I never saw Michael Jackson live in concert. Sad, I know. Thanks to MJ’s weird obsession with staying off the road in later years and blowing millions in Vegas on junk that now occupies dusty space in the attic of Neverland Ranch, my knowledge of the former King of Pop’s performance power will forever be limited to clips from the past.
Now, I’m certainly not going as far as to say Bruno Mars is an entertainer who reaches the level Michael did on stage, but one could deem him a worthy successor to the crown the “Thriller” singer once wore. For Mars, the stage doesn’t feel like a podium to promote his latest album; instead, it feels like home. Read more
I can’t speak for all of the United States, but for West Tennessee, weather really hasn’t been that bad this summer. The heat has been high, but nowhere near the stay-in-door, record-high temperatures we’ve gotten use to in recent years.
Much like the general forecast, this summer’s entertainment has been far from scorching. For the most part, the releases in theaters, stores and online have been lukewarm at best, save for a few noteworthy successes.
Summer 2013 felt top-heavy, with most of the heavy hitters scoring big wins early in the season. The last month has proven to be full of critical and financial disappointments, with many studios going back to the drawing board to figure out what will lure consumers to the box office again.
Let’s take a quick look back at the best – and worst – things in entertainment we took in over the last three months.
Here’s the best. Read more
Two things on this earth that I love with tremendous passion are music and the city of Memphis. My parents raised me on great music from the get go, and I’ve spent my entire life (mostly) in Memphis, so I still get very excited when the worlds of Memphis and music combine, which is very often.
When I was in fifth grade (estimate), my mom was in charge of the volunteers at a local arts festival. On the last night of the festival, while she was doing cleanup and making sure everything was in order, she told me to just hang out at the main concert stage where various musicians had played throughout the week. This festival never really drew any big names, mostly Memphis folks, but on this particular night the headliner was some old local dude named Alex Chilton. Honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to him or his music. I didn’t know anything about him and didn’t recognize anything he played, so I never thought much about it after it was over. Read more
I know it’s only July, but I think we can call this thing since it’s all politics anyway. The song of the year will be awarded to Macklemore’s Same Love. Aside from its obvious representation of a colossal shift in culture, the merits of this work are numerous. Its tone is not angry, but hopeful. He has taken the blame for hate toward homosexuals and spread it across the country, between many likely suspects: conservatives and Christians yes, but also rappers, anonymous Internet commenters, and even grade school children. He then affirms that hate is not a necessary byproduct of religion, but of a detached ignorance common in all of humanity. Macklemore reveals that his own activism is a result of his personal relationship with an uncle who is gay.
In the era of the internet, social media, and 24/7 cable news, we have more coverage about celebrities and quicker spins to burn celebrities at the stake after scandals. Also, though, as we’ve seen with some movie stars and some politicians, returns to redemption can happen a lot quicker than in the past.
Regardless, celebrity scandals have always been a part of American history and have become more prominent every year over the past decade.
So this week’s roundtable is a simple one. Paula Deen and Amanda Bynes are the most recent celebrities to fall from the public’s graces. This week, we ask you…
WHAT IS THE GREATEST CELEBRITY MELTDOWN OF ALL TIME? Read more
I’ll keep this brief as it’s been a week since the actual show. Read more