Sunday, July 31, 2011
Katy Perry, Pitbull, Chris Brown and Adele also found support from MTV.com readers.
By James Montgomery
Now that school's out and folks are slathering on the sunscreen, we figured it was time to take the temperature of the annual Summer Jam Sweepstakes — the race to dominate the airwaves (and your tanning playlist) during the long, hot months of the year.
So last week, we published our initial rankings in the race for the Summer Jam crown, a list that was topped by Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," with Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" and LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" following close behind. A whole host of other big-name stars — like Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Adele, to name just a few — also made the cut, along with some dark-horse candidates (like Foster the People, Maroon 5 and David Guetta) who are determined to make this competition close.
Of course, our rankings had you talking too — in fact, the conversation in our comments section got so huge (we even heard from a Hall of Fame third baseman!) that we've decided to spotlight some of the best back-and-forth right now. What's your pick for the Song of Summer 2011? Here's what you had to say:
"This has been Katy's decade so far! She made pop music fun again." — Tuffy Luvvy
" 'Lighters' by Eminem, Royce and Bruno Mars all the way, baby! It's a long-shot, I know. I think Katy Perry will get it, but you never know." — lilbittaflava
"I like Katy, but 'I Wanna Go' from Britney sounds more like a summer song." — Aaron
"Britney Spears! 'I Wanna Go' just makes my summer great!" — Melissa Goulart
"Britney Spears all the way! 'I Wanna Go' all the way! I'm still in love with Pitbull's 'Give Me Everything,' and his album is amazing. Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass' is sick, love it!" — RyanJaggerz
" 'The Edge of Glory' is a glorious pop anthem-masterpiece, no need for it to be crowned as a 'jam.' Adele's 'Rolling' is heart-touching, breathtaking and also a masterpiece." — Spyros Venturis
" 'Moves Like Jagger' by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera is amazing!" — SuperZonic Jbsz
"Oh I couldn't believe when I saw them, thank you so much MTV for putting them on the list ... I love them, talking about of course FOSTER THE PEOPLE YEAHHHHHHH." — hotalejandro
" 'Tonight Tonight' by Hot Chelle Rae! I could party to that every day of the summer." — WhatShouldIDo?
"You guys forgot about New Boyz ft. Chris Brown, 'Better With the Lights Off,' and Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz, 'Outta My Head.' " — booklady
"All these songs have that 'I've heard it all before' sound to them. Nothing special about any of the songs on the list. A lot of the 'artists' on this list would be better off working a mop at a Waffle House. It's Kanye's fault." — Mike Schmidt
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The most eligible member of the Royal family appears to be off the market, as Prince Harry and former girlfriend of Formula One racer Jenson Button, Florence Brudenell-Bruce are reportedly engulfed in a budding romance. According to "The Sun," the 26-year-old redhead has taken to numerous secret trysts with leggy swimwear and lingerie model, even spending intimate get-a-ways at her pricey Notting Hill pad. He?s finally moving on from Chelsy Davy, and Prince Harry has chosen a super-hottie with whom to spend his time - Florence Brundenell-Bruce. According to a report, the British Royal and the lovely lingerie model have been seeing each other for a few months, now, though they?ve kept their relationship under wraps. However, when Harry finally declared that his on/off relationship with Chelsy was over for good, news began to break that Florence was his new leading lady. An insider told press, ?It?s very early days but Harry and Florence are an item. She is a lot of fun, blond and very good looking. Harry really likes her.? Ms. Brudenell-Bruce comes from a wealthy family of wine merchants, and has her own $3 million home in Notting Hill, London. The much-talked about twosome met years ago, but have become much more cozy as of recent, following Harry's "final" split with long-time love interest Chelsy Davy. While the palace is yet to confirm nor deny the rumored romance, one unidentified source says the duo are definitely coupling-up, telling the newspaper, "It's very early days but Harry and Florence are an item. She is a lot of fun, blonde and very good-looking. Harry really likes her." [gallery=760]
Enjoying some time overseas, Miley Cyrus was spotted giving a press conference in Makati City, Philippines today (June 16). The ?Can?t Be Tamed? chick was in good spirits as she arrived at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, sporting a shirt/vest combo and long curly coif. [gallery=758]
'I've always been fascinated by what really goes on in the subways,' Neil Patrick Harris tells MTV News of what he'd do first.
By Jocelyn Vena
"The Smurfs" are three apples high, as the legend goes, and in this week's big-screen adaptation of the beloved children's cartoon, Hollywood takes a stab at re-telling the tale for a new generation of kids.
The 3-D tale (with some CGI) is voiced by an A-list cast, including VMA-nominated Katy Perry, George Lopez and Alan Cumming, to name a few. In the movie, the Smurfs land in the Big Apple, where they end up staying with expecting newlyweds played by Neil Patrick Harris and "Glee" star Jayma Mays. Of course, they're also trying to stay as far as possible from their nemesis, Gargamel, played by Hank Azaria.
The little creatures find themselves in some silly situations as they try to navigate the big city. When MTV News caught up with Harris, Mays and Azaria in New York, we asked what they would do if they suddenly found themselves having to survive the city in Smurf-sized bodies.'
"I've always been fascinated by what really goes on in the subways," Harris said.
His onscreen lady love, Mays, agreed, "That's a good one," before warning him, "but then the rats would be bigger than you. So that'd be a little scary."
"Maybe I'd sneak into really fun buildings," Mays added. "I would get into clubs that won't let me in now."
Harris later quipped of a popular Broadway show, "You could sneak into the 'Book of Mormon.' That's a hard ticket to get right now."
The actor who plays the movie's bumbling bad guy had a less glitzy answer. "If I were three apples high and I lived in New York, I would sneak into the Mets game. That's what I'd do," Azaria said. "And I'm blue, so they'd probably just mistake me for some kind of mascot. I'd wear orange to go with it. You see Gutsy's beard there? It's orange; that's Mets colors right there. I'm sure Gutsy is a Mets fan."
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On Wednesday night (July 13), the 2011 ESPY Awards took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Hosted by SNL funnyman Seth Meyers, the Dallas Mavericks emerged as the big winners of the night, as the NBA Champions took home Best Team accolades while Rick Carlisle was named Best Coach and Dirk Nowitzki garnered Best NBA Player and Best Male Athlete trophies. With skier Lindsey Vonn being named Best Female Athlete, another big winner was Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, as he won Best MLB Player and Best Moment. Meanwhile, there was plenty of star power on hand, as celebrity presenters included Justin Bieber, who was joined by girlfriend Selena Gomez, along with big names such as Justin Timberlake, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kendra Wilkinson, Brooklyn Decker, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. The complete list of winners from the 2011 ESPY Awards is as follows, and enjoy the pictures from the event below! Best Male Athlete Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Rafael Nadal, Tennis WINNER: Dirk Nowitzki, NBA Aaron Rodgers, NFL Best Female Athlete Kelly Clark, Snowboarding Lauren Jackson, WNBA Maya Moore, NCAA Basketball WINNER: Lindsey Vonn, Skiing Best Championship Performance Tim Lincecum, 2010 MLB Postseason WINNER: Tim Thomas, Stanley Cup Finals Kemba Walker, Big East Tournament and NCAA Tournament Serena Williams, 2010 Wimbledon Best Breakthrough Athlete Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays Arian Foster, Houston Texans WINNER: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers Li Na, Tennis Cam Newton, Auburn Tigers Best Record-Breaking Performance WINNER: Ray Allen, NBA three-point record Rory McIlroy, U.S. Open Derrick Rose, youngest player to win NBA MVP UConn Women's Basketball, longest win streak Best Upset Blame over Zenyatta, Breeder's Cup Fabricio Werdum stuns Fedor Emelianenko, MMA Seahawks upset Saints, NFL Wild Card Playoffs WINNER: VCU, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Best Game Auburn beats Alabama, Iron Bowl Butler upsets Pittsburgh, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament WINNER: Eagles rally to beat the Giants, NFL Oklahoma City edges Memphis in triple-OT, NBA Playoffs Best Moment Fennville HS Basketball Team, High school basketball tournament run WINNER: Roy Halladay Postseason No-Hitter, MLB Trevor Bayne at Daytona 500, NASCAR Best Team Auburn Football Boston Bruins WINNER: Dallas Mavericks Green Bay Packers San Francisco Giants Texas A&M Women's Basketball Castrol Edge Performance Under Pressure Award WINNER: Arian Foster, Houston Texans DeAngelo Hall, Washington Leon Washington, Seattle Best Sports Movie WINNER: The Fighter Secretariat Soul Surfer Win Win Best Coach/Manager Jim Calhoun, Connecticut Basketball WINNER: Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks Gene Chizik, Auburn Football Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers Dom Starsia, Virginia Lacrosse Best NFL Player Tom Brady, New England Arian Foster, Houston Clay Matthews Jr., Green Bay Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh WINNER: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Best MLB Player Jose Bautista, Toronto WINNER: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Josh Hamilton, Texas Felix Hernandez, Seattle Joey Votto, Cincinnati Best NHL Player Corey Perry, Anaheim Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay WINNER: Tim Thomas, Boston Best Driver Greg Anderson John Force Dario Franchitti WINNER: Jimmie Johnson Best NBA Player Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City LeBron James, Miami WINNER: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Derrick Rose, Chicago Best WNBA Player Tamika Catchings, Indiana Lauren Jackson, Seattle Cappie Pondexter, New York WINNER: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Best Fighter Bernard Hopkins Jon "Bones" Jones Sergio Martinez WINNER: Manny Pacquiao George St. Pierre Best Male Golfer Luke Donald Jim Furyk Graeme McDowell WINNER: Rory McIlroy Charl Schwartzel Best Female Golfer Na Yeon Choi WINNER: Cristie Kerr Jiyai Shin Yani Tseng Best Male Tennis Player Novak Djokovic Roger Federer WINNER: Rafael Nadal Best Female Tennis Player Kim Clijsters Li Na WINNER: Serena Williams Caroline Wozniacki Best Male College Athlete WINNER: Jimmer Fredette, BYU Basketball Andy Miele, Miami-Ohio Hockey Cam Newton, Auburn Football Rob Pannell, Cornell Lacrosse Kemba Walker, Connecticut Basketball Best Female College Athlete Blair Brown, Penn State Volleyball Dallas Escobedo, Arizona State Softball Melissa Henderson, Notre Dame Soccer Katinka Hosszu, USC Swimming WINNER: Maya Moore, Connecticut Basketball Best Male Action Sport Athlete Tucker Hibbert, Snowmobiling Travis Pastrana, Motocross Kevin Rolland, Freestyle Skiing Kelly Slater, Surfing WINNER: Shaun White, Snowboarding Best Female Action Sport Athlete Sarah Burke, Freestyle Skier Kelly Clark, Snowboarding Ashley Fiolek, Motocross WINNER: Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing Best Jockey Ramon Dominguez Garrett Gomez WINNER: John Velasquez Best Male Athlete with a Disability Chris Devlin-Young WINNER: Anthony Robles Aaron Scheidies Jerome Singleton Steve Wampler Best Female Athlete with a Disability Allison Jones Tatyana McFadden Alana Nichols Melissa Stockwell WINNER: Mallory Weggemann Best Bowler Chris Barnes WINNER: Jason Belmonte Mika Koivuniemi Bill O'Neill Best MLS Player Edson Buddle, Los Angeles WINNER: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles David Ferreira, Dallas Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Best Track and Field Athlete Allyson Felix WINNER: Tyson Gay David Oliver [gallery=763]
From 'guyliner' to American delicacies like Uncrustables, Kathy Griffin, Mike Posner and more tell us what they'd get Will and Kate.
By Terri Schwartz
What kind of wedding gift do you give the royal couple who has everything?
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is on Friday (April 29), so MTV News reached out to some of our favorite Hollywood celebrities — from Ke$ha to Adam Lambert. Fortunately, they had some solid ideas!
"I haven't met them, so it would be kind of awkward," the "Tik Tok" singer admitted to MTV News. "I might paint them something. Maybe I'll paint them a guitar."
Like Ke$ha, other celebs had suggestions that were from the heart, even if they weren't the most practical.
"I will go out on a limb and say these two individuals maybe haven't had Uncrustables before in their life. I would get them a strawberry Uncrustable," Mike Posner said about the pastry.
David Cook followed up on the all-American food idea. "I feel like they have everything except maybe they probably don't have an Applebee's gift card. I'll go [with an] Applebee's gift card," the "American Idol" alum said.
Other stars said they'd gift the British prince and soon-to-be-princess with an item they were personally best known for.
"I'd probably buy William some eyeliner," Lambert said. "He could do that, he could rock that look. I think."
Ne-Yo was more empathetic, saying he would give gifts that could help shield them from photographers and blend in with everyday people. "Three years' supply of sunglasses. Yeah, put them on. A bunch of baseball caps, throw those on, and try to move around like regular people," the singer said. "I can't imagine what it would be like having to live under that big of a magnifying glass your whole life ... and fake mustaches, that's what I'd give them."
Brooke Burke went the more traditional route, saying she would get Will and Kate a journal to record the big event. "I would ask them to really take the time to write down thoughts and phrases and wishes," Burke said. "And not really to lose sight of how they feel about each other now and to really hold on to that feeling."
Kathy Griffin had good intentions but the comedian couldn't resist a puke joke.
"If I had to get the royal couple a gift, I would get them the Royal Couple Vomit Bag, which someone sent me a photo of," Griffin told us. "So you can actually buy vomit bags with their image on it, and I think that that is an honor and I hope that they see it as such."
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Zac Efron, Jessica Biel and many others look for love in the Garry Marshall-directed rom-com.
By Jocelyn Vena
The trailer for "New Year's Eve" has hit the streets, and the sugary sweet holiday flick has managed to pair up some of the most surprising A-listers in Hollywood. With a cast boasting big names like Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Lea Michele, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel and Ashton Kutcher, just to name a few, director Garry Marshall certainly had the chance to throw the audience a curveball in the couples department.
In this sequel to "Valentine's Day," all the pretty people are in the Big Apple as the biggest party of the year is about to go off. Everyone is looking for love and hoping that when the clock strikes midnight, the new year will bring them new hope. The trailer teases some of the hookups that are set to take place.
Lea Michele and Ashton Kutcher seem an unlikely couple, but when Lea spouts the somewhat cheesy "Oh, come on, we need to do something to get you out of your New Year's Eve funk" to Ashton's pessimistic character, it's like the rom-com movie gods created these two for each other.
Jon Bon Jovi might be the perfect medicine for Katherine Heigl's angry-girl shtick that's teased in the trailer. When she slaps him and he just flashes her that big smile, well, what girl wouldn't melt.
And who knew Zac Efron liked older women? The trailer teases Michelle Pfeiffer and Efron's cutesy, cross-generational love affair. Is it platonic? Will they hook up? Only time will tell.
On paper, the idea that Hilary Swank and Ludacris would play a couple in this flick seems a little off the beaten path, but the tease to their endearing, supportive story line proves that love knows no boundaries for this odd couple.
Perhaps the most expected duo in the whole trailer is Jessica Biel and "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update host Seth Meyers. And this film answers an interesting question: What would the spawn of Jessica Biel and Seth Meyers look like?
"New Year's Eve" is set to hit theaters in December, of course.
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New track with Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha follows leaked version, plus Brit tweets single's cover art.
By Jocelyn Vena
The new version of the song was produced by Dr. Luke and Dream Machine. Brit half-whispers " 'Till the World Ends' remix" before the beat kicks in and Nicki hits her verse hard. She spits fierce lines like, "Sniff, sniff, cries/ I done slayed your whole entire f---ing life."
Then Britney's sex-kitten vocals kick in for the song's first verse. "That's Britney, bitch! I'm Nicki Minaj and that's Ke$ha," the Queens MC declares before K sings the chorus. The beat is harder, the loops are sassier and the song is grimier than the original version, which was the second single from Femme Fatale. The newly added dubstep portion takes the one from "Hold It Against Me" to a new level by adding in bass-heavy synths.
Ke$ha, of course, wrote the track for Britney, and the ladies certainly don't seem to mind sharing the spotlight with each other. The official track isn't much different than the version that leaked over the weekend, though Spears did have something brand-new to share with her fans just as the song dropped on iTunes and streamed on her website.
Spears tweeted the artwork for the single, which features the original press photo of Spears along with separate photos of Nicki on the left and Ke$ha on the right. Spears wrote, "@NickiMinaj @Keshasuxx Too much fierceness for one cover! Thanks for lending your voices girls... #TTWEREMIX — Brit"
Spears and Minaj have been hanging out a lot in the lead-up to their summer tour. They hung out at the Factory nightclub on Friday night after Minaj's show in Los Angeles. Spears later wrote, "Early rehearsal after a late night with my girl @NickiMinaj. Can't WAIT to get out on the road with you."
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'Twilight' actresses Nikki Reed and Elizabeth Reaser joke that Robert Pattinson is 'probably a mess.'
By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
After five years and four films together, it's natural to assume the cast of the hugely popular "Twilight" franchise became emotional when they finished filming both halves of the "Breaking Dawn" finale. According to the cast, they needed plenty of tissues.
"We were crying a lot," Nikki Reed said during MTV News' Comic-Con 2011 "Takeover" live stream event.
Co-star Elizabeth Reaser agreed: "The last day of filming definitely was emotional because Peter Facinelli and I wrapped at the exact same moment. ... It was Facinelli, Ashley [Greene], Kellan [Lutz], Jackson [Rathbone] and myself, and we were up in Squamish [British Colombia] just doing stunts and night shoots, and then they finally wrapped Peter and I," she recalled. "We were just completely shocked and hugging, and then we went out and we had a little meal together.
"It was surreal," Reaser continued. "It was nice that I got to finish with Peter, since he's my show husband — forever."
So, who was the most emotional castmember? "Rob [Pattinson]'s probably a mess after ending this," Reed said with a smile.
"Rob cried a lot, actually," Reaser added.
"He shaved his head over it," Reed joked, making light of Pattinson's curious new coiffure. "He was crying so hard he had to cut all of his hair. ... A therapist should be called," she teased.
Getting away from the crying and emoting for a moment, we asked Reed and Reaser what scenes they're most looking forward to seeing in the finished films.
"There's actually some freaky, weird scenes that I want to see," Reaser said. "I want to see the freaky birth," she revealed, "and there's all kinds of weird, crazy, strange, scary, beautiful stuff in this movie."
Reed said she wants to see "all of it." "I want a freaky, weird wedding," she added, before getting serious about her character's emotional evolution in the final two films: "I was really nervous about the relationship between Rosalie and Bella. This was a very specific dynamic, and I wanted to make sure that it felt like the transition happened naturally and organically," she explained. "I'm nervous about seeing all of it. I'm a nervous wreck about all of these movies."
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Director Bill Condon says 'Twilight' star deftly tackles finale's most emotional scenes.
By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
"Twilight" fans who've already read the best-selling books upon which the films are based have a sense of what to expect from the final two films when they hit theaters. Specifically, what emotional ups and downs will unfold onscreen, and which characters will be most impacted.
"Breaking Dawn" director Bill Condon recently revealed to MTV News what he predicts will be the most emotional moments in the final installments. He also opened up about how stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have tackled the acting challenges presented to their characters, Bella and Edward. (Spoilers ahead for those who haven't read the books.)
"There's this really quiet moment when Bella discovers that she's pregnant and Edward leaves the room having said, 'Carlisle will get that thing out of you,' " Condon recalled, "and she realizes, 'Oh my god, I've got trouble ahead.'
"Edward, the person she's been longing for all this time is actually on the other side of this very basic issue about this baby that's growing inside of her, and she puts all that aside and she turns and she has a moment where she catches herself in this mirror. It's actually a scene, just Kristen alone, where she falls in love with the idea of being a mother and it's just simple, but I think it's very moving."
Condon went on to say that Pattinson's work in the film is equally moving, noting how much he has evolved as an actor. "[Edward] really becomes an adult [in this film]," Condon said. "In the beginning, he has this beautiful toast to [Bella] where he talks about, 'You're so lucky if you find that one person who can see you for who you are and still accept you and allow you to move beyond who you've been.' And that's what Rob does in this movie," the director added, "He sort of puts aside Edward's self-loathing and all that stuff and actually becomes a man.
"So at the end, when Bella's given birth and she's died and he's trying to bring her back, there is stuff in there where the camera just holds him for a long time where he's just doing everything he can think of to make her live and to beg her to live," Condon revealed. "It's just really powerful."
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What a cutie!
Actress Rebecca Gayheart and her adorable 16-month-old daughter, Billie Beatrice, were spotted shopping for toys on Friday (July 29) in Los Angeles, California, where the little one seemed to have her heart set on a shiny, new pink bike.
Friends and family gathered at Amy's favorite jazz club on Thursday night.
By Gil Kaufman
Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, made another trip to the late singer's Camden, England, apartment this week, where fans have kept vigil since the news broke on Saturday that the "Rehab" singer had passed away at age 27.
After greeting those supporters on Monday and thanking them for their kind words and offerings to his troubled daughter's memory, Mitch, along with Amy's mother, Janis, brother Alex and boyfriend Reg Traviss, came by on Thursday to remove some of the singer's private effects from her apartment.
Mitch surprised some of those gathered outside by handing out a few of Amy's clothes and accessories, including several tank tops, sunglasses and other trinkets, according to The Sun. "There are Amy's T-shirts. This is what she would have wanted — for her fans to have her clothes," he told the stunned fans, as he walked away with a pair of Winehouse's signature ballet shoes in his back pocket. "God bless Amy Winehouse," he said before hopping into a taxi.
The family also carted off some other possessions, including Amy's guitars and her lyric books.
Some of Winehouse's pals and family got together to celebrate her life at her favorite jazz club on Thursday night. Her divorced parents were joined by Traviss and friends that included Kelly Osbourne and Eliza Doolittle at the Jazz After Dark club in London's Soho district. Also on hand was producer Mark Ronson, who paid tribute to his muse during a concert the night before, when he performed a selection of Amy's songs.Related Videos
Joining in on the footwork focused festivities, Katie Holmes attended the National Dance Day Celebration in Valencia, California over the weekend (July 30).
The "Mad Money" actress looked casual cute in a red-toned top with jeans and a brimmed hat as she took to the Six Flags Magic Mountain venue to partake in the day's dancin' doings.
As for the event, National Dance Day is "a grassroots initiative that encourages the nation, young and old, to move! Individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the nation come together through their creative expression in dance. Any style of dance is welcome and imagination is recommended in order to get the most out of this celebratory day."
Of the fun-filled happenings, National Dance Day creator and SYTYCD Executive Producer/Judge Nigel Lythgoe said, ?It?s a wonderful way to stay healthy and have fun whilst doing it."
Saturday, July 30, 2011
'Keep up the amazing love and support you guys have for her,' Spears writes.
By Jocelyn Vena
While Nicki Minaj has remained quiet on Twitter since her cousin's death, her Femme Fatale tourmate Britney Spears sent love and support her way on the social networking site.
"Please keep @NickiMinaj & her family in your prayers. ... keep up the amazing love and support you guys have for her," Spears tweeted late Tuesday. Minaj was performing at a show on Monday night in Winnipeg when it was learned that her cousin had been shot and killed in New York. The tour was off Tuesday night and will resume Wednesday in Minnesota.
Minaj initially tweeted the news of the murder of her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, on Monday evening. He was shot in Brooklyn near his home in the early hours of Independence Day, according to police. Police say that the 27-year-old was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso region. He was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The investigation is ongoing.
A relative of Telemaque spoke to Radar Online shortly after the news broke, noting that Minaj is "devastated" over the loss. "He was shot in the chest as he walked towards his car close to his home. Nicki is absolutely devastated, as are all our family — she was very close to her cousin, but now he has gone," Carol Clarke told the website, adding that she believed he was killed as a result of "mistaken identity."
"She has reached out to Nicholas' mom, Victoria, to offer her words of comfort but she is too distraught. Nicholas was a quiet person but he could be the life and soul of the party, too," Clarke added. "He did not run with gangs or anything like that."
Telemaque had reportedly been seen at C-PAC nightclub earlier that night. "His friends have told us there wasn't any trouble that night and we believe it could have been a case of mistaken identity, but the police are still investigating the case," she said. "We are still trying to make arrangements for his funeral, but I will really miss him because he was a good person."Related Artists
Band will tour U.S. and Europe in October, singer tells MTV News.
By James Montgomery
Evanescence's self-titled album isn't due in stores until October 11, but that hasn't stopped the band from giving fans a preview of what they can expect to hear on the disc — or, you know, threepreviews: first single "What You Want," the booming "The Other Side" and the epic, ethereal "Lost in Paradise" — or from lining up a handful of early tour dates in support of the album.
So far, Amy Lee and Co. have committed to a one-off show in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 17, a pair of big-ticket gigs in Brazil and Puerto Rico in October and a run of concerts in the U.K. in November. That leaves a rather sizeable hole right around the time of the album's release — one the band plan to fill very quickly, Lee told MTV News.
"We'll be touring the U.S. and Europe in October. It's not all [confirmed], but it's going to happen," she said. "We're doing Rock in Rio on the 2nd, and then I think Puerto Rico, and that's going to be awesome, because we've never played [there]. ... That's the beginning of the tour; the tour will start there, we'll come back to the States, do a few weeks in the bigger cities, and then go do the same thing in Europe, and then the next thing will happen."
So just when will the full slate of Evanescence tour dates be revealed? Soon. A spokesperson for the band's label, Wind-Up Records, told MTV News the band will begin announcing dates in two weeks, something Lee seemed to confirm Thursday when she took to Twitter to let her fans know the wait is almost over.
"Guys, the tour dates that have been announced are only the beginning!" she wrote. "Don't be sad if you don't see a date in your town yet! We're coming!"
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In theaters now:
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Fortysomething Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream. He has a good job, married to his high school sweetheart, nice house. But everything falls apart when he finds out his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) cheated on him and wants a divorce. Having been out of the game, Cal doesn't know the first thing about dating so he is taken on as a wingman to handsome player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).
What They're Saying:
"It's a pleasure to come across the sharply funny and touching Crazy Stupid Love. It's a live one with a dream cast that keeps springing playful surprises." -- Rolling Stone
"Carell and Gosling, each willing to take his character to the point of caricature in order to find the truth in him, have a nicely barbed chemistry together." -- Village Voice
Good for Kids?
With an all-star cast and great reviews, this movie is not to be missed by mature teenagers and adults looking for a heartfelt film. But it's rated PG-13 and Common Sense Media says that the movie "deals head-on with some mature subjects, including infidelity and the art of seduction" and features a fair amount of "crass language" and "tame" sexual content -- so it's probably best to leave the little ones with a babysitter. Click here for the full Common Sense review!
The Smurfs have landed in Central Park! When the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) chases the Smurfs out of their village, they wander into a portal that instantly transports them to N.Y.C. They take shelter with Patrick and Grace Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) -- and get into plenty of shenanigans -- while they attempt to find a way back home before Garagamel finds them.
What They're Saying:
"The Smurfs may be blue, but their movie is decidedly green, recycling discarded bits from other celluloid Happy Meals like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield and Hop into something half animated, half live-action and all careful studio calculation." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Why does the villain Gargamel have a name that sounds like a sore-throat product? Why are there countless male Smurfs and only one female? (The mind boggles.) Why do they only know one song, and why is it so irritating? So many questions." -- Seattle Times
Good for Kids?
The classic Saturday morning cartoon is back! Parents will be able to take a walk down memory lane with their favorite blue Smurfs. Rated PG, this animated flick could be fun for the whole family: Even though it didn't receive rave reviews, Common Sense says adults should expects some laughs as well as enough goofy jokes for the kids. Click here for the full Common Sense review!
Cowboys & Aliens
In 1800s Arizona, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wakes up with no memory and a shackle around his wrist. When he arrives in the town of Absolution, he learns he is a wanted criminal -- but when a spaceship attacks the town, he must team up with Col. Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), the man who wants him behind bars, to defeat the aliens.
What They're Saying:
"What makes the movie work, really, is that above and beyond the conventions themselves doing their jobs, the actors seem truly invested..." -- MSN Movies
"Cowboys & Aliens is one of the silliest movies ever made, but so many otherwise serious people have attached their names to it that, as Arthur Miller wrote in Death of a Salesman, attention must be paid." -- New York Observer
Good for Kids?
What's a Western/sci-fi film without plenty of shootouts and explosions? With a PG-13 rating, Common Sense says to be prepared for lots of action and drinking in the town saloon. So, although this in the perfect film for teens and adults, it's best not to bring the wee ones. Click here for the full Common Sense review!
In case you missed:
Friends with Benefits
Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) don't believe in Hollywood romantic-comedy clichés, so they decide to keep things simple... and be friends with benefits. Naturally, they soon discover that having a purely sexual relationship while remaining pals is a while lot more complicated than it seems.
What They're Saying:
"Friends With Benefits follows rom-com formulas as if directed on autopilot, but that's not to say it isn't fun." -- Chicago Sun-Times
"Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis make for engaging leads in this unexpectedly fresh R-rated comedy." -- The Hollywood Reporter
Good for Kids?
Even though Kunis and Timberlake have plenty of teen fans, this movie is for the adult crowd only! Common Sense says the film has partial nudity, swearing and a mature plotline, so it would probably be best to hire a babysitter if planning to see this R-rated raunch-fest. Click here for the full Common Sense review!
Captain America: The First Avenger
After being deemed unfit for military service in WWII, scrawny Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top-secret experimental program that turns him into the well-muscled, red-white-and-blue-wearing fighting machine known as Captain America. As a superhero defending America, Steve battles Nazis, the villainous HYDRA corporation and his archnemesis the Red Skull (perennial movie bad guy Hugo Weaving).
What They're Saying:
"Evans, who played the Human Torch in two less-than-fantastic Fantastic Four films, brings such humor, heart and vigor to virtuous Steve that our rooting interest holds even when the action gets to be standard-issue." -- Rolling Stone
"It's paced and designed for people who won't shrivel up and die if two or three characters take 45 seconds between combat sequences to have a conversation about world domination, or a dame." -- Chicago Tribune
Good for Kids?
Comic-book fans and action-movie lovers will dig this movie -- but Common Sense tells parents that there are plenty of fight scenes and a PG-13 rating, so this one is best for teens and older. Click here for the full Common Sense review!
'It shows the intense live side of the band, as opposed to the perfection and the cleanness of how we sound on our albums,' guitarist says.
By Chris Harris
On October 14, Dimmu Borgir — who just happen to be Demi Lovato's favorite black-metal band — will release a a three-disc DVD/CD set called "The Invaluable Darkness," the band's first visual offering since 2002's "World Misanthropy." Boasting live footage shot last year, during gigs in Norway, Germany and England, "The Invaluable Darkness" demonstrates the unbridled furor of seeing Dimmu live, guitarist Silenoz said.
"It shows the honest rawness and atmospheric darkness of our concerts," the Norwegian told Metal File last week, after dismissing recent online rumors that his band's next LP would be coming out through Roadrunner Records. "Basically, it shows the intense live side of the band, as opposed to the perfection and the cleanness of how we sound on our albums. It's just a different side to the band, basically."
Dimmu Borgir began thinking about "The Invaluable Darkness" two years ago, but didn't start capturing footage until last summer, Silenoz explained, adding that the band will use its current stint on the Blackest of the Black Tour — which got underway Thursday night in Miami Beach, Florida, and also features the tour's founder, Danzig, along with Moonspell, Winds of Plague and Skeletonwitch — to promote the DVD. Dimmu Borgir will not, however, use the tour to write material for their next LP.
"It's our first time on Blackest, but Glenn [Danzig] had wanted to bring us out before [on the tour], but we weren't available until now," Silenoz said. "We've done Ozzfest before, but we're looking forward to this tour more. We did the main stage on Ozzfest, playing in f--_ing broad daylight. This tour will let us play in bigger places, but at the same time showcase more of what the band's about, visually. We are going to concentrate on the tour for now. Some years ago, we tried putting [material] together on the road, but once we got home, we listened back to it, and were like, 'What the f--- is this?' So, we just scrapped it all. We find it's so much better to totally focus on one thing at a time, and then, when that's over, you move on to the next [thing]. We don't really feel like we need to rush things, anyway, so we'll just take our time, and it's going to be what it's going to be."
Dimmu Borgir hope to reconvene in late December to begin writing the follow-up to 2007's diabolically titled In Sorte Diaboli. "We have some ideas floating around already, but we haven't arranged any material yet," he said. "We'll start doing that once the touring for this DVD is over." The band's frontman, Shagrath, is also due to marry soon — he's engaged to actor Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend, Christina Fulton, so that may have an effect on when Dimmu finish their next album, which Silenoz said could be out this coming spring.
"I'm sure [Shagrath] won't let anything get in the way [of] the band — I think, I hope," the guitarist said. "We don't need a Yoko [Ono] situation."
While Dimmu have been at it going on 15 years now, Silenoz said he doesn't think their forthcoming material will be much of a departure from their previous black-metal offerings.
"And we have always been about more than just that term, 'black metal,' " he said. "Luckily for us, the older you get, the less concerned you get with the categorization and putting labels on your music. Things start getting more and more limitless with us, and we know that we operate within certain frames. But we try not to analyze things too much, because it's just going to be working against you in the end. When we write new stuff, we don't think about what we should write — we just get together, and put material together, and if we like it, we keep it. That's the formula, if we even have a formula."
Dimmu Borgir are definitely getting older — guitarist Galder will be missing Blackest because of a recent addition to his family, and Susperia's Cyrus will be filling in for him; while former Vader drummer Dariusz Brzozowski takes over for Hellhammer, who had to leave the band in 2007 after sustaining a neck injury that's now limited the use of his right arm. As Dimmu has gotten on in years, Silenoz admits they have failed to keep pace with some of the more extreme black-metal acts that have followed in their wake.
"We helped open doors for the more extreme bands out there," Silenoz said. "I'm sure we helped open doors for bands like Watain, [insomuch as] people that had maybe started listening to us first then went on to the more extreme stuff. Let's face it — we're not as extreme as Watain and other bands like that, but we're fine with that."
The Blackest of the Black Tour continues through November 10 in San Francisco.
The rest of the week's metal news:
Dimmu's tourmates on Blackest, Winds of Plague, have announced ex-Azusa drummer Art Cruz has joined their ranks — he replaced Jeff Tenney. According to the band's blog, "Art has already added a new spark to the band and has provided us with a solid backbone that will allow us to continue our rampage stronger than ever." ...
What the world really needs is another Led Zeppelin box set, so, on November 4, Rhino Records will issue the Led Zeppelin Definitive Collection Mini LP Replica CD box set. For just $200, you'll get 1969's Led Zeppelin, 1969's Led Zeppelin II, 1970's Led Zeppelin III, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV, 1973's Houses of the Holy, 1975's Physical Graffiti, 1976's Presence, 1976's The Song Remains the Same, 1979's In Through the Out Door and 1982's Coda, as mini-LP replicas, with artwork from the original U.K. LP sleeves. Now, you know what you can get your dad for Christmas. ...
Former Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach and current Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz have teamed up for a new project they're calling Times of Grace, and they've already started working on material for their debut album. According to Leach, "We have two songs to go and we will be finished with all of the vocals. Adam has taken lead vocals in three songs as of yet and he is doing a great job. We also worked on a track yesterday that is so epic — we trade vocals and do two different melodies at the same time. This album went from a melodic metal album to an epic mix of metal/rock/pop/shoegaze and punk. So all of your metal expectations will be incorrect — we are pushing genre boundaries." To quote "Meet the Parents," we'll look forward to that, Greg. ...
The Funeral Pyre and Early Graves will be hitting the road together next month, starting November 7 in South Lake Tahoe, California. Dates are booked through November 21 in Hollywood. ...
The latest incarnation of Brujeria, which features Carcass frontman Jeff Walker and Napalm Death's Shane Embury, have lined up several U.S. dates for this winter. The band will begin its brief trek November 28 in Denver, and wrap things up in Dallas on December 7. ... Demiricous will be touring with the Gates of Slumber starting November 9 in Denver, for a jaunt that's scheduled to run through December 6 in Indianapolis. ...
Nearly three years after Roadrunner Records' Roadrunner United concert, which took over the Nokia Theater in New York's Times Square, the label is now releasing footage from that special night as "Roadrunner United: The Concert." The DVD, which hits stores December 9, will boast two discs and 24 live tracks, including Life of Agony's "River Runs Red," King Diamond's "Abigail," Killswitch's "My Last Serenade," Type O Negative's "Black No. 1" and Sepultura's "Refuse/Resist." ...
According to Blabbermouth, Verrot, bassist for Swedish black-metal outfit Elimi, committed suicide on October 3. In a statement, the band said, "Verrot was a very good friend, brother, an excellent bass player/musician and an important part of Elimi; we respect his decision and hope he'll find his way with the dark gods of Chaos. Let your black flame be a part of what brings forth the day of wrath."Related Artists