Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Madonna: Ends US Leg of her "Sticky & Sweet" Concert Tour Tonight in MIami

Madonna continues her successful "Sticky & Sweet" concert tour tonight at Miami's Dolphins Stadium as she closes the US leg of the tour.

As a loyal Madonna fanatic...
I will be there (section A1, row 22, seat 3) to dance and move my thing as Madonna belts out almost three decades of incredible music!

If you have not seen this concert, I suggest you buy your ticket NOW and get your a** to the Dolphins Stadium before 7:30 pm tonight. Don't miss it!!!

Dance & sing, get up and move your thing!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Virgin America Launches Wi-Fi Service

Virgin America has announced the launch of their in-flight Wi-Fi service on Monday.

The launch is a beta test that is going to last for a period of one week.


The goal is for it to launch commercially on December 1st after they work out all of the bugs and such.


This is a very aggressive move for Virgin America as they are trying to garner more passengers from other airlines.


The system being used comes from Aircell and will be on all Virgin America planes by the middle of 2009.

Those who take part in the beta test with Virgin America will be able to use it for free.

Boyzone Slammed for Gay Music Video

Irish pop group Boyzone have been criticised for featurung a gay couple in their new music video.

The promo for the band’s single "Better" features singer Stephen Gately, who is gay, getting up close with a male actor. And according to Northern Ireland newspaper, the Dromore Leader, an Irish minister has now slammed the clip - claiming it sends a "deadly message to young people.”

Reverend David McCullough, minister of Dromore Reformed Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland, tells the publication, “This video, that will be watched by millions, is sending out a deadly message to young people. It is stating that homosexuality is simply another norm. The video very cleverly interweaves softly lighted, black and white images of heterosexual couples with a homosexual couple. “The message is plain and the often repeated drum beating of the homosexual lobby that says that homosexuality is a normal lifestyle.”

Watch the music video:

New Release Tuesday!

With the holidays less than almost a month away, it's time to stock up on new CDs and DVDs for yourselves or your loved ones.

Here are this week's new releases:

MUSIC CDs
Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes
The Fireman - Electric Arguments (Paul McCartney's alter ego)
Barry Manilow - The Greatest Songs of the Eighties (Shown Above)

Moby - Last Night Remixed
R.E.M. - Murmur (Deluxe edition of classic 1983 album with previously unreleased live show)
Scott Weiland - Happy in Galoshes


DVDs - TV SERIES
24 - Redemption
Beverly Hills, 90210 - 6th Season
The Big Easy - 2nd Season
The Colbert Report - A Colbert Christmans
The Doris Day Show - Complete Series
Family Affair - Complete Series (Shown Above)
Freaks and Geeks - Complete Series
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - 5th Season

The Mod Squad - 2nd Season, Volume 1
The Pink Panther Show - Ultimate Collection
The Real Ghostbusters - Complete Series
The Red Skelton Show - Ultimate Collection
Superman: The Animated Series - Doomsday

DVDs - MOTION PICTURES
Fred Claus
Hancock (Shown Above)
Meet Dave
Space Chimps

So go to your local CD/DVD entertainment stores or online to purchase your favorite new releases today.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Madonna: Saddened by Divorce

Madonna recently expressed to the Associated Press about how she is handling her divorce from husband Guy Ritchie

Quote from Madonna:
"I'm sad about my personal life, but I feel very blessed and very lucky that I have the opportunity to do what I do in my professional life. It would be horrible if I was just thinking about getting a divorce and had nothing to do."

Shopping Tips: Getting the Right Deals!

With the holidays fast approaching, we would like to share with you a few websites that will help you with finding the best deals available for Super Shoppers.

www.dealalerterer.com
Deal Alerter is a service of Consumer World, a leading online non-commercial, public service consumer resource guide. It is powered by PriceGrabber, a comparison price shopping robot that provides all the pricing and notification services.

www.fatwallet.com
FatWallet.com was launched in 1999, as one page listing for coupons from a handful of retailers. With the addition of a Hot Deals forum, FatWallet.com has become a community for savvy shoppers with over 800 merchant partners.


Slickdeals.net is a free, user-driven deal sharing site which provides consumers an avenue to collaborate and share information in order to make the best shopping decisions. It provides users with a forum for communication and various shopping tools.

Happy Shopping!

Holiday Greetings from the Obamas

A special message for our soon to be (and historic) first family, The Obamas!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

No Doublt: Back with a New Album & Greatest Hits Tour

According to a recent Billboard.com article, No Doubt are returning to touring in 2009 and will also be working on new material.

The group made the announcement via an instant message transcript posted on their official Web site, but did not provide specific details. "I have cabin fever. Maybe we should play some shows or something," guitarist Tom Dumont wrote.

Gwen Stefani answered, "I think we should go out now. I don't think we should wait. Pack up the babies and get a bunch of nannies. So fun! Would be so inspiring to get out there and play all those songs again."

I can't wait! More info coming as we get it!

Michael Jackson has Become a Muslim

Michael Jackson has become a Muslim and changed his name to Mikaeel.

The music superstar, 50, donned Islamic garb to pledge allegiance to the Koran in a ceremony at a pal’s mansion in Los Angeles, UK's newspaper "The Sun" revealed.


Jackson sat on the floor wearing a tiny hat after an Imam was summoned to officiate, days before the singer is due to appear at London’s High Court where he is being sued by an Arab sheik.

A source told how Jackson, brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness, decided to convert as he used a studio at the home of his chum to record a new album.


The star, whose hits include "The Way You Make Me Feel", was spotted looking “a bit down” by a producer and a songwriter who had both embraced Islam. The source said: “They began talking to him about their beliefs, and how they thought they had become better people after they converted. Michael soon began warming to the idea.

“An Imam was summoned from the mosque and Michael went through the shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief.” Mikaeel is the name of one of Allah’s angels. “Jackson rejected an alternative name, Mustafa — meaning “the chosen one”.

British singer Yousef Islam, who was called Cat Stevens until he famously converted, turned up to help Michael celebrate.

It was his pals David Wharnsby, a Canadian songwriter, and producer Phillip Bubal who counselled Jackson. The pair’s new names are Dawud Wharnsby Ali and Idris Phillips.


Jackson now prays to Mecca after the ceremony at the Hollywood Hills home of Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro, 51, who composed music on the singer’s Thriller album.

Michael, who rarely ventures out without a mask, is due to give evidence on Monday in a $10 million lawsuit brought by Prince Abdulla Al-Khalif of Bahrain. The sheik claims he bankrolled the singer’s lavish lifestyle in exchange for an exclusive recording contract. The billionaire sent songs for him to record but claims he was blanked. He told the court yesterday: “Many times he confirmed to me he would pay me back.”

Hugh Jackman: "My Wife Hates Gay Rumors"

Hugh Jackman has revealed that his wife hates hearing rumors that he is gay.

The actor, who was this week named the sexiest man alive by People magazine, said wife Deborra-Lee Furness often has to assure people that her husband is straight.

"She said the most infuriating times would be in the bathroom because all she'd hear is: 'Is he or isn't he gay?' 'I don't know, he's married'. 'Oh, who cares? I'm sure he's gay'," he told People.

"She used to call out from the stall: 'He's not gay. I'm telling you he's not.' And there would be silence until someone said: 'I think that's his wife.'"

Nicollette Sheridan's New Man: David Spade!

Nicollette Sheridan had a special guest at her party to ring in turning 45 – a possible new beau in David Spade.

Celebrating her birthday at new L.A. hot spot Luau with Desperate Housewives costars Felicity Huffman, onscreen husband Neal McDonough and Kyle MacLachlan, the newly single Sheridan at first played it coy with her man of the evening.

"They arrived separately and even started dinner at different booths," says an onlooker. It was a familiar scene: The duo were spotted a couple of weeks ago at the restaurant's opening, where they spent the night in deep conversation. This time, though, things got a little more intimate.

"They cuddled and kissed," says an onlooker. "They were full-on making out in a booth."

Decked out in a sequined gold frock, the birthday girl sipped on lychee martinis throughout the night and giddily enjoyed a specialty cake that read "Happy Birthday Princessa."

While a source insists the two aren't dating, the onlooker said that "David winked at her and stood by her side while she blew out the candles on her cake."

How Madonna Is Coping with Her Split

Madonna is doing her best to get through her split from husband Guy Ritchie – with a little help from ex-husband Sean Penn, according to a source close to the singer.

"It's a sad situation, but she's not heartbroken," says the source, who saw the 50-year-old icon hours before a London court granted the couple a preliminary "quickie divorce" on Friday. "She's handling it well."

Madonna, who rocked Philadelphia as part of her Sticky and Sweet tour on Thursday, is focusing on her work and her children to keep her mind off the end of her nearly eight-year marriage to Ritchie, says the source. "She's got a very busy life."

Also helping her through the tough time is her ex-husband. The singer and Penn were spotted having drinks at the Greenwich Hotel in Manhattan on Wednesday night. "They have a nice rapport," says the source. "There's nothing romantic there. They're just good friends."

Target Pushes Aggressive Price Cuts

Target wants to be sure it gets your holiday business this year. The retail giant has seen its profits take a nosedive this year, as shoppers cut back to just the essentials. Nearly half the store's revenue comes from non-essentials, though, like fashion and trendy housewares. To be sure they move items like this over the next month, Target will be offering some serious bargains.

The company says that it will match prices with its chief rival, Wal-Mart, in local markets, and will offer daily rotating value items on its website, while aggressively cutting prices on popular national brands. Though Target has cut prices around the holidays in previous years, Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel says the company is really ramping up its promotions for 2008, and expects to be the price leader on many gift items.

This makes Target very attractive for holiday shoppers this year. I remember doing most of my shopping there last year anyway, and I saved myself 10% extra by opening the Target credit card on the day I shopped for my friends and family. Then I paid it off and closed the account. If you can exercise discipline, there's no reason not to go for the in-store credit card offers, especially if you can take 10 or more percent off a large purchase. With the Target credit card profits dropping sharply recently, I wouldn't be surprised to see the store offer even better incentives to qualified applicants.

You should not forget to check the website for those rotating value items, too.

Japanese Man Living in Mexico City Airport

A Japanese man named Hiroshi Nohara has decided to take full advantage of his tourist's visa in Mexico City and has moved into the airport. He's been living there for two months, and the initial avoidance from the locals has recently turned into a curiosity.

Nohara, who can't explain why he decided to live in the city airport, has been getting by on free donations from local fast food stands and kind visitors. Apparently he was gaining so much notiriety with the local media that he's even being sponsored by a few of the stands who give him free hats and shirts to wear. Now, as a tourist attraction in and of himself, people stop by the airport just to take their picture with him.

Meanwhile, Mexican officials can't do anything to remove him from the airport as it's a 24/7 facility and technically he's there legally. His tourist visa runs up in March.

Until then, make sure you stop by on your connection to Acapulco and get your photo taken with Mr. Nohara. It's a limited edition engagement so your photo will be worth millions on Ebay someday

Carrie Fisher Reveals Her "Dark Side"

Actress Carrie Fisher reveals in her new book 'Wishful Drinking' that life as Debbie Reynolds' daughter was anything but ordinary. Fisher, most known as her role as Princess Leia in the 'Star Wars' trilogy, reveals the dirty details of her life including her mother's suggestion that Fisher have a baby with her stepfather.

The book is based off her one-woman, autobiographical show. Fisher, 52, takes readers into her life, exposing the truth about her drug addiction, her bipolar disorder and all her failed relationships.

Fisher reveals she sought help for her depression, but didn't trust any of the doctors' suggested treatments. Finally, at age 28, she was diagnosed with manic depression after overdosing on pills.

The root of her book though is about the constant competition for her mother's attention, which it seems she still hasn't found.

"My parents had this incredibly vital relationship with an audience, like with muscle and blood. This was the main competition I had for my parents' attention, an audience. People like you. You know who you are," she writes. "Even this book is a pathetic bid for the attention I lacked as a newborn."

Recalling her younger days, Fisher talks about having to deal with her mother's fame. "It was complicated to go out in public with my mother because she was very famous. She belonged to the world... It was like being in a parade. In a way, my mother was an event... So it was not like having private time with Mom. And I really didn't like sharing her. It seemed almost unsanitary," she writes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hugh Jackman: The Sexiest Man Alive

He's a triple threat: a star who can sing, dance and wield a weapon.

People Magazine has selected Hugh Jackman as their 2008 Sexiest Man Alive!

At 6 ft. 2 in., all scruff and biceps, Hugh Jackman looms large in the epic "Australia", which he says kept him "dirty 95 percent of the time" and left people stammering, "Oh...my...God," according to costar Nicole Kidman, who adds, "Women's jaws drop when Hugh walks into a room."

Jackman's wife of 12 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, calls his perfect form "the Body of Doom – but I like what's inside": a romantic who sings ballads at home and makes pancakes for Oscar, 8, and Ava, 3.

A hard body with a soft center – 2008's Sexiest Man Alive sat down with PEOPLE's Elizabeth Leonard and Julie Jordan to reveal most of his secrets.

People Magazine (P): You turned 40 Oct. 12 and now you're the Sexiest Man Alive. What was your wife's response?
Hugh (H): God bless her, she said, "I could have told them that years ago!" And the she said, "Obviously, Brad wasn't available this year." And I said, "That was a joke, right?"

P: Your marriage is a success story.
H: In my early 20s, I didn't have a regular girlfriend. I was single and really happy about it. And then when I was 26, I met Deb on [the Australian TV show] Correlli. She was my leading lady. It was just undeniable. I started planning to propose to her at about three months. We are happy. Deb and my kids have been the best things that have ever happened to me, without a doubt.

P: How do you keep the passion alive?
H: It's easy with my wife. She loves the idea of me coming home in costume because it makes her feel like she's having an affair in a good way. When we met, I was cast as a prisoner with tattoos and she'd say, "Don't take your tattoos off tonight!" and I'd be like, "All right!" But what works best with her is the stockbroker look. She also says, "Do your sexy dance for me," [an '80s-like, hip-swiveling number] and that works for me.

P: Are you self-conscious about any body part?
H: When I was younger, I had chicken legs. My nickname was Sticks.

P: What part do people like best?
H: My smile. Lately my pecs. I'm being honest!

P: What do you wear to bed?
H: I didn't wear anything until my daughter was born and we had a night nanny because I was working. I walked out stark naked, and she was reading a book. Now I like boxer briefs.

How the Sexiness Began ...

FIRST GIRLFRIEND
"Martine Craswell, in kindergarten. My dad said, 'Oh, I always knew you were romantic because you were running in a race and Martine fell over and you stopped and went back and picked her up.' Chivalry was there."

FIRST KISS
"With Sarah Dowsett when I was 9. I was going from a coed school to a boys' school and I thought, 'If I don't kiss a girl before I go to this school, I won't get to kiss a girl.' And my friend goes, 'Sarah Dowsett kisses. I kissed her once.' So I said to Sarah, 'I want you to know that I love you.' And she said, 'I love you too.' And I said, 'Do you want to go down to the bush and kiss?' She said yes. It was just [he purses his lips]. I remember thinking, 'What is this all about?' Then, when I had my first tongue kiss, I thought, 'What the hell is this?'

FIRST LEARNED ABOUT SEX
"When I was 9, Scott Whitehead, who lived down the road, had an older brother who had Penthouse magazines. I was kind of shocked."
For more of Hugh's interview, pick up PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive issue, on stands Friday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Macho Character from "The Simpsons" is Outed

Long-running FOX TV comedy show The Simpsons has revealed that the character of Duffman is gay. The revelation comes in the latest episode of the program, now in its 20th series.

The episode, titled "Sweet Conclusions" follows Homer as he sets up a business breaking up with people on behalf of his clients.

The episode marks the return of two gay men that Homer once shared a flat with during a short break, Grady and Julio. "When Grady calls Homer to book his breakup services, he mentions that he's dating someone new just as Duffman steps out of the shower and playfully snaps his towel at Grady," reports AfterElton.com
.

"Considering how Duffman parodies the way beer marketing is often drenched in machismo, seeing him in a relationship with Grady strikes me as very subversive."

Duffman is a spokesperson for Duff beer, and his catchphrase "Ooh Yeah!" is a favourite with fans. The character is based on Budweiser's former mascot Bud Man.

The Simpsons has sympathetically tackled gay marriage in an episode that revealed that Marge Simpson's sister Patty is a lesbian.

The character of Waylon Smithers has been a source of much comedy over the years, as he is clearly gay and in love with his boss, evil nuclear plant owner Montgomery Burns.

However, the latest Halloween special angered the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) after school bully Nelson Muntz used the phrase "that's so gay" to character Milhouse Van Houten. GLSEN wants the show's producers to promise not to use the phrase again.

"Nelson's use of 'that's so gay' in a negative way is not surprising considering that 90% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth say they hear the term used this way frequently or often at school." the group said.

New Release Tuesday!

It's another great week for new CD and DVD releases. Here's what will be available on Tuesday, November 18th at your local entertainment store, or online:

DVDs - Motion Pictures
Encounters at the End of the World
Garden Party
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (shown above)
Tropic Thunder
Wall-E

Music CDs
Beyonce - I Am...Sasha Fierce (shown above)
Blake Shelton - Startin' Fire
David Cook - David Cook
Dido - Safe Trip Home
Il Divo - The Promise
Juanes - La Vida Es Un Ratico En Vivo
Miley Cyrus - Breakout
Nickleback - Dark Horse
Ricky Martin - 17 (Greatest Hits)
Rod Stewart - Best Of...

Sammy Hagar - Cosmic Universal

DVDs - TV Series
Bones - Season 3 (shown above)
Burke's Law - Season 1, Volume 2
Charmed - Complete Series
Daniel Boonie - Season 6
Doctor Who - Season 4
Hannah Montana - Season 1
Hawaii Five-O - Season 5
McHale's Navy - Season 4
The Odd Couple - Season 5 & Complete Series
SpongeBob Square Pants - Season 5
Star Trek - The Original Series - Season 3

Go out or online and support the entertainment industry by purchasing your favorite CDs and DVDs today.

Friday, November 14, 2008

TAKING A QUICK BREAK!

Hi Loyal Readers of
CharlieCruiser's World!

I am taking a quick long weekend break from keeping you informed on what's happening in our entertainment, travel and news world in order to sail away on the new Celebrity Solstice.

I will return on Sunday morning and then head out for a business trip to Omaha all next week. I promise to keep you posted on "what's happening" throughout the course of next week!


The Celebrity Solstice arrives into Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale)

Thank you for all of the compliments I have been receiving concerning "CharlieCruiser's World". Please feel free to share your thoughts by writing comments on any of my postings.

Have a great week...
CharlieCruiser

Enjoy MyWorld Everyday!

10 Things to Know About Eddie Cibrian

It's time to get to know Eddie Cibrian, who recently played the role of Coach Diaz (Hilda's newest love interest) on Ugly Betty.

Here are 10 things to know about Eddie:

1. Eddie is of Cuban descent.

2. Eddie is an only child.

3. Eddie has two sons aged named Jake Austin (1) and Mason Edward (5).

4. Eddie’s first acting gig was on a Coca Cola commercial which he got at age 12. It was his very first audition.

5. A star athlete in high school, Eddie placed his acting career on hold in favor of joining his high school football team.

6. An injury sustained during his first year in the UCLA football team left Eddie sidelined hence the decision to return to acting.

7. When his acting career did not take off as expected, Eddie tried joining a boy band called 3 Deep. His fellow band members include actor-singer Joshua Morrow and Canadian musician CJ Huyer. Their debut album went platinum in Canada.

8. When Eddie turned 20, he decided to give acting another shot. He originally auditioned for the role of Nick Newman in The Young and the Restless but the producers thought that he was too old for the part. They were impressed by his acting hence they created a new character for him to portray.

9. Eddie is an avid skier and motorcyclist.

10. If Eddie was not an actor, he would have been a businessman.

Disgraced Pastor Ted Haggard Claims He Was Abused as a Child

Ted Haggard, the former pastor of an evangelical super church who was forced to resign after revelations of a three-year affair with a male prostitute, has said he sexually abused as a seven-year-old.

Colorado's New Life Church's founder also resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals in 2006 after it emerged that he had been involved in a sexual relationship with Mike Jones and had bought and taken methamphetamines with male prostitutes.

Mr Jones, 50, claims that Mr Haggard, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, was a monthly client for three years.

In an apology to the church, Mr Haggard urged members to forgive and thank Mr Jones for exposing deceit.

"There I was, 50 years old, a conservative Republican, loving the word of God, an evangelical, born-again, spirit-filled, charismatic, all those things," Mr Haggard said in a tape released online.

"But some of the things that were buried in the depths of the sea from when I was in the second grade started to rage in my heart and mind."

In the tape he admitted he had "sinned" but said some of the allegations against him had been exaggerated.

Earlier this year Mr Jones was offered $500,000 to appear on the FOX reality series Moment of Truth, where contestants take a lie detector test.

He failed a previous test, but the administrator said he doubted the its validity given Mr Jones' stress and lack of sleep.

Mr Jones had been working as a masseuse when his alleged relationship with Haggard began.

At the time, Mr Jones said the married pastor told him his fantasy was "to have sex with about 6 young college guys ranging from 18 to 22 in age."

He entered three weeks of reparative therapy and claimed to have been cured of his homosexual leanings.

In February 2007, in an interview in the Denver Post, one of the four pastors who have been giving Haggard the intensive course of counselling said:

"He is completely heterosexual. That is something he discovered.

"It was the acting-out situations where things took place. It wasn't a constant thing."

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Jesse Metcalfe Briefly Hospitalized After Falling from Balcony in Monaco

Jesse Metcalfe was briefly hospitalized after falling from a second-story balcony in Monaco on Sunday, but suffered "no long term damage," according to his rep.

The ex-Desperate Housewives actor, who was in Monaco to help host the World Music Awards, was sitting on the ledge of a balcony at the famous Jimmy'z club when he toppled backwards and fell 30 to 40 feet, says his London-based rep.

He was rushed to the Grasse hospital nearby where he had an X-ray and brain scan, and was discharged early Monday. He later flew to London where he was admitted to a private hospital and underwent a CAT scan. "Luckily for him it came up a clean bill of health," says the rep.

Metcalfe has a fractured fibular but "no long term damage" – though he does have some restricted movement in his legs, says his rep. The actor will undergo some physiotherapy.

"To have fallen that distance and not have any major injuries was a miraculous escape," says the rep. "It was a very scary experience for him and those of us who saw him. It was a nasty fall. He was found face down on the floor … It could easily have been fatal."

Metcalfe is "shocked and realizes how lucky he has been," the rep adds. "He is in good spirits and is putting a brace face on it.

Metcalfe, who has spent time in rehab for alcohol problems, had a "couple of glasses of champagne" after working at the award show, adds his rep.

Article from People.com

Amy Winehouse Chops Her Beehive

As we sit and pray that Amy Winehouse is on her way to rehabilitation, it appears she's been busy chopping off her itchy looking beehive. The troubled singer surprised photographers this morning when she came to her door at her North London home with a new curly crop.

In a see through vest and fleshed colored bra, the Black in Black singer had reportedly ventured outside to ask to use a photographers mobile phone. She took the cell phone inside, so the nature of the call is unknown, it was confirmed that Miss Winehouse returned with cheese on toast for the paparazzi as a way to say thank you.


Amy also spent some time explaining to the guys that she hadn't been out for a while due to a rash, which she needed medical attention for.

Brokeback Mountain Broadway Debut was Shelved!

Variety is reporting that due to the recent departure of City Opera Artistic Director Gerard Mortier, some upcoming opera projects will be shelved. Among them, was the adaption of the film "Brokeback Mountain".

Mortier reportedly left the organization, which like many arts organizations has been undergoing financial strain resulting in a series of layoffs, because of "budgetary constraints that would not allow him to achieve his programming goals."

Back in June, it was announced that Charles Wuorinen was commissioned to write an opera adaptation of the popular film Brokeback Mountain., the 2005 romantic drama that depicts the complex romantic and sexual relationship between two men in the West over the course of twenty years.

The film was directed by Ang Lee from a screenplay by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry, which they adapted from the short story "Brokeback Mountain" by Annie Proulx. The film starred the late Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, and Michelle Williams.

Brokeback Mountain had the most nominations (eight) for the 78th Academy Awards, where it won three: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score.

I am sadden by this decision as I was looking forward to watching the Broadway adaptation of my cowboy heros...Ennis del Mar & Jack Twist.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veteran's Day!

Will Oprah Winfrey End Show in 2011?

Is Oprah Winfrey close to ending her talk show?

Winfrey is developing a new cable channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), with Discovery Communications,
and the company's CEO said in a conference call Friday that Winfrey will not renew her syndicated talk show contract when it expires in September 2011.

"The expectation is that after that, her show will go off of ABC in syndication and she will come to OWN," Discovery CEO David Zaslav said, according to the Chicago Tribune
. "We're talking now about what the presence will be and what kind of programming she would be involved in directly. But this is her Chapter 2, and building the OWN brand online and on-air is . . . a core mission for her."

But Winfrey's production company says nothing is settled.

"She has not made a final decision as to whether she will continue her show in syndication after her contract expires in 2011," Harpo representative Lisa Halliday said.

New Release Tuesday!

This is a big week for new releases including new music from Christina Aguilera and David Archuleta, along with new DVDs including Kung Fu Panda and the I Dream of Jeannie Complete Series box set.

Below are this week's new releases:

DVDs - Movies
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Kung Fu Panda (shown above)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars

MUSIC CDs
Christina Aguilera - Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits - exclusively at Target (shown above)
David Archuleta - David Archuleta
David Foster - Hit Man: David Foster & Friends
Deborah Cox - The Promise
Enrique Iglesias - Greatest Hits
Enya - And Winter Came
Hilary Duff - Best of...
NOW 1oth Anniversary - The Best of NOW (Various Artists)
NOW 29 (Various Artists)
The Police - Certifiable (includes DVD)
Seal - Soul
Taylor Swift - Fearless
T-Pain - Thr33 Ringz
Tracy Chapman - Our Bright Future

DVD - TV Series
7th Heaven - Season 7
Band of Brothers - Mini-Series
Chuck - Season 1
The Cosby Show - 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
Father Knows Best - Season 2
Firefly - Complete Series
I Dream of Jeannie - Complete Series (shown above)
Little House on the Prairie - Complere Series
The Lone Ranger - 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition
M Squad - Complete Series
The Mickey Mouse Club - Presents Annette (The 1957-1958 Season)
Mind of Mencia - Season 4
Scrubs - Season 7
The Sopranos - Complete Series
The Streets of San Francisco - Season 2, Volume 2
Tracey Ullman's State of the Union - Season 1

Support the entertainment industry by purchasing your favorites today at your local CD/DVD stores or online.

November 15th is National Protest Against Proposition 8 Day

The day is almost upon us. This Saturday, November 15th, rallies across the country will protest Prop 8. The peaceful protests begin at 10:30 a.m. PT / 1:30 p.m. EST. Click here to find out your city's rally location.

For more information, or to volunteer to help organize a rally, visit JoinTheImpact.com.

Please help spread the word - gay, straight and everyone in between, tell a friend.

Article from www.blog.muzophile.com

Free Download: Gioia Bruno's "Change The World" (Obama) Mix

Gioia Bruno, former lead singer of uber-hot '80s girl group "Expose" has been turning out mega dance hits for the last few years. And now, she's offering up her latest mix 'Change the World' for free.
There are three versions of the Barack Obama-inspired track available, including a full-length mix by Miami-based DJ Maximus 3000.

CLICK HERE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake Reunite at Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet" Concert

Britney Spears and her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake reunited at Madonna’s concert Thursday night, November 6th. Although the pair performed separately alongside Madonna, sources say that they met up during rehearsals.

“They said ‘hi’ to each other. Justin was very cool,” says an insider.

A source adds that Spears did “not stress” over the meeting. “This was a good moment for her to just enjoy and have fun,” she source added.

Spears took the stage first and sang ‘Human Nature’ with Madonna. Timberlake appeared next and sang '4 Minutes.’

Christina Aguilera Denies Feud with Britney Spears

Christina Aguilera has denied rumors that she and Britney Spears are feuding. Aguilera insists that she has always wished the troubled pop star well.

“I don’t pass any judgment on what she does. I always wish her all the best,” the singer says.


Aguilera and Spears starred together as children on The Mickey Mouse Club and both went on to become pop stars. “When we both started released records it must have seemed as if we were competing with each other, but, in reality, Britney is someone that I used to hold hands with,” Aguilera says.


“We don’t keep closely in touch with one another. Our lives have taken on two different directions,” she added.

Ellen DeGeneres Saddened Beyond Belief Over Proposition 8

Ellen DeGeneres says that she was “saddened beyond belief” when she learned that Proposition 8 had passed in California.

Proposition 8 will ban same-sex marriages in the state and call in to question the legitimacy of nearly 16,000 gay and lesbian marriages—including DeGeneres’ marriage to longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi. The proposition was passed by just over 52 percent.

“This morning, when it was clear that Proposition 8 had passed in California, I can’t explain the feeling I had. I was saddened beyond belief,” DeGeneres said in a message posted on her website. “Here we just had a giant step toward equality [with the election of Barack Obama] and then on the very next day, we took a giant step away.”

The proposition specifies that only marriages between a man and a woman will be recognized and it will rewrite the states constitution with those stipulations. Attorney Matthew D. Staver says that he believes California’s same-sex marriages will be annulled. “Constitutional amendments are retroactive,” he told People magazine.

Proposition 8 drew opposition from many other celebrities including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg and Lindsay Lohan.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Obama at Play!

President-elect Barack Obama enjoying the surf in this recent picture!

Christina Aguilera’s Target Commercial

Christina Aguilera gets to play various superheroes in her new comic book-inspired commercial for Target.

Christina’s new album, Keeps Getting’ Better – A Decade of Hits, goes on sale exclusively at Target starting Tuesday, November 11th.

Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+, saying, “The singer has banished melisma and belting from these electronic confections, and her chops sound just as hot set on simmer.

The real curiosity is a ‘Beautiful’ redo that imagines how John Lennon might’ve sounded if he’d lived into the age of electro.”

Here's the Target commercial for your viewing pleasure:


Thriller: The Musical?

There are new reports circulating the web that Broadway producer James Nederlander is working on a THRIILER inspired broadway musical.

No further details have been made available, but as soon as we know more, you will read all about it here.

Ghosts, zombies, and iconic music? Would you go see it? Leave your answers below in the comments section.

We probably wouldn't see it if Michael Jackson was involved even though he probably could use the money!

I Want My MTV!

Do you sometimes sit around as you are surfing the net, and wonder "I would really like to be watching some new and classic videos on MTV but they are playing their 20,000th season of The Real World"? Well, now you can.

Check out this website:
http://www.mtvmusic.com/ and watch your favorite current and vintage music videos for FREE!

Enjoy it!

Army Red, the Only Gay Man’s Fragrance

The wait is over and no longer do Gay men have to wear just any old mass produced fragrance endorsed by every Z lister and reality TV star.

Army Red, the brand new fragrance from Celebrity World has been designed specifically with today’s gay man in mind. From the sleek masculine bottle to the heady mix of sweet aromas paired a citrus kick that stands out in a crowd. It’s a sure to have tongues wagging and heads turning.

The launch took place on November the 1st and was fronted by the current Mr Gay UK, Dino Gamecho. The gorgeous Dino features on all of the advertising and will soon be embarking on a National Tour, taking in all of the UK hottest Gay nightspots, doing radio interviews and personal appearances for his new fragrance.

Customers wanting to get their hands on the fragrance can head to any Prowler store (in the UK) and purchase over the counter at the reduced price of £24.99 (approximately $50.00 USD). Those who really can’t wait, can head to
www.armyred.co.uk and pick up their bottle before anyone else. The website is also packed full of offers, extras and some great gifts for Christmas.

For More Information Visit
www.armyred.co.uk.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fake Calls from iPhone

Have you ever been on a blind date that you really wanted to get out of? How about participating in the world's most boring meeting or wanting to get away from the in-laws?

iPhone owners now have a great tool available for making that quick exit, and it's called Fake Calls. From iPhone startup Magic Tap, Fake Calls sells in the App Store (click opens iTunes) for just US$0.99. In order to make it appear that you have just received a phone call from someone important, you can change the wallpaper for the Caller ID, set the phone to ring or vibrate, and customize the caller number or name. You set a time for the fake call (i.e., 15 minutes into that really dull date), and at that predefined time the fake call comes in. Voila! Instant excuse!

Since you're not really being called, no airtime charges apply. Magic Tap is also planning on donating 10 percent of earnings from Fake Calls to several charities -- could it be to assuage their guilt over an app that helps you to lie?

Considering how creative Fake Calls is, it will be fascinating to see what their Magic Tap's next iPhone app will do.

The Simpsons Accused of Homophobia

TV cartoon show The Simpsons has been criticised by a gay advocacy group after a character used the word 'gay' to mean 'bad' or 'rubbish.'

The show, one of the longest-running in TV history, is normally very supportive of the gay community, and even featured an episode where same-sex marrige was legalised in the town of Springfield.

But the latest Halloween special has angered the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) after school bully Nelson Muntz used the phrase "that's so gay" to character Milhouse Van Houten.

GLSEN wants the show's producers to promise not to use the phrase again.

"Nelson's use of 'that's so gay' in a negative way is not surprising considering that 90% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth say they hear the term used this way frequently or often at school." the group said.

"Nelson should visit ThinkB4YouSpeak.com where he can send an apologetic e-card to Milhouse. GLSEN would also welcome Nelson's participation in our next PSA so he can make amends by helping to educate young people about why such language is wrong."

Article from PinkNews.co.uk

Scientists Take 20 Years to Develop Blue Roses

Many people were fascinated by the blue roses which were displayed for the first time at the International Flower Expo in Tokyo. These beautiful flowers are the results of scientists after 20 years of research.

The blooms are genetically modified and have been implanted with a gene that simulates the synthesis of blue pigment in pansies.

"They are attracting lots of attention because they are so unusual."

The creation of blue roses – long thought to be impossible - was masterminded by an Australian-based subsidiary of Suntory, a Japanese company.

If you are fascinated by these blue roses, you need to wait until next autumn when the flowers go on sale commercially.No doubt, these blue roses are awesome but one question from me – is it worth for scientists to spend so many years, money and efforts to develop this Blue Roses?