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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
The Dark Side of '90s Nostalgia Between the "Fancy" video being played on a loop and the recent premiere of Girl Meets World, nineties nostlgia seems to be at an all-time high. But not everything you loved back then holds up as well as Clueless and My So-Called Life two decades later, VH1 is going to prove it with their rundown of 20 '90s bands you're ashamed to have loved.
You're About to Get Shell-ShockedAnd trust us, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign more than deliver on that promise with their theme song for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Celebuzz has the song, along with some more amazing/terrible lyrics and the criticism that it sounds "exactly like a Michael Bay movie feels."
Weird Al Has a Big Dictionary The smartest man in music released his 14th studio album this week, and it rocketed to the top of the charts on the back of his hilarious parody songs and clever wordplay. In celebration of his achievement, and the joy that Mandatory Fun has brought, FlavorWire has ranked all 8 of the music videos Weird Al has released along with the album.
Treat. Yo. Self... To Retta's Twitter As Donna Meagle, Retta consistently comes up with some of the greatest comebacks, one-liners and truth bombs to come out of Pawnee, Indiana. But she's not just hilarious on television; she's hilarious all the time, and thanks to her Twitter account, you can enjoy her wisecracks as they happen. Hollywood.com has all of her greatest tweets complied in one place to brighten up your day.
We might well bemoan the loss of the Edgar Wright touch on Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man feature, but there is a silver lining: now, the innovative action-comedy director gets to work on his own original (and, likely, far more interesting) project. Deadline reports that Wright will next helm a film called Baby Driver, a mixture of "crime, action, music and sound." Even with all those nouns jumbled together, the project is still largely ambiguous. And with a title like Baby Driver, we can only begin to imagine what it might be about...
A baby that's also a driver?Wright directs a Look Who's Talking-style family comedy (rated R for language and violence, but still... for the family) about an infant who sets out on the road in his parents' Chevy Camaro.
Somebody who drives babies around? Like a chauffer for babies?Inspired by Vin Diesel's The Pacifier, Wright creates a film about a tough guy getaway driver who takes a new gig picking up the Wasserman kids from nursery school... and grows to love them.
Somebody who drives actual babies? Like the car is a baby, and the guy drives the baby-car?In the distant future, Jonathan Swift's "Modest Proposal" has been brought to life in a few interesting ways. This dark dystopian fantasy has people driving around vehicles made of discarded babies, in light of the recent metal shortage.
An early-years biopic about Good Will Hunting star Minnie Driver?Get it?
An animated film about a young screwdriver?Finally, Wright takes his visual style to Pixar, breathing life into a toolbox of adventures led by a plucky young screwdriver named Phillip.
So, maybe one of those. Or, you know, an actual idea. Either way, we're excited.
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Paris Hilton was inspired by Madonna and kids designer Lisa Frank while creating the music and video concept for her new tune Come Alive. The reality TV star-turned-DJ turned to Madonna for her sex appeal and Frank for the fairytale feel of the new song's promo.
She tells U.S. news show Hollywood Today Live, "Madonna has been an inspiration, ever since I was a little girl. Justify My Love is very sexy, and a very sexy song, and I wanted to be sexual and who better than Madonna to inspire me.
"The song is about love and magical creation. I wanted the video to be a fairytale, an ethereal fantasy world, I have a unicorn, rainbows and pink clouds. I was obsessed with Lisa Frank when growing up, so it's kinda like Lisa Frank grew up and went to (European party island) Ibiza."
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
Swedish dance music superstar Avicii has recruited Chris Martin, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jon Bon Jovi, among other big names for his next album.
The follow-up to last year's (13) True will also feature a duet between Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu.
And, teaming up with Coldplay star Martin has been beneficial for Avicii's health - he has been giving the DJ/producer nutrition tips after he was forced to cancel his appearance at the Ultra Festival in Miami, Florida in March (14) due to exhaustion.
He explains, "Chris has been like a brother and helps out with my nutritionist. I find it hard to gain weight, so I drink shakes in the morning."
Dance DJ Kaskade has distanced himself from label bosses' decision to sue YouTube.com sensation Michelle Phan over accusations she illegally used the star's music in her popular make-up videos. Ultra Records executives launched legal action against Phan in a Los Angeles court last Wednesday (16Jul14), claiming she breached copyright laws by using their clients' songs in her viral clips, which have racked up more than 150 million views online.
They are demanding all profits from her YouTube channel, which has been running since 2007.
However, Kaskade has since spoken out via Twitter.com to insist he is not personally involved in the suit.
On Saturday (19Jul14), he shared a link to a blog post he had written a month ago insisting copyright law was outdated in today's tech-driven world, and he reiterated his sentiments again over the weekend by posting, "Copyright law is a dinosaur, ill-suited for the landscape of today's media."
He then made it clear he had no issues with Phan, stating, "I'm not suing @MichellePhan + @ultrarecords isn't my lapdog. I can't do much about the lawsuit except voice support for her."
He also quipped, "I find that @MichellePhan has great taste in music... and knows secrets on how to make my eyes really POP. What's not to like?"
Meanwhile, Phan's lawyers are preparing to fight the allegations, insisting Ultra chiefs allowed her to feature tracks by artists like Kaskade and Deadmau5 as they believed her videos "showcased (them) to an international audience". They are now planning to countersue, reports TMZ.com.
Ultra Records is also home to artists including Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris and David Guetta.
Hollywood action man Steven Seagal has been bumped from the bill of a blues festival in Estonia following an outcry over his recent comments in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Under Siege star, who is also a keen musician, had been due to perform at the Augustibluus event in Haapsalu next month (Aug14), but his place on the bill sparked a major backlash.
Seagal has openly voiced his support for Putin, who he branded "one of the greatest world leaders alive today," and defended his invasion of the Ukraine's Crimea territory in March (14), calling the military action "very reasonable".
The actor's controversial comments infuriated many in Estonia, which borders Russia, and local rock singer Tonis Magi even led calls for a boycott of the festival over Seagal's inclusion in the line-up.
Now the event's organisers have confirmed the star is no longer on the bill.
Augustibluus festival director Indrek Ditman says in a statement, "We hoped the Estonian public would first and foremost see Steven Seagal as an actor and a musician. It turns out what they saw was rather a politician and a henchman. To many in Estonia, it came as a major surprise that the action movie hero is a blues musician. Likewise, the organisers and numerous others were unpleasantly surprised by his political views and public statements."
Putin is under increasing international pressure to act over widespread fears Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last week (ends20Jul14), killing all 298 passengers and crew.
Oscar-winning film composer A.R. Rahman is to honoured with a doctorate from America's Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. The Indian musician behind scores for Slumdog Millionaire, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Million Dollar Arm, will receive an honorary doctorate at a concert celebrating his career in October (14).
Rahman will perform with students and faculty members at the gala, and conduct a master class at the Berklee Performance Center.
He says, "I'm deeply moved to receive an honorary doctorate from such a distinguished school, which has contributed so much to the world of music. I'm especially proud and honoured the college is graciously establishing a scholarship in my name for future generations of musicians to follow their dreams."
Latin superstar Shakira is pregnant with her second child, according to multiple reports from her native Colombia.
The Hips Don't Lie hitmaker, 37, and her soccer star boyfriend Gerard Pique, 27, are said to be expecting a sibling for their baby boy Milan, who was born in January, 2013.
Rumours began swirling earlier this month (Jul14) suggesting Shakira, who is known for her provocative stage style, was with child, and speculation heated up after her performance at the World Cup final in Rio de Janiero, Brazil last weekend (13Jul14), when she wore a more conservative red dress than her usual sexy onstage attire to sing her soccer anthem La La La (Brazil 2014).
Now, sources tell Colombia's NoticiasCaracol.com news outlet she is three months pregnant. Representatives for Shakira and Pique have yet to respond to requests for a comment.
If the news is true, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise for Shakira's fans - earlier this year (14), she confessed, "If it weren't because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already."
She released her latest album, the self-titled Shakira, in March (14). The couple has been dating since 2010.
Busta Rhymes is planning to include a special tribute to his late manager Chris Lighty in the artwork for his new album because the music mogul died before the project was finished. Lighty, who managed stars including Mariah Carey and Sean 'Diddy' Combs, was found with a gunshot wound to the head at his apartment in New York in 2012 and officials ruled his death a suicide.
Rhymes was recording his new album, Extinction Level Event 2, at the time of the tragedy, and he wants to honour Lighty's memory by including an email from him in the artwork.
He tells Rolling Stone, "The only misfortune I have about this project is I lost Chris Lighty... in the making of this album. I saved this email that Chris sent me on August 9th, 2011 where he deemed this album my best album of my entire career... I never had Chris say this to me before and he was my manager for years. To get that from your manager who was like your big brother, it's like, 'Damn. I finally did it' and now he's not here. I'm going to take a snapshot of the email and put it in the artwork of the project and share it with the world when the time is right. I feel a little cheated, but that's the bittersweet part of the whole thing."
The album is due for release in the autumn (14).