A picture’s worth a thousand songs… Now this is a diva picola, if I’ve ever seen one! Go, girl!
From Robin Leach’s ever-fab Las Vegas Sun column:
It was Celine Dion’s own crazy idea for a stunt photograph, and it turned out to be a first. All four of the superstars performing at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace — Shania Twain, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Celine — agreed to a unique photo shoot that next week in People magazine.
“I don’t like to do things that are easy,” 46-year-old Canadian songbird Celine told the weekly celebrity publication. It was a coup to have all four pose for the photos. Celine was hauled 11 feet into the air to pose in the arms of the hotel’s replica of the Michelangelo masterpiece of the statue of David.
The original ideas for the shoot didn’t get Celine excited, and she came up with her own “dream” of winding up in David’s arms. The magazine photographers loved her idea and said, “Let’s do it.” Afterward, Celine told People’s Mark Gray: “I don’t know if anyone else went into David’s arms, but, if I am the first, I am very honored.” Turns out she was the first… *
Meanwhile, a wondrous collection of still shots from Celine & NeYo’s “Incredible” video (courtesy of Facebook’s Celine Dionn).
The grand return of The Smoking Nun’s take on the hottest, most beautiful and alluring magazine covers from around the world for June 2014. Best of the Best: “Out” mag’s cover of Matt Bomer. Wowsah! Starting with those blue eyes…
And then some… Hugh Jackman on three global covers of Men’s Health…
And then some more… The best of the rest…
And the dubious WORST magazine covers of the month…
The inaugural New Yorker magazine cover for 2014 reveals how society has become so entrenched in technology that it is no longer able to live in the moment. Artist Chris Ware explains his inspiration on the mag’s webbie—which follows a similar Halloween cover from 2009 (right).
Ware writes, ever so wisely, “Sometimes, I’ve noticed with horror that the memories I have of things like my daughter’s birthday parties or the trips we’ve taken together are actually memories of the photographs I took, not of the events themselves, and together, the two somehow become ever more worn and overwrought, like lines gone over too many times in a drawing.
“The more we give over of ourselves to these devices, the less of our own minds it appears we exercise, and worse, perhaps even concomitantly, the more we coddle and covet the devices themselves.”
Damn, so true. I’m no martyr here. Often, an event I partake in comes off as only as worthy as the photograph that might come out of it. Good time? Oh, yeah! No photo? Compromised. Perfect example is when I had the pleasure of seeing Celine Dion in NYC last November. I indulged every second of her performance, but remained focused throughout… wondering… Will I see Celine, get another Starfucker photo, update my wall o’Celine… And so it is. And we (all?) are. *
And the Sexiest Man Alive for 2013, according to People mag is… Adam Levine? Say what? Huh? Really? Um… ha ha ha, NO!
Among its other oddball picks: Jimmy Fallon, Idris Elba, “I never ever smile” Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams.Who the hell judged this thing? A posse of hungry housewives who watch TV all day? One things’s for sure: It wasn’t a gay man in da know.
Meanwhile, the man who should have won—Chris Pine—is at least among the dozen featured online (the No. 3 Smoking Nun runner-up for Sexiest Man Alive in 2010)… alongside Justin Theroux, Luke Bryan, Bruno Mars and David Beckham.
The issue landed delicately on newsstands November 22, with giant question marks radiating into the heavens. *People mag Top Men finalists for 2013… Below, a pretty awesome piece from the issue on John Stamos, featuring his “Portrait of Dorian Gray.” Mighty clever.
Oh, no! After 19 (not 18, dimwits!) years of marriage it appears that Celine Dion has decided she’s done with René Angélil! A new hit album, three kids, Las Vegas… fuhget about it! The National Enquirer reveals that Celine has removed her wedding ring!! I knew it would never last!!
Meanwhile, new album “Loved Me Back To Life” has debuted at the top of the charts around the world… It is No. 1 on iTunes in 44 countries, including Canada, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Luxembourg, Poland and South Africa, and reached the Top 5 in an additional 42 countries.
In the U.S., we are shamed with a No. 2 entry for LMBTL, behind Eminem’s latest tripe. Only in America, oh, sigh…
January 1, 2014 will be a day of celebration in New York City, as Democrat and Brooklyn resident Bill de Blasio becomes the new mayor, putting Emperor Mike Bloomberg’s endless 12-year tirade of squashing individual’s civil liberties at rest, at last. The New Yorker pays tribute to Nanny Bloomie with a keen cover this week titled “The Last Straw,” an obvious stab at his most ridiculous waste of time in trying to outlaw 20-ounce sugar sodas. Good riddance, Mike! Sip on this!
Meanwhile, I have to admit, this New York mag cover of the de Blasio family is a little “precious” to me. Come on, yeah, I know you’re a loud and proud mixed marriage dude, but those kids… the extreme (not in the least hip) afro and your daughter’s constant “flowers in my hair” hippie tribute… a bit nauseating. Let’s hope you take the office of Mayor more seriously than your hipster fam, dude.