Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tweet of the Day

"Jesus seemed more like a Buddhist to me than anything else."

-Adam Levine Tweets

Katharine McPhee, Jay Sean Lip-Sync Through Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

We understand it was cold, and they were on a moving float, but really???

American Idol season five runner-up Katharine McPhee and R&B singer Jay Sean showed no shame while lip-synching through singles "Have It All" and "Down" (respectively) Thursday morning at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

On the other hand, we give thanks to Ziggy Marley, Andrea Bocelli, Boys Like Girls, The Roots and Gloria Gaynor for taking the high road and actually performing!!!

Watch Sean and McPhee's shameful performances, above.

Lady GaGa Leaves Audience "Speechless" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Lady GaGa visited our favorite talk show host Ellen DeGeneres Friday to talk fashion, perform "Bad Romance" and "Speechless," and discuss being a freak in high school.

"I didn't fit in in high school, and I felt like a freak," GaGa said. "So I like to create this atmosphere for my fans, where they feel like they have a freak in me to hang out with, and they don't feel alone."

"In high school you feel discriminated against," GaGa went on. "And you want to be like everyone else, but not really. On the inside, you really want to be like Boy George! Well I did, anyway."

Check out Lady GaGa's chat with Ellen above, and performance of singles "Bad Romance" and "Speechless," below.

Leighton Meester Sings "Good Girls Go Bad" Live with Cobra Starship for the First Time

We were seriously praying that Leighton Meester would spare us an appearance at the Cobra Starship/Boys Like Girls/The Maine concert Tuesday night at Nokia Theatre.

But, seeing how it was a New York show, and Meester is a delusional, we brought our video camera just in case.

And whaddaya know!

Meester got onstage in the middle of CS' "Good Girls Go Bad" to perform a sultry, vocally-traumatizing rendition of the song.

We honestly don't know how she gets away with this s***!!

Meester was scantily clad, dancing like an MF stripper, and bailing on all of her high notes! It's as if she was (gasp!) auto-corrected on the studio version!

To top it off, this was Cobra's first time collaborating live with Meester.

"One day I'm hoping Leighton Meester gets on stage and performs this song with us," alluded Cobra frontman Gabe Saporta. "It would be the first time we've ever performed it together."

That's when Meester popped out of the sidestage and shimmied her way to the front, as Saporta screamed, "Oh my god, it's Leighton Meester!"

Oh my god, it's a delusional actress! is what he should have screamed.

Check out the trauma, if you dare, above.

I SPY NY: Adam Lambert, Rihanna and More

I spy in NY...

Adam Lambert performing on CBS' The Early Show Wednesday (top photo), Rihanna at Juliet for her album release party Tuesday night (middle photo), Boys Like Girls hitting the sauce at Nylon magazine's concert after-party at 1Oak Tuesday night (bottom photo), 311 rocking Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night, Leighton Meester committing atrocities to music at the Cobra Starship concert Tuesday at Nokia Theatre, Robin Williams packing the house at Town Hall Wednesday night, Maino performing in the middle of the night at Tenjune Wednesday, Jimmy Buffett rocking Madison Square Garden Tuesday, and Kid Sister tearing it up at Webster Hall Friday.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tweet of the Night

"if there's anyone out there in the good ol' U S of A that comes home from a big feast of over eating, strips naked, and rubs yur fat belly, in the mirror, well, then you're just like me. :)"

-Pink Tweets

Video: The Maine Cover Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me"

What a night!!

After we got done chatting with The Maine's Garrett Nickelsen and Pat Kirch, we trekked over to New York's Nokia Theatre to watch the boys open up for Cobra Starship and Boys Like Girls.

The Maine were a little more immature onstage than we had imagined.... Example? When singer John O'Callaghan asked guitarist Jared Monaco if he remembered "when that girl threw a Jolly Rancher onstage and it hit my wiener."

"Gross," Monaco replied.

The show was still good fun though, with the boys playing jams like "Girls Do What They Want," "Into Your Arms," "Everything I Ask For," and a fantastic cover of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

Check it out, along with O'Callaghan's salute to Poison Ivy (around the 00:20 mark), above.

Tiger Woods Involved in Car Crash

Tiger Woods has been injured in a car accident that took place outside of his Florida home early Friday morning.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Woods was pulling out of his driveway in a 2009 Cadillac around 2:25 A.M. Friday when he struck a fire hydrant, then drove into a tree on his neighbor's property.

Update: Woods' manager reports that the pro golfer is "fine" after an overnight hospital visit at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, and FHP is reporting that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

John Mayer Visits Tim Burton Exhibit at Museum of Modern Art

We could have spent a week at Tim Burton's new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

Especially since it was the site where we ran into our favorite singer-songwriter and David Letterman rock god John Mayer!

Mayer told Poison Ivy that he sincerely enjoyed the exhibit, and asked if we'd be blogging about his appearance there.

"Can you tell everyone that I'm a captivating guy?" he joked. "Also, taller in person."

Yes, Mayer was both tall and captivating, but before anything, a nice dude!!

We were relieved - we'd heard otherwise - and still have been worshiping his music, especially latest record Battle Studies.

The Burton exhibit was everything we hoped for and more.

Burton original paintings (like "Blue Girl With Wine," pictured above) hung on the walls next to hand-drawn sketches of Edward Scissorhands and collectibles from Burton's flicks.

Items included everything from the metal razors from Sweeney Todd to the Catwoman suit from Batman Returns to the headless horseman cape from Sleepy Hollow!

And of course, the room was filled with bizarre pieces like "funhouse panels," handwritten poems with figurines, and Burton's signature black and white swirls.

The exhibit will be available until April 26, 2010, so be sure to check it out!

Bon Jovi Pull Biggest Crowd in Today Show History

Poison Ivy was honored to be a part of what Bon Jovi is calling "the biggest crowd [the Today Show] has ever had in the Plaza!"

Talk about a birthday present!!!

(Today is our 24th. :)

Bon Jovi visited NBC's Today Show early Wednesday morning to perform four songs for the die-hard crowd, many of whom waited overnight in the cold: "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Work for the Working Man," and new single "Superman Tonight."

We'd never come home without a goody bag, so check out a clip we got from the never-televised soundcheck of "Working Man," below.

Happy Thanksgiving!

[Photo by Julio Gaggia]

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Quote of the Night

"I can't even believe they don't have a male birth control pill yet. I should be on it."

-Spencer Pratt says

The Maine Talk New Record, John O'Callaghan's "Arrest," and Filming My Super Sweet 16

It's two hours before Arizona-based rockers The Maine will be on stage at New York's Nokia Theatre Tuesday night, and guitarist Garrett Nickelsen and drummer Pat Kirch are standing in front of Junior's Times Square talking about the band's forthcoming record.

"We have like 30 songs," Kirch says, adding that the band is "going to take our time with this one."

The Maine say they expect to start recording sometime in early 2010, and have no doubt that the sound will be their own.

"It'll be metal!" Nickelsen jokes, before transitioning into a more serious topic: the now-infamous "arrest" of singer John O'Callaghan.

"He wasn't actually arrested," says Kirch, clearing up the YouTube controversy.

"John was signing [autographs] in the street with a bunch of kids around him, and the cop got an ego trip and threw him against the tree and put him in handcuffs. They let him go like five minutes later," Kirch explains.

"People with cameras made it look more fierce than it actually was," Nickelsen adds.

"As [John] says, he was 'cuffed, not booked'."

But the band maintains they're not too worried about what people tell them to do. Just look back to their appearance on MTV's My Super Sweet 16 last year.

"MTV was trying to get a juicy story out of us," Kirch says. "They were like trying to get us to say stuff that wasn't true, but we weren't doing that. I was bummed when I watched the show cause they like made it sound like [the 16-year old] was this bitch."

"The girl was super nice," Nickelsen adds. "Instead of getting a present, she gave $25,000 to a charity. MTV didn't show that."

By Courtney Atias

[Photo by Danielle Zfat]

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Alicia Keys Wakes Up Manhattan on Today Show

There are only a handful of artists we'd wake up at six a.m. to see....

And Alicia Keys is definitely at the top of that list!!

Poison Ivy went to New York's Rockefeller Center Tuesday morning to watch the 12-time Grammy Award-winning artist wake up Manhattan with a breathtaking three-song song set, including "No One," new single "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart," and (what else?) "Empire State of Mind."

"We're in a perfect city," Keys told the audience, before playing a mellow, Jay-Z-less rendition of the tune.

Check out a clip of the moment, below.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tweet of the Night

"You could give up but what else are you going to do?"

-Rivers Cuomo, getting weirdly motivational

Adam Lambert Kisses a Boy at American Music Awards

It wasn't the best performance of the night (that spot is reserved Lady GaGa's glass-shattering rendition of "Bad Romance" and "Speechless,") but it will certainly be the most talked about!

Adam Lambert hit the stage at the American Music Awards Sunday night for an energetic, borderline sex-show version of latest single "For Your Entertainment" that included shoving a male dancer's face into his crotch, dragging a female dancer around the stage by her shoe, and making out with a male keyboard player.

"Female performers have been doing this for years — pushing the envelope about sexuality — and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out," Lambert later said, perhaps referencing Madonna and Britney Spears' liplock back in 2003.

"We're in 2009 — it's time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people's eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I'm not for them," he adds. "My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom."

We totally agree with Lambert about the double-standard, but he should also keep in mind that those performances are generally reserved for MTV! (ABC seemed to take note of this, editing certain thrusts out of their West coast broadcast.)

With the exception of GaGa and Lamby, most of the night's performances were a snooze - Daughtry strummed through the motions during "Life After You," Janet Jackson's lipsync-ed her way through her opening montage, and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performed "Empire State of Mind" for the 548823th time.

Shakira was decent - performing new single "Give It Up To Me" with the help of a step team, and Whitney Houston's first live TV performance in five years ("I Didn’t Know My Own Strength") was fine...

Scooping up notable awards were Jay-Z for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Male ("Men lie, women lie, numbers don't," the emcee laughed, during his acceptance speech), Michael Jackson (two awards, accepted by brother Jermaine), and Taylor Swift's three trophies via London satellite, including Artist of the Year.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tweet of the Night

"Getting glammed up for the American Music Awards! It takes A LOT of work to make me look as bad as I do on red carpets!"

-Perez Hilton Tweets

Heidi Klum Walks, Black Eyed Peas Perform at Victoria's Secret Runway Show

It's a sexy night to be a New Yorker!!

Supermodel Heidi Klum, who gave birth to her fourth child last month, unexpectedly walked down the runway at the Victoria's Secret Runway Show Thursday night.

“I felt great the night of the fashion show and decided last minute to walk," Klum revealed, adding that, "I’m proud of being the curvy model on the Victoria’s Secret stage."

We agree!

She looked beautiful!!

Other models on the runway were Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes, but our attention was kinda stuck on 20-year-old Erin Heatherton (middle photo). Gorgeous face, cool outfit, and completely healthy girl!!

Black Eyed Peas performed at the show as well, with Fergie emerging as a hot green mess (bottom photo).

Don't forget to watch the party December 1 on CBS!

New Moon Premieres in New York

We're not going to sugarcoat it.

New Moon was one of the most painfully unwatchable movies we've seen in some time. The terrible acting, beyond-absurdity of one-liners ("You're my only reason to stay alive... if that's what I am." LOL!) and pathetic neediness of protagonist Bella made us long for the hours we thought we lost during Couples Retreat.

But, alas, the biggest movie of the year premiered in New York. So who would we be to rob you (no pun intended), of photos?

Check out Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner at the Cinema Society premiere Thursday night in New York, above.

They may not be able to act, but they sure are pretty!

Mazel Tov, Irina!

27-year old New York City-based fashion designer Irina Shabayeva is the winner of Project Runway's season six, and we couldn't be happier!!

Shabayeva's Bryant Park show during the PR finale Thursday completely blew us away - everything from the chic fur hoody vest to the clawed-up black pants to her constant vision of New York City.

"I really want to build a lifestyle brand where it's not just about the clothes," Shabayeva says, of her forthcoming line. "It [will be] about the whole image and the attitude."

Check out her killer runway show, below.

I SPY NY: Bob Dylan, Diddy and More

I spy in NY...

Bob Dylan storming the United Palace Theatre Tuesday for a three-night stand (top photo), Diddy celebrating the big 4-0 at the Plaza Hotel with guests Jay-Z, Bono and Kim Kardashian (middle photo), Brad Walsh and Christian Siriano hanging out at Jesus Luz' table at Hotel Rivington Thursday night (bottom photo), Ed Westwick triple-fisting drinks with girlfriend Jessica Szohr and New Moon star Ashley Greene following the premiere at New York's Cabin around three a.m. Thursday, Mark Ronson DJing a Chabad benefit at New York's 1oak Thursday, and Q-Tip checking out Grandmaster Flash's set at Santos Party House Friday.

Jesus Spins Madonna at NYC's Hiro Ballroom


Jesus Luz sealed off a weekend of gigs by heading to New York's Hiro Ballroom Saturday night and spinning several Madonna songs in the DJ booth!

Promoters Madi Lager and Bloc Group worked to make the night possible, while Luz worked his dance moves during each song he played.

Check out what we mean, below.

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