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It's December 1st, which means we're just weeks away from 2013, and critics will be compiling their 'Best of 2012' lists over the next few weeks. The Cahiers Du Cinema already got the ball rolling with their selection of the best films of the year, and now another venerated cinema magazine has unveiled their choices.
Decided by a poll of around 100 critics, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" has topped Sight & Sound's Best Of 2012. American cinema made a particularly strong showing, with Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" and Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" also making the grade. Leos Carax, Miguel Gomes and David Cronenberg continue to get international love as "Holy Motors,""Tabu" and "Cosmopolis" all find slots here, as they did on the Cahiers Du Cinema list. The lone UK film is "Berberian Sound Studio"which is a nice boost for the little thriller.
Do you like this selection? Check out the full slate below courtesy of Film Detail.
"Sight & Sound" Best Of 2012
1. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA) (review)
2. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, Portugal/Germany/France) (review)
3. Amour (Michael Haneke, France/Germany/Austria) (review)
4. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, France/Germany) (review)
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, USA) (review)
= Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, UK/Germany) (review)
7. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, USA) (review)
8. Beyond the Hills (Christian Mungiu, Romania/France/Belgium) (review)
= Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, Canada/France/Portugal/Italy) (review)
= Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/Bosnia & Herzegovina) (review)
= This is Not A Film (Jafar Pahani & Mojtaba Mirtahmaseb, Iran) (review)
Links to reviews are at the source.
Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman expecting second child
It'll be Baby No. 2 for Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman next year.
The New York Post's Page Six is reporting that the movie mogul and the Marchesa co-founder and Project Runway: All Stars judge are expecting a new bundle of joy in early spring. The couple already have one child, a two-year-old daughter named India Pearl, and Weinstein has three other daughters from a previous marriage.
"We are both over the moon," Chapman told Page Six, adding, "I am not sure what to wear, I do have a bump."
Her husband noted that they "don't know the sex," musing, "It could be Harvey and five daughters. I'd be happy either way."
We have no doubt that if Ed Sheeran were a cartoon character, he would be Chuckie from "Rugrats," and you have to admit that Emma Stone shares a certain likeness with our favorite kick-ass cartoon teen, Kim Possible. For everyone who loves Saturday morning cartoons as much as we do, we paired up some of our favorite members of young Hollywood with their animated alter-egos, just for fun. Click through the slideshow below to see our top picks.
Do you agree with our matchings? Which other celeb/cartoon character would you add to this list? Sound off in the comments or tweet @HuffPostTeen!
Ed Sheeran / Chuckie Finster, 'Rugrats'
Ed Sheeran is a dead ringer for Chuckie Finster from Rugrats. Like Chuckie, Ed is famous for his wild red hair. Both boys are also soft-spoken and sentimental, making them a perfect match.
Ke$ha / Debbie Thornberry
If Ke$ha was stuck in an RV with a sister who talked to animals and a brother who acted like a wild animal, we bet she would react just the way Debbie Thornberry did: lots of eye-rolling. The two blondes share a hairstyle and a party-girl attitude.
( I would have put Pizzaz from Jem and The Holograms tbh )
Katy Perry / Betty Boop
Katy Perry and Betty Boop have a ton in common: they share famously flirtatious personalities, dark hair and red lips, an hourglass figure, and vintage style.
Zayn Malik / Jimmy Neutron
True, Zayn might not have Jimmy Neutron's genius IQ and Jimmy might not have Zayn's voice, but they share one important characteristic: major, gravity-defying hair.
( Lol I don't even know what to say to this )
Taylor Swift / Sailor Moon
Between their long, blonde hair, blue eyes, and vintage-style dresses, Taylor Swift and Sailor Moon could be twins. Beyond just looks, Taylor and Sailor Moon are both diehard romantics with sweet, laidback personalities.
( I think Taylor is more a Relena Peacecraft type of person tbh .... )
Rupert Grint / Arnold
Lanky and red-headed, Arnold from The Magic Schoolbus could easily be another Weasley brother from Harry Potter. Just like Arnold, Rupert's Potter character, Ron, is brave but not particularly motivated in school.
Source <----- the rest of the list , if the mods say it's okay I will add the rest of them
Dis gon be gooooooodddd
"I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women."
"I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women," Katy Perry said Friday during her "Woman of the Year" acceptance speech Year at Billboard's Women In Music 2012 luncheon.
"I don't really like to call myself a role model for my fans. I hope that I am an inspiration for them, especially young women. My mantra, especially for the ['Part Of Me'] film, was: If you believe in yourself, you can be anything."
That empowering message was felt through the room at Capitale, which hosted many of this year's honorees, including Rising Star Carly Rae Jepsen and Atlantic's Julie Greenwald, Billboard's reigning No. 1 female music executive for three years running. But there can always be room for more.
"As we sit here today, over half of the college graduates are female but less than one fifth of the executives in businesses of the Fortune 500 and above are female," said Prometheus Global Media's CEO Dottie Mattison. "We are losing the potential and promise of young women's careers, who are leaving for a variety of reasons. Many of us in this room are old enough to remember a time when it was much worse for young women but are young enough to know that we can…create something better than what we found."
For Perry, some of the most validating career advice she received came from one of her idols, Alanis Morissette. "I used to believe that mystery was [mystique]," the "Jagged Little Pill" phenom recently told Perry, "that there's a time and place to be a star. But I really think that transparency is the new mystery."
Speaking with "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart in an onstage Q&A, Perry applied that bon mot one step further to her own relationship with fans."People don't want to look up to someone. They want to look at across at someone and say, 'That's my girl. She's singing something I don't know how to put into words. She's captured something and became the soundtrack of my life.' And I know that if I get out of line, my sister back home will whack me across the face - and so will my management."
Perry and Jepsen join an illustrious rank of previous honorees such as Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Fergie and 2009's pairing Beyonce and Lady Gaga, who shortly after being recognized by Billboard went on to film the infamous "Telephone" video together. "So Katy and Carly, no pressure," teased Billboard editorial director Bill Werde. The event also doubled as a chance for upcoming talent to show their appreciation. Rising Atlantic country star Hunter Hayes was on hand to pay tribute to his boss Greenwald by performing his hit "Wanted." Epic recording artist Cher Lloyd also popped by to sing an acoustic cover of Perry's "E.T." as well as her own hit "Want You Back."
In fact, it was pop stars like Perry and of course Jepsen's current tour partner Justin Bieber who helped make "Call Me Maybe" Billboard's No. 1 Song of the Summer, spending nine weeks at the top of the Hot 100 and winning her an American Music Award for Best New Artist just last week.
The song made her an overnight sensation in the States, even though she'd been a well-known name in her native Canada since 2007, when she finished third on "Canadian Idol." Speaking To NBC's Natalie Morales onstage, Jepsen says she's learned first hand how the music industry of 2012 is driven less by labels and managers and more by the fans. "The thing we have now is more access to dance parties. I can remember my sister and I falling in love with the Spice Girls and we decided we were able to make our own little dance to it, only we weren't able to share it. Now you can do that. There's easier access to share the love that way." And who's Jepsen's favorite Spice Girl? "Geri," she said without hesitation. "I always thought she was the businesswoman of the group."
In accepting her Rising Star award, Jepsen thanked Brenda Romano, Interscope's president of promotion and Billboard's No. 9 most powerful woman in music, and fellow Interscope execs Jennifer Frommer and Karen Goodman in addition to her Schoolboy Records team as being the women in music who've given her the biggest support. But the most influential women in her life have been her mother and my stepmother, to whom she dedicated her award.
Mary Perry Hudson, Katy's mom, was also shouted out in Perry's Woman of the Year speech as one of the women who've inspired her most in her life, as well as her sister ("for keeping my head above water throughout all the 124 shows of the tour and some of the hardest times of my life") and her cousin ("who just had a baby with no epidural.") Perhaps most inspiring of all was an 11-year-old girl names Jodi DiPiazza, who duetted on "Firework" with Perry last month at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars benefit for autism, hosted by Stewart. "She showed me the true meaning of being a firework, and she inspires me."
Perry was also humbled to share the room with this year's industry honorees - see the full list here - among them Pepsi's Bozoma St. John, whom Perry thanked afterward for sponsoring the premiere concert of Perry's "Part Of Me 3D" in Hollywood (as part of Billboard's Summer Beats concert series) in June. Noting she's met and worked with some of this year's honorees, having previously been signed to Def Jam and Columbia before joining Capitol - and now, post-EMI merger, Universal. "I'm really excited for my new boss, Steve Barnett. I'll keep letting him think he's the boss, anyway," Perry joked of the new Capitol chief.
"I'm very excited to be part of Universal's family," she continued. "I'm really looking forward to my third upcoming adventure with you guys, I just have to let you guys know my Saturn has returned so it'll be ugly. Thank you for this incredible honor and I hope we can all start our cycles together now."
src : billboard
Damn, have y'all really given up; i've been waiting for a post all day;
I mean, Arthur didn't seem as stupid today so..yay progress
this family, tbh...
Imagine having William Shatner supply your outgoing voicemail message. Or maybe you'd prefer Morgan Freeman coolly telling callers to wait for the beep. Or perhaps having Betty White joke around is more your speed.
All it takes is $299 and some luck.
The advocacy group Autism Speaks is offering custom-recorded messages from those celebrities as well as Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher, Tom Hanks, Derek Jeter, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Ed Asner.
From Dec. 3 to Dec. 9, a limited number of 20-second long MP3 messages will be recorded by each celebrity on a first-come, first-served basis for fans to do with as they wish. All requests must be of the PG variety.
Asner, the curmudgeonly Emmy Award winner of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Lou Grant," dreamed up the unusual fundraiser with his son Matt, who works for Autism Speaks.
"I think people will get a charge out of it," says Asner, who is currently on Broadway in the play "Grace." ''I'll probably say, 'What are you wearing?' Or, 'Take it off.' Something like that."
All proceeds will support autism research and advocacy efforts. An estimated 1 in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum, a developmental disorder characterized by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors.
If he could get a message from one of the other stars participating, which would Asner want?
"I'm awfully stuck on Will Ferrell, having been subjected to him in 'Elf,'" Asner says. "But they're all such standouts — Patrick Stewart, Leonard Nimoy, Shatner. The list doesn't stop. Even Betty White," he adds about his "MTM" co-star. "She's still got some good left in her."
Well, ONTD, I must admit to being torn...on the one hand, there's Autism Speaks, which many autistic people themselves have issues with. On the other Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.
Derek Eater! Yankees star piles on the pounds as he recovers from a broken ankle
Healing his broken ankle may have given Yankee's star Derek Jeter one more health problem to worry about as the ballplayer appears to have packed on the pounds.
The 38-year-old shortstop was photographed at a South Beach, Miami, hotel on Thursday sporting a slightly fuller figure than his usually toned frame.
Yankees General manager Brian Cashman told reporters that Jeter's broken ankle has put him in a non-weight bearing situation that will likely last until January, meaning the only exercise he can do is restricted to his upper body.
The baseball star was seen wearing an ankle brace to protect his damaged foot.
Jeter was helped from the field when broke his while ankle playing against the Detroit Tigers in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the ALCS in October.
He was moving to his left after a ground ball, before falling to the floor writhing in pain.
Normal Size Jeter:
Hardline Islamic protesters rioted over Kim Kardashian being in their country of Bahrain on Saturday.
Riot police fired tear gas into the crowd, putting down protesters holding signs that said "Kim Not Welcome," some in Arabic and others in English.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is in Bahrain for the opening of a Millions of Milkshakes store near the capital city of Manama and had staged photo ops with many smiling locals.
As RadarOnline.com reported, Kim was in Kuwait on Wednesday for another store launch.
Her visit there was equally controversial.
"Her values clash with our traditions as a religiously committed people," Mohammad Al Tabtabai, a Kuwaiti preacher, told the Gulf News. "Her visit could help spread vice among our youth."
We think of Iman, supreme supermodel of the world, as one of those women who has the power to snap her fingers, toss her hair, and get things done right. This December, she'll be introducing a collection of six BB creams — the skin-care/makeup hybrids that now crowd all beauty counters — to her Iman Cosmetics line. They are specifically formulated to seamlessly match her own complexion as well as 35 other skin tones. “I said if I can’t find one to match me then there’s a problem because I’m really in the middle. But I couldn’t [find one],” she told WWD. Next, she hopes to launch BB eye products, concealer, and bronzer. Obviously.
L'Oréal to Buy Urban Decay Cosmetics
By ANUPREETA DAS
French beauty and skin-care giant L'Oréal SA said Monday it has agreed to buy closely held Urban Decay Cosmetics LLC, adding another footprint in the fast-growing market for higher-end makeup.
L'Oréal didn't disclose financial details, but a person familiar with the matter said the French company is paying between $300 million and $400 million for Urban Decay, owned by private-equity firm Castanea Partners.
The Wall Street Journal reported in August that Urban Decay was on the block and seeking as much as $350 million.
Urban Decay Cosmetics caught the beauty industry's attention in the 1990s with its edgy packaging and products with names like "Perversion" and "Stray Dog." French conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA MC.FR +1.28% bought Urban Decay in 2000, selling it to private-equity investors three years later.
The acquisition "will beautifully complement" L'Oréal's existing brands, said Nicolas Hieronimus, president of L'Oréal Luxe, the company's luxury division that includes brands such as YSL Beauté and Ralph Lauren.
Tim Warner, general manager of Urban Decay, said the deal "will enable Urban Decay to reach its full potential in the marketplace."
Lazard advised L'Oréal and Deutsche Bank AG advised the sellers.
L'Oréal's luxury division has propelled the company's growth in recent months, offsetting slower business in the mass-cosmetics market, amid strong demand for prestigious labels particularly in emerging markets. To boost the division, the company is investing in its high-end and specialist products, buying last year .
L'Oréal said the market for specialist brands represents 44% of the luxury makeup market in the U.S.
Urban Decay is mainly available through specialist beauty retailers such as Ulta and Sephora, rather than mass-market retailers. Being folded into a large global company such as L'Oréal would allow Urban Decay products to be sold globally, and through multiple channels.
L'Oréal is one of the world's largest beauty, hair and skin-care companies, with annual sales exceeding €20 billion ($25.95 billion). It owns brands such as Maybelline New York, Clarisonic and Lancôme.
—Nadya Masidlover and Emily Glazer contributed to this article.
Are (lipstick) shades of grey really here to stay?
By Jeesoo Park, TODAY contributor
Does it look deathly or just deathly cool?
Grey lipstick made an appearance back in 2009 at a Doo. Ri fashion show, and we’ve seen the dull hue swiped on the lips of celebrities like singer Ke$ha and model Chanel Iman since. But the look isn’t just for the runway anymore — and that has us wondering whether it's here to stay.
Makeup powerhouse MAC Cosmetics launched their “Grey Friday” lipstick on this year's Black Friday, and though it was only available online for one day, the shade sold out within hours. Estée Lauder also explored the trend, coming out with “GunMetal” in August as part of their limited edition “Vivid Shine” collection. The color is no longer available as of recently, but the lipstick is currently rated four out of five stars on the Estée Lauder website — proving that there is indeed a following among the masses.
Neil Young, a senior makeup artist for MAC, ventured a guess as to why the color might be so popular these days: "MAC consumers love the idea of a shade being exclusive. We had ‘Pink Friday’ in 2010, then ‘Black Friday’ in 2011, and this year it was 'Grey Friday,'" he told TODAY.com.
“The grey shade is a fashion statement in itself,” Young added.
We got our tip on the trend from our friends over at Fashionista.com, but we still have to ask: Is such a color just way too bold for the everyday woman?
Grey lipstick used to be a color reserved for the the runway, but now it's flying off makeup counters thanks to a couple of limited-edition releases this season.
According to New York-based makeup and beauty expert Raychel Wayde (the founder/creator of CheektoChic.com), grey lipstick is a bit too daring for right now — though at this point it’s impossible to know for sure which direction it will go.
“It’s difficult to tell right now whether this is a flash-in-the-pan kind of thing, because unlike clothing trends, beauty trends generally take a very long time to progress,” she told TODAY.com.
Her personal take on grey lips? “I can’t say I’m a fan yet. I think it depends on the entire look. Anything can be chic, but you have to commit to the whole look — the hair, the makeup, the outfit, the occasion; I always find that it comes down to how daring you are.”
MAC’s Neil Young agreed: “Grey is definitely a statement lip color and should only ever be worn alone with minimal makeup everywhere else. Wearing such a militant color is more about confidence, so if you have plenty of it, wear it with pride!”
So for the bold few who missed their chance to snag one of these limited-edition grey lipsticks, there are plenty of other options out there, like Manic Panic’s metallic version.
The color certainly is an interesting switch from the pinks, reds and nudes we typically see, but is it too adventurous for you? Or are you willing to try these daring new shades of grey?
BTW, according to Specktra, MAC Candy Yum Yum is going to be a permanent shade as soon as January next year \O/
i would like to know how they're gambling, in strip clubs, and getting married
Frank Hangs Out With Rick Rubin:
Frank's manager posted this on her Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts along with the caption: legendary.
Tarantino Explains Frank Ocean's Absence From 'Django' Soundtrack:
When the official soundtrack for Django Unchained came out earlier this week, we noticed one thing absent: Frank Ocean. The breakthrough R&B star told GQ he wrote a song for the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, which left us wondering why he wasn’t on the tracklist.
So we reached out for an explanation and here’s the statement Tarantino gave to Fuse:
|"Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn't a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that's not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn't want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they'll realize it then."|
Frank, Tyler the Creator, and the rest of the Odd Future crew loiter in the parking lot and talk Channel Orange, while modeling the best sport coats of the season.
Thinkin Bout You Tops The 500,000 Mark:
US digital sales: (637,082 total).
Eliminated X Factor USA hopefuls Lyric 145 have just posted a remix of One Direction's "Live While We're Young" on their Youtube page - take a listen:
this perfection, too bad about the parts where 1D is singing
Hearing that women make a difference in game development is one thing, seeing what it means in practice is another. Recently, David Gaider—lead writer on the Dragon Age franchise—posted a blog about how having women on his writing team affected something in Dragon Age 3.
The team was having a peer review about the game, and it seemed as if everything about a certain plot point was fine. Then, someone spoke up. A woman. The plot point, she argued, could easily be seen as a form of rape. Everyone became stunned—not because she was off-base, but because she was right. She was right, even though the writer didn't intend the scene to come off way, even though the team considers itself to be progressive.
In this case, it was not a long trip for the person playing through the plot to see what was happening at a slightly different angle, and it was no longer good-creepy. It was bad-creepy. It was discomforting and not cool at all. And this female writer was not alone. All the other women at the table nodded their heads, and had noted the same thing in their critiques.
What's curious about the team of writers on Dragon Age 3 is that it is primarily composed of women. Which leads Gaider to ask: what would have happened if that wasn't the case? Had the team been mostly guys—which isn't uncommon—would the scene have gone in? Gaider thinks so.
And this thought occurred as well: if this had been a team with no female perspective present, it would have gone into the game that way. Had that female writer been the lone woman, would her view have been disregarded as an over-reaction? A lone outlier? How often does that happen on game development teams, ones made up of otherwise intelligent and liberal guys who are then shocked to find out that they inadvertently offended a group that is quickly approaching half of the gaming audience?
Still, crisis averted, as Gaider says. Still, this example seems important in light of recent controversy surrounding the devastating things women in game development have to suffer just to be a part of this hobby we all love so much. They have to go through these things, even though they can often make our games better.
It makes me wonder, too—how many creepy sex things in games have occurred because there wasn't a woman on the team that dared to speak up? Maybe you don't know what I'm talking about, but there are quite a few creepy sex scenes or things with awful sexual undertones that sneak their way into games. Things that I doubt were intended to be uncomfortable, or if they are purposefully that way, the intention is not worthwhile/good enough to warrant potentially triggering someone.
I think, for instance, of the Madison Paige's nightmare in Heavy Rain, where she is running away from an assailant in her own home. I think of how a different Bioware game, Mass Effect 2, has you "fixing" Jack—a character with PTSD—by having sex with her while she cries. I think of Quantic Dream's recent Kara video, where a female android begs a man to stop dissembling her.
Maybe these situations seem thrilling, seem beautiful, seem awe-inspiring. Or, they might seem disgusting. It depends, but it's not a stretch for either to be true. Would you realize it without someone telling you that was the case, without having, for one second, some empathy for the sensitivities of another human being?
Regardless of how absurd it might seem, sometimes it does take a woman to notice something is off. Hopefully development studios take this fact to heart.
In Dragon Age Origins, the city elf origin literally has you, if you are a female, and several of your elf friends, and your sister, taken by the son of a noble to be raped by him and his friends. One girl is outright murdered when she refuses, while the rest of the group is told to be good little whores and wait their turn.
Phillip Phillips: 'Home' Singer Talks Breaking the Pop Mold, Health Struggles & Why He Almost Quit 'Idol'
"I'm nervous," "American Idol" Season 11 champ Phillip Phillips admits in AOL Music's New York Sessions studio. "I haven't been around this many cameras since 'Idol!'" The soft-spoken 22-year-old from Leesburg, Ga. is still adjusting to life in the spotlight since his big win on the reality singing competition show.
It's just Phillip and his guitar for the stripped-down showcase of tracks off his just-released debut album, 'The World From the Side of the Moon.' And the endearingly humble singer-songwriter is just as stripped-down when it comes time for the interview portion of the day. After pouring his heart into his performance, Phillip opens up about how he almost quit "Idol" on multiple occasions, the serious toll his ongoing health struggles took on him and how his music has been able to touch fans facing their own hardships.
You had a crazy health ordeal throughout the duration of the show with your kidneys and underwent eight surgeries while filming. How did you manage the pressures of the show, performing night after night, and going in and out of the hospital on top of all that?
Honestly, I have no idea. I guess I wanted it pretty bad. I just wanted to keep playing music. I had the opportunity to show people out there what I had to offer and, you know, I just kept making it through and I didn't want to give up. There were a couple times where I went to them and I was, like, "I have to get out of this. I have to go get fixed up." Because, it was just getting that bad. But, I had doctors and family and friends and everybody -- even the contestants. They would help out and make sure I got enough rest. They kind of the changed my schedule a little bit, because they wanted me to keep going. I wanted to keep going, but it would get tough at times. I had a lot of good people looking after me.
That's interesting, because Kelly Clarkson, who was the original "Idol," recently revealed that she had a really tough time on the show because she felt that no one was looking out for her and everyone was just looking out for the show.
You know, it's a great show. And you learn a lot of things through it. And there are times, you know, when the show needs to go right and there are times when people do look after you. She was the first one. So I'm sure her year was very, very crazy. There are things going out of whack, they're trying to figure out how they're going to film things. So, I don't really know how it was for everybody back in her season, but my season, I kind of held my own. And I also took in the help whenever it was needed.
Your experience on "Idol" ended up playing into the title of your debut album, The World From the Side of the Moon.
Yeah, I was just watching videos of myself. Somebody gave me a DVD of the whole season -- or two or three DVDs. And I watched myself from the beginning all the way to the end. I just got of glimpse of it and it was just pretty cool how much I grew as a person and also as an artist. The title represents me watching myself from this whole other world that nobody really knows about.
What is the biggest difference you see from who you were at the start of the show and who you are now?
Oh, man. I've learn a lot, as much as I can, about being on camera. Trying to do my best not to mess up or sound weird when I'm talking! The
show just teaches you so much. Doing interviews, live recordings where you can't mess up -- even though I messed up on the show all the time. I just tried to cover it up with some other lyrics that I would make up, or other chords!
Your debut single "Home" has really touched people. Can you share a story from a fan who told you your music helped them get through a difficult time?
There's a girl that is from my home state, Georgia, and she actually came to "Idol" and she had come backstage. She was from Make-A-Wish. Her name was Summer. She was like 17 or 18. She was young, and she had cancer. So we just got to know each other through the short time we were together. She kept telling me how much she likes me on the show. And then after the song came out, I heard that she really loved the song and everything; I heard from her mom. And then not too long ago she wasn't doing too well and I sent her a video and I heard back from her friends that she said it made her day and she really loves the song. She listens to the song all the time and it's really helped her out through so much. But, you know, she just passed away. So just to hear that, that the song really helped her
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Behind the Sessions
With the success of his debut single, “Home,” Phillip Phillips isn’t just the dude who won “American Idol.” He’s the dude with that folk-rock hit, according to the fans he’s met.
“People are like, ‘You’re the guy with the song “Home,’” and I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ They say … ‘So do you have any other music out?’ I’m like, ‘There are some covers.’ ‘What from?’ I say, “’American Idol.’” ‘You were on “American Idol”?’” he recalled.“There was a lot of people who didn’t even know I was on ‘Idol,’” he continued.“I think that’s cool.”
The star power for winners on “Idol” — or other singing competitions on TV — don’t usually continue after the season’s run, but Phillips is hoping he won’t be one of those stereotypes, thanks to the success of his multiplatinum Top 10 hit and debut album, “The World From the Side of the Moon,” which debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart this week after selling 169,011 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The song — the only one he didn’t write or co-write on the album — also got a boost when it was used in commercials for the Fierce Five, the five American female gymnasts who scored gold during the Olympics.
The 22-year-old talked about his music, being laid-back and the insta-family and friends who have surfaced since he won the “Idol” crown in an interview with The Associated Press.
AP: What do you think of the comparisons of “Home” to Mumford & Sons’ music?
Phillips: People are always gonna compare somebody to somebody else, but I think when people hear the album it’s not gonna remind them of Mumford & Sons too much because I’m a little more rock and you know they’re very folk and they’re amazing. … I think once they hear this album it’s gonna turn their heads a little bit.
Most “Idol” winners haven’t had success like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. Does that make you nervous?
I mean if it doesn’t do well it wasn’t meant to do well … I’d be upset for a little bit, but it’s just what it’s meant to be. I can only hope for the best. I can’t make anybody do anything. I’m nervous about it definitely, but all I can do is hope that it does well.
What do you think of the new “Idol” judges?
I’m curious to see how they’re gonna judge and to see what they’re looking for. Keith Urban is an amazing musician so that’ll be cool to have him.
I’m doing great. I’m tired, but staying busy. This reminds me, I have to get a doctor’s checkup.
You were so low-key about your health issues while on the show. Was that intentional?
I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me or anything on the show or vote for me for sympathy or anything like that, so I tried to keep it on the DL as much as I could, but the show likes that kind of stuff and they said, ‘We’re gonna put it (out),’ and I can’t really say no because I signed some papers that they could show just about what they wanted to. So, yeah, I tried to keep it as low-key
Do you find a lot of people came out of the woodwork after seeing you on “Idol”?
People that were saying they were cousins and good friends with my friend’s friend whose friend of another friend and my grandma’s sister’s other half-sister’s baby’s child. I’m like, ‘Nice to meet you finally.’
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At the end of July, AMC closed the curtain on "The Killing" after a disappointing second season that saw flagging viewership and overall criticism for an arc that routinely saw the narrative spin its wheels. But, less than a month later, word emerged that both Netflix and DirecTV came calling, looking to team up with Fox TV Studios to revive the show. Then, a few weeks ago, AMC was back in the game, with reports that they might team with Netflix to make the third season happen. And well, for fans of the show, the good news is that the show is definitely coming back.
AMC has now set a late May 2013 bow for the third season, with development starting imminently. While Netflix's involvement isn't yet confirmed -- the deal hasn't been finalized -- it does seem as if AMC will be partnering with somebody to help share the costs, which seems to be the reason "The Killing" is coming back at all. As for the storyline, there's no word yet, however, Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos last we heard were apparently both already signed to return (though Variety suggests this may not be the case, but we can't really see the show happening without them) while Michelle Forbes and Brent Sexton may not come back. Billy Campbell is also uncertain at the moment.
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The first picture of rumored new couple Taylor Swift and Harry Styes has emerged. It was taken backstage at London's Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday October 7, a concert which featured performances from both popstars. BBC Radio 1 DJ Aled Jones has revealed that there was "some serious flirting going on" between the pair at the event.
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When One Direction were asked about the rumored dinner during an Irish chat show appearance, Louis Tomlinson suggested that Harry "take this one". However, Styles insisted that he "didn't get asked" to dinner.
Later that month, Styles named Swift as one of his celebrity crushes, telling Seventeen: "She honestly couldn't be a sweeter person. She's genuinely nice and extremely talented, and she deserves everything she has."
Styles also admitted to Cosmopolitan that he was dating someone: "There's someone I like. If you're shown in the papers with other girls when you really like someone else, that's difficult. But still, I think it's important if you're thinking about starting a relationship to do it away from the spotlight. I thought I [had a type] but this girl I like isn't my 'type'. It's more about the person. How they act, their body language, if they can laugh at themselves. I find ambition really attractive too - if someone's good at something they love doing. I want someone who is driven."
In November, the couple were photographed wearing the same necklace and were seen holding hands in Los Angeles.
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