Labor Day Friday!

Happy Labor Day weekend friends! Well, well, well. There has been so much going on this week and yea as much as I would love to talk about it all, no lie, I’m just not in the mood. This whole speedy Friday thing seems to be going over well. Not too many complaints have come my way. If you do have a complaint you can either A) write me about it. I always respect anything and everything from my LOYAL readers. OR B) keep your mouth shut and CHANGE the channel. There’s no need to be rude about things. Just keep it real.

Now that that’s taken care of we can move on to the updates for this week. YAY! The Independent American Antitrust Institute has asked the Federal Trade Commission to not let the Universal deal to buy EMI go through. Pink has received death threats from Chris Brown fans… really!?! What LACK of life do these people have?! Christina Aguilera is claiming that her new album is a “rebirth,” a culmination of everything she’s been through. Keith Urban has been officially announced as the third and last American Idol judge. Now that just sounds like… a cry of desperation. The DNC announces it’s entertainment line-up not long after the RNC ended theirs. Lindsay Lohan makes it out of handcuffs again in LA by escaping burglary charges. It almost feels like this has to happen at least one a year. Turns out Steven Spielberg isn’t and wasn’t interested in making a movie based off the book “No Easy Day.” And speaking of the Navy Seal book written on the killing of Bin Laden, apparently there is a detail that doesn’t match up. DUN DUN DUN! And now music videos released this week include: Bob Dylan’s “Duquesne Whistle,” Matchbox Twenty’s “Overjoyed,” One Republic’s “Feel Again,” and Usher’s “Dive.”

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Speedy Friday!

I guess this is going to become a trend. There was no news that really came my way until yesterday and I thought, well what’s one more day. Most of everything is pretty typical of the entertainment industry but the funnest stuff comes from the one place I hate talking about: Politics (YUCK!) But here we go:

The Grammys noms will have their live concert special Dec 5th and air on CBS. 90’s female singer Brandy is coming back to bring R&B back into the music world. 98 Degrees is “Definitely” making new music. WHY am I so excited about this? Authorities have amended Natalie Wood’s death certificate. DC Comics has come out saying that Superman and Wonder Woman will become an item. Nickelback’s new Music Video stars Jason Alexander as a barista. A genius decided to write a book describing the raid that killed Bin Laden. It’s not enough that we did it, we have to share with the whole world how we did it. GENIUS idea. And the best for last the Romney and Paul campaign is doing the great job of pissing off plenty of the musicians in the industry. So much so that Dee Snider of Twisted Sister has denounced the campaign. Now that just makes me laugh.

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Story of the Today!

I’m already getting on top of this. The Story of Today is entitled: “Meet the Dictionary’s New Words” posted on the Atlantic Wire. Every update to the Websters Dictionary has surprised me especially when they decided to include “Bootylicious.” Even still that word comes up as a grammatical error! But for 2012, these words, some no surprise others beyond surprise, the words given an entire are, I’m sure, going to be welcomed with open arms.

Thanks to Oprah Winfrey: aha moment n (1939) : a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension.

Lord knows I get these all the time: brain cramp n (1982) : an instance of temporary mental confusion resulting in an error or lapse of judgment. Aren’t those also called Brain Farts?

Thanks to Jack Nickelson and Morgan Freeman: bucket list n (2006) : a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying. cloud computing n (2006) : the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the Internet. copernicium n (2009) : a short-lived artificially produced radioactive element that has 112 protons. Someone that loves beer added this one: craft beer n (1986) : a specialty beer produced in limited quantities : microbrew. earworm n (1802) 1 : corn earworm 2 : a song or melody that keeps repeating in one’s mind.

Thanks to a society of go getters: energy drink n (1904) : a usually carbonated beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients (as taurine and ginseng) intended to increase the drinker’s energy. e-reader n (1999) : a handheld electronic device designed to be used for reading e-books and similar material.

This one is BY FAR my favorite: F-bomb n (1988) : the word fuck — used metaphorically as a euphemism. This one sounds like an oxymoron: flexitarian n (1998) : one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish. game changer n (1993) : a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way.

Who in the hell uses this word this way?: gassed adj (1919) … 2 slang : drained of energy : spent, exhausted. gastropub n (1996) : a pub, bar, or tavern that also offers meals of high quality. Thank you gamers of the world: geocaching n (2000) : a game in which players are given the geographical coordinates of a cache of items which they search for with a GPS device. life coach n (1986) :  an advisor who helps people make decisions, set and reach goals, or deal with problems. man cave n (1992) : a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities.

Thanks to the wonderful show of Glee: mash-up n (1859) : something created by combining elements from two or more sources: as a : a piece of music created by digitally overlaying an instrumental track with a vocal track from a different recording  b : a movie or video having characters or situations from other sources  c : a Web service or application that integrates data and functionalities from various online sources. obesogenic adj (1986) :  promoting excessive weight gain :  producing obesity. This one makes me laugh for some reason:sexting n (2007) : the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone. shovel-ready adj (1998) of a construction project or site : ready for the start of work.

This sounds like our economy 4 years ago: systemic risk n (1982) : the risk that the failure of one financial institution (as a bank) could cause other interconnected institutions to fail and harm the economy as a whole. tipping point n (1959) : the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place. 1toxic adj  (1664) … 4 : relating to or being an asset that has lost so much value that it cannot be sold on the market. underwater adj (1672) … 3 : having, relating to, or being a mortgage loan for which more is owed than the property securing the loan is worth.

So what do you think loyal readers? Leave your comments about the new additions to the dictionary below! Have fun. 😀

Summer Update: The Return

THAT’S RIGHT! I’M BACK! To my dear loyal readers, I’m so glad that y’all continually checked out my blog even though I haven’t written since June. It’s now August and I have plenty of stories to share with you that have happened during my summer hiatus. To clarify, I didn’t close down the blog nor did I decide to quit. It was just ONE CRAZY SUMMER. To get back on track I’ve decided to try and make this as quick and painless as possible. I promise if you get bored blame yourself because it’s not me. 😀

Here we go: Green Lantern is now gay, Houston NASAs gets a replica shuttle (BOOO!), Spartacus is going into it’s final season, Oprah relaunches her book club, the Nun Book for Sexuality is denounced by the Vatican (still my favorite story of the summer), Ann Rutherford dies at 94, Rock of Ages movie BOMBS!, Happy 4th of July, Adele is Pregnant! YAY!, Katie and Tom divorce… too soon for jokes?, Magic Mike…Did he really bring sexy back?, Helen Reddy coming back to the industry, Coachella Cruise Line!?! Excitement!, Larry King returns on Hulu, Steve Tyler, JLo and Randy all leave AI (Is it a sign from above?), Comic Con… why do I never get to go?, Olympic opening WAY better than the closing, USA wins most over all and gold medals!, Marvin Hamlisch dies (a sad day in the music world) Dennis Rodman writing childrens book… SAY WHAT?!?, Ron Palillo dies (a sad day in the tv industry), and Rob Pattison makes jokes about KStewart scandal.

I’m sure there is so much more for me to mention however, these are the stories I loved the most. Make sure you are following me on Twitter @CEliseMata for all the up to date stories I find the most entertaining. With the fall comes new stories and new hopes for better music, television, arts and technology. Here’s to hoping!

Vatican Denounces Nun Book for Sexuality

As I read this article provided by the New York Times, I thought this would either be a great blog post for my readers or it would potentially ruin me for every future post. Then I remembered the purpose of this blog. To be open, honest, truthful and blunt. To save all of you from embarrassment, I’ll give you the chance now to leave the page. Go ahead… if you’re CHICKEN!

Just kidding. So here’s how it went. Yesterday, the Vatican’s doctrinal office denounced an American nuns book for same-sex relationships, masturbation and remarriage after divorce. I know! You’re thinking what I’m thinking. What the HELL is a Catholic nun doing writing about anything having to do with sex? From what I remember of Catholic school, those are the crazy nuts that told me holding hands with a boy would get me pregnant. Sister Margaret A. Farley, award winning scholar said in a statement, “I can only clarify that the book was not intended to be an expression of current official Catholic teaching, nor was it aimed specifically against this teaching. It is of a different genre altogether.” The title of this supposed disgraceful book is “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.” She went on further to say that the book offers “contemporary interpretations” of justice and fairness in human sexual relations, moving away from a “taboo morality” and drawing on “present-day scientific, philosophical, theological, and biblical resources.”

Before I go on to say what all the Vatican had a problem with, let me point out a few more quotes from the book that are important to this denouncement. In regards to same-sex marriage she writes that same-sex marriage “can also be important in transforming the hatred, rejection, and stigmatization of gays and lesbians.” She continues, “same-sex relationships and activities can be justified according to the same sexual ethic as heterosexual relationships and activities.” In regards to female masturbation she writes that female masturbation “usually does not raise any moral questions at all.” She adds that “many women” have found “great good in self-pleasuring — perhaps especially in the discovery of their own possibilities for pleasure — something many had not experienced or even known about in their ordinary sexual relations with husbands or lovers.”

Now we can move on to what the Vatican had to say. In regards to the same-sex marriage statements they responded with, “This opinion is not acceptable.” Homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity” that are “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to the natural law.” In regards to her opinion on divorce being a reasonable option for couples who have grown apart, the Vatican said that this statement contradicted church teaching on the “indissolubility of marriage.” In regards to female masturbation the Vatican stated that this assessment contradicted church teachings that “the deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose.”

My Final Say: IT’S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ACKNOWLEDGED THE FACT THAT SEX HAPPENS! Being a member of the Catholic faith, you would think that I’m biased on the subject but to be quite frank, the church should be grateful that for once, there is a nun that’s not beating around the bush (no pun intended) about sexuality. I only wish there were more nuns like Sister Farley that were comfortable enough with their sexuality to help those Catholics that are completely lost on the subject. It’s about time the Vatican realize that this is a new generation, a new era where all the old tricks don’t work anymore. They need to stop living in the past and start looking to the future where SEX isn’t just whispered under your breathe and giggled at.

Blues Brothers Have BIG Plans

Since the late 70’s they’ve been on a mission from God. And now Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Eric Gardner are coming together to bring the Blues Brothers to a primetime  TV series. On top of the animated series, they are also looking into a Broadway Musical, licensing, endorsements, a branded radio network, book publishing, telephony and an accelerated Web and social networking presence.

Aykroyd said, “Thirty years after Jake passed through the veil, the Blues Brothers are being introduced to not one but two entirely new generations of music lovers. Judy and I welcome the experienced guiding hand of Eric Gardner, who envisions ways of expanding our reach and impact which we never even thought of.”

Gardner said, “The Blues Brothers is one of the world’s most iconic brands. Like Coca-Cola and Nike, it speaks volumes that Jake and Elwood are instantaneously recognizable simply from a few illustrative brushstrokes: black fedoras, sunglasses and skinny ties. I look forward to working with Danny and Judy to expand their brand across multiple platforms around the globe.”

Excited yet? I know I am! YAY!

Cat In the Hat in 3D

With the success of The Lorax Illumination Entertainment are planning on doing the same thing by bringing to life The Cat In the Hat in 3D animated form. Now make sure you pay attention to the important word ANIMATED. Not live action but animated. BIG Difference.

Deadline has confirmed that The Cat in the Hat will “get a second chance at cinematic life, with the creative minds over at Illumination Entertainment holding the reins.” As we all know, the 2003 Live-Action film didn’t do as well as anyone anticipated. However, this time around they’re hoping that with the successes of The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who, this beloved Seuss novel will hit theaters with a exciting and thrilled audience. The script has been assigned to Rob Lieber, an up-and-comer who recently penned two in-development children’s picture book adaptations: Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadrupled Delights.

Updates will be posted as they are announced.

Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary

In honor of my rocker friends, here’s a bit of information that might get you a little excited. The Rolling Stones have decided to come out with a photographic record of their rise to fame for their 50th Anniversary. “The Rolling Stones: 50” will hit the shelves on July 12, the date in 1962 when the band debuted at the Marquee Club in London’s Oxford Street. The new book will feature 700 illustrations, 300 of them in color and many taken from the archive of the Daily Mirror tabloid, which contains the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography. To clear up some rumors, no official announcement has been made regarding a tour.

“This is our story of 50 fantastic years,” Jagger, Richards, bass player Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts said in a joint statement. “We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we’ve filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago. Curated by us, it features the very best photographs and ephemera from and beyond our archives.”

The photographic autobiography, which will also feature words from the band, includes images taken by Philip Townsend, the photographer for the band’s first ever shoot.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

I realize that it was yesterday but come on people! We can celebrate two days in a row! In honor of Dr. Seuss’ would be 108th birthday, I would like to do two things. One is to post the trailer for the Dr. Seuss movie, “The Lorax,” that opened yesterday. Check it out below! And the second is to ask everyone out there what their favorite Dr. Seuss book was/is. There are so many to choose from so here’s some help. ABC, Cat in the Hat, Fox in Socks, The Foot Book, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who!, Yertle the Turtle, and my personal favorite, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Need help making up your mind? Click on the link to solve your problems!

JK Rowling Writing for Adults

You read it right folks, Ms. Rowling is penning a novel JUST for adults. Now unfortunately, I have no other details for you. It’s not my fault. Blame the publishing company! The title, the date for the worldwide publication and further details about the novel will be announced later in the year. But I do have a statement for JK Rowling.

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

So what do you think Ms. Rowling is going to bring to adult readers?