Summer Vacation – two words that strike fear into the hearts of many parents – myself included.
But it’s almost worse for those of us ‘work from home’ types, because our entire world is thrown for a loop as soon as that final school bell rings. Sure, there’s summer camps and playdates, but those typically come with either a hefty price tag that not all of us can afford, or a house full of rowdy kids that don’t even belong to us. And if you’re lucky enough for your child to be invited for a playdate you end up trying to jam as many chores into those precious few hours that you have of alone time.
This year, the end of school happens to coincide with Canada Day – which means that not only do I have a house full of crazy kids who are super excited that school is over, but I have the first long weekend of the summer where I need to try to plan some activities that not only the kids will enjoy, but that I will too. Because while the kids like to party all day, on Canada Day I like to be able to enjoy the night-time festivities and maybe even catch a firework or two.
Enter TELETOON, which just happens to be premiering Dr. Dolittle on their TELETOON Retro Big Ticket Movie on July 1st.
This is making my long weekend much easier, because after I take my kids out all day to enjoy not only their first official day of summer vacation but the birthday of our great country, I get to put on a great movie that they’ll all enjoy so that they can relax a little before the neighbourhood fireworks are set to go off. I mean, who doesn’t love Eddie Murphy talking to animals? And the best part is that while they’re watching their movie my husband and I will be able to enjoy a nice libation on the deck without summer vacation crazy kids running all around. Once the movie is over we can all gather to watch the light show together. It’s kind of perfect actually.
So if you’re hoping to watch some Canada Day fireworks with your children this holiday weekend but aren’t sure how you’re going to be able to keep them from running themselves ragged before they start, turn on TELETOON and let the kids relax and enjoy a great family movie while they wait. And don’t forget to tune into TELETOON the entire long weekend for more fun family movies and summer-themed episodes from favourite classic cartoon series.
Happy Summer Vacation everyone!
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More upcoming TELETOON Retro Big Ticket Movies on
Fridays at 7pm ET:
- July 8: Scooby-Doo & The Goblin King
- July 15: The Pink Panther
- July 22: Tom and Jerry Blast Off to Mars
- July 29: Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
You can check out www.teletoon.com for more details.
Celebrities and the paparazzi – they kind of go hand in hand, don’t they? But what also goes hand in hand are celebrities complaining about the paparazzi. Let’s not forget just a few weeks ago when Tori Spelling ‘crashed’ her car into a wall while speeding away from pursuing paparazzi (please, please, please, read as much sarcasm into that statement as you possibly can) and then tweeted about it basically comparing herself to Princess Diana.
The fact of the matter is I write about celebrity gossip for another site where I have access to four photo agencies – or paparazzi – pictures, so I can see these pictures and who the most popular targets are. I can also see how many celebrities take as much advantage of these paparazzi as the paparazzi take advantage of the celebrities. Believe me – there are many celebrities who call the paparazzi to tip them off about where they’ll be and when, so they can get their pictures in the magazines and on the gossip blogs. And a lot of those celebs are the ones who complain the loudest about it.
Yesterday Pink, who just last week became a mother after giving birth to her daughter Willow Sage, wrote an open letter on her blog basically asking for privacy for her newborn daughter. Here’s a sampling of what she wrote;
"Here's the bottom line: we don't want you to take our little girl's picture. We don't want you to one day follow our little girl home from school. We don't want our little girl's picture in a magazine or on a blog. If you take or publish her picture, it is against our wishes, and without our consent as parents, as people."
So really – I get it – completely. I get it because I remember that fiercely protective feeling of being a new mother. I get it because I have seen firsthand some of the shots taken of Pink, her husband Carey Hart and their new baby Willow at the beach and out for a stroll. I get it because sometimes you just don’t want your picture taken, no matter how famous you are.
"I have this to say to the guy in the gray Toyota with no license plate: I will never participate in a staged paparazzi shot. You have the wrong celeb. Unfortunately for you, as a result of your stalking, you will continue to get the same boring shot of me leaving yoga class because other than growing a child and preparing blissfully for his arrival, I don't have much going on at the moment. So... I take yoga classes. Lots of them.
But just so you know, I AM going to the Horrible Bosses premiere on the 30th, where I will walk the red carpet. Feel free to show up there. I won't be in my yoga clothes and will be showing my bump off proudly for any photographers who go through the respectful channels to "get a good shot".
So see? Even when they don’t want you taking their picture – they really kind of do want you to take their picture, just on their terms.
Now I understand what Pink was saying because for her, it’s about her daughter’s privacy. But there are many, many celebrities whose children live a rather paparazzi-free existence on a daily basis. Believe me – the rich and famous are able to keep their private lives private – when they want. And there are also many celebrities who have no problem sticking their kids in front of a camera to make a buck. I have a hard time respecting a celebrity who complains about their privacy or getting chased when they have multiple ‘reality’ shows in the works and like to tweet out exact locations of where their family will be. Just saying.
But I do respect what Pink is asking here – because when I posted the letter on the other blog I write for, I chose not to put in the paparazzi pictures of her, Carey and Willow (because I did have some of those) and instead, I just put in pictures of Pink herself. I did it because as a mother, I respect what she’s saying, but as an entertainment blogger I am still rather sceptical about the request because she’s not the first celebrity to have a baby and definitely not the first to complain about the paparazzi. I have to think that she knows it’s a part of her reality that people will want to see the pictures of her daughter, and so going for a walk on the beach at two days postpartum is bound to draw some attention from the paps. I also can’t say that I won’t post those pictures in the future – because her fans – the ones who buy her albums and the ones who go to her concerts – they want to see the pictures.
There are many, many paparazzi out there that go to unsafe lengths to get pictures, and I honestly make it a point not to publish pictures if the celebrity looks like they’re confronting the paparazzi or if the pictures are deliberately unflattering. But there are just as many celebrities who count on those paparazzi to keep their pictures in the news, thus keeping them relevant. More often than you would think, those paparazzi are tipped off by the very celebrity who is complaining about them on twitter. Sometimes, things aren’t as clear as they seem.
I wonder if the stars who complain about the paparazzi would really be happy if no one cared enough to take their picture? What do you think?
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So by now I’m sure you’ve heard about how 51-year old actor Doug Hutchison – best known for his role in The Green Mile and TV’s LOST – has gone and gotten himself married. To a 16-year old girl. Ew.
Now before you insist this can’t be legal and must be some kind of perverted mistake – understand that it is perfectly legal, and was done with the consent of his new bride’s parents.
OK – so the bride, Courtney Alexis Stodden, might look like she’s easily 28 (seriously – check out her website – how is that 16 OR all natural?), but the fact of the matter is she’s actually 16, and the fact of the matter is that he’s actually 51, and that’s just downright disgusting. I mean, can someone please explain to me what a 51-year old man has in common with a 16-year old girl – other than her double d’s?! Because I get that Courtney is an ‘aspiring singer’ and that *maybe* she thinks that Doug will be her ticket to Hollywood (imagine Ryan Seacrest saying ‘Hollywood’ there) but still – her parents went along with this!
So the kicker is that not only did her parents allow her to get married – they think it’s a good idea! Her mother spoke to RadarOnline and said;
"We are totally supportive of this marriage,"
"Doug is a wonderful man and we love him."
"They are very much in love and we are so supportive of this,"
And then, because that wasn’t enough to make you want to call the authorities and put this woman away forever, she follows it up with this;
"Courtney was a virgin when she married Doug. She is a good Christian girl."
Oy, my head is spinning here. Because even *if* she was a virgin (again - I will point you to her website) – who, in their right mind, wants their 16-year old losing their virginity to a creepy 51-year old dude?!?!
Oh yeah, and Courtney’s new husband – 4 years older THAN HER DAD!!! I threw up in my mouth a little when I read that.
Wanna know my honest thoughts?! Dude thinks he hit the fucking jackpot because he has this hot, young buxom blonde as his wife, and she thinks she hit the jackpot because she just landed herself a sugar daddy who she hopes is going to help make her a star. And mom and dad are so desperate to be the parents of a famous girl that they handed her over to a pervert.
Honestly – I don’t know if I’m more sickened or saddened by this whole thing.
What do you think?
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Confessions of a Pop Culture Mummy