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New Artist Alert: Kendra Morris

September 19th, 2013 | Entertainment | Comments Off

Ray Donovan fans will recognize the song below from the end credits of last week’s episode. Singer Kendra Morris has a lot of notable covers in her catalog like Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Radiohead’s Karma Police from her sophomore release, 2013′s “Mockingbird”. In a Back to the Future moment, it’s her debut song and album “Banshee” that really lands her on the map.

At her album release party last year, leopard-print clad Morris shows us some raw, yummy textured energy that reminds me of Amy Winehouse-lite. The whispers that the day is ending and the dark is near are familiar in Winehouse and Johnny Cash‘s music; without the total blackness and desperation that they elicited and nobody can probably reproduce ever. Honestly, sometimes Amy’s albums were too sad for me to listen to. But, Morris’s debut, in its totality was perfect for a long drive. No need to med up after.

Listen for yourself and tell me what you think…


[Banshee]

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We’re Lovin’ Naked Miley!

September 9th, 2013 | Entertainment | 1 Comment

Miley Cyrus wrecks us with new naked video, “Wrecking Ball” off her forthcoming album Bangerz. She’s transforming into quite the firecracker, owning her sexuality, having some carnal fun, and getting it all out there for the GP! She reminds me of the type of women I used to date. Short hair, stylish and riding me to let her in.

Cyrus borrows from Sinead O’Connor and the epic “Nothing Compares 2 U” vid and then some! (An aside: O’Connor should be pardoned by the general public by now and have her career returned to her STAT – but who’s keeping score?) We let out a few “Oh, my god’s!” while 20-year-old Cyrus belted the stark swan song careening into licking a demolition tool. As Annie Sprinkle posted on Facebook, “I’m really loving Miley Cirus! She’s great. Heavily influenced by porn I’d say.”

What do you think of the ex-Disney star’s new look and feel? Leave comments below.


[chips/dips/chains/whips]

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Vanity Fair Reveals Ava Gardner’s Seduction-to-Split Secrets

September 2nd, 2013 | Entertainment | Comments Off

“You can sum up my life in a sentence, honey: She made movies, she made out, and she made a fucking mess of her life. But she never made jam.” ~Ava Gardner

Gardner longed to have her memoirs published, especially when, by 1988, she was broke and in poor health. But the man she chose to ghostwrite her story failed her. Now, Vanity Fair publishes thrilling insights – straight from the Goddess’s mouth – about her three main men: Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra and Artie Shaw. With luscious lips and a razor-sharp tongue, Gardner is no Julie Andrews. And, we’re thankful for that. Read about her trials, tribulations, successes, and drunken sex at: VANITY FAIR

If you’re feelin’ impatient, skip to the photos, HERE.

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George Carlin to Louis CK: ‘It’s Important Not To Give A Shit’

April 16th, 2013 | Entertainment | Comments Off

“I didn’t know this dissonance was inside me.” George Carlin

Louis CK

There’s no standup comedian hotter than Louis CK right now. His FX television show, Louie, earned him two Emmy Award nominations in 2011, and his recent comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater, made history when CK distributed the show via the web (not HBO) and netted $1,000,000 in sales in mere days.

Louis CK is comedy gold and fans adore him! But times weren’t always so easy. Back in 2010, CK spoke at a tribute to George Carlin (hosted by Whoopi Goldberg at the New York Public Library) and revisited his early days in the profession. For years — actually 15 grueling years — CK performed the same old act and spun his wheels. Then he looked to Carlin and turned his career around. Perseverance counts. But so does perspective. Turns out, Carlin had just the right medicine to cure CK’s mediocrity. Take a gander at the videos below, including CK’s tribute and Carlin, talking about his own career turnaround. Here’s a sneak peek into the veteran late-comedian’s philosophy: “it’s important not to give a shit,” Carlin claimed.


[Carlin Tribute]

You can find the full Carlin tribute here. And below, Carlin describes the turning point in his own life — the moment when he learned “not to give a shit” and his comic genius came into full bloom.

[Burning Up The Math Building]

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Darrah’s Voice-Over Demo!

April 5th, 2013 | Entertainment | Comments Off

Darrah’s VO Demo from Darrah de jour on Vimeo.

After spending a couple years babysitting for the Kenny’s (Tom and Jill voice SpongeBob SquarePants), I was inspired to take a class in voiceovers. Here is my demo.

If you know anybody who needs a VO actress, please pass it along!! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section where it says “Leave A Comment”. I’m going to start another class soon, so, hopefully, I will keep improving. Can’t wait to begin exploring animation.
xox

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Proves to be a Heavy Affair

March 21st, 2013 | Entertainment | Comments Off

Gloria Vanderbilt, Summer 1941

Today, I read a couple reviews of Broadway’s adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s which my man sent to me. We were lucky enough to attend four plays while in NYC, including that one, and we were so close to the stage I should have brought a spit bucket! Especially for Tom Hanks’ spittle (Lucky Guy), but hell, I didn’t mind! ;) My honey is such an enthusiastic theatre and music buff and is exposing me to so much art! I really admire that in him. One of our new activities, when bounding out of bed, is seeing who can understand the bulk of NYTs eclectic vocabulary words! Anyway, back to Tiffany’s… My favorite was Hollywood Reporter’s take on the theatrical revamp, which states almost verbatim, my sentiment: “The most crucial missing component from Clarke’s performance is vulnerability.” Although, the reviewer for the New York Times keenly likened lead Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) to Vanderbilt in her teens (above). She really is her doppelgänger! What do you think?

Emilia Clarke

Wishing you a most fabulous week! xox

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Flashback Thursday ~ The Vagina Monologues (Video)

March 14th, 2013 | Activism, Entertainment | Comments Off

[Vagina]

Here’s li’l me performing “Because He Liked To Look At It” as part of The Vagina Monologues in ’08 at the Directors Guild of America. Please “like” and subscribe for more of my youtube vids!

Hi guys! Here’s a flashback vid in celebration of the recently passed International Women’s Day. Hopefully, these candid conversation about gender and sex will educate the likes of Poland, Egypt, Muslim countries and the Vatican who are in talks with the UN, using “religion, custom and tradition” as a defense to leave women unprotected against violence. (Talk about an unholy alliance! The Vatican is in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood – let’s take that in for a second.) Think their reasoning is a load of bull? Support TVM playwright Eve Ensler’s charity V-Day, which educates, raises funds and helps women in the global movement for peace.

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Jennifer Lawrence: The It Girl Next Door (Videos)

February 27th, 2013 | Entertainment | Comments Off

Jennifer Lawrence (AKA everyone’s fantasy BFF) spoke with the press after her Best Actress Oscar win and was, obviously, hilarious. Lawrence won for playing a recent widow with an unapologetic propensity for office sex in Danny Elfman-scored Silver Linings Playbook. She previously starred in two franchise films with much higher budgets than SLP. In Hunger Games, she played archery goddess, Katniss Everdeen - a role she will reprise in November 2013 and redhead supervillain with blue skin, Raven Darkhölme / Mystique in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class, a role she will reprise in X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014. With her goofy sarcasm and relatable shock at meeting Jack Nicholson (he totally hits on her, of course!) Lawrence charms by never taking herself too seriously. She is the girl on fire right now, but she’s so completely down to earth. Her flat refusal to engage in any media nonsense make her a favorite not just of the Academy, but of us all. Since her first Oscar nomination for Winter’s Bone, Lawrence’s endearingly frank personality has made her Girl #1 on our radar.

Lawrence Talks to the Press (after a shot of something strong):

[JLaw Press Conf Blunders]

Jennifer Meets Jack:

[Jennifer & Jack]

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Wow. Just Wow.

February 8th, 2013 | Entertainment | Comments Off


[Trouble]

Wow.Wow.Wow. For Taylor Swift? Wowzers. It’s no wonder the latest music video from country-crossover cutie Swift has garnered almost 47 million views on YouTube. Awaking in a Coachella-esque abandoned lot while donning a hair cut and color that heralds a SuicideGirls photo set, Swift spends the first two minutes of the six minute vid for her latest hit “I Knew You Were Trouble” off the album Red in an epic spoken word rant about losing oneself whilst falling for the prototypical bad boy. Amid a mixture of pop, dance and unfolding lyrics, she explains her latest heartbreak. You know this guy. We’ve all fallen for him. He gets you high, he takes you out of your own seemingly dreary and mundane existence, then he stirs up all kinds of emotions inside of you – feelings you never had, kinda always wanted, but were also scared of enduring, then leaves you to endure them by yourself. He’s self-absorbed and has no idea that – while he’s tattooing the word “love” across his chest, with you by his side – he has love at his disposal – but is such a drama king user, he’ll never actually feel what love is inside. How it dances in your blood and levitates your flesh and bone until almost weightless, you can barely thank the world for being alive. Instead, to him,  it’s an idea. A far-off, unattainable wish that his drama (or addictions) hold no space for. And, you’re left, not unlike Taylor, to wake up by yourself in the middle of a field, rising up, screaming his name. But, he’s gone.

You realize your life was pretty rockin’ before he came along. Not that he didn’t teach you much. He did. If you let the lessons sink in and don’t get on the roller coaster of the next pretty bad boy. It seems so cliche, but the reasons are deep why girls do this. And, if you’re not careful, as Swift suggests, you could let the most precious detail slide between your fingertips…

“How can the devil be pulling you toward someone who looks so much like an angel when he smiles at you? I think that the worst part of it all wasn’t losing him, it was losing me.” ~Taylor Swift

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What’s The Buzz?

January 26th, 2013 | Entertainment, srBlog archives | Comments Off

Good Dads Put Bad Dads To Shame!

BZZZZ! What’s new in the wild and wonderful hive we share? 

Inspired by Jason Lee of Bored Panda, this father’s revelations of picturesque domesticity and rabble-rousing with his cherubic daughter make me simply restless with joy! Talk about adoration! I’m ’bout to go all Rumpelstiltskin on his ass.

Last week, beloved advice columnist Pauline Phillips AKA Abigail Van Buren who penned the column “Dear Abby” for almost forty years passed away at 94. An advocate of speaking freely about hot topics such as divorce, homosexuality and Alzheimer’s – which she finally succumbed to, Phillips was a 37-year-old stay-at-home mom when she began writing for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1956. Her daughter Jeanne will continue as the sole columnist, a role she took on in 2002 when her mother’s health began declining.

The twin sister of advice columnist Esther Friedman AKA Ann Landers, “Dear Abby” said, of her role as a relationship guru, “[writing the column] has been fulfilling, exciting and incredibly rewarding. … My readers have told me that they’ve learned from me. But it’s the other way around. I’ve learned from them. Has it been a lot of work? Not really. It’s only work if you’d rather be doing something else.”

Attributing her humor to the genes on her father’s side, Abby’s responded to letters with flippant and occasionally risqué one-liners, like some of those collected for her 1981 book “The Best of Dear Abby” (now going for over $100 on Amazon):

Dear Abby: My boyfriend is going to be 20 years old next month. I’d like to give him something nice for his birthday. What do you think he’d like? — Carol

Dear Carol: Nevermind what he’d like, give him a tie.

Dear Abby: What inspires you most to write? — Ted

Dear Ted: The Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Dear Abby: I’ve been going with this girl for a year. How can I get her to say yes? — Don

Dear Don: What’s the question?

~ Goodbye, Abby. ~

On a walk, I discovered this car exists, and now salivate at the thought of owning it.

Cyber-genius, activist and creator of Reddit, Aaron Swartz took his own life at 26 after getting in hot water with the Feds. Many feel these charges were dubious and now call for change.

Former porn star Stacie Halas AKA Tiffany Six was fired from her middle school teaching job for having once starred in adult films. I had a sweet, albeit very very old alcoholic middle school teacher who sipped from a thermos (fire water?) and wore rhubarb velour onesies not unlike Mrs. Roper when I was in 7th grade. Tiffany Six woulda been DOPE.

Academy Award winner Michael Douglas battled cancer, and now his son is in the grips of a battle all his own. Drug addiction. Cameron recently failed a urine test from behind bars, where he’s serving a 9 1/2-year sentence for drug-related charges. Once again proving the point that non-violent drug offenders should be in rehab – not prison.

Cheating: it may Do A Body Good, but it certainly screws with a marriage. This week, former California Governor AKA “The Governator” (who’s looking to reprise his role as The Terminator) and golf pheonom and serial cheater Tiger Woods were in the news trying to beg back their estranged wives. Arnold told a German newspaper ”I still hope for reconciliation; I still love Maria.” Schwarzenegger and Shriver divorced last year after 25-years of marriage when he admitted to fathering a child with the housekeeper. As for Tiger, reports say the broken hearted sexual deviant put together a prenup worth $200 M along with a $350 M cheating clause and proposed on one knee to Elin, his 33-year-old Swedish blonde ex. If you believe the National Enquirer, she agreed to remarry the golf legend. Who knows, if the ice melts, maybe her forgiveness will improve his game?

In lighter news, country cutie Taylor Swift has signed on as the newest spokesperson for Diet Coke.

Probably the best explanation (from a man) of why the term “friendzone” is insulting to women.

Have an amazing weekend!!! xox

P.S.: For no other reason, than to make you smile.

 

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