i don’t want to cause a panic…

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word on the street is that the beloved p.swayz has only 5 weeks to live. he’s only 55, but was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in january and his chemotherapy treatments have not been going well.

now, the good news is that this is coming from two totally unreliable sources, so there’s still hope. here is a link to the story (yes fox news is citing the national enquirer): http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,335210,00.html

first goulet, now this. i’m worried about all the other stars we’re obsessed with and will be spending the afternoon trying to obtain the medical files of gary busey, neil diamond, and kurt russell.

ps — other sad news: jeff healy, aka cody the blind guitar-player in road house, died a few days ago of cancer. sorry to be debbie downer today.

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The Heavy

The Heavy  A good blog to check out is SomeVelvetBlog.  Every week it has a “weekend mixtape” with a random group of songs that are worth a listen.  Most of the songs are from older bands, but usually a great mix.  I haven’t enjoyed the other posts there about newer bands but yesterday there was a great one.  The Heavy are a band from England that are amazing.  The singer sounds like Curtis Mayfield; I keep waiting for the singer to say either “aww superfly…” or “pusherman.”  Great set of horns to complete it.  Also, I don’t know why they would have an ax in their band picture, but I like it.  The album is already out in England; I can’t find when it is going to be released in the US. They only have four songs on their myspace, and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the songs.

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She & Him

Zooey Deschanel only keeps on getting cooler.  She was great as the sister in Almost Famous, the romantic interest in Elf and the batshit-crazy ex-girlfriend in Weeds.  I am sure that she is the reason that “Baby It’s Cold Outside” became so popular a couple years ago after she sang it in Elf.  She was supposed to be in a Janis Joplin biopic (even though it has been “indefinitely postponed”).  I used to think it was her in Fox’s Bones, but Kevin corrected me and pointed out that it was her sister, Emily.

   Her newest  venture is in music with indie rocker M. Ward as She & Him.  They are mellow tunes, but you can’t deny that she has a great voice.  Great cover of a Miracles/Smokey Robinson song You Really got a Hold on Me.  Another good one is Sentimental Heart.  But I am not a talker; you can find a good review of their album on Stereogum.

   The album doesn’t come out till March 18, but if Stereogum is reviewing it, you can probably find the whole cd floating around the internet.  Take a listen to some over at Hype Machine.

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Hannah Montana Gets Creepier

Hannah Montana  This was supposed to be another post about old tv show nostolgia, but it took a bad turn.  TvSquad.com (via Pop Candy) has a post about the differences in age between actors and the characters they play.  I don’t really think Estelle Getty counts because old is old, but I digress.  I always thought that James Van Der Beek was 30 when he played Dawson Leery (it turns out he was only 21 or so), so I looked through the comments to see if anyone else cleared that up for me.  I did not find that, but what I did find out was that Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer was actually 280 years old making David Boreanaz the winner.  I found out that that it is funny to see people try to make corrections with their nerdiness only to be corrected in the next comment by someone even more nerdy stating that the character Angel was 26 when he became a vampire freezing him at that age.  But the more interesting thing that I found out was that Jason Earles from Hannah Montana is most likely 30 playing a teenager.  Here is what I grabbed from his wikipedia page:

Jason Daniel Earles (born in San Diego, California) is an American actor. His birthday is April 26. His birth year has been the subject of conflicting reports. Earles was 29 years old in January 2007, per USA Today. Earles’ resume gives a birth date of April 26, 1985. A story in the Houston Chronicle in July 2007 stated that he was 19 years old. Before moving to southern California, Earles lived in Billings, Montana, where he graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 2000. He has contributed cast memorabilia to the college’s fund raisers.

   I know that not many people know or care about anything to do with Hannah Montana, but my roomate watches this show all the time and the show creeps me out (I watch some weird shit too, so I guess I can’t criticize).   There is  too much overacting, there’s Billy Ray Cyrus, there’s the fact that it only takes a wig to disguise her from everyone and then there’s this?   Whats next? Anthony Anderson?  The Hoff occasionally peaking into the window like a creep?

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