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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Scott Kalvert, a director who made music videos for performers such as Will Smith and Cyndi Lauper and directed a teenage Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 film "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday at his Woodland Hills Home. He was 49.

    His death is being investigated as a suicide
    , according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. No other details were given.

    Kalvert began directing music videos in the late 1980s, scoring a massive hit with his first major assignment, "Parents Just Don't Understand," based on the Grammy-winning song by hip-hop artists DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Will Smith.

    The zany, cartoonish video, featuring Smith as a teenager being hassled by his mother, won an MTV Award in 1989 and has been credited with helping give hip-hop music mainstream appeal.

    "The video had almost a Marx Brothers feel," Ann Carli, then an executive at Jive Records, said in the book "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution" by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks. "It was a tipping point in hip-hop."

    Kalvert went on to direct other music videos for the duo, including "Girls of the World" and "I Think I Could Beat Mike Tyson." He also directed videos for Mark Wahlberg, who led the hip-hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch before turning full time to acting, as well as for other popular artists, including Lauper, B.G., Bobby Brown and Snoop Doggy Dogg.

    After a string of successful videos, Kalvert began pursuing opportunities to break into film. He had known for years that he wanted to make a movie from one of his favorite books, "The Basketball Diaries."

    The best-selling 1978 memoir by poet and punk rocker Jim Carroll was a collection of wry, graphic tales about a rocky adolescence as a Catholic high school basketball star and heroin addict.

    Kalvert was about 14 when he read it "and it really affected me," he told the Miami Herald in 1995. "It was a very powerful book written from a kid's point of view, and it introduced me to a darker side."

    The film rights had been in play for years with a number of prominent directors and actors interested in the property, but none had succeeded in turning the plotless memoir into a workable script.

    Using a screenplay by Bryan Goluboff, Kalvert made the film with DiCaprio as Carroll, Lorraine Bracco as Carroll's mother, and Wahlberg as Carroll's brutish buddy Mickey, casting them early in their rise to stardom.

    "He had an incredible eye for talent," Liz Heller, a producer on the project, said Friday. "So many in 'Basketball Diaries' have gone on to have amazing careers."

    Carroll, who had a small role in the film, praised it as a faithful reflection of his book. Reviewers particularly admired DiCaprio's performance but were sharply critical of the movie's overall tone.
    The New York Times called it "self-consciously bleak," while the Los Angeles Times panned it as "a reverential wallow in the gutter of self-absorption." The Washington Post, however, praised Kalvert for "a beautiful job of creating a visual equivalent for Carroll's metaphors."

    Kalvert followed "Diaries" with only one other film, "Deuces Wild" (2002), about rival New York street gangs in the 1950s.

    Born in New York City on Aug. 15, 1964, Kalvert earned a film degree from Emerson College in Boston in 1985. While at Emerson he won the first of several MTV video contests, which led to a directing job with a New York production company. He moved to Los Angeles in 1990.

    In recent years, Kalvert had returned to making videos and headed his own production company, Alliance Media Group, according to his wife, Sonia.

    She survives him along with two daughters, Madison and Tyler; his father, Michael Kalvert of Henderson, Nev.; and mother Nancy Permakoff and brother David, both of New York.


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    It’s no surprise that Gravity took home an Oscar for sound mixing. The thriller, which puts the viewer in the open void of space, used immersive audio to great nerve-jangling effect. Gravity‘s sound effects may have put you on edge, but chances are you didn’t experience the full impact of the film’s audio.

    Only those who saw Gravity in one of 300 theaters designed with a new Dolby technology heard the movie exactly as its makers intended. Announced in 2012, Dolby Atmos is “object based” sound mixing. In traditional stereo sound, a number of speakers are placed around the walls of the theater, many of them playing the same audio track. Atmos theaters have speakers all over the walls and ceiling. And when the movie’s sound is mixed, engineers work with a 3D computer simulation of the theater space, placing individual bits of audio in specific locations. So in a horror movie, the sound of a ghoul sprinting down the upstairs hall can actually be heard from above, and a more insidious scratching in the walls can come from a single speaker in the far corner of the room.

    Other movies have been released in Atmos, but Dolby seems to be counting on Gravity to do for Atmos what Avatar did for RealD 3D technology— showcase the technology with a lovingly crafted use of it, enticing other directors to get on board.

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    Why is the sound in Gravity Oscar-worthy? Because most of the movie takes place in the vacuum of space, where sound doesn’t travel. Instead of the minute noises that usually color a film’s soundtrack, Gravity features an original score tailored to contrast with the total silence of space, both breaking it up and amplifying it.

    And to experience that score as director Alfonso Cuarón intended, Atmos is a must. “Honestly, if you listened to the original mix that Alfonson and [sound designer] Glenn Freemantle put together for this movie and then compared it to our Atmos remix,” said the sound editor for the film, Skip Lievsay, in an interview with the Huffington Post, “it’s like going mono to stereo.” He further compared the “jump in quality” to going from a VHS to a DVD, or from DVD format to Blu-ray.

    A behind-the-scenes video of Gravity's award-winning sound mixing:


    Also, can we talk about how amazing this score is?

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    Katherine Pierce has gone to Hell — or at least The Vampire Diaries' version of the dark side — and she's not coming back.
    In the final moments of Thursday's episode, Katherine (Nina Dobrev) made her peace with losing her centuries-long battle to stay alive, but as she put her hands on Bonnie's shoulders, the gateway to the other side, nothing happened. Suddenly, the wind started blowing, and Katherine was sucked into oblivion.
    "It's unlike anything we've seen before," executive producer Caroline Dries tells TVGuide.com. "We've seen characters appear to Bonnie [Kat Graham], the anchor, and go through Bonnie and that's their initiation into the other side. When Katherine died, that didn't happen and [instead] she's ripped out of Bonnie's arms and sucked into wherever by some dark void. We don't say anything religious like Heaven or Hell, but that's the implication — she's going to a dark world."

    As the series has shown countless times, a character can die and come back to life, but Dries says this isn't their way of keeping Katherine around and they don't intend on delving into this darker world.
    "I don't think we'll explore it so much as in the future, we'll use something similar happening like that on the other side where it becomes a bit of disarray over there and people get sucked into oblivion," Dries says. "What we wanted when we were writing the Katherine story line this season was to really deliver on her as a character. This show is known for bringing people back to the dead, so death didn't ever feel final; they could hop over from the other side if we feel desperate. So we wanted to say, 'No, she's gone.'"
    Katherine being the master manipulator, she of course didn't exit without leaving a very deadly parting gift. Poor Elena might be returning to her body, but she's now been injected with the vampire-eating virus that Damon (Ian Somerhalder) has been suffering with. Together the two will have a mighty battle to face in the final chapter of Season 5.

    "It's now, how do we get out of this?" Dries says. "Elena is dealing with the turmoil and emotional damage left in Katherine's wake, but Elena is also dying. This virus is killing her. Two of our main characters have this incurable virus and they want to kill everyone, so what do they do? Our guys will have to make a deal with the devil to save their friends."
    While Katherine certainly had her flaws, many fans — us included — loved watching her character be so ensconced in the story lines lately. So why did the writers ultimately decide to let one of the best parts of this season go? It was a necessary evil. "Last season there was the tentpole episode where Jeremy [Steven McQueen] died and then we had Elena before Jeremy and Elena after Jeremy. It helped with the plot so much in terms of emotional character movement," Dries says. "So we knew we needed to have a big splash [this season], but also Katherine has been so instrumental to all the story lines this season and at some point it has to end — but it has to matter. So that's what we did and then we threw a twist in there to shock people a little bit."
    Are you bummed Katherine is gone? Or are you glad she's gone to the dark side?


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    American Apparel has sparked controversy once again with a new ad starring a topless former-Muslim model from Bangladesh.
    The bold image, which appears in Vice magazine's U.S. and Canada editions, stars 22-year-old Maks, a merchandiser for American Apparel, who was born in Dhaka but has lived in California since the age of four.

    The words 'Made in Bangladesh' are printed across her chest - referring to the woman, of course, not her jeans, a means of raising awareness about American Apparel's fair labor practices - all its clothing is made in downtown LA.
    The powerful image is accompanied by a description of Maks, revealing how she was raised a strict Muslim but 'distanced herself' from her Islamic faith as she grew up, in search of her 'own identity.'
    The words explain that the bare-chested beauty 'doesn't feel the need to identify herself as an American or a Bengali and is not content to fit her life into anyone else's conventional narrative.

    'That's what makes her essential to the mosaic that is Los Angeles, and unequivocally, a distinct figure in the ever expanding American Apparel family.'
    The striking ad is likely to cause some upset among traditional Muslims for linking a half naked model to a country where Islam is the dominant religion and nudity is frowned upon.

    American Apparel, which was established in Canada in 1989, has a long history of sparking both celebration and outrage for its daring campaigns.
    Recent activity includes a campaign featuring a 62-year-old model in lingerie and a New York based Valentine's stunt in which their window-front mannequins were given fake pubic hair.

    It has been repeatedly blasted for pushing the boundaries, degrading women and even sexualising young girls in its famously provocative campaigns.

    Last year, a series of 'gratuitous' ads were banned by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority for using 'overtly sexual images' of women who appear to be wearing no underwear.
    The ASA said: 'Although we considered it was reasonable for ads for hosiery to feature women in limited clothing, we considered the images and the model's poses gratuitous.'
    It's too early to tell what sort of reactions the latest ad will draw, but chances are this won't be the last we hear of it.


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    Frank Ocean has made a drastic decision to legally change his name, but fear not, it's not a  Prince-esque symbol.
    Ocean -- whose real name is Christopher Edwin Breaux -- filed legal docs to officially change his name to Frank Ocean.
    To make it official, Frank has to plaster his intentions in a newspaper on 4 separate occasions -- once a week, 4 weeks in a row. The idea is that if he's using the name to defraud someone, potential victims can come forward and object in court.
    Yes, newspapers still exist.


    ONTD, are you happy with your name?

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    Charles asks Jake to be the best man at his wedding, a role that requires Jake to be supportive in important wedding decisions, ranging from cake tasting to floral arrangements. Meanwhile, Terry, Amy and Gina support each other as they start a new extreme diet and Holt helps Rosa make a sincere apology in the all-new "Fancy Brugdom" episode of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE airing Tuesday, March 11


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    Glee star Jacob Artist has told Digital Spy that he wants Beyoncé to guest star on the show.

    Artist, who plays bad boy Jake Puckerman, said that he is sure bosses could 'figure out' a way to get the 'Drunk in Love' singer to visit the Fox musical comedy.

    "I would love if she did it," he commented on the We Day red carpet at Wembley Arena this morning (March 7). "She's the number one performer right now. We should approach her... we'll figure it out."

    Artist also spoke about how the Glee cast have been coping with the death of Cory Monteith seven months on.

    "Of course it affected all of us differently, but I think just being all together and being in an environment that he loved has made the whole healing process a lot easier," he said. "It's been good."

    Artist reserved extra praise for Monteith's girlfriend Lea Michele, who is about to release her debut album, saying: "She's so incredibly strong. She's doing great."

    Artist is one of the speakers at the UK's first ever We Day, where celebrities and inspirational figures including Prince Harry, Sir Richard Branson and Ellie Goulding empower 12,000 student leaders to take action on local and global causes they care about.


    Maybe in the first season when this show was still good

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    Although she's earned three Academy Award nominations and won one Best Actress Oscar by the age of 23, Jennifer Lawrence has somehow managed to not let it go to her head -- according to boyfriend Nicholas Hoult. In the spring issue of V Man magazine, Hoult opens up about his relationship with Lawrence, and what he thinks makes her special.

    "The privacy thing obviously changes but the rest pretty much stays the same," Hoult, 24, explained in the magazine (via Huffington Post) of Lawrence's success.

    Lawrence has earned Oscar nods for her roles in 2010's Winter's Bone, 2012's Silver Linings Playing (which she won), and 2013's American Hustle. She's also become a blockbuster superstar by taking on the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games franchise.

    Hoult, who accompanied Lawrence to the 2014 Oscars on March 2, believes that his girlfriend hasn't let the fame change her. "It's like that thing whereby you don't believe your own hype. Enjoy the good times, but don't get swept away with it," the English actor explained. "I think that's something she's capable of doing, and that's what makes her special, but yeah, it is very odd, and I am just kind of a bystander in many ways. It is well-deserved for her. I haven't really seen any change in her."

    Hoult himself has been acting since the age of 7, and broke out when he starred alongside Hugh Grant in 2002's About a Boy. He and Lawrence began dating in 2011 after filming X-Men: First Class, but split in January 2013. Shortly after, however, the two rekindled their romance while reprising their roles as mutants Mystique and Beast in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

    Working together has only helped their relationship. "It's fun because in this business you are away from one another for long periods of time, so when you're on set together it's a brilliant thing, because you actually get to spend time together," Hoult told V Man. "Especially with this film, I got to spend time with her."


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    Ashley Greene, Emily Browning and Alyvia Alyn Lind film a beach scene for "The Shangri-La Suite" in LA on March 7

    Greene, sporting a yellow one-piece bathing suit, plays Priscilla Presleyin the indie film, which follows two lovers who break out of a mental hospital and head to Los Angeles with the intent to kill Elvis Presley (Ron Livingston). Lind takes on the role of a young Lisa Marie Presley, while Browing's character remains unnamed at this time.

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    Thurston Moore’s campaign to turn the internet against him rolls on. Earlier this week the former Sonic Youth frontman told The Fly that the affair that sunk his 27-year marriage to Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon carried on in secret for several years before he and Gordon called it quits, that he was bummed out over the end of his marriage (“It’s pretty heavy”), and that he’s “in a really romantic place” with Eva Prinz, the woman with whom he carried on the affair. The feminist website Jezebel criticized Moore’s comments Wednesday in a post called “Thurston Moore Confirms He Is A Dick,” which inspired Moore to retaliate against what he calls Jezebel’s “gender fascism” on Facebook (now deleted):


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    miranda-lambert-600They're not only happy to be nominated – they're happy to take the stage and rock out.

    Academy of Country Music Award nominees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban and The Band Perry will be among the performers on the April 6 telecast, PEOPLE can reveal.

    Lambert is tied with Tim McGraw for the most ACM nominations this year seven. Urban has six, while Shelton is among four acts that have five nominations each.

    Bryan and Shelton will also be the evening's cohosts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, having teamed up in the same roles for last year's entertaining show.

    In addition to his MGM Grand performance and hosting responsibilities, Bryan will rush over to the Mandalay Bay Events Center during the show for a special performance with Florida Georgia Line at the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam.

    The 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air April 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. More acts and presenters will be revealed in the coming weeks.

    Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr, Florida Georgia Line and Justin Moore are a few of the celebrities that stepped up for the second and final day of the Taste of Country fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. However, each will be quick to point to the kids as the real stars. And indeed, on this day, they were.
    Lela Moody’s touching story and adorable smile won hearts over. The little girl was just six weeks old when her mother and father were faced with an impossible decision: remove her left eye, or choose chemotherapy.

    A 2-year-old Tyler Bates was displaying flu-like symptoms, but his mother Jennifer knew something else was wrong. What doctors found shocked her, but three years later, the tiny Texan is doing well, thriving in karate and baseball.
    Bentley, Moore and Eli Young Band were three of the artists who said St. Jude meant even more to them after having kids.

    Sara Evans agrees! Tyler Farr and the boys of Florida Georgia Line don’t have kids, and neither does Chase Rice, but that didn’t stop any of them from speaking passionately about what St. Jude means to them. Newcomers Leah Turner, the Swon Brothers also stood up to urge their fans to donate to St. Jude, as did ‘We Are Tonight’ singer Billy Currington.

    Thanks to all artists — and readers — who helped make our first-ever St. Jude webathon a success. Over a dozen acts called or recorded video for Taste of Country, then retweeted or shared on Facebook. Thanks also to the families who opened their hearts to spill stories for ToC readers. It’s for kids like Tyler and Lela that we’re fighting!

    When Shakira wanted to get a little bit country on her upcoming album, she approached fellow "The Voice" coach Blake Shelton. The result is "Medicine," a country song that's light enough on fiddle and steel to work on pop radio.

    "I told him I wanted to work with Nashville people," Shakira told Billboard's Leila Cobo for the magazine's current cover story. "I was a little tired of L.A. I wanted people with another point of view, real people with roots with whom I feel comfortable working in the same room. And I told Blake I wanted to do a song that had the narrative of a country song, that was picturesque, that was a real song. But it also needed to suit me, because after all, I'm Colombian."

    "I think I have real folk roots in my previous albums," she added. "The acoustic guitars, that type of narrative, songs that have a traditional structure. And I said to [Shelton], 'I want to do that type of song.' When I wrote the song I didn't know what direction to go in and I did like eight versions. Dance, pop…but I said no, this is a country song."

    The bilingual star worked on the song with writer Hillary Lindsey and producer Mark Bright - who both have collaborated with Carrie Underwood, among others.

    "I think she did a hell of a job," Shelton said. "One thing is for someone like her to say she's going to do something and another is to do it. And I'll be damned, a month and a half ago she wrote me and said, 'I wrote the song, and I want you to tell me what you think.' And I said: 'Gosh dang, you did exactly what you said you'd do. It sounds like a hit song.'

    "I was so nervous. You have no idea. I was so scared he was going to say, 'No, Shakira. I love you, but no,'" recalled Shakira. "But then he said, 'Sister, I love you this is great.'

    "And then she said, 'Well, do you want to sing on it?'" Shelton added. "I was honored to do it."

    Shakira and Shelton sang each other's hits during the opener of this season's Feb. 24 premiere of "The Voice," when Shakira performed a rocking version of "Boys Round Here," and Shelton took a shot at Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever," on which she joined him for the chorus.

    "She was one of those huge international stars I had only seen from a distance," he said. "…And she feels like someone I had known my whole life. She's motherly to everyone she meets. I love being around her and seeing how she treats the group of people who travel with her. She's just a real person."

    excuse for a country music post, y/y? who are you excited to see perform at the ACMs?

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    From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

    The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith, Palak Patel and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. Maleficent opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.

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    I see the years have not been kind to Stefan especially since he doesn't have his fur coat anymore.

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    Glee star Harry Shum Jr. -- who's best known for his role as Mike Chang Jr. on Fox's hit musical series -- is engaged to girlfriend Shelby Rabara, his rep confirms to Us Weekly. The two got engaged back in October while on vacation in Hawaii.

    Rabara, who is also a dancer, has appeared opposite Shum in several episodes of Glee as character Shoshandra. In addition, she has had roles in the Zac Efron movie 17 Again and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

    The couple moved in together recently after purchasing a house in Los Angeles.

    "They have been together for years and are so great together," a source tells Us of the couple.

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    Jay Z is said to have rejected the chance to be Kanye West's best man at his wedding to Kim Kardashian because he is totally against appearing on her reality TV show.

    Jay Z has turned down the chance to be Kanye West's best man. The 44-year-old rapper only agreed to the idea initially providing his family - including wife Beyonce and their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy - wouldn't be filmed for Kim Kardashian's reality show.

    Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, an insider revealed: ''Jay is Kanye's closest friend so he wants him to be best man.

    ''Jay agreed initially but had one condition - under no circumstances can there be any reality TV shows filming him, his wife, Beyonce or daughter Blue Ivy during the ceremony.''
    Meanwhile, Jay Z's wife is also said to be totally against appearing on 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'.

    The source added: ''The thought of popping up in 'KUWTK' mortifies Beyonce.

    ''She purposefully keeps herself away from trashy TV and isn't prepared to lower her standards for anyone, or any occasion.''

    However, E! bosses - who run Kim Kardashian's reality show - are reportedly ''desperate'' to air the ceremony, meaning Jay Z may miss out on being best man.
    The insider said: ''Bosses at E! are desperate to get the nuptials on air, and will pay millions to make it happen.''


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    Industry insiders claim the group has scheduled sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth

    U2 are reportedly delaying the release of their next album until 2015 so they can schedule new recording sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, according to Billboard.

    There were reports in 2013 that the album would come out last fall, but by November, industry sources were saying a spring release was more likely. Earlier this year, Bono told USA Today, "We want [the new album] to come out this summer, but you don't want to let anyone down."

    "It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts," a source close to the project told Billboard. "That magic that the band always seems to capture. . . they have yet to capture it."

    According to the report, the group had scheduled a tour that would've kicked off in September, but that concert promoter Live Nation is now rescheduling it for summer 2015. The group's last big trek, the 360º Tour, was also delayed, but went on to become the highest-grossing tour ever, earning $737 million in 2010 and 2011.

    Last month, Bono told BBC host Zane Lowe, "Until it's on the radio or online, it's not real. With U2, our album isn't finished until it's in the stores. It's tricky getting us four boys across the line. I think our band has something and [fans] know we don't just put albums out. We do think about it."

    In February, drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. blamed the album's delay on the group dropping everything to record a song for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The track, "Ordinary Love," earned the group an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe win. It has sold 115,000 copies to date and peaked at Number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Number 45 on the Digital Songs chart. The group had previously collaborated with Epworth on a mix of the song.

    Coldplay's Chris Martin on U2, One of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists

    Guitarist the Edge told Rolling Stone earlier this year that the group had "about 30 songs we're really excited about, in various states of being finished." He also said that six or seven of those tracks were "mixed and ready to go" and that the new album was inspired by the music that influenced U2 in the mid- and late-Seventies. "That's a rich period, one we've visited many times in the past," the Edge said. "But it's a very Dublin-centric record lyrically."

    At the time, he said the group had a few titles in mind and underscored that there was no release date set. "But we're getting there," he said. "We're not, as we say in Ireland, up our own arse. But we do not want to let go of anything if we are not 100 percent happy with it."


    What's your favourite U2 song, ONTD?

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    One Direction's Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson were in the recording studio yesterday with Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte and according to the GC guitarist, it looks like they were possibly working on material for 1D's next album.

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    Chelsea Handler stops by Sway in the Morning and brings early morning laughs to the radio show. The team ask Chelsea about her recent relationships with black men, and how many black men has she dated. Handler also talks about her Oscar tweets and whether or not she thought they were appropriate or offensive to anyone. Heather B and Sway ask Chelsea about some excerpts from her new book, Uganda Be Killing Me.

    Watch the full interview with Chelsea Handler above.

    which one of u heffas get her humor?

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    Bryan Cranston has finally spoken out about all the rumors that had been circulating concerning him playing the role of Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman. On this morning’s Howard Stern show, Cranston said that he would have welcomed the role, but that it was never offered to him.

    “I was not involved in any of that whatsoever,” Cranston said, in response to Stern asking him about the rumors. When Stern commented that playing Luthor would have been a great role for Cranston, he replied, “Oh, oh, I would have welcomed it.” When Robin Quivers asked Cranston if the job would’ve have been “a 20″ (an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity), Cranston said, “That would’ve been a 20; I think so!”

    Cranston said that, as far he knows, he was never even considered for the role of Lex Luthor. “In the minds of fans, it’s true,” Cranston said. “In the minds of the hierarchy of Warner Brothers, it’s not true.” The role, of course, ended up going to Jesse Eisenberg, whose age lines up more closely with that of Henry Cavill, who plays Superman.


    Bryan Cranston won rave reviews for his performance in All The Way after its opening night on Broadway on Thursday. The Breaking Bad actor impressed critics with his portrayal of America's 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson, in the Bill Rauch directed play about the struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Cranston's performance was hailed as "effortlessly captivating" by theatre critic Mark Kennedy at Associated Press, while Joe Dziemianowicz at the New York Daily News called him "a force to be reckoned with".

    USA Today's Elysa Gardner writes, "Strutting gut-first and affecting a gruff Southern drawl, the leading man delivers the emphatic, crowd-pleasing performance that the play, and Bill Rauch's vigorous direction, require, while also making Johnson affecting as a flesh-and-blood human being."

    Hermione Hoby at Britain's Daily Telegraph writes, "The play might be a star vehicle but its star delivers. It's thrilling to watch Cranston go from his default, comic stance of forward-thrust hips and slumped shoulders, to fearsome, chest-puffed, confrontation."

    Bryan Cranston hits the red carpet at the opening night performance of his Broadway play All the Way on Thursday (March 6) at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. The 57-year-old actor, who is receiving some rave reviews for his work in the play, got support from his Breaking Bad co-star Jonathan Banks that night.


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