Sunday, June 22, 2008

RIP George Carlin

I was stunned when I checked my home page to catch up on the news and this headline left me speechless . . . he's one of my favorite people and I'm so sad. For now, I have nothing to say . . . here is a reprint of the article:

Comedian George Carlin dies
in Los Angeles at 71

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday, a spokesman said. He was 71.

Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.

Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine called "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television." A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the 1978 case, Federal Communications Commission vs. Pacifica Foundation, the top U.S. court ruled that the words cited in Carlin's routine were indecent, and that the government's broadcast regulator could ban them from being aired at times when children might be listening.

Carlin's comedic sensibility often came back to a central theme: humanity is doomed.

"I don't have any beliefs or allegiances. I don't believe in this country, I don't believe in religion, or a god, and I don't believe in all these man-made institutional ideas," he told Reuters in a 2001 interview.

Carlin, who wrote several books and performed in many television comedy specials, is survived by his wife Sally Wade, and daughter Kelly Carlin McCall.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman and Steve Gorman; Editing by Patricia Zengerle)


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Johnny Depp . . . Public Enemies

A Johnny sighting on the set of his new movie . . .

Johnny Depp channels his inner gangster while filming Public Enemies Monday in Chicago.

In the movie, he plays Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger.

Do you think that maybe I need a "Johnny blog"?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Kimora Lee Simmons - bitchy and proud of it

If you haven't tuned in for her reality show, Life in the Fab Lane on the Style Network, you have to experience it at least one time. Kimora takes you into her insane glamorous lifestyle of the rich and famous . . . by insane, I mean it is like a whirlwind.

Of course she has someone to help her do just about everything for her . . . I'm way impressed with her beautiful and immaculately organized "closet" that is almost as big as my entire house and reminds me of a plush boutique . . . she travels here and there and I had never thought of how the rich and famous prepare to travel, or should I say how everyone else prepares for them to travel . . .

She's here, there and everywhere . . . barking out commands to everyone around her . . . and yes, my impression of her was "this woman is a real bitch" the first time I saw the program. Now I see her as a woman who is tending to business in her own way. No no no . . . I would NEVER work for her!! The show also chronicles the professional lives of those who work for her . . . talk about stressed out people!

Kimora began her career as a fashion model at the early age of 13 when she was personally chosen by fashion czar Karl Lagerfeld to model for the esteemed house of Chanel in Paris. Her success as a runway model gave Kimora an innate sense of style which propels her as a fashion designer.

This woman has everything "material" any woman would ever want . . . but is she happy? The trade-off for having it all is not a dull moment . . . how about peace? With all those people working for her, it appears that she still doesn't have peace. At the moment, this is one of my favorite programs that I try not to miss.

Actually, although I have great admiration for Kimora's accomplishments and glamorous lifestyle, I'd rather be poor and have peace in my life.
I can vicariously live her glamorous lifestyle once a week by tuning in to her show.

Check out Kimora's reality show on the Style Network . . . she is a dynamic woman and one of my present day pop culture icons.

The following is an article by Marc Malkin from his blog on E-Online . . .
Kimora Lee Simmons doesn’t mind if you think she’s a bitch.

“As a woman, if you’re outspoken and you know what you want, you’re a bitch,” the Style Network reality-show star says in the new issue of Giant magazine. “And if you don’t know what you want, then you’re a ditz. It’s very hard to gain men’s respect, and men in the industry disrespected me all the time.”

But Simmons is the one laughing all the way to the bank. The 33-year-old former model and mother of two is creative officer of Phat Fashions, the company started by her ex, Russell Simmons, which now includes Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Phat Farm Kids and the new juniors’ label Fabulosity.

“Many [women] don’t know if they should speak up and run the risk of looking stupid or bitchy,” Simmons says. “I always say, ‘Go for bitchy’ ’cause they’re gonna say you’re a bitch no matter what.’ If you’re smart and you speak up, you’re a bitch. But at least you get what you want.”

Simmons, however, is a bit more reserved when it comes to dishing about her Oscar-nominated actor and Calvin Klein underwear-model boyfriend Djimon Hounsou. Although mum on details, she does say, “I’m just happy and grateful to go home to my kids and a man that loves and accepts me for me—glamorous or not.”

Kimora's Official Website

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

More Johnny Depp videos

Johnny Depp Music Video

Jack Sparrow "Johnny Depp Song"

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton - Promo for Sweeney Todd - Today Show

Johnny Depp Pixies

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Johnny Depp and the MTV Movie Awards

Johnny Depp took best comedic
performance honors for his turn
as Captain Jack in Pirates of the
and won best villain
Sweeney Todd at the
MTV Movie Awards.

I almost forgot about the awards being on tonight and I would have been very upset with myself for missing a chance to see Johnny Depp. What a treat he is . . .

Although I adore the scruffy Johnny Depp, when he timidly walked out to claim his first prize, I thought, WOW he even looks awesome with a hair cut and a shave. He shyly looked toward the crowd through his long bangs as he accepted his two awards and chewed gum. ahhh I never saw a guy look sexy chewing gum until tonight.

Every time I see him as himself, I get the impression that he is an extremely shy and sweet tempered person. He has the perfect face and the cutest nose I've ever seen. Look at those arms, he definitely spends time at the gym.

One of the things that I really love about JD is that success does not seem to have made him arrogant and obnoxious, quite the contrary. He has a humble look about him like he does not know what he looks like. Actually I get the feeling that he has taken on roles that deaccentuate his attractiveness so that he will be taken seriously as an actor . . . Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd for starters. When I saw the Chocolate Factory movie I forgot it was my gorgeous Johnny playing Willie. A fabulous actor can do that . . . but for some reason, I'm not ready to see Sweeney Todd.

Congratulations Johnny . . .


The only thing hotter than the predawn blaze that closed down the area surrounding the Gibson Amphitheatre before the 2008 MTV Movie Awards was double-threat Johnny Depp.

The masses-approved heartthrob had to wait out a thundering standing ovation before being able to give thanks for his Best Comedic Performance win, his third Golden Popcorn to date for playing Captain Jack Sparrow. And with Juno scribe Diablo Cody having already clutched her hand to her heart the first time, the reception was only a bit milder when Depp took the stage again, when he was named Best Villain for his turn as the murderous Sweeney Todd.

"I'm not really sure how this happened because you can ask anybody—I'm not a very funny person," a clean-shaven Depp said in accepting his first award of the night.

And later: "Two times in one night—that's nutty. Wow…I have to thank all of you who voted for me. That's really a great honor, thanks for sticking with me on this very obtuse and strange road…I'm not particularly eloquent at the moment, but thank you so much."


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