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Monthly Archives September 2008

Ga Ga: TV On The Radio’s New Album Dear Science

New York band TV On The Radio releases their new album Dear Science on September 23rd and conjures up an ecclectic mix of upbeat electronic tracks that happily reminds Blindie of some our favorite songs of the 80s and another indie band we're ga ga over. Marking their third album in just four years and the second with Interscope Records, TVOTR's David Sitek told Rolling Stone "with this record, we faded out the question mark and faded in the exclamation point." And what does that mean? Less of the moody songs that were featured on their previous album Return To Cookie Mountain and more danceable, energetic songs. Bandmembers Tunde Adebimpe, David Sitek, Kype Malone, Jaleel Bunton and Gerard Smith kicked around numerous odd and quirky names for the album like Black Versus French Fries in the Battle For The Delicious Universe and Thick as Chicken Feed before settling on the even stranger Dear Science. Blindie is ga ga for TVOTR and their deja vu tracks: Dancing Choose that spews rapid-fire social commentary like R.E.M.s It's The End Of The World As We Know It; Halfway Home whicih has a "bah bah bah bah" homage to the Ramone's I Wanna Be Sedated; and Golden Age with a bassline that's startlingly similar to our other ga ga band Black Kids' Hurricane Jane.
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ObamaNation: Poll Says One-Third of White Democrats See Blacks as ‘Lazy’ or ‘Violent’

If the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll, Barack Obama could lose the race because one-third of white Democrats "harbor negative views toward blacks." Calling blacks "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles, 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks. "There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn't mean there's only a few bigots," said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the survey. Twenty percent of all whites felt the word "violent" strongly applied to blacks when present with a list of positive and negative adjectives. Among other words, 22 percent agreed with "boastful," 29 percent "complaining," 13 percent "lazy" and 11 percent "irresponsible." Although this prejudiced group isn't as large as the non-prejudiced group, this percentage could still cost Obama the White House--and all we'll have for the next four years is a flip-flopping, character-warping President and his gun-wielding, moose-hunting, inexperienced VP.
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Emmy Awards Watch: Top 10 Moments From TV’s Biggest Night

Our Vanessa Williams may not have won her much-deserved Emmy, but Queen of TV Oprah Winfrey opened the show! Here are Blindie's Top 10 moments from the 60th Annual Emmy Awards: 1. During their opening, cohost Howie Mandel comments on their lack of material: "We are on Sarah Palin's bridge to nowhere." 2. Heidi Klum joining the boys club in her tuxedo. "I thought you would be wearing a lot less," Tom Bergeron says to Klum before assisting her (with William Shatner!) in stripping Heidi down to some glittered hot shorts. 3. "Dude, Howie wouldn't even shake my hand!" Klum says, referencing Mandel's OCD. 4. "How dare you! I've gained weight for a role," Amy Poehler tells Tina Fey who asks her when she's due to give birth. 5. "What if I just kept talking for 12 minutes...That was the opening!" Emmy winner Jeremy Piven says during his acceptance speech of the hosts' lackluster opening. It drew an overwhelming applause from the audience. 6. "I was thinking about telling a joke, but Katherine Heigl told me she didn't think my work was Emmy-worthy," Conan O'Brien deadpans while presenting referencing the Grey's Anatomy stars decision to withdraw her name from the Emmys race due to not getting work she felt was Emmy-worthy. 7. Josh Groban singing The Jeffersons theme song and rapping The Fresh Prince theme song complete with his take on the robot! We hope he got paid tons of money to play a lounge singer. 8. Lauren Conrad channeling her inner DIVA when she told Bones actor David Boreanaz that he was saying her line. The MTV star wanted to make sure she presented Tina Fey with her Emmy win. 9. Stephen Colbert compares Senator John McCain to a wrinkled prune! 10. The amazing Kathy Griffin demanding A-Listers to get out of their seats and stand for comedic legend Don Rickles. She then compares their hot pairing to that of McCain & Sarah Palin. PHOTOS: Reuters
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50 Cent Talks Business In His New Book The 50th Law

Rapper and entrepreneur 50 Cent teams up with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to explain the laws of power of the business world in his new book The 50th Law. Describing the book as an urban take on Greene's 48 Laws, 50 Cent says it will "create and capture a visible parallel between street life and coporate America standard and structure." In a recent Fortune magazine article Greene compares the rapper to Parisien diplomat Talleyrand and French general Napoleon Bonaparte for his fearlessness and willingness to take risks and says "the book shows how powerfully that works in a business sense." 50 Cent is definitely no slouch when it comes to business, as he's already successfully launched his own clothing and sneaker line, and partnered with numerous companies to brand a range of products from condoms, body sprays, and a flavored drink to his own label G-Unit Records with Interscope and a book publishing arm with MTV and Pocket Books. The 50th Law is set to be released in November.
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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: From Hurricanes & Floods to Bailouts & Billions

The United States has encountered one of its worst weeks: Hurricane devastation, Midwestern flooding, a U.S. embassy bombed, L.A. train crash, upending of Wall Street giants Lehman Bros. and Merril Lynch, government bailout of insurance juggernaut AIG, and President Bush breaking the news of a $700 billion price tag to save our wilting economy. These overwhelming events have altered the tone of the election, giving us a chance to see how Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain responded to the economic crisis. Obama elevated the discourse, outlined his comprehensive economic proposal, and put partisanship aside with his call for both parties to stop the economic epidemic before it hits the middle class. But McCain’s critical response was far less flattering. On Monday, he made the absurd statement about how the fundamentals of the economy are strong. He then backpedaled and said he meant the workers are strong, not the economy. McCain transformed into Mr. Regulator after his entire career of being Mr. Deregulator. And as if he couldn’t debase himself enough, he went on to release a new slimy, disgraceful, and racially saturated ad that portrayed Obama in cahoots with an angry black man so they can both terrorize your poor white grandmother. These are serious times that require a serious debate and what McCain is offering is an insult to the American people. When I hear disastrous news like this and watch Bush fumble around trying to pick up the pieces, I feel ashamed that he was elected. This isn’t the America I know. This isn’t the country my parents sought to give opportunity to their children. Yet, as tumultuous and imperfect as this nation has been, it is able to bring us Obama. There exists a limitless sum of obstacles that battle his candidacy. Yet here we are, at this moment, with him as our voice: A leader with reciprocity between the American people…who we desperately need as he desperately needs us. He's our best hope!
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SCORECARD: Blindie’s Predictions for the Primetime Emmy Awards

TV's biggest night, the 60th annual Emmy Awards, is airing Sunday, and Blindie will be keeping score! Here's our picks: Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock Curb Your Enthusiasm • Entourage • The Office • Two and a Half Men Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men • Boston Legal • Damages • Dexter • House • Lost Lead Actor in a Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock • Tony Shalhoub, Monk • Steve Carell, The Office • Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies • Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men Lead Actor in a Drama: Jon Hamm, Mad Men • Hugh Laurie, House • James Spader, Boston Legal • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad • Michael C. Hall, Dexter • Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment Lead Actress in a Comedy: Tina Fey, 30 Rock • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine • Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? • America Ferrera, Ugly Betty • Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds Lead Actress in a Drama: Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters • Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer • Glenn Close, Damages • Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • Holly Hunter, Saving Grace Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty • Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies • Jean Smart, Samantha Who? • Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live • Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men Supporting Actress in a Drama: Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy • Candice Bergen, Boston Legal • Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters • Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy • Dianne Wiest, In Treatment Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Jeremy Piven, Entourage • Kevin Dillon, Entourage • Neil Patrick Harris I Met Your Mother • Rainn Wilson, The Office • Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men Supporting Actor in a Drama: Michael Emerson, Lost • William Shatner, Boston Legal • Ted Danson, Damages • Zeljko Ivanek, Damages • John Slattery, Mad Men Host For a Reality or Reality-Competition: Ryan Seacrest, American Idol • Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars • Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal • Heidi Klum, Project Runway • Jeff Probst, Survivor
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Thandie Newton: Playing Condoleezza Rice in W Was ‘Really F***ing Fun’

British actress Thandie Newton confesses that taking on the role of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic W was a challenge, but "I decided to close my eyes and leap. I wanted to take the risk,” she told the London Times. “Oliver woke me up,” she says of the director, who had an “absolute belief that I could play this character who was absolutely nothing like me. She didn’t look like me; she’s a couple of decades older than me. And I’m English, for goodness’ sake." But once she began researching Rice, Newton said, "That was when it got really f***ing fun!” But she nearly backed out when rehearsals began in Louisiana, admitting, “I was thinking, ‘F***, have I made a mistake?’" To add to her angst, the makeup crew didn't allow her to wear prosthetics: “That was a bit of a blow.” For the role, some slight makeup tricks, a Rice-like crop and some false teeth helped Newton get "all Condi’d up." Of Stone choosing Newton over other black actresses who were physically more compatible to Rice, she said, “You’ll have to ask Oliver about that. But he was informed in his decision. He’d seen Crash and The Pursuit of Happyness and he liked the fact that the woman sitting in front of him was nothing like those characters. I’m a bit of a blank slate, and I think that helps."
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Monthly Archives September 2008

Ga Ga: TV On The Radio’s New Album Dear Science

New York band TV On The Radio releases their new album Dear Science on September 23rd and conjures up an ecclectic mix of upbeat electronic tracks that happily reminds Blindie of some our favorite songs of the 80s and another indie band we're ga ga over. Marking their third album in just four years and the second with Interscope Records, TVOTR's David Sitek told Rolling Stone "with this record, we faded out the question mark and faded in the exclamation point." And what does that mean? Less of the moody songs that were featured on their previous album Return To Cookie Mountain and more danceable, energetic songs. Bandmembers Tunde Adebimpe, David Sitek, Kype Malone, Jaleel Bunton and Gerard Smith kicked around numerous odd and quirky names for the album like Black Versus French Fries in the Battle For The Delicious Universe and Thick as Chicken Feed before settling on the even stranger Dear Science. Blindie is ga ga for TVOTR and their deja vu tracks: Dancing Choose that spews rapid-fire social commentary like R.E.M.s It's The End Of The World As We Know It; Halfway Home whicih has a "bah bah bah bah" homage to the Ramone's I Wanna Be Sedated; and Golden Age with a bassline that's startlingly similar to our other ga ga band Black Kids' Hurricane Jane.
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ObamaNation: Poll Says One-Third of White Democrats See Blacks as ‘Lazy’ or ‘Violent’

If the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll, Barack Obama could lose the race because one-third of white Democrats "harbor negative views toward blacks." Calling blacks "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles, 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks. "There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn't mean there's only a few bigots," said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the survey. Twenty percent of all whites felt the word "violent" strongly applied to blacks when present with a list of positive and negative adjectives. Among other words, 22 percent agreed with "boastful," 29 percent "complaining," 13 percent "lazy" and 11 percent "irresponsible." Although this prejudiced group isn't as large as the non-prejudiced group, this percentage could still cost Obama the White House--and all we'll have for the next four years is a flip-flopping, character-warping President and his gun-wielding, moose-hunting, inexperienced VP.
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Emmy Awards Watch: Top 10 Moments From TV’s Biggest Night

Our Vanessa Williams may not have won her much-deserved Emmy, but Queen of TV Oprah Winfrey opened the show! Here are Blindie's Top 10 moments from the 60th Annual Emmy Awards: 1. During their opening, cohost Howie Mandel comments on their lack of material: "We are on Sarah Palin's bridge to nowhere." 2. Heidi Klum joining the boys club in her tuxedo. "I thought you would be wearing a lot less," Tom Bergeron says to Klum before assisting her (with William Shatner!) in stripping Heidi down to some glittered hot shorts. 3. "Dude, Howie wouldn't even shake my hand!" Klum says, referencing Mandel's OCD. 4. "How dare you! I've gained weight for a role," Amy Poehler tells Tina Fey who asks her when she's due to give birth. 5. "What if I just kept talking for 12 minutes...That was the opening!" Emmy winner Jeremy Piven says during his acceptance speech of the hosts' lackluster opening. It drew an overwhelming applause from the audience. 6. "I was thinking about telling a joke, but Katherine Heigl told me she didn't think my work was Emmy-worthy," Conan O'Brien deadpans while presenting referencing the Grey's Anatomy stars decision to withdraw her name from the Emmys race due to not getting work she felt was Emmy-worthy. 7. Josh Groban singing The Jeffersons theme song and rapping The Fresh Prince theme song complete with his take on the robot! We hope he got paid tons of money to play a lounge singer. 8. Lauren Conrad channeling her inner DIVA when she told Bones actor David Boreanaz that he was saying her line. The MTV star wanted to make sure she presented Tina Fey with her Emmy win. 9. Stephen Colbert compares Senator John McCain to a wrinkled prune! 10. The amazing Kathy Griffin demanding A-Listers to get out of their seats and stand for comedic legend Don Rickles. She then compares their hot pairing to that of McCain & Sarah Palin. PHOTOS: Reuters
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50 Cent Talks Business In His New Book The 50th Law

Rapper and entrepreneur 50 Cent teams up with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to explain the laws of power of the business world in his new book The 50th Law. Describing the book as an urban take on Greene's 48 Laws, 50 Cent says it will "create and capture a visible parallel between street life and coporate America standard and structure." In a recent Fortune magazine article Greene compares the rapper to Parisien diplomat Talleyrand and French general Napoleon Bonaparte for his fearlessness and willingness to take risks and says "the book shows how powerfully that works in a business sense." 50 Cent is definitely no slouch when it comes to business, as he's already successfully launched his own clothing and sneaker line, and partnered with numerous companies to brand a range of products from condoms, body sprays, and a flavored drink to his own label G-Unit Records with Interscope and a book publishing arm with MTV and Pocket Books. The 50th Law is set to be released in November.
Read More

Confessions of an ObamaVoter: From Hurricanes & Floods to Bailouts & Billions

The United States has encountered one of its worst weeks: Hurricane devastation, Midwestern flooding, a U.S. embassy bombed, L.A. train crash, upending of Wall Street giants Lehman Bros. and Merril Lynch, government bailout of insurance juggernaut AIG, and President Bush breaking the news of a $700 billion price tag to save our wilting economy. These overwhelming events have altered the tone of the election, giving us a chance to see how Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain responded to the economic crisis. Obama elevated the discourse, outlined his comprehensive economic proposal, and put partisanship aside with his call for both parties to stop the economic epidemic before it hits the middle class. But McCain’s critical response was far less flattering. On Monday, he made the absurd statement about how the fundamentals of the economy are strong. He then backpedaled and said he meant the workers are strong, not the economy. McCain transformed into Mr. Regulator after his entire career of being Mr. Deregulator. And as if he couldn’t debase himself enough, he went on to release a new slimy, disgraceful, and racially saturated ad that portrayed Obama in cahoots with an angry black man so they can both terrorize your poor white grandmother. These are serious times that require a serious debate and what McCain is offering is an insult to the American people. When I hear disastrous news like this and watch Bush fumble around trying to pick up the pieces, I feel ashamed that he was elected. This isn’t the America I know. This isn’t the country my parents sought to give opportunity to their children. Yet, as tumultuous and imperfect as this nation has been, it is able to bring us Obama. There exists a limitless sum of obstacles that battle his candidacy. Yet here we are, at this moment, with him as our voice: A leader with reciprocity between the American people…who we desperately need as he desperately needs us. He's our best hope!
Read More

SCORECARD: Blindie’s Predictions for the Primetime Emmy Awards

TV's biggest night, the 60th annual Emmy Awards, is airing Sunday, and Blindie will be keeping score! Here's our picks: Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock Curb Your Enthusiasm • Entourage • The Office • Two and a Half Men Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men • Boston Legal • Damages • Dexter • House • Lost Lead Actor in a Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock • Tony Shalhoub, Monk • Steve Carell, The Office • Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies • Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men Lead Actor in a Drama: Jon Hamm, Mad Men • Hugh Laurie, House • James Spader, Boston Legal • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad • Michael C. Hall, Dexter • Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment Lead Actress in a Comedy: Tina Fey, 30 Rock • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine • Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? • America Ferrera, Ugly Betty • Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds Lead Actress in a Drama: Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters • Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer • Glenn Close, Damages • Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • Holly Hunter, Saving Grace Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty • Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies • Jean Smart, Samantha Who? • Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live • Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men Supporting Actress in a Drama: Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy • Candice Bergen, Boston Legal • Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters • Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy • Dianne Wiest, In Treatment Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Jeremy Piven, Entourage • Kevin Dillon, Entourage • Neil Patrick Harris I Met Your Mother • Rainn Wilson, The Office • Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men Supporting Actor in a Drama: Michael Emerson, Lost • William Shatner, Boston Legal • Ted Danson, Damages • Zeljko Ivanek, Damages • John Slattery, Mad Men Host For a Reality or Reality-Competition: Ryan Seacrest, American Idol • Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars • Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal • Heidi Klum, Project Runway • Jeff Probst, Survivor
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Thandie Newton: Playing Condoleezza Rice in W Was ‘Really F***ing Fun’

British actress Thandie Newton confesses that taking on the role of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic W was a challenge, but "I decided to close my eyes and leap. I wanted to take the risk,” she told the London Times. “Oliver woke me up,” she says of the director, who had an “absolute belief that I could play this character who was absolutely nothing like me. She didn’t look like me; she’s a couple of decades older than me. And I’m English, for goodness’ sake." But once she began researching Rice, Newton said, "That was when it got really f***ing fun!” But she nearly backed out when rehearsals began in Louisiana, admitting, “I was thinking, ‘F***, have I made a mistake?’" To add to her angst, the makeup crew didn't allow her to wear prosthetics: “That was a bit of a blow.” For the role, some slight makeup tricks, a Rice-like crop and some false teeth helped Newton get "all Condi’d up." Of Stone choosing Newton over other black actresses who were physically more compatible to Rice, she said, “You’ll have to ask Oliver about that. But he was informed in his decision. He’d seen Crash and The Pursuit of Happyness and he liked the fact that the woman sitting in front of him was nothing like those characters. I’m a bit of a blank slate, and I think that helps."
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