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The Beginning of the Mystery That Is Paris Jackson

A video of Paris Jackson – Michael’s 12-year-old daughter – has popped up on YouTube where she says, “Monkey, Please Help,” in a sad, longing voice. Not quite sure why, but it’s definitely creepy, especially coming from the child of one of the strangest celebrities of all time.

We’ve got a case, Scoobs. Check out the video below to open the mystery:

-MM

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GLEEful Possibilities

Hot off the critically acclaimed and highly rated Madonna-themed episode of GLEE, the show’s creators and cast have buzzed about the possibility of future themed episodes. We already know that a Lady Gaga episode is on the way, and that a second Madonna episode will premiere early next year, but what else is in the pipeline? 

Will "Me Against the Music" be in "The Power of Madonna 2"? via Flickr

Well, if internet petitioners and twitter users have their way, Britney Spears could be getting her own episode soon as well. We can almost see it now – Sue Sylvester’s rendition of “Toxic,” Kurt’s version of “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman,” or maybe even Rachel’s very own “Piece of Me”? Could one too many slushees in the face cause one of the fierce singers to shave their hair off? Or maybe marry a back up dancer, only to get a reality show devoted to weight loss later on? 

PaparazzGLEE via Flickr

Another possibility could be Billy Joel or Courtney Love themed episodes. While I have to admit I don’t know much of Courtney’s repertoire (if one even exists), the idea of a pop train wreck storyline seems too similar to Britney’s blackout-era collection for a completely independent episode. As for Billy Joel? Well, he certainly has a large collection to work from, but with so many New York-centric hits, would they work in a suburban Ohio setting? 

Flavors of the week. via Flickr

How about these ideas? A Disney-themed episode – it could totally work with all the growing up plotlines, self-discovery themes, and focus on underdogs. A Broadway-themed episode? Sure, the show has played with musicals – “Defying Gravity” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade” being two big examples of that – but what about a full episode of show tunes? And finally, what about episodes devoted to the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis, or others who have made music what it is? Sure, Madonna and Britney are great, but music does go back further than 25 years…even if most of us may have trouble thinking back that far. 

-MK
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The New New Wave

Yesterday, the LA Times published a field guide for the preppie lifestyle in LA. In the article, it officially acknowledged as fact something that I’ve been widely claiming for a while: the 80’s are back. In case you weren’t paying attention, this week’s most downloaded album was a compilation of Madonna songs. La Roux’s “Bulletproof,” a song similar in both sound and style to 80’s synth-pop hits, has just landed at #1 on the UK’s Billboard charts. In September, Gordon Gekko will return to the big screen in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. And this spring’s biggest fashion trend? Boyfriend shirts. Ronald Reagan may be dead, but Jerry Brown’s campaign for governor of California is looking very much alive. The 80’s are definitely back.

The Future will be neon. via Flickr

While icons of the 80’s may have slipped into away into history, their parallels are just as live as ever. Who needs TCBY when Yourtlands across town are packed nearly every night? Why complain that Madonna isn’t on KIIS, when every other song played on the radio is Lady Gaga? And finally, why mourn the fact that Michael Jackson’s no longer alive, when he’s about to become the next king of the Vegas strip? Sure, the 80’s will never be duplicated, but they are certainly being replicated in almost every facet of today’s pop culture landscape. The launch of the Macintosh? Only eclipsed in height by the launch of the iPad and iPhone 4G. Spring’s fashion trends? Boyfriend shirts and lycra.

From Macintosh to iPad. via Flickr

Of course, if you’re looking for the real thing, relics of the 80’s still exist all over town. Both Mr. Chow and Spago in Beverly Hills can make you feel like you’re dining in the era of Reagan, and drinking at bars in the Beverly Hills Hotel or Beverly Hilton will make you feel like you’re in the middle of Bret Easton Ellis’ 80’s masterpiece Less Than Zero (which, by the way, has a sequel coming out this summer). True, many 80’s icons are gone fovever, but their influence is arguably stronger today than it was at any other point in the past 20 years. After all, at what other point in that span of time would you have been able to tell someone Molly Ringwald would be on stage at the Oscars and not gotten laughed at in response?

-MK

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A Vegas Thriller

Well, I guess it was bound to happen. After the King of Rock got his own show, it was only a matter of time until the King of Pop got his own as well. Starting in Fall 2011, Cirque Du Soleil will premiere a joint production with the Jackson estate, highlighting the life of Michael Jackson. Then, in 2012, the show will become a permanent fixture in Las Vegas.

Neverland in Vegas. via Cirque Du Soleil

Expect the speculation about this show to be rampant – from which songs will be included (after seeing Viva Elvis, I think it’s safe to say all of them), which hotel will house the show, and what the theme of the show will be (Peace? the Earth? Love? oh wait, they already have one based on that).

-MK

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