March 19, 2014 |
NOW THAT the NFL has reached a settlement due to head injuries, perhaps the league should have its own head examined. According to the Hollywood Reporter , the NFL has been pursuing Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. in arbitration following her flipping the bird during her performance with Madonna during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. M.I.A. wasn't paid for her halftime show, the NFL custom, but the league still has spent two years seeking $1.5 million from her for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing the NFL's reputation.
February 7, 2013 |
The NFL has shot down speculation that New York-area winter weather might cause the cancellation of any live, outdoor halftime performance at next year's Super Bowl. While Super Bowl XLVIII won't set the record for most Roman numerals - that was XXXVIII - it will be the first scheduled for a domeless stadium in a cold-weather climate - MetLife Stadium in North Jersey. "Hope you enjoyed Beyoncé, football fans, because next year, there may not be a halftime show at the frigid Meadowlands Super Bowl," the New York Post wrote Monday.
February 6, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - As the Superdome's energy provider and stadium management try to determine what caused a 34-minute power outage at Sunday's Super Bowl, local officials are hoping the incident won't leave the city with a black eye or prevent the league's big game from coming back to town. And, no, it wasn't Beyonce's fault. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke Monday morning about the power outage, confirming that the halftime show had nothing to do with the power going out. Larry Roedel, a lawyer for the state board that oversees the Superdome, said Monday that the outage did not appear to be related to work done on the stadium's electrical system in December.
February 5, 2013 |
LAST NIGHT'S Super Bowl halftime show had some local flavor courtesy of West Philly-born and raised Abdur-Rahim Jackson . Jackson, a Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts alum, choreographed the "Crazy in Love" portion of Beyonce's halftime spectacular. This isn't the first time Jackson has worked with Queen Bey. He choreographed her video "Halo. " "[Beyonce] is hardworking. We are both Virgos: Her birthday is on the 4th [of September], mine is the 8th. And her work ethic: breaks don't exist," Jackson said.
October 17, 2012 |
Nothing is forever. Except, perhaps, good literature. That's what Johnny Depp is banking on with his new book imprint, Infinitum Nihil ("nothing is forever"), which he's launching in partnership with HarperCollins Publishers. The company, says Depp, will scour the heavens and earth to find "authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices" for the imprint. "I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of people's time, of people's concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet," Depp said.
March 1, 2012 |
PAGING Ed Snider . . . Ed Snider please report to PPL Park. On a day of FIFA international fixtures, Ghana took on Chile last night in an exhibition match at PPL Park. In a steady downpour, Ghana put on a first-half show en route to taking a surprising lead into the break. Richard Mpong scored off a crisp through-ball from Sulley Muntari in the 42nd minute, quieting the pro-Chilean crowd and sending the Ghanaian contingent, which featured a handful of dignitaries, into a frenzy.
February 18, 2012 |
It happened quite by accident. The phone rang just as I sat down at my desk to start the day. So I muted the TV, which was still set on E! from taping The Soup the night before. Turns out there's something diverting about the channel - as long as you don't pay attention. Everyone knows if you really focus on E! your brain will explode. But watching with half an eye and no ear? Curiously entertaining. Here's what I learned from a day of viewing E! on mute: I'm amazed there is no e in Kardashian , because there is almost nothing but Kardashian in E!
February 7, 2012 |
First, a worldwide audience. Next, a worldwide tour. Madonna, fresh off her performance as the Super Bowl's halftime show Sunday, has announced a globe-trotting string of concert dates, starting with May 29 in Tel Aviv, followed by Abu Dhabi and Istanbul, before a couple of dozen European gigs. The Philadelphia appearance Aug. 28 at the Wells Fargo Center will kick off a series of 26 North American shows. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com on Feb. 13, as do tickets for the Sept.
February 7, 2012 |
Every man, woman, child, household pet, and domesticated farmyard animal on the planet (with the exception of yours truly) watched Sunday's Super Bowl game, which saw the New York Giants fell the mighty New England Patriots, 21-17. It was the most-watched program in U.S. TV history, drawing an average of 111.3 mil domestic viewers, according to Nielsen SoundScan ( Madonna 's halftime show drew 114 mil). Global numbers aren't in, but we imagine they are spectacular. Twitter-twitter-twitter the NFL Sunday's game also broke the Twitter record, indicating that many, many people tweeted about the contest, an indication, says Inc.com, that it was a most important cultural phenom.
February 6, 2012 |
EIGHT YEARS after Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction, some unexpected controversy returned to the Super Bowl halftime show. M.I.A., appearing with Madonna and Nicki Minaj to perform "Give Me All Your Luvin'," flipped the middle finger to a camera before a cutaway. The song contains an inappropriate word, which she did not appear to say, although it was difficult to hear her clearly. NBC went to a blurred wide view of the stage in an effort to cut out the shot, but it was too late as M.I.A.'s middle-finger gesture could be seen.