New Releases Out This Week: May 23rd

In: Charge It, Movies, Music, Tyrell

You know you’re excited. We’ve been waiting for it for a while now. With all of the leaks that have hit the net in the last week, our whistle is wet with anticipation for Lady Gaga’s much talked about and acclaimed album Born This Way. Before songs were even leaked, Mother Monster herself claimed that this album was the best pop record of all time. Will the critics agree?

The LA Times was one of the first to get out an early review of the disc and while many of Gaga’s Little Monsters are loving the tracks, the Times felt that the music didn’t match her overtly dominant message. They wished that she would have taken as many risks musically as she does with her lyrics. They also noted that many of the tracks felts like dumbed down Daft Punk tracks or rejects from a Basement Jaxx record in 1999.

The leaks from the album that I’ve heard, I quite enjoy but then again, I just love pop music and am not expecting Lady Gaga to take big risks musically, especially when she is pairing herself with producers RedOne and Fernando Garibay. The album is available in a single disc and double disc special edition. I personally, cannot wait to hear the full, finished product.

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Local Vancouver Talent: The Pack A.D.

In: Music, Nic

Last week, my faith that rock is not dead was reinstilled when I saw local talent The Pack A.D. at The Red Room.

Mix a bowl with some White Stripes and Kills, a half dozen 70’s rock song of your choice, and stir it with a modern twist of charisma and you have The Pack. Did I mention it’s a two piece band? These two chicks rock, these two chicks being Becky Black on lead guitar and vocals, and the hilarious and talented Maya Miller on drums. Only being a two piece does not harbour the music in the least, and you are left wanting nothing when you hear the noise that comes out of just two people.

Not only is Becky an amazing vocalist guitar player and songwriter, but I don’t think any guy or girl in that room didn’t end up wanting to marry her by the end of the night. And Maya, the MC of the band between songs, has a wicked sense of humour and a definite way with words, not to mention being a ridiculous blues/rock drummer.

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It’s the finale of the most entertaining season of Celebrity Apprentice yet, and it’s down to two finalists: Marlee Matlin and John Rich. Personally, I’ve been routing for Marlee Matlin the entire season. She’s has raised the most money ever on the show and she’s performed amazingly on every task (amongst so many nut-jobs). I’ve also met her a few times (she shopped at my store once) and I also recently interviewed her and Meatloaf as well, and I just feel that she’s just an incredible woman. That said, John Rich is a great guy too and they are both deserving of being finalists.

To give you a little bit of a refresher, here are the teams for the final task of launching 7up Retro:

TEAM JOHN RICH : Lil Jon, Mark McGrath, Star Jones
TEAM MARLEE MATLIN: Meatloaf, Richard Hatch, LaToya Jackson

After running into some issues in booking former 7up spokesperson Jeffrey Holder, Marlee’s team manages to get him into the studio and he nails the commercial. As for John Rich, he finally connects with Def Leppard and they move forward in prep for their live performance.

Find out who won after the jump…

There is nothing more frustrating than a double standard. This is the case in Pompano Beach, Florida where two girls in high school were threatened to be suspended by the school’s principal if they were to not stop holding hands. Do you think that any hetero coupes in the school were given the same warning for holding hands? According to reports, the answer is no.

Principal Karlton Johnson had spotted the two girls holding hands a second time and told them he had warned them once. He brought them to his office and repremanded them. Following the speech, he separated them and called their parents respectively. One of the girls was out to her parents, the other was not.

The girls in the couple, one a senior and one a junior, are also an interracial couple. One of them also an honor student. My question is do you think a male and a female couple who were holding hands in the hallway were given the same speech and had their parents called? I highly doubt it.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 Conquers Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

This weekend, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opened in theaters with a bang. The fourth installment of the series, which had a budget of $150 million to make, brought in a whopping $92 million dollars. This is now the top opening film of the year. This will be a bit of a boost to Depp’s ego, after The Tourist bombed last year. I know I’m likely in the minority, but I haven’t even seen the third Pirates film.

On the other hand, I have seen Bridesmaids, which came in second this weekend at the box office. The film opened last weekend and after two weeks, has brought in just under $60 million. You know, that’s actually really good for a comedy. Kristin Wiig should be proud.

In third this weekend, was Fast Five, which is slowing down a little but now nearing the $200 million mark. Definitely nothing to complain about.

Did you see any of the films in the Top 10 list below this weekend?

Check out the Top 10 List after the jump…

Anna Kournikova Is “The Biggest Loser”

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Former professional tennis player Anna Kournikova is heading to the gym. Not for herself, because she’s already got a slammin’ body, but rather to train and inspire others to get fit. The Russian-born beauty is reportedly signing on to become a new trainer for NBC’s hit reality show, “The Biggest Loser“. With Jillian Michaels leaving, producers are hoping to announce her replacement on the live finale show on Tuesday May 24, 2011.

If the rumors turn out to be true, Kournikova has some really big shoes to fill. I heart Jillian and so do millions of other people. I’d give anything for the ballsy trainer to get me into shape. With Jillian’s departure looming for a while now, the producers brought in two new trainers this season- Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel- to test run. I’ve only watched a couple of episodes this season, but from what I’ve seen, I didn’t really feel either of them. From what I hear, a lot shared this sentiment. Hopefully Kournikova will connect more with viewers.

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New Beyonce Song “Till The End of Time” Leaks

In: Donovan, Music

Hallelujah, Beyonce is unofficially moving on from the “Run The World (Girls)” debacle. A new song from her upcoming album, titled “4“, just leaked online. Rumor has it “Till The End of Time” will be the next cut from the CD. On a side note, what is up with all this apocalyptic talk. Aren’t you glad the world didn’t end yesterday as some had predicted. Just think if it had, you would’ve never heard Bey’s new cut. The horror.

Sometimes when a track leaks, it comes in an unpolished version or with annoying voiceovers. Such is the case with “Till The End of Time“. Every few seconds “for internal use only” tags pop up, destroying any possible groove you were starting to feel. Even with that hindrance, I’m feeling the new track. It’s more laid-back and melodic than the frenetic “Run The World (Girls)”. Check it out below.

listen to the track after the jump

“It’s not gay, when it’s in a threeway,” sing Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg about having a threeway with Lady Gaga in their SNL digital short. The boys play their “Mother Lover” characters and venture out for a hookup (after sleeping with each other’s moms), but both are caught off guard when they end up at the same place. Gaga has arranged to sleep with them both. No big deal, thanks to the golden rule. Here are some of the homoerotic lyrics they sing:

“Normally, I don’t get down with dudes. But tonight is a special exception. See your my best friend through thick and thin, now it’s time to make a triple connection. Here in the dark, it’s so hard to tell…where her body end, and my homies begins.”

The video is hilarious, the song is catchy, and the thought of Justin Timberlake having a threeway with another guy is super hot. So many reasons to watch the video if you haven’t seen it yet. Check it out!

Watch the hilarious video after the jump…

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