Friday, May 29, 2009

Frank Sinatra Makes List of 20 Famous Big Dicks

Ava Gardner once said of her ex-husband, "He only weighs 120, but 100 pounds is cock." Read more.

ICE CREEEAAAM! ICE CREEEAAAM!

I was leaving the train station on what I think was the last sunny day New York will ever see, when I heard the official start of summer. Forget Memorial Day; the first notes of the ice cream truck jingle are the beginning of the season.
No one really knows the history of the ice cream truck, though the ice cream wagon was mentioned in newspapers as early as the 1820s.
Nothing like Mister Softee to make you wax nostalgic about the good old days of chasing down the truck. Eddie Murphy has the best take on it.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Wiz Comes Back to Broadway


I was getting a pedicure earlier today and was horrified when I looked up at the TV. Not only were Kathy Lee and Honda going through their usual mindlessness, they were interviewing Ashanti about her upcoming role as Dorothy in New York City Center's revival of "The Wiz", beginning in June.

Color me livid.

A few months ago I was saying it would be amazing if they brought back The Wiz. But with Ashanti? If my memory serves me correctly, he last CD wasn't much of a success, and she doesn't even have the benefit of making tabloids in the off-season. Let's not forget the girl can't really sing all that well and who even knows if she can act. Plus, it's unfortunate how the music industry foists its less-than-spectacular performers on the stage (or into movies *cough cough* Beyonce). The stage carries a prestige that should be kept, and there are tons of performers who've paid their dues in other shows or at Juillard, Tisch, etc. And then they have the role of a lifetime swept from under them by this chick?

Dorothy is a role written for a powerful voice with great range, a voice that rattles the rafters, reaches to the very back of the theatre, shakes you to your core. Stephanie Mills did that. Obviously, I'm not old enough to have seen her on Broadway when the play opened in 1974 but I have the original cast recording and you can feel all that in her voice. Ashanti is not that girl. And wasn't Diana Ross bad enough in the movie version?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

WIWO pt. 3 | Chanel No. 5 Movie with Audrey Tautou


I stumbled across this today when I was looking for my favorite lipgloss, which of course, has been discontinued. Audrey Tautou from Amelie and A Very Long Engagement stars in this beautiful 2 1/2 minute film dedicated to love, fate, and the magic of Chanel No. 5. When I watched Amelie, I didn't realize Audrey Tautou was so gorgeous. She's an unconventional beauty, yes, but still perfect in the ad-film. The guy is Travis Davenport, an American model who was chosen for the role because he had a "feminine quality" that makes us believe he's fallen in love, not lust. It's so romantic, from the vintage sleeper train to the lighting... Enough out of me; watch it for yourselves.



Click here for behind the scenes interviews and photos.

Elementary, my dear Downey

This Christmas, Hollywood will be releasing another film adaptation of a classic work. Robert Downey Jr. will play the title character in the Guy Ritchie-directed "Sherlock Holmes". Jude Law is his sidekick, Watson and Rachel McAdams is the smokin'-hot Irene Adler, the woman who hijacks Holmes' heart. Downey is a turn of the century state Bond, complete with ass-kicking, explosions and witty one-liners. It looks good. Let's just hope it doesn't turn in a tired franchise like Terminator. Watch the trailer below before they take it off YouTube. Jude Law and Rachel McAdams look amazing. Steampunk roleplay, anyone?



It'll be interesting to see if critics and fans start whining about how the movie is nothing like the books. Do people actually read Sherlock Holmes these days? I haven't ready any of the books.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

While I Was Out, Pt. 2

You'd think in 4 months outside of the States, I would've missed a lot of important entertainment happenings, but I haven't. It's true what they say: the more things change, the more things stay the same. Soulja Boy? Check. Songs with dumb, built-in dances? Check. Lil' Wayne doing guest verses for everyone in life? You see where this is going.

Electrik Red caught my attention, partly because they're an interesting take on a classic. They're single "So Good" (with a remix featuring who but Weezy) is slinky sexy fun. I'd argue it's sexy fun in the vein of Apollonia/Vanity 6. Yes, Electrik Red is just the sort of sex-soaked girl group Prince would've dreamed up in his Dirty Mind days.



Music Videos - Video Playlists - New Music

In fact, "So Good" relies on a sample from "If I Were Your Girlfriend", Prince's gender-bending ode to the intimacy that only exists between a girl and her bestie. Look at it: four beautiful young women cooing raunchy lyrics over danceable, synth-heavy beats, and an ambiguously ethnic frontwoman. For all their fluff, I think this one might end up on my iPod.


Links
Electrik Red on VIBE.com

Monday, May 18, 2009

WTF? | Jamie Foxx as Frank Sinatra


Rumor has it that Jamie Foxx may soon be bringing the life and times of Frank Sinatra to the silver screen in, um, living color. A supposedly vaguely important person in the movie industry said Foxx was a prime pick for breathing new life into Old Blue Eyes because he's a great actor that also happens to share important biographical elements with Sinatra: "born on the wrong side of the tracks, rags to riches, makes it big against the odds, has his brushes with authority." Right. Even better, the movie wouldn't have any actual music because no one can get their hands on the rights to his songs.

A few problems. A movie about a musician that doesn't include any actual music is just dumb. Even Diana Ross squeaked out a few notes in her god-awful portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Sings the Blues" (a nasty beginning for the biopic). Secondly, it's time for Jamie Foxx to star in a good movie that does not include the tagline based on a true story. "Ray" was great, "The Soloist" was alright, if a bit long, but remember "Miami Vice"? Then there's the obvious: if you're going to make a movie that claims to at least sort of stick to the truth, wouldn't it help to start with an actor that sort of bears a resemblance to the real thing? Knowing how notoriously racist the music industry was at that time, the directors can't expect either their characters or the audience to honestly turn a blind eye to the fact that Foxx is black. If one wanted to recast a white story in a shade of brown--in the tradition of blaxploitation, but that's a different post--that's fine, but you can't call it Frank.

Links
Foxx/Sinatra Scuttlebutt on Flavorwire

Monday, May 11, 2009

"Where Have All the Loose Women Gone?"

An interesting, insightful article from Esquire, despite what the title suggests. Read it here.