Big ups to our girl Diablo Cody: her pilot for The United States of Tara has been picked up by Showtime for 12 episodes. Tara stars Toni Collette as a suburban mom with multiple personalities. It kind of sounds like Freaky Friday meets Sybil and we cannot wait to see it. • Jessica Simpson's clothing line will now include bras. This will provide yet another opportunity for Papa Simpson to make creepy comments about his daughter's considerable assets. • Videos have surfaced showing Amy Winehouse smoking crack and making ethnic and racial slurs. Just sad. [E! Online, WWD, sub. req., NY Post]
@Dear Blond Diary...: IMHO, Amy is pretty unremarkable. Part of her appeal is that her sound is so unexpected, being white/Jewish and all. I think that it makes her more palpable to a mainstream audience who simply expects black women to sound that way, while Amy is some kind of fab freak of nature. Amy readily admits that she bites off of ol' soul music. In one of her songs she said "she's reborn like Sarah Vaughn". They just took old shit, revamped it and wrapped it in a package that people like. Inherently, it's not new. It sorta reminds me how back in the day they would re-do black songs for pop radio and give absolutely no recognition to the black folks who wrote/performed. You ain't lived 'til you heard Perry Cuomo singing "Tooty Fruity". Whop pa ba loo bop a bop bang boom, indeed.