Early Wednesday morning, Nicki Minaj dropped the music video for "Anaconda," and it's basically got us all thinking one thing.
It's really hard not to just quote the song, but look at that butt, is pretty much the only thought that will be going through your head. Nicki has been teasing the video over the course of a the last week now, and we can't say that we're disappointed. It's already gotten over 2 million views.
Check out the ass-tonishing video here:
As expected, Twitter basically exploded.
#AnacondaVideoOnVevo was trending almost immediately, as well as Bruh Nicki Minaj and Drake.
I've never been more amazed by a video than I am by the #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— Jamie Maguire (@jamie__maguire) August 20, 2014
The first thing I did when I woke up was turn on the #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— tysonika (@wtfroman_) August 20, 2014
This was just toooo much tho #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— #thotlife ツ (@mixed_racechick) August 20, 2014
In case you don't already feel white enough today, check out the #AnacondaVideoOnVevo I've never seen so many butts and fruits together
— Megan Montville (@meg_mont) August 20, 2014
bruh I just hurt my neck trying to dance to anaconda #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— Denise™ (@teambarbie4life) August 20, 2014
U HAVE MISSED THE RESURRECTION IF U HAVENT SEEN #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— O-MONEY (@OsmirDiazz) August 20, 2014
There was even some friendly fire against Taylor, who just dropped her new video for "Shake It Off," on Monday:
Sorry @taylorswift13 but there was a whole lot more shaking going on in @NICKIMINAJ video #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— Ryan Connors (@connors36) August 20, 2014
People could not get over Drake's part in this video:
Drake be looking so confused in this #AnacondaVideoOnVevo like: "Dafuq is happening to me? But I like it, but it hurts, but I love" :p
— LunaCBrownie (@LunaCBrownie) August 20, 2014
That FUCKIN LAP DANCE ON DRAKE WTF!!!!!! #AnacondaVideoOnVevo @NICKIMINAJ
— TeamMinaj Georgia (@MsBlazinBarbie) August 20, 2014
Drake just wrote his whole album sitting on that chair #AnacondaVideoOnVevo pic.twitter.com/YKkri398Gz
— Lester Minaj (@LesterAquino_) August 20, 2014
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Christina Aguilera and her fiancé Matt Rutler welcomed a healthy baby girl into the world on Saturday, August 16th. Today, in the early hours of the morning, Xtina took to Twitter to announce their daughters name:
So proud to welcome our beautiful daughter Summer Rain Rutler into the world.
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) August 18, 2014
Twitter users tired of “unique” baby names rolled their eyes in unison. It seems not everyone finds these names clever or cute.
they must give these celebrities extra doses of drugs during birth... these baby names are ridiculous! #summerrain
— lola méndez (@lolaannmendez) August 18, 2014
Congrats Christina Aguilera for naming your daughter Summer Rain, the same name as my shaving cream and body wash #classy
— Gillian (@SLOANEandSteady) August 18, 2014
People felt that they should have seen this coming.
Why was I expecting something normal from Christina Aguilera in the baby naming business? Really, I should've known better. #SprinklerSystem
— Douglas (@douglas0711) August 18, 2014
Some people are predicting what this means for Xtina’s future career plans.
Christina Aguilera named her daughter Summer Rain, presumably to give her a head start on her inevitable perfume line.
— Rachel Zarrell (@rachelzarrell) August 18, 2014
$5 says Christina Aguilera will work her daughter's name into a song very soon. "Whoaaaa, ohhhh, ohhhhhh, Summer Rain washed me clean..."
— Amanda Vandenbergh (@VandenVogue) August 18, 2014
This person plans to use Summer Rain as inspiration for their own baby-naming process.
"Christina Aguilera gave birth to a baby girl named Summer Rain over the weekend! #LiveFromE" thats it. My kids name will be flower child.
— Sarruhhh. (@TheSaraPettus) August 18, 2014
Some people just wanted to know why?
christina aguilera named her baby summer rain. why would you do that
— ☆ (@lezforgomez) August 18, 2014
Christina Aguilera named her daughter Summer Rain. I... I... Wow
— brooklyn. (@Tay_Dlamini) August 18, 2014
Some people questioned if this was serious (while also randomly hashtagging to vote for another artist?)
So christina aguilera name her kid summer rain?! Seriously?? #votedemilovato
— Ana Paula Motta (@_apmotta) August 18, 2014
Meanwhile, there were other people who didn't really care about the name, but had equally funny reactions.
@Jamake1005 @xtina I'm gonna cry, too excited. Summer Rain is gorgeous and she probably smells good lmao
— #CongratsXtina (@Medeya) August 18, 2014
#SummerRainRutler is the luckiest girl in the world @xtina because she IS #BabyXtina and that's why she has the most amazing BEST NAME EVER!
— XtinaBaby=SummerRain (@Saratina80) August 18, 2014
What are your thoughts on the name Summer Rain? Do you love it or hate it? Tweet us your thoughts!
Manic Street Preachers axed their planned performance at Britain's V Festival on Saturday (16Aug14) after they were left stranded in Hungary. The Welsh rockers were in the country for a gig at the Sziget Festival on Friday (15Aug14) and they were due to fly to the U.K. for their V slot in Chelmsford, England on Saturday.
However, the band was forced to cancel the performance after getting stuck on a plane for five hours at an airport in Budapest before the flight crew informed them the aircraft would not be taking off.
In a post on Twitter.com on Saturday, a representative for the group writes, "With huge regret, Manic Street Preachers announce the cancellation of their scheduled V Festival show in Chelmsford today (August 16th). After 5 hours on runway at Budapest Airport following Sziget Festival last night, MSP were informed the BA plane they were on would not fly.
"The band made every endeavour to get back to the UK in time to play. The band apologise to their fans at V Chelmsford for the cancellation."
However, there was good news for fans of the band at the event's twin festival in Staffordshire, England - the rockers later confirmed they had arrived back in the U.K. in time for their performance on Sunday (17Aug14),
In a tweet in the early hours of Sunday, the rep adds, "After 18hrs of travelling+waiting we arrive in birmingham hotel - worst travel day in 22yrs of the band - deepest apologies we tried everything. So sorry to cancel show at chelmsford - totally GUTTED-xxx."
Actor Josh Gad has become the latest celebrity to pen a heartwarming tribute to tragic funnyman Robin Williams after striking up an unexpected friendship with his comedy idol. In a touching piece for newspaper USA Today, which was published on Wednesday (13Aug14), the Frozen star revealed he had looked up to Williams since he was a child, but it was the comic legend's ability to bring the Genie to life on the big screen in the 1992 animated Disney classic Aladdin which made him realise his own acting ambitions.
He later got the opportunity to meet the movie legend after performing on Broadway in hit musical The Book of Mormon in 2011, recalling the backstage visit from Williams was the start of a close friendship.
In a piece titled Olaf Remembers His Friend and Idol, the Genie, Gad writes, "It was always a thrill to look out in the audience and see a familiar face that had inspired me. But on this particular summer night, May 15 to be exact, I looked into the audience... and saw a bearded hero smiling back at me. That night, I gave what was probably the best performance I have ever given on a stage. I felt intoxicated with the knowledge that I was entertaining a man who had raised me on his comedy specials, his movies and his TV series..."
Gad, who once lived in the same New York apartment building as Williams, went on to reveal that the two stars exchanged weekly notes while Williams was starring in a production of the drama Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo on Broadway, and the veteran sent his pal a bicycle as a gift when he moved from New York to San Francisco, California.
The Frozen star, who has previously discussed drawing inspiration from Williams' Genie for his own role as snowman Olaf in the 2013 Disney smash-hit, wrapped up his tribute by writing, "Olaf will never remotely touch the tour de force that is Robin's Genie. Because there is only one Robin Williams. But the joy and laughter that my little snowman has brought to children is because of the man who has left this world far too early. A man who taught me to be free, to be childlike, and a man who taught me to get out of my own way as a performer.
"His gift was to take all of our pain away and to allow us to escape. If only we could have returned the favor."
Williams died at his California home on Monday (11Aug14).
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San Diego Comic-Con: the annual gathering of comic book nerds, blockbuster action movie fans and the slightly terrifying people who still watch Supernatural religiously. It's the biggest pop culture event of the year, a time when studios bring the biggest and most shriek-inducing stars together to unveil new projects and showcase the exciting things fans will eventually be camped out all night for. And even though not all of us are lucky enough to experience Comic-Con in person, that doesn't mean we don't deserve to get all the up-to-the-minute news, reports and surprises. Since we here at Hollywood.com don't want you to miss out on all the excitement happening in Hall H or the surprises being unveiled over the weekend, we're running down the biggest news to come out of San Diego during the convention to ensure you can stay on top of everything, whether you're stuck in the office or waiting in line for another sold out panel.
Dr. Strange? More Like Dr. Nope Sure, there are other panels happening at Comic-Con this year, but all anyone really cares about are the new films and casts that Marvel is set to unveil on Saturday. And since Dr. Strange just happens to be one of those films and Benedict Cumberbatch is rumored to be the frontrunner for the role, MTV just happened to ask him to reveal whether he will indeed be playing the super-powered sorcerer. His answer? “As far as I’m aware, even if that was the case, it couldn’t work out because I’m doing a little play called ‘Hamlet’ in London, so I don’t think I could even if that was in the cards. It sounds like a fantastic project. It’s a shame if I miss out, but who knows?” So, it’s not an outright “no,” but it seems like Marvel might have to look elsewhere for their Dr. Strange.
There’s No Stan Lee Cameo This Time A living legend in the comic book world, Stan Lee has basically become the face of Comic-Con, attending all but a select few since its inception over forty years ago. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to add 2014 to the absentee list; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee has cancelled his appearance after losing his voice to a bad bout of laryngitis, and he certainly can’t command a convention center without a voice. Don’t get too upset, though: his cameo in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy has already been filmed, so no illness will keep you from seeing him then.
A 24 Movie May Be In the Works The key word there is “maybe.” According to Deadline, star Kiefer Sutherland and executive producer/director John Cassar mentioned during the 24 panel that officially kicked off this year’s con that they were “still talking” about a movie now that the series’ reboot has been so successful. Of course, that didn’t stop fans from freaking out about the mere possibility of it, but Comic-Con’s a place for overwhelming enthusiasm. They could announce another Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern film and people would be excited.
Twenty Hours to Cumberbatch Waiting in absurdly long lines are a time-honored tradition of Comic-Con, but some of them are redefining the word “dedication,” like the ones who lined up to see Cumberbatch on the Dreamworks Animation panel a whole 20 hours early (via CinemaBlend). That’s right: they waited almost an entire day to watch Cumberbatch talk about voicing a cartoon wolf in the new Penguins of Madagascar movie. Not Sherlock, not The Hobbit, not Star Trek. Penguins.
Na na na na na na na… Batsuit! If you thought the set picture of Ben Affleck in the latest incarnation of the Batsuit was too dark to actually see anything – seriously, has Zach Snyder ever met a shadow he didn’t feel the need to add in? – then DC has answered your prayers. The studio unveiled Affleck’s redesigned cape and cowl for Comic-Con visitors to compare against the ones in the comics live and in-person, and /Film has plenty of pictures for those of us who prefer to critique costume choices from our own homes.
Avengers Assemble (Literally) In anticipation of their no doubt world-shattering panel this weekend, Marvel has released several exclusive posters for the Avengers: Age of Ultron featuring concept art from the film. But like Beyonce’s visual album, all of the individually exciting parts come together to make an even more exciting whole. In this case, it’s a bigger group image that sees the team fighting side-by-side. The Dissolve has already started putting it together for you, so as long as you find that last corner piece, you should be all set.
Punk icon Tommy Ramone has died at the age of 62. Ramone, real name Thomas Erdelyi, had been undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer at a hospice when he passed away on Friday (11Jul14). He was the last surviving member of the Ramones.
A post on the group's official Facebook page late on Friday confirmed the news, stating, "We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014."
The legendary punk outfit was formed by Joey, Jonny and Dee Dee Ramone in the early 1970s, and Erdelyi was originally to be the band's manager but instead took the position of drummer. The band went on to record classic tracks including Blitzkrieg Bop, I Wanna Be Sedated and Judi Is A Punk.
Paying tribute to the rocker, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way writes on Twitter.com, "R.I.P. Tommy Ramone" while TV star Johnny Knoxville shares a picture of Ramone.
Lead vocalist Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphoma, guitarist Johnny Ramone passed away from prostate cancer in 2004, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone died in 2002 after a heroin overdose.
R&B star Chris Brown has reportedly split from his on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran once again, just weeks after reuniting following his two-month stint behind bars.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker walked free from jail on 2 June (14) after admitting to breaking the terms of his 2009 probation by getting kicked out of a court-ordered rehab programme.
Tran celebrated his release by throwing him a star-studded surprise party and she accompanied her beau as his date to the BET Awards in Los Angeles on 29 June (14).
They spent America's Independence Day holiday together on Friday (04Jul14), when Brown uploaded a raunchy snap of Tran lying face down on a bed wearing nothing but a bra and a skimpy thong, baring her backside, to his more than 3.7 million followers.
However, it appears their romance has since soured, prompting both Brown and Tran to delete all photos of the couple from its Instagram.com accounts and 'unfollow' one another.
Tran hinted at the break-up on Sunday (06Jul14) with a cryptic post that read: "Love what you have before life teaches you to love what you lost". She followed it up with a Buddha quote which stated, "In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
In the accompanying caption, she simply wrote, "Well.."
The former couple began dating in 2011, two years after Brown was convicted of assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.
He and Tran split in 2012 as he attempted to rekindle his relationship with the Umbrella beauty, but he reconciled with the model in 2013. They parted ways again in early March (14), only to pick their romance back up weeks later.
Chris Brown has been caught on camera stumbling out of a nightclub following the BET Awards with three associates attempting to hold him upright.
The troubled singer, who was released from jail at the beginning of June (14), made his comeback on Sunday night (29Jun14) by performing at the glitzy awards show in Los Angeles. After the ceremony, Brown headed to the city's Playhouse nightclub to continue the party and he was caught on tape leaving the venue in the early hours of Monday morning (30Jun14).
In the footage, obtained by TMZ.com, Brown is shown emerging from the venue being supported by two friends, who help carry the star out before another associate goes to help. Brown is seen clutching the third man's arm as he stumbles towards a car driven by his girlfriend Karrueche Tran.
Brown served two months in jail after he admitted breaking the terms of his probation relating to his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
This year's (14) BET Awards have been marred by drama. Two unofficial pre-parties ended in violence - one reveller suffered stab wounds at an event in L.A. on Saturday (28Jun14), while another was killed in a shooting at a separate event. Reports also suggest another shooting took place outside a star-studded afterparty at the Supper Club venue. No injuries were reported.
The bash is said to have been attended by stars including The Game, Meek Mill, T-Pain, and Busta Rhymes.
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Every two or so years, when the sun is at its hottest and summer blockbuster season is reaching its peak, a long shadow is cast over the movie theaters of the world, bringing with it dread, despair, and a week-long migraine. It is time for another Transformers movie. The latest one, which arrives in theaters on Friday whether we like it or not, does away with the established story of Shia LaBeouf, his trusty car and the gorgeous girlfriend who isn’t given much to do, and instead places the fate of the world in the toned arms of Mark Wahlberg.
There aren’t many people who are expecting Transformers: Age of Extinction to be a great film. In fact, most fans and critics are expecting the film to be torn to shreds by the press, many of whom had the pleasure of doing the exact same thing to its predecessors. Though most of the world now regards Michael Bay as the architect of the downfall of modern cinema, it’s worth remembering that there was a time when he wasn’t the most reviled filmmaker in America. But if you follow the reviews for the first three Transformers films, you can almost pinpoint the exact point of no return.
Transformers It might be difficult to remember – three very long, very loud movies later – but the first installment in the Transformers series was actually relatively well-received. By that, of course, we mean that it received mixed reviews rather than outright scathing ones. Still, there were plenty of critics who were never a fan of the franchise, and made their disdain for Bay’s most famous works clear from the beginning.
Some were upset over what had become of such a beloved part of their childhood:
“Transformers is a terrible film. It’s not even bad in a campy, funny way that is enjoyable in the right mindset. It’s bad in a horrible way that makes you wish you’d spent your evening doing something other than ruining your childhood memories.” - Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
Many found it difficult to follow the film, which was somehow simultaneously overly-complicated and full of holes:
“The story has something to do with Autobots and Decepticons battling to be the first to get to what amounts to a giant battery pack (a "cube of infinite power," someone calls it, I think) that's been held for decades by the U.S. military in — oh, never mind.” – Bob Mondello, NPR
Or, they just had trouble looking past one glaring fault:
“Even by Michael Bay standards, this movie is vapid.” – James Berardinelli, Reelview
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Because audiences failed to heed these early warnings, the first film made enough money to warrant a sequel, two years later. A sequel which took all of the worst parts of the first Transformers film, made them louder, more obnoxious and four times as long, pumped them full of steroids and then strung them out to create a full movie. A sequel which will one day be remembered if not for its quality, than for the exuberance that critics showed in tearing it to shreds.
First, they ripped apart the script:
“Describing the plot of Revenge of the Fallen pretty much equates to making “boom, crash, kablooey” noises, but I’ll attempt to distill all the boring, non-explodey elements into this bite-sized paragraph.” – Simon Miraudo, Quick Flix
“Much of this film was put together during the Writer's Strike, and I'm guessing Michael Bay never once worried about it.” – Drew McWeeney, HitFix
Then, they tackled the exhausting experience that was sitting through Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
“It’s like standing in the middle of a dust storm and opening your eyes to let the grit pour in.” – Josh Tyler, CinemaBlend
“Trying to take in this movie is akin to shaking up a snowglobe and paying attention to glitter shard No. 432,581: When two similarly-colored CG robots are simultaneously morphing and punching each other in the head, it’s impossible to figure out where one ends and the other begins, resulting in a visual cacophony that goes hand-in-hand with the bowels-rattling bassline and the shrieking, incoherent dialogue.” – Alsonso Duralde, MSNBC
Some put the blame squarely on Bay’s shoulders:
“Sweet Jesus! Does Michael Bay not know how to make a movie?” – Michael Edwards, What Culture
But nobody summed up the contempt that critics held for this movie quite like the legendary Roger Ebert, who was primarily concerned with helping moviegoers save their money:
“If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination.”
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Just when we thought that we were free, that there was no way for Bay to come back from the torrent of abuse that was levelled at him as a result of Transformers 2, along came Dark of the Moon, because this is Hollywood, and it doesn’t matter how terrible a film is as long as it makes boatloads of money. On the whole, though, critics seemed to like the third movie a lot better, and focused on the positives:
“With his third, and by all accounts final, try director Michael Bay has made what is probably his best Transformers film yet. Which means that it is merely mind-numbingly bad rather than eye-gougingly bad.” – Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon
“There is more of a plot this time. It is a plot that cannot be described in terms of structure, more in terms of duration. When it stops, it's over.” – Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com
“It's better than 2009's horrendous Transformers 2, but almost anything is.” – Claudia Puig, USA Today
“At least McDreamy gets sucker punched. Simple pleasures.” – Kieth Uhlich, Time Out NY
But there were still some who couldn’t look past the marginal improvements that Bay and his team made in the third installment, and instead remained focused on all of its loud, headache-inducing faults:
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon, a work of ineffable soullessness and persistent moral idiocy, concludes with Chicago taking it in the shorts for 50-odd minutes, at the hands of the Decepticons in an alien takeover scored, partially, to an emo-ballad mourning the "cataclysm" of it all.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“Transformers 3 is one of the stupidest movies I've seen since Transformers 2.” – Scott Weinberg, Twitch
And then there was one critic who managed to sum up the way that critics and moviegoers everywhere feel about Bay, his movies, and the Transformers franchise as a whole, in one pithy sentence. Never has something so scathing, so true, and so unbearably funny been said so succinctly.
“I am no expert in theology, but I'm pretty sure evil looks a lot like Transformers 3 – Will Leitch, Yahoo Movies
Well, on the bright side for Transformers: Age of Exctinction, it truly can only go up from here.
The Electric Daisy Carnival has been hit by another tragedy after a reveller died at the annual Las Vegas dance music festival. A 24-year-old man collapsed in the parking lot upon leaving the event and was pronounced dead at a local hospital in the early hours of Saturday (21Jun14).
The cause of death has not yet been released.
A statement from organisers reads, "Today we learned some very tragic news, that after attending the festival a guest of the show has passed away. We are deeply saddened by this news, and hope that everyone will join us in keeping his family and friends in their thoughts during this very difficult time."
Superstar DJs Diplo, Paul Oakenfold and Eric Prydz were among the festival's headliners.
It is the latest tragedy to overshadow the festival. In 2012, organisers distanced themselves from two deaths which occurred after revellers attended the event.