Superstar Beyonce wanted to create her own "street version" of George Michael's classic Freedom! '90 video in her promo for new song Yonce. Michael famously featured supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz in the hit 1990 release, and Yonce music video director Ricky Saiz reveals Beyonce was heavily inspired by the film for her own track.
The Crazy In Love hitmaker wanted a "contemporary, street version" of Freedom for her promo and recruited models Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman and Joan Smalls to join her for the shoot on the streets of Brooklyn, New York.
Saiz tells Buzzfeed.com, "The girls were incredible. Everyone kind of checked whatever ego at the door and we were all there to make something fun and special... We wanted to do something very sexual, but... you know, she's Bey. She's not 21. She's not Miley (Cyrus)."
The audio and video for Yonce was released as part of Beyonce's new self-titled album exclusively on iTunes.com early last Friday (13Dec13) with no advanced announcement or promotion, and Saiz admits he had no idea the project was set to drop.
He says, "To be honest, I was actually in bed when I got an email just kind of saying (Beyonce) was live. I proceeded to stay up until five or six in the morning just kinda checking out all of the madness. It was a complete surprise even to the people involved. No one knew when (it would be released) or to what scale or that there was going to be everything coming out at once. It was very, very much a cool surprise."
Songwriter/producer Ryan Tedder, who worked with Beyonce on the track XO, found out about the surprise release at the last minute, shortly before it hit the Internet.
He says, "I knew 90 minutes before it dropped. Ninety minutes. And I said nothing because I love Beyonce and I don't want her to hate me.
"I heard a rumour and then I didn't say anything. I told my wife, 'I think Beyonce's album is dropping in 90 minutes,' and then I knew that XO was on the album."
Apple's iTunes bosses recently announced Beyonce had shattered download records by shifting 828,773 units worldwide in its first three days of release, and Tedder admits her success has prompted the singer and his OneRepublic bandmates to rethink their future album strategies.
He adds, "Me and my whole band, who are just complete sceptics and like, you know, a bit snobby, we just sat there going (wow)... Like, somehow we have to step our game up and be more like Beyonce."
Welcome to a New Year and a New You, Dr. Mindy Lahiri! Sure, 2012 ended up being a bit of a loss there at the end — what with your boss leaving out of the blue, getting into a fight with your best friend, and finding out your boyfriend is actually someone else's boyfriend and you were merely his mistress — but optimism breeds positive results, right? So here's to 2013 and your new outlook on life!
The only problem is, Mindy's new outlook is decidedly... un-optimistic. She's barely leaving her apartment and has buried herself in her work. Her best friends are hanging out without her! That's when you know s**t is lookin' bleak for our poor Mindy. She needs something to take her mind off the old man suits, murderers on the subway, and all the terrible maladies of the soul that plague this modern human existence. Sigh.
Lucky for Mindy, a distraction has arrived. Meet Rishi — the burglar-esque little brother of Dr. Lahiri (though he prefers brown Channing Tatum)! You may recognize Rishi as Utkarsh Ambudkar, who shared the screen with Gwen (Anna Camp) in 2012's Pitch Perfect. They're keeping it in the family; in all of the families, you guys! But Rishi wants to turn his mini-stay away from Stanford into a full-blown rap career. Oh, no! Screams every older sister in the world. Mistakes ahead! Steer clear! Oh no, here comes the stress-vomit! Thankfully, a casual encounter with Brendan (Mark Duplass) the midwife turns into Mindy lying on a table getting stoned. And by that I mean he is putting stones on her person. Nothing illegal to see here, folks!
Only there's everything to see here, because chemistry abounds between Dr. Lahiri and the midwife! Something tells me Danny Castellano isn't going to like this. In the briefest of moments (it should've lasted at least 22 minutes) Chris Messina and Mark Duplass shared the screen, and everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. I plan on getting a screengrab of the elevator scene and replacing Mindy's face with my own. Sweet dreams!
Lessons were learned, resolutions were made, and a chance for romantic comedy splendor was born. Just another day in Mindy Kaling's New York City. Here are the valuable dating dos and don'ts we gleaned this week:
1.) Do put your mistakes behind you: It's a new year! Wipe the dry erase board of life clean, my friends.
2.) Don't be afraid to chat up a new guy: You're a modern woman! But also be careful of the knives they carry in their pants. And no, that's not a euphemism (but be careful of that, too! Safety first!).
3.) Do get a new look: Makeovers are classic! Try a little Annie Hall. Or Grandpa Hall if you're in a bind.
4.) Don't be afraid to get in shape!: You never know when you might have to run through an airport terminal after the man of your dreams before he boards the last plane to a faraway land that will keep you apart indefinitely if you don't admit your true feelings to him right now. It's also good for outrunning muggers.
5.) Don't live in fear: Whether it's fear of being a cat lady, fear of other people, or fear of the world outside your four walls: fear is bad. It keeps love at bay!
6.) Don't ever apologize for what you're passionate about in life: People do not understand the serious amount of Mockinjay points you get with those Hunger Games personal checks!
7.) Do make nerdy math jokes: Not to go on a tangent, but math jokes are a sine of intelligence! (I'll be here all night, folks!)
8.) Do not bail your own mugger out of jail: This just sounds dangerous.
9.) Do splurge on an expensive perfume: Pick something classic: like a Chanel, Dior, or Fa-breezey (it's Italian)!
10.) Don't trick the elderly: It's not very nice. Respect your elders!
11.) Don't ever forget: family comes first: Especially when your little brother is Nice Cube.
What did you think of this week's episode? Did you know Girls' Allison Williams (yay Marnie!) is on next week? Talk about it in the comments!
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Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week ending Nov. 17 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Take the Edge Off with Belgian Brew
Game of Thrones, We Love You, But You Have Got To Be Kidding Us With This Poster
It’s just numbers, yet we’re still oddly excited.
Taylor Swift Let Us Down
Girl, are you serious? Swift’s got a brain and an industrious way of life. She’s all about being successful, powerful young woman. Why then, is she talking like she’s a 1950s housewife?
Is This An Episode of Don’t Trust the B or An Ad for People Mag?
Yes, it was innovative marketing, but we just wanted to watch our favorite b**chy show!
Let Loose With Some Mulled Wine
Guy Fieri Was Kind of Right. Kind Of
We wanted to believe the New York Times' riotous review of Fieri’s Times Square restaurant. Unfortunately, we tried it, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as said.
Someone Doesn’t Like Paul Rudd
I know. That’s not humanly possible. But how else are we supposed to interpret this vomit-incident during his Broadway play?
The Cast of Twilight Should Probably Be in Jail
Look, we’re glad Jackson Rathbone’s chiseled features aren’t wasting away in an orange jumpsuit in San Quentin, but the folks in this movie are lawbreakers. Then again, that probably just makes them sexier, doesn’t it?
Stelena Is No Nore!
But wait, wallowing Vampire Diaries fans! There’s a silver lining: This means it’s time for Damon to get his smoldering due praise!
Let’s Forget This Ever Happened With a Little (Make that a Lot of) Cognac
No One Will Tell Donald Trump “You’re Fired”
Despite using his Twitter and his fondness for shoddy web videos to enrage most of the entertainment-loving world, that same world won’t give Trump the boot from any of his Tinsel Town endeavors. Perhaps it’s just too much fun to talk about?
Nine Minutes of Star Trek 2 Will Play Before The Hobbit
Which is bad because it only serves to drive our anticipation even higher with its inability to be the full length film for which we’ve been waiting three excruciating years.
Ryan Gosling Missed His Sexiest Man Alive Chance, And It May Never Come Again
Channing Tatum took the title this year, and as much as I’d be willing to let the Baby Goose eat tiny kernels of corn out of my hand for days on end if he wanted to, there’s no denying that Tatum was a shoe-in for 2012.
NO MORE TWINKIES.
EVER. Not that you’ve eaten one since your last elementary school slumber party, but wouldn’t you like the chance to relive the heartburn again someday? That artery-clogging ship has sailed, my friends.
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So you're driving in the car, you're with your friend, you're minding your own business... and then what happens? You see a woman. Wearing a bra and no top. Walking around in broad daylight. Flouting society's conventions. It's totally inappropriate. It's lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous! ...
... at least that's how Jackie Chiles would describe it. As you can see in the above photo, one Kim Kardashian was caught on film on Sunday, strolling around Miami with her boyfriend Kanye West, draped in a garment that might be more accurately described as a bra than a shirt. In other words, she pulled a Sue Ellen Mischke.
Yes, Sue Ellen Mischke — the heir to the Oh Henry! Candy Bar fortune who once vied for the possession of John F. Kennedy's golf clubs and went by the name "the bra-less wonder" at her Maryland high school. Lover of Jerry Seinfeld and Lex Luthor to one Elaine Benes. In other words: a fictional character, but perhaps she is coming to life in the form of Kim K!
So what other Seinfeld favorites might we find inhabiting the bodies of our favorite celebrities? Will Justin Bieber become a close-talker? Will Snooki wear the same blouse over and over? Will Lindsay Lohan start eating her peas one at a time? ... If only life was like that.
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Here's a photo that may make you green with envy. Though, mercifully, not Green Lantern with envy.
Actress Blake Lively arrived at the glamourous Chanel Bijoux De Diamant 80th Anniversary party in New York City on Tuesday night not only wearing a chic and sexy Chanel dress that was covered in diamonds, but one very noticeable one on her ring finger.
Photographers got a glimpse of the 25-year-old newlywed's stunning pink wedding ring from hubby Ryan Reynolds and it's a doozy. The custom-made Lorraine Schwartz ring is arguably the best pink celebrity ring since, well, Jennifer Lopez's famous humdinger from Ben Affleck back in 2002. Though, hopefully, the Lively/Reynolds rock won't befall the same unfortunate fate.
While Lively's ring is a gorgeous — albeit unconventional — one, she's not the first star in Hollywood to flash some unique, outrageous, paparazzi-baiting jewelry. From Mariah Carey's staggering 17-carat jaw-dropper (also the color du jour: pink) to Halle Berry's elegant emerald, we've compiled a list of some of the most unconventional engagement and wedding rings. Read it and weep, because that's exactly what it will make you want to do. Unconventional Celebrity Rings [Photo credit: WENN.com]
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Who could have guessed so many Hollywood stars would want to go back to high school? Joining the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Ricky Martin, and Neil Patrick Harris, actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson will soon make their way through the singing, dancing halls of McKinley High on Glee. Fox announced on Monday that Parker, who will be making her first return to television since Sex and the City, and Hudson, who probably just starred in another romantic comedy in the span of this sentence, will both appear in Season 4 of the Emmy-winner.
While there's no details about who Parker will play or how long she'll be on the series (Hudson, however, is slated for a six-episode arc) we have some thoughts on what these stars could/should do during their visit to celebrity destination hotspot McKinley High. Since both stars have a musical background (Parker previously appeared on Broadway in shows like Annie and Once Upon A Mattress and Hudson starred in the movie adaptation of the musical Nine) they should have no problem knocking out these numbers:
SJP: Who wouldn't want to see Carrie Bradshaw sing about shoes or fashion? The 42-year-old could croon Nancy Sinatra's classic "These Boots Were Made For Walking" or Paolo Nutini's "New Shoes" and fans could envision a SATC musical that never happened. Then again, it might be fun to watch the actress revisit her Broadway roots with an encore of "Tomorrow" or "It's a Hard-Knock Life."
Kate Hudson: Since she'll be appearing in six episodes, it's a safe bet the 33-year-old will be playing yet another one of McKinley's subs. My guess is either as a music teacher or a history teacher, since she starred in one of the greatest movies about music in history, Almost Famous. Since it would be sacrilege for Ryan Murphy to attempt to recreate the magic of the Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" singalong (seriously, don't do it) maybe she could bring us through musical history with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" or Nena's "99 Luftballoons." Then again, she could always just sing some Muse.
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Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.