receipts don’t lie. Let’s not go there. I think you’ve embarrassed yourself enough already.”
This is 100% false. Continue to speak on my name and my relationship and we’re going to have issues. Receipts don’t lie. Let’s not go there. I think you’ve embarrassed yourself enough already. https://t.co/ad0XtzkZMP— Montana Yao (@montanayao) December 27, 2020
If only women would share stories instead of launching an immediate attack. And though I’m not inside the four walls of her marriage, I’m still confused about how you trade a GOAT like Scottie Pippen for her current roster of suitors. Furthermore, whether the man is separated or not, it’s obviously still fresh and children are involved, which means it’s probably not the best idea to flaunt your new relationship on social or otherwise.
There is a lot of drama surrounding Hilaria Baldwin lately — and despite her best efforts to squash the controversy — it’s only growing. For those late to the story, Hilaria has long given the impression that she is a Spaniard (born in Mallorca). As it turns out, she’s a white girl from Boston.
The controversy began with a Twitter user who posted, “You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person.”
Continue reading “Will the Real Hilaria Baldwin Please Stand Up?”
You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person— elena ilana alana alina elana (not) (@lenibriscoe) December 21, 2020
I’ve long been a fan of NBC’s Songland, as the hit songwriter series provides an opportunity to nurture up-and-coming songwriters, pairing them up with three industry titans for an in-studio upgrade to their existing song. Greg Scott is one such winner, and he graciously took me behind-the-scenes of the hit competition, which scored him a track with Bebe Rexha, which will be featured at the 2021 Olympics.
He shared his win with fellow contestant Anna Graceman (Rexha combined their tracks). Tune in to hear about his story and his experience on the show. We also talk pop-culture — covering Connie Chung’s game of whac-a-mole with Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, Chuck Wicks dragging Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise’s on-set rant, George Clooney and Amal’s love story, and more.
Tom Cruise lost his top — and it’s one of the best pieces of audio I’ve ever heard. First obtained by The Sun, Cruise can be heard for a solid three minutes tearing into two of his crew members who are accused of breaking the Covid-19 six-feet-apart rules. Since Mission Impossible VII has already been shut down due to the Coronavirus, Cruise clearly had enough.
Many have compared the Cruise rant to the “good-for-you” Christian Bale meltdown, which I’d argue is distinguishable. For starters, Cruise’s anger represents a nation of virus-fatigued rule followers who are forced to isolate at the hands of selfish dolts who refuse to put a piece of cloth over their face for the benefit of the human race. Bale —on the other hand — was bothered by a disruption to his acting process.
Does a true leader behave this way? Sure. Cruise can be both a leader and a Hollywood A-lister whose multi-million dollar film, and the jobs that come with it, are riding on his shoulders. Kudos to you, Cruise.
Because everyone could use a little joy in their lives right now, I’m posting a clip of the great Maggie Rogers singing “It’s Nighttime” during her guest appearance on Sesame Street.
Sarah Silverman visited Howard Stern for an in-depth interview, and she drew attention to one of my long-standing issues with Hollywood. In the clip below, Silverman points out that Jews either play sidekicks or annoying girlfriends. But when the role is self-realized and courageous, they are played by non-Jews. Her examples include Felicity Jones playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rachel Brosnahan as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the latter of which I’ve long complained is an inaccurate, borderline offensive portrayal of Jewish culture. She also cites Jojo Rabbit saying, “The Jew in the wall isn’t even Jewish.” And don’t get her started on Woody Allen. Watch below.
Eddie Vedder visited Howard Stern for one of the best interviews in Howard history, and one particular performance caught my attention. Watch below as the Pearl Jam frontman covers Warren Zevon’s song, “Keep Me in Your Heart for You While.” Vedder originally performed the tune at the request of David Letterman and Stern asked him to perform his rendition from the comfort of his studio. The result is magical.