It was a big week for Facebook, from the company’s IPO to the marriage of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan to Katy Perry’s incorporation of the Timeline in to her new lyric video for “Wide Awake.” But with Facebook growing in monetary status, age, and popularity – can users expect changes?
Kevin Evanetski says yes, and that the changes will be for the better. The social media expert believes Facebook’s next major improvements will come in its search features and mobile applications.
Evanetski founded Social Yeah, a boutique social media strategy firm based in Buffalo, NY.
Former Atlantic Records artist Gia Farrell won a Golden Ticket to Hollywood during the Portland, OR auditions for “American Idol” this season. Although Gia did not make it to the live show, she did get to meet and interact with some of the finalists who did.
Farrell talked about her experience and who she thinks could win “Idol” on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”
Life & Style Weekly writes in the magazine’s latest issue edition about Adele’s recent admission to Matt Lauer that she wore four pairs of Spanx last February at The Grammy Awards. Senior reporter Laura Lane also chatted about Britney Spears signing on to “The X-Factor” while Jennifer Lopez may be leaving “American Idol.”
E! News reports that this will be Jennifer Lopez’s last season as a judge on “American Idol.” Apparently her co-headlining tour with Enrique Iglesias will be overseas when “Idol” is taping auditions for next season.
Ology.com Senior Editor Terron Moore thinks that with a long career ahead of her, the timing is right for JLO to pursue other ventures.
Some credit “Jersey Shore” with reviving MTV, a network that was trying to find its place in pop culture after “The Real World” ratings dwindled, “The Hills” came to an end, and music videos became an online, on-demand commodity.
But, it almost didn’t happen. The original concept for “Jersey Shore” was actually intended for VH1.
“When I applied for it, there was actually a VH1 application,” revealed Seaside Heights star Vinny Guadagnino. The Staten Island-born partier sat down with me at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT before signing copies of his new book, Control The Crazy: My Plan To Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool. “It was asking for ‘orange’ people that have really spike-y hair and big muscles and stuff.”
Offended that the casting directors thought all people who partied on the Shore looked like this, Guadagnino applied, despite lacking the tan, hair, and muscles. Producers loved him and the reality TV star was a part of the first show pilot, entitled “Guidos.” Initially, the plan was to take the “Flavor of Love” or “Rock of Love” dating competition model and apply it to Seaside Heights. But fearing that there was already too many shows similar on television, Viacom executives changed the concept to a more “Real World”-like model. Vinny was left, but some younger women, such as Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi were brought in. Suddenly, the show was more MTV friendly.
“You need diversity in the cast,” explained Guadagnino. “You need a spectrum from light to tan (laughing). That’s why you pick me, because people want to identify with different types of people. So if you had all the same cast member, it wouldn’t really be an entertaining show, right?”
Probably not, and perhaps the series would not be gearing up for its sixth season. Filming in “the house” begins this summer.
“When I first started, I didn’t know what I was walking in to,” Vinny recalled. “Now at least I know who is going to be there. I know that ‘Snooki’ is pregnant and Mike [‘The Situation’ Sorrentino] was just going through something so, I just know as much as you do. I’m just going to go there and make the best of it.”
That “something” Guadagnino referred to is probably the reports that “The Situation” found himself in rehab, allegedly over addictions to alcohol and prescription pills. The abuse of drugs is one of many lessons Vinny touches on in his new book, as he tries to help others cope with anxiety issues.
“Whenever Mike does something bad, he always comes to me,” Guadagnino said. “He’s like, ‘Vin, I’m gonna do something.’ And I’m like, ‘Alright…’ because he knows that I’m going to give him “the look” afterwards.”
As Vinny found himself needing help, he went to an on-set therapist, who he refers to in the book as “Dr. B.” But not even a professional could prevent the anxiety from getting the best of Guadagnino, and he reveals in the book that it was his personal struggle that led him to temporarily leave the show during season five.
“When it was happening to me, they really didn’t know what to do,” said Vinny, before revealing that his cast-mates offered him amongst other things, strippers, to help him out. Guadagnino appreciated the sentiment but declined. “Anything that ever happens to you can be looked at as a positive thing because the reason why I know all this stuff and I have a book and that I’m very knowledgeable in spirituality is because I’ve gone through it.”
As he said earlier in the interview when referring to himself, Guadagnino truly is the “Dalai Lama” of the house on “Jersey Shore.” If nothing else, he certainly adds to the cast a diversity that he credits with the show’s success.
Life & Style Weekly reports in the magazine’s latest issue that Jennifer Aniston may be pregnant. Events Editor Juliet Izon explained why and also talked about Jessica Simpson’s new baby and Jessica Biel showing off her new engagement ring with Justin Timberlake at The Met Gala.
So much for that Rihanna and Chris Brown reunion. Entertainment reporter Jill Wilderman explained why the two unfollowed each other on Twitter! (VIDEO BELOW IS NSFW, EXPLICIT CONTENT)
Apparently it all stemmed from the above free-style (NSFW) Brown released, where he mentions an ex-girlfriend. Allegedly, the person in question is RiRi.
Check out Jill’s blog here and follow her on Twitter here.
Despite their meteoric success, the members of the band Fun. find themselves staying true to their roots in multiple ways.
The first is the tour the band is currently on. Fun. sold out most of the shows scheduled before June before “We Are Young” became a huge anthem. Especially in a touring market that is struggling to find both stars and success stories, the business-savvy decision might have been to move the dates to larger venues. You lose the intimacy of the small set-ups but you can sell more tickets and put more money on the books.
Keyboardist Andrew Dost told me Fun. wasn’t having any of it.
“They’ve supported us for years, without the success of ‘We Are Young,’ Dost said of Fun.’s fan base during a recent call in to “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “This tour we figured, let’s not move these venues up. Let’s leave it where it is. Let’s go have a party with all the people that have been singing along for years, and then in the summer we’ll meet some new friends along the way.”
Truth be told, I’m sure Fun. is meeting plenty of new friends at the moment. Dost called in to pre-tape our conversation last week – amidst a sound check with radio station winners, two meet-and-greets, seven phone interviews, and the second of a two night, sold out stand of shows at the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.
Essentially this is the result of “We Are Young” appearing on “Glee,” in a Super Bowl commercial, and being spun on radio stations from Los Angeles to the Empire State. But for Dost, the beauty of the new-found stardom is the opportunity to use the band’s platform for a greater good. Fun. is an advocate for equal rights and treatment of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender community. All three of the band members, including lead singer Nate Ruess and guitarist Jack Antonoff, are straight. But inspired by Lady GaGa, Fun. feels compelled to speak out against what it feels are injustices to the LGBT community.
“Any rights that are denied to anyone, should offend everybody,” Dost said, the interview taped before but airing after North Carolina’s vote to ban same-sex marriages. “[Lady GaGa] is not only an amazing artist, but she uses the fact that people are listening to her to say important things that need to be said.”
Fun. hopes that this new addition to its fan base will continue to listen, as the band just wrapped filming the music video for “Some Nights,” the title track and second single from its sophomore LP.