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Game Show Host Ken Ober Dies At 52

Posted in Entertainment, R.I.P., Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

If you grew up in the 80’s and had MTV, you’d remember the corny, yet popular, game show “Remote Control”. It was a mix between a game show and sketch comedy.

Former host Ken Ober was found unconscious at his home in Santa Monica. There are no reports as to what caused his death, although his agent stated Ober was recently complaining of “…headaches and flu-like symptoms.”

Here’s a clip below with contestants LL Cool J, Julie Brown, and Weird Al Yankovic

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Will Flight Of The Conchords Be Coming To An End?

Posted in Entertainment, Music, Spot The Poly, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
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Clement (l) and McKenzie (r)

In a recent interview with Reuters Jemaine Clement, one half of the popular musical/comedy duo from New Zealand, hinted that there may not be a season three of their HBO show “Flight of the Conchords”. It is partly due to how much work is involved creating skits and unique songs for the series.

“It very likely might not…(return) it could come back in a shorter season or like a special.”

Clement also stated that he would need to discuss the future of the Emmy nominated show with fellow musician/actor Bret McKenzie. LINK! via Spasifik

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Flashback Friday! (Take That To The Bank-Shalamar)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Music, Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by TheDiversePurse


Shalamar has always been a favorite of mine so of course I had to watch TV One’s Unsung series featuring the group. Jody Watley looked as gorgeous as ever not looking a day over 36 and I loved Jeffrey Danel’s international accent.

After watching it, I had their 70’s hit “Take That To The Bank” stuck in my head all day!

Here they are, with original members, Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel, and Gerald Brown performing on Soul Train. How could you not dance to this?

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Madonna Hearts Glee

Posted in Entertainment, Music, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

MadonnaGleeEither that or she’s a savvy businesswoman and getting in on the Glee bandwagon while it’s hot. Turns out Madonna has granted the hit show rights to her entire song catalog.

Creator of Glee, Ryan Murphy, hinted at an all Madonna episode in the works for next year.

As a fan of the corny, yet cute, show myself here’s a list of the songs that I think would fit with some of the characters and their storylines thus far:

“Like A Virgin” – Quinn Fabrey – This would be only fitting for her to sing as this snooty, cheerleader who’s President of the Abstinence Club discovers she’s pregnant herself.

“Secret” – Finn Hudson – As Quinn’s boyfriend and assumed baby’s daddy, Finn is still in the dark about the actual sperm donor.

“Express Yourself” – Mercedes Jones – This song has Mercedes written all over it; sassy, bold, and unapologetic.

“What It Feels Like For A Girl” – Sue Sylvester – I know Coach Sue isn’t really a part of the Glee Club, but maybe she could sing in some sort of fantasy sequence. I think underneath that cold, mean, seemingly asexual exterior is a misunderstood kitten.

“Vogue” – Artie Abrams – He’s awesome at doing the same dance routines as the other members while in his wheelchair. It would be cute to see them stay still and let Artie do his thing.

“Human Nature” – Kurt Hummel – With his friends and father supportive of him since confirming that he’s gay, this should be a perfect song for the now unstoppable, more confident Kurt.

“Sorry” – Rachel Berry – Miss Overachiever caught in a love triangle with Quinn and Finn is probably practicing her routine for this song right now.

“Angel” – Emma Pillsbury – This uptight, germaphobe could be shown singing this while lighting candles at her Will Schuester alter (you know she has one). LINK!

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LeVar Burton And His Living Hell With Reading Rainbow

Posted in Entertainment, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

LeVarBurtonI’d thought I had a childhood-bubble-popping-clutch-the-pearls moment when I clicked on a link from actor LeVar Burton’s Twitter page where he writes a confessional article. In it, he states how much he hated the beloved children’s show, that ran for 26 years, Reading Rainbow.

“Hoping to escape Reading Rainbow’s clutches, I started taking any role I could get. I’m proud of some of them: I played Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Martin Luther King in Ali. But you know what the most challenging role of my career was? Hosting Reading Rainbow and acting like I gave a shit about getting kids interested in books.

Fact is, I couldn’t care less whether kids learn to read. There, I said it.”

As a kid who grew up loving this show since, pretty much, its inception way back in 1983 my mouth was agape at reading on his reflections. My reaction was, almost, akin to when I saw Wayne Brady doing that now infamous Dave Chappelle skit. Mr. Burton seems like such a nice guy, who was one of the few POC role models back in the day, and here he was, basically, saying, “F*** those kids!”

But, I laughed my butt off and re-read his article after realizing that it wasn’t to be taken seriously. You see, unbeknownst to my dingy self I neglected to see who he’d written the article for – The Onion.

Thanks for the belly laughs, LeVar Burton. Now I can go back to reading Abiyoyo. Link!

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UPDATE! It turns out LeVar Burton didn’t write The Onion article after all. From his Twitter: “Attention all un-believers THE ONION is satirical parody of news events and meant to be enjoyed as such! No I did not write it! Relax, OK?”

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Pro-Marijuana Show Hits The Airwaves With Positive Reception

Posted in Entertainment, Fitness & Health, Food & Drink, Movies, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

medicalmarijuanaThe NY Times has an article about a new local show in the L.A. area called Cannabis Planet where viewers can learn about history, cultivation, legal issues, and even cooking with marijuana.

Despite being taken off the air by one television station, the shows executive producer Brad Lane has received only positive attention and more revenue from advertisers since Cannabis Planet found a new home with another station.

“ ‘We’re trying to show the legitimacy of this plant,’ Lane stated.

“Marijuana use has been depicted in the media for decades, though its presence has waxed and waned over the decades, from Cheech & Chong’s comedy albums and films in the late 1970s and early ’80s through more recent pot-centric efforts like Dave Chappelle’s ‘Half-Baked’ and Seth Rogan’s ‘Pineapple Express.’ On television, though, it has rarely risen above the level of a plot device or punch line — until recently.”

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CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL NY TIMES ARTICLE

CLICK HERE FOR CANNABIS PLANET’S WEBSITE

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R.I.P. Patrick Swayze Passes Away At 57

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, News, R.I.P., Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

PatrickSwayzeBroadway dancer turned Hollywood star Patrick Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today. He was only 57.

Known for such classics as Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Point Break, and Donnie Darko he was currently starring on the small screen in A&E’s The Beast playing the lead of FBI veteren Charles Barker.

Swayze’s co-star John Leguizamo in (my favorite) To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar recently posted on his Twitter page: “we r gonna dance a big dirty dancing dance in our of my colleage patrick swayze.”

R.I.P. Ms. Vida Boheme

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