THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU. Christmas came early to the Homorazzi.com cast, and it’s all because of you. We normally don’t write posts about our site traffic, but this was one milestone we just couldn’t keep to ourselves.
For November 2010, we hit over 1,000,000 pageviews. It crushed our previous record set in October 2010. That number represents a month growth of 32% and year-to-year growth of 394%. Every month we keep getting bigger and better thanks to our loyal readers. Without you, we would be nothing. So we’d like to raise our glasses and toast you. You guys are the best.
If you’re new to the site, I invite you to check out our Cast Q&As we posted when we first went live on March 13, 2009. Click here to check them out. We’ve been around only a year and a half and can’t wait what the future holds for us. 2011 will bring exciting new changes to the site and we’ll be expanding our writers. If you’re interested in being our voice in your city or writing articles, shoot us an email.
I’ve embedded a couple of our first videos signaling our launch. Watching them totally brings me back to our early days when we had no idea where this project would take us.
Since this we first launched, we’ve added a few writers to our site including, Nic, Alex, Tyrell and Calan. Gone but not forgotten are Jamie, Jake, Landon, Dave and Saleem.
If this doesn’t get you into the holiday spirit, your heart is made of coal. The song “Boots” is the fifth annual Project RED holiday single, done by The Killers and of course fittingly it has premiered today on World AIDS Day. The Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers barely shows up in the video, as the focus of the video is on the story it tells, which I loved.
At the beginning of the video, which was directed by Jered Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), we get a clip of the Jimmy Stewart holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Following that, the story centers on a homeless man who reminisces about his family during the holiday season, and finds hope in a karaoke machine. My eyes got a little watery during this video – a combination of the lyrics and the story.
Proceeds from the single go towards Project Red.
Hollywood actor, Wesley Snipes has until next week to check into Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania. Snipes is set to start his three-year prison sentence for tax evasion by noon December 9th, or else he could get into more trouble. He was served with a warning from U.S. Marshals Service, according to TMZ. “Failure to report at the designated place and time may result in additional criminal charges.”
The 48 year old Blade and White Men Can’t Jump actor has has appealed the conviction several times since he was convicted back in 2008, but alas has been unsuccessful. From Blade trilogy to prison trilogy, it’s an very un-merry Christmas for Snipes. See you in three years mister, and don’t forget to pay your taxes next time!
The “2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” aired last night on CBS and it was better than ever. It was more glamorous, had more wings, and more segments than years prior. Thank God, the producers decided to nix that awful “Search for the Next VS Model” piece from last year. Talk about useless filler. They expected you to believe your votes actually counted, but the show didn’t even air live. Silly, silly, silly. Do they think VS customers are that dense?
At first I wasn’t too crazy about Katy Perry and Akon as musical guests, but their songs fit the respective segment themes perfectly. And how cute was it when Perry joined the models jumping up and down at the finale. I would’ve loved it though if Akon’s “Sexy Bitch” had opened the show. Let’s face it, all those women up there are sexy bitches. Speaking of sexy, it was a little odd that their wasn’t a segment saluting Heidi Klum’s years as a VS Angel. A few months ago, the saucy German announced her retirement from the lingerie brand. When Tyra Banks quit a few years ago, not only was their a full-on tribute piece to her, but she also go to close out the show in that ridiculous outfit and sceptre. Given Heidi’s many years of service, she deserved a better sendoff.
Speaking of former featured Victoria’s Secret Angels, it was nice to see Selita Ebanks, Karolina Kurkova (who looks amazing considering she just had a baby) and Isabel Goulart on the runway strutting it out. I wonder how it feels to be part of the show and watch your younger replacements receive all the attention. Though I love Ebanks and Kurkova, I’m beyond the moon that Chanel Iman made it as a featured model this year. I’ve followed her career for years now and predicted she would be one to watch. In the end, I guess it’s still an honor to be included even though you’re no longer front and center. These years’ featured models were Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Chanel Iman, Candice Swanpoel, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson, Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Behati Prinsloo.
The nominations for the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, giving us a sneak peak at what The Oscars may look like. First off, the co-host of The Oscars, James Franco may be in for an interesting evening, if he gets nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award like he did Best Male Lead in 127 Hours for the Spirit Awards. Anne Hathaway, his co-host, wasn’t nominated for Best Female Lead for Love & Other Drugs, to my surprise – but then again, I haven’t seen the rest of the movies to be able to compare her performance against the other leading ladies.
There are some pretty tough categories comprised of some high caliber talent. Winter’s Bone is apparently in season, coming out on top of the nominations, with seven in total, while other plural nominations were given to 127 Hours, Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right. The Independent Spirit Awards take place on February 26th and air live on IFC. The Academy Award nominations are announced on January 25th. Until then, we best get to watching all of these movies!
On the way up to Grouse Mountain this weekend, my cousin Shauna told me about an event that she would be co-hosting called Pacifica Beat, a fund-raising concert for the Pacifica Treatment Centre here in Vancouver. The event is being put on to not only promote hope and recovery but bring light to the disease of addiction.
I had to chance to talk with Kerry Dennehy, CEO of Pacifica Treatment Centre today to learn more about what Pacifica Treatment Centre is all about and what he hopes will come from this event.
“Pacifica Treatment Centre is the oldest co-ed treatment centre for addictions in the lower mainland and not a lot of people realize that. My goal as CEO is to raise the profile of addictions and destigmitize it so that more people will come forward and get treatment.”
As reported earlier, Alicia Keys has convinced a few of her celebrity pals to play dead for a campaign to benefit her AIDS charity, Keep a Child Alive. The celebrities including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and a slew of other names have agreed to sign off all social media platforms starting today in honor of World Aids Day. They have collectively vowed to keep their online personas “dead” until people “buy” their lives back and raise $1,000,000 for Key’s charity.
As part of the campaign, some of the celebrities posed for pictures depicting themselves dead in white silk/satin-lined coffins. Others filmed a last “tweet and testament” video clip posted on YouTube. I wonder how fast the charity will raise the funds. For the celebrities’ sake, I hope sooner rather than later. I think a few of them will be going through some major tech withdrawals. Lady Gaga alone, has more than 7.2 million Twitter followers and 24 million fans on Facebook and probably could raise that amount in a day. Check out a few of the death portraits below.
The other day, I added the Pendleton Roll-Up Blanket to our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. Keeping in line with the in case of emergency theme, I bring you another awesome gift idea for the man in your life. Energizer’s “All-In-One Charger” is a versatile three-in-one tool to help you out in those unexpected emergency stops. Why not give the gift of peace of mind for your loved ones this season. This is the ultimate choice.
There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in the middle of nowhere with a flat tire or dead battery. With Energizer’s new product, that can be solved with the greatest of ease. The “All-In-One Charger” features an air compressor to inflate tires, a jumpstarter, and an inverter so you can power devices via its AC and DC outlets. Can we say amazing? With it’s compact and ergonomic design, you can simply store this in your car or cabin until it’s required. Heck you can even proudly put it on display- it’s that pretty.