Fifi Geldof's battle with depression hit her "full whack" following the death of her sister Peaches in April (14). The 25-year-old socialite died of a heroin overdose in the spring (14), and her elder sister Fifi, 31, now admits she has been struggling with mental health issues for years and her condition has worsened since the tragedy.
Fifi, the eldest daughter of rocker Bob Geldof and late TV star Paula Yates, made the revelation on Instagram.com on Thursday (14Aug14), adding that Robin Williams' death this week (beg11Aug14) and subsequent debate about his depression spurred her on to open up about her troubles.
She writes, ''I think this has prompted me to want to speak out publicly about my own depression which I've suffered from for years... Just in a feeble attempt to bring some more awareness and understanding to something that oughtn't to be surrounded by such a stigma.
"I wear a permanent mask so I won't feel judged for feeling how I actually feel... You can't escape it, it just simmers under the surface when it's not hitting you full-whack... Which, for obvious reasons, it has done to me for the last few months... People wouldn't have the first clue of it to look at me or talk to me, though.''
Few filmmakers come out of the gate swinging with an epic two-hour feature film debut that goes on to achieve huge box office success. Most of them start small with commercials, shorts, and low-budget indie flicks. And some of the most renowned filmmakers started out creating visuals for the music world, eventually working their way up to narrative features. Here are just a few movie directors who have also made great contributions to the world of music video.
This year he took home his first Oscar for Her, winning the award Best Original Screenplay. But back in the '90s he brought us the video to one of the most infectiously delightful songs ever, Fatboy Slim's "Praise You." As you can see, his sense of whimsy hasn't changed over the years.
Even if Belly wasn't the greatest cinematic achievement of all time (although, if you were a huge DMX fan back in the day, it probably was), it was exciting to see hip-hop video director extraordinaire Hype Williams create a feature film. Did it play a lot like a really long rap video at times? Yes. But that unforgettable scene with DMX watching Gummo was so amazing, it really didn't matter. Hype's love for cinema can also be seen in his "California Love" video for Tupac and Dr. Dre, which was partly inspired by Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. F. Gary Gray and Antoine Fuqua are two other acclaimed directors known for making waves on the hip hop music video scene.
Michael D. Ratner
This is a name you'll want to commit to memory. Ratner's work with New York's Hot 97, the leading voice in hip-hop radio, has resulted in some brilliant, satirical videos that went viral over the last couple of years. This year he and his crew at One Big Ball pictures (gotta love that name) made their Tribeca Film Festival debut with Ratner's hilarious short film The 30 Year Old Bris. Although he's continuing his work in music (he produced the upcoming Diddy/Meek Mill video for "I Want The Love"), Ratner also has more romantic comedies in the works. We suspect that good things are bound to come from a fella who's been hanging out with everyone from Spike Lee to 50 Cent and the great Jim Jones.
The director of Scarlett Johansson's most recent feature Under the Skin is also known for having made some powerful music videos in the '90s and early '00s. He worked with artists like Jamiroquai and Massive Attack before making his directorial debut with Sexy Beast (for which Ben Kingsley received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role). One of Glazer's most compelling works was the "Karma Police" video for Radiohead. Although he himself was critical of the finished product, it earned him the MTV Director of the Year award in 1997.
Fincher may be the best example of a director whose talent in music videos translated into brilliance in feature films. He went from being the director of many iconic and acclaimed videos (Paula Abdul's "Straight Up," Michael Jackson's "Who Is It," Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie") to being the Oscar-nominated director behind Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, House of Cards, and the upcoming Gone Girl.
Best known for films like Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees, Prince-Bythewood has a good collection of throwback R&B and hip-hop videos under her belt as well. This year she's returning to the big screen with the highly-anticipated Blackbird, starring Minnie Driver, Danny Glover, and Nate Parker, but it's fun to look back at her days with Fat Joe and Tony Sunshine.
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Police in Jamaica have increased security details around the prosecutors involved in the Vybz Kartel murder trial amid fears of revenge attacks. The dancehall star was found guilty in March (14) of the murder of his former associate Clive Williams in August, 2011.
Jamaica's Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn now reveals the country's police force has increased the level of protection around her office, with the case's lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor and his junior Leighton Morris being provided with security.
Llewellyn declined to reveal the details of the protective measures, but said they would remain in place until law enforcement officials decide they are no longer necessary.
The Gleaner newspaper quotes Llewellyn as saying, "They will remain in place until I am advised by the police authorities that they are no longer required... The welfare of my staff is paramount."
The main prosecution witness in the trial, and Williams' sister Stephanie Breakenridge, are already in protective custody.
Pon De Floor hitmaker Kartel, who was found guilty alongside associates Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John, is due to be sentenced on 27 March (14). A fourth man, Shane Williams, was acquitted.
In 2013, Kartel was cleared of the murder of a businessman in 2011.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh are set to host their official wedding party later this month (Oct13), according to a U.S. report. The couple reportedly married in a secret ceremony in France in August (13), but the hitmaker and his partner have waited to celebrate their nuptials with a celebrity-filled bash on 12 October (13).
Details about the wedding are scarce, but Jay Z and Justin Timberlake are expected to perform and the guest list reportedly includes Clipse rappers Pusha T and Malice, Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton and Gwen Stefani, according to Bossip.com.
Williams proposed in 2012 and the couple has a four-year-old son together.
"I watched that video and I was a little bit jealous and then I wanted to jump his bones. I was like, 'I want to take you down right now!' Actress Paula Patton wanted to have sex with her husband Robin Thicke after watching his hot new video for Blurred Lines, which features topless models dancing around him and pals Pharrell Williams and T.I.
A group of former American Idol contestants is suing show producers for discrimination. The 10 African-American singers - including Corey Clark, who alleged he briefly romanced then-judge Paula Abdul - claim they were forced out of the TV talent contest because of their race.
The plaintiffs have accused Idol bosses of conducting a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit them for ratings by illegally digging up their arrest histories and using the records to humiliate them on national TV, according to TMZ.com.
Clark's fellow Idol Season Two wannabes Jaered Andrews and Jacob John Smalley and hopefuls Donnie Williams, Terrell and Derrell Brittenum and Chris Golightly have joined forces for the battle.
The group's legal team claims the show producers portrayed the singers as "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants" when, in fact, none of them had ever even been convicted of the charges stemming from their arrests.
The singers are demanding upwards of $25 million (£16.6 million) each.
"It's hot and sexy and it really turned me on... It's just a video where everybody's having a good time and the women just happen to be topless. It's not vulgar. I think it's beautiful." Actress Paula Patton is a big fan of husband Robin Thicke's racy video for Blurred Lines, in which he and collaborators T.I. and Pharrell Williams flirt with topless, dancing supermodels.
R&B star Robin Thicke has hit back at criticism his hit song Blurred Lines glamourises violence towards women with its sexually suggestive lyrics. Thicke recently scored his first number one in the U.S. and U.K. with the track, which features Pharrell Williams and T.I., but he has come under fire from officials at a British rape charity for his choice of words on the single.
They are upset with lines like, "I hate these blurred lines/I know you want it" and "Nothing like your last guy/He don't smack that a** and pull your hair like that".
Rape Crisis spokeswoman Katie Russell says, "The lyrics of Blurred Lines seem to glamourise violence against women and to reinforce rape myths, which we strive to dispel...
"More disturbingly, certain lyrics are explicitly sexually violent and appear to reinforce victim-blaming rape myths, for example about women giving 'mixed signals' through their dress or behaviour, saying 'no' when they really mean 'yes' and so on."
The comments have angered Thicke, who has been married to his high school sweetheart, actress Paula Patton, since 2005, and he fiercely defended himself against the claims during an interview on Britain's BBC Radio 1 this week (begs08Jul13).
He said, "I can't even dignify that with a response, that's ridiculous...
"For me (the song is) about blurring the lines between men and women and how much we're the same. And the other side which is the blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl, and even very good girls all have little bad sides to them."
MTV is airing a marathon of the The Real World this weekend. Not the crap that's kept you entertained while the Kardashians were on hiatus over this last decade, the REAL Real World. Like, New York, San Francisco, and original Las Vegas, Real World. (In the Real World canon, the last is known as "the downfall" season.) And since there is obviously nothing more important than re-living hijinks of Real Worlds past, we've decided to explore the depths of the Interwebs for a particular RW staple: The Meltdown.
Now, what truly makes a meltdown a Meltdown (with a capital M)? Is it some je ne sais quoi, or are there benchmarks that separate a true MD from lesser fare like "fist fight," "panic attack," and "drunken sob-fest?" According to our expert team of researchers, a true Meltdown should contain at least two of the following properties:
1. The threat to leave one's home for greener pastures.
2. Liberal useage of the word "b**tch."
3. An ugly cry.
4. Panicking over something trivial (like mail).
5. An arrest.
Using these benchmarks, we've isolated the following as the best and brightest meltdowns in Real World's sordid history. You stupid b**ch.
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1. Miami Dan set the stage for great things to come when he completely lost whatever s**t he had over, LITERALLY, an accidentally opened envelope.
2. Brooke LaBarbera of Denver fame made it clear that you should never f**king speak to her that way again when castmate Jenn called her a whole.
3. Rachel Moyal from Austin "went there" when she A, got drunk, B, threatened to go home, and C (appallingly) told her housemate that she hoped he would get shot up in the street one day. This, from an Iraq vet!
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4. Jemmye Carroll of NOLA Part Deux got drunk, got naked, and later wandered outside the house and got lost.
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5. Warning: This isn't funny. Stephen Williams and Irene McGee from Seattle both flipped out and hurled nasty insults at each other before she ultimately went home, but when Williams threw her childhood teddy bear off the pier then literally slapped her, he made Real World history in the worst way possible.
6. Paula Meronek from the Key West season opened the door for discussions on MTV's responsibility re: the mental health of its "stars." She was NUTS.
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7. "Puck" and Pedro Zamora's fights were so intense, it caused the former to become the second Real World-er to be evicted. There would be many more.
8. Decades later, Dave Edwards exposing Tami Roman is still not funny.
9. A decision-making meltdown caused San Diego's Brad Fiorenza and Robin Hibbard to get arrested on THE SAME NIGHT. In two separate locations. Wondeful.
10. Hawaii's Ruthie Alcaide became The Real World's AA poster child — for good reason. Thankfully, she is now sober.
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