Celebrity Gossip News Has Lost Its Luster for Me.
I used to be the biggest hound for celebrity gossip news. I watched shows like TMZ and Extra on a regular basis, and I loved hearing the latest rumors about various celebrities. I started to realize a few years ago, however, that celebrities are human beings like everyone else, and celebrity gossip news quickly began to lose its appeal for me.
I think it is only natural to want to listen to gossip, and celebrity gossip news is typically pretty juicy. You hear about all of the sordid details of a love affair gone awry or an ugly feud between two celebrities, and it gives you something to talk about with other people and it almost makes you feel privy to something that should be a secret.
The fact of the matter is that it should be a secret, as all of our private lives should be a secret. One of the things you most often hear about is that many of the rumors about celebrities are untrue, but even when that is revealed, many people still associate the celebrity with the rumor, and that person has to live with that forever.
Celebrity gossip news appeals to most people, I think, because we do want to know about people and gossip can either show us that they are regular people like us, or it can knock them off of their pedestal and give them a proper lesson in humility. Either way you look at it, even when the gossip is true, all it does is prove that celebrities, like the rest of us, are human and make mistakes.
One of the greatest analogies about gossip that I have ever heard came from the movie ìDoubt.î Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a priest, and in his sermon, he is telling the story of a young woman that goes to confession and said that she has gossiped about another person, and wants to know if that is a sin.
The old priest tells her that, for her penance, she must go home, get on top of her roof with a pillow, cut it open, and empty all of the feathers from the roof. She does so, and comes back the next to tell the priest she has done what he asked.
The priest then tells her to go and gather up every feather that came from the pillow, and put it back in the case. The girl protests saying that it would be impossible, that the feathers went everywhere and are all over now. There is no way that she can find them all.
And that’s gossip, he old priest tells her.
While celebrity gossip news may be entertaining and intriguing in some cases for us, it is not necessarily a good thing. Our natural fascination with celebrities leads us to want to know more about them, but I think we should all remembers that they are people, too.
Scary New Movies that have Been Released in the Past Year.
Nothing beats the feeling of being scared half to death by a fantastically freaky horror picture, especially at the theater surrounded by more freaked out moviegoers. Why is it that we love being frightened? Our hearts race and our pulse quickens and the hair on the back of our heads stands up as the ghoul jumps out from behind our hero. We jump straight up almost out of our chairs when that scary moment comes. Alas, great scary new movies have been hard to come by. Most of the junk that comes out of Hollywood could not frighten a heart transplant patient much less the typical jaded horror movie fan.
In 2009 one movie did come out that struck a nerve with audiences around the world and that was Paranormal Activity. This shocker, which cost very little to make and was mostly shot on high definition video has grossed over $110,000,000 in U.S. box office to date. It just came out on DVD and Blu-Ray and will probably gross another $50 million there in 2010.
Paranormal Activity was directed by first timer Oren Peli, who spent a mere $15 million to get his movie in the can. Starring newbies Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat as a suburban yuppie couple from San Diego that are being terrorized by a demon ghost from hell, this movie starts out pretty slow but builds up to an unforgettably chilling climax. I saw this film at the theaters with a packed house and everyone jumped out of their seat gasping in terror every few minutes or so, especially near the end. Scary new movies just don’t get much better than this and this particular movie not only did well with audiences but with critics alike. If you have not seen it you are missing out.
Another of the new scary movies that came out early in 2009 was Antichrist and it was a stark contrast to Paranormal Activity especially considering all of the hype it received before it opened. The trailers had it pegged as the new Exorcist and boy were they dead wrong.
Made by Danish film maker Lars Von Triers and starring Willem DaFoe and Charlotte Gainsbourgh as a couple that have recently lost their toddler son in a home accident, the film is more of a psychosexual character study and a depiction of a fever dream than any kind of horror story. The problem with this movie is not the movie itself. It is what it is, some sort of art piece with over the top bloodletting and gruesomeness. No, the main problem is how this movie was falsely advertised to the movie going public as one of the scary new movies of the year along the lines of the Grunge or The Ring, neither of which it even remotely resembles.
You need to pay close attention to any claims by studios of scary new movies that are opening soon. One of the freakiest looking of any of the scary new movies coming out soon is ìThe Black Waters at Echoís Pondî. Watch the trailer online and make up your own mind.
Earlier this year, a friend of mine went on a casting call for a popular reality television show. She had tried out for it once before and was turned down, and this year, she had a great story about why she wanted and deserved to be on the show. Unfortunately, she was not selected and was kind of upset about it. She did say that one of the former contestants was at the casting call and told her that she had tried out seven times before she was accepted, and it got me to thinking that reality TV casting seems so arbitrary.
I understand that the very nature of selecting the right group of people to be on a reality show is subjective and can always be second-guessed, but I do wonder if the people who make those decisions have any sort of criteria they have to follow and why they select some of the people they do.
I watch the show that my friend was trying to get on, and there are times when I wonder what they were thinking when they selected a particular cast member. I don’t know if reality TV casting is done by different groups of people who go to different parts of the country and have different ideas of what they are looking for, but sometimes I think they really got it wrong.
Maybe it is just the fact that I really wanted my friend to get on this particular show. She is a big fan, and has wanted to get on it for years. She finally got up the courage to go and try out last year and was turned down, and then was turned down a second time this year. I do wish that I could go to the people who are doing the reality TV casting and speak on behalf of my friend, telling them all of the reasons that she would be a good contestant.
That would just embarrass her, though, and they would probably think that I was a nutcase. I asked her why it was so important to her that she actually be a contestant on the show rather than just watch it from home, and she told me that she really believes in what it stands for and feels like she would be a good fit. The group that did the casting, however, did not agree.
The reality TV casting crew did get her down for a while, but the good news is that the is already back on the horse and making plans to try out next year. She said she has been working on some new angles to try to get on the show, and said she will never quit trying to get on the show. I admire her determination, but my concern would always be that, since they already turned me down twice, what makes me think they would ever want me to be on the show, period?
New Rules and Sources For Viewing National Television. Television use to come into the home through an antenna that picked up the three major networks and a few other stations, if you were lucky. If you wanted to watch national television, you had to have a good antenna on your television or on the roof of your home. After that cable came along, and you didn’t always need the antenna any longer, though some still used them in rural areas up until recently when all television went to digital and a converter box became necessary as well. Thankfully, there are many different ways to get your television fix when you need it.
You can still get your national television shows through your local cable company. Cable now has hundreds of channels and also carries high definition channels for the newer television sets on the market. Cable also offers other options for watching movies and shows that you could not get just five or ten years ago. Your Internet connection may also come through your cable connection, depending on where you live. Cable comes in large and small packages, and can be put in any room in your home that you wish. Television can be anywhere you want it.
You can also get your national television shows through a satellite service. These are great if you want to save money, but there are some downfalls. Unlike cable, satellite television does tend to go out or have poor quality in bad weather. Some people simply can not get a good connection due to geography. However, if you can get a good, crisp signal, you can get national television shows through satellite at a great rate. You can get high definition channels through most carriers as well. Satellite is available in areas where there is no cable or very limited channels through local cable.
If you want to watch national television shows that are not current, you have the option of going through Netflix to see what you missed. In many cases, you can get entire seasons of your favorite shows from years past through Netflix through your television set. You can also order these through the mail as you would with other movies. Netflix also offers you some movies and other special national television programs through their instant and through the mail service. You can get this on your own or through X-Box Live if you wish. Other gaming services may offer the same thing.
The Internet is a great place to find some national television programming. Some soaps and other types of series offer that day or week of programming on their own web site. You can also find national television and international television shows through other online sources as well. If you have missed your shows and you forgot to record them, see if you can find them online. If you want to start a series all over again, chances are good that you can do that too. Not all series are offered this way, most of the popular ones end up being out on DVD, online, through Netflix, or as reruns on your cable or satellite service.