A new Justin Timberlake video is a big deal. From the marionettes in "Bye Bye Bye," to the sleek, sophisticated party he threw in "Suit and Tie," to the entirety of "Cry Me A River," his videos are always iconic. The latest addition to his video collection is the cinematic clip for his new single "TKO." In it, Timberlake and Magic Mike star Riley Keough play a couple hurtling toward the end of their relationship, with all of the fighting, attempted reconciliation and frying pans to the head that such a situation entails. The video jumps between the couple in their home and Timberlake being dragged along the ground behind a pickup truck with Keough pouts behind the wheel. It's dramatic and highly stylized... but frankly, a little bit boring.
It's not a bad video; the underlying story fits well with the song, the washed-out filter gives it the right amount of grit and seriousness, and there's not a single boxing reference in sight. But we expect a lot from a Timberlake video, and in the context of his career, "TKO" just doesn't measure up. Even Timberlake himself seems bored by it, spending every scene in which he's not tied to a truck staring blankly off into the distance. He's gone for a cinematic approach before, like with the excellent short film he made for "What Goes Around... Comes Around," but there's just nothing exciting happening in this video, which is even more disappointing considering it was the perfect opportunity for Timberlake to win over fans and critics who weren't impressed by the single in the first place.
If the 20/20 Experience has taught us anything, it's that even after a seven year hiatus, Timberlake is one of the biggest and best artists around right now. He can sing and dance incredibly, he's charming and charismatic, and he makes amazing videos, and even though "TKO" isn't one of them, everyone will forget about it and go back to freaking out the second he starts teasing what his next single will be. And if his next video is the kind of entertaining, stylish clip that manages to combine all of his talents — and preferably shows off some of his slick choreography - then all will be forgiven.
At least we can take comfort in the fact that no matter how boring the video may be, Justin Timberlake always looks incredible.
Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough plays Justin Timberlake's angry lover in his new TKO video. The model drives a truck dragging a helpless Timberlake through a desert in the Ryan Reichenfeld-directed promo.
Singer Lisa Marie Presley is adamant her actress daughter Riley Keough would never date Robert Pattinson, because she is "best friends" with the Twilight hunk's ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart. Reports surfaced in June (13) suggesting Elvis Presley's granddaughter had embarked on a romance with the Brit after they were purportedly photographed together in Los Angeles, just weeks after Pattinson and Stewart were rumoured to have called off their three-year relationship for good.
A representative for Keough denied the allegations and insisted she was not the girl featured in the pictures, and now her mother Lisa Marie has made it clear the relationship speculation was completely unfounded.
Addressing the claims during an appearance on U.S. talk show Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night (17Oct13), Lisa Marie said, "I will say who she's not with... and that is a complete lie, and the silliest thing I've ever heard, is that she was with Robert Pattinson, because she and Kristen Stewart are like best friends. So that was the craziest rumour that I will put to bed... That was not true."
Keough, who struck up a friendship with Stewart on the set of their 2010 biopic The Runaways, has since been spotted back with her former fiance Alex Pettyfer.
Elvis Presley's model/actress granddaughter Riley Keough has reportedly reunited with her former fiance Alex Pettyfer after they were spotted holding hands at a Los Angeles premiere on Monday (12Aug13). Keough, the daughter of singer Lisa Marie Presley, met the British actor on the set of stripper movie Magic Mike in 2011 and the pair became engaged last year (12).
The couple reportedly called time on the relationship earlier this year (13), but the romance appeared to be back on again as the pair attended the screening of Lee Daniels' The Butler on Monday.
An eyewitness tells UsWeekly.com the stars were "holding hands", adding that Keough was wearing a ring on her left hand.
The report comes just weeks after Keough's representative denied reports suggesting the beauty was dating Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson.
Australian singer Sia has hit back at online reports suggesting she is dating Twilight actor Robert Pattinson. The pair was rumoured to be romantically linked after they were spotted attending a Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concert in Pasadena, California last Sunday (28Jul13) before heading out for drinks together later that week (beg29Jul13).
However, the bisexual singer/songwriter took to her Twitter.com account on Saturday (03Aug13) to deny the rumours, writing, "As much as I love d**k, I'm not dating (Robert Pattinson). Can I go back to being completely irrelevant now?"
Pattinson has previously been mistakenly linked to Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough and pop star Katy Perry following his split from actress Kristen Stewart earlier this year (13).
A representative for Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough has denied rumours she has started dating Robert Pattinson following his split from Kristen Stewart. The Twilight couple parted ways for good earlier this year (13) after briefly giving its relationship another try following Stewart's "momentary indiscretion" with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
The British hunk sparked speculation of a new romance after he was photographed driving in Los Angeles on Sunday (30Jun13) with a woman purported to be Keough - but now a spokesperson for Stewart's former Runaways co-star has shut down the claims.
Her rep tells JustJared.com, "Riley isn't dating Rob. And I can confirm that Riley was not photographed at all this weekend."
Keough, the actress daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, was last said to be engaged to Magic Mike star Alex Pettyfer, although reports suggest the couple also split in early 2013.
Right in the middle of all the ruckus about pout queen Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson, her Twilight costar, boyfriend, and imaginary cuddle toy of millions of young ladies, Hollywood plopped another leading man right into her lap. It's stripper Alex Pettyfer. And he's even cuter than Kristen's last bit of man candy.
According to Variety, Alex, whose abs made more of an impact on Magic Mike than his acting did, is in final negotiations to play Stewart's love interest in Cali, a grimy action picture where they play a couple that sells a fake snuff film (a porno where someone is killed at the end, for all the non-pervs out there) and take off with a ton of money. Sounds sunny and uplifting!
At least when they're playing lovers, she'll have a reason to cuddle up next to Alex (and his abs) without alerting the tabloids. Alex, another Brit, does have a history of sleeping with costars, like his ex, Diana Agron from Some Crappy Movie About Aliens No One Saw, and his fiance and Magic Mike cohort Riley Keough. But Riley is Elvis' granddaughter so, sorry KStew, but until you are the heiress to a blue suede shoe fortune, you're probably out of luck. And director Nick Cassavetes is like 50-something so there's no way Kristen will be getting her Cali Roll on with him like she was with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. That's got to be a relief for Rob. Now, if only all these directors could do something about her ever-present pout?
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First thing's first: Magic Mike delivers on the eye candy. Club Xquisite the wildest male strip club in Tampa sports an ensemble of muscled men ready to flash their ridiculous moves in even more ridiculous dance numbers (this crew has never seen a pair of assless pants they didn't like). Bringing a few dollar bills to the movie is recommended — Magic Mike is shot up close and personal enough that flailing them about will come naturally.
But between the codpieces air humping and penis pumps Magic Mike tells a surprisingly relatable funny and poignant parable centered on a character all too familiar to anyone with an ounce of ambition. Mike (Channing Tatum) leads a triple life: By day he's a roof tiler; by night an exotic dancer; and in his dreams he's a furniture craftsman and entrepreneur. When Mike first crosses paths with Adam (Alex Pettyfer) his worries about the future are dispelled slipping right into mentor mode to show the 19-year-old the wonders of sex drugs and rock and roll. Adam's broke and without direction — the perfect state of being for a stripper-in-the-making. Mike's sales pitch is irresistible and when Adam unwillingly takes the stage for the first time he feels the rush of a dozen woman screaming groping and stuffing singles down his jock strap. There's no question: A stripper's life is a journey worth embarking on.
In his typical fashion director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic Erin Brockovich) defies conventions sticking with Mike's ups and downs rather than transforming Magic Mike into a Goodfellas-esque "newbie in over his head" story. Between playing protector to the mesmerized Adam and attempting to strike up an actual relationship with Adam's sister Brooke (Cody Horn) Mike finds himself for the first time looking inward. Does a job define a man? He's convinced it doesn't but as Adam loses himself to the profession becoming the Xquisite's cutthroat owner Dallas' (the wonderfully slimy Matthew McConaughey) right-hand man and parlaying the gig into more dangerous ventures Mike realizes breakdancing in thongs may be more poisonous to his dreams than he ever realized.
Exploitation Magic Mike is not. The film's dance sequences are sexy and sleek but only to clue the audience into the job's allure. Backstage is equally important; Soderbergh does an amazing job constructing the boy's club atmosphere that keeps Mike and Adam coming back. Lively characters like Ken (Matt Bomer) and Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello) say little but speak volumes in the background of every scene. They're palling around and when they finally do reach out to Adam to profess their friendship it makes perfect sense. For a guy without a family the dancers are a perfect replacement.
While the cast is stellar Tatum continues his streak of star-making performances in the role of Mike. Obviously the man can dance — and he blows any memories of Step Up into oblivion. Beyond that he's perfectly in tune with Soderbergh's naturalistic style cool on his feet with the comedy and devastatingly subtle in the drama. His rapport with Horn who is equally striking in her casual approach is sweet and real a constant reminder that even a guy who lap dances in a fireman costume for a living has feelings too. Soderbergh enhances each of his performers with spot on photography: His Tampa is gritty and yellow-tinged the interior of the club a safe haven from the blase nature of reality. Magic Mike carries a full package.
Magic Mike hits all the right notes of comedy and drama that's completely unexpected in the summer blockbuster surroundings. Come for the stripping stay for the high-caliber filmmaking. Magic Mike is one of the year's best.
The 22 year old took a tour of infamous seedy joints like the Seventh Veil and Crazy Girls as she prepared to play stripper Nora in the film, opposite fiance Alex Pettyfer, and admits she's in no rush to go back.
She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "It's odd, it's dirty, it's not somewhere I'd like to spend my time."
But she enjoyed her trips to nude male revue bars, adding, "It's a totally different vibe. Women aren't threatening to men, so it's just this party... It's not as dirty, and it's more fun."
"I didn't originally want to act. I wanted to be a director." Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough had planned on a career behind the camera before finding fame as an actress, making her film debut in 2010's The Runaways.