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Is Google Getting Into The Cable Business?

Have you heard of this Internet company called "Google?"

Yeah, they’re totally hot right now. OK. They’ve been hot for a while. They dominate the search engine world and everyone uses their email services. (Admit it: We all look down on people who are still using Hotmail or Yahoo! for email.)

But, Google has also been known for stepping outside of its comfort zone and trying out new ventures. Sometimes that works out really well, like with the Android smartphone operating system and the Google Chrome web browser. But, sometimes it really doesn’t work out well, like with Google Checkout, Google Buzz and, most recently, Google +.

The latest possible Google venture? Becoming a cable service provider. Currently, the company is testing the waters with a planned fiber-optic high-speed Internet service that’ll only roll out in a couple of select market. Think Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. (of all places).

There is also talk that Google is thinking of adding TV and telephone services to it’s offerings as well. This would essentially put the Internet giant at odds with the major cable companies that rule over the Internet-TV-Phone market -- which could lead to competitively better prices and services. (Fingers crossed.) Or, lead to nothing if Google decides it’s not a viable venture.

Whatever happens, we’re all still going to be paying [insert cable company here] what seems like way too much -- so we can Facebook and tweet while we watch "True Blood" and talk on the phone.

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MSNBC Rocks Hay Adams (Think Chris Matthews Book Launch)

If there's anything we love more than a party, it's an MSNBC party.

If there's anything we love more than that, it's an MSNBC party with Chris Matthews.

And, our Twitter friend, Rob Thompson [@RobThompsonDC], recently got the scoop on just that: a soiree at the Hay Adams hotel, hosted by MSNBC President Phil Griffin, to celebrate the launch of the "Hardball" host's new book, "Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero."

Rob writes:

"The invitation-only gathering brought out a who’s who of both politicians and news people. The political side of the ring included House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald, dozens of Democratic House members, head of the Democratic National Committee Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Supreme Court Justices Steven Breyer and Antonin Scalia.

"The news people included MSNBC’s hosts of Morning Joe Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, her husband former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, the Washington Post‘s Ben Bradlee and the author of Obama’s Wars and All the Presidents Men and arguably the best journalist in town, Bob Woodward. There were also a number of MSNBC regular analysts including the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman, Newsweek’s Richard Wolffe, Mother Jones’ David Corn and former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele."

Uh, why didn't you make us your "plus one," Rob? We would've been all over that -- like T-Paw on Gaga! 



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Review: Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili & Ballet of Georgia

Sunday night's George Washington University Lisner Auditorium the State Ballet of Georgia -- run by Prime Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili -- showcased four pieces to an enthusiastic crowd.

Admist the crowd, Glittarazzi could hear a lot of Russian being spoken, which added to the cool atmosphere.

Nina is 48 years old, yet is still dancing. She is famous for performing in the Swan piece, which she did Sunday. She had the audience on their feet, whooping and hollering like a baseball game. Usually at ballets, the audience waits to clap until the piece is over (Team Glittarazzi learned this as we listened to a woman next to us kvetch about how people shouldn't clap until the piece is over), but she received loud applause as she tip toed (OK, we know that 's not the technical term) across the stage. She undulated her arms to make them look like a swan and then tip toed backwards with her head extended back too. Just beautiful. She wore a white tutu.

The four pieces performed were:

  • Charms Of Mannerism
  • Bizet Variations
  • Swan
  • Dreams about Japan

"Charms Of Mannerism" was almost like the story, "Pinnochio." The ballet dancers started like mannequins and then came to life. It was advant garde with humor thrown in. "Bizet Variations" featured three female and three male dancers in various shades of blue hues dancing to Bizet.  It was quite beautiful the way the men raised the women through the air (again apologies for lack of ballet technical terms). "The Swan" was THE favorite of the crowd, featuring Nina Ananiashvili only. Just gorgeous. Lastly, "Dreams About Japan" featured four parts that were mainly about love lost, and a guy that can't stop dancing. The drums and the singing on the stage gave an almost barbic tone to the dances.  The Japanese garb was super cute. The talent? Immense.

At the end of the show, the appreciative crowd was on its feet and Nina was given so many flowers she could barely hold them all.  What wonderful talent!
 

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Starbucks Is So Sorry It Ruined Your Day

Starbucks' Twitter-based customer service reps are very sorry.

They're sorry your coffee was cold. They're sorry your oatmeal sucked. They're sorry your cup was half-full.

And, when you're sad, @Starbucks is sad, too. So sad, in fact, that its customer service team members seem to be sending out gift cards by the dozen.

So, if you are broke as a joke and in need of some free java, get tweeting now. Starbucks wants to give free stuff to mad people -- and we're not sure when this giving state of depression will end.

 

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DC Po-Po Protects Floyd Mayweather From Strippers

How many Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department officers and bodyguards does it take to protect Pro Boxer Floyd Mayweather [@FloydMayweather] from strippers at @theSTADIUMCLUB?

If you guessed around 15, then you'd be correct.

We spotted five SUVs, four police cars and three @DCPoliceDept motorcycles in the pro boxer's motorcade. There were also several police officers, standing around, guarding his SUVs after he entered the gentlemen's club. 

Thursday night, Floyd was also out and about in our Nation's Capital -- he and his MPD entourage rolled to The Park nightclub after the Jay-Z and Kanye West "Watch The Throne" concert. And, Oct. 26, he was also in town for Howard Homecoming (he stopped by Stadium that night as well; see pic, above).

Wait -- that's a lot of time in D.C. Did Floyd move here?

Nah, he's just a member of the Twitter-based #MoneyTeam, according to his tweets. You know, he's in the check-cashing business. Whatever the f*ck that schizza means. @SnoohGattiBoo is not impressed.

 

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Cody Eakin: Pretty Pie (For A White Guy)

What will those uppercrust ice athletes think of next?

First, Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin was turned into wax. Then, some of the Caps boys rocked the runway. And now, NHL Newbie Cody Eakin is explaining to the WWW why he got some pie to the face.

Cody made his first Caps goal ever, which won him a lot of media attention and a shaving cream pie -- bam! straight to the kisser -- via the hands of Ovi. 

Dang! Talk about a pie-eating contest! If this is what would happen to us if we got a goal, we'd never score (because we'd be too flipping afraid). And, if we accidentally did score, we'd bluff by giving the team captain the evil pie eye through the rest of the game.

But, since Toby is way tougher than any member of Team Glittarazzi, we're going to file this incident under "nice as pie."

Aiiight. We're going to shut our pie holes now and get straight to the pie-eyed faceoff video -> here. 

Congrats, Cody! We think you're pretty pie for a white guy.  

 


 Did you know? ... Cody Eakin was in a movie theater, watching "In Time," when his phone rang Monday and the Capitals summoned him to Washington. Cody, 20, was one of the last players cut from Capitals training camp this season, but after 10 games (3 goals, 8 assists) with Hershey, the big club wanted to take a look at its young prospect. When the Capitals assigned him to the Bears on Oct. 4, Eakin was told that where he ultimately spends the most time in his first full season as a pro would be a reflection of his work. - via wapo 
 

 


Cody's first goal puck via @SergeyKocharov

Photos via OT 

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MTV European Music Awards: Celebs Ready To Party In Ireland

We love glamorous awards shows, so we're really excited to watch the MTV European Music Awards this Sunday.

Celebs are getting a little excited, too!

We've seen a few tweet out how happy they are to be in Belfast, the city where the 2011 awards will be held.

@DavidHasselhoff says he's there as a Twitter ambassador (we know you're actually excited to hear Justin Bieber perform, David!). We've also seen that @katyperry, @selenagomez, @JENNIWOWW, @Sn00ki and @jessiejofficial are in Ireland, too. 

Sounds like an exciting night! Good luck to all the nominees, and we can't wait to watch all of the performances.

Oh, and if you ever wondered what ghetto-fab Selena Gomez would look like, here you go: 

http://youtu.be/llQrToudu-0

 

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Ah-Nold Gets His Late Night Snack On At Walmart

Celebrities! They're just like us!

They even get those awkward late-night cravings, like we do. And, where does someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger go when it's 2 a.m.?

Well, Walmart, obviously.

According to the "Governator," Walmart is just a great place to go to eat healthy.

Um, Arnold? We heard you were just there buying some reading glasses and cough drops. Where's that late-night snack you supposedly were getting?
 

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Mariah Yeater Is One Crazy Bizatch (We Don't Belieb Her)

Wow.

We present to you: Mariah Yeater, the girl who's been giving Justin Bieber so much Baby Mama Drama (yep, we had to capitalize it).

We heard Mariah had a Twitter, so we checked it out, and here's what we learned: 

Homegirl is CRAZY!

After going through a bunch of her tweets, that's the only logical conclusion. She's been talking for a long time about how good Justin Bieber's haircut looks, and how much she loves his new CD -- but recently she switched to telling people they're stupid and hating on Beliebers.

Oh, also, we found this (WARNING: Semi-naked baby mama drama).
 

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Groupon: Go Big Or Go Home (We're Worth $13B, Baby!)

Are you feeling pretty good about yourself today?

Here, we've got a story that'll fix that. ...

@Groupon just raised $700 million after increasing the size of its initial public offering -- making it the largest Internet IPO by a U.S. Internet company since @Google. Groupon is now valued at $13 billion and has increased its shares to 35 million, pricing them at $20 each.

Yeah, that's right. When was the last time you made $700 million just by letting a few people in on a piece of your action?

Wait, scratch that. We actually don't want to know.

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Toby Keith + 'Red Solo Cup' = No. 1 (Proceed To Party!)

You know what we could use right. about. now? A red Solo cup party!

Thank goodness there's a song for that. 

Introducing Country Star Toby Keith‘s new single, "Red Solo Cup!"

Written by Brett and Brad Warren and Brett and Jim Beavers (two sets of brothers), the comical song actually started off as a joke by its writers, but now everyone's getting it. The new party anthem might even make its TV debut soon. (RollingStone.com is reporting that it is currently in Glee's writers' room.)

"I've known the Warren Brothers for years. They got me the song, and I said, "This is stupid, but it's freakin' awesome," Keith told CMT. "It's like you're almost embarrassed to say that you like it. And I love it."

The tune, which is currently the No. 2 country song in the iTunes store, is featured in Keith's just-released album, "Clancy's Tavern," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. It is also No. 5 on the cross-genre Billboard 200 chart (right behind new albums from Coldplay and Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble’s new Christmas album and Adele’s juggernaut "21"). 

And, with a music video that features cameos by some top-notch personalities -- think Joe Nichols, Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, Eric Church, the Warren Brothers, Craig Ferguson, Larry Bird, Roger Clemens and Carrot Top -- how could anything go wrong? (Other than major party cup pyramid #fail?!)

So, grab a red Solo cup and hold onto your hats, folks. It looks like this is going to be a fun, musical ride!




Enter for your chance to win EXCLUSIVE Custom Toby Keith “Red Solo Cup” Cornhole Boards!

Here is how to enter:

1. Tweet your "Red Solo Cup" creation to @tobykeithmusic
2. Make sure to tag #redsolocupcontest and #tobykeith in your tweet
3. All entries will be posted to Toby's Facebook page in the photo album: "RED SOLO CUP PHOTO CONTEST"

Enter 11.1.2011 through 11.30.2011
Winner will be chosen on December 1, 2011
Read the fine print. 
 


Our favorite lyrics snippet:  

"Now a red Solo cup is the best receptacle
For barbeques, tailgates, fairs and festivals
And you, sir, do not have a pair of testicles
If you prefer drinking from glass

A red Solo cup is cheap and disposable
In 14 years they are decomposable
And, unlike my home, they are not foreclosable
Freddie Mac can kiss my a$$!"

Photo: We snagged this behind-the-scenes tour photo from @bobmarconi :-) 

 Photo: We snagged this lovely photo from @google. :-)

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We Did Lunch ... With Tom Brokaw

This week, we also met Tom Brokaw.

He was at the National Press Club to discuss his book, "The Time of Our Lives," which "takes a broad view of how American life has changed since the Great Depression and how to foster America's future."

If you missed it because you had to work for the man, then catch the storied news reporter tonight at Politics and Prose bookstore (7 p.m.).

 

 

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Arby's: Happy Sandwich Day, Y'all!

Happy Sandwich Day, folks!

What's that? You didn't know it was sandwich day? Well, you're welcome, then.

Personally, we think sandwiches are pretty perfect. What's not to love? Almost any food item you can think of tastes good between two slices of bread.

And, we love to get fancy with our sandwiches. Brie and roast beef on a baguette equals perfection.

(But, we know what you like: Fluffernutters. Don't even try to deny it.)

 

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