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Taylor Swift Gives Dating Advice LIVE (VIDEO)

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Last night, my man and I shamelessly ventured downtown to the Staples Center to rock out with a bunch of parents and their six to sixteen-year-old children during the Los Angeles debut of Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour.  OK, OK, you’re right, there were plenty of twenty-somethings there too. Most fans wore glowing Christmas lights tied around their waists, while groups of girls were bedecked with lit signs that, when pieced together, spelled out the name of either their song request, their nickname for Taylor (Baelor was one; a combo of bae and Taylor) or simply an 8×10 of Calvin Harris, Swift’s current beau.

Kicking off the first of five sold-out shows at the Staples Center this week, the leggy blonde with perfect features and pouty, signature red lips opened the two-hour long show with a bang, singing “Welcome To New York,” her anthem to the city that never sleeps and her new home with whom she was endlessly inspired to write her first full-length pop album, 1989. One of the two guest appearances of the evening included Ryan Tedder, of OneRepublic, a co-producer and co-writer on the album. They sang his hit “Counting Stars,” her only duet of the evening. The five-time platinum album, 1989, consists of drum programming, synthesizers, pulsating bass, processed backing vocals, and guitars — an important departure from her country roots.

The 25-year old powerhouse, who has graced magazine’s top whatever lists, also brought Apple to its knees earlier this year by gracefully yet succinctly insisting that they pay their artists for Apple Music’s free three-month trial period. The streaming service agreed within 18 hours of her Tumblr post.

Now a pop diva filling 15,000 seat stadiums, her show included twelve costume changes, bracelets and lights sold to audience members that were all synchronized and flashed color and white at the same time, a beast of a T-bone stage that both levitated, lit up and traveled all directions while she and her mob of shirtless male back up dancers were tied to it by poles. She lip-syncs some of the time, which is forgivable because she’s moving, dancing, and posturing so much. There are a lot of pre-recorded backing vocals that she adds verses to, and while her vocals are sometimes stunning, they are often quite mediocre. Again, forgivable, due to the fact that she is such an incredible performer, songwriter, producer and all-around interesting self-sustained human. Plus, she is delightful to gaze at, and she struts the stage like a catwalk.

Swift intercepts the flow of songs with pre-recorded videos of her girl squad (think opening act Haim, V.S. model Lily Aldridge, B.F.F. Karlie Kloss, Paper Towns actress Cara Delevingne, and Girls star Lena Dunham) with P.S.A.-type, highly edited footage of them discussing everything from Baelor’s cats, their affinity for eating (which feels contrived, given how thin all of these women are), and how women should have each other’s backs — which I secretly wished would be followed by the Katy Perry dis track “Bad Blood.” An impossibly young looking Selena Gomez hammered home how hard dating is when you’re Taylor Swift and famous and stuff.

Before the show, Swift’s mom surfed the crowd seeking out die-hard Swifties to take back to “Loft 89″ after the show for a meet and greet with her daughter. True to her brand, Taylor using her family to lasso fans — or friends, as she calls us — brings warmth to your heart, and bruises to your feet as those aforementioned girls with lights tied around their bodies like butterflies caught in net, trample your feet for a photo with Andrea Swift.

In what is part of an ongoing parade of various guest appearances by girls from her squad and some randoms like Julia Roberts and Joan Baez, on Friday night, during “Style,” her ode to a short-lived relationship with Harry Styles of One Direction, Swift was accompanied onstage by Lakers star Kobe Bryant. He surprised her by revealing a banner commemorating her sixteen full-capacity performances at Staples Center, which is more than any other performer has done in the history of Staples Center. The banner will forever hang alongside the Lakers’.

An all-around enjoyable evening and electric spectacle filled with fun, movement, joy, screaming super fans, and general wholesomeness, Swift paused the pop magic to thank her “friends” profusely for making her so popular, and to give a bit of dating advice. SEE VIDEO BELOW.

Vance Joy and Haim opened.

Taylor Swift will be performing at the Staples Center through Wednesday, August 26th. 

 

[TAYLOR SWIFT GIVES DATING ADVICE LIVE DURING 1989 WORLD TOUR, AUGUST 21, 2015, LOS ANGELES]

For super fans, here is Taylor’s set list from the show:

  • Welcome to New York
  • New Romantics
  • Blank Space
  • I Knew You Were Trouble
  • I Wish You Would
  • How You Get the Girl
  • I Know Places
  • All You Had to Do Was Stay
  • You Are in Love
  • Clean
  • Love Story
  • Style
  • This Love
  • Bad Blood
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  • Enchanted/Wildest Dreams
  • Out of the Woods
  • Shake It Off
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Backstage With Jake Gyllenhaal and the rest of my crazy summer!

It’s been ages since I blogged, but I assure you that I have a good excuse! This summer has been magical — and crazy! We travelled like mad! Overcoming a fear of traveling to a foreign country, I just returned from Tokyo, where I saw Tim Burton‘s NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS LIVE and enjoyed temple crawls and authentic sushi meals! The plane ride was totally bearable, especially since my honey and I got bumped from business to first class for free on the way home!

We also spent the Fourth of July in NYC and Rhode Island at an AMAZING hotel called Ocean House. It’s two doors down from Taylor Swift’s insane mansion (yes, Tay, that was me with the binoculars). We enjoyed a top-notch, classy discovery called Cracker Barrel (and had to dine there — can it even be called “dining”?? three times in one week). We had a brilliant photo shoot in San Antonio at America’s oldest kiddie park and kicking it all off was a fabulous trip to Maui and Kauai! (My babysitter spied John Mayer in the fitness room of our hotel.)

The fangirl in me just about died hanging out with Will Chase… of “Nashville” fame to Angelenos, and broadway fame to New Yorkers. His girlfriend, Ingrid Michaelson was even more adorkable in person.

At the after party for the MINIONS premiere, I met fucking Jon Hamm.

Most of all, I am feeling grateful for the whirlwind of summer, the love of my family, and the soulful experience of being a mother. What are you feeling grateful for? Have you had a good summer?

Much love!!

Darrah xoxox

Steven Boyer, star of Broadway's Tony-winning musical HAND TO GOD

Steven Boyer, star of Broadway’s Tony-winning musical HAND TO GOD

 

 

 

Adorable Cosplayer personifying Jack Skellington

Adorable Cosplayer personifying Jack Skellington in Tokyo, Japan

 

With Danny Elfman and Sandy Cameron

With Danny Elfman and Sandy Cameron

 

We look like sisters! :) Vanessa Bayer from SNL

We look like sisters! :) Vanessa Bayer from SNL

FANGIRL ALERT! Hanging with Will Chase at DANNY ELFMAN'S SONGS FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON

FANGIRL ALERT! Hanging with Will Chase at DANNY ELFMAN’S SONGS FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON

Jon Hamm (and rye) MINIONS PREMIERE

Jon Hamm (and rye) MINIONS PREMIERE

With Jake Gyllenhaal Post LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS DEBUT

With Jake Gyllenhaal  LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS DEBUT

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Darrah Goes Hardcore

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Hey guys, I had so much fun filming a few scenes for bestselling zen author Brad Warner’s part-real, part-fiction documentary HARDCORE ZEN. Below is a sneak peek of my role as Debra. If you’re one of the lucky 100 who get the DVD with extras, you’ll get to see me in a super raunchy and funny sex scene.


[Zen and Fame: A sneak peek of Darrah’s role as a zen groupie in Brad Warner Documentary – VIDEO]

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Freaks & Geeks: Darrah Interviewed on Dark Mark Radio Show!

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As part of a very informal press “tour” for the spoof zombie movie, ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER, M.D., I appeared on Goth Comedian Dark Mark’s radio show/podcast at Skidrow Studios about a week ago. Smart and funny Dark Mark and his devilish co-host Josi Kat (Singer for punk band PISS ANT, founder of THE FEARLEADERS, the cheerleading squad to the LA Derby Dolls Roller Derby Team) interviewed me and my blonde, bespectacled co-star Hannah Elizabeth Pierce with director Pirooz Kalayeh. We dished about naughty behind-the-scenes tidbits, dating older men, and later, sideshow performer Whodini sixteenninetytwo showed off his dangerous side.

Watch the full video of our interview below! Listen to the podcast, here.


[DARRAH ON DARK MARK’S RADIO SHOW – VIDEO]

A little about Goth Comedian Dark Mark: He has hosted at The CONVERGENCE 18 GOTH FESTIVAL, The SAN LUIS OBISBO GOTH FESTIVAL, The DEAD FLESH FEAST HORROR FESTIVAL, The SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL (also featuring Marilyn Manson, Offspring, Bad Religion and De La Soul) as well as Kinky shows at S & M Dungeons and has been featured on Andy Dick Live! Mark has been a 9-time LA Times Comedy pick of the week as well as being a Las Vegas Citylife pick of the week. Mark White has performed with the biggest names in comedy including performers such as Steven Wright, Jerry Seinfeld, Margaret Cho, Dane Cook, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Damon Wayans, Otto and George, Eddie Griffin, Jeff Ross, Maria Bambford, and George Lopez among others.

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Zombie Bounty Hunter, M.D.

Hey friends!

I had the pleasure of working with director Pirooz Kalayeh (SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL) and bestselling Zen author Brad Warner on a fun zombie spoof movie! If you happen to remember, I had a two-day shoot with this team in 2012 as part of HARDCORE ZEN, a mockumentary about Warner’s life as a Zen monk. I played Debra, a Zen groupie.

For ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER, M.D., I play Lara Steele of Steele News, a blogger on a mission, during the zombie apocalypse! Watch the Indiegogo campaign trailer below, and please support us so we can play at festivals and spread our debauchery nationwide!

The Indiegogo fundraiser has some pretty cool perks, such as artwork by Jeffrey Brown (DARTH VADER & SON) digital downloads of the soundtrack featuring SPINDRIFT, autographed books by Brad Warner, and DVDs, Blu Rays, and flash drives with all kinds of extras.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Thanks & Kiss! xoxo

Lara Steele – Blogger from Pirooz Kalayeh on Vimeo.

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New Artist Alert: Kendra Morris

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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!

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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

“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’

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

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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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