Archive for August, 2009

Jon & Kate Plus Over-Exposed?

TMZ reported today that cable channel TLC is beginning to grow tired  of Jon’s antics and that he’s becoming uncooperative on their hit show, Jon & Kate Plus 8.  Despite this they may still give him his own show…

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I’m still amazed at how this basic cable reality show has gotten so much media attention. Ever since their marriage hit the rocks, they’ve been a permanent fixture on just about every single grocery store tabloid cover.

But with the divorce rate over 50% in America, why should I care that their marriage is falling apart?What makes them so special? So what if they have 8 test-tube born kids? Octopus-Mom has 14. This is really a prime example of a media creation. At least with nut-cases like Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan, they’re capable of occasionally making interesting music or decent movies when they’re not coked up or in rehab.   Whereas if Jon & Kate completely disappeared off the face of the earth, my life wouldn’t change one iota. They don’t contribute to the Arts in any way and they’re certainly not role-models for other test-tube families.

At best, you could say they are a cautionary tale for when nobodies stay in the spot-light too long beyond the typical 15 minutes of fame.

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Ben Wallace – Traitors Welcome?

The story of NBA basketball player, Ben Wallace, reads like a made-for-TV movie. It’s inspirational. It has a person over-coming seemingly insurmountable odds to live the dream. But like many made-for-TV movies, it ends with a sour taste in your mouth.  TV movies never seem to get the 3rd and final act just right and you’re ultimately reminded why it’s just on TV.

So goes the career of Ben Wallace.

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Most All-Star NBA players were scouted when they were just in high school and then get pampered all through college (if they even go). Ben Wallace didn’t get this star treatment and he had to scratch and claw to get in the NBA, and then to eventually become an All-Star.

Eventually it paid off in 2004, when Ben Wallace along with other talented but under-appreciated players like Richard Hamilton and Chauncy Billups won a NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons.

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A couple of years later, the Pistons were still one of the best teams in the NBA, but couldn’t quite get over the hump to win their second championship. Ben Wallace was still the celebrated player in Detroit and considered the heart and soul of the team and even the franchise. But his contract was about to expire and instead of rewarding the team and the city that made him an All-Star, he ditched them and went with a lesser team (Chicago Bulls) that offered more money. 

He didn’t fare well in Chicago and then got traded to the Cleveland Cavilers. Injuries set him back even further and got traded again this summer. He was on the verge of retirement, but decided to come back and make a second run in Detroit, the city that made him famous.

Unfortunately, the Pistons are now a shell of their former selves. Players have left and there have been numerous coaching changes. The Pistons are basically in a rebuilding phase. Still, should Ben Wallace be welcomed back? He chose to get his big pay day over team and city loyalty. When he originally left Detroit, the difference wasn’t that big in the money the Pistons offered him compared to Chicago. The Pistons offered him 54 million, Chicago offered him 60 million. Not a very big difference I think. Not big enough to abandon the city and all its fans.

Ben Wallace isn’t the only one who’s done this. Many players in the past decade and a half have chased the biggest contract over team loyalty. In some ways I sympathize because basketball players have to make the majority of their money over a 7-12 year period that may have to last them for the rest of their life. However once we get into these big multi-million dollar contracts, I think that’s less of a concern unless they’re really bad with money.

The real problem the last 10-15 years is sports agents.

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Sports agents get a cut of the athlete’s contract they help negotiate with teams. So obviously the bigger the contract, the more money the agents get. Yes they help the athlete’s get more money as well, but now it’s just been reduced to a bidding war, which the sports agents encourage. The agents could care less about team loyalty. The agents want the athletes to sign-up with any team that will offer the most money, regardless of the history they have with a team.

So while I’m not really thrilled to see Ben Wallace come back to Detroit, he may have been a victim of an aggressive sports agent when he originally left several years ago. Clearly his heart is still with the Pistons.

Men Wearing Scarves

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(Joe Jonas,  Jake Gyllenhaal, Brad Pitt)

Scarves are becoming an “it” thing for men in the fashion world, and is making its way towards the celebrities. Big ones, skinny ones, long ones, blah. I am honeslty clueless on how they can find this appealing to wear. To me, they make the guys look a bit feminine.

And they’re so unneccessary! Joe’s scarf is so thin, it would hardly warm up his neck, and with Brad Pitt, how is his scarf warming him up? Ugh, please throw this trend out!

What do you think? Are you for or against men wearing scarves for the purpose of fashion?

Teen Choice Awards ’09

Last night the Teen Choice Awards was aired with the Jonas Brothers as the host of the show. The winners of the categories aren’t all that important, in my opinion, since they’re based off of pop culture, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, the winners were predictable. But if you have been living under that rock, here’s the complete list.

Now let’s highlight the lameness of Teen Choice Awards ’09.

Dare the Jonas Brothers: This was a little game where three fans were chosen to give a dare for the JoBro’s. The first was that Joe had to cut his hair.

tca_joeFinally, something exciting! Mike Tyson came out with scissors, grabbed some of Joe’s hair, and began cutting a few strands… and that .. was it?! The other two dares for the other two brothers were also so tame – a fake tattoo, and hug 20 girls in 20 seconds. Please guys, if you’re going to do this as a segment, pick dares you could actually perform.

Twilight Gets 11 Wins: Well, I suppose this was already a given but for it to receive the Choice Movie Rumble out of all the action/adventure blockbuster out there is pretty lame. And since I despise the Twilight franchise, it’s going to be on the list no matter what, ha.

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Catherine Hardwicke, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone

Miley’s Performance: She sang her new song “Party in the USA” that involved her getting on top of an ice cream cart, with a pole. Sigh, I do have to say that her dance routine on the ice cream cart was actually mild, but the fact that there is a pole is already a no-no. But add that with her bra-showing attire screams attention.

We get that she wants to get away from the “good-girl” image, which she’s been doing for a while now, but she is still with Disney and still doing a show for tweens. I don’t care what she does after her contract is done with Disney, but for now, keep yourself in check!

Dane Cook’s Little Comment: This part wasn’t aired, but of course it leaked anyways. Before announcing the “Choice Hotties”, he called Vanessa Hudgens out on her once again leaked nude photos. Heh, didn’t that girl learn anything?tca_danecook

Too bad they left that part out of the program. I’m sure a lot of people would have gotten quite the laugh. Watch it here.

Miley Cyrus’ Elle Photoshoot

miley_elleMiley Cyrus, the queen of Disney Channel of today, is yet again trying to grow up too fast, indicated by the photoshoot with Elle. As a sixteen year old girl whose image is needed to be clean and wholesome (since her targeted audience are preteen girls), this photoshoot clearly does not help her, especially after the Vanity Fair photoshoot debacle.

One thing I’m dumbfounded about is how Elle, a haute coutour magazine meant for late teens and older, could put a child figure on their cover, and then dress her up in those provocative attire and poses. I mean, I’ve taken a dabble into their magazines and their cover star is usually someone who has some credit to their name.

Miley Cyrus, as great as she is in the preteen kingdom, has not reached the big leagues just yet.