Archive | July, 2010

Pittsburgh’s Queen of Country – Meet Singer Kellie Lynne ~ Beautiful Inside and Out!

29 Jul

A few years back, I was at a local fair (in McDonald, PA, I believe) and a cute, blonde country singer who seemed close to my own age simply dazzled my girlfriends and I as she  hit the stage. Since then, I’d seen her a few times at events around town, and have definitely noticed her presence in the online world.

Apparently, I have not been the only one to notice hometown girl Kellie Lynne. She seems to have the makings of a true country superstar, and I am thrilled that she’s agreed to be my next Glitzburgh interviewee.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy! I’m sure that we’ll be seeing many more big things from Kellie Lynne in the very near future!

I’m proud to call her a fellow Pittsburgh gal! Read on to learn more about this beautiful, gifted, inspiring talent, and strong young woman.

~ Ashley B

Q: What part of Pittsburgh or the Pittsburgh area are you from?

*Lower Burrell, PA

Q: You should never ask a lady, but….how old are you?

*25

Q: When did you first discover your love for music?

*I discovered my love for music at a very young age! My parents tell me that I would always run around the house singing as much as I could whenever I was a toddler!! I still remember to this day singing in my room to an audience of stuffed animals with a hair brush as my microphone! I had a bunch of mirrors in my room so I would always watch myself in the mirror as I sang so that I could see what I was doing to work on my body language & performance!

Q: Do you write your own lyrics? What about your own music?

*I recently began writing my own lyrics. I found this to be a new love of mine. I used to be very shy & timid about sharing my lyrics with others, but after I started performing out a song that I wrote on my current CD, it’s really changed my view on sharing my music with everyone! I’ve had people tell me that the song that I wrote on the album is their favorite song on the CD & when I perform the song live, fans sing along! That gives me chills!!

Q: Have you played any local venues, and which ones?

*I’ve had a band for over 7 years, so yes, I’ve played a lot of local venues…too many too name!! Lol! My favorite Venue would have to be Saddle Ridge in Station Square! I had my CD Release party there back in September! It’s always a blast to play there because people go there to listen and dance to country music!

Q: What was your most recent show?

*My most recent show was in Conneaut Lake, PA at the Conneaut Lake Park. That was a fun show because it was outdoors right by the lake, so all of the boaters came up to watch the show. The weather wasnt the best part because it was very hot outside, but I did get to work a little bit on my tan…so I guess that was a plus! 🙂

Q: What has been your biggest show and/or appearance thus far? Locally, nationally?

*My biggest show Nationally was being on TV for, “Showtime At The Apollo” filmed in Harlem, NYC. To sing on the Apollo stage was such an honor for me!! I recieved a standing ovation from the audience which to this day is still something that means the world to me, because for “Showtime At The Apollo” the audience has the right to ‘boo’ you off of the stage!

*My biggest show Locally would be how the band was chosen to be the opening act for Loretta Lynn (twice!) I’ve had the chance to be the opening act & meet many Country artists, but when I met Loretta Lynn I was stuck in a dumb founded stare!! Loretta herself is such a musical legend and worked so hard to get what she deserved! Loretta is such a beautiful woman the whole way around!!!

Q: Who – and what- inspires you – any Pittsburgh people or aritsts?

*Honestly I can be inspired from a karaoke singer at a local bar to a famous musical artist that’s on the radio!! I believe that you learn and take notes from anyone who is musically inspired!! We/they all have the same drive and love as you!! Live and learn from all!

Q: What do you bring to your music that makes you stand out from other country singers?

*I feel that I bring a lot of energy to the table! If you come out to a show, you will never see me standing still! I love to have fun and put emotion behind my music! I’m also very ‘people’ driven! I love to stay in touch with my fans & meet as many new people as possible!!

Q: In which direction do you see yourself heading with your career?

*Well, I decided this month that it is time to move to Nashville next month to take my career to the next level! I believe that I’ve gotten as far as I can living here in Pittsburgh. I cannot wait to be in the city where everyone is music driven! Nashvile….here I come!:)

Q: Which musical artists do you dream of someday working with?

*Too many to name!! I’d love to work with as many as I possibly could! I believe that you learn from every artist that you meet!I have a wide variety! Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum and so on and so on!! 🙂

Q: What’s in store for you for the rest of the summer?

*The plan is to finish out my shows that I have booked for the summer & then start to pack to move to Nashville! Once I hit Nashville I’m ready to start a whole new life!

Q: What’s been your proudest moment so far?

*I believe that as I get older and more educated about the music business that I look back at everything that I’ve done with my career so far in Pittsburgh and smile! I couldnt be happier with everything that I’ve been able to accomplish between starting a band, touring, meeting fans, opening for major acts, being on TV, getting radio airplay, writing music, releasing cds, selling merchandise, and having supportive family, friends & fans.I’m such a lucky girl and I couldnt be more proud than to know that I’m going after my dream!

Q: Single or taken? Any celebrity crushes?

*Taken. but that doesnt mean that I wont talk to any guys! I’m very lucky to have such a supportive boyfriend who understands what my job is all about! He knows that it’s my job to talk to and meet new fans! I absolutely love to meet with and talk tonew fans & learn all about them!!:)

Q: What’s been the hardest part about your journey in ‘the industry’ thus far?

*There are a lot of hard things about being in ‘the industry!’ It all started 5 years ago whenever I got involved with a scam artist! There are so many out there that attack new artists in the business! In a wierd way, I guess that it made me a lot stronger and opened my eyes to the music world!

Also, in this business you always have got to be on top of your game! There’s always someone out there who is better than you and more hungry….and you always have to remind yourself of that! It could be very easy to give up in this business, but it’s nice to have the support and love of family members and friends to help you get through!:)

Lastly – please let all of “Glitzburgh” know where we can find you online!

*MySpace: www.myspace.com/kellielynne

*Facebook: www.facebook.com/kellielynnemusic

*Twitter: www.twitter.com/Kellie_Lynne or @Kellie_Lynne

*YouTube: www.youtube.com/kellielynnebandmusic

*Sonicbids Press Kit: www.sonicbids.com/kellielynne

Taylor Lautner Frenzy Eclipses Mt. Lebanon’s Virginia Manor As ‘Abduction’ Continues to Film in Pittsburgh

15 Jul

Today I set out on Day 2 of my Taylor Lautner adventure. Writing an entertainment blog in Pittsburgh, and having one of the most current and relevant “heartthrobs” of our time filming a movie here in my hometown – well, it’s like hitting a blogger-jackpot.

So, today I went star-seeking, and, set out to talk to other Pittsburghers about what it meant to them to have  a movie star in our presence, and to see what they thought that this meant for our region. Additionally, as a writer, and always the observer, I really wanted to be able to soak up this experience and be as “in it” as all of the fans were, to be able to take it all in, and truly be a part of it, from all perspectives and all sides of the situation, as much as I am able to, with it being a closed set, and my not having and press privileges….(yet! But, as always, I’m determined!)

So, on this 90-degree summer day, I played two very appropriate roles: journalist, and fan girl.

Last night, I found out from a source that Lautner would be filming scenes today Osage Road in the relatively affluent subdivision Virginia Manor where he resides in the Mt. Lebanon neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I got there around 11:00am to find that there were about 60 others already anticipating his arrival – just waiting to catch a glimpse of their favorite star. The majority – as you’d expect – were women, ranging from toddlers to tweens, coeds to cougars, Hollywood types to housewives – it was quite a mix, with an age ran spanning 5 months to, I’d say 50 years!  (And even including true-blue paparazzi!)

Osage Road was lined. Two police and a number of Abduction crew members and security had the road blocked off at Valleyview Drive, where barricades were in place. No one – and I mean no one, including the postal worker and street residents – was allowed down the portion of the street where they were filming. I witnessed some desperate attempts – some of which were pretty funny. There were quite a few “joggers” who were rerouted (many of whom you could simply tell were SO not runners), a younger couple in a car who were “looking through the high school” (in a housing plan?) and a little girl who said she lived on “Pine Street” (the police informed here that there were “5 other ways to get there, and this definitely wasn’t the most efficient.”)

Devotion was unswerving, though, amongst the diehard Lautner fans! Some girls who I talked to from the Hookstown area, all 13 and 14 years old, were there since 8am and made a handcrafted sign for the actor. (The same group, Sarah, Jess, Elaina, and Sydney, sat for 9 hours in the rain on Monday at Lautner’s Abduction shoot at Hampton High School, but did not meet or speak to the actor.)  Two sisters who I also spoke to, Alexandra, 21, and Beatrix, 19, from Sewickley, are such Lautner fans that, in the past, they’ve traveled to the “real” Forks, Washington, where the “Twilight” book series is based. (As most of you know, the Twilight movie series is what shot Lautner to fast and furious fame, though he’s in Pittsburgh filming the thriller, Abduction.)

Many residents of Mt. Lebanon think that it is “neat” or “interesting” that a movie is being filmed in their neighborhood, and the teenage girls (and some of their mothers!) are certainly smitten by Lautner. However, it doesn’t seem that all of the residents are pleased. Many teenage and twentysomething boys walked or rode past making snide remarks, teasing girls about Taylor Lautner, or making otherwise rude comments, and a sense of jealousy or simply being “territorial” was in the air. Additionally, many older residents expressed disdain and/or annoyance at not being able to drive down their own streets, or were simply annoyed by the inconveniences imposed by the hoopla and spectacle of it all. One woman named Mary complained about the “circus” in her “once quiet” neighborhood.

The goal of everyone in attendance was the same: to meet Taylor. Fans wanted photos, autographs, handshakes, and hugs.Many people had Twilight memorabilia or Taylor Lautner posters to be signed, some came unprepared but just wanted to see their favorite star in person. One girl told me that she “just wanted to see him” and admitted to sitting outside his house for hours. “The police have escorted me off of his lawn more than once.” Another woman was advising the crowd “not to scream” because it would “make Taylor run away.”

This brings me to my next point: when is enough enough?

Lautner has a reputation for being a nice star – very down to earth, friendly, and known to take pictures with fans and sign autographs. However, I do agree that some of this behavior WOULD make him “run away.”

Here’s an example: after I went home for the day, I decided to drive on by, again, after a Starbucks run, since I live 5 minutes away, out of curiosity, to see if there were still people there. THERE WERE. Not only were there still people, with chairs and coolers, lining Osage Street … but there were 20 people or so CAMPED OUT on his LAWN. Where he is LIVING.

Now, I admit that watching the scene unfold earlier on in the day was intriguing; a little exciting. “Lautner-hunting” has been fun, and I still hope that, during his time in Pittsburgh, I somehow cross paths for him, get a hello, a quote, a handshake, or, best yet, a photo! But, that being said, as enjoyable as the day was, I didn’t obsess. I stayed for a couple of hours and left, went back a couple of hours later, and left again. Some people were literally there from 8am until, well, probably 10pm when I drove past again later in the night. I’m not judging them, by any means – to each their own – but, it makes me feel badly for him, or any celebrity, really. It’s one thing when he’s on set, doing his job. However, when they’re at home, or “off the clock” and just living their life…I personally say, let it go. Give him some space! But, that’s just me, just my personal opinion, that’s all.

But …

I hope if any of you are still camped out in front of his house that you at least brought your laptop and are reading the Glitzburgh blog!

I will continue to update you on all things Taylor Lautner as I get news and information!

(I’ll be out of town for a week, though, so you all will have to give me the scoop as I am away from Pittsburgh!)

BTW: Pick up a copy of Saturday’s Tribune-Review! A quote from me will be on the front page of the Living section in the article about the Taylor Lautner movie and it will talk about the Glitzburgh blog!!

Some of the crowd lining Osage Rd. scoping out Taylor Lautner

From the Abduction Set in Mt. Lebanon - July 15, 2010

Pssst… I’ll have more news on the Katherine Heigl movie, too, when I return from my trip! She’s also filming here in the Ambridge/Sewickley area in a movie called, “One for the Money!”

Saturday: A Night in the Tropics Benefit ~ A Fun and Fabulous Summer Evening at the Pittsburgh Aviary (Also: Chance to WIN TICKETS here!)

14 Jul

This Saturday, July 17th, 2010, join the National Aviary in Pittsburgh for the BNY-Mellon Hosted “Night in the Tropics!”

This fabulous summer event will be a carefree celebration that is sure to be a memorable occasion and a fun evening for all who attend!

Come to the National Aviary, located in Pittsburgh’s historic North Side alongside the gorgeous Allegheny Commons Park, where you can relax to the Freedom Band, enjoy lovely food and drinks, dance, mix, and mingle in America’s one and only “bird zoo!”

At the Aviary’s Night at the Tropics event, you can enjoy the work of muralist Ashley Hodder as she paints live, all while in the company of 600+ colorful, beautiful, and exotic birds, and will also have the opportunity to enter a silent auction to win one of Ashley’s paintings on-site that night!

All Night in the Tropics benefits the Aviary’s education and wildlife conservation programs! This is for a GREAT cause. This is a ONE OF A KIND facility, a rare and precious gem that we have right here in Pittsburgh benefitting these beautiful animals, some of which are endangered species, all of which are magnificent creatures! Come out, have fun, relax, and contribute to a good cause this weekend 🙂

Tickets $50; VIP tickets $100. (VIP tickets include free valet parking, a special VIP reception,and access to VIP-only bars and restaurants in the BNY Mellon Hospitality Tent.)

For questions about Night at the Tropics, or to order Night at the Tropics tickets by phone, call the National Aviary ticket line at 412-323-7235 x213 and tell them that you were referred by the Glitzburgh blog!

PS: WANT TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE EVENT?   Glitzburgh is giving away TWO Pairs of Tickets!

Here’s what you have to do!

1)    Tweet a link to this blog post along with hashtags #aviarytropics #glitzburgh

2) Email your name and contact information to glitzburgh@gmail.com

3) Leave a comment on this blog post.

Winners will be announced on Friday, July 16th, 2010.

Ready, Set, Go! GOOD LUCK!

“The Hills” Series Finale: The End of a Not-So-Reality TV Era

14 Jul

Watching The Hills come to a final end was bittersweet. I didn’t know that I liked it as much as I did until I knew that it was over for good – at which point, I actually felt sad. It felt like saying goodbye to an old friend; albeit, a friend that I knew I had outgrown, and, a friend that I knew I was better off without, but, still, sad in the sense that I was saying goodbye to a friend nonetheless. It was symbolic in a sense, as they were closing a younger and more carefree chapter of their lives, so am I and many of my friends, too, as we all move on to pursue other things.

That being said, I thought that the ending was genius….well, as genius as The Hills could get. For a show so superficial and shallow, it was a perfect, simple, and clever ending, that left us all wondering, pondering, and still wanting more.

Aha! I KNEW it was all fake …

But wait, was it? Are they mocking us? How much of it was fake? Are we supposed to just interpret this how we see fit? What was reality and what was fake? Was it all on a sound stage? What was scripted and what was not? How much of it was their real lives? What about what Brody said in the after show? How DO him and Kristen really feel about one another? Were they all acting the whole time?

We may never know.

Just as we have not ever really known up until this point.

So the sound stage/studio ending was so poignant and so well-played, that I have to give MTV major props (pardon the pun) for that one.

What are your thoughts? And were you saddened to say goodbye to The Hills?

PS: Do you think that Kristen Cavillari’s new life in Europe will result in a spinoff show?

Thoughts?

Britney Spears Does Cosmo, Candies, and GLEE! New single, soon, @BritneySpears?

14 Jul

Britney Spears is back with a bang and looking better than ever!

Not only is she gracing the “Hot” issue of the current August 2010 Cosmopolitan magazine, but it’s also been confirmed by multiple sources that GLEE is, in fact, as Glitzburgh reported months ago, doing an All-Britney episode early on in the upcoming season!  Glee, which won *19* Emmys on Thursday, will pay tribute to Ms. Spears and rumor has it that Britney may even have a guest role on the episode (not yet confirmed.)

Additionally, Britney is designing an exclusive, limited-edition line of clothing for the Candie’s brand for Kohl’s that she currently endorses. (While she’s been the Candies’ girl, this is the first line she’ll have a hand in designing.)

Kudos, Britney!

PSSST…. Rumor has it that Britney will be dropping a new single in coming months; stay tuned to Glitzburgh for the latest Britney news!

Movie Review: Twilight Saga: ECLIPSE … Love the Books, But The Movies Leave Me Wanting More…

14 Jul

Ok … I hate to say this but…Eclipse was just “okay.”

I love the Twilight series.

Wait, strike that. Let me rephrase: I love the Twilight BOOK series.

Also – I like Kristen Stewart. I like Taylor Lautner. I like Robert Pattinson. Conceivably, I SHOULD like the movies.

They just aren’t GOOD.

Don’t get me wrong: they entertain me. I will see every single one of them. I get goosebumps when I see the trailers for the next upcoming film.

However, that’s only because I’m in love with the romance, drama, and action of the BOOKS.

I also get caught up in the hooplah, the hype, and the whole pop culture phenomenon that IS the Twilight Saga.

It almost makes me forget how average – even below average – that the movies really are.

I do not know what is lacking, because, the books have it ALL. I mean, they are AMAZING. I always feel badly for people who have only seen the movies, and who have never read the entire book series, because, they are totally, 100% missing out on something magical.

The movies “should” rock. After seeing “Remember Me,” I learned that Robert Pattinson is actually an amazing actor. I can tell, too, that Kristen Stewart is also an amazingly gifted actress who truly cares about her craft, maybe more so than any of the others. Taylor Lautner, well, who cares if he can even act or not….look at him. (All kidding aside, he seems like a decent actor, as well.) And it isn’t like the movies aren’t making money, so, they have to have an awesome budget, right?

So — the ingredients are there – the books were genius, there are good actors on board, what seems to be a nice supporting cast (Anna Kendrick was nominated for an Oscar, right? And Peter Facinelli is a good actor, what gives?) – and there should be a big budget … so what is lacking?

Am I the only person that thinks this?

I thought that the 2nd movie, New Moon, was better than this one, though this one should have had a lot more romantic tension and action than what came through on screen. Something just always seems “lost in translation” to me. I said that after the FIRST  Twilight movie.

And one more thing:

ALL OF THE FIGHT SCENES IN THE TWILIGHT MOVIES ARE EXQUISITELY LAME. Come on! I get it, gotta keep a PG-13 rating for the kiddos, but CUT ME A BREAK. Super lame. Corny. Times TEN. No….times infinity!

Don’t get me wrong – there were some OMG amazingly romantic, butterfly-inducing moments in Eclipse. I’m still in love with Edward but crossed over to be borderline Team Jacob in this movie and found myself, on occasion, so wanting to BE Bella that it wasn’t even funny. I’m still a Twihard. I don’t mean to betray my kind. It’s just … I wanted it to be MORE than it was.

Maybe I’m just watching too much True Blood? Or has Vampire Diaries clouded my mind? Did I just hype it up too much in my head?

Thoughts?

Ok, I’m going to go read Midnight Sun now.  Please don’t send the Volturi after me.

*Hides from mobs of angry Twilight fans*