WATCH: James Durbin and Jacob Lusk Duet on "I?m Into Something Good" by Carole King on April 27
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
Beyoncé (file) 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.”
New Interview! Casey Abrams: ?Steven Tyler Kissed Me Back!?
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,…
Idol Speculation: Our Carole King Song Picks for the Top 6
While a Carole King theme may seem strange to the uninitiated, the reality is that in addition to her own material, King has a vast, decade-spanning catalog of songs shes written for other artists. We didnt have any trouble finding songs for our Top 6… our only difficulty was in narrowing down the choices! Here are our favorite picks for Wednesday night.Casey Abrams - Some Kind of Wonderful (The Drifters)While we enjoyed Caseys Maroon 5 cover last week and were intrigued by Nature Boy the week…
Steven Tyler on Why He Took Idol Job: "F?k Yeah" I Did It to Show the Band!
American Idol judge Steven Tyler is making the press rounds in promotion of his new memoir Does the Noise In My Head Bother You?, shooting covers for People and Rolling Stone magazines. In both stories, Steven is his usual charming self, but its his Rolling Stone interview that really perked up our ears. The Aerosmith rocker makes some very candid statements about his fellow band members. He also praises the Idol Season 10 finalists to the skies, and set the story straight about how he almost…
Chris Harrison: Prince William Would've Been the "Most Amazing, Most Dramatic Bachelor Ever"
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.
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.”
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.
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
Ke$ha Photo: Noel Vasquez/ Getty Images
As the people of Japan continue to struggle with recovering from the nation’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, some artists are being forced to cancel their tour dates in the nation. Ke$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.
Will Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Suddeth Sing Another Duet Tonight?
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.
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!
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.
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.
We were just as stunned as soap fans around the world to hear that ABC is pulling the plug on long-running soaps ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ in September and January 2012, respectively.
Over on our Facebook page, many readers have voiced their anger and disappointment with the network and started campaigns to save the shows. Some of you have even gone as far as boycotting the network all together.
On a recent post about ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ several readers chimed in about giving up ABC. Kathryn T. wrote, “Won’t watch ABC except for the soaps! Fire Brian Fons!”
Pamela B. added, “I hate having to boycott ABC, but I love ‘All My Children’ and [‘One Life to Live’] enough to keep doing it.”
Video: Scotty McCreery Sings "You've Got a Friend" by Carole King on April 27
Scotty McCreery attempts an sexier, more intimate rendition of Youve Got a Friend. The judges swooned over his performance. Randy Jackson dug Scottys buttery baritone while Jennifer Lopez loved his storytelling.
WATCH Scotty McCreery perform LeAnn Rimes by Swingin last weeks episode.
Victoria And David Beckham Speak Out On Royal Wedding
Can you imagine what it must’ve felt like to actually be in Westminister Abbey to watch Prince William and Kate (now Catherine) Middleton’s wedding? David and Victoria Beckham were there, and they’ve released a statement about the royal wedding to … Continue reading →
Beyonce's 'Run The World (Girls)' To Hit Radio, iTunes Thursday
Singer has also posted a 17-second video teaser on her website. By James Dinh
Beyonce in her “Run The World (Girls)” teaser Photo: Columbia
A demo version of Beyoncé’s new single “Run the World (Girls)” may have made the rounds online earlier this week, and now the singer will unveil the official version sooner than expected.
According to a press release, the club-ready tune, which samples Major Lazer’s “Pon de Floor,” will hit radio airwaves and iTunes worldwide on Thursday.
Produced by Switch, Beyoncé and Shea Taylor, “Run the World (Girls)” is the lead single from the pop star’s yet-untitled fourth studio album. Like her previous smash “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” the singer wrote the girl-power anthem with the help of R&B mastermind The-Dream.
If that weren’t enough to appease fans’ appetites, the entertainer has also released a 17-second video teaser called the “B Revolution” on her website. The teaser, which appears to be a taste of the song’s forthcoming video, begins with a shot of a sunset, a rusty dark car with the word “Revolution” painted on it and a shredded newspaper. B soon appears in an all-white ensemble on top of a horse, which lifts its legs high in the air. The clip appropriately ends with the singer’s new “B” logo and the iTunes release message.
While not much is known about the video plot for “Run the World (Girls),” MTV News was lucky enough to speak with the clip’s director, Francis Lawrence, on Sunday. “The video’s for the songs ‘Girls’; it’s off her new album,” he confirmed. “She would probably have me shot if I said anything. … Some stuff spilled out, but she wasn’t happy about it, so I’ve been sworn to secrecy.”
Despite Lawrence’s attempt to stay mum on details, the director revealed that the clip will be a standout among the singer’s videography. “It’ll be big. It’ll probably be one of the bigger Beyoncé music videos ever done,” he said. “And I can say that I think the song is unbelievable.”
Are you excited for the final version of “Run the World (Girls)”? Let us know in the comments!
In the news today, the sky is blue, and Dov Charney is being sued. In the latest of a string of legal battles facing the American Apparel CEO, three women who previously sued him for sexual harassment now have brought a suit for defamation, invation of privacy and impersonating them on the web. The accusers - Irene Morales, Alyssa Ferguson and Tesa Lubans-Dehaven - first filed a $260 million harassment suit in the Brooklyn Supreme Court, but a judge halted the case to determine if it had grounds to go further. (Meanwhile, American Apparel attorneys were arguing that the women were only trying to extort company money.)
The new suit, filed in the Los Angeles Supreme Court, alleges that American Apparel made fake racy blogs about the women. According to the filing, some blog posts included “nude or semi-nude pictures” of Ferguson and Morales and made them appear to have admitted “to an unlawful scheme of extortion.” The women further accuse American Apparel of releasing their images to media outlets, up to and including the New York Times.
Who isnt inspired by Justin Bieber? In the latest vid from her official YouTube page, Kat Graham (Bonnie) credits the Beebs and his new movie you know the name with inspiring her to create her own life-before-I-was-famous documentary. Okay, so Kats is significantly shorter, and doesnt include any close-ups of baby Beebs, but she does fill us in on what a roller coaster life was leading up to The Vampire Diaries. Did you know Kat once worked alongside the current trainwreck/former superstar…
“I don’t know how I got into this. I don’t want to be responsible for any of my own life. I don’t want to pull the cord,” said Kreischer, adding that he much prefers simply hanging onto a thrill ride instead.
Julie Plec on TVD's Extreme Death Toll and Who?ll Be Around in Season 3
Oh TVD, sometimes you can be so fickle. Youll kill off a favorite, then bring em back. Youll get us all excited about a curse, and then drop a bomb like Oh, that thing? Thats not real!But as somebody very smart once said, its often your quirks that people like best. And while sometimes we get annoyed that you kill off our beloved characters, and tease us about all kinds of fake storylines, we still love you.That isnt to say you dont confuse us, though. Take, for example, that producer Julie Plec…
The most exciting and perhaps most surprising thing about the scenes featured in the new trailer is the focus on Snape and his significant flashback sequence. In the opening moments, not only is Snape shown in the now-recognizable scene outside of the Potters’ home in Godric’s Hollow. But there are also several other key moments included here, including one of Harry’s mother, Lily, growing a lily in her palm (a reference to a story Horace Slughorn told in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”).
With the majority of “Deathly Hallows, Part 2” set to focus on the final showdown between Harry and his nemesis, Voldemort, it comes as no shock that most of the trailer showcases plenty of new sequences from the epic last battle. It definitely looks like “Part 2” will have the best fight scenes to date from the series, be it when hundreds of wizards hurtle spells at Hogwarts’ defenses, when the statues in Hogwarts come to life to defend the castle, or when Voldemort walks through a room of dead wizards.
But some of the scenes are more poignant than others. Ron weeping over his brother’s dead body, Narcissa Malfoy looking troubled (maybe because of a decision she makes in regard to Harry?), Tonks in the midst of fighting and Molly Weasley throwing an attack spell are moments that should resonate with fans of the series or just heighten the excitement for those who’ve only seen the movies and don’t know what’s coming next. Harry’s line, “I never wanted any of you to die for me,” should tug at plenty of heart strings.
There are other extended sequences of previously seen scenes too. Several sequences showing the dragon at the Gringott’s breakout have been added into the mix and a longer look at the destruction of the Room of Requirements blends in nicely with the action from the final battle.
But the shots of Snape will likely be considered to be some of the most thrilling in the trailer. It’s nice that Warner Bros. is recognizing just how significant a character he is in “Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” and using the mystery surrounding him — Is Snape good or is Snape evil? — as the primary vehicle for heightening anticipation for the film.
Video: James Durbin Sings ?Will You Love Me Tomorrow? by Carole King on April 27
No marching band! No flaming piano! James Durbin performs a stripped down rendition of Will You Love Me Tomorrow. We swooned and fell even more in love with the rocker. The judges were just charmed by the song. Jennifer declared it was magical and Randy predicted that James could win the entire competition. Meanwhile, Steven reminisced about his first make-out sesh. WATCH James Durbin perform Muses Uprising from last weeks episode.
Justin Bieber Vintage Video: His First Meeting With Usher
Justin Timberlake also wanted to sign Bieber, ‘Never Say Never’ star said in 2009. By Jocelyn Vena
Justin Bieber Photo: Brian Phares/MTV News
Just as the world was learning who Justin Bieber was, MTV News caught up with the shaggy-haired singer in September 2009. He was gearing up to release his debut album, My World, and plotting his pop-world domination. In the year and a half since that interview, Bieber has done the nearly impossible, launching himself into the pop mega-sphere.
In the chat, Bieber recalled how he and his manager, Scooter Braun, met and eventually got big names interested in signing the teen.
"My manager found me on YouTube. He flew me out to Atlanta for the first time — I’d never actually been on a plane before. He flew me to Atlanta where i was going to the studio to meet some people," he recalled.
"And Usher happened to roll up in his Range Rover. I ran up to him, and I was like, ‘Usher, I love your songs. Want me to sing you one?’ The politest possible way he could say no, he did. … I took the hint. I didn’t get to sing for him: He had to run into a studio session."
But later, Usher was beckoning the teen back to the ATL. “He actually watched my videos — after my manager got to talking to him — and was like, ‘I should have let this kid sing,’ and flew me back to Atlanta where I got to sing for him in a proper setting. A week later, I had a meeting with Justin Timberlake, who also wanted to sign me, so they both kind of wanted me.”
As the story goes, Bieber went with Usher, and the two never looked back.
"As far as Usher being my mentor, he’s definitely given me words of wisdom. I hear it from everybody, but definitely to hear it from Usher is great, just to stay humble and grounded is very important," he explained.
"There’s a lot of people, especially young stars, that have gone down the wrong path, and I definitely plan to stay humble and stay grounded and keep my family first, because that stuff really is important in life."
On Friday, Justin Bieber’s 3-D documentary, “Never Say Never,” opens. The film takes a look at how the teen star worked to hit it big. MTV News has been chatting with him along the way, from the time he first burst on the scene in 2009 until now, as he embarks on a huge 2011 that will include a tour and more new music.
Nina Dobrev on Damon?s Love Life: He?s ?Basically Going for Anything He Can Get?
We all know Katherine Pierce (Nina Dobrev) isnt afraid to go after what she wants. Her strong-willed nature makes the Bulgarian brunette, for lack of a better term, a big pain in the you-know-what. Shes a tough one to trust, but its hard to deny sometimes we see a glimmer of goodness in there. We dont blame her. We hear that humanity thing is hard to kick.But theres at least one Mystic Falls resident who refuses to acknowledge Katherines good side: Damon Salvatore. The two have had a rough go…
Ginnifer Goodwin: Kate Middleton is a Real Life Cinderella
Checking off her to-do list along the way, Ginnifer Goodwin was spotted out and about as she ran errands in New York City earlier today (April 28).
The 32-year-old, who is in the Big Apple to promote her upcoming romantic comedy “Something Borrowed,” sported a neutral blazer, black and white patterned shirt, blue jeans and a pair of flats during her outing.
Ginnifer is readying herself for tomorrow’s (April 29) Royal Wedding, telling WENN that she will indeed be one of the millions tuning in to the Westminster Abbey celebration, saying, “I’ll be watching 100 per cent. Kate Middleton is our Cinderella. I’m obsessed and enthralled. I’m a big fan. They are a living fairytale those two.”
Goodwin continued, “The little girl in me who always wanted to play a princess is extraordinarily happy that Kate Middleton gets to be one. It’s a relationship that has overcome some obstacles that are outside of their control and purely based on love and there’s nothing more epic than that.”
Linkin Park? U2? Ke$ha? Behind MTV's Musical March Madness Selection
With the tipoff of our tournament set for Monday, Bigger Than the Sound breaks down your favorite band’s chances of busting the bracket. By James Montgomery
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington Photo: Frank Hoensch/ Getty Images
Last year, when we launched the inaugural Musical March Madness tournament, we did it largely on a whim.
As I wrote when I revealed my original (handwritten) bracket, the basic idea was to combine my love of college basketball, gambling and rock music (and superfluous lists) into one magical event, and it really didn’t matter that I hadn’t figured out how bands would advance in the tournament or even what they’d get for winning. All I knew was that it seemed like a fun idea (especially since I didn’t have anything else to write my column about that week) and that somewhere, there had to be someone who cared about these seemingly disparate things nearly as much as I did.
As it turned out, there were a lot of people who cared, and when it was all said and done — thanks to the efforts of a whole lot of folks, including Newsroom blog editor Kyle Anderson, who basically decided “You know what? People should vote on this!” — not only was Musical March Madness a certified success, but we somehow even managed to get an actual trophy to present to the winners, Coheed and Cambria, too. So, really, everybody won.
Of course, given the success of the original MMM, attention quickly shifted to the 2011 tournament. Last year, I basically just threw together a list of 64 bands (65, actually; who could forget the epic Against Me!/ Creed play-in battle?). For the 2011 tournament, however, I did research, monitored album sales and basically became a Selection Committee of one. And, yes, it took way longer than I ever could have imagined.
So, with the 2011 Musical March Madness set to tip off Monday — when we reveal our full bracket of 64 bands and launch voting in first-round matchups — I decided to pull back the curtain on that selection process. Some teams have all but locked up their spots in the 2011 tournament, while others still have some work to do. In the spirit of all things bracketological, here’s my up-to-the-minute look at where your favorite bands stand for this year’s MMM:
The #1 Seeds The biggest bands in the land. Last year, I gave out #1’s to Nickelback, Coldplay, Blink-182 and the Kings of Leon. Somewhat surprisingly, three-quarters of them ended up losing in the opening round of the tournament (only Blink survived, making it to the round of 32 before losing to 30 Seconds to Mars). Obviously, I overestimated the popularity of some of those acts, which means that, in 2011, to be a #1 seed, you have to have proven yourself as not only a rock-solid commodity, but an actual threat to win the championship too. Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to have an album either in stores or coming soon. So here are my latest contenders for top seeds:
» Foo Fighters » 30 Seconds to Mars » Linkin Park » My Chemical Romance » Arcade Fire » Vampire Weekend » Muse » The Black Keys » Blink-182 » Radiohead » Coldplay » Mumford & Sons
The Foos have a hotly anticipated album coming down the pipeline, as does Coldplay. Are expectations enough to make them #1’s? Or will the committee recognize the breakout success of the Black Keys, Muse and Mumford? Does a #1 album and a shocking Grammy win earn the Arcade Fire a top seed? Linkin Park and MCR both scuffed a bit with their latest albums, but does that matter, especially since they’re both legacy acts with loyal fanbases (and, in the case of My Chem, are tournament-tested)? And will the committee ignore the fact that, by most accounts, Radiohead’s latest was a bit of a letdown or that Blink-182 may never actually release their new album? As you can see, there are still plenty of questions left to be answered.
The Old Guard Legacy acts with something left in the tank. In 2010, time-tested faves like Slipknot, the White Stripes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Pearl Jam, U2 and the Dave Matthews Band all got invites to the big dance based largely on reputation alone (just think of them as the Dukes or Kansases of MMM). Of course, nearly all of them got knocked off in the first round, which means that this time around, reputation isn’t going to be enough to punch their tickets. Shoot, some of these acts aren’t even around anymore, which means that some deck-shuffling is in order. Here are the established acts that are still fighting for their tournament lives:
» Green Day » Dave Matthews Band » U2 » Red Hot Chili Peppers » Rage Against the Machine » Kid Rock » Pearl Jam » R.E.M.
Some (like the Chili Peppers and U2) have announced new albums this year, while others (like DMB) are planning to take 2011 off entirely. Still, whatever their status may be, the old guard remain forces at the cash registers and on radio, even if their latest albums didn’t exactly light the world on fire. And ignoring that entirely just isn’t possible. So how does the committee decide which make the field of 64? Good question. I’m still trying to figure out the answer.
The New Blood Upset-minded young guns. The 2010 MMM featured up-and-coming acts like the Young Veins, 3OH!3, Owl City and MGMT. One year later, none of them are even on the radar. Picking new bands for MMM is always a challenge, though in 2011, there seem to be a handful who have all but secured their spots in the tournament, thanks to their breakout successes. I’m talking about the likes of:
» Mumford & Sons » Florence and the Machine » The Black Keys » Cage the Elephant » Sleigh Bells » Adele
If the tournament started today, all of the above have been in (and some may even earn high seeds). But do any of them have enough to actually win the tournament? We’ll just have to wait and see.
The Bracket Busters Bands with solid, if not spectacular, résumés (weak out-of-conference schedules, etc.). Last year, this included eventual champs Coheed and Cambria, Final Four acts like Tokio Hotel, Elite Eight bands like Panic! at the Disco and Owl City, and even Patrick Stump, who rumbled all the way to the Sweet 16. In other words, the 2011 champion could very well come from this group. Here’s my list of under-the-radar threats:
» Panic! (once again) » Weezer » The Decemberists » Cake » Paramore » Avril Lavigne » Crystal Bowersox » Adam Lambert » Death Cab for Cutie » All Time Low
Two of the above — Cake and the Decemberists — have recent #1 debuts under their belts, while others have new albums on the horizon (DCFC, ATL, Avril). Others, like Bowersox and Lambert (who made the Sweet 16 last year), command insane fanbases, which make them dangerous on any day. Lavigne and ATL still have some work to do, but I’d consider all of the acts I just mentioned as safe for now.
The Bubble Bands On-the-verge acts that need a little help to make it in. Maybe they win their conference championship, or maybe they PayPal the selection committee some cash, but these are the bands on the brink. In 2010, that included Panic! (no new album or single), the Gaslight Anthem (up-and-comers just learning to play together) and Coheed (largely ignored by mainstream radio). Most of those bands managed to do quite well in the tournament, while others, like Hollywood Undead, Lil Wayne, Them Crooked Vultures and the National, all flamed out in the tournament’s opening round. Somewhat fittingly, it’s a real feast-or-famine type of thing. Here’s my updated list of bubble bands:
» Cobra Starship » Ke$ha » Tokio Hotel » MGMT » Train » Adele » Bret Michaels » Grace Potter and the Nocturnals » Taylor Swift
Right off the bat, neither Ke$ha nor Swift really rock (though Ke$h does use Jack Daniels as mouthwash), which makes them long shots. Tokio Hotel have done next to nothing since last year’s tournament, but was their success enough to earn them a spot this year? Bret Michaels is basically indestructible at this point, so I’d consider him a lock. Cobra Starship are largely dormant but command a big enough fanbase to warrant consideration. MGMT’s last album stiffed in spectacular fashion, which places them squarely on the soapy surface of the bubble.
So, will your favorite band make the cut for the 2011 Musical March Madness tournament? As you can see, the Selection Committee still has plenty of work to do — which means that, between now and Monday, I’ll be burning the midnight oil, busting out the brackets and then re-busting them once again. It’ll be a chore, but I bet it will be worth it. And I hope you’ll be along for the ride. Your band needs you, after all.
MTV’s 2011 Musical March Madness Tournament begins Monday, March 14, when we reveal the full field of 64 bands that will battle for the championship. Winners are determined by fan votes, so if your favorite act makes the cut, it’ll be up to you to guide them to glory. You can rally the troops on Twitter using the hashtag #MMM — but get ready, it’s gonna be a war.
Justin Bieber's Grammy Performance Will Be 'A Crossover,' Usher Says
The ‘O.M.G.’ singer looks forward to sharing the stage with his protégé on Sunday night. By James Montgomery
Usher Photo: Amanda Edwards/ Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD — At Sunday’s 53rd Grammy Awards, Usher will be pulling double duty as both a nominee and a performer. Of course, given the massive year he just completed — with the success of his smash single “O.M.G.” and as a mentor to rising phenom Justin Bieber — Ush’s Grammy plans seem rather fitting.
Especially since he’ll be performing with Bieber (and Bieber’s pal Jaden Smith), a move that’s just as much about celebrating Usher’s successes as it is the successes of his young protégé.
"Having been through [the Grammys] so many times, you couldn’t want for anything more than for your young protégé to have the opportunity to have one, so, in support of him having his moment, I wanted to be here," Usher told MTV News on Thursday, hours before his performance at the (Belvedere) RED launch party in Hollywood. "And also to be there to perform, to kind of tell the story of how we came together. This music business has definitely been good to both of us, and this year we have a lot to be happy for."
And just how will the dynamic duo tell that story? Well, Usher wasn’t about to reveal all the details, but he did say that he’s hoping their performance will show another side of Bieber … a side most tend to overlook.
"The performance will be fun," Usher explained. "We want to get up there and just do what we do. Be comfortable, and have a great time. … This is kind of a crossover for Justin. Having performed on so many different stages, this is the way that I wanted him to be seen and an opportunity to show the industry — a lot of the industry, that didn’t believe [in him] — some of his other talents. He’s going to play acoustically, and also, we’ll get down a little bit."
And though Ush is up for a pair of Grammy awards on Sunday — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary R&B Album for Raymond v. Raymond — he’s most looking forward to sharing the stage with Bieber and giving fans a look at where the young artist will be heading next.
"I’m very proud, man. I definitely saw it from the beginning, but thanks to the team that we have around us, it was made to happen. And that story has only just begun," Usher said. "The story of Justin Bieber doesn’t stop with screaming girls; we need screaming fans all around the world … a cultural experience that’s much more than just fanfare. And that’s what this is. That’s what the Grammys will be; that’s what my next phase for Justin is. This is the way I found him: I found him with a guitar in his hand, so I want him to be seen that way."
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Last August, he served as a guest editor for ESPN, and a few months later in October, Las Vegascelebrated “Ron Artest Day,” giving him the key to the city and $10,000 due to his dedication to raising mental health awareness. Artest later donated the money to his charity, XCel University.
In 2004, after Artest, who at the time was an Indiana Pacer, got involved in a fight with another player, a Diet Coke was thrown at him from the stands. Artest, along with other players, began fighting with fans, resulting in nine players being suspended and $10 million being lost in salary.
Even though it was a dark time for Artest, the athlete was able to rebound from the incident by getting a therapist and speaking out about his life’s struggles and the importance of being mentally healthy.
And he hasn’t looked back.
With hope, more celebrities will take some pointers (pun intended) from Artest and spend more time giving back.
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Cameron Diaz Says Her 'Bad Teacher' Character 'Just Doesn't Care'
'She doesn't want to be a good teacher,' actress tells MTV News. By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Cameron Diaz in “Bad Teacher” Photo: Sony
For those who’ve been keeping tabs on Cameron Diaz’s very R-rated upcoming comedy “Bad Teacher" — particularly the film’s naughty red-band trailer — this is not the sweet and wholesome Diaz we’ve come to know and love via “There’s Something About Mary” and “Charlie’s Angels.”
In “Bad Teacher,” Diaz plays disgruntled educator Elizabeth, who, when not smoking “medicinal” marijuana in the parking lot, passing off the advances of the school’s gym teacher (Jason Segel) and grading papers (“Are you f***ing kidding me?” she writes on one student’s exam), keeps herself busy by seducing the new substitute teacher Scott (Justin Timberlake).
When MTV News caught up with Diaz recently, we asked her to talk about her character’s “problems,” and it turns out that the film’s title is perfectly appropriate in this case.
"She’s not a good teacher," Diaz said. "She is the opposite of good. She is a bad teacher. She is bad at teaching. … She just really doesn’t care. She doesn’t want to be a good teacher, and so therefore, being a bad teacher really doesn’t mean anything to her either."
Diaz said her character’s professional ineptitude stems from a place of total misery.
"She’s miserable. She’s not happy with her world, and she doesn’t pretend that she is," Diaz explained. "Her pain is real. She’s living a very painful existence, so there’s no humor to her in this."
With regard to the research the actress put into the role, Diaz revealed she took a few things from a bad teacher she once had.
"I had a really, really bad teacher. I’m not naming names. That teacher knows who that teacher is, and that’s about it," she said. "I think that this person actually cared about being a good teacher, but just happened to be terrible," she added with a laugh. "We’ve all had those teachers. Teaching is not everybody’s calling."
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The trailer to 'Set Up,' the heist film starring rapper/actor 50 Cent and Bruce Willis, is currently online.
Written and directed by Mike Gunther, a veteran stunt coordinator whose credits include ‘Live Free and Die Hard,’ ‘Set Up’ centers around a group of friends who get caught up in a diamond heist that turns deadly.
Ryan Phillippe, James Remar, Jenna Dewan, Will Yun Lee and Randy Couture also co-star in the film.
This is the first of the 10-picture, $200 million deal 50 Cent’s Cheetah Vision has with George Furla's Hedge Fund Film Partners. Cheetah Vision has already produced 'Caught in the Crossfire,' 'Gun' and the upcoming 'Things Fall Apart,' for which he dropped a lot of weight to play a man battling cancer.