Book Review: Room

In: Dan, Random Reads

If there has ever been a book that made me want to be part of a legitimate book club group, it would be Room by Emma Donoghue. Countless times throughout the journey of reading this novel I often found myself desperately wanting to have a good friend reading it at the same to constantly ask their opinion and ask the endless question of ‘what would you do in this situation?!’ Room stopped me in my fast-reading tracks and forced me to slow down and truly digest the words laid out before me.

Donoghue tackled one of the deepest and darkest crimes of humanity, and her efforts were done with such preciseness that I often forget I was reading a story and felt as if I was living the horrors myself. The plot line is straightforward, yet anything from simple and the language is uncanny when you consider the narrative point of view the story is written from – that of a five year old boy, Jack. The world, according to the youngster, contains only three people; himself, his mother (lovingly referred to as Ma) and their daily visitor, Old Nick. The underlying truth unbeknownst to the boy is ‘Old Nick’ kidnapped his mother when she was only 19 years old and has held her captive in a shed in his backyard for nearly a decade, raping her on a nightly basis, eventually leading to his birth. Simply typing those words still sends shivers down my spine.

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Only moments after Britney Spears announced on Good Morning America that she would be touring this summer with Enrique Iglesias, the latin hottie pulled out completely from the opening act gig. Better sooner than later I guess. So now with the slot available, many artists have been in “talks” to fill his shoes, but who will get the coveted spot?

DJ Pauly D was first to head in to talks with Britney’s people after Enrique dropped the bomb of his departure. This wouldn’t be the first time he had opened for Britney as he spun before her surprise performance in Vegas and interluded each set with some of his own stylings. Is a DJ enough to keep a Britney crowd occupied before she hits the stage?

Another male in talks for the opening spot is Jonas Brother, Joe Jonas. Brother Nick has released a few solo tracks but I haven’t heard anything from Joe. Would this be his solo musical debut? Joe has said in interviews lately that dance music is where his heart is which makes his ‘style’ a perfect fit for the opening bill.

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Well, here I am to finish off in Donovan’s venerable stead the Top 11 week Take Two! Wednesday’s performance were stale for the most part and my nasty side definitely reared it’s head so I was hopeful that the results show would make up for some of the fall from grace that the singers and show itself had gone through… boy was I in for a hilarious disappointment. The result show was a total mess! Let’s start with Idol’s approach the “new format” this year. Instead of starting off the final leg of the race with something like 20 singers as they have in the past, the good deciders at Idol switched things up and quickly whittled the talent down to about a baker’s dozen almost immediately after the Hollywood week. A risky move but it showed this year was no nonsense and all about the talent. Ever since that decision however, it’s been a slapstick comedy as the show attempts a new result show each week with everything from clumsy group performances to drawn out elimination: “…and you’ll FIND out… right after these messages” cliff hangers. This week they attempted to show the coupling side of the singers and had them perform in duets and groups before they brought the kids up to the stage to hear their results. In theory I think this sounded like a great idea. In actuality: it was a disaster.

The first pair to perform was the country talent: Scotty and Lauren. While I gave Lauren props for pulling it out this week in her Elton song, Scotty has finally and fully solidified himself as a one trick pony with no where to go but the glue factory. The too-old-for-his-own good cowpoke is absolutely unable to venture outside his bailiwick and even the people at Idol know this as they continue to force him into country songs and allow him to alter every Wednesday performance of his to this southern style he so enjoys. I’m sorry, but hearing about “how his baby left [him]” just sounds ridiculous knowing that third base to him still likely means “over the shirt action” (don’t even ASK what it means to me ;). I’m gonna stop before I give away their results and make you click through as I hate it when any spoilers are in the first section of the article so….

Click through to read the results and the rest of my scathing review of last night

Once again, Friday is upon us and we can’t go a Friday without hearing that dreaded or song or talking about Rebecca Black. Her rise to ‘fame’ has been a quick one and now with talks of some more music in the works, it was only a matter of time before Funny Or Die jumped on the bandwagon.

With their newest video from the series Betwixt: The Music, we get a special look inside the life of Rebecca Black and her rise to music superstardom. The video is very True Hollywood Story and Behind the Music in nature. Listening to Rebecca talk about her choice of Friday over all the other days of the week is a highlight.

Another great part of the video is when rocker Sammy Hagar makes a random appearance. His reasoning behind why the song was a hit is quite funny. Things like “remember the dark times we were living in when the song came out… St. Patrick’s Day was ahead of us, not behind us.” Hilarious.

Check out the video after the jump.

Last March, I wrote an article featuring Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver and his life changing six-episode series, Food Revolution. Jamie spent a significant amount of time in Huntington, West Virginia, starting basically from scratch in an effort to change the eating habits and in turn the lives of the residents. Huntington, West Virginia was crowded the most overweight city in the most overweight country in the world, and Jamie was determined to do something about it, starting with the local elementary and high schools and improve the health of the cities next generation of leaders. It was a brilliant television event that showcased the root of the problem; a lack of education and wherewithal. At the end of this first season Jamie was successful in promoting his healthy-eating program and managed to spread the foundation across the entire school district, with the help of some amazing people within the community.

In another brilliant step, Jamie is back on American soil to once again promote healthy eating and living. This time Jamie has decided to take on the food-consuming beast, Los Angeles. The second season of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is debuting on Tuesday, April 12th, on ABC – believe me I will be tuning in and setting the PVR for a series recording!

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WHEW..GIRRRRRLS SHE IS EXHAUSTED! Honestly I don’t even know how I’m typing right now…Marie.

Last weekend (March 24-28th) Donovan and I went to Vegas (full post about that coming later) and when we found out we were going, one of the things I DEMANDED from the powers that be at Homorazzi was PEEPSHOW! PEEPSHOW PEEPSHOW PEEPSHOW! I was dying to see this show. As a major fan of Holly’s World on E!, you know that PEEPSHOW is a show at Planet Hollywood in Vegas starring Holly Madison and uber dream boat Josh Strickland. Now not only did we get some of the best seats in the house to see some serious boobies (THANK YOU CEATTA!), we had arranged for an interview with JOSH STRICKLAND! If you recall, I posted about his new single Report to the Floor a little while back, and seeing him every week on TV as he goes through the dramz on Holly’s World…well I didn’t have to tell you that I was so nervous/excited.

So before we sat down for Peepshow which was starring Angel Porrino from Holly’s World because Holly was in Paris (I’ll just have to go back an interview her next time) I got the chance to sit down with Josh to talk about everything. Yes he is as sweet as he is shown on TV, yes he is as handsome as he is on TV (even more actually) and yes everything you see from him on TV is real. He is STUPID talented, like STUPID STUPID talented and his vocals in Peepshow were so amazing. One thing that I loved the most about this interview was his eye contact, like i said incredibly personable and incredibly sweet. It was an awesome way to start my first weekend in Vegas.The actual show was a really cute idea about Bo Peep trying to find her mojo with the help of all the nursery rhymes…but dirty! My favourite was Ms Pete and Pony. Those two numbers were incredible!

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I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve watched a full episode of Grey’s Anatomy since its second season, but with the anticipation of the big musical event, I couldn’t not tune in. Grey’s isn’t the first TV show to go musical. One of the most famously known TV shows that did a musical episode was Buff The Vampire Slayer and medical comedy Scrubs also did a musical episode. Usually you don’t expect a super dramatic show to attempt a musical event such as this. Its a huge risk for not only the show but the network. But, if you have the talent, why not try and pull it off? But in my honest opinion, pull it off they didn’t.

First of all, I don’t really know much about who the characters are anymore or storyline but I’m a quick learner and pick up on things quickly. From what I gathered, this story arc with Callie being proposed to and being pregnant with Mark’s baby is pretty heavy. So in theory, you’d want to make sure that this message is very clear and the drama is thick. However, every time someone opened their mouth to start to sing, I couldn’t help but giggle a little because it just didn’t fit.

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Well this is confusing if you ask me. In picture taken yesterday, Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson who are currently in divorce proceedings, were seen with their son outside of a Starbucks holding hands. I know, I know, they are adults and can hold hands and it means nothing. So were they just putting on a show for their son Bronx?

What makes this story more interesting is that this isn’t the first time since Ashlee filed for divorce in early February that the two have been spotted together.

The couple almost made it to three years of marriage before separating in February. Friends are saying its been a very he said, she said kind of split. Some say the couple split due to Pete’s erratic behavior while some say it was due to Ashlee’s need to party. A few weeks ago, Ashlee was seen out on the town with one of Pete’s friends which caused speculation that she was out on the market.

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