After watching the awesome-but-hard-to-follow video for “Stop and Stare” by OneRepublic, we were left with some questions. For example — who’s the old guy? Where’s that creepy motel? Did this cost as much as a movie? Luckily, OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder is such a nice fellow, he stopped by to walk us through the imagery-laden musical epic, plus fill us in on the band’s next video.
1. This video almost didn?t happen.
?We had written a treatment originally, and it just got too complicated and over-budget,? Tedder said. Originally set on the Lower East Side, the band settled for the desert locale when director Anthony Mandler submitted his treatment. ?We got [the expense of the video] down from $620,000 to $450,000?which for a new band ? no bands are getting that kind of budget right now.?
2. Don?t worry; you?re not the only one confused.
?A lot of people have questions as to what [the video?s] about,? says Tedder. ?Any time you see a shot of me, it?s me contemplating where I?m at in my life when the song was written. The grave and the priest represent death, and the girl who?s later pregnant represents birth and life.?
Just days after Beyonce and Jay-Z allegedly capped off their six-year romance with a wedding, people are already whispering that the couple wed so quickly because Beyonce is knocked up. The alleged proof: their whirlwind nuptials, and that her sis Solange had a shotgun wedding a while back. Wow, so it must be true! Let me shatter the dreams of gossipy people around the world – she’s probably not pregnant. Aside from the fact that sisters love to do the exact opposite of each other (er, aside from Jamie-Lynn Spears and BritBrit), Beyonce and Jay-Z likely got married quickly so that we, the media, wouldn’t ruin it. And even though we kinda did by gawking at the whole thing, neither Beyonce or Jay have actually confirmed that they wed, which means THEY WIN. So don’t go around spreading pregnancy rumors just because you’re pissed that we still don’t know what kind of dress B wore. Besides, no one will believe it until we can spot a vague, hardly there, probably imaginary mini-bump. When that happens, I’ll be the first one to whisper the P word.
VH1.com caught up with pop legend and American Idol judge Paula Abdul to speak about her new song and video (see it here), ?Dance Like There?s No Tomorrow,? off of Randy Jackson?s Music Club, Vol. 1 We?ll be breaking down Abdul?s comments over the next week in a variety posts. In today?s installment, she talks about her plane crash, injuries and the painful road to recovery.
Paula Abdul on her long absence from the music industry:
I wish they had [a way for me to show what was going on] behind the scenes. Because when [I was at my peak in the '90s], I had a plane crash. That?s something I quietly made go away — no paparazzi or tabloid stuff. I took care of that. I didn?t want people to feel sorry for me or to count me out. The truth of the matter is that when I got into a plane crash, it was on my birthday. [I was flying from] St. Louis to Denver. I had a day off in Denver.
Project Runway says Auf Wiedersehen to Bravo
Heidi Klum has moved her uber-hit Project Runway from Bravo to Lifetime! Think they’ll film a special made for TV movie starring Meredith Baxter Berney about the process?? [DListed]
She-Pratt Dishes on Spencer and Heidi
Lil’ sis Stephanie Pratt opened her rather large mouth about her brother’s troubled relationship. OMG she thinks they’re “perfect for each other!”? [Us]
Drunk Driver Mischa Barton Takes Plea Deal
Messed up OC star Mischa Barton is grabbing the plea deal offered to her in her DUI case. No jail for this celebutard – yet.? [People]
Rob Lowe Sues Ex-Nanny for Claiming Infidelity
This seems like the perfect plot for a Rob Lowe comeback flick!? [People]
Gossip Guy Dumps Carrie Underwood via Text
Chace Crawford gave crooner Carrie the boot with the ol’ “Sry, IDK, but we need 2 brk up.” Classy.? [Us]
They did it! They REALLY did it! Though neither star has confirmed their nuptials, every major press outlet is reporting that Beyonce and Jay-Z have officially become husband and wife. Even Mary J. Blige announced it at her concert on Saturday, so it’s gotta be true! The long-time couple tied the knot at Jay’s Tribeca penthouse after snagging a marriage license earlier in the week. The crowd was small, and guests – including Gwyneth Paltrow and B’s sister Solange – were asked to wear ivory. Thousands of Thai orchids were brought in for the event, and DJ Cassidy kept the attendees on the dance floor late into the night. Jay-Z had to perform over the weekend, and there’s no word of a honeymoon at this time. They’ll probably just end up on a yacht somewhere for a few weeks. You know how they do! Congrats to the happy couple – we hope they make it last. [People]
NKOTB Drop New Single, Look
The New Kids get sexy on their new single “Click, Click.” Have they got the right stuff all over again? [DListed]
Heidi Should Register Before Speaking
Dimwit Heidi Montag announced that she was voting for John McCain, but somehow has neglected to register to vote. Oops! [Radar]
50 Cent the Winner in Eviction Case
The rapper came out on top in an eviction case against his ex. Now if only he could beat Kanye. [SOHH]
Olsen Twins: Bizarre Bridesmaids
These pictures of the Olsen twins attending a pal’s wedding in white masks are so Eyes Wide Shut that even Ton Cruise got a little turned on. [Just Jared]
Jamie Lynn Spears Turns 17 at Wal-Mart
J-L and her boy toy Casey hit up a Louisiana Wal-Mart and Ruby Tuesday’s on her seventeenth birthday. Pregnant teen stars – they’re just like us! [Us]
We’re a nation of consumers. We’re a nation of music lovers. We’re a nation of people who need to pay more attention to our kids’ education. How to address all three points in one fell swoop? Tough question. But those in the Hollywood area have a chance to deal with the above subjects at Save The Music’s “Big Shopping Day” bash on April 26. It’s there that STM, the non-profit org dedicated to keeping music programs alive in public schools, will host an array of clothing designers and purveyors of beauty products. Lots of celeb hosts are usually on the prowl. This year the list stretches from Christina Applegate to Lenny Kravitz to Vanessa and Venus Williams. Participating designers include Alex Woo, Friend of Foe, Lisa Kline, Michael Stars, and Clandestine Industries (yep, the shop run by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz).
Perhaps the best part: Our girl Natasha Bedingfield will be performing during the day. You’re aware of how seductive she can be, right? I’m sure you are.
VH1.com caught up with pop legend and American Idol judge Paula Abdul to speak about her new song and video (see it here), “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow,” off of Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1 The pop number is Abdul’s first in almost 12 years, and it placed her solidly back on the charts. We’ll be breaking down Abdul’s comments over the next week in a variety posts. In today’s installment, she discusses how the new song came to be, and how she knows longstanding Idol co-host Randy Jackson. She also talks about why you should never let Michael Bolton babysit your kids.
Paula Abdul on how she came to record “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow”:
I?ll tell you how it all started. For the past six seasons [on American Idol], Randy and I toyed with the idea of collaborating. One of the guys will be singing a song, and [Randy and I] will look at each other and go, ?God, that would be a great cover.? But to focus Randy Jackson is like trying to catch a kid who?s at an amusement park and focused on getting cotton candy. It?s like, ?Randy! Yo, Randy! Come on, Randy!? He?s a total politician. He?s always like, ?Yo, we love this! We?re going to do this! We?re going to win! It?s great!? It goes on and on. I know he?s like this, so I?m always like, ?Stop toying with my emotions.?
What goes around (or in the case, gets around) comes around, which is why it seems totally appropriate that Jenna Jameson‘s ex-hubby, some porn dude name Jay Grdina, is now dating Shanna Moakler! Yes, that Shanna, from Miss USA/Meet the Barkers fame. The new couple met at Shanna’s birthday bash in Vegas and have been inseparable ever since. This would be so sweet if it was all so x-rated. Even though their union is new, they’re already connected through all sorts of dirty Hollywood drama. Jenna, who is now with Ultimate Fighter Tito Ortiz, is also BFF with Shanna’s sworn enemy, Paris Hilton. You may recall Paris got it on with Shanna’s now ex-hubby when the two were separated. If the two ladies dislike each other (fingers crossed!) we’ll surely hear about it soon – they’re both avid MySpace journal-ers with a flare for the, uh, dramatic.
The talented, whipsmart Sara Bareilles — who you may know from…oh, pretty much everywhere — let’s us behind the scenes for her brand new video “Bottle It Up.” Shot over two days in 22 locations, our You Oughta Know artist was kind enough to make this visual postcard from the set. “Bottle It Up” premieres online on April 8th, so come back then to watch!