July 15, 2011 |
L ADY GAGA HAS been booted from YouTube after her account was suspended yesterday. The notice read that the suspension was due to "multiple or severe violations of YouTube's copyright policy. " Who complained, Madonna ? The Google-owned YouTube declined to comment (but maybe someone could post a video commenting for YouTube). YouTube's policy is to remove accounts after three copyright violations, though they can be restored after being corrected. Reports have suggested that the infringing video was a recently uploaded clip of Gaga's performance on Fuji TV. The account, "ladygagaofficial," is one of two for Gaga and is run by Gaga's camp, which isn't really a camp except it involves a lot of athletic, young people who have fun. Gaga also has an unaffected Vevo account.
March 29, 2011 |
A YouTube video of feuding Delaware County police officers is making international headlines at the same time an investigation is under way in the District Attorney's Office. "Get out of Darby, get out of Darby," Robert Smythe, chief in Darby Borough, can be heard yelling at a Colwyn Borough officer. Smythe was being led away by officers. On March 18, police from Colwyn and Darby Boroughs responded to a call for a woman who had been beaten. At one point, Smythe is alleged to have shut a police car's door, injuring Colwyn Officer Clinton Craddock, according to one official.
March 10, 2011 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Once derided as Google's folly, the home of cheesy cat videos and the money-losing stepchild of an otherwise wildly profitable company, YouTube is emerging as a model for the more nimble, faster-paced company Google co-founder Larry Page hopes to foster as he takes the reins as CEO. That's quite a shift. While YouTube was a cultural phenomenon when Google bought it in 2006, it was bleeding money - losing nearly half a billion dollars as recently as 2009, by one estimate.
February 18, 2011 |
Tapping into the same vein of teen melodrama that runs through the Twilight franchise, I Am Number Four hurls a moody adolescent from outer space into the halls of a smalltown American high school. Maybe there's a clique of vampires in the cafeteria, but if there is, they're keeping to themselves. In D.J. Caruso's silly adaptation of the young-adult novel by (the pen-named) Pittacus Lore, an alien with telekinetic powers and the ability to project light from his hands moves to Paradise, Ohio (the name is ironic, judging by the look of things)
February 13, 2011 |
When the Grammy Awards are presented Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a ceremony broadcast on CBS, a naughtily infectious song by soul man Cee Lo Green has an excellent chance of being named both song and record of the year. But if it wins, you won't hear the song's correct name. That's because it contains an obscenity. The devilishly catchy pop tune, which is up for four awards, is about a heartbroken guy moved to shout out the two words that best express his frustration at losing the girl he loves to a well-heeled rival.
February 8, 2011 |
On Sunday evening, a record-breaking 111 million viewers tuned in for the annual orgy of advertising that is the Super Bowl broadcast. What did they learn? That the Force is still very much with us. That a live Eminem is far more compelling than a Claymation version. That it's shaping up to be a big summer for blockbuster films. That the Prince of Darkness is completely unfamiliar with the Princeling of Sweetness and Light. And that dogs are Madison Avenue's best friends. "Everyone thinks they know what makes a good Super Bowl commercial," says Susan Mudambi, associate professor of marketing at Temple's Fox School of Business.
February 1, 2011 |
FOUND A RECENT posting on one of Greyson Chance's Internet fan sites. Came from a young girl who was "thrilled" that his first single ("Waiting Outside the Lines") had "finally" been released, because she'd been "waiting so long" for it. Well, I guess if you're barely out of single digits, 10 months is an eternity. That's how long (and short) it's taken for 13-year-old Chance to go from middle-school nobody in Edmond, Okla., to the next big thing in pubescent pop-rock, with a No. 1 single, an unbelievable 32 million (and counting)
February 1, 2011
I SPENT MORE than an hour late at night last week listening to Steve Harvey 's ex-wife Mary carry on about how her former husband should be nobody's relationship guru. Harvey's book "Act Like a Lady: Think Like a Man" was No. 1 on the New York Times' best-seller list for 23 weeks and is being made into a movie. He has a nationally syndicated radio show with an estimated 6 million listeners and he's the new host of TV's "Family Feud. Yet I and others, can't understand why anyone would listen to him give relationship advice.
January 25, 2011 |
Janis Hill, 52, of Woolwich Township, a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader and a breast cancer survivor and advocate, died Thursday, Jan. 20, at Pennsylvania Hospital following surgery to remove two brain tumors. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Mrs. Hill became involved with the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Described by Komen Philadelphia chapter executive director Elaine Grobman as compassionate, kind, and bright, Mrs. Hill volunteered her time to various Komen for the Cure events, including the survivors march.
January 15, 2011 |
Fasten your restraining harness. The pop-culture calliope is spinning out of control. We're now chewing up and spitting out people like sunflower seeds. Take Ted Williams. He just set a new world record on the triumph-to-tragedy express. As Jimmy Kimmel said in a monologue, "His 15 minutes really was 15 minutes. " When you were debating New Year's resolutions, Williams was homeless, holding up a sign to passing traffic in Columbus, Ohio. Someone posted a video of a scruffy Williams standing on the road divider, showing off his mellifluous, made-for-broadcast voice.