Family Travail Gave Brooke Hogan Something To Sing About
Brooke Hogan, whose parents went through a bitter divorce, says some good has come out of the chaos. For one, it helped inspire her newest album, "The Redemption," hitting stores Tuesday 7/21. "Have you heard how crazy my family is lately? I definitely had enough to write about," says the daughter of retired wrestler Hulk Hogan. "I have a song about my mom and the stuff that we've been through. I've written stuff about people who have backstabbed me. But I'm also very much in love, so I wrote about that. It's just about everything I've been through the last year," says Hogan, who collaborated with her label mate and boyfriend Stack$ on the single "Hey Yo."
For those who weren't a fan of Hogan's first album, she tells us this one will be a lot truer to who she is now that she's no longer working with mega music producer Scott Storch. "The last album was just so conducted by Scott Storch every inch of the way that I felt like I had no control. He wasn't a good fit," she admits. "His priorities weren't in order. I was put on the back burner. I felt like he was very distracted. Once he did have time with me, he'd just throw a bunch of writers on top of me, and I felt squashed," she says. "The last album wasn't me, so I didn't expect people to go crazy over it. I feel like when you do things more organically, then it has more of a chance of surviving, so hopefully we'll get different results with this one."
Now that Hogan's music career is headed in the right direction, she just hopes her family will follow suit. "I think even though they're not together, I think most of my family members are in a better place. I still worry about my mom, but if she's happy, then more power to her."
THE BIG SCREEN SCENE: Boaz Yakin's "Death in Love" was greeted with downright hostility when it opened at the Sundance Festival. The drama, dealing with a woman who survived the Holocaust by having sex with a Nazi concentration camp doctor — and how her ruined psyche affected her now-grown sons — also garnered some raves, particularly for the performances of Josh Lucas, Lukas Haas, Jacqueline Bisset and Adam Brody. Now it's going into limited release tomorrow (7/17).
"I love a good, interesting movie with good, interesting choices. I'd rather be in an interesting failure than a generic copy of a copy of a copy," declares Brody. The one-time "The O.C." actor tells us he had "no trepidations, not in the least" about getting involved in the upsetting, graphic film.
"From the first page, Boaz is such a smart guy, and he's throwing so many ideas at you, the writing gets to you," he says. "For me, it was a classic New York indie film experience … I feel I get off really easy. Everyone else has to weep and/or disrobe. I'm the only one smiling in the movie," he notes.
It's a far cry from his famous Seth Cohen TV character, as in "Death in Love" his and Lucas' characters "have a whole homoerotic thing going on with my teaching him to dance and so on. It would only have been uncomfortable if he'd been an a—hole, but he wasn't at all."
Brody's back on the scene in a big way this year. He's currently shooting the Kevin Smith comedy "A Couple of Dicks" with Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Jason Lee and Michelle Trachtenberg. He also has the Diablo Cody-penned horror film "Jennifer's Body," opening in September. It stars Megan Fox as a possessed high school cheerleader on a killing rampage against men. For Adam, "It's definitely the darkest character I've played. I'm a psychopath in 'Jennifer's Body' — confident and dare I say a little sexual." Does he weep or disrobe in that one? "No," he replies, "but I do have a graphic thing I'm not going to talk about yet."
INTER-SKEPIC COMMUNICATIONS: Penn Jillette's show "Penn & Teller: Bulls—-!" debunks certain popular beliefs and misconceptions, but he tells us it seems a lot more pessimistic than it actually is. He believes there are other people who do skepticism a lot better. "Really, if you want a hardcore skeptical show, you've got 'Myth Busters,' and you've got 'South Park.' They really deliver pretty strong, skeptical libertarian stuff most of the time," notes the magician/TV personality. However, he does jokingly say that he and the guys from "South Park" try to make sure they've got all of the bases covered at the end of the day. "Trey [Parker] calls and says, 'What subjects are you guys doing? Should we hit alcoholism before or after you guys?'"
With reports by Emily Feimster.
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