Thursday, August 04, 2005

Guilty Pleasures

While I can certainly admire intricately-plotted books, nuanced films and edgy music, sometimes you just want to consume the cultural equivalent of Twinkie. On a grey, boring day, what could be better than a dishy novel or cheesy chick-flick? My latest guilty pleasure (and believe me, I have plenty of them) is the show Instant Star on The N. If you don't know what The N is, it's probably because you're over the age of fifteen. But since I do a lot of babysitting, I was exposed to The N (its marquee show is Degrassi: The Next Generation, a spinoff of the 80's classic) last year, and have been hooked ever since. Instant Star is about Jude, a Kelly Clarkson-meets-Avril Lavigne-ish singer who wins an American Idol-like competition and gets everything she's ever dreamed of—but discovers that fame and fortune have a price. Last night, I found out that my new friend G.—an indie film producer who actually has, like, real taste—is similarly hooked. And suddenly I didn't feel so bad about myself.
Instant Star (The N)


Blogger Sweetiepie47 said...

I have seen previews for this, but have not watched it. My guilty pleasure is Bridezillas on WE and MTV's Real World which is anything but "real" or a representation of the "world."

8/04/2005 7:17 PM  
Blogger Jolie said...

God help me, I'm hooked on The Real World Austin, too. And I love me some Laguna Beach. (Do I watch anything of substance? Guess not!)

8/04/2005 7:21 PM  
Blogger Mellypinto said...

I was addicted to the Starlet. So bad it was great. And the RealWorld/Road Rules challenges are just as addicting!

8/04/2005 7:23 PM  
Blogger Little Bird said...

Oh, I LOVE Instant Star.

8/04/2005 7:28 PM  
Blogger Swanny said...

Jolie...Read about you in the papers...Love your story and am now loving your site! You inspired me to start one of my own:

8/04/2005 9:58 PM  
Blogger RaceGirl2499 said...

I haven't watched Instant star yet, but Im embarassingly addicted to Degrassi:NG. And I turn 20 in 14 days. Yikes.

I saw your story in People, and I just had to check out your blog. It's great!

8/04/2005 11:34 PM  
Blogger SuzyKelly said...

I found out about this site from my People Magazine as well. I find this site to be like a sorority get-together on a blog. Unfortunately, Im a sorority drop-out. I couldnt take all the estrogen filled get togethers anymore...(after 2 months of joining)...all the get-togethers, events & pajama parties with other frats... and they knew I was seriously involved with my boyfriend (who is now my husband). Anyway...I still enjoy this site. So far what Im reading from people (especially that Allison girl)...Nadine, you have support from people all over the country because you are obviously a smart individual who captures other girl's attention by talking about stuff that interests girls. This is why I logg on, and many others do as well. Obviously you back-stabbed the industry (now dont be shocked that I used that term, but its the truth)...betrayed employers & you are now being black listed from New York beauty industry offices. My advice to you is leave NYC, and start anew in a west coast town where they are more forgiving. Im a complete outsider to all this hoopla...but those are my observations and recommendations to get back on your feet..I sense from this site that what happened was a major tornado in your life. I think its time to move on. Im sure its hard to imagine it, but there is life outside of NYC. Whenever I meet people from NYC, an air of arrogance kinda comes across because of their residence. I've been there and done it.. there's more to life than that concrete jungle. Think about it.

8/05/2005 12:19 AM  
Blogger dcdweller said...

Oh Laguna Beach, how I love you. Jolie-did you see Lo's supposed webshots site? Of course now we find out it's all fake, but it was fun to imagine that we were actually seeing her personal website.

8/05/2005 9:39 AM  
Blogger miss said...

no Jolie! i can't add another show to my overbooked DVR already have me completely obsessed with a teenager named Veronica Mars - and it's only been a week!

8/05/2005 11:11 AM  
Blogger gillian19 said...

The whole Jude and Shay episode was by far the best. Love Laguna Beach but it is too scripted this season, but that doesn't keep me from watching it. Another guilty pleasure that I really shouldn't admit is "I Want to be a Hilton." Why do these people intrigue us so much? In the grand scheme they are nobodies except rich hotel owners and one is a porn star. What gives?

8/05/2005 11:17 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I'm here via Page Six, and have been addicted to this blog for the last week or so. Good luck with everything Jolie! I think your story is so interesting and love what you have to say. I also have been inspired to start my own blog, check it out (although it is in its very early stages!)

8/05/2005 12:30 PM  
Blogger Jax said...


8/05/2005 1:36 PM  
Blogger miss said...

i believe Jolie clearly states her blog is about "The random musings of a pop culture-obsessed (former) beauty editor in the big city".


i, for one, appreciate any musings Jolie randomly cares to share with us. so just friggin relax! (preferably, in a hot tub full of SugarBath Bath Cubes by Fresh).

8/05/2005 3:10 PM  
Blogger Jax said...


If she has to put this stuff up, maybe she is running out of things to say. If I want to know what's on TV, I'll pick up T.V. Guide- thankyouverymuch.

8/05/2005 5:32 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

Jennifer Aniston- Ugly and Lucky!

Why do we care so much about Jennifer Aniston? Aniston is basically a plain Jane who has really great stylists and makeup people, since she can afford the best, and her acting is not that great either!

Indeed, Aniston was truly lucky to marry such a hunk like Brad Pitt.

Why do people think that Aniston is so beautiful and hot! Apparently, she had a nose job, not a good one for the record. Her nose is still awfully misshapen and wide. And you know that she's NOT really naturally thin; she must really do something else besides diet and exercise to maintain such an unnaturally thin frame, since she was way fatter before. You know that was not her given, genetic body type. Moreover, she smokes way too much!

When she's not on the red carpet, what's up with her attire? Even though, many say and write that her "non-working" wardrobe is casual, cool wear, and so down to earth, very Californian style, she spends a fortune to maintain this girl next door look. The tank tops that she wears alone cost at least $800, and always with $200 flip-flops!

Then, why do we feel SORRY for her! Aniston is worth at least $80 million, maybe a little more with her divorce settlement.

Yet, she is truly messed up with her self-pity, countless insecurities, and many failed relationships. No wonder Brad Pitt left her sorry and ugly self for the gorgeous and talented Angelina Jolie!

Way to go Brad!

8/06/2005 5:03 AM  
Blogger SuzyKelly said...

What a mouth full. I disagree with you, Chelsea. Have you ever been married? Usually one partner is the calmer, sedated one while the other can fly about up in the clouds. Jennifer Aniston probrably played the role of the calmer one--and that is possibly why Brad Pitt married her. As far as acting, her acting isnt my favorite. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were America's favorite good looking couple--everyone knew their name and rooted for their marriage. When they broke up it made the front page of CNN.COM.. my 56 year old mother-in-law who lives in Rural western Pennsylvania was saddened by the news. Lets face it, she has her success for something, and obviously she'll make it regardless of whats his face.

8/06/2005 9:34 PM  
Blogger SuzyKelly said...

Addendum: By the way, whats his face's acting isnt that great either. Does he have any awards on his shelf for something? They were basically famous for being a good looking couple.

8/06/2005 9:37 PM  
Blogger SuzyKelly said...

Imagine Brad Pitt as a regular Joe Schmo who just turned 40. He lives in Springfield, USA and has a nice life. Realizing that he is getting old quick, he trades in his sedan for a sporty fun car so then he can regain his youth.

Safe & Reliable sedan = Jennifer Aniston
Fun convertible sports car = Angelina Jolie

Society automatically always blames the women involved. "Why did the boy not wash his face in the morning?" The answer is always: Its the mom's fault. "How did the girl get pregnant out of wedlock?" The answer is: Its the girl's fault. This is Social Psychology folks. Dont follow the crowd...realize that it isnt neither of the girl's fault.

8/06/2005 10:16 PM  
Blogger shimmer said...

this is a personal blog, not your entertainment playground...rather rude to dictate what is or should be written in it, no?

8/08/2005 8:55 AM  
Blogger Jax said...

You bloggers are control freaks! Shimmer, rather rude to tell me what to write and not write, don't you think? What are you the blog police? "10-4 we got someone with an opinion on the loose"

8/08/2005 12:35 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

My guilty pleasure is "America's Next Top Model"....

8/08/2005 1:12 PM  
Blogger miss said...

actually, jax, we're not the police. we're peacekeepers. and you're being very unpeaceful.

on another note.. i love the Gilmore Girls!

peace out,

8/08/2005 5:15 PM  
Blogger Jax said...


you seem like one of those people in high school that needed to be liked by everyone, even if given a chance you probably wouldn't have even liked them. But still if someone didn't like you you made a huge deal about it and told everyone to try to get reassurance. Don't try to get in on stuff that isn't your bizznass. Got it? Now go pick a flower you "peacemaker"

8/08/2005 5:21 PM  
Blogger miss said...

jax sweetheart,

at the dorms i dragged your toothbrush through someone's vomit dripping down the side of a toilet. everyone notoriously loves me- but i'm secretly your worst enemy. hey, want this cup of jungle juice? i made it just for you... :)

peace and flowers,

8/09/2005 2:31 AM  
Blogger SuzyKelly said...

Oh my...what vulgarity girls. I thought this place attracted ladies of class and circumstance. Is this the new hangout for all the Pussy Cats?

8/09/2005 9:34 AM  
Blogger *Yasmine* said...

STELLA, Ooops I mean "JAX".... " Why did you change your name????

And Why are you still here bothering people???

Girls ignore this person she was using another name a few weeks back and was being very negative and she is still here... STELLA Go Away.
Where's your BLoG?!?!?!?



8/09/2005 9:53 AM  
Blogger Jenny V said...

Girls, Girls, Girls! if any of you were familiar with the blog before Jolie's "unmasking", you would know that she talked about everything from beauty to celeb gossip to the industry & more. And not once was there any negativity shown by any of the readers. If Jolie posts on something you're interested in, by all means comment. If not, then skip over it until you find something that interests you. That's the "beauty" of her blog (no pun intended), there seems to be something for all us gals.

8/09/2005 10:00 AM  
Blogger miss said...

haha ok, no more...the game lost its charm a long time ago when "jax" cracked that 10-4 joke... let's just all get back to the business we call 'Jolie'...

8/09/2005 12:04 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Speaking of "cheese," I must admit that I'm hooked on "Laguna Beach" too. This coming from a 31-year-old woman. The water in California must be the best because all the "characters" have perfectly clear, blemish-free skin and gorgeous sun-bleached hair.

8/09/2005 12:12 PM  
Blogger Jax said...

Geez Miss you have problems. I can't believe you would say stuff like that to someone you don't even know. I really question a persons mental health that reacts like that over the Internet.

8/09/2005 12:47 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

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8/09/2005 2:02 PM  
Blogger miss said...

too funny!

i actually find the water in southern california to be highly polluted and oddly warm in some spots. it is widely known that you must avoid going to the beach after any kind of rain.. but maybe that IS the secret to thier skin and hair!
or maybe it's the constant tanning, trips to the salon and trips to the MAC counter for cover-up?

8/09/2005 2:39 PM  
Blogger Brooks said...

There's a troll on the loose. Let's try to follow the proper procedure folks.

Brooks Blog

8/09/2005 3:00 PM  
Blogger shimmer said...

I am hardly a control freak, but I do find it laughable when an individual intrudes on a person's blog and demands certain subject matter be the only thing written. If that intruder wants to know so much about a certain subject, perhaps he or she could utilize the tool at hand and find it on the world wide web, as opposed to taking the information from a complete stranger's musings.

8/11/2005 7:19 PM  

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