Sunday, July 17, 2005

I LOVE Harry Potter!

The new Harry Potter book sold an astonishing 6.9 million copies in its first 24 hours, smashing the record held by the previous Potter release. 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' averaged better than 250,000 sales per hour, more than the vast majority of books sell in a lifetime.

I know I haven't been around much lately...but I got my own shyt goings on. Needless to say I received my copy of the Half-Blood Prince on 7/16 and haven't gotten to read as much as I would like.

However I do promise to be on point, if not catch up, this week. But I will state upfront if this book hooks me, yall may not see me til I'm done.

Don't be a stranger, write a fuckin comment, shyt.

I see mofos be reading, wtf a sista gotta do to make yall respond to summin? Show some naked pics?

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Fame vs. Fortune : An Interesting Take on Oprah's Hermes Experience

Suddenly, the French wimp out. They’re willing to stand up to George W. Bush on Iraq, and they don’t give a rat’s derriere about harboring internationally reviled scumbags, like Haiti’s “Baby Doc” Duvalier, who was last seen tooling around the Côte d’Azur in his Testarossa. But confronted with the power of Oprah Winfrey, they fold like a crepe. Last Wednesday the echt-French luxury goods purveyor Hermès issued a formal apology to Oprah for the now famous closed-door incident, stating their regret for “not having been able to accommodate Ms. Winfrey and her team and to provide her with the service and care that Hermès strives to provide to each and every one of its customers worldwide.” Clearly uncomfortable in the media maw, the 168-year-old clothier’s noblesse oblige came off as stiff as cheap leather to some watchers.

Reportedly, Oprah plans to devote an entire episode to the experience in the fall when her show returns—not exactly the kind of product placement Hermès is looking for. But was it a true Crash moment? It’s easy to assume it was, because, let’s face it, France is a racist place. The country’s huge African and Muslim underclass is ghettoized on the periphery of Paris, safe from the eyes of tourists, and the public’s support for politicians like Jean-Marie Le Pen shows the lingering dark side of French nationalism. But most likely it wasn’t. In fact, it was probably the opposite, because it had nothing to do with the subtle strictures of race and everything to do with a different kind of smashup: celebrity entitlement colliding with traditional French arrogance.

Hermès apologized because Oprah is the last person on the planet you want to piss off—one gets the impression she tends her enemies list as carefully as she did her book club—but if the store was closed, it was closed. Why should they regret upholding their store policy? Their full-on groveling is a nauseating reminder of the codependency between celebrities and luxury goods marketers. A decade ago the makers of luxury wares could afford to behave like Louis XIV–era aristocrats, caring not at all about whom they alienated through their snobbishness. Remember that back then high-end goods were handmade in limited quantities, so demand honestly exceeded supply. But today the faux-shortages that place you on a waiting list for the latest Chanel bag are really just calculated manipulations of the demand curve.

Notes from all over

Don’t be surprised if Nicole Kidman and Johnny Depp star in a movie together. The “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” star recently wrote to Kidman, saying they should work together because their tastes are both so odd. Kidman is said to be thrilled with the idea. . . .

Ashlee Simpson has gone blond (see photo at left), and her more-famous also-blonde sister, Jessica Simpson, reportedly isn’t thrilled. “Jess has not only asked her sister to change her hair color back to brunette, but she’s begged their father — who manages them — to ask her to do so,” a source told Life & Style Weekly. A rep denies the story. . . .

I KNEW Demi's ass was knocked up!

Moore and beau Ashton Kutcher went to the Leammle Five Theater on Sunset Boulevard in L.A. Monday night to see the indie flick "The Talent Given to Us." In the unbiased opinion of our spy: "She is definitely pregnant. She's about five or six months — I know, my wife just gave birth — I know what pregnant women look like! She sat there watching the movie, with her legs spread, hand rubbing her belly with Ashton's arm around her the whole time.

And also....

Ashton's sister-in-law Melissa Kutcher, 24, claims the Punk'd star has done... little to help his brother Michael who suffers from cerebral palsy and survived a life-or-death heart transplant 13 years ago. Melissa said: "Ashton told the world he loves to help his sickly brother but in reality he doesn't take too good care of him.

"A few months ago Michael asked Ashton if he could borrow $2,500 for a hearing aid. Ashton asked if he could get a loan from their parents or a bank and Michael told him that wasn't an option. "Ashton then told Michael he would think about it and call him back about it."

Overheard in New York: Those Low Rent One-liners...

Tween girl: ...when her water broke, she rode her bike to the hospital. How ghetto is that?
--B44 bus

Lady: They better give me my money back or I'm gonna get 7 on my side!
--K-mart, Staten Island
Overheard by: tony

Store guy on cell: Nah, man I can't go out tonight! I'm broke! I just paid for an abortion.
--Pathmark, Cherry Street
Overheard by: Jubie D.

Suit: I need to go uptown, where they know the difference between a hot dog and a frankfurter.
--The Water Club, E. 23rd Street
Overheard by: Dave

Is Jessica Simpson Too Sexy?

Jessica Simpson must be wishing that she wasn't so sexy and gorgeous.

The reason? Well, her saucy bod has got her into trouble with a US Christian group who've slammed her as a "stripper".

An organisation which calls itself The Resistance, has blasted Jessica for her new music video These Boots Are Made For Walking - and are demanding that she re-shoot a less raunchy version.

With her father being a pastor, they reckon she should be a better Christian role model. The group's spokesman, John Conner, stormed: "It's sad to see her whore herself like this. She's a singing stripper."

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Mistrial Declared in Notorious B.I.G. Case

A federal judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death case, attorneys on both sides said. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper's ruling came after she expressed concern at a hearing Tuesday that the Los Angeles Police Department had deliberately withheld evidence from the court.
There were only three days of testimony in the trial, which began June 21 but was interrupted when an anonymous tip led to the discovery of large numbers of LAPD documents that hadn't been turned over to attorneys for the rap star's family. "


Ben Widdicombe's Gatecrasher: Miscalculation of Lauryn Hill?

Quick-tempered Lauryn Hill seems to be reaching for the self-destruct button even as she tries to put together a reunion with her Fugees bandmates. 'The Fugees was a conspiracy to control, to manipulate and to encourage dependence,' the 'Sister Act' star fumes in her first interview in five years. Hill claims that she was 'taken advantage of' while playing in the group, which also included Pras and Wyclef Jean, and 'took a lot of [emotional] abuse.'

She even claims in Trace magazine that her bandmates tried to prevent her from dating other men after a rumored secret relationship with Jean. 'I had become used to improper dynamics, where people would transfer their hatred on someone else, thereby making a beautiful person ugly,' Hill says of her time with the band.

The reclusive singer released modest-selling solo albums in 2000 and 2002. Lately, she has returned to the spotlight with a handful of Fugee reunions, most recently at the BET Awards last week. Before the show, Pras said: 'We've been in the studio. We're trying to figure out how we gonna do it.'

'There's no negativity as far as they're concerned,' said a source close to the band. There's a glimmer of hope that this band that was so important is trying to get back together. If they do, it will be a new Fugees, not the old Fugees.'"


McD's designs on Diddy

McDonald's could become McDiddy's in an effort to inject some hip-hop street cred into the burger-flipping scene. Sean (P. Diddy) Combs' fashion company, Sean John, is one of several being considered to beef up the threads of the fastfood chain's workforce. Other designers in contention include Russell Simmons, Tommy Hilfiger and Damon Dash.

'We believe that restaurant employees are brand ambassadors, and this is a great opportunity to have crew uniforms which are reflective of that,' said McDonald's spokesman Bill Whitman. 'This would create designs that they'll be proud to wear not only in the restaurant, but outside, as well.'"

Yes, there's more to this dumbass the link above. I dont' know what is more distrubing...Diddy actually doing this or the fact the News is talking about "street cred"?

Mistrial looms in Biggie case

An LAPD detective allegedly hid records for years that fingered two crooked cops in Notorious B.I.G.'s slaying, lawyers for the rapper's family revealed yesterday. The stunning development delayed the family's wrongful death suit against the city of Los Angeles until tomorrow and could result in a mistrial.

A secret file and two tapes - in which a prison snitch says crooked cop Rafael Perez confessed he and rogue officer David Mack helped set up B.I.G.'s 1997 murder - were stashed in a detective's "middle desk drawer," family lawyer Perry Sanders Jr. said. City lawyer Vincent Marella said Detective Steven Katz "just forgot they were in there" until about 12 days ago when he began preparing to testify.

But Judge Florence Marie Cooper, who has repeatedly ordered cops to turn over all investigative files concerning the slaying of the rapper, also known as Biggie Smalls, didn't buy it. "The notion that Katz forgot about the file is incredible to the court. It defies credulity. I do not believe it," the judge said. She will decide tomorrow what to do about the alleged police misconduct.

The family's lawyers want her either to declare a "default judgment," in which she would find the city responsible for Biggie's slaying and advance the trial to the monetary damages phase, or a declare a mistrial. The city wants the trial to go forward as if nothing happened. The lawyers for Biggie's family contend that Mack, who was then an LAPD cop, conspired with the rapper's bitter rivals at L.A.-based Death Row Records to have him killed in retaliation for the earlier murder of Tupac Shakur, who had been Death Row's star.

Why I have not commented on Live 8


I'll admit I haven't commented on Live 8 yet because I have not seen all of it. Unfortunately on Saturday I had an appointment smack-dab in the middle of the damn day. I watched both Mtv and VH1, as well as the coverage on NBC or ABC, whateva fucking channel that shyt was on.

Needlessa to say, Mtv's coverage sucks! I'm too old for that crappy VJ BS, and I think Mtv left out some good performances so we can listen to the VJ's idiotic chatter and see just HOW BIG Sway's hat can get with those frickin dreds (he's another AJ with that predator type shyt). Live 8 was ABOUT THE MUSIC, not you're crappy as VJ's and their idle banter.

I am still watching everything on AOL to catch up. But I will comment on a few things I did see.

1) I was pissed that Mtv choose NOT to show Rob Thomas when he performed "Lonley No More", with his fine ass, just to let us see 2 VJ's say "oh there's rob thomas performing loney no more, right here in Philly".

2) Green Day in Berlin. I like Green Day (yes I do so bite me) and I love their song Holiday. Needless to say the sound in Berlin SUCKED cuz their performance was HORRIBLE. I've watched their exclusive performances on Launch and AOL, and I've seen them perform Holiday live on SNL. So WTF happened?!?!?!

3) Pink Floyd....Fucking AWESOME!
4) Jay Z & Linkin Park...not bad
6) LOVED DESTINY'S CHILD (I don't really like Michelle; she just looks like she doesn't fit, like a deer always caught in the headlights, like the clumsy step-sister no one wants taggin around). I was surprised they did Say My Name, even tho I like this version, the harmony with the old 4 was off the hook. (On a tangent, I found The Writing's On The Wall the other day and had to downloaded it. I musta went thru 7 of those CD's over the I downloaded it and have been listening to If You Leave ever since...) Watching it again now, their bad was one of the better bands...nice clean sound.
7) Bon Jovi....need I say any more? I still Live on a Prayer and I love it!
8) Madonna was ok, I sure miss non-Kabbalah Madge tho, But I was so happy she did "Like a Prayer" with the choir!
9) Def Leppard...I just can't let em go! But they should did!
10) Sting...I love the Police hits more than his own, and I so happy he did message in a bottle and every step you take
and let me just state for the record everyone I mentioned so far is already in my Ipod!
So that's all I've seen so far. I'll be back on this topic.


ODD couple alert! "Kill Bill" director Quentin Tarantino, 42, and Shar Jackson, 28 — the mother of Britney Spears spouse Kevin Federline's two children — spent the holiday weekend together in Las Vegas. On Saturday, they dined at Nobu in the Hard Rock Hotel, where they were "holding hands and acting like a couple," a source tells Us Weekly. After dinner, they caught comedy show Beacher's Madhouse and were "very touchy," says another witness. Then at 4 a.m., they ate pizza and pancakes with a group of people at the Rainbow Bar & Grill. Jackson told the magazine that she and Tarantino are just "friends" and were in Sin City celebrating her mother's birthday.

Rapper Lil' Kim Gets a Year for Perjury

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Grammy-winning rapper Lil' Kim was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison and fined $50,000 for lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a 2001 shootout outside a Manhattan radio station. It was far less than the 20-year maximum she could have gotten and the nearly three-year sentence prosecutors had sought. U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch said he had considered the public perception of sending a young black entertainer to prison far longer than Martha Stewart, who spent five months in prison and remains under house arrest.

Ok, so she got 366 days in jail when Martha got 5 months? I'm not feeling this judge at ALL.

But I must say, Kimmie, sweetie, PLEASE STOP BUTCHERING YOURSELF!


and WTF is up with your lips, damn collagen looks like it's shifting gurl

Yee-Haw! "Dukes" Back on Track -

With a lawsuit against Warner Bros. threatening the impending release of The Dukes of Hazzard, the studio elected to pony up a serious sum of money to ensure the hard-driving picture would arrive in theaters as scheduled. At issue was Georgia-based producer Robert B. Clark's claim that Warners had infringed upon the copyright to his obscure 1975 United Artists film Moonrunners, upon which the television edition of The Dukes of Hazzard was based. In his lawsuit, Clark argued that Warner Bros. had purchased the TV rights to his script, but had neglected to put up the dough for the movie rights.

After U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess awarded Clark a preliminary injunction in the matter, Warner Bros. agreed to pay the producer a settlement of at least $17.5 million--more than the studio spent on the combined salaries of Simpson, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Burt Reynolds and the film's supporting talent, per Daily Variety.

However, had no settlement been reached, Hazzard's Aug. 5 release would have been canceled by the injunction and all copies of the movie would have been impounded by federal marshals. Furthermore, the film's DVD release would have been pushed off indefinitely, and the $40 million the studio spent on theatrical marketing would have gone largely to waste. Rather than garaging the General Lee to fight the injunction, Warner Bros. eventually caved last week and agreed to hand over a large chunk of change to Clark.

Where was I when this movie went "off track"? Maybe I blocked it out after watching the MTV awards and discovering the movies wouldn't be out until August. I'm tired of this shyt already, pay the guy the money, get the movie out and let's see how it does at the crappy box office.

I knew watching Chaotic would pay off!

BRITNEY Spears is not, we repeat not, getting naked! The pop tart has been in talks to do a magazine cover shoot during her pregnancy, but, despite rumors, it will not be in the now infamous "naked Demi Moore Vanity Fair pose." Spears' rep confirmed to PAGE SIX that the ballooning singer would "be the October cover girl for Elle" but that she'd be "keeping all of her clothes on."

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Socialite Nan Kempner Dead at 74

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Socialite Nan Kempner, a society page fixture and former correspondent for French Vogue, has died. She was 74. Kempner, who had been a heavy smoker, died Sunday of emphysema at her Manhattan apartment.

RIP Ms. Kempner

Questions Surround Luther Vandross' Death

He had suffered a stroke in April 2003 from which he never quite recovered. Vandross, who was beloved by everyone who knew him, suffered from diabetes and
severe swings in weight. But those close to him tell me that Vandross didn't have to die. What will come out in the next few days will be the story of how his manager, Carmen Romano, fought to keep Luther on track with his medical care. Opposing Romano were Vandross's mother and sister.

No Shit?

Why am I not surprised?

Friday, July 01, 2005

I STILL don't wanna be Bobby Brown!

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The entire show was a mess. Whitney still looks like a crackhead (obviously this was filmed long ago) and Bobby's lips disturb me...only Bobbi Kris is looking "a little" better than when last saw her. The last time I saw a pic of Bobbi Kris was when the 3 of em where at Disney World/Land/Whateva.

I was surprised at Bobby and Whitney's relationship, it didn't seem crazy to me. Hubby & I are definitely some yellers, we just like to argue, as do the 2 of them. But they seem to love each other, which explains why they stayed together over 10 yrs (WTF? 10 yrs married is like 50 nowadays!).

What makes me laff is the fact that Whitney is obviously not happy with the cameras, however Bobby loves the camera and an audience. The scene @ Atlantis was hilarious!

"Oh lawd why lawd can't I just be normal.....Why O Why? Praise Jesus!"

And WTF is up with Whit and her sunglasses and scarf? Now I can understand the sunglasses ALL the time, we all know u aint' got no hair and wear wigs. Just be like Tina Turner and get rid of your head dress Whit. Unless you converted when you went to Africa, u look like you fucked up ALL THE DAMN TIME!

James lost his bag, and it's a good thing

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CHICAGO - A federal judge dismissed a woman's lawsuit that claimed singer James Brown was to blame for her suffering from Graves' disease because he allegedly raped her 17 years ago.
In Jacque Hollander's lawsuit, which was filed in January and sought $106 million in damages, she claimed she was an aspiring songwriter working as a publicist for Brown in 1988, when the famed rhythm and blues singer allegedly raped her at gunpoint in South Carolina. Brown's attorney has denied he raped Hollander.
U.S. District Court Judge Sidney I. Schenkier dismissed the lawsuit Wednesday in Chicago. Schenkier's decision cited an Illinois law that required such lawsuits be filed within two years of an alleged act. Hollander's attorney, Donald Rosen, said his client would appeal. He acknowledged the statute of limitation had expired, but argued the lawsuit was still valid because Hollander's doctor told her in January 2003 that the thyroid disease she was diagnosed with in 2000 was caused by the alleged attack. According to the National Graves' Disease Foundation, stress can contribute to the onset of the disease, but many times the exact cause is unknown. Brown's attorney, Debra Opri, welcomed the ruling and said she wasn't concerned about an appeal. "It was a frivolous lawsuit in this court and it will be frivolous in any court," Opri said. "A stupid case is a stupid case." Brown, known as the "Godfather of Soul," served nearly three years in prison after he was arrested in 1988 convicted of assault and leading police on a car chase through parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

$106 Mil? GETBACK!

'War of the Worlds' Takes in $77.6M

"War of the Worlds" conquered the box office as easily as the movie's aliens overpowered Earth, but it did not have enough firepower to overcome Hollywood's prolonged slump.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise's sci-fi tale took in $77.6 million over the long Fourth of July weekend, lifting its total since debuting Wednesday to $113.3 million, according to studio estimates Monday.

Opening in 78 countries last week, "War of the Worlds" took in an additional $102.5 million overseas from Wednesday to Sunday, putting its worldwide total at well over $200 million. Paramount did not yet have figures on how much the movie took in internationally on Monday.

"War of the Worlds" bumped "Batman Begins" to second place after two weekends in the top box-office slot. "Batman Begins" hauled in $18.7 million over the four-day weekend to raise its three-week domestic total to $154.1 million.

RIP Luther

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