Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: ‘Words Of Wisdom From Nomi Malone and Jessie Spano’ Edition

Morning, readers.

*Elizabeth Berkley plans to write a self-help book to help boost young girls' self-esteem. Presumably it'll skip the whole section about doing a movie where you snort coke, have sex in a pool, and push the lead showgirl down the stairs so you can take her place in a topless Vegas extravaganza. Though hopefully it will reference this little "live and learn" nugget from the greatest moment in the best series that ever aired on television:

*Joss Whedon is almost probably pretty close to maybe definitely directing Marvel's latest superheroes flick, The Avengers.

*Nicki Minaj announces she's pulling out of Rihanna's summer tour to work on her own debut album. Ke$ha remains on the bill. (If the three of them recorded a song together, it'd be the best worst catchy song ever.)

*A blog called Stupid Fight determines which celebrity followers are more... well, stupid. Qualifiers for the less astute include calculating the number of excess exclamation points, "OMG"s and the like. According to some recent battles, Lady Gaga fans are dumber than followers of Justin Bieber, Insane Clown Posse's fans are more intelligent than those who tweet Green Day, and Slayer and Metallica fans are pretty evenly matched. (Rachel Maddow fans come out on top when up against Glenn Beck, and Stephen Fry's fans are pretty smart when compared to Kim Kardashian's "dumb as a bag of hammers" crowd.)

*HBO announces its newest drama Treme has already been renewed for a second season. Is anyone truly surprised this new series is also awesome?

*Producer DJ Premier says Kanye West is ditching electro and going back to pure hip-hop for his fifth album.

*Scissor Sisters announce via Twitter that they'll have a new album out at the end of June.

*That TV show about awkward singers with the high ratings and a cast of continually skyrocketing popularity came back from its hiatus last night. So if you don't want to read about Glee, I suggest you steer away from your Facebook feed.

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  • Mike Riggs

    I demand an explanation for all this Nicki Minaj hate. She so cute and bubbly, and all you do is make fun of her. Why? WHY?

  • Nikki

    Nothin like a little Jessie Spano Caffeine Pill Freak Out to start the day off right!

  • Caitlin Moore

    @Mike - I like Nicki! Does it come off like I don't? The catchy in the best worst possible way was mostly in reference to Rihanna and Ke$ha (both of whom I enjoy from time to time anyway). I have lots of favorite guilty pleasure artists, so bad-catchy is something I actually look for in a song. But yeah, I'm actually a big fan of Nicki... like literally that person on the Metro who's lip syncing along to "Itty Bitty Piggy." The reason I usually write about her in my blogs is 'cause I'm usually Googling her in general.

  • Amanda Hess

    Some girls lack the self-esteem to feel comfortable engaging in pool sex.