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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple Reveals What We Already Knew - Meet the iPad

The worst-kept secret in the tech world was finally revealed today by Apple's Steve Jobs. As expected, Apple presented their latest gadget, the iPad. Which for all intents and purposes is a huge iPod Touch. No doubt that it will sell millions starting in a couple of months with a price tag that starts at $499.

all photos from CNET

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

NBA Champs Lakers Visit the White House

Now if only he could get Congress to play ball.

from LA Times

The Lakers met with President Obama on Monday, continuing the annual tradition of an NBA champion's visiting the White House, though this one had to be unique, accompanied by presidential trash talk and an audience that included reality TV star Khloe Kardashian.,0,1105064.story

Monday, January 25, 2010

Radiohead's Haiti Benefit Show in LA


Even Radiohead can be surprised by the difference a rock band can make. On Sunday, the forward-looking Oxford quintet took a break from recording sessions for its next album to perform at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood and raise desperately needed funds for Haiti earthquake relief. “This is how much money we made,” singer-guitarist Thom Yorke announced late in the two-hour concert, as he was handed a card with a final tally. “Gross: Fuck me! $572,774!”

Tickets for the night’s “Radiohead for Haiti” concert were sold over the weekend via online auction, with a top price paid by one fan at $4,000 for a single pair. “What did you do to get a ticket?” Yorke joked with the crowd. “Get money from your dad? Or blackmail your boss?” The all-star audience included Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Flea, Drew Barrymore, Paul Thomas Anderson and Anna Paquin.

British 7yr old Raises $160,000 for Haiti Relief

The feel-good story of the day. Boy raises money for Haiti by asking for donations to sponsor his bike ride around a local park. With the help of a fundraising site his efforts blew up and soon garnered the support from the Prime Minister himself. Now when I was his age I was stuffing Twinkies in my face and playing with little green Army men. I was a useless selfish prick by comparison. sad.


"My name is Charlie Simpson. I want to do a sponsored bike ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives," said Simpson on his JustGiving page, a fundraising site which launched his efforts.

"I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti," he said.

Donate to Charlie Simpson's Haiti fundraising page

And with that simple call, messages of support flooded the site.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Ex-Mistress Places Billboards about Affair with Tech Co. President

Now I've heard of women scorned and what they're willing to do to exact revenge but I guess this is how rich mistresses do it. Not only a billboard but a billboard with a web address where you can see photos and invitations of events they attended. She saved a lot of souvenirs for all to see. They've been taken down but I guess it's kind of hard to use the "It wasn't me, honey" defense to the wife.

from LA Times

Splashy headlines used to be the exclusive domain of Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison, known for his aggressive business practices and colorful lifestyle. No more.

His lieutenant, Charles E. Phillips, president of the technology giant and a member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, stepped into a harsh spotlight this week as his spurned mistress plastered San Francisco, New York and Atlanta with billboards revealing their affair.

The three-story-tall billboard near Times Square featured a photo of Phillips and YaVaughnie Wilkins with the wording: "Charles & YaVaughnie" and "You are my soulmate forever - cep." The billboards (that have now been taken down) also directed onlookers to a website that, until it was taken down, was a virtual shrine to the affair. It showed photos of the two dating back to 2001 and includes mementos such as ticket stubs to Obama's inauguration and love notes from Phillips. Wilkins could not be reached for comment.

Venezuela's Chavez Claims US used 'Earthquake weapon' on Haiti

At first glance I thought this headline was so ridiculous that it must be from The Onion but no, has the Venezuelan president/dictator Hugo Chavez proclaiming in a press release that the US has an experimental shockwave system and tested on Haiti causing the deaths of thousands. This after saying that the US was 'invading' the island as well. I knew Chavez was crazy and paranoid but I never thought he considered the US a Bond villain.


Citing an alleged report from Russia's Northern Fleet, the Venezuelan strongman's state mouthpiece ViVe TV shot out a press release saying the 7.0 magnitude Haiti quake was caused by a U.S. test of an experimental shockwave system that can also create "weather anomalies to cause floods, droughts and hurricanes.",2933,583588,00.html

Jersey Shore Season Finale

Hopefully you've had enough of abs, boobs, tans and hair gel because MTV's Jersey Shore had their season finale and follow-up show last night. The show that made "The Situation", "GTL" and "Benny" popular had their usual potty mouths with bleeped out proclamations and all. At least these kids seemed more genuine than most "Real World" casts. I'm sure they'll be back next summer. GTL for now.

from E! Online

So even as Snooki disparaged the season's last withered hot dogs, The Situation, Pauly D and the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore spent the last moments in Seaside Heights reminiscing about the friendships, the hookups and the altercations…even if the memories sometimes got a little hazy.

But we'll never forget—even the stuff they can't really remember. (Hey, they can always order the uncensored DVD.)

'The Walking Dead' is Coming to AMC

The excellent adult zombie comic-book will get a classy treatment on a regular TV series by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption) on cable's AMC. The serious and sometimes gory story of a cop who awakens to a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and must survive with his family and a band of other survivors. I highly recommend reading the trade paperbacks.


As we told you back in August, Robert Kirkman's acclaimed comic The Walking Dead had a chance of being adapted into a television series by none other than the incredible Frank Darabont (The Mist, Shawshank Redemption, etc, etc.), but negotiations were still underway. No longer, however- Variety is now reporting that AMC has greenlit the project!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Go Green Expo at LA Convention Center this Weekend

You've decided to stop letting the water run while shaving, stopped tossing empty beer cans in the wastebasket, and stopped clubbing baby seals. Now what do you do? Go to the Go Green Expo, an eco-friendly event with demonstrations, vendor booths, and a bunch of freebies.

from LA Times

Go Green Expo

The Go Green Expo is a behemoth of environmentally conscious events and presentations, the kind that would bring a smile to Al Gore's lips. Highlights include the Blue Planet Film Fest, presentations on sustainable investing, "eco-logical" homes, green jobs and free yoga. The Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., South Hall J, Los Angeles. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Weekend pass, $10.

Cosmo Centerfold and Video Vixen Wife get Elected

The political world is still buzzing after Republican Scott Brown was elected to Edward Kennedy's vacant seat in Massachusetts for the US Senate. The traditionally liberal state sent a message to Dems that the electorate is not pleased one bit with the way they've managed the country so far. What's shocking to me is A) Brown is a Republican, B) he posed nude in Cosmopolitan and C)his wife was a bikini-clad video chick back in the day. Not your usual conservative resume. Things certainly must be in a cluster when free-swingin' red-staters take over a liberal seat after 50 years.

More Proof that George Clooney is the Perfect Man

Look I'm thoroughly hetero but if a man can be admired and envied it would be George Clooney. He's a superstar actor, activist, philanthropist, filmaker, serial dater of models, humble and by all accounts a cool individual. Now he's donating $1 million dollars for Haiti relief. This is his second personal donation of the same amount.

from E Online

If Clooney's generosity is contagious, other stars will step up to the plate as well as the phone banks when they align for tomorrow night's Hope for Haiti telethon, which will not only air across most networks (including E!), but will also be streaming live at E! Online.

Conan Snags $45M to Leave NBC, Jay will Return to Tonight Show

What's the most shocking is that no one so far in managment has lost their job for this PR disaster. This played out so embarassingly public and portrayed the network, and to a lesser degree Jay Leno, as the villains in this power struggle over the Tonight Show. Look mistakes are made in television all the time. The Magic Hour, The Chevy Chase Show, and Joan Rivers (in all forms) are all missteps but no situation has been handled so poorly that it became fodder not only the competition on CBS and ABC but on it's very own network. It was compounded by the decision to give Leno  a nightly 10pm show that bombed so badly that affiliates were complaining that it failed to provide a sufficient lead-in to the local nightly newscasts. The local news stations were complaining! Then the network scrambles, or should I say bumbles their way to ushering Conan out to return Leno back in on the Tonight Show. Now it will cost the network $45 million to make Conan go away. That's one hell of a costly mistake, both in dollars and image.


Conan O'Brien will receive $45 million for himself and his staff in an exit deal clearing the way for Jay Leno to return as host of The Tonight Show, NBC announced Thursday.

About one-fourth of the money ($11 million to $12 million) will be divided among O'Brien's 200-plus staffers as severance, under terms of the deal announced on NBC's Today. O'Brien's last show will be Friday, and Leno will return to Tonight, the show he hosted for 17 years, on March 1.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Spidey Reboot Information

From Risky Business

Marc Webb has finalized a deal to helm the new “Spider-Man” movie for Columbia.

The studio last week scrapped the fourth installment of the web-slinging hero under director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire and decided to reboot and scale down the franchise.

While unlikely names such as James Cameron and David Fincher were floated (when was the last time those made a scaled-down movie?), Webb quietly rose to the top of the list of candidates.

Webb became a sought-after director with “(500) Days of Summer,” his comedic romancer for Fox Searchlight starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, earning him praise for the realistic way he portrayed a modern relationship.

Webb set up a series of projects since “Summer,” among them “Age of Rage” at Searchlight. It was his Fox projects that were major hurdles in the deal, as his next movie was expected to be for that company. Fox had to allow him to bow out of his commitment before a deal could be made with Columbia.

Webb, who has options on two sequels, will now tackle a Jamie Vanderbilt script that sees a “Spider-Man” movie that will look and feel very different from the big movies that went before it.

The plan for the movie is to be in the $80 million range and feature a cast of relative unknowns (so you can quash those Rob Pattinson or Gordon-Levitt rumors at this point). And the story will be pared down to center on a high school kid who is dealing with the knowledge that his uncle died even though the teen had the power to stop it.

The touchstone for the new movie will not be the 1960s comics, which were the inspiration behind the movies by Raimi, who grew on up on them, but rather this past decade’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” comics by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley where the villain-fighting took a back seat to the high school angst.

Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin are producing the new movie, which will begin production this year.

Whites-Only Basketball League to Begin Play

In the world of bad ideas this one takes the Grand (Wizard) Prize. Nevermind that the organization appears racist as in their press release states that only “natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league.” But the idea that this will lead to more fundamental basketball without the occasional occurance of bad behavior or 'street ball' from 'people of color' in leagues like the NBA will have any chance of drawing any people outside the Klan. Women's basketball is suppose to showcase fundamental skills and look how popular that is. You take a league excluding non-whites and non-American-born citizens and what will have? A pick-up game of white supremacists?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

25th Annual Tour de Sewer Bike Ride in Bell Gardens



Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 8:00 AM local time


John Anson Ford Park

8000 Park Lane


Adult $48 through 2/20/10, $55 after

Children under 16 $38 through 2/20/10, $48 after

Brief Description

25th Annual Fun Ride benefiting the Bell Gardens Lions Club. Funds raised support many local activities and those in need.

32nd Annual Firecracker Run/Walk, Bike Ride


Date: Saturday February 27, 2010

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Type of Event: Touring

The Firecracker Run is the oldest and largest Chinese New Year run in the US. Activites include a Kiddie Run, multiple bike rides (25/45 mi) and a weekend-long Nite n' Day Festival featuring music, entertainment and cultural acts (free admission).

The Sat. bike rides include 25 and 45 mile routes with multiple rest stops. Starts and ends in L.A. Chinatown, 9am, 2/27/2010. A complimentary Carbo-load meal for event participants will be served following the ride(s).

Proceeds benefit Need2Read funding for area elementary schools and non-profit community groups. See website for more information and event schedules.

Contact Email: [email protected]

Contact Phone: 323-256-1363

Web site:

Coachella Line-up Revealed! from KROQ

KROQ is proud to announce details for the 2010 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. This will undoubtedly be the largest, most important music festival in the Western Hemisphere this spring.

Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 22 at 10:00 AM at all Ticketmaster locations and Three-day weekend passes are $269.00, plus surcharges. More details on layaway, camping options and up-to-the minute information, can be found at

Be caller 20 to 800-520-1067 when we tell you to call and you will score a pair of tickets to the day of your choice.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Teen Loses Weight with the Help from Video Games?

Looks like tubby gamers can now learn to shed those pounds by using the video game diet. One teen has learned to use theory of gaming to lose half his body weight by applying the same principles. Using a point system, good guys and bad guys, ascension to higher levels, and other parallels I suppose to eating right. Anyway it apparently worked for this kid and he's writing a book about it. Although I suspect gamers will probably want the ebook version if they set the controller down long enought to read it.

Coop Drops an F-bomb on UCLA at Presser

from LA Daily News blog:

According to Daily News columnist Jill Painter, this was Michael Cooper's first comment at his press conference after beating UCLA.

``My opening statement is (expletive) UCLA,'' he said.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

NFL Playoff Recap

AFC Playoffs

Baltimore Ravens        3 
Indianapolis Colts     20 

New York Jets         17
San Diego Chargers  14

NFC Playoffs

Arizona Cardinals      14
New Orleans Saints   45

Dallas Cowboys           3
Minnesota Vikings     34

NY Times to Begin Charging for Online Content

It's been no secret that newspapers across the country have had troubles staying afloat or given up putting out a physical paper altogether and have chosen an online version. New York Times has seen their share dwindling subscribers and now have decided to draw more revenue not just from the advertising but charging the public to view content online. This is just the first step for the newspaper publications to try and raise their revenue but will anyone actually pay. For many, many years news and information has been widely available from numerous sources making the Times move seem kind of irrelevant. Why pay when you can find the same information elsewhere and for free. Unless of course you really, really love the New York Times or a particular columnist or feature. I'm sure there'll be more publications following suit but will it matter?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Have a Grape Time at Pinot Days in Santa Monica

from LA Times

More than 75 esteemed vintners will offer tastings of more than 400 Pinot Noir vintages at 2010 Pinot Days, acelebration of the delicate but delicious wine made famous by the movie "Sideways." Pinot Noir regions that will be represented include the Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Oregon, Carneros, the Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, 2021 Airport Ave., Suite 203. Sun. 1-5 p.m. (415) 246-2967. $50.,0,7132225.photogallery

'Donnie Darko' at the Drive-In this Saturday

from LA Times

After seeing "Donnie Darko," we'll never feel the same about bunny costumes again. Or the wonderful Tears for Fears song, "Mad World," covered by Gary Jules. Or all-girl dance troupes with awesome names like Sparkle Motion. These quirky details, inspired in equal parts by the goth and the tacky side of the '80s, made Richard Kelly's 2001 film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, above, an unlikely cult classic. It'll screen at Devil's Night, a downtown drive-in with punk spirit. 240 W. 4th St. (at Broadway), second floor. $10. Sat. Gates 6 p.m.; show 7:30,0,7132225.photogallery

Cool, '80's Flavored USB Hub by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs has designed some pretty cool retro USB hubs in the form of mixtapes of our youth. For those of you unaware or under 30 years of age, they were CD's before there were CD's.

Conan Puts 'The Tonight Show' on Craigslist

As if this feud between NBC talk show hosts and the network hasn't gone too far things took a funny turn when current Tonight Show host, Conan O'brien listed the show on Craigslist.


Click here for the rest of the Listing

Current Oakland Raiders Coach, Tom Cable meets with Emperor Palpatine, I mean, Al Davis Today

As a former Raider fan, no I don't have tattoos or a prison record, I can attest to the consistent failure the team has been over the last eight years. So, today second year head coach, Tom Cable will learn his fate after a 5-11 season. Rumors abound that Cable will get the ax but I say at this point does it really matter who the coach is as long as Davis continues to own the team and micro-manage it.

Since losing the Super Bowl in 2002 (to former Raider coach, Jon Gruden and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, no less) He's hired and fired, Bill Callahan (totally overmatched and out coached, won with Gruden's players and system), (Norv Turner (now coaching a very hot playoff team in the San Diego Chargers), Art Shell (dragged him out of retirement and paired him with an offensive coordinator that was also brought in out of retirement from running a bed & breakfast at the time of his hire)and infamously fired Lane Kiffin after showing a glimmer of hope but butting heads with Davis.

Now if it's not Cable then what other sucker will want to work with an over-bearing, second-guessing, and meddlesome owner? You know what they say about suckers...

Pat Robertson Declares Haiti Paying for "Pact with the Devil"

Pat Robertson, the evangelical Christian, cemented his legacy as a loon by declaring that the horrific earthquake that has devasted Haiti and killed thousands of people is the result of a deal that was struck long ago with the devil.

The Haitians "were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever," Robertson said on his broadcast Wednesday. "And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story. And so, the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' "

So much for compassion for the injured and the dead in this ongoing tragedy. Instead of using his voice to call for humanitarian aid and charity he chooses to place blame and condemn the victims themselves based on his twisted delusions. Now he may have had more charitable efforts in the past so this makes his statement all the more ridiculous. Help people and shut the hell up. It's not the first time he's blamed natural disasters on the supposed sins of the victims. True story.

EA Looking for Answers on Tiger Woods

Chris Matyszczyk has an excellent piece on CNET about EA Sports' surveying of people about their perceptions of Tiger Woods and most importantly how likely are they to buy golf game associated with him. While other sponsors have broken ties or shelved promotions with the infamous philandering golf superstar, EA is in the precarious position of trying to continue to promote a game emblazoned with Tiger's name and image. There are a lot of questions still left unanswered by his recent decision to take an "indefinite" break from competition but will the video game community care more about the tabloid stuff or the game itself.

In the end, I think it'll boil down to the gameplay, graphics and playability. Gamers, even those who play golf, are concerned about the product and not so much about the spokesman. EA hopes...

New Teenage Spidey Movie for 2012 without Raimi or Maguire

What do you do when you have one of the most successful comic-book based movie franchises of all time? Well, you scrap the core creative team behind it and start all over again of course. Sony Pictures announced that a reboot will follow a teenage Peter Parker dealing with high school angst instead of going forth with a Spider-Man 4 starring Tobey Maguire and directed by Sam Raimi.

Now I'm a fan of the Marvel comic "Ultimate Spider-Man" by Brian Michael Bendis, which follows the same setting but this is a huge gamble taking a known, proven, successful entity and starting all over. We'll see if the reboot pays off.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

L.A. Fit Expo is Coming...Puff Out Your Chest and Suck in that Gut

Ah, another batch of New Year's resolutions to fulfill (wink-wink) this year. Stop smoking cigarettes (or other), save money for the kid's college fund instead of blowing it on online poker, find that certain someone to finally settle down with that doesn't subscribe to Crazy Monthly, and of course to lose weight. Well wait no more, the L.A. Fit Expo will introduce you to tons of exhibits to help you get in shape once and for all. Everything from health product and equipment exhibits to martial arts exhibitions, spokesmodel and ring girl competitions, MMA fights, bench press championship, and much, much more.

So get off the couch, wipe off those Cheetos crumbs off your greasy shirt and get down to the L.A. Convention Center Jan. 23 & 24, 2010.


Storm Trooper Cleavage? C3-PO as a Fem-Bot? Make it Rain Imperial Credits at Bordello's Star Wars Burlesque

Now I'm as big a Star Wars fan as the next fanboy but I'm not sure I ever imagined Darth Vader working the stripper pole. Downtown L.A.'s club Bordello has, with the help of Devil's Playground and local musicians On Blast, brought every hardcore Star Wars fantasies to vivid reality. From C3-PO in pasties (hmm...), Princess Leia in bondage (of course), and even a curvy Jabba (yikes!).

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