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It has been famously said by Edmund Burke that "those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Well, I'll be damned, we'd better keep track of our history!!! This very important principle played out in real life in 2010 when Conan O'Brien was bumped off the Tonight Show by Jay Leno. Alas, Conan, you did not copiously study your
history and allowed Leno to blindside you!!! Had Conan looked into the past, he would have learned that in 1993, a very similar event happened where Leno schemed behind the scenes to usurp the Tonight Show gig from David Letterman, who was waiting respectfully for Johnny Carson to retire. Letterman then left NBC and went to CBS to start his own show. Ahhh...history really did repeat itself. So, in honor of this valuable life lesson, we shall take a look back at our history, and learn from it...lest we repeat the same mistake. Here is the last show of David Letterman at NBC before he went to CBS....in the summer of 1993.
The Oscars is the most prestigious award in the movie industry. It is also one of the most viewed shows on TV. Certain movies and actors have been immortalized for their award-winning performances. There are many categories for the awards, big ones being Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress, Best Director, along with others such as Supporting Actor/Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Costume, etc. Now, how come there is not an award for best scene in a movie? There have been many emblematic scenes where every line, every detail have been memorized and recited verbatim by many. We need to create a category for this award!!! This brilliant idea occurred to me while I was watching Resident Evil: Extinction. There was one scene in it that was so momentous that I thought, "That is the best scene I have ever seen in a movie!!!" Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Blondie for Best Scene in a Movie is.....fast forward to 7:11 of the next clip (best viewed with full screen and volume up).
Here at BAFH, we totally dig hot chicks driving fast cars. That is so badass. A woman who drives on a date is such a turn-on. So naturally, we happily dug into the internet to see who are the hot racing chicks out there. Racing is one dangerous sport. They're going over 150 mph, inches away from the wall, inches off the ground, and the scraping other cars. Holy smokes!!! I can barely change lanes without double checking over my shoulder all the time. It is with much admiration that we are proud to furnish our very own Blondie 500 race with these sexy daredevils.
1) Janet Guthrie
Starting at the pole position is the pioneer of women in racing, Janet Guthrie. She is the first woman to qualify for the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. Her racing career lasted 4 years during which she had 5 top ten finishes. In this sport, just crossing the finish line in one piece is a great accomplishment. Some of her achievements are enshrined at the Smithsonian.
2) Danica Patrick
Next is the one who brought sexy to motorsports, Danica Patrick. As a racer, she won the 2008 Indy Japan 300 to become the first woman to win an IndyCar series race. She has since moved on to NASCAR, which is a more rough and tumble type of racing as the cars can bump and scrape. She has yet to score a victory at NASCAR's highest level. Her record is respectable with a couple of top ten finishes. Of course, her career branched off to become a model and celebrity endorser of GoDaddy.com. She's hot, she's fesity...Danica, I wanna burn some rubber with you...pun intended.
3) Johanna Long
Rounding out the field is a newbie. Johanna Long is currently racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, one step down from the big leagues. She's just starting out, and she won the 2010 Snowball Derby. Come on Johanna!!! We're looking forward to big things from you and some commercials, too.
The World Cup is upon us, and we are catching the fever!!! Soccer as a sport has had a tough time gaining popularity in the United States, but for the rest of the world, it is a sport of passion!!! Why hasn't soccer caught on in the U.S.? Well, for one, how about calling the sport by the right name? The whole world calls it football, and rightfully so because they kicked the ball after all, and yet America insists on calling it soccer. What the heck is a soccer? Anyways, I digress.
The American culture doesn't jive well with the rhythm of a soccer match, let alone an entire tournament. Americans are results-oriented go-getters. But, for most of a soccer match, not much is happening. Not much is even close to happening. The lack of results-yielding action is too much to bear for many Americans; it is just un-American!!!
But, ahhh, that is the beauty of soccer. The lack of action is beautiful!!! Why? Because, this makes soccer a perfect sport for a party!!! A soccer match is really just a party in disguise. To get into it, you have to be drinking, singing, dancing...and then, only when the ball gets near the goal do you need to watch the game. The World Cup global party is now in full swing, and we want to invite you to party with us as we root for Team USA to go all the way...maybe beating a couple of Euro teams along the way (hopefully, the Frenchies).
To get you in the mood, let's take a look back at the 1999 Women's World Cup that took place in the United States. Blondie American player, Brandi Chastain, won the championship for America with her memorable goal and immortal shirt-off. It was one small step for blondie, one giant leap for sports bras.
It has been said that "gentlemen prefer blondes", and we are totally into that!!! But, are blondies into gentlemen??? What about going for a jackass??? Well, the fine producers at Blind Date, one of our all-time favorite shows, put this theory to the test, as they set up a date with Desiree, a red hot blondie lingerie model, and Steve-O from the Jackass franchise. Desiree was bursting out of her shirt the whole date...we really like that look. They went to a lingerie shop where she got to show us her great body, while Steve-O tried to be as big a dick (literal and figurative) as he could. Due to his on-screen persona, Steve-O might have felt the need to portray himself as a jackass during the show. But, by Jackass movie standards, Steve-O was quite restrained. Now, would Desiree or blondies in general go for a jackass? Before you dismiss the notion, consider the whole concept of Jackass as an abstract form of art (see our Miley Cyrus blog). It takes time for the hidden art form to emerge from the chaos, and when it does...it kinda grows on you. So, we have accompanied the next clip with an artistic explanation video, as well. We want to educate as well as entertain.
One of our favorite shows on TV is Inside the NBA with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Shaquille O'Neal. It really is amazing that they have turned a post-game show into one of the best things on TV. Recently, sporty blondie Kristen Ledlow, co-host of NBA Inside Stuff, another great show, made an appearance on Inside the NBA to challenge Shaq to a free throw contest. She was sporting some tight pants that accentuated her positive and talked some smack as though she was going to walk in there and take the title. The contest was best out of 5 shots. Kristen started out making her first shot with some confidence. Shaq was shaky and followed with a clank. It looked like she was going to smoke Shaq. But as they continued shooting, she wilted away, and the pressure was seen to be getting to her. But Shaq, ever the professional bad free throw shooter, maintained his focus. With one shot to win the contest, Shaq took his time, stepped up to the line, shot it...it bounced off the rim....off the backboard....and...see video. BTW, Shaq subtly gave Kristen a kiss on the hand at the end. What was that all about??? Hmmmm..... Ahhhh yes, this was fun to watch, and these guys have the best job in the world.
In baseball, there have been certain players who were great early in their careers and then mysteriously faded off towards the tail end. They are said to have played their way out of the Hall of Fame. The rollercoaster ride career of Tom Cruise would fall under this category. Is he still a movie superstar fitting of HOF considerations? After some deliberation, the BAFH committee reached a verdict...to induct Tom Cruise into our Blondie Hall of Fame. It was a grueling ordeal. Is he in? Is he out? Let us take you through our thought process with the Tom Cruise timeline!!!
1) Promising Beginnings
Tom Cruise had movie star written all over him from the beginning. He had that look of charm, that smirk of confidence. In the beginning, he played a few roles as impudent, smart-ass characters. His on-screen persona was a perfect match for being Maverick on Top Gun, one of the all-time great pioneering movies. Let's check out the memorable volleyball scene where great cinematography masked Tom's vertical challenges.
2) The Immaculate Performance
Cruise's acting reached momentous heights with his immaculate performance in Rain Man opposite Dustin Hoffman, who himself turned in one of his greatest performances and won the Oscar. Tom held his own throughout the movie and was not upstaged by Hoffman's brilliance. The plot of the movie is that Cruise and Hoffman's characters drive cross-country. Not much happens, except some tremendously great acting in scene after scene. It is an overall all-time great movie and performances with a great soundtrack to boot.
3) Turbulence, Spiral, Just Strange
Things started to get rocky as Cruise married and divorced Nicole Kidman, made a bizarre movie, Eyes Wide Shut, mixed in with some good performances in A Few Good Men and Jerry Maguire (nominated for Oscar). He joined scientology, became involved with Katie Holmes, and then it all came to a surprising head with the couch hop. His strange behavior on Oprah costed movie studios about a billion dollars. This clip speaks for itself.
4) Redemption...Rise of the Phoenix!!!
Cruise earned a measure of redemption with a hilarious role in Tropic Thunder. It was an interesting cast, as Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr, Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Tom's individual stars were all moving in different directions. Nonetheless, it was a funny movie where Tom showed his sense of humour by not taking himself too seriously.
So, where are we now with Tom Cruise??? His past few movies have come and gone without much fanfare. We choose to remember the good times, and so we induct Tom Cruise into the Blondie Hall of Fame. I...feel...amazing!!! Couch hop!!!
America is known as a land of diversity, decorated with different cultures from sea to shining sea. Here at BAFH, we are all for it!!! We love different ways of doing things. Down with communism!!! Within the fabric of America is a sub-culture of blondies. Yep, blondies have cultures...and ergo, sub-cultures. Wow, that's deep. Ahhh yes, blondies are not all the same. To further explore the nuances of blondie sub-cultures, we shall go hip hop!!!...and consider the east coast vs west coast blondies.
1) East Coast Blondie
The east coast is known for its hustle and bustle. It has subways packed with sardines of commuters, cold weather, and a dog-eat-dog survival of the fittest rat race. This mentality permeates even to the blondies. Yep, the east coast blondie is bitchy, tough, and cold-blooded. This personification was played splendidly by Margot Robbie (looking great in pink) in The Wolf of Wall Street. Check it out. Now that's what I'm talkin' about .
2) West Coast Blondie
Now, the west coast...ahhh, "We love L.A......We love it!!!" We have a sweet spot for the west coast, and namely, Los Angeles and Las Vegas!!! These two fabulous cities are known for beautiful actors/showgirls, bright/neon lights, great weather, easy-going demeanor, and risk-taking sharpies. From this fertile ground has grown the west coast blondie (also looking great in pink) who is ditzy, air-headed,...and oh, the voice....huh???? How??? How can this be??? Oh, it'd be...next clip, west coast blondie goes hip hop.
Here at Blondes are from Heaven, we like to keep up with hip. So, we are always striving to bring you the latest in high fashion. While conducting our trademark thorough research via Youtube, we noticed a certain pattern...and that is, there is a disproportionately high number of European models, homeland of the blondies!!! That leads to the question, are the Euros better at fashion? We answer this important question with our very own BAFM Fashion Runway!!! (Note: by Euro we mean Europe, South Africa, and transplants to Canada/USA).
1) Behati Prinsloo
It is only fitting that leading off is Behati Prinsloo, born in South Africa, raised in Nambia, and transplanted to the USA. She's the first one out at the Victoria's Secret fashion shows and has become the face of many of their campaigns. She has a certain charisma on the runway that makes her a natural. She's currently engaged to Adam Levine (Maroon 5 with lots of tatoos, damn!). Here she comes. out the tunnel with wings on!!!
2) Daria Werbowy
Next up, holding the homerun record for most fashion show openings/closings in one season, is Daria Werbowy, born in Ukraine, moved to Canada. She is the face of the Lancome make-up line. Ladies, make-up matters!!! She was once the No. 1 ranked model in the world. Let's check out her charm in this clip with Betty Boop.
3) Heidi Klum
Closing out the show is the one who popped my supermodel cherry...Hedi Klum!!! She needs no introduction, born in Germany, transplanted to the USA. She's famous for being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, wearing the 12.5 million dollar bra for Victoria's Secret, host of Project Runway along with other reality shows, and is now a judge on America's Got Talent. She's been married a couple of times with one headline-making divorce from Seal. Here is my cherry-popping experience via Heidi.