Tuesday, January 18, 2011

RUDENESS …
IS IN THE EAR
OF THE BEHOLDER

The Golden Globes 2011. The poor man's Oscar celebration that usually predicts Oscar winners based on past Globe winners. This year's ceremony was hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais. Who? OK, so I am not up to par with the celebs like I used to be. I certainly know who he is now. The host that ripped the ceremony to shreds. He took the liberty to bash top notchers like Angelina Jolie, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and even the almighty GOD! Bad taste? I LOVED IT!

The real kicker at this years ceremony was Gervais' stab at Phil Berk, the current head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. A bit daring considering that HFPA are The Golden Globe Awards organization. A unofficial 'roast' of his employer. That takes balls. Poor Ricky's head is rolling as if he were sent to the gallows. It's even been said Kathy Griffin would have been a safer choice to host this sloppy, predictable, and possibly corrupt version of the only real award ceremony that honors the many talented people in the industry.

As if I care......more importantly, five time nominee Dianne Warren, a super famous songwriter who has broken records across the globe, finally won a Globe for Best Original Song - Motion Picture. That song was You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me, performed by the one and only Cher in the recent so-so musical Burlesque. She is also responsible for Cher's 1980s comeback as a questionable vocalist when she penned If I Could Turn Back Time, specifically for her to record. If you visit her web site, www.realsongs.com, you may understand what idiots HFPA truly are. I was so happy for her but at the same time I thought to myself - and I am a self admitted Cher zombie - what is so damn special about that song? Cher's big comeback to the land of film and music? Cher couldn't be at the awards because she was saying farewell for the millionth time at her Sunday night show in Las Vegas. Congratulations Dianne, but take a Valium at the next award show when you are nominated. I have seen crack-heads keep their cool better than her. I can't remember much of what she was ranting about but she was sincere. She thanked Cher for being a bad ass and getting the song and keeping the song in the film (which would have been intolerable without it.)


Now I am going to spontaneously combust over the following news ... Cher has lost her damn mind. As reports of her latest and last stint of concerts at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace came in from irate fans, I just sat and wondered why I even like this egomaniac. She traveled the globe to promote the movie (and boy did it need it) but has NOT performed the song in her show. When I found out I turned to my imaginary friend and said, "This has got to be a joke, right?" Would she? Could she possibly be so self-centered and so selfish as to deprive fans who paid up to $277 a pop to watch Cher walk back and forth and occasionally shake a hip that could easily break? I have seen this show 6 times - I take the blame - and there have been occasional low key changes but I have heard the same opening monologue each and every time. How hard is it to be clever? I just wish Bette Midler gave a course about being funny and intelligent at the drop of a hat. Enough about what is right or wrong about the bulk of Cher's post farewell farce of a concert that has more outfit changes than it does songs. For someone who is planning to start a world tour beginning in October 2011, and finally has a song that has charted for the first time in close to ten years, I cannot comprehend which body crevice she is singing from....BUTT it's pretty obvious. Sorry Cher, but if giving your fans what they want....wait, WHAT THEY DESERVE, is not on your agenda then say I hope I see the last of you!

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