By Jessica Allen - Friday, February 8, 2013 - 0 Comments
No word on whether or not Cher just called Bob Mackie and said, ‘Let’s do this.’
On Feb. 5, 2013, CBS sent out a memo, which was–thankfully–obtained by Deadline. The brief asks “all talent appearing on camera” at the 55th Grammy Awards Show to adhere to the network’s policy concerning wardrobe.
Here are some of the details for the ceremony’s dress code:
- Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. (Presumably exposed male breasts are fine.)
- Thong type costumes are problematic. (You’re telling me.)
- Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and the buttock crack. (Chris Brown is probably trying to sell his Grammy ticket right now.)
- Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. (Justin Bieber is breathing a sigh of relief that he’s not nominated this year.)
- Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. (Chris Brown is probably trying to sell his Grammy ticket right now.)
- Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure. (I have no idea what this means.)
According to the Washington Post, “CBS says that it sent the same fashion guidance memo last year before it broadcast the live music-industry trophy show,” which apparently Fergie didn’t get. Or Rihanna.
Because there is nothing on the grand scale of a Whitney memorial or an Adele ‘Grammygeddon’ to look forward to at this year’s show, this memo may have just upped the excitement ante. Nobody tells Katie Perry and Lady Gaga to cover up and then expects them to put on a (bejeweled) cardigan.
The source of the leaked memo told Deadline in an email that “I assume that my lovely colleagues do not get this same email for the Oscars, ” to which the Washington Post replied, “But when was the last time you saw Helen Mirren in a bedazzled turquoise thong-onsie with Imelda Marcos sleeves and Tinkerbell wings, like Lady Gaga wore to perform at the 2010 Grammys?”
By Ken MacQueen - Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:00 AM - 0 Comments
Check out our gallery of the year’s most toxic feuds, including Big Bird vs. Romeny and Putin vs. Pussy Riotof Photos
By macleans.ca - Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 2:39 PM - 0 Comments
And DiCaprio’s birthday-party bickerers
Eggs on her face
Alberta’s scandal over kickbacks of public funds to the governing Progressive Conservative party developed a new wrinkle after a CBC News access-to-information request uncovered documents pointing to Lynn Redford, sister of Premier Alison Redford. As a government-relations adviser to the Calgary Health Region, Lynn held a barbecue for MLAs at CHR’s expense, and was compensated for tickets to a 2005 PC constituency fundraiser for then-premier Ralph Klein. And in her current job as a vice-president at Alberta Health Services, she approved a controversial expense claim by AHS president Chris Eagle, who had attended a 2011 “premier’s dinner” fundraiser. The request also revealed that in 2008, Lynn Redford expensed the $37.29 cost of a breakfast with her sister, tastefully referred to on the claim form only as “MLA, Calgary Elbow.”
Snaky on a plane
Journalists travelling on Rihanna’s private 777 tour jet (seven concerts in seven cities in seven days) may not get the outrageous stories they were hoping for, because according to one journalist’s inflight video, “We are the story.” Britain’s Independent reports that the sleep-deprived media has yet to get more than a glimpse of the singer—who sold the tour as a chance to “party” with fans and press alike. So the press has taken to partying on its own, indulging in complimentary champagne, chanting Rihanna’s nickname—Riri—and, occasionally, streaking: an Australian reporter was captured on video running naked through the airplane’s aisles, as desperate reporters called out, “I need a headline,” and, “Just one quote!” Continue…
By Michael Barclay - Monday, February 14, 2011 at 9:20 AM - 0 Comments
Even if people aren’t buying music like they used to, they’re still talking about it
The recorded music industry continues to tank. Last month, Soundscan reported sales were down nine per cent in 2010—bringing the industry’s collapse to 50 per cent of its 1999 levels. But even if people aren’t buying music in the numbers they used to, we’re all still listening to it—and talking about it. Which is why Billboard magazine, the bible for music industry insiders, launched a new chart in December: the Social 50. The rankings are based on a variety of online factors: YouTube views, number of tracks streamed from MySpace, Facebook fans, and even Twitter mentions. (None of which, it should be noted, will pay the bills for musicians.)
So far, the Social 50 closely mirrors the actual Top 50 singles, with Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Lady Gaga topping the chart since its inception. And no matter how notorious Kanye West’s tweets might be, he has yet to crack the Social 50’s Top 10.
By Scott Feschuk - Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 8:51 AM - 15 Comments
Welcome to the Tuesday Mailbag on Wednesday, where approximately everyone is sick and tired of the media’s obsession with the Tiger Woods story, except for those who keep reading and asking about Tiger Woods, which is approximately everyone.
Remember – there are no stupid questions, except for asking Kelly Clarkson if she’s going to finish that hoagie.
First, I crash my car while being chased by my enraged, golf-club-wielding wife (possibly). Then I endure two solid weeks of revelations about the misadventures of my penis (definitely). And now, vague insinuations about HGH use. My question has two parts: What did I do to piss off God, and what’s coming next? – T. Woods, Florida (via Dan222)
T. Woods –
It’s an established fact that God does not interfere in the lives of professional athletes – not because He doesn’t want to, but because these days He’s focused on making sure Lindsay Lohan doesn’t procreate. Even for the omnipotent, that’s a 24/7 kind of deal.
As for what’s coming next, the good news is that Continue…
By Lianne George - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 12:40 PM - 2 Comments
Newsmakers of the week
Second chance, same impression
The good news for Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien is that Crown prosecutors won’t be appealing the recent verdict that acquitted him of influence-peddling charges. But O’Brien has confounded many of his colleagues with a risky new PR strategy at a moment when strong reputation rebuilding is essential. O’Brien has hired Jasmine MacDonnell—the young former aide to Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt who resigned in June following the “Chalk River scandal”—to serve as his new communications director. MacDonnell stepped down last summer after a recording device she accidentally left in a House of Commons washroom was revealed to contain a private conversation with Raitt in which the minister described the medical isotope crisis as a “sexy” issue. Mayor O’Brien told the Edmonton Sun that he had interviewed three candidates for the position, but that MacDonnell was simply the most qualified. “Jasmine comes with excellent credentials and will be able to work closely with the media in both official languages,” he said. But some city councillors were less convinced. “It’s making eyes roll over at city hall,” said Bay councillor Alex Cullen. West Carleton-March councillor Eli El-Chantiry agreed, adding, “I will remind Jasmine we have many washrooms in city hall, so she should be careful.”
Colbert gets truthy
In a rare not-in-character interview, Stephen Colbert, star of the Comedy Network’s The Colbert Report, told Rolling Stone about the important role the Catholic faith and traditions play in his life. At Christmastime, he says, his extended family of 50 people processes through the house singing Christmas carols. “We process from the youngest to the oldest,” he says. “The youngest puts the baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve and we sing Silent Night.” Colbert, who is notoriously private, teaches Sunday school to seven-year-olds. “I saw how my mother’s faith was very valuable to her and valuable to my brothers and sisters, and I’m moved by the words of Christ, and I’ll leave it at that.” Continue…
By Anne Kingston - Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 9:00 AM - 1 Comment
From the Summer ’09 Newsmakers family edition
Jennifer Anniston & John Mayer
Exactly what caused the sporadic soulmates’ final fade from tabloid covers was the subject of much frenzied speculation. Was it her wanting a baby? His womanizing ways? Her eternal pining for Brad Pitt? The final consensus: the former Friends star became fed up with the schmaltzy singer’s compulsive Twittering.
Prince Harry & Chelsy Davy
Commoners learned of the breakup of the blond Zimbabwe-born law student and the ginger-haired British royal stud after five years of yacht-frolicking via that great equalizer, Facebook: Davy changed her relationship status to “not in one”—accompanied by a symbol of a broken red heart. Continue…
By Shanda Deziel - Monday, June 22, 2009 at 2:24 PM - 891 Comments
The former ‘Degrassi’ actor is being hailed as the next hip-hop superstar. Is he also Rihanna’s new man?
Drake may be the first rapper to talk about how his mom disapproves of his car. The former Degrassi: The Next Generation star used his acting money to lease a Rolls-Royce Phantom in order to fit into the world of hip hop—and he’s not too proud to admit, in his song Say Whats Real, that that kind of thing doesn’t go over well at home. “And my mother embarrassed to put my Phantom out / So I park about five houses down / She said I shouldn’t have until I have the crown / But I don’t wanna feel the need to wear disguises around / So she wonder where my mind is / Accounts in the minus / But yet I’m rolling round the f–kin’ city like your highness.”
For Drake, who is being hailed as the next hip-hop superstar, it must be difficult to reconcile a blinged-out lifestyle with home—which is Forest Hill, a tony, predominantly Jewish neighbourhood in Toronto. Born Aubrey Drake Graham (he goes by Aubrey Graham when acting, and Drake when singing), his parents split when he was young. His father is an African-American musician who lives in Memphis, and his mom, who is white, raised him in Toronto, where he was bar mitzvahed. “I didn’t go to Hebrew school though,” he told Peter Rosenberg, a popular Jewish hip-hop talk show host. “I cheated. I collected the money.”
By Anne Kingston - Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 12:21 PM - 5 Comments
Those in the industry assume Chris Brown’s music career will survive this brush with the law
Sunday night was supposed to be yet another public-display-of-affection milestone in the romance of young music superstars Chris Brown and Rihanna. Both were scheduled to perform at the Grammys, with the 20-year-old Rihanna nominated in three categories, the 19-year-old Brown in two. Then, to everyone’s surprise, they cancelled. Soon after, the reason for their bailout made headlines: Brown had been arrested on the suspicion of making a criminal threat against a woman believed to be his famous girlfriend, and he could be charged with domestic battery.
The story, or as much of it that is known, proves once again that no one knows what goes on inside an intimate relationship, especially not People magazine, which gushingly called the one-year Brown-Rihanna union a “fairy-tale.” What we know is this: The couple appeared affectionate at a pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills on Saturday night. According to police reports obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Brown and a woman (who remains unnamed though sources have claimed it was Rihanna and no denials have come from her camp), began arguing while driving. Brown stopped the car and the fighting escalated. An unidentified witness called 911. Brown was gone by the time officers arrived at the scene but the woman (who numerous witnesses claimed suffered grievous visible injuries) identified him as her attacker. The popular R&B singer turned himself in later in the day, and was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of four years. The case has been sent to the district attorney’s office and further charges could be filed. Brown, who has retained L.A. heavyweight criminal lawyer Mark Geragos, was released from jail after posting US$50,000 bail. He’s now believed to be holed up in a Hollywood hotel. Today, his management announced he was cancelling appearances at events associated with the NBA All-Star Game this weekend in Phoenix. Continue…
By Jeff Harris - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 4:44 PM - 0 Comments
Thunder, lightning, and a monsoon-type storm may have shut down the red carpet procession,…
Thunder, lightning, and a monsoon-type storm may have shut down the red carpet procession, but the rest of the 19th annual MuchMusic awards went off without a hitch. Perez Hilton, Rihanna, and New Kids On The Block (!) were among those there to celebrate.