Uber-catchy emo-electro quintet Cobra Starship certainly isn't averse to the odd collaboration. The New York-based band has previously teamed up with acts as diverse as Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester on breakthrough hit "Good Girls Go Bad," X-Factor UK winner Alexandra Burke on her debut Overcome, and Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller on his 2011 album Night Shades. Last year, saw frontman Gabe Saporta provide the vocal hook for Eve's long-awaited comeback "Make It Out This Town."Now the party animals have joined forces with one of their hometown's hottest rising DJ/producers, Jeffrey Tonnesen, for a typically anthemic slice of EDM-infused pop: "Star Burst," which has already become something of a staple across the Big Apple's club scene.A long-time friend of the band, Tonnesen retooled their last single "#1 Nite," and has also remixed tracks by the likes of Californian indie rockers Saint Motel ("My Type"), R&B twin sister duo Nina Sky ("Day Dreaming"), and The Cataracs' protegee ("Naked"). Additionally, he has scored runways for Prada, ACNE, and Miu Miu, and taken up residencies at NYC venues Lavo, Marquee and PH-D. The shimmering kaleidoscopic synths, pulsing beats, and triumphant hands-in-the-air chorus of his latest offering suggests that it's only a matter of time before he becomes the latest talented spinner to make the transition to the charts.Alongside the original and reworkings from Immigre X Alpaca, Loczi, and Mayeda, the five-track Star Burst E.P. also features a Cobra Starship remix which strips back to the verses to just Saporta's vocal and piano before adding some skittering hip-pop beats. You can listen to the latter here.Follow @Hollywood_com
VH1's scripted series Single Ladies is in its third season, and the show is getting a lot of things right. The drama is there, the fashion is there, and the eye candy is definitely, totally, 100 percent there. But dudes — don't let the title of the show mislead you! It may be called Single Ladies, but it's appealing in more ways than one to the fellas. Allow us to persuade you to tune in.
First of all, there's plenty o' eye candy for the straight guy with LisaRaye McCoy-Misick, Denise Vasi, and Charity Shea as the leading female ladies:
And the musical guests on the show are pretty awesome too. Mac Miller, Meek Mills, and Eve are just a few artists to have made appearances and since the artists usually play themselves, it makes for some cool storylines. It's always fun when some rapper turns into a love interest for one of the women, even if it's just for one episode.
And while you guys may not be into the steamy scenes d'amour, you could certainly learn a few things from these guys.
Seriously. Start watching this show, men of the world. Watch. And learn.
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Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament left a fan with a broken nose after playing a basketball game with him and Arcade Fire's Win Butler in New Zealand at the weekend (18-19Jan14). Sherif Hassan was invited to play with the musicians in Auckland during their break from the Big Day Out festival and he admits the game was a little more physical than he'd imagined it would be.
He tells Triple J radio station, "(Ament is) aggressive, I'll tell you that much. He broke my nose. It was actually the last play of the game - the one time I decided to play proper defence. All I heard was Win going off about how the rules are rubbish down here, and throwing balls around and chucking a bit of a hissy fit."
Despite the injury, Hassan insists he has no hard feelings towards Ament and will not be seeking compensation.
He continues, "It was worth it. (Ament) got us all tickets to the Auckland BDO and hooked us up with backstage passes. I got to meet Lorde, Major Lazer and Mac Miller... We got to the front of stage for Pearl Jam, and Eddie Vedder gave me a shout out."
In just about every one of Kevin Hart's scenes in Ride Along, there's a joke that is just aching to find its way out of the diminutive, rascally comic actor. Hart is a small-scale physical comedian — of the same ilk as Jack Black — who puts nuclear-degree energy into his facial contortions, anatomical outbursts, and the delivery of every gag in general. If only he had material that was crafted with the same energy.
Unfortunately, nothing else about Ride Along seems at all "hard at work." Not the script, which pads a lifeless story with lazy comedy, and certainly not his screen partner Ice Cube, whose only stage direction seems to be "frown, and be taller than Kevin Hart." So lifeless is Ice Cube that even his machismo-obsessed straight man bit doesn't really work. Instead of the virile and intimidating "bad cop," he comes off as a disapproving middle aged dad without much to show for his own life.
But the script pairs the wily, overzealous high school security guard and video game junkie Ben (Hart) with no-nonsense lawman James (Ice Cube) on the titular ride along, with the scrappy cop-wannabe hoping to prove to the force veteran that he's good enough to marry the latter's younger sister. In earnest, he's not. Ben never puts any respectable effort into learning the tools of the trade, insisting on employing his amateur style and controlling the radio despite his proclamations that he wants, and deserves, James' trust. And James is no saint either — he's irresponsible on crime scenes, violent with perps, and disgruntled to the point of being unable to work with anybody else on the force. These are not good police officers... of course, you'll say, this is a comedy. But where are the laughs, then?
They're not absent entirely, you just have to look for them. In a movie so focused with big, broad humor, it's the smaller comedy that actually lands best. Hart's background mutterings and fumblings, his emoticon-laden texts to girlfriend Angela (Tika Sumpter, whose only stage direction seems to be "smile, and never wear a full outfit of clothing"), and a bizarre repetition of the word "weird" from supporting player John Leguizamo. All good for unexpected chuckles, while jokes like Hart facing off with a pre-teen or being blown backwards into a brick wall after firing a large gun are all lazy, familiar, and flat.
Structurally, the script is a mess. Ride Along spends far too much time on set up — we get it, Hart and his soon-to-be-brother-in-law Ice Cube don't get along — and far too much time on wrap-up — there's a gigantic, dramatic warehouse shootout that, in any other movie, would be the climax, but there's plenty more to go after that — without any cohesive middle to make the movie feel like... a movie.
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Hart, who leaps at every comic opportunity like a kangaroo (wallaby would be more appropriate), is suited just right for a buddy cop comedy, but he needs something fresh with which to work — a real character, an interesting story, actually funny jokes. Even just one of these would be fine!
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Lana Del Rey and Mac Miller have each donated $10,000 (£6,700) to fund a short film, starring rocker Daniel Johnston. Del Rey and Miller pledged the money to Johnston's Kickstarter.com campaign to help with the production of the movie titled Hi, How Are You: A Short Film.
The generous donation has landed the two stars executive producer titles on the project.
Miller took to Twitter.com last week (begs18Nov13) to express his excitement about the project, writing, "Me and Lana Del Rey are both executive producers on a movie. That's tight."
The film's backers have raised more than $10,000 (£6,700) over a target of $35,000 (£23,300) with 13 days of the online fundraiser remaining.
This isn't the first documentary featuring Johnston - in 2005 Jeff Feuerzeig's The Devil and Daniel Johnston won a top award at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
"His breath wasn't bad if you like cigarettes and whiskey. It's certainly a distinct taste." Pop singer Ariana Grande dishes the dirt on her The Way collaborator, rapper Mac Miller, who she kisses in the video for her hit song.
Ariana Grande, the 20-year-old pint-sized beauty with a powerhouse voice, debuted her first album, Yours Truly, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — causing grownups across the nation to scratch their heads. Who the heck is this little lady and where did she come from? Luckily for the olds, teenagers have known all about Ms. Grande for a long, long time (like, three years, at least). Here's what you need to know, in a nutshell, to get all caught up:
1. Grande made her professional acting debut in 2008 when she was cast in 13: The Musical on Broadway when she was 15 years old.
2. Grande first appeared on the Nickeleon show Victorious — which is about a performing arts high school — in 2010 as total airhead Cat Valentine. She had red hair and an annoying baby voice.
3. While the star of the show was Victoria Justice, it quickly became clear that Grande was the fan favorite. And pretty dang talented to boot.
4. As Victorious started to fizzle, Grande began to slowly release her original music. Her first single, "Put Your Hearts Up," was released in May of 2012 and is incredibly cutesy. When Grande is being herself she has auburn hair.
5. She prefers to dress like an ice capades star slash slutty '50s housewife whenever possible. See Exhibits A, B, and C.
6. Nickeleon caught on to the fact that Grande was one of its biggest assets (sorry, Vic) and decided to cancel Victorious and pair her with another Nick fan fave, iCarly's Jennette McCurdy, for their own show. Sam and Cat premiered on the network in the summer of 2013.
7. Grande collaborated with fellow up-and-comer Mac Miller, earning herself some street cred.
8. And The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, to push the romance envelope.
9. And that brings us to the part where Grande's fame skyrocketed and people older than 16 began to take notice. She released Yours Truly on September 30 and immediately critics began dubbing her a mini Mariah Carey (and they definitely weren't wrong). She performed at the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show:
And Jimmy Fallon:
And released her video for "Baby I" — in which she even looks like a mini Mariah.
And so, it would seem, Grande has successfully transitioned from squeaky clean teen star to a pop sensation on the rise without licking a single sledgehammer. Keep an eye on this one, she's going places (in spite of her penchant for tulle skirts).
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Paula Patton, Russell Simmons, Angela Bassett and Ice Cube are among the Hollywood stars who will appear on Arsenio Hall's revived TV talk show when it launches next week (09Sep13) in America. The late-night talk show veteran is heading back to the small screen to front a new CBS series, following his successful stint presenting The Arsenio Hall Show from 1989 to 1994.
Hall will also welcome Hollywood stars Lisa Kudrow, Chris Tucker, Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, Djimon Hounsou, Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi and Allison Janney to the set throughout September (13).
He says, "My first... guests offer a taste of pop culture and represent the mix of talent I hope to have on my show every week. I am honoured to welcome friends - both old and new - to my show. My goal is to have fun, make people laugh and send viewers to bed with a smile on their face."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hall's musical guests will include Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Nas, Mac Miller and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar has risked the wrath of his hip-hop peers by taking aim at the likes of Drake, Wale and J. Cole in his new verse on Big Sean's track Control. Even his song collaborator isn't immune to the lyrical jabs as Lamar spits: "I'm usually homeboys with the same n**gas I'm rhyming with/ But this is hip-hop and them n**gas should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake/ Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n**gas/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n**gas/ They don't wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n**gas."
A representative for Mac Miller has dismissed concerns for his health after the rapper appeared to collapse midway through a concert in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday (09Aug13), insisting the drama was all part of the show. The hip-hop star was playing the title track from his latest album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, for fans at the Celebrity Theatre as part of his The Space Migration tour, when he fell to the ground.
Video footage of the incident shows members of his live band briefly halting the music to check on Miller, who was hunched over on his knees, before jumping back to his feet to continue with the performance.
The clip caused a stir as it emerged online on Monday (12Aug13), but Miller's spokesperson has brushed off the stage fall and is adamant it was intentional.
A statement issued to HipHopDX.com reads: "He didn't collapse. He just ducked down on stage as part of the set."
Miller has yet to comment on the incident himself.