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Rita Ora Is ‘Grateful’ On New Ballad

In: Donovan, Movies, Music
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Is Rita Ora making herself over as an adult contemporary artist? If so, she certainly has the pipes for it. The British Rihanna premiered a track titled “Grateful” on Billboard.com. The ballad was specifically recorded for the soundtrack of the upcoming romantic-drama Beyond The Lights starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker.

The soaring composition was written by none other than Diane Warren. If you’re going to take on an epic ballad for a movie, Warren is your woman. The 58-year-old legendary songwriter has been nominated a whopping six times for an Academy Award. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” “How Do I Live” and “Because You Loved Me” are just a few examples.

Surprisingly, she’s never grabbed the big prize. She’s the Susan Lucci of the original song category at the Oscars. Perhaps Rita is her ticket to Oscar glory. Give Ora and Warren’s collaboration a listen below.

“I’m so proud of it and Rita Ora did an amazing vocal,” said Warren. “I am so happy she had me write this song. I think it can be a career song for her. It shows a whole different side to her and I’m hoping we get to hear it all over the radio and see her sing it on the Oscars next year!”

check out the track after the jump

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Typically, 2(X)IST Creative Director Jason Scarlatti takes inspiration from the vivid sights and sounds found all around New York City. For the Spring/Summer 2015 collection, he took a decidedly different approach. The brand branches out with more fun tropical patterns for its swimwear and leisure garments. I’m a sucker for a floral so I’m totally on board.

The New York-based underwear company unveiled its latest line at Skylight Modern this week. Some of the industry’s more recognizable male models strutted their stuff on the sexy runway. Those rocking out the 52 sensational styles include André Ziehe, Oraine Barrett, Ronald Epps, Thor Burlow, Saville Dorfman, Emilio Flores, Jonathan and Kevin Sampaio and Miguel Iglesias. Check out some of the looks below.

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FOX Developing Series Based On Hitch

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows
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Somebody stop the madness!!! The remake revolution of 2014 is getting out of control. The list of remakes in the works during this development season is growing too rapidly each day.

Rush Hour, In Good Company, The Illusionist, Bachelor Party, Marley & Me, Problem Child and The Money Pit are just a few series being developed based on feature films. FOX already has Monster-In-Law and Big in the works. Now, it can add Will Smith’s hit 2005 film Hitch to the list. The film generated nearly $370 million.

check out the original trailer, music video, my favorite scene and more details after the jump

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Based on the fans of Swedish singer Ji Nilsson, the answer is ‘yes.’ To be fair, if any plagiarism took place, that would fall on Ryan Tedder and Benny Bianco’s shoulders since they produced Gwen Stefani’s “Baby Don’t Lie.”

Nilsson’s devoted following quickly pointed out the similarities between Stefani’s comeback single and Ji’s “Heartbreakfree.” To be fair, the production on both do sound quite alike.

The Scandinavian singer is taking everything in stride and not being bitter about it. At least not on Twitter she isn’t. She retweeted a supporter’s comment about imitation being the greatest form of flattery. She also sent a series of Tweets declaring her love for several No Doubt tracks before adding, “Thanks for all the <3 and support! I’m super happy that a lot of people are discovering my music!” Check out both videos below and see if Nilsson’s fans’ allegations have any merits.

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ABC Orders Shark Tank Spinoff

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Fridays are generally considered a television graveyard where networks put their series to die. Not only has Shark Tank survived six seasons, but it’s thrived.

It’s grown from an average of 4.81 million viewers during its first season to 7+ million for its current. The hit show celebrates its milestone 100th episode next month. Wisely, ABC has finally decided to take advantage of its sleeper hit and is investing more in the investment series.

Shark Tank, based on the Japanese Dragon’s Den format, features moneyed investors such as Marc Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Barbara Corcoran taking on potential ventures. My favorite part of every episode is when they give updates on some of the businesses they’ve invested in.

Beyond The Tank will give a deeper and detailed look at what happens when a shark partners up with an entrepreneur. Mark Burnett who executive produces Shark Tank will also helm the spinoff. ABC hasn’t revealed when it’ll air the ten episodes. Read a detailed description of the new show below.

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Jessica Lange’s much-hyped cover of Lana Del Rey didn’t disappoint. Her alter ego Elsa Mars performed “Gods And Monsters” on last night’s Halloween-themed episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show. Lange served major Marlene Dietrich diva realness during her performance. She can definitely rock that feather boa like no other. Ryan Murphy wasn’t exaggerating with his description teasing the number.

As glamorous as it was, I’m still giving the edge to Sarah Paulson’s “Criminal” cover on episode two. Watching one twin providing background vocals for the other was everything. Do you agree? If you missed last night’s episode, Lange’s number was a definite must-watch. If you caught it, why not watch it again below. Enjoy.

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Year in, year out Air New Zealand manages to throw the gauntlet down when creating the most entertaining safety videos. Being a frequent flyer myself, I tune out when the flight attendants do their schtick. Taking a creative approach certainly goes a long way to holding my attention.

Taking inspiration from The Lord Of The Rings cinematic franchise is hardly new for the airline company. I don’t blame them. People are obsessed with all things LOTR-related. Plus, they are the official airline of Middle Earth.

To celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit TrilogyThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Air New Zealand flight crew has once again donned pointy ears. Director Peter Jackson returns to make another cameo in the clip. This time however, they managed to convince Frodo himself, Elijah Wood, to make an appearance. Check out their self-proclaimed, “Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made,” video directed by Taika Waitit below.

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As many of you know, I’m inexplicably infatuated with Mr. Worldwide. Maybe one day, I can get to the bottom of it. Until then, expect to see anything Pitbull-related on the site.

The 33-year-old rapper is usually seen accompanied by scantily-clad women in his music videos. He trades in his trademark video hos in his latest visual for some adorable animated penguins. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private to be exact.

Celebrate” is a family-friendly pop jam for the new animated movie Penguins of Madagascar. It’ll also appear on his forthcoming album Globalization due out November 24. As you’d expect, the video is a tad cheesy but appropriate given its purpose. With that said, I can still see it being a club anthem at every club down on South Beach. Give it a view below.

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