In Tuesday's interview with The Guardian, Lady Gaga proves just how insane the life of the rich and famous can be. She's also proving she's a little wacky herself… you know, in case you missed the meat dress, egg hatching, or naked video. In the interview, Gaga talks about the pressure of being a star and of always having people watching you, especially when you draw attention to yourself.
Here are a few quotes from her interview that will give you some insight into her life (or something).
When asked about being in the spotlight:"I hid in my house, I hid a lot ... to preserve my image as a superstar to my fans. I don't mean I am a superstar, I mean that they only ever see me at my best. And it really drove me crazy. So I've really had to make more of an effort to go out more. I mean, can you imagine what it's like not to feel real wind? Honestly, I hadn't felt real wind for years!"
"I would be indoors all day and then I'd get in a car in a garage and then drive to another garage and get out and rehearse and then do it again, from country to country, and never walk outside. I remember some of the longest walks I had were from the car to the aeroplane on the tarmac."
When asked if she felt persecuted:"Yeah, for sure I do. Yes! I certainly feel that at this time it's almost as if people are surprised they haven't already destroyed me."
"It gives them a sense of pleasure when they believe that they've destroyed me or taken me down."
When asked about her new single, "Applause":"It's literally not even been two weeks since my first single came out and it's all, 'She's over', or, because I'm not No. 1 yet, 'She's finished.' People focus less on the music and focus more on how the music's doing; how it's faring from a numbers perspective, from a financial perspective. If you think I give a damn about money then you don't know me as an artist at all."
"I think that once you've had a few No. 1s in your career that you've kind of proven yourself and I don't feel the need to prove anything anymore."
"It's so interesting for people to say that the lyrics are all about me the performer, I want you to feel that way about yourself, that's why I wrote the song. I want you to wake up in the morning and say: 'I live for your applause, look at me today, I'm having a great day, I'm going to work and I'm going to have a fantastic lunch with my friends.' But it's not to be taken quite as seriously and as literally as people make it to be, which is why in the verses I'm sort of making fun of what people think about fame."
When discussing the operation that put her in a wheelchair:"I know everyone was thinking I was trying to be a bit silly with my gold wheelchair but I was really trying to keep a bit of strength for my fans because it really upset them and scared them."
When asked about who she considers to be her fans:"I mean everybody. I mean anyone that's watching."
Why she made her new album, ARTPOP:"I had really tried to hide a lot of my pain from my past in the last few years," she says towards the end of the interview. And yet, at the Roundhouse she introduced her new song "Swine" with, "My heart, my skin, and my pussy felt like trash."
"For ARTPOP, I, in the most metaphorical explanation, stood in front of a mirror and I took off the wig and I took off the makeup and I unzipped the outfit and I put a black cap on my head and I covered my body in a black catsuit and I looked in the mirror and I said: 'OK, now you need to show them you can be brilliant without that.' And that's what ARTPOP is all about. Because I knew that if I wanted to grow, if I really wanted to innovate from the inside, I had to do something that was almost impossible for me."
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When it was announced that Episode VII of Star Wars would start development, there was both excitement and trepidation in the air. While any canonical addition to the Star Wars universe is naturally intriuging, the horrid prequels had marred a once infallible franchise. J.J. Abrams, who has done an excellent job bringing Star Trek to a new generation of moviegoers, was announced to direct the newest movie and quelled some of those fears. But even a new director could use some advice from some of the most devoted fans. Here's a small wishlist of the the things that should and shouldn't make it in the next Star Wars movie.
No Jar Jar BinksThis just goes without saying. And this just doesn't apply to the annoying Gungan. This goes for any computer animated character that's clearly racist and is catered to sell as many toys to children as possible. The Star Wars franchise already has dozens of cool action figures and doesn't need another one taking up shelf space at the toy store. Please show some restraint and just leave these sort of characters in the trash bin. If a new kid-friendly character has to make it into the new movie, take a cue from the characters Pixar has created in their critically acclaimed movies. They're memorable, endearing but still manage to sell millions of toys to children everywhere.
Don't Ruin Han SoloThe prequels dramatically damaged the appeal of several of its iconic characters. It reduced the imposing and ruthless Darth Vader into a snivelling teenaged brat, and turned the wise and battle-hardened Obi-wan Kenobi to an ineffective commander and mentor. Although George Lucas insists that Greedo shot first, true Star Wars fans still believe that Han Solo is still the scruffy looking nerf herder they all idolized. Before the sequels were announced, fans were joyful that the prequels didn't even mention his name and thus kept his appeal intact. Now that sequels represent an opportunity to change all of that, fans are keeping their fingers crossed that Han Solo will remain the anti-hero they love and cherish.
Tone Down Lightsabers
Here's a tip: let a Jedi or Jedis use ingenuity, stratagem, or even the Force to get out of a pickle for once. Not every situation needs lightsabers whizzing around. Remember when the elder Kenobi used the Force to distract a couple of Stormtroopers who were in his way? It's simple, yet effective and stealthy. The prequels would've had him slash them in half and alerted the entire Star Destroyer to their presence. And for Chrissakes, duels shouldn't last 17 minutes long! It becomes boring to watch two actors twirling their batons for that long, and it simply gets in the way of actual storytelling. So for the sequels, exercise some restraint and just tone those lightsabers down.
Make Jedis and the Force Cool AgainThere was a time when a single Jedi could inspire fear among a squad of Stormtroopers. After the prequels, we've seen Jedis were reduced to cannon fodder for droids, without so much as a fight. I think the problem with the prequels is that the Order let anybody and everybody in. They should take note of what Mark Zuckerberg said in The Social Network: it's about exclusivity. Not everyone should be Jedi. Only beings at the very least capable of deflecting blasters directed at them can be considered eligible for Jedi status. The rarity of such characters will only build upon the impressive aura the Jedis had in the original Trilogy.
Stop Paying Homages to the Original TrilogyThe original trilogy was a beloved set of movies that captured the imagination of a generation. However, fans of the those movies are also clamoring for something new. "I have a bad feeling about this" was repeated so often in the prequels that the phrase lost any luster it once had. Recreating scenes from the original scenes aren't poetic codas the bookend and tie together all the movies. They're simply the basest form of fan service, reaching out to nostalgia without actually contributing any form of quality to the film. These new movies should create new catchphrases, new iconic scenes, and display some form of originality.
Develop a Character-Driven PlotAll the glorious and beautiful special effects in Hollywood cannot create a compelling story. One of the reasons why the original trilogy is so beloved is because they had characters we simply cared about. It's basic screenwriting 101. Interesting and compelling characters drive the plot and make better movies. And please, keep it simple. Don't include any of that nonsense about the taxation of trade routes.
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Former New Order and Joy Division star Peter Hook is in negotiations to buy a treasure trove of lost recordings by his old bands which were found in the trash. The master tapes were rescued by Julia Adamson, a former studio assistant who became a member of influential British rock band The Fall, and when she made it known she was ready to sell up, the bass player made her an offer.
The tapes reportedly include a master copy of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album.
Hook tells Pitchfork.com he has big plans for the trashed recordings, stating, "It'd be nice to issue something that fans would love and cherish."
But he's still a little upset to think he has to pay for something he believes is rightfully his: "There's a culture of finder's keepers, so invariably, over the years, I've bought many items of memorabilia back from various people. But English law is very explicit about ownership. The band owned the copyright and the music, and under English law it's illegal to give away people's music without their consent. So, if Julia did want to give them away, she needs our permission. It's the same as illegal file-sharing on the Internet."
And he admits he has become quite the expert at tracking down lost New Order and Joy Division material over the years, adding, "It's like finding an old diary tucked away at the back of a cupboard... I got some tapes recently that had (New Order singer) Bernard (Sumner)'s handwriting on them. It’s always a strange thing. Whilst your relationship may sour over the years, it is a bit like finding an old love letter."
Hook is currently embroiled in a bitter dispute with his former New Order bandmates after they reunited without him and went out on tour.
A treasure trove of unfinished music by British rock groups Joy Division and New Order is up for sale as the woman who found the tapes in the trash is concerned over their potential deterioration. Julia Adamson, ex-assistant to producer Martin Hannett, discovered the discarded collection years ago and decided to rescue the items, including a master recording of Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division's first studio album.
Adamson approached the members of both bands and Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis' widow, but they were not interested in purchasing the collection and now she is keen to hand them over to an expert to save the tapes from any further decay.
Posting a snap of the collection on her Facebook.com page, Adamson alerted music fans to her plans to sell, writing, "Rescued tapes of Martin Hannetts (sic)... anyone interested... I have looked after these tapes for a long time and when I approached the artists (who were my first port of call) I was subjected to accusations and abuse...
"I know they are worth something to a collector... the quality of Unknown Pleasures far surpasses the mastereing (sic) from vinyl over the years... probably one of the reasons these tapes are in my hands in the first place, (is that) they were incalculably valuable and needed to be rescued from a skip... I am keen for a collector to have them (the whole collection ideally) as they are very old and probably deteriorating."
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is convinced movie critics torpedoed her sci-fi film The Host to "punish" her for inflicting the teen vampire series on the world. Meyer wrote The Host in the aftermath of her huge success with her Twilight books, and it became a movie starring Saoirse Ronan, which the writer also produced.
However, the movie failed to emulate the box office glory of the hugely popular Twilight franchise following its release in March (13), taking $48 million (£32 million) internationally, a fraction of the first vampire film's $393 million (£262 million) total in 2008.
Meyer believes The Host's negative reviews impacted its box office takings, and she is adamant critics only trashed the film to get back at her for the success of Twilight.
She tells USA Today, "The sad thing is The Host got punished for Twilight. There was such a stigma from Twilight. And because I had done The Host, it got trashed in the reviews. We got kicked around for Twilight. The reviews are not reflective of the film itself. You could write whatever trash you wanted to write about Twilight, it could take it. So I kind of felt sad, I felt like the poor little Host was being picked on... People are going onto iTunes and asking, 'Why are the reviews of the movie so bad, the movie is really good.'"
In another interview with Variety.com, Meyer goes on to admit she is determined to move away from her popular vampire creation, adding, "I get further away every day. I am so over it. For me, it's not a happy place to be."
Gwyneth Paltrow has been criticised by a fellow author who insists she was shut out of her own book signing session by the actress' heavy-handed bodyguards. Christina Oxenberg was among the writers assigned tables in alphabetical order in a tent at the East Hampton Library's Authors Night event in New York on Sunday (11Aug13) and she was seated next to Paltrow, who was signing copies of her latest cook book.
Oxenberg moved away for a break after Paltrow's fans began queuing in front of her, but claims she was blocked from re-entering by the Iron Man star's bodyguards - so she had to crawl underneath her table.
The writer was so annoyed, she began eating smelly burgers right next to the clean-living star, who famously doesn't eat red meat.
In a post on her blog, Oxenberg writes, "Due to the inflexibility of the alphabet I had the questionable good fortune to be seated directly beside Gwyneth Paltrow... The divinity in question arrived with hubby, children and a couple of massive bodyguards. The worshippers blocked my view of the whole world, abusing my tiny territory upon which to abandon their trash or lean their sorry a**es.
"So I abandoned my post and took that opportunity to roam the great tent and greet my fellow authors. Which is when I saw the food table, and suddenly I knew what needed doing. I made a plate of miniature sloppy hamburgers, stinky steak sandwiches, and the like and hauled it back to my piece of table.
"Gwyneth's bodyguards blocked my re-entry despite my assurance I was a just an author and pointing at my name tag, 'No!' they growled, body blocking me. So I was forced to crawl under the table. And there I sat with my meat products, wafting the excellent smells toward my sleek vegan neighbor. She ignored the siren smells of protein. We never did say hello, although I did try to sell my book to her sleek vegan children. No bites."
South African actor Sharlto Copley saw another side to Angelina Jolie on the set of Maleficent as the Hollywood star turned out to be a "serious prankster". The District 9 star plays Stefan in the movie, which tells the tale of the iconic villainess from Disney's 1959 film Sleeping Beauty.
Jolie took her role as the evil witch seriously on set, but Copley reveals she was determined to have fun when the cameras stopped rolling.
He tells Access Hollywood, "It was amazing. We pranked each other like crazy. She is a very serious prankster. It is so intense and so controversial that I probably can't (reveal what she did). That's how intense it was.
"The gloves were off. We had an amazing time, two crazy people, doing crazy pranks. We got on super well and had a great time. I was like, 'Oh my God, she went there? OK, that opens the door for me to go there!'"
Copley is renowned for playing jokes on his co-stars - he filled Matt Damon's trailer with trash, dirty clothes and fake limbs while they were working on new sci-fi movie Elysium.
Kristen Stewart lashed out at a paparazzo during an outing in Los Angeles on Monday (29Jul13), unleashing a foul-mouth tirade while hiding behind a trash can. The often shy Twilight actress confronted a videographer who was filming her out and about with her dog, and hurled a string of expletives in his direction before saying, "F**k off. You’re a piece of sh*t… you don’t deserve to breathe the same air I do.”
She then refused to come out from behind a screen covering a number of industrial garbage containers until an assistant arrived to rescue her in a car.
Stewart has made no secret of her hatred for the media attention in her life, especially after she was caught on camera kissing her married Snow White & The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, while she was dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson.
The publication of the kissing shots led to the breakdown of her romance with Pattinson.
Amanda Bynes is facing a hefty bill for damages amid allegations she trashed a hotel room in New York City just days before she was hospitalised on a mental health order. The Hairspray star was taken into custody in California for an involuntary mental evaluation, also known as a 5150 hold, on Monday (22Jul13) after she allegedly tried to start a fire on a driveway, and her parents are battling to be granted a conservatorship so they can take control of her affairs.
It has now emerged that Bynes has been accused of trashing a room at the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel in New York City last week (ends21Jul13). Editors at TMZ.com claim Bynes was asked to leave the premises after she was allegedly caught smoking in her room and they have published pictures which appear to show the damage.
The snaps, purportedly of the room where Bynes stayed, show trails of ash scattered all over the place, while the room is also covered in trash. A fire alarm is also depicted wrenched from the ceiling.
The website reports hotel staff are tallying up a bill for the damages.
Bynes reportedly checked out of the hotel just hours before she boarded a plane to California. She is expected to remain in hospital for up to two weeks.