Thursday, June 28, 2007
Paris Hilton made her first television debut Wednesday night since her release from jail Monday in a personal sit-down interview with Larry King. Hilton sat calmly in a semi-lace mousy white/grey 3/4 sleeve shirt with her blonde hair cascading down her shoulders. Over the course of an hour the two discussed Hilton's past problems with the law, her experience in jail and how she plans to change her life.
Hilton said her experience in jail was the most "traumatic and terrifying" situation she's ever been through and swears she has learned her lesson. According to the heiress, her cell measured 8 by 12 feet and consisted of a metal bed, a toilet attached to a sink and a small metal desk. The food was "horrible" and was simply bread with mayonnaise and what the prison called "mystery meat" and "jail slop." Surprisingly, Hilton said she only lost 2 pounds, less than what everyone predicted she would lose. Being in solitary confinement for three and a half weeks led the star to meditate, write, read and reflect during her long moments of privacy, something she rarely gets in the outside world. During her one hour of free time, Hilton said she showered and called family and friends. She also received numerous letters from adoring fans and supportive people around the world such as soldiers in Iraq. (What?!?!) Apparently, the 26-year-old said she believes the time has come to grow up and act like an adult. She said she knows she can change the world by making a difference and "feels compassion" for those that she left behind at the prison. Her goal is to ultimately set up a shelter for those who are released from jail and have no where to go. She'd assist in each person's transitional period and help them get back on their feet so as not to return back to jail in the so-called "vicious circle."
In her opinion, the punishment did not fit the crime. As she walked through the court doors, she honestly thought that she was going to receive a community service sentence for not a DUI charge, but for driving on a suspended license. (Are you kidding me??) Though, King brought up celebrities such as Britney Spears, Nicole Richie and Lindsey Lohan, Hilton expressed the same "compassion and sincerity" for each girl's situation, obviously refusing to get into the juicy specifics of their friendships. Sounding like a broken record, she repeated "everyone makes mistakes." Besides building a transition shelter, Hilton also plans to continue on her journey of self-discovery, as well as attend mass regularly because she's "always had a sense of spirituality." One misconception Hilton said people have about her is that she does not work and lives off of her parents' money. In fact, Hilton made it a point to say that she owns several businesses, has her own perfume and clothing line, a successful television show, a modeling career and several movie deals in the process.
Personally, after watching the entire interview, I felt like Hilton was passionate about very little of what went on during her time in jail. She seemed just about as fake as ever. The only thing that really swayed my opinion a bit was her experience getting strip searched, which was "the most humiliating experience in her life." Otherwise, the only way I'll believe what she says is if the entire world sees her change her ridiculous behavior for the better.
The one thing I did definitely agree with was Hilton's statement that because of her fame and success, she has a platform available to her that can allow her to stand up and make a difference in this world. Every celebrity does! And despite a few here and there, how many of them are wasting their time by going out and partying every night, driving drunk and basically destroying their lives? If Hilton does, indeed, go through with everything she proclaims, I would be utterly surprised.
So, watch it for yourselves and let me know what you think. Will Hilton change? Did she ultimately learn her lesson? Or will she be back to her old ways in no time?
*Those that missed the hour-long interview can catch it on the YouTube website in six different parts.
Posted by TuningIn2Music at 7:24 AM
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I absolutely LOVE this video! Here is a SMART journalist/newscaster putting her foot down and ademently refusing to air Paris Hilton as the top news story. Take notes, people, because this woman is finally standing up for what probably hundreds of thousands of people think to themselves every time someone spends too much time on Paris Hilton's endless tirades and pointless issues. I hope it causes a domino effect. There are obviously other more important events happening in this world that trump Paris' ridiculous sob fests. Check out this video....just awesome!
Posted by TuningIn2Music at 9:27 AM
Will Ferrell and Baby Pearl are at it again! A new video was posted recently on funnyordie.com called "Good Cop, Baby Cop". The creative storyline features the same characters as "The Landlord" except with a bit older Pearl, who now is looking more like a toddler than a baby. In the new video, Ferrell is being interrogated for a crime he won't admit to, so when it comes down to it, Pearl is brought it to squeeze it out of him. Can she do it?? (Who are we kidding here?!) Check it out for yourself and share your thoughts!
"Good Cop, Baby Cop"
Posted by TuningIn2Music at 6:31 AM
Thursday, June 21, 2007
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Monday, June 18, 2007
One of my favorite actresses, Julia Roberts, has given birth to her third child with Danny Moder. On Sunday, June 17, 2007, Henry Daniel Moder was born!
Check out the link below for more information on the new arrival!
Julia Roberts got her claim to fame when she starred opposite Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. Since then she has starred in movies such as Mona Lisa Smile, Ocean's Eleven, My Best Friend's Wedding, Erin Brockovich, Stepmom (my favorite of hers!) and Runaway Bride. She was also the voice of Charlotte the spider in Charlotte's Web. (Great movie...bring kleenex!)
Posted by TuningIn2Music at 1:52 PM
Friday, June 15, 2007
In my other blog Tuning In 2 Music (http://tuningin2music.blogspot.com, I talked about Justin Timberlake and his success in his solo singing career. Now, I've decided to turn to Joey Fatone, a fellow 'NSync member.
Joey Fatone joined the boy band 'NSync in 1995 and became part of one of the biggest boy bands in the world, along side Backstreet Boys. Their best selling albums "*NSYNC, " "No Strings Attached" and "Celebrity" struck chords among their closest fans. Singles such as "I Want You Back," "Tearin' Up My Heart," "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You," "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays," "Bye Bye Bye," "It's Gonna Be Me" and "Dirty Pop" became instant hits globally.
As of 2002, the group has been on an extended hiatus until further notice. According to Jive Records, the group signed a contract stating a release of a minimum of five albums, of which only two have been recorded and released ("No Strings Attached" and "Celebrity"). Several band members were quoted as saying the band will never break up and that eventually the band will get back in the studio. No decision has been confirmed by any band member.
Joey Fatone added a lot of non-boy band jobs to his resume since the band's indefinite break-up such as Broadway work, Hollywood films, and of course, a role staring on ABC's hit talent show "Dancing With the Stars." His hard effort and strong passion landed him and his partner, Kym Johnson, in second place. It was a VERY close race, but no matter what, I thought Fatone did a FANTASTIC job! I have included one of my favorite dances of theirs below! Then make sure to check out the other recommended links and, of course, don't forget to purchase your very own Dancing With the Stars tickets! Tickets are on sale now and cheap tickets are available!
Posted by TuningIn2Music at 12:52 PM
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Here's a comprehensive list okayed by several guys that is okay to watch. Check out the list below! (10 being borderline, 1 being best chick flick)
Top 10 Chick Flicks Okayed By Men
10) Pretty Woman
9) Pretty in Pink
8) When Harry Met Sally
7) Merill's Wedding
6) Never Been Kissed
5) Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion
3) Four Weddings and a Funeral
2) Father of the Bride
And the number one movie......drumroll please.....
1) Mean Girls
Feel free to let me know of other ones you feel should be on this list!
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Posted by TuningIn2Music at 10:05 AM
"Knocked Up" definitely portrayed "Grey's Anatomy's" Katherine Heigl in a new way.....I saw it last night and was satisfied, yet thoroughly surprised at the excessiveness of some particulars in the movie. Examples? Definitely the language (which didn't bother me but is better suited for the college-aged crowd than for Mom or Dad), the nudity and vulgarity.....um, the birth scene? YIKES! Talk about a surprise! If that didn't scare every guy and father-to-be in the theatre, I don't know what will!
On the flip side, the humor was what I expected. My sense of humor is very selective and only a few movies can get me rolling on the floor such as "The Breakfast Club," "Tommy Boy," "Black Sheep," "Liar Liar" and "Dodgeball." "Knocked Up" actually had a few cute lines in there that actually elicited a laugh from me, but lame stuff like people just tripping or screaming at someone else isn't funny to me. (Except for when Debbie kept yelling "Doorman!") I'm more about the facial expressions and how someone says something. Like the lady who sat in the office talks with Heigl. Not only was she weird, but the way she was talking coupled with her facial expressions was hilarious!! "Tighten up!" I don't know why but I also thought it was hilarious when the doctor near the end of the movie was talking to Ben outside and he brightened up.
Doc: This is healthy. This is good. I think we're bonding.
To me, the comment was so random and his facial expression was priceless.
Personally, I wouldn't pay to go see it again and if someone in my house rented it, I might not watch the whole thing, just certain parts. If you haven't seen it, it's a good two hours so make sure you really want to see it! Anyways, give me your opinion of the movie.
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Posted by TuningIn2Music at 8:46 AM
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
This past year my mom got me hooked on Dancing With the Stars. At first I thought it was boring and the judging very similar to American Idol's, but after a few weeks of watching it, I really took a liking. I came into the season a bit late, but immediately liked Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough, winners of Season 4. Ohno, an Olympic speedskater. Unbelievably, Hough was a professional dance at the mere age 18, as well as an aspiring actress/country singer.
Regardless of the competition, I felt that no one else came even slightly close to beating out the two to the trophy. Former N'Sync band member, Joey Fatone, gave it his all and did an incredible job at it. His performances elated his daughter who was in the crowd A LOT and landed him into the runner-up position. Laila Ali was also successful, especially since her job as a boxer doesn't involve any graceful or fluid movements.
Watch my favorite performance by the two!
You can see everyone perform at a city near you when you purchase Dancing With the Stars tickets. Buy them today because these tickets are HOT!!!!!
Posted by TuningIn2Music at 2:16 PM
Are you a musical buff? Were a you an avid fan of the Four Seasons? Then you're in luck! Broadway's newest hit musical, Jersey Boys is now playing in select cities! Watch the Frank Valli story unfold in a part Jukebox, part concert musical. Acts include song selections such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," " Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and so much more. Guaranteed to keep you singing all night long!
Tickets are on sale now! Don't miss a chance to see the four-time 2006 Tony Awards winning musical today!
Posted by TuningIn2Music at 7:44 AM
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Okay maybe not THAT soon, but how exciting! Toy Story and Toy Story 2 opened the world's eyes to how we treat our precious toys. Apparently it won't be released until 2009 or 2010, but thankful Tim Allen and Tom Hanks are returning to be the voices of Buzz Lightyear and Woody. (I'm not a fan of different actors/actresses doing sequels....that's just not right!) Though it hasn't been confirmed yet, possible movie premises are Sid's revenge or Buzz being recalled back to Taiwan. Under a different writer, the world has yet to see if this movie brings the same fun, humor and enthusiasm present in the first two films.
Posted by TuningIn2Music at 1:10 PM
Monday, June 11, 2007
The new musical, Wicked, is spellbinding in every spectacular way! Join in as I describe my experience seeing the musical for the first time. Then share your own thoughts as well! Complete with elaborate description, ticket links, memorable quotes and recommendations, this blog is sure to inspire every theatre or music person out there!
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Posted by TuningIn2Music at 2:20 PM
Last week, my sister and I took our mother to see Wicked the musical as a combined (yet belated) Mother's Day gift. (I'm still in awe!) Days leading up to the production, several friends of mine seethed with jealousy, admitting that they too wished they were going to see the new musical. Since this was everyone's first time seeing it, we were definitely in for a treat! We opted to grab a bite to eat prior to the 2 p.m. curtain call. My mother and and I arrived downtown at my sister's apartment around 11 a.m. and were pleasantly surprised to be treated to mimosas and cheese! After a bit of catching up and munching, we walked down a few blocks and enjoyed a nice lunch not far from Wrigley Field.
The musical was held at the Ford Center of Performing Arts in Chicago. As we stepped off the train, we were met with crowds of adults and little kids giddy with enthusiasm. Stepping in the theatre, one immediately felt a rush of excitement. The newly remodeled theatre was exquisite! My mother raved about how much it had changed and what a difference there was years ago to now. Just in case anyone is curious, the seating at Ford Center contains stadium seating so everyone can enjoy a part of the show without having to sit on a booster seat.
In all honestly, I don't want to sit here and describe in great detail what occurred during the actual musical. That would ruin it for anyone who has not seen it yet. In my opinion, books are (most of the time) better than the movie, yet this does not apply to musicals. Before seeing Wicked, I felt the need to gain some sort of familiarity with the characters and setting, just so as to make sure I wasn't completely lost from the very beginning. This isn't necessary for everyone, but on the other hand, it did not ruin my experience of the story either. If anything, I was able to recognize who was who and their integral role in the storyline.
What I will share with you is what grabbed my interest so much to the point that as of right now, the soundtrack currently is playing in my car -- on repeat. Right from the very opening, my eyes were drawn to the exquisitely beautiful costumes. No matter what role they played, each character donned velvet, shiny, leather or sparkling attire fit for royalty. The moment Galinda (or Glinda as some know), played by Erin Mackey, madeher stunning entrance, all eyes rested on her. The flawless singing and choeographed routines werejust incredible with no words to describe the passion these actors/actresses have for theatre, as well as the story.
Without a doubt, the best part of the musical was the number leading into the intermission. Dee Roscioli joined the Chicago cast all the way from the east coast and does an amazing job as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West! I'd have to say she gave the original Elphaba, Idina Menzel, true competition. I cannot begin to explain the feeling you get just watching Roscioli "fly" in the center of the stage singing her heart out in "Defying Gravity." Where as some singers may slightly crack at high pitches or notes, Roscioli excelled. Her rendition of "Defying Gravity" sent chills down my spine, as well as the rest the audience's I'm sure.
The ending is going to have to remain a secret...until you see it! And let's just say, the most unlikely things can happen. Any mysteries there were in the "Wizard of Oz" vanish when you see this musical!
Aside from buying Wicked tickets (Wicked theatre tickets), make sure to also purchase the soundtrack. After seeing the musical, you're going to love reliving it through each musical track. After purchasing the tickets and seeing the musical, make sure to let me know what you thought.
Wicked is an experience all in its own!
Here are some of my favorite quotes!
Glinda: You're still riding that old thing?
Elphaba: Well we can't all come and go by bubble!
Glinda: I know you don't want to hear this but someone has to say it! You are out of control! I mean they're just shoes...let it go! Oh give the girl her shoes back Elphie, and that dog -- dodo?
Glinda: It's good to see me, isn't it? No need to answer, that was rhetorical.
Glinda: I don't understand why you can't just teach us history instead of always harping on the past.
Posted by TuningIn2Music at 12:37 PM