Thursday, June 30, 2016

Iggy Azalea Reveals Reason Behind Break Up

As someone who has followed celebrity gossip since I was a young gay, I can usually figure out when there is a project that needs to be promoted. When a celeb begs for privacy and then does an interview or more recently goes on social media and lets us in on some personal things. With Iggy Azalea, I couldn't figure out what she was promoting. Then after reading the 80th article on her break up, it slapped me in the face: She's a judge on Australia's The X Factor. This is why she suddenly could no longer be with Nick Young and decided to stoke the fires by talking about what happened.

A couple of months ago, Nick Young (Iggy's former fiance) was caught cheating on camera. One of his teammates released the tape and everyone figured that Iggy would pull a Taylor Swift and write a break up song. Then another rumor sprang up that Nicki Minaj had asked said teammate to let the footage slip in an effort to upset her rival. DR-A-MAAAA. This was the stuff that Jackie Collins would write, rest her soul.

Iggy then pulled a Tammy Wynette and stood by her man. She also begged for her privacy and said that she would not be talking about her relationship any more. That is of course until she did. Not too long after all of that happened, Iggy revealed that her and Nick were done, finito. But she would not say why. That is until she needed to start promoting her new project.

Once she needed to start promoting The X Factor, she had no problem letting us know what happened. In a series of tweets she revealed the Nick was getting it on in front of the security cameras. "I have never even been told by nick that his baby mother is pregnant so if this is true I'm finding out via E news." Ok I can see this being true.  "I broke up with Nick because I found out he had brought other women into our home while I was away and caught them on the security footage." Why did she check the footage or did one of her bodyguards bring it to her attention? "This is just like a second shot to the chest. And I feel like I don't even know who the hell it is I've been loving all this time." Well once he got away with it once, of course he was going to do it again. She ends with this, so I will too: "People in this world really are fucked up."

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Chelsea Handler's Abortion Admission Happened... 4 Years Ago!!!

Does anyone else miss Rosie O'Donnell as a talk show host? I know I do, I really miss her OWN show that was cancelled much too soon. What does this have to do with Chelsea Handler? Be patient, I am building a post here, not trying to shove information down your throat. After the SCOTUS struck down a Texas law making it difficult for Doctors to perform and women to get abortions, Chelsea opened up about having two abortions.

Despite her repeated claims on her Netflix talk show, Chelsea Handler is not a dumb woman. She not only knows how to create a buzz around herself but she is quite the writer. In an essay that she wrote for Playboy, she says “When I got pregnant at the age of 16, getting an abortion wasn’t the first idea that popped into my unripened brain.” It's always great when celebs open up about painful parts of their past. It gives people going through the same thing, someone to look up to and the knowledge that it really does get better. 

The thing about this admission though is that it came out 4 years ago. When Rosie was starting to revamp her talk show, she did a "One on One" interview with Chelsea. During the interview Chelsea opened up about having the abortion and walked Rosie through all of the emotions that she felt. It was one of the best interviews I have ever watched and really made me wish that some network would snap Rosie up and have her do interviews for them. 

There have been some who claimed that Chelsea made this revelation to get press for her and her show. I disagree with those people because the show has been in the headlines for a producer leaving and Ellen Paige Others blasted the comedienne for "bragging" about having the abortions. Chelsea tweeted out "When I agreed to write an article on a woman's right to choose, I certainly wasn't bragging," Nor does the essay seem like she was bragging about it. Instead it seemed like she was opening a dialogue and starting an important conversation. 

Here is the clip from The Rosie Show:


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Inside The Messi-Ronaldo Rivalry

There's nothing that gets my creative juices going like a good rivalry. Two equals that are opposed to one another, who want what the other one has. It's a classic story that can be traced back to the beginning of time. Almost every drama series has been built upon this very premise. In real life nothing is ever as simple as that though. Sometimes a rivalry can be used to catapult someone's career to a new level (think Madonna/Lady Gaga), or used to tear someone else down (allegedly Katy Perry/Taylor Swift). So after yesterday's announcement that Lionel Messi would be retiring from futbol (soccer for American readers), it left many wondering is this the end of the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry?

To be honest, the only thing I knew about futbol up until yesterday was that Cristiano Ronaldo is hot and maybe gay, and that David Beckham should never wear clothes. Oo and that Footballers' Wives should be on Netflix or Hulu, one of them really need to get it together. I had no idea that there was a rich tapestry of story waiting to be told there. Most people believe that the rivalry is more about both Cristiano and Lionel wanting to be the best of the best in the world.

It is important to note that both have downplayed the rivalry. Lionel has denied that there even is one, Cristiano played it up a bit more saying "I think we push each other sometimes in the competition, this is why the competition is so high." This has translated to them battling it out in terms of who makes more money. Cristiano won that battle this year making $88 million to Lionel's 81.4 million. Both of them make more than any other athlete in the world. But coming in #2 to the man you have to play twice a year against and have lost to can't be easy. 

It's not just finances though. They also compete on social media, specifically Facebook. Cristiano counts more than 112 million fans on his official page, I couldn't find an official page for Lionel but there were a number of pages for people to like, most of them numbered in the hundreds of thousands. In makes sense in terms of personalities that their social media pages are so disparate. Cristiano is thought of as more of a showman, someone who is very charismatic. Lionel on the other hand is thought to be shy, much more humble. 

When you combine those personalities, there is sure to be a rivalry sparked. For my regular fan base, think of Erica Kane and Brooke English from All My Children, they are very much the same and they hated one another for many years. Sadly though the Messi-Ronaldo Rivalry has met it's end. Yesterday after a devastating loss, Lionel Messi announced that he would be retiring and had played his last game. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Taylor Swift Should Learn From LeAnn Rimes

Once upon a time, LeAnn Rimes was the good girl of music. She had the booming, dramatic voice that millions fell in love with. She was literally the sweetheart of America and Country Music. Then as happens with many child celebs (coughMileyCyruscough), LeAnn decided to shed the innocent child image. The result was a tumbling career and becoming one of the most polarizing figures in the industry. Taylor Swift seems to be trying the same thing, but she should heed the warning that is LeAnn's career.

In recent weeks, Taylor broke up with Calvin Harris. Then quickly started dating Tom Hiddleston, which led to rumors that she was cheating on Calvin. Is this a strategic ploy to shed her good girl image? Blind Gossip doesn't think so, they have a post up that is widely believed to be about Taylor, where they say she offered incentives to Calvin to re-follow her on social media. But honestly my first thought when I saw the pics of Taylor and Tom was that she was tired of being known as the "angry, revenge songwriting ex" that many see her as.

Yet she needs to look no further than her former fellow Country Queen. LeAnn also went the cheater route to change her image. And she also framed it as a sweet love story, but what people remember is that Eddie Cibrian was married when he and LeAnn bumped uglies. Her career was already on a downswing but her affair completely destroyed it. Now she is praying for a comeback.

Even LeAnn's comeback is marred in controversy. Her upcoming single, "The Story" was originally sung by a woman named Brandi Carlile. However LeAnn hasn't mentioned that, and has avoided any and all questions about it. Now even my beloved Britney has remade songs but she always gives credit where credit is due.

Taylor too has been accused of plagiarizing her instant pop classic "Shake it Off." However a Judge threw that lawsuit off and there was no negative impact on her reputation. Only time will tell if the cheating rumors will be as easy to shake off but if we look at LeAnn in a serious way, we know what could happen.

And here is one of the last songs of LeAnn's to chart on Billboard:



Saturday, June 25, 2016

Recipe: Ham (or Turkey) Crepes



Yes today should be Satire Saturday but since I am working on my cook book, I thought, why not share a recipe! Originally the recipe was given to me by a dear friend of mine, and since that time I have played with it and made it my own.

Ingredients

Tortilla Shells
Ham or Turkey
Broccoli
Carrots
Golden Mushroom Soup
Cheddar Cheese Soup
American Cheese
Swiss Cheese

Directions

Make soup as directed on the can.

Steam vegetables. You can also boil them but I prefer to steam them.

Lay out tortilla shell

Break up some ham place just a few "chunks" of ham on tortilla shell

Place a few carrots, and a few "pieces" of broccoli with the ham.

Drizzle a little golden mushroom soup. Repeat with the cheddar cheese soup.

Tear a piece of Swiss cheese in half, do the same for American Cheese

Fold tortilla shell, filled with the "stuffing" in half, place swiss cheese there.

Finish folding the shell and on top place the half piece of American Cheese.

After you have done this with all the crepes you are making, place them in a baking pan. Pour the rest of the Golden Mushroom and Cheddar Cheese soups over your crepes. Put in the oven, 350 degrees, until the soup on top caramelizes.


Enjoy!

Friday, June 24, 2016

How Will Brexit Impact Game Of Thrones?



As demonstrated by the rise of Donald Trump, there are some Americans that think the world is still an isolated place. That nothing that happens in one country could possibly have any consequences on the Unites States. That all changed though when reports started surfacing that the (arguably) biggest show in the US, Game of Thrones, might be threatened by the Brexit.

Much of GOT is filmed in Northern Ireland, which of course is part of the United Kingdom. That being the case, the Brexit was feared to have a negative impact on funding and tax incentives for the show. However Deadline says that shouldn't be a factor in any decisions. That's because the show is enrolled in NI Screen and NI Invest, and UK Film and TV Tax Incentives. Neither of those programs will be effected by yesterday's vote. The only thing that could happen is those programs are expanded.

The one program that would've had consequences from the Brexit is the European Regional Development Fund. However Game Of Thrones stopped getting money from that a season or two ago. That means, financially anyways, that GOT is safe. HBO probably already had plans in place to keep the show viable in case the Brexit came to be but many didn't think that it would.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Things You Didn't Know You Needed In Your Life: Mac 'N Cheetos



You know how sometimes thin people will say that they have a fat person inside of them? Well I'm a fat person with a fatter person living inside of me. I love food so much, if I wasn't afraid of becoming Chris Christie, I would eat 24 hours a day. One of my favorite foods, and one in which I believe I am a connoisseur of is Mac N Cheese. It's my go to meal, when I am forced to actually try a new restaurant. With that being said, it it not an easy task to get me excited about a new iteration of the classic dinner. But Burger King has done just that.

A few years ago, I went crazy when Taco Bell unveiled the Doritos Locos Tacos. Which by the way I am still waiting on those shells to be sold in stores, I'm just saying. Anyways this idea has my salivating at just the thought of BK's newest creation. It's Cheetos, baked like a mozzarella stick and filled with Mac N Cheese. I'll let Futurama's Fry do my talking:


The best thing is that they are stupid cheap. For a 5 piece order, it's only $2.49. The only issue is that right now they are only available in Southern California. I didn't Californians ate anything, let alone something that could add inches onto their waistlines. They should have rolled this out in NYC or Metro Detroit, so that I could have boosted their sales by like 10,000%. Seriously there was a BK by my apartment in Harlem and they already knew me by name. Can you imagine what I would be like with these on the menu.

There is a chance, a very good one, that BK will roll these delicious morsels out to every store. Once that happens, McDonald's, Wendy's, and basically every other competitor can just close up shop. The franchisees of those companies can just switch to BK because there will be more than enough business for all of them. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lynda Carter Flies Into Supergirl... But What About Calista Flockhart

Supergirl is the third show I have watched with Calista Flockhart as one of the stars. She was the main reason I watched my beloved, and much missed Brothers and Sisters, and she was the reason I started watching Supergirl. If you don't that she was the titular character in Ally McBeal then we cannot be friends. No, seriously we cannot be friends if you don't know that. Back to her current hit show though, the producers moved production to Vancouver. Like Alyssa Milano before her, Calista had an out if they were to leave Los Angeles. Then news broke that Lynda Carter was joining the cast as the President of The United States.

Greg Berlanti, who is executive producer of like every show on The CW including Supergirl, had made a comment that he had tried to lure Lynda for a guest stint in season 1. However she was busy with other things like being one of the voices in Fallout 4! So it turned out to be the "biggest disappointment of the season" for him. That has been rectified now that the erstwhile Wonder Woman has agreed to appear in multiple episodes.

So where does this leave the uber-popular Calista? Word has it that the producers want her to continue on with the series. YAY! That's always a plus, because if the bosses don't want you to continue with the show then you're fired. And it's been said that she wants to continue portraying Cat Grant. Again YAY! If she didn't want to continue then she could have opted to leave the series as per her contract. So everyone involved wants to make things work but how can they do that?

The going theory is that while Calista will continue to be a series regular, she won't be in every episode. It also frees up some money to hire someone, say Lynda Carter to fill the void left by the boss lady. Everybody wins in this scenario, and in further seasons they can have different recurring guest stars, if they so choose. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Michael Jackson Had Child Pornogrphy

Michael Jackson died 7 years ago. The fact that tabloids, gossip hounds are still interested in his life is a testament to his legacy and the impact that he had on pop culture. That being said, with the new information coming out about the icon, then there should be some thought about who he was in his personal life. Multiple sources are saying that police found child porn in Michael's Neverland Ranch.

It's a little weird to me that this was found in 2003, but just now seeing the light of day. In this constant media circus there is no way that nobody has tried to get their hands on this information. With the Freedom of Information Act, this could and should have come out when he was alive. Which brings me to the most important part of this post: While it is disgusting and sickening that Michael had these things (detailed below), the truth of the matter is that he was acquitted on these charges and he is not alive to defend his name in the matter.

Everybody is crediting Radar Online with getting the information released to the public, but I am working off of a report from Vanity Fair. It is being said that found in the 2003 raid on his house, was a horrific porn collection. In that collection was children's faces superimposed on naked adult bodies, naked young adults, among other material that can be used to "lower young children's inhibitions for future abuse." Sickening. Michael should have been in prison, right next to Jared Fogle.

So why wasn't he? Santa Barbara Police had these things in their custody, if they came from Neverland Ranch Michael would have still be responsible for them being on his property. Yet in all of the research that was done for this post, nowhere in the list of criminal charges is there anything about child pornography. Child Molestation, Child Abduction, Extortion, and False Imprisonment is all he was charged with. On all counts he was acquitted. Maybe the child porn was collected illegally, and he wasn't charged because of that technicality. Only the Prosecutors, Michael, and maybe a handful of other people know for sure.

What is known for sure is that Michael Jackson is dead and cannot defend himself on these allegations. There is no denying that these charges are horrific and disgusting. However before we admonish the dead, we need answers as to why there were no child porn charges brought against Michael  when he was still alive. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Taylor Swift's Boyfriend End Up Posing In Their Underwear

One of the best things about Taylor Swift dating is that more than likely at some point, her beaus will take off their pants for us. John Mayer started the trend, when he put on that onesie and all the world got to see how much of a wonderland his body is. Harry Styles loved to show off his booty all the time. So it was only a matter of time before Tom Hiddleston started showing off his underroos,

Last week the world was taken aback with pictures of Tom and Taylor making out. This week, we're encouraging Taylor to get Tom to drop trou as much as possible. Seriously, there is something so sexy about seeing a man in nothing but his tightie whities. Sure in this case Tom is in white boxers but those are still tighter than Leonardo DiCaprio's grip on his Oscar. 

Tom stripped down to skivvies for W Magazine. Not for an interview or anything, just a photo shoot with him in nothing more than what he wears to bed. Here's the description from the mag: {There’s a reason why everyone — Taylor Swift included — wants a piece of Tom Hiddleston, star of The Night Manager and the upcoming Marvel blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, and it’s not just his acting chops. (Though those help.) Here, in this W photo shoot, our British crush proves he’s just as comfortable wearing the dapper suits that have made him a leading contender to become the new James Bond, as he is out of them." Magazines are usually put together months in advance, so there is no way that the underwear photo shoot was just thrown together, and the caption is very telling. This romance seems taylor made (pun intended) by the publicists involved. 

And just because Calvin Harris is such a thorn in Taylor's side, I just wanted to mention he also posed in his undies. And not to be crass but from appearances of the nether regions Taylor traded down. Sure some will say that it's the motion of the ocean but if the ship easily slips between the canal then what's the point?


And here's Taylor crooning about being wild or something 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Taylor Swift In A Messy Love Triangle

Ah to be young again. To be able to jump from hunk to hunk without having people throw labels like whore or slut around. Ok so they probably did but I was young rich and had my nose high in the air. Enough about me though, you all came here to find out about Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston's romance, which had been secret until yesterday.

Speaking of yesterday, doesn't it seem like just yesterday that Taylor and Calvin Harris broke up? Sure I didn't cover it but it really does seem like it just happened. So it's not surprising that multiple sources are saying that the DJ is very upset about his exes new romance budding so quickly. A source close to Calvin told E! News "Calvin was very suspicious that Taylor was cheating during their relationship. He just didn't know with whom, He feels like these pictures confirm his suspicions, and it changes everything. He is so angry and feels betrayed. He is convinced that Taylor was cheating with Tom while they were still together." It certainly goes against what was said when they split, but there is a certain game that celebs have to play. 

In case you aren't aware of the photos in question. Yesterday the internet went crazy over photos of Tom and Taylor walking hand in hand in Rhode Island. Not only that though, they were kissing! Which led to rumors that the pair was dating, like these people have never kissed a hot guy just because they could. I mean if I was with Tom Hiddleston or Calvin Harris, you can bet that I would be trying to get mine. Can anyone really blame me?

Tom and Taylor first started getting their flirt on at The Met Gala this year. The Weekend was performing and Tay wanted to show her support and encouraged Tom to dance with her. Their chemistry was so hot that Tom began gushing about his dance partner every chance he got. And then as you know the rest is history. Which of course got Calvin's boxers in a bunch. 

But wait! This twister triangle gets a little more tangled. While Calvin might be stomping his feet and leaking stories about how he thought that Taylor was diddling Tom while they were still together, he wasn't keeping his junior in his pants. Blind Gossip reveals that Calvin "...boldly sent this photo to a female music executive approximately six months ago… while [Calvin] was still dating Famous Singer!" Which they proves "he's not innocent." Anyone whose been on Grindr or Tinder for any amount of time knows that men that partnered or married often send naked pics of themselves in ordr to entice someone to mess around with them. If Taylor and Tom did start messing around when she was still in a relationship, shame on them. But Calvin cannot claim to be some sort of good guy victim in this case. 

One final thing. You know shit is serious because Taylor and Calvin unfollowed and erased all traces of the other on their social media accounts. Is there anything more indicative that something is wrong and good gossip is about to be had than that? I don't think so. 

Do you think Taylor is singing this to Calvin now?



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Why Seth Meyers Is Wrong To Ban Donald Trump

Does that seem like an odd headline for someone like me to write? It felt weird because I wish that Donald Trump would disappear into the swamp that he crawled out from. The presumptive Republican nominee for President irritates every sensibility I have, something that only one other human being has ever done. That does not mean that I agree with Seth Meyers assertion that Donald Trump is not allowed back on his program.

Many people are arguing Trump's First Amendment right as the reason why Meyer's "can't" ban the Presidential hopeful. Here's why they're wrong about that. The First Amendment says that in America we can say whatever we want without government interference or being prosecuted. It says nothing of private companies deciding not to do business or promote a person who says things that go against their company values. As most of us were taught when we were little; If you do the crime, be prepared to do the time.

So why defend Meyers right to ban him if I disagree? Because it's the right thing to do. Meyers said.  “Trump is stoking fear and spreading hate,”Here's the thing though, Trump has been spreading hate since the moment he announced that he was running for President. On a regular basis he has said something offensive about anyone who wasn't a white, straight man. While I appreciate any allies supporting the LGBTQ community, let us not forget our Black, Hispanic, and Muslim brothers and sisters. We need to stand in solidarity with everyone, as they have with us. 

Meyers did acknowledge that Trump's antics have been ongoing. He says that the reason why Trump is banned is because Trump won't allow the Washington Post to cover his campaign. "So as long as the The Washington Post is banned from Donald Trump's campaign, Donald Trump will be banned from ever coming on this show. You missed out, buddy. ... We could have driven around together while you yelled out the window at immigrants in Carpool Scary-oke." If The Post was the first publication that had been banned, I would applaud him. But it's not, Politico, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed are among those that are not allowed to cover his rallies/campaign. 

The question begs, why now? It seems like Meyers wants to capitalize on the anti-Trump sentiment that is growing in the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Orlando. Right now, we don't need someone who is going to ride the wave until ratings dictate that the ban is rescinded. Instead give us someone brave enough, someone with enough journalistic integrity to ask the tough questions of Trump. The argument that Seth Meyers is a comedian and isn't used to asking hard questions is a straw man's argument. It's more that we are not used to it happening but that doesn't mean it doesn't.

There is a way to ask tough questions without alienating one side or the other. First no insults, second stick to the facts and not rhetoric. Even though Trump is banned, you can bet your sweet bottom that there will still be jokes made about him. Seems a little hypocritical if you ask me. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Susan Lucci Likely Won't Do Another Soap

It's amazing to me that nearly 5 years after ABC cancelled All My Children, it is still making headlines. Maybe that's a bit of a stretch but only barely. Susan Lucci was doing the rounds to promote Devious Maids, and everyone kept asking about her about Pine Valley. She revealed that another soap did chase her, I thought I did a story about this before but I guess I didn't, but she turned them down.

Every so often rumors swirl that Susan is joining the cast of The Young and The Restless. It seems to be a nonsensical idea but it happens like clockwork. Maybe it's because so many of her former AMC castmates are over there, or because YR is probably the only show who could afford her salary. Either way Susan has shut down the rumors, hopefully forever. She says that she is not planning on appearing on another soap ever again. "I will say when All My Children went off the air, the other shows that have survived and are still on the air and that have great writers, they had asked if I would be [interested], and my feeling was, you know, Erica Kane was such a special part, and I had the opportunity to play her, and so I wasn't ready then to go there," It seems like the door might be slightly ajar but the daytime doyenne slams it shut.

She talks about how much she loves her iconic character. If memory serves me correctly Erica Kane had the highest Q rating of any character in any medium ever. At one point her rating was higher than some of the A-list actors. Here is where Susan just takes that door and slams it shut: "I wouldn't do a guest star role. I just think Erica is a particular character, and I love her, and I don't want to play another part on daytime other than Erica Kane." Now some might argue that she could play the role on General Hospital but what I want you to think about is how in the world would Erica fit into the world of Port Charles? It's not impossible but there is no way she would be asked to be on the show for more than an arc and as she just said, she isn't about that life. 

For those of us grieving the loss of AMC and our beloved diva, Susan assured us that her spirit is alive and well. The only thing is that instead of being in Pine Valley, it's in Beverly Hills and in the form of her new(er) character Genevieve on Devious Maids. "Genevieve Delatour is a cousin of Erica Kane, I get to play a part that the audience loves... and she is looking for love in all the wrong places, yet Genevieve is not street smart like Erica Kane. She is vulnerable and she is romantic, and she's even a little bit na├»ve. And she does some self-medicating, so she's different!" Even with that comfort, it's not the same. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that she's still on our TV screens but I wish it was in the role, the city, the soap hat started it all. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Has Cristiano Ronaldo Been Outed?

On Saturday night, there was a senseless shooting at Pulse, a gay bar in Orlando. Much of my time went into writing articles for various clients about that. When I finally got a break, I looked in my email and a friend sent me an article about Cristiano Ronaldo. Every one knows that I love him. He's hot, athletic, and rich! But of course I never thought that were was a chance that he liked men, because he was always surrounded by scantily clad ladies. Bild, a German paper says not so fast though.

For the past week or so, Cristiano has been having a bit of a vacation in Ibiza. With him is a crew of sexy, sweaty men. Most of us chalked it up to him wanting to take his bro's on a nice getaway before he 2016 European Championship. Bild did not see it that way though. They claim that nary a woman has been seen on the boat and then insinuate that the boys have been having a grand ol time without the female presence. “On the boat there is absolute woman doldrums – rather, the boys sizzle among themselves.” Basically they are implying that Cristiano and company are making a porn without having the cameras there. Which is rather rude if you ask me. If you're going to do that, at least let the rest of us see it. 

They didn't stop there though. They took a picture of all the guys hanging out together and captioned it where they more than implied that the men were more than just friends. “Women? Wrong! Captain Ronaldo and his guys are self-sufficient.” In today's day and age it shouldn't be that hard for the world famous soccer star to come out, though as the Orlando shooting proves homophobia is still quite prevalent in this world. Which is sad. Though since he is held in such high regard. Cristiano might be able to help a little with it. 

Bild isn't the first publication to out Cristiano. Just last year, a French sports reporter basically told the world that Ronaldo had a secret boyfriend. Not just any boyfriend though, Moroccan Boxer Badr Hari. Of course denials went out and there was an obligatory photo op with a hot model that Cristiano was supposed to be dating. The thing is that whenever there is smoke, there is fire. Frankly this time there is too much smoke for this not to be true. 

However, with that being said it is not the job of a publication to out someone. In fact it seems like the only reason they have is because there were big matches coming up and wanted to throw Cristiano off of his game, While I do truly believe that he should come out, the choice is his to make not the rest of ours.  

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Words With Friends To Be A Movie

Hollywood's fascination with finding the next franchise is in full swing. With the success of The Angry Birds Movie, you can expect that more and more apps will be finding their way to the big screen soon. Right now they are mining the app store to find what they hope to be the next franchise. Disney thinks that they have found it with Words With Friends.

Warner Brothers scooped up Boom Beach and Uber before any other studio could conceive of a story. So Disney had to keep looking and then they had the brilliant idea that Scrabble would make a great movie but Universal already has the rights to that game. As always though there's an app to help studio execs figure out what would be a good substitute, and they landed on Words With Friends.

No story is known yet but Disney is very excited. In fact they are already offering Alec Baldwin a big role in the movie. As most of you know Alec will be hosting ABC's Match Game this summer. Disney of course own the alphabet network. He also has a history with Words With Friends. He was kicked off a plane because he didn't want to stop playing his game. He would make the perfect villain for the movie.

One potential story for the movie is aliens are invading the Earth. The only way to stop them is to throw the letter tiles at them and create long, big scoring words. And as with most Disney movies there will be a wise cracking parrot for levity. Another idea is to have a Game of Thrones-esque story with beloved Disney characters, and a wise cracking Parrot. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Nashville Lives!

Sometimes a broadcast network makes a boneheaded decision toThe Mindy Project has a long shelf life in syndication so Universal wanted to keep it alive. A serialized drama would not always be a good investment to keep going as the shelf life is usually very short. Nashville though is not a typical prime time soap though and Lionsgate worked their tails off to keep the show alive.
cancel a beloved show. A choice is made by the production company to try and keep the show alive or let it die. A sitcom like

With touring, music, and other streams of revenue it's not surprising that the company wanted to keep the show going for a while longer. The ratings weren't spectacular but they were solid on ABC, but across all platforms the show was insanely popular. When the network let producers know that they were cancelling Nashville, the producers sprang into action. There were reports that interested parties were calling into the Lionsgate offices inquiring about how they could land the show.

Ultimately though it found the perfect partner. CMT (Country Music Television) has agreed to pick up season 5. Hulu will continue to have next day streaming rights as they always have. More than likely this will help offset the license fee that allowed the small network to pick up Nashville and allow them to have a typical 22 episode season. If I were in charge of the network before the premiere I would do marathons of the show and lead right into the season premiere. That's just me though.

Multiple sources have said that the cast is under contract for another couple of seasons, but there will still be some exits. Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere likely won't be going anywhere, seeing as they are the stars of the show. Though in the cliffhanger season finale, Juliette's plane went missing. So maybe they are planning on writing her out for a while or doing some type of mystery with our favorite vixen. Of course they could just reduce the amount of episodes every one is in. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Richard Simmons Transitioning Into Fiona?

Last year Bruce Jenner finally revealed to the world that he was a woman, and her name is Caitlyn. People acted like they were all shocked but the rumors had been around since early in his career. Now she has a thriving empire that includes a reality show and guest appearances galore. So if the new National Enquirer is correct, Richard Simmons should be fairly confident in coming out and may even have a pal to help him.

So The Enquirer says that Richard has been living as a woman for quite sometime now. They say that's why he went into seclusion nearly 3 years ago. If it's true, good for Richard. He's been such a positive force in the world of celebrity that he deserves to live his life as he pleases. Also if he wants to now live his life away from the spotlight then he deserves that right too.

However I would love to meet Fiona. No lie, she would be an interesting character to meet. Richard was over the top campy, my first foray that there were people who liked that sort of thing. I can only imagine what Fiona would be like. According to The Enquirer, Richard has already started the transition. Apparently he got a boob job, taking hormones, and "other invasive surgeries." It goes back to it's his life and his money. Fiona would be a great lady to have a chat with but if she doesn't want to be the next Caitlyn Jenner, that's her choice.

The article also says that Fiona has ventured out into the world, but stays near the Hollywood Hills home. Could this be why Richard was allegedly sent to the hospital for acting oddly last week? Maybe, but there has been a lot of drama surrounding the exercise guru lately. There were reports that his maid was holding him hostage, then he was very ill. Now reports are that he's transitioning and being seen in public as Fiona. What's the true story? We may never know.

 Richard's publicist denies the story and says that he just wants to live privately for now. For some reason I remember the same thing being said about Bruce before he transitioned to Caitlyn.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

TMZ and People Are They Fueling The Johnny Depp Wars?

It was easy to predict that the break up of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard was going to get nasty. There is a ton of money at stake, and frankly both of them seem like they are dramatic people. Also the way that Amber filed for divorce was a sign that things were not good between them. More than the erupting feud and nastiness between the former couple though, we are experiencing something that is unique. Two publications are taking sides and dividing fans with their posts.

Writing about Amber and Johnny has been difficult for me. Not because I was a fan of them, that I don't really care about. But when she lobbed the domestic abuse allegations at him, it hit close to home for me. So largely I have stayed away from it, even though one of those posts guarantees lots of views. That's probably why TMZ and People have a new post everyday on the story.

More than just having a new post everyday on the matter, those posts compete with each other on the narrative. TMZ is pro-Johnny, so anything that they can dig up on Amber that will be damaging they do. Conversely People is totally Team Amber and write stories that paint her as a saint and Johnny as a boozy devil. With both of these publications, journalistic integrity went out the window a long time ago. When I read their articles it's not because I think that they are some sort of beacon like Vanity Fair, it's because I'm interested in the subject matter. Anyways if you need some examples of what I'm talking about, here they are.

First TMZ posted a story about Amber being arrested for domestic violence back in 2009. This suggests that she couldn't possibly be the victim of assault because she is the abuser before. More importantly though it turned the tides of the internet to Johnny's favor. There were comments as varied as "I knew she was a gold digging liar" to "It makes more sense that Johnny was the victim of this hussy." Team Johnny was out in full force and shaming Amber for past misdeeds.

Team Amber wasn't unrepresented. People posted about her having a 'fiery' and 'passionate' personality. It was almost as if they wrote the article in response to the TMZ arrest post. The comments there were more supportive (at first) "Amber is such an example" and "Amber has a bright future after this mess is over." As if Johnny will just go away and never be heard from again, He is still a big movie star with at least one more franchise flick coming out next year.

Here's the truth of the matter. None of us know what happened  between the two. This is the very definition of he said/she said. And while surviving abuse is something to be praised, and no victim should be shamed,the media should not be taking sides. Report the facts as they are and balance both sides.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Oscar Race is Over: Meryl Streep As Donald Trump

Satire is the name of the game this summer apparently. The Rosie O'Donnell satire I posted on Saturday is making it's way through Facebook, Twitter, and Stumbleupon and getting people talking. Of course I am not the first person to do this, nor am I the best at it (yet), but it's fun learning. You know who is the best at everything she does? Meryl Streep and she decided to take on the pumpkin come to life turned reality show star turned presidential candidate Donald Trump.

What brought on this bit of satirical comedy? Meryl, along with Christine Baranski appeared on stage for the Shakespeare in The Park Public House Gala. Meryl as seen above appeared as the Republican candidate, while Christine appeared as Hillary Clinton. As much as I love the talented Mrs. B, she should have let Kate McKinnon do the impersonation.

The Mama Mia! costars belted out a revised edition of Brush Up Your Shakespeare. That number brought the house down. All of the videos that I've seen of it on Twitter there isn't a moment of silence until they launch into the next bit. Is there any wonder why these women are legends?

Meryl and Christine's performance was happening just as the real Hillary reportedly clinched the Democratic nomination. Once verified, that will pit her against former friend and political ally Donald Trump. That whole thing has soap opera written all over it. Or Lifetime movie, and you just know that they are going to do something good with it. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Jake Gyllenhaal Leads The Division

Gamers get ready to be excited. No there's not another Fallout 4 DLC being released, at least not to my knowledge anyways. Ubisoft, along with the hotness known as Jake Gyllenhaal are readying a movie based on Tom Clancy's The Division. Since it is one of the hottest new intellectual property titles to hit the market place in a very long time.

Why does that matter? Well people are responding to the game, which means that there is a potential money well that needs to be mined. Once something proves to be successful in one medium, like video games, franchising it out is the only way to go. If all goes according to the plan, and what usually happens, there will be a multitude of items. Ubisoft will probably launch a line of books, posters, and probably even an app for the game.

In case you don't know what The Division is about, let me try to clear things up. There is a smallpox outbreak which destroys New York City. The player is part of a Homeland security department called The Division. Basically the goal is to find out what happened and start rebuilding the city. It's a role playing game and a player vs player. There's no villain per se, though word is that in future titles we may find out more about who is behind the attack.

Now that I've at least scratched the surface, trust me there's a ton more that I found out about in the research for this post. Jake Gyllenhaal has teamed up with the movie production unit of Ubisoft to produce a movie based on the game. Since it's an open world, the storyline possibilities are endless. It also makes creating a movie franchise much easier as well. In today's day and age, people don't just want the same old storyline they insist on something new and creative. Look at the diminishing box office return of such titles like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alice In Wonderland. Sure they made money but not much. With The Division, the studio can have the safety of a well known property, with the flexibility of being able to tell whatever story they want.

At least the first film will star and be produced by Jake Gyllenhaal. Since it's so early in he development there is no details on anything right now. Though since he's producing the film, it is very likely that his role will be one of the main tenants of the franchise. In a way, I'm imagining this to be something to the Fast and Furious franchise. Mostly the same characters with a few added in each movie to keep it fresh.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Rosie O'Donnell Back To The View

It's upheaval team over at The View, with Michelle Collins and likely more out. Every year around this time we hear about what co-hosts are leaving and which ones will be sticking around. Of course after the exit announcements come the new hire announcements. Well here is the one that nobody saw coming but it makes the most sense. Rosie O'Donnell is returning yet AGAIN.

The Whoopi exit rumors have shot up more than usual this year, with the Whoopster even taking the time out of a Hot Topics segment to say she isn't leaving. Which means that she totally is leaving, and will open up the moderators seat again. While the show has undergone multiple cohost changes, The Moderator seat is one of the very few that hasn't seen a lot of butt action. Sure time and again someone might fill in for the moderator but as far as permanent moderators go, there have only been 3. Meredith Vieira, Rosie O, and Whoopi. That's why execs are going back to the well, "See we don't want to seem like a show in trouble, and if we can keep the moderator chair filled by someone familiar with the audience, no one will blink an eye." That's why they have to make a big to do about whose joining the panel, so people will notice.

The expectations for Rosie's new tenure are a little weird. An exec said, "We expect huge ratings for the first week and then for them to crater as Rosie battles with Donald Trump. There will be the obligatory exit in the middle of the season but we are totally prepared for that this time." Both of Rosie's tenures have been marked with controversy and unhappy exits. Depending on who is sitting at the table next year, it is not our of the question for her to get into a heated argument with one of the cohosts. I'm rooting for it to be Paula Faris but Candace Cameron Bure isn't out of the equation yet.

Why not just give the job to Joy Behar? She's been with the show since the beginning and only took one season off. The exec told us that it nothing to do with experience or competency at her job. "We don't want Joy to be the moderator because she has red hair. The Talk has Julie Chen, can you imagine what a laughingstock we would be if we had a red headed moderator?" Are there protections for discrimination based on hair color?




Friday, June 3, 2016

Royal Rant: Was Alanis Morissette The Inspiration For HIMYM's Robin Scherbatsky

So ok, I know that you guys are wondering what is going on with me right now. I mean why in the world am I writing about a singer who hasn't had a hit single since before Cody Simpson was born and a show that ended so badly that it makes fans want to break their TVs? Because Alanis Morissette's masterpiece Jagged Little Pill turns 20 this week and there are a ton of articles about it. One of those articles got me to thinking that maybe, just maybe the creators of How I Met Your Mother drew inspiration from the former infatuation junkie for Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders).

On the surface the similarities are very easy. Both of them are Canadian, and were/are singers. On HIMYM, the gang discovers that Robin was a teenage pop star in Canada. They also watch her video, "Let's Go To The Mall" multiple times in the episode. A little known fact about Miss Morissette is that before she hit it big with JLP is that she also put out two dance-pop cds. Just like our beloved Sparkles, Alanis courted mainstream success with dancey fluff music. Also like Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), I am making it my mission to find these masterpieces and share them with the world.

Another likeness between the two ladies is that they both went grunge. Alanis of course found enormous success by opening up about going down on her ex in a theatre. Robin also decided to let people in her mind and shocked Canada. HIMYM built a whole episode, "PS I Love You", around the concept of Robin stalking an unnamed (until the end of the episode) guy. During the episode there are many nods to Alanis being the inspiration to the character, including the way she looks when she decides to be "serious". Then of course there is the fact that people keep assigning blame for Robin's transformation to Dave Coulier aka Uncle Joey from Full House. Who coincidentally "joked" that he was responsible for the song "You Ought To Know", of course he later retracted that.

Here's where the similarities peak. Alanis starred on the classic TV show, You Can't Do That On Television. Likewise Robin also did a kids show called Space Teens. Again the show poked fun or hinted at the comparisons between the two when they had Marshall (Jason Segel) jokingly say "You can't do that on television!" to Robin about her character jumping up and down, shown in slow motion.


What do you think? Also below is the video for "Let's Go To The Mall!"