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Flashback Friday Double Dose! (R.I.P. Michael Jackson)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Movies, Music, News, R.I.P., Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon

In memory of the late-great legend that was Michael Jackson here are two clips only highlighting the surface that was his long, extensive, and inspirational career.

First is Michael, with the also legendary Diana Ross, lending his vocal as well as his acting talent in 1978’s The Wiz singing Ease On Down The Road. He played The Scarecrow with an innocence and sweet nature where, I think, the gave an audience a peek on the performer himself.
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The second video, below, shows Michael with his brothers The Jacksons in the special effects laden Can You Feel It from 1980. This was after the success of his Off the Wall album, but before 1982’s Thriller which would catapult him to superstardom.
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Having died unexpectedly and at a young age, it was a shock to me as well as many throughout the world who was touched by his music and spectacular performances. These videos are just two of the many songs that I’ve loved throughout the years whether I heard it on viynl, cassette tapes, the radio, cd’s, or my mp3 player. He will be deeply missed, but his music will live on as they no doubt will keep inspiring older fans as well as the millions of new ones yet to hear his albums.

Playing around with little sister Janet

Playing around with little sister Janet

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Tuesday Eye Candy – Boris Kodjoe

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, Television, Tuesday Eye Candy!, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

boriskodjoe01Name: Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe
DOB: March 8, 1973 in Vienna Austria
Claim to fame: I would say he gained a lot of attention when he appeared in Showtime’s series “Soul Food” based on the hit movie of the same name. He played Damon, the biracial (Black and White) trilingual (German, French, and Portuguese) blue-collar worker who falls in love with an older woman (played by his future wife Nicole Ari-Parker).

Background: Every since I saw him in TLC’s “Red Light Special” video way back in 1994 (before he started shaving his head), I wanted to know who that handsome man was. Turns out he and his Soul Food character Damon share a somewhat similar background.
Boris was born in Austria, but was raised in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg (specifically Freiburg) to a German mother and a Ghanian father. He is also multilingual as he speaks fluent German, English, French, and Spanish. While attending the Virginia Commonwealth University, he aspired to be a professional tennis player but back ailments unfortunately took him out of the game. Luckily, for fans, this change of events led to his becoming a model and later into acting.
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Actor David Carradine Found Dead In Hotel Room

Posted in International, Movies, News, R.I.P., Television with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

davidcarradineDavid Carradine, the actor most famous for his role as biracial (Asian and White) Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the seventies series Kung Fu, was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok Thailand Wednesday.

He was in the midst of filming while in Bangkok, but when he didn’t arrive for dinner with fellow castmates, people became concerned. Some reports have claimed that a maid later found him Thursday morning hung in a closet in what appeared to be a suicide. His agent, on the other hand, stated that Mr. Carradine passed away due to natural causes.


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Silence Of The Lambs: The Musical

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, Music, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

tedlevineIf someone says, “Put the fucking lotion in the basket” everyone knows it’s a famous line uttered by Buffalo Bill (played by Ted Levine who’s distinct voice still gives me a creepy shiver) in The Silence of the Lambs. The quote, along with Bill’s tuck scene, has been parodied countless times. (FAMILY GUY and CLERKS 2 are two that immediately come to mind.) Now TV and film composers Jon & Al Kaplan have taken that famous line and turned it into a song in the internet musical “Silence!”

With songs like, “If I Could Smell Her Cunt” and “Are You About A Size 14?”, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was picked up and turned into an actual on-stage production a la Jerry Springer: The Opera. I’d go and see it!

CLICK HERE FOR THE KAPLAN’S SITE WITH FULL SONGS

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Tuesday Eye Candy – Dwayne Johnson

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, Spot The Poly, Television, Tuesday Eye Candy!, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

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Name: Dwayne Douglas Johnson aka “The Rock”
DOB: May 2, 1972 in Hayward, CA
Claim to fame: Being a wrestling champion within the WWE then later showing his acting chops, and perfect physique/face/smile *sigh*, in movies such as “The Scorpion King”, “Get Smart”, and “Gridiron Gang” to name a few.
Background: His father is Rocky Johnson a well respected and popular Black Canadian professional wrestler. His mother, Ata, is the daughter of Samoan wrestler “High Chief” Peter Maivia and wrestling promoter Ofelia “Lia” Maivia. It apparent Dwayne was bound to become “The People’s Champion” as he has the sport in his blood.

Check him out below playing a pissed-off Hawaiian. Damn, this man is fine! I love when he dances…
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Matt Groening On The Future Of Cartoons

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
image courtesy of indystar

image courtesy of indystar

The Simpsons, Life in Hell, and Futurama creator Matt Groening talked to CNN about the future of his cartoons, namely “Life in Hell” being dropped from LA Weekly after 22 years, Futurama’s new straight to DVD movie “Yonder” and his rumored rivalry with “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.

CNN: How do you feel about the children of “The Simpsons” — MacFarlane’s “Family Guy,” “South Park”?

Groening: I’m a fan of animation and so, the more stuff that doesn’t look like the other stuff that’s out there, I’m in favor.

There’s a staggering array of completely wild animation on TV now … Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network is unbelievable. And “South Park” continues to do great stuff. And “Family Guy” and the various other Seth MacFarlane projects are amazing.

And I want more. Good! Cartoons! Cartoons that don’t look like anything else. Very good.

CNN: To the root of animation, cartooning: You’re still doing “Life in Hell,” correct?

Groening: Um, yes, but … well, I feel like the floodwaters are rising.

CNN: Really?

Groening: Yeah, the alternative newsweeklies are really struggling. In fact, this coming week will be my final week after 22 years in the LA Weekly. I and all the other cartoonists are being dismissed because they can’t afford to pay.

We’ll see. I’m still in a bunch of other papers, so I may continue to do my strip, but it doesn’t look good.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW

And I know I’m hella late on this, but I just saw a new episode of The Simpsons and noticed they changed the intro! It’s in HDTV and is basically the same as the old version with slight changes added here and there.

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Tuesday Eye Candy – Franka Potente

Posted in Entertainment, International, Movies, Tuesday Eye Candy! with tags , , , , , on February 3, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
courtesy of flickr user Emaleth72

courtesy of flickr user Emaleth72

Name: Franka Potente
DOB: July 22, 1974 in Münster Germany
Claim to fame: She’s best known for her break through role as the fiery haired protagonist “Lola” in Tom Tykwer’s 1999 hit “Lola rennt” aka “Run Lola Run”. She’s also had supporting roles, usually as the love interest, in American movies such as “Blow” and the “Bourne” franchise.
Background: She is from Germany and of Italian heritage. Her look is different from the typical show business plastic Bratz dolls that, I think, execs are wary to cast her. But she’s a beauty who’s really underrated in Hollywood.

courtesy of flickr user _cinderblock_

courtesy of flickr user _cinderblock_

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