The Entertation Index: April 12
Direction, One — Moptop British boy band and Simon Cowell discovery One Direction, whose single “What Makes You Beautiful” remains on the Billboard top ten this week, is being sued by an American group called One Direction over use of the band’s name. Lawyers have filed an injunction to stop the Brits from using the name One Direction, which may lead to a regression to the group’s original name, “Producer-Manufactured Boy Band #287.” Which is so much less sexy.
Link: Simon Cowell, One Direction Sued – Lawsuit Over Boy Band’s Name (Huffington Post)
Frasier — Today’s Trivia You Didn’t Ask For But Here It Is comes from TV writer and culture blogger Ken Levine’s investigation into the true meaning behind the enigmatic theme song lyrics of Kelsey Grammer’s long-running Cheers spin-off Frasier. Surely you haven’t forgotten those lyrics already. Tossed salads? Scrambled eggs? All is revealed at the link, and will easily give you the most interesting and obscure information to bounce off your friends over beers tonight.
Link: The Story Behind “Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs” (Ken Levine)
Nelson, Willie — On April 20, at 4:20 pm, Austin, Texas authorities plan to unveil the city’s newest art installation, a statue of country music legend Willie Nelson. Designed by pop sculptor Clete Shields, the eight-foot tall statue of Nelson will weigh one ton, be composed in bronze and — we can only assume — double as Austin’s largest bong.
Link: Willie Nelson Statue to Be Erected in Austin (Rolling Stone)
Perry, Katy — The former Mrs. Russell Brand, while drumming up publicity for her upcoming film Katy Perry: Part of Me 3-D (no folks, that’s not the joke), told a reporter from Teen Vogue this week that “I’m tired of being famous already.” Oh Katy, you scamp, that’s priceless. And quite a coincidence, because we are too. We are too.
Link: “I’m Tired of Being Famous Already” (Yahoo)
Shakespeare — Michael Boyd, the artistic director of England’s Royal Shakespeare Company, recently told the U.S. press that the closest comparisons to Shakespeare in modern day culture are rappers like Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am, lauding their “witty metrical rhyming” for “addressing the whole of society.” Conversely-Z, Shakespeare was once considered to be the Jay-Z of his time, especially with his esteemed piece 154 Sonnets and Dante Alighieri’s “La Vita Nuova” Ain’t One.
Link: Jay-Z and Will.i.am are Just Like William Shakespeare, Says Bard Expert (Mirror Online)
Springfield — It’s finally been revealed: in a Smithsonian article printed on Tuesday, Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening admitted the actual geographic destination for Springfield, the home of the show’s animated and beloved citizens — Oregon. The fact that Groening chose Oregon shouldn’t be surprising as the artist hails from nearby Portland; more shocking is the news that Homer Simpson was based on former Republican Party nominee Rick Perry.
Link: ‘Simpsons’ Creator – Real Springfield is in Oregon (Google)