Gospel boy Jacob Lusk and rock god James Durbin combine forces for a campy duet of Im Into Something Good. Were not sure what 80s sitcom they yoinked this from but the performance left us all at a loss for words.
Singer looks as if she’s channeling Grace Jones in photo for girl-power anthem.
By Jocelyn Vena
Photo: James Devaney/ WireImage
Editor’s note: Since publishing this story, it has come to our attention that the photo assumed to be of Beyoncé for her new single is actually a fake.
She may have retired Sasha Fierce, but that doesn’t mean she’s any less fierce. Beyoncé’s promo shot for her girl-power anthem, possibly titled “Girls (That Rule the World),” has hit the Internet.
In the close-up, black-and-white snapshot, Beyoncé looks as if she’s channeling Grace Jones. Her hair is pulled back sleekly, her mouth is slightly open and her black liquid eye makeup is done up in a funky cat-eye style. She appears to be nude and is wearing black nail polish. The shot first appeared on Twitter. The question “Who run the world?” appears on the poster, with the tease, “Coming Soon.”
The photo comes as more and more shots of the music video for the song have hit the Web. On Wednesday, Beyoncé was seen on the set looking like the queen of her own country, with a gigantic crown and flag with the initial “B” on it.
Just a day before, Beyoncé made headlines when she was spotted on a music video set wearing a white Givenchy jumpsuit, faux-hawk and sunglasses. The video will reportedly be directed by Francis Lawrence, who worked with Beyoncé in her Destiny’s Child days. He’s also worked with Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Pink.
On Thursday, a snippet of the track leaked. It’s a feisty club-thumper about the power of being female.
“Love it how we’re smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business,” she sings. “Please, you better not play me. Oh, come here, baby/ Hope you still like me, if you pay me.”
The tease certainly fit Bey’s previous description of the album’s vibe. “Well, I wouldn’t say I’m inventing a new genre,” Beyoncé explained. “I’m mixing every type of genre that I love, and I’m inspired by every type of genre. … I’m not in a box. It’s not R&B. It’s not typically pop. It’s not rock. It’s just everything I love all mixed together in my own little gumbo of music.”Related Artists
Last night, our Ginger Bear growled his last growl on Idol, as Casey Abrams was eliminated in sixth place. The jazz musician was appropriately cool about his elimination when he spoke to reporters today. Maybe Ill break down crying some other time, he said, but right now I feel really good about what happened last night and whats happening today. Casey chatted about bringing jazz to Idol, kissing Steven Tyler, and those rumors about his romance with Haley Reinhart.On whether hes dating Haley,…
Its been a while since we heard from Bachelor Pad hottie Gia Allemand. But when she tweets a photo with the tease, My new bikini line GIA available soon ;) we pay attention.
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Can you imagine a royal Bachelor? Wait, we had one: Prince Lorenzo Borghese of The Bachelor: Rome! But even if things had worked out for him and Jennifer Wilson, chances are their wedding wouldnt have attracted the same worldwide buzz as the one coming up on Friday, April 29, between some guy named Will and a chick named Kate.
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Currently, the number-one film in America is ‘Limitless,’ which stars Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.
Among the supporting cast is Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel and Daniel Breaker.
For Breaker, who received a Tony Award nomination for his role in the critically acclaimed and Tony Award-winning musical ‘Passing Strange’ and last starred in the stage musical of ‘Shrek,’ making the transition to the film world and having the film be seen by many is certainly a joy, as he spoke exclusively to BlackVoices.com.
“You know, it’s pretty thrilling. It’s fairly new for me. The only other movie I’ve done was this movie called ‘Passing Strange,’ the Spike Lee film that was a musical he filmed on stage. So it wasn’t necessarily a full-on movie event. Whereas this one is actually a good, old thriller. So it’s very exciting to come to shape.”
‘Limitless’ is an action thriller about an unsuccessful writer (played by Bradley) whose life is transformed by a top-secret “smart drug” that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this suspenseful and provocative film.
The film is filled with some twists, and Breaker is keen enough not to reveal spoilers, including his own role.
“I don’t want to give it away because there’s a lot of things that happen at the end of that film, but basically I’m a leading man’s sort of campaign manager at a certain part of his life. But that’s sort of all I can tell you because I don’t want to ruin the ending.”
As the neophyte on a film set, the Kansas native got to watch and learn the process and interact with De Niro, a master pro at this game.
“To be near Robert De Niro was absolutely nerve wracking. I don’t typically get nervous around certain people, but the guy from ‘Raging Bull’ is one that you would feel a little intimidated by. We talked briefly about things, about weather and just, you know, sort of small talk. I was just excited to be talking to him.”
Breaker doesn’t think an omnipotent drug exists but can imagine people looking for one.
“I don’t know if that drug exists at this size, but I think many people are already trying to create that feeling, whether it be with an illegal drug or with caffeine — or whatever you have near you.”
Whether ‘Limitless’ will parlay more film roles for Breaker, he’s certainly not waiting for his next role to come along, as he’s currently rehearsing for his play, which is opposite Sanaa Lathan.
“I try to go in as many different directions as I can. I think it’s been a fortunate couple of years in the career, but also I got married and I have a son now. So it’s been quite fulfilling to have all those things right now. I’m back into the world of theater. I’m doing a play right now over at Second Stage, ‘By the Way, Meet Vera Drake,’ the new play by Lynn Nottage and directed by Jo Bonney. I play two characters. In the first half I play a jazzman from the ’30s. A fictional character, a trumpeter named Leroy Barksdale, who later he falls in love with Vera Stark, played by Sanaa Lathan. But it ends tragically. And in the second half, I play this academic from early 2000 named Herb Forrester. He’s a bit of an intellectual, and it almost reminds you of Cornel West in his look. But this play is very thrilling. It takes place in four different time periods — the ’30s, the 1850s, the 1970s and then the early 2000s. And this show also has a lot of film in it. We’ve actually filmed part of a movie to be projected in the play. So it’s a bit of a mash up of different styles. So it’s kind of exciting to be bouncing off to different events. In terms of my career, I always try to do something that I’ve never done before. So as long as it’s something I’ve never stepped into, I’m happy. And so in an ideal world, I can just be plugged into film and musicals and plays and whatever comes my way.”Tweet
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Prince William and Kate Middleton, who are now officially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and shared their first public kiss as husband and wife.
The long-awaited public display of affection was quick — blink and you miss it — and was watched upon by thousands of people gathered outside the palace’s gates, who cheered when the appeared from behind the glass doors.
Ryan Phillippe was fixated on his new Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY while grabbing a slice on the way to his Bang Bang Club premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Ice-T and Coco rapped along to Dj Manero’s set at Juliet Supper Club.
Jack Osbourne hung out with Stevy Pyne from Semi Precious Weapons at NYC hotspot Riff Raff’s.
Britney Spears’ boys, Jayden and Sean, went to a local park for an Easter egg hunt with their nanny and bodyguard. The boys also enjoyed petting the rabbits and chickens at the petting zoo.
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First-time dad Orlando Bloom can?t seem to contain his joy over his 3-month-old son, Flynn! ?Ah, it?s amazing. It?s amazing? Orlando, 34, told In Touch of fatherhood at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of The Good Doctor in New York City on April 22. ?He?s my boy. Amazing, it?s just ? all the things that you thought were important drift into the background and the things that are important come to the foreground. He?s one of them.?
In the film, Orlando plays a doctor who falls in love with his patient, played by Elvis Presley?s granddaughter, Riley Keough. Orlando explained, ?I get to play a doctor who falls in love with a patient, which is a big no-no. He?s a guy who is doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons. It?s a tragic love story.?
Fortunately for the talented actor, art hasn?t imitated life. Orlando seems blissfully happy with his wife, Victoria?s Secret bombshell Miranda Kerr, 28, who was his date to the premiere, and seemed to somehow have miraculously lost all the ?baby weight? after giving birth three months ago! ?She?s gorgeous,? Orlando gushed to In Touch.
Co-star Rob Morrow, an old hand at daddy duty, has bonded with Orlando about being a dad. ?We were just chatting about it. I have a 10-year-old,? Rob shared with In Touch on the red carpet. ?I was telling Orlando it gets better and better and more complicated. He was showing me a zillion pictures. I think he?s going to be great and they seem like a good couple!?
Riley added, ?I think he?s a really good father. He?s so happy and excited. It?s really sweet!?
Ne-Yo, Cyndi Lauper continue to perform in the country following earthquake.
By Gil Kaufman
Photo: Noel Vasquez/ Getty Images
As the people of Japan continue to struggle with recovering from the nation’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, some artists are being forced to cancel their tour dates in the nation. Ke$ha released a statement on Monday announcing that she would have to postpone her upcoming dates in Japan.
“My heart is with Japan right now through this disaster and these hardships,” the singer wrote on her website. “I genuinely don’t think right now would be appropriate timing for me to perform in Japan given the content and the spirit of my show, which is all about feeling exuberant, rowdy, and wild. … I plan to bring my party there and to that part of the world when we are all ready to dance and Get $leazy together again. In the meantime I am going to do everything I can to help relief efforts and I encourage everyone in the world to do the same.”
In the meantime, Ke$ha has a string of North American dates kicking off on April 1 with a show in Clarion, Pennsylvania, and running through early May.
According to Billboard, the promoter of the scotched Japanese tour, Creativeman Productions, also announced that it would be canceling a pair of its annual spring festivals. The Springgroove, an R&B, soul and hip-hop festival scheduled for April 2 near Tokyo and April 3 in Osaka, would have featured Nelly and Flo Rida, among others. Also called off was then annual hardcore Punkspring festival on April 1 and 2 in Osaka and Nagoya with headliners Good Charlotte and Hoobastank.
Ne-Yo continued with his planned dates in Japan over the weekend, performing a show in Nagoya on Friday and launching a charity initiative to help the people of the country. Called “Spread Love Through Music,” the show included donation boxes at the concert to help those in need and the sale of a special wristband with proceeds going to earthquake relief. He plans to do the same during his shows on Tuesday (March 22) in Yokohama and Thursday in Tokyo. “You can absolutely spread love through music, and I think that’s what’s absolutely called for in this time of crisis,” he said in a video on his website.
Also currently touring Japan is Cyndi Lauper, who is slated to play a show in Osaka on Tuesday and was in the country promoting her Memphis Blues album when the quake hit on March 11. She’s been tweeting about her experience all along, and on Monday, she wrote about the healing power of music in the shattered country.
“Miss my family but have my music family and the warmth of the peeps I sing to. Tonight I will lose myself in the music and the rhythm,” she wrote. Like Ne-Yo, she is asking fans to donate cash at the shows to earthquake relief and is donating all royalties from sales of her Blues album in Japan to the Japanese Red Cross.Related Photos
Week after week, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Suddeth have wowed America with their dead-on renditions of country hits. Having them sing together was a no-brainer, but even so their cover of I Told You So by Randy Travis blew the audience away. Naturally, every McClaina fan wants to know when we can expect a repeat.
On its final night, the Seventh Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature is appropriately ending with a flourish. Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka will be delivering the Sixth Annual Arthur Miller Freedom To Write lecture.
Soyinka is one of the most decorated and respected writers in the world. Born in Nigeria in 1934, Soyinka became the first African to receive the Nobel Prize in literature. When given to Soyinka, the Nobel Prize committee said of the author, playwright and poet, “He possesses a prolific store of words and expressions which he exploits to the full in witty dialogue, in satire and grotesquery, in quiet poetry and essays of sparkling vitality.” Upon acceptance of the prize, Soyinka gave a controversial Nobel Prize lecture, entitled “The Past Must Address Its Present” and dedicated to Nelson Mandela in the midst of South Africa Apartheid.
This year’s festival will appropriately celebrate the “power of the writer’s voice to revitalize public debate on world issues.” Soyinka most recently has been one of the more outspoken critics against Nigeria’s ongoing religious battle between Muslims and Christians. The PEN World Voices Festival is chaired by Salman Rushdie, and is an annual event that takes place in various venues across New York City. Over 100 writers from 40 nations began convening together on April 26, performing and sharing their work for audiences. Soyinka is delivering his lecture at the New York Public Library on Sunday, May 1 at 6 p.m.
New track with Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha follows leaked version, plus Brit tweets single’s cover art.
By Jocelyn Vena
The “Till the World Ends” Femme Fatale remix
The new version of the song was produced by Dr. Luke and Dream Machine. Brit half-whispers ” ‘Till the World Ends’ remix” before the beat kicks in and Nicki hits her verse hard. She spits fierce lines like, “Sniff, sniff, cries/ I done slayed your whole entire f—-ing life.”
Then Britney’s sex-kitten vocals kick in for the song’s first verse. “That’s Britney, bitch! I’m Nicki Minaj and that’s Ke$ha,” the Queens MC declares before K sings the chorus. The beat is harder, the loops are sassier and the song is grimier than the original version, which was the second single from Femme Fatale. The newly added dubstep portion takes the one from “Hold It Against Me” to a new level by adding in bass-heavy synths.
Ke$ha, of course, wrote the track for Britney, and the ladies certainly don’t seem to mind sharing the spotlight with each other. The official track isn’t much different than the version that leaked over the weekend, though Spears did have something brand-new to share with her fans just as the song dropped on iTunes and streamed on her website.
Spears tweeted the artwork for the single, which features the original press photo of Spears along with separate photos of Nicki on the left and Ke$ha on the right. Spears wrote, “@NickiMinaj @Keshasuxx Too much fierceness for one cover! Thanks for lending your voices girls… #TTWEREMIX — Brit”
Spears and Minaj have been hanging out a lot in the lead-up to their summer tour. They hung out at the Factory nightclub on Friday night after Minaj’s show in Los Angeles. Spears later wrote, “Early rehearsal after a late night with my girl @NickiMinaj. Can’t WAIT to get out on the road with you.”
What do you think of the “Till the World Ends” remix? Tell us in the comments!Related Artists
By Leah Ornstein
Radar Style & Beauty Editor
It was a fab (and shab!) day in fashion as Hollywood’s hottest stars stepped out dressed in the best and worst designer duds and RadarOnline has all the photos in our daily fashion feature.
Sarah Jessica Parker looked Sexy in the City at the opening night of the Broadway show The Normal Heart, sporting style that Carrie Bradshaw would surely be proud of! The fashion icon paired a ruched Lanvin mini with a chic Chanel coat and Manolo Blahnik jeweled heels, scoring herself the best look of the day.
Whoopi Goldberg wasn’t so fortunate on the fashion front, wearing stars and stripes heels with her baggy threads to the 27th American Image Awards.
Also experiencing a patriotic flop was Mary Kate Olsen, who wasn’t quite dressed to impress wearing a blue and white striped top under a red suit.
Anna Kendrick rocked an impossibly sexy Zuhair Murad dress to the Vanity Fair Party during the Tribeca Film Festival, and Kate Hudson also achieved a style score, showing off her baby bump and new bling in a Fendi slipdress.
Who else was dressed in sinning and winning style on Wednesday? Click here to find out.