Trailer: “The Giver”

The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company

Let’s talk about how great of a day this has been for trailers. First Peanuts, now we get a look at The Giver! I remember reading Lois Lowry’s 1993 classic back in 8th grade. It was the first book in a while that I enjoyed so much I couldn’t put it down. Since then (and that was in 2006), there was chatter about a movie adaptation, but set backs kept happening. Finally, production gets going and here we are.

Producer Jeff Bridges himself plays the title character and Meryl Streep plays the questionable Chief Elder. Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays protagonist Jonas, and Alexander Skarsgård and Katie Holmes play his parents. My biggest problem was that Taylor Swift was in the movie (she plays Rosemary), but thankfully for me, there’s not much of her in the trailer (lol can you find her?) . Hopefully that’s an indicator of how much she’s in the movie.

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Taylor Swift’s New Video, "Back to December"

After hearing all this buzz about the video, I figured I’d check it out. Taylor Swift’s “Back to December”. is beautiful. And I like the look of the video, but I agree with a certain Twitter user that it has a lot elements reminiscent of LeAnn Rimes’ Probably Wouldn’t be This Way in it. And the stuff with her and the little love notes is a little tiresome, but I like the direction she’s taking. Hopefully this is an indication of where she’s going with her songwriting, style, and art direction in her music video. (For one, her vocals are better.) The fairy tale stuff has to end sometime. She is, after all, 21.

But see for yourself:

TIME’s 100 Most Influential People – 2010

English: Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court j...

English: Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court justice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every year,  TIME Magazine celebrated the 100 most influential figures of the year. Editors give their picks, and users can also vote for those nominated by the editors to give their final rank. Usually, the number one most influential figure graces the cover, but this year the cover is shared by three influential people from three very different areas: Lady Gaga (in the Artists section), Bill Clinton (in the Heroes section), and Didier Drogba, a soccer player for England’s Chelsea Football Club (also in the Heroes section). The list is a large reflection of who (and what) is relevant this year. a few others in the list include:

  1. Barack Obama
  2. Serena Williams
  3. Jet Li
  4. Conan O’ Brien
  5. Elton John
  6. Oprah Winfrey
  7. James Cameron
  8. Marc Jacobs
  9. Sonia Sotomayor
  10. Alicia Keys
  11. Sarah Palin
  12. Ann Coulter
  13. Ben Stiller
  14. Nancy Pelosi
  15. Taylor Swift
  16. Prince
  17. Neil Patrick Harris
  18. Robert Pattinson
  19. Lea Michele
  20. Kathryn Bigelow

Source: TIME.com
Image: TIME.com

MJ Gets 5 Posthumous AMA Nods

American Music Awards of 2009

American Music Awards of 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Hee hee! “(Just a different way to start a post I guess…) Among Michael’s nods is the biggest of the night, Artist of the Year, for the 2009 American Music Awards. The “King” isn’t leading with nods, though. Taylor Swift is!!! (no surprise). The country-crossover crooner has six nominations, and Eminem follows with four.

Michael faces some rather stiff (and honestly, more contemporary and musically relevant) competition from Lady Gaga, Eminem, Kings of Leon, and Taylor Swift. Out of all of these nominees, I’m gunning for Lady Gaga – not just because I’m a fan, but mostly. I’m not dogging the deceased, but MJ is getting a little played out. Surely he’ll receive some kind of dedication on the American Music Awards when they air live on ABC November 22 in LA (from 8:00-11:00, so set those DVRs! :)). And I’m just not that convinced he needed to be nominated for Artist of the Year. You know you see my logic. Look at the other artists nominated in the category Artist of the Year and think about what MJ did in the past year. Gear up for a sell out tour? Yeah. But the biggest thing he did was pass away. The artist of a generation? Sure. Of a century?Maaaaybe. Artist of the year? I don’t think so.

Source: PR Newswire, Associated Press

"Fame Kills" Tour: Over Before it Began

Aww man! Live Nation announced today the highly-anticipated “Fame Kills” tour that was to be headlined by Kanye West and Lady Gaga has been cancelled. Refunds are going to be given to those who already bought tickets. It’s safe to assume that some might speculate the cancelling of the tour has to do with Kanye’s VMA antics.

If that’s the case, people need to move on. First of all, it’s old news, second of all, if folks are really still mad about it, go out and buy a Taylor Swift record and support her that way. I think Taylor has forgiven Kanye and has (hopefully) moved on. On the other hand, I completely understand if Kanye feels like he needs a break– or Lady Gaga for that matter, but she’s gearing up to re-release her The Fame record as The Fame Monster (Woohoo! November 24th!), and recently tweeted her excitement to perform the new music from the record on tour.
So with all that said, I’m a little bummed. I was excited for this tour because I’m a fan of both these talents as artists (Lady Gaga more so, if you couldn’t tell). I was even thinking about seeing a show. Who knows? Maybe they’ll come up with something else to do together. Or not. What do you guys think? How would you feel if such a thing happened with one of your favorite artists?

Source: Associated Press

The VMAs: Best in Years

In return to NYC, the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards came in true fashion and I wasn’t a bit disappointed. MTV kicked off the VMAs with a red carpet that most notably allowed us to witness yet another attention-grabbing outfit by the wacky, lovable Lady Gaga, who arrived with her date Kermit the Frog (a wink and a nod to an oufit she wore in a German interview), who she repeatedly kissed. (She changed multiple times into even more memorable outfits during the show) Other notable entrances included Taylor Swift, who came in on a white horse-drawn carriage (a nod to her single, “White Horse”), and P!nk, who arrived on an NYFD fire truck with husband Cary Hart.

The show itself was set off as it should, with a touching, edgy, tear-jerking, exciting tribute to Michael Jackson that started with a monologue by Madonna. In it she told a story about her friendly date with Michael, which I found very revealing. A dance montage of Michael’s greatest hits followed: Thriller, Bad, Smooth Criminal, and finally: Scream! The iconic video played behind dozens of dancers and the King of Pop’s little sis herself, Janet Jackson, danced alongside her brother Michael onstage just as she did in the video. Host Russell Brand made a very cool entrance as Katy Perry sang Queen’s “We Will Rock You” with guitarist Joe Perry.

It wouldn’t be a post about the VMAs if I didn’t mention Kanye’s outburst when Beyoncé didn’t win for Best Female Video. The award went to Taylor Swift, to the dismay of both Kanye and others. West, who must’ve been drunk after swigging on a bottle with GF Amber Rose on the red carpet, proclaimed “I’m really happy for you, I’m gonna let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time…” Well, Beyoncé did win the biggest award of the night, Video of the Year, which on the VMA red carpet she told MTV VJ Sway was the award she’d most like to win. Once onstage, she said, “I’d like for Taylor to come out and have her moment…” and greeted Taylor with a hug. Taylor then joked “Maybe we could try this again…” and thanked her supporters and fans. Kanye has since apologized, after fans and famous folk alike had not so nice things to say to him. The apology didn’t do much. Other big winners were Lady Gaga, for Best New Artist, T.I. for Best Male Video (He out beat Eminem and Kanye, but couldn’t be there to accept because of a prison sentence), and Britney Spears who upset the “leading lady battle” for Best Pop Video. She won for Womanizer and accepted the award via satellite from her tour.

The performances almost always outshine the Moonmen winner, and this year was no exception. Lady Gaga was easily one of the best and most memorable performances of the night, performing a blood gushing, chandelier crashing rendition of her latest single, “Paparazzi,” which showcased her talents well, in my opinion. P!nk performed her single “Sober” suspended from a high wire, doing acrobatic spins and flips while blindfolded—and sang well all the while. Beyoncé did a mass version of single ladies that took a while to get going, but finally kicked o fat the end. B’s husband Jay-Z had what was one of the coolest entrances to a performance I’ve ever seen, as cameras captured him entering Radio City Music Hall from his car and followed him all the way to the stage, where he met with Alicia Keys to perform their latest single, “Empire State of Mind”. At the performance’s end Lil Mama (randomly) appeared onstage, to which Jay replied: “You gonna T-Pain me?” The remark was an allusion to when T-Pain (again, randomly) stood onstage and watched Jay-Z perform his then-latest track “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” at the Hot 97 (WQHT) Summer Jam. Lil Mama has since apologized.

The VMAs are always a spectacle, and Sunday night was no exception. Complete with outburst, blood-gushing, trapeze-swinging, a mass “Single Ladies” dance, and an incredible tribute to Michael Jackson, the 2009 MTV VMAs were the best Video Music Awards the network has had in years.

See this moment and many more (relive the Kanye incident… or not…) at: http://www.mtv.com/videos/home.jhtml

Sources: MTV.com