The TV Guide
The main reason for my quick trip home to Detroit this week, in addition to seeing some beloved BFFs, was to see Madonna perform at the Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit on her hometown stop of the MDNA World Tour. As you may recall, I was lucky enough to see Maddy in San Jose and LA, CA last month but this Detroit show was NOT to be missed. It was a bygone conclusion that my best friend Sarah was going with me to the show but what to do with the third ticket. We decided to surprise Sarah’s mom and bring her to the show with us … and we had a blast. Check out photos and video below from last night’s fun. More »
"We’re like diamonds in the sky"
In late September Rihanna released her new single Diamonds, the first from her forthcoming new album titled Unapologetic. In late October, she began filming the music video for the track. Today we get to see the official music video for Diamonds in full. While my fandom of Rihanna is waning like a motherf*cker, I was hoping the video would be a good once since I kinda, sorta like the song. The video, I must admit, isn’t terrible but it’s also not anything worth gushing over. I’m posting the video because there is no direct reference or appearance by Rihanna‘s rekindled boyfriend … but it’s his inclusion on her Unapologetic album that will force me to take a pass when it gets released this month. BUT, that’s just me. What do y’all think of the music video for Diamonds? Are you impressed?
Posted under: 'Diamonds', Rihanna
Army of Darkness
For the past year or so there have been mutterings about the reported problems with production of the forthcoming big screen adaptation of the zombie novel World War Z which stars Brad Pitt. A few months ago, I heard about reshoots that led many folks to believe the film was in serious trouble. Today we get our first look at the first official trailer for WWZ and from the look of this video, I’d say those reports of “problems” were grossly incorrect. It’s possible that the film producers managed to “fix” the film with those reshoots but the film presented in this 2 and a half minute trailer looks really intense … and good. I’m not crazy about zombies who have the ability to run superfast (I guess I’m a traditionalist here, I like my zombies to stumble and amble along in search of braaaaaaains) but they do make actions scenes in movies like this really exciting. Take a look at the trailer above and see what you think. Does World War Z look like a keeper to you?
Posted under: 'World War Z'
These Two Are Still Hella Cute
Silver Linings Playbook is really gunning for some Academy Award lurve, and they just might get it. Back in July we saw the first trailer, which got me really excited, based on the chemistry I was seeing between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Then a second trailer was released in September, and one of the lines from Robert DeNiro totally had me tearing up, lol. It was awesome. Now the studios have released four new promo spots; we’ve seen most of the footage between the two trailers, but there’s definitely some new stuff, and I’m loving the fact that Chris Tucker is all up in this madness. Peep the clip above and click inside for three more clips with new footage!
'Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe,' Goes Completely Gaga
This so weird you guys. So, remember a while back we heard about a Lady Gaga/Kendrick Lamar collaboration? I was pretty excited because Gaga is supposed to be a huge Kendrick fan, and I was expecting the song to be all kinds of cray. But then I heard rumors that the song (a track called Partynausous) was not happening. Apparently Gaga came out and said that she was ‘not willing to compromise musically to the changes his team was making to my music.’ So Kendrick got another person to sing on the track for his newly-released album good kid, m.A.A.d city. So– all that weirdness aside– Lady Gaga goes ahead and shares the original song (which sounds more like a demo) with her vocals on Twitter in a video that features hella footage of Gaga being Gaga. No Kendrick. On Kendrick‘s song. Just Gaga. And okay, maybe I’m overreacting by calling it ‘self-obsessed,’ but it just seems really, really weird. And self-obsessed. Peep the video above and join me inside… I’m still raging, lol.
Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs
Back in September we got our first listen of Ke$ha‘s new single Die Young, the first from her forthcoming new album Warrior. In October, we saw photos from the music video shoot for the song. Today, we get to see the finished music video in full. It would appear that Ke$ha is all about symbology these days … the video is rife with symbols and glyphs that are meant, I’m guessing, to look edgy. I’m hoping her use of the pentagram is a nod to heavy metal imagery (even tho the song is nowhere near metal territory) and not an incorrect nod to the “black arts” (when, in fact, the pentagram has nothing at all to do with any evil purpose). The overuse of crosses and triangles seems to be a joking shout-out to the Illuminati … but it’s neither inventive nor clever. Still, I like the song and the video, mostly. What do y’all think? Does this video make you want to Die Young … or just kill yourself for having wasted your time?
Posted under: 'Die Young', Ke$ha
The KiD's Directorial Debut!
Just a few days ago we got to see stills from KiD CuDi‘s new video, which is finally here! We first heard Just What I Am (which features King Chip, another Cleveland rapper!) back in August and I’ve been wondering what the visuals would look like. I was expecting something pretty trippy, and I’ve not been disappointed. KiD CuDi is making his directorial debut with this one and it’s looking and feeling like a mellowed out party track. Nothing insane really happens in the video, but I still love this song like cray and I can’t wait to hear more from CuDi. Peep the video above, and shouts-out to PITNBR Cherrr! I know you were waiting for this one, lol!
Please... Just Rage With Me
You guys have no idea how badly I want every word of this post to be written in caps. But I’m trying desperately to keep it classy right now. Or maybe I just want to write the words Oh Hell Nawl, and then copy and paste it a bunch of times. Okay, bear with me y’all: Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl Oh Hell Nawl. Okay. Do you guys remember when we first found out about the Rihanna/Chris Brown/Karreuche love triangle and I noted that Rihanna was tweeting “Ain’t nobody bidness….. But mine and my baby!” Well I didn’t want to specualte about that quote (and its relationship to a very specific Bille Holiday song) until I got further confirmation about. And I kinda did… via Rihanna‘s tracklist for Unapologetic. There was a song titled Nobodies Business and I was like, okay. That’s the song I wanna hear. The late, great Billie Holiday has a song of the same name with lyrics about staying with a man who hits you, and not reporting it to the police and fun stuff like that. Well, I was right to be interested in the song… and I was wrong. Because, while I thought it might have to do with CB, I didn’t actually think it would be a duet with CB. But it is. Take a listen to the snippet above (before it gets taken down, like the others) and rage with me inside, please.
"Strength is what we need / and love can save our lives"
Mariah Carey, a staunch supporter of President Obama, has just released a song in his honor titled Bring It On Home for our listening pleasure. It’s unknown if this song will be featured on her upcoming album or not (tho, my guess is that it will) but she has performed the song live at an Obama campaign rally before. Having given the song a few listens, I can say that I’m really glad that she is sharing the song with the rest of us now. It’s an upbeat song full of hope with that classic Mimi sound. Click below to give it a listen, see what you think. More »
Anne Hathaway, Anne Hathaway, Anne Hathaway
This Saturday night, Live from New York, Anne Hathaway will host Saturday Night Live for the third time in her storied career. And while these preview promo videos are usually not that great (sometimes cringingly bad), I think Anne‘s clips are fairly decent. The third promo is my fave so you’ll have to watch the video the whole way thru to see it but … I think you’ll enjoy. Set those DVRs for Saturday night, y’all. Here comes Anne, again … again.