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on April 27, 2011

VIDEO: Police Brutality Strikes! Girl Punched in Face at iHop Atlanta

This is one of those “watch and cringe” videos so beware.

In the footage we see a big fat cop interrupting some defenseless GIRLS while they tried to enjoy their breakfast at an Atlanta iHop. One of the girls objects to the big fat cop harassing her friend, so the big fat cop hauls off and punches the GIRL, full force in the face.

If you watch this and feel the big fat cop was a bit excessive in his use of force, then please retweet this and share on Facebook. I would love to make this big fat cop’s “embarrassment to the police force caught on tape” a new viral video.

 

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on April 27, 2011

Rebecca Black- Will Friday ever be the same…?

She’s performing on awards shows. And she’s receiving death threats. Hate her or love her, she’s not going anywhere.

We feel like she’s a harbinger.  And we all know the bad news. The music business is in a shambles, record labels are folding, no one is getting signed anymore, those who are getting signed are getting shelved. Music is dying.

Or is it?

We’ve seen a phenomenon in the dubious success of Rebecca Black. And while no one is saying that this is soul-baring, life-changing, awe-inspiring art, what we can say is that it has been, by a certain definition: Successful.

Without a label. Without management or A&R. For $2,000, her parents got a song and a video and a world of abuse for their little girl, but reports tell us they’re also raking in the cash to the tune of  tens of thousands of dollars in downloads and YouTube views.

Which they’d better be banking for the therapy that child’s going to need in the wake of so much public hatred. But despite all that, it begs the question- Is THIS what our society wants from its musicians? Does it no longer want to empathize, conspire and be challenged by its art, or is it instead satisfied- even delighted to – merely mock?

Are we a world of people who would rather pay to see someone else’s humiliation, what we perceive as another’s failure, than evocative art? Are we more comfortable sneering at those we see as “worse” than us, than finding, in thought-provoking music, our common humanity? If so, the joke’s on us, as we shell out .99 a download to bankroll our outwardly erstwhile, inwardly smug, clowns, and grow increasingly brain-numb as a consequence. Many of these singers admit that they have marginal ‘talent’ anyway; they simply traded on their willingness to look a little foolish, and in that sense, they’ve bested both their patrons and their peers, who’ve been grinding along making music on shoestrings for years, to never see in a lifetime the kind of revenue these novelty acts bring in monthly.

So where does that leave the lyrical poet, the plaintiff musician, the angry rock anarchist? Well, here’s the kicker- probably in a better place than we’d imagine. Because not every music fan is heading to the circus.

What thinking audiophiles are discovering is that although, in the advent of mp3’s, ProTools, MySpace and the like, it became easier than ever for independent artists to get their work ‘out’ … some of it should have stayed in.

Merely being ‘indie’ is not a stamp of nobility, and just because someone’s bought Logic doesn’t mean they should fire up their Shure microphone and start crooning. If the 2000’s were the decade of Do-it-Yourself, the 2010’s are the era of Do-it-With-People-Who-Will-Tell-You-If-It-Sucks.

Nearly anyone can make a hit-of-the-moment. It takes an artist to make an enduring classic. And it isn’t always rewarded in the present. Ask Van Gogh or Poe.

The future?

The overwhelming wave of music being unleashed made it nearly impossible to be heard above the noise. Music enthusiasts barely knew where to start to find quality music that they’d enjoy. But as the hobbyist and dilettante realizes that the music business ISN’T a get-rich quick proposition, and more importantly, as the “anyone can do it” mentality dies down, the true artists will again rise to the surface and get the ears they deserve. And now, they’ve become more savvy, smarter, leaner, faster- they are educated, and they’ve hung on through tremendous pressures and adversities, and they’re ready to rock and work harder than any we’ve seen previously.

And I think we are starting to see that.

Music isn’t dying- it’s had to struggle to survive an upheaval of its industry of nearly Biblical proportions. Like all things that pass through the fire- they come out stronger. Burn off the impurities, and you’re left with pure gold. Remarkably, if we are willing to look and listen, we will see and hear music and artists get BETTER. It will take time…but the public and the industry will notice, and then…anything is possible!

Maybe I’m an optimist, but soon, artists may just be able to make a living from their music after all.

Will we ever see the major label, here’s a million bucks, “I’m gonna make you a star, baby” days again? Probably not.

Will “bad” music still get funding? If it has mass appeal, you betcha.

Will it always be about “the bottom line?” In some camps, yes. Take your tent elsewhere.

Will tabloids continually try to sell us on an ‘overnight sensation story’? If you’re buyin’.

Will there always be Rebecca Blacks?

Does every week have a Friday, Friday, Friday…….?

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on April 27, 2011

Lady Gaga Judas Song Lyrics

Ohohohoh
I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Ohohohoh
I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Judas! Juda-as Judas! Juda-as
Judas! Juda-as Judas! GAGA

[Lady Gaga – Verse 1]
When he comes to me, I am ready
I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times, he betrays me

I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown

[Chorus]

I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But still I’m in love with Judas, baby
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But still I’m in love with Judas, baby

Ohohohoh
I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Ohohohoh
I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Judas! Juda-as Judas! Juda-as
Judas! Juda-as Judas! GAGA

[Lady Gaga – Verse 2]
I couldn’t love a man so purely
Even prophets forgave his crooked way
I’ve learned love is like a brick you can
Build a house or sink a dead body
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/lady_gaga/judas.html ]
I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown

[Chorus]
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But still I’m in love with Judas, baby
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But still I’m in love with Judas, baby

Ohohohoh
I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Ohohohoh
I’m in love with Judas, Judas

[Bridge]
In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance
Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind
But in the cultural sense
I just speak in future tense
Judas kiss me if offenced,
Or wear an ear condom next time

I wanna love you,
But something’s pulling me away from you
Jesus is my virtue,
And Judas is the demon I cling to
I cling to

[Chorus]
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But still I’m in love with Judas, baby
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But still I’m in love with Judas, baby

Ohohohoh
I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Ohohohoh
I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Judas! Juda-as Judas! Juda-as
Judas! Juda-as Judas! GAGA

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on April 26, 2011
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on April 25, 2011

Brits lie about “The Godfather”

Godfather Brits lie about The Godfather

“Rio” may have taken the box office crown this week, but a 40 year old gangster classic is a movie so good that people often lie about seeing it.

Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” was the top film that Brits lied about having seen, according to UK video rental company LOVEFiLM. In a poll of 1500 people, 80% admitted to having lied about seeing the 1972 classic. Americans never lie about such things, so we’re pretty safe, but the rest of the list is bound to spark some debate.

1.  The Godfather

2. Casablanca

3. Taxi Driver

4. 2001: A Space Odyssey

5. Reservoir Dogs

6. This Is Spinal Tap

7. Apocalypse Now

8. Goodfellas

=8. Blade Runner

10. The Great Escape

Follow me on twitter. It’s fun and doesn’t violate many laws. @lamoviedude

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on April 23, 2011

Graphic Video: Girls Brutally Beat Defenseless Girl at McDonalds

Just when I thought “I’ve seen it all!”, I know now that I sure as heck have NOT. This video is so scary and graphic I am completely nauseous and sick from watching it. I warn you, this is so brutal and sad, so beware!

A group of young African American girls beat up a young Caucasian girl at a Baltimore McDonald’s. She is helpless for a long amount of time, while onlookers and McDonald’s employees film her brutal beating. The young Caucasian girl goes into a seizure, and no one helps her. This is just disturbing. Everyone that was an eyewitness at this beating should be ashamed of themselves, except for the woman that tried to fend off these wild animals! Shame on you animals, but praise the lord for this old woman who steps in!

**Update** Sources are saying that this ‘girl’ who was beaten, is actually a male dressed like a woman, but not a transgender.

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on April 22, 2011

Charlie Sheen Speeds to D.C. Show with Police Escort

0419 charlie sheen court goddess 00 480x360 150x200 Charlie Sheen Speeds to D.C. Show with Police EscortTuesday night, Charlie Sheen’s Torpedo of Truth Tour was in Washington D.C. and the star was escorted to the show by the police.  Now the escort in D.C. is under investigation.

Multiple police cars were ordered to escort Charlie Sheen from the airport to his show because he was running late.  Sheen’s tweet “in car with Police escort in front and rear! Driving like someone’s about to deliver a baby! Cop car lights #Spinning!,” has sparked an investigation to find out who authorized the escort. The tweet included a photo of the speedometer at 80 mph.

The police released a statement explaining that the escort was done as a reimbursable detail where the government is reimbursed for the services that they provided. And they are now admitting that the escort should not have happened.

Councilman Phil Mendleson said that normally the fees charged are approximately $50 per officer per hour.  He met with D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier yesterday and found that Lanier did not authorize the escort.

Internal affairs is investigating the matter to find out who authorized the escort. Escorts are normally reserved for dignitaries such as the president, top federal officials and diplomats.  Other exceptions for celebrities are for when there are large crowds and there are safety issues.

This guest post is by Edwin Daniels who blogs at USdish. You can also follow him onTwitter: @Edandish.

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on April 21, 2011

#FollowFriday- Does it Work? An experiment…

Like birthdays and Mardi Gras, “Follow Friday” (or #FF in the Twitterverse) has become a ritual. It extends a hand of friendship to new followers, offers an assist to those seeking more followers, and is a warm fuzzy between longtime Twitter BFF’s.

However- does anyone really ‘ follow’ from a #FF?

I began thinking about this when I found myself worrying one Friday if I’d forgotten anyone amidst my torrent of week’s end @’s.  I’ve made some very dear friends under the watchful wings of the Twitter bird, and enjoy the humor, kindness, and energy of my followers enormously. But is the #FF gesture largely a token, if not fruitless, one?

Many times, groups clump together, and they are all just #FF-ing each other, so it all comes back even, and no one is more or less ‘followed’ than they were on Thursday. But because of the weekly-Christmas-card feeling of the whole thing, pretty much all are content.

However, I have seen some ire tweeted back and forth between friends who’d slipped through the Twittery cracks of a Follow Friday. It is seen as a slight. A subtle hint. A virtual snub.

But regardless of it’s underlying implications, the question remains; do users see a noticeable increase in followers on Saturday after a vigorous #FF? Let’s find out!

This week, everyone who follows me on #FF and tweets a #FF for @vklynne  will get followed back and  a #FF shoutout. On Monday I’ll report back what my results were, and ask you to weigh in on your results. Did you see an increase? How great? And did the new followers expand beyond your usual friend base?

Then we’ll see if we should keep tapping our fingers blue on Friday mornings- or if we should just try to all meet up for coffee.:)

VK Lynne blogs at AMessLikeMe , and you can follow her on Twitter.

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on April 20, 2011

Lauren Conrad Keeps her Clothes in Allure

The upcoming May issue of Allure magazine is creating quite the scandal.  Ashley Tisdale, Bridget Moynahan, Kaley Cuoco, and Keri Hilson all appear in their birthday suits while Lauren Conrad appears on the cover fully clothed.

The issue set to hit newsstands next month focuses on ways to feel better and look better when you are in the buff. Ironically Lauren Conrad appears on the cover of the annual Nudes edition fully clothed.

Lauren Conrad recently signed a three-year book deal with Harper Collins.  She is quickly making a name for herself as a fashion designer. She may not have posed in the buff for the popular magazine like the other girls, but she shows that she is classy and holds her own without showing everything her mama gave her. The author has dated Brody Jenner and Jason Wahler in the past, but is currently dating actor Kyle Howard.

Ashley Tisdale talks about growing up that she is almost 26 now and not a kid anymore.  Her days of High School Musical are behind her, and she wants to be seen as a woman instead of a girl. Even her mother was in the room when she did the photo shoot because she wants her parents to approve of what she does.

Bridget Moynahan, Blue Bloods star showed confidence in her birthday suit photos.  She said to the magazine that she’s been in the business for a long time, and was comfortable with the photo shoot. Monynahan is 39, and her biggest concern was parts being squashed in the wrong way.

Kaley Cuoco, 25-year-old Big Bang Theory star found out that she was more confident than she expected. She said that she is rarely nude in the privacy of her home. She practiced for a few days by walking around in her birthday suit at home, and ended up being very comfortable in just her skin.

Keri Hilson gets over the insecurities of posing nude and says that is what it was all about.  She embraced stripping down everything that is expensive or fancy to reveal what’s really underneath it all. And the 28-year-old songwriter looks great without all of that expensive extra stuff to make her beautiful.

This guest post is by Edwin Daniels who blogs at USdish. You can also follow him on Twitter: @Edandish.

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on April 20, 2011

Movie Rehash: Next Up- Gatsby

“It is invariably saddening to look through new eyes at things upon which you have expended your own powers of adjustment.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Leonardo DiCaprio will have to go a long way to prove a worthy successor to Robert Redford when he and Baz Luhrmann take on a 3D re-telling of The Great Gatsby.

3D. Really? Will the audience be im-Myrtlized in death beneath Tom’s car, or will the sloshed champagne from Jay’s West Egg parties dampen our seats? Either way- does it NEED to? Aren’t Fitzgerald’s classic characters and timeless words enough?

Hollywood continues to attempt to improve upon- or capitalize on- successes of the past.  This month we’ve seen Arthur (the original is a mere 30 years old) re-made to mixed reviews, and a full slate of remakes are rumored to be in production, including The Crow and Footloose (both to the dismay of the diehards).  There have been recent re-inventions of The Karate Kid, Nightmare on Elm Street, Tron and Clash of the Titans, and even television series have not been spared, with the release of the A-Team movie (Dwight Shultz is the ONLY Howling Mad Murdock in my book) and the Miami Vice that left a Michael Mann-shaped hole in my heart.

What’s interesting is that while fans of each of these original films were largely horrified that these re-toolings were even attempted, by and large, we must admit, admirable work was done. These films were well- shot, well-acted, and overall, they would have been well-received had we gone into them without impossible expectations, clutching our nostalgic notions like old high school mix tapes.

So, knowing that about 50% of the moviegoers will hate the end result, why does Hollywood do it? Because we will go ANYWAY.  We will go out of genuine interest, curiosity, or a desire to say “See! I told you it would be shit!”- But go we will.

Whether we like to admit it or not, the receipts don’t lie, and if we truly didn’t want the entertainment equivalent of Wednesday night’s dinner leftovers, we wouldn’t pay to eat them.  After nearly a decade in Los Angeles, I can say, to a large extent, it’s about the bottom line, baby.

Is it disheartening to the earnest cinephile? Absolutely! And even more so to the erstwhile author, (of which there are many: inventive, talented-and struggling) who will more often than not have to tone down their unique takes, their idealistic stances and their wild ideas in order to actually sell something and make enough money to allow them their flights of fancy on the independent scene.

Are there still big studio gems? Of course- but they are fewer and more far between. Much like the music industry, the ‘sure thing’ and  the ‘safe bet’ seem to be where big businesses are putting their weight right now. But a true lover of great art will find the hidden diamonds…in fact, they will be more beloved to the viewer or listener because they were sought out, and, because of their esoteric nature, we will feel smug that we ‘discovered’ them.

So Netflix that wild indie supernatural-morality-play- sci-fi-thriller. And I’ll see you in line for Gatsby.

* Recommended “wild indie supernatural-morality-play- sci-fi-thriller”- Ink *

VK Lynne blogs at A Mess Like Me. You can also follow her  on Twitter.