A Social Network Christmas Story

In: Random Reads, Tyrell

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.

For those of you out there who are addicted to Facebook (yes, I am one of you…), this video is for you. Have you ever watched an entire story, relationship, conversation or just some good ol’ drama unfold in your news feed? This clever take on the story of Jesus’ birth through Facebook was created by Igniter Media. There a media website that dedicates their time to creating mini movies that tell big stories. Here is what they had to say about this particular project:

This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus’s birth. Follow this historical period as it unfolds as a digital narrative. This vignette is great for highlighting the truths and circumstances of our Savior’s birth in a fresh, unique way.

Watch the video after the jump…

Feel Festive With These Top Holiday Films

In: Movies, Patrick, Tyrell

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.

The other night, Patrick and I decided to have a nice quiet night in. We made some Bailey’s Milkshakes and cozied up on the couch to watch a classic Christmas movie, Home Alone. It got us thinking about all those other Christmas movies that may not be Oscar material by any means, but just make you feel good about the holiday season. We’ve decided to pull a list together of our favorite holiday flicks in case you were looking for one to watch over your Christmas break.


Released: 1990

This classic movie finds Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) home alone after his entire family leaves the house in a hurry to catch their flight to Paris. Meanwhile, Kevin discovers that robbers are trying to loot the houses in the neighborhood while families are away on Christmas vacations. With some quick thinking, Kevin booby traps the house to catch them red-handed. Definitely a great renter over the holiday season.

More great holiday films after the jump…

Willow Smith’s “Rockstar” Leaks

In: Donovan, Music

I wasn’t expecting this under my Christmas tree, but thank God for the gift of more Willow Smith. A snippet of the 10-year-old’s new song “Rockstar” has hit the world wide web. No word if “Rockstar” will be the official follow-up to Willow’s infectious hit, “Whip My Hair“, but chances are good that it’ll show up on her upcoming debut album. Whether or not it’s the next single, I’m loving the 45 second snippet of the track. I’m sure Willow will be glad to promote a new single. Her neck must be so tired from whipping her hair back and forth for all these months.

With Willow scheduled to perform at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and a new single to promote, 2011 is shaping to be an even bigger year for Baby Rihanna. I’m sure her legion of hair whippers will make sure their leader takes a step closer to world domination by 2015.

listen to a snippet of Rockstar after the jump

Zac Efron: To Buzz, Or Not Buzz

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

Speaking of whipping your hair back and forth, looks like Zacky won’t be doing that anytime soon. The 23-year-old is coming off an amicable public break-up with his former “High School Musical” co-star, Vanessa Hudgens. Looks like girls aren’t the only ones looking for a new look after a failed romance. HAHA.

In all seriousness, Zac Efron’s new look is for an upcoming role. He is set to play the lead in Nicholas Sparks’The Lucky One” adaptation. Efron will portray a young US Marine named Logan Thibault. This will be Sparks’ 7th novel to receive a major motion treatment. “The Lucky One” will be directed by Scott Hicks. Relative newcomer Taylor Schilling will play Efron’s love interest in the film.

So what do you think of Efron’s new look? Personally, his longer hair was his best feature IMHO. Having said that, the new buzz look definitely butches him up. Who knows, maybe in a couple of years I might change my tune about the former Mr. Vanessa Hudgens.

After months of speculation and repeated sightings staged photo ops with other “Real Housewives of New York City” cast members, Bravo confirmed the obvious. Cindy Barshop is the new Bethenny Frankel. Barshop is the founder and owner of Completely Bare, a chain of day spas specializing in hair removal. Expect a lot of Karate Kid wax on, wax off puns. She’s also known as the “Vajazzling Queen“. She introduced the practice of adding bling around women’s lady southern bits.

Bravo programming VP Christian Barcellos made the following statements regarding Barshop’s addition:

“She has an organic connection to the cast. She’s friends with Ramona (Singer) and has connections to Kelly (Bensimon). They all run in the same circles. She’s done some unorthodox things, and she owns it,” continued Barcellos “She brings a distinct flavor to the ensemble…viewers will enjoy getting to know and see (Barshop)”.

I’m totally stoked to see how Barshop interacts with the women. Hopefully she’ll be another great addition, like Sonja Morgan was in Season 3, and not like Kelly Killoren Bensimon, who’s been tragic ever since she joined in Season 2. I really can’t stand Kelly’s nonsensical statements. Why she agreed to sign on for Season 4 is beyond me? She’ll have an even bigger uphill battle to win fans back than Jill Zarin in the upcoming season. Both those women came off so horribly during Season 3.

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Coca-Cola Does Inception

In: Random Reads, Tyrell

Coca-Cola is famous for their Christmas campaigns. From catchy jingles to cute polar bears and penguins, the genius minds behind some of Coke’s more successful campaigns have all occurred over the holiday season. The even light up their delivery trucks with Christmas lights for the winter months. These guys take Christmas very seriously. Their famous “Holidays are coming… Santa Claus is coming…” ad campaign ran for years fell into disuse in 2001. The company restructured their holiday ad campaign to have each countries ads produced locally to suit each region’s holiday needs. How thoughtful?

However, the idea was a flop when Coca-Cola was flooded with calls to the information center asking them where the famous jingle had disappeared to. Many comments stated that the commercial’s song was a significant start to the holiday season. The company reinstated the jingle to its ads in 2007. The concept was originally conceived by U.S. Advertising Firm, Doner. I am sure they were glad to get this billion dollar campaign back in their hands, considering that Coca-Cola is the 6th largest company in the world when it comes to advertising budget.

This year, the company took on yet another approach drawing inspiration from a popular Christmas prop, a snow globe. While Santa takes a look at one of his snow globes, the people inside feel the effects of the shake and are brought together for the holiday season. YouTube user, Railok did one better. He took the concept of the video, and turned it into an Inception parody using the song Mind Heist from the blockbuster film. I think its incredible and works perfectly for the song and video. I saw the parody first and then watched the original after. I think I like the parody better. You decide.

Check out the video and the original after the jump…

Sam Sparro is back, and with a new colorful track. In 2008, the Australian singer showed the world his talent with his infectious worldwide hit “Black and Gold“. It was so catchy, Adam Lambert’s first post-Idol track, “For Your Entertainment” sounded awfully similar *wink* to Sparro’s hit. “Pink Cloud” first debuted in July 2010, but its music video just hit online a couple of days ago.

The track is a throwback to hot house dance tracks from the 90s. Think CeCe Peniston’s “Finally” meets Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) dance anthem. Just like the latter, “Pink Cloud” is predominately vocal free and instrumental. Say what??? Don’t worry, you “Black and Gold” fans, I think Sparro is just experimenting with his new sound. He pretty much confirmed it when he tweeted that “Pink Cloud” is not really single but more of an art project. He further elaborated that his second album would be full of tracks featuring his vocals, despite internet rumors that it would mostly be instrumental. Sparro also stated a free EP will be coming soon for all his fans to download. YAY.

watch the music video after the jump

Real Housewife, Kim Zolciak better watch her back. She’s not the only housewife ready to hit the recording studio yet again. If you watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you’ve probably heard Danielle’s first single. But now, she’s ready to take over the clubs with some new hits… that she wants to write herself. This has disaster written all over it.

She has revealed the following to a few close sources:

“I’m going back in the recording studio to work on my own. I think that is where people are going to set me aside. And it won’t be anymore slit your wrist music. [laugh] I had to do it, but now it’s all about having fun…For me, it’s about connecting with the club scene and being happy and bringing a great vibe. I’m ready to give a message of happiness and it’s going to be great. It’s going to be house [music] and I’m definitely a pop artist.”

Find out more after the jump…

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