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December 5, 2010 is starting to look a whole lot like the fourth of July based on VH1’s recently released promo pics. In honor of the troops, VH1 is dedicating this year’s Divas Live festivities to them. This year’s crop worked out their best WWII pin-up poses for the retro-inspired pics. The upcoming concert, titled “VH1 Divas Salute The Troops“, will feature the female-centric acts performing at a Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego and at an undisclosed military base in the Middle East.

Joining the previously announced performers are the Vermont-based blues/soul band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. They will join Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Katy Perry, Sugarland in San Diego, while Paramore rocks it out on the other side of the world. Hosting this year’s festivities is none other than “firecrotch” herself, Kathy Griffin. I have no doubt she’ll have the audience cracking up. I wonder which celebs will be her targets that night. We’ll have to tune in and find out on Sunday, December 5, at 9 p.m. when it airs on VH1.

view more full-sized pics after the jump

Technically it’s Taio Cruz’s song featuring Kylie Minogue, but it’s the Aussie who steals the show. How can you not tear your eyes off her as she seduces Taio and the camera. I can’t believe the woman is 42-years-old. Like wine, she just gets better with age.

Cruz and Minogue teamed up on his new international single, “Higher” from his “Rokstarr” album. The British singer’s decision to add Kylie to the original mix was sheer brilliance. Not only does the track work better as a duet, but it’ll also secure radio spins in countries where Kylie is loved and adored. Not to mention all the gay clubs and blogs across the world.

The concept of the video is something we’ve all seen before. It begins with a nighttime car chase straight out of “The Fast and The Furious“. Boy sees girl. Boy chases girl. Girl and her entourage of lingerie-clad hoochies tease boy. Girl rolls around on top of a car. Boy begins to fall for girl. Girl then girl leaves him.

It may be simple, but Kylie is so gorgeous it’s worth watching. Song isn’t bad as well. It’s no “Dynamite” but a good follow up single to Taio’s massive hit.

watch the video after the jump

Movie Review: 127 Hours

In: Movies, Patrick

There may be essentially only one character in the majority of this movie, but unlike Castaway, 127 Hours is based on a true story and the lead is not trapped on an island. He’s trapped under a rock.

James Franco plays mountain climber Aron Ralston who ventures on a routine weekend adventure in the dessert in Utah when, after climbing through a narrow canyon, a boulder crashes on his arm and traps him there, unable to move. Intense right? On top of that, the way this film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of 2008’s Best Picture, Slumdog Millionaire, was shot was incredible. It’s very dynamic and the narrative is amazing.

What starts off as a seemingly normal evening, we watch everything Ralston does (and doesn’t do) in preparation for the trip, then away he goes. He gets to his destination site, where others are camped out, and gets some shut eye before his big day the next morning (Saturday). When the sun comes up, he embarks on his journey by bike, biking for miles and miles until he gets to where he wants to do some climbing.

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Fashion: How To Tie A Necktie & Bow Tie

In: Fashion, Redd

As the Holiday season approaches we find our selves in constant attendance of holiday dinners and staff Christmas parties that may require us to wear something a little more fancy than what we’d normally wear. In comes the tie, love it or hate it, at some point you probably have worn one.

Many of us still have no clue when it comes to tying a necktie and a bow tie. I myself only know the basic knot when I wear a tie, but have no clue how to do a bow tie. Here are videos of a few ways to tie a tie and the bow tie.

see video instructions after the jump

In this week’s Fitness Tip, Mike shares his favorite arm workout with you, for those days where you just want to blast your arms at the gym so you can go to the gun show. In the following routine, you’re doing a superset of three exercises together for biceps followed by another three for the triceps. Here they are:

Bicep Superset (8-10 reps)

  • Standing dumbbell bicep curls
  • Incline dumbbell curls
  • Hammer curls

Tricep Superset (8-10 reps)

  • Rope Cable Press Downs
  • Overhead Extensions
  • Crab dips (to failure)

Watch Mike demonstrate this week’s tip after the jump…

Last week was a great episode, with Anand getting fired for text cheating and Poppy getting fired on Remembrance Day. The remaining competitors are Brandy, Clint, Steuart, Liza, and Stephanie. Needless to say, Stephanie and Liza aren’t enthused about having to be on the same team with each other. “My plan is to get dirty, win a task, and throw her under the bus,” says Stephanie. Wow, such a team player that Stephanie. I don’t care if she’s from Canada, I don’t really like her.

Atop a skyrise, Donald introduces the next task along with representatives from AT&T and Flow TV. They are tasked with creating a 30 second TV commercial that gets people interested in Flow TV. They are being judged on creativity, representation of the brands, and having a clear and concise message. Stephanie is project monster manager for Fortitude and Steuart will lead Octane.

How it all went down and who went home after the jump…

This is it Potterheads! The final TWO films in the franchise are being released. After 17 years from start to final films, the Harry Potter story is coming to a full close.

I was EXTREMELY lucky enough to get to see a special screening of Deathly Hallows pt.1 on Monday. After the awful ending of the 6th movie, I put my hand on my stack of Harry Potter novels and prayed to Dumbledore to PLEASE make the last 2 movies as close to the book as possible. If you remember, #6 was a really good movie before the ending. They stayed really true to the story, cut out what didn’t need to be there, the acting was great and then they got to the ending…and just cut out the battle scene. Like, the whole thing vanished. It was SUCH a let down for me. But I had hope! They split the last book into 2 movies, they had tons of time to make it perfect.

And Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt.1 is PERFECT!

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Tretorn: Give Your Wardrobe The Boot

In: Charge It, Fashion, Patrick

Living in a rainy city, one has to dress for the weather. Rainy days can go on for weeks where I live, and I’m not willing to walk around “out & a-boot” with “soakers” all day long. The challenge is, how do you find shoes or boots you like to replace your fave footwear (the ones you don’t want to get damaged in the rain)? You don’t always have Rihanna’s Um-ber-ell-a to stand under. You need something functional, comfortable, and fashionable – right?

Last year in preparation for a rainy night at an outdoor amusement park, cast members Dan, Donovan and myself all got the traditional rubber boots we had we were kids from Canadian Tire. You know the black ones with orange/pinkish gripped bottoms? They did the job in keeping my feet (and jeans) dry, but they were so uncomfortable, with absolutely no support. Not to mention, they were ugly. Then, a friend of mine (who liked the idea of my boots), found something better and ordered them online. Tretorn.

check out pictures of me sporting some Tretorn boots after the jump

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