Happy 2013, everyone! Hope it was safe and sound for everyone!!! My goal for 2013 is to blog more. Between work and life… finding time has been hard, but I am going to force myself to do it!!! I am, I am tell you!!!
I am also excited to announce that I have reclaimed my Internet name. The official name of this blog has been franklyHANKblog.com. That was because someone stole my name and I could not use franklyHANK.com unless I paid some serious cash for it. Well, waiting it out paid off b/c now, once again, I own franklyHANK.com (and it only cost me $10)!!! So my blog is now officially franklyHANK.com.
There is a ton of pop culture and celebrity stuff coming up in 2013. Check me out on WINDY CITY LIVE to see what you can look froward to in 2013, including Oscar nominations coming out this week.
Christina Aguilera held a listening party recently to showcase her new album, “LOTUS.” It drops on November 13th and I personally can’t wait. Check out the previews below of some of Christina’s favorites on the album.
Christina talks about her inspiration for LOTUS.
BLANK PAGE is a power ballad worthy of Ms. Aguilera’s powerhouse vocals.
LET THEIR BE LOVE is the dance club mix you will be grooving to thanks to uber producer Max Martin.
ARMY OF ME is the song Christina calls “Fighter 2.0.” It’s this generation’s version of her hit song, “Fighter.” And just as powerful.
MAKE THE WORLD MOVE is Christina collaboration with Cee Lo.
JUST A FOOL is Christina’s duet with her “The Voice” co-judge Blake Shelton and it’s another ballad that is undeniably Christina.
This is yours truly on Chicago’s Windy City LIVE today for our special Halloween broadcast. It took 1 1/2 hours in hair and make-up to pull off this look. Whew! Special thanks to make-up artist Keith Ward who made it all happen!
On Friday, I revealed on Windy City LIVE, EXCLUSIVELY mind you, that Anne Hathaway was getting hitched in Cali on Saturday in a super secret wedding to fiance’ Adam Shulman. And I was right! Whew! My source did not let me down and he (or she) is not dead to me as promised. You can get all the details on Huffington Post, but it was quite a small affair in Big Sur and the bride was wearing Valentino. Congrats! Now to find my next scoop. This celebrity stuff never ends.
This week NBC’s “The Voice” launched it’s third season and, as always, there was some great talent, but two Chicagoans really stood out for me. On Tuesday, we met De’Borah, a Chicago Heights woman who embraced who true self at age 18 and was kicked out of her church choir for doing so. HER CHURCH CHOIR! Really, people? Where is the love? Well she got some love on “The Voice.” Check out her performance below. She is on Team Xtina (That’s Christina Aguilera’s team, for those up with the shorthand).
On Wednesday night, we met Julio Castillo. Julio is also from Chicago and the first contestant on “The Voice” to sing entirely in spanish and you can tell the judges loved it. La La La La La Bamba!!! He ended up on Team Blake. Check him out below.
I’ll be talking more about both of them Friday, September 14, 2012 on “Windy City LIVE,” 9AM on ABC7 Chicago.
At least Lindsay Lohan can find some humor in her “dramatic” incident on Friday. To catch you up, when producers of her Liz Taylor movie for Lifetime tried to reach Linday at her hotel, she would not answer her phone. Lohan was said to be “unconscious” and paramedics were called. Yes, she was unconscious. It’s called sleep. Turns out Lilo was sleeping very hard after several long days of work and didn’t hear the phone ring. Oops. So Lindsay sent this Tweet out this weekend:
“Note to self.. After working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion &7 paramedics MIGHT show up @ your door…. Hopefully theyre cute. Otherwise it would be a real let down.”
NAUGHTY TRAILER FOR “MAGIC MIKE”
Channing Tatum’s stripper movie, “Magic Mike” has a naughty European trailer that is red hot! Ohhhh, baby! Check it out below…but be WARNED. THERE IS NUDITY in the clip. I know, makes you want to watch it even more. God bless, Matt Bomer. 🙂 FYI.. Channing Tatum will be live on Windy City LIVE on Monday, June 18. Tune in to watch me salivate.
WHITNEY HOUSTON, DEATH & THE GRAMMYS
The Grammys have unveiled a fascinating new documentary on how they handled the news of Whitney Houston’s death and how they worked to create a tribute to her. It’s called: A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go One. You can watch it here on the Grammy Web site. The documentary not only features behind-the-scenes types talking about the tragedy, it also includes interviews with first time host LL Cool J who was battling the flu and singer Jennifer Hudson who would perform a touching tribute. It’s 28 minutes long, but worth a watch.
HEY A&F – CALL ME, MAYBE!
The latest “Call May Maybe” viral video features the hunky, sexy and oh so adorable men of Abercrombie & Fitch singing the Carly Rae Jepsen hit of the summer. Studs from A&F stores in London, Paris, and New York, among others are featured dancing shirtless. So all I got to say is, give me them digits. The phone is in my hand!
So with all of my other duties working on Windy City LIVE, writing this blog has been nearly impossible. Yet, I love it. Therefore I have decided to write an entertainment wrap up once a week with my take on all of the pop culture and celeb news from the week. When big news breaks (or when I feel like it), I’ll write other columns, but for now… here we go…
Lady G was in New Zealand for her latest tour and got smacked in the head with a pole by one of her dancers. Ouch! She ended up with a concussion, but finished the show anyway. I’m hoping it smacked some fashion sense into her. Get rid of the weird costumes, you freak! You have talent. You don’t need all of that. The video of her get smacked was on YouTube, but the owner took it down. He probably got offered big bucks by one of the networks to do so. I’m sure it will be popping up tomorrow on some show.
LOOK OUT FOR LINDSAY
Lindsay Lohan is doing well after wrecking her rented Porshe on Friday as she was driving to set of her new movie on the life of Liz Taylor. Here’s the really stupid part. Lindsay had a limo to pick her up and bring her to the set, but she refused it on Friday when he arrived, so she and her assistant drove the Porsche as the limo followed. DUMB! Then she totals the car and tries to blame the truck for cutting her off. No dice, Lindsay. In almost every rear end case (don’t quote me on this), the driver who rear ends is cited for failure to follow at a proper distance and failure to maintain control. Lindsay says her brakes failed. I think her common sense failed. Again. Grow up, child. Follow the rules and you’ll see that life gets much better.
Ok, I get it. People like sneakers. And they like sneakers attributed to rock stars and athletes. But Kanye West’s new Air Yeezy 2 sneakers retail for $245 and before they were released they were selling for $90,000 on ebay. I’m sure the bids were fake and Kanye’s reps were probably behind the ebay bidding war, but really, people. THEY ARE SNEAKERS!!! Do you know how many pairs of Pumas I can get for $245??? I don’t get it, but that’s just me.
CHIPPENDALES JOEY LAWRENCE = YES, LAWD!
Former Blossom star Joey Lawrence is doing a limited run in the famous all-male Chippendales review in Las Vegas. He made his debut Friday. Let me just say, “Book me on the next plane to Vegas!!!” Whew. Now if all child stars could turn out that good! Are you listening, Corey Feldman???
SEE IT: SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN
I finally got around to seeing the new Snow White flick. LOVED IT! The art direction and the cinematography rock. Charlize Theron is brilliant as the evil queen and I didn’t even mind Kristen Stewart as Snow White (although she does come across as her Twilight character at times). Excellent summer flick and well worth it. Check it out.
Last but not least… tune in every Monday to see me on WINDY CITY LIVE on ABC7 in Chicago. You can also watch it online at windycitylive.com
On Windy City LIVE today, we were very lucky to have Rosie O’Donnell as our special guest for the hour. But it didn’t start off so smoothly. 🙂 Rosie was caught in traffic. Chicago traffic is a nightmare and Rosie learned that the hard way this morning. As show time approached, Rosie was no where in sight. Thankfully, she is a prolific Twitterer. She started tweeting us updates. “Oy in traffic – 6 mins says opera rap star driver Khary Laurent.” Followed by, “cutting it close -fear not I am camera ready in an odd orange frock…”
So we had to formulate a back-up plan. We had this elaborate open planned. We put together a great skit on tape that culminated in Mark DeCarlo running into the studio and cue-ing a singer to begin. The singer joins the chorus (The Chicago Red Line) and the song ends with Rosie walking on stage. Well, no Rosie, no song, so we had the hosts vamp a little. The show begins and I’m waiting in the lobby for Rosie. Producer David Plummer is waiting outside. News crews are gathered hoping to get a sound bite with Rosie (who just landed an exclusive sit down with Patty Blagojevitch). There was no way that was happening. We had to get her in studio. We had a microphone waiting. All we needed was Rosie…
It’s probably the award being talked up the most. Will Viola Davis win Best Actress (officially known as Actress in a Leading role) at the Oscars for her role in “The Help” or will Meryl Streep win for her role in “The Iron Lady?” There are a few schools of thought. Some say Viola’s role is the strongest and an incredible break though and the Academy will reward her for that. Some say Meryl Streep is a legend (and she is) and she hasn’t scored an Oscar since 1983 for “Sophie’s Choice” and she is long over due for another. This is her 17th nomination after all.
So what’s the franklyHANK school of thought? And the answer is. Hell if I know! But here is what I do know. In the Academy Awards, you vote for your category, meaning actors vote for actors, directors vote for directors, etc. Except everyone in the Academy votes for the top categories. The biggest voting block at the Academy Awards are actors — actors who belong to the Screen Actors Guild, the actors union. Tonight on TBS and TNT at 7pm CT is the Screen Actors Guild Awards or SAG for short. Many of the film actors who will be voting for tonight’s awards will be voting for the Oscars and the outcome is likely the same… not always, but the SAG Awards are said to be a good indicator. So… whomever wins tonight for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor In A Leading Role could very well be dusting off a spot for Oscar in her home.
If I had to guess, I would say, “Ms. Davis meet Oscar!”
I’ll be discussing the SAG Awards tomorrow on Windy City LIVE. Be sure to tune in to the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th at 6pm on ABC (ABC7 in Chicago). And don’t forget to check out Oscars.com for everything you need to know for Oscars Sunday!! And Windy City LIVE fans, Paige and Plummer will soon be revealing their Oscar picks! Stay tuned.
Sigh. Today marks the final episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” I’m used to being gruff and opinionated and brash and witchy with a “B.” But when it comes to my O, I can be none of those. Yes, I am an Oprah-file. I love her show, her style, her sensibility, her honesty. She has done so much for so many.
Forget about the trips to Australia. Forget about the audience getting cars. Forget about her favorite things. At her core, Oprah Winfrey has been a teacher. She has taught us important lessons in life. She taught us to be true to ourselves. She has schooled millions with her show and literally schooled more than 64,000 by paying for their educations with her Angel network. Sitting in the audience at the United Center for Oprah’s third and second to last shows and watching video montage after video montage, I realized just what an influence she has had in the lives of millions.
Everyone knows Oprah is a billionaire. Everyone knows she is the most powerful woman in media. But when you watch her show, Oprah is your neighbor, your teacher, your mentor, your shrink, your friend. My friend is moving. Instead of seeing her everyday, I will only see her once a week and on a channel that I have to look up b/c I have no clue where to find it on my cable (Channel 220, I think).