Archives for the month of: October, 2013

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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.

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Age – 27 (Mary-Kate younger by 2 minutes than Ashley)

Net Worth – $300 Million

So I’ve never really known much about the Olsen twins, other than they were obviously the child stars of Full House turned fashion designers and I only really took an interest in them after I saw a photo of Ashley with Justin Bartha (The New Normal and The Hangover star) while looking up The New Normal. A program I enjoyed watching while it was on and am sad it’s finished. These two are just so beautiful (even if Mary-kate does look occasionally gaunt due to an eating disorder) they dress so well. Like hobos but in a cool way.

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Net Worth: $15 Million (as of 2014)

I came across an interview on Youtube a few days ago (Link Below) of the famous and talented child actor, Macaulay Culkin on Larry King from 2004. King leads an interesting and very insightful interview in which the viewer learns a lot about Culkin’s personal life and career since it took off after his first major blockbuster role as Kevin McCallister in the 1990 film Home Alone.

At the pinnacle of Culkin’s child acting career he was regarded as the ‘most successful child actor since Shirley Temple’.

Culkin, now in his thirties, gives perceptive and thoughtful answers and speaks on his experience as a child actor and how it has affected him since. After watching the interview I began to wonder what happened to Culkin.

I did some research and found out that Kitt Culkin (Macaulay’s father) was an over-bearing and pushy ‘stage-father’. From what I’ve read, it seems Kitt forced his children into acting and was the principle driving force behind their careers. Culkin eventually sued his parents for his own fortune (supposedly over $30 million at the time) and it seems that Macaulay’s parents battled for custody over him and his siblings and by extension, control of Macaulay’s fortune.

When his parents separated his mother’s legal fees were driving the family into near poverty and so Macaulay took both his parents to court to gain control of his own finances when he was just 14. He won the legal battle and was able to pay off his mother’s legal debts.

Unfortunately in recent years, stories of Culkin’s drug habits circulated and there were even false stories claiming he had died of an overdose. As I wrote before in a post on Lindsay Lohan, is this ‘fall from grace’ that occurs all too often in young Hollywood stars caused by their freedom both in terms of the doors that international fame can open for them and the vast wealth available to them. Are they not emotionally responsible to handle their money and fame? Or are they acting out because they didn’t have the chance to when they were younger? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Or tweet me at @PopCultureO

(the interview is split into 6 parts this link will take you to the first)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1nrBinuHkw&list=PL7A64443205324C4F

 

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Age – 27

Net worth – $500 thousand

Why do we obsess over Lindsay Lohan so much? Why do we humans have an obsession with fame? She hasn’t really done any seriously successful acting work for years now (even though she’s ‘rebooting’ her career right now by starring in the likes of Scary Movie 5, not the best way to rejuvenate your career lilo I must say) we still seem to be lapping up any details about her life. Oprah Winfrey was even willing to pay her $2 million for the chance to interview her after her most recent court-ordered stint in rehab. Do you think we enjoy witnessing a star’s fall from grace or would be half as interested if she hadn’t been arrested for drink driving, drugs etc and was simply still the innocent and talented young actress she used to be? Does Lohan make drugs, drinking, going against the tide and generally not giving a sh*t cool? It’s sad that talented young actors so often travel down the wrong path, is this because of money? fame? pressure? lack of a childhood? Who knows, a mixture of all most likely. But a friend of mine made an interesting comment when she said that ‘a lot of these child stars go bad because if they don’t, they’ll have the cheesy, Disney child star image for the rest of their life if they don’t’.

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So I just watched a rerun of this show, I did watch it while it was originally on but I thought I’d write a post because I thought it was hilarious, I’m not usually a fan of that kind of Punk’d style of TV show  because I don’t like practical jokes that much. But I have to say that I genuinely laughed at Ryan Sampson’s character Shussi, his ridiculously over-dramatic and insane behavior had me in stitches.

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I have to say I loved it. I love Charlize Theron, she did a fantastic job as the evil Queen. I like that they gave her a past, a reason to be so evil. And well….Kristen Stewart sort of acts in it, I guess we can’t expect much more from her can we?

The idea of taking an old fairy tale and making it darker and giving it a harsher appearance is something that I have always liked. Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is a good example of this. I think the Brothers Grimm’s stories were far more interesting than the Disney versions (although I do love them too) and I hope the darkening of fair tales continues in the future. If the new Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Maleficent (a new version of Sleeping Beauty told from the villains point of view starring Angelina Jolie as Malificent) are anything to go by then the trend will continue.