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Posts Tagged ‘Janet Jackson’

Marc Kaufman Furs Proudly Attaches Its Name to Joe Namath Super Bowl Coat

Exhibit A is the photo below, the default home page slide-show pic at kaufmanfurs.com. Exhibit B is a press release put out this morning additionally reminding everyone that the 104-year-old New York operation provided the “show-stopping hooded coyote fur coat” worn at Super Bowl XLVIII by Joe Namath.

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This despite a firestorm on Twitter in some circles about Namath’s wardrobe choice. A firestorm that at one point had @PETA answering a tweet asking how many animals were killed for Broadway Joe’s outfit with: “Too many.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Clark ‘Lost’ Interview – Part 2

[Editor's Note: The following, never-before-published interview (Part 1 here) was conducted via telephone on December 23, 1993 by the late Jim Mitteager. The tape, part of a much larger collection bequeathed to Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, was only recently discovered and graciously provided to FishbowlLA. Our thanks to Barresi for allowing us to share this great bit of nostalgia with our readers, on the anniversary of Clark's April 18, 2012 death.]

Mitteager: Has MTV impacted in a negative way on talent? There’s a lot of packaging that’s going on now that involves skills other than the ability to sing and write good songs. Is it impacting on new talent as opposed to the old days?

Clark: I wouldn’t blame it all on MTV. I’d blame it on the consolidation of the music business, between five or six nationally owned companies. You’ve got all of these big debts that they’ve got to pay. They’ve got them on a timetable, and that includes videos and personal appearances and promotions and all of that. So some new guy, it makes it very difficult to get launched. That’s the whole thing about what’s wrong with the business these days. It’s tough to break through.

Mitteager:  What would be your best advice to an aspiring artist out there that is in that pickle right now, that have no representation and has some talent?

Clark: I would try to get to one of the cities where people find talent, LA, New York, Nashville, Seattle… Get out there and showcase yourself.

Mitteager: I want to rack your brain about people that got there start on Bandstand, or with you in general and have now become award winners on the American Music Awards.

Clark: New Edition, they debuted on Bandstand.

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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Clark ‘Lost’ Interview – Part 1

[Editor's Note: The following, never-before-published interview was conducted via telephone on December 23, 1993 by the late Jim Mitteager. The tape, part of a much larger collection bequeathed to Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, was only recently discovered and graciously provided to FishbowlLA. Our thanks to Barresi for allowing us to share this great bit of nostalgia with our readers, on the anniversary of Clark's April 18, 2012 death.]

Mitteager: Hello, Mr. Clark?

Clark: Yes, who am I speaking to?

Mitteager: Ahhh, Jim Mitteager.

Clark: All right, Jim. My name is Dick. Carry on from there.

Mitteager: Great, well I just got to say, it’s an honor to talk to you…

Clark: Are you from Philadelphia?

Mitteager: No, I’m from New York. In fact…

Clark: Now, wait a minute, where did you pick up that accent?

Mitteager: Ahhh, all over the country… Traveling and what not.

Clark: Well, you really sound like you’re Pennsylvanian.

Mitteager: Well, we have something in common. You lived in Utica for a while.

Clark: [Laughing] Oh yes, yes.

Mitteager: I moved to Cooperstown not too long ago and Utica is very close. And you’ve been inducted into a comparable Hall of Fame.

Clark: Yeah, I think so.

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TMZ Retracts Janet Jackson Abuse Story

Every once in a while, TMZ gets a story wrong.

Their latest goof was a report last week that Janet Jackson had slapped Paris Jackson during a family confrontation.

Turns out it never happened:

TMZ published a story last week based on sources who told us Janet went off on Michael Jackson‘s daughter after the singer tried to grab Paris’ cell phone. We also reported Janet called Paris a “spoiled little bitch.”

Although we believed the story to be true when we published it, we have now determined it was not correct … Janet did not slap or otherwise touch Paris, nor did she verbally abuse her.

Notice something missing from that statement? Saying sorry goes a long way in the public’s perception of a website.

Essence To Roll Out Two Covers For December Issue

To commemorate this Friday’s release of Tyler Perry‘s film, For Colored Girls, Essence will print two different covers for their upcoming December edition.  The special issue hits newsstands Nov. 12 and will feature one cover with the film’s male stars (director Tyler Perry, Richard Lawson, Hill Harper, Omari Hardwick, Khalil Kain, and Michael Ealy) and another with the female characters (Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, Janet Jackson, Tessa Thompson, and Whoopi Goldberg).

For Colored Girls is based on Ntozake Shange‘s play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.  Shange’s work is acted out in a series of 20 poems and was nominated for best play at the 1977 Tony Awards.

The cover story “Over the Rainbow” will appear on page 115 of the 150-plus page magazine.

Take a look at the men of For Colored Girls cover after the jump.

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FCC Fighting Back On Janet Jackson’s Boob Malfunction Fine

janetj2.jpgThe FCC is fighting back to defend draconian ruling about the “accidental” revealing of Janet Jackson‘s right breast on the broadcast of the Super Bowl in 2004, according to Variety.

The agency has asked the Supreme Court to review the lower court’s ruling that the agency improperly fined CBS for the Jackson transgression.

U.S. solicitor general Gregory G. Garre, on behalf of the FCC, requested high court review on Friday, arguing that the lower court “erred” in July in its decision saying the FCC had “arbitrarily and capriciously” imposed a fine for “fleeting nudity.”

This is the second broadcast indecency case the FCC has appealed to the Supremes, which granted — and recently heard — the agency’s request for review of another lower court’s decision against the FCC “fleeting expletives” policy. The high court has not yet decided that case.

“We hope the Supreme Court will recognize there are rare instances, particularly during live programming, when it may not be possible to block unfortunate fleeting material, despite best efforts,” CBS said in a statement. “Doing so would help to restore the policy of restrained indecency enforcement the FCC followed for decades.”

L.L. Cool J: ‘Mamma Said Knock You Out (A Few E-Mail Responses)’

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L.L. Cool J was the “surprise” opening guest at last night’s Janet Jackson concert, and we were there to hear L.L. reveal a little secret:

“To all of you out there wondering if it’s really me on MySpace. It’s really me. A hundred and thirty thousand e-mails, and I’m trying to respond to each one. Sometimes I feel like a secretary.”

By our calculations, this makes Mr. Cool J a more prolific writer than half the staffers at the New York Times. Music, schmusic. L.L. could have had a solid career with the A.P.

Worse ‘Feeding Frenzies’ Than Sarah Palin

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As we mentioned yesterday, McCain Camp’s Steve Schmidt told the WaPo that the feeding frenzy on Veep Nominee Sarah Palin was the worst he’s ever seen. Not that we can blame someone for having the memory of a gold fish. It often helps the voices.

Anyway, we came up with a poll of other feeding frenzies. There were many: The OJ Trial, Monica Lewinsky, Jonbenet Ramsey, Lacy Peterson, Chandra Levy, Natalie Holloway, Martha Stewart going to jail and Elian Gonzalez.

Then some of our readers suggested more. Princess Diana’s Death and Anna Nicole Smith.

And then we thought of more: Terri Schiavo and Janet Jackson‘s nipple.

Did we miss one? Leave your answer in the comments…or tip box.

FBLA Exclusive: What Does the ‘Wardrobe Malfunction’ Ruling Ultimately Mean?

ALeqM5iHzm4lne8fp70Jp8bMKJdUsNE5Rg.jpgIn light of all the news about the federal appeals court’s decision to throw out the FFC’s $550,000 fine against CBS over the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction,” we talked to Paige Gold, who helped write the Media Access Project’s friend-of-the-court brief in the case.

Gold tells us that what we kinda sorta thought — but what many media outlets missed: The ruling alone isn’t much of a setback for the FCC.

“The way broadcast indecency rules are interpreted shifts according to who is in the White House. The FCC has 5 members, 3 from the party holding the White House, and 2 from the other party. If Obama is elected in November, the balance will shift, Kevin Martin will no longer be in charge, and the big issue will not be indecency, but whether the FCC should have the right to regulate cable channels,” Gold says.

In other words, if Obama loses, don’t expect the FCC’s crusades to end.