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Monthly Archives December 2008

Lewis Hamilton Victory Parade Cancelled

Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton has been jipped out of a victory parade by his McLaren team's home base town of Woking, England. Woking officials cancelled the parade citing the $160,000 cost of providing security for an event that "would undoubtedly attract thousands of people" due to Hamilton's popularity was too much to handle during these hard financial times. "Given the council's financial position and the national and global economic climate, Woking Borough Council is unable to fund an event that would enable members of the public to safely participate in the celebrations," a Woking town hall spokesman was quoted in the Daily Star. The last victory parade held in Woking was for former champion Mika Häkkinen in 1998.
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Mariah Carey = Not A Math Whiz

Sense About Science annually reports on celebrities "misleading claims" about science and has listed Mariah Carey as one of this year's offenders in the mathematics category. The 2008 Science report calls out Carey for ignoring basic algebra and translating her latest album title E=MC2, which is borrowed from Einstein's most famous scientific formula for mass-energy equivalence, as "emancipation equals Mariah Carey times two," instead of squared. The number two in the equation acts as an exponent to the C variable, meaning the C would be multiplied by itself -another C, and not multiplied by the number two as Carey has mistakenly said. But since Carey squared is exponentially better than Carey multiplied by two, we think Mimi's new math deserves an A plus! A few other celebrities busted for their lack of science sense: Tom Cruise for pooh poohing psychiatry, Demi Moore for endorsing the detox benefits of leeches, and TV cook Delia Smith for claiming the nation's obesity could be cured " if we cut down sugar addiction."
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GIMME FIVE: Actresses Who Should Replace Beyonce in Eartha Kitt Biopic

As previously reported, pop diva Beyonce Knowles will portray Eartha Kitt in a recently greenlit biopic of the late singer's life. Kitt, who died on Christmas day at age 81, expressed her disapproval of the "Bootylicious" singer's casting in her life story. "I do not think I have quite the derriere of Beyonce," she said. And we believe such a legend deserves a real actress with real talent beyond singing. Here are Blindie's top five actresses who can do Miss Earth Kitt justice: Thandie Newton She was cheated in casting last year when Angelina Jolie was cast as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart ---a role Blindie felt was a match-made for the Brit talent. But Kitt could earn Newton a call from Oscar Taraji P. Henson She's gaining critical acclaim and a SAG award nomination for her role opposite Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Although she consistently supports leading men, we think she would be a strong choice as Kitt. Halle Berry She definitely did Dorothy Dandridge justice on cable TV....plus Kitt herself said, "Give me Halle Berry instead!" Robin Givens We should follow up her film comeback in Tyler Perry's A Family That Preys with a hefty role as the purring singer-actress. Plus, with Berry, she starred with Kitt opposite Eddie Murphy in 1992's Boomerang! Zoe Saldana Having seen her be the "girl-to-get" in many flicks, it's time that Star Trek's Uhura tests her acting chops with a heftier role. Maybe she could pull a Marion Cotillard--who nabbed the Oscar playing much-older legend Edith Piaf.
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Ga Ga: Slumdog Millionaire is Blindie’s Best Flick of 2008

After watching director Danny Boyle's film, Slumdog Millionaire, Blindie believes in the power of filmmaking again. The awe-inspiring film follows the life of a street kid (Dev Patel) in Mumbai who competes on an Indian version of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" to be seen by his childhood love (Freida Pinto). After he goes further than any other contestant in the show's history, the "slumdog" contestant is interrogated and rehashes how the adventures in his tough life provided him with the answers to each money-earning question. What excited Blindie most was the fact that with a holiday drama season filled with overpaid movie stars (Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tom Cruise in Valkyrie and Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road), Slumdog Millionaire didn't need the fanfare or the paparazzi. It's because the film was about the story---and at the end of the day all an audience wants is a heartbreaking, intelligent, and awe-inspiring story that makes them believe in dreams again.
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GIMME FIVE: Must-Have 2009 Calendars, Including Kim Kardashian, Twilight And Bubble Wrap

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a calendar that reflects your obsessions? Whether you're a vampire fanatic, a horny teenage boy, or a gun-toting Republican, there's a calendar out there just for you. Here are Blindie's five must-have calendars for 2009: This 16-month calendar from Stephenie Meyer's theatrical adaptation of Twilight is being touted as the only one available from the teen vampire flick. With loads of photos of Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, and even Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, plus a hefty pricetag of over $50, this calendar is for the die-hard fan. Kim Kardashian's sexy 12-month calendar was originally intended as a one year anniversary gift for boyfriend Reggie Bush, but is now available to every schoolboy. The sultry 28 year-old confessed to working out "like crazy" and even undergoing cellulite treatment "in order to make this the hottest shoot ever." This 13-month calendar features over 50 photos, some "never before seen," of former vice-presidential candidate Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, her family and her trusty rifle. If you still don't think the Obama gold dollar coin is worth ten bucks then this 16-month calendar featuring photos and memorable quotes from the 44th U.S. president might prove to be a better investment. This trendy bubble wrap calendar allows you to pop through 365 days of the year and even provides extra bubbles to burst as you satisfy your daily cravings of the addictive shipping material.
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Pussycat’s Nicole Scherzinger Planning Hawaiian New Year’s With Lewis Hamilton

The Pussycat Doll's lead singer Nicole Scherzinger wants to bring her boyfriend champion Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton home to Hawaii for New Year's Eve. A friend of Scherzinger says, “Nicole is really excited about taking Lewis home to Hawaii. She’s thinking of hiring a private luxury yacht to celebrate his birthday with his friends and family.” The sexy 30 year-old singer has said of 23 year-old Hamilton "I definitely think he could be The One," and revealed at the most recent MTV Video Music Awards they are house hunting together. "We would love to have beautiful angel babies together one day," Scherzinger has said. "We would sing Don’t Cha to them in my belly." We hope when Scherzinger and Hamilton have those angel babies, they change the line "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?" to something more baby friendly.
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ObamaNation: ‘Barack The Magic Negro’ Song Regifted To RNC Members

Tennessee Republican Chip Saltsman has sent CDs containing the offensive song "Barack the Magic Negro" to Republican National Committee members for Christmas and defends the gifts as merely "political satire." The song which originally aired on The Rush Limbaugh Show back in 2007, is a parody of the 1963 Peter, Paul and Mary tune "Puff the Magic Dragon." Written and sung by Limbaugh Show's Paul Shankin in an Al Sharpton impersonation, the tune takes aim at the President-elect by claiming Obama appeals to "guilty" white voters and is black but not "authentically." “See, real black men, like Snoop Dogg, or me, or Farrakhan, have talked the talk, and walked the walk, not come in late and won,” a verse in the song goes. Shankin latched onto the "magic negro" term after the bi-racial L.A. Times critic David Ehrenstein used the term in an opinion column. Other songs on the CD include: "John Edwards' Poverty Tour," "Wright place, wrong pastor," "Love Client #9," "Ivory and Ebony" and "The Star Spanglish Banner."
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Monthly Archives December 2008

Lewis Hamilton Victory Parade Cancelled

Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton has been jipped out of a victory parade by his McLaren team's home base town of Woking, England. Woking officials cancelled the parade citing the $160,000 cost of providing security for an event that "would undoubtedly attract thousands of people" due to Hamilton's popularity was too much to handle during these hard financial times. "Given the council's financial position and the national and global economic climate, Woking Borough Council is unable to fund an event that would enable members of the public to safely participate in the celebrations," a Woking town hall spokesman was quoted in the Daily Star. The last victory parade held in Woking was for former champion Mika Häkkinen in 1998.
Read More

Mariah Carey = Not A Math Whiz

Sense About Science annually reports on celebrities "misleading claims" about science and has listed Mariah Carey as one of this year's offenders in the mathematics category. The 2008 Science report calls out Carey for ignoring basic algebra and translating her latest album title E=MC2, which is borrowed from Einstein's most famous scientific formula for mass-energy equivalence, as "emancipation equals Mariah Carey times two," instead of squared. The number two in the equation acts as an exponent to the C variable, meaning the C would be multiplied by itself -another C, and not multiplied by the number two as Carey has mistakenly said. But since Carey squared is exponentially better than Carey multiplied by two, we think Mimi's new math deserves an A plus! A few other celebrities busted for their lack of science sense: Tom Cruise for pooh poohing psychiatry, Demi Moore for endorsing the detox benefits of leeches, and TV cook Delia Smith for claiming the nation's obesity could be cured " if we cut down sugar addiction."
Read More

GIMME FIVE: Actresses Who Should Replace Beyonce in Eartha Kitt Biopic

As previously reported, pop diva Beyonce Knowles will portray Eartha Kitt in a recently greenlit biopic of the late singer's life. Kitt, who died on Christmas day at age 81, expressed her disapproval of the "Bootylicious" singer's casting in her life story. "I do not think I have quite the derriere of Beyonce," she said. And we believe such a legend deserves a real actress with real talent beyond singing. Here are Blindie's top five actresses who can do Miss Earth Kitt justice: Thandie Newton She was cheated in casting last year when Angelina Jolie was cast as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart ---a role Blindie felt was a match-made for the Brit talent. But Kitt could earn Newton a call from Oscar Taraji P. Henson She's gaining critical acclaim and a SAG award nomination for her role opposite Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Although she consistently supports leading men, we think she would be a strong choice as Kitt. Halle Berry She definitely did Dorothy Dandridge justice on cable TV....plus Kitt herself said, "Give me Halle Berry instead!" Robin Givens We should follow up her film comeback in Tyler Perry's A Family That Preys with a hefty role as the purring singer-actress. Plus, with Berry, she starred with Kitt opposite Eddie Murphy in 1992's Boomerang! Zoe Saldana Having seen her be the "girl-to-get" in many flicks, it's time that Star Trek's Uhura tests her acting chops with a heftier role. Maybe she could pull a Marion Cotillard--who nabbed the Oscar playing much-older legend Edith Piaf.
Read More

Ga Ga: Slumdog Millionaire is Blindie’s Best Flick of 2008

After watching director Danny Boyle's film, Slumdog Millionaire, Blindie believes in the power of filmmaking again. The awe-inspiring film follows the life of a street kid (Dev Patel) in Mumbai who competes on an Indian version of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" to be seen by his childhood love (Freida Pinto). After he goes further than any other contestant in the show's history, the "slumdog" contestant is interrogated and rehashes how the adventures in his tough life provided him with the answers to each money-earning question. What excited Blindie most was the fact that with a holiday drama season filled with overpaid movie stars (Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tom Cruise in Valkyrie and Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road), Slumdog Millionaire didn't need the fanfare or the paparazzi. It's because the film was about the story---and at the end of the day all an audience wants is a heartbreaking, intelligent, and awe-inspiring story that makes them believe in dreams again.
Read More

GIMME FIVE: Must-Have 2009 Calendars, Including Kim Kardashian, Twilight And Bubble Wrap

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a calendar that reflects your obsessions? Whether you're a vampire fanatic, a horny teenage boy, or a gun-toting Republican, there's a calendar out there just for you. Here are Blindie's five must-have calendars for 2009: This 16-month calendar from Stephenie Meyer's theatrical adaptation of Twilight is being touted as the only one available from the teen vampire flick. With loads of photos of Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, and even Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, plus a hefty pricetag of over $50, this calendar is for the die-hard fan. Kim Kardashian's sexy 12-month calendar was originally intended as a one year anniversary gift for boyfriend Reggie Bush, but is now available to every schoolboy. The sultry 28 year-old confessed to working out "like crazy" and even undergoing cellulite treatment "in order to make this the hottest shoot ever." This 13-month calendar features over 50 photos, some "never before seen," of former vice-presidential candidate Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, her family and her trusty rifle. If you still don't think the Obama gold dollar coin is worth ten bucks then this 16-month calendar featuring photos and memorable quotes from the 44th U.S. president might prove to be a better investment. This trendy bubble wrap calendar allows you to pop through 365 days of the year and even provides extra bubbles to burst as you satisfy your daily cravings of the addictive shipping material.
Read More

Pussycat’s Nicole Scherzinger Planning Hawaiian New Year’s With Lewis Hamilton

The Pussycat Doll's lead singer Nicole Scherzinger wants to bring her boyfriend champion Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton home to Hawaii for New Year's Eve. A friend of Scherzinger says, “Nicole is really excited about taking Lewis home to Hawaii. She’s thinking of hiring a private luxury yacht to celebrate his birthday with his friends and family.” The sexy 30 year-old singer has said of 23 year-old Hamilton "I definitely think he could be The One," and revealed at the most recent MTV Video Music Awards they are house hunting together. "We would love to have beautiful angel babies together one day," Scherzinger has said. "We would sing Don’t Cha to them in my belly." We hope when Scherzinger and Hamilton have those angel babies, they change the line "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?" to something more baby friendly.
Read More

ObamaNation: ‘Barack The Magic Negro’ Song Regifted To RNC Members

Tennessee Republican Chip Saltsman has sent CDs containing the offensive song "Barack the Magic Negro" to Republican National Committee members for Christmas and defends the gifts as merely "political satire." The song which originally aired on The Rush Limbaugh Show back in 2007, is a parody of the 1963 Peter, Paul and Mary tune "Puff the Magic Dragon." Written and sung by Limbaugh Show's Paul Shankin in an Al Sharpton impersonation, the tune takes aim at the President-elect by claiming Obama appeals to "guilty" white voters and is black but not "authentically." “See, real black men, like Snoop Dogg, or me, or Farrakhan, have talked the talk, and walked the walk, not come in late and won,” a verse in the song goes. Shankin latched onto the "magic negro" term after the bi-racial L.A. Times critic David Ehrenstein used the term in an opinion column. Other songs on the CD include: "John Edwards' Poverty Tour," "Wright place, wrong pastor," "Love Client #9," "Ivory and Ebony" and "The Star Spanglish Banner."
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