Jessica Chastain, Dakota Fanning, Eddie Redmayne, and Kate Mara strike a pose. Photo: Neil Rusman/BFAnyc.com
It’s the collection that everyone has been talking about and its literally (almost) here. The Alexander Wang X H&M Collection has been one of the most hyped about collaborations in history, so it’s no question why a team of A Wang’s A-List besties came out to support.
The crowd shopped a pop-up shop, and hip hop legend Missy Elliot performed. The perfect sound for his nostalgic meets futuristic collaboration. Not siblings with Beyoncé or engaged to Jennifer Aniston? No worries, we’ve got you covered with the night’s best looks. The collection will be up for grabs to the public November 6th. Better start camping out at your local H&M now!
Pop versions of Nothing Compares 2 U — like, say, the Sinead O’Connor hit or the Matchbox 20 cover — keep the song from being wristsplittingly bad. But the song’s author Prince and Mary J. Blige did a duet on Nothing at the IHeartMusic Festival and reminded us all "soulful" is a more polite way of saying depressing.
Not that there’s anything wrong with Blige or Prince’s voices — oh God no. I just wouldn’t, you know, play this for your friend who just got dumped.
Good thing the sound quality is not amazing, but it might even be more depressing.
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If the confusing racial undertones of those pulled Burger King commercials featuring Mary J. Blige threw you off, you’re not alone. Burger King was swift to go back to the drawing board in an attempt to save face, removing the commercial from the internet (though some copies survived, as you can see). Fortunately, Chicago’s Second City unearthed a handful of other concepts that Burger King didn’t use, which they’ve fortunately reproduced in a very amusing sketch. Watch it after the click, before it gets all types of viral on your Twitter and Facebooks.
The random guy hoisting the Notorious B.I.G. portrait up and down is seriously the best. Maybe they’re being a little hard on Burger King, who definitely didn’t think their silly little ad would get so much attention in the wrong kind of way. But no, probably not.
● Mary J. Blige bemoaned yesterday that her pulled "crispy chicken, fresh lettuce" Burger King commercial was not the "fun and creative campaign" she had signed up for. Burger King meanwhile apologized to Blige and her fans for airing the ad "prematurely," adding that they hope to have the final spot on air soon. [Rap-Up]
● The final autopsy report from the LA County’s Coroner’s Office adds grim details to Whitney Houston’s final moments, but upholds earlier findings that her cause of death was accidental drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use. [TMZ]
● Rumor has it that Saturday Night Live‘s Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Jason Sudeikis are jumping ship at the end of this season. [Us]
● It seems that Jake Gyllenhaal has become something of a teacher’s pet in his spin classes, often winning himself a seat on stage next to the teacher where he raps along to Jay-Z without breaking an additional sweat. [PageSix]
● Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, and, as of yesterday, Amy Ryan, 50 Cent, Snatch‘s Vinnie Jones, and Law and Order‘s Vincent D’Onofrio have all been cast in director Mikael Hafstrom’s The Tomb, a movie about — well, with that motley cast, does it even matter? [Variety]
● Ai Weiwei has installed four live webcams in his Beijing home — including one over his bed and two at his desk — as a nod to the 24-hour police surveillance he has been subjected to since his detention last year. [ArtsBeat]
● In Glamour this month, Lauren Conrad claims that, ever since someone "zoomed in" on her cellulite years ago, she has been "just petrified" of wearing a bathing suit in public. "It was so mean," she says. [Us]
● Noted astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson has for years been bothered by the inaccurate star-map used in Titanic‘s climactic scene, so for the 3D go-around, James Cameron changed it. "So I said, ‘All right, you son of a bitch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, and I’ll put it in the movie,’" Cameron said. "So that’s the one shot that has been changed." [HuffPost]
● David Byrne and Will Oldham have teamed up as the Pieces of Shit — a title which no one would endue the two — for the This Must Be the Placesoundtrack. [Pitchfork]
● Mary J. Blige’s commercial for Burger King chicken snack wraps ("Crispy chicken, fresh lettuce, three cheeses, ranch dressing wrapped up in a tasty, flour tortilla," she’ll tell you to the tune of her “Don’t Mind”) already seems to have been pulled from YouTube. [Gawker]
● Nick Cannon has begun documenting his recent health troubles with an online series called the NCredible Health Hustle. "Hoping this series serves as inspiration for anyone dealing with kidney disease, lupus or ANY ILLNESS to keep pushing as well," he says. [People]
Then came last year, when the King lost its throne as the No. 2 fast food chain to a certain pigtailed usurper known as Wendy’s. In an effort to reclaim the kingdom, Burger King is in the midst of a rebranding, which includes high-profile celebrity spokespeople like David Beckham, Steven Tyler, Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and Mary J. Blige, who sings about the joys of the new crispy chicken snack wraps to the tune of one of her new jams. They’ve added a ton of new menu items, too, going the way of other attempting-to-be-sort-of-health-conscious chains with the fruit smoothies and salads on the menu.
And then there’s the other phase of the rebranding: Burger King going mobile. In the greatest testament to American indulgence and demand for instant gratification since the Domino’s Pizza Tracker, BK announced a home delivery service in January (but only to customers that live 10 minutes away or less). And now, it seems they’ll be jumping on the food truck bandwagon as well: to showcase the overhauled menu and fancy new dippin’ sauces (kung pao! roasted jalapeño!), Burger King food trucks will be unleashed starting April 18th to give the people a chance to sample their wares. Although this seems like just a gimmick for now, it does make us wonder about the possibility of a future alternate universe where Burger King competes for territory with the artisanal banh mi and fish taco joints in a Jets/Sharks sort of situation.
Drake is the hottest rapper around, I guess, so you’d think his collaborators would chomp at the bit to show him off wherever they could. But when Mary J. Blige originally released a video for her "Mr. Wrong" single, Drake was nowhere to be found. Strange, since he raps on the original track. Finally, Blige has given us the Drizzy we demand: this new video for "Mr. Wrong" features Mr. Aubrey Graham in all his moody solitude, rapping in some kind of rave warehouse.
Why the change of heart? Maybe Blige realized that hanging out in a nightclub isn’t any fun without Drake to mope around. Maybe the single wasn’t charting well enough, and she needed to oomph things up. Maybe Drake just wasn’t available to shoot the first video, busy with lawsuits and jacket promotion and karaoke cameos. We’ll never know. The song’s solid in that mid-period Blige way, so enjoy it while thinking about all the ways your man or woman done you wrong.
Surely those who are fans of ’80s hairbands aren’t who you’d expect to be checking out a Broadway matinee on a Saturday afternoon. But that didn’t stop the creative team behind Rock of Ages, however, from creating a jukebox musical full of songs by Journey, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Bon Jovi, Poison, among others. The frontman of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider, even spent a few months performing in the show last year. It’s a bona fide hit, and has been running continuously since April 2009. So naturall,y that would make it perfect for a movie musical, right?
Below is the first official trailer for the movie version of Rock of Ages, which appears to be your dad’s answer to your mom’s favorite movie, Mamma Mia! Of course, that presupposes that your father has terrible taste in movies and enjoys watered down versions of pretty terrible karaoke songs sung by A-list actors.
It sort of looks like This Is Spinal Tap, but without the (intentional) laughs. There’s Alec Baldwin practically Skyping it in as a club promoter. Catherine Zeta-Jones, who’s got an Oscar and a Tony for her musical background, appears to be a Tammy Faye Bakker-type (only sexy and without the iconic eye make-up) leading a group of fundamentalist church ladies (and at least one nun) against the genre of toned-down pop metal before immediately performing a unironic "We’re Not Gonna Take It." And Mary J. Blige, what were you thinking? Did you miss the boat when Dreamgirls came around? And then there’s Tom Cruise, who, if you remember anything about Top Gun (beyond the homoeroticism), cannot sing:
I say this as someone who loves Broadway musicals and "Sister Christian": this movie will be the worst.
The lineup for VH1’s Divas was announced today. In addition to Clarkson, Blige, and Florence, Jessie J, Jennifer Hudson, and Jill Scott are also slated to perform at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom; the concert will air on VH1 on December 19.
In a press release, the cable network announced that the show will “celebrate soul” and pay tribute to the musical output of Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, Philadelphia, and London.
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul will bring together some of the best singers across the globe, men and women alike, to honor the soulful cities that inspired these divas and their art. The cities honored include: Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Accompanied by one of the most exciting groups of modern soul, The Roots, with ?uestlove as musical director, each diva will pay tribute through not only their own soul-inspired songs, but some of the greatest classics that have shaped a genre.
As in previous years, this edition of VH1 Divas will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation and its programs to restore music education in public schools. For more information, please visit vh1savethemusic.org.