Lisa M. Gerry

Sexy and Sweet: Michael Bublé’s Special Delivery

February 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm , by

mb_special_4_13_Buble_148He might be off the market (he’s engaged to the Argentinian actress, Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre), but do not fear, Bublé will continue to bring his swoontastic tunes to women everywhere. This Valentine’s day, he is releasing Special Delivery, a package of six songs that were previously unavailable for purchase, on iTunes and other digital music stores.

So whether you’ll spend this February 14th feeding your special someone tiramisu by candlelight, or alone, drinking wine in a slanket—Michael Bublé will be there in song, making it a night to remember.

I got the chance to speak to Michael recently, and let me tell you ladies, he is a charmer. We got talking about what he finds sexy, and his answers ranged from steamy (“the nape of a woman’s neck”) to sweet (“a confident woman who is close to her family”).

To find out what else makes Michael Bublé’s heart skip a beat, be sure to check out the February issue of LHJ.

If You Don’t Know Meaghan Smith Yet, You Should—And You Will

January 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm , by

MS_TCO_FINALYou may recognize Canadian singer (and soon to be star) Meaghan Smith’s voice from the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack, where she covered the Pixies song, “Here Comes Your Man.” That was how I personally discovered her, and that’s all it took…now I’m a super fan.

Her style, which she describes as “modern vintage,” makes me want to put on a cloche hat, pour a glass of wine and kick up my heels. So, as you can imagine, I was so excited to find out that she has a new album coming out, Cricket’s Orchestra, which is currently available on iTunes and will be available everywhere February 9.

I got the chance to speak with Meaghan, and you can read some highlights from our chat after the jump, but first—because hearing is believing—check out her music video below.

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Idol Chatter: Kara DioGuardi Interview

January 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm , by

Headshot 2009Yesterday, I spoke with American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi, about this season’s contestants, Simon’s surprising departure, Ellen’s much-anticipated arrival and her latest music endeavor—jingles.

You guys have had quite a week—how is everyone handling the news of Simon leaving?

We’re all sad. It’s difficult to see somebody leave who’s been such an important part of the show. He has incredibly unique takes on the contestants, he’s funny and witty, and he’s able to say things in a way that no one else can. We’re going to miss him.

How is Ellen doing so far?

She’s doing an awesome job. And the dynamic is really coming together nicely. She’s a natural judge—she’s warm, funny and critical when she needs to be. She knows about music and can tell when something’s off.  I’m really very impressed by her.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard some great songs get butchered. Are there any that you’d like to have banned from the audition room?

[The Jackson 5’s] “ABC” should not be sung by anybody and [The Temptation’s] “Get Ready.”  If I ever have to hear those two songs again—other than the originals—I may just have to jump off a bridge. Certain songs are so classic that you should leave them alone.

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Get Funky & Get Fit: Dance With Julianne Hough

December 23, 2009 at 11:22 am , by

DWJ 3D COVER ARTRecently, I sat down with Julianne Hough, the Dancing With the Stars fan favorite turn country music darling, to discuss her fitness DVD debut. After being approached by fans who wished they too could learn to dance like Julianne, she decided to create Dance With Julianne: Cardio Ballroom. “I wanted to give my fans a  sneak peek at what I teach my partners,” she says. “And, people always ask me, ‘How do you stay in shape?’ And honestly, it’s because I dance.”

So who’s it for? Julianne assured me that even if—hypothetically—I wasn’t in the best shape, and—hypothetically—if I struggled to run even two miles, I would still be able do her routines. “This is for people who want to be lean, long and want to do more cardio,” she says.  “If you can’t run, but you can walk, this will be fun because you can stay pretty stationary. You decide how much you want to do.”

Make It a Party! “Women will have a blast doing the routines with their girlfriends—you can turn it into a girls’ night,” says Hough. “And guys are going to get fat watching it. Just kidding.”

There’s Nothing Plain About Jane: Glee on DVD

December 18, 2009 at 10:52 am , by

glee_sc08_4016The always funny, always brilliant Jane Lynch wows us again as the diabolical cheerleading coach on the hit show Glee. (The first season will be released on DVD December 29.) I’ve been a huge fan since I saw her in Christopher Guest’s hilarious comedy Best In Show, and was so excited to get the chance to talk to her. Check out some of the highlights from our recent chat below.

I knew I wanted to play Sue Sylvester…
when they said, ‘She may or may not be on horse estrogen and she may or may not have posed for Penthouse.’

Sue Sylvester’s truth is…
that she’s aggressive, she’s a warrior and she’s always trying to take somebody down. This is a person who is only happy when she’s reigning supreme and every scene that I have is an opportunity for Sue to advance that.

I’m going to sing…
in the second episode of next season, and I am thrilled! But, I can’t tell you what it is…I’ve been sworn to secrecy.

Glee works because…
it is that perfect combination of sweetness, heart and on top of it—snark. The adult characters are kind of ridiculous and excessive, and then the kids are sweethearts. I think the balance saves the show from becoming sappy or High School Musical.

Ensemble comedies are my favorite because…
I love working with a group of people where everyone’s of equal weight and the best joke wins.

I realized I was funny…
in grade school by making people laugh. I don’t think my family thought I was particularly funny—I was just one of many in a witty family.

I look up to…
Meryl Streep. She’s one of my role models because of the huge choices she makes—they’re always grounded in a beautiful truth and a reality; Jennifer Saunders because she takes everything to the nth degree; and Carol Burnett too.

If I could star in any musical…
it would be Once Upon A Mattress. Maybe I could play the queen in that. I’d love to do Gypsy. Or Mame and play Mame or Vera. I would love to do Company—anything Elaine Stritch has done, I would humbly try to step into her shoes.

My playlist includes…
Right now, I’m into Andrea Mann. She’s this jazzy singer who sounds like she’s been around a billion years. I also listen to Joni Mitchell all the time. I like James Taylor, Carole King—I like all the stuff from the late ‘60s, early ‘70s, the folky stuff.

(For more Jane Lynch, check her out in the movie, Post Grad, costarring Alexis Bledel and Michael Keaton, which will be released on DVD January 12.)

Amy Grant Does Good

December 12, 2009 at 7:01 pm , by

When Amy Grant was asked to sing the song, “Give This Christmas Away,” forveggietalesstnicholas-1 the Veggie Tales movie, Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving, she was so moved by the message of the song that even though she was supposed to be taking some time off, she immediately hopped on board.

I got the chance to sit down with Amy to discuss how she hopes the song’s message, about turning the focus off of ourselves this Christmas to help those in need, impacts listeners. “I hope that the song sticks in somebody’s head,” says Grant. “And the next time they go to the grocery store, and they see someone from the Salvation Army ringing their bell, they think, I’ve never actually walked over and put something in there, but I think I’m going to give a chunk of change—I might even put in some paper money.” Check out more from my talk with her below.

And here is the video for the song, “Give This Christmas Away.”

Turkey Day: À la Alton Brown

November 25, 2009 at 8:52 am , by

brown_alton_1In honor of Alton Brown’s new book, “Good Eats: The Early Years,” and the 10th anniversary of his show, we asked Alton for ten tips and little-known facts about Thanksgiving. True to his form, his factoids range from practical and historic to quirky and downright weird.

1.) The first Thanksgiving was a three-day alfresco affair—late September, early October, 1621. Hardly any of the “traditional” foods appear at the first meal, however, Turkey, Goose, Swan, Venison, Lobster, Oysters, Cod, Bass, Eels, Pumpkin, Purslane, Gooseberries, and Chestnuts all make the menu.

2.) Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanks giving and prayer.

3.) Turkey was the first meal eaten on the moon.

4.) 90% of American homes serve turkey at Thanksgiving. That’s about 675 million pounds.

5.) More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.

6.) The largest turkey on record weighed 86 pounds and was raised in England.

7.) Give your frozen bird at least two days to thaw in the refrigerator and be sure its drippings are contained to avoid contamination of fresh food.

8.) On the big day designate zones for raw, cold, and cooked foods.

9.) Involve your kids –it’s the best way to keep your traditions alive and well. Little hands seem to have an easier time peeling than mine do anyway.

10.) Volunteer or Donate. As some 8 million Americans are without jobs this year, it’s especially important to share resources, be it time, money or canned goods.