Sunday, January 21, 2007

Justin Timberlake and "Black Snake Moan" Lend a Memphis Touch to Sundance

Posted By on Sun, Jan 21, 2007 at 4:00 AM

From "Yes, Justin Timberlake is here. I saw him last night at Motorola’s annual late-night Sundance soiree.

"And J.T. was looking like the hottie he certainly is, with a nearly shaved head, a little scruff on his face and a simple black hoodie.

"He was actually one of the first to arrive, quickly heading to a bowling game, one of the many Nintendo Wii stations scattered around the party. He spent most of the evening—well, at least the three hours or so I was there—in a corner with a slew of friends. He put his arm around Lance Bass as they chatted with Save Me star Chad Allen."

Read all the juice, including the rumor that JT will perform will Samuel L. Jackson at the Black Snake Moan after-party Wednesday night.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Pink to Bury Elvis in Her Backyard

Posted By on Sat, Jan 20, 2007 at 4:00 AM

From the WTF??? file: Pop singer Pink is building a miniature version of Elvis Presley’s Graceland to bury her dead dog in.

According to, The singer was left devastated this week when she returned home to her Los Angeles mansion to find her beloved bulldog Elvis had drowned in her swimming pool.

Pink named the pooch after Elvis because he was given to her as a gift by Elvis’ daughter Lisa-Marie. The two have now decided to give the dog a funeral fit for The King.

In addition to building a replica of Graceland to use as a crypt for the dog, Pink has also hired a 70-piece orchestra to play a selection of Elvis’ classic hits on the day of the funeral.

The pet will reportedly be pulled to his final resting place on a mini-carriage by four canine pallbearers and the 27-year-old singer is even planning to erect a huge marble statue of her deceased pet in her garden as a memorial to him.

Good Lord. People, people, please... Pay attention: This is God's way of telling you you have too damn much money. Go bowling or something.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

City Attorney Sara Hall Leaving for Airport Authority

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Memphis City Attorney Sara Hall is leaving her job to take a position with the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority, according to City Council Chairman Tom Marshall.

Hall notified Marshall, who in turn notified his colleagues Thursday. She took the job when Robert Spence left three years ago. Spence is now in private practice and running for the state Senate.

Hall often found herself in the middle of controversial issues involving Mayor Willie Herenton and members of the Memphis City Council such as annexation, ethics and conflicts of interest, and privatization of delinquent tax collections.

Hall's departure comes at a critical time. The Memphis Charter Commission, which she has been advising, is finding its way after being elected in 2006. Herenton is preparing to run for a fifth-consecutive four-year term in October. And two members of the City Council, Edmund Ford and Rickey Peete, are under indictment but continuing to vote and attend meetings.

Golden Globes: Justin Slams Fist; Cameron Walks Out.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

"After Cameron Diaz told off Jessica Biel, she walked away from the two, though Justin Timberlake was seen following her out shortly thereafter. The Post reports that Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake proceeded to have an intense 40-minute talk in a side room away from the party, a conversation that the New York Post labeled as 'awkward.'

"During their heated conversation, People reports that Justin Timberlake 'slammed his fist (down) into a cabinet,' but as the couple emerged from their conversation, Diaz re-appeared at the party looking composed."

Oh, the travails of celebrity breakups. Actress Archives has the complete story. If you care. And sadly, you probably do.

Only One in Four Tennessee Households Has Broadband

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

If you’re reading this with the aid of broadband Internet service, you are in a minority of Tennesseans.

Only one in four households has it, according to the Tennessee Broadband Task Force, a group that is pushing for affordable high-speed Internet access for all Tennesseans. The group, echoing a cause that was popular with the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis last weekend, issued a report Thursday.

The task force spent six months studying broadband, which lets users quickly view and download stories, video, and graphics. Tennessee ranks 37th in the nation in broadband usage, the report says.

“This world is becoming divided into the wired and the fired – those with broadband lines and those in unemployment lines,” said Roy Herron, a state senator from Dresden who co-chaired the task force.

The report calls for a public-private partnership to develop a statewide plan, with particular attention to rural areas.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Memphis Barber Takes "Hair-Cutting Flames" to Japan

Posted on Tue, Jan 16, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Warren Lewis, a North Memphis barber known for his patented hair shortening technique, got a chance to demonstrate on Japanese television.

Lewis, featured in a Memphis Flyer cover story, uses taper candles to singe away hair. It’s a practice he learned growing up in the country. When his family would kill a chicken for dinner, Lewis was responsible for burning the bird’s fuzz off before it could be cooked.

Though he’s demonstrated the technique on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, his method got international attention during a filming at the Heimat Hotel in Tokyo last week.

Ginnifer Goodwin's Dress Gets Trashed at Golden Globes

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2007 at 4:00 AM

"Topping my worst dressed list are the three women of Big Love easily taking home the award for wearing a mess of ugly. Chloe's dress was mildly acceptable but the shoes were awful.Did her stylist find those at the $2 bin at K-Mart? My philosophy on chunky heels is simply no, no, no. The layers of black straps complete the mess that only slightly distracts you from her two toned jewelry.

"Ginnifer Goodwin was slightly worse in a metallic caramel color which was clashing with her skin tone. The little black vinyl belt took her over the top crossing into the lines of gaudy."

Memphis' own Ginnifer Goodwin gets tough treatment from the fashion mavens at for the dress she wore to the Golden Globes.

Al Kapone, Craig Brewer, and Friends Run Up a $1,300 Dinner Tab

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2007 at 4:00 AM

"The second budget item that Bennett was asked about was an expense listed on state accounts as a dinner with Hustle and Flow movie director Craig Brewer and the rapper Al Kapone. The reason for the dinner, according to documents filed by Bennett with the state, was: 'Discussed Memphis film wins and broadcast critics award.' No other names were listed on the expense report. The evening's final tally: $1,338.79."

A $1,300 tab run up by David Bennett, ousted executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, helped lead to his dismissal by the Bredesen administration. But Bennett says everything was on the up and up, there were 13 people present, and he split the tab with the Memphis Film Commission. Maybe so, but you gotta admit, that must have been a helluva feast.

Read more details from the Nashville Post.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Memphis Pandas Can't Get It On

"No sex, please. We're pandas."

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2007 at 4:00 AM

"We put on some Marvin Gaye ('Let's Get It On'), poured a little bamboo wine, and got Ya Ya all dressed up in panda lingerie, but nothing seemed to rouse Le Le. We're beginning to think he may be gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that," said a Memphis Zoo official.

Okay, we totally made up that quote. But seriously, what IS it with pandas and their lack of interest in the dance of love? Zoo officials spent days setting up Le Le and Ya Ya for the big moment, and apparently, the youngsters did at least "try," but couldn't make it happen.

Zoo staffers then artificially inseminated Ya Ya and say they hope for a panda cub by spring. Ya Ya's in seclusion, hoping to rebuild her self-esteem, while Le Le began redecorating his exhibit space and resumed his quest to find the perfect recipe for bamboo gazpacho.

Memphis' Top Dog is a Labrador

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The American Kennel Club released a list of the Top Ten Dogs in America's Top 50 Cities Monday. The most popular dog in America is the labrador retriever — which is also the most popular dog in Memphis.

To see the rest of Memphis' favorites, and to see how we stack up against other cities, check out the complete listings.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Media Reform Conference Ends on Upbeat Note

Posted By on Sun, Jan 14, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Who is Van Jones? If you didn't know beforehand, you'll get to know sometime soon. The West Tennessee native and progressive-media maven was the final speaker at the just-concluded National Conference on Media Reform here in Memphis. Jones not only was able to follow Jane Fonda (no slouch herself), but he perfectly captured the tenor of things.

On the eve of the annual commemoration of Dr. King's life and death in Memphis, Jones reminded his overflow audience at the Convention Center that Dr. King did not become famous with a speech entitled, "I Have a Complaint."

And, summarizing the events of the weekend conference, which saw the goals of free expression and network neutrality (and democratic "revolution," for that matter) espoused by big names and small, Jones observed, "When 3,000 people come to Memphis for this, something is about to happen."

For what did happen, go to these audio and video archives.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

John Harvey Back in the Saddle -- with Memphis Police

Posted By on Sat, Jan 13, 2007 at 4:00 AM

John Harvey, the former sheriff's deputy and well-known cyber-sleuth, is no longer a free-lancer. Harvey, who had of late expressed an interest in becoming a member of the Election Commission (which he has scourged as a researcher), has accepted a position with the Memphis Police Department as head of its Real Time Crime Center and Crime Analysis Unit. Harvey was recently profiled by the Flyer.

Dick VanDyke, Mary Tyler Moore, and Herbie Hancock Love Memphis. We Think.

Posted By on Sat, Jan 13, 2007 at 4:00 AM

We here at the Flyer's Buzz factory pride ourselves on the fact that all our nuggets are somehow Memphis-related. That said, sometimes we find something so wonderful that we just have to share it, even if we can't come up with a Memphis hook.

We know there are Memphis links to Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, and Herbie Hancock, (feel free to come up with some in the comments below),but we're just too lazy to look for them right now.

We'd rather watch this, over and over.

Cohen at Media Conference: 'We're the Real Conservatives'

Posted By on Sat, Jan 13, 2007 at 4:00 AM

9th District congressman Steve Cohen is one of the participants at this weekend’s ongoing National Conference for Media Reform at the Convention Center. Sharing a panel on congressional attitudes vis-à-vis the media with New York congressman Maurice Hinchey Saturday morning, Cohen proclaimed presumed “liberals” like himself and Hinchey to be the true conservatives, protectors of Constitutional values and free expression. Responding to a questioner, Cohen also affirmed that he would have voted against congressional authorization of action in Iraq, had he been in Congress in 2002.

For more of the conference goings-on, go here.

Randy Wade, a local representative of the congressman's who was in attendance at the panel, was asked about congradictory statements appearing online concerning the extent of Cohen's support of state Representative Beverly Marrero in the current Democratic primary to succeed him in state Senate District 30.

"The congressman has endorsed Marrerro, but he is taking no active role in the campaign. He is attending to his congresssional duties," said Wade, artfuly splitting the hair. (Marrero is opposed in the primary by former city attorney Robert Spence.)

Among the household names who had appeared at the conference as of Saturday afternoon were Bill Moyers, Jesse Jackson, and newly elected Senator Bennie Sanders, along with numerous Web-based activists and celebrities.

Still scheduled to appear, on Saturday night and Sunday morning respectively, were Geena Davis, who plays an American president on TV, and film actress/activist Jane Fonda.

Peace & Justice Center Turns 25

Posted on Sat, Jan 13, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center celebrated 25 years last night with a gala event at Bridges downtown.

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!, an independent radio and TV news program, spoke about the importance of gathering one’s news from non-corporate sources. Goodman said she’s currently trying to make the Democracy Now! broadcast accessible in Memphis.

Rhodes religious studies professor Luther Ivory spoke about the importance of making time and space in one’s life for activism.

India Palace catered the event, and music was provided by folk singer Andy Cohen.

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