We can’t remember exactly when Hollywood gave up on original ideas and simply began “remaking” things from the past/other mediums, or when they just started slapping together every big star they could think of to assemble a cast, but here you have it folks: The Future. What’s happening now is that Rock Of Ages, a Broadway musical, is being preened for its big screen debut. Starring Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Ackerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, and Tom Cruise, the film embraces hair, rock, and the era that style forgot, the eighties. By the looks of it, there’s lots of gratuitous boobs, stage diving, sticking it to the man, and hair on Alec Baldwin’s head. We’re not sure what to make of the whole debacle, but you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll be at the cinema dancing in the aisles when it comes out.
The Muppets‘ new movie has hit the big screen and being received the way all Muppets should be received — with laughter, excitement, and a resounding standing ovation. Now, a video for one of the movies songs, “Man Or Muppet,” which is also up for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Song has its own video. Not content with just a CCMA nod, Jason Segel says of the track “I think that ‘Man or Muppet’ should be nominated for an Academy Award. You can put that in print.” The song, written by Bret McKenzie of Flight Of The Conchords fame, is a coming of age/growing up story full of both human and puppet emotion. Starring in the video alongside Segel is a ravishing yet adorable Amy Adams and Jim Parsons as a human incarnation of the Muppet, Walter. The video, even its sentimental subject matter doesn’t miss a Muppet beat, with hints of comical irreverence, a cameo by Kermit and ultimate wholesome goodness.
Last night, former child of destiny Kelly Rowland caused quite a stir with her “erratic” antics on the UK’s X Factor. Accused by fans of Twitter of being inebriated, Kelly’s behavior included some over the top laughter, telling some contestants she liked their sweaters in a sort of weird voice, declaring “Merry fricking Christmas,” mishearing host Dermot O’Leary‘s question to her and being just a little bit too excitable. Some of the accusatory Tweets included the following:
Kelly Rowland hit back via Twitter, declaring, “Nice try, but I wasn’t under the influence, in ANY way……….just overwelmed by the crowds cheers!” [sic] We’re thinking Kelly probably wasn’t drunk and it’s all just a bit of an overreaction to her nerves. And even if she did have a bit of a tipple… Does it matter? She’s glowing, lucid and lovely, which is more than we can say for ourselves after we’ve downed a few! What do you think? Watch the video above featuring snippets of Kelly on the X Factor and have your day in the comments!
It’s the 7th day of DIVAS, and the VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul event is hurtling towards us now — we can’t wait until it hits! Set to air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the show will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies. In our 12 Days Of DIVAS special, we’ve been revisiting some of our favorite performances from DIVAS past, including Jill Scott, Beyoncé, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and a duet between Joss Stone and Gladys Knight.
Remember when there were 4? Today, for the 7th day of DIVAS, we’re giving you Destiny’s Child performing “Say My Name” in 2000. The girls may have been whittled down until there was only one left sitting on the throne — King B, naturally — but Destiny’s Child are iconic in their own right, and always will be. As fresh faced teenagers on the brink of young adulthood, the girls are SO 2000 in matching gold get ups, heavy makeup and synchronized dances. Moreover, they’re fierce and sexy, laying the foundation for the legacy of female empowerment that Beyoncé continues to champion 11 years later.
VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will premiere exclusively on VH1 on Monday, December 19, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Ever wondered what happened on the Saturday Night Live Writers’ Night? Apparently, not writing — but we’re not complaining, because this is better. Preparing for last weekend’s SNL hosted by Katy Perry with performance by Robyn, SNL star Taran Killam and a bunch of his peers — SNL writers Sarah Schneider and Zach Kanin, and fellow cast members Abby Elliott, Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan— got a bit batty and experimental at 4.30am. The team reenacted Robyn‘s “Call Your Girlfriend” with impeccable accuracy, from the dance right down to the lighting. Watch the video above for your morning LOL.
Early Bird Special Of The Day [The Daily What]
It’s all about You Oughta Know band Foster The People right now, and if you still don’t know who they are you’re even more clueless than these Jeopardy contestants. Just kidding, you’re only clueless if, in reading this, you don’t immediately go and listen to some FTP. The boys are hot business, after all, having been nominated for Grammys and whatnot. Last night, they performed their new single “Don’t Stop” live on Leno (we premiered the video for the single last week) and it was everything you’d expect from FTP: high energy, impeccable vocals and instrumentals, weird crap on the walls and lots of color and flashing lights. And also Mark Foster is a babe. Fin.
The Black Keys just released their new record, El Camino, and are currently in the midst of a huge promotional push to get the word out about it. Still riding the crest of viral popularity of their video for first single “Lonely Boy,” the band has showcased their new songs on SNL and an MTV Hive livestream, but are currently causing waves with fans (including our own Kat George) by not allowing El Camino to appear on popular streaming sites like Spotify, Rdio and MOG.
Well, we were lucky enough to grab some time with The Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney over the weekend and were able to ask them about this controversial decision. Carney told us that, “[Streaming services] are becoming more popular, but it still isn’t at a point where you’re able to replace royalties from record sales with the royalties from streams…For a band that makes a living selling music, it’s not at a point where it’s feasible for us.” He went on to explain that he endorses services like Pandora, where fans are able to sample and discover new music on a song-by-song basis, but commented that the Spotifys of the world are “set up to be a little more fair for the labels than for the artists.”
What say you guys, the music fans, about this hot button issue in the today’s music industry? Are you on the side of the Black Keys, and think that fans should support their favorite artists by buying their albums and singles through retail outlets? Or does the Black Keys’ decision not to allow El Camino to appear on streaming services like Spotify make you less likely to listen to their music? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Chris Martin Thinks Lady Gaga Writes Better Music Than Him
Coldplay‘s Chris Martin things Lady Gaga is a better songwriter than him, revealing, “I just admire all of the hats and the dresses and the madness and everything because I know that underneath it all she can beat me at writing choruses.” We reckon she probably looks better in a dress, too. [Spin]
Grinderman Announce That They’re Splitting Up
Music legend Nick Cave has announced that his band, Grinderman, will be no more, but cryptically added, “See you all in another ten years when we’ll be even older and uglier.” [Prefix]
Previously unseen footage of Beyoncé‘s A Night With Beyoncé show in the UK is now available for seeing, and what a sight! Performing “Run The World (Girls)” (above) and “I Care” (after the jump), Beyoncé is spectacular in a sheer, nude colored body suit that is adorned strategically with sparkles to hide her, er… naughty parts. With her signature windswept hair, Bey kills it on the dance floor, proving who runs the world with her all-female ensemble — and it’s King B, because even with all those other beautiful, talented women up there, we’ve only got eyes for one. One of the most glorious things about watch this is the crowd — we’ve never seen a pop concert illicit such commitment in the quality of dance moves, so it must be true, Bey really does have the best fans. There’s also footage of Bey clad in white as a Grecian goddess for “Party” (after the jump), and if you haven’t fainted from the awesomeness of the other two clips, you should definitely watch it.
Adele has all become Queen Of The World this year, unanimously placed at the head of “Top” and “Best” lists for her album 21 (ranked by both industry critics and the public), and yet again receiving nominations for a slew of Grammys, which it seems she’s a shoo-in to win a handful of. So how does the international super star plan to follow up her epic year? With a good old fashioned rest, to be sure!
Forget a hastily produced third record (as has been the trend with pop stars of late, resulting generally in quantity of quality), Adele is going to get some much needed R and R before leaping into her next musical offering, which, she predicts, will be when she’s 25 or 26. Of the decision, Adele says, “I’m just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just ‘be’ for a bit. I’ll disappear and come back with a record when it’s good enough. There will be no new music until it’s good enough and until I’m ready.” On the mend from vocal cord surgery, the move seems like a sensible one for Adele’s voice, and a rather mature one from the perspective of someone who values their art over the dollar value assigned to it.
Adele To Take Much Needed Rest On Laurels [Pop Dust]
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