Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This Is What Beyoncé Left In Nicki Minaj's VMA Dressing Room


In 2013, Ann Friedman developed the idea of the Shine Theory, which suggests women are better off when they welcome — rather than shun and gossip about — other successful women.

"When you meet a woman who is intimidatingly witty, stylish, beautiful, and professionally accomplished, befriend her," Friedman advises. In other words, don't alienate.

To illustrate her point, Friedman nods to Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. "Few women are unlucky enough to have their successes measured against Beyoncé's," she wrote, "but that feeling of resentment rather than joy at the personal and professional achievements of another woman is something most of us can relate to." Indeed, it's easier to make enemies out of our competition than to lift them up.

It's only appropriate, then, that Bey should serve up yet another episode of "I don't shine if you don't shine." The VMA vanguard gifted Nicki Minaj a diamond necklace bearing the Beyoncé stamp of approval: FLAWLESS.

Minaj shared a picture of the necklace on her Instagram account today.

"If Beyoncé didn't walk into your dressing room and give you a diamond 'FLAWLESS' necklace, then there's no way you could be having a better week than me,' she captioned the photo. "I could never thank you enough for your influence on powerful women all around the world. #WeFlawless."


The Best and the Worse at The Emmy's Red Carpet 2014

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Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 Emmys Red Carpet Arrivals

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Beyonce And Video Vanguard Award

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Watch Blue Ivy Carter dance along to mum Beyonce as she performs at the MTV VMAs

So much happened at the MTV VMAs in Los Angeles on Sunday night. SO MUCH!
There were boobs, bums, wardrobe malfunctions, delicious dresses and even deliciously crazy dresses but one teeny tiny person did a good job at trying to steal the show – Blue Ivy Carter.
She who may not actually be human, Beyonce, and her husband Jay Z took their tiny tot along to the event and while her superstar mum was on stage performing her track Flawless, Blue Ivy was spotted in the crowd nodding her head and waving her hand.
And not only did she look super cute, she also played it super cool and didn’t seem starstruck at all despite being surrounded by a bunch of celebs (well, you wouldn’t really be bothered at that age, would you?).
In fact, it seems the stars themselves were more excited to see Bey and Jay’s little girl, with Katy Perry tweeting: “OMG BLUE JUST PERSONALLY WAVED AT ME. MY LIFE IS OVER.”
Amazing! Blue Ivy is still so down to earth that she can still “PERSONALLY” wave for herself and she doesn’t yet have minions to do it for her. Nice touch, Beyonce.
After her performance Beyonce was joined on stage by Blue and hubby Jay Z and she struggled to fight back tears as she was presented with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
At this point things got even cuter with baby Blue uttering something to her Godess-like mother which some people think was: “Go Mummy!”
Of course Bey blubbed and we were a complete mess.

True Blood Series: Gone but not forgotten

We're finally here, fangbangers, the end of True Blood. You've surely seen by now what we thought was going to happen. Let's "put it all in prescription" and see how we did:

I think it's fair to say that, while some of the details of this series finale were different than we expected, we ended up pretty much where we expected we would.
Bill — true love or true death?
Here's my thing: Bill had to die. Other than Sookie becoming a vampire to be with him forever, there really was no other option. (And I think that Charlaine Harris fans might have stormed HBO headquarters with stakes and pitchforks had Sookie actually been turned.)
I understood Bill's explanation for why he wanted the true death. It's characteristically selfless of him to want to "free" Sookie, but isn't it a little selfish of him to expect her to play Kevorkian for him? Just go sit in the garden and get some sun, Bill. Jeez! Instead, he tortures poor Sookie, who finally agrees to mercy-kill him not by using her big ball of light — "it's who I am," she protests — but by staking him with a broken shovel handle. It's an inauspicious death, as most vampire offings on this show have been (so gross). RIP, Bill Compton.
"The cure"
In the same way that the roving bands of marauding Hep-V-positive vampires seemed to disappear overnight, Pam and Eric dispatch with the Yakuza with an efficiency only seen on TV. They release Sarah, but not without first feeding her Pam's blood, so they can track her down when they need her.
In a year-later epilogue, we see Pam and Eric appearing in a cheesy infomercial for New Blood, a Hep-V-curing tonic synthesized from a sample of Sarah Newlin's blood that they say they obtained when she escaped. It makes them the big shots we always knew them to be, as demonstrated by a scene in which they ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. But it's kind of a lie.
Fast-forward another year and we see Sarah chained up in the basement of Fangtasia, where Pam and Eric are selling her for one-minute blood-letting sessions that cost $100,000 each. Cash only.
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And they lived happily ever after
First up, Jessica and Hoyt get married, so that Bill can be there to give his "daughter" away. It's sweet, of course, but also a little forced. I mean, they just met each other again. I actually expected to see Andy and Holly's wedding in the finale, but it's the last episode, so... fine.
(An odd detour: Bill tells Sookie that he feels like the Hep-V is making him more human. To wit: At the wedding, Sookie can read his thoughts for the first time ever. I actually thought this information might lead us to aPinocchio-like turn of events in which Bill, instead of dying, becomes a real boy again. Which would've been ridiculous, so I'm glad it was just an odd detour.)
In the last of three epilogue scenes, it's Thanksgiving at Sookie's house, and absolutely everyone is there, glowing with coupled-up bliss: Jessica and Hoyt, Sam and Nicole, Arlene and Keith, Lafayette and James, Rev. Daniels and Lettie Mae, Andy and Holly and Jason and Whats-Her-Name.

A pregnant Sookie is tending to her guests, but who knocked her up? In the scene's final moments, she leans over to embrace a bearded man and sits down to dinner. Who is he? No clue. We only see him from the back. It's nice to see that Sookie has found that normal life she always desired, but without knowing who this dude is — human? Faerie? Shapeshifter? Vampire? Auto-parts salesman? Protestant? — it really left me cold.
[SPOILER ALERT: Skip this paragraph if you think you might want to read the books some day.] Perhaps it's because, over the course of the last week, I convinced myself that, despite all the twists and turns that HBO took in adapting the Sookie Stackhouse novels, True Blood might eventually come full circle and return to the text. In the books, Sookie ends up with Sam, and when I heard he'd be returning for the finale, well, the wheels started turning, and I thought, 'Sure, why not?' I was never really sold on Nicole as a viable option for Sam, and, you know, women sometimes die in childbirth — especially on TV. It could happen.
But no. Instead, Sookie and Beardo will stand side by side at the sink later that Thanksgiving night, drying the dishes and talking about how, once she pops out their kiddo, they're going to have some serious Mommy-and-Daddy time with her big ball of light.
While I bristled at Beardo's anonymity, however, I totally rocked out to the series' final outro, the inimitable "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin. I, for one, am grateful for the years of entertainment True Blood provided. Even if I didn't like the destination, the journey was one hell of a fun-house ride, no?
What did you think of "Thank You"? Did you get all the closure you needed? How would you have preferred for the series to end? Let us know in the comments!