Archive for 2011/03/24

While promoting the comedy flop Jersey Girl in 2004, Ben Affleck appeared on the Canadian TV show Box-office, hosted by Anne-Marie Losique. An allegedly drunk Affleck summoned Losique to his lap before repeatedly groping and hugging her, while uttering a series of sexual overtures that would likely lead an average man to lose his job. “You usually show a lot more cleavage than this. What’s the story? Why are you covering it up today?” asked Affleck. “It’s Sunday morning? That never stopped you before from getting the titties out. Who’re you trying to fool? It’s Sunday morning. You could be in church. You should have that rack on display.” He later added, “Should we do a Janet Jackson thing? Are you wearing your nipple ring?” Later, it was reported that the interview was merely an act of “performance art” by Affleck, who pulled the same shtick with Losique in a promotional interview for his film Paycheck back in 2003.
Yes. Performance Art. I would have said the same thing.

I went away to India for 6 months last autumn. Whilst I was away one of my best mates was living in my flat looking after it for me. When I got back from the airport last week there was a note on my coffee table to press play on the Playstation and this video came on the TV.
Note: You will have to click to watch on YouTube because Sony Music are stingy bastards.

I was unimpressed until they wrapped the entire room in tinfoil.

Meanwhile on some NBC morning show, a spokesperson from supermarket chain Sparkle Market gives some great advice from an accompaniment to biscotti…

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing and mean your mother.


Smashing Pumpkins bassist claims she appeared on Siamese Dream cover!
According to singer Billy Corgan, a picture of new bassist Nicole Fiorentino graced the cover of their 1993 album. However others – including Rolling Stone magazine – remain sceptical.

Smashing Pumpkins’ new bassist was apparently one of the cover-stars of their 1993 album, Siamese Dream. As a little girl, Nicole Fiorentino claims her photograph was snapped for the cover of the alternative rock classic; almost 20 years later, she joined the band – without telling Billy Corgan who she was.

“Just found out the weirdest news,” Corgan recently confessed on Twitter “Our bass player Nicole just admitted she is one of the girls on the cover of Siamese Dream … She said she didn’t want us to know because she thought maybe we wouldn’t let her be in the band.”

Or was she? Rolling Stone has questioned Corgan’s claim, suggesting that the singer is just “fucking with his fans”. While cover photographer Melodie McDaniel hasn’t weighed in yet, her assistant said he’s “pretty sure” the photograph was taken specifically for the album – not an old shot taken from the archives and put to use. As Fiorentino would have been around 14 in 1993, it’s hard to imagine it could be a photo of her from that year. It doesn’t help that Fiorentino herself has re-tweeted the skeptical Rolling Stone article, pointing it out to her followers.

Then again, if Fiorentino was indeed a tot on the front of Siamese Dream, using a recycled photo from years before, it sets the stage for all kinds of other musical reunions. Might the baby from Nevermind join Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic for a Nirvana reunion? Will the boy from U2’s Boy become the band’s new vibraphonist? Whose bum is on the front of the Strokes’ Is This It, and can she play trombone? Only time will tell …