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The names, they are a-changin’

Posted in blogging, celebs & entertainment by C. on November 30, 2009

The Huffington Post has a fun little poll about celebrity name changes.  I already knew a good number of them, but there are quite a few that surprised me, as well!

The whole “name change” thing is really an interesting phenomenon to me.  It usually boils down to one of two reasons: Either the star’s real name just doesn’t sound glamorous enough, or–as was the case with many actors in the old days–their given name reveals too much about their true ethnicity, which could jeopardize their career, their safety, or both.

Take a look at the poll…how many of the celebs’ birth names really surprise you?

Purple Reign: Vikes 36, Bears 10

Posted in sports by C. on November 29, 2009

The Vikings did it again today, snuffing out the Chicago Bears 36-10 at home.  They improve to 10-1.

Favre was 32 of 48 for 392 yards and 3 TD.  Percy Harvin continued his Rookie of the Year campaign with 6 catches for 101 yards and 1 TD; he also had 2 rushes for 45 yards.  Jared Allen had a sack and a pick.

The only area of concern for Minnesota was the ball security of Adrian Peterson, who coughed the ball up twice in 25 carries for 85 yards and 1 score.  “All Day” needs to do whatever it takes to start protecting the rock.

For me, the most exciting part of the game had absolutely nothing to do with what was happening on the field.  Rather, I got giddy when I saw that Prince was in attendance!  How cool is that?  I mean, I knew he was a casual fan of his hometown teams, but I never expected to see him attending a game…let alone a football game!  Basketball is known to be his sport of choice.

Go Vikings!

Seriously…Twilight?!

Posted in books & literature, movies by C. on November 28, 2009

Can someone out there clue me in as to why Twilight is so popular?  Is it connected somehow to the (in my opinion) completely unwarranted popularity of the Buffy T.V. show? (On a side note, I loved the movie version of Buffy!)

I am considering writing an 800- to 1,200-word post discussing the top ten vampire stories that are way better than Twilight.  Really, how can anyone love a franchise to the point where it inspires such creepy merchandise?  (No, Yoda dolls and Vader masks are not creepy…they’re cool!)

I don’t get it.  I probably never will.  One of my friends, though, is a serious Twihard–maybe I’ll ask her…

Vita Chambers

Posted in music by C. on November 27, 2009

As far as I’m concerned, the best thing about yesterday’s Lions-Packers game was the halftime show.

Motown Records celebrated its 50th anniversary with a tribute show at Ford Field.  Up-and-coming artists signed to the modern incarnation of the label, Universal-Motown, performed a medley of classic hits released in the brand’s heyday (the 1960s).

The first performer on stage captivated me so much that I literally tuned out the rest of the show.  Performing the 1963 Martha Reeves and the Vandellas hit “Heat Wave,” 15 year-old Vita Chambers made my jaw drop with her beauty and her voice.  A native of Barbados, Chambers seems to be virtually unknown at this point (she doesn’t even have her own Wikipedia entry yet); in my quest to learn more about her, all I could find were links to MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.

I’ve definitely got to check Chambers’ music out.  Being signed to Motown, I would expect it to be of some quality, rather than in the vein of Rihanna and a few other contemporary bubblegum pop artists whose songs have little (if any) substance.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted in funny stuff, holidays & special events, video by C. on November 26, 2009

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[T.V. review] Community

Posted in reviews, television by C. on November 25, 2009

courtesy imagineourworld.org

Set within the not-so-hallowed halls of Greendale Community College, Community focuses on a diverse and quirky group of students who meet in the library every week with the intention of helping each other brush up on their Español.  Studying, though, almost always gives way to chitchat before anyone can even say “sombrero,” with Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) leading the discussion.  As publicity spots for the show state, “they’re like The Breakfast Club…without the breakfast.  Or the club.”

The others in the ensemble are all funny, but only in small sporadic doses: film major Abed makes me chuckle occasionally, but not often enough to really matter.  Loudmouth gossip Shirley is more annoying than amusing. There are a few others who I’m forgetting entirely.

Without a doubt, my favorite among the study buddies is bombastic old coot Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase), a classic know-it-all who fancies himself a jack-of-all-trades.  Chase’s bone-dry sense of humor fits the character perfectly, and the writers are savvy enough to give him the best one-liners in every episode.

Community has quality writing, a great cast, and offers a fresh take on a familiar premise.  You can catch it Thursday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

Sorry, Prince…I’m broke.

Posted in Prince by C. on November 24, 2009

As much as I would love to own one (or even several) pieces of Anthony Malzone’s Prince art, I simply cannot afford to, even with the generous discount I and other Lotusflow3r members have been promised.  Unless the discount lops a good $950 or so off the general price, I will be out of luck come December 11.

Anthony, dude, please make posters and t-shirts of each of your designs so that those of us with shallower pockets can get our Prince on, too!

For Your Entertainment, or for my disgust?

Posted in blogging, music by C. on November 23, 2009

courtesy MTV.com

Just when I thought I couldn’t dislike Adam Lambert any more than I already do, he goes and does something to widen the breadth of my loathing.

This morning, Dr. Funkenberry posted a YouTube clip of Lambert performing his first single, “For Your Entertainment” at the American Music Awards.  Based on Doc FB’s description of the performance, I didn’t even bother to check the video out.  A few minutes ago, when I went to try and watch it so I could post my own thoughts about it here, I found that the merciful folks over at Dick Clark Productions had it taken down due to a copywright claim.  Yes…there is a God!

Hey Doc, I love your blog and everything, but could you please not publicize Liza Minnelli Adam Lambert?  He is an over-dramatic, egocentric joke of a “singer” who makes Lady GaGa and Amy Winehouse look like Amish housewives.  Why even give the guy mention on the same page with Janet Jackson?  Ugh. [/rant]

4 throws 4 as Minny dominates Seattle, 35-9

Posted in sports by C. on November 22, 2009

After scoring no points in the first quarter, I was a bit worried that today’s game against the Seattle Seahawks would end in a score more fitting for baseball than football.  Thankfully, Brett Favre threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter, as his team steamrolled to a 9-1 record.

The old boy’s 88% single-game completion rating was both a personal and team best.  Brett went 22 of 25 passing for 213 yards and 4 scores, connecting with Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Visanthe Shiancoe, and Sidney Rice.  His performance gave him 22 career games with 4 or more passing TDs, breaking the record previously held by all-time great Dan Marino.

There’s really not much to say about this game, besides the obvious.  The Vikes are playing lights-out football at the moment and are a real treat to watch each week.  As far as I can tell, the only downside to Minnesota’s great start this season is that it has made Brad Childress appear to be a much, much better coach than he actually is–which a few days ago resulted in what I feel is a rather unsettling development with regard to the future of the franchise.

There’s that, and then there’s the very likely possibility that defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will land a head job somewhere else next year.  It seems like we go through DCs about as often as Tampa Bay used to go through veteran QBs under Gruden!

While the Vikings’ remaining schedule doesn’t reveal any pushover opponents, it wouldn’t surprise me if their record stood at 15-1 going into the playoffs.

Bring on da Bears!

Little Britain: Kelsey Grammar School

Posted in funny stuff, video by C. on November 21, 2009

Here’s a collection of clips from the U.K. comedy series Little Britain, featuring a sketch called “Kelsey Grammar School.”  Hilarious!