Posts Tagged ‘Britney Spears’

Glad to be singing with Glee again?

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Best of friends now!

It’s pretty much a given that you’ve either watched the first episode of Glee, heard or watched a preview of the first episode of Glee, or heard a drunk guy on a street corner sing ‘Journey’, which as much as it is a ramblin’ man’s anthem, is also attached to Glee.

While the first season was testing the waters of a high school TV show about a student singing association, now the celebrities are piling up to be on-screen.

Britney Spears’ll be first in line in the second episode as a tribute to the Mickey Mouse Club star, as well as Full House’s John Stamos.

Of course you’ll be getting a lot of the modern music, and no doubt Lady Gaga will join the club, but there’ve been mentions of even Gwyneth Paltrow joining in for a two-part episode.

Paltrow is good friends with creator Ryan Murphy, and she’s actually done a bit of singing in her past work, so it could be a great addition.

But I swear there’s got to be someone out there that no one’s thought of yet as a great guest star.

Just thinking about it now, having someone like Henry Rollins rock out as someone’s dad and totally shoot down the Glee club at a concert or something’d be awesome.

Then again I get kind of distracted watching things that don’t explode, get shot at, get handed a scotch every time someone walks in an office or swear furiously.

Anyone you can think of that would be a brilliant guest star?

John Stamos though…whenever I hear the name ‘John Stamos’, it always reminds me of this:


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Are you a mouse, or a (wo)man?

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Can you spot the difference?

Disney is known as a harbour of rosy cheeks, fairytale stories, and a fuzzy feeling inside. Mickey Mouse is an iconic character, who might not be as prevalent nowadays, but remains an important piece of childhood for all. Today I want to focus on something associated with this cartoon rodent.

In this particular case, the Mickey Mouse Club. The Mickey Mouse Club was a television series in the United States that offered entertainment for all ages. These Mouseketeers were the idols of everything pure and cutesy. Comedy and music were always without risk of hearing naughty words like ‘bum’, and everyone had a smile.

It’s quite funny when you start looking deeper into this that you notice a pattern. Let me explain.

It was here, in this hub of cheesiness, that Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake had their beginnings. These young, innocent and energetic teenagers were the image of what Disney-influenced young people should be like.

Now we can all reflect on what has happened ever since those three first appeared on screen, but the pattern is always the same: When you reach 18, you hit this kind of second puberty.

All those songs about abstinence have ironically become absent. Your twirly flower skirt has become Zumba pants. But most importantly, your life before 18 never happened. Britney Spears did it again, Christina Aguilera got what a girl wants, and Justin Timberlake brought sexy back.

Miley Cyrus, who is the daughter of ‘Achy Breaky Heart’s Billy Ray Cyrus, is best known for playing as an ordinary girl by day (Miley Stewart), and as superstar Hannah Montana after school. Such wild, wacky and kid-friendly antics ensue (from what I gather), so it’s no surprise that Cyrus, now 18 years old, has done the same transformation as her predecessors of the ‘Mouse House’.

Her latest album Can’t Be Tamed is Cyrus’ attempt at a more edgy and slightly raunchy image to her cutesy teenage popstar facade, which seems to have horrifically backfired as fans witness a coming of age in front of their eyes. In one of her songs, she sings about going “through guys like money flying out the hands”. This tamed teenager can no longer be tamed, for she is 18, the age limit of tameability.

What good old-fashioned entertainment is left for your teen child when Cyrus is photographed doing risqué dancing to a Hollywood director?

Much like how Pokemon grasped the world before Digimon, or Mighty Max did before Ben 10, what kids like changes. Harry Potter grew up throughout the books, and for those young teens reading them as they came out, it was a unique experience to read of Harry’s coming of age, albeit with wands and wizards. Like a Sci-Fi convention, except imagination is not necessary.

It would be haunting to see a kid actor not try to escape the past their entire life, and live their lives maintaining the image of innocence and gumdrop buttons. Just know that if Barney the Dinosaur starts getting harassment charges, it’s time to find something new.

Where did it go all wrong?


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So you wanna be something else?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

You know your superstars are super once they start branching off to different areas.

I’ve put together a list of best and worst career changes for you to agree, disagree, or ‘other’ on.

Worst:

  • Michael Jordan, heralded as the greatest NBA player of all time, and my favourite player ever, went to play baseball for the Chicago White Sox. He later went back to the Chicago Bulls, then left.
    The Rock

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

  • 50 Cent’s just announced that he’s hoping to play a lead in a romantic film, probably because Get Rich or Die Tryin’ wasn’t romantic enough for the ladies.
  • Britney Spears tried to act.
  • So did Paris Hilton.
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson went from WWE wrestling to ‘acting’. Which one did he fit into more? From The Rock, to Dwayne Johnson, to the Tooth Fairy. I can definitely smell something cooking, Dwayne.
  • OJ Simpson played for the NFL as well, before moving to comedy, then to crime. Did you want your quarter back?
  • Eddie Murphy went away from comedy to release his hit single “Party All the Time”. It was produced by Rick James, who didn’t necessarily have an acting career perse, but he did have an appearance on The Chappelle Show that made him quite a star before passing away. “Cocaine’s a hell of a drug.” – Rick James

Best:

  • Will Smith probably did us all a favour by moving to acting ever since he became the Fresh-Prince of Bel-Air. He’s released a couple rap albums, but no one talks about Will and his music. Did he really think he could beat up Mike Tyson?

    Tenacious D

    Tenacious D

  • Mark Wahlberg seems to have earned his man coupons after getting away from his Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch stigma.
  • Tenacious D – ‘nuff said. Best transition from rock gods to rock gods on television and movies. Jack Black and Kyle Gass are two best friends who are passionately trying to keep the spirit of rock and roll alive. They started off as a band, then got their own TV show and film. Some may disagree, but to each their own.
  • Barbra Streisand’s music and I don’t personally get along, but I can handle her acting in Meet The Fockers.

Honourable Mention:

White rapper Eminem went on to act out his semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile. I think he did brilliantly portraying himself: A white rapper.

And now I put the question out to you to judge on this one: Hideki Matsui.

Godzilla

Godzilla

He’s a baseball superstar of the New York Yankees that likes to hit home runs. He’s been playing with the Yankees for seven seasons after playing in Japan for nine year, the man was crowned ‘Godzilla’. They say his nickname came from his powerful swing, but from what I remember of the movies, Godzilla was a Left Fielder.

Well apparently now the MVP player is releasing a CD. The ‘Hideki Matsui Koshiki Oenka Eikou no Michi’ has the New York Yankees official fight songs, which are a mixture of a patriotic hymns, with a Disney soundtrack twist. Oh, and they’re sung in Japanese. The greatest part is the rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’, which Matsui doesn’t sing, but has a Japanese singer singing in English. I have a feeling Godzilla’s just stamped his name on to the CD…

Who am I forgetting for good/bad career changes? Leave a comment and let me know.