Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lady Gaga says she'll perform 'seven new songs' at London's iTunes Festival tomorrow (September 1)

Singer says show will be a 'more intimate experience'

Lady Gaga has revealed she will play seven new songs from her 'ARTPOP' album at tomorrow evening's London iTunes Festival (September 1). 

The singer's UK comeback show takes place on Sunday evening at London's Roundhouse and, in an interview with the Sun, she discussed her preparations for the gig. "I came to the UK because I love performing here," she said. "There are 30 performers over the next month and I get to be the first at the iTunes festival - why would I come back anywhere else?"

She added: "I'm playing seven new songs but I've kept some back for later in the year. I am just relieved to be back and playing new music. I spent a fortune on rehearsals because I want things to be right come the big night. The Roundhouse is a famous venue and I want to make it special for the fans."

Speaking about how the album would translate to the stage, meanwhile, she said: "It is meant to be a more intimate experience with the record - this next album will scale up and down live. It can go huge and strip right back." Gaga, who also said she had realised she "was not in it for the fame", claimed people would be surprised by the album's musicality. "I think what will surprise people the most about this album and Sunday is that I know I am part of an era of artists and celebrities who are obsessed with fame in that way, but I am all about the music and the fantasy of performance. 

"I am a student of Bowie and Bolan and Freddie Mercury," she concluded. "If we could get in a time machine and go back to what they were doing, they would say the exact same thing." 

Earlier today (August 31), Gaga previewed another new song titled 'Sex Dreams' from her recent rehearsals - scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen. The song sees Gaga sing "When I lay in bed I touch myself and I think of you", while she also published a post on Twitter which seemingly included some of the song's lyrics when she wrote: LAST NIGHT DAMN, YOU WERE IN MY #SEXDREAMS DOING REALLY NASTY THINGS." 

Earlier this month, Lady Gaga unveiled the video for the first single from 'ARTPOP', 'Applause', which features shots of the singer's head on the body of a swan. 'ARTPOP' is due for release on November 11 and features production from Zedd, Madeon and DJ White Shadow.


Source: NME

Mary is single, O'Brien is gone: 'Downton' season 4 prep starts here

The upstairs-downstairs drama of "Downton Abbey" doesn't start for another four months, but there's already plenty of spoiler-free teases — and photos! — out there to tide fans over until season four kicks off in January.

The new season kicks off on Jan. 5 in the United States. See what's in store for the people upstairs and downstairs at the grand estate.
Last season delivered quite a few surprises: the estate was going broke, Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) died after giving birth to her little girl and Matthew (Dan Stevens) was killed in a car accident as he raced home to tell the Crawleys about his new baby boy and heir to Downton, George. And after the finale aired, Siobhan Finneran, who plays scheming lady's maid O'Brien, revealed she wouldn't be returning.
With all those major developments in just nine episodes, no doubt the effects will be felt in season four. It was already revealed that the show will pick up in 1922, just months after Matthew's death. What else do we know? Take a look:
Lady Mary
Mary (Michelle Dockery) will be dealing with the sudden loss of her husband and being a single mother, but there will be quite a few handsome new suitors on the scene ready to help ease her pain. "It's difficult for her to move on and even see men that way," Dockery told us at the TV critics press tour last month. But hard or not, Mary "still needs to find a new husband," the actress said. "It's very frowned upon to be a woman without a husband."
The new faces
There will be several new characters next season (check out the slideshow for some of the new faces), with some being potential love interests for the newly widowed lady. They are:
  • Lady Cora's brother, Harold, played by Paul Giamatti, will be introduced in the finale. According to Entertainment Weekly, his character is a bit of a playboy.
  • Family friend Lord Gillingham, played by Tom Cullen, will be introduced in the second episode, according to TV Guide. He'll be visiting Downton for a big party.
  • Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden), an associate of Evelyn Napier's (Brendan Patricks), will be introduced in the fourth episode.
  • Jazz singer Jack Ross (Gary Carr) will make his first appearance in episode four, according to TV Guide. This is the first black character in the period drama.
  • Nellie Melba, played by Kiri Te Kanawa, will appear as a singer at a party the Granthams are throwing. Melba was an opera singer in the '20s.
  • Valet Green, played by Nigel Harman.
  • Duchess of Yeovil, played by Joanna David.
  • Lady Shackleton (Harriet Walter) is an old friend of the Dowager Countess.
The estate
Lady Sybil's husband, Tom Branson (Allen Leech), will find himself in a similar boat to Mary's, though he won't have to face the same societal pressures to find a new spouse. Like the icy lady of the house, Branson will be struggling with being a single parent, but the two will have each other to lean on. More than that, the new parents will be working together to get the estate's finances in order, a task Matthew began last year. "(Matthew's death) could be the making of Tom Branson," executive producer Gareth Neame told "He's becoming an increasingly senior figure within the characters within the show."
But there could be resistance from Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), who balked at some of his late son-in-law's proposed changes last year. "He kind of doesn't really want (Mary) to get involved, but actually she does want to get stuck in — and do what Matthew would've been very proud of her doing," she told us.
Where will the servants' drama come from now that O'Brien's gone? Why, shifty Thomas, is quite likely. The lady's maid and underbutler had quite a fallout last year, but just because one of them's gone doesn't mean there will be peace downstairs. Neame told us that with O'Brien out of the picture, "Thomas will get a little more control back this time and start to run things his way." We're not sure the devoted servants of Downton are going to be pleased with that.
"Downton Abbey" returns on Jan. 5 on PBS.

Source: Today

Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' is both traditional and personal

Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day,' premiering at Telluride Film Festival, is a faithful adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel, he says.

Kate Winslet , Gattlin Griffith, center, and Josh Brolin star in "Labor Day." (Dale Robinette, Paramount Pictures / June 20, 2012)
TELLURIDE, Colo. — Director Jason Reitman suspects he will get the same "Labor Day" question that dogged Joyce Maynard when she wrote her 2009 novel of the same name: How could any single mother invite an escaped prisoner into her home?
But if audiences at the Telluride Film Festival, where "Labor Day" is having its world premiere this weekend, are raising that issue, it's because it is initially hard to comprehend the troubled world that Adele (played in Reitman's film by Kate Winslet) has come to inhabit.
Divorced after a devastating family trauma, Adele is living in Massachusetts with her adolescent son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith). One step away from being a full-blown agoraphobic, Adele has developed an unhealthy dependence upon Henry, whose budding sexuality — he's starting to notice small things, like girls' bra straps — is complicating his relationship with his mother.
In one rare visit to the outside world, Adele and Henry meet Frank (Josh Brolin), who desperately needs a ride from the big-box retailer where they are shopping. He quickly admits that he's on the run, and Adele, rather than try to ring the police, begins to see Frank in a different, affectionate light: She needs Frank, it turns out, perhaps even more than he needs her and Henry.
Her choices are obviously based more on instinct than wisdom, and the unspoken imperatives behind her decision anchor the story. It's part of what captivated Reitman when he first read the book several years ago.
"This is probably the most faithful adaptation I have made or will ever make," said the writer-director, who previously adapted Christopher Buckley's "Thank You for Smoking" and Walter Kirn's "Up in the Air," the latter of which premiered in Telluride in 2009 (Reitman's "Juno," written by Diablo Cody, also debuted here in 2007). "I was trying to capture how I felt when I first read the material."
While it took Reitman, 35, seven years to work out the screenplay for "Up in the Air," he wrote his adaptation of "Labor Day" in a matter of months.
At first, he intended to make the movie after filming "Up in the Air" — which was nominated for six Oscars in 2010, including best picture, director and adapted screenplay. But Winslet was unavailable for a year, so in the interim, Reitman shot "Young Adult" with Charlize Theron — about a divorced fiction writer who tries to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend. It turned out to be Reitman's least successful film, both commercially and critically.
In many ways, "Labor Day," which Paramount Pictures will release in theaters Dec. 25, is both Reitman's most traditional and personal film.
Its camera moves, editing and scoring are decidedly old-fashioned, and unlike Reitman's other films, its lead characters don't hide behind glib dialogue or sometimes operate like preternatural versions of real people — as did Ellen Page in "Juno" or George Clooney in "Up in the Air." Adele, Henry and Josh feel much more authentic, but they share a common Reitman denominator: lost souls looking for a meaningful connection.
Reitman's personal life has in the past paralleled (and been reflected in) his films: When he directed the adoption story "Juno," he had recently become a father. And while he was making "Labor Day," he was working as a recently divorced husband. A scene between Henry and his father talking about the breakup with Adele, Reitman said, is the best evidence of how the collapse of the filmmaker's marriage is reflected on screen.
Reitman said he connected to Maynard's novel, which was partially inspired by an uncanny letter exchange the writer had with a jailed felon, most directly through Henry.
"I was pretty close to his age in 1987," Reitman said of the year when the story is set. "And I remember being younger and having that bond with my mother and I was just starting to figure out sexuality. And Joyce just nailed it."
It's not Maynard's first film adaptation, and Reitman worked closely with her. The author, whose teenage romance with J.D. Salinger was memorialized in her book "At Home in the World," wrote the novel "To Die For," which was the source material for the 1995 Nicole Kidman film of the same title.
In both the novel "Labor Day" and the film, Henry is more patriarch and husband than he is son, so when Frank ties up Adele in one scene, the young boy looks at his mother not out of concern but out of jealousy.
"He understands something is physically happening between his mother and this man, but he doesn't understand sex or how complex adult desire and love is," Reitman said.
In following the novel closely, Reitman lavished particular attention on a key scene where Frank teaches Adele and Henry how to bake a pie.
The director's shooting of the dessert-making sequence is to pastry what "Ghost" was to clay on a potter's wheel, and if the Motion Picture Assn. of America could give an NC-17 rating to stone fruit, the peaches in "Labor Day" might earn the adults-only mark. (Brolin took the part so seriously that he baked a pie for the film's cast and crew every day of filming, working to perfect the moisture content in his dough.)
Even with all of the extraordinary circumstances that bring Adele and Frank together, Reitman said, "Labor Day" is a more conventional story than it might first appear.
"It's a traditional romance," the director said, "between two people who really need each other."
Source: latimes

Friday, August 30, 2013

Kick-Ass 3 will be final instalment in series, says creator

Mark Millar, who has almost finished book for third film, urges producers to move quickly before stars become too old

Getting on … Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass, the superhero with no superpowers, in Kick-Ass 2. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

Kick-Ass's creator, Mark Millar, is planning a third instalment of the comic-book movie saga, but says it will be its last outing, according to the Press Association.
Millar, whose graphic novels about a teenager who decides to become a superhero despite having no superpowers form the basis of the film series, revealed that he is already working on a Kick-Ass 3 comic. His proposed movie version would see Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz return for one last hurrah as masked crime fighters Kick-Ass, aka Dave Lizewski, and Hit-Girl.
"It's the conclusion of the Dave Lizewski story. I'm almost done, I've nearly finished the book," said Millar, who took a producer's role on both 2010's Kick-Ass and current sequel Kick-Ass 2. "It's the end. It's weird. My agent keeps saying to me, 'We're making a lot of money here. Let's do Kick-Ass 4 and 5.' But I said, 'No, I've got to stay true to my principles'."
Millar said the denouement would be "very logical", adding: "I want to end it where I want to end it, because when I first put this together in 2006, I had this ending and it's the very logical conclusion. To milk it beyond that either means I've got greedy or I've come up with some brilliant new idea, but it probably pretty much ends with Kick-Ass 3. I've always seen it as a trilogy."
Three years separated the release of Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass and the followup, which was directed by Jeff Wadlow. Millar said producers would need to move more quickly on a third outing before the saga's main stars, 16-year-old Moretz and 23-year-old Aaron Taylor-Johnson, become too old for their roles.
"I don't think we can wait that long because the youth of the characters is really important. Hit-Girl's going to be a mum in the next one if we don't hurry up," joked Millar. "I reckon if we do this one, we should try and do it in the next couple of years – it depends on schedules though because these guys are all really busy. But we need to move fast with it."
One issue could be that Kick-Ass 2 has so far failed to repeat the financial success of its predecessor, taking just $40m (£26m) worldwide so far against $96m for the first film.

Source: the guardian

Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad star in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway

Hugh Jackman’s ‘Prisoners,’ ’12 Years A Slave’ Added To Telluride Lineup

A pair of high-profile titles — “Prisoners” and “12 Years a Slave” — have been added to the Telluride Film Festival lineup as “sneak” screenings.

The dramas — both which are heading to the Toronto Intl. Film Festival next week — will screen Friday evening. Neither was on the lineup of 45 feature films announced on Wednesday but the fest has usually added several films once the festival starts, such as “Argo” last year.

Warner Bros.’ “Prisoners,” which will open Sept. 20, stars Hugh Jackman as an angry father trying to punish the suspected abductor (played by Paul Dano) of his daughter and another girl. Jake Gyllenhaal (pictured above) portrays the police detective.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt star in “12 Years,” based on Solomon Northrup’s 1853 nonfiction tome about a free man kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Fox Searchlight has set a Dec. 27 release for the U.S.

'Percy Jackson's' Jake Abel, Nia Vardalos to star in 'Forget Me Not'

LOS ANGELES ( - Rising star Jake Abel ("The Host"), Nia Vardalos and Philip Baker Hall are attached to star in "Forget Me Not," an indie movie that Michael Mailis ("Act of Valor") and Benjamin Scott ("Lovelace") are producing, TheWrap has learned.
Michael Aloyan will make his feature directorial debut with the film, which is expected to start production early next year.
Story follows siblings Emil (Abel) and Elaine who are shocked that their widowed, Alzheimer's-afflicted mother has formed a sweet if unconventional relationship with Walt (Hall), a fellow resident at her nursing home. They refuse to sign the consent form granting their mother the right to see Walt and clash with Walt's son who supports the relationship.
Aloyan is the writer, director and producer of multiple award-winning short films including "Subhuman," which won five international awards and is currently being distributed in over 40 countries by Shorts International. He's represented by the Gersh Agency and Renée Missel Management.
Abel, who plays Luke in the "Percy Jackson" series, recently starred opposite Saoirse Ronan in "The Host," based on the novel by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer. He previously appeared in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" and "I Am Number Four," and will soon be seen as Mike Love in Bill Pohlad's Beach Boys movie "Love & Mercy." He's repped by CAA, Water Street Anthem Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
Vardalos, who is best known as the star and Oscar-nominated writer of indie sensation "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," can currently be seen in Jeff Garlin's comedy "Dealin' with Idiots." She recently wrapped the indie "Helicopter Mom" and is also developing a comedy about Mother's Day. She's repped by Oscars Abrams Zimel & Associates and Untitled Entertainment.
Veteran actor Hall recently appeared in "Argo" and can currently be seen alongside Larry David in HBO's "Clear History." He's also a staple in the film of Paul Thomas Anderson, having co-starred in "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights" and "Hard Eight." He's repped by Paradigm.
Mailis, who previously partnered with Legendary Pictures, is currently partnered with the Bandito Brothers, having executive produced its hit movie "Act of Valor." He also served as an executive producer on the award-winning rock documentary "It Might Get Loud."
Scott, who recently served as VP of development for Eclectic Pictures, co-produced the Amanda Seyfried movie "Lovelace" and also worked on "Playing for Keeps" with Gerard Butler. Scott's lawyer is Jeremy Tenser.
Mailis and Scott are currently developing "The Sainthood of Bethany Wolfe," which has "House of Cards actress Rachel Brosnahan attached to star.

Source: yahoo

Missy Elliott's Buzzed-About K-Pop Duet Released (Video)

More than 20,000 fans gathered in Los Angeles for the K-Pop convention KCON 2013, which featured the premiere of Missy Elliott and Korean rapper G-Dragon's much-anticipated duet "Niliria."

While Western pop music's annual celebration was taking place in Brooklyn at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, enthusiasts for its South Korean counterpart sold out the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for KCON, the largest K-pop convention in the United States.
Doubling in attendance from its first outing in Irvine a year ago, the second annual KCON drew a racially diverse crowd of more than 20,000, mostly in their teens and 20s. The majority had first been exposed to K-pop via YouTube, before tumbling down a rabbit hole of Korean music and drama obsession.
Madeleine Kyeremateng, a 15-year-old of Ghanaian descent from the Inland Empire, stumbled upon boy band Big Bang's music video "Haru Haru" while browsing random videos on YouTube. "Since then I've been hooked on K-pop," says Kyeremateng, who won a dance contest at KCON.
The two-day convention, presented by South Korean entertainment company CJ E&M and produced by Mnet, a division of CJ Group, also included cooking demonstrations, beauty makeovers and panels on various aspects of Asian and Asian-American culture. It all culminated in a Sunday night concert featuring several of K-pop's hottest acts. That these artists, many of whom routinely sell out arenas across Asia on their own, were flown out to the other side of the world to perform three or four songs each speaks to the Korean entertainment industry's view of its international growth potential.
Winding through a diverse array of acts that included girl group f(x), who played SXSW in March and were featured in a Funny or Die sketch with Anna Kendrick, and 12-member Korean-Chinese boy band EXO, whose set was accompanied by unrelenting shrieks that shook the arena seats, the two-and-a-half hour concert concluded with two artists perhaps best poised to bridge the continental divide between the American and Korean hip-hop scenes.
The only non-Asian artist to take the KCON stage, Missy Elliott, had much of the crowd on its feet for "Get Ur Freak On" and "Lose Control." The Grammy winner's musical output has been relatively sparse since her last studio album, 2005's The Cookbook. But last January she tweeted that she had recorded two songs with Korean superstar G-Dragon, the KCON headliner. The rapper-producer turned 25 last weekend but is already a K-pop industry vet as frontman of Big Bang, arguably Korea's most popular boy band. Cutting a slim and stylish figure onstage, G-Dragon seamlessly moved through his solo singles "One of a Kind," "MichiGO" and "Crayon" before bringing Elliott back onstage for the debut of their much-anticipated duet, "Niliria." The two emcees, with their combined corps of backup dancers, looked utterly comfortable onstage together. "Get your freak on, get your cray on," the two rappers chanted, mashing up the lyrics of their two respective hits as they made their way down the catwalk to close the show.
"Niliria" will be featured on G-Dragon's upcoming solo album Coup D'Etat. The full KCON concert, M! COUNTDOWN What's Up LA, will be broadcast online and in 14 countries, including the U.S., on cable network Mnet America tonight at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.
For those who saw the show in person, there were no regrets about skipping the VMAs for K-pop. Fifteen-year-old Courtney Wiseman and her sister, Jessica Mangrum, 26, were exposed to the genre via a foreign exchange student at Wiseman's school. The sisters, both Caucasian, flew to KCON from Tennessee with Mangrum's 3-year-old daughter, Akira, who was decked out in a G-Dragon T-shirt and mini bandana. When asked to choose between the hypothetical chance to attend the VMAs live or KCON, Wiseman didn't hesitate. "KCON. I don't even know what artists are popular here anymore."

Thursday, August 29, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Josh and Fergie Duhamel Welcome Son Axl Jack

They’re officially three peas in a pod!
Actor Josh Duhamel, 40, and Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie, 38, welcomed their first child on Thursday, Aug. 29, their rep confirms to PEOPLE.
Son Axl Jack Duhamel weighed in at 7 lbs., 10 oz., the rep tells PEOPLE.
After announcing the pregnancy on Twitter, the reality of a baby on the way set in when Duhamel witnessed his wife’s first ultrasound.
“It’s very exciting … [It's] unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You're like, ‘Wow, it’s mine,’” the dad-to-be said in February.

For her part, Fergie — who celebrated with two baby showers— joked the pregnancy was a long time coming as Duhamel wanted to start a family after the first date. “He’s going to be an amazing father. He’s got natural parenting instincts,” she told PEOPLE in April.
The parents-to-be tried to keep baby’s sex a secret, but during an appearance on LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Duhamel hesitated before picking out a blue onesie. They did, however, manage to keep their son’s name under wraps.
“Some people may not like it, some people may think it’s really cool, but we don’t really care — that’s why we’re not telling anybody,” Duhamel explained.
Coinciding with baby boy’s birth was a special surprise from new dad Duhamel: a push present.
“You got Christmas, you got birthdays, you got Valentine’s, you got Mother’s Day, you got every other thing in between … I don’t know who came up with this push present idea, but I think it’s probably a female,” he joked to PEOPLE.
– Anya Leon with reporting by Julie Jordan

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Joe Manganiello leads the pack

With a budding film and stage career, “True Blood” werewolf Joe Manganiello transitions to leading man

  • Last Updated: 6:43 PM, August 27, 2013
  • Posted: 5:48 PM, August 27, 2013
Don't get him wrong — Joe Manganiello is happy and grateful to play Alcide, the preternaturally buff werewolf pack leader on HBO’s hit series “True Blood.” It’s just, well, “Sometimes all I’m being asked to do is rip my shirt off and growl,” says the classically trained actor with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon with a touch of rue. “Honestly, it’s been tricky,” he continues, “because this past year, I've been shooting one or two scenes an episode, which means I’m acting two or three days a month. It’s easy to not feel like an actor. I have to get my creativity out somehow.”
Jacket, $1,895; shirt, $475; and trousers, $635 — all at DOLCE & GABBANA, 825 Madison Ave. Belt, $440 at SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, 655 Fifth Ave. Watch, $3,600 at DAVID YURMAN, 712 Madison Ave.

A glance at the guy’s sculpted shoulders will tell you how determined he can be. So it’s no surprise that his creativity is popping out all over. He’s been after his manager to find him a David Mamet or Tennessee Williams play to do. She delivered — from Sept. 20 to Oct. 12 he'll star as Stanley Kowalski in Yale Repertory Theatre’s first-ever production of Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Streetcar Named Desire,” directed by Mark Rucker. Manganiello, who is 36, has played the role before, at the West Virginia Public Theatre in 2008, “so I know the play inside and out,” he says. “But I’m excited to check in and see where I’m at now as a person, what’s going to get pulled out from me this time.” 

It’s his favorite play, he continues: “Everyone knows someone like these characters — the aging beauty, the abused spouse and this Jungian shadow form of a man. You don’t agree with the choices they make, but you get it. And what’s really amazing, on any given night, it depends on the performance as to who the audience is going to side with. There’s so much talk now about how the protagonists on cable TV are anti-heroes who live in a gray area, be it Don Draper on ‘Mad Men’ or Walter White on ‘Breaking Bad.’ People talk about this as if it’s some kind of new thing, but Tennessee Williams did it in 1947, and I think did it better than anybody. Stanley Kowalski is still the quintessential, top-of-the-mountain male role in American drama.”

For many, the quintessential Kowalski remains Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan’s film, but Manganiello is a confident guy; he’s not concerned with anyone else’s interpretation. “Am I intimidated? Not at all. I want it to be mine,” he says.

Source: nypost

Statue of Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy rises from lake

LONDON (AP) — It's Colin Firth, but not as we know him. He's 12 feet (3.7 meters) tall and made of fiberglass.
A statue of brooding Mr. Darcy, the character played by Firth in "Pride and Prejudice" was installed Monday in London's Serpentine lake.
The figure shows Darcy emerging from the water in a soaked shirt, recreating a scene from the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
The scene helped turn Firth into a sex symbol and is regularly voted among Britain's most memorable TV moments.
One of the sculptors, Toby Crowther, said the work took the lake scene as a starting point but also drew on other depictions of Austen's romantic hero.
The statue, which shows Darcy from the waist up, was placed amid the swans and swimmers in the Hyde Park lake to promote Drama, a new TV channel dedicated to British programs.
It is scheduled to go on display at several locations before being installed in a lake in Lyme Park, northwest England, where the scene was filmed. It will remain there until February.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Music Monday: VMA Winner..

We chose this song after really listening to the lyrics as we watched this performed live last night on the MTV VMAs. Just listen to the words, they have nailed it. 

MTV VMAs: The winners and nominees

(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris, WireImage)

Justin Timberlake scooped up video of the year for 'Mirrors.'

A list of nominees and winners at MTV's 2013 Video Music Awards (winners in all caps/bold):
WINNER: Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, Thrift Shop
Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines
Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble

WINNER: One Direction, Best Song Ever
Miley Cyrus, We Can't Stop
Selena Gomez, Come and Get It
Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding, I Need Your Love
Daft Punk, Get Lucky
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines

WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
Drake, Started From the Bottom
Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools
A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, F----n' Problems
J. Cole featuring Miguel, Power Trip

Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines
WINNER: Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
Ed Sheeran, Lego House
Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools

Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko, Stay
WINNER: Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble
Miley Cyrus, We Can't Stop
Pink featuring Nate Ruess, Just Give Me A Reason
Demi Lovato, Heart Attack

Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
fun., Carry On
Miley Cyrus, We Can't Stop
WINNER: Selena Gomez, Come and Get It

ARTIST TO WATCH (presented by Taco Bell)
Twenty One Pilots, Holding On to You
Zedd featuring Foxes, Clarity
WINNER: Austin Mahone, What About Love
The Weeknd, Wicked Games
Iggy Azalea, Work

Justin Timberlake, featuring Jay-Z, Suit & Tie
Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera, Feel This Moment
Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding, I Need Your Love
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines
WINNER: Pink featuring Nate Ruess, Just Give Me A Reason

Kelly Clarkson, People Like Us
WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Same Love
Snoop Lion, No Guns Allowed
Miguel, Candles in the Sun
Beyoncé, I Was Here

Imagine Dragons, Radioactive
Fall Out Boy, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)
Mumford & Sons, I Will Wait
WINNER: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air
Vampire Weekend, Diane Young

Capital Cities, Safe and Sound
Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air
WINNER: Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu, Q.U.E.E.N
Lana Del Rey, National Anthem
Alt-J, Tesselate

Chris Brown, Fine China
Ciara, Body Party
Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull, Live It Up feat. Justin Bieber, #thatPOWER
WINNER: Bruno Mars, Treasure

Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air
Lana Del Rey, Ride
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sacrilege
WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
A-Trak & Tommy Trash, Tuna Melt

WINNER: Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, Suit & Tie
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sacrilege
fun., Carry On
Drake, Started From the Bottom

Pink featuring Nate Ruess, Just Give Me A Reason
Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch, Sweet Nothing
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
WINNER: Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Miley Cyrus, We Can't Stop

WINNER: Capital Cities, Safe and Sound
Duck Sauce, It's You
Flying Lotus, Tony Tortures
Skrillex featuring The Doors, Breakn' a Sweat
The Weeknd, Wicked Games

Justin Timberlake


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Top 10 MTV Video Music Awards Moments

The hottest moments from the most unique top awards show

The MTV Video Music Awards have a well-earned reputation as an occasionally out of control, but always interesting awards celebration. These are 10 of the top moments through the years.

10. 1995 - Courtney Love Disrupts Madonna Interview - First she threw things and then, after being invited up by MTV's Kurt Loder, Courtney Love took over in inimitable fashion.

9. 1988 - Guns 'n Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle" - For many years, this performance defined rock at the MTV Video Music Awards. This is the glory that was Guns 'n Roses.

8. 2011 - Adele - "Someone Like You" - Adele came to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and repeated magic that had taken place earlier in the year at the Brit Awards. Her gorgeous performance of "Someone Like You" sent the song soaring on the charts in the US and ultimately ending up becoming Adele's second #1 hit.

7. 1993 - Neil Young and Pearl Jam - "Keep Rockin' in the Free World" - One of the more serious music moments at the MTV Video Music Awards: two generations rock together in a singularly intense fashion.

6. 1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley Kiss - It was really not that big of a surprise to see the newlyweds together, but the kiss was a bit of a shocker. The biggest kiss in MTV Video Music Award history until another pair of kisses almost 10 years later.

5. 2000 - Eminem - "The Real Slim Shady" - It was a whole sea of Slim Shadys who started out in the open air and then followed Eminem into the theater to take over the stage.

4. 2001 - *NSYNC with Michael Jackson - "Pop" - What better way to close out a performance of the song "Pop" than with the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. Justin Timberlake beatboxing while MJ dances is a moment to treasure.

3. 2009 - Taylor Swift Wins Best Female Video and Is Interrupted by Kanye West - Everyone was a little surprised that Taylor Swift, country singer, won the award for Best Female Video, but what Kanye West did next was an even bigger surprise.

2. 1992 - Nirvana - "Lithium" - One of the moments when everything seemed a little out of control. Krist Novoselic tosses his guitar into the air. It lands whacking him in the head and he stumbles offstage. Kurt Cobain starts tearing into the amps and everything descends to chaos.

1. 2003 - Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera - MadonnaBritney Spears, and Christina Aguilera perform two unforgettable kisses. One of the most audacious pop music performances in the history of television.