Joe Jackson Needs to Shut Up

Monday, August 31, 2009

Simon Cowell Gives Singer Danyl Johnson Standing Ovation

Monday, August 24, 2009

Wow. Wow. Wow. Danyl Johnson gave what Simon Cowell called the best audition ever on The X Factor in the UK over the weekend. He was amazing, and while no one can replace Adam Lambert, if this guy got a new wardrobe, he'd come very close!

Adam Lambert Not a Fan of Sex Toys

Friday, August 21, 2009

Adam Lambert keeps getting dildos and the like thrown at him on stage while he continues the American Idol tour.

See what happens here. But sex toys aside, I can't wait for his album and solo tour. His voice gives me chills and his over-the-top theatrics are awesome!

Remembering John Hughes

Thursday, August 6, 2009

There are very few adults today who “get” what it is to be a teenager. Director John Hughes, who died on Thursday of a heart attack at the age of 59, was one of those rare beings.

The movies he directed and wrote were the reel-life versions of real-life for so many teenagers who grew up in the ’80s.
We felt as if we knew these kids, or knew kids just like them. We felt as awkward as Molly Ringwald when she crushed on the cutest guy in school in Sixteen Candles, almost wished we could be on detention with the gang of misfits in The Breakfast Club, wanted a girl’s best friend like Duckie in Pretty in Pink, and dreamed of having half as much courage and ingenuity in ditching school the way Ferris Bueller did.

As Andrew (Emilio Estevez) in The Breakfast Club said, “We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all.”
But there was more to John’s films than that. More often than not the characters broke the fourth wall and spoke to the audience, which - if you weren’t relating to the storyline enough already - made you feel even more a part of what was taking place. Despite repeated viewings, I still enjoy when Matthew Broderick turns and talks to me.

John also tended to use the same actors in his films (hello, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall) which was sort of comforting, and made them seem like friends. It might also explain why I chased Andrew McCarthy down a midtown Manhattan street earlier this year, but then again maybe not.

And John he had an ear for music, using current songs that kids would actually go out and buy (before the days of mp3 downloads). I am listening to Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me” as I write this.

Some have said that John Hughes retired from producing and directing films in 2001 because kids today wouldn’t be able to relate to the stories he was telling, but I think they are wrong. Teenagers are still teenagers, only the placement of the piercings has changed. Sure, there are cell phones and iPods and Internet porn nowadays, but the day-to-day dramas (boy meets girl, boy loses girl because he says or does something stupid, boy and girl reunite and swapping of spit follows) remain the same.
While John continued to write screenplays (under the pen name Edmond Dantes, the lead character in The Count of Monte Cristo), he bought a farm in Illinois, and focused on spending time with his two sons, and wife, Nancy, who he’d married at the age of 20.

I think John was just taking the advice of his best-loved character, Ferris Bueller, who said, “Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Goodbye, John Hughes, and thank you for making my teenage years that much easier to get through.

Here is a post written by a girl who was lucky enough to enjoy a penpal relationship with John Hughes when she was a teen. What a lovely tribute.
 

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