Marina and the Diamonds Lonely Hearts Club Tour NYC

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Last night I went with my best friend to see Marina and the Diamonds’ last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour.

It was fantastic!

The concert was held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, NYC. The doors didn’t open until 6pm, but by 5pm the line had already stretched halfway along 5th Ave.

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Almost every girl I saw had Marina’s signature heart painted on their cheek. I even saw a few guys with it as well!

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At around 7:30pm, Charli XCX opened the show. Charli XCX (born Charlotte Aitchison) is a 20 year old indie electro synth pop artist from Hertfordshire, England. Some of you may recognize her name from the Icona Pop song she’s featured on, “I Love It,” which was the opening theme song for Snookie & JWoww. Her album True Romance was released in April 2013.

 

She sang “I Love It” along with “Stay Away”, “Nuclear Seasons”, and a few others.

I’m not really a fan of Charli XCX, so I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy her performance that much. If you ever decide to go see her in concert, prepare yourself for a lot of hair flipping and hip twirling. That’s pretty much all she’ll do on stage. Her voice didn’t really carry well in the park, so at times it sounded like she was mumbling. I love her British accent though!

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After Charli XCX left the stage, the crew began setting up for Marina. I got really excited when they brought out a male mannequin wearing a light blue suit. I kept telling my friend how anxious I was to find out what Marina was going to do with that mannequin!

Marina came out around 8:30pm, the lights on the stage flashing wildly as the electro pop beat began to pick up. She strolled onto the stage wearing a pink dress and a white wedding veil. In her hand she held a bouquet of flowers.

She grabbed the microphone and began to sing “Homewrecker.”

Quite the entrance I’d say.

I’m assuming the mannequin was her “groom” as she spun him around on stage as she sang.

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I absolutely loved it when she would stop to talk to the audience. After “Homewrecker” she told us about her beauty queen fetish. “Loser that I am,” she said, “I’ve made a sash or two.” She then walks over to the clothing rack on stage and puts on a hot pink sash. “This one says ‘Miss Shellfish Beach’.”

Priceless.

She got really emotional about the fact that the Lonely Hearts Club was coming to an end.

After singing one of my favorites, “Power and Control”, she said, “You know the tour is over because my top is breaking.”

While she went to change, the crowd began shouting “TAKE IT OFF! TAKE IT OFF!”

No, guys. This is a PG-13 concert. Not NC-17.

She actually started to cry before sitting down at the piano to sing “Teen Idle.”

She’s really going to miss this tour.

Oddly, as if on cue, as she sang “Feeling super, super, super, suicidal” from “Teen Idle”, the ambulance showed up.

I hope it wasn’t anything serious.

Marina ended the concert with “How to Be a Heartbreaker,” and she brought her mannequin back onto the stage once again, this time in a speedo.

Marina’s opera-like voice came through very well. Coupled with her amazing band, there was never a dull moment with Marina Diamandis.

She also did a great job of owning the personality of Electra Heart, her alter ego.

Since this was the last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour, she pretty much gave away all of her stage props, including the bouquet, the veil, and the giant teddy bear.

I’m sure the lucky fan that managed to catch that teddy bear received some dirty looks.

Oh well.

Marina, you Greek-Welsh beauty queen, you can come back to NYC anytime!

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Building in Beijing Shaped like Male Genitalia

KimmelYes, that’s Jimmy Kimmel holding a cardboard cutout of the new Beijing headquarters for China’s The People’s Daily.

The building will not be complete until May 2014, but people are already starting to notice it looks like more than just your average building.

The 500-foot building was designed by architecture professor Zhou Qi. His design beat out four others. I wonder why.

When asked about the design, Zhou Qi stated that the building is a reflection of the ancient Chinese philosophy of a round sky and a square earth.

Communist country that China is, they are trying to censor all mockery of this building’s design. On Weibo, the equivalent of Twitter in China, the government ordered that all images of the building be removed.

Even India is poking fun at the design. The Times of India wrote an article about the building, introducing it as “The new 150-meter tall headquarters of the People’s Daily, the main organ of the Communist Party….”

It doesn’t help that The People’s Daily is also known as The Raping People Daily for their false reports that mislead the people. They’re just embracing that nickname with the design of this building!

What myself and others fail to understand is how the men in the room didn’t look down at their pants before approving the building design and feel uncomfortable.

But then again, Asia is known for its controversial architectural designs. There’s the Gate of Orient in China that looks like a pair of underpants, and also the luxury buildings in Seoul, South Korea that look like the 9/11 explosion.

Kimmel did not refrain from making fun of the design on his show Jimmy Kimmel Live as he walked back and forth on the stage holding the cardboard cutout of the building at his crotch.

He even sent someone out to the streets of Hollywood to find out what the building would conjure in the mind of a child.

A kid took one look at the building and said, “Hmmm. That’s hard.”

Enjoy watching Jimmy Kimmel flaunt around the new addition to the backdrop on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Amanda Bynes vs Rihanna Twitter Feud

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So I guess this is what happens when a child star retires at 26.

Amanda Bynes has hit rock bottom.

And she just won’t stop rolling downhill.

Between the head shaving, the dimple piercings, the nose job, the weight loss, and her recent bong-throwing arrest, it doesn’t look like its going to stop any time soon.

Twitter doesn’t seem to be helping either.

Just yesterday, Amanda wrote on Twitter:

@rihanna Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough

Wow.

Where did that come from?!

Before this tweet, she wrote, “@rihanna you look so ugly trying to be white.”

Unless I’ve been missing something, I don’t remember any communication between Amanda and Rihanna before these insane tweets.

So this was completely random.

Rihanna did not turn the other cheek on this one.

She tweeted: “ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?”

Amanda wrote back: “@rihanna unlike ur fugly faced self I don’t do drugs! U need the intervention dog! I met ur ugly face in person! U aren’t pretty u know it!”

These tweets have been deleted from Amanda’s Twitter, but the power of screen capture has salvaged them.

The only logical explanation for Amanda’s seemingly random tweet to Rihanna could be the rumored romance between Drake and Rihanna a few years ago.

It’s still possible that she wants Drake to “murder her vagina.”

Amanda went way too far with this one. Implying that a person deserves to be beaten because of the way they look is very disrespectful.

Thankfully, Rihanna isn’t naive enough to believe Amanda’s comments.

Imagine if this tweet was sent to a girl with low self esteem issues. This could have driven her to commit suicide.

Amanda’s mental health is clearly not where it needs to be.

Someone needs to help this girl before things take a turn for the worst!

Dissing the Jenners

kendall jenner Recently it seems like Hollywood can’t stop picking on the Jenners!

This past week, Kendall Jenner took to Twitter to let go of some steam, tweeting:

“Just wish things could be easier sometimes mann.”

Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, felt the need to address Kendall’s tweet, stating:

“I’d rather be a scumbag than a f–king idiot. Praise high IQ’s, good taste & awareness about the state of the world.”

Ouch!

But that wasn’t all. That tweet has been deleted from Frances’ Twitter, but a few others remain:

@KendallJenner oh shh. There are kids on earth abandoned & homeless who forcibly drink contaminated water because clean water isn’t accessible.

@KendallJenner oh ya, not to mention, CANCER, famine, poverty, draught, disease, natural disasters, Death. Fuck, Humans are so self involved.

I’d like to thank my parents for providing me with a high IQ & I’d like to thank my grams for encouraging me not to be a self absorbed idiot.

It is true that Kendall Jenner is better off than most 17 year-old girls in this world.

However, I don’t think Frances had the right to lash out on her like that. We all have bad days when we feel like the world is crashing down on us, privileged or not.

And Kendall used that argument to defend herself.

But Frances still wasn’t having it.

She continued the Twitter feud, tweeting:

@KendallJenner everyone’s problems are relative and I in now way meant to demean you’re issues but publicly complaining about how hard your

@KendallJenner life is, is completely self serving. It’s asking for attention. If you are feeling like shit talk to someone who you trust

@KendallJenner as opposed to fishing for sympathy from your followers. I don’t know you nor do I think ur a bad person.

@KendallJenner I believe that venting about ones problems via the Internet is a blatant cry for attention.We all have experienced pain

@KendallJenner i try to deal w/ pain in a manner that pertains to my real life not in a way where strangers throw me a pity party.

@KendallJenner To each their own though man. It’s not my life, live it in whatever manner you want to.

Now, here is where I agree with Frances. Too many people have gotten comfortable using social media as an online diary. Got a bad grade on a test? Post in on Facebook. Stuck in traffic? Complain about it on Twitter. Waiter messed up your order? Take a picture and put it on Instagram.

It may not be that you’re looking for pity, but that’s what it comes off as. People will see your complaints and either respond or ignore them.

What ever happened to talking it out with kith and kin?

I’m sure Kendall has a great support system amongst the Kardashian/Jenner family. She can surely vent to one of them.

No need to post on Twitter and fuel a war with Frances.

Hopefully Frances has calmed down about this, though.

Kendall isn’t the only Jenner getting heat. Her mother, Kris Jenner, is being criticized by Sharon Osbourne for “pimping out her children” to make kris jennermoney and become famous.

What?

I think “pimping” is the wrong word here. She helps her children, Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney with their clothing store, Dash, and Rob with his sock collection. Kendall and Kylie are models.

I don’t ever recall her selling them for sex.

Sharon goes on to say that Kris Jenner’s upcoming talk show is “going to bomb harder than Ricki Lake’s one season flop.” She can’t wait for the trainwreck apparently.

Kris fought back saying that Sharon is only clinging to her husband for fame and her show “The Talk” is boring.

I don’t know what’s going with these two but it doesn’t look pretty.

Hopefully these ladies figure things out before words become catfights.

One Lovely Blog Award

lovely blogI’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by The Love Hawk on Glipho, another site I share my posts on. Thanks so much! It means a lot to me, especially since I’ve only been on Glipho for two months.

She blogs love advice, so those of you ladies who are looking for help in the romance department, check her out!

Here are the rules of the award:

– Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post
– Share 7 things about you
– Pass the award to seven nominees
– Thank the person who nominated you
– Inform the nominees by posting on their blogs

So, here are seven things about me:

1. My favorite color is yellow.

2. I am bilingual. I speak Spanish as a second language because I grew up with my Panamanian mom and aunt speaking Spanish around me since I was born.

3. I also want to learn Italian and Portuguese.

4. I really want to visit the Bridge of Sighs in Italy, because as the myth goes, if you kiss someone underneath the bridge you’ll love that person forever.

5. As you can tell from number four, I’m a hopeless romantic.

6. I’m a music junkie. I know so many songs that I have several accounts on different music streaming sites to store them on.

7. I love to write. As an aspiring journalist, I intend to make a living off of writing about celebs and the entertainment world.

I hope you had fun getting to know me!

Here are my nominations:

heathernoelle

lucylovestoblog

sosasha

andoffshewent

lifeofstaci

Steve Larham

doodleheart

Can’t wait to see your seven facts!

Taylor Swift Look-a-like Gets Beaten Up

For what reason you may ask?

Well, if you must know, for the simple coincidence of looking like country-pop star Taylor Swift.

Yeah.

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From buzzfeed.com

18 year old Xenna Kristian, a student at Walford and North Shropshire College in England, has it all: the blonde locks, the bangs, the blue eyes and the innocent face.

So, since she realized how much she resembled Ms. Swift, she acted on it. Xenna became a professional impersonator after hearing from so many people that she looked like the singer.

I don’t see anything wrong with that. To be honest, if I looked like a famous person I’d totally do the same.

In fact, she looked so much like Taylor Swift that after Swift broke up with Harry Styles she says, “young girls [would shout] at me, ‘Leave Harry alone.’”

Wow.

Unfortunately, there are many Taylor Swift haters out there, so what did one of her colleagues decide to do?

Break her jaw. Because, that’s what you do when someone resembles a person you hate right?

“All of a sudden she came from behind me and grabbed me by the hair, pulled me backwards off my chair and onto the floor and started kicking me in the face,” said Kristian, recalling her attack. “I tried to get up but she just kept kicking me,” she said.

Authorities at school could do nothing about it, since they aren’t allowed to touch students during physical fights.

Watch her and her mom talk about the incident in the video.

I’m appalled.

There’s too much violence and hatred in this world.

Just because you don’t like a person, it doesn’t mean you should become violent towards them.

In my head, the way it works, is, if you don’t like someone, you try your best to avoid them.

That would mean you steer clear of them in the halls if its someone at school, and if its a celebrity you don’t listen to their music on YouTube and leave mean comments.

Because all you’re doing is making them more famous.

Like Xenna. Now she’s all over the internet because of this one stupid girl who decided it was okay to kick her face in.

As Justin Bieber, another hated celebrity, said in an interview with Teen Vogue, “Every time a hater visits my YouTube page I get, like, four cents. So I tell the haters to keep hating, keep commenting, because I’m making money.”

So you’re really not harming anyone you little internet hater trolls. You’re just making them richer.

Haters gonna hate.

I hope Xenna recovers soon, and is not discouraged from doing what she’s doing.

Because I’m sure the haters love her.

Read the in depth article at ibtimes.com.

What Really Happened to Robsten

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have broken up.

Yup. AGAIN.

The two began dating around the end of 2008 when the first movie of the Twilight Saga premiered. This trend of becoming a real life couple off-screen is not new, as we have seen it happen with Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens of the High School Musical franchise.

Not even Zanessa made it.

In 2010 the producer of Eclipse, Wyck Godfrey, stated “The thing that I think about is, ‘Oh my God, I hope they stay together.’ Because it could be awkward on set in the next movie if they have a huge falling out. It’s like, wow, they have to portray this love story through two more movies. God, I hope they stay together; please stay together.” To be honest, I hoped the same. The chemistry would be off if they broke up during the filming of the Twilight Saga.

The couple attended premieres together, celebrated birthdays together, and won best kiss at the MTV Movie Awards for three years in a row.

Inseparable, right?

Think again.

In July 2012 there were even rumors about them tying the knot but Robert Pattinson denied them.

Later that same month, on July 24th, 2012 we learned of KStew’s cheating scandal with Rupert Sanders, her costar in Snow White and the Huntsmen. Shame on the both of them! Sanders is a married man!

So they broke up. And then RPatz forgave her and let her back into his life. They began living together in March 2013.

She PROMISED Robert that she would never see or contact Sanders again.

This weekend they broke up again, and for a while we were uncertain as to why.

I thought it was because of an article I saw a few weeks ago about Kristen getting mad at Robert because they were living in his mom’s house. It wasn’t so much just that, but the fact that his mom wasn’t letting them have any privacy…

Or sexy time. Whichever way you want to put it.

But no. That wasn’t it. Kristen broke her promise and Robert found text messages on her phone to Sanders. ON ROBERT’S BIRTHDAY.

Gee, Kristen. Couldn’t have thought of a better birthday gift??!!

Sigh.

I guess forever is only in the Twilight Saga.

Since the break up Kristen has been leaning on Taylor Swift for support. Never even knew they were buddies. I guess heartbreak brings us girls together.

This Week in Music: Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” Music Video

love somebodyA week ago, on May 14th, Maroon 5 released the fourth single off of their 2012 album Overexposed. Unfortunately, I only learned of this today.

“Love Somebody” is a song about longing to have a romantic partner.  The beat of the song is very calm, with a soft fluttering guitar rift throughout and a medium paced tempo held by the bass drum.

In the chorus, Adam Levine sings,

“I really wanna love somebody
I really wanna dance the night away
I know we’re only half way there
But you take me all the way, you take me all the way
I really wanna touch somebody
I think about you every single day
I know we’re only half way there
But you take me all the way, you take me all the way.”

It’s all very sweet and romantic.

The lyrics really capture what it feels like to be alone right from the beginning of the song, singing, “I know your insides are feeling so hollow. And it’s a hard pill for you to swallow.”

Hard pill to swallow indeed. Especially when your throat isn’t fully intact!

The video features the band, Adam Levine, and a mystery woman (actress Gemma Palombo), in all white, camouflaging with the white backdrop. As they touch themselves, or as someone touches them, a gray paint covers their body, revealing them little by little.

It’s creepy and sexual at the same time.

How did they come up with this idea? Is it because in the lyrics it says, “I know we’re only half way there but you can take me all the way”? Halfway as in half composed?!

I’ve loved this song ever since first hearing it during the summer of 2012. Never did I ever think the video would be like this.

I even sent the video to my friend this morning, an Adam Levine lover, and she responded:

“The f*** is this sh*t?!”

So I’m not the only one.

All you Adam Levine fangirls, watch out, because you’re gonna wish you were Gemma Palombo being touched by Adam Levine, especially when she pushes him onto that chair.

Jesus.

One thing I don’t really understand about the video is the fact that towards the end, Adam Levine and Gemma Palombo both work to erase the paint on her so she disappears.

Why would he want to erase her if he’s singing that he wants to love somebody?!

Perhaps its because “If [he] fall[s] for [her he’ll] never recover” and “never be the same”?

Or maybe he realizes that she doesn’t want to “stay, stay with [him] tonight”…

Either way, enjoy the video. Don’t let it creep you out too much.

Movie Review: ‘The Great Gatsby’

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Yesterday, for my 19th birthday, I went to see The Great Gatsby (2013) with my guy and my best friend. ticket stub

Not having read the book in high school (due to my transferring between schools with two different English literature curricula, resulting in my having missed the reading of Gatsby by the time I had transferred), I read through the book at the beginning of May, finishing it about a week before yesterday.

Since this movie is based on the book, this review will have a bit of comparison between Fitzgerald’s novel and Luhrmann’s film.

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The movie begins with Nick Carraway (Tobey McGuire) in a sanatorium looking at a long list of mental illnesses (supposedly the ones he is diagnosed with) including insomnia, anxiety, and depression to name a few. His doctor
tells him to write down his thoughts because it will put him at ease and help him better articulate his thoughts. Through Nick’s writing we learn the story of Jay Gatsby.

Nick takes a trip to visit Daisy Buchanan, his cousin, her husband, Tom Buchanan and Jordan Baker, a friend of theirs. Just as in the book, the two ladies are on the chairs, laying down, and the whole scene is embellished wonderfully by the white linen curtains flowing through the air in midst of the breeze coming from the screen doors.

I love the fact that they kept one of my favorite quotes from the novel, where Daisy says to Jordan and Nick, “I’ll sort of—oh—fling you together. You know—lock you up accidentally in linen closets and push you out to sea in a boat…”

And might I add that Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki) is simply stunning in this film! She should be permanently brunette. How is this girl not more famous?!

When Tom and Nick go out together on the Long Island Railroad, and jump off the train to see Myrtle, Tom’s mistress that calls on the phone during supper the evening prior, things begin to get wild.

My favorite scene is where Myrtle, Tom, Nick and the rest of the people in that small room get completely wasted. Nick almost escaped the craziness, telling Tom that he didn’t feel comfortable being there while he was cheating on his cousin, but he gets coaxed into staying.

Oh my gosh. Feathers from pillows flew through the air, everyone begins to jump and hump around (I kid you not), Tom gives Nick liquor to drink in a vase, and Nick begins to see himself  “within and without.”

Well then. I’ve never been drunk before, or been around people who were that drunk before, but according to my friend this is an accurate depiction of the college party scene.

After Nick gets an invitation to Gatsby’s, I got really excited, because this was the moment I was waiting for:

The little party that never killed anybody.

I wish I knew a Gatsby. Those parties look so much fun!

At the party, to which Nick is the only one invited because, as stated in the book and by Jordan Baker, “people were not invited—they went there”, Gatsby requests to see Jordan Baker privately. There he tells her about his plan to have Daisy go over to Nick’s for tea so that they can meet up again.

Nick is not told of any of this until he and Gatsby go out to lunch the next day.

At lunch, which is a private place entered through a hole in the wall of a barber shop, we meet Wolfsheim, played by Amitabh Bachchan, who indeed looks like a wolf with all that facial hair! Tom appears at this lunch date as well, causing Gatsby to make awkward facial expressions when he realizes this is Daisy’s husband—the only thing standing in the way between him and Daisy’s romance.

Nick agrees to arrange the tea date with Daisy and Gatsby. Myself and the other people in the theater found it hilarious when we saw what Gatsby ordered to have done to Nick’s lawn. He even brought a entire greenhouse worth of flowers into the room where they were to have tea! Jeez! In the book I was under the impression that it was just a little grass trimming and a couple of flowers in a few vases!

Nervous as ever, when Daisy arrives Gatsby runs outside, getting completely drenched in the rain, only to come inside looking like a wet dog. To top it off, he knocks over Nick’s clock and can’t seem to put it back together.

Poor guy.

I thought it was the cutest thing though!

If you’ve read the book, you know how it all ends up. I will say though, that the deaths in the movie were dramatized very well. As Myrtle’s body flew through the air, I couldn’t help but think how much this was all Daisy’s fault. Daisy killed Gatsby. Figuratively, of course. She was the last word on his lips. I was deeply moved as I watched Gatsby’s body float lifelessly in that lavish pool, realizing that not a single soul would attend that man’s funeral, except Nick.

The film overall was great. I love the way they did the scenery. I really wish West and East Egg were real. The towns looked so fantastical.

I was confused though, as to why they dyed Carey Mulligan’s hair blonde. In the book, Daisy is a brunette!

“he sat with Daisy in his arms for a long, silent time […] once he kissed her dark shining hair…”

I don’t know how the casting crew overlooked this little detail, or what would possess them to change it. Carey Mulligan is a natural brunette after all…

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The costumes were so vibrant and shiny. Kudos to whoever designed them!

The music in the film was also really good. My only complaint about the music, however, is the number of times they used Lana del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.” Two times is fine. But no. They used several instrumental versions, a jazzed up version for the party scene, and then the original. I’m sorry, but now the song has been played out in my head.

If you have not seen the film yet I suggest you do so!

Album Review: Demi Lovato’s ‘Demi’

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 marked the release of Demi Lovato’s senior album, Demi.

This excited me, because any mention of this girl opening her mouth to belt out a tune is an opportunity that should not be taken for granted!

Demi took to the streets of NYC to promote her album on the day of its release. “Buy it on iTunes!” she kept screaming at the passersby.

This girl knows how to get the attention of the New Yorker!

Ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas tweeted, “Congrats @ddlovato on the new record! So happy for you!”

Aww! See? There’s no hard feelings!

Rumor has it that some of the songs on the album are about her ex, Wilmer Valderrama. Oooo, JUICY!

Which ones do you think are about him? “Shouldn’t Come Back”? ”

The album is currently number two on iTunes.

Below is the track listing:

1. Heart Attack

2. Made in the USA

3. Without the Love

4. Neon Lights

5. Two Pieces

6. Nightingale

7. In Case

8. Really Don’t Care (feat. Cher Lloyd)

9. Fire Starter

10. Something That We’re Not

11. Never Been Hurt

12. Shouldn’t Come Back

13. Warrior

If bought at Target, the album features a bonus track titled, “I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me.”

The next single is rumored to be “Made in the USA.” Can’t wait!

I had a listen and put together a video review for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy!