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POP INTERVIEW: Gloria Loring: “Days” Actress Extraordinaire (AKA. Robin Thicke’s Mom!)

Her son, Robin, is riding the Top 40 with his summer hit, “Blurred Lines.” Before he ever joined up with Pharell, his mom ruled the soaps on Days of Our Lives during the 80’s.

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Her son, Robin, is riding the Top 40 with his summer hit, “Blurred Lines.” Before he ever joined up with Pharell, his mom ruled the soaps on Days of Our Lives during the 80’s. A singer herself, she had a chart topper with “Friends and Lovers” and guest starred on shows such as Beverly Hills, 90210Saved by the Bell and Fantasy Island. Loring’s book, Coincidence Is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous, will be published this fall, and you can download her newest songs and old favorites on GloriaLoring.com.

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Why weren’t you in the “Blurred Lines” music video? No sarcasm involved here. You would have been either great dancing or able to do something really funny in embarrassing your son in front of all those pretty women. I would have done the latter had I been in that situation!
I would never have thought of embarrassing my son, because there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. For me the video is about the way men project their fantasies onto beautiful women. Nothing wrong with that as long as they know how to take “no” for an answer. When I saw the video I told Robin how much I loved its playful nature. And I also loved knowing that Paula gave it her approval and that the director was a woman!

Robin appears on your album in a duet. Is it difficult recording a song with a family member?
No, not difficult at all. It was a very happy occasion, and I loved matching his vocal quality, finding the blend.

I never knew until now that you sang “The Facts of Life” theme song. I’m kind of embarrassed: I love singing it every so often when I’m alone. Do a lot of people come up to you and confess how much they love it too? The show is always in reruns gaining young fans.
I know! It’s been on the air more than 30 years. People are often surprised that I had a hand in writing it and that it’s my voice they’ve been listening to all this time.

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Will you ever return to soap operas?
My new manager is intent on it! I actually think it would be fun. It’s familiar territory and I know I would enjoy it now as I did then.

Of your many TV guest spots, which was the most fun, and which had the strangest plot?
The most challenging one was the role of the woman who accuses James Brolin of raping her after someone else does. I had to dig deep for the reality of that unbalanced mental state. The most fun was playing Richard Crenna’s wife; he was so funny and kept us laughing between takes.

You were a guest on some very fun shows. Among them, was “Playboy After Dark.” Why do you believe we don’t have a glamorous show like that on the air today? Talk shows now are actually more risqué.
I think there is lots of attention on glamour with award shows, red carpets and fashion commentary. Playboy was a product of its times and seemed adventurous then, but television has pushed those boundaries way past what I could have imagined.

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You do a lot for diabetes research. When you began volunteering for this cause, was diabetes fairly misunderstood by the public?
Yes, diabetes was a sidelined disease. All of us who have come forward and promoted the importance of research and educated self-care have brought it into the public’s view, and hastened the day when it no longer is America’s sixth leading cause of death.

What career moves are next up your sleeve?
There’s a new show we’re booking, some new music with my producer Ted Perlman, another book in the works, acting. I welcome all the creative opportunities that come my way. I plan to keep at it as long as I have breath.

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Three Words That Went So Viral That Kylie Wants To Trademark Them – And Why She’s Right To Do It.

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It all started when Kylie Jenner gave us a tour of her Kylie Cosmetics office on YouTube. Then, she went to wake her sleeping daughter, singing “rise and shine.”

Maybe it was the way she sang it, but it went viral, memes followed, and it became the most hashtagged phrase EVER on Tik Tok. Almost immediately.

Within a week, she filed an application to trademark the phrase, hoping to turn the now viral moment into a merchandising opportunity. Folks called it excessive and silly, claiming such a common expression shouldn’t be up for the taking.

Those people are wrong. What it is, is smart.

Take a look – the seemingly innocuous moment happens 15 minutes in to the tour.

Why is it smart? Because if she doesn’t trademark it, someone else will. People are ALL about capitalizing on viral moments, and if she didn’t, someone else would have tried to use Kylie’s influence to benefit themselves, just like people are using the #RiseAndShine hashtag right now for views and likes. And that’s not taking advantage of it?

In fact, she’s not the first person to even apply for a trademark for the phrase. Roughly 100 applications, some active, some dead, have been filed with variations of the phrase over the years. A mattress company liked the sound of it, so did a coffee company, a beer, snack mix, and Hardee’s wanted to use it to promote breakfast entrees. All of them make sense. McDonald’s trademarked the common phrase “I’m Lovin’ It.” Emeril trademarked “Bam!” and Paris Hilton trademarked “That’s hot.” Having the trademark doesn’t prohibit everyone else from saying it in conversation, but it does limit the ability for others to monetize it for themselves. It keeps a phrase that is uniquely attributed to another person or business from being used in a misleading way for monetary gain by others. Sports announcer Michael Buffer wisely trademarked “Let’s get ready to rumble” so that others couldn’t go and make t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise with a catchphrase that he made famous. Anyone can file for a trademark on a phrase. In the end, the trademark office will decide if the application has merit. Before you do, it is suggested you seek the advice of a legal expert.

By now we know that Kylie Jenner is a successful business woman, given the enormous popularity of Kylie Cosmetics. It stands to reason that she is going to expand her scope of business. No matter WHAT she decided to name a spinoff of her brand, she would trademark it. By jumping on a phrase that is now already organically linked to her, thanks to the fans themselves, she merely did the SMART thing. Coming up with a brand name is one of the hardest things an entrepreneur does. Half of the ideas are taken, the others you don’t love, and sometimes the ones you do love other people don’t like.

So before we start hating on Kylie’s fast acting ingenuity, we should be inspired and do some of it ourselves!

For more pop culture and entertainment analysis, follow @BrianBalthazar on twitter!

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VIDEO: Why Paris Hilton Is A Chameleon.

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Paris Hilton sat down with me and Makho Ndlovu at the People Now studios to talk about her new fragrance “Electrify,” the first song she plays when she’s DJ’ing, and what character’s she likes the play… in real life!

What an amazing time it is visiting and guest co-hosting People Now. The people on camera and behind the scenes couldn’t be more kind and welcoming! And Paris herself was absolutely charming and sweet.


 

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Watch How This Hasselhoff Deepfake Takes Years Off The Actor!

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Visual effects artist Chris Ume takes countless images of David Hasselhoff from his past Baywatch days, then creates a younger avator, blending the new, artificial Hof onto the real life Hoff.

The process of this crazy magic? It’s called a Deepfake = combining and superimposing existing images and videos onto a source image or video. The process is incredible, and yet still relatively in its infancy. If things keep progressing this genre as we can only expect they will, it’s not a stretch to imagine that we could someday see an actor actress play a younger version of themselves so convincingly we won’t see how they did it.

To follow more of his work, subscribe to Chris’ youtube channel.

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