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While speaking with Vlad TV about those who leech off of Bieber and his fame, Lord Jamar stated that the singer is a leech himself. According to Jamar, along with “a lot of other white artists,” Bieber leeches off of black music.
“I ain’t even as mad at him as a lot people are,” he said. “He’s a little fuckin kid…Do you know how much of a fuckin asshole you’d be at 18, 19 with however many millions of dollars and bitches on ya dick and all that type of shit? Are you kidding me…What I’m saying is the little mothafucka is young. Look who he got around him. He got a bunch of fuckin yes-men and people who’s trying to leech off of shit. But then that in turn is like karma because he’s a leech. He’s leeching off black music. Like a lot of other white artists are doing. But listen to his whole sound. Listen to who he’s trying to appeal to and influence. He got that white fan base, but he’s making essentially black music.”
Lord Jamar also addressed the cosign he believes white artists need from a black man in order to get into black music. He then commented on artists from other genres and professional athletes’ desire to live like rappers.
“I told you they all need a cosign from a black man to get into this shit initially,” Jamar said. “To get into black music you need that cosign somewhere, somehow. So yeah, but he came in as the cute, little, white kid from YouTube. From Canada singing his heart out and you know. They like that. White people like that. But he’s being influenced by Hip Hop culture and R&B culture. How it is nowadays, which has been influenced by Hip Hop…Just like sports players want to be rappers and shit like that. Like they’re not happy with just being famous and having that money. They want to have that extra little fuckin whatever it is that rap niggas have. They want that. And so he wants that too.”
The Brand Nubian lyricist later suggested that someone like Lil Twist, an artist who is a good friend of Bieber's, may eventually take the fall for the pop stars actions.
“So, he surrounds himself with black people to try to—Association brings on assimilation,” he said. “But as soon as the shit hits the fan and now they’re looking at him bad. He’s not necessarily gonna blame it maybe on Lil Twist, but I bet you somebody who’s like ‘It was that Lil Twist wasn’t it? He’s the fuckin one that fuckin pulls you into this shit?’ And now he’s like ‘Yeah, it was Lil Twist. Yeah, yeah, yeah. He was the one.’”
Other artists Lord Jamar has criticized include Seattle, Washington emcee Macklemore and Memphis, Tennessee-born singer Justin Timberlake. In September of last year, he criticized Macklemore for pushing an agenda in a genre he feels the rapper doesn’t belong to.
“I can’t go to somebody else’s house and even though they let me wear their clothes and eat their food, that’s not my house,” he said while speaking to Vlad TV in September. “That’s their house. And I can’t get so comfortable in their house that I feel like I can now start talking house politics…To me when people like Macklemore come out with songs like that, I know he loves Hip Hop and all that, but he’s trying to push an agenda that him as a white man feels is acceptable.”
With the series' fourth season finale having broken rating records, AMC's "The Walking Dead" has today debuted a teaser image for the upcoming fifth season.
Following the season finale of "The Walking Dead" , AMC has announced that the episode netted the highest number of viewers for one of the show's finales since its debuted just four years ago. Bringing in a total of 15.7 million viewers,
How I Met Your Mother wrapped its nine-season run on Monday night, surging to series highs in the process. The one-hour episode, which promised payout on the title's long-teased mystery, was the most-watched to date with 12.9 million viewers.
I totally forgot about this, how was it? Thoughts?
Don't let the precious name fool you. Mr Little Jeans, a.k.a. Norwegian singer Monica Birkenes, makes propulsive, sometimes epic pop music with gnarled synth lines and alluring textures. In this brand new Mr Little Jeans video, for the moody song "Good Mistake," a trucker hopped up on meds finds himself traversing the haunted backroads of his past.
While the narrative for "Good Mistake" isn't immediately obvious, the imagery pulses with regret and yearning. The song "was written from a perspective of having done my fair share of mistakes," Birkenes tells us via email. "The biggest mistakes were keeping myself in situations I should've been able to pull myself out of but somehow didn't until something forced me to. It's a reminder of what we are capable of doing and capable of changing in a lot of cases."
The video was conceived and directed by Ian Schwartz and Cooper Roberts. "Good Mistake" is from the debut full-length from Mr Little Jeans, Pocketknife, out now on Harvest Records.
This is just an excuse to let everyone know Mr Little Jeans finally released her first album - Pocketknife.
I remember being introduced to her by ONTD many years ago, so I'm happy she's finally getting an album even though its half of old songs(lame).
You start the day ...
I like art, and fashion to me is art, so I will continue wearing things that I think are beautiful pieces and probably will get people talking.
Arriving at a gym in West Hollywood March 31st
Arriving at a Recording Studio in Los Angeles, March 31st
Confirmed song titles
1. Better Days
3. Tearing Down Walls
5. Take It For What It Is
6. Breathing Room
7. Northern Star
8. Night Like This
9. Snow Globe
Made my day sweet girl at Starbucks. And my iced tea lemonade was perfection pic.twitter.com/Em2oz7hAg6— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) April 1, 2014
Y'all are just sweet tweeting me up! Thanks for the love guys and the excitement over the new record ❤️seriously means more that you know❤️— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) March 31, 2014
she looks soo pretty, I need to know who she signed with
It’s always a little intimidating to speak with Kevin Feige. In person, the Marvel Studios president is certainly a nice guy, but it’s just a little bit off to know that this is the man who knows every secret about one of the most popular film franchises that has ever been created. Feige, as opposed to other people in his position, is known for not lying. He’s certainly coy! But maybe—just maybe—if I ask a question in a particularly nice way, Feige will explain how the Marvel cinematic universe will unfold with every detail. (Or, more likely, he’ll just laugh with a look on his face that says, “nice try.”)
Feige is promoting the sure-to-be blockbuster, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, we find Captain America, aka Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) trying to adapt to the modern world—which involves some pretty nifty popular-culture milestones that ol’ Cap must catch up on, which he keeps on a handy list—after (a), spending nearly 70 years on ice and (b), fighting aliens in 2012’s The Avengers. That aside, Captain America is confronted with a mysterious new foe called the Winter Soldier and a slew of other new enemies from some of the people he trusted the most.
What’s not a sure bet is Marvel’s movie after Captain America, which is the sci-fi, outer-space-themed Guardians of the Galaxy. Starring Chris Pratt, Guardians represents a true risk for Marvel, but the recent positive reaction to its trailer positive reaction to its trailer put Feige’s mind at least a little more at ease. Well, sort of.
VF Hollywood: You know at this point that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is going to be a hit, right?
Kevin Feige: I take nothing for granted. But, the time when you start to go, “All right, do we have something or do we not have something?,” is when fine folks like yourself start to see it when we do those initial screenings. And the response has been very nice.
Captain America seems like a tough character because he’s so earnest. But you stick to that with him and it still works.
Because last summer, after Man of Steel, people complained that Superman didn’t stay true to his character in the last act. There’s a scene in this movie that’s almost the antithesis of that.
Well, yeah, I mean it’s just sort of the way we believe in the character and the way we believe he can be done. If you look at the best of the comics, he’s not just a stodgy boy scout, necessarily. You know, I don’t know if it’s even something as formal as a code—he’s a good guy who really believes in what he believes in. And how do you do that in an entertaining way without betraying sort of who Steve is? You know, we’re mental, we believe all [of] these are real characters and real people—so it’s not our job to change who they are; it’s our job to allow them to showcase their best selves on a big screen.
I have an idea for a Marvel one-shot film.
Steve Rogers spends the day watching Star Wars and WarGames, which are both referenced in the movie.
That’s not a one-shot, that’s a movie! I would want Mystery Science Theater style. I’m totally down for that.
Those were both great references, by the way. I would have been disappointed if he had not seen Star Wars.
It’s funny you say that—before we shot that insert, we had a number of notebooks with a number of different things, and you wouldn’t believe the conversation between [directors] Joe and Anthony [Russo], our co-producer Nate Moore, and myself. “O.K., now that’s got to be on there, too.” “No, he would have seen it!” “If he’s seen WarGames, he’s seen that!”
What reference did you fight the hardest for on that list?
Well, Star Wars. “Star Wars/Trek” was a very big one. And I Love Lucy, actually.
Only Steve Rogers would write it down as “Star Wars/Trek” with that dividing line.
Yeah! Who does that? Like, I would never consider doing that.
He thinks it’s the same thing.
And then “Rocky II?,” with a question mark. I will tell you a funny story about that notebook: if you go to Germany and see the movie, if you go to France to see the movie, if you go to London to see the movie—which I highly recommend!—what is written in that notebook is different in each of those territories. It was an Internet contest for people to be saying, “What did Steve Rogers miss while he was in the ice for almost 70 years?”
The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer went over well.
Yes, I was very, very pleased with that because we sort of put it all out there for that teaser—to take all of the elements about what we love about this movie, what is unique about this movie, and that are probably scary to everyone else in town and the reason why nobody else has made a movie like this—and just put it out there. And that people responded to it and sort of got what we were hoping to do was wonderful—really wonderful. Even surprising. I was expecting more debate.
And there may be more debate as we continue down the marketing road. But, the overwhelming positivity was wonderful.
It was pretty much the same footage I saw at Comic Con, which was surprising because I had heard from you guys that that footage wouldn’t be released.
Well, you’re right. And that piece was built very specifically for the fan audience. Sometimes, you know, you think, O.K., well, this will work for the 7,000 people in Hall H, but for the masses, we’ll have to be more delicate. And there were other versions that we put together, but [we] ultimately said, “Well, you know what, let’s just go with the great version.”
Guardians of the Galaxy is considered a risk, but wouldn’t you be more nervous about it if it were a stand-alone movie as opposed to part of the larger story? In other words, people who might not see this movie will see it because it’s a sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Well, look, I think that’s true. And what I hope and have hoped for a long time, and maybe we’re almost there—never mind the connectivity between the movies, which Guardians is absolutely, if not a distant relative, certainly connected through various ways within the story line—is that they see the Marvel Studios logo and that it’s a Marvel Studios movie. And that, like Pixar, “Oh, it’s about a rat in a kitchen? I never heard of it. Oh, it’s Pixar? I have to go see it.” I would love to be in that position some day. And Guardians will be a big step towards that.
That’s funny. The Dissolve published a look back at some movie news from 20 years ago.
And there’s a Wizard magazine excerpt about Todd McFarlane and Spawn, where the writer references “Marvel’s movie bombs.” Things have changed.
Amazing. When we started over 20 years ago now—no, what am I saying? Not quite 20 years ago . . .
I think he was referencing the Dolph Lundgren Punisher movie.
Oh, sure. Or Roger Corman [1994’s The Fantastic Four] or the 1990 Captain America. When we started doing X-Men, my first foray into the Marvel world, every story online was, “Well, you know it’s going to be bad because of the Marvel curse. You know it’s going to be terrible because of the Marvel curse.” And, you know, I’ve worked hard to try to change that. [laughs]
Lyndie Greenwood, is the kind of girl we adore. She’s a major bookworm, loves to study (currently reading up on wine!), and is already coming up with some movie ideas. If she ever hosts a book club, we’re signing up.
So we were shooting at the coolest bookstore in Los Angeles. Were you in awe as much as we were? Are you a total bookworm?
I absolutely loved shooting at The Last Bookstore. The building itself is gorgeous, and the sheer volume of books was almost overwhelming. I love to read, and I could’ve spent many more hours exploring their collection.
Tell us about your favorite reads! What’s currently on your nightstand?
Right now I’m reading Steven King’s The Dark Tower series. I’m almost finished the second book (The Drawing of the Three), and can’t wait to start the third. While reading this series, I’ve been reading various comics. My favourite comic lately has been Saga. I’ve also been reading a non-fiction book called A History of the World in 6 Glasses.
Do you live in Toronto, Canada? If so, how does Toronto compare to Los Angeles?
Canada’s a pretty big country, and the culture varies from city to city just as it does in the states. I am from Toronto, and I’d say it’s sort of like a little New York. We’ve got a sort of east-coast sensibility here – a cynicism and directness that probably comes from dealing with such crap weather.
Which do you prefer? How have your trips to Los Angeles been? Any fun discoveries?
I’ve been to LA twice now. I stayed for a couple months each time, so I felt I really got to know the city pretty well – although, I know there is much more to discover. I love LA for many reasons, but especially the weather and the hiking. I spent a lot of time running and reflecting in Griffith park. But I love Toronto, too. They are very different cities.
“Sleepy Hollow” films in NC and NY, right? During your downtime (if you have any!), what do you enjoy doing? Sightseeing? Any explorations lately?
We actually only shoot in NC. Screen Gems studios is in Wilmington, so that’s our home base, but we’ll shoot on location in surrounding cities, too. I really like Wilmington! It’s got a fantastic food and wine culture, and tons of history. I’ve enjoyed many a nerdy tour: horse-and-buggy through the historic downtown area, walking the USS North Carolina Battleship, ghost tours. I’ve met lovely friends, and had a lot of fun going to see independent theatre, film, and live music.
Now, you’re back in Toronto! What are your current plans in the next few months? When does filming kick back in?
Unfortunately, my plans for the time I have in Toronto before shooting starts again in May (one month!) are pretty boring: mostly just moving and taxes. But I get to see my family and friends in between, and my dog, so I’m happy.
Tell us how you think your character on “Sleepy Hollow” will progress in the current and next season! What has it been like to be a regular on the show now?
I don’t know much about how Jenny will progress in the show. I’m really excited to get back to work, and find out! She’s been so much fun to play, and I know the writers have some cool stuff up their sleeves for her. Being a series regular feels fantastic; I basically felt like a regular last season, but having it become official gives me a lot of gratification.
How are your cast mates? We worked with a few last year and adored them!
My cast mates are the best! I feel so lucky to be a part of a crew that gets along so well. It makes the long hours (and downtime, for that matter) much easier to bear.
Did you ever think you’d be in a show like “Sleepy Hollow?” Although “Nikita” is equally dramatic!
I really love sci-fi, fantasy, and anything of the “speculative fiction” genre. When I saw the preview for the “Sleepy Hollow” pilot, I was really excited to watch it. It was only afterwards that I auditioned and got the role of Jennifer Mills, so I was extremely excited. I guess you could say I’ve always hoped to be on a show like Sleepy Hollow, so I feel very lucky and grateful.
You studied acting for quite a bit and at numerous schools in Toronto! Not many people really pursue professional training. What made you want to start?
I didn’t pursue professional acting training until after I did an undergraduate degree in life sciences at the University of Toronto. After I graduated, I decided to try acting professionally, and quickly realized I needed some lessons! Now I love to train; I go to classes at Lewis Baumander’s acting studio whenever I have the time. I also really enjoyed studying Meisner Technique with Jason Fraser, and at Pro Actor’s Lab with John Gordon.
Looks like you’re both a dancer and martial artist! What else do you do in your spare time that we just don’t know about? Are you an avid baker? Cook? Etc?
I used to study martial arts, but I don’t do as much of that anymore. In my spare time, I love to read, run, watch tv/movies, and go out for dinner with friends. I like to study things, and for the past couple years I’ve been studying wine.
Lastly, if you’re like us and love to keep up with the news, what’s caught your attention lately whether about entertainment or worldly news that you have been following?
Last night, I learned that the Vatican has been funding extensive astrobiology research for many years. They are very interested in finding our “brothers out there.” Apparently, they feel that these “others” may never have fallen from original sin, and that we may have much to learn from them. I was very surprised by the whole thing, as it seems counterintuitive for creationists to believe in extraterrestrials. The whole thing is bizarre and awesome. I think someone needs to make a movie about it soon.
Aisha Tyler's book Self-Inflicted Wounds is getting the TV treatment.
CBS Television Studios has optioned the actress-comedian's New York Times best-selling book, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation is a series of comic essays about times in Tyler's life that she found herself in the middle of humiliating incidents and the lessons that she's learned about embracing failure on the road to success.
A search is underway for writers to adapt the book as a potential half-hour comedy series. No network is currently attached. Tyler and her management company, ROAR, are attached to executive produce.
The book, which debuted in July on the NYT list, is based partially on an element of Tyler's award-winning Podcast Girl on Guy, during which she interviews actors, directors, comedians, chefs, musicians, authors and more and asks each guest to reveal a self-inflicted wound. The podcast was selected by iTunes as a best new comedy podcast of 2011 and has more than nine million downloads.
For Tyler, the project comes as she continues her voice work on FX's animated comedy Archer, currently in its fifth season and renewed through season seven. She also hosts The CW's Whose Line Is It Anyway and is a co-host on CBS' The Talk. On the acting side, she has a role in HBO's Ryan Murphy drama pilot Open. Tyler is repped by UTA, ROAR and Hansen Jacobson.
I've gone off her lately, but congrats to her I guess.
Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel
Have you ever filmed your self having sex ONTD?
Taco Bell recently started serving breakfast and McDonald’s is doing everything it can to make sure that you forget about it. They started a free coffee campaign last week and now the chain is holding impromptu concerts.
This morning, Karmin rode a giant McDonald’s bus around New York City to give fans, and potential Taco Bell customers, a free concert.
Of course, Taco Bell isn’t taking all of this lying down. The restaurant has started it’s own social media blitz to draw people into the restaurant for breakfast tacos. They took photos of a few “babes” eating tacos…
Babes who breakfast. pic.twitter.com/aI3ASKs1pA— Taco Bell (@TacoBell) March 29, 2014
Singer Rita Ora has revealed she had never experienced love before meeting her current boyfriend Calvin Harris.
The 23-year-old made the revelations as she stripped off to reveal her tattooed ribcage on the cover of Elle magazine.
Discussing falling in love, she said: ‘There are so many things. The fact that he got something out of me that I never thought I had. Yes, like falling in love. I just didn’t think I had it. I’d never experienced it before. And I was just like in the wilderness, thinking, “Will it ever happen?’
The pair, who have been dating since May of last year, have just collaborated on her latest song I Will Never Let You Down.
Discussing why this album is different to her debut one, she said: ‘I didn’t know what the f*ck I was doing on my first album, let’s be honest. I was a kid having the time of my life. And I made a party album – party and bullsh*t.
‘This time, I’m still having a great time, but I’m in a great, loving place. Now I want people to see you can have fun and be in love at the same time.’
Leaving little to the imagination on the cover, the singer reveals a touch of breast as well as of course her stunning tattoo inspired by an Alberto Vargs images of a pin-up girl.
Speaking about the etching which sits on the right hand of her ribcage, she told the magazine: ‘This is Rosetta. It’s based on an original piece by Alberto Vargas, who was an incredible illustrator in the 1930s. He was one of the creators of the pin-up image. That’s our build, our power.
‘That’s why I was obsessed with it; learning what men don’t understand about women and what women don’t understand about men. I was obsessed with the painting a long time ago, and then I got it done six months ago. I just love pretty things, whether it is art, a song or a pair of shoes.’
It’s obvious that RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6 fan favorite Bianca Del Rio will end up in the final two this season, even though anyone who watches will tell you the show’s historically fixed outcomes are completely orchestrated by RuPaul herself.
In the video below, we provide proof that even if she doesn’t win the crown, Del Rio may be the wittiest and quickest queen to ever compete.
In what we presume was a recent performance, an agitated fan casually gets on stage to accuse the fast-talking Southern charmer of being racist, and she promptly hands his ass right back to him.
Don’t mess with the Queen if you can’t handle the wrath:
Farrah Abraham has collected her thoughts, composed complete sentences and authored a brand new book.
Amazingly, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.
The infamous Teen Mom star is set to publish the first ebook in her erotic romance novel trilogy. Titled Celebrity Sex Tape: In The Making, the future bargain bin book is loosely based on Farrah’s own life. Here’s the description from the publisher, Ellora’s Cave…
The journey: Hot sex. A few thrills. A lot of tips and tricks. There has to be more to life than this, and I’m going to find it.
The woman: I’m like every other person out there. I want to be loved and I want to be happy. But in the words of my best friend, I have to kiss a few frogs along the way. That’s okay, I know what I want and I’m not afraid to go after it, to hell with what other people think. My name is Fallon Opal, and I’m not who everyone thinks I am.
The star: To the world I’m another starlet gone crazy. Always traveling, clubbing non-stop, and juggling drug problems and alcohol issues. The truth couldn’t be further from that. I’m on a journey to find myself and I’m going to do it without shame — my way. Sometimes it feels like the world is against me but that won’t stop me from getting mine.
Nonetheless, Ellora’s Cave apparently has enough confidence in Farrah’s torrid tale to sign her on for two sequels.
“Her reaction to public scrutiny reveals the person she truly is, rather than what the media have made her out to be,” Ellora’s Cave CEO Patty Marks said in a press release, apparently not realizing that isn’t a compliment. “She’s tough and she’s determined but she has vulnerabilities like the rest of us, whether or not she lets them show. I think readers will be surprised to find out who Farrah really is and what a great character she has developed with Fallon Opal… It’s great to have another independent woman like Farrah in our publishing house celebrating her sexuality.”
Farrah further blurred the line between her and Fallon Opalham by saying the writing process was therapeutic.
“Fallon’s story follows what I’ve gone through recently, much of it witnessed and misunderstood by the public,” Farrah said. “Book One is an entertaining and sexually charged novel, but it’s also an inside look at the underside of being a reality TV star that everyone else can relate to.”
Well, it seems this will be worse than 50 Shades
Worst book you've read?
Earlier today it was posted via facebook that they were reuniting, their website says,
"It's been almost six years since Copeland has released new music. Though each member has been pursuing new ventures, inside and outside of the music industry both collectively as well as individually, Aaron Marsh, Bryan Laurenson, Stephen Laurenson, and Jonathan Bucklew have reunited to record and self-release their 5th full-length album, Ixora. The record will be recorded and produced by Aaron Marsh at his studio in Lakeland, FL, The Vanguard Room."
The release date is set for Oct. 31, 2014 and preorders are going to crowd fund the release. Crossing my fingers that this isn't an extremely well thought out April Fool's joke.
photo taken from when they appeared together on 'Watch What Happens Live' ... Bravotv [last year]
Actor Orlando Bloom lived with Sir Ian McKellen in New York while they were both working on Broadway.
Director Peter Jackson let him stay in his apartment, and the actor shared it with his Lord of the Rings co-star McKellen, who was also working on Broadway at the time.
Bloom says, "There were two parts (to the apartment). Ian was in the big one and I was in the small one, and we were doing Broadway, so we'd get home at the end of the night and have a drink and a debrief, catch-up. It was amazing."
ngl ... this gives me the warm fuzzies
"Game of Thrones" fans were introduced to the darker side of the Bolton family tree in Season 3. From Roose Bolton's betrayal of Robb Stark at the Red Wedding to his bastard son Ramsay Bolton torturing Theon Greyjoy, it didn't take long to realize that neither are very good men.
But what does Roose think of Ramsay? That's a dynamic viewers didn't get to see play out in Season 3. During a conversation with Zap2it, Michael McElhatton says his character Roose Bolton has a soft spot for Ramsay.
"He's very wary of Ramsay, but he is his son," McElhatton says. "He does say that he should have thrown him down a well or something, but that the babe had his eyes, so there's something there; the survival of the species of Bolton. He is his only child. His other child is dead, he suspects Ramsay of killing him, but I think there is something very primal of that even though he's very, very wary and he's aware that he is a psychotic."
The relationship between men and their bastard children has been an interesting one to watch on "Game of Thrones." Ned raised Jon, but never quite as a full son. Robert Baratheon completely ignored his bastards, like Gendry. Jaime never acted quite like any sort of father figure to Joffrey. By contrast, Roose takes a certain amount of ownership of Ramsay.
"He doesn't dismiss him totally," McElhatton says. "He's very, very wary of him, he knows he's psychotic, but he is his son. I think that will probably play out as the seasons go on."
McElhatton admits that he, like Roose, has a bit of a soft spot for Ramsay. Yes, this character is evil, but McElhatton believes he also has some redeeming qualities.
"I think he's got ambition and he's got drive, and they're the things that really are the engine of Roose Bolton," McElhatton explains of why Roose gives Ramsay the time of day. "He's a political animal, and it's just survival of the fittest and moving on. He's not a lay about. He's not a guy who runs and hides behind -- if he had a mother -- her apron strings. He's out there in the thick of it."
In fact, McElhatton finds the relationship between Ramsay and Roose to be fascinating.
"The one thing Ramsay craves more than torturing people and maiming them is the love and respect of his dad, and I think that's played out. I think that's really interesting," he says. "Later on, it's very moving actually. There's a scene and you go, 'Oh my god,' even though it's totally weird and quite epic. There is something about a child craving and needing the love of a parent, and the parent not giving it to them. It's a brilliant dynamic."
Earth Hour Event in Singapore March 29th
New Video of Emma and Andrew Cycling/Forbidden City Touring in Beijing
New Video Interview of Emma in Singapore
Emma Arriving in Tokyo, March 30th
Press Conference in Japan March 31st
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Chris Evans is pumped and ready to go. The 32-year-old returns as Marvel’s most honourable superhero, Captain America, in the franchise’s latest, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film sees Captain America and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) teaming up to fight friend-turned-enemy Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), although Cap questions the motives of S.H.I.E.L.D. senior commanders, including head honcho Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford).
The affable Evans was in L.A. when we spoke with him by phone. Here the actor talks about what we can expect from the film, how he’s learned to deal with “brain noise,” and his future behind the camera.
So, what’s going on with Cap in this film?
“Well, it’s a continuation of where we left him in The Avengers. He’s still trying to acclimate to modern times, but it’s not so much about ‘tech shock’ — he’s not blown away by the internet or cellphones — it’s more about the way things are done, and how his company has chosen to operate compared to how things were run back in the 1940s.”
Would you say he’s experiencing a mental or emotional hangover from what went down in New York in The Avengers?
“I don’t know if I would say that, it’s more about how he’s acclimating to what he has to face on a daily basis. I mean he’s been in war, he’s a guy who’s fought plenty of battles in World War II, so fighting for his life is nothing new to him. It’s more about morality and the current set of values in our society.”
Captain America is the most morally upright of Marvel’s heroes. Is that difficult to play as an actor? Do you feel limited?
“I think the trouble with Cap is that he’s motivated by selflessness and as a result he doesn’t really allow for his own struggles and conflicts to rise to the surface, to effect anyone else beside himself. He’s a boy scout in that sense, and that’s what makes it a challenge, to try and make him interesting and dynamic if his one motivation is not to bleed on people.”
This is your fourth film with Scarlett Johansson after The Perfect Score, The Nanny Diaries and The Avengers. What’s it like working with her?
“She’s fantastic, she’s like my sister. I’ve known her since before she was the Scarlett Johansson. When I did my first movie with her she was just some actress, so she’s really come a long way.”
And you’ve come a long way as well. How do you think you’ve improved most as an actor?
“I’ve gotten good at understanding what matters and what doesn’t. I suppose that doesn’t necessarily address the actor evolution, but I’ve gotten a lot better at being able to tell when certain things just don’t need your time. Certain things you shouldn’t waste your energy dwelling on or concerning yourself with. It’s very easy in this business to let your brain noise get the best of you.”
And you’ve just finished directing your first film, the romantic drama 1:30 Train with Alice Eve. Was directing everything you’d imagined?
“I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait to do it again. It’s sorta become my number one focus and goal. And it was similar to what I anticipated. There’s always going to be unforeseen challenges and hurdles whenever you try a new endeavour, but it was a fantastic experience overall and I really responded to it.”
Did you talk to co-star Robert Redford about directing? After all, he’s one of the best examples of an actor who’s succeeded as a filmmaker.
“No, I am so out of his league, I wouldn’t have felt right bothering him with my little movie.”
Speaking of Redford, it seems like Winter Soldier harkens back to 1970s political movies such as the Redford pic Three Days of the Condor.
“That’s exactly right, this is a political thriller and it does pay homage to those ’70s movies that were so great, and I think that we reference Three Days of the Condor all the time. So that is very accurate.”
You recently said you’d like to take a break from acting once your Marvel contract has ended. What do you plan to do?
“Oh, just directing. I just want a break from acting. Acting is great, it’s wonderful, but I’ve really responded to directing and I just want to take as much time as I can with the opportunities I’m given right now to do exactly what I love — and at this point in my life it’s directing.”
Any directors whose films you study? Are you watching the films of anyone in particular?
“I suppose right now I am into David Fincher. I guess that’s no surprise because his movies are so fantastic, but he’s one director in particular that I’ve really begun to appreciate even more than I already did. I really respect how his movies all come together, between the music and the edits. It’s a really beautiful process that he manages to accomplish in every movie he makes.”
When do you start shooting Avengers: Age of Ultron?
“I start in early April.”
So you must be back in the gym, getting your Captain America body back in shape. How’s that going?
“Yeah, back in the gym. You know, it’s peaks and valleys. You work as hard as you can prior to filming and you maintain throughout the shoot and the second you wrap you kind of let it go completely. So I am in the middle of that right now, trying to put the weight back on.”
Does that become more difficult as you get older?
“It’s definitely a challenge. I’m sure it’s a bit harder this time around than the first time around four or five years ago, but it’s still worth it. It’s exciting knowing you are making a good product. If I wasn’t as happy as I am with the films that Marvel is producing I think it would be harder to find the motivation to get myself back into fighting shape. But because you know you’re making a good product, it’s worth the struggle.”
I agree, the Marvel movies are getting better — they’re more thoughtful, smarter, darker.
“Yeah, Marvel has the formula.”
But what’s going to happen when Marvel runs out of all these superheroes?
“I think the way Marvel is looking at it, it’s almost the way James Bond is — they continually reinvent him. Outside of Iron Man — who I can’t honestly imagine anyone beside Robert Downey Jr. playing — you can do what you did with the Spider-Man franchise, or the Batman franchise or what they are doing with the Fantastic Four franchise. They’ll continue to reinvent these things and use new talented actors and new talented directors and there will be new stories.”
"Due to unexpected timing requirements to finish his highly anticipated new studio album, scheduled for a 2014 release, Kanye West regretfully announces the postponement of his upcoming tour dates in Australia," the statement reads. "The tour dates originally scheduled from May 2 to May 11, 2014 will now be played from September 5 to September 15, 2014. All tickets for the initially scheduled shows will be honored for the new dates."
The press release came via Jay Z's Roc Nation, which began managing West's Donda Music – a branch of his Donda creative house – in March. The partnership covers West's "recording brand" and touring ventures.
West has been talking about his plans for a follow-up to Yeezus since late last year. In a talk with architect Jacques Herzog during Miami's Art Basel festival last December, he said he hoped the new album would contain eight songs. Then he compared making an album to designing a building. "It's just reducing down the amount of information that you need," he said. "People say a design is the point where you can't take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here. If I hadn't made Yeezus, I wouldn't be sitting here with this cool font at Basel right here."
In other Kanye West release news, the rapper will put out a Yeezus movie, though he has not said when. He released a trailer, filled with horses, lasers and religious rituals, in February. American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has said he is working on its screenplay.
Here are Kanye West's rescheduled Australian tour dates:
9/5 Perth - Perth Arena
9/7 Adelaide - Entertainment Centre
9/9 Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
9/10 Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
9/12 Sydney - Qantas Credit Card Arena
9/13 Sydney - Qantas Credit Card Arena
9/15 Brisbane - Entertainment Centre
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