Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Bravo, Beanery

Say what you will about Starbucks, but you have to give them props for not bending to some overly religious group of bored losers, otherwise known as the Concerned Women for America (CWA). It appears the CWA have a problem with one of Starbucks cups featuring quotes by distinguished Americans.

The quote in question is as follows:
My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short. -Armistead Maupin

You see the CWA is concerned that be reading this quote you might be converted to homosexuality. For Christ sakes (sorry, I couldn't help myself) it a friggin' quote on a cup. When did America become such a hate-bed for anyone slightly different then what organizations like the CWA deem normal. This country was founded in pursuit of personal freedoms - you, me and the next guy. So I say go back to your bored, privileged life and stay out of mine. If you can't handle 41 beautiful words, you have bigger issues to deal with. Get a life.

P.S.- Thank you Starbucks for not removing the cups from circulation and issuing the statement, "diversity and treating people with dignity is one of the principles of our corporation." Bravo.

Monday, August 29, 2005

The End

So it appears the divorce of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston is official. While this is hardly new news, I just wanted to give my two cents on the subject. While we can speculate all we want about why this Hollywood golden marriage unraveled, the truth lies among those two people, and only those two people.

Divorce is never a pretty subject even when it ends on amicable terms. I cannot image how much harder it must be on anyone in the public eye. It would be nice if we could give Brad and Jennifer the respect they truly deserve by not feeding the gossip machine and let them heal and recover on their own terms.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Age of Aquarius

My horoscope for the day:

The stars are handing you an all-access pass to -- well, to just about anywhere you want to go (really)! So whether you're with the band or you want to go behind the scenes, it's all available to you now.

I'm hoping this is indeed the case.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Goodbye, Girl

So we said goodbye to Deanna last night on Rock Star:INXS. This show gets harder and harder to watch, as the numbers dwindle on such talented people. The one thing that this show should be commended on is the way the contestants treat each other like family. As the weeks progress, there hasn't been much backstabbing, blame shifting or vicious attacks, which I find refreshing. I almost think this is the reason why I don't like JD, because he is your typical reality persona.

Anyhow, props to Suzie for being the only person to not be in the bottom three... keep it up.

PS- Keep rocking Deanna!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Crush of the Week

Ok, with not a lot to talk about today, I figured I would give you my crush of the week, Dermot Mulroney. I rented the Wedding Date last night and although not the best movie, you can never go wrong with some of Mr. Mulroney in the mix. In the movie, we are treated with a few loving displays of a semi-naked Dermot... who plays a male escort. He's charming and makes for some great eye candy.

Catherine Keener is one lucky woman, she gets to sleep next to him every night. Lucky girl.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

At What Cost?

Ok, I'll admit I love celebrity and the gossip that follows it. I can safely say that I enjoy hearing about the rich and famous. However, I do feel like the paparazzi are going overboard with the hunt for the perfect picture- the first one to capture Brad and Angelina acting as a couple or how and what an Olsen twin might eat.

Take for example, Scarlett Johansson. While partaking in a day trip to Disneyland (yeah, there's a hot bed of sizzling action) she was followed by four (yes, four) sports vehicles in pursuit of the perfect shot. For what, I ask, Scarlett on Splash Mountain? While trying to avoid the pesky photographers, she unfortunately clipped the right side of another vehicle containing a mother and her two daughters. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Oh yeah, the photographers got their shots... of the accident they were responsible for.

Are we that thirsty for these photographs of Scarlett enjoying an amusement park that innocent people could have been injured or worse. I say we take a more classy response and boycott these stalk-a-razzis. I suggest celebrity magazines find a better way to spend their budget, then on these tasteless shots. Have we so soon forgotten about Princess Di?

Monday, August 22, 2005

Bring It On Home...

While thinking about James in Toronto, I started thinking about another Canadian who's constantly in my head. Over the past six weeks I've developed a small crush on Suzie McNeil from Rock Star:INXS. Her vocal talent and truly captivating smile, keeps me rooting for her survival, as she slowly slips into the bottom three for the past two weeks in a row (what's wrong with you people, it's JD's time to go!)

I love the fact that she emotional every time someone else leaves the competition, I completely understand being over-emotional, considering I cry at the drop of a dime. Suzie, just keep your head-up girl, besides every time you sing an INXS song (which you do so well), it gives you more screen time on TV. You're talent has been properly showcased and I know you'll have a long career long after the show is over. Rock On!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Flying Solo

James left this morning on a plane to Toronto to visit his mother and brother and I already miss him a lot. Four more days till his return home. I'm not really in the mood to be bitchy or bloggy. So I'll leave you with the first stanza of a poem he wrote for me:

You come in waves with
a killer smile
that brings me back to life.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Back Stabbed

Rule number one on any reality show, never trust anyone, especially housemates playing on your opposing team. Sorry to say Kaysar, you may have been voted back into the house by America, but I hope you didn't unpack because I have a strong feeling you will be leaving the game again on Thursday. I really don't know what you were thinking when you gave up your opportunity to erase your 'enemy' from the game. Stupid move, it may have just caused you the game, buddy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Got Milk?

It appears that a group of milk cows in Russia will have a serious case of the munchies after next winter. It seems they will be feeding off a supply of confiscated marijuana. Drug workers adopted this unusual form of animal husbandry after they were forced to destroy the sunflower and maize crops that the 40 ton of marijuana had been planted among. Without this mixture of "happy" crops, the cows would not survive the cold winter.

They are unaware of what, if any, damage this will have to the supply of milk harvested from these particular cows. Gives new meaning to "milk does a body good."

Monday, August 15, 2005

Of Gods and Men

So every Monday at the View Bar Max Scott hosts a party called Woof. I've attended the party a few times and have always had a total blast, thanks to Max. He's very personable and attentive to those who attend one of his parties. Tonight's party should be a lot of fun due to the fact that it features a few remarkable men and proceeds will go to Visual AIDS (something that I helped make happen, thanks to my relationship with the next man.)

First up, is Michael Alago, who I meet at his opening at the Leslie Lohman Foundation. He photographs men who ooze masculinity and strength. If you haven't already picked up a copy of his book Rough Gods, I suggest you head out today and grab one. At tonight's party the model search will begin for the sequel to this limited edition book. In addition, he will be auctioning off a photograph to one lucky winner tonight at the party.

Finally, Colton Ford will be making an appearance promoting Naked Fame, the documentary about his transition from porn icon to singer. I was able to see the film and hear Colton speak about it while it played at the Village Cinemas. It should be interesting to see how he's progressing with finishing his album and such.

So the evening should be loads of fun and I recommend swinging by if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Hopefully I will see a few of you there, my dear readers.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Eight Legged Freaks

Who knew trying to draw octopus would be so difficult. It's not the actual process of drawing them that has been difficult, it is getting them to interact with the rest of the painting that has been most challenging. These elegant sea creatures have been invading my psyche for quite a while and it will be nice to finally remove them from my mind and capture that essence on paper. I'll keep you informed dear reader.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

No Comment

So I've been blogging for about four months now and have no idea who reads this thing. Over 850 people have logged on at some point, yet no clue as to who my audience is? So if you have the time, drop me a comment every now and again... would love to hear from you. Make a blogger happy!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Rock On with Your Bad Self

Ok, I understand all reality television programs have villains, it's almost built into each story line and they are the characters that usually stick in your head long after the program is over. Case in point, Omarosa. I dare you to name another person from the first season of the Apprentice.

I've developed this strong guttural reaction to JD from Rock Star:INXS. I just don't get how he's never been in the final three, never mind not eliminated yet. Wise up America, he doesn't have the vocal power or range to lead a band like INXS.

He's certainly got the right attitude for reality television and is looking out for himself first. But do we keep him around for the fact that a show without a villain isn't worth watching? Or are we just waiting to see what he'll do next? Or are there actual people who are buying into his allure and snake-like charm and think he is really that good? Don't get me wrong, you would never see me up on that stage and he is talented, but I just don't get him... period.

Ultimately, he probably won't win the gig, but you got to wonder if he will end up like Omarosa and appear in next season's Surreal Life? Just my reality thought of the day.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Summer Shimmy

So each summer there is one song that sticks in my head and I just can't get enough of. This summer, that honor belongs to the Pussycat Dolls with Don't Cha, an infectious little ditty about 'wanting a girl as hot as these birds.' I love the idea that these former burlesque performers can cross over to the mainstream.

Now if only Miss Dirty Martini or the World Famous *BOB*, can come out with a single, then we would be talking.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Queen Bee Stung

I know I'm a bit late, but I just wanted to tell my Queen Bee, that I'm glad you are going ahead with your next album and I'm surely going to miss you on the red carpet for the 4-6 months you are behind bars. I know the judge sentenced you to a year and a day (starting on September 19th), but on good behavior you'll be out in no time. So keep your head up my lil' spitfire, you'll be knocking them dead in no time. Besides, if prison could re-energize Martha, I'm sure it can't hurt a tough bitch like you. I mean that in the most sincere loving respectful way.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Feeling Super

So I've only watched Smallville a few times, but every time I seem to catch it, I'm struck speechless by the beauty that is Tom Welling. Why this man is not a bigger star escapes me. Will somebody from Hollywood smarten up and place him in something that highlights his talents.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Parent Trap

So the Long Island judge proceeding over the divorce hearings of Lindsay Lohan's parents, banned all media from hearing ever word of the trial. Smart move. Some things are better left un-heard. Besides, I'm sure its hard enough for Lindsay to have to struggle through all this, especially since her Dad is asking for a cut of her earnings.

When did our society become a horde of ambulance chasers, feeding on every scrap of information we can get our greedy little hands on. Something like the breaking up of a family should be left to those involved... that's it.

Here's hoping this case can be resolved very quickly and without hurting those involved, too much. Then again, divorce is never a pretty thing.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Thank You Mr. Burnett

Thank you, for bringing to our attention, Jordis Unga... a voice from the heavens, with beauty on both the inside and out. INXS would be foolish not to select her as their new lead singer. 'Nough said.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Revised For Mass Consumption

So, Oliver Stone's re-edited "directors cut' version of Alexander hits DVD stands tomorrow. It saddens me that due to the negative response the film received in theaters, Stone has removed all the gay subtext from the film. I'm shocked that the man behind films like JFK and Natural Born Killers, would allow anyone else's opinion matter.

Alexander's bi-sexuality is historical, and what is interesting is the fact that Stone did not gloss over this in the film to begin with, no matter how subtle the reference was to begin with. Stone is quoted as saying "They didn't even read the reviews in the South because the media was using the words: 'Alex is Gay'. As a result you can bet that they thought, 'We're not going to see a film about a military leader that has got something wrong with him.'"

So we have to live with a revised film, edited for the masses. I expect more from you Mr. Stone.