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Rihanna Plays Psychiatrist To Eminem In The Monster

In: Donovan, Music
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If Rihanna is the person you turn to for some psychoanalysis, I think it’s time for a wake-up call. Love me some RiRi but I can’t think of any topic I’d seriously take advice about. Perhaps boxing lessons ;) I kid (obviously).

Even without a music video, Eminem’s latest collaboration with the Bajan beauty sits atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Personally, it’s not my favorite, but clearly I’m in the minority. “The Monster” recently gave Rihanna her 13th chart-topper (my least favorite by far), tying her with Michael Jackson. The single also earned Slim Shady a Billboard record of his own. When it entered the charts, the Detroit rapper became the first artist since The Beatles to have four simultaneous songs in the Top 20.

In the Rich Lee-directed clip, Mr. Eight Mile plays a mental patient being observed by Rihanna. As he sits back wearing a straight jacket, flashbacks of career highlights and lowlights play out on a television. One of those snippets is his Grammy performance with Elton John. Is this his subtle way of apologizing for some hateful speech in “Rap God?” Watch the dark and moody clip below and decide for yourself.

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The Voice: Final 3 Sing For The Title

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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The penultimate episode of The Voice Season 5 is here. The Final 3 get three chances to show America why they deserve this season’s title. Each reprise their audition song, perform a new solo and duet with their mentor. Speaking of mentors, for the first time since Season 1, someone other than Blake Shelton will earn bragging rights. #itsabouttime

Will it be former backup singer Tessanne Chin? She’s certainly been the most consistent. How about Will ‘the little engine that could‘ Champlin? It’s the first time a contestant who’s benefited from the judges save has made it to the finals. Not only once in his case but twice. Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine saved him during the battle and knockout rounds respectively. Let’s not forget the teenage ingenue, Jacquie Lee. Whomever wins, they deserve it. Each have had a defining star-making performance throughout their run.

Be sure to tune in Tuesday night for the season finale when the winner will be crowned. It promises to be an exciting show with performances by this season’s singers along with Lady Gaga, R. Kelly, Celine Dion, Ne-Yo, OneRepublic, and Paramore all scheduled to perform. Without further ado. Let’s get to the performances.

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After checking out this video from HBO, I realize I watch a lot of the network’s programming. From Girls, True Blood, The Newsroom, Behind the Candelabra and Game of Thrones, clearly I’m a fan. I should really consider purchasing some stock.

The network released a video highlighting some of their best programming from the past year. It also gives a preview of what’s to come in 2014. Included in that bunch is the highly-anticipated new series Looking.

In addition, we also have footage from Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony award-winning 1985 play The Normal Heart. It follows a group of gay men in New York in the 80s during the HIV/AIDS epidemic spread. It boasts a star-studded cast including Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch. Not sure how I feel about Taylor’s haircut and color, but I digress. The latter two are pictured in the photo above. The Normal Heart is scheduled to air in Spring 2014. Check out the video below.

“It’s a movie about AIDS, but it’s also really a civil rights movie,” says Ryan Murphy, who worked with Kramer on the script for three years. “I think it’s more timely than ever before. It’s really about the quest to be seen, not as a gay person or a straight person but just a person…. It’s an activist movie that also has a really great love story in it.” Adds the director, “Of everything I’ve done in my career, I think it is the biggest labor of love.”

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Even though Dylan Sprouse is 21-years-old and legal in every way, there’s something just a little wrong with this. Perhaps it’s due to the fact I used to work for an online kids/teen magazine and to me, the Sprouse twins will always be those adorable kids from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. While Dylan maintains his “leaked” nude photo isn’t a publicity stunt, it just feels like he’s the latest former Disney child star trying to shed his former wholesome image.

“Whoops, guess I’m not 14 and fat anymore … I messed up… but I’d be a fool not to own up to it. Got to move past it I suppose,” he tweeted. Love the fact he added “n00d pic dealer” on his Twitter bio. LOL. His twin brother also has a sense of humor. Cole wrote, “Cold in that bathroom, huh?,” to which Dylan responded, “Love you too.”

“The real problem here was not me sending my pictures to someone, but rather, sending them to the WRONG someone. The real travesty is a misplaced trust, and while I am certainly to blame for it, it is a shame that my private life was somehow forcibly dragged into the public’s perception of me,” writes Sprouse on his Tumblr.

He goes on to talk about his new-found notoriety and even includes a Beyonce reference in his lengthy explanation about his leaked photo. Currently, Dylan isn’t in the business, but rather a student at NYU and works waiting tables on the side. Check out the full post below, along with the PG shirtless selfie pic.

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With the holidays in full swing, there’s plenty of opportunities to make fools of ourselves. Whether it’s drinking too much at your holiday party or spending time with your in-laws, that inevitable awkward moment is just around the corner. Zac Efron, along with his best bros Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, share their insightful tips to avoid such pitfalls during this festive season. Check them all out below. That Awkward Moment hits theaters on January 31, 2014.

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Robin Thicke Feels Good In New Video

In: Donovan, Music
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Blurred Lines” was such a huge hit, Robin Thicke will most likely never match its success. At least on this album he won’t. The follow-up, “Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar, was actually pretty good but didn’t even crack the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100. Hit latest will probably suffer a similar fate, if not worse. Thicke is the victim of his own success.

Feel Good” finds Robin joined by a bevy of women once again. However this time they’re fully-clothed, albeit dressed in Las Vegas-looking attire, but at least not bouncing around with their titties out. Progress I guess ;) While a decent album filler, I’m surprised he chose the will.i.am-penned track to release next. With a North American tour in February, he’ll need another radio hit to support it. Sadly, “Feel Good” just isn’t it IMHO. There are far more superior tracks on the LP. Check out the video below.

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Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as high school students was a huge stretch. Managing to suspend disbelief was definitely required to watch 21 Jump Street. At least for the sequel, passing off as undercover college kids is a tad more believable. With that being said, they’re still as “old as sh*t,” as astutely pointed out by another student.

After successfully navigating the tricky world of high school politics, Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) now face the pressures of collegiate life including rushing for fraternities and co-ed bathrooms, as they attempt to bring down another drug ring.

With its predecessor being a surprise hit, generating over $200 million worldwide, naturally Sony Pictures fast-tracked the sequel. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to direct 22 Jump Street, which is set for a June 13 release. Ice Cube also returns as Captain Dickson, the head of the Jump Street program. Nick Offerman, Rob Riggle and Dave Franco are just a few rumored to make a cameo in the film. Check out the red band trailer below.

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Beyonce Shatters iTunes Records With Surprise Album

In: Donovan, Music
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Bow down bitches!!! Beyonce is the undisputed queen of music right now. With no advanced album promotion, no physical copies to purchase and a full week of sales to tabulate, Beyonce still sold an insane amount of her surprise visual album, breaking iTunes sales records along the way. In just the first three hours of release, the 32-year-old sold 80,000 copies. That’s almost what Britney sold in an entire week for Britney Jean and that came with a huge marketing push.

With Billboard’s weekly reporting period over, the numbers are in. B broke the US first-week sales record by selling 617,213 downloads. It’s worldwide haul was an insane 828,773. The total was no doubt buoyed by the fact singles weren’t available to download. It was all or nothing to enjoy the Beyonce experience. Apple reports that her self-titled album hit No. 1 in 104 countries, including the US. Can you imagine what she could’ve achieved if she had an entire week? Who rule the world? Not just girls, but Beyonce.

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