Entertainment – Christian eBuddy Blog http://blog.christianebuddy.com Christian eBuddy Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:08:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ROMANCE KILLER S1 Ep.1 http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/romance-killer-s1-ep-1/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/romance-killer-s1-ep-1/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:09:35 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/SPOTTOON/romance-killer-s1-ep1_b_11190176.html

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Donald Trump hosting Reddit AMA during DNC on Wednesday http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/donald-trump-hosting-reddit-ama-during-dnc-on-wednesday/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/donald-trump-hosting-reddit-ama-during-dnc-on-wednesday/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/25/donald-trump-hosting-reddit-ama-during-dnc-on-wednesday/ If you've ever seen Donald Trump on Twitter, you probably have questions for him. Questions like, "how do you plan to force Apple to make iPhones in the US," or "do you really think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty?" Later this week, you'll...]]> http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/donald-trump-hosting-reddit-ama-during-dnc-on-wednesday/feed/ 0 Marni Nixon dies at the age of 86 http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/marni-nixon-dies-at-the-age-of-86/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/marni-nixon-dies-at-the-age-of-86/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:24:03 +0000 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36888641 http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/marni-nixon-dies-at-the-age-of-86/feed/ 0 Ellen DeGeneres wants audience tears at Finding Dory http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/ellen-degeneres-wants-audience-tears-at-finding-dory/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/ellen-degeneres-wants-audience-tears-at-finding-dory/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:26:50 +0000 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36880868 http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/ellen-degeneres-wants-audience-tears-at-finding-dory/feed/ 0 Lindsay Lohan Accuses Fiancé Of Cheating, Announces She’s Pregnant http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/lindsay-lohan-accuses-fianc-of-cheating-announces-shes-pregnant/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/lindsay-lohan-accuses-fianc-of-cheating-announces-shes-pregnant/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:55:34 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/07/24/lindsay-lohan-fiance-cheating-pregnant_n_11170552.html

Lindsay Lohan took to Twitter this weekend to call out her fiancé, Egor Tarabasov, for cheating on her. She also announced she is pregnant.

The “Mean Girls” star reportedly shared a video on Snapchat Friday with the following message to Tarabasov: 

“My fiancé’s being really angry at me, but I’m drinking water to get him to come home. Honey, come home, please.”

On Saturday, she posted a photo of her with the Russian business heir, with his face covered by black and white scribbles. 

He wore black and I wore white.... ⚓️ I guess #art is whatever you make of it.

A photo posted by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on Jul 23, 2016 at 10:54am PDT

Later that night, the actress posted a series of photos on Instagram, since deleted, showing her fiancé out at what appears to be a club or bar.

In one caption, she wrote, “I guess I was the same at 23… Sh**ty time- it changes at 26/27 @e2505t thanks for not coming home tonight. Fame changes people.” In another, she accused Tarabasov of cheating with a woman she called a “Russian hooker.” (The woman she was referring to is Dasha Pashevkina, who at one point was seemingly friendly with Lohan.) 

Lastly, Lohan shared a tweet with a link to her TV movie “Labor Pains” and wrote, “I am pregnant!!”

lindsay lohan labour pains trailer - I am pregnant!! https://t.co/f1vsqJnX1f

— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) July 24, 2016

The Huffington Post has reached out to a rep for Lohan to confirm the pregnancy and for more details about her current relationship status with Tarabasov. 

Following Lohan’s public blasting of Tarabasov, he reportedly returned to the couple’s home and the two got in a huge fight, according to Gossip Cop. He then reportedly left the house and hasn’t been in touch with anyone. 

An insider told Gossip Cop that Tarabasov is “off the radar” and “not responding to anybody.”  

Lohan and Tarabasov reportedly got engaged in April, after dating for only a few months. 

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Uncomfortable Themes Make For Relevant Revival Are WE at the Cabaret? http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/uncomfortable-themes-make-for-relevant-revival-are-we-at-the-cabaret/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/uncomfortable-themes-make-for-relevant-revival-are-we-at-the-cabaret/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:09:55 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-karel-bouley/uncomfortable-themes-make_b_11170250.html Screenshot 2016-07-24 12.25.19Harrison, Goss and the Kit Kat Girls in Cabaret. Photos courtesy of Pantages Theatre

By Karel

Charles Karel Bouley

I was uncomfortable leaving the Hollywood Pantages'production of Cabaret and I wasn't sure if that was a good thing. I've been to many a musical there, where by the end we are on our feet, dancing, singing, practically leaping out back to our cars and singing all the way home. This wasn't one of them.

But how could this be? This was the film that came out when I was ten years old, in 1972, starring, or, should I say, making the star of a young Liza Minnelli. I was pre-gay then, but I knew, I simply knew the Bob Fosse choreography, the singing, the dancing, the brazenness would be iconic. I was right. I saw the movie again in my late teens and knew, oh, the lines! Green nail polish became "Divine Decadence" and I still gasp when Michael York yells "Screw the Baron," and Liza so casually replies "I have" only to have Michael York laughingly reply, "Well, so do I..." Oh the scandal!

Yes, there was the whole Hitler thing, but so many movies of the time used WWII as a backdrop since it hadn't even been over for three decades and it was the war of my parent's generation (Vietnam would become mine since I was born in 1962 and then Iraq).

But none of it mattered inside the Kit Kat club where everything, including the org-a-stra, was beautiful. In there, life was a cabaret indeed, with German and Jew, soldier and non getting along just fine as Joel Gray, in another star-making role, became the narrator of the times inside and out.

The love story between German and Jew and the fact the two became two separate things even though many were born in Germany and were as German as the next seemed secondary to me years ago.

But Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 as I sat in incredible seats, Joey Fatone to my left, my good friend Daniel Charleston to my right, I knew the Republican National Convention was going on. As I heard "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" eerily played on stage, I pictured trump behind the screen, Queen's "We Are The Champions" playing and thinking, "I bet if someone had heard this song, they would have played it instead..."

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In 1929 English novelist Christopher Isherwood left his upper middle class life and moved to Berlin, where he embraced his attraction to men full gusto. He worked as an English tutor and in 1931 met Jean Ross, who would become the fictional Sally Bowles. In 1935 he wrote a short novel "Goodbye to Berlin" and it, along with the 1935 "Mr. Norris Changes Trains" became "The Berlin Stories." Those stories serve as the source for the 1951 Play and 1955 Film "I Am Camera," both starring Julie Harris. In 1966 the stories became the Broadway hit "Cabaret" and in 1972 an Oscar-Winning film. Isherwood would end up in California, friends with Truman Capote and Aldous Huxley. He would start an affair with a man almost 30 years his junior, Don Bachardy, when he was 48. The affair would last until his death at 81 in Santa Monica. Many regard his greatest work to the "A Single Man" about a day in the life of a gay English Professor in California. It would also become a film starring Collin Firth.
So Isherwood was an outcast, gay, and thus the Kit Kat Club and had a life of colorful friends, and thus, "Cabaret." But he also saw the ugly side, the dangerous side, and he saw first hand what happens when those inside the cabaret ignore what is truly going on outside. He saw first hand how true evil can and will take power if given a chance, and while many good people tried or try to stop it, sometimes, an angry population coupled with a slick nationalist populist can destroy great culture and great nations, and many lives along the way.

The immortal music of John Kander and Fred Ebb is far from dated, and the book by Joe Masteroff is more relevant now than ever since the material's inception by Isherwood. Randy Harrison (gorgeous as an adult as he was a teen in "Queer As Folk") is the emcee, the devilish voice that entices you to play, to indulge, to enjoy, to ignore reality and make fun of the evil. When he sings "If You Could See Her Through My Eyes" to a dancing gorilla and finishes with "She wouldn't look Jewish at all..." Yes, there's a thunk in the theatre. And yes, so many of us thought you could replace the word Jewish with Muslim in today's world all too easily. And I couldn't help think of actress Leslie Jones from "Ghostbusters" who was sent a photo of a gorilla comparing it to her by some some self-loathing gay conservative just the day before. Harrison is sexy, commanding, and yes, eerie enough for the part and while who doesn't want to see Alan Cummings in the role, Harrison's incarnation is young and fresh, almost a millennial Emcee with a warning for an entirely new generation.

Andrea Goss has the biggest shoes to fill and you can't, so don't go there; and that's the most brilliant decision of this production. Goss is not Minnelli at her prime, no one is. But neither was Sally Bowles. Goss is probably more close to the real Jean Ross than Minnelli. For instance, in the theme song, Goss' inflection of the simple world "corpse..." I've sung that song more times than Liza and I'll tell you, I never really got it. I never really understood that Bowles was looking at her friend's corpse, her dead body, laid out like so many other of her friends at the time. And that "Cabaret" wasn't a screw it all, grab a drink and let's party song at it's core, it was more of a defiant declaration that we don't have a choice in it, the powers that be, outside of the cabaret, are often greater than ourselves. Goss made me see Bowles' humanity more than Minnelli, as I may have been eclipsed by her star and less by the role.

Lee Aaron Rosen's Bradshaw is Isherwood, coming to terms with his love of men, of decadence, of freedom, right as his freedom and the freedom of so many was coming under attack, particularly gays, gypsies and Romas, they, we, were rounded up before the yellow stars, the pink triangles. Ned Noyes is Ernst Ludwig, a friend, until a swastika divides them. Shannon Cochran and Mark Nelson Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schulz two people who find love later in life only to have ideology come between them; and not even their own.

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Randy Harrison as the Emcee. Photo: Pantages Theatre

People torn apart, a country divided by fear and hatred of those that are different; residents blaming immigrants, demagogues rising to power fueled by a media gone mad; gays, jews, blacks, muslims being injured or killed in the name of religion...if it sounds familiar it's because the themes of "Cabaret" are happening in the USA right this very moment.

At the end of the play, when Harrison's emcee turns around and his outfit becomes that of a concentration camp with a pink triangle and a yellow Star of David, as the gunfire is heard and the blackout happens, in the darkness in my mind's eye I see the Donald Trump ad with Hillary's face and the Star of David being used and them pleading ignorance; you want the highest office in the land and your staff is so stupid....anyway. Thus, the feeling I referenced at the beginning.

Are we sitting in the Cabaret, watching Rome burn? As Noam Chomsky says Donald Trump is a threat to our very existence, as organization and expert after expert warn of the dire consequences of his election and as hatred not only rises but now shows its face everywhere unashamed and often with deadly results, are we dancing along with the Kit Kat boys and girls while our country falls apart? The emcee being whatever talking head is on the 70" incarnation of the Kit Kat Club beamed right in to our own darkened living room or to our 7" computer screens daily?

When you go see "Cabaret," and you should, expect it to leave you bothered; expect it to hit a little too close to home; expect it to make you feel and think. And that's called great theatre, and somehow, characters born in 1931, themes played out almost 100 years ago, are made relevant and alive by a first rate cast and crew as the Kit Kat Club beckons patrons back one more time.

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Kim Kardashian and Calvin Harris Just Added Some Serious Fuel To The TSwift Fire http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/kim-kardashian-and-calvin-harris-just-added-some-serious-fuel-to-the-tswift-fire/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/07/kim-kardashian-and-calvin-harris-just-added-some-serious-fuel-to-the-tswift-fire/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:54:19 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/07/24/kim-kardashian-calvin-harris-taylor-swift-feud_n_11169810.html It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Taylor Swift. Not only did her ex-boyfriend, DJ Calvin Harris, take a few digs at her on Twitter, she was also dragged through the mud online after Kim Kardashian released the now-infamous Snapchats seen ‘round the world

Well, Harris and Kardashian ― the ex and the ultimate frenemy ― both added fuel to the fire this weekend when they hung out together at Jennifer Lopez’s birthday bash in Vegas. The two posed in a photo with JLo and rapper French Montana that was shared on Instagram. 

#vegasnights happy bday @jlo #southbronx @kimkardashian #turnuptime #mc4

A photo posted by French Montana (@frenchmontana) on Jul 24, 2016 at 12:09am PDT

Sure, they’re not standing beside each other, but we’re betting they at least chatted for a hot minute about all the drama that’s been swirling around the web. If nothing else, some are considering the gesture a “screw you” to Swift, much like that time Harris stepped out wearing Yeezys

Prior to the party, Kardashian seemingly took her own dig at the “Out of the Woods” singer by posting a Snapchat video of herself singing that line from her husband Kanye West’s song “Famous.” (You know the one.)

Harris did some Kanye West lip-syncing of his own before the party, nodding his head along to the rapper’s verse on ScHoolboy Q’s track, “THat Part” in a video on Snapchat.

At this point, it looks like this feud/drama/pettiness/whatever you want to call it is never, ever, ever going to end. 

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