Back in 2009, Lilly Allen declared that she had enough of being a super successful pop star and was finished with the music business. At the time she said:
I have not renegotiated my record contract and have no plans to make another record.
Luckily for fans of sarcastic pop music and hardcore twerking (which should be almost everyone) Allen is back with a new single and video, “Hard Out Here.” Last time out, with her album It’s Not Me, It’s You, most of Allen’s songs were about how annoyed she was with all the guys she dated. Now, after a hiatus during which she got married and had two kids, she’s annoyed with the music industry, singers that shake their ass (aka Miley Cyrus and her foam finger) and people telling her to get in better shape.
Agent: Jesus, how does somebody let themselves get like this, huh?
Surgeon: Lack of self-discipline I supppose.
Lilly Allen: Um, I had two babies.
This is followed by a twerk-a-thon, during which Allen sings about being too smart to use her sex appeal.
Don’t need to shake my ass for you cause I’ve got a brain.
Allen gets to have her cake and eat it too. She calls out the sexism in the music industry while looking as hot as possible. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it and then be ready to pose for the cover of Vogue. Good to have Allen back and, as her creepy agent says in the video, “in fighting shape,” to take on that responsibility.Tags: Hard Out Here, It's Not Me It's You, Lilly Allen, New, single, song, video, YouTube
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Before Sunset, the sequel to Before Sunrise, was the rare followup that was even better than the original. That movie ended with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in the middle of a flirtatious moment where they seemed to be on the verge of rekindling their lost love.
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Jurassic Park in a sense was shot in my mind in 3D.
As someone who has been skeptical of converted 3D movies, Spielberg’s enthusiasm makes a very good case that the rerelease isn’t just a crass money grab. The director of the summer 1993 blockbuster said that he was inspired by last year’s 3D rerelease of Titanic. (more…)Tags: 3-D, 3D, blockbuster, Dinosaurs, director, Jurassic Park, kitchen, money, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Steven Spielberg, The Lion King
In his review of Oz the Great and Powerful for the Chicago-Sun Times, Richard Roeper, echoed the sentiments of many (including myself) who were disappointed in the casting, particularly of Mila Kunis, who portrays the Wicked Witch of the West. He wrote:
Margaret Hamilton‘s Wicked Witch in the original “Oz” was the stuff of nightmares for generations. Mila’s Wicked Witch would get her first place for makeup at a Hollywood Halloween party, while her performance is closer to a Razzie than to an Oscar.
What would it look like if Kunis had portrayed the Wicked Witch in the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz instead of Margaret Hamilton? I put together a video that demonstrates that it might not have worked out very well.Tags: 1939, 2013, Chicago Sun Times, Deleted Scene, Mila Kunis, Oz, Oz the Great and Powerful, Razzie, Richard Roeper, Wicked Witch
Even though there have been several big budget 3D flops recently, Disney is confident it will be able to recapture the box office magic of Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland which earned over $330 M, in the US alone, when it was released in 2010.
Jamie Lee Curtis has been writing a column that appears in The Huffington Post for the past few years and hasn’t shied away from writing honestly about her own struggles, such as her past addiction to painkillers. She’s also used it to express her opinion on a variety of subjects from aging and divorce to the World Cup. Turns out Curtis was very offended by the Oscar telecast hosted by Seth MacFarlane and in her latest article titled “And the Oscar Goes to… Hell” she makes it clear she’s no fan of the Family Guy creator. (more…)Tags: addiction, article, boob, Goes, gold, heart, Hell, her, hooker, Jamie Lee Curtis, movie, offensive, Oscars, painkillers, Seth MacFarlane, song, telecast, The Huffington Post, To, Trading Places, wrote
Jack the Giant Slayer was the number one movie at the box office this weekend and that would normally be a cause for celebration. Unfortunately, with a low gross of $28M, it was considered a big bomb for Warner Bros., because the CGI spectacle starring Ewan Macgregor had a budget of over $195 M.
It was an off weekend at the multiplex in general and two other new movies, 21 and Over and The Last Exorcism Part II, also underperformed. It remains to be seen how much Warner Bros. will be affected by Jack‘s disappointing returns, but the low theater attendance is coming at a time when both Disney and Dreamworks have announced they are planning to restructure their film divisions in order to remain profitable as a direct result of low performing releases. Both studios have had to rebound after big flops. (more…)Tags: 21 and Over, Avatar, Box Office, budget, business, Disney, Ewan Macgregor, Jack the Giant Slayer, John Carter, model, multiplex, Peter Travers, Rise of the Guardians, Rolling Stone, Studios, The Last Exorcism Part II, Warner Bros.