Check out this podcast I recorded with bloggers Paisley’s Paperbacks and Fashion Bumble (links below) where we give our thoughts on a few musicians and authors and how they dress.

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So I decided to listen to the ‘unfiltered’ podcast of Reality TV star Brandi Glanville. Glanville, a member of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast (a Bravo reality TV series about Affluent women in LA, produced and at times presented by Andy Cohen) presents the cast with wit and refreshing honesty.
The podcast’s audio is presented with clarity, although at times the speaker(s) talk at, what seems like an accelerated rate. This could be because of editing (unlikely, because of the ‘unfiltered’ descriptive) or scripting, or possibly just my imagination.
Generally the podcast gives a lot of extra information from Glanville’s point of view about events, other cast members and situations on the TV show that a viewer or fan of hers would otherwise be unable to access due to these views having no place on the show or in interviews because of timing and the fact that they just aren’t relevant enough to what is happening on the show at that time.
Due to the podcast being presented by Glanville herself, I do get the feeling that she is talking about what she wants to talk about and thus there is more passion put forth on her part than is seen in the show and in interviews.
Additionally, Glanville doesn’t just talk about the TV show she stars in, but about all areas of her life and speaks on subjects such as fashion, pop culture and celebrity.

Glanville also has guest speakers on to talk with, these include other reality stars and other celebrities. Click on the link below and have a listen to the podcast and comment below what you think. Or tweet me at @PopCultureO

 

http://podcastone.com/Brandi-Glanville-Unfiltered

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Last night I sat down with a family sized bag of Doritos, a pot of hummus and Disney’s newest musical animation, Frozen. Set in the secluded Norwegian city of Arendelle, the film depicts the story of 2 royal sisters, one of which has the magical ability to manipulate and create ice out of nothing.

After she accidentally traps the kingdom in an eternal harsh winter while fleeing to the mountains, her sister sets out to find her with the help of a token Disney side-kick, an enchanted animate snowman and a man named Kristoff who sells ice for a living.
Filled with actors of notoriety, including Kristen Bell, the ever talented Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, my expectations were high.
The film has been highly praised by critics for its brilliant soundtrack and musical influence, especially its leading song ‘Let it go’ which seems to be a viewer favourite, Disney’s apt ability to inject Norwegian culture and influences through research of the Sami culture, its modern visuals, screenplay and voice acting.
Personally, I found the film to be entertaining and colourful. Additionally, I found it to have a very strong soundtrack, not only because of the popular ‘Let it Go’ song, but for others such as ‘Do you want to build a snowman’ which is a personal favourite of mine. The characters are also relatable and lovable, especially with the suggestion that the idea that Elsa (the one with the uncontrollable power) doesn’t have control over her power and feels isolated being linked to the mental disorder depression.
All in all I think this latest Disney movie is worth watching, even if you are not a fan of animated films, although theme, screenplay, soundtrack, score, voice-acting and animation are all sound stand alone, they make for a very good movie when combined.

Tell me what you thought of Disney’s latest hit in the comments below or feel free to tweet me at @PopCultureO

Earlier this week Olympic diver, Tom Daley came out as bisexual via a personal video on Youtube in which he announced that he was dating a man. The 19 year old bronze medallist is rumoured to be dating Oscar winner, Dustin Lance Black, a strong LGBT activist 20 years Tom’s senior. The two are even reported to have been house-hunting together in October.

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In the early hours of Saturday morning it appears that most (if not all) of the songs from Lady Gaga’s upcoming Album ARTPOP have been leaked online. Although most of the leaks appear to be bad quality it does prompt some sympathy for Gaga. A similar thing happened with Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album and Del Rey actually said that she was ‘discouraged’ by the news that several of her songs had been leaked online (not good news for us Lana fans out there!). Leaked music, although great for overly-eager fans, is detrimental to the overall effect of the final album. It not only ensures the respective artist loses out financially, but also the great and enthusiastic hype surrounding an album and within a fanbase in the run up to the release of an album is replaced with confusion and disappointment. Its unfair that the creative force behind an album (the artist) is unable to control when and where and in what form the art they have created is to be unveiled to their fans. Because of this, let us hope that the leaks will stop in future. 

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So the full release of Gaga’s most recent work ARTPOP is on the horizon (FINALLY!). Firstly, in terms of it’s leading single Applause, although the song is catchy and contains a brilliant infusion of sounds, Gaga played it safe with this song. Yes it was Gaga and yes it is a strong song but I feel  Gaga could have chosen a much edgier song or a song that pushed the boundaries more, something she is known to do of course! I also wholly believe that Katy Perry’s release of Roar at the very same time was completely strategic and planned so as to divert attention off of Gaga (I’ve got to give you that one Katy) and although Gaga insisted it was not a competition it undoubtedly was. With Roar and Applause fighting it for the top spot on all kinds of music charts it’s hardly surprising Roar was so popular given it’s catchy but fairly generic tune. However, I am happy that Katy released Roar at the same time, finally two truly talented artists returned to show younger challengers such as Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez how it’s done.

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Book : Lady gaga – Terry Richardson
I recently bought this book on sale and I personally believe it to be a fantastic edition to any fan’s collection of memorabilia or even to the collection of any aspiring photographers or fans of iconic photographer Terry Richardson’s work. The photos are intimate and sometimes personal, demonstrating Gaga’s love for high fashion and wacky garments and also her love for music and her family and friends. The book has little to know actual writing in it, but a picture says a thousand words. Stuffed with brilliant photos and snapshots this book is a perfect piece to add to any Little Monster’s collection.

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Well where to start! Firstly, even though before I pressed play on itv player a post came up saying the episode would contain violent scenes I was not expecting what the scenes actually contained. Now this may contain spoilers to any who haven’t watched the episode yet but as an Opera singer sang to an array of guests and to all the servants upstairs, downstairs, the arrogant and eerie valet of a guest of the house  went all kinds of cuckoo after lady’s maid, Anna, resisted his sexual advances. He hit her in the face and then proceeded to rape her (or so it is heavily implied judging by all the screaming and disturbing cuts away). I have to commend the writers for this brilliant story-line and I must commend Joanne Froggatt brilliant acting in these disturbing scenes. In the past Downton has been criticized for being too pretentious and I have to say that this powerful and disturbing scene had me completely on the edge of my seat and my heart in my throat, something that has never happened to me before while watching the program. I’m hoping the writers will develop this story-line and will put some focus and attention on how rape cases were treated in the 1920s and will not just use it as a plot device to wedge between Froggatt and her on-screen husband Mr Bates.

(source of information http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/downton-abbey/10352652/Downton-Abbey-ITV-series-4-episode-3-review.html )

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Ok so I’ve been completely obsessed with the BBC’s new series The White Queen. I can’t get enough of it, it’s the new GoT. Although, I believe the BBC have bitten off more than they can chew trying to condense 3 novels (The White Queen, The Red Queen, The Kingmaker’s daughter) into a 10 episode series, leaving little room for humor and lightheartedness. But any flaws the series has are made up for in the fantastic and moving portrayal of Margaret Beaufort (the historically icy matriarch of the Tudor Dynasty) by brilliant and beautiful actress Amanda Hale. She did an amazing job taking a character who, if some historians are to be believed, caused despicable and horrible things to place her son on the English throne, and made her into a very human and raw character who any audience is able to sympathize with and empathize with.

P.S. King Edward (played by Max Irons) is sexy as f*#@.

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Joan Rivers’ ‘Holocaust’ joke.

Recently I’ve been watching a lot of Fashion Police (genius show just to put it out there) and Joan Rivers just makes me die with every single joke and after youtubing the Holocaust joke scene I decided to do some digging. Turns out, Joan Rivers is herself Jewish and had many relatives die in the Holocaust. Joan, in my opinion, rightly defends herself in several interviews and says that she will not apologize for the comment. For several reasons. Firstly, those complaining most about the joke are less than half her age (it’s incredible to think that she’s 80 and is so sharp and quick in mind and tongue) and so didn’t experience it at all. She was at least alive during it and had relatives die from it, so these people have very little right to make these complaints. And secondly, she makes the very valid point that if you can laugh at something terrible that has happened, if you can make light of a bad situation, then you can learn to deal with it. All in all it was a joke, in poor taste maybe, but a joke none the less. Of course she didn’t mean anything vindictive by it and those complaining about it and demanding for an apology have little right to do so.