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Eddie Huang, who wrote the memoir on which the sitcom is based, is crusading to reclaim the term. If the pilot is any indication, he may just succeed.
The phrase “fresh off the boat” has been a permanent fixture of American slang for several decades, living alternatingly as a slur and a derogatory statement of fact, depending on who’s tossing it and where. The one thing it has never, ever been, however, is a braggadocious badge of honor, acceptable to don in the mainstream. Until now.
For the last year, Taiwanese-Chinese-American writer and restaurateur Eddie Huang has been crusading to reclaim it.
In 2013, Huang published a memoir about being the child of Taiwanese parents while growing up in the United States during the ’90s. It was called Fresh Off the Boat. Shortly after that, he began hosting an online travelogue series on VICE.com, under the same audacious title. Now, a year later, a period comedy based on Huang’s memoir — specifically his life as a 12-year-old who moved from Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown to a lily-white Orlando suburb — has been picked up by ABC for the network’s 2014–2015 lineup. Huang will serve as a producer on the show, also of the same name. In a ballsy cultural subversion, the words “fresh off the boat” are voluntarily entering the most mainstream space in the United States.
Huang, who was born in D.C. and has lived in the United States for his entire life, has never actually been “fresh off the boat,” as per its conventional definition. But Huang has neither time for, nor interest in, conventional definitions.
“I would never call myself an American,” he told BuzzFeed via phone just a day after the Fresh Off the Boat trailer hit YouTube.“I’m a Taiwanese-Chinese-American. My parents came here in the late ’70s and had me about three years after they’d lived in this country. So I consider myself fresh. You can’t tell me to not consider myself something.”
A source close to the upcoming comedy series said the title of show was Huang’s choosing (and was one he fought hard for) as a nod to both the way his family was perceived when they arrived in America in the ’90s, and how they saw themselves.
Fresh Off the Boat’s creator and executive producer Nahnatchka Khan, herself a child of immigrant parents from Iran, was happy to support that fight. “The title certainly isn’t meant to be offensive, but Eddie is who he is and he’s not going to apologize for it,” she told BuzzFeed. “We just took his lead.”
When ABC unveiled the official trailer for Fresh Off the Boat on Tuesday, the comedy immediately sparked some heated conversations on Twitter. Comments around the forthcoming series have been a mix of hopeful and critical. The most compelling criticism was that titling a mainstream sitcom Fresh Off the Boat might normalize the term, making white Americans more comfortable with using it, not considering its origins of oppression.(this WILL happen lbr)
I think my biggest fear for #FreshOffTheBoat is the fear that non-Asian viewers may use it as their "in" to Asian culture.— Samantha (@uknowsammyyoung) May 14, 2014
Huang, however, disagreed with those targeting him on Twitter. “These people are bigots,” he said. “There are people in every race who try to speak for everybody and try to legislate what you can think and what you can’t think, with no understanding of what it means to interpret an experience. It’s ‘fresh off the boat.’ That’s a term that Asians call each other and we claim it and it’s worn with pride.”
Huang was also clear that the experiences depicted in the show (and the ones he shared in his autobiography) are unique to him. While Huang has been trying to “help people bridge the gap” between the East and West, he strongly believes it’s important for other Asian Americans to share their own stories. “It’s not enough for one person to represent us,” he said. “We need many people. People are going to disagree, but, you know what? They gotta make another show.”
Huang’s memoir centered on dealing with the clash and counterpoints between the life his parents had created for him and the American culture he was surrounded by as a child. He told BuzzFeed that the premise of the sitcom follows the autobiography closely, aside from being “a little adjusted to fit [the studio]’s limitations.”
Having his memoir adapted into a television show was the culmination of something Huang had been planning for a while. “I just want to bring my story — and my take on the Asian-American experience — to pretty much anyone who’ll listen.”
ABC will serve as a megaphone for that story.
The president of the network’s entertainment group Paul Lee discussed the show with members of the press on Tuesday shortly after ABC’s 2014–2015 schedule was unveiled and said Fresh Off the Boat — which stars Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen — will “reflect the changing face of America.”
“I do think it’s the right thing to do,” Lee said of ABC’s efforts to diversify its new programming slate, which includes fellow race-centric comedies Black-ish, about a black family whose patriarch (Anthony Anderson) fears his children have become too assimilated, and Cristela, about a Mexican-American would-be lawyer who lives with her sister and brother-in-law.“It’s really sizzling. It’s a very, very, very distinctive voice,” said Lee of Fresh Off the Boat. “We really do think ABC reflects the new face of America.”
This will be the first time in two decades that an Asian-American family will take center stage on a major television network. The 1994 sitcom All-American Girl, which also aired on ABC, starred Margaret Cho and was similar to Fresh Off the Boat in terms of its intentions: to depict the everyday life of an Asian-American family. Yet the show generated harsh criticism from Asian-American communities for conflating different Asian identities while offering a lazy and inaccurate portrayal of Korean Americans.
Naturally, some potential viewers were concerned that Fresh Off the Boat would do the same, surrendering to an all too common pitfall, using the experiences of a minority group for humor but failing to productively capture any essential truths about their experiences.
Khan was quick to dismiss those fears, arguing that this story, unlike All-American Girl, is protected by its basis in reality. “We’re trying to tell one kid’s story and the story of the Huang family. We’re just accessing his story. It happened, it’s real. That Margaret Cho show was not quite her experience; it was a little more created for the actress. This will be a little more authentic, because, again, it’s one kid’s experience.”
Huang himself remains involved with the project and will have a producer credit on the show. “The system and process [of creating sitcoms] is fucking bullshit … I was really worried about the project for a long time,” Huang said, “but I have absolutely no regrets. [20th Century Fox] listened to me. All the way … This show has a very specific mission that it gets a handful of people. I told [20th Century Fox], ‘If you gotta change or adjust certain things for the actors to fit our limitations, that’s fine. But don’t change the message.’ The message is what I care about.”
The author’s involvement is evident in Fresh Off the Boat’s pilot episode, which was made available to press on Wednesday. The show’s tone and tenor carefully walk the line between irreverent comedy and self-aware commentary. The episode follows Eddie, a 12-year-old hip-hop-head, as he moves with his family from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Fla. His adult self provides a snarky first-person voiceover to the experience, embellished with markers of race-awareness and Notorious B.I.G. lyric shout-outs. (“Me and him are two dudes with big dreams,” Eddie tells his parents later in the episode. “Just tryna get some respect in the game.”)
The episode is decorated in equal parts by nuanced indicators of authenticity— like Chinese-patterned plates and bowls on the dining table and a traditional jade necklace hanging around Eddie’s father’s neck — and surprising subversions of Asian-American stereotypes.“I was expecting something a little more exotic,” a white neighbor says when Eddie’s mom introduces herself. “But I love the name Jessica.”
Later, when the same woman tells Eddie his English is “very good,” he responds with the lethal side-eye of a kid born and raised in Washington, D.C.
That juxtaposition is intentionally specific: Huang, as Khan also stressed, wants to be clear that this is not the story of the “American” family, but of his own family.
“[A lot of people] have been saying, ‘This is an American family,’ and I said, ‘No, this is not an American family,’” Huang explained.“America wanted nothing to do with us. This is about Taiwanese- and Chinese-American families — and you can’t remove any part of that. That is what my family is … America definitely gave us the best opportunity, and that’s why we’re here, but we fought. We had to fight for these things.”
Huang’s comment appears to be in direct contradiction with an early scene in Fresh Off the Boat’s ’90s–set pilot, in which Eddie introduces his family as “an American family.” He goes on to say that his father has completely bought in to the American dream, and that his mom was always hard on him, “way before all that tiger mom stuff.”
The discrepancy in self-identification speaks to the differences between Eddie Huang, the 12-year-old character, and Eddie Huang, the 32-year-old author and chef on which he’s based.
The central conflict of the pilot episode is a painfully relatable one for any child of immigration: He is tasked with figuring out which lunch table to sit at a new school. The white kids call his Chinese lunch “stinky” and a black kid calls him a “chink.” It is a mission difficult enough to age Eddie 20 years in just one school day. At the end of the day, he concludes that “when you live in a Lunchables world, it’s not easy being homemade Chinese food.”
By the end of the episode, 12-year-old Eddie on TV sounds nearly exactly like 32-year-old Eddie who’s remembering him, concluding that maybe his isn’t an American family, after all. “My family is going to create a place in Orlando and we’re going to do it our way,” he says. “Because you don’t have to pretend to be someone else in order to belong.”
And that’s in line with the goals Huang expressed to BuzzFeed: “I want to represent the Asian-American story, but even more than that, this is a coming-of-age story. I hate when people say ‘finding your place in America’ or ‘fitting in’ — those are assimilation words. This is about creating your place in America. It’s not about fitting into one reference group, because fuck it, I’m going to make you adjust to my life.”
Do, do you have a first aid kit handy? Because the ladies of Danity Kane are officially back and we don't know if we can handle it! With their first two albums debuting at #1 in the United States and a popular MTV reality show several seasons in under their designer belts, Aubrey O'Day, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richard, D Woods and Aundrea Fimbres shocked the world when they disbanded in 2009 after a big tour when Diddy (his stage name changes more than these ladies change their shoes) fired two thirds of the group and the other three members exited the group shortly after. We didn't know if we'd ever see these ladies together on stage again.
Fast forward through the years of rumored feuding, sort of reunions and attempts at solo careers and the ladies are finally back! This time as a quartet (minus D Woods and the help Diddy) to give the music scene another go round. But, don't think that DK is wasting any time with this new shot at their comeback. With a brand new single "Lemonade," a new album on the way and their 13 city #NoFilterTour kicking off tomorrow in San Francisco, Aubrey, Shannon, Dawn and Aundrea are ready to pick up where they left off. On our playlists and in our hearts, which have since been repaired since the group announced their reunion!
The interviewer confirmed to DK fans that Aundrea was not there for the interview.
First of all, how are you girls! It's been WAY too long and the fans are THIRSTY for some new Danity Kane!
Aubrey: (Laughs) Well, they can have a glass of lemonade, if they're that thirsty!
Oh, they are definitely drinking that lemonade dry because your new single has over 160,000 plays over night on Sound Cloud.
Shannon: Nice! We love it!
What can you tell us about the new album? Everyone's dying to know what direction you're going in.
Shannon: We definitely don't have just one direction about us. As our fans know, every album has had something special about it from urban to pop sounds. We're exploring that even more this time. We just want to dive deeper into what Danity Kane has always been to us. And that's just exploring every kind of genre. We have "Lemonade," which is urban. We have a song called "Rhythm Of Love" that's extremely pop international. Another song that's a Green Day, Fun. record. We never want to be put in a box. We always want people to be guessing what we're going to be coming up with next!
Your fans went crazy for "Lemonade." How did it come together? It's such a fun track!
Aubrey: You know, we've recorded almost our entire album at this point and we've had so many songs that we knew were going to be the single. We actually just got "Lemonade" about a week ago and recorded it. It's just so current. It sounds like the radio. It has got such a great summer feel. It's the right amount of sass. The right amount of swagger. It's a great representation of all of us combined and it's something that we felt strongly about with that direction for us coming off of the way that we first launched with "Showstopper." This song really is the 2.0 new version of that same type of approach.
Will we get some of those legendary DK interludes on the new album?
Shannon: Yes, of course! We're working on that. That's something that's a trademark that we do and that's just something that we do and we miss those on albums nowadays.
You guys definitely brought interludes back.
Shannon: I think we were! It died out for a long time, but you're right. We brought it back! Claim that! (Laughs)
We're excited to hear your new music, but we also really to see more of you on TV. Would you do reality show again?
Aubrey: You know, we're always playing with different ideas about how to reintroduce new fan bases to Danity Kane as well as keep our old fan base interested and excited in this new era of Danity Kane. So, there's always a possibility. We definitely stay recording our journey. You guys will have to stay tuned. (Laughs)
Will there be any collaborations on the new album?
Dawn: We've had a lot of ideas, but I think that people forget that we are four girls. Collaborations are never the highest on our list because we are already a group in itself and to put more and more people on an album, it becomes a lot. Our main concern is also that is our first time back. We want you guys to hear nothing, but all of us. Seeing as how we've been away for so long, this is a good look for us to tie our relationship and keep it organic. I think for the album we'll be very careful on who we collaborate with. What's most important is that the music that comes from us is incredible. The collaborations are very secondary to our sound.
What can fans expect on the tour which kicks off tomorrow night in San Francisco?
Aubrey: You know, for us the opportunity for us to escape the normal form that everyone's relying on right now with the big costumes and the lighting. We really want to get back to a vulnerable place where we can connect with our fans through talent and raw emotion. We'll be performing our first album, our second album and we'll be performing cuts from the third album. There's going to be some big announcements and some big surprises that everyone's going to want to stay tuned for. But, mostly we just want to go back to being real triple threats that can rely on their talent and don't need to rely on all the smoke and mirrors.
Selena Gomez still looked somber as she stepped out wearing an all black outfit to grab lunch alone in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Despite the unseasonably hot temperatures, the 21-year-old singer and actress wore the dark ensemble while picking up her take-out order for one as a new report surfaced claiming the beauty has blocked all communication with her on/off boyfriend Justin Bieber.
'Selena has blocked Justin’s number,' a source revealed to the website. 'She’s not talking to him or looking at his social media — she is really trying to forget him, since he’s not willing to be committed.'
'She’s not going to be his shoulder to cry on, or support him in his latest crisis. Unless he really proves he can step up to the plate — like an engagement ring might do it— but otherwise she’s done and she just wants to let it go,' the source explained.
OMG it's beautiful!
Last footage I'll be seeing. 175 days!! ^o^
From Grammy winner to production whizz, Kimbra is breaking new ground.
On March 27 this year Kimbra Lee Johnson turned 24, and while she didn't have a party she still had a good time. Kimbra - when you're part of a song as successful as Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know you can pull off a pop star's truncated name - spent the day in a Los Angeles rehearsal room with the diminutive but nonetheless imposing American R&B operator Janelle Monae.
The two plotted the form of their Golden Electric Tour, a joint effort that will see Kimbra's eclectic electropop and Monae's futuristic funk showcased before the pair finish the evening with a joint set that will touch on their shared influences.
''We don't look at anything as a gig. Janelle is on a mission and I feel the same in how I see music. We both believe in engaging our fans,'' explains Kimbra. ''A lot of female artists in the music industry now are just seen as sex symbols, and we both feel strongly about showing beauty in a different way and showing creativity in a different way.''
Kimbra was speaking last week from Melbourne, where she was rehearsing with her band after more than a year in Los Angeles recording her forthcoming second album. It's the same city she moved to seven years ago, as a determined teenager from Hamilton in New Zealand looking to pursue a career in music.
Thanks to the Gotye collaboration, and her 2011 debut album, Vows, Kimbra achieved some of what she wanted, but it wasn't enough for her to slow down. On February 10, 2013, Somebody That I Used to Know won Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. On February 11, 2013, Kimbra moved into a house in the LA suburb of Echo Park being run as a small sustainable farm and started writing the follow-up.
''I put innovation on a pedestal for this record. I wanted to break ground sonically, take a lot of the ideas I'd been inspired by and eat them up and spit them out in my own way while still writing pop songs,'' she says enthusiastically. ''I wanted to combine - and sometimes juxtapose - ideas into one. I like the idea of putting out an ambitious song and hoping that as people listen to it they'll discover new relics of sound.''
The first taste of the record is the track 90s Music, both a literal and figurative circuit-breaker. With its grinding frequencies and skip-rope chants, the song is an initially abrasive palate cleanser that puts a neat line between the tidy grooves of Vows and the new material. Kimbra calls it a ''futurist'' song, and it's fascinatingly bonkers.
The song began as a raucous garage-punk jam with her band, until they added 808 drum machines to the verses, piquing Kimbra's attention. She worked on the revised song with her studio collaborator, producer Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand), who called on Muse's Matt Bellamy to add a guitar part before Kimbra enlisted Foster the People vocalist Mark Foster to contribute.
''It continued to evolve in a natural way and not be overthought. It happened,'' says Kimbra, who had a supergroup's worth of collaborators on the album. ''It's either going to work or not, but it's certainly going to be something.''
The album's list of contributors includes Silverchair's Daniel Johns, Dirty Projectors songwriter Dave Longstreth, and prog-rock maven Omar Rodriguez-Lopez from the Mars Volta, with Kimbra also the chief technician for the sessions. Her prized compliment was from Costey, who said she had ''the fastest fingers'' of all the studio's engineers.
''I'm fascinated by production and by creating sound, so when Rich gave me a room with the most incredible gear I grew in leaps and bounds,'' she says. ''I wouldn't just do takes - I put every part of the tape together: the sampling, the cueing, the compressing of every element. It was a whole new language to speak.''
Kimbra talks about her new music in excitable tones, and the only problem she's had has been letting go. She was making minute fixes to the snare sound at the start of 90s Music (too loud apparently) even after it was available to hear online.
''What made me stop was the realisation that if I didn't stop I couldn't share these things with people. If you hold on and tamper with it, it becomes self-indulgent and loses the spontaneity,'' she says. ''The way an artist stays sane is to constantly move forward.''
The Strokes star Albert Hammond, Jr. has reached out to British rockers Arctic Monkeys in a bid to land a supporting slot on the band's ongoing tour.
The guitarist reveals he personally contacted frontman Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders to propose the idea of them hitting the road together, but his suggestion has so far been snubbed.
He tells NME.com, "I'm trying to get an Arctic Monkeys support... I mean, I wrote Alex an email... I'm friendly with Matt and we get along, we've hung out, I've said it (suggested it) to him but I know he's kind of like, 'I can't do anything'.
"I have a feeling, maybe he (Turner) doesn't like me, I don't know! (bitch he stans your band what are you on????) I ran into him in L.A., he was quiet, he wrote me a nice email back but he was like, 'Yeah, you'll definitely be in the running, (but) we have someone already...'
"I just feel like it would be a good bill, that's all. I just tried to be honest about how much I think it would be a cool thing, you know, it would be interesting for fans..."
Arctic Monkeys are currently in the midst of their AM Tour, which will resume in London later this month (May14).
i'd die tbh
Considering that Michelle Williams, Beyoncé and Solange were all down in Costa Rica together for Kelly Rowland’s wedding the weekend following the Met Gala, there’s a good chance that the ladies spoke about that infamous elevator attack way before the public caught wind of it. But Michelle says she’ll never tell what was discussed because that’s family business.
“Man, I wish I could give you an answer,” she said at NBC’s 2014 Upfronts, according to the New York Daily News. “I don’t wish to talk about something that’s personal, and that’s what family does. We protect each other and keep it locked.”
What she was open to speaking about, however, was her new Oxygen reality show “Fix My Choir.” At this point, it’s pretty clear that no one from the Knowles-Carter camp will be revealing any details about the much-talked about altercation. As we reported yesterday, the family released a joint statement addressing the leaked elevator video and they’re pretty much maintaining a united front in hopes that they public will just drop it.
“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident,” the statement reads. “But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.
The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”
Didnt give no kind of info. Good for Ms. Tenitra for getting a reality show tho.
ROME (AP) — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24, a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office said Friday.
The couple rented the fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000) and a Protestant minister will preside over the ceremony, spokeswoman Elisa Di Lupo told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
Belvedere Fort was built in 1590, believed using plans by Don Giovanni de' Medici. Located near the Arno River, it offers a panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan hills.
The 36-year-old rapper proposed to the reality star on her 33rd birthday in October 2013, renting out San Francisco's AT&T Park for the occasion.
This is the first marriage for West, who was previously engaged to designer Alexis Phifer. It's the third trip down the aisle for Kardashian. She was wed to music producer Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2003, and spent 72 days married to professional basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011 after tying the knot in in a lavish ceremony broadcast as a two-part TV special.
The couple was featured on the cover of Vogue magazine's April issue, with Kardashian wearing a wedding-style dress.
There has been no explicit confirmation from either Kardashian or West about the wedding. In an email Thursday to AP, Kardashian representative Ina Treciokas said she wasn't able to comment on reports about the nuptials.
But in an interview with Florence's La Nazione newspaper published Friday, West extolled the beauty of Florence and spoke of the event. Asked if he was excited about May 24, he said, "Very excited. But very happy."
West said he and Kardashian had come to Florence incognito and believed that their daughter, North, born in June 2013, was conceived "among the Renaissance masterpieces."
"It was our first honeymoon," he said of that visit. "It's one of the most beautiful cities of the world, for me the most beautiful in Europe."
He spoke to the newspaper while in Florence to visit friend and designer Ermanno Scervino.
The fort is owned by the Italian government but operated by Florence authorities. It has been closed to the public for the past five years for security upgrades after two young Italians fell to their deaths from its ramparts and was to reopen this summer with an art exhibit.
Di Lupo said she believed the contract to rent the fort had been signed very recently. She said the proceeds from the rental would go to fund restorations for Florence's artistic treasures.
Until the Italian report, the couple had reportedly been planning a wedding ceremony May 24 in France. Kardashian's sister, Kendall Jenner, is currently in Cannes attending the film festival.
Kinda disappointed at the venue tbh. can't wait for this wedding tho
u can check out me &lestat's registry here
Walt Disney Animation Studios has taken to the Big Hero 6 Facebook page to announce that the teaser trailer for their upcoming Marvel adaptation will debut online next Thursday, and in their teasing of the teaser they've debuted a look at the official logo for the film which you can check out below!
Big Hero 6 features brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.
Starring TJ Miller, Jamie Chung, and Maya Rudolph, and inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, the CG-animated film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.
Naomi Watts is also in negotiations
Matthew McConaughey and director Gus van Sant stopped by the Croisette on Thursday afternoon to pitch international buyers on their new drama “Sea of Trees,” which is scheduled to begin production on July 15.
The story follows a suicidal American (McConaughey) who befriends a man (Ken Watanabe) lost in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. The picture will have a budget of about $25 million, and negotiations are underway with Naomi Watts to play the female lead–the character of McConaughey’s wife. The project originated from Gil Netter (“Life of Pi”), who is producing with Ken Kao, above left with Van Sant, McConaughey and Alex Walton.
McConaughey said he was drawn to the poetic nature of the screenplay by Chris Sparling (“Buried”). “It was the best script I remember reading in the last five years,” said the actor who recently won the Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club,” noting that it “felt like a bunch of beautiful haikus, back to back. It was incredibly surprising. I got chills a few times just in the read of it.”
Van Sant said that the location of the shoot hadn’t been determined yet. “My latest feelings is to try to shoot in Japan,” the director said. “If it’s too difficult, we would probably go to the northwest in the States, where the land is very similar.”
The actor and director noted the film will have a surprise ending, which they compared to “The Sixth Sense” or “Fight Club.”
Alex Walton’s new shingle Bloom is representing international sales of the film. CAA and WME are handling domestic rights, with several studios already expressing interest including Lionsgate, according to Van Sant.
This film sounds like it could be really good or rly embarrassing. Pls don't disappoint Gus.
Anyone could be gay—even a tough and rugged Viking.
Just ask Gobber, a character in the How to Train Your Dragon movie franchise.
And he does it in the most subtle way. While watching a husband and wife bicker, Gobber says that's why he never got married—and then he simply adds there's one other reason.
He doesn't explain anything further, but Dragon 2's openly gay writer and director, Dean DeBlois, confirms Gobber was talking about being a same-sex-loving Viking.
"When we were recording Craig Ferguson, I had written the line, 'This is why I never got married," and he, as he often does, added it as an ad lib and he said, 'Yup, Gobber is coming out of the closet,'" DeBlois told me earlier today at the Cannes Film Festival while promoting the film at the Carlton Hotel. "I think that's a really fun [and] daring move to put in. I love the idea that Gobber is Berk's resident gay."
And so do we!
DeBlois also explained how Cate Blanchett joined the cast as dragon rescuer Valka.
He wrote the character for the Oscar winner."I went to the Oscars in 2011 when the first How You Train Your Dragon was nominated," DeBlois said. "I saw her in the cocktail reception prior to the ceremony. I walked up to her and I introduced myself and said that I had written a part for her, at which point she said her three boys were big fans. She said, 'I'm not doing anything. Send me the script.' And that was that."
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (in theaters on June 13) will have its world premiere tonight at Cannes' Palais des Festival with a party following nearby.
The video is pretty nsfw. It's just clips of all his other movies and then an announcement about '31' (or '3I' i'm not quite sure how we're supposed to read that)
Leighton Meester and Adam Brody wrap their arms around each other while going for a walk around town on Thursday afternoon (May 15) in New York City.
The married actors sure make the cutest couple and we love seeing them together!
Leighton is currently starring on Broadway in the revival of the classic play Of Mice & Men alongside James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. The play will be running until July 27 so make sure to check it out while you still have a chance.
Rihanna attended an NBA playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Thursday (May 15) in Los Angeles.
To begin with, though, the most important detail: Who will design the wedding dress? "Gucci, yes," the View co-host said, adding cutely, "Gucci, maybe."
As for the bridesmaids, who will include Jenny's sisters, "all the comedians on the Dirty, Sexy, Funny tour and Donnie's sisters"? They'll be wearing, "Forever 21, for sure," she said with a laugh.
Jenny said she and Donnie "really hope" that his brother, chef Paul Wahlberg, will cater the wedding. "Why not some Wahlburgers?" Jenny suggested, referring to the food from the family's Boston-based restaurant
The future Mrs. Wahlberg hopes to tie the knot in New York in the near future (or as she put it, "I will say fall of this year!") and it seems likely that her 12-year-old son Evan will be part of the big day. "Donnie included Evan [when he proposed]," gushed Jenny, "and that really made me cry!"
He's a thoughtful dude. He'd also be good for daytime TV according to his fiancée! In fact, Jenny said "100 percent" that Donnie should fill Barbara Walters' empty seat on The View. "He would be perfect," she said, "A wicked good co-host!"
FYF Fest has revealed its 2014 lineup. The Los Angeles-based music festival takes place August 23rd – 24th at its new location in LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park.
Festival founder Sean Carlson revealed this year’s lineup on L.A. radio station KCRW. The Strokes and Phoenix will serve as headliners, alongside newly reunited acts Slowdive and The Blood Brothers. Other notable acts include HAIM, Interpol, Julian Casablancas (solo), Grimes, Flying Lotus, Death Grips, Caribou, Future Islands, Darkside, Earl Sweatshirt, and Run the Jewels.
Also playing are Slint, Built to Spill, Mac DeMarco, Real Estate, Against Me!, Jamie xx, Little Dragon, Ty Segall, Four Tet, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, The Murder City Devils, Boris, Thundercat, Kelela, Tycho, Deafheaven, Todd Terje, Ryan Hemsworth, and Angel Olsen. Check out the full lineup poster above.
Tickets will be available on Thursday, May 22nd at Noon PST via festival’s website. Two-day passes will cost $129.00, while VIP passes will be available for $229.00.
We've been sworn to secrecy, but the music speaks for itself
Due in no small part to the success of a couple of Parisian robots, disco is fully back in vogue these days. With its buoyant analog chords, filtered funk synths, and vocoded hook, this blistering tune by a shape-shifting dance legend takes a few cues from the Daft Punk playlist and is a flawless fit for the times.
Billboard was given an exlcusive listen to this forthcoming track, but we've been sworn to secrecy on the exact artist’s identity. But, after a fair amount of begging, we were given exclusive permission to leak this 50-second snippet to the world. For now, the music will have to speak for itself.
Check out the tease above, and stay tuned for the big reveal coming soon. (And feel free to hit @billboard on twitter with any guesses about who the secret star might be.)
Listen to the snippet @ the Source
I'm going with Madonna, she said last year she wanted to work with Daft Punk and this sounds produced by them imo.
The Weinstein Co., Focus Features, A24 Films, Fox Searchlight and Open Road Films are all interested in the film.
CANNES -- Jake Gyllenhaal's crime drama Nightcrawler is sparking heated interest among U.S. buyers.
The Weinstein Co. and Focus Features are firmly entrenched in talks with WME Global and CAA, which are co-repping domestic rights, while A24 Films, Open Road Films and Fox Searchlight are also showing interest.
News of a domestic deal comes as Nightcrawler, from Bold Films, is being shopped to foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market by Sierra/Affinity.
Nightcrawler, now completed, marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy. Rene Russo, Gilroy's wife, and Bill Paxton co-star in the movie.
Gilroy most recently co-wrote the screenplay for The Bourne Legacy with his brother Tony Gilroy. Tony Gilroy and Jennifer Fox, who collaborated on Michael Clayton, Duplicity and the Bourne series, are producing Nightcrawler with Gyllenhaal.
Bold Films' Michel Litvak and David Lancaster are also producers, while Gary Michael Walters is executive producing.
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