Thursday, March 08, 2012

After 18th Birthday, Does Justin Bieber See the Man in the Mirror?


Justin Bieber at concert (Feb. 2012) photo: AinhoaBelieber

Justin Bieber is now 18 and should now be considered a man in the pop music industry. We have watched as this teenage heartthrob has wooed millions of young girls onstage. Will he embrace manhood, or miss his younger years?

When Justin Bieber wakes up in the morning, does he see the Man in the Mirror?
How fitting a question, considering that Justin's longtime idol is Michael Jackson, which he shared at Michael Jackson's Memorial service outside of Grauman's Chinese Theater in January.

After Justin Bieber has celebrated 18th birthday, this incredible milestone marks his transition from a teenage pop star to a man, who aspires to one day be like the King of Pop.

Justin Bieber was very surprised when he received his birthday present on the Ellen Degeneres Show. His manager, Scooter Braun, gave him the keys to a $100,000 sports car, which also happens to be eco-friendly - being an electric vehicle - which fits in very nicely with Justin's style.

Now that Justin has moved into the forefront of manhood, does that mean he has to give up having fun?

Not necessarily.

Justin Bieber is known for being a prankster, from his shenanigans back on the CSI set (story here), to his more recent debut on the season premiere of Punk'd on MTV, airing March 29, 2012. Let's just say that he pulls a huge prank on Taylor Swift, who happens to be one of the most humblest music celebrities out there.

Justin Bieber may now be grown up, but that doesn't mean that he has to stop having fun - as long as that fun is innocent and doesn't get anyone pregant.

According to ABC News, his accuser, Mariah Yeater, had filed a lawsuit against Justin, but has since agreed to settle the case out of court. All the while Justin Bieber has maintained his innocence, and that this story was completely fabricated to benefit from his fame.

While it is a shame that anyone is accused of such allegations, it is only more evidence for Justin's coming of age, since child stars typically uphold a squeaky-clean image, with no indication of sexual misconduct.

Fans of "The Bieb" can hope and pray that he keeps his purity until his future wedding day with Selena Gomez, unless he chooses a lucky alternate from the sea of screaming girls that fill his concert arenas. The latter choice is very unlikely, considering by his own testimony he goes straight from a performance to his escort vehicle at each venue, not stopping to mingle with fans, let alone have enough time to get anyone pregnant.

Justin Bieber can be seen next at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards, airing on March 31, 2012, but he will not be going as a kid, because now he will now be going as a man.

Sources:

1. Trumbull, Mark. Justin Bieber birthday: He got a Fisker Karma electric car.... CSMonitor.com.
2. Collins, Leah. Justin Bieber to Taylor Swift: You're Punk'd. VancouverSun.com.
3. ABC News. Justin Bieber Takes DNA Paternity Test, According to Report. ABCNews.

Photo credit:

AinhoaBelieber. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons.



Wednesday, March 07, 2012

NBA's Jeremy Lin, Can You Get Knicks Another Win?

Below is an excerpt from my article, New York Knicks Star, Jeremy Lin: The Hard-working Hero from Harvard on Yahoo! Voices:


Jeremy Lin on NBA's New York Knicks


Jeremy Lin is the latest among NBA stars to rise from humble basketball roots, and funnel momentum to the New York Knicks basketball team. Humble referring to graduating from Harvard University, after playing without a scholarship, and then entering into the 2010 NBA draft, undrafted. According to People Magazine, Jeremy Lin is the first NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent in the NBA, and as of late, he has been receiving a lot of attention.



Jeremy Lin's basketball career to date has been about a hard work ethic, and not giving up, despite being passed up and passed around without metaphorically being passed to.

But that hasn't stopped Jeremy Lin.

Read the rest of this article, here.


Excerpt from my article, Knicks & Lin Knock Off Sacramento in Seven Game Winning Streak on Yahoo! Voices.



Jeremy Lin wearing #17 on the New York Knicks
Jeremy Lin is the most trend-worthy news of the month.

Even more so after winning seven games straight since bringing Lin on board. The Knicks beat the Sacramento Kings (Wednesday, February 15th 2012), 100-85.

Unfortunately, ABC and ESPN lock in their televised NBA games at the beginning of the season, because the world cannot get enough of Jeremy Lin: an unprecedented basketball phenomenon. Most of the regular season Knicks games are viewable court-side, or on the MSG network. The Knicks 2011-12 basketball schedule is viewable here.

Jeremy Lin has already been dubbed the Tim Tebow of the NBA, acknowledging that he is also a Christian, with the underlying comparison that Tebow also brought extra momentum to his team - the Denver Broncos - as the man responsible for passing the ball.

Not only has Lin given New Yorkers a reason to come to Madison Square Gardens, but he has reinvigorated his basketball team, and given them a reason to believe. Not to mention that the resale of NBA tickets to Knicks games are up 60% and rising with every win.

More to this article...read the rest of it here.

The New York Knicks basketball schedule can be viewed here.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Men in Black 3 is Going Where Star Trek & Stargate Have Already Ventured: The Past

Men in Black 3 logo
Men in Black 3 (MIB3) is daring to go where Star Trek and Stargate have already ventured - into time travel, coupled with the fascination of aliens. Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Is this formula of Aliens + Time Travel getting old yet?


Star Trek: Spock's ship that went through time
Some could argue that it has already been done in the Star Trek and Stargate franchises and we don't need more franchises going in this direction.

Do movie-goers want to see Agent J (played by Will Smith) in this new scenario?

Yes.

Will Smith holding intergalactic guns
Agent K (formerly played by Tommy Lee Jones, now played by Josh Brolin), has to be found in the past by Agent J (Will Smith). Agent K has to go to the past one day before he is killed by an alien so he can bring him up to speed on his future self and role in the timeline. Otherwise, Boris the Animal will kill young Agent K, which would stop Boris the Animal from going to jail in the future. You also get to meet Agent W (played by Bill Hader of SNL).

I think this movie adds a creative storyline to the MIB franchise, despite the Aliens + time travel re-hash, and am willing to give this movie a chance before judging it by its cover.

Star Trek (2009) has already changed its timeline by altering the past. This could prove disasterous, or successful, depending on where writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman go with the new Star Trek storyline.

The trailer for Men In Black 3 can be viewed here.

These science-fiction shows either used used time travel or alternate realities:
Fringe - Alternate reality
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Time travel and alternate reality
Sliders - Alternate realities
Terra Nova - Time travel and alternate realities

Men in Black III made $54,592,779 on its opening weekend, and worldwide earned $621,568,042 according to IMDB.com.

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