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Lisa Marie Presley: Michael Jackson Feared Elvis-like Death

In Celebrities, Culture, Music on June 28, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Those close to Michael Jackson are searching their memory banks for clues to explain the tragic loss.

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, remembered a warning sign from years past that she had received, which in light of emerging information surrounding Jackson’s death is unsettling.

Lisa Marie, in a post on her MySpace page, revealed a conversation she had with Michael when she was married to him. She remembered how, during the discussion, the talk turned to the manner in which her father had died.

“I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did,” Michael confessed. The pop singer was alluding to the tragic death by overdose that Elvis suffered.

Lisa Marie blogged that she had immediately “tried to deter him from the idea at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that.”

According to Presley, she grew tired from “her quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior.”

She added, “His family and his loved ones also wanted to save him from this as well but didn’t know how and this was 14 years ago. We all worried that this would be the outcome then.”


Barack Obama Raises the Dead

In Culture, entertainment, Music on January 5, 2009 at 8:42 am

The remaining members of legendary jam band “The Grateful Dead” were not getting along very well.

Fans of the group, who are known as “Deadheads,” were concerned that they would never again be able to sit cross-legged on a concert floor as their favorite San Fran group let loose with one of their trademark hour-long tunes.

But now, no doubt to the Deadheads’ delight, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzman, the original members of the Grateful Dead, have announced that they will do a tour in April 2009.

These days the group is simply known as “The Dead.” Interestingly, members haven’t toured together for four years.

Why the reconciliation? Barack Obama, of course.

The four rockers got together in October 2008 to perform at Penn State for an Obama fundraiser.

Three of the band members played an earlier Obama money generator in February 2008.

Hart told Rolling Stone that the Obama fest “broke the ice” and added, “We were able to let some of these skeletons in our closet just fall away.”

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Dr. Phil Scolded by George Michael

In Celebrities, Culture, entertainment, Hollywood, Music, Politics on June 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm

In front of a star-studded audience, Dr. Phil McGraw was recently taken to task by of all people George Michael.

While at a Los Angeles concert performance by Michael, Dr. Phil was chewed out over his non-sunny expression.

“I probably shouldn’t say this but it’s very me,” Michael announced from onstage.

“Dr. Phil is here, and in the sea of faces he has this miserable look – he’s been doing it for the last hour,” the singer added. “I probably shouldn’t say this, but maybe you need to see someone about that.”

Some of the concert attendees started booing the daytime TV advisor.

Celebs in the audience who may or may not have booed included Bo Derek, Pink, Sharon Stone, Randy Jackson, Cyndi Lauper and Kathy Griffin.

Guess this means all Michael concertgoers have to don happy faces or risk being singled out as sour pusses.

X Files’ Rapper-Actor Xzibit a Non-Believer in Aliens

In Movies, Music on June 22, 2008 at 9:34 pm

In the upcoming movie, “The X Files: I Want to Believe,” which is set for release in late July, a rapper with the perfect name to act in an “X-Files” flick, Xzibit, does a decent job playing an FBI agent

Xzibit, a.k.a. Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, is also known for hosting the MTV reality show “Pimp My Ride.”

When asked about his personal beliefs with respect to the existence of extra terrestrial life, Xzibit seems to have taken a cue from fellow rapper Kanye West.

“I don’t believe in aliens,” Joiner tells People magazine. “I don’t think aliens or ghosts like black people. We never get abducted; our houses never get haunted. It always happens in rural areas, where no ethnic people live. The day I see somebody from South Central Los Angeles say, ‘Man, I got abducted yesterday,’ then I’ll believe it.”

Xzibit might want to check out one of the most famous alien abductions from the 1960s; that of Barney Hill, along with his wife Betty.

Barney was an African-American that aliens apparently liked enough to have a close encounter with.

James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor, and teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University.

Paul McCartney’s Head-turning Fish Tale

In celebrity, Culture, Music, Politics on March 16, 2008 at 8:16 pm

We now know how Paul McCartney came to be a vegetarian.

Those who thought there was something fishy about the former Beatle’s commitment to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have been proven right.

McCartney is now part of the celebrity team (along with Pamela Anderson, Casey Affleck, Alicia Silverstone, Forest Whitaker and others) that PETA is using to advance its causes.

A new PETA poster that is promoting vegetarianism features the famed bass player from Liverpool and reads as follows: “Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realized, ‘I am killing him – all for the passing pleasure it brings me.’ Something inside me clicked.”

Paul probably wishes something inside him had clicked before he took Heather Mills as his bride.

Britney Spears Files a Civil Rights Lawsuit

In celebrity, Culture, entertainment, law, Music on February 18, 2008 at 6:59 am

Attorney Jon Eardley, who purports to represent Britney Spears, has filed documents in an L.A. U.S. District Court to move Britney’s conservatorship case from the Los Angeles County Superior Court to federal court. Eardley maintains offices in Washington, D.C., Jericho, NewYork, and Whittier, California.

Eardley claims in court papers that, without due process, Spears “is being confined by the conservator to the private prison of her own home,” and he contends that this is a violation of her civil rights.

After Britney twice spent time in a psychiatric ward, Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz placed her in a temporary conservatorship under her father Jamie and his attorney Andrew Wallet. The order will continue until a scheduled hearing on March 10.

“I see the case as a civil rights case,” Eardley told People magazine. “These are issues of confinement. Very serious confinement. Not allowed to contact her friends. Not allowed to use the phone. Not allowed to come and go as you please. Bodyguards controlling you and so forth.”

Under the terms of the conservatorship, Spears lacks the capacity to hire her own lawyer without the approval of her conservators.

Spears’ civil rights case is unlikely to be heard by the federal court.

When an individual is determined by a court to be unable to handle his or her own affairs, a conservatorship is established. By definition, anyone who is placed in a conservatorship could claim that his or her civil rights have been violated.

This area of the law, though, is handled exclusively by state courts, and therefore a federal judge would be extremely reluctant to get involved.

Interestingly, a copy of Eardley’s filing was delivered to the L.A. Superior Court by Spears’ former manager Sam Lufti’s publicist, Michael Sands.

Sands also handled publicity matters for Mark Vincent Kaplan, the lawyer who represents Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline.

With this cast of characters the only question is: When will the “Six Degrees of Britney” game come out?

In other celebrity-related legal news, Paris Hilton is being investigated by the L.A. Department of Animal Services

It turns out that during a recent appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Hilton made mention of the number of dogs that she owns.

“I have 17 dogs — lots … They all sleep in my bed – well, not all of them, but I let some of them,” the heiress divulged.

Paris explained that she has so many dogs because “they keep having babies, and I feel bad about giving them away.”

Officials from the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services apparently watch the “Ellen” show, because after the revelation they showed up at Hilton’s home to inspect.

The city of L.A. has an ordinance that allows three pets per home unless the pet owner happens to be a commercial breeder.

Since Hilton wasn’t at home at the time of the officials’ visit, they left a “notice to comply” [with the law] form for her perusal.

While contending with her pet violations, Hilton has also had to deal with some stinky reviews of her new movie, “’The Hottie and The Nottie.”

Users of the Internet Movie Database voted the flick the worst movie ever made.

On a scale of 1-10, film fans gave it a 1.2—not a hottie, but a really big nottie.

James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor and teacher of mass media law at Biola University.

Bruce Springsteen’s Far-Left Turn

In Celebrities, Hollywood, Music, Social and Politics, Springsteen on October 7, 2007 at 8:56 pm

Gone are the days of the arm swinging “Dancing in the Dark” and foot stomping “Hungry Heart.”

Instead it looks like Bruce Springsteen has caught the Babs bug.

Or maybe he’s been listening in his sleep to Beyonce’s latest because he’s definitely drifted way “To the left.”

Although Springsteen did help campaign for Dem John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election, endorsing a candidate for the first time, his music and musings are now reflecting the views of far-Left Hollywood and the candidate controlling MoveOn.org.

Former Rolling Stone critic and current Springsteen manager Jon Landau is trying to convince the press that the artist’s new album, “Magic,” is not political. But the “Gypsy Biker” song has lyrics that suggest otherwise.

Take a look:

“The speculators made their money,
On the blood you [a U.S. soldier] shed,
The profiteers on Jane Street [upscale area in Manhattan],
Sold your shoes and clothes.”

In addition, Springsteen sat for a spell with “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley to, among other things, wax geopolitically.

The Boss focused on issues that have been stressed by far-Left Web sites like MoveOn and Daily Kos including CIA interrogation techniques, the domestic surveillance program and detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo, placing the issues in the “anti-American” category.

“I think we’ve seen things happen over the past six years that I don’t think anybody ever thought they’d ever see in the United States,” Springsteen said.

“When people think of the Unites States’ identity, they don’t think of torture. They don’t think of illegal wiretapping. They don’t think of voter suppression. They don’t think of no habeas corpus.”

Actually, he’s right. They don’t think of those things.

When people think of the United States’ identity, they think of a country where kids of working class parents grow up to become rich rock stars.

Brad Pitt’s Southern Sadness Suspicions

In Brad Pitt, Celebrities, celebrity, Celebrity News, Culture, entertainment, Entertainment and Media, Hollywood, Music on September 23, 2007 at 7:46 pm

Brad Pitt has been out promoting his latest flick with the long-winded title, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”

In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Pitt shared some of his thoughts on being a dad. He also talked about how fatherhood has helped him overcome a sadness that he has had since he was a boy growing up in Missouri.

Pitt’s onscreen character Jesse James also grew up in the Show Me State, which evidently spurred the actor into examining his past and the region of his childhood.

Pitt spoke of something he characterized as the South’s “congenital sadness.”

“It’s something that I feel in my grandparents, in the people I’ve met, in a Southern way of life,” Pitt said.

Interestingly, he sees the Christian faith as an antidote for Southern woe.

“It’s something pervasive, an undercurrent that I think Christianity answers,” Pitt professed.

Simon Gives LaKisha the Kiss of Death

In celebrity, Celebrity News, Culture, entertainment, Music, Star Celebrity Gossip! on May 10, 2007 at 10:20 am

idol.jpgA kiss from Simon Cowell turned out to be a kiss-off. A week after so impressing the cantankerous Cowell that he kissed her, LaKisha Jones was booted off ‘American Idol.’

Sheryl Crow Says We Use Too Much Toilet Paper

In celebrity, Celebrity News, Culture, Hollywood, Music, Politics on April 23, 2007 at 7:41 am

Singer Sheryl Crow is concerned about the way you wipe your butt.

Crow says you should use “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required.”

On her website, Crow writes, “I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming. Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting.”

I’ve got a better idea. Let’s wipe our rear ends with Sheryl Crow CDs.