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Rest in Peace, Whitney Houston

12 Feb

Whitney Houston, music legend, died yesterday, February 11th, 2012, and, according to TMZ, was found under water in a bathtub in her hotel room. According to one report on CNN, one music executive said the star looked “healthy and happy” just days before her death. But, according the L.A. Times and other outlets, the singer had appeared disheveled with erratic behavior in the days leading up to that fateful day. The Times also stated that, “while an autopsy on pop star Whitney Houston could occur in the next day, it is likely to take weeks before the L.A. County coroner’s office makes an official cause-of-death ruling.Both the Beverly Hills Police Department and Los Angeles County coroner’s office are investigating Houston’s death. No cause has been established, and authorities said Saturday night it’s too early to determine whether she died of natural causes.”

Strangely, a Twitter user by the name of @chilemasgrande broke the news of Houston’s death before the AP or any other major media outlets, but, there were no signs of criminal intent. (Though the user in question has not been able to be reached for comment.)

Houston’s last performance, chillingly, was “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” and appeared to have been Friday night in Los Angeles, where she was in town for a pre-Grammy party. (Sadly, according to multiple media outlets including CNN and The Insider, Houston appeared “dazed” and “aggressive” leaving this particular party. TMZ also reports that Whitney would take Xanax before big performances like she was scheduled to make at the Clive Davis party last night.)

News just broke of Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, age 18, being rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital late this afternoon. Sources say that the cause was believed to be panic or anxiety, but this is unconfirmed. This was not her first, but her second trip to the hospital since learning of her mother’s passing.

Many were not surprised by Whitney Houston’s death, but the world is truly mourning at the tragic turn the embattled star’s life had taken.

Despite her struggles with addiction and substance abuse, Houston was, in addition to being a lovely person according to most who knew her, also one of the most talented voices in music history and one of the most acclaimed and successful singers of all time.

Whitney had won 2 Emmy awards, had 4 US number-one albums, 6 People’s Choice awards, 6 Grammy awards, 7 Soul Train music awards, 11 number-one songs, 16 NAACP Image Awards, 22 American Music Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 99 RIAA awards, had 562 total award nominations with 415 wins. She sold 170 million albums, singles, and videos worldwide, and starred in a serious of movies, most notably, The Bodyguard. Her album Whitney was also the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts!

She was loved by her many fans, her family, and will be greatly missed. Tonight’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards will have a special tribute to the late singer.

 

Poll: Can any other singers come close to Whitney Houston’s vocal talents? http://www.civicscience.com/u/Question/?q=11438

Remembering the good times:  Considered by many the best rendition of the United States National Anthem ever – VIDEO, here.

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Surprise Little Monsters! Lady Gaga Has a Holiday Gift in Store for You this Christmas!

22 Dec

Lady Gaga just announced that, in the spirit of the holiday season, she will give her “Little Monsters” a present this Christmas Day.

So, what does the Mother Monster have in store for you as she plays Santa this year?

On Christmas, Gaga will “leak” a previously unreleased song off of her wildly popular hit album, Born This Way.

The track — a gift to all of her fans — was written and recorded on her tour bus, and will be released, unedited, in its entirety, and in its rawest form.

So, get ready, Gaga fans — just another reason to count down to Christmas morning!

MISSING PERSON: Update on James Slack: Help Find Jimmy – REWARD

16 Dec

Thank you to the Steelers’ Ryan Clark, the Pariots’ Ross Ventrone, and employees of 96.1 KISS fm who, among many other kindhearted individuals and news outlets, have tweeted, Facebooked, and blogged about missing person Jimmy Slack (a.k.a. James Slack II, Jim Slack) of Bridgeville, PA.

I wanted to share with you some of the latest links for information, the Facebook page dedicated to finding Jimmy, as well as the Missing Person poster if you’d like to share it.

Please continue to spread the word, and remember that he may not be in the Pittsburgh area anymore – he could be anywhere.

He was last seen on December 6th, at Stage AE in the North Shore for a String Cheese Incident concert.

LINKS:

Pittsburgh Cops Take Up Search for Bridgeville Man

Help Find Jimmy Slack Facebook Page

Search for Missing Man Continues; Slack Family to Offer Reward

Missing Person: Jimmy Slack, Last Seen at Stage AE on Tuesday – Have You Seen Him? Please Re-Post! [UPDATED]

MSNBC Local Report on James Slack, II – Reward Being Offered

** The family is begging anyone who knows anything at all to come forward. Any lead, clue, or piece of information will help. They are offering a $1,000 reward. People can call with any information including anonymous tips at 412-323-7800

Glitzburgh has been trying to get in touch with Nancy Grace, to no avail. But, let’s not leave any avenue unexplored.

Bring Jim home for the Holidays!

 

MTV’s Real World: Pittsburgh Could Air in 2012

16 Dec

The 27th season of MTV’s hit show, “The Real World” is rumored to be set in Pittsburgh, PA. The Real World: Pittsburgh could air in 2012.

Although Pittsburgh has, in the past, been a casting location for The Real World, if it goes through, this will be the first season of the show that is actually set in the city, though it has long been in consideration.

A casting was held in March 2011 at Buckhead Saloon in Station Square, but the names of chosen cast members have not yet been released, nor has a definitive air date. In fact, as of today, there is no solid confirmation of Pittsburgh being the next location, other than a Wikipedia page and a lot of Twitter chatter.

That being said, it is highly likely that it will be set in Pittsburgh. Rumors have been swirling for years of a Real World: Pittsburgh, and it looks as though 2012 may be the year, as the chatter has really picked up as of late!

MTV isn’t a stranger to Pittsburgh — Chelsea of the hit show Chelsea Settles is from the area, too, hailing from Uniontown.

“Frank or Francis” May Bring Nic Cage, Jack Black, Steve Carell, and Kevin Kline to Pittsburgh

8 Nov

Kevin Kline, Jack Black, Steve Carell, and Nicolas Cage are reportedly set to star in a new Charlie Kaufman movie, “Frank or Francis,” a musical comedy to be filmed in Pittsburgh, PA.

Kaufman is the genius behind “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

“Frank or Francis” follows very busy years in film production in Pittsburgh as of late. This summer, Pittsburgh hosted the Batman movie, “Dark Knight Rises,” and also presently filming in Pittsburgh is “One Shot,” starring Tom Cruise.

The “Frank or Francis” project seems to be all but confirmed, though an official announcement has not yet been made. According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, “New York-based production company Likely Story Inc. has been awarded a $4 million tax credit to shoot “Frank or Francis” in Allegheny County, according to public investment records with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, which oversees the state’s film tax credit program.”

The movie is set to begin filming in January or February of 2012.

The Legendary Joe Paterno Will Leave Penn State Amidst Sex Scandal

8 Nov

Joe Paterno – a name synonymous with Penn State pride – is likely be asked to leave by PSU officials, reports the New York Times.

Admist the shocking sex scandal involving allegations and charges against former coach Jerry Sandusky and a potential cover-up by the Penn State football organization, the board of trustees at Penn State is quietly planning Joe-Pa’s exit.

Other high-ranking officials at Penn State have already stepped down.

Penn State University is suffering a heartbreaking reputation shift in the wake of this decade-old sex abuse scandal that has implicated more than one Penn State employee.

According to the Times press release, “the board of trustees is yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other  coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a brand will not survive to coach another season.”

Paterno testified in front of the grand jury that he was informed of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy, and that he reported it to school officials. However, his description was “vague” and seemingly downplayed the incident which was purportedly stated to him in graphic detail, and his intentions were questioned when he chose to go to the higher-ups at Penn State instead of reporting the incident (in detail) to police.

Though he is not being indicted and is not a target of the investigation according to authorities, his once-golden image may be tarnished in the court of public opinion.

There really are no winners in this situation.

As for today’s cancelled press conference, a report by Fox News stated the following: “Penn State’s president abruptly canceled Joe Paterno’s weekly news conference Tuesday amid increasing calls for both men to resign in the wake of a former assistant coach’s sex-abuse scandal and as another potential victim came forward. The news conference was to be the first chance for reporters to ask Paterno about what he knew about Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent, who was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.

‘Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today’s press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled,’ assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson said in a statement.”

Paterno may not have broken any laws, but his inaction and the inaction of others allowed for further abuse that should have stopped years ago.

Nonetheless, it is sad that such a legend will have to leave his career on such a sour note when he did so much for the school and the football program. Again — no one wins in this situation.

 

Rumor Mill: Nicolas Cage to Film in Pittsburgh?

7 Nov

 Rumors are swirling that, in addition to a recent Brad Pitt sighting here in Pittsburgh, that Nicolas Cage could be in town soon filming an as-of-now unknown movie.

If anyone has any info, please let us know!