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For the video for “Scream,” the second single from Usher’s excellent new album, “Looking 4 Myself,” the singer joined the cast of “Fuerza Bruta: Look Up,” a multimedia off-Broadway production that combines music, aerial imagery and other non-linear theatrical elements.
Usher played the part of the Running Man for two April performances and used the occasion to debut some of the new material. The result is a video that is far more interesting in conception and for the creativity of the pairing than in the actual watching.
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Chris Brown has extremely rare on-camera interviews in promoting his forthcoming "Fortune" album, but he hit up "106 & Park" on Monday to unveil another new song as well as grin his way through a few softballs.
Prior to introducing the music video to "Don't Wake Me Up," Brown talked about where he keeps his Grammy Award and his neck tattoo, and thanked his fans for supporting him as he had to "go through what I went through" (his little nickname for "felony").
I'll spare you Brown's reference to Rihanna's "Birthday Cake" remix, underage girl jokes, the crotch-grab and the crying fans -- you can view each in the interview clips below. But I'd also recommend sparing yourself of the song. The generic dance tune puts Brown back into his "Transformers" voice, with a repeat of the word "up" more than five dozen times. He's actually a strong singer, so it's a surprise he's squandered a perfectly good Music Video In The Desert for a melody so tactless. Put 'er on mute and pretend you're privy to another one of Leo DiCaprio's dreams in "Inception" instead.
At this point, six of the 14 songs from the regular tracklist to "Fortune" are available for perusal. Brown will undoubtedly score another No. 1 with this effort. Since there's two more weeks before "Fortune" arrives on June 26, I'm positive there will be more songs previewed in the next few days. But do you think he should put a cap on the number of new drops? Or can it only help -- or hurt -- his bottom line?
Below the videos is the tracklist to "Fortune," and highlighted are the songs already available for stream or via video. Any of them your favorite?
Here is the tracklist for Chris Brown's "Fortune":
1. Turn Up The Music
3. Till I Die (Ft. Big Sean & Wiz Khalifa)
4. Mirage (Ft. Nas)
5. Don’t Judge Me
7. Biggest Fan
8. Sweet Love
9. Strip (Ft. Kevin McCall)
10. Stuck On Stupid
11. 4 Years Old
12. Cadillac (Ft. Sevyn)
13. Don’t Wake Me Up (above)
14. Trumpet Lights (Ft. Sabrina Antoinette)
It is not every day that I am offered a sit-down interview with Vanilla Ice.
And, to be honest, I would not have expected it to go quite the way it did. After all, I remember the release of "Cool As Ice." I remember his pop culture moment and how absurd it was, and I can't claim to have been a fan.
In "That's My Boy," Rob Van Winkle shows up, once again transformed into Vanilla Ice, playing an exaggerated and ridiculous version of the persona that people know. It's one of those jokes that could easily fall flat, except he's actually very good at tweaking the public perception of him.
As we were waiting to do the interviews, my sons asked me who I was going to be talking to over the course of the day, and I listed the various people who were participating. When I mentioned "Vanilla Ice," they were immediately entertained by the name, and they started asking me questions about him.
Dispatch is back with newly recorded material after a 12-year album-making hiatus, and they have a pair of fresh tunes to show for it.
The band dropped decidedly gushy "Josephine" today, on the heels of releasing roots-rock-rap "Not Messin'" last week. Both are distinctly different flavors from the Boston-bred trio, which last released full-length "Who Are We Waiting For?" in 2000. They broke up in 2004 only to reconcile in 2009 for an impressive number of one-offs...
Dispatch, when they first split, had a farewell show that drew more than 100,000 fans at the Hatch Shell in Boston. Fast forward a few years, and they sold out three shows at New York's Madison Square Garden in 2010. This weekend was another big moment for the group, as they performed at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn.; they were part of Dave Matthews Band's Caravan series last year; and they'll hit up Outside Lands in San Francisco this fall.
One of those moments when I realize how absurd my job can be took place during this year's Sundance Film Festival. I was waiting for my cameraman to set up for the interview we were about to do and standing in the lobby of the building everyone was using for interviews. I realized that Christina Hendricks was standing next to me, while in front of me, Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie were chatting, and Teresa Palmer was at the bar on the other side of me.
And when I walked away? It was so I could sit down with Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt.
Yes, I am aware that is preposterous, and that I should count myself lucky.
Sitting down with the female leads of "My Sister's Sister" was a pleasure because (A) one can never spend enough time talking to Emily Blunt and (B) "My Sister's Sister" is kind of awesome. It's a small, tender, brutally honest movie that features great performances from all three of the leads. Playing sisters, though, requires a special sort of bond that you need to somehow communicate to an audience, and that's what I wanted to talk to Blunt and DeWitt about when we spoke.
One of the categories we did not touch in yesterday's inaugural 2012 Oscar prediction was Best Documentary Feature, a race that routinely requires a greater magnifying glass than its narrative counterparts -- and even then, tend to defy prediction. This year, however, I have less of an excuse than usual for not building up a documentary contenders list -- because for the first time, the category's eligibility schedule is more or less in sync with the US release calendar.
You may recall the recent rule adjustments the Academy, assisted by Oscar-winning firebrand Michael Moore, recently made to a beleaguered category that, on an near-annual basis, finds a way to exclude some of the year's most significant documentaries from consideration. Last year, the critical wails were as loud as ever, as acclaimed favorites like "The Interrupters," "Senna," "Page One" and "Into the Abyss" failed to make the Academy's longlist, while a number of scarcely-seen mediocrities took their place.
Kenny Chesney will perform a free concert on June 20 at the beach in Wildwood, N.J. The show, directed by Jonathan Demme, will live stream over Vevo, and YouTube, as well as other sites.
Chesney, whose latest album, “Welcome to the Fishbowl,” comes out June 19, is the tenth artist to be part of the American Express “Unstaged” series, which pairs acts with well-known directors/actors for the 75-minute concert. For example, Jack White recently paired with Gary Oldman for an “Unstaged” episode.
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Can you blame Ne-Yo? Who on earth would want to take on his other responsibilities when he’s got a lovely lady at the ready at home, who’s eager to wrap her legs around him, making him “fall victim to that lazy love.”
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This article first appeared in part at InContention.com in 2009. It seemed like a good time to re-purpose it for new readers here at HitFix and to give the usual list-making shenanigans a rest for a week.
In case you’re like me and you happen to forget these things throughout the year, let today’s edition of The Lists serve as a reminder: Father’s Day is this weekend!
With that in mind, and as a personal tribute of sorts to my pops, who turns 59 this weekend in addition to celebrating his 31st Father’s Day on Sunday, I thought I’d offer up a rundown of the films that remind me of those days in front of the big console television growing up back east.
My personal movie awakening came in the mid-1990s, when films like Michael Mann’s “Heat” and Bryan Singer’s “The Usual Suspects” made me realize I wanted to have a hand in this business. But I can’t ignore the impact decades of film product had on my youth in the form of my father’s viewing habits. I didn’t like every film my Dad loved, but somehow, his taste frequently seemed to either correspond with my own or correspond with how it would eventually evolve.
Metric's "Youth Without Youth" from brand new "Synthetica" is the sound of disenchantment and a riot to the sound of a Gary Glitter beat. The video is pretty contained, but has many of the same emotional elements.
Lead singer Emily Haines and her bandmates are featured in shots in-between slow-motion of the old and young doing unexpected and unsettling things. For instance, stacking tires to knock them down? Stacking cakes on top of each other in the same manner? Both mischievous, both unexplained. It's a mystifying but visually interesting take on the song, which features an upbeat tempo opposite of the clip's measured snapshot plod.
It was directed by designer/photographer Justin Broadbent, and "blends the old with the new through imagery of themes present throughout Synthetica while simultaneously and subtly referencing moments throughout Metric's career," according to a release. Can you name those "moments?"
Credit to Showtime for casting one of the few guest actors who might convince me to give "Dexter" another try, as they've just announced that "Chuck" alum Yvonne Strahovski will be doing a multi-episode story arc in the upcoming seventh season.
Strahovski will play Hannah McKay, whom the press notes describe as "a strong, independent woman with a past that she's struggled to put behind her." Miami Metro recruits Hannah to help solve some old cases, Dexter works alongside her, begins to wonder if there's more to her than meets the eye, etc., etc., etc. It's "Dexter." You know how this works.
That said, loyalty to "Chuck" and admiration for Strahovski's work — along with some other interesting guest stars like Ray Stevenson and Jason Gedrick — might lead me to give the show one more look when it returns on September 30.