January 29, 1993 |
Twenty-seven years ago at Super Bowl I, the halftime spectacular featured the marching bands of the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan. In case you've been lunching in outer space, Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show stars Michael Jackson in an extravaganza loaded with music and special effects, including more than a ton of fireworks to light up the sky above the Rose Bowl. "Obviously things have changed very much since (Super Bowl I)," said Greg Aiello, director of communications for the National Football League.
February 4, 2004
AMERICANS of good character should be repulsed, but not surprised, that MTV and CBS, two media outlets today known for sleaze and tastelessness, put on a Super Bowl that featured a live, bare-breast shot of Janet Jackson. Does anyone other than those who are naive believe the networks' protestations that the incident was accident? If they do, they should rethink this, considering the sources of the denials. The incident fit right in with the tawdry nature of this annual football sports orgy and the crude advertising it featured.
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.
November 4, 2015 |
YOU JUST KNOW the Super Bowl 50 halftime show is going to be over the top. Rumors abound as to possible headliners at the 49ers Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Everyone from Bruno Mars to Maroon 5 to Coldplay to Adele have been mentioned. But it's not just intermission that's going to be special as the big game hits the half-century mark. On Monday, James Hetfield of Metallica announced that he and the boys would play a pre-pregame concert at the Giant's AT&T Park on Feb. 6, the night before the Eagles take on the Patriots.
February 2, 2004 |
While CBS Sports should be praised for delivering a superb Super Bowl telecast last night that got better as the game wore on, the network instead had to deliver an apology for a crude, breast-baring windup to a glitzy halftime show. It came about when singer Justin Timberlake tore off part of Janet Jackson's top, exposing her right breast (more details, plus a photo in Newsmakers, Page D2). "CBS deeply regrets the incident," spokeswoman Leslie Anne Wade said after the network received several calls about the show.
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.
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.
February 3, 2004
In light of the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, it is no wonder the world derides American culture. . . . I was so proud of the beginning ceremonies commemorating the U.S. armed forces and memorializing the Columbia astronauts . . . but then Hollywood entered . . . at halftime. . . . [Performers] sang supposedly popular songs whose lyrics made no audible sense, while dancers and singers . . . gyrated onstage holding their private parts. . . . The finale was when Justin Timberlake tore off a portion of Janet Jackson's jacket, exposing her right breast, complete with a sequined pasty.
November 28, 2009 |
Super Bowl high note: Who but The Who? Proto-punk geniuses The Who will help sell useless consumer goods to millions of citizens in more than 230 countries around the world by performing at the Super Bowl XLIV halftime show Feb. 7. The halftime show is sponsored by rubber 'n' tire king Bridgestone Corp. and will provide relief from the Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys - or whatever - game. The Who is hawking its Greatest Hits CD, due Dec. 22. Pigskin beats blood It seems America's true passion is football - and not that latest trend, drinking blood.
December 4, 2015 |
REGULAR FOLKS write a memoir. Oprah starts her own book imprint to publish her memoir. As expected, it will be inspirational. Flatiron Books announced yesterday that Winfrey's The Life You Want is scheduled for January 2017 and will show how "anyone can put their life on a new trajectory. " Got that, 46 laid-off colleagues? Oprah's going to help you with a new trajectory. Her imprint doesn't have a name yet (how about Oprihnt?), but will feature several nonfiction works each year.