Film Legend Jane Russell Passes At 89

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Tyrell

Former pin-up turned movie starlet Jane Russell passed away at the age of 89 yesterday. According to reports, Jane passed after respiratory failure in her home in Santa Maria, California.

Jane caught the eye of famous man Howard Hughes with her voluptuous figure. She then shot to fame after he cast her in his movie The Outlaw. However, the star began to burn a little brighter after she starred alongside Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

In the ’70s, Jane made the easy transition from screen to stage and starred on Broadway in a production of Company. Shortly afterward, she became the spokeswoman for Playtex promoting the Cross Your Heart Bras aimed at bigger gals. It still continues to be one of Playtex’s best known products to this day.

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Tonight’s episode was an interesting one. Let’s start off right away shall we?

This first challenge this week was an interesting one, it was a nude photo shoot with no wigs, no clothes and minimal makeup. Before this one even happened I TOTALLY knew who was going to win…duh Carmen! Carmen TOTALLY stole this challenge, but right behind her was Raja and Yara. The big girls also turned it out pretty well. Manila and Alexis were the weakest sadly. As the winner, Carmen got to choose what cake belongs to what queen! Oh yes, the queens this week had to create a cake couture look, inspired by their cake.

  • Raja – Chocolate Lava
  • Yara – Strawberry Shortcake
  • Shangela – Pineapple upside down cake
  • Alexis – Cheesecake
  • Manila – Carrot cake
  • Delta – Angel food cake
  • Stacy – Red velvet cake
  • Carmen – Princess cake (obvi)

In the workroom this week, we saw right away that Shangela is once again struggling with the sewing. I have no idea what she’s doing there still, and how dare you get a second chance at this amazing opportunity, not learn how to sew and be a bit of a bitch the whole time? Sit down Shangela.

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Tonight during The Bachelor, ABC broke the silence (finally) on who will be the celebrities on this season of Dancing With the Stars which begins March 21st. A few weeks ago, I spoke with Mark Ballas and Chelsie Hightower who wouldn’t crack when I asked them about the upcoming season but now, all the secrets will be revealed.

Yesterday during the Oscar’s, ABC released a mini teaser where the cast narrated a commercial all together. Rumors went wild online of who’s voices were heard within the teaser. These weren’t the first rumors that have hit the net.

Speculated cast members have included Kirstie Alley, Nastia Liukin and Kendra Wilkinson along with football bad boy Brett Favre. We all know that DWTS usually has a formula they fulfill. The child star, the legend, the pop star or R&B singer, the athlete, the supermodel, etc. So, who made the cut this year?

Check out the cast of DWTS Season 12 after the jump.

We Do Something…Do You?

In: Calan, Politics & Issues

Recently I came across one of the most amazing websites that I have ever seen for youth under 25: DoSomething.org. I personally have been working a little bit with Do Something but I’ll save that for another time. On their website they describe themselves as “one of the largest organizations in the US [and Canada] that helps young people rock causes they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, DoSomething.org is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, DoSomething.org inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.”

After checking out their website I found out that Do Something isn’t just your average “Do Good” website. 1,229,579 teens took action last year through their programs. That’s insane! As a young person and someone who is actively working on a Do Something campaign I’ve found this website and the people there to be extremely helpful in questions that I’ve had. It’s really simple to start a Do Something Club, just go to their Clubs Page and it will walk you through step by step how to set one up. Even if you’ve already set up a program, charity, or cause that you are working on you can still create a club and then you can also apply for seed money and scholarships through the Do Something Program.

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Concert Review: Heart Made “These Dream” Come True

In: Donovan, Music

Every Saturday night should start out by watching these rockers do their thing, because they are truly EPIC. Legendary rock band Heart stopped by Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre to wrap up their “Heart Comes Home Tour“. It’s only fitting the group picked Vancouver as their last stop, since it’s here where it all began nearly 40 years ago.

Alex and I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing Ann and Nancy Wilson in Los Angeles last year. Naturally, we gushed on and on how much we loved “Alone” and their other power ballads. They were humbled and surprised that everyone seems to love that song. Umm, ladies… it’s because its a wicked awesome song. When Carrie Underwood performed “Alone” on American Idol’s fourth season, it exposed Heart to a brand new generation. Over the years, more of their songs would appear on the show and even in a Swiffer commercial making their songs even more timeless.

find out my favorite Heart songs after the jump

When NBC’s The Sing-Off signed off at the end of 2010, we were teased with the premise of their newest singing show venture entitled The Voice. The concept is simple. Four musician coaches select singers to work with during the blind auditions. Once teams have been formed, the coaches will bring in their producers, song writers and friends to help mentor their team’s growth. America will then decide which singer should win the $100,000 prize that also comes with a recording contract.

As it stands, the show is set to premiere on April 26th and will be hosted by Carson Daily. To add to the excitement, two of the coaches were revealed today by Paul Telegdy, executive vice president of alternative programming at NBC and Universal Media Studios. Who are these mysterious members? Well, you can count on watching Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and Gwyneth Paltrow’s bestie Cee-Lo Green mentor some singers into super-stardom.

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Looks like “Glee” is rubbing off on the doctors of Seattle Grace. On the March 31st episode of “Grey’s Anatomy“, the bulk of the cast will be showing off their vocal pipes. The episode will be Callie-centric and, according to Shonda Rhimes, would’ve happened even if Sara Ramirez could sing. I’m sure the fact Ramirez is a Tony Award winning actress doesn’t hurt either.

“It’s an amazing opportunity… Singing runs in my family; it’s something I embrace about myself. I’ve been nothing but thrilled and excited to come to work and play a character that I love and portray a journey that I’m just really excited to portray.” – Sara Ramirez

So what can we expect from the musical episode. Rhimes promises it won’t be like “Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s” Broadway-esque episode. Instead, the singing make sense and that the cast isn’t just singing for no reason. Ramirez and the cast will be covering songs that have become synonymous with the show.

Kevin McKidd (Owen), Chandra Wilson (Bailey) and Ramirez will helm Snow Patrol’s hit song, “Chasing Cars“. Other songs making the episode include Anna Nalick’s “Breathe (2AM)” covered by Chyler Leigh (Lexie) and The Fray’s “How To Save A Life” and much more. Get a behind the scenes look at the cast singing below.

check out snippets of the cast singing after the jump

Elton John To Host SNL

In: Celeb Gossip & News, TV Shows, Tyrell

New dad Elton John is set to perform double duty on Saturday Night Live on April 2nd when he hosts the show and appears as the musical guest with Leon Russel. This will be Elton John’s first appearance on the show since 1982.

Everyone learned the news at Elton’s Oscar Party held on Sunday at the Pacific Design Center. The party was swanky as always with a live auction that benefited the Elton John Aids Foundation. Among the items up for bid were two VIP passes to the April 2nd taping as well as an invite to the cast after party, all courtesy of executive producer, Lorne Michaels. What was the winning bid on this prize? $75,000.

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