Zayn Malik’s New Album Will Be More ‘Himself’ and ‘Optimistic’

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly RCA Records CEO Peter Edge spilled about the former One Direction member’s new album, out later this year.

“It wasn’t easy making that decision and having the courage to step out first and make a record,”Edge said. “This album has a more optimistic tone to it after coming through that more challenging time. It shows a lot of growth.”

Referring to the first single of the new batch of songs, “Still Got Time (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR),” Edge said, ““If you think about the lyrics, it’s talking about how it’s great to be young and knowing you’ve still got time to do everything you want to do in life.”

He added, “I think he definitely wants a lot of himself in there, and I think that’s what the last record had — it maybe even gave people more insight than they thought they were going to get.”

So what we’re gathering is that Zayn, who’s decidedly taken the bad boy, sultry dance/ R&B route since splitting from the famed quintet, is hoping to be a little more smiley and honest with his next batch of music. Most of his fellow former bandmates have all also done firm rebrands since the split: Harry Styles is now the free-spirited rock-pop god, Liam Payne is now the tattooed muscle hunk packing on as much sex appeal into his songs as possible, and Niall… well, Niall is being a regular guy, still, we guess?

Take a listen to “Still Got Time” below as you prep for your next big dose of Zayn:

Laura Dern’s Character in the New ‘Star Wars’ Just Might Be The Hero Earth Has Been Waiting For

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If there’s ever been a strong contender for a superhero jumping in and saving us all from the mess that has been the world since Trump began running for office, it’s Laura Dern’s new character in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

Dern, whose role we had absolutely no info on until Vanity Fair‘s new cover story, will play Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Amabella’s great ancestor?). Holdo is a Resistance general and wears a flowy pink ensemble complete with pink hair. Consider us ready for rescue:

We learned a lot of other great things from the Star Wars special issue of Vanity Fair, out on stands today. Benicio Del Toro will play DJ, a “shifty” character previously unseen in the Star Wars world. And Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter, will play Lieutenant Kaydel Connix.

Perhaps most exciting is the announcement of a new world in the universe, created by writer/ director Rian Johnson, called Canto Bight. It’s a casino-y world and ““a playground, basically, for rich assholes,” Johnson said in the Vanity Fair cover story. And the outfits! Head over to the gallery to try and tell if you’re looking at stills from a Star Wars photo shoot or a Gaga music video.

Harry Styles Stops Concert to Give Heartfelt Speech About Manchester Attack

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Performing in Mexico last night, Harry Styles stopped his show to address a crowd of adoring fans with a somber tone.

“I wanted to celebrate with you. But tonight doesn’t feel like a night to celebrate. Last night there was a tragedy in my hometown of Manchester, and I have been left with a hole in my heart.”

Styles explained that the first show he had ever attended had been at the arena where 22 have lost their lives due to a terrorist attack following an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.

“We have a choice, every single day that we wake up, of what we can put into the world,” Harry went on, “and I ask you to please choose love every single day. I promise that we will be back very soon to Mexico, we will be back with a full show, but tonight, if it’s OK with you, we’re going to play a small acoustic set. I hope you understand, and I hope you’ll join me in a moment of silence for the victims and for the families of the victims in Manchester today. Thank you for understanding. I love you very much.”

Styles shared this Tweet after the incident in Manchester:

Take a look at the speech below:

Ariana Grande has officially suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour through at least June 5, Her management said in a statement: “Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost.”

Jay Som Cannot Conform To Beauty Standards in ‘One More Time, Please’ Video

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Bay area singer/songwriter Jay Som (Melina Duterte) today unveils her odd, neon-infused music video for the song ‘One More Time, Please,’ off of her breakout album Everybody Works. In it, she spits out a moth-like sort of creature, paints her hands silver, and draws hairs all over her arms – it’s all behavior due to a rejection of society’s visual expectations of one another.

“We wanted to honor the heaviness of Melina’s lyrics by channeling the essence of madness many feel while attempting to live up to societal standards, behaviors or even personal obsessions,” said directors/writers/producers Christopher Good and Andreina Byrne. “This madness can become mentally and physically enslaving. We follow the main character as she attempts to satisfy these standards/obsessions until she realizes her obsession with such is more of an internalized threat. This realization of her own obsessive state guides her to find her own peace of mind and acceptance of herself.”

Jay Som is currently touring Europe in support of her debut album, and will continue into America this summer, sweeping the festival circuit and headlining shows of her own.

Som said earlier this year: “As a female-identified musician and a queer person, you have people constantly telling you the world isn’t made for you. I think this is a very sensitive time where we should be thinking about people who don’t have as many opportunities as the typical white indie band.”

Take a look at the “One More Time, Please” video below:

Rare Photos of Teenage Frida Kahlo Have Surfaced

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Frida is queen. Everyone knows that. Her Self-Portrait With Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird is the original true image with the caption ‘mood.’ A great number of paintings and photos exist to give us a look at adult Frida, but until now photos of Ms. Kahlo in her youth have been largely scarce.

Which is why it’s so exciting to us that mymodernmet.com has unearthed over 20 photos of the famed painter in her early years.

Some of the photos are likely professional portraits taken at the National Preparatory School, which Kahlo attended in 1922. Other pictures of Frida and her family and friends, and with her husband, the painter Diego Rivera, whom Khalo wrote to in a love letter saying, “Upon your form, the lashes of the flowers responded to my touch, the murmur of streams. There was all manner of fruits in the juice of your lips, the blood of the pomegranate, the horizon of the mammee and the purified pineapple.” We’ll never text “wyd” again.

Take a look at the glorious images in the following slides, and remember: unibrows are cool again.

Photos via mymodernmet.com.

Lady Gaga Dedicates Performance at Coachella to Friend Battling Cancer

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This weekend at Coachella, Lady Gaga paused her performance prior to siging “The Edge of Glory” to make a request: “My friend Sonja is very sick and I love her so much and if it’s OK with you, I’d like to sing this song for her.”

Her friend and former assistant, Sonja Durham, is battling stage 4 cancer in her lungs and brain. In an interview with Radio.com, Gaga talked about how Durham was the inspiration for her Joanne bonus track “Grigio Girls”:

 

In Gaga’s Coachella set, she paused while singing “The Edge of Glory” to say, “I’m sorry you don’t feel well. We all wish you were here with us.” Take a look at the incredibly powerful performance below:

 

Here’s a photo of Gaga and Durham together:

Last month, Durham was thrown her dream wedding by her famous friend – as she described it in a blog post, she’s pals with an “Angel that tells you she is going to throw you your dream wedding and there are no arguments.”

Anne Hathaway Accidentally Terrorizes an Asian Metropolis in ‘Colossal’ Clip

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Anne Hathaway has played many roles we love. From princesses to assistant editors to comic book vixens, she knows how to play the classic Hollywood leading lady. But her newest role comes with a bizarre twist.

In Colossal, Hathaway plays a woman who finds herself single and homeless after being dumped and kicked out of her boyfriend’s apartment. Moving back to her hometown as a last resort, she gets a job at the local bar and spends every night drinking herself to sleep. But when a Godzilla-esque monster starts terrorizing Seoul, she begins to suspect that her drunken antics are somehow responsible.

In a clip from the film, she tests out her theory. Her reaction is about what you could expect from a drunk single person who realizes they’re literally ruining the lives of everyone around them.

Colossal premieres Friday, February 7. Check out the clip below:

MTV Movie & TV Awards Will Have Gender-Blind Acting Categories

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The MTV Movie Awards have undergone some major changes this year – for starters, they’re now the MTV Movie & TV Awards, which adds a whole slew of new categories to the mix. Perhaps even more interesting, though, is this tweak: all genders will compete under the same categories for acting awards.

Yep, you read that right: it means, for example, that Daniel Kaluuya is up for Best Actor in a Movie against Emma Watson and Taraji P. Henson. And that Best Actor in a Show nominees include Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Millie Bobby Brown.

Another interesting thing to note is that in certain categories, TV and movies will compete against each other – so, for instance, in the Best Hero category, movie stars like Taraji in Hidden Figures and Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are up against protagonists from their bingeworthy TV counterparts, like Mike Colter in “Luke Cage” and Millie (again) in “Stranger Things.”

Leading the pack is, to no one’s surprise, the genius film from Jordan Peele, Get Out, with six noms. You can vote for your faves now on MTV.com.

The MTV Movie & TV Awards will air Sunday, May 7 at 8 PM EST on MTV. Check out the full list of nominees below:

Movie of the Year

Beauty and the Beast

Get Out

Logan

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Edge of Seventeen

Show of the Year

Atlanta

Game of Thrones

Insecure

Pretty Little Liars

Stranger Things

This Is Us

Best Kiss

Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome — Moonlight

Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling — La La Land

Emma Watson & Dan Stevens — Beauty and the Beast

Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard — Empire

Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick — Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates

Best Villain

Allison Williams — Get Out

Demogorgon — Stranger Things

Jared Leto — Suicide Squad

Jeffrey Dean Morgan — The Walking Dead

Wes Bentley — American Horror Story: Roanoke

Best Host

Ellen DeGeneres — The Ellen DeGeneres Show

John Oliver — Last Week Tonight

RuPaul — RuPaul’s Drag Race

Samantha Bee — Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Trevor Noah — The Daily Show

Best Documentary

13th

I Am Not Your Negro

OJ: Made in America

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story

Best Reality Competition

America’s Got Talent

MasterChef Junior

RuPaul’s Drag Race

The Bachelor

The Voice

Best Actor in a Movie

Daniel Kaluuya — Get Out

Emma Watson — Beauty and the Beast

Hailee Steinfeld — The Edge of Seventeen

Hugh Jackman — Logan

James McAvoy — Split

Taraji P. Henson — Hidden Figures

Best Actor in a Show

Donald Glover — Atlanta

Emilia Clarke — Game of Thrones

Gina Rodriguez — Jane The Virgin

Jeffrey Dean Morgan — The Walking Dead

Mandy Moore — This Is Us

Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things

Best Comedic Performance

Adam DeVine — Workaholics

Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson — Broad City

Lil Rel Howery — Get Out

Seth MacFarlane — Family Guy

Will Arnett — The LEGO Batman Movie

Best Hero

Felicity Jones — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Grant Gustin — The Flash

Mike Colter — Luke Cage

Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things

Stephen Amell — Arrow

Taraji P. Henson — Hidden Figures

Tearjerker

Game of Thrones — Hodor’s death

Grey’s Anatomy — Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death

Me Before You — Will tells Louisa he can’t stay with her

Moonlight — Paula tells Chiron that she loves him

This Is Us — Jack and Randall at karate

Next Generation

Chrissy Metz

Daniel Kaluuya

Issa Rae

Riz Ahmed

Yara Shahidi

Best Duo

Adam Levine & Blake Shelton — The Voice

Daniel Kauuya & Lil Rel Howery — Get Out

Brian Tyree Henry & Lakeith Stanfield — Atlanta

Hugh Jackman & Dafne Keen — Logan

Josh Gad & Luke Evans — Beauty and the Beast

Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg — Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party

Best American Story

Blackish

Fresh Off The Boat

Jane The Virgin

Moonlight

Transparent

Best Fight Against the System

Get Out

Hidden Figures

Loving

Luke Cage

Mr. Robot

‘Girls’ Cast Reunite 50 Years Later on Jimmy Kimmel

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As the sixth and final season of “Girls” approaches its end, the popular HBO show’s cast stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel” for some last minute press opportunities, this time to do a parody of the show fifty years later, when the series has been renamed “The Golden ‘Girls.'”

In the elderly reunion, Lena Dunham’s character Hannah writes about STDs for the gang’s elderly living community’s newsletter, Marnie is trying to draw attention during a knee surgery party, Jessa is picking up cigarettes at the grocery store, and Shoshanna is scolding people for not being “woke” from behind her walker. Kimmel himself makes an appearance as a male stripper named Officer Sausage, and Andrew Rannell’s Elijah returns, apparently not having aged at all in the past half century.

Take a look below:

“Girls” will end forever on April 16, with the last episode titled “Latching.”