Documentary: Steam of Life

In: Dan, Movies

Holy culture shock! Over the last three nights I have taken in three different cultural shows and performances, starting with a Hollywood Blockbuster film, followed my a Welsh play in a 150-person live theatre, and last, a documentary film from Finland in a high school theatre. What an adventure these last few days have been on my senses and mindset, specifically referring to the show that just wrapped up, Steam of Life. The film, by Joonas Berghall and Mika Hotakainen, is like nothing else I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching.

As mentioned, the film is a Finnish documentary following the lives of several men from Finland and their abilities to deal with some of life’s hardest tribulations, and their resorting to the cultural phenomena of saunas as a peace of solitude and cleansing. Throughout the film the audience is continually shown that the saunas are traditionally used for actual bathing, including a 51-year marriage between a man and a women, who have washed each other daily over the course of their relationship. And this was the opening sequence of the film!

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Zeb Atlas Has A Love Hangover

In: Music, Totally GAY!, Tyrell

I love when celebrities do vanity projects like releasing singles. Well, porn star (and according to the video description… gay icon?) Zeb Atlas is the latest to jump on the train. Back in 2009, Zeb starred in Pearly Gates’ music video for her single Stop For Love in a retro themed video which matches her disco style music (which is actually highly infectious). The song actually sounds like a TV theme song from the late 80′s.

After making the connection with Night Dance Records, Zeb decided it was time to release a disco track of his own. Low and behold, his first single titled Love Hangover, a tongue-in-cheek version of Diana Ross’ hit has hit YouTube and let me tell you, the video is amazingly awful. The song starts off strong with a great disco back beat but then slows down into a 70′s Barry White/porn track.

What makes the video peak in awkwardness is when Zeb is “dancing” with two back up dancers behind him. He looks like that beefy guy at the club with no rhythm and you can’t help but love it because its so bad, its cute. I love the Pearly Gates hook on the track but I don’t think I’ll be adding this song to my iPod anytime soon.

Check out the video after the jump.

I never thought I would be so into the lives of The Kardashians, but low and behold, Tyrell and I are doing a pretty great job at keeping up with them on E! I guess I can’t be that surprised considering I used to watch “The Hills”, but that’s another story.

Tonight, Kourtney & Kim take their glamor drama to the Big Apple as the scope out the perfect location for their next Dash store. In “Keeping Up With The Kardashians“, it was a toss up between opening a second location in Miami or NYC first. The girls decided upon Miami first, creating the spinoff, “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami“. Now, “Kourtney & Kim Take New York,” in this third spinoff and third Dash store location. Three Kardashian shows?! Yup, and there’s one more on the way that will follow Khloe and Lamar as a newlywed couple.

Watch a sneak peak at the new series after the jump…

NBC To Bring On The Competition For Glee

In: TV Shows, Tyrell

With the success of Glee, its no wonder other networks are trying to jump on the musical singing and dancing bandwagon. However, no major networks have been able to catch a spark to order a pilot that seems powerful enough to compete. Now, blockbuster maker Steven Spielberg may have what it takes to help NBC take the lead.

NBC has ordered a pilot of a show in the works titled Smash which will be produced by none other than Spielberg himself. However, this show will be a much bigger step up from high school musical glee club numbers. The show is said to follow the story of a few characters who actually live and breathe in the musical theatre industry and all work together to produce a Broadway show. I’ve worked in the musical theatre industry and let me tell you, the drama that can formulate in these situations can be thick.

From auditions, to rejections, long days of rehearsal to heavy criticism, life on Broadway can be a tough one. I think NBC may have a smash hit on their hands. I think the change of pace from the FOX show will be a welcome change with more adult and mature characters and story lines.

Find out more about this exciting new show after the jump.

No Strings Attached Ties Up The Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

As the only new major release this weekend, No Strings Attached certainly didn’t suffer from performance anxiety, taking the number one spot with $20.3 million. Dan reviewed the film earlier this week, saying, “It’s nothing to write home about, but it wasn’t a waste of time either!” The film stars Bruce Willis’ son, Ashton Kutcher (haha), and The Black Swan Oscar nominee, Natalie Portman. Sounds like a recipe for success to me. This definitely Kutcher’s niche, considering his previous romantic comedies including “Just Married” and “What Happens In Vegas”.

Following the romantic comedy were two other recent films with a comedic element, The Green Hornet and The Dilemma. The Green Hornet, starring the hilarious Seth Rogen, brought in an additional $18.1 million this weekend, bringing the films earnings to a total of over $63 million. Trailing behind are Vince Vaughn & Kevin James with The Dilemma

Check out the Top 10 list after the jump…

Kelsey Grammer may be going through his own divorce and dating drama, but now, that will take a backseat to another important moment of his life: his daughter’s wedding. ABC Family star Spencer Grammer is engaged. And who’s the lucky man? Her long time boyfriend James Hesketh.

According to a Life & Style source, Spencer is so excited to get married. Instead of a traditional engagement ring, fiancé James got her a claddagh ring which is a traditional Irish ring. If you’ve never seen one, it is a silver band that wraps around as two hands holding a heart with a crown on top.

Camille Grammer who is in the thick of the drama with Kelsey may not have much to say about these new nuptials. Spencer is actually the daughter of Kelsey’s first wife Daureen Alderman. According to sources, Camille and Spencer don’t even have a relationship of any kind.

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After premiering her new song “What The Hell” on New Year’s Eve, Avril Lavigne’s music video for the up beat / bad girl song has been released. The Max Martin/Shellback-produced song is from her upcoming album, Goodbye Lullaby. When chatting with ET Canada recently, Avril said describe “What The Hell” as more pop rock and that it’s a lighter subject, “fun kinda summer party song.” She added, “And it’s kinda like my older stuff so I haven’t had any music out in like 4 years I think we thought it was a good way to bridge into the new stuff!”

I’m pretty sure there is supposed to be a version in 3D to watch, although I don’t have any glasses at home to check it out. Although Avril is all over the place, running away from her boyfriend in the video, I still find it kinda boring. Actually, I don’t understand why she’s running a way from her boyfriend to begin with. He’s hot! At the beginning of the video, I’m pretty sure it’s the first time Avril has been in bra and panties in one of her videos – she looks great! She’s gotta stay in shape for Brody Jenner I suppose.

Check out the video after the jump…

Advertisers Pulling Out Of MTV Skins

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

The latest advertisers to pull out of MTV’s controversial show, Skins include General Motors, H&R Block, and Wrigleys. “It was never our intent to endorse content that would offend consumers,” a statement released from Wrigleys declared.

Originally a British series (as they good ones always are: Shameless, The Office, and Queer As Folk), last Monday’s episode drew in 3.3 million viewers, which was huge for a cable show. Since airing, the Parents Television Council, among other concerned organizations, have been complaining about the show for the overly sexual teenage content that is being marketed to children.

Despite the advertisers pulling out (in an effort to avoid consumer boycotts I’m sure), MTV has stated the show has met all “applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers.”

Have any of you seen the show? Thoughts?

Check out the trailer for the controversial show after the jump…

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