Monthly Archives: February 2007

Victoria’s Secret: I ‘Wannabe’ A TV Star

victoria-and-david.jpgAs soccer icon David Beckham prepares to lead the Galaxy, his wife Victoria Beckham is shooting to be the latest reality star in the TV universe.  American Idol creator and former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller is creating a reality show for NBC that will follow Mrs. Beckham as she moves to Los Angeles. 

“The series will give viewers a glimpse into what makes Victoria so popular and admired as one of the most glamorous women in the world,” said Kevin Reilly, the head of NBC entertainment publicity. 

This move shouldn’t be a suprise to fans of Victoria aka Posh Spice.  As one of the co-creators of Girl Power, Posh has defined success for the modern, literature-averse woman.   While she once admitted, “I haven’t read a book in my life,” she did join a beloved UK pop group that booked arenas and sold more than 50 million albums.  When asked where she wants to take the show in LA, Posh coyly responded, “I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I victoriabeckham2.jpgwanna really really really wanna zigazig ha.”

The first six episodes will debut this summer with the following titles (most likely to change):

Episode I: “Phantom or Maybach”

Episode II: “Attack of the Silicones”victoriabeckham.jpg

Episode III: “Revenge of Will Smith”

Episode IV: “A New Hope for U.S. Soccer”

Episode V: “The Emporium Strikes Back”

Episode VI: “Return of the Geri Halliwell”

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Gen Y Response to Narcissism Study: Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

vanity_fair_paris_hilton.pngSurprise, surprise … the youth of today think they are special.  Professor Jean Twenge of San Diego State University is the lead on a study that is evaluating the NPI or Narcissistic Personality Inventory responses of 16,475 U.S. college students over the past 25 years.  The NPI included statements such as, “If I ruled the world, it would be a better place,” and “I can live my life any way I want to.”  Would anybody really disagree with these statements? 

people-most-beautiful.jpgWhile I may be a part of this “special” generation, we live in a celebrity culture where everybody thinks they are the next Americal Idol or the one leading the movement to bring sexy back.  In Los Angeles, the largest exports are entertainment, biotech and narcissism.  We celebrate beauty, being the best and a lifestyle of excess.

Different generations will debate the potential harm of narcissism in this country, but this is a discussion that Generation Y is not listening to.  Look at all the iPods around you.  They are probably listening to the #1 song in the country this week – “This Is Why I’m Hot.”

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Yippee-ki-yay Madam Gibson!

tommy.jpgCelebrities, sex and scandal.  Doesn’t that make you think of former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda?  Huh?  According to an autobiography titled “Secrets of a Hollywood SuperMadam” by Jody Gibson, Lasorda and more than two dozen celebrities have been called out for using her call-girl services.   Of course, Gibson served three years in prison for her “California Dreamin'” prostitution ring so you have to question the validity of her claims.  But then again, who knows if Lasorda just made calls to the bullpen … maybe Gibson spelled relief.

For now, we take Lasorda’s side and support his assertion that the only people to steal third base were his players.   However, some of the other action-starved men in Gibson’s “trick book” have no excuses.  One notable name is Bruce Willis.  While he may deny Gibson’s accusations as pulp fiction and prove himself to be the last boy scout, anyone who stars in “The Jackal”, “Sin City”, “Alpha Dog” bruce_willis.jpgand “Live Free or Die Hard” has more to prove than someone inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 10 years ago.  And while this all may be a ploy to sell books, let’s just say that I have a sixth sense about it.

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‘The Departed’ Wins Best Picture, Scorsese Best Director

martin.jpg“The Departed” mobbed the Academy Awards last night, earning four Oscars including best picture and the long overdue best director statue for Martin Scorsese (this was his sixth director nomination).

When asked about a sense of vindication, Scorsese cooly responded, “Maybe, maybe not … maybe go (expletive) yourself.”

Mark Wahlberg, nominated for best supporting actor in the movie, is bullishly funny as Dignam … who we may see again in a sequel.

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UCLA Sex Affair … A Shrinking Sensation

The great, or at least thought-provoking, Sigmund Freud once said, “Love and work…work and love, that’s all there is.”

Two prominent individuals in the UCLA psychiatry department came to a realization that love and work can also have consequences.  A two-week trial about an affair, sexual harassment, empty promises and parking lot escapades came to an end yesterday in an LA courtroom.  The verdict – UCLA is not guilty, but everyone is definitely not innocent.

Despite the dereistic thinking and confabulation that may have been associated with key witness testimonials, Judge Judith ‘don’t call me Judy’ Chirlin did reveal one bright spot to the overstimulated jurors, commenting, “You could have been here on some boring contract case.”

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Fresh Pick for February 23-25: Oscar Parties

Best Party for Making a Splash: Fox Searchlight party with a special performance of “O” by Cirque du Soleil (private residence). 

Best Party the Night Before the Oscars: Night Before party featuring a billion dollar guest list: Hanks, Spielberg, Cruise … wedreamgirl2.jpgll, you get the Clooney.  Tickets cost $25,000 for a group of four (Beverly Hills Hotel). 

Best Place to Watch the Oscars: Elton John AIDS Foundation party with a performance by James Blunt (Pacific Design Center).   

Best Place to Catch a Dreamgirl: Jennifer Hudson dinner party (Roosevelt Hotel).   

Best Place to Find Love: SBE Entertainment viewing party with Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Abbey).

For more on the golden get-togethers: http://www.variety.com/awardcentral_article/VR1117959923.html?nav=news&categoryid=1985&cs=1 

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Fresh Quote: Sen. Barack Obama

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The popular Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, made his first visit to Los Angeles yesterday as a Presidential candidate.  Thousands came from all over the state to see him and stars such as Jennifer Aniston and Eddie Murphy paid $2,300-a-ticket to be in the same room as him.  In his speech to an admiring crowd at a rally in Chrenshaw, Obama commented how kids are going to school where rats outnumber computers.  This is an important point for Obama, who expressed similar sentiments in 2005, when he pointed out that, “kids are going to school in trailers where rats are more numerous than computers.” (http://obama.senate.gov/speech/051025-teaching_our_kids_in_a_21st_century_economy/index.html)

This is a misleading statement, since anyone who buys a computer knows that they come with a mouse.  So when you see Obama on the campaign trail this year, go ahead and ask him, where did all the computers go?

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