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Pop superstar Beyonce looks set to triumph at the MTV Video Music Awards after scooping eight nominations.
The Crazy in Love hitmaker released promos for every track on her self-titled fifth album, and three of those clips have landed nominations, including nods for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration for Drunk in Love, which features her husband Jay Z.
She is also in the running for Best Female Video and Best Choreography for Partition, and Best Video with a Social Message for Pretty Hurts at the annual MTV prizegiving.
Beyonce's closest rivals are rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea, who have picked up seven nods apiece.
Azalea's Fancy music promo, based on cult comedy film Clueless, will compete for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video, while she also appears in the Best Female Video category twice for Fancy and Problem, her collaboration with Ariana Grande. Other acts to land nods include Pharrell Williams and Grande, who have three nominations each.
The ceremony will take place at The Forum venue in Los Angeles on 24 August (14). Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer are scheduled to perform.
The list of main nominees is as follows:
Video of the Year: Drunk in Love - Beyonce featuring Jay Z; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus; Happy - Pharrell Williams; Chandelier - Sia
Best Female Video: Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Partition - Beyonce; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Dark Horse - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J; Royals - Lorde
Best Male Video: Sing - Ed Sheeran featuring Pharrell Williams; The Monster - Eminem featuring Rihanna; All Of Me - John Legend; Happy - Pharrell Williams; Stay with Me - Sam Smith
Best Pop Video: Happy - Pharrell Williams; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz; Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Wake Me Up - Avicii
Best Hip-Hop Video: 3005 - Childish Gambino; Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake; Berzerk - Eminem; Black Skinhead - Kanye West; We Dem Boyz - Wiz Khalifa
Best Rock Video: Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys; Royals - Lorde; Demons - Imagine Dragons; Until It's Gone - Linkin Park; Fever - The Black Keys
Best Collaboration: Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Drunk in Love - Beyonce featuring Jay Z; Loyal - Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga; The Monster - Eminem featuring Rihanna; Dark Horse - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J; Timber - Pitbull featuring Kesha.
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Two dunderheaded stepbrothers, a bigoted manchild news reporter, and the recent economic downturn. One of these things is not like the others. Adam McKay has built up a long legacy of idiotic comedy through his frequent collaborations with Will Ferrell, but his next upcoming project is going to be quite the departure from the director’s usual fare. McKay is set to direct an adaptation of author Michael Lewis’ The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, a book that sheds light on the housing and credit bubble. McKay is equipped with a directoral know-how more suited towards laughter, so a drama film is about the last thing we expected from the director. This is the guy that just made Anchorman 2 after all, and unless it's revealed that Ron Burgundy was the guy behind all of those fraudulent loans, we’re not sure what this upcoming feature will look like when all is said and done. With all that said, McKay’s sudden dramatic inspiration is not totally unheard of in Hollywood. Other directors have taken surprising left turns in their careers, and made films well outside of their perceived comfort zones:
In 1979, Francis Ford Coppola made Apocalypse Now, a tragic and surreal vision of the Vietnam war. Seventeen years later, he made the accelerated aging comedy Jack, which starred Robin Williams as a five-year-old in a 50-year-old's body. The horror, the horror.
In 1976, Martin Scorsese made Taxi Driver, a dark and gritty character study about an unhinged man trying to "clean up" the corruption of New York City. Thirty-five years later, he made Hugo, a whimsical family film about a boy living in a clock.
In 1991, John Singleton made Boyz n the Hood, a tragic look at the corrosive influence of gang life on inner-city youth. Twelve years later, he made 2 Fast 2 Furious, the most broey movie of all time.
In 2000, Ron Howard made a live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring the mostly rubber funnyman Jim Carrey. Eight years later, he made Frost/Nixon, a historical drama about a post-Watergate scandal interview with Richard Nixon, honing in on how the president's duplicity tore America apart.
In 1987, Rob Reiner made the loopy, enchanting fairy tale classic (and "kissing story") The Princess Bride. Five years later, he made A Few Good Men, a stirring courtroom drama about the violent murder of a soldier.
In 1979, Steven Spielberg made 1941, a zany comedy satirizing war with the antics of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Fourteen years later he made Schindler's List, a heart wrenching story about one man's efforts to save Jews in Nazi Germany... scientifically proven to be the saddest movie ever created.
In 2004, David Gordon Green made Undertow, a harsh thriller about two young brothers trying to escape their murderous uncle. Seven years later, he made Your Highness, a medieval stoner comedy featuring Danny McBride.
In 1973, Robert Altman made A Long Goodbye, a neo-noir mystery film. Seven years later, he made Popeye, starring Robin Williams as the anchor armed sailor with a serious spinach dependency.
In 2001, Steven Soderbergh made Ocean's Eleven, a fun and campy remake of a fun and campy Rat Pack classic. Four years later, he made Bubble, a pitch black, intense look at the dead-end lives of several lifeless doll factory workers surrounding a murder.
In 1996, Kenneth Branagh made Hamlet, an adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most revered, and most tragic, play. Fifteen years later, he made Thor, a film about a magical hammer affectionately called "mew mew."
One Direction stars Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne are taking their songwriting careers to new heights by teaming up with rockers Benji and Joel Madden in the studio. The pop singers helped write nine out of the 14 tracks on their band's 2013 album Midnight Memories, and over the weekend (08-09Mar14), they teamed up with the Good Charlotte brothers to work on more material.
Joel Madden uploaded a snap to Twitter.com showing himself and his brother posing with Payne, adding, "Noice (nice)! The London boyz (sic) putting in tha werk (the work) in the studio."
Tomlinson added, "Great working with the Good Charlotte boys today!"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' huge hit Thrift Shop has been named the best-performing rap song of the past 25 years. The musicians earned two Grammy Awards in January (14) for the popular tune, and according to a new list compiled by editors at U.S. music magazine Billboard, they can celebrate yet again after Thrift Shop landed the number one spot on the Top 100 Hot Rap Songs chart, which ranks the best-performing tracks since 1989.
Despite the fact the track was only released in 2012, its stellar performance on the weekly Hot Rap Songs chart over the subsequent 18 months makes it number one on the list, beating other notable hits since the chart's inception.
In addition, the duo's second single, Can't Hold Us, featuring Ray Dalton, makes an appearance at number four.
69 Boyz's 1994 hit Tootsee Roll came in at number two, 1999's Hot Boyz by Miss Elliott featuring Nas, Eve and Q-Tip landed at number three, while female rap duo Salt-n-Pepa's 1989 track Expression rounds out the top five.
The holidays have officially come and gone, which means that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back with new episodes (and two shiny Golden Globe nominations). Onscreen, Boyle has also returned after taking a bullet to the butt to protect a fellow officer. Unfortunately for the rest of the precinct, he's still in a cast, which means that he's riding around on a mobility scooter and causing chaos everywhere he rolls. However, Holt is insistent that they all try and make his first day back special, even if that means taking an "adventure in diarrhea" and letting him pick lunch or holding him up to help him use that bathroom.
Meanwhile, Diaz has finally caught the perp she's been chasing on fraud charges, but he claims to be able to help Jake catch the "Pontiac Bandit," a car thief he's been chasing for years. He convinces her to drop the collar to catch his criminal, which turns out to be the wrong course of action when Doug Judy (guest star Craig Robinson) reveals himself to have been the "Pontiac Bandit" all along, and escapes. And in the midst of all of this, Holt has two puppies that he's desperately trying to give away to someone in the precinct before their cuteness starts to undercut his authority.
With the 99th precinct back to it's usual, insane antics, who managed to stand out this week and become the MVPs of "Pontiac Bandit?"
Captain HoltIt's pretty obvious at this point in the season that we love everything that Andre Braugher does on this show, but his trademark deadpan delivery was heightened this week by the absurd addition of two "small dogs." Watching him carry those puppies around and attempt to discipline his officers despite the cute additions was a great twist to the usual Holt storyline. - After Boyle runs over Holt's foot with his new scooter: "I am in... incredible pain."- Holt attempts to explain the presence of the puppies: "My husband's dog Cheddar had relations with the neighbor dog, Karate, and produced these two smaller dogs." Holt could not be less comfortable around puppies if he tried. - Watching Jake struggling to do solve a basic math equation: "Do you need a math tutor? Because the department will provide one for you."- Holt wants to give the puppies to Terry, and introduces them with, "This is Richard, and this is Dan. They are puppies." Then, when Terry turns the offer down, Holt holds them up to his face and lets him know that "All three of us are disappointed in you."- On Gina: "She live-tweets everything. Ruined Downton Abbey for me."
Gina LinettiUsually, when Gina doesn't have a subplot of her own, she tends to disappear into the background with just one or two quips to remind us of her presence, which is a shame, because Chelsea Peretti is one of the show's greatest assets. This week, however, we still got plenty of Gina, even after she escaped to the evidence room to get away from Boyle and his enthusiastic clumsiness. - When Boyle spills hot coffee down his cast, Gina decides to counteract that by pouring an entire container of milk down after it. - Before escaping to the evidence room, she left a note on her desk that simply said "Gone Leaving."- "I've redirected all of Captain Holt's calls to my cell phone, my battery is at full charge, and I have loose diner mints in my purse. This is my home now."- Only Gina would come up with a secret escape plan to avoid Boyle and then live-tweet her afternoon.
Jake Peralta, Rosa Diaz, and Doug JudyPeralta and Diaz haven't had too many scenes together thus far, but Andy Samberg and Stephanie Beatriz have great chemistry, and so it was great to see them get an entire story arc together. The fact that they went to the Academy together was a great way to explain the bond between them — they have always felt like the most natural pairing on the show — and it added some emotion and depth to their chase. Robinson is a perfect guest for this show, adding the right amount of goofiness to the plot. Hopefully, the open ending will give the show an opportunity to bring him back in the future. - Jake, testing out if he should change his name: "Does that sound better? Jack Peralta: Crocodile Hunter!" Diaz: "Yes."- Jake: "The Pontiac Bandit!" Doug: "We called him Bill, but whatever."- After finding out that Doug's mother thinks he's an architect with "all-white employees," Jake quips, "Why don't you just tell her you're an astronaut?" Doug: "Because space is scary! Look what it did to Sandy Bullock!"- Diaz practically bent over backwards trying to avoid letting Doug kiss her, and it was hilarious. - In order to keep Jake from looking like a cop on their sting, Doug puts him in a giant white tuxedo. Diaz's reaction? "You look like a Boyz II Men Easter album."- Jake, on the suit: "Is it triple-breasted somehow?"
Rap mogul Russell Simmons and director John Singleton are teaming up to develop a U.S. TV series. Club Life: Miami will be written and directed by the Boyz n the Hood filmmaker and will centre on a reformed criminal who moves to Florida and in a bid to start a new life.
Simmons will executive produce the series, which is set to air on U.S. network HBO.
This isn't the only TV show Simmons has in development with bosses at the cable network - he is also working with 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen on a series about a young African-American man's attempts to enter into New York's high society.
Reformed rapper Shyne is embarking on a new chapter in his life after tying the knot. Sean 'Diddy' Combs' former protege broke the news to fans on Wednesday (13Nov13) after sharing a series of photos of himself with his new wife in Israel on his Instagram.com blog.
One picture of the happy couple featured the caption, "Me and the Mrs. @ Dead Sea."
The Belize-born star, who became an orthodox Jew and moved to Jerusalem following his release from prison in 2009, has since confirmed the news to vladtv.com, although he has not revealed the identity of his brunette bride or shared any other details about the nuptials.
The Bad Boyz hitmaker, who is now known as Moses Michael Levi, served more than eight years in a New York prison for opening fire at a 1999 club party, where Diddy and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were among the guests.
Ok, no lie, but whoever manages stories for American Horror Story is becoming a real son of a witch. Last season’s unnecessary alien, mutant, and Nazi doctor storylines are pretty unforgivable. Not providing a sufficient pay-off to said sub-plots is actually unforgivable. In this episode, we are getting precariously close to too many storylines.
It’s 1919, New Orleans is in the grips of a string of murders by The Axeman (Danny Huston). He gets cocky and threatens the entire city that whoever doesn’t play jazz will get the blunt end of a bad axe pun. Well this doesn’t sit well with Witch #3 (Grace Gummer). Not only does she hate jazz and love women’s suffrage but she is also the daughter of The Grand High Witch, Meryl Streep, and not to be trifled with. Coincidentally, Huston’s sister, Anjelica Huston, played The Grand High Witch in the popular children’s classic, The Witches. That piece of trivia is more entertaining than some of the derrivative "reveals" this episode.
Meanwhile, back in the present, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) has Supreme powers developing at a very passive aggressive rate. One minute, she can knock Poetic Justice Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) on her ass and the next she is stumbling on random stockpiles of antiques. She finds a gun, Tate Kyle (Evan Peters) having a naked grunting meltdown, and a spirit board. She has a really crappy séance with a shot glass. She taunts the Axeman out of limbo and then continues making poor choices by having Misty Day (Lily Rabe) resurrect Madison (Emma Roberts).
Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) is dealing with her new contacts second sight and is bitching everyone out about her psychic flashes. Fiona realizes she has secrets to keep so she focuses on her nonexistant love life. Hank Foxx (Josh Hamilton) goes to Marie LaVeau because Cordelia might find out that...wait for it...he is working for Miss Hair Show 1998 Marie Laveau to kill witches. Remember, that girl he bang-banged then shot her down? It wasn't Nancy Sinatra. It was a witch. And the M. Night Shyamalan Award for most gratuitous reveal goes to...
Then in an even more disgustingly unoriginal fashion Predator Marie Laveau calls for the head of all the witches. The Axeman gets corporealized instead of exorcised and the attempt to ignore character and plot development continues.
The "Witch, Please" Moments of the Episode
How can Bassett allow an immortal super voodoo priestess and historical figure be portrayed as a ratchet hairdresser? Her character in Boyz 'N The Hood seemed more worldly and compelling...and she was in the movie for five minutes.
The Axeman? Really? We already have the mysterious acid thrower, Marie Laveau, Fiona’s cancer, two zombies, a witch hunter, a soon to be ressurected Myrtle, and all of humanity. Do we really need a serial killer that wants to kill the witches?
Let me get this straight. In a school that has housed witches for hundreds of years, having played host to the murder of The Supreme (Christine Ebersole), the most vengeful ghost in the place is a jazz-loving serial killer?
The character development is really lacking. Zoe went from an extra to the leader of the crew. Misty Day dances to Stevie Nicks and resurrects people with no real motivation, explanation, or backstory. Marie Laveau without her horrible racial stereotypes is really a flat character with no explanation for her beef with the witches.
Fiona getting chemo? Seriously, cancer seems like a cheap shot. It makes sense that the old Supreme dies as the new one develops. But did they have to give her cancer? It seems cheap. And for someone who would get monkey DNA injected in episode one why wouldn't she have decided to have chemo earlier?
Happy Day of the Dead everyone! Here's some entertainment news from the scariest week of the year, some of it spooky, some of it just bizarre.
Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson drunkenly sang Boyz II Men together. Watch the hilarious video at The A.V. Club.
Of course there will be a TV show about sloths. It is called Meet The Sloths, and Animal Planet promises it won't be as slow as you'd expect. Kristen Bell is psyched! Read more at Variety.
There is a figure skating tribute to Breaking Bad. Read what that entails at Hollywood.com.
Olympus Has Fallen gets a far too obvious, stupidly-titled sequel. Read what it's called at The Hollywood Reporter.
Britney Spears can recite Vincent Price's opening to "Thriller."It's kind of goofy and adorable. Check it out at Vulture.
Fittingly, Jon Hamm sometimes requires three shaves a day. Read what the Mad Men makeup artist has to say about the rest of the cast's cosmetic requirements at OK!.
A Star Wars blooper reel emerges. See how embarrassing it is at Hollywood.com.
Singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss has been honoured by officials at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) at their annual Women Behind The Music Series. The former Xscape star and brains behind TLC's No Scrubs, Destiny's Child's Bills, Bills, Bills and Pink's There You Go was celebrated as one of the industry's most influential and accomplished females during a ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday (29Oct13).
Burruss, who also features on U.S. reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, has also worked with a host of other stars over the years, including Whitney Houston, Usher, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men and 'N Sync.
She follows in the footsteps of fellow musicians Melanie Fiona and ex-Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett, who were recently honoured at the New York and Los Angeles editions of the Women Behind The Music Series.