Friday, July 22, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo Takes Off His Clothes To Protect His Brand

Sometimes I just love my job as a gossip columnist. I get to look at naked and half naked men all day long and nobody yells at me. And there is no male celeb that like taking off his clothes and showing off his body more than Cristiano Ronaldo. Seriously every time I google his name there is a new shirtless or nearly naked pic of that man. Which is oh so great for me. Then I read an article and it made me realize why he is so comfortable showing off his hot body all the time: He's protecting his brand for after his futbol (soccer) is over.

Now I always give Kim Kardashian the business for taking off her clothes, which is also her brand. So why is it OK for Cristiano to do it and I salivate? It's not just because I find him to be attractive and her to be the female equivalent of Mickey Rourke. My beloved Britney uses her to body to get attention too and she is still aces in my book. It boils down to talent, which Brit and Cristiano have in spades and Kim K well doesn't. We can debate her business acumen in another post. Right now though we need to talk about Ronaldo and why he takes off his clothes.

So why does Cristiano post so many shirtless pics of himself? Like The Daily Beast says "Ronaldo, like David Beckham, another proud 'spornosexual', knows that his career with Real Madrid and Portugal’s national team—which just won its first European championship—can only last so long." Even though he's just 31, he needs to look towards the future and what he's going to do after he retires from the sports world. Part of that is to make sure girls and gays have a huge crush on him and will follow him to the ends of the Earth. Which we will. 

To make sure he still has money rolling in, long after he retire, Cristiano is opening up a 5-star hotel today. What better way to get people to stay at your hotel, than to make them think that there is a chance they will get to see Ronaldo shirtless and in the flesh. I'm ready to sell all my organs to go and stay in his hotel for an hour, as long as I can oogle his hot body for that hour. And yes it will be totally worth it. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Does Miranda Kerr Love Her Fiancee or His Money?

After yesterday's serious post about Fox News, I needed something different for today. Doing news like that every day is not for me, especially when I read the scandalous post that titillated the gossip columnist in me. Miranda Kerr, the same one who slept with Justin Bieber while still married to the hottie known as Orlando Bloom, is engaged to the founder of Snapchat. Save your eye rolls and that's so yesterdays, there is clearly more to this post.

There were a dozen congratulatory posts yesterday after Miranda posted her engagement announcement on Instagram. The announcement was not something you would expect from a billionaire's fiancee, it looked like something you would see on Snapchat. Which is fitting since that's how Miranda's fiancee, Evan Spiegel made his fortune. And all of that money is probably the reason why she agreed to marry him.

A little backstory about Ms. Kerr. She married Orlando Bloom in 2010 and had a baby with him. But he wasn't rich enough so she was passing around her love canal to Leonardo DiCaprio and The Biebs. Then she found James Packer, who you know as Mariah Carey's billionaire finacee. Blind Gossip says that she hatched a plan to keep herself in the money: She would have a baby. It worked with Orlando until he got tired of his wife giving love to everyone but him.

That is to say that someone should warn Evan Spiegel about what could be going on. Maybe Miranda really loves the guy. Maybe she really loves his bank account. Ace of BG tends to think it's the latter: "Someone needs to tell her new beau about her modus operandi… because we hear that she is ready to pull the same stunt with him. She wants that anchor baby badly!" There is a part of me that wants to believe in love and then there's the other side that has covered the Taylor Swift/Tom Hiddleston story. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fox News Imploding

Many people roll their eyes when someone quotes Fox News as their source. Most college professors will not even entertain the idea of Fox News being a legitimate source for research papers. Yet there is no denying that the cable news network is a behemoth. It is the most watched cable net and apparently made over $1 billion dollars in profit for News Corp last year. So why is the narrative surrounding Fox News sounding more and more like a prime time soap that would air on Fox network than the influential news source that it purports to be.

On July 6th, Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against against Fox News Founding CEO Roger Ailes. The impact was immediate and speculation started flying that this would be the final nail in Ailes coffin at the network. Many of the current on air talent came forward to defend their boss, but one name was conspicuously absent: Megyn Kelly.  Even with all of the support News Corp started investigating on it's own.

Late last week and over the weekend, rumors started swirling that Rupert Murdoch and his son wanted to jettison Ailes from the network as soon as possible. The bad press is bad for business and News Corp is still recovering from the Hacking scandal that rocked most of it's European papers a few years back. A sexual harassment suit will lead to a lot more scandal and that's not something that they want. However getting rid Ailes would not be an easy prospect given that he founded the network and had run it for nearly 2 decades.

Enter Megyn Kelly. Yesterday the internet exploded when New York Magazine posted a story that said Kelly had told those that are investigating the Ailes had sexually harassed her as well. The fallout from this bombshell has been fast and furious. Within hours, reports began circulating that Ailes was on his way out. Fox News first confirmed then retracted the confirmation, which left heads spinning.

Why the sudden change of heart? More than likely it had to do with talent. Most of the networks top stars like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Greta Van Susteren have clauses in their contracts that allow them to leave if their boss does.With so much at stake, it is likely that there will be some tough negotiations going on for the next few days.

Whatever happens next will certainly keep the interest of many people.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Revelations About Calvin Harris' New Relationship

The twisted triangle with Taylor Swift/Tom Hiddleston/Calvin Harris has dominated the summer gossip. I don't think that I've ever written about someone more than I have these three in any given amount of time, within the same storyline (so to speak). Yesterday everyone else was talking about Kim Kardashian's takedown of Taylor, but a surprising story about Calvin Harris emerged as well. He's dating Tinashe, even after he said that he wouldn't date another celeb.

The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that Taylor wanted the story about his new relationship to leak to take attention away from her situation. Somehow though I don't think that's what happened, I think both stories just happened to break at the same time. Page Six broke the story of Calvin and his new girlfriend. Apparently they are keeping it casual except in front of the paparazzi and on social media. A source told them “They have been seeing each other on the DL. It’s only been weeks, so it’s still pretty casual right now. They’ve been on a few dates,” Yet during the last few weeks he has been paired with everyone from Rihanna to Kendall Jenner. So maybe this whole relationship is just a set up. 

Which is exactly what our friends over at Blind Gossip say this is. Even though he whined about paparazzi and being in a fake relationship with Taylor, apparently someone convinced him to go the same route with Tinashe. "It’s a setup ...They’ve know each other for years, but the new ‘personal relationship’ with him is really to help push her second album. They’re both cool with that."Whatever price the label paid must have made it worth it to him, and trust that it was a lot. 

Why can I say that statement and be confident? Because in the wake of the break up, Calvin has become one of the most papped celebs and his social media has gone crazy. "We expect his followers and the media attention to bleed over to her for album sales, and it makes it look like he is over [Taylor]. It works." Once her album drops, we will probably see another break up and Calvin will go back to wearing his speedos with his "boys". 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tamar Braxton Relationship Drama


It's been a while since there's been Tamar Braxton drama. Last time we checked in with her it was about her exit from The Real and her implying that one of her co-hosts threw her under the bus. Fastforward a month and now we have a very different story for the reality star. Multiple reports, notably LoveBScott.com, are saying that her marriage is in trouble!

Everything seemed to be perfect in Tamar's marriage to Vince Herbert. But of course appearances can be deceiving. LoveBScott says Vince is divorcing Tamar because she has been passing her poon around to "another high profile man", and he is not about that life. Does anyone blame him? I yell at my boyfriend (right hand) when it looks at someone else, so I can only imagine what would happen if it touched another man. Jokes aside, it does seem like many people think that Tamar only married Vince for his money and now that he is allegedly going broke, she needs to find her next sugar daddy.

The drama doesn't stop with infidelity though. Vince is tired of Tamar always being on vacation and thinks that she is a horrible mother. In fact it is stated that he is going for full custody of their 3 year old son. “He doesn’t know who Tamar is anymore. He says she’s not the same woman he married eight years ago, She’s too busy going on vacations to worry about the drama at home. He has the baby and that’s the only thing he’s concerned about.” Before Tamar gets slammed too hard, doesn't it seem like every celeb is always on vacation? That being said, she does need to be home with her son or else he'll start calling the nanny mommy and that will lead to a whole other post. 

Yesterday. Tamar posted a video of her singing the Mariah Carey classic "Always Be My Baby" to Vince. Which was not staged to dispute these divorce rumors at all. I mean why would a celeb try to dispel rumors using social media, they're always honest on those sites. Wow being that sarcastic this early in the morning is not easy. 

Because today is Music Monday. here is the song that Vince was probably singing to Tamar: "Jealous" by Nick Jonas.




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Recipe: Jack and Coke Chicken

First and foremost I know it seems like I cook with a lot of alcohol, and that's because I do. Alcohol just makes everything taste better, don't believe me? Boil liver in some beer and tell me it doesn't taste 100% better. Anyways this is a recipe that I tried last night and it is so delicious that I felt that I needed to share it with you guys.



Ingredients:

Chicken Breasts

Honey Jack Daniels

Coke

Salt/Pepper/Garlic

Butter


Prep:

So this is such an easy recipe that I almost didn't even have to write it out for you guys but you know me, I'm a giver.

Basically put the butter in a frying pan, have the stove on high heat. Once the butter is sizzling put the raw chicken in the pan. Season to your tastes. Pour a little bit of Jack Daniels onto the raw chicken, followed by a splash of coke onto each piece of meat. Do this for both sides of the chicken.

Fry it up. During this time make a Jack and coke. Drink it. Then make another one and try to control yourself, Turn your oven on to 350 degrees. Place the chicken in a baking pan, and then pour the Jack and coke over the chicken again. This helps bring out the flavor that should have been sealed in with  putting the liquids on the raw chicken.


Let it bake for about 30 minutes and then serve and enjoy.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Crazy Ghostbusters Conspiracy Theory

In 'This is why we can't have nice things' news, there are a small number of men who are trying to figure out why Ghostbusters is not the worst reviewed movie of the year. They cannot comprehend how in the world women are able to be funny and you know kill ghosts at the same time. These few men expected the female version of Ghostbusters to fail and fail hard. The fact that critics seem to be enjoying the flick really irritates them and must be some sort of fluke. 

Or, and here's where the conspiracy theory starts, Sony must be paying for these good reviews. I'm not making this up, you can google this theory and get about a million hits. One of the men who cannot believe that Ghostbusters is getting good reviews on it's own is Kevin Cardenas who tweeted this: "Either these critics are playing the feminism card or are getting paid by Sony because #Ghostbusters is not worthy of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes". It's amazing that a seemingly grown man cannot wrap his head around the fact that Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon might actually make a movie that is a worthy reboot of the 80's classic. 

It's not just individuals that are angry about this remake though. A group on Twitter called 'All Things Nerdy', which might explain most of my exes too, is also drinking the haterade. This group doesn't even offer feminism as a possible reason for the good reviews, they flat out say that Sony is paying off critics. "All the paid reviews stating that Ghostbusters is a great movie, truly shows how pathetic Sony is. It's fine though. We all know the truth." Here's the rub though, none of the reviews that I have read have called the movie a great movie. They say it's good, enjoyable, but none have called it the next Titanic or even Finding Dory. They basically say it's a nice popcorn flick to enjoy. 

Either these men are really misogynistic or they don't get how business works. One guy was mad that Ghostbusters was trending on Twitter, and went as far as to claim that Sony paid for it. Here's the rub bub. they may have paid for it to be trending, if they did it would say promoted underneath the hashtag. Almost every company on Earth has done it, from Sprint to Warner Brothers (for Batman vs Superman, probably more). It's not unethical, it's good business.  

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pokemon Go Fever Sweeps Nation

Just after America celebrated her 240th birthday, a new threat emerged. No, it's not ISIS or any other terrorist organization. It's something much more sinister; it's an app. Combining the need for exercise and nostalgia, Nintendo released Pokemon GO and the addiction is already making it's way across the country.

Ever since it's launch, the app has been the top free app on iTunes. Did somebody know that there was such an appetite for this game? I mean seriously it has been trending on Twitter for the last few days. It's all over Facebook, my timeline is cluttered with memes and statues about the game. At some point, I think Facebook was wall to wall Pokemon Go with pockets of the horrible and tragic murders that happened last week.

Nintendo accountants are happily adding in all of the money that they are making from this. The stock price has jumped 25% or in laymen terms, one little app has added more than 7 BILLION dollars to the company value. Just stop for a minute and look at that staggering number. 7 BILLION, yes Billion with a B. It would take Disney 7 Star Wars movies to make that much, and Nintendo is making it with an app whose servers work as much Donald Trump makes sense. Meaning almost never.

Is this game worse than the Kardashians? Maybe not yet but overexposure is certainly on it's way. After less than a week of it being out, I am already sick of it. That does not mean however that I am not impressed with how it has made so much money in such a small amount of time. Maybe it is on the same level as the Kardashian's then.


Friday, July 8, 2016

George Takei Not Happy Sulu Is Gay

Where oh where is Mandy when I need her? She is the go to Trekkie that helps me understand this universe because, well, I don't get it. I'm sure that it's common sense but I am used to things like amnesiacs blackmailing their back from the dead lovers. You know logical stories told in the form of a daily or weekly serial. Anyways, George Takei is not happy that his former character is gay in Star Trek Beyond.

Many assumed that George would be over the rainbow that his iconic character was a friend of Dorothy like he is. Does no one know what assume means anymore? When you assume, you make an ass out of U and Me! George is so not happy about Sulu being a homo and he is saying that it disgraces Gene Roddenberry legacy. I don't get it, I don't see it, This is why I need Mandy to help me out because I really just don't understand his point. Have they suddenly said that Kirk was Darth Vader's son? I may have mixed up the franchises.

So the gay icon is happy that there is a gay character in the universe. There's that at least. But he is really unhappy that the character coming out is Sulu. He says: "Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene's creation, to which he put in so much thought, I think it's really unfortunate." From my limited knowledge of the new movies, this is not the same universe that Gene Roddenberry created. Family Guy has taught me that in separate universes things are different. 

John Cho, the new Sulu, is kinda hot. So I am def ok with him playing and/or being gay. If he is a friend of Britney, then he needs to send me a friend request on Facebook so our epic romance can begin. 

And just because I can, Here's Family Guy's Gay Sulu:


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Recipe: Tomato Bisque


Ingredients:

2-3 cloves of garlic
Butter
All Purpose Flour
Chicken Broth
Tomato Paste
Cayenne Pepper
Half and Half Cream

Directions:

Sautee the garlic with butter.

Add in 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour, 4 cups of chicken broth, 2 cans of 6 oz tomato paste, and 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper (as with all of my recipes you can always add more if you like).

When the mixture comes to a boil, add in a cup of half and half cream. Let the soup simmer for 10 minutes.

Garnish with either fresh tomatoes or bacon bits.

Enjoy

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kelly Ripa's Reinvention Continues

As I continue to work tirelessly to put together my new nonfiction book about the Live! scandal that fascinated us earlier this year, I continue to do research. This morning that mean watching the show when it was on, instead of my usual reruns of How I Met Your Mother. What I noticed was that on the surface this was the same Kelly Ripa that the public has known but underneath it all, there was something darker.

It started out innocent enough. Her and cohost Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) talked about the Roset shortage that scares the people of New York City. She then revealed that a candy company makes Roset gummies now. The duo shared a sample, and they were going to give the audience some but Jim worried that there wouldn't be enough after being informed that the gummies had sold out. After another segment where the audience didn't applaud, apparently when they should have, Kelly blamed Jim's reluctance to give the audience the gummies. It seemed like the old days of Regis and Kathy Lee but there was something a little more sinister to it than that.

Things came to a head when it came time to play the trivia game. This one was supposed to be new. But Kelly blew the lid off of that. "I'm sick of pretending that these games are new!" This was the most interesting part of the game. There is no way that producers, especially Gelman would have allowed that. Maybe she has been this way all along and nobody noticed but I don't think so. The Kelly I remember was joyful and loved to do these games and give away prizes.

This is the new world order at Live! In this post Michael Strahan world, Kelly will continue to get away with these jabs because the producers and probably Disney, don't want so much turnover. In fact as the search for a new cohost continues, Kelly will amass more power than ever before and will probably be allowed to name her own price. And it proves that the meaner Kelly is here to stay. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Katy Perry Turning Up Rivalry With Taylor Swift

If we can't get a Whatever Happened to Baby Jane remake with Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, can we get one with Taylor Swift and Katy Perry? I mean these two have the petty rivalry thing down to a science. If Jackie Collins were alive she would have a field day with these two. In fact I might develop a story about them. Anyways, after Taylor landed a hit song with "Bad Blood", Katy figured she might as well try it too, and she took a business venture and turned it into another battle in this war between them.

Did anyone think that it was a coincidence when Katy named her perfume "Mad Love"? An exact quote from Taylor's diss song about her. Yea it was premeditated and she knew exactly what she was going to do and she was hoping for a reaction that never came. A source told our friends at Blind Gossip: "We knew the name would be controversial. Good! Controversy is good. Rivalries are good. Jabbing her with her own lyrics is fun. We might even do it again. LOL."  See this is the sort of rivalry that makes being a gossip columnist fun. Sometimes I pinch myself to make sure this is real.

The next step in Katy's plan to take this feud to astronomical heights? Her own diss song of course. According to a Source“Katy has written a scathing response and intends to make it a single,  It will reference some of the things she feels Taylor has done to play her peers against each other.” At least Katy is not going to be all mysterious about it, hopefully, and will give us something juicy to sink our teeth into. 

Like the fact that her diss song is allegedly being co-written by Katy and Taylor's mutual ex-boyfriend John Mayer. This could be his revenge against Taylor for her song, "Dear John" in which she basically says he took her virginity and ran. And to make this post come full circle, John also dated the aforementioned Jennifer Aniston. Phew. 

Because Music Monday didn't happen, let's have Tunes Tuesday with some "Bad Blood"




Monday, July 4, 2016

Memories Of Mandy

Memories Of Mandy

by Sara Spears

When Mandy was a young child, she thought that the fireworks going off were in celebration of her birthday, not for the real reason of the fourth of July. I am surprised she hasn't written about that in her column yet. That enthusiasm follows her to this day, reading her column is such a joy as she relives some of her favorite moments in her life. She is growing so much through the column it is a wondrous sight to be hold.

When I used to babysit her, she was in the afternoon kindergarten class. One day she kept changing outfits, trying to find the one she looked cutest in, I kept calling her the wrong granddaughters name. Frustrated she stormed into the room and came out with her name tag pinned on her shirt

Happy 4th Of July/Mandy Day



Gossipers I would like to Wish each and everyone of you a very happy and safe 4th of July. I would also like to dedicate and wish Mandy Bates a very happy birthday!!! Without further Ado I christen this the Seventh Annual  Mandy Day!!!!!!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Britians to Simon Cowell: Be Our Trump!

The fallout from the Brexit continues. Earlier this week, Boris Johnson bowed out of the race to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister. This whole situation has kicked off a storm of betrayals, double crossings, and dangerous politics. Or what we used to call a soap opera. Since the situation in the UK has gotten to the point of absurdity, some Britians think that they need to take lessons from The United States and want a reality TV star to lead their country. They want Simon Cowell to be the new Prime Minister.

Simon Cowell is perhaps best known for being the creator and 'Mean' judge of The X Factor in Britian. And many know him in the States as the 'Mean' judge of American Idol, but not many know him as a politician. That doesn't matter though, as several of them noted Donald Trump has no experience in politics and is a heartbeat away from being the most powerful man in the world. Those that support Cowell ascending to the position say that his time creating boy bands like One Direction, show that he knows what people want and really isn't that the most important thing? Like if he can keep 1D together after Zayn bailed on them, then there's nothing he can't do. Let's not mention that the group is no longer together, OK?

Many question why people of Britain would want a reality star to lead their country through this tumultuous time, when they have their own version of Hillary Clinton in Theresa May. The answer is quite simple: May is part of the establishment and as the Referendum on leaving the European Union shows, these people are tired of the establishment. They want to be independent and still have the security of knowing that royalty checks will be coming in the mail. This is why Simon Cowell is the perfect person for this time.

For his part, Cowell does not seem to know what the hoopla is all about. "What in the bloody hell are you talking about? I have bad singers to judge, who cares about the voters of this country!" Spoken like a true disciple of Trump.  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Mika Brzezinski Was Having An Affair With Joe Scarborough Allegedly

Coworkers hooking up is nothing new. Heck without it, I wouldn't be assigned nearly as many erotic stories as I am. Of course those pesky sexual harassment charges wouldn't exist either but enough about the hottie at my old job who thought it was inappropriate for me to ask to see him naked. Some people are just so rude! I just realized that my life is an erotic novel.... Fifty Shades of Royal coming to you soon. Though to be honest Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough might have me beat with the whole having sex with your coworker thing.

Yesterday news broke about Mika's divorce being finalized. Here I have to congratulate her on keeping that under the radar. In this day and age where we know everything going on with every celebrity from the A list to the Z list, it is quite refreshing that someone was able to keep a divorce out of the news cycle. It could help that she  didn't put out an announcement about the divorce.

So why did Mika divorce her husband of nearly 20 years? Well according to Blind Gossip, it's because she has fallen in love with her Morning Joe cohost, Joe Scarborough! Here is what they had to say about the alleged couple: "The two of them are definitely having an affair. And it has been going on for years! They have even – very quietly and very secretly – taken their relationship to the next level." As I said earlier, it's easy to fall for your coworkers. You see them everyday and spend about a third or more of your day with them. How could you not fall in love with them? That is not to say that cheating on your spouse is right, clearly it's not. 

Why did they get a place together? Well Joe lived in Connecticut and Mika lived in Westchester, so obviously it made sense for them to get an apartment in the city. The commute alone would have almost required that. The real question should be, did their spouses know that they got a place together?  Probably not but if they did, then they must have suspected something at the very least. I mean how could they not?

Would you know if your spouse was cheating?

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.