Getty/Roger KisbyInitially scheduled for release as far back as 2010, Sky Ferreira's debut album had been delayed so many times that it had almost taken on mythical status. Launched by her label as the next Britney, her electro pop-inspired first attempt instead dribbled out as an E.P. Despite releasing one of the finest singles of last year, "Everything Is Embarrassing," her second genre-hopping stab suffered the same fate. And even though her belated full-length first studio effort, Night Time, My Time finally hit iTunes last week, it still remains unavailable anywhere else.Thankfully for the 21-year-old, its twelve tracks prove that all the years of being stuck in development hell haven't been for nothing, even if the majority are likely to baffle the few who previously bought into her hipster-pop sound.Indeed, you have to wonder what the team who wanted to mould her into the next teen-pop starlet would make of "Omanko," a scuzzy slice of synth-punk named after a Japanese slang word for female genitalia, and the title track, a brilliantly creepy David Lynch-esque wave of ghostly vocals and doom-laden drones which opens with the line, "I'm useless and I know it."But that's not to say that Ferreira has entirely abandoned her pop sensibilities. "I Blame Myself" is an impressively self-aware piece of bubblegum electro which accepts that her career may have been hindered because of her sometimes questionable extra-curricular behavior. Lead single "You're Not The One" is a hook-laden gothic number which recalls The Cure at their 80s commercial peak, while "24 Hours" and "Love In Stereo" are the kind of swoonsome new wave numbers you'd expect to hear over the closing credits of a John Hughes Brat Pack movie.Following her party girl persona, string of modelling contracts and recent drugs bust, Ferreira was in danger of becoming more renowned for her lifestyle than her music. However, Night Time, My Time proves at last that there's some substance to her style.
Australian pop star Danni Minogue is giving fans the chance to walk in her shoes by auctioning off a pair of customised sneakers to raise money for a breast cancer charity. The singer-turned-reality TV judge has teamed up with show brand Converse, pen makers Sharpie, and eBay.com to create a special pair of running shoes featuring Minogue's colourful squiggles.
They are on offer on eBay until Tuesday (29Oct13) and had attracted a top bid of $249 (£166) as WENN went to press.
The money raised will go towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia. The fundraising initiative is especially poignant for the star as her sister, superstar Kylie Minogue, battled the disease in 2005. She is currently in remission.
Director Steve Mcqueen has hailed Kanye West as a genius. The rapper presented McQueen with the Breakout Director Award at the Hollywood Film Awards on Monday (21Oct13) for his film 12 Years A Slave.
The British director heaped praise on the Stronger hitmaker after the awards, insisting he has been on top form for the last decade.
McQueen tells E! Online, "He's great, he's an artistic genius... I'm not just saying it to make him look better because he's been on top for 10 years. He's been hitting the ball out of the park for the last 10 years with his music. He's an amazing guy to talk to and to converse with."
Yep, you read that headline correctly. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, the latest film from the MTV pranking crew, is coming out later this month and if you're watching the credits closely, you'll see filmmaker Spike Jonze credited as a producer and writer. In a new interview with Vulture, Jonze admits he "wasn't a film kid," and cites films like Fargo from the early 1990s as the first time he'd really seen a modern classic balance the complex tones and themes that he could relate to. And this passion didn't really kick in until after he had already made his first, fantastic film and been nominated for an Oscar. But this isn't a bait-and-switch — indie fans can see the sci-fi romance Her on December 18 (or, if they can score a NY Film Festival ticket, this weekend). That film promises the ethereal, dreamy experience of Where the Wild Things Are with the romantic confusion of Being John Malkovich. And probably a little something from Adaptation. But for the time being, Bad Grandpa it is!
Jonze has been with the Jackass crew from the beginning, writing and producing the show on MTV while he was still a music video director and skateboarder. Those parts of him haven't gone away, but they've certainly faded when compared to his short but incredibly prolific film career. But when an artist moves between media — most commonly TV to film — we can sometimes make incorrect assumptions about how much they value each one. Jonze still loves to collaborate with Knoxville, Bam Margera, et al, and still helps write their films and occasionally appears in a few stunts (though he's not one to risk extreme bodily harm). A few years ago, he even made a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary about the production of one of their films.
In fact, Jonze has always been torn between the world sof so-called high art and MTV-style pure entertainment. He was married to fellow indie darling Sofia Coppola for four years, and may or may not be immortalized as Giovanni Ribisi in Lost in Translation (though both say he's not, it's kind of a fun theory). Conversely, he also owns part of an alternative media company and a skateboard company, and both are doing well, set to produce the very first "YouTube Awards" soon. And converse to even that, he's a well-dressed perfectionist who manages his film shoots from inches behind the camera. Jonze's love of crude, anarchic pranks is just as far from his personality as the delicate sensibilites of his films. If anything, his devotion to maintaining all these aspects of his career is great news, because it means that we'll be getting a Spike Jonze film only when Spike Jonze has a good idea for one. And if we're hankering for Spike Jonze ideas in the form of TV series, short films, books, plays, and postcards... we'll be seeing those come to light as well.
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Rapper Wiz Khalifa is expanding his fashion portfolio by creating a new collection of clothing and accessories. The Black and Yellow hitmaker is teaming up with bosses at U.S. retailer Spencer's to develop Yung Khalifa, a line inspired by his own lifestyle and wardrobe choices.
He says, "I'm really excited about it. It's very edgy and creative. I think the people will love it."
And Khalifa has won praise for his hands-on approach throughout the entire design process.
Steven Silverstein, President and CEO of Spencer's, adds, "We're appreciative of the terrific partnership between Wiz's team and ours. The relationship between his art and music to our targeted customer is unparalleled, and the creativity that has gone into the production of this line is great."
The hip-hop star is no stranger to the fashion industry - he has his own collection with custom cap company Flat Fitty and a sneaker line with Converse, while he previously established a clothing line called Freshko with his Taylor Gang groupmember Berner and designer Sketch.
Actress Jennette Mccurdy has opened up about her unexpected romance with basketball star Andre Drummond in a new essay about dating in the world of technology. The iCarly star struck up a flirty friendship with the Detroit Pistons player on Twitter.com this summer (13) after he made it known to fans that he had a big crush on her, and their online connection soon turned into a real-life date.
McCurdy and Drummond went public with their fledgling relationship last week (03Sep13) when they were spotted leaving a Los Angeles restaurant hand-in-hand, and now the blonde beauty has penned an article detailing her initial doubts and concerns about finding love on the Internet.
In the piece, written for a blog on the Wall Street Journal website, McCurdy reveals she only became aware of the sportsman's interest after being bombarded with messages from her Twitter fans, and she immediately found his public adoration to be "sweet, gutsy, and flattering".
They soon exchanged numbers and began speaking regularly over the phone, but McCurdy suffered an attack of the nerves after arranging to meet up in California.
She writes, "I was excited. Then, as his visit crept closer, I began to feel a little unnerved. What if my fears of the overhype of cyberspace played out in my life? ...What if the person I had built up in my head was different than the person I'd soon be sitting across from? What if technology aided and enhanced our conversations to the point where we felt crippled without it? What if two screens cannot properly replicate two humans after all?"
McCurdy needn't have worried, but she warns others to be mindful about striking up close relationships online: "The Andre Drummond I got to know in person is the same person he projects online, but it's important to remember that the image displayed through a screen is in fact just that - a display. A person doesn't converse in 140 characters, they don't react in filters, and a well-played moment doesn't loop itself every 6 seconds. We don't live our life in glossy little quips, blips, and fragments, regardless of the fact that that's what we're encouraged to do in this day and age...
"If played right and used smartly, social networking can be like a little scrapbook for your personal life... That's what social networking can and hopefully does do for our personal lives: frame them nicely and with cute little borders that we can show off to our friends and be proud of."
Rapper Wiz Khalifa has teamed up with footwear bosses at Converse to create a new collection. The designers unveiled their Fall 2013 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Wiz Khalifa line on Thursday (15Aug13).
The collection featured 12 new styles inspired by new dad Khalifa's "rebellious and fashion-forward style".
The collaboration marks Khalifa's first ever footwear collection.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania star says, "I've always gravitated toward Converse because of how solid the brand is. It's clean and it's classic. I was excited to collaborate with the team at Converse because I felt they really got my individual style and vision. The sneakers in my collection are dope and I'm excited to share them with my fans."
A Welsh entrepreneur is desperate to recruit Stephen Fry as the voice of his talking teddy bear after the actor/funnyman pledged financial support to the fledgling project. Ashley Conlan asked Fry to back his SuperToy invention and the Gosford Park star was happy to oblige, handing over $7,500 (£5,000) via crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter.com.
On Monday (29Jul13), the Brit also tweeted a link to the fundraising page, writing, "As an arctophile (teddy bear fanatic) I couldn't resist backing this," and Conlan admits the donations have come pouring in since Fry's mention.
The inventor tells Britain's Daily Telegraph he wants to persuade Fry to be the voice of his teddy, which uses artificial intelligence and thousands of pre-programmed answers to "converse" with kids.
Conlan says, "It's gone ballistic since the tweet. I started out with the idea three years ago, from the kitchen table. Now I'm hoping we can get into production and have this in children's hands by Christmas. I wrote to Stephen last week and he loves it, he absolutely adores it. You see what he wrote. It's incredible."
It's fitting that Avril Lavigne's latest single is called "Here’s to Never Growing Up," because her black wedding dress looks exactly like what an emo 14-year-old girl would want for her dream wedding. But really, what else would we expect from our favorite punk princess?
Lavigne married fellow Canadian and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger on July 1 (Canada Day!) in the South of France. They shared their wedding pics with Hello Canada (which is a real magazine that actually exists), officially making them the most Canadian couple of all time.
Along with her black Monique Lhuillier dress, Lavigne carried a bouquet of black roses and sported her usual healthy dose of eyeliner. She's probably wearing Converse under her dress as well. It looks like Avril isn't giving up her goth punk style anytime soon.
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Funnyman Steve Carell recently allowed his children to watch Anchorman for the first time, but insists they will have to wait a while before watching his raunchier comedy roles. The comic's kids Annie, 12, and Johnny, nine, "really loved" his hapless newscaster character Brick in 2004's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, but he has banned them from seeing his more adult films like The 40 Year Old Virgin.
He tells U.K. talk show Daybreak, "They just saw Anchorman a couple of months ago, they really loved it. It's hard to decipher when they're ready for something that's more adult in nature. They're only nine and 12 so I think we're going to wait for some of the other things."
However, Carell admits voicing super-villain Gru in the family friendly Despicable Me movies has made him a hero at home.
He explains, "It's kind of a cool dad thing. When they have friends over, they say, 'Dad, do the voice! Do the voice for our friends!' (I say,) 'Hi guys, what's going on? Come in!' It's a very easy way to impress the kids' friends. As soon as you start to try to converse with them about the music they like, or dance the way they're dancing, you are immediately not cool at all. Just as long as you're a dad, I think that's the coolest."