Posted by Shirley Brady on February 15, 2011 08:15 PM
AP catches up with Kate Betts, author of a new book on Michelle Obama, at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Betts explains what the First Lady's personal brand and style means to fashion, politics and more.
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 15, 2011 08:00 PM
Despite receiving 23,823 votes from the public, officials in Fort Wayne, Indiana, have declined to name their new government center after longtime mayor Harry Baals, overriding the popular vote to select Edwin J. Rousseau. (Missed opportunity, Fort Wayne... Boo!)
You can, however, buy merchandise (of course) honoring the late politician, whose family changed their surname's pronunication to rhyme with "bales" and still has a sense of humor, as you can see above. And at least there's the H.W. Baals Drive to remember Harry's civic contributions.
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 15, 2011 10:00 AM
The success of Justin Bieber's autobiographical Never Say Never at the box office this past weekend couldn't unseat the Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston romcom, Just Go With It. But no matter: a second version of the 3D movie is being released by Paramount to theaters on Mar. 4, according to Billboard.
Never Say Never 2.0, as it's being called, will include 20 pieces of music not in the current edition. It's also sure to lure devoted Beliebers — who reportedly hacked Esperanza Spalding's website after she nabbed the Grammy award for best new artist of the year — back to cinemas.
The movie's financing and production represents a new business model, as The Wrap outlines here.
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 14, 2011 12:00 PM
A nation (Brazil) and sport (soccer) are mourning today, as the legendary Ronaldo is retiring. The announcement — not entirely unexpected — ends "one of the most successful careers in soccer," as AP puts it.
Only 34, the World Cup record goalscorer has been plagued by injuries, which he blamed for his decision to hang up his cleats.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 9, 2011 05:00 PM
Eminem has always been a personification of his hometown of Detroit — ragged around the edges and often downtrodden, but authentic as this morning’s dishes, and an entertainment diamond in the rough.
He first popped up in Super Bowl XLV as a Claymated character for Lipton Tea's Brisk brand, but that wasn't what got everyone buzzing — it was his pro-Detroit Chrysler spot that still has much of the country raving.
“This is the Motor City,” the rapper concluded the spot, pointing into the camera as a choir sang celestially on the stage of the renovated Fox Theater downtown, “and this is what we do.”
Fortunately for Eminem, the parallels between his fate and that of Detroit stop there. On the road to recovery, Eminem is already miles ahead of his beloved hometown.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 8, 2011 05:30 PM
After securing a Super Bowl victory for his team and notching the game’s MVP award, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may find that the world is his oyster – or perhaps a cheese ball.
Fresh off an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, and after having starred in the Super Bowl MVP parade at Disney World earlier in the day, Rodgers now can ponder the significant endorsement opportunities that are expected to come his way.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 8, 2011 03:45 PM
British singer Joss Stone has stripped bear naked — and no, that's not a typo.
She's appearing in a new PETA anti-fur campaign in the UK that shows her holding a large teddy bear with the tagline: "Bear hugs, not caps."
The campaign targets Britain’s Ministry of Defense with an Unbearable Cruelty campaign that aims to stop the use of bear fur used in the tall bearskin hats worn by the Queen's Guards.
According to PETA, the name's not a misnomer — it takes an entire bearskin to make just one cap.
PETA has used nudity before, including musicians Morrissey and Dave Navarro, as well as clothed celebs Justin Bieber and Janet Jackson.
Read more about Stone's new PETA campaign here.
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 8, 2011 01:00 PM
The rumors are true. Al Gore's Current TV has hired former MNSBC host Keith Olbermann to host a nightly news program.
The recently ousted broadcaster called it "the most exciting venture in my career."Continue reading...