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Love and Mercy first premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It takes an unconventional approach in storytelling than your typical bio flick. It’s set to hit theaters on June 5.

Paul Dano and John Cusack portray the leader of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, during two specific time periods of his life. In the 1960s, Wilson showed early signs of mental illness while recording the band’s seminal album, Pet Sounds. A couple of decades later, Wilson was reclusive due to his disorder and being exploited by psychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy played by Paul Giamatti. Elizabeth Banks takes on the role of Wilson’s second wife.

Movie Synopsis

Few musical acts are as widely beloved as the Beach Boys. Under the visionary leadership of singer-songwriter Brian Wilson, the California surf combo redefined the sound of American popular music in the 1960s. But their joyful harmonies and ingenious arrangements concealed Wilson’s private struggle with addiction and mental illness, and by the early seventies he had descended into drug-fuelled isolation. Love & Mercy is an intimate rendering of Wilson’s mercurial genius, illustrating both his musical mastery and the psychological pain it disguised.

Bill Pohlad who’s produced 12 Years A Slave and The Tree Of Life directs the film. Check out the new trailer below. It looks like one heartwrenching film.

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The first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens mainly focused on the new cast. Fans, including myself, were hoping to see the original cast reprise their roles. J.J. Abrams finally delivered today.

There’s still no Luke or Leia in this new footage, but we get to see Harrison Ford as Han Solo, reuniting with Chewbacca. Definitely one of the most beloved pairings of all-time. He says “Chewie … We’re home,” right before showing off his signature crooked smile at the end of the clip.

The more I see, the more I’m stoked to see the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise. The special effects look sick. Check out the second teaser trailer below. Star Wars: The Force Awakens storms into theaters on December 18.

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Ever since I heard the first cut, the Kylie Minogue collaboration “Right Here, Right Now” which I love, I’ve been chomping at the bits to hear more from Giorgio Moroder’s highly-anticipated album. With only two months to go before Déjà Vu drops on June 12, we finally get a new song. It’s none other than the title track featuring Sia.

As one would expect, “Déjà Vu” is a disco-tinged masterpiece from the legendary 74-year-old producer. Hopefully, this gets an accompanying music video. If only to see what kind of wig or apparatus the Aussie singer uses to block her face. Too bad, Moroder only previewed a minute. I can’t wait to hear the entire thing.

I’m also curious to hear Britney Spears’ cover of the Suzanne Vega classic “Tom’s Diner.” Quite an interesting choice. Kelis, Matthew Koma, Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko, Foxes and more have contributed to the album as well. Check out the official tracklist below along with previewing the Sia-assisted song.

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In his head, Kanye West already thinks he’s one of the most influential people in the world. Now, he has TIME magazine in his corner. The publication named the 37-year-old rapper as one of their 100 Most Influential People on their 2015 list.

“Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today.” entrepreneur Elon Musk wrote about Kanye.

Bradley Cooper, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, and journalist Jorge Ramos along with West all received their own separate covers for the annual issue.

Other notable names to make the cut this year include Emma Watson, Chris Pratt, Amy Schumer, Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Lee Daniels and Kevin Hart to name a few. Check out below all the other covers which were snapped by photographer Sebastian Kim.

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JoJo Debuts Sensational Ballad ‘Far From Heaven’

In: Donovan, Music
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It’s been over a year since JoJo was finally extricated from Blackground Records. She immediately signed with Atlantic once freed from the shackles of her former label. At long last, she drops some new music. Hopefully, a full studio album isn’t that far behind.

“It’s just been so long since I’ve released an album that really what I wanna bring is just quality,” JoJo told Rap-Up TV in May 2014. “I wanna bring big songs. I want them to touch a wide range of people and I really want it to represent my very best work. I’m really not thinking about what other people are doing. I’m thinking about representing my personal best, delivering powerful vocals, and being honest and as raw as possible.”

The 24-year-old singer takes us to church with an emotional ballad that puts the spotlight on her heavenly vocals. Her fans’ prayers have been answered. At least for this fan, they have. #amen Give the powerful new track a listen below.

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Colton Haynes Leaves Arrow As Series Regular

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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NOOOOOOOOOO!!! The worst part of this isn’t the fact he won’t be gracing my television screen on a weekly basis, but rather I’m no longer going to bump into Colton Haynes randomly on the streets of Vancouver or at the gym. Who am I going to stalk now ;)

On last night’s episode of Arrow, you saw Roy Harper aka Arsenal leaving Starling City. If you were hoping it was simply a ruse, you’re out of luck. He’s leaving The CW show as a series regular. But since his character wasn’t killed off, the door is open for him to return. He’s scheduled to make one more appearance this season.

“Colton will not be returning to the show as a series regular in Season 4, but will appear in one additional episode this season,” a rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. “Like all characters that exist in this universe, there will always be the potential for him return moving forward.”

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Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down Gets A Tiesto Remix

In: Donovan, Music
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Some of my favorite dance remixes are usually slow jams originally. In my opinion, ballads are ripe for the picking for DJs to turn into dance anthems. There’s something about sad love songs made over with a bumpin’ dance beat that makes them epic.

Tiesto is the latest DJ to overhaul the Sam Smith hit, “Lay Me Down.” The Dutchman takes a surprisingly restrained approach when compared to his past work. The old adage less is more definitely works here.

Check it out below, along with another remix by Australian producer Flume which surfaced recently .

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Ever wonder what Cinderella, Belle and Hercules would do if they had Instagram accounts? Take a bunch of selfies of course. Duh!!!

Italian artist Simona Bonafini sketched gorgeous illustrations of several Disney characters as part of her ‘Selfie Fables‘ series. Whether it’s telling the world what book they’re reading or showing off their newest designer heels or taking a selfie after a good workout, as it turns out, Disney characters are just like us.

Check out the spot-on sketches below. Be sure to read the hashtags as well. Some are quite hilarious.

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