Archives for May 19, 2009

Howl if you must, again, but for REAL this time

Hey Twilighters,

Cinematical released the first, and what I would think is official, New Moon poster today.

I’m guessing those other two, were a PR stunt/really good fan photoshopping.

Considering the other wolves are looking mighty…beefy; I think its safe to say Taylor Launter is doing quite well with his new workout regime.

MTV Movie Awards on May 31 will broadcast the first trailer for the film. New Moon is in theaters on November 20th.

Right-click to download full-size.

Enjoy! 🙂

New Moon Teaser poster via Cinematical


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{Tickled Pink} You haven’t lost your smile…

Photo of girl in Brazil by Carf. All Rights Reserved 2009.
You haven’t lost
your smile at all,
it’s right under your nose.
You just forgot it was there.

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The Curse of American Idol: Adam to win, Kris to have the career…maybe?


Image by Little Pink Book. Adam Lambert courtesty of WhyFrame. Kris Allen courtesy of EvilBeetGossip. 19 Entertainment. All Rights Reserved 2009.

UPDATE: May 20, 2009 Kris Allen won Season 8 of American Idol

Tonight America decides who will win American Idol. But, seriously, regardless, who will have the bigger career?

Break it down, and let’s be honest, only two of the previous eight winners are the only ones to emerge with truly stellar, ground-breaking careers: Kelly Clarkson (the original American Idol) and Carrie Underwood.

Taylor Hicks is pretty lucky to be on the Broadway Across America tour of Grease, as Teen Angel, no less (the one-scene, Frankie Avalon’s character in the film). No one quite knows what happened to Ruben Studdard’s career and Fantasia Barrino? Well, we’re not going touch that topic.

Considering that one person can vote more than once, it is no secret that Idol is full of hot, inflated, skewed results. Think about it — who does America really want?

Back in Season 3, Jennifer Hudson came in seventh place and went on to win an Oscar and a Grammy for Dreamgirls, not to mention a spot in the Sex and the City movie and a place on its soundtrack.

Back in 2006, Chris Daughtry came in fourth. His band went on to snag four Grammy nominations and four American Music Awards. Not bad for the runner-runner-runner-ups of American Idol.

So now that it’s that time again, who will emerge as the real winner of American Idol?


So yes, for lack of a better phrase, he’s a pretty frickin’ awesome performer. Simon Cowell even picks him for the Idol winner. But his mysterious sexuality, neon hair and silver studs may just be a turn-off for the typical American, mainstream music buyer.

Think about it, back in 2004, people admitted to voting for George W. Bush over John Kerry because, while, Kerry seemed like an elitist, Bush seemed like the average guy at the bar down that street.

That was the election for the president of the United States of America, not American Idol. So with that mentality coming across to all things American, are the stars going to align for Adam?

Then again, with five states having legalized Gay Marriage, the emergence of Perez Hilton and the election of Barack Obama, maybe the state of the American scene has truly changed.

Could Adam Lambert really win it?


On the other hand, Kris Allen has a lot in common with two other highly successful, non-American Idol artists, Jason Mraz and John Mayer: clean-cut, handsomely rugged looks and one heck of a solid voice.

And let’s face it, while Starbucks is closing down their stores, that beachy, coffee house music has proven to be in for the long-haul. Remember last summer and “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles?

Randy Jackson did say that the Kris Allen version of “Heartless” was better than Kanye West’s.

Regina Spector, Tristan Prettyman, Colbie Caillat, Jeff Buckley, Feist and Jack Johnson all have loyal acoustic-guitar, contemporary folk music followings.

So who is to say Kris Allen isn’t next?



Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ .

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Curls Just Wanna Have Fun

Candy Curls By: Will Cotton. All Rights Reserved 2009.

By: Anuradha Pandey, guest blogger

Too often I’ve seen college girls obsessively straighten their hair when they don’t even need to because it’s straight enough naturally. Even more often I’ve seen girls with naturally curly hair obsessively straighten their hair. To all of you, I have this to say: it’s a losing battle. I was one of them, and not until two days ago did I finally decide to embrace my hair no matter how frustrating it is and no matter how frizzy it gets. I was just meant to be a curly girl.

I’ve straightened my hair obsessively since sophomore year of high school. That’s seven years of burning my hair on an almost daily basis, except for senior year of high school and this past year when I went through phases in which I tried to stay as natural as possible in terms of my beauty routine. Not only is there less stress involved, but I also realized that my curly hair reflects my personality much better than straight hair ever did. Gone are the days when I tried to force my hair to stay stick straight like all the other Indian girls (straight hair is disproportionately prevalent among Indian people).

I’m the kind of person whose mood on any given day is somehow weirdly connected to how good I think my hair looks. If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably unwilling to take the chance of walking out the door without using the straightener. If you have even slightly wavy hair, there’s a good chance you’re a compulsive hair straightener like I used to be. Don’t touch it for a few days. In fact, don’t even wash it for a few days and just leave it if you can. It’ll look amazing with a little spray gel. Promise.

I’m sure you all know the mantra of “natural beauty” — do as little as possible in terms of makeup and hair). Freeing yourself of the straightening iron and learning to love your hair is an important step. Visit the site below to learn how you should really care for your hair if it’s anything other than straight. So many women are curly haired but don’t even know it.

If you have wavy and/or curly hair, take this advice to heart from someone who took seven long years full of split ends and dry, damaged hair to accept her hair. I know it’s difficult, but just try it.


Anuradha Pandey is a graduate student at the University of Florida. She has a B.A. in History, Religion and a minor in French from UF. Currently, she is a candidate for an M.A. in British Imperial History and hopes to pursue a PhD in the same field. In her spare time she is a political junkie.

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