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- 11/26/13--13:03: Carmen Carrera Discusses Transphobia On HuffPost Live
- 11/26/13--13:12: “Midnight Memories” Album Sales Pacing for 550K+
- 11/27/13--10:43: Crackle Launches Original Concert Series Produced by Team Downey
- 11/27/13--10:57: Oscar Campaigning 101 By Harvey Weinstein & The Rest
- 11/27/13--10:57: Video + Interview of Adorable, Charitable Queen at Seacrest Studios!
- 11/27/13--10:57: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2014 Lineup Announced!
- 11/27/13--10:58: Iggy Azalea finally doing some promo in the US
- 11/27/13--11:09: Selena Gomez wraps American leg of her Stars Dance World Tour!
- 11/27/13--11:22: Amy Adams ‘Wanted’ To Kiss Jennifer Lawrence In ‘American Hustle’
- 11/27/13--11:53: Guess Who Kim Kardashian's New BFF Is
- 11/27/13--11:54: Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Remake Merely Echoes Superior Original
- 11/27/13--12:33: Who Is Britney Jean Spears, And Why Do We Care?
- 11/27/13--12:43: Love Is On The Radio: Special Version
- 11/27/13--12:43: Chris Hemsworth & Pregnant Elsa Pataky Enjoy Day Off with India
- 11/27/13--12:52: A Thanksgiving Message from Gary Oldman
Transgender model Carmen Carrera stopped by HuffPost Live today and discussed her fans' petition to have her be the first transgender Victoria's Secret model, as well as the transphobic comments surrounding her transition coming from the mainstream media and various entertainers.
Carrera specifically addressed the jokes she says were made about her gender identity by comedian Chelsea Handler, as well as comments made by Miss Universe that transgender people should have their own beauty pageants.
“It’s time for a change. It’s time to embrace women from all walks of life," Carrera told HuffPost Live.
Check out the clip above to hear Carrera discuss the petition to have her become the first transgender Victoria's Secret model and watch the clip below to hear her respond to Miss Universe's transphobic comments.
It is very early in the game, but as of press time, it appears One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” will open to a stronger sales total than predecessor “Take Me Home.”
According to Hits, the latest from the world’s most popular boy band is tracking for a debut tally in the 550-600,000 range. “Take Me Home” moved 540,000 in its inaugural US frame last November.
While the growth is not as impressive as some expected given the group’s escalating profile, it is certainly welcome in a climate that allowed recent Lady Gaga and Katy Perry albums to open with sales of less than 300,000 copies each.
Worth noting is the high margin of error for forecasts at this point. Deriving album sales projections is never an exact science, and it becomes even more difficult in a complicated week like this one. In addition to welcoming most new releases on Monday (as opposed to the traditional Tuesday), this week also houses the Black Friday shopping rush.
Accounting for the impact of Black Friday on album sales is no cake walk.
What can be said with certainty, however, is that One Direction will debut atop next week’s Billboard 200 album sales chart.
Crackle Launches Original Concert Series “Playing It Forward” with Surprise Street Performance by Grammy® Award Winning Artist John Legend in Los Angeles
Performances to benefit charitable organizations
Crackle, the multi-platform entertainment network, announced today the launch of its first original music series, “Playing It Forward,” presented by FedEx. The special street performance-style follow-doc is produced by Team Downey, an entertainment company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, alongside veteran music producer/composer Tony Berg and Kevin Lake. The “Playing It Forward” music movement will showcase surprise street performances by some of the world’s biggest artists in unplanned, unexpected environments across the country benefiting music education and charities of the artists’ choice.
The first episode will be available at http://www.crackle.com/c/playingitforward tonight (27th November 2013), and features a surprise show by acclaimed singer and songwriter John Legend. The Grammy Award-winning artist performed three fan favorites, “All of Me,” “Ordinary People,” and “Shine” to an unsuspecting and amazed crowd at the Culver City Town Plaza in Los Angeles.
It seems really exciting I can't wait!! Love John Legend. btw this is my first post <33 Mods, I hope I didn't screw it up!
In a perfect world, a movie would speak for itself. Oscar voters would screen a film, leave the theater, go home and eventually cast their votes. But that's not the way award seasons work these days, especially this year, when there is no clear frontrunner. In order to make sure their movies get sampled, and to ensure they leave behind a good impression, awards consultants have spent the past few weeks in a frenzy of activity, staging all types of events -- from cocktail meet-and-greets to postscreening Q-and-As -- so that producers, directors, actors and below-the-line talent can talk up their accomplishments. Academy members won't begin to vote until Dec. 27, but they already are getting an earful. (Under Academy regulations, there are nearly no restrictions on promotional activities before nominations are announced.) The jockeying for attention has reached new heights as the campaigners hew to the following "rules."
1. Start a fight
It's the "Harvey Principle," named, of course, after Harvey Weinstein, who has proved time and again that he knows how to stoke a controversy for maximum media splash. Earlier this year, he made sure everyone knew The Butler was coming -- and the name of its director -- when he battled with Warner Bros. and the MPAA's title registry over the movie's moniker before finally agreeing to dub it Lee Daniels' The Butler. More recently, he took on the MPAA's ratings board when Philomena was given an R. He successfully got that designation changed to a PG-13 despite the film featuring the F-word more than once. Others, besides Weinstein, have fallen into squabbles of their own, including the very public spats that have been going on between Blue Is the Warmest Color director Abdellatif Kechiche and stars Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux, with Seydoux saying that, during filming, "I was feeling like a prostitute." Yikes! But now everyone has heard of the IFC movie.
2. Round up those testimonials
No one needs the subject of a based-on-a-true-story movie sniping from the sidelines that a film isn't accurate. So, to vouch for the authenticity of their work, filmmakers have been trotting out actual civilians. Formula One racing champion Niki Lauda showed up at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of Rush, where he posed with Daniel Bruhl, who plays him in the film; a bunch of Capt. Richard Phillips' crew and rescuers were on hand for the world premiere of Captain Phillips at the New York Film Festival; Philomena Lee made the rounds with the folks who told her story in Philomena; and Marcus Luttrell, the war hero subject of Lone Survivor, attended its AFI Fest screening -- making those events far more emotional than they otherwise might have been.
3. Sing for your supper
How do you get jaded voters to show up for yet another event? Promise them a show. So far, one of the season's biggest hits was a Mary Poppins sing-along that the movie's co-composer Richard Sherman led at the Beverly Hills Hotel to promote Saving Mr. Banks -- even Sean Penn got into the spirit. Oscar Isaac sang several of his songs from Inside Llewyn Davis at a supper concert at Santa Monica's Buffalo Club, where Steve Martin joined in on banjo. (An East Coast concert preceded it by a few weeks.) Pharrell Williams dropped by a Despicable Me 2 party to showcase a couple of his tunes. And singers profiled in the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom have performed everywhere from the Academy's Outdoor Screening Series to the AARP's film festival.
4. Infiltrate the Governors Awards
When the Governors Awards was established five years ago, the event allowed the Academy to shine a spotlight on its honorary Oscar winners without the time strictures imposed by the Oscar broadcast. And this year, the spotlight shone on Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Martin and, in absentia, costume designer Piero Tosi. But having all those Academy members in one room also serves as a magnet. And so the studios all made sure they had seats for their Oscar hopefuls, who then proceeded to spend much of the cocktails-and-dinner portion of the evening working the room. Such contenders as Captain Phillips' Tom Hanks, Banks' Emma Thompson and The Book Thief's Geoffrey Rush even got an extra measure of the limelight by taking the stage to speak on behalf of the honorees.
5. Get to the point fast -- and make them laugh
A lot of the campaigning is disguised so that it won't look like a craven play for votes. But that's exactly what makes A24's ads touting James Franco's performance as a drug dealer in Spring Breakers so refreshing. Speaking in his character's own lingo, they simply demand, "Consider this shit!"
Oscars are all about business and PR, this is for sure. The fact Angela Bassett never won an Oscar for amazing What's Love Got to Do with It or Ellen Burstyn walked out emptyhanded following her hertbreaking performance in Requiem for a Dream is a proof to me Academy Awards lost credentials long time ago. But as a hopeless foul I am, I will pray Cate will be the night's biggest winner.
-Her favorite songs off Britney Jean are Alien and Perfume
-She loves Holy Grail and Unconditionally
-Talks about Vegas and getting exhausted in rehearsals, hasnt done the dress rehearsal yet
-Make-up tips (gorl..)
-Likes flying monkey jeans
-Working with Joseph Kahn again for the Perfume music video
-Prefers performing live over recording and shooting videos
-Her favorite music video is Toxic
-Talks about being an Ambassador for Vh1 (she might perform for them?)
-Her kids have made her more involved in charitable activities etc
Mods ignore the other post!
She is too cute! She just lights up around kids! Dead at the Ooh La La promo tho
It looks like this New Year’s Eve is going to be a blast!
So far, the line-up for the 2014 Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest includes performances by Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, and Robin Thicke! More acts are expected to be announced soon.
Ryan will be joined in Times Square by co-host Jenny McCarthy, as Fergie hosts the West Coast party.
“As the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve legacy continues, it is an honor to be a part of the largest celebration of the year,” Fergie said in a statement. “I am excited to share the stage with so many global stars.”
Tune in for the festivities on Tuesday, Dec. 31 @ 10PM on ABC!
Only here for FOB...
Iggy Azalea arrives for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on November 26, 2013 in New York City. She will be tonight's episode musical guest.
Amy and Jennifer’s big kissing scene was apparently Amy’s idea!
Everybody wants a piece of Jennifer Lawrence these days — including her American Hustle co-star Amy Adams! Following a Nov. 23 screening of their new movie in Los Angeles, Amy got pretty candid about a sexy scene the two women share.
In the soon-to-be-infamous scene, Jennifer — who plays Christian Bale‘s character’s wife, Rosalyn — encounters Amy — who plays Rosalyn’s husband’s mistress, Sydney — in a bathroom… and they kiss! More specifically, Rosalyn kisses Sydney, and you have Amy to thank for the surprising move.
“I don’t take credit for a lot of things, but that was my idea,” Amy said at the screening. Though director David O. Russell explained the kiss as “a period to their toxic good-bye,” Amy offered a far simpler possibility: “Maybe I just wanted to kiss Jennifer. She’s so cute!”
That she is, Amy. That she is.
American Hustle, which is already generating Oscar buzz, tells the story of the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late ’70s/early ’80s, focusing specifically on one tumultuous group of young adults. The film also stars Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, who round out an all-star cast.
The highly anticipated flick hits theaters nationwide on Dec. 18.
Buying advanced screening tickets
Kanye West is taking the "daddy's little princess" cliche literally. In yet another outrageous interview -- this one with Power 105's The Breakfast Club on Tuesday, Nov. 26 -- the "Bound 2" rapper compared his 5-month-old daughter, North, to actual British royalty.
"My daughter is in a position of a level of royalty like the prince and princess in London," the proud dad bragged, possibly alluding to Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their 4-month-old baby boy, Prince George. (Incidentally, West's fiancee, Kim Kardashian, was pregnant at the same time as the Duchess of Cambridge; both were due to give birth in July, but Kardashian delivered over a month early.)
The hip hop star also spoke about his now-infamous "Bound 2" music video, which featured a topless Kardashian straddling him on a motorcycle. (The clip was re-created shot-for-shot by James Franco and Seth Rogen in a viral spoof earlier this week.)
"I wanted to take white trash T-shirts and make it into a video. I wanted it to look as phony as possible," West told The Breakfast Club. "I wanted the clouds to go one direction, the mountains to go one direction, the horses to go over there...'cause I want to show you that this is The Hunger Games. I want to show you that this is the type of imagery that's been presented to all of us. And the only difference is a black dude in the middle of it."
"I'm like Marina Abramovic," he continued, referring to the famed performance artist. "This is, like, performance art. The thing is, I don't got a problem with looking stupid."
One thing he does have a problem with? People telling him what to do. In a different interview later that day with MTV personality Sway Calloway, West got suddenly riled up while the two were talking about the rapper's fashion dreams.
"I'm standing up, and I'm telling you, 'I am Warhol. I am the No. 1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh,'" he said. "Walt Disney, Nike, Google -- now, who's gonna be the Medici family and stand up and let me create more? Or do you want to marginalize me 'til I'm out of my moment?"
The conversation escalated further when Calloway suggested that the aspiring designer "empower [him]self" to release his own ideas instead of waiting for the industry to come around.
"How, Sway?! You ain't got the answers, man!" West raged, yelling and ignoring Calloway's repeated attempts to calm the rapper down. "You ain't got the answers! You ain't got the answers, Sway! I've been doing this more than you!"
"You trying to give me advice on somethin' -- you ain't got the answers," he continued, agitated. "You ain't spend $13 million of your own money trying to empower yourself!"
The two proceeded to literally yell at each other on air for a few minutes, until Calloway finally succeeded in getting the outspoken star to relax. "I love you, man," West said later. "I'm sorry."
Friendships are built on shared interests, passions and personality traits.
That's one of the only explanations we can think of for the latest celebrity friendship between Karlie Kloss and Kim Kardashian. Kim posted a photo of herself and the model on Instagram on Monday with the simple caption "❤️ @karliekloss"
Karlie tweeted at Kim, "so good to see you the other night, you looked beautiful xx kk"
And thus a lovely friendship, full of monogrammed gifts and kutesy nicknames, was born. Think Kim will sit front row when Karlie's walking runways this coming Fashion Week?
"karliekloss kk+kk=k squared?#regram from @kimkardashian"
Everyone's Best Friend, Derek Blasberg, posted this too:
Clearly she is working that social ladder!
Countdown to Naomi & Kim pictures from vacation in Hawaii
After years in development hell, Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s beloved “Oldboy” is finally here. Does it live up to the high expectations set by the original? Does it mark a return to form from the director of some of the most important movies of his era or is it another disappointment? No and no. Sadly, what’s so remarkable about “Oldboy,” especially when one considers the darkness of its themes and graphic violence, is that it’s just so forgettable. It’s an echo of Park’s film and will be quickly dismissed in the legacy of its director.
Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) is a prick. He’s a drunk who forgets plans with his daughter, screws up business deals by hitting on the client’s girlfriend, and generally seems like the kind of guy you’d avoid at a bar. Joe stumbles around the world, barely keeping alcoholism in check and burning bridges left and right. One late night, after trying to get bar owner friend Chucky (Michael Imperioli) to open for one more drink and failing, Joe is kidnapped. He’s thrown in what looks like a cheap hotel room but is actually a prison cell run in a high-profile, highly-secretive building operated by Chaney (Samuel L. Jackson). While he’s imprisoned, his wife is brutally murdered and Joe is framed for the crime. He spends the next twenty years in that room, being fed dumplings through the door and watching Kung Fu movies. And then he’s let go.
After his release, Joe becomes obsessed with figuring out who took the last two decades of his life. As with the original, the key to “Oldboy” is about asking the right questions. It’s not who wronged you that matters. It’s why. And why they let you go. Whereas Park allowed these themes to emerge from the narrative, Lee and writer Mark Protosevich hammer viewers over the head with them. Protosevich’s script for “Oldboy” is so frustrating in how self-aware it is of both the original and the themes with which it plays, making it always feel like a movie more than a story with characters with whom we can relate. It’s constantly calling back to the original (“Hey, remember this?!?!”) while drawing attention to how it’s different and highlighting, underlining, and bolding its themes. It never develops its own rhythm or reason to exist.
And then there’s the cast. Brolin is actually quite good, as he always is, especially in relation to the physical demands of the role, but the film truly goes off the rails when Sharlto Copley appears as the villainous Adrian. Brolin and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt (“Shame,” “12 Years a Slave”) seem to be striving for something gritty and genuine in their performance and the film’s aesthetic which makes Copley’s ridiculously mannered, goofily-accented performance all the more annoying. As if he came from the set of another film, Copley plays Adrian like a Hammer villain, mistaking the elegant approach of Ji-tae Yu in the original as something more exaggerated. Elizabeth Olsen fares better as Marie Sebastian, the girl who comes to Joe’s aid, but the part here feels even more underwritten than in the original.
More than most remakes, it feels like those involved with the production of Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” never got a handle on why they were updating the original. It’s certainly not a shot-for-shot remake like Van Sant’s “Psycho” but it also doesn’t have enough of its own personality to feel like a distinct film in its own right. It doesn’t stand on its own. Everything that works about it feels like a callback to the original, like a cover band in a bar singing a song for which they have no direct, emotional relation to the lyrics. Some of the inherent power of the storytelling of Park’s version remains intact but not enough to justify its existence.
She warned us in 2001, when we weren’t listening close enough: “I’m a slave for you. I cannot hold it, I cannot control it.”
Full of fire and poison, Britney Spears was only 20 years old and had already blossomed into a pop icon. A garden-picked southern girl thrown into the MTV machine, clearly promised megafame and wealth in exchange for hard work and objectification. That child-like bubble gum voice was disturbingly sweet and recognizable, her all-American, heart-shaped face and flowing blonde hair made her dream-like, innocent sex appeal almost too hypnotic.
Every teenage boy wanted to rip off the schoolgirl skirt she effortlessly debuted in the music video for 1998’s “Baby One More Time,” while every teenage girl (and some boys) dreamt of wearing it. Did she know this? Did it make her feel powerful? What did she even want? Did she know it was going to last this long? Why do we still even care about her?
What was the plan, Britney Jean?
Her iconography in the first five years of her career was never obnoxious. It was always subtle, but strong.
1. She wore a burmese python around her neck.
2. She kissed Madonna in a wedding dress.
3. She simulated an orgy in a sweaty bath house.
4. She simulated suicide in a bath tub.
5. She wore nothing but diamonds.
She achieved the shock that so many clownish pop stars try to do today, but she looked the part so effortlessly and naturally, it was graceful, compelling and addictive.
She was unstoppable. It’s like this sweet girl genuinely wanted to be modest and wasn’t asking anything from us. She didn’t want to use her fame for some type of self-empowerment message or rage about politics, she just wanted people to escape and have fun. She just wanted to be dope.
In 2007, something changed about the way we looked at her. She shed the skin of the plaything with whom we were so comfortable. The one we got to know. Before we could even get a chance to say goodbye, the girl next door had moved away.
She wasn’t listening anymore, she was rebelling. She wasn’t comfortable being whoever the industry that robbed her of her identity told her she was supposed to be. She was confused. She was coming onto us. She wanted out.
Spears’s punk attitude was pop culture’s wet dream. A Shaved head, a random british accent, pink wigs, trips to the loony bin, all rumored to be fueled by a cocktail of prescription drugs and mental illness. The paparazzi were basically living outside her house at one point to give us our daily Crazy Britney fix.
You were all getting off on watching this “sick girl” run around, keeping up with the content in tabloids, Entertainment Tonight segments and refreshing x17, TMZ and OhNoTheyDidnt every night.
You still get nostalgic today.
Why? Is it because you just wanted the movie to keep going on and on? Were we just waiting to see her die on a video shot by the paparazzo?
What was so magical about watching Britney Spears lose her mind?
What people don’t seem to understand is: Britney is never going to strike a chord with an album like 2007’s Blackout again. It was her gritty and experimental hadal zone opus. She co-produced the record and the lyrics; they reflect the chaos that was her life at the time. It’s a dark pop album where everything seems to go right, yet the person who is performing it is being told that her life is going down the wrong path. It was a confusing moment in time that will never happen again.
Move on and fast forward to 2013.
Britney Spears is not that angry girl anymore. She is a woman and a memory.
She is a pop cyborg who was once known to infect the first millennium’s radio-waves with provocative, electronica-heavy viruses like “Toxic” and “Piece of Me.” But today, instead of standing out, she is drowning out.
Will.i.am, executive producer of her 8th studio album Britney Jean clearly sees Britney as his own woman-bot. He forces her into the “EDM” sound that he inflicted on 2009’s Top 40 with his group The Black Eyed Peas. Maybe he thinks it doesn’t sound dated, or maybe he is just extremely tired, out of touch, and isn’t as creative as the dudes who were controlling her before.
Britney-bot is one that will listen to will.i.am’s commands, one that will do everything as instructed, because she has been programmed to do that since she was first activated in 1998.
There is nothing we can do about it.
It’s not surprising that in the first three minutes of the schizophrenic Britney Jean, she identifies with an extra terrestrial on the spaced out and chilling album opener “Alien” (produced by William Orbit). It flashes her complex vulnerability and we see life through someone that feels out of touch from the world. “The stars in the sky look like home, take me home…” For a second, you really want to go “home” with her. The post-Saturn’s Return vocal delivery in the chorus makes her voice foreign, but maybe that’s the point. Maybe Britney is just an alien that we will never understand, despite the relatable, humanistic words she is saying.
“Work Bitch” is loud. She sounds feisty, ready to start a fight over a big bass-heavy beat. Get the Bravo cameras out, mommy is mad and using her British accent again.
“YOU WANNA HOT BODY? YOU WANAN BUGGATI? YOU WANNA MASERATI? YOU BETTER WORK BITCH!”
The demanding attitude in this song can’t help but make you feel bad for her. This is her way of letting people know that fame isn’t actually that great, and that living a live of opulence is a reward that comes from working hard and sacrificing your privacy in ways you could never imagine. It almost sounds like she’s ready to punch a young girl in the face after telling her: “I just want to be you” on the streets.
“Perfume” (co-written by Sia and Chris Braide) is a love letter to self-hatred, paranoia and insecurity.
“Sometimes it feels like there’s three of us in here…” It’s very simple and silent, it’s barely there — like she’s barely there — and will no doubt be remembered as a classic Britney ballad. Her voice acts as an instrumental while she worries over a man who’s cheating on her. The truest vocal performance on the whole album is featured in this song: “I hide it well, hope you can’t tell but I hope she smells my perfume…”
“I don’t even know where will.i.am came from, like literally who is he? How did him and Britney even meet and how can we go back in time and prevent them from making music with each other? Figure out how to rip out your tracking device from under your arm, Bot Britney! CALL JOHANNA!” are some thoughts that should pop in your head while listening to the next track.
“It Should Be Easy” is horrifying, simply because it exists. It’s something that doesn’t even make sense as an actual musical composition. Her voice is so vocoded that it sounds like they produced it with Garageband, made her swallow helium, and didn’t let her hear the playback. The production (co-produced by Nicky Romero) is indescribably awful. It’s even more upsetting that a major record label thought it would be OK to put out a song like this under a name as big as hers.
The lazily-looped urban drum MILF jam “Tik Tik Boom” is weak. She’s talking about a guy who’s going to make her climax, yet it doesn’t feel very erotic. T.I. wears misogyny like a badge in his alarming verse:“She like the way I beat her, treat her like an animal. Somebody call PETA!”
You are really going to sit there and duet rap about treating Britney Spears like an animal? On her own song? Bro…
“Body Ache” is a straight-up hands up in the motherfucking air, sniff some moon rock and dance ’til your body is numb anthem.Throw out your useless music intellectualism and just let this song do its magic. David Guetta gives her emotive vocals a chance to finally breathe, and the music commands you in all the ways her most iconic singles do. This is where she is at her strongest: wearing the classic Britney Spears costume. This is a reminder that Electronic Dance Music is not the enemy some people make it out to be.
“’Til It’s Gone” aims for euphoria but fails. It’s fit for an unknown’s mid-90s warehouse rave. The opening vocals are stronger than the actual song. It seems like nobody who worked on the song had any idea what to do with it after it peaks in the first 15 seconds. It could have worked in the shiny, simple way “Body Ache” does, if the producers didn’t think “Meh, lol, let’s just loop the chorus and make it sound like she is computerized-stuttering. I got other more important shit to do, like submit demos for the next Miley album…”
The most personal and powerful song,“Passenger,” seems to be a real mirror of who Britney Spears actually is. If you are wondering, she believes in God and uses religion as a way to guide her life like the millions of other people on this planet. I know, not that exciting right? Well she might make you want to check out your local church service after the way she belts that chorus: “I’ll let you lead the way now cause I want you to take the wheel/ I never knew how good it would feel.” Diplo helped her find a ray of light and everything suddenly makes sense.
“Chillin’ With You” features her sister Jamie Lynn. It’s intimate and awkward. It’s all about them hanging out together, a casual look at an all American sisterly bond. It’s strange in it’s own dizzying normalcy. They talk about drinking red wine and “walking on the sky”, you know casual Spears’ family get together shit.
“Don’t Cry” closes things off with a basic sad ballad about her leaving. It’s all over. She’s off. “Pack my bags can’t take no more. Adios, I’m out the door. Hide your tears and dry your eyes cause I don’t wanna see you cry!”
Is it a break up between the listener and her, or is she plotting her escape from will.i.am’s studio?
Is this who Britney Jean really is?
At the end of the day ya’ll: she’s just a normal 31-year-old mom who likes to have sex, likes to hang out with her sister, gets annoyed when guys are cheating on her, pops some meds, likes to dance with her friends, probably even runs on the treadmill to “Party All The Time” by The Black Eyed Peas during her work out session.
She survived some public troubling times and God and religion helped her find what seems to sound like “personal” happiness, and she isn’t afraid to let you know that in her “most personal album ever.”
She somehow still manages to be one of the biggest pop stars in the world and keeps us interested, even though she really isn’t even that interesting.
Britney Jean is ordinary and proud of it.
Does she even care? Who really cares?
It’s Britney, bitch.
Source: Thought Catalog
Mcfly have released about 18 versions of their new single this week (I'll spare you all those) but this is the only one that matters.
Love Is On The Radio: Me & Mrs. F Version (featuring Bump)
So cute. Kill me.
Chris Hemsworth carries his adorable daughter India as they enjoy the day together last week on the island of La Gomera in Spain.
The 30-year-old actor and his 18-month-old daughter were joined for their outing by mom Elsa Pataky, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child. Chris took pics of his family as they enjoyed the day. Can you spot a baby bump on Elsa???
News of Elsa‘s pregnancy broke just last week – we can’t wait to find out more about the new addition!
i'd eat mashed potatoes off of him tbh
So, a fan in the audience says how she performed "Underneath the Tree" twice and stopped halfway through the performance the first time. As she said yesterday on the Today show she is still experiencing morning sickness. The fan in attendance thinks she switched to performing "Don't Rush" (a song off of her greatest hits album...released last year) because it's an easier vocal as it doesn't have any crazy high notes. BUT according to someone at NBC they said she performed "Underneath the Tree" twice for the Christmas special (airing December 11th at 10pm on NBC) and that doesn't make a lot of sense because I was at the Christmas taping and she performed "Underneath the Tree" twice. 1 taping was said to have been used for the Christmas special and the 2nd take they said was gonna be used for the music video. Either way, home girl needs to take a break. She's not out of her first trimester yet and yeah, she needs to chillax.
Fans of The National, Bob’s Burgers and, well, gravy, you are in for a treat: The Fox comedy has animated the Brooklyn indie rockers singing “Sailors in Your Mouth,” the wistful ode to the savory sauce that was heard in Sunday’s Thanksgiving episode. That wasn’t the first time that the band and Bob’s Burgers bonded: The National contributed a rendition of “Kill Your Turkey” to last year’s Thanksgiving episode, and Bob’s Burgers writer Scott Jacobson directed the video for The National’s “Conversation 16,” which stars… Bob’s voice actor Kristen Schaal.
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A former manager at an Elkhart, Ind., Pizza Hut trying to give his employees some time off says he was fired for refusing to open the store on Thanksgiving, local CBS affiliate WSBT is reporting.
Tony Rohr, who started out at the pizza chain as a cook before working his way up to general manager, confronted his superiors after being told the store would need to be open on Thanksgiving.
In years past, Rohr said, Pizza Hut stores have been closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to Fox 8.
"Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they're closed in the whole year and they're the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off and spend it with their families," he told WSBT.
His bosses told him to tender his resignation, but he wrote a scathing letter instead.
"I am not quitting. I do not resign, however I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company," Rohr wrote, according to WSBT. " ... I hope you realize that it's the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible."
The company is already seeing quite a backlash on their official Facebook page, with some commenters calling the chain "greedy" and threatening to never eat there again. The page did not respond to any of the negative comments.
One of Rohr's bosses claimed that he quit, and being open on Thanksgiving wasn't an individual's decision — it was a company decision, according to WSBT.
Do you have to work on Thanksgiving?
The One Direction boys often speak out about their whirlwind schedules and global expectations.
Although Harry Styles seemed to have taken it upon himself to clock up more air miles for the group, as he jetted home to London from New York in a speedy 24 hours.
Harry and band mates Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have been in the US to promote their new EP 'Midnight Memories' which was released on Monday.
Harry looked like a young rock star as he stepped out of a car north London on Wednesday.
Dressed in skinny jeans, brown chelsea boots, grey T-shirt, lumberjack shirt a brown shearling coat, the 19-year-old singer accessorised his look with a silver pendant, dark glasses and a khaki head band he had wrapped around his head to keep his short curly hair under control.
The One Direction heart-throb was accompanied by a mystery friend, who was dressed casually and masked his identity with a blue and white baseball cap.
The world's most popular boy band have been in the US to promote their new album, making a special appearance on Good Morning American on Tuesday, where Harry confirmed his single status.
The star received a roaring cheer as he raised his hand when the Good Morning America presenter asked Harry and his One Direction band mates who was ‘still available’.
The 1D stars were in Central Park performing tracks from their new album and revealed the dates for their upcoming Where We Are tour.
Niall said: ‘Next year as you know we’re doing our tour, the Where We Are tour. And we’re bringing it to North America and the tickets are on sale on 7th December this year.
‘We will be playing our first show on 1st August in Toronto – so we’re very excited. It’s going to be fun.’
With their breath visable in the air, it was obviously a cold morning in the New York central park.
Liam congratulated their fans on being so devoted: ‘This is so nice. We can’t believe how many people have showed up in the cold for us.
‘We don’t usually get up this early.’ Harry interjected.
The boys’ album Midnight Memories has only been on iTunes for a matter of hours, yet it’s already at number 1 in almost 200 countries.