For five years now, there’s been one big event that truly marks the beginning of Twilight season: The premiere of the first video from the latest movie’s soundtrack. Last night, we saw the premiere of Green Day’s “The Forgotten,” the first single off Breaking Dawn -Part 2‘s disc. It combines a lot of the elements we’ve seen in earlier Twilight videos — clips of Edward and Bella, beautiful forest scenes, that filter that makes everything look like an old home movie — while also being very Green Day. You’re not going to see Billie Joe and company strolling about in the woods, even if this song is rather emo. Instead, they’re performing in a concert and a recording studio.
Other acts have taken a more literal approach to the videos accompanying the saga. Does that work better for you than the detached concert thing, or is it all about the music? Take a look at four other quintessential Twilight videos and then vote for your favorite below.
1. “Decoded,” Paramore: Twilight Read more…
Have we really not had a truly epic VMA beef since Kanye went totally Kanye and snatched Taylor Swift‘s mic in 2009? How time flies. Tonight the MTV VMAs honor those artists who have crafted a truly superior piece of visual art to accompany their music. But a well-crafted celebrity feud? Well, that’s even harder to come by. So we went ahead and predicted some fantasy VMA celebrity feuds for them, just to get the ball rolling! It’s like using The Secret, except you probably shouldn’t use The Secret to have someone yank out Lana Del Rey’s weave…
When it comes to famous people, airports often end up acting the fool. Take Nicki Minaj‘s distressing run-in at London’s Heathrow’s security checkpoint for example. “Pretty sure I was just overtly fondled @ this check point. By a very old lady w/an accent. Word?,” the rapper tweeted yesterday. Nicki also posted a photo of the alleged groper, adding after the fact: “So TSA always takes pics of me while doing their job! But wld u believe they just told ME EYE couldn’t take pics???? Wow. #luckyIMsick.” Yikes, what ever happened to “the customer is always right. And shouldn’t be fondled against their will”?
Now, as far as we can see, there is no way that woman wouldn’t know she was getting overly familiar with the Nicki Minaj. This isn’t Blythe Danner we’re talking about; Nicki’s luggage is probably made out of neon-colored Barbie clothes. We’re not suggesting that famous people deserve to be treated differently during air travel; sometimes that’s the worst idea imaginable (Gerard Depardieu’s urine-soaked adventure, anyone?). That being said, a huge number of celebrity/airline run-ins are just baffling to us. Don’t they know the public cares about celebrities more than anything? Haven’t they heard about the devastating power of Twitter? In addition to Minaj’s bizarro pat down, a host of other celebs have flown the unfriendly skies. Celebs such as:
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We can’t help but feel incredulous at this story. Green Day‘s Billy Joe Armstrong got booted off a plane because of his droopy pants. No seriously guys — his saggy pants cost him a seat on his Southwest Airlines flight because it was an apparent dress code violation!
Billy tweeted late last week, “Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low! What the f—k? No joke!” Of course, the airline reacted immediately tweeting, “Very sorry for your experience tonight, someone from our Customer Relations Team willÃ‚Â reach out to you to get more details.” Everything seems to have been settled quite amicably but what we really want to know is that were the pants really that obscene to warrant that kind of behaviour?
While most of us would agree that it’s a stretch to still describe baseball as being Our National Pastime™, there’s little sense denying that every playoff baseball game played during the month of October is laden with the kind of dramatic tension that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. This post, however, is not really about celebrating the magic and mystery of America’s most revered professional sport. Rather, it’s about the celebrities who trot themselves out to the pitcher’s mound before games to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
First, the facts: Every single Major League Baseball team plays 81 home games during the course of the season. This means that the poor public relations department of each team has to come up with 81 different ways to get the crowd excited before a game. In some of baseball’s larger markets, teams draw upon their access to a range of different celebrities, a list that runs the gamut from Hollywood’s A-List to downtrodden reality television flameouts, to get their fans excited over a long and often monotonous season. So we here at TheFABLife thought you would get a kick out of seeing celebs of all magnitudes — most of whom are not exactly known for their athletic abilities — attempting to throw a baseball sixty feet and six inches. So, if you pardon the expression, who throws like a girl and who throws like someone who could be called up to The Show? Now’s the time to find out. Play ball!
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame got a whole more rockin’ this year…and a whole lot less. While punk godfathers and long-time shut-outs Iggy Pop & The Stooges finally gained entry at last night’s induction ceremony (“Roll over, Woodstock. We won.” If you say so, naked guy), so did ABBA—undeniably a pop monolith, but not exactly “rock.” “I’m very angry that Madonna got in before us,” kidded Anni-Frid Lyngstad, acknowledging the 2008 inductee who coincidentally had the Stooges perform in her honor at that year’s ceremony. ABBA chose Faith Hill as their surrogate. Again: not rock.
See these inductees and more in the gallery below.
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The FABlife is teaming up with our BFF’s Best Week Ever and PopEater to live-blog the 2009 Video Music Awards starting with the pre-show at 8PM EST. MTV has lined up some goodies for this year’s show, including what will surely be a touching Michael Jackson tribute by sister Janet. Other highlights include performances by Jay-Z, Beyonce, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Pink, Muse and many others. Chat with us in our live blog below.
Wow! Coldplay, Ne-Yo, Lil’ Wayne and Radiohead: what fresh, hip nominees for the Album Of The Year Grammy award! Sure, old-timey faves Robert Plant & Alison Krauss are up too, but there’s a four out of a five chance something enjoyed by young people will win, right? Not if the Fogey’s Curse has anything to say about it.
It’s not that the Grammys never reward edgy, contemporary artists (Outkast took Album Of The Year in 2004 and Lauryn Hill won ten years ago). It’s just that when too many young’uns are nominated, it tends to split the cool vote, leaving one glaring option for all the old folks in the voting pool. Here are some of the more notorious examples of the Fogey’s Curse.
- Beck, “The New Pollution” (from Odelay)
In 1997, The Fugees represented the best in hip-hop. The Smashing Pumpkins represented the best in rock. Beck represented the best in alternative. The Waiting To Exhale soundtrack (featuring Mary J. Blige) represented the best in R&B. Naturally, they all lost to Celine Dion.
Has the Rickrolling craze just gone way too far or is this the best, funniest news ever? We can’t decide but on hearing that Rick Astley is up for Best Act Ever at the forthcoming MTV Europe Music Awards, we’re stunned, either way!
The British pop star, who experienced a second wave of fame this year when an online meme viral linked to his 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up, is competing against Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Green Day, Tokio Hotel and U2 to win the award.
This is Rick Astley, people! Who last had a proper chart hit in the UK in 1991. Seriously. Actually, it would be amazing if he won. Could you imagine the Bono rage? Probably worth it for that alone. …
We’ll find out at the MTV Europe awards from Liverpool on November 6.
Editor’s Note (and total non sequitur): Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sex tape hits Internet!