If I Ever Doubt Kentucky Again…Slap Me!

First of all, let’s get this out of the way.

165305_1699327235804_6137949_nIs it true I’m from Kentucky? Yes. Is it true I don’t root for the Kentucky Wildcats? Hell yes! Here’s what happened. I used to be a Kentucky fan. I loved Joe B. Hall, Kenny Walker, Dickey Beal, Melvin Turpin (RIP), Ed Davender, all of those early to mid 80s Cats. However, when I was in fourth grade, a certain player from Owensboro, Apollo High School’s Rex Chapman came along, and when a certain coach, Eddie Sutton took over, I decided to boycott Kentucky basketball. And at the time, it was the right decision. Because just after four years, UK became embroiled in recruiting scandal, Chapman bailed for the NBA, Sutton resigned, and the team was banned from post-season play for two years. During Sutton’s tenure, the Louisville Cardinals won a National Championship in 1986 against Duke; Jay Bilas’ swag was denied that night. Pervis Ellison, I’m just going to leave it there.

And when Rick Pitino took the reins of a flailing UK program, my resentment only grew stronger. To be fair, to this day and yes, Pitino is now at Louisville, I’ve always admired his coaching prowess. I just couldn’t get into the Kentucky love parade. Pitino led the Cats one title in 1996. I was a sophomore at WKU, and I watched the game with two Kentucky fans. I just knew when it was over, the campus would go nuts. I heard some happy screaming, but that was about it. It’s funny when you go to a school, yet you see a lot of blue around. It’s crazy, but there were Louisville fans there too, including me. I will always support my Hilltoppers. GO BIG RED! You lovable blob!

western_kentucky_university_big_redAll right, this could take all day, so let’s just fast-forward to now. In the John Calipari era, my hate for Cats has hit new heights. By the way, was he always called “Coach Cal”? I don’t think so. Again, he’s a good coach, but there’s an air about him that is just irritating to me. And the fans? Don’t get me started! I will say this, UK fans are some of the most loyal in all of sports. Loyal, yet feisty over every win and loss. Calipari has also come under fire for his “one and done” recruits. It doesn’t bother me that much anymore, because I believe most of this year’s freshmen will be back. I could be wrong, but as amazing as they have performed in this years NCAA tournament, and if they would happen to lose the weekend OR in a title game, I would think they would all have the desire to keep going to school, and they would have the desire to get better as players and as leaders. Which leads me to this assessment…

2014 CatsThis team is legit. And if I ever decide to pay money in an NCAA tournament pool again (I will), I will never bet against the Cats. Why? They prove everyone, even their biggest haters like me wrong almost every damn time! I still think if Louisville had hit all of their free throws in the first half the other night, they would’ve won, but I’m not quite sure they could have beaten Michigan. But guess what? UK didn’t give up and they are back in the Final Four, and as much as it pains me to say, they might win their ninth championship.

Alas, if they don’t, I will celebrate.

 

The Pros And Cons Of Lady GaGa’s “G.U.Y.” Video (Short Film)

Well Lord, it’s been about a minute since I blogged about Mother Monster. And well, I have my reasons. As far as I’m concerned, GaGa is in need of some reality. Ironically, there is some reality in her new short film/video for “G.U.Y.” Specifically, some reality TV stars. Since GaGa is supposedly a fan of Bravo, she asked the current Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, minus Brandi Glanville and new/soon to be gone wife Joyce Giraud, and Bravo big wig/Watch What Happens Live! host Andy Cohen to tag along on this puzzling adventure.

Seriously? (rumorfix.com)

Seriously? (rumorfix.com)

That’s a reverse angle and that’s literally all you see of Cohen as “Zeus”. Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. This short film begins with GaGa on the ground, dirty, pierced by an arrow, and the track “Artpop” begins. You see as it turns out, this just isn’t a nice tight little video for “G.U.Y.” it’s a semi-promotional deluge of tracks from the album. To be fair, the only other track featured is “Venus”. It’s all a very weird set-up. As “Venus” plays, we see five of the seven housewives, clad in pink, and performing. I must say, Lisa Vanderpump (pink is her signature color) is impressive on the tambourine. She keeps the rhythm, and the sisters Richards play along on guitars, which made me think of some other guitar-playing sisters.

"Are they still alive?!?" (brianandjillshow.com)

“Are they still alive?!?” (brianandjillshow.com)

The Del Rubio Triplets!!! What ensues is a typical GaGa video. Many outfits, wigs, a dance routine, and another sequence with Kyle Richards, Vanderpump, and GIGGY assisting GaGa with some sort of chic bank robbery. Honestly, a lot of the imagery reminded me of the “Poker Face” clip. Which brings me to my point.

The album was released back in November, yet up until this weekend, the only video released has been “Applause”. There is said to be a clip of the album’s second and I think the best pop-friendly single “Do What U Want” that was directed by photographer Terry Richardson, but for legal reasons, it was never really clear, the video was never released. Why wait all those months to release another single and video? I was thinking when Artpop was released, GaGa would go full steam ahead, and I’m NOT counting that Muppets special. And now, a new tour is in the works, dates have been set, and I fear no one, except the faithful fans will show up. Don’t even get me started on this…

Lady-Gaga-600x450 celebuzzYes, I understand she is an artist doing the whole “art” thing, but honestly, this was sort of too much. WE GET IT! Millie Brown‘s esophagus, I’m worried. I just see another big side track in GaGa’s future. I know one positive I got out the new video. It reminded me I’m still a fan of her music. I need to pull Artpop back out I guess.

Oscar Prediction-palooza

assets.nydailynews.com

assets.nydailynews.com

Here we are again; ready to eat, drink, and tweet the Oscars. Oh, and I guess complain. Honestly, I have nothing to complain about with this year’s nominees. Of all the Best Picture nominees, I only saw three, but they are all vital contenders. For Best Picture? Eh, maybe American Hustle. In fact, the BP race is going to be a photo finish. I still think ‘Hustle’ has a really good chance. Insiders seem to think 12 Years a Slave still has enough momentum, and throw Gravity into the mix, since Alfonso Cuaron is pretty much guaranteed Best Director at this point. I didn’t see it, so I can’t form an honest opinion. However, it might be one of those years where Best Picture and Best Director won’t be the same. Don’t even get me started on Brokeback Mountain losing to Crash.

This also might be the first year in a long time where all of the acting wins are secured, except for Best Supporting Actress. I know she’s young, and this is her THIRD nomination, but I will be surprised if Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t win. Yep, possible back-to-back wins for our Kentucky gal. Her biggest competition is 12 Years a Slave nominee Lupita Nyong’o. Again, I did not see 12 Years a Slave, it seems like it was released a really long time ago, which is why I think its chances to win big have been diminished, including winning Best Picture.

The only other nominated Best Pictures I saw were Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street, both good, yet, they won’t win BP, unless there is a big upset brewing somewhere. Both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are locks for Actor and Supporting Actor. But could Leo sneak in there? Eh, maybe, but doubtful. I didn’t see Blue Jasmine, but all the predictors seems to think Cate Blanchett will win her second Oscar amidst all the controversy surrounding writer/director Woody Allen. What will say? More importantly, what will Ronan Farrow and Mia Farrow say? By the way…

New blue eyes?

New blue eyes?

Tell me that’s NOT Frank Sinatra’s son, because it certainly ain’t Woody’s.

Happy Oscars everyone!

 

A Bone To Pick With Comedy Central’s @midnight

First of all, I absolutely love Comedy Central’s newest game show @midnight. I like Chris Hardwick, who is lot funnier than I remember. And the show is great exposure for some of the country’s most underrated comedians. Wait, I think at least two non-US comedians have been featured on the show*.

I mean where else are you going to see scary shit like this.

Facebook

Facebook

Okay, so what is it I have a problem with? It’s simple, none of my #HashtagWars tweets have been retweeted! And while many that have been retweeted are generally funny and creative, I know I came up with at least one entry this week that someone else tweeted word for word and…it was retweeted?!? Wednesday night’s (1/15) hashtag war was #CelebrityCrimes. Here’s the first one I came up with.

Well, here’s the exact same tweet and,

To be fair, I’m sure a slew of folks come up with the same ones, yet, this one was given “POINTS” after I submitted mine. I’m proud of this one too.

Am I being too obsessive about this? Of course. I jokingly compare my aim to be retweeted on @midnight to the late Roger Ebert’s longtime campaign to be selected for The New Yorker‘s cartoon caption contest. After 280 submissions, Ebert finally won the contest 2011. Did he quit after he succeeded? Hell no.

Thus, I will keep submitting my #HashtagWars and honestly, it’s fun to see what everyone comes up with. My quick wit will pay off…one day.

I’m Not Happy, Happy, Happy

crossmap.christianpost.com

crossmap.christianpost.com

I know some people who read this might be shocked to learn that I do watch Duck Dynasty, at least I used to. And my favorite Robertson? Phil, the patriarch, the guy who started at QB ahead of Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech, the former boozer and drug user who found God; he is bar none, the most real person you will ever see on “reality” TV. However, A&E has all but omitted the Robertson clan’s deep rooted religious beliefs. In other words, the only connection to the family’s Christian world that you will ever see on the show is when they are involved in their church activities. Oh, and when Phil says the prayer over supper at almost the end of every episode. It seems he isn’t satisfied, yet if there’s one thing I do admire about him, he will always be honest and speak his mind about his beliefs, no matter what the cost.

I’ve already had one friend ask me why Phil would do an interview with GQ? Why not? In reality, any publication, no matter what that publication’s objective is, he would have no problem speaking his truth. And now, the truth has cost Robertson his role on one of cable TV’s highest-rated shows. Robertson has been suspended “indefinitely” from the series by A&E following the controversial remarks he made about homosexuality in the GQ interview. Here’s what the network had to say:

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”

Okay A&E, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but Robertson’s personal beliefs are the same beliefs of his family. Of course when you read the GQ article, you’ll notice the sons stay mum when Phil starts pontificating about the Bible. They may not be as outspoken as their father, but will carry the burden of defending him for the rest of their lives. It wouldn’t surprise me if in the next few days, you might see another family member pipe up and say something along the lines of “although we respect other people, this is what we believe and no one will change that.” I call bullshit. It will also be interesting to see what other parties who have invested in the show will have to say in wake of this controversy. I’m mainly referring to Walmart. Everywhere you turn, there’s a Robertson staring at you. I see an old cut out of Willie every time I leave and see the Duck Dynasty line of sunglasses. UGH!

I know one thing, I can no longer watch Duck Dynasty. I knew something like this interview would happen, and I would have to stand my ground, so to speak. If A&E is really “champions and strong supporters of the LGBT community”, they would drop the series. Backlash is a bitch. I’ll be waiting for their next move.

Sorry Phil, but it’s not cool to quack about queers and get away with it.

Let’s Pick An Actor (Or A Chef) To Play Rob Ford

pixel.nymag.com

pixel.nymag.com

Obamacare has saturated the 24-hour news cycle for most of the week; seriously, we get it, the website sucks, no one trusts the President or the government, move on! You may have caught the story of the crack-smoking Toronto mayor, more like over-sized crack baby, in between the healthcare yammering. Honestly, I don’t see how this guy didn’t pop up on our radars sooner. He’s a walking dump truck of ridiculous character. Thus, a cheaply made TV movie about the salt lick of the week is almost certainly in the works.

And although the internet has lamented how if Chris Farley were alive, he would have made a perfect Ford, this all got me thinking of just who could take on the “drunken stupor” challenge.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, obviously.

geekleagueofamerica.com

geekleagueofamerica.com

This choice is pretty much right on the button. And bonus! Hoffman has had substance abuse issues in the past. I smell an Oscar, well, it would probably be an Emmy or a Golden Globe. Hell, even if a “Funny or Die” parody is made, Hoffman is your man.

David Burke

bravotv.com

bravotv.com

Yes, I know he’s a chef, but look at him! He’s jowly, full of pep, and I’m sure when he’s in a drunken stupor, it would be cinematic gold.

Rainn Wilson

cache.gawker.com

cache.gawker.com

Honestly, who plays crazy and irrational better than Dwight Schrute Rainn Wilson? He would need to put on a little beer weight, but wow, he would knock it out of the park. He looks pretty sane without glasses.

Val Kilmer

scrapetv.com

scrapetv.com

Hey Iceman! Put a suit on and you’re in! Needless to say, Kilmer has shied away from the limelight, but this role + his unfortunate weight gain? Comeback baby!

Melissa McCarthy (Wild Card)

idigitaltimes.com

idigitaltimes.com

Why not? She’s red hot and she is a master at comedy and character work. Okay, I take it back, McCarthy is your parody choice. I am going to bank on it. Especially if and when she’s asked to host SNL again.

ctv.news.ca

ctv.news.ca

So? Choose wisely.

Equality Creeps Closer And Pixie Cuts Are The New Black

thenewcivilrightsmovement.com

thenewcivilrightsmovement.com

This week, Illinois became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Illinois is right in my back yard, I better watch out! This means Indiana is next, maybe. I could never imagine marriage equality would be so close to where I live. Did someone finally wake up and realize it’s 2013? I could never imagine almost a quarter of the country would recognize same-sex marriage in my lifetime. I mean the state line is literally an hour and a half from where I live. So, will the Midwest continue to fall like dominoes? I say yes, but it all depends on congressional and gubernatorial elections next year. AND what happens with the Affordable Care Act. Health care is an area where equality will be much harder to achieve.

In more breaking equality news, just Thursday, the US Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which means no LGBT prospective job candidate or existing employee can not be not hired or fired on basis of who they are. Of course, it has to pass in the House; which is always a fun time. And it’s no surprise, both KY Senators voted “no” on passage. Typical partisan bullshit. Alas, let’s remember at least one KY Senator (McConnell) will be in a fierce fight next year for his seat, and I predict KY will consider lifting its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Maybe not next year, but it will be considered again.

Moving on…

If you obsessively follow pop culture like I do, you may have noticed in the past week, several female stars have decided on new haircuts. Specifically, short ones or the pixie cut. Yours truly published a blog almost four years ago as I was considering a very short haircut. Here’s the link and from what I’ve seen on my stats, many of you are still reading it, thanks! First up, Jennifer Hudson….and I think it looks perfect on her.

glamour.com

glamour.com

Next, someone I thought would be the last woman on Earth to cut her hair shot, Pamela Anderson, yeah.

gannett-cdn.com

gannett-cdn.com

Another shocker, sort of, Kristin Chenoweth.

latimes.com

latimes.com

Next, Jennifer Aniston, wait! No, she didn’t get a pixie cut, but she got it hacked off because she was “bored”. In other words, it’s the same cut she got for the last season of Friends. That’s boring.

huffingtonpost.com/x17online.com

huffingtonpost.com/x17online.com

Last but not least, or before next week, Oscar-winning actress and KY native Jennifer Lawrence debuted her pixie cut this week at the Google headquarters.

facebook.com

facebook.com

All of the ladies look great, however, one Bravo-lebrity decided to opine on the situation and I wasn’t quiet about it.

Yeah, Patti Stanger thinks short hair equals gay. I’m done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Little Withdrawal And A Concussion

Facebook

Facebook

Okay, I realize using the word “withdrawal” may have been a bad choice after what I covered in my last post. By the way, anyone going as a Krokodil victim/user for Halloween?

While everyone was desperately binge-watching Breaking Bad so they could be prepared for the series finale, I chose to binge on a show I had no intention of ever watching. ABC Family’s gold star, Pretty Little Liars. Lord knows I didn’t need ANOTHER show to keep up with, but I don’t regret this choice at all. The only fact I knew reading about the show was that one of the Liars, Emily (Shay Mitchell) is gay. As you know, I crave and I seek out all things lesbian in TV and movies. However, I didn’t watch PLL for three years, but I would keeping reading about it. So about three weeks ago, via my Netflix subscription, I decided to start my binge, and I was hooked, and..I could not stop watching. I don’t know how many times I had to recharge the battery on my tablet; that poor device isn’t even a year old. I would also sneak in some PC and laptop viewings. But then last week, it all stopped. You see, season 4 started this summer. They took a hiatus and now the new season resumes with the now traditional Halloween episode on October 22nd. According to all my searches, I won’t be able to catch up fully on what’s happening and it’s driving me crazy. I’m hoping ABC Family will air a marathon in advance of October 22nd. They better or I will be completely lost.

What I like best about the series is that it takes a twist almost every episode, which it has to if you watch the very first episode. At this point *SPOILER ALERT* I think Alison DiLaurentis is indeed alive. It’s her murder that drives the action and the mysterious revenge plot inflicted upon the Liars. If I’ve learned one thing, be careful who you trust with your secrets especially if you told them to someone you thought was dead. And if anyone knows how I can watch the first 12 episodes of season 4 without having to pay for them, please let me know! I’m obsessed! Speaking of obsessed…

I had been reading about Concussion for over a year. It’s one of those independent films that needed a distributor and it screened at all the big indie film festivals. Last week, it was finally got a very, tiny limited release in theaters, and it was made available on iTunes, and as a Video On Demand. I counted down the weeks to October 4th, and that morning, I immediately purchased Concussion and since I didn’t have to be up and out of bed for a while, I decided to go ahead and watch it. I ended up watching it, oh, six times. And just the other night, I purchased it on iTunes. Yes, I have an old laptop, but I didn’t care, this film is that good.

hollywoodreporter.com

hollywoodreporter.com

Robin Weigert plays a lesbian housewife who is hit in the head with a baseball by her son and although the term concussion is never used or said in the film, the character’s libido is the most affected area. Weigert’s Abby is suffering from “Lesbian Bed Death” which means her busy wife is either too busy for sex or she has become frigid. Thus the old married couple setttles into a pattern of just being a couple, parents, yet strange bedfellows. So Abby decides she needs to seek satisfaction elsewhere which leads to her new career as a high-end escort for the ladies. The script is smart and Weigert, I hope, will receive multiple accolades for her performance. If you do buy Concussion VOD, it’s $6.99, which is less expensive than a normal movie ticket these days. You won’t regret it!

Meth, Meet Krokodil Or The Best Reason To NEVER Use Drugs (NSFW!)

I don’t know how many times I will type this phrase, but DRUGS ARE BAD!!!! I had seen the topic “flesh eating drug” was trending, but I just ignored it; I mean, how the hell does a drug eat your flesh? I thought only diseases, bath-salt users, and zombies ate flesh.

zombie-eating-brains

BRAIN! sandwich

Nope, apparently heroin has gotten so expensive, the Russians (groan!) have formulated a cheaper type of high called desomorphine or krokodil. Why Krokodil? Um, I don’t how to put this lightly, but when one injects this mixture of ingredients such as gasoline, paint thinner, and alcohol, it causes the flesh to deteriorate or rot away. Oh dear, I finally looked at some pictures of Krokodil users today, and I don’t think I’m going to display them. Honestly, a zombie eating intestines is so much more tame and tasteful than what this shit can do to your body. I’ve seen photos of flesh eating bacteria victims, and although I’m not discounting what they go through, they are lucky compared to what happens to these Krokodil bastards.

Nope, much worse than this.

Nope, much worse than this.

You would think meth would do a similar number on the human body, because it’s made up of so many things one should never consume on purpose, but I’ve never seen a “Face of Meth” as bad as a Krokodil user. Let me paint an image for you, or rather show it to you.

That scene used to scare me to death! Just imagine that process not only happening to your face, but to all of your extremities. Okay, I think I can display one picture that may or may not gross you out. WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC, NSFW! But not near as graphic as what you find when you type in Krokodil.

Seriously! It's a lot worse than this rotting hand.

Seriously! It’s a lot worse than this rotting hand.

I keep wondering why this fascinates me so much. Is it the extreme depravity? The desperate addicts? Or, the gross out factor? I mean, Halloween is practically here. And now Krokodil has landed stateside. So if you see someone with their bones poking through his/her flesh or their crocodile-like skin, they ain’t no zombies.

DRUGS ARE BAD, BAD, BAD!