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Entertainment Weekly Oscars Issue

Billy Crystal Covers Entertainment Weekly’s Annual Oscar Issue

Entertainment Weekly Oscars IssueBilly Crystal is returning as the Oscar emcee for the eighth time tonight, but he’s not about to make the same foibles others have in recent years.

Some may enjoy the celebrity assault Ricky Gervais mounted while hosting the Golden Globes, but this year’s Academy Awards host Billy Crystal isn’t one of them. Covering Entertainment Weekly‘s annual Oscar Issue, the actor says, “That whole concept of ‘I want to really go after people’–I don’t understand that. Is it a roast or is it an awards show? Do you dislike these people?” Ahem, Mr. Gervais?

But before the Hollywood elite breathe a complete sigh of relief, they should know that Crystal doesn’t want them to get too comfortable. While Crystal, returning to the gig 21 years after his Oscar hosting debut, uses a “different bar” as a host, he’s not opposed to a friendly jab now and then. “If there’s a good target and they deserve it, you can kid them in the right way,” he says. “But it’s not the place to go out there and hammer people, because who am I? There’s many times we’ve kicked out jokes because they were too personal.”

It seems the eight-time Academy Award emcee  wants to have a good time but not at the expense of the nominees. After all, the comedian-turned-actor has also been a die-hard fan of the show itself since he was six or seven years old.  He recalls, “When I would first watch it … I very rarely could stay up until the Best Picture award, so my mother would write down who won and when I came into the kitchen the next morning, the list of winners would be in my cereal bowl.”

A host who’s just as big of a fan as we are? How fantastic is that? So much better than last year when Anne Hathaway tried to will fellow Oscar host James Franco into enjoying the night. But no amount of dress changes or Cheshire cat grins could win him (or their critical audience) over. For that reason, the expectation for this year’s show to be great is certainly high, to which Crystal simply says, “I’ve got to deliver.”

Will you be watching the Academy Awards tonight? How do you feel about Billy Crystal returning as the host? Which film deserves the Best Picture crown in your opinion?

Vogue magazine March 2012

Adele’s Controversial Vogue Cover

Vogue magazine March 2012

Controversial March 2012 Vogue cover

Adele’s voice has held the world’s attention for an entire year, but now her curvaceous figure is becoming the focus of some unexpected media scrutiny.

Even my two-year-old daughters are die-hard fans of Adele. It seems she can do no wrong these days, having cleaned up at the Grammys with a whopping six awards and performed to a standing ovation during the broadcast. She’s weathered vocal cord surgery and recovery in the past year, found love with new beau Simon Konecki, and now she’s covering the March issue of Vogue. Vogue magazine, people. Not too shabby.

But some are crying foul at what I honestly thought was a beautiful cover of the Brit songstress.The problem? Critics think the image has been airbrushed or Photoshopped, and some fans have been sounding off on the magazine’s website. One reader claimed that while she loved the accompanying interview, the cover was “the worst picture of Adele I’ve seen,” adding, “Frankly, I can’t seem [to] relate to it and I just hope that it hasn’t been much Photoshopped. Adele is a larger than life personality and this just doesn’t do her justice.”

This comes on the heels of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld’s incredibly insensitive comments regarding Adele’s curvy figure, one that some believe she’s trimmed down since having surgery. According to Entertainment Weekly, in an interview with Metro US, the designer said, “The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but has a beautiful face and a divine voice.”

Oh, no he didn’t.

Lagerfeld was forced to eat crow along with that inserted foot in his mouth but chalked his unfortunate comments up to being taken “out of context.” Not that Adele’s letting the designer get the last word on that matter. In a February interview with People magazine, the singer says, “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.”

Which makes me all the more proud to be her fan.

What do you think of Adele’s Vogue cover? Does it look retouched to you? More so than other covers?

Vogue February 2012

How Vogue Cover Girl Taylor Swift Deals with Her Critics

Vogue February 2012 cover

Vogue Feb. 2012

Even with all the red carpets, shiny awards and adoring fans, Taylor Swift opened up to Vogue about heartbreak, the future and never feeling like the cool kid.

Look out, Jake Gyllenhaal! It’s been more than a year since you dumped Country Sweetheart Taylor Swift (right before New Year’s and her birthday), but she’s far from over you.This can only mean one thing: You’ve no doubt inspired her next album. Hold on, buddy, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Though they only spent a couple of months as an official couple in late 2010, Swift tells Vogue  in the February issue , “There’s just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak, and that will turn out to be what the next album is about.” No kidding.

The pop-country phenom further explains, “The only way that I can feel better about myself–pull myself out of that awful pain of losing someone–is writing songs about it to get some sort of clarity.” And boy, can girlfriend write a song!

It’s not as if Swift hasn’t got a thing going for her these days. She just had three Academy of Country Music nominations and will also host the April 1 broadcast. And, according to Entertainment Weekly, she was offered the role of Eponine earlier this month in the big screen musical adaptation of “Les Miserables.” However, her casting does seem to be a bit controversial, says the magazine, as she has yet to really prove her acting chops beyond 2010′s “Valentine’s Day.”

The 22-year-old superstar admits she’s more than a little uncertain about her future plans as well. She tells Vogue, “I fret about the future. What my next move should be. What the move after that should be. How I am going to sustain this. How do I evolve.”

As for the haters who may be at the ready to discourage her, the “Mean” singer admits high school taught her how to do deal with that. She says, “I think who you are in school really sticks with you. I don’t ever feel like the cool kid at the party, ever. It’s like, Smile and be nice to everybody, because you were not invited to be here.”

Yeah, but they don’t teach a class like that in school.



marc martel queen audition youtube

YouTube Sensation Marc Martel Channels Queen’s Freddie Mercury

Living in Nashville pretty much guarantees you know a musician or two. Marry a music producer like I did, and your social circle is undoubtedly comprised of friends whose work schedules aren’t dictated by the hours “9 to 5″ but the words “on the road.” Having a recording studio here on our property (like everyone else in town) has given me the “unique” opportunity to have my work day accompanied by original music. Not that I’m complaining.

A few years back, the husband was working with a particularly talented band called Downhere. As newlyweds, we’d shared a duplex with one of the lead singers, Jason Germain, and his lovely wife, Heather, but I’d never met the rest of the band. Imagine my surprise at finding out Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was among them.

No, not really. This is not the story of me resurrecting the musically great, but it is your introduction to Downhere’s other talented lead singer, Marc Martel–the one with the uncanny ability to channel the pipes of not only the late Mercury, but also sing the best of opera and rock out with his, well… rock band. When the band started recording, I distinctly remember asking my husband after the first day: “Are you guys referencing Queen on this record?” My husband’s reply: “Nope. Marc just sounds like Freddie Mercury. Even more when he’s trying.” Oh, so he wasn’t even trying?

And so, it remained a joke among the band’s friends and fans, all of whom were occasionally serenaded by Martel’s Mercurial stylings–a cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” might pop up on the road (something Mercury himself rarely performed live in concert due to its difficulty). Still, considering how incredible Downhere is, not nearly enough folks have tuned in to their music. Until now.

In a “such a time as this” moment, it would seem a larger spotlight has found Martel, and hopefully, his band too. Queen’s very own drummer, songwriter, and singer Roger Taylor is launching The Queen Extravaganza talent search, which will result in a 2012 tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band. Forget “American Idol.” On the the official site, Taylor explains the venture, saying, “The Queen Extravaganza will not be a traditional tribute show. It’s a brand-new show specially designed to enable fans to celebrate the music of Queen in a heart-stopping event.”

Naturally, Queen faithful with musical chops are uploading their audition videos to win a place in the un-traditional tribute band. Among them is Martel. And he seems to be the frontrunner for lead singer. As of this moment, Martel’s audition cover of “Somebody to Love” (see video above) is approaching 3.9 million views on YouTube. He’s also enjoying write ups by The Wall Street Journal and my entertainment bible, Entertainment Weekly. Martel’s even been plucked by the “The Ellen Show” to perform on today’s episode and sit down with DeGeneres herself. (Check local listings for channel and time in your area.)

Martel seems to be the fella to beat. Comments on the YouTube video range from, “He sounds just like Freddie Mercury” and “He should win,” to the doubters’ claims of lip-syncing.” So, for those of you who are apt to cry foul or claim Auto-Tune, rest assured: Martel is the real deal–not just fantasy. And fans o’ Freddie, it’s OK to trust Martel with this project. He’s just as big a fan as you are.