Target Locked In On Canada

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

The plan is now officially in place for one of Target stores, to enter Canada, bringing “discount chic”. Over the next two years, Zellers stores across the country will vanish as Target takes over. As Tabitha Coffey would say, “I’m tough, I’m talented, and I’m taking over.”

Target is investing $1.83 billion to purchase the leasehold interests in 220 Zellers stories from Hudson’s Bay Company, which currently owns Zellers, The Bay, and Home Outfitters. You may also remember that Hudson’s Bay isn’t even a Canadian company anymore, after it was purchased by Richard Baker in 2008 for a total of $1.1 billion.

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Sabrina: “I Wanna Shoot Lady Gaga”

In: Music, Patrick

A new track called “I Wanna Shoot Lady Gaga,” has been released by recently signed Interscope artist Sabrina, and naturally, with a title like that it has created a bit of a stir. Defending her intentions behind the title/lyrics, Sabrina explains the motivation behind her new anthem:

“My song “I Wanna Shoot Lady Gaga” is not about shooting Stefani Germanotta, the lonely, insecure girl better known to the world as her alter ego, Lady Gaga. The song is about killing off the gimmick, the character of Lady Gaga. Its not meant to be sadistic or evil, I mean, just check out the song’s artwork. We used a squirt gun – nothing violent, just metaphorical. I want to kill everything she represents and stands for.”

Sabrina is known for working with the Nappy Roots, Jayo Felony, Knoc’turnal, and other urban artists. She also head the lead single off the “Last Day of Summer” film which starred Nikki Reed from the “Twilight” saga.

I understand where she’s coming from. The Lady Gaga machine has been a bit much after so much in so little time, and I’ve enjoyed having a break from her music. That being said, this is clearly just a ploy to get some attention – which it has. The single is available today on iTunes and is an exclusive ringtone through Apple iPhones.

Listen to the track after the jump…

“Law & Order: LA” Overhaul In Casting Bloodbath

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Happy New Year and you’re fired. Unfortunately that’s what three regular cast members from “Law & Order: LA” heard when they returned back to work. In an effort to retool the spin-off, the producers have removed three players from the crime drama. Skeet Ulrich who plays Detective Winters, Regina Hall and Megan Boone who both play ADAs, have fought for justice for the last time. All are being written off the show.

So with Skeet leaving, who will replace him on the mean streets of LA? You know what they say, hire from within. Alfred Molina, who plays DA Ricardo Morlaes, will be walking the beat from now on. In an upcoming episode, his character will experience a tipping point as a prosecutor leading him to return to the police force. Terrence Howard, who plays the other DA on the show, will now appear in every episode. Up until now, Molina and Howard took turns prosecuting cases in each episode.

Executive producer Dick Wolf gave the following statement:

“We have the fortune of two world class actors on LOLA, and it was frustrating to have one on the bench every week. It would be like having Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as your quarterbacks, playing alternate games.”

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Celebrity Apprentice Season 4 Promo: Crazy Good

In: Donovan, TV Shows

After the last season of “Celebrity Apprentice“, I was excited Donald Trump decided to bring it back to basics and feature non-celebrities for the next season. I thought the celebrity edition was turning into a joke and was just a game to see who had the richest contacts. Unfortunately, I was in the minority since “The Apprentice 10” with Brandy winning saw lackluster ratings throughout the season. So when I heard another group of D-listers had been wrangled up for another celebrity season, I groaned. That is until, I saw the awesomely craptastic the cast was. With Richard Hatch, LaToya Jackson, NeNe Leakes, Lisa Rinna et al on board, this was going to be EPIC.

Judging by the first official look of “Celebrity Apprentice 4” from NBC, my prediction is bang on. Trump and his minions have turned up the camp factor and I think it was a wise decision. Titled “Crazy Good“, the promo delivers on its promise. These personalities are all a little cray cray, and I can’t wait to see how the group dynamics work out this season. The boardroom is going to look like an episode from MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch (D-List edition of course). Watch the video below and see why each contestant thinks they’d make the ideal apprentice.

watch the video promo after the jump

Man Crush: Brant Daugherty

In: Donovan, TV Shows

With the 2010 Man Crush Showdown hoopla is all done, I decided to take a week off from picking hot men for my Man Crush feature. Trust me, picking the right guy to objectify and fawn over is hard work. Hands up, if anyone is that gullible to believe that line of bull? Now that I’m all relaxed and feeling refreshed, I’m ready to bring you another year of crushworthy men.

So who gets the honor for being my first weekly man crush of 2011? It goes to 25-year-old actor, Brant Daugherty. I’m a little ashamed (okay a lot ashamed) to admit where he caught my eye. Daugherty plays mysterious Noel Kahn on ABC Family’s guiltastic teen soap, “Pretty Little Liars“. Don’t judge. It also stars Laura Leighton (Melrose Place) and Nia Peeples (Fame). Two of my favorites from the early 90s. Honestly, it’s not a bad show. Sure the acting isn’t the greatest, but it certainly is addicting.

Brant was born in Mason, Ohio on August 20, 1985 and attended Columbia College Chicago to become a filmmaker. “Pretty Little Liars” is only his second acting job, but he’s already getting noticed in Hollywood. Rumor has it, he’s in the running to play Clark Kent/Superman in Zack Snyder’s new flick, “Superman: Man of Steel,” set to be released in 2012. With the gorgeous smile, breathtaking blue eyes and chiseled jaw line, he certainly stands a good shot of scoring the high-profile gig.

Check out the pics below and see if Brant is a solid choice to kick off my weekly crushes for 2011.

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First Look: Soul Surfer Trailer

In: Movies, Tyrell

Its been a long time coming but its finally here… the first trailer for the upcoming film Soul Surfer which features the acting styles of AnnaSophia Robb and country superstar Carrie Underwood. The story is based on the true events of surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost an arm to shark attack while surfing.

Despite the tragedy, Bethany overcame the odds and with rehabilitation got back on her surfboard to continue on with her pro career. Since her accident in 2003, Bethany has become quite the superstar with appearances on many a daytime talk show and even had a book published by MTV books about her whole experience.

In 2007, a short documentary entitled Heart of a Soul Surfer was released which followed Bethany’s encouraging strength with the return to the sport. The new 2011 film is set to begin the story before the accident and depict the events that lead up to her return to the pro sport. And of course, we all want to see if Carrie Underwood can act. This movie is no Blue Crush but after watching the trailer, I’m intrigued.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

TV BackTalk: ABC Takes Us Off The Map

In: TV Shows, Tyrell

Tonight, ABC debuted its newest addition to it’s midseason line up titled Off The Map. This project is brought to us from the fine creators of Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, at first look at this show, the only thing I could think was, seriously? Another medical drama on television? We’re already overcrowded with the crime dramas, why do we have to throw medicine into the mix too? However, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

For my first impression, I will say that ABC is combining a few of their hit shows into one to make this one appealing to a broad audience. This show is part Lost in the sense that its filmed in Hawaii, takes place in a remote location and probably saved ABC a lot of budget money by using some of the same sets and locations. This show is part Grey’s Anatomy because it brings all these different doctor personalities together to try and create a team. Lastly, this show is part Private Practice with all of its doctor’s gone sexy in a hot location where they take their shirts off all the time. Okay, get the picture? Now lets move in to the characters the storyline.

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Well that’s just the opinion of one member of the Halton Catholic School Board in Ontario. Jane Michael seems to think “A homosexual lifestyle … is not in accordance with the Catholic Church, Why can’t heterosexual students have a club? I don’t think sex clubs should be in school.” OH Marry, no she didn’t! If you haven’t already heard about this story, the Halton Catholic School Board in Ontario recently made a move to ban all gay-straight alliances in the district. This probably came about because the Catholic Bishop, Paul-Andre Durocher, chair of the Education Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario gave his two cents saying that gay-straight alliances are inappropriate for high school students. Apparently providing a safe space for LGBT students is against Catholic principles. He’s probably just upset that no one invited him to the party.

According to Xtra, one board member, Alice Anne LeMay, even went as far as comparing a GSA to a club for Nazis saying “We don’t have Nazi groups either,” rationalizes board chair Alice Anne LeMay. “Gay-straight alliances are banned because they are not within the teachings of the Catholic Church.” This type of ignorance and outright homophobia is so upsetting to me. Not only is this sending the wrong message to LGBT youth within the Halton Catholic School District but it’s also in direct violation of the Human Rights Code put forward by the Ontario government.

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