Rapper Nas was joined by Lauryn Hill and Damian Marley during his second weekend performance at the 2014 Coachella music festival in California on Saturday night (19Apr14). To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the One Mic hitmaker's debut album Illmatic, he invited Marley to perform their 2005 collaboration Road to Zion as well as the reggae singer's hit song Welcome to Jamrock.
R&B songstress Hill thrilled fans when she teamed up with the rapper on the Fugees' Ready or Not and If I Ruled The World, her duet with Nas.
The set came one week after the 40 year old hit the stage with former rival Jay Z to perform a rendition of Dead Presidents II during the first weekend (11-13Apr14) of Coachella.
Jay Z was a special guest again on Saturday (19Apr14), but this time he helped close out Pharrell Williams' star-studded set by performing Frontin', Excuse Me Miss, La La La (Excuse Me Miss Again), and I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me).
Williams also brought out T.I., Usher and Clipse frontman Pusha T as part of his hits-laced performance at the annual festival in the desert.
T.I. performed Blurred Lines with the Grammy winner, while Usher hit the stage for a rendition of U Don't Have to Call, and Pusha T took on his hit, Grindin', with Williams.
Rapper Busta Rhymes also joined the headliner for the second weekend in a row to perform Pass The Courvoisier Pt 2.
The gig followed Williams' cameo-filled performance last weekend (12Apr14), when he brought out Gwen Stefani, Rhymes, Nelly, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Diplo and Snoop Dogg.
Beyonce has praised a fan who posted a viral video of herself dancing to the singer's track Get Me Bodied before her double mastectomy surgery. Deborah Cohan shared the clip of herself and her whole medical team at San Francisco's Mt. Zion Hospital laughing as she prepared to undergo the procedure to have both her breasts removed this week (begs04Nov13).
Before the surgery, Cohan wrote on her website, "I will be dancing in my little hospital gown and bouffant cap in the Mt. Zion operating room with the surgical and anesthesia teams...
"I have visions of a healing video montage. Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance, move, be in their bodies..."
The video has since went viral and caught the attention of the pop superstar, who wrote on Facebook.com on Thursday (07Nov13), "Deborah, you are awesome!"
In you-can't-make-this-up news, today it was announced that famed West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg was changing his name to Snoop Lion and becoming a reggae artist because he is the reincarnation of Bob Marley.
"I want to bury Snoop Dogg, and become Snoop Lion," proclaimed the now-former Mr. Dogg, also known as Snoop, Snoop Doggy Dog, Uncle Snoop, the Doggfather, and also Snoop-a-Loop (just me?) during a news conference in New York. And so Snoop joins a long line of artists (including Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy/Sean Combs and Prince/The Artist Formerly Known As/Random symbol you cannot produce on a keyboard) that have changed their names after pivotal, life-changing events.
And in Snoop's case, his change has to do with his newfound spiritual rebirth. It came about while the artist was in Jamaica, where the new name was given to him by a Rastafarian priest. "I didn't know that until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.' From that moment on, it's like I had started to understand why I was there."
Jah approves, apparently, as Snoop's next album will be entirely reggae.
"There comes a point where you say I done it all, or there isn’t much more to do," roared the Lion himself. So why not tap into his alleged origins? After all, (lest you forgot from a few lines ago) Snoop believes he's Bob Marley, reincarnated. (Not-so-coincidentally, this is also the name of his new album: Reincarnated.)
"I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated. I feel I have always been a Rastafari. I just didn’t have my third eye open, but its wide open right now." And with his third eye wide open, he's decided that reggae music is the only game left for him, so pour one out for Snoop's rap career, because apparently, it's over.
We're personally a bit conflicted about this name change, I mean, he's been Snoop Dogg for so long now; how are we supposed to cope with this news? Is there anything good that could possibly come out of Snoop going from a Dogg to a Lion? Let's take a gander.
See, for us, Snoop doesn't just embody a dog, he damn-near LOOKS like one, too. It's what made the whole persona and the ridiculous name (calling yourself a dog, erm, dogg and being taken seriously is no small feat. Trust me) seem appropriate. Plus rap is where Snoop grew up! He's the doggfather of the game, y'all. Although, we have to admit this DOES clear up all those people confusing Snoop with Snoopy, I guess. I'm sure Snoopy will be pleased as punch about that one.
Snoop Lion definitely has a different weight to it, but the man certainly does not have the bone structure for a mane. His face gets lost amongst the tufts. Sure, there's a lion connection to inspiration his former self, Bob Marley (The Marley estate put out a posthumous album titled Iron Lion Zion), but the mighty roar of a lion doesn't really fit Snoop's, erm, chilled out personality.
What do you think about Snoop's name change? Could he possibly be the reincarnated form of Bob Marley? Do you think Jah will provide us with all the answers to our questions? Sound off in the comments below!
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The Bad Boys II beauty began dating Wade in 2009 and the Miami Heat champion admits his eyes "sparkle" whenever he sees Union bonding with his sons Zaire, 10, and Zion, five, because she is always willing to offer her help and guidance to them whenever they need her.
In an interview with TV titan Oprah Winfrey, Wade says, "She makes my eyes sparkle. The biggest time she makes my eyes sparkle is when Zaire comes home and homework is a little hard that day, so he's stressing, and she goes to the table with him and she sits down until he gets it. And at that time my heart is smiling a little bigger that day because I know her love is deeper than just me.
"We're a family, and we're growing as a family every day. And I think that's the great thing about it. We have so much more room to improve as a family and it's awesome."
Wade was previously married to his high school sweetheart, Siohvaughn Funches.
"All you can do is hope." These are the words spoken by Michael Shanks' character Dr. Charlie Harris on the newly premiered NBC show Saving Hope, and it couldn't be a better description of what the series will inevitably be about. But please don't be mistaken — this is not another Grey's Anatomy copycat, trying to continuously pull at our heartstrings. No, Saving Hope's approach is very subtle, and gives not only the viewers, but the main character himself, a completely different, out-of-body experience... literally.
Dr. Harris is the chief of surgery at Hope-Zion Hospital (note: this is just one out of several not-so-subtle "hope" references), who ends up in a coma after a very serious car accident, leaving his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Erica Durance) doing everything she can to save his life. However, the unique part of the story is that as Harris' body remains comatose, his spirit form wanders around the halls of the hospital, taking in everything that's going on around him.
And while this could, at a glance, seem a little too Ghost-like, this alternate character perspective adds a unique layer to the show, making the main character a bit of an outsider. Harris is no longer interacting with the colleagues and patients around him — he's simply observing, which in turn makes him grow and develop as a character much more-so than if he was still physically present.
I didn't really care much for Harris' character at the beginning, but even after a single episode, it's clear he's becoming a better person by taking on this observant role. He's no longer in charge of the hospital — or his own body for that matter — so he's seeing things in a different light. In a way, Harris' catatonic condition is almost worse than death because he's not gone, he's just barely out of reach. It's these redeemable qualities which will help Saving Hope stand out among the other medical dramas, and it should keep fans coming back for more each week. Plus, Daniel Gillies' (supporting character Dr. Joel Goran, and Elijah to Vampire Diaries fans) adorable accent should definitely help matters as well.
This series has some definite potential to become a favorite summer show. It may not be boldly risque like True Blood or methodically action-packed like Breaking Bad, but Saving Hope has unique qualities to bring to the table, and hopefully viewers will enjoy them. Hey, if they get to overuse that word, then so do I.
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The former American Idol star was set to begin shooting the movie, titled Mahalia!, this year (11), but the start date has been postponed to January (12) following the news Barrino is expecting her second child.
It was alleged that Barrino had kept her baby news secret from producers until recently - but she insists that wasn't the case and blames financial problems for holding up the movie.
In a chat with U.S. TV presenter Wendy Williams, she says, "There were no contracts signed, and there was no set date and time (when I agreed to the role). I began to gain the weight (to portray Jackson), I began to study her. And then they called us back in January and said the investors had backed out. So they were waiting on investors.
"I wanted to make the family proud, and most of all, I wanted to make Mahalia Jackson proud - and my fans and everyone who's been following me."
Barrino, who has not yet named the father of her child, is due to give birth on 29 December (11). She is already a mother to nine-year-old daughter Zion.
Sadly The Matrix sequel suffers from too much anticipation too much talk and too much action--an obtuse shitstorm apparently resulting from writer/directors the Wachowski brothers' theory that if they throw enough at you something's gotta stick. While the first movie's wow-inducing special effects and groundbreaking action scenes supported the story's mythology and ruminations about consciousness and free will Reloaded beats you over the head with philosophical mumbo-jumbo and pointless battles that will convince you The Matrix series is really meant for 15-year-old boys into video games. In a nutshell the ruling artificial intelligence (the nebulous vague "Machines") has learned humans are running amok in a place called Zion so 250 000 Sentinels are on their way to take care of biz once and for all. Renegade Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) insisting that "The One" will save the world ventures in and out of the Matrix with Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) to fight the Machines while the less courageous rest of humanity stays underground to prepare for battle the old-fashioned way. Meantime Neo wants to find out what's behind his strange premonitory dreams--that we get to see over and over and over--of Trinity meeting her demise.
Forget the "real world" melancholy of The Matrix the shock and awe of its special effects its lines of cryptic cyber-wisdom that made little sense but were entertainingly apropos. The new and returning faces of Reloaded are barely more than haute-couture wearing Zen-spouting caricatures stuck in bad CGI sets with just about as little idea of what they're doing there as the audience has. Their lines alternate between theological psychobabble: "If you know what I know then I know you know"; Neo's statements of the obvious: "I wish I knew what I was supposed to do"; and Morpheus bellowing pompous speeches like Demosthenes on Quaaludes: "Izznn't thaaat worth dyyying fooorr!" Despite playing all 200-plus Agent Smiths Hugo Weaving has little to do or say other than smirk evilly although when he's on-screen the movie regains a little of its predecessor's life. Neo and Trinity are either busy kicking ass or making out which is great because it keeps them from reciting any more trite and silly dialogue. Reeves wisely sticks to his strong silent Neo and Moss proves herself yet again to be a terrific action heroine who doesn't need to say a lot to make her point--its a shame the script sold them short. Lambert Wilson is amusing as campily evil Frenchie Merovingian and the late Gloria Foster is a lovely breath of fresh air in her all-too-brief appearance as the Oracle--her scene with Neo is one of the film's most--er few--engaging.
You can practically see the perforation in the film at those scenes that should've been left on the editing floor. To wit: The first 40 minutes offer up development of new characters you couldn't care less about boring interplay between those returning and an introduction to Zion (hardly a fantastically realized human oasis but rather an endless well of crisscrossing walkways that lead nowhere unless it's to some underground Versace factory that pumps out everyone's stylie leather jackets and sunglasses). Things really get bizarre when Morpheus announces to the populace that um humans have only 72 hours to kill the Machines or be killed which somehow compels his audience to break into a heaving groping stomping techno-hippie orgy (1 000 years in the future and we still have drum circles?!) as Trinity and Neo are somewhere else getting it on in perfect sync with this impromptu inexplicable Afro-Asian cave rave. The film does offer up some seamlessly slick albeit ultimately pointless and not that new special effects: Neo fights off multitudes of Agent Smiths although he could've just jetted away like Superman (it's 90 percent CGI 8 percent real and after 10 minutes 2 percent interesting); and a freeway chase has breath-stealing visuals that unfortunately lose some impact after 15 minutes. It's the speechifying that'll kill you though--by the time you get a clue to Neo's purpose on Earth in a mind-numbing diatribe of Baudrillardian hokum you'll want to get out of the theater faster than you can say Attack of the Clones.
Comedy is king.
In what is obviously a strong indication that moviegoers want to laugh more than anything, the new heavenly comedy Bruce Almighty, starring Jim Carrey, ruled at the box office over the four-day Memorial Day weekend with a smashing $86.4 million*, stealing the crown from reigning champion The Matrix Reloaded. The sci-fi sequel came in second with a meager $45.6 million, down 60 percent from its strong opening last weekend.
Bruce Almighty's three-day total of $70.8 million makes it the best non-sequel comedy opening of all time, as well as the best Jim Carrey opener ever, toppling his personal best Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which opened in November 2000 at $55 million.
Universal Pictures distribution president Nikki Rocco told Reuters she had expected the film to open in the $50 million to $60 million range. "I think it's a very moral film," she said.
While Carrey was obviously the key attraction, co-star Jennifer Aniston's presence and the romantic elements possibly accounted for the larger-than-usual female turnout. Women accounted for 53 percent of the audience, according to exit polling data, Reuters reports. Carrey's movies usually do best with young males.
But the record-breaking doesn't stop there. Bruce Almighty also becomes the second best Memorial Day opener ever, although the record still belongs to The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which opened in 1997 and took in $90.1 million over four days. And to add a little icing on the cake, it looks like this may turn out to be the best Memorial Day weekend in box office history with an estimated grand total of $155.8 million, beating out last year's record holder of $152.4 million.
Despite this weekend's big holiday grosses, this year has largely seen sub-par box office numbers, although comedies are showing a lot of muscle. In addition to Bruce Almighty, Bringing Down the House opened in early March and stayed on top for several weeks for a cume of $129 million, while Anger Management opened April 15 with $42 million and is still on the top 10 list with a cume of $131 million. In fact, of this weekend's 10 best, six are comedies.
This could be good news for the upcoming comedies including Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (June 13) and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (July 2).
THE TOP TEN
Universal Pictures' PG-13 Bruce Almighty debuted on top with an ESTIMATED four-day take of $86.4 million at 3,483 theaters. The film's $24,806 per theater average was the highest of any film playing this weekend.
The film follows a down-on-his-luck TV news reporter who blames God for all his problems--so God challenges him to take on the job and see if he can do it any better.
Directed by Tom Shadyac, it stars Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman.
Warner Bros.' R rated sci-fi sequel The Matrix Reloaded came in second with an ESTIMATED $45.6 million at 3,603 theaters ($12,666 per theater). Its cume is approximately $209.5 million.
In the trilogy's second installment, Neo, Trinity and Morpheus continue their battle against the Machines both in and out of the Matrix as mankind has just 72 hours before the destruction of the human city of Zion.
Directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, it stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving.
Sony Pictures' PG-rated Daddy Day Care dropped to No. 3 in its third week with an ESTIMATED $18 million (-26%) at 3,472 theaters (+64 theaters, $5, 184 per theater). Its cume is approximately $73.1 million.
Directed by Steve Carr, it stars Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King and Anjelica Huston.
20th Century Fox's comic book sequel X2: X-Men United moved down a spot to fourth place in its fourth week of release with an ESTIMATED $13 million (-40%) at 3,067 theaters (-423 theaters, $4,258 per theater average). Its cume is approximately $192 million, heading towards the $200 million mark.
Directed by Bryan Singer, it stars Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
Another comedy made its debut at No. 5 this weekend. Warner Bros.' PG-13 The In-Laws took in an ESTIMATED $9.1 million in 2,652 theaters with a $3,443 per theater average.
In this remake, two prospective fathers-in-law meet for the first time on the eve of their children's nuptials, and the wedding cake literally hits the fan.
Directed by Andrew Fleming, it stars Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks, Candice Bergen, Ryan Reynolds and Lindsay Sloane.
In sixth place was 20th Century Fox's PG-13 romantic comedy Down With Love, which took in an ESTIMATED $4.1 million (-41%) in 2,118 theaters (-5 theater; $2,427 per theater). Its cume is approximately $14.6 million.
Directed by Peyton Reed, it stars Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and David Hyde Pierce.
*Box office estimates provided by Exhibitor Relations, Inc.
Buena Vista's PG rated The Lizzie McGuire Movie fell a notch to No. 7 in its fourth week with an ESTIMATED $4 million (-33%) at 2,118 theaters (-540 theaters, $1,889 per theater). Its cume is approximately $37.3 million.
Directed by Jim Fall, it stars Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg and Yani Gellman.
Buena Vista's PG rated 'tween comedy Holes held onto eighth place in its sixth week with an ESTIMATED $3 million (-27%) at 1,762 theaters (-470 theaters, $1,703 per theater). Its cume is approximately $60 million.
Directed by Andrew Davis, it stars Rick Fox, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson and Shia LeBeouf.
Sony Pictures' R-rated psychological thriller Identity dropped three places to ninth in its fifth week with an ESTIMATED $2.6 million (-46%) at 1,590 theaters (-606, $1,635 per theater). Its cume is approximately $49.1 million.
Directed by James Mangold, it stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Rebecca DeMornay and Alfred Molina.
Sony Pictures' PG-13 rated comedy Anger Management also fell three rungs to come in 10th place in its seventh week with an ESTIMATED $2.4 million (-51%) at 1,809 theaters (-667 theaters, $1,327 per theater). Its cume is approximately $131.8 million.
Directed by Peter Segal, it stars Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei and John Turturro.
The Top 12 films this weekend grossed an ESTIMATED $155.8 million, just barely up a percent from last week when they totaled $154.6 million.
The Top 12 were up two percent from last year when they totaled $152.4 million.
Last year, Fox's PG rated Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones stayed at the top of the box office Memorial Day weekend in its second week in release with $60 million at 3,161 theaters ($18,983 per theater); Sony's PG-13 rated Spider-Man also stayed put at No. 2 in its fourth week with with $35.8 million at 3,876 theaters ($9,240 per theater); and Warner Bros' Insomnia debuted in the third spot with $26 million at 2,610 theaters ($9,988 per theater).