“Fame: Lady Gaga” And “Female Force: Betty White” To Hit Newsstands. Bluewater is publishing two separate comic books starring Lady Gaga and Betty White based on their career paths. “Fame: Lady Gaga” and “Female Force: Betty White” are scheduled to hit newsstands, comic bookstores and online venues on Wednesday, January 5. These special editions will also be available through several online venues including Amazon.com and the Barnes and Noble and Borders online stores. “Fame: Lady Gaga” follows the unknown Stefani Germanotta (Gaga’s real name) as she crafts a glam-rock persona and begins her climb up the pop music charts with monster hits like “Poker Face” and “Just Dance.” The issue will also showcase Gaga in some of her more unusual and extraordinary fashion choices as well as the replicas of costumes from her legendary performances. Veteran actress and comedian Betty White represents a near polar opposite from Gaga. Portrayed in her own biography title, “Female Force: Betty White” readers and fans can follow her 60-year career, which even includes the unprecedented and successful grassroots Facebook campaign to get her to host “Saturday Night Live.” Bluewater first published the “Female Force” titles in 2008 as a broad examination of strong and influential women who actively shape modern history and culture. In past issues, the monthly series has featured Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Thatcher, JK Rowling and Sarah Palin.
Betty White has starred in dozens of television shows including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls” and most recently “Hot In Cleveland.” She has won seven Emmy awards.
“On its face, neither should have anything in common with the other, but once you read their stories, you see the common thread,” said Bluewater president Darren Davis said of Gaga and White, “They are strong, influential women who have endured personal and professional challenges and have taken the marketing of their brand to whole new levels.”
The “Fame” series was launched earlier in 2010 as a companion piece to the successful “Female Force” and “Political Power” biography titles. The comic allows Bluewater to delve into the celebrity culture and understand how a person rises to fame, deals with the newfound celebrity and continue to produce in the public eye. That includes actors, sports figures, recording artists and royals.
Part of the proceeds from “Female Force: Betty White” will be donated to White’s favorite charity, GLAZA (Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association). White was named chairman of the 65,000 member nonprofit dedicated to nurturing wildlife and the well being of animals in September.
In the upcoming months the company will soon release comic autobiographies of Glenn Beck, Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Beyonce and The Black Eyed Peas.
Kate Gosselin And The Kids Fly To Australia In First Class. Kate Gosselin and her brood of 8 has flown to Australia to film their show. The “Kate Plus 8″ stars jetted Down Under in first class without their dad and former TLC reality show co-star Jon Gosselin. According to our source, Kate will also be traveling to New Zealand, and will be accompanied by her bodyguard Steve Nield. TLC is understood to be paying for the trip since they will be filming episodes of the show while the 35-year-old mom and her kids are taking a vacation. Our source told that Jon and his girlfriend Ellen Ross are left in the states, saying, “Kate and the kids flew out just before midnight last night in what will be a staggered trip to Australia and New Zealand.” “Obviously, Jon was informed of the excursion and the kids will not see their father again until mid-January when they return to America with their mom. They will be filming for ‘Kate Plus 8′ and the kids are excited about visiting both Australia and New Zealand.” Earlier this month, Kate and her kids guest starred in the TLC show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” wherein the Pennsylvania natives traveled to the Last Frontier and camped in the wild with the former governor and her family. Although the Gosselin kids were clearly enjoying their camping adventure, they had to cut their trip short after their whining mother threatened to cut them off from the family if they didn’t leave with her. Hopefully, since Australia is in summer season this time of the year, Kate won’t have any reason to whine and complain and force the kids to fly to the U.S. while they are still enjoying the trip.
Michelle Obama Top Choice As Ideal 2011 Red Carpet Celebrity. First Lady Michelle Obama is the top choice of professional event planners to walk the red carpet at an event in 2011, according to a new survey conducted by BizBash. She beats Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie, and even ex-President Bill Clinton and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in the list. Mrs. Obama was chosen over a list of celebrities in the survey, which asked readers their top choice to walk the red carpet at one of their events in the coming year. The First Lady garnered 25 percent of the votes. Following her is Clinton, who took 13 percent, while Palin got 2 percent at 10th place. BizBash editor-in-chief Chad Kaydo said, “I suspect our readers choose the first lady because of her personal style, but also because she has an authenticity about the projects that she gets behind.” “If you saw her at an event, you would feel she genuinely believed in its purpose. And unlike Jersey cast, she doesn’t go wherever she can pick up a check.” Rounding up the top 5 are Lady Gaga, Betty White and Angelina Jolie. BizBash publishes magazines and websites, as well as produces trade shows for the event industry. The top 10 celebrities professional event planners want for their party:
1.Michelle Obama (25%)
2.Bill Clinton (13%)
3.Lady Gaga (12%)
4.Betty White (9%)
5.Angelina Jolie (8%)
6.Kim Kardashian (6%)
7.Katy Perry and Russell Brand (5%)
8.James Franco (4%)
9.”Gossip Girl” cast (3%)
10.Sarah Palin (2%)
11.tie – The Jonas Brothers and “Jersey Shore” cast (1%)
Ellen DeGeneres Gets Inked In Comic Book Biography Series “Female Force”. A certain media personality who began her career as a comic has returned to that role. But now she’s a different kind of comic. Ellen DeGeneres is the latest subject of the biographical comic book series “Female Force.” The Bluewater Productions title details the lives of famous contemporary women and how they got be in their respective positions. The book begins with the “American Idol” judge’s childhood in Louisiana and moves onto her career on the standup circuit. A specific focus of the issue is in DeGeneres’ campaign for gay rights, which she contributed to in the 1990s on her self-titled sitcom, “Ellen,” when her character came out of the closet in a groundbreaking 1997 episode that was coupled with her own announcement of her sexuality. “Female Force” writer Sandra Ruckdeschel said in a press release for the issue that DeGeneres’ openly gay lifestyle was crucial to include in the book. “It is part of who she is and any telling of her story without acknowledging the importance she places on her identity would be disrespectful to her accomplishments,” she said. Other parts of the life of DeGeneres — who joins the ranks of other “Female Force” subjects such as Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin, J.K. Rowling, Barbara Walters and Michelle Obama, among others — include her performance on “The Tonight Show” in 1986, her stint hosting the Oscars in 2006 and her work on her current daytime talk show. Additionally, DeGeneres’ involvement with the anti-animal cruelty organization The Humane Society of the United States prompted Bluewater to donate a percentage of the book’s profits to the charity. “Ellen has been a leading force for animal protections issues,” said Michael Markarian, chief operating officer of the Humane Society. “We thank Ellen and Bluewater Productions for sharing the proceeds of her comic book with The Humane Society of the United States and for supporting out work to celebrate animals and confront cruelty.” “Female Force: Ellen DeGeneres” hits stores March 31 and retails for $3.99.
The voice actress, who played a character with Down syndrome in a controversial “Family Guy” episode, has spoken up about the condemnation of Sarah Palin. Andrea Fay Friedman, who was born with Down syndrome, says the former Vice Presidential candidate has no sense of humor. In the Fox animated series episode “Extra Large Medium,” son Chris was seen dating a girl who has the same disorder. She told him that she has an accountant for a father and a former governor of Alaska for a mother. This doesn’t sit well with some viewers, particularly Palin herself. Instead of directly commenting, she let eldest daughter Bristol to react on the episode, who then said that the producers of the show are “heartless jerks.” Friedman’s father, Hal, sent a copy of his daughter’s letter, explaining her involvement. The letter reads: “My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the ‘Extra Large Medium’ episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine’s Day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in ‘Smudge’ but I was a blonde in ‘Life Goes One.’” “I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line ‘I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska’ was very funny. I think the word is ‘sarcasm.’” “In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.” When asked by the New York Times if she agrees with Palin and Bristol that the character and the jokes on the show were insulting to people with Down syndrome, she answered, “It’s not really an insult. I was doing my role, I’m an actor. I’m entitled to say something. It was really funny. I was laughing at it.” She also added that she was “making fun of Sarah Palin, but not her son.”.
Barbara Walters 10 most fascinating people: Michelle Obama on top of most fascinating people of 2009. With husband getting Noble prize, First lady of US was crowned as ‘Most fascinating’ person of 2009. Celebrated newswoman Barbara Walters opted Michelle from a long list of fascinated people. From final selected list of 10 most fascinated people, first lady ranked number one or highly fascinated. Lady Gaga, Adam Continue reading →
No more Oprah? Oprah Winfrey announced that after 25 years, she will be pulling the plug on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Sept. 9, 2011. Oprah is preparing to start her own cable channel, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Celebs voiced their support and awe at Oprah’s decision. Ellen DeGeneres said, “I don’t think I could be here without her,” and Gayle King said, “We don’t need to worry about [Oprah] filling her time, I promise you that!” The media-mogul reaches 7 million viewers a day with The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah Winfrey has announce today that her powerhouse daytime television show, the foundation of a multibillion-dollar media empire with legions of fans, will end Continue reading →
Sorry, Sarah Palin. Nothing personal, President Obama. If politics was all the rage for costumes last Halloween, this year it’s out and pop culture is in, you betcha. Palin’s beehive has been replaced by “Twilight” vamps, Lady Gaga wigs, and, of course, sequin-heavy tributes to the late, great King of Pop. It’s time to go back to the future with totally awesome ’80s costumes in general and homages to pop icon Michael Jackson in particular. When darkness falls across the land Oct. 31, and the midnight hour is close at hand, it’s going to be “Thriller” time. Good luck finding one of Jackson’s trademark glitter gloves. “It’s all about the glove and the socks,” says Jackie Littlejohn, manager of the Spirit Halloween store in Milpitas. “And all of the popular stuff is gone, or almost gone.” Jackson is one of the biggest trends in costumes this year, alongside other celebs, from Madonna and Lady Gaga (go bottomless with a blond wig?) to Kate Gosselin (of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ fame) whose hairstyle has been described as a reverse mullet. The spiky-blond Kate wig is cheekily dubbed “Eight Is Too Much.” “Michael Jackson is huge for kids. Every time we get those little red Thriller jackets in the store, boom, they’re gone,” says Kellie Hudson, owner of the Halloween Bootique at Oakridge Mall in San Jose, where many little boys also seemed to favor the classics — you know, “Toy Story,” “Transformers” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” “It’s a nostalgia thing for parents who are children of the ’80s.” Jen Norcia, for one, is in the mood for a little moonwalk down memory lane. “I’m going ’80s for Halloween, with the big hair and everything. I just had my 20th high school reunion and I want to reminisce a little,” says the San Jose mom as she chased her 3-year-old son from one monster mask to another. “I tried to get my son Nick to be a mini-Michael Jackson this year but it was a no-go. He insists on Sonic the Hedgehog.” The recession may be one reason retro is back this year. The National Retail Federation estimates that Halloween spending will tumble 18 percent to $4.75 billion, down from $5.77 billion last year. Rummaging through the closet for a full-on ’80s ensemble is one way to bargain hunt. Shoulder pads? Check. Parachute pants? Gulp. Bet you wish you hung onto that Members Only jacket. “Costumes can seem pricey,” says Krysta Delfino, who works at Natasha’s Attic costume shop in San Jose. “A lot of people are looking to take a 20-year-old pair of leg warmers and pull it together as an ’80s costume.” Monsters remain huge, from the “Twilight” vampires (especially Dakota Fanning’s creeptastic red-eyed Jane) to those hipper-than-ever brain-eating hordes from “Zombieland.” “Freakin’ vampires, man,” says Delfino, who is planning to dress up as a Zombie pinup girl. —‰’Twilight’ is so in right now.” The popularity of ghouls and goblins might be one indication that folks are eager to banish their fears about reality with some quality escapism. “The recession is such a downer,” Delfino says. “People want to get their minds off of it and have some fun.” Indeed, our Halloween rituals are rooted in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Masks were worn to ward off demons and offerings were left on the doorstep to appease evil spirits. Throughout the ages, the holiday has been a way to brighten the deepening gloom of winter. These days, Halloween costume trends are also a snapshot of the zeitgeist. We dress up both as the icons we want to be (Megan Fox? Sienna Miller?) and the ones we don’t (Bernie Madoff? Balloon Boy?). Wish fulfillment rarely comes so cheap. “Halloween allows us to express some personal side of ourselves,” says Dan Vado, founder of San Jose’s SLG Publishing, who plans to be a devil. “Whatever it is you want to be or do, there is a place for it.”
The talk show host’s revelation that he had relationships with female employees sparks impassioned discussion about hypocrisy and sex in the workplace. David Letterman has milked plenty of sex scandals for laughs. But it remains to be seen whether the CBS comic’s admission Thursday that he had sexual liaisons with female employees while he was involved with his now-wife, the mother of his 5-year-old son, will fade away with a few late-night punch lines. Although Letterman focused on his role as the victim of a would-be extortionist who demanded $2 million to keep the details of his affairs secret, the episode sparked impassioned discussion Friday about sex in the workplace and hypocrisy. After years of mocking other public figures for their sexual indiscretions, Letterman, 62, is facing scrutiny for behavior Continue reading →
Halloween is right around the corner, and women are already planning creative Halloween costumes. What’s your fantasy? Here’s a list of the best Halloween costumes for women for 2009. With all the choices this year, you can be anything you want to be. The Halloween shopping season has officially begun, and costume shops are offering their predictions of what this year’s hot sellers will be. The king of pop’s untimely demise will make Michael Jackson a popular choice among Continue reading →