Solo cups, the Toronto thug life, wolves and a tear-jerker: Here is a sampling of music videos floating around today, from Jason Mraz, The Drums, Lil Jon, Tyga and Atmosphere.
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How did Captain Hook get his hook? Skrillex has some idea.
The recent Grammy Award winner has released the music video for the title track to his brand new EP "Bangarang," and not only do things go bang: they go boom.
Lost Boys take the shape of the nasty neighborhood trouble-making kid-gang, those damn kids who kicked the back of your seat on the bus (cut it out). The local ice cream man -- who is, by the way, evil, because he eats too much ice cream and has a mustache -- is then hoodwinked by the crew. Fast-forward through some morally questionable upbringing, and you have all the handsome stars from your favorite new action film.
It's an entertaining spin on an old tale, though the violence may have you questioning your own sympathies for the ol' Hook Hand.
Earlier this week, Michael Cieply wrote a thorough enough piece at The New York Times explaining what we know, but mostly what we don't know, about the upcoming Oscar telecast.
Typically by this time, we have things like stage sketches and quotes from the producers expressing various intents with the annual broadcast by this time. This year? Not so much (though it was announced they'd be yanking the original song performances).
In the wake of Ratnergate, perhaps the Academy has felt it better to just keep its head down, push through and get on the other side of things without drawing a lot of attention to the process. But producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer "have been conspicuously silent on [the show's] themes, challenges and the presumably fresh approach they will take," Cieply writes. Nevertheless, some things are now beginning to bubble up.
May we be the 1000th person to say, “What’s my age again?” in reference to today’s news that Blink-182 will embark on a 20th anniversary tour this year.
Could it really be 20 years ago? The perpetual adolescents, some of whom are daddies now, will hit the road to celebrate two decades of arrested development on May 15 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., according to Punknews.org.
The tour, will include stops at NJ’s Bamboozle fest, but so far most of the dates are in Europe.
Whether you like it or not, it's been a week of Chris Brown. From his controversial, multiple appearances at the Grammy Awards to rumors of his extremely unfunny pickup line to anonymous sources confirming he'll be on Rihnna's "Birthday Cake" to his bratty deleted Tweets, the rapper/R&B singer has been popping up.
And trying to break out. Again. And "Turn Up the Music" will help.
The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl’s acceptance speech at the 54th annual Grammys, which boiled down to “keep it real,” has been repeated and shared millions of times since then and praised for words from a true rock and roll believer. But it has also been pounced on by folks who felt he was dissing basically everyone else who makes music, especially those who use a computer to do it.
So today, Grohl, who as readers know, is not just one of my favorite musicians, but he is, as you might imagine, a great interview, felt the need to clarify—and amplify upon—his speech. And he threw in cultural references to a Clint Eastwood movie and a Van Halen song to boot. It's very amusing and a fun read, but it makes us sad that what was truly a wonderful moment of self expression at the Grammys turned him into a lightning rod for criticism.
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All those Twitter campaigns and pleads to the Academy to choose The Muppets as the hosts of this year's Oscar telecast have paid off, sort of. The Muppets may not be hosting the Oscars (it's still Billy Crystal), but Hollywood's premier power couple -- Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy -- will appear onstage together to present an award.
They join the company of such previously announced presenters as Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Bradley Cooper and the cast of "Bridesmaids."
Stars of the original "Muppet Show" and multiple films, Kermit and Piggy's careers were rejuvenated this year with the commercial and critical favorite "The Muppets," co-starring Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and co-writer Jason Segel ("How I Met Your Mother").
The film has one Oscar nomination, in the Original Song category -- and since there are only two nominees (the other is "Real in Rio" from "Rio"), it has a good chance of winning. However, we won't be seeing the gang sing "Man or Muppet" this year, as the show no longer features performances of the nominated songs. Which is a great shame, as it would have been pretty awesome to see the Muppets perform the tune with songwriter/"Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie.
The Academy Awards air live Sunday, February 26 on ABC.
Welcome to Oscar Talk.
In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.
The penultimate podcast of the precursor season is here. With just a little over a week to go before the Oscars finally put a definitive bow on 2011, we're feeling the end upon us. But there are things to address in the final build-up, so let's see what's on the docket today...
Whether she wins her third Oscar or not, even Meryl Streep's most impassioned advocates would be hard pressed to say the actress has been underappreciated in a season that has added an eight Golden Globe, a fifth New York critics' award, a second BAFTA and, this week, an Honorary Golden Bear from the Berlinale to her already groaning mantel. Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend the Streep presentation at Berlin -- it's indicative of how busy the festival is that I didn't even hear any reports from it until today. Accepting the award from festival juror Jake Gyllenhaal, it seems she was in typically fun form, declaring herself "overrated" and repeating her gracious Globes trick of singling out other standout female performances from 2012, this time name-checking Anna Paquin and Olivia Colman. As if we needed more reasons to love her. [24 Frames]
"The Simpsons" airs its 500th episode this Sunday night. "At Long Last Leave," like many latter-day "Simpsons" outings, features a story we've seen variations on several times before (including in "The Simpsons Movie"), but also features many funny jokes that affirm my belief that I'm happier to live in a world that keeps giving us new "Simpsons" episodes (especially when they are occasionally as great as "Holidays of Future Passed") than I will be in the one where that inevitably stops. The couch gag in particular is marvelous, and actually made me choke up a bit.
The show has been on so long, has passed so many anniversaries, that I've run out of deep thoughts to say about the series at this latest milestone. So instead, I will borrow a suggestion from Time's Jame Poniewozik, who took the occasion of the 500th episode to both declare his own favorite "Simpsons" episode ever ("Homer's Enemy," which I've never liked) and to invite viewers to do the same.
A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I send my daughter off to a baby leadership conference...