Rapper Future has defended his collaborator Lil Wayne over the controversial lyrics about slain black teenager Emmett Till in his latest track Karate Chop, insisting the hip-hop star actually highlighted an important issue in the song. In an unauthorised remix of Future's song, Lil Wayne makes reference to Till, who was pistol-whipped and murdered in 1955 for flirting with a white girl in America's Deep South, rapping, "Beat the p**sy up like Emmett Till."
His words infuriated the civil rights icon's family and the Lollipop hitmaker was subsequently dropped as spokesman for Mountain Dew soda by bosses at parent company PepsiCola.
However, Future, real name Nayvadius Cash, has spoken out to defend his friend, claiming that despite the negative attention the song attracted, the lyrics actually raised awareness of civil rights history.
He tells radio station Power106 FM, "I never thought it was going to get so much attention, but I think overall, the whole situation, he did bring light in a positive way to what happened. Even though they probably thought it was negative, he brought positive energy to the situation because a lot of people don’t even know (who Emmett Till was)...
"He raised awareness to people who didn’t even know Emmett Till. The young kids that never even knew what happened to him… I don’t believe he in any way, form, or fashion did it out of disrespect toward the family."
Now that we've reached Week Two of Dancing With The Stars, our dancing guru and creator of the LaBlast fitness program Louis Van Amstel is back with some more pointed advice, and a few thoughts of what he thinks about this highly impressive cast.
On the Overall Competition
Like us, Amstel was genuinely surprised to see the amount of talent coming from each contestant right out of the gate. And while he admitted that there's been some "really talented people in the past," the sheer amount already showing up on Season 14 is a astounding. "Every single couple was better than what we expected," he said. But understandably, being that they're all generally new to dance specifics, each star still needs to work on the proper technique. Amstel explained that for those performing Quick Step on March 26, the dancers bodies must be touching the entire time, except for ten seconds at the beginning and end of each routine. "Some get away with it," Amstel said, referring to some couples who managed to stay apart for 25 seconds before becoming attached. The stars will just have to force themselves to remain pressed up against their attractive dance partners as much as possible. It's a tough life.
Tip of the Week: "A lift is a lift"
As the weeks progress, judges will become more and more strict about the little things, so it's better to become acquainted with them now rather than being called out on it later. One piece of advice that Amstel stressed was for each couple to beware of the risks of lifting, which is when the female dancer's feet leave the ground with the supoort of her partner. "A lift is a lift," Amstel warned. "Peta and Donald had a lift, but Carrie Ann didn't call it out," which is surprising since Carrie Ann is usually "the lift police." Performing lifts when they shouldn't could end up cost couples crucial points from the judges' panel, so it's an important lesson to keep in mind. The only time lifts are allowed is during the Argentine tango and Freestyle, or when specifically announced by the judges.
Who's He's Rooting For?
While Amstel was impressed with what every star has to offer, the most unexpected performance came from professional tennis player Martina Navratilova."We expected nothing from Martina," Amstel admitted, saying the in the end she delivered beyond expectations. "She looked absolutely beautiful." Navratilova and her partner Tony Dovolani received a 20 out of 30 points for their fox trot. They tied for one of the lowest scores of the night, but it's still an extremely high number for the first week of performances. In fact, he enjoyed her performance so much, that he's rooting for her to outshine all the others on the dance floor this week. "I want Martina to kill it tonight," Amstel proclaims."That woman has opened doors for so many people," referring to her struggle with breast cancer.
Gladys Knight Proves Dancing Has No Age Limit
This show has a knack for proving that age knows no bounds, and this group is no exception. Gladys Knight is living proof that you don't need to be a young girl to look alive on the dance floor. "I don't think anyone expected Gladys Knight in her 60s to come out with so much spunk and energy," Amstel said."When I saw her face, and she was truly enjoying it, it was such an inspiration in itself." And if she's having fun, then the audience is having fun -- and that means more votes!
Athletes: Better Dancers?
As Amstel stated in his last post on Hollywood.com, football players seem to possess an incredible knack for being light on their feet. And given Green Bay Packer's Donald Driver's impressive 21 out of 30 points during the first week, he seems to be right. "He's not going anywhere," Amstel assured us, comparing Driver's "musicality" to the likes of past DWTS football players Hines Ward and Emmett Smith. "Sports men are competitive ... Even though this is dance, it's still a competition." He added, "Athletes have tunnel vision" because when they're dancing they are off-season, so they can "focus on dancing 100 percent."
William Levy and Sherri Shepherd: Practice vs. Busy Schedules
However, not all stars are able to enjoy the luxuries of being off-season. Some competitors are forced to juggle their regular careers with their DWTS rehearsal schedules, which can definitely have its disadvantages. "You have to be a multitasker," Amstel advised, in reference to William Levy and Sherri Shepherd's long distance work schedules. "If you make one mistake, the public will blame the traveling and think you're not committed ... The public doesn't see everything."It will become an especially difficult balancing act if one (or both) of them make it to the very end of the competition. "Schedule is not a struggle for [William] now, but if he gets into the top couples, the public will start judging him," Amstel fears."At that point, he has to put everything on hold if he wants to win."
DWTS premieres at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Check back tomorrow for our full recap and stop back over next Monday for more Dancing tips from Louis Van Amstel.
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When I first heard about This Means War, I was immediately intrigued. A film where Chris Pine AND Tom Hardy are competing against each other to win the love of Reese Witherspoon? What girl doesn't want a bunch of hot guys vying for her affection? And how do you pick between two of the hottest hunks in Hollywood (answer: you don't -- you take them both). That scenario got me thinking about all the other different pairings Reese has had throughout her extensive movie career, and I wondered what it would be like to pit some of her past leading men against each one another to see who might win her heart in the end, and why. It's not going to be an easy decision; the Oscar-winner has co-starred with some dreamy guys over the years, but as the great Pat Benatar once said: Love is a Battlefield -- and it's time to go to war.
Owen Wilson vs. Luke Wilson
Blood is supposed to be thicker than water, but when a girl is involved all bets are off. Owen and Reese worked together in the rom-com How Do You Know? and while the movie was mediocre at best, their chemistry was anything but. On the other hand, who could forget Luke Wilson playing the lovable lawyer (they do exist) Emmett in Legally Blonde. He was able to turn Elle Wood's attention away from the hunky Warner, so his brother would have some stiff competition on his hands. But after weighing the options, we think Owen would emerge victorious. Luke's definitely a decent guy, but his quieter demeanor would put him at a disadvantage. Girls like a guy with some initiative and Owen seems to be the more outgoing of the two.
Winner: Owen Wilson
Robert Pattinson vs. Ryan Phillippe
This is a tough one, as Rob and Ryan are probably two of the best-looking co-stars Reese has ever worked with. While her Cruel Intentions co-star could be seen as having a bit of an advantage given their off-screen history together, it's important to note that the relationship ended in divorce, so the odds aren't in his favor. And the last time I checked, RPatz has never had any trouble getting the girl he wants. However, I'm afraid the 10-year age difference between the Water For Elephants co-stars cannot be ignored (she's 35, he's 25). It's not the biggest age gap Hollywood has ever seen, but I don't think RPatz is mature enough to handle the type of relationship Reese would be looking for at this point in time. We're giving this round to the equally hunky father of her children, Mr. Ryan Phillppe.
Winner: Ryan Phillippe
Mark Ruffalo vs. Josh Lucas
The decisions just don't get any easier. We're now dealing with two completely sweet and adorable guys who starred opposite Reese in two sweet and adorable movies: Just Like Heaven and Sweet Home Alabama. Mark's got the whole boy-next-door thing going on, whereas Josh is a man's man -- lean and rugged. Plus, he's got the whole Southern charm thing working in his favor. When push came to shove, we sided with Mark. Why? Because Reese Ruffalo is just too cute a name to pass up. (Sorry, it was a really close call and didn't know how else to choose). If it came down to a duel I feel that Lucas would win, no contest. But it isn't just about a guy's physicality. It's about their dedication to and compatibility with Reese. And for that, Mark has the slight upper hand. His kiss in Just Like Heaven brought Reese's character back to life - that should definitely count for something!
Winner: Mark Ruffalo
Vince Vaughn vs. Joaquin Phoenix
This was also a difficult call to make, given that most girls love the funny guy AND the singer. So how do you choose? Ultimately, it came down to the chemistry. Though Vince and Reese shared some hilarious moments together in Four Christmases, I could never really buy them as a legitimate couple (still, it was absolutely adorable to see Reese's petite body next to Vince's towering figure). Joaquin, on the other hand, had a scorching connection with her in Walk the Line. These two managed to believably portray one of the most iconic couples of all time, June Carter and Johnny Cash. It's therefore safe to assume that they would also have fantastic chemistry off-screen as well. Now if only we could do something about that beard of his...
Winner: Joaquin Phoenix
The star started out as a model for American clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch before pursuing a career in acting and shooting to fame as vampire Emmett Cullen in the hit movie franchise.
Now Calvin Klein underwear bosses want to cash in on the 24 year old's rising popularity and have reportedly signed Lutz up to front their next advertising campaign.
And fashion insiders claim Lutz's photoshoot will be reminiscent of the sexy ads featuring Mark Wahlberg, which were shot in the 1990s during the actor's transition from rap alter ego Marky Mark to Hollywood star.
A source tells the Fox News 411 blog, "He's going to be their new Mark Wahlberg. Kellan has been signed to Calvin Klein for a huge campaign that will feature him in his skivvies (underwear) all over billboards and in magazines…
"The executives have a plan to model the ads very similarly after the famous Mark Wahlberg campaign in the '90s. They want to recreate the look of the hugely successful ads."
The Writers Guild of America, west and East announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen, television and radio during the 2003 season.
Nominees in the original category went to independent art-house films, including Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Guljit Bindra for Fox Searchlight's Bend It Like Beckham; Steven Knight for Miramax's Dirty Pretty Things; and Tom McCarthy for Miramax's The Station Agent.
Nominees for the adapted category went mostly high-profile releases, including Anthony Minghella for Miramax's Cold Mountain; Frances Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson for New Line's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; and Gary Ross for Universal's Seabiscuit.
WGA noms are closely tracked as an indicator of Academy Awards sentiment. Guild winners in the original screenplay category have matched Oscar choices in 11 years over the past 21 while the WGA adapted screenplay award has matched with the Oscar winner in 14 years during the same period.
The films eligible for Writers Guild Awards were released in the year 2003 under the jurisdiction of Writers Guild of America, East and west and affiliate guilds in Australia, Canada, French Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and New Zealand.
In television, the nominated scripts were originally broadcast between December 1, 2002, and November 30, 2003.
The winners will be announced Saturday, February 21, 2004, at the 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards ceremonies on both coasts.
The Writers Guild of America, west ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles at the Century Plaza Hotel, and the Writers Guild of America, East ceremonies will be held in New York at The Pierre Hotel.
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, Written by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges and Guljit Bindra, Fox Searchlight Pictures
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, Written by Steven Knight, Miramax Films
IN AMERICA, Written by Jim Sheridan & Naomi Sheridan & Kirsten Sheridan, Fox Searchlight Pictures
LOST IN TRANSLATION, Written by Sofia Coppola, Focus Features
THE STATION AGENT, Written by Tom McCarthy, Miramax Films
AMERICAN SPLENDOR, Written by Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman, Based on the Comic Book Series by Harvey Pekar and the Novel by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner, HBO Films/Fine Line Features
COLD MOUNTAIN, Screenplay by Anthony Minghella, Based on the Novel by Charles Frazier, Miramax Films
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, Screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, Based on the Novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, New Line Cinema
MYSTIC RIVER, Screenplay by Brian Helgeland, Based on the Novel by Dennis Lehane, Warner Bros. Pictures
SEABISCUIT, Screenplay by Gary Ross, Based on the Book by Laura Hillenbrand, Universal Pictures
Episodic Drama --any length--one airing time
"ABOMINATION (Law & Order: SVU), Written by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters; NBC
"BOUNTY (Law & Order), Written by Michael S. Chernuchin; NBC
"DISASTER RELIEF (The West Wing), Teleplay by Alexa Junge, Story by Alexa Junge & Lauren Schmidt; NBC
"LOSS (Law & Order: SVU), Written by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters; NBC
"PILOT (The O.C.), Written by Josh Schwartz; Fox
"7:00 P.M. -- 8:00 P.M. (24), Written by Evan Katz; Fox
Episodic Comedy--any length--one airing time
"DAY CARE" (Malcolm in the Middle), Written by Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson; Fox
"MALCOLM FILMS REESE" (Malcolm in the Middle), Written by Dan Kopelman; Fox
"NO SEX, PLEASE, WE'RE SKITTISH" (Frasier), Written by Bob Daily; NBC
"A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO SHOES" (Sex and the City), Written by Jenny Bicks; HBO
Original Long Form--over one hour--one or two parts, one or two airing times
AND STARRING PANCHO VILLA AS HIMSELF, Written by Larry Gelbart; HBO
Episode 1, "BEYOND THE SKY" and Episode 2, "JACOB AND JESSE" (Taken), Written by Leslie Bohem; USA
CAESAR, Written by Peter Pruce and Craig Warner; TNT
WILDER DAYS, Written by Jeff Stockwell; TNT
Adapted Long Form--over one hour--one or two parts, one or two airing times
NORMAL, Teleplay by Jane Anderson, Based on the play Looking for Normal by Jane Anderson; HBO
OUT OF THE ASHES, Teleplay by Anne Meredith, Based on the book I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz by Dr. Gisella Perl; Showtime
RUDY: THE RUDY GIULIANI STORY, Written by Stanley Weiser, Based on the book Rudy! by Wayne Barrett; USA
THE STRANGER BESIDE ME, Teleplay by Matthew McDuffie and Matthew Tabak, Based on the book by Ann Rule; USA
Animation--any length--one airing time
"THE DAD WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE" (The Simpsons), Written by Matt Selman; Fox
"MOE BABY BLUES" (The Simpsons), Written by J. Stewart Burns; Fox
MY MOTHER THE CARJACKER" (The Simpsons), Written by Michael Price; Fox
"REBORN TO BE WILD" (King of the Hill), Written by Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May; Fox
"RESCUE JET FUSION" (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius), Written by Steven Banks; Nickelodeon
"THE STING" (Futurama), Written by Patric M. Verrone; Fox
Comedy/Variety--Music, Awards, Tributes -- Specials -- any length
THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, Written by George Stevens, Jr., Sara Lukinson and David Leaf; CBS
THE 75TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS, Written by Hal Kanter, Rita Cash, Buz Kohan, Special Material Written by Steve Martin, Beth Armogida, Dave Barry, Dave Boone, Andy Breckman, Jon Macks, Rita Rudner, Bruce Vilanch; ABC
Comedy/Variety--(including talk) Series
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, Written by Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Jonathan Glaser, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Andrew Secunda, Allison Silverman, Robert Smigel, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg; NBC
MAD TV, Writing supervised by Scott King, Written by Dick Blasucci, Lauren Dombrowski, Bryan Adams, Bruce McCoy, Michael Hitchcock, Steven Cragg, Chris Cluess, John Crane, Jennifer Joyce, Tami Sagher, David Salzman, Richard Talarico, Jim Wise, Kal Clarke, Sultan Pepper, Bill Kelley, Maiya Williams, Dino Stamatopoulos, Rick Najera, Brooks McBeth, Jason Kordelos, Michael McDonald, Stephnie Weir; FOX
PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT!, Written by Penn Jillette, Teller, David Wechter, John McLaughlin; Showtime
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, Written by Billy Martin, Scott Carter, David Feldman, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Ned Rice, Paul F. Tompkins; HBO
ALL MY CHILDREN, Written by Agnes Nixon, Megan McTavish, Gordon Rayfield, Anna Theresa Cascio, Frederick Johnson, Jeff Beldner, Janet Iacobuzio, Lisa Connor, Addie Walsh, Victor Miller, Mimi Leahey, Bettina F. Bradbury, John PiRoman, Karen Lewis, Amanda Robb, Rebecca Taylor, Christina Covino, David A. Levinson; ABC
ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Written by Josh Griffith, Michael Malone, Shelly Altman, Lorraine Broderick, Richard Backus, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, David Colson, Leslie Nipkow, Michelle Poteet Lisanti, Becky Cole, James Fryman, Katherine Schock, Ginger Redmon, Daniel Griffin; ABC
"DON'T LOOK BACK" (Out There), Written by Willie Reale and Mark Palmer; PBS
FULL COURT MIRACLE, Written by Joel Silverman and Joel Kauffmann & Donald C. Yost; Disney Channel
I WAS A TEENAGE FAUST, Written by Thom Eberhardt; Showtime
THE MALDONADO MIRACLE, Teleplay by Paul W. Cooper, Based upon the novel "The Maldonado Miracle" by Theodore Taylor; Showtime
Documentary - Current Events
"TRUTH, WAR AND CONSEQUENCES" (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS
"THE WAR BEHIND CLOSED DOORS" (Frontline), Written by Michael J. Kirk; PBS
Documentary - Other Than Current Events
BECOMING AMERICAN: THE CHINESE EXPERIENCE--BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (PART 2), Written by Thomas Lennon & Mi Ling Tsui and Bill Moyers; PBS
"CYBER WAR!" (Frontline), Written by Michael J. Kirk; PBS
"THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE: THE STRING'S THE THING" (Nova), Written by Joseph McMaster; PBS
"THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE: WELCOME TO THE 11TH DIMENSION" (Nova), Written by Julia Cort & Joseph McMaster, PBS
"THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL" (The American Experience), Written by Marcia Smith, PBS
"SEABISCUIT" (The American Experience), Written by Michelle Ferrari; PBS
News - Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin or Breaking Report
"PASSING OF MUSIC LEGENDS" (CBS News Sunday Morning), Written by Robert Mank;
"CBS SHOWDOWN WITH SADDAM" (CBS News), Written by John Craig Wilson; CBS
News - Analysis, Feature, or Commentary
"BAPTISM BY FIRE" (60 Minutes), Written by Barbara Dury & Morley Safer; CBS
"WALL STREET" (NOW with Bill Moyers), Written by Michael Winship & Bill Moyers; PBS
AUTISM: SHADES OF GRAY, Written by Julia Kathan; ABC News Radio
AFTERNOON DRIVE, Written by Bill Spadaro; 1010 WINS Radio
WORLD NEWS THIS WEEK, Written by Stuart H. Chamberlain, Jr.; ABC News Radio
News--Analysis, Feature or Commentary
REMEMBERING ED BLISS, Written by Mike Silverstein; ABC News Radio
THE ROAD TO LAUGHTER: A TRIBUTE TO BOB HOPE, Written by Steven Gosset; CBS Radio Network
On-Air Promotion (Radio or Television)
BUFFY/ENTERPRISE, Written by Eric Jacobson; CBS/UPN