"If a girl arrives at a party with a bottle of Jack Daniels and proceeds to drink the whole thing through the night, I'm like, 'Somebody call an ambulance because we're gonna have an accident...' She's a little thing. I'm was like, 'How did she put that down her?'" Orlando Bloom is amazed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug co-star Evangeline Lilly's drinking skills.
We're aware the idea of "selling out" and the backlash it used to incur against artists doesn't hold the same weight as it did in the nineties, but if we wanted to watch blatant product placement in our entertainment we'd just stick to watching Bravo TV. Musicians have been shilling products since before Wayne and Garth held up a Pepsi can, but the product placement in music videos has gone from subtle to center stage. When music videos made the shift from TV to online (remember The BOX anyone?) record labels starting pumping out music videos as a source of revenue and not just an extension of the musician's "artistic vision." Pretty soon it's going to be Geico lizards singing backup while Gucci Mane raps with a Dairy Queen Blizzard tattooed on his face
Britney Spears – "Work B ** h"
While everyone was clamoring for Brit's latest comeback single, not much has changed since her Femme Fatale album of 2011. Tanned abs? Check. Flashy Underwear? Yep. Over-the-top product placement of her latest perfume? Absolutely! Just like her video for "Hold It Against Me," where she reportedly made half a million to hold product props, her latest single, "Work B ** h," is no different — except this time she's pushing her Fantasy Twist perfume instead of Radiance. Subtle product placement is one thing, but in this video we are literally gagged with it — as one of scenes features a dancer using a Beats by Dre speaker as an S&M ball-gag. In addition to plugs for the casino Planet Hollywood where she has a two-year residency performing, Britney proves if you want to make the big bucks with corporate sponsors… you better work, b ** h.
Avril Lavigne – "Rock N Roll"
Avril Lavigne is a lot of things — but a rock star is not one of them. In her video for song "Rock Star," the product placement makes an appearance before the music even begins. Her gentle guitar strumming is interrupted by "her new Sony phone is ringing," making us cringe before she starts warbling about ripped jeans and "hipster bulls**t." She's obviously very cozy with Sony since their shiny electronics also make a star appearance in he video for "What the Hell." That's exactly what we were thinking.
No Doubt – "Settle Down"
Here's another case of an artist plugging the brand they're a spokesperson for. As Gwen is on her way driving to the uber cool party in a shipping container, she carefully applies her L'oreal lipgloss to achieve her signature red lip and makes us all ill in the process. Maybe their next video can be her sitting by her vanity applying L'Oreal RevitaLift after their live gig? Does Tony approve of this?
Ke$ha — "We R Who We R"
Given her penchant for whiskey, we would have expected to see a Jack Daniels plug in Ke$sha's videos, but it turns out the party girl prefers Revolucion Tequila, which makes plenty of appearances in her single "We R Who We R." Not that we set the bar for artistic integrity for Ke$ha very high. The song's mantra could apply to her entire career, she's unapologetic about her image and "dancin' like we're dumb," lyrics; so good for her. Tequila and flashy watches naturally fit in the dance party concept of the video, but what's with the constant reference to the dating website 'Plenty of Fish' on the DJ's laptop? Turns out, the site had a partnership with Interscope Records. Now we'll forever wonder, is that guy is REALLY DJing at the bar or his he just cruising for dates?
With album sales recently plummeting to an all-time low, it's understandable that several pop artists are looking at other ways in which to boost their coffers. Mariah Carey recently teamed up with OPI to create a new holiday-themed nail varnish collection, Hanson launched their own brilliantly named beer, Mmmhops, in May, while One Direction have opened over 30 pop-up shops across the globe during the past twelve months. But while the concept of pop star merchandise may make financial sense, there are several official products which appear to be sorely lacking any logical sense. Here's a look at five of the most bewildering.
The Weezer Snuggie
Not only did Rivers Cuomo and co. record their very own 'ironic' infomercial for their blanket with sleeves, but they also threw in a copy of their much-maligned seventh album, Raditude, with each purchase - presumably the only way in which they could shift any more copies.
Deadmau5’s Headphones For Cats
In-between producing brainless slabs of EDM and ranting about his fellow superstar DJs, Canada's most famous mouse head-wearer somehow found the time to create a pair of headphones designed specifically for the likes of his beloved Professor Meowingtons. The reason why, nobody knows.
The KISS Kasket
Testing their obsessive fans' loyalty to its limits, theatrical rock's most blatant sell-outs unveiled the most jaw-dropping item in their catalogue in 2001 – a 20-gauge steel coffin emblazoned with the band's painted faces and logo. Alongside a bottle of Jack Daniels and an Eddie Van Halen guitar, the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in one in 2004.
The Flaming Lips Silver Fetus Christmas Tree
Nothing says the season of goodwill quite like a trembling silver fetus-shaped Christmas tree ornament. Living up to his band’s unashamedly weird reputation, frontman Wayne Coyne even claimed that the slightly creepy declaration had the power to increase intelligence during his typically bizarre sales pitch in 2009.
Sex Pistols Perfume
Perhaps the most unlikely act to jump aboard the celebrity fragrance bandwagon, 70s anarchists Sex Pistols sounded the death knell for punk when they unveiled their own unique brand of perfume in 2010. Just who exactly would want to smell like Johnny Rotten remains a mystery.
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"I was drinking about a fifth of Jack (Daniels) a day, doing a lot of coke. I was just very introverted, I had an issue with being insecure and always trying to get external validation... It was just never enough and I was a late bloomer. I didn't actually start drinking until I was 22." Backstreet Boys star A.J. Mclean on his past battles with sobriety and substance abuse.
Dame Julie Andrews and Kevin Spacey helped honour Christopher Plummer in New York City on Monday (15Apr13) as he picked up a prestigious theatre prize in recognition of his lengthy career. Plummer was feted with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's Monte Cristo Award at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, and Spacey, who received the same trophy in 2009, was on hand to present the Oscar winner with the special accolade.
Stepping up to the podium to deliver a short speech, Spacey teased the A Beautiful Mind star about his penchant for Jack Daniels whiskey and reminded the audience about the time Plummer borrowed a police officer's horse and rode it to a Big Apple bar.
The 83 year later laughed off the incident, joking, "Nice thing was, the policeman was promoted to captain and the horse went to a home for alcoholics."
The evening also featured a touching video tribute from Plummer's The Sound of Music co-star Andrews, who sent well wishes to the icon and his wife Elaine Taylor.
She said, "You know I love you and wish I could be there. Give my love to Elaine, that saintly woman who puts up with you every day."
Of all the travesties in the world – the floundering of BitCoin, the destabilization of Cyprus, Crash winning best picture – the greatest travesty of all is that Emmy winner and 227 star Jackée Harry does not have a place on television to appear regularly. Well, that's all about to change.
As if reviving Boy Meets World wasn't enough to satiate your nostalgia, the updated version Girl Meets World has added Ms. Harry (because we are all so incredibly nasty) to the pilot episode, according to the Huffington Post. There's still no word on who she is going to play, but it is sure to be amazing. Can I suggest a sassy principal for Cory and Topanga's daughter? This might put the breaks on a Sister, Sister reunion, but I think we can all live with that. And if you doubt her comedic chops, check out Nurse Jackée. You'll thank me later.
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When Cougar Town was booted from ABC and moved to basic cable, we wept. When the sitcom bade farewell to showrunners Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel, we sobbed. And when we realized that it would be up against Robot Combat League, we bawled openly. But our fair underdog has proven itself resilient: Cougar Town has cranked out a gem of a fourth season, and is now officially slated to give us a fifth!
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TBS has announced that the Courteney Cox-com will officially be returning for a Season 5, set to air in 2014. The series, which focuses on the daily expositions of hedonism from divorced real estate agent Jules Cobb (Cox) and her friends and family members in her Florida residence, is presently gearing up to close its fourth season, which will broadcast its finale on Apr. 9.
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In Season 4, we've seen Jules adjust to her second marriage to bartender and neighbor Grayson (Josh Hopkins), and Jules' son Travis earn the affection of his longtime unrequited love Laurie (Busy Phillips). Season 5 can only expand the Cougar Town universe, introducing more storylines for the likes of stars Christa Miller, Ian Gomez, and scene-stealer Brian Van Holt.
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Seems like we can expect plenty of life lessons for Cory and Topanga's daughter, as Mr. Feeny has joined the cast of Girl Meets World. TVLine reports that William Daniels' visit to the Girl Meets World set on Thursday was for business, not pleasure.
The Huffington Post has confirmed that while Daniels will indeed be a part of the pilot, fellow set visitors Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter) and Will Friedle (Eric Matthews) were only just visiting. For now...
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Executive producer Michael Jacobs told The Hollywood Reporter in late January, "Whoever wants to be part of this show will be and whoever wants to move on will." He explained, "The most important thing is to see what the show is and then see what their part in it will be. Will Friedle said, 'I will be at every taping.' Everybody is quite attached to it. The bottom line is: Will Rider or Will be a cast member? Will they put in appearances? Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see."
We shall see indeed. But, as of right now at least, Friedle is living up to his promise.
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While Mr. Feeny, everyone's favorite overly-involved principal, is a sure thing, it remains to be seen what role Feeny will have this time around. Will he still be spreading his wisdom from the classroom pulpit, or will he be relegated to the role of wacky next door neighbor? Only time will tell.
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For generations now, the world has looked at the Ivy League as a Mecca for the narrow framed intellectuals who didn't fare too well in gym class. The sort of folk who'd pray for fire drills during hockey season, who'd repeatedly shuffle to the back of the batting lineup to avoid ever stepping onto the field (I say this with affection... and far too much familiarity). But you just have to have everything, don't you, Harvard? You're not satisfied with an academic reverence so high that whenever one of your almumni so much as mentions his or her alma mater, the listener is immediately entrenched in a diminished sense of self-worth. Nope — being smart wasn't enough for the Crimson. They're actually good at sports now.
In case you didn't hear the guys in the apartment next to yours screaming vociferous "Are you kidding me?!"s on Thursday night, Harvard managed a huge upset by beating out the University of New Mexico's Lobos in their first ever NCAA victory. But fear not, fellow safety schoolers — there are still plenty of things Cambridge's sweatervest-laden institution is bad at...
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The OscarsWhile many people might have championed the Harvard-set The Social Network as the cream of the crop of 2010's cinematic output, the Academy felt it more appropriate to honor The King's Speech. Thirteen years prior, Good Will Hunting (which featured Harvard, MIT, and the spiritual academia of Casey Affleck) suffered the same fate to some movie about a big boat that nobody can even remember. And was Legally Blonde even nominated?! Harvard's no Oscar fave, that's for sure.
Mental HealthWe're sure there's a lot going on upstairs as far as Harvard grads go... perhaps a bit too much. Cinema and real life alike have treated us to one too many horror stories about Crimson alums turning violently nuts: American Psycho's Patrick Bateman? Harvard. Unabomber Ted Kaczynski? Harvard. "LSD Killer" Stephen Kessler? ... Okay, this is just getting depressing.
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HairTom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code. Conan O'Brien in actual life. These are all people with Harvard educations. These are all people without combs or mirrors.
Pleasant Ballet MoviesRemember Black Swan? Of course you do — you still wake up in tremors because of it. Well, you'll be happy to know that both director Darren Aronofsky and star Natalie Portman were Harvard folk. Thought you were in for a sophisticated movie show about the ups and downs of the dance, eh? Didn't think you'd be haunted years later with dreams of knife-wielding Winona Ryders, did ya? And Portman's Golden Globes speech... that's where the nightmares got really bad.
HonestyOh, Harv (can I call you Harv?). Less than a day has gone by since your big NCAA win, and you're already coming out with Quiz Bowl cheating scandals — National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LCC has publicized that the school's team members had improperly accessed information that might have helped them win the recent competition. Maybe that's how they won the basketball game, too...
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The Office CharactersOkay, okay, this one's kind of a stretch... but Ryan Howard and Karen Filippelli, two of the least favorable characters in the NBC sitcom's run, came from Harvard alum actors: B.J. Novak and Rashida Jones. Maybe series creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, Harvard grads themselves, didn't take kindly to the rest of their student body...
Not Letting James Franco Teach ThereJames Franco taught there.
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