MTV Video Music Awards: What an incredible spectacle! My favorite part of this event was the Michael Jackson tribute; Madonna gave a wonderful speech about her times with him. The dancers executed his signature moves perfect to a T! And Janet Jackson? So talented!
Moving on, I couldn't believe Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift's thank you speech! Before this eyebrow-raiser I honestly couldn't care less about these music artists, but now I think because of this both of them will be getting more publicity. I don't know any of their music, but now I'm interested in learning more. Beyonce and Lady Gaga were also stunning. I love to watch these incredibly lucky people give such wonderful performances, with choreography that makes me tired just from imagining how tired they must be doing the dances, and costumes that are weird and wonderful, as well as innocently suggestive.
Strangely enough the extended preview for "New Moon" did not excite me. Of course I have taken a personal vow not to get entangled in this strange vampire-werewolf love triangle, because my sister had a spell cast over her during the time she was reading the 4 book series by Stephanie Meyer, and it was near impossible to get her to do anything else! Therefore I've decided to swear off epic fiction novel series unless/until I have children of my own. The movie looks good enough, but for me, it isn't a must-see.
"This Is It", however, is a definite must-see! An exclusive documentary of behind the scenes footage leading up to the Michael Jackson tour that will never be? Bring it on!
Last Night: On a trip to the library, I browsed through the non-fiction DVD section and found some great viewing material: a Stephen Sondheim musical "In The Woods", "The Nutcracker" ballet (I've seen it before but I'm recommending it for my younger brother Adam), and a collection of Michael Jackson music videos from the album "Dangerous". Little did I know just how much awesomeness the "Dangerous" DVD actually contained! The entire uncut version of the "Black and White" music video, the 1993 Superbowl half-time show concert version of "Heal The World" (my new favorite M.J. song ever!!!!! excuse my gratuitous exclamation point usage), clips from the 1993 Grammys and M.J. receiving the Music Legend Award, clips from his "Dangerous" world tour (can you begin to comprehend the scale of such concerts?), and behind the scenes with Michael Jackson, Macaulay Culkin, Eddie Murphy, and Michael Jordan! Never before have I seen Michael Jackson like he was on the DVD, and I have an all-new wealth of respect for him as a person, not just a personality. Me and my sibs were transfixed with him and his music videos from beginning to end. I'm so, so sorry that he had to leave this planet in it's state. It's been almost 12 weeks since his untimely death, and only now am I realizing what kind of a treasure has been taken away. This is my time to say I love you Michael Jackson, I miss you, and I'll never, ever forget you or your legacy. I hope and pray (though I'm not the praying type) that his kids can find some way to get some closure and live a semi-normal life again.
During the DVD, Jay Leno's new show on NBC was going on, and right after the Michael Jackson movie was over, we turned it off to see Jay Leno's first guest, Jerry Seinfeld! I enjoyed watching this show a lot! After Seinfeld came Oprah Winfrey (Seinfeld did most of the questions while Jay could only sit and look funny trying to get a word in), Kanye West (who very publicly and soberly apologised for the whole MTV interrupting Taylor Swift ordeal), and President Obama (although the interview wasn't actually genuine; it was edited to be humorous rather than live). The final segment was the "Headlines" shtick. I love when Jay Leno does those!
After Jay Leno, me and my sibs just had to see Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert after their 3-week vacation hiatus. Hilarious. The great thing about these guys is even though they make fun of politicians and people in the public eye, they always do it respectively. The exception is Fox News, they actually do make fun of it, unapologetically (Jon Stewart's item on the 912 Project was funny). After the Colbert Report, I was sorry to shut up the magic box, but I still felt very satisfied after my generous helping of pop culture and current events.
I absolutely love me some good entertainment, whether it be books, music, theater, television, or movies, as long as there's a story to be told, and an awesome storyteller to tell it. That's why I started thinking: maybe I should change this blog into a critique for pop culture, instead of using it solely for documentation of my daily doings for posterity. I love everything about the entertainment industry, and I have opinions that must be heard and/or read! So from now on, "Welcome to My World" will be a place where I can share awesome discoveries concerning anything from animation to zines. And perhaps I should have a more regular, less erratic blogging schedule; I definitely should write on Monday, since it's usually right after a weekend of great entertainment, and perhaps on Wednesdays and Saturdays I can blog as well. I'll work it out somehow. Thanks for reading, and don't forget to also take a gander at my Art Blog on the side link every so often too. Good night everybody! (Sorry, it should actually be "Good afternoon", but I can't help it. I just love Yakko Warner's catchphrase!)