Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Sasha Grey’s appearance at a grade school, to a judge deciding stalking Selena Gomez is no big deal, to MTV doing something for 70s & 80s babies everywhere, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
* In what is, undoubtedly, one of my favorite stories of the year, former porn star Sasha Grey read to a group of first graders in California earlier this month. The school originally tried to cover her appearance up, which is the most covered up Sasha Grey has been in a while, saying she was never there. The school, however, forgot about the modern marvel that is photography, and pictures were already on the internet when they made their lame statement about her not being there. Now the story that’s being given is the school was only told she was an actress on Entourage, a show filled with nudity, cursing and drugs (that I absolutely loved). Of course, everybody is missing the real point, which is she was reading to first graders, who only know her as “the pretty lady who came in to read to us.” Also, if someone wants to read a book to your kid, let them! Lord knows a lot of parents aren’t doing it themselves.
* The new Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn - Part 1, made $283.5 mil worldwide this past weekend. In a related story, NBA players are now looking into work as sparkly vampires.
* Selena Gomez has a creepy fan who a judge in Illinois feels isn’t being creepy enough to warrant the stalking charges levied against him. Forty six year old Thomas Brodnicki, who had been granted a stay-away order by a different judge, allegedly told a psychiatrist he traveled to LA to see Gomez and had conversations with God about killing her. The new judge says Brodnicki “lacked specific intent.” I guess you have to graphically describe how you’re going to kill someone in order to get this judge’s attention. Either that, or maybe he’s someone who really doesn’t like Justin Bieber and wants to see the Canadian pop star attempt to defend his girlfriend from a psycho. Hmm, this judge may be onto something here!
* Sting is celebrating 25 years as a solo performer with a free app for the iPad. Titled Sting 25, the app coincides with his new boxed set, Sting: 25 Years, and will be, in his words, “a scrapbook for the digital age.” Does anyone else see the irony in the guy who wrote “Message In A Bottle” having a scrapbook on the iPad?
* Over the past four seasons of Jersey Shore The Situation has made himself known as a meddler who gets into other people’s business and generally causes trouble. This past week, however, he may have gotten himself into a “situation” where he’s in the right. You remember earlier in the year when Abercrombie & Fitch had their failed publicity stunt involving telling the Jersey Shore personalities they’d pay them to not wear A&F clothing? Well, Sitch took a gander at what A&F is selling now and got a little miffed. Shirts that read “GTL... You Know The Deal” and “The Fituation” are in stores and Sitch is suing saying they violate his trademark. The scary thing is he’s probably right. Not only that, he’s suing for what in Hollywood is a reasonable amount - $1 mil in royalties, $3 mil in damages. If he wins maybe he’ll finally be able to get someone other than that crazy blonde to sleep with him.
* MTV has figured out people really liked their old programming. They’ve already brought back Beavis and Butt-Head and 120 Minutes, and up next is a special one time reappearance of Yo! MTV Raps! After The Sucker Free Awards, which will ironically feature a lot of artists that would get their chain snatched if they ever walked through the hood, MTV2 will be airing a half hour retrospective called Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts that will feature Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover and Dr. Dre. DJ Premier will be remixing the show’s original theme song, and everyone born between 1975 and 1985 will be tuning in.
* Chris Brown continues to cement his place as the king of asinine actions. His most recent contribution to his title came via Twitter where he went on a rampage against people who bring up the fact that he beat Rihanna. Brown attempted to delete the tweets, but because this is the internet they had already been saved by numerous people for posterity's sake. With all his actions in mind I want to close this edition of Pop Shots with a special dedication to Chris Brown...
And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.