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- 02/07/13--21:08: The Vampire Diaries 4x14 Promo "Down the Rabbit Hole"
- 02/07/13--21:20: Shawn Ashmore Talks X-Men: Days of Future Past
- 02/07/13--21:50: The perfect advice just keeps on coming - another Ask Amy
- 02/07/13--23:17: Emma and Andrew DNW the paps, Feb. 5th
- 02/07/13--23:23: Suits 2x15 Promo "Normandy"
- 02/07/13--23:30: King Kyle (and others) at the 'Beautiful Creatures' premiere
- 02/08/13--02:42: 1D 3D Movie Trailer
- 02/09/13--15:07: Think You Know DEGRASSI? promo + sneak peek from MM
- 02/09/13--15:22: Man Leaves Estate to Two Actors He Never Met
- 02/09/13--15:35: lol nickelodeon drama
- 02/09/13--15:51: Help Snooki Choose Her Spring Nail Polish Collection!
- 02/09/13--16:31: Britney Spears Out Shopping For New Clothes
- 02/09/13--16:50: Forget Nemo: The Harlem Shake storms the Internet
- 02/09/13--17:39: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West visit Christ the Redeemer
- 02/09/13--17:40: Another 1D 3D Movie Trailer
Meh. Just MEEEEH to all of this.
During the course of our conversation we were able to touch on his response to the X-Men news, and a bit about what he thinks fans can expect from this latest addition to the franchise.
IGN: Kevin Bacon sent out that great congratulatory tweet when it was announced that you would be in Days of Future Past. Did you guys ever compare your X-Men experiences on the set of The Following?
Shawn Ashmore: We did talk a little bit about it. We shot the pilot in Atlanta and they shot some of First Class in and around Atlanta. So we talked about it. We knew some of the same people, Bryan Singer having produced First Class. So he was around a little bit, as well as some of the X-Men staple people that we’d both had a chance to work with. We talked about Matthew Vaughn a little bit who was originally supposed to direct -Men III. I went in and was working with them when they were screen testing for the role of Kitty Pryde while he was still on board. So I met him, and spent and afternoon with him. I was excited. I really liked Layer Cake, that’s what he had directed that I’d seen at that point. He was an exciting director. That didn't work out and he moved on to something else, so I kind of asked Kevin about working with Matthew since I didn't get a chance to. And Kevin, I think, had a really good time working on those movies. As did I. So we just had a good chat about that.
(Brett Ratner went on to direct X-Men: The Last Stand, while Vaughn moved on to Stardust, then Kick-Ass and finally X-Men: First Class.)
When it became clear that this next film was Days of Future Past did you start to theorize about the script and what your role in it may or may not be?
Not so much, to be honest. With franchise films you just never know. When I heard it was Days of Future Past I knew it was time travel, but the only time I ever really thought, ‘Oh, maybe I’m actually going to be a part of this' is when Bryan came back to direct. And that's just because we have a relationship and had worked together before. I just thought, ‘Oh, maybe Bryan would want to bring back some of the people he worked with before.’ Before that I had no idea, and I didn’t theorize too much because that’s when you get your hopes up. Because for a long time people were talking about the First Class movie like it was just going to be the young X-Men from the trilogy, and sort of just focus on the young members. And obviously that was not the case at all. So I never take anything too seriously when the talk is happening, because until the studio calls you officially, you have no idea.
Your participation was announced very recently, but how long have you known? Did you start to have conversations a month ago? Longer?
Well I didn't find out the day the tweet was sent out, I’ll say that. I knew before that. There had been some talks, but nothing solid. There had been a few phone calls like, ‘Hey are you free?’ And those are always good signs. But until there’s a formal offer, it’s just talk and it can go in a million different directions for many reasons. So I feel like I've known about it for a couple of weeks, but again, it’s really just conversation until the official announcement.
Have you been able to read the script at all?
I know about the script, but I haven’t been able to read the script. (Laughs) I haven’t read the script, but I have a very good idea of what’s happening and what my role is. I know, but I’m sworn to secrecy.
You’re an X-Men fan, too.
Ashmore: Yes, absolutely. I grew up reading X-Men comics and other comics as well.
So as a fan are you psyched for the story? Do you think that other X-Men fans are going to be excited about what’s happening and this spin on Days of Future Past?
I do, I do. I think the take on the story is really interesting. I think that Days of Future Past, as any X-Men fans knows, is a great arc. I love the idea of combining and bringing some cohesion to the two timelines that are happening now. I think that’s exciting. Obviously the First Class cast is incredible, and having Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman interact with other cast members is going to be really exciting. Not only is the combination of the cast going to be really cool, but the story itself is going to be really fun.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters on July 18, 2014.
I'm really excited for this, I'm not going to pretend I'm not, although I'm trying not to get my hopes too high and be disappointed again (well more like crushed) like I was with X3. I wish that they would bring back Aaron Stanford
Music lovers, be prepared to rejoice! The 2013 Latin Billboard Award nominees were announced, which included huge sweeps from heavy-hitters Don Omar, Romeo Santos, and Jenni Rivera.
While El Rey garnered 16 nominations last year, the reggaetonero managed to lead the show with 18 nominations this year. Don Omar’s include, “Artist of the Year,” Social Artist of the Year,” and “Streaming Artist of the Year.”
Not trailing too far behind is Romeo, who nabbed 12 nominations thanks to his hit album, Formula Vol 1. The bachatero is up for “Album of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” and “Tropical Album of the Year,” just to name a few.
The late Jenni Rivera is the leading female artist with a total of 11 nominations. Her hit album, Joyas Prestadas: Pop is up for “Album of the Year” and her latest album, La Misma Gran Señor, received a nom for “Latin Pop Album of the Year.”
The nominees were announced by actress Gaby Espino and actor Miguel Varoni and the awards will be handed out on Apr. 25 at 7pm on Telemundo.
Artist of the Year:
Artist of the Year, New:
Jesus Ojeda y Sus Parientes
Tour of the Year:
GIGANT3S: Marc Anthony, Chayanne & Marco Antonio Solis
Enrique Iglesias & Jennifer Lopez
Social Artist of the Year:
Crossover Artist of the Year:
Song of the Year:
3BallMTY Featuring El Bebeto & America Sierra “Intentalo”
Juan Magan Featuring Pitbull & El Cata “Bailando Por El Mundo”
Don Omar Featuring Natty Natasha “Dutty Love”
Michel Telo “Ai Se Eu Te Pego”
Latin Pop Song of the Year:
Jesse & Joy “Corre!”
Shakira “Addicted To You”
Michel Telo “Ai Se Eu Te Pego”
Wisin & Yandel Featuring Chris Brown & T-Pain “Algo Me Gusta De Ti”
Tropical Song of the Year:
Prince Royce “Incondicional”
Prince Royce “Las Cosas Pequeñas”
Romeo Santos “La Diabla”
Romeo Santos Featuring Usher “Promise”
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On this week's Ask Amy, Poehler discusses the importance of apologizing.
Are you one of those people who apologizes a lot for everything, ONTD?
Emma Stone holds a cup of coffee while out and about on Tuesday (February 5) in New York City.
The 24-year-old actress was warmed up by her bundled up boyfriend Andrew Garfield.
Emma and Andrew‘s upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has officially gone into production with their director Marc Webb posting a pic and tweeting, “Day 1. #anamorphic #film #philthecameraoperator.”
ETA: Now with pap video - thanks stevenhyde! Apparently they were leaving Upper Westside Church. Emma gets in a taxi at the end, but not Andrew.
I think the pictures are cute, in a weird way. I'm torn between loving Emma's outfit and thinking it's boring, lol. I do love her boots, though. Also, I checked the OLV website a couple of days ago and they were filming in Bethpage, on Long Island, at Grumman Studios... so, if you live there, you might want to look out for them, maybe!
2 more episodes left :(
So we'll start with the good. Enjoy some King Kyle
Alice Englert. She's one of the leads in this.
I feel like I can actually see her rethinking her life choices
The other lead, Alden Ehrenreich
Zoey Deutch is not a model. She was just standing there. She had no idea there were cameras. They all went off accidentally.
Lea Thompson channeling Britney Spears Femme Fatale Meet & Greets
Amandla Stenberg <3 I loved her outfit to be honest
Lauren Potter from Glee
Some random cast pictures
And finally the decor of the after party. I have no fucking idea.
Source 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
So yeah, the premiere kind of looked like a mess and maybe that it's late and I can't sleep but I really find some of these kind of funny. Still seeing this for Kyle
A man who died last summer willed his estate to two actors he never met, leaving them an estimated half a million dollars each.
Ray Fulk was 71 when he died last July. He lived alone on a 160-acre property in Lincoln, Ill. that he inherited from his father. He had no family or children. "He was a loner, and a lot of neighbors didn't know who he was," Behle said.
What Fulk did have, though, was an admiration for actors Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton, whom he had never met. He admired them so much that he left his estate to be split between them.
Donald Behle, an estate attorney, said he helped prepare Fulk's will around 1998, and never saw him again. Behle had helped with the estate of Fulk's father, who died in 1997.
Why did Fulk will his estate to the two actors?
"He just said they were friends of his," Behle said, who knew they were actors but did not know Fulk had never met them.
Behle is not sure why he considered them friends, but the State Journal-Register newspaper of Springfield, Ill., says he was a fan of their television shows.
Barton is known for his role as Dr. Scott Grainger in the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" from 1987 to 1993. Brophy was in the 1977 show "Lucan." Fulk had a poster from the show on the wall of his house, according to the State Journal-Register.
Behle is currently overseeing the sale of Fulk's property, which is appraised at $1,054,000. Behle declined to say how many bidders he has but said that a sale is "imminent." Fulk also had about $230,000 in cash and CDs.
After Fulk died, Brophy and Barton received letters informing them of the bequest. The two are friends who had acted in the film "Hell Night" in 1981. They could not be reached for comment.
Barton actually visited Lincoln and Behle to see if the letter was real, Behle said.
"His reaction was disbelief," Behle said. "What would yours be?"
Behle said he enjoyed meeting Barton and giving him a tour of the property, except for the home.
Besides a farm and timber ground, the property also has a home that had plumbing, but for which Fulk did not have running water.
"His house was an absolute filthy mess. We wore masks when we were in there," Behle said.
The only other bequest he left was to the Anti-Cruelty Society, an animal organization in Chicago.
"He loved animals," Behle said, though he said he doesn't know if Fulk was affiliated with the organization. Trisha Teckenbrock, a spokeswoman for the organization, didn't know how Fulk was associated with the organization either, but she confirmed the group received a letter informing them of the $5,000 donation.
The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago's oldest and largest humane society, established in 1899.
"We receive bequests all of the time from people we have never met before," said Teckenbrock. "It is quite an interesting thing when that happens."
Behle said the two actors should expect to receive checks in the mail once the estate is sold.
"It's been one of the oddest things I have ever had to deal with in 30 plus years of practicing law," he said.
Why can't this happen to me?
The brutal clearing of a local slum for the underground railway reveals an almost indecipherable murder scene and an unreliable slum girl witness. Lucy Eames, beautiful and disturbed, is the unlikely key to a byzantine web of conspiracy.
There's been a lot of chitter chatter amongst Nick/Victorious fans about the sketchy (non)ending of the show, with many blaming the creation of "Sam & Cat", a spinoff series to both "iCarly" and "Victorious", starring Jenette McCurdy and Ariana Grande.
And yesterday, a seemingly fed up Ariana Grande snapped at an accusation made by someone through her ask.fm account where Ariana proceeded to claim the cancellation of the show is all Victoria Justice's fault (girl pls).
Here is a screencap of the (deleted) Q&A.
And apparently Victoria had something to say about it with this (deleted) cryptic tweet short after:
To which Ariana replied:
Like I said, the first two incidents were deleted and Ariana has since "apologized" after being called out and starting up a Twitter war amongst fans.
ARIANA'S ASK.FM ACCOUNT
lmao this is all a damn mess. between this and jennette's drama a couple weeks ago.. i can't. at least now my irrational dislike for ariana is now rational tbh
Snooki's quest for total world domination is still in full force, but now you can be a part of it! In case you haven't been keeping up with the Snooki & JWOWW star, she has already released super successful sunglasses, sandals, handbags, jewelry and slippers collections, and most recently launched a nail polish line. We loved her holiday-ready red and gold sparkly sets, but right now she's diving head-first into her spring collection. (Psst: This is where you come in!)
— NiC0LE P0LiZZi (@snooki) February 6, 2013
She tweeted on Wednesday, "I want YOU to be my Snooki Couture style consultant! XOXO," which then led us to her website where she asks for OUR opinion on her new spring colors. Eeee! She said, "I'm getting ready to start picking the colors and names of my Snooki Couture Spring nail polishes and I need your help! You guys are the best fans ever and I want you to be part of the process. Every day this week and next, I will be posting a new set of colors. I want you to pick your favorite from the group of colors. The color with the most votes in the set will be the one I choose for this collection! Today’s color family is shades of purple!" Ummm, AWESOME. Did y'all hear that? THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. So basically, choose whichever purple you like best (above), leave a comment on Snooki's page, and you could wear that color! Apparently she'll be doing this all week long, so be sure to check back on her site to see which color she'll be picking out next. But tell us, which purple do you like best? Let us know in the comments below!
These don't look too bad, actually lol.
Which one would you vote for, ONTD? I like #6.
Oblig polish party post tbh!
Winter storm Nemo is keeping many New Yorkers indoors, but it can't stop the Harlem Shake.
The Harlem Shake is an Internet meme that has spontaneously gone viral and might just be the perfect way for Northeasterners stuck indoors to pass the time. And to answer your first question: No, the Harlem Shake isn't just a dance move. We wish it were that simple.
Instead, the meme involves a group of people recording themselves in a room while the song "Harlem Shake" by Baauer, a New York DJ, plays. One person dances in a reserved manner while everyone else goes about their business.
Then, about 15 seconds into the song, the bass drops and everything changes. In most videos, the camera cuts, and all of a sudden everyone is dancing out of control. Observe:
Some people rip off their shirts. Others do handstands. In one video there's a guy just punching a stuffed giraffe over and over. There's a ton of parodies already, including a cat version.
Although Baauer's song has been around for at least a year, the meme just recently took off. Most are giving YouTube and Twitter user Filthy Frank credit for starting the craze with this video (Caution: not safe for work).
In it, four people -- one wearing a "Power Rangers" suit, another a pink suit, one in an alien outfit and the fourth in a black suit with a mask -- dance kind of funny until the drop and then they, as you now expect, go berserk.
So there you go. Nemo might have you stuck indoors, but until it takes down YouTube or your Internet connection, you can watch and make your own versions of the Harlem Shake.
Jimmy Fallon's version:
Lars Von Trier has a new movie. It's called "Nymphomaniac." And basically, if you're any sort of cinephile, that is all you need to know for this one to way, way up on your list of anticipated films of 2013. But here are the details in case you've been sleeping on this one. The pic starts Charlotte Gainsbourg in a two part hardcore or softcore (there will be two versions) at the sex life of a woman who recounts her tale to a bachelor (Stellan Skarsgard) who finds her badly beaten in an alley one evening (see that pic HERE). Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Willem Dafoe and Uma Thurman are among the cast, and yeah, no matter how this turns out, it's gonna be memorable. Seriously, just check out that new pic above.
The question of course, is whether or not Von Trier will be welcomed back to Cannes considering his new status of persona non grata. But considering he's sworn off press anyway, our guess? The movie will be there, but he won't.
Have you ever had a threesome, ONTD? If not, would you?
This critical mass of such "legacy acts" might push 2013's totals beyond 2012's record sales numbers, estimated at $4.7 billion. That figure was boosted by sold-out tours from very familiar faces, with the three top-grossing performers -- Madonna, Roger Waters and Springsteen -- all card-carrying members of the Rock Hall and long since qualified for AARP membership as well. In fact, six of the top 10 touring acts in 2012 were age 54 or older, and they took in 67 percent of the box office among the industry's leaders.
But here's the rub. While North American grosses hit an all-time high in 2012, fewer seats were filled. The total number of tickets purchased by concertgoers -- 36.7 million -- was down 9 percent from the industry's banner year of 2009. So what's at work here? You guessed it: Ticket prices are reaching new heights, thanks largely to legacy acts, whose average ticket cost more than $100 in 2012. Paul McCartney, Van Halen, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Waters and Madonna were in this company last year, headed by The Rolling Stones, whose stupefying average ticket price exceeded $500 (a back-of-the-house, obstructed-view seat at Brooklyn's Barclays Center fetched $176).
Given the fact that revenues are padded by these long-established artists -- even as attendance drops -- should the live entertainment industry be concerned that some of these groups will retire in the not-too-distant future, taking with them their deep-pocketed supporters? These music fans have grown comfortable paying hundreds of dollars for a chance to watch their favorite rockers give it one more go. Will their children do the same? How about their grandchildren?
We're at a fascinating crossroads. The modern touring rock industry emerged in the late '60s, during the heyday of such venues as Bill Graham's Fillmore East and West in New York and San Francisco, respectively, Jack Boyle's The Cellar Door in Washington, D.C., and Don Law's Tea Party in Boston. Rock music didn't move into arenas until the early '70s, a development that prompted Graham to close his clubs, announcing his decision via a letter to the Village Voice that decried "the unreasonable and totally destructive inflation of the live concert scene."
So how are the smartest people in the industry preparing for the next big shift?
"We need fresh acts to appeal to new generations," says Michael Rapino, president and CEO of Live Nation, the world's dominant tour promoter. "The Rolling Stones was an epic tour, but it's not a long-term business." Rapino suggests that this process already is in motion, as six of the top 10 Live Nation tours of 2012 were by artists whose first hit was in the 2000s, including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Jason Aldean, Drake, Rascal Flatts and Nickelback. "The beauty of this industry is there are always new acts to win our hearts."
Chip Hooper, worldwide head of music at Paradigm, echoes this sentiment: "Today you're talking about one group of bands, but what is contemporary and what is heritage just keeps changing as time goes marching on. If you took a snapshot of today, yeah, there'll be some older artists who won't be touring in a couple years, but then there'll be new older artists because younger artists are getting older."
Still, it remains an open question as to whether today's concertgoers will continue to follow a singles artist like Rihanna into her dotage and whether they will pony up for the ever-escalating price for a live-concert experience. "As concertgoers age and inflation increases the price of nearly everything, ticket prices will rise in conjunction," says industry analyst Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG. "When Coldplay play Madison Square Garden with a crowd averaging 50 years old rather than 30 years old, the higher-income-earning crowd will part with more money. The transition from The Eagles and CSN to Bon Jovi and U2 to Coldplay and Foo Fighters might be difficult for some interested parties -- but the transition will occur."
The answer might be to think smaller, says Tom Windish of The Windish Agency, which reps more than 500 acts including Foster the People, Gotye and 20 of the performers at the 2012 Coachella festival. "If I was a promoter, I would be analyzing which markets could use a 2,000- to 5,000-capacity venue and what obstacles are in the way to creating one," Windish says. "As an agent, there are many cities where there is just not a suitable venue for a band who can sell this number of tickets. It takes time to open a venue of this size for many cities, and it can't happen soon enough."
Andrew Dreskin, co-founder and CEO of Ticketfly, one of the nation's largest independent ticket companies, also suggests smaller is better. "We are experiencing what I call the democratization of music," he says. "Today there are fewer arena and stadium acts, but there are more midsize artists, thanks to social media. Today we find out about new artists via what our friends are sharing on Facebook and listening to on Spotify. This is creating a very healthy middle market in the music business -- more midsize bands, clubs, theaters, amphitheaters, festivals, etc. Some of these acts will percolate up and become the arena acts of tomorrow; Arcade Fire, Radiohead, The Black Keys and Muse are good examples."
In search of free-spending music fans, the industry also is expanding into foreign markets. In December, Rapino announced the opening of Live Nation's Moscow office. "Russia and nearby markets have become an important part of our global tours in recent years," he says, "and by establishing a local presence, we can rapidly scale our concerts for over 200 million fans."South America also has become a prominent destination. Lollapalooza Chile and Lollapalooza Brazil debuted during the past two years, while McCartney, U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Waters toured through the region.
The Internet has mapped out the new territory, says Jay Marciano, president and CEO of AEG Europe. "Digital exposure has made it easier for new artists to build global fan bases, and it is my belief that mature markets will benefit from new artists who originate from outside the U.S. and Europe. Niche artists actually create more opportunities for promoters."
These niche artists won't headline arenas, like legacy acts do. So there will likely be an increased emphasis on the early mainstays of the touring industry: theaters and large concert halls. As if to underscore this point, Live Nation has built and rebranded clubs named after Graham's Fillmores in Charlotte, Detroit, Denver, Miami Beach and Silver Spring, Md.
In an effort to engage Gen Y music fans, promoters have placed a newfound emphasis on music festivals, which continue to energize the nation's younger concertgoers (with ticket prices upward of $200). Bonnaroo consistently sells out in advance, Coachella has expanded to two weekends, and the Electric Daisy Carnival drew 300,000 attendees over three days to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last year. "Festivals have become the ultimate real-life community of fans with similar tastes and shared experiences," says Randy Phillips, president and CEO of AEG Live, which owns Coachella and other festivals. "They are also tastemaker filters, like radio used to be, for the discovery of new talent. They have become more profitable for our company and more hospitable for the fan."
The success of Electric Daisy Carnival -- which has evolved from a single-day SoCal rave into a three-day core event in Vegas, with 2013 satellite installments confirmed for Chicago, New York, Puerto Rico and Orlando -- demonstrates that a younger audience still is hungering for an offline, collective musical experience and has highlighted the power and appeal of electric dance music (EDM).
Is it a fad, as critics claim? Absolutely not, say industry experts like Rapino: "When rap, hip-hop, even rock were introduced, people were certain they were short-lived, but as the fan base grows and talent becomes even better, there becomes a lasting space." One who agrees with this assessment is former SFX owner Robert F.X. Sillerman, who announced in June that he would spend $1 billion to acquire the producers of EDM events.
Meanwhile, promoters are trying just about any new strategy to supplement revenues while they can, including taking a piece of the so-called secondary market. The proliferation of online ticket resale platforms such as StubHub and TicketsNow has demonstrated that the true market value of tickets often is higher than the initial face value. Some artists have directly reaped the spoils of resale by directing their own inventory to brokers and online platforms. The bar coding of tickets also allows the possibility for promoters and acts to receive a percentage of resales. Live Nation's Ticketmaster site has the ability to track sales through its secondary platform TicketsNow, and as of January, AEG Live's AXS Ticketing can do the same through an integration with StubHub.
Another increasingly utilized income source comes from selling credit card companies the right to presales. In the case of Justin Bieber's Jan. 18 show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, over 40 percent of the tickets were allocated to American Express cardholders. Indeed, so many seats to that performance had been directed to various revenue-building propositions that only 1,000 of a potential 14,000 seats were available for the general public. In response, AEG Live's Phillips acknowledges, "I am not sure why we even have public onsales anymore, since most tickets are now sold in credit card, fan club, venue, sponsor and radio presales."
Not to be outdone, legacy acts offer special "experiential packages," which carry a hefty price tag, pairing choice seats with backstage tours, soundchecks and/or meet-and-greets. Live Nation owns SLO VIP Services, which it purchased from Shelley Lazar, who founded the concept in the '80s as an outgrowth of her years coordinating backstage credentials and comp tickets for Graham and Ron Delsener. Lazar's flagship clients included McCartney, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, The Eagles and The Who. A $750 VIP package for an Allman Brothers Band show during their upcoming Beacon Theatre run includes a front-row-center ticket, preshow reception, merchandise and a collectible laminate.
So will all this work? Perhaps a more pointed question is: Can the live music industry survive the coming generational shift? Will young people show the same passion for live music as their elders -- and do they have the income to support their habit? Tentative signs point to yes, based on festival attendance as well as the rising popularity of such performers as Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown Band, Bassnectar, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Vampire Weekend. At its core, the live entertainment industry is built on a certain ineffable, unquantifiable connection between fan and band, which is also why those legacy acts might not be leaving the stage anytime soon.
"In my 43 years of attending concerts and 37 working in it, I find the excitement of live music to be a wonderful constant," explains Michael Marion, general manager of Little Rock's Verizon Arena. "The bubble of the baby boomers continues to roll through our population, and they still want to see the artists of their youth. During their younger years, they came to value the live experience. It was quite often the only time to actually see an artist. There was no MTV, YouTube, TMZ or any other media by which to experience an artist. That sentiment lives on and will continue to play a part in the concert business. Also, we see the younger generation becoming fans of these so-called legacy acts. Artists like Journey, Tom Petty and many others have made a connection with the young people of today. Trust me on this, I have a 16-year-old."
Elizabeth-Gillies.net's interview w/ Liz Gillies for their 2nd year anniversary
Now that Victorious has come to an end, what do your plans for 2013 look like?
My 2013 has been busy so far. I’ve been writing lots of music & working on a few other things as well. It’s been productive.
Did you ever regret getting into show business or are you 100% happy with the decisions you've made?
I don’t regret it. There are times where I wish I could go into a Toys R’ Us without getting attacked, but I guess that’s no big deal. The only thing that really bothers me is the whole privacy thing. I’m a very private person. I think privacy is very important, so little things like my email getting hacked or paparazzi taking pictures of me without my knowing or pictures getting leaked really bother me. It comes with the job, though. And I love the job, so I take it for what it is.
You probably know that the Victorious fandom is full of crazy edits and manipulations, so do you sometimes creep on sites like tumblr to see what the fans are making?
Oh yeah. I love all that. I’m always on the hunt for fan art. I have a whole folder on my desktop dedicated to cool fan art that I find.
Who of you came up with the idea for StoopKid and do you think you will continue making videos with Matt and Ariana, even though you don't work together anymore?
The idea kind of just evolved. The three of us were always making each other laugh ever since we met. We would always take iPhone videos of each other doing weird characters & bits. One day, Matt started screaming at the top of his lungs in public and we decided that it would be selfish to keep all these videos from the fans, so we decided to start a YouTube account. We make videos whenever we’re together. It’s almost guaranteed. The trick is just getting us together nowadays. We’re all on different coasts so that’s what’s been difficult. However, we have lots of videos in the old Stoop Kid archives so I doubt we’ll run out anytime soon.
You've recently made an ask.fm account. What are the weirdest questions you've got so far and what questions do you get so often that they're starting to annoy you?
The only questions that annoy me are either really boring questions or non-questions. I don’t see the point in writing, “Lol. I’m so nervous I don’t know what to ask you.” Why bother asking, then? That’s not even a question. I tend to answer either really “out-there” questions or questions that I feel like answering at that moment. There’s really no method to my madness. Ask.Fm and other Q & A sites like that tend to get really narcissistic so I try keep it light & weird. Make it funny rather than a "me" fest.
Are you aware of the "shippers" in the Victorious fandom? The most popular pairings all include Jade; Beck/Jade and Jade/Tori. What couples would you have wanted to see on the show?
Oh, I know all about the ships. I would have liked to see Jicowitz or Rexade. Just for fun. I always thought Jade and Rex would’ve made a great couple. I’ve mentioned both to Dan.
Would you prefer to keep working for television in the future, or would you rather do movies?
Unless it was a really great TV spot, I think I’d like to focus on movies. Doing another TV show right now would feel like jumping into another long-term relationship. Especially if it was a sitcom. I think I need to do something really different right now. Something a little more adult.
Are there any TV shows you would love to guest star in?
I’m dying to get on American Horror Story. And Girls. Anyone who follows me on Twitter probably could’ve guessed my answer to this question by now. I’m not exactly quiet about the shows I like.
Would you let a record label change you and your music, because they want you to fit a certain type, or would you never let anyone change you and rather keep doing your own thing, even if it meant to possibly lose a job?
Never. I say this all the time. I would gladly step down from whatever job or opportunity I had if it meant having to sacrifice my creative integrity or vision. I would rather make the music I want and perform for 25 people in a coffee house than sell out and lie to myself to perform for thousands.
If you weren't an actress or singer, what would your life probably look like right now?
I would probably be in college. NYU, if I got my way. Although I’d probably be there studying acting or singing, so I might have to change my answer. If I couldn’t be an actor or singer, I would be a director. I have a very strong passion for directing & I hope to direct in the future. If I couldn’t work in show business, I’d probably be a psychologist. I love getting into people’s heads.
Can you see yourself recording a duet with one of your castmates in the future?
I’d love that. I want to try writing with Ari. I feel like that could be interesting.
Beck & Jade's relationship is one of the most controversial topics in the fandom - what's your opinion on the couple?
I love their relationship. I think Beck needs Jade and Jade needs Beck. They level each other off. We were all surprised when we first read “The Worst Couple.” It happened really early on in the 3rd season & lasted way too long. I’m happy they got back together in time for the end of the show. I wouldn’t have liked it if they were apart for the final episodes. I think it was important for them to leave off on a good note.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years time, doing what?
I hope to be living somewhere in the mountains with my husband, writing music & doing a few great movies a year.
If there was a Victorious finale, how would you imagine it or what would you want to happen in it?
Well first off, I would want it to be at least an hour long. Not a half hour. I’d want it to answer any & all questions that the fans had & I would want it to end on a sentimental note. We never got a proper goodbye as a cast so I think it should be a little emotional with hints at the future for each character. We deserve a finale. I hope we get one.
Are there any places in the world, that you would like to see, but haven't yet?
So many. I went to Europe for the first time this year & I’m dying to go back. I’d love to go to Italy & Ireland. Australia looks incredible too, if I could get through the plane ride.
If you could eat one food, that you are currently not allowed to eat, what would it be?
Ugh. So many. If I had to pick one? Probably a Margherita Pizza. Or maybe a cheeseburger. There are no good substitutes for either of those.
the quality of the video sucks but this trailer is better than the first one