A week after the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, two videos from very opposing camps hit the internet. First you have celebrities asking in a PSA, “How many more colleges? How many more classrooms? How many more movie theaters? How many more house of faith? How many more shopping malls? How many more street corners?” Demand A Plan is a grassroots initiative to mobilize Americans to DEMAND a plan to end gun violence from Congress and President Obama. Reese Witherspoon, Beyonce, Michelle Williams, Selena Gomez, John Hamm, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and many, many more lend their voices to the PSA.
Coincidentally on the same day, National Rifle Association president Wayne LaPierre, held a live press conference. LaPierre claims the media is to blame for the shootings and not guns. He explains that the entertainment industry makes “the filthiest form of pornography,” citing violent music videos and films Natural Born Killers and American Psycho. He further goes on to say that “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” His most controversial comment that has celebrities on Twitter in a tizzy is his claim that had armed guards been at Sandy Hook, innocent lives would’ve been spared that day. Check out both vids below.
Wowza! One already very well-off celebrity has just signed a $50-million multi-year deal with Pepsi as a brand ambassador, which includes commercials, a fund to support creative endeavors, and limited edition cans with their picture on it (I’ve included a picture of these cans below).
The endorsement will roll out in February, which will coincide with the release of the artist’s new album, a documentary, as well as their Pepsi-sponsored Super Bowl performance in New Orleans on February 3. Any guesses yet?
Following the announcement, the artist said in a statement, “Pepsi embraces creativity and understands that artists evolve…this allows me to work with a lifestyle brand with no compromise and without sacrificing my creativity.” Find out
HBO just gave Beyoncé fans a first look at her autobiographical commentary premiering on February 16, 2013. The teaser begins with Bey saying, “I always battle with how much I reveal about myself.” Given that she’s not only starring in the documentary but also directing and producing it, she has complete creative control. So any oversharing that occurs is on her hands ;)
HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity… Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me, it had to have the right home.” – Beyoncé
Just how “Raw“, “Real” and “Revealed” will the HBO special be? There’s a moment in the clip where B shows off her tummy, which seems to address the rumors that she wasn’t actually pregnant and hired a surrogate. Hopefully, in the show a wider shot of a pregnant Beyoncé is shown. Based on what’s revealed in the teaser, that could be anyone’s tummy or bloated stomach for that matter, since it never shows her face.
In addition to baby-gate, the documentary will feature footage from concert performances, childhood home videos and video chats. Check out the 25-second teaser below.
From the creators of Ice Age and Rio comes a new 3D CG action-adventure comedy called Epic that reveals a hidden world unlike any other.
Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teenage girl (Amanda Seyfried) finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters (ie. Aziz Ansari from Parks & Recreation as a slug) in order to save their world… and ours.
The animated features is jam-packed with the voices of many other well known actors & musicians including Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Johnny Knoxville, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson, and Judah Friedlander. The music playing in the background really compliments all of the animated action that is going on and makes the trailer more or less live up to the title of the movie. It looks like a really cute, well-made film! Check out the first trailer below.
Beyoncé or Rihanna as a Bond Girl? You never know. If Denise Richards can land a role as one of 007′s sexual conquests, why can’t either of these gorgeous ladies? Who better to resolve this dilemma then James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. During one of his many interviews promoting Skyfall, the 44-year-old actor sat down with Global Grind and answered this all-important question.
It’s true what they say about men being from Mars and women hailing from Venus. When asked the same question, Skyfall’s Bond Girls, Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe, both choose Beyoncé, while Craig opted for the “Diamonds” singer. His reason for choosing Rihanna over Bey even shocked his co-stars. Find out what it is below. Feel free to fast-forward the clip until the tail end of the interview to learn his answer.
Beyonce made her first appearance at the Super Bowl back in 2004. Then, she sang the national anthem before the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Nine years later, the 31-year-old singer will return to the annual sporting event, but this time she’s the headliner. Talk about an upgrade. I wonder if the time commitment needed to prep for the halftime show is the reason why she dropped out of the A Star Is Born remake.
An anonymous source reported to the Associated Press early Tuesday morning that Beyonce had been tapped to perform on the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII. Bey confirmed the rumors later that day by revealing the above picture with the 2013 Super Bowl date on her face via her website with the caption, “Countdown to Touchdown“. Super Bowl XLVII will be held on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It’ll be the first time the city has hosted the sporting event since 2002.
I’m sure this bit of news didn’t make Clint Eastwood’s day. According to Variety.com, Beyonce has bailed on the remake of A Star Is Born, being directed by Eastwood. The publication cites that scheduling difficulties and the lack of a confirmed start date as the reasons why the “Irreplaceable” singer dropped out. Given that the remake was pushed back to accommodate Bey’s
fake “pregnancy“, I”m sure Eastwood is none to happy about losing his leading lady.
Mrs. Jay-Z was to play a rising star who falls in love with an aging alcoholic rocker on his way down. Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Janet Gaynor have all played the female lead in various versions of A Star is Born. With no new lading lady attached, Eastwood is reportedly trying to lock down a male lead before looking for Beyonce’s replacement. That said, rumor has it that he has his eye on a certain female singer as a possible option. Find out who below.
I have to premise this by saying I am a huge Beyoncé cheerleader and no party at Donovan’s is the same without my personal rendition of “Dance For You” (fan and all). But I think I just fell in love with the other sister.
Now I haven’t followed her career closely, but know that commercial success has somewhat eluded the shadow she may or may not have allegedly lived in (how’s the for PC?). I do know that Donovan wrote about a single she released that was made with Chromeo. This is where my knowledge of Solange remains, until, that is, tonight.
Thanks to the magic of the internugget, I find that she’s soon releasing her third studio album under an independent label that is new to her. And it seems at first glance, that it is really working for her.
This new single is “Losing You“, and everything comes together in a magical and original fashion for Solange’s sound and image. I feel like she hit the nail on the head. This organic and urban Velvet Rope/”Doo Wop” Lauryn Hill-style 60′s inspired video combined with a vaguely late 80′s early 90′s sound is screwing with my head in the best way possible. And good for her for doing something out of the box. She could have kept pounding the pavement with the Knowles family pop legacy or found a label that is clearly making sense for her.
This song has been on repeat all night and is on my iPod for tomorrow morning. A big win for Solange.