The cover for Sarah Palin’s newest book, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, has just been released by publisher HarperCollins.
The book is due out November 23, after the midterm elections and about a year after the release of her bestseller, Going Rogue: An American Life.
Expect the new book – and extensive book tour - to amplify the speculation over whether the ex-Alaska Governor will run for president in 2012.
It certainly would be interesting if she challenged Barack Obama.
Among the many, many things Palin ripped Obama about in the past was his writing two books and having very little to show for it legislatively.
Since the 2008 campaign, she resigned as governor to focus on her career ambitions, whatever those are, and apparently write a few herself.
Should Sarah Palin run for President in 2012?
Over the past couple weeks, THG has been harsher than usual when it comes to Miley Cyrus. We’ve referred to her scantily-clad European performances as pathetic and desperate.
To their credit, Miley fans have stuck up for their gal. They’ve argued that she isn’t acting any differently than past artists who have wanted to reach an older audience by shedding their clothing or grinding with girls.
So, why has THG singled out Cyrus in such a manner? Simply put: because she’s wasted an opportunity to be a different kind of role model to young women around the world.
The second we met Britney Spears as a professional singer, she was wearing a Catholic schoolgirl’s outfit and singing about sex. She made it clear from day one that she was a provocative artist, one whose lack of true singing ability meant she’d be relying on raunchy acts to remain relevant.
It’s similar for Lady GaGa. She’s openly admitted that she was a floundering artist until she came up with a unique name and look.
But Miley is different. Thanks to Hannah Montana, she already has an established fan base of millions. Unlike Britney and GaGa, there’s no need for Cyrus to shock and scintillate in order to make headlines and sell albums.
That’s what makes this transformation so disappointing. This is a Nashville resident that says she hates pop music. She had an opportunity to sing the kind of songs she actually likes, taking her extremely loyal followers along for the ride. They’ll follow her anywhere, so why not take them down an original, creative path, as opposed to this lame, redundant schtick?
In Billboard, Miley says she’s “grown up a lot,” but wouldn’t that have been the grown-up thing to do? To have branched out and actually been her own woman, tackling the kind of singles she claims to believe in?
Instead, Miley Cyrus has become just another generic, booty-shaking, scantily-clad, same-sex kissing act.
Miley’s fans defend her by saying to “leave her alone” because she’s “only 17.” But do these people even listen to the artist herself?
Cyrus has gone to great lengths to talk about her maturity and how profound her music is. She even refers to it as art.
Putting aside how incredibly pompous she often sounds when she makes these statements, Miley clearly has a message when giving interviews and (especially) when wearing certain outfits: I’m not only 17!
It’s obvious that Miley would be more offended than anyone when compared to an average teenager. She sees herself as A LOT more than that.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have a little sister and I was hoping to see Miley as a lot more than that, too. My sister grew up worshiping Hannah Montana. Her room is still adorned with Miley posters.
So, what exactly am I supposed to tell her when she asks why Cyrus “got to first base” with another dancer last week? Should I sit my sister down and explain it was all just a marketing ploy, and, see, Miley didn’t actually kiss the girl because that technicality gave her the chance to jump online and thumb her nose at those that dared to accuse her of such an act?
It’s depressing that I need to even consider this question. When making her career transformation, Miley had a choice: Be like Taylor Swift or be like Britney. She chose the latter and that’s where my disappointment stems from.
I have a feeling many Miley defenders may even join me in the near future. After all, look where Britney is now. If that’s Miley in a few years, I’ll try my hardest not to say “I told you so.”
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In the latest issue of Parade, Nick Jonas is happy to talk about his career and what inspires him to reach for great heights, such as a possible Presidential run in the future.
“I take after my father. He’s a driven person. He’s also a leader. He does a great job as a mentor to all of us,” Nick says.
But ask the young heartthrob about his personal life and… well, don’t expect a detailed response.
The magazine inquired about a pair of intimate issues and received the following replies:
On he and his siblings’ purity rings: “We like to keep some things private. We appreciate it when people respect that. Everyone has a right to his own business.”
On his on-again, off-again relationship with Selena Gomez: “It’s a lot more boring than anyone wants to think.”
As for his burgeoning solo career, Nick is humble - and hopeful.
“I hope my peers in music and my friends are liking it. I hope they can see my growth in music. It’s a dream of mine to win a Grammy one day… I’m not saying I’m Grammy-worthy, but it would be a dream come true.”
- Mar 1, 2010 01:56 PM ET
Dylan Walsh and Joely Richardson
Nip/Tuck will make its final incision Wednesday, and stars Dylan Walsh and Joely Richardson have already found potential future employment.
Kelly Carlson on Nip/Tuck’s outrageous sex scenes
Walsh has been cast in lead of Michael Dinner’s untitled CBS pilot, originally known as ATF, and Richardson has been tapped for ABC’s The Whole Truth.
Walsh plays a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who struggles to balance his career and his family. While he’s hunting killers, he also must also play father to a teenage daughter who recently re-entered his life.
The Whole Truth is a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced legal drama that tells the story from both the defense and the prosecution’s side equally. Richardson plays a New York prosecutor on whom the show is centered.
Nip/Tuck’s finale airs Wednesday at 10/9c on FX.
- Feb 3, 2010 10:00 PM ET
While Jersey Shore was MTV’s recent breakout show, (its finale scored a record-breaking 4.8 million viewers), Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino certainly was the series’ breakout star. He made a name for himself, literally, from the first episode with his third-person talk, “creeping” on housemate Sammi, and coining his daily routine — “GTL” (gym, tan, laundry). TVGuide.com spoke with him about how the show, and his body, is all real, what’s next for him, and more.
A guide to our favorite Jersey Shore slang
TVGuide.com: How real was Jersey Shore?
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino: Nothing was planned; everything is real. Everybody’s friends on the show and that’s why it’s so real. We’re actually close in real life, everybody has their own relationships, who likes who and who really likes somebody, and that’s why it’s so good on the show.
TVGuide.com: We saw a lot of partying, but did you guys ever stay in?
Situation: I’m sure you saw we went to the bowling alley, there’s a time when we went to a movie theater. There are times to go out and then there’s time to stay in. You have to pick and choose your battles. You can’t go out every night because if you do go out every night you’re not really going to look that good — it takes a little toll on you.
TVGuide.com: Speaking of a toll on your body, do you use steroids?
Situation: No way. I’m 100 percent natural. I just have very good genetics. I’ve had a six-pack since I was little, and even if I miss the gym, the six-pack is always there.
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TVGuide.com: Were you surprised at how tense the Season 1 reunion was?
Situation: No, I wasn’t surprised at all. Me and [Ronnie] are friends but at the same time Sam is his girl. There’s always going to be tension there between me and him, I mean we are friends first, but that’s my good friend and that’s his girl, and I had hooked up with his girl first.
TVGuide.com: Sammi walked out on the reunion, so are she and him really over?
Situation: I believe they broke up that day of the reunion. I think they got back together but then I think they recently broke up again. That’s really none of my business, their relationship; my business is The Situation.
TVGuide.com: So how’s The Situation’s love life?
Situation: Right now I take life moment by moment, I’m not really too worried about pointing out which girl. I’m focused on my career and if I see something that I like, I’ll grab it up.
The Situation “very excited” for Season 2 of Jersey Shore
TVGuide.com: What’s next for you?
Situation: There are so many things coming out for myself. I’m going to be at the Super Bowl and that’s pretty big for me. There’s a lot of things in the works for me; you never know, you might see a workout video, you might see a book. Right now I’m just taking over the reality world on this first season so I guess you could say I’m like the reality king. After that, maybe one or two more seasons max — but once you do something like that and you’re on top, you do want to move on and graduate to the next level. I’d like to do some acting and maybe even some TV or film but we’ll see.
The domestic agenda of Barack Obama was not the only thing affected by the election of Scott Brown as a senator from Massachusetts.
The politician’s daughter, Ayla Brown, has found herself back in the spotlight.
A season five semifinalist on American Idol, Ayla had pretty much faded into obscurity prior to her dad’s shocking victory. She had planned to release a new album in April, but her label called the morning after Mr. Brown was elected and said it wanted to move up the release date of “Circles.” To January 26!
Fortunately, the CD was complete and Brown can look forward to greater sales than previously expected. She talked about the whirlwind of her career with Entertainment Weekly:
On her American Idol experience: It was positive. I was 17 at the time. I had only played basketball. Never sang in front of people, except for national anthems at local high school games. So being on stage with a live band was a first for me. Of course I was nervous. Of course there were times I felt I had no idea what I was doing. That was the fun part.
On her new album: This CD I’ve had much more of a part in, in terms of the thought process, the lyric writing, music, everything. It means that much more to me because of that.
On her dad’s Idol prospects: Uh, I don’t think he would do well at all. I haven’t heard him sing in years. I would be very curious to see how that would go.
Will you purchase Ayla’s album?
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