Been looking for some entertainment news to post and found myself getting really entertained I couldn’t pick which one to post. Is it more fun to post about Demi Moore announcing that she will be getting alimony from Ashton Kutcher or the Justin Bieber collapsing during one of his concerts in London? I decided to go with the spoiled kid.
After hearing about news on the Biebs smoking pot, dissing Pacquiao, and his break-up with Selena Gomez, it feels refreshing to report something about him that seems off-character, if not downright incredulous. Apparently, he collapsed during a concert and had to be brought to the hospital. Had they left it at that, I wouldn’t have found it news-worthy. But press release went on to say that the Biebs didn’t want to be brought to the hospital because he wanted to finish the show for his fans. C’mon guys, seriously?
Just a couple of days ago, news broke out he was late for his concert, making fans wait for almost 2 hours. Of course, he insists it was only 40 minutes. The Biebs was getting bad publicity week after week. Poor kid ( is there a text symbol for rolling my eyes?). Anyway, playing the sick card would’ve been credible had they stopped before announcing his concern for his fans. It was simply not consistent with a celebrity kid who was known to shout at fans ogling him or asking for his autograph. And even less likely for someone who made paying customers wait for 2 hours to hear him sing. I was actually looking for actual pics to go with this post — curious if he had his shirt on when it happened.
Anyway, just in case the Biebs was indeed sick from loss of breath, I do hope he gets well. It would be a shame to disappoint crying teenage girls who felt touched that he was more concerned for their happiness than his own well-being. Latest headlines did say he will continue with his performance even after being taken to the hospital for breathing difficulties. So glad I have three boys — if I had girls, they would probably run away from home and prefer to be adopted by a better Mom who wouldn’t insinuate such awful things about Justin Bieber
The Oscars 2013 is over and since the top awards were no surprise, people seemed more entertained to talk about Kristen Stewart’s crutches, Anne Hathaway’s nipples, and Jennifer Lawrence tripping as she picked up her award. Argo wins the Best Picture award this year, partially vindicating Ben Affleck for being snubbed as director nominee. Apparently, Argo is the first film to win the Best Picture award without its director being nominated in over two decades.
Though Jennifer Lawrence tripped on her way to accepting the Best Actress award, it still doesn’t change the fact that she wore one of the best gowns of the evening along with Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, and Kristen Stewart. Even as the Twilight star hobbled on stage to present an award, Kristen’s Reem Acra gown was a stunning ensemble. On the other hand, Charlize Theron was absolutely regal and statuesque in her white Dior gown.
This year, I actually believe the nominees for the supporting category are better performers than their major counterparts. Anne Hathaway’s performance was clearly unforgettable compared to that of Jennifer Lawrence. Meanwhile, I enjoyed watching Christoph Waltz better than Daniel Day Lewis — I don’t even remember if I reached the part where honest Abe was assassinated before I dozed off.
Anyway, as we go through another year waiting for the next set of movies to come our way, here’s hoping that this year gives us better than what Hollywood has been offering us lately.
Imagine the situation had the Chelyabinsk meteor fallen to earth two months earlier? It would’ve caused panic and chaos while doomsday preppers scramble into their underground bunkers or arks. Lucky for us, nature decided to be considerate enough to just scare the wits out of just a couple of thousands instead of 7 billion people. When a large meteor zoomed past Russian air space and landed in a frozen lake in Chelyabinsk on 15 February 2013, many who witnessed the event thought the world had finally come to an end (or the Chinese were attacking them). The meteor appeared to be a fireball in the sky which came with several sonic booms that shattered windows all around as it hit earth. To date, about 1100 Russians suffered injuries — mostly from the effects of shattered glass windows.
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The biggest crush to sports history finally comes full circle — Lance Armstrong admits that he used performance enhancing drugs to win his 7 Tour de France titles. Never before in the history of Tour de France has the maillot jaune or yellow jersey been smeared by deceit of such proportions. Following rumors of doping and failed attempts by officials to prove Armstrong’s transgression, irrefutable evidence finally revealed the truth in a 1,000-page report released by the US Anti-Doping Agency in October 2012. The report included testimony from almost a dozen former teammates. Armstrong was tripped of his Tour de France titles, and more recently, his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the cancer survivor and former Tour de France champion answered yes when asked about taking banned substances, EPO, testosterone, cortisone, human growth hormone, and performing blood-doping. Armstrong states, “I am a flawed character.” Though there was no denying the truth contained in the reports, it was still jarring to hear admission from the sports icon. Lance Armstrong had long been the symbol of the human spirit’s triumph over adversity when he won 7 Tour de France titles after surviving metastatic testicular cancer. Prior to the scandal, Lance Armstrong gave cancer patients faith that miracles do happen. He was more than just a sports champion. Lance Armstrong was a champion of life. Until now.
According to Armstrong, he considered doping as part of the game, a way to gain advantage over other opponents without even the thought that it was cheating. After innumerable denials over the years, which included a $500,000 judgment awarded to him for suing a newspaper for libel, it was hard to develop any kind of sympathy for a man who deceived the world by pretending to be a hero.
While the world watches the drama as it unfolds, many are hoping that Lance Armstrong will eventually divulge the whole truth to lend the sport at least its last ounce of dignity. Can the Tour de France ever reclaim the reverence and stature that it had prior to the scandal? But we can only hope that it will not stop the world from believing that true heroes and champions are still real. It is likely that most of them just don’t feel the need to secure multi-million dollar endorsements and prefer peace and obscurity over fame.