The short answer to this question is no. Though Jackson popularized and transformed the move, he did not originate it. The first known recording of the move was in 1955, when tap dancer Bill Bailey performed it on television. It may date back even further though. Watch the first clip below to see Jackson perform the moonwalk for the first time in 1983 at Motown 25. In the second clip, he discusses the origin of the moonwalk. At the very end of the third clip, you will see Bill Bailey perform the moonwalk, or as he liked to call it, the “backslide.”
Remember Fantasia from American Idol? She has officially returned to her role in the stage adaptation of Oprah’s The Color Purple, and she is getting great reviews. If you did not see her the first time around, you would not be the only one. Fantasia missed over 50 shows when she first starred in the show, which she attributed to tumors on her vocal chords. She also may or may not have stated that she did not feel badly about her absences, as she “made a truck load of money for [the] show.” Watch below to see her squirm on Oprah’s couch while discussing the situation. I am not sure why she was hired to reprise her role given her history, but she is predictably at it again.
I admit that I have never really been a huge fan of the winter Olympics. I tend to favor diving and gymnastics. That being said, I like a good concert just as much as the next person. Not surprisingly, many of the selected performers at this year’s winter Olympics were Canadian. That included Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLaughlin, and Kd Lang (who apparently stole the show). I’ve posted pictures from the performances below. Click on the link below to see Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams sing a very cheesy song.
The Very Cheesy Song
Most Project Runway fans are probably familiar with the contestants constant yearning to show their collections at Bryant Park. On the show, less than a handful of contestants make it. In real life though, around ten contestants get to show their collections. Why the discrepancy? Because the episodes we see now were taped months ago, and by showing all of the collections, the press won’t give away the ending. See below for my favorite Project Runway designs from yesterday’s show in Bryant Park.
A friend of mine wrote me and expressed her disappointment regarding my Marilyn Monroe post. She was sad to learn that Marilyn was not quite as curvy as she originally thought. So to make my friend feel better, I am posting some curvy women in Hollywood today. By “curvy” I mean – not shaped like a straw.
Lauren Conrad’s new book, Sweet Little Lies, is a best-seller and something seems fishy. Perhaps I am wrong and Lauren Conrad is secretly a talented writer fully capable of churning out best-sellers. I doubt it. Hollywood ghost writers have long been a source of debate, and it certainly bothers me. If you didn’t write it, then don’t put your name on it. Simple enough?
Just when you thought Betty White could not get any more popular, the Super Bowl happened. Since her much liked commercial, the blogosphere has erupted with requests to make her the next host of SNL. Saturday Night Live responded to the requests by saying that they “never comment on this sort of thing.” Something tells me we will see her on Saturday Night Live very soon. Watch the Super Bowl commercial below.
Roman Polanski’s new film, The Ghost Writer, is set for release today at the Berlin Film Festival. The film stars Pierce Brosnan and Ewen McGregor. Brosnan plays the British Prime Minister who is trapped in the U.S. to avoid arrest in another country. Sound familiar? Polanski had to finish the film while on house arrest in Switzerland. Wow, he is certainly dedicated.
Here is Mayer’s ridiculous apology for his ridiculous playboy interview. I’m posting it though I admit I could barely get through it myself.
Howard Stern is one angry guy lately and you know what that means? Great radio! Stern spent a good chunk of his show yesterday bashing Ellen. Though Stern has yet to confirm whether American Idol is courting him, he wasn’t too pleased to read that Degeneres is against the idea. Stern claimed that no matter how much he hates someone, he would never try to prevent them from getting a job. Stern sounds a bit hypocritical here. After all, when you spend a large part of your show discussing all the ways you hate Ellen, you can’t really expect her to bite her tongue when asked about you. Did I mention that this makes great radio?