Monday, October 31, 2005

Belated Birthday Wishes!

Okay, so I haven't had much time to breathe lately, and I wasn't home all weekend to do this, but I would very much like to wish a
VERY HAPPY (albeit belated) 23rd BIRTHDAY
to one of my very best mates in the world, Felicity!!!

Fliss, it's so weird to think that you're older now than I was when we met!! (FYI to others, I'm the old hag in this relationship... I'll be 26 in February... not that I'm bitter!). To celebrate the occasion, in accordance with Halloween, I offer up this photo of a drunken Felicity dressed as a witch. Don't say I never gave you anything, people:

And Fliss? All I can say is that I hope someone was thoughtful enough to get you one of these:

And in Other Birthday News...

I was initially trying to stay very neutral and hushed about Catherine's birthday, as I sent her a gift that I knew she was really going to love, and I wanted that to be a real highlight of her birthday. I didn't want to make a big stink because I wanted the gift to be the only big stink... you know? Anyway, accordingly, I didn't mention it being her birthday on the site. As she's now received the gift and loved it, I'd like to give her birthday a mention!!

Happy SUPER DUPER Belated 17th Birthday, Catherine!!

And Finally...

As if the non-mention of two important birthdays wasn't enough, I'd also like to point out that my baby boy, Simon turned 8 this past Thursday! (That is, my dog, not LeBon... although it was his birthday as well). The plan was to take him to PetSmart and let him pick out whatever he wanted, but unfortunately my car broke down (yes, again) on the way home, making this feat impossible.

But... better late then never, so


I've got MUCH updating to do this week, so look for that on Wednesday as I've got some cool Duran Duran-related plans tomorrow. Halloween pics, weekend stories, and some celeb gossip all coming your way!! Woo hoo!!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Okay, I Can Officially Die Happy

Because now I've seen the funniest and best thing ever in the world. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you:


I stumbled upon this amazingly hilarious site via His description made the whole thing even more hysterical:

"A bizarre set of digitally altered photos shows favorite Morrissey reimagined as a series of "Mozbots" - cloned versions of Morrissey that wander around in gangs.

Why? Because 4 Moz's are better than 1."

They certainly are.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Paris Got Back

Now, I haven't updated with anything decent in over a week now, and what better way to get back into the swing of things than discussing the hind end of everybody's favourite screw-up, Paris Hilton?

Some of you may think that I enjoy talking about celebrity asses a bit too much, as evidenced here and here, but I think you'll all agree that this little doozy was too good to pass up. Like... seriously... WHAT is going on with Paris Hilton's ass?

It looks like a Ken doll's nub hanging in between her legs! Can't she do something about that? I guess we can add this one to the mistakes she's made with the world watching.

Photos from I Don't Like You in That Way

Saturday, October 22, 2005

The End of the World Has GOT to Be Near...

This person is kidding me, right?

I love how the reserve is $34,000.

To anyone who's considering buying this, you can have my brush for a mere $10-$12,000... a real bargain, I'd say.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

"I see you've kept it off"

I love me some Graham Norton.

Not only are all of his shows absolutey hilarious, but he really, truly is the absolute nicest person I've ever met in my life. Forget that he's famous. You'd be hard pressed to find someone as sweet as he is in the real world, let alone the celebrity world.

As we know, I went to NY last night to catch his stand-up act at the Village Theater. I hadn't seen him in quite a while, but when I caught up with him after the show, it was like I'd only just seen him yesterday. He always makes you feel like he's so happy to see you, and it makes you just want to hang out with him forever. He's just plain lovely.

Two years ago, when I lost a bit of weight., no one outside of my mother and sister (who knew I was actually trying to lose it) ever noticed. My own extended family didn't seem to see a 30 lb. difference between Thanksgiving and Easter, or, if they did, they didn't mention it. Graham, on the other hand, who'd only seen me two months before, made a huge point of mentioning it. In fact, it was the first thing he said to me ("Ooh! It's like the new and improved you!"). That totally made the difference in keeping me focused enough to keep the weight off. Even last night he said "You're looking well... I see you've kept it off!" See that? Two years later and he still cared enough to say.

He makes me want to jump up and down on Oprah's couch screaming, "I LOVE this man!"

The whole night was enough to put me in a good mood for months.

Thanks again, Graham. I'll see you on Saturday. :-)

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Graham to the Norton

Hey All.

So I'm heading to NYC in a bit to go catch "Graham Norton: Know All" at the Village Theater (158 Bleeker). It's the stand-up act of UK comedian/chat-show host/major celeb Graham Norton (hence the name) and it should be hilarious.

Graham and I go way back... even to my fat days... and I haven't seen him since last year when I went on the air to tell him and the rest of the world and amusing story about my dog, my face, and Duran Duran. It even made the Best of the Graham Norton Effect DVD that was released in the UK, so for those of you who can... check it out!. (Or you can just click here.)

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to it. There are 5 more shows in the run, so I highly, highly suggest that anyone who lives in NY, or who can make it to NY to see the show does so. You won't regret it!

Click here for tickets!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

October is Vegetarian History Month!!

Click the photo below to see an ADORABLE e-card celebrating the history of vegetarianism. It gets really funny at the end in particular, so be sure to watch the whole thing! Then send it on to your friends!!

Oh yeah, and then stop eating meat!


You're in My Heart, You're in My Sidewalk.

Rod Stewart was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week and I say IT'S ABOUT BLOODY TIME!!!!

As many of you know, dear Mr. Stewart was main the object of my insane affections for many, many years. I'd definitely say he is the person whom I've most obsessed over (and if you know me, you know that's saying something). For years I said it was ridiculous that he didn't have a star (Mind you, Big Bird and Pee Wee Herman have one, as does Pat Sajak!) and it looks like someone has finally come to their senses. Way to go, Rod!!

I think it should be noted that, while I keep talking in the past tense about my intense love for Rod, that isn't wholly true. I still adore him, but I just don't care much for the Great American Songbook series that he's been doing for the past few years, so I haven't paid as much attention as I once did. In other words, I haven't worn this in a while:

(Told you I was obsessed)

Anyway, congrats again to Rod. You totally deserve it!!

(Thanks to Gary M for bringing this to my attention!)

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Chilling Out

This was a really good weekend. I actually got to sleep for 13 hours on Friday night, and another 10 last night, which I really, truly needed. I've been working so hard, and have just had so many little errands to run that I haven't had much "Marnie time" lately. Of course it's doubly hard, considering that I used to have such an abundance of it!

I'm just so exhausted at the end of the week. I was dead to the world by 10:30 on Friday which for me, the Queen of Night Owls, is unheard of! I love it!

I did little else the whole rest of the weekend. I listed some stuff on Ebay for my sister (see the "Buy My Crap" link to your right) and I cleaned a little but otherwise vegged out completely. In a little while I'm heading over to my sister's friend's house to unload some Stones tickets, which will be the first time I've moved out of the house all weekend (other than my brief jaunt to the drive-thru at the bank, which is literally less than 100 yards away). It's been pouring rain all weekend, so if there was ever a time to hang around doing nothing other than existing, this was the one.

Tomorrow it's back to the grind. Big fat "boo" to that.

I don't really have a point in saying any of this other than that it's rare anymore that I get the chance to ramble, so I figured I might as well go for it. :-)

And Now For Some Creepy and Disgusting News...

From the Associated Press:

"PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Black magic may have driven a Cambodian couple to bite off their daughter's thumb nails and suck her blood, officials said Sunday."

Okay? But it gets worse. They bit off part of her nose too!! Read all about it here.

And while on the topic of bloodsuckers...

Paparazzi Are Scum

We've all seen and heard tales about how ruthless and sometimes downright disgusting a paparazzo can get when they're trying to get a good picture. Some, including myself, have argued that it comes with the territory of being a celebrity. I think this holds true in many cases. However, sometimes it just goes too damn far, and these people should be punished.

I think we all remember a few months ago when Lindsay Lohan was intentionally plowed into by one of these scumbags, who even smiled right in her face before he did it. Well, it's happened again, and although authorities are saying that the photogs had nothing to do with it, I'm not so sure I believe it. I mean, look at these pictures. Wouldn't you have been trying to get away too?

But these idiots don't draw the line at the actual celebrities. They don't care who they have to hurt to get a picture. This week, one of them was charged with child endangerment and battery after striking a friend of Reese Witherspoon's, as well as the friend's 5-year-old child with his camera, just to get a picture of Reese and her kids!!! Are you kidding me????

You can read all about it here. Somebody ought to lock this guy up and throw away the key... and take pictures of it.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Best of Marnie's World

I've decided to spice things up at bit here at Marnie's World, and implement a new feature!!

If you'll notice, in between the 10 Most Recent "Previous Posts" and the "Archives" on the sidebar, I've added "The Best of Marnie's World". This is a list of my most viewed and most searched for posts, as well as those posts that garnered me the most emails (complimentary or otherwise!), and it will be updated accordingly!


Oh, the Hilarity

An extremely funny joke, care of Flicstix:

A father watched his young daughter playing in the garden. He smiled as he reflected on how sweet and pure his little girl was. Tears formed in his eyes as he thought about her seeing the wonders of nature through such innocent eyes. Suddenly she just stopped and stared at the ground. He went over to see what work of God had captured her attention. He noticed she was looking at two spiders mating.

"Daddy, what are those two spiders doing?" she asked.

"They're mating," her father replied.

"What do you call the spider on top?" she asked.

"That's a Daddy Longlegs," her father answered.

"So, the other one is a Mommy Longlegs?" the little girl asked.

As his heart soared with the joy of such a cute and innocent question
he replied, "No dear. Both of them are Daddy Longlegs."

The little girl, looking a little puzzled, thought for a moment, then
took her foot and stomped them flat.

"Well, we're not having any of that gay shit in our garden."

Do You Really Want to Arrest Me?

Singer Boy George (and, oddly enough, the very first celebrity whom I was ever officially "obsessed" with, thus laying the groundwork for the rest of my celebrity-stalking life at age 3) was arrested this morning on drug charges, after some police found a small amount of cocaine in his apartment. He denies that the drugs are his, and insists that many people are in and out of his house all the time.

The thing is, they only found it after he called the police to report that his home had been burglarized. This means that either my dear Boy is telling the truth, or he was just really stupid.

Let's give him the benefit of the doubt. He brought me so many years of joy, and continues to do so on my Ipod even today.

Read all the details here.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Jessica Makes MeSicka

You know, I once asked that the erroneous Simpsons just go away. The thing is, I'm not quite sure why I didn't include Jessica in that first plea. I think the term "erroneous Simpsons" is kind of redundant, don't you?

I mean, really. Enough now. We get it. You're hot. You're blonde. You're beautiful, AND you're stupid. But that's not enough anymore. Your 15 minutes is over. Please go now.


And speaking of Simpsons...

Don't forget to watch Ashlee make a jackass out of herself again tomorrow night on Saturday Night Live. I'm fairly certain that singing live isn't going to do much for her credit, and I'm hoping this is going to be the thing that finally pushes her out of the public eye forever. Let's hope!!

But do you know what the worst of it is? Neither Ashlee or Jessica are the worst of the Simpsons! That honour definitely goes to Papa Joe:

This sleazebag is a bigger fame-whore than both his daughters combined and someone really needs to slap him into next week!! "Preacher"... ha, yeah. Whatever.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Trouble in Paris-dise.

"Heirhead" Paris Hilton has called off her engagement to Greek gazillionaire Paris Latsis.

From AOL News:
"She feels that she's young and she wants to make sure it's right," actress Kyle Richards, Hilton's aunt, tells PEOPLE. " She didn't want to make a mistake with the whole world watching."

Oh no! Paris is certainly not one to make mistakes with the world watching!!

(Note: If you don't get sarcasm and/or have been living under a rock for the past year, I've compiled a sample of 'mistakes' she's made with the world watching just for you. Not Safe For Work!)

It is a shame when you think about it though. Think of the tremendous fashion sense their children would have had...

The Most Uplifting Pic I've Seen in a While

A plane full of rescued dogs travels from the Gulf Region.

(Pic from the Baltimore Sun)

Are You Freaking Kidding Me?

Former American Idol Winner Fantasia Barrino has revealed that she is illiterate. I mean, I knew she wasn't exactly a Renaissance woman, but come on!

You can read the whole thing here.

I don't know what's worse -- the fact that she's illiterate, or that she's "written" memoirs. WTF?

Thanks to Emily for the link.

Clifford the Big Red Dog

I'm taking my three year old nephew to see "Clifford the Big Red Dog Live!" today. It was my gift to him for his third birthday. We've got second row seats (mostly because I'm the best aunt ever) so he should really enjoy it.

If nothing else, I'm sure Clifford the Big Red Dog will be better than Ashlee the Big Untalented Dumbass.

Beat It, Spammers

This post is just to let everyone know that I've implemented a "word verification" system in the comments section. This basically means that if you want to leave a comment, you'll have to do one of those word verification things like on Ticketmaster. This is an effort to stop the spam comments that I've been so inundated with lately. No big deal really, you just have to type in a word you see in a box before the comment can be left.

At first I was just going to deal with the spams by deleting them, but after I wrote a serious and sincere post about the loss of a friend's beloved dog, and immediately received a "check out my site for full body hair removal" comment, I started to consider just giving up. Just now I posted another serious and genuine note about a dear injured friend and I get a spam about starting a home business. Um... no thanks.

The fact that the messages show up so quickly obviously means it's an automated program, so no message to the spammers or anything is going to stop it. I'm sure no one really cares one way or the other about this, but I thought I'd let you know.

In addition to leaving comments, if you'd like to give me some feedback about the site, feel free to email me!

Thanks, and sorry for the inconvenience.

An Absolute Legend

A while back, I told you all the story of my friend Paul ("Glennie") Glennerster, whom was very seriously injured in the London terrorist attacks. I later took the post down for privacy's sake, but now he has spoken out publicly for the first time, and I feel inclined to share. He is an absolute legend and I love him dearly.

Bomb Victim's Day of Terror

Lohan Behold

Look out, world. There's a new Lohan on the loose, and this one's going to work her way up the ranks Jamie-Lynn Spears style. Take a look at Aliana:

Note the obnoxious pose, complete with Hollywood-ready emaciated legs and even some phallic looking cotton candy held at just the right angle to be a little dirty. This girl's got game.

Mind you, she's 11 years old.

I don't know if you remember what Lindsay looked at 11, but she was far more innocent. If Aliana is that far ahead of her at that age, I hasten to imagine what she's going to be like at 19. Somebody book the rehab in advance.

I guess little Ali was listening after all.

"She looks like a crack whore... THAT'S what she looks like!"

I just got back from working/hanging out at the Ashlee Simpson show at the Electric Factory in Philly. There's not much else I can say other than "Oh my."

Actually, there's plenty to say, so here I go.

You know, before I got to there today, I thought to myself that if I was even remotely entertained by the show, I might consider taking back (or at least amending) all of the things I've had to say about our dear Ash since this site began (see examples: 1, 2, 3, and 4).

So then I saw the show.

Let's just say that I stand by everything I've said about her and then some. This girl needs to stop making music immediately. Please, for the love of God, someone stop her!!

First of all, she can't sing. Period. One note that she hit during the sound check actually sent chills down our spines, and not in a good way. The actual show was even worse, because there were moments of obvious backing tracks (sometimes her mouth didn't even match up with what she was 'singing'). The times when she was singing (and believe me, you could tell the difference) made me want to look for the nearest sharp object so that I could pierce my eardrums post haste and put them out of their misery. Add to that the ridiculous seizure-like "dancing" (dubbed by me as "the jackass shuffle") and the whole thing was pretty much unbearable.

Secondly, she doesn't have much of a "presence." When they brought in all the giddy young fans who somehow scored tickets to the "coveted" soundcheck and meet-n-greet, she walked right by everyone and no one even noticed her. Of course, it could have been the ridiculous hat she had on, or the fact that she appears to be losing weight at Nicole and Hilary speeds, but I don't think so. I think it's more that she's just "blah." She does look better thinner, but her hair looks like a rat's nest, and her fashion sense seems to be that of a Mary-Kate/pseudo-punk hybrid. Horrible. The quote of the night definitely goes to my friend Nicole who stood with me and watched in horror:

"She looks like a crack whore. THAT'S what she looks like."

Ha. Yes. Yes, she does.

The second best quote of the night goes to the security guard who asked me on my way out of the back door at the end of the night, "Did you meet Jessica?" HA again.

I actually could have met Ashlee more than once, but I decided against it. I didn't want to be phony, and saying anything to her other than "Wow... you're really terrible, aren't you?" would have been just that. She's probably a nice girl and all, but I just don't really have any respect for her "talent" and I wasn't going to pretend that I did.

She mentioned to the crowd at one point that she's glad they forgave her SNL snafu and recognized that she's "a human being." Sure. You just happen to be a human being that should not have a record deal.

For what it's worth, I did manage to take some shitty pics with my phone from sidestage and the pit, but they're not much to look at. I actually got a great one after she jumped down into the pit (and stepped right on my shoe as she was being ushered out, leaving a big mark!!) but in the mayhem of screaming fans, my phone clicked shut and it was lost. Crying shame.

Sorry if the whole thing sounds harsh, but seriously. With all the people out there with real talent who are looking for a break, someone like this having a record deal is just a big fat slap in the face.

Please go away!!

PS How about the show is only 50 minutes long?? Sure, saving grace for me, but what about the people who paid for a ticket and waited in line all day?? Ugh.