Azealia Banks is the personification of the term unsigned hype. Originally from Harlem, NY but not getting any love in her home country, Azealia skipped across the pond to the UK where she was quickly embraced by the hip-hop loving youth culture and discerning music critics there. She came in 3rd place on the Sound of 2012 list (an annual list of promising new musical talent that counts acts like 50 Cent, Adele, Corrine Bailey Rae, and Jessie J as past winners) and was #1 on NME’s annual Cool List. Azealia is the flip side to Nicki Minaj…focusing on her lyrics and in your face quirkiness as opposed to the glam and sexuality that Minaj traffics in.
Here’s hoping Miss Bank$ gets signed and blows-up on both sides of the Atlantic in the very near future.
After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer named SMILEY can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley’s next victim. – IMDB
Buffy & Hildegard Are Giving The Side-Eye To This Janky Copycat Show
BOSOM BUDDIES was a show that starred Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari as two best friends who were working low paying jobs who dressed up as women so that they can move into an affordable women only apartment building. WORK IT is a show that stars Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco as two best friends who are out of work so they dress up as women to get jobs at a pharmaceutical company. The similarities abound between these two shows but the one glaring difference (aside from WORK IT not benefiting from the presence of the delectable Donna Dixon) is that BOSOM BUDDIES was capable of being funny now and again while WORK IT is laugh free.
2011 has been the year of the Adele cover with Rolling in the Deep being covered by anyone with a camera phone, a YouTube account and no shame. So I figured it would be fitting to have the inaugural edition of Cover Me Monday feature Adele covering someone else. There were a few songs to choose from like her cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” or Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” but I chose to go with her cover of UK pop star Cheryl Cole‘s “Promise This”.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93% (Critics) / 88% (Audience) Directed By: Brad Bird Written By: Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg Studio: Paramount Studios
Synopsis: When the IMF is shut down and blamed for a terrorist attack on Russia, Ethan Hunt and his team go rogue in order to clear their names and stop a nihilistic scientist from starting a nuclear holocaust.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 14% (Critics) / 73% (Audience) Directed By: David Dobkin and Dennis Dugan Written By: Barry Fanaro, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel Studio: Universal Pictures
Synopsis: Two straight New York firefighters enter into a domestic partnership so that one of them can name his children as life insurance beneficiaries. Their seemingly harmless ruse quickly becomes headline news and the added pressure form the spotlight threatens to expose their lie as well as destroy their friendship.
Everyone is wondering who that white guy is sitting next to Joe
The musical Jackson’s have a long and storied career going from the beginnings of the Jackson 5 to the mega-stardom and icon status of Janet and Michael in their solo careers. It is due to the gigantic shadow cast by Michael and Janet that a lot of the music made by the rest of the Jackson clan has gone unnoticed (in some cases criminally) so I felt it was my duty to spread a little bit of the love around to some of the other musical offerings by folks from the Jackson clan with this list of tunes that, while heavy on the Jermaine catalog, touches upon pretty much the entirety of the music put out by the various children and grandkids.