Rapper M.I.A.'s time in the studio for her new album almost ended in tragedy when her producer fell off a cliff while trying to dive into the sea during a break in recording. The Paper Planes star was working with French DJ Switch on her latest record, Matangi, when the beatmaker, who has come up with hits for Beyonce and Christina Aguilera, attempted a daredevil cliff dive.
However, the stunt went wrong when the producer stumbled over the ledge, leaving him with severe injuries.
She tells NME magazine, "He fell off a cliff and nearly died when he came into the studio. There was a 100ft cliff and (Switch) tried to do a dive into the sea but he slipped before he jumped and he fell. He was unconscious and all his ribs were broken and he had to go to hospital."
Switch eventually made a full recovery and returned to the studio to help the British musician come up with one of the album's singles.
She adds, "Then when he came out we made Come Walk With Me."
It's not hard to find a Halloween movie playing on television during October, but if you're looking to throw back this month, check out these five '90s flicks. Be warned: some of the outfits may be scarier than the actual movie.DisneyHalloweentownThere's not much that people get more excited for this time of year than this 1998 classic. Not only is Marnie (Kimberly Brown) a witch but she manages to follow her grandmother into another dimension where people have pumpkins for heads,werewolves walk around on two legs and gremlins aren't ridiculed. Living in Halloweentown, you have to admit, would be even cooler than residing in Harry Potter's wizarding world. Check out sequels Return to Halloweentown and Halloweentown High if one just isn't enough.The Addams FamilyNo one is creepier than stone-faced Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) as she continuously tortures everyone around her. A few guys trying to swindle the family have no idea what they're in for when they impersonate Uncle Fester and step into that cob-webby house. It's pretty entertaining to watch them try, though.BeetlejuiceOkay, Tim Burton's Beetlejuice isn't a '90s movie, but it's on the brink. Turning the tables around on the usual exorcism, a ghost couple needs to remove the new, living tenants from their house so they can peacefully live their after-life. You'll be sure to see at least a few trick-or-treaters dressed in the black and white striped outfit this Halloween.Double, Double, Toil and TroubleBack when Mary Kate and Ashley weren't fashion moguls or dating people twice their age, they put out this Halloween film. Follow the twins as they race to defeat their evil aunt (Cloris Leachman) and save their family's house from foreclosure.Hocus PocusOh, those three crazy witches! As we reported last week, help celebrate Hocus Pocus' 20th anniversary and watch it every day up until Halloween.
"I think we have to remember people must be able to express themselves. Music is an artform, it's not made to be politically correct, it's made to be (an) expression. I think she's very talented. I don't think that she's hurt anyone. I mean, I saw a 50 year old kiss two girls on that same stage before and no one said anything." Rapper Nelly had no problems with Miley Cyrus' provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13), pointing out Madonna also shocked audiences in 2003 during her MTV VMAs set when she locked lips with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, and Christina Applegate will star in Book of Life, an animated feature from the twisted mind of Guillermo del Toro.
Jorge Gutierrez is directing Book of Life, which centers around Manolo, a young man who embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds, where he must brave his biggest fears.
The cast also includes Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo, Ron Perlman (duh!), and a bevy of actors including Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, Placido Domingo, and Ana de la Reguera. Given the cast and the information released about the film, it seems that the feature is going to have a rich Latin flair. It is also being reported that the film will offer a fresh take on current pop songs.
Del Toro is known for his ability to create impressive and imaginative visuals with gothic undertones. We’re excited to see what a visionary director can do with a full-length animated movie, especially after watching his creepy Simpsons opener that still has us checking under the couch for monsters. Even though del Toro is only producing, we're positive that his vision and influence will spill into all aspects of production.
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From the creators of the "comedies" Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, and the Scary Movie series (Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer) comes the parody of The Hunger Games that no one asked for: The Starving Games. The trailer, much like the title of the film itself, seems to mimic The Hunger Games, but instead of good acting and a theme focusing on human rights, it's filled to brim with bad jokes.
From atomic wedgies to in-your-face pop-culture references — Tim Tebow, Angry Birds, The Avengers, Gangam Style, Avatar — the film doesn't look like it's going to garner much praise, if any at all. (In the past, Friedberg and Seltzer films have received 2-percent and 1-percent on Rotten Tomatoes.)
If you don't think you'll be able to stomach the trailer, here's a joke from the almost three minutes of forced punchlines that describes the movie in a nutshell: A boy's name is "Hugh Janus." Yup.
The film stars Maiara Walsh (Mean Girls 2) as Kantmiss Evershot and Brant Daugherty (Pretty Little Liars) as Dale. The Starving Games arrives in select theaters on Nov. 8, two weeks before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters (Nov. 22).
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U.S. TV presenter Carson Daly is engaged to his girlfriend Siri Pinter, according to a report. Pinter was spotted wearing a diamond sparkler on her ring finger while out with Daly in Los Angeles on Saturday (05Oct13) and a source tells Us Weekly magazine The Voice host recently popped the question to his longtime love.
Daly and Pinter have been together for six years and have two children, aged one and three.
The TV personality, 40, has previously romanced Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tara Reid, while he was also linked to Christina Aguilera, Jaime Pressly and Ashlee Simpson.
Perhaps no other film this year has been more highly-anticipated than The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and even though there's still a little more than a month to go until its release, the studio has been steadily providing fans with posters and trailers to ramp up excitement even further. It says a lot about the buzz surrounding the film that a new behind-the-scenes featurette all about shooting the film in IMAX inspires more excitement than frustration — primarily due to director Francis Lawrence's admission that the film will not actually use the IMAX technology until Katniss enters the arena.
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According to Lawrence, as Katniss rides in the elevator up to the battlefield, the screen will transition out of scope in order to provide the audience members with an immersive experience that puts them right in the middle of the action. It's like being able to compete in the Hunger Games yourself, without that pesky threat of death. Catching Fire's approach to using IMAX is also pretty refreshing, considering how many blockbusters treat it as a way to charge insane ticket prices for a few underwhelming shots in 3D.
The featurette also includes short interviews with the franchise's stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, the latter of whom promises that the film was shot with an attention to detail that is sure to please die-hard fans of the books. Check out what else they had to say about the filming process in the featurette, before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in theaters on November 22.
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"I'm madly in love with her and she's the love of my life. Absolutely. Absolutely. She's my girl. She's got my back." Actor David Arquette has fallen hard for his girlfriend Christina McLarty. The Scream star has been dating the showbiz news reporter on and off since the summer of 2011, less than a year after splitting from wife Courteney Cox.
"The Slump" is a bit of an unfortunate title for the third episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as it was the weakest episode thus far. However, it did give the show the opportunity to explore its supporting characters, and like Parks and Recreation, promises to be building up an ensemble of hilariously weird co-workers. The main plot of the episode focused on the surprising slump that Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) has found himself in. It turns out that the best detective in the precinct hasn't been able to close a single one of his cases lately, and it's starting to get to him.
Peralta gathers everyone together to collect suggestions for how to break his slump, but they are either unhelpful (get married... and then get divorced), impractical (finding a stranger in a hotel bar in Montreal and sleeping with them), or just plain impossible (10,000 situps). Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) suggests that he simply work a case until it's solved, which Peralta of course dismisses off hand. He eventually gives Holt's advice a go, but after a string of particularly miserable failures — including forgetting to check an elderly lady for her ID and busting a reported meth lab only to find out it was the apartment of an old man and his parakeets — Peralta comes to the conclusion that he's cursed. The announcement is accompanied by a beautifully timed spray of water form a malfunctioning urinal, and Samberg plays the moment perfectly, defeat clearly written on his face.
When Peralta comes to Holt with this new development, Holt tells him about a guy from his old precinct, Smitty, who was so cursed that nobody ever wanted to work cases with him, and so he sticks Peralta on desk duty until the slump is over. He even goes so far as to give him a rabbit's foot that Smitty recommended, and pops up at random intervals to remind Peralta to rub it for good luck. Braugher does a wonderful job of including the audience in the joke on Peralta, and proving that beneath his tough exterior, Holt has a great sense of humor. The monotony of desk work helps jog Peralta's memory, and he manages to solve a case and break his slump — which, of course, was Holt's plan all along.
However, the episode's two sub-plots were the real highlights. Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) has been asked by Holt to head up the junior police officer program, and she forcibly recruits Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) to help her. Gina (Chelsea Peretti) offers her own assistance, but is rebuffed, and when she shows up to the meeting anyway to heckle Santiago and Diaz, she manages to steal everyone's attention. Peretti really gets to shine, however, at the very end of the epsiode, when she performs a magnificently weird intrepretive dance to Christina Aiguilera's "Beautiful" ... for some reason.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Jeffords (Terry Crews) spends most of the episode trying and failing to assemble a princess castle for his daughter's birthday. It's a joke that has been done so many times that it's practically a sitcom staple, so it's a testament to Crews' delivery that he manages to make it the funniest part of the epsiode. Jeffords, along with Gina, is quickly becoming one of the funniest and interesting characters on the show, and it would be wonderful to see them develop a bigger presence.
Episode Highlights:- Gina's favorite cop movie is Bad Boys, becuase it has "a hot cup of Tea Leoni"- Jeffords enjoys playing his lineup character, Mean Terry, because he says what regular Terry is thinking: "I'm late for the farmer's market!"- Holt: "What did I tell you about doing voices?" Peralta: "I'm a storyteller, sir. It's my craft." - Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) keeps giving Peralta nicknames throughout the episode, the best of which is "Jake Hammer" and is accompanied by the appropriate sound effects.
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