Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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Pop icon's inner dance-floor vixen comes out on second MDNA single.
By Jocelyn Vena
Madonna kicked the party off with "Give Me All Your Luvin', " and she's keeping it going with her second MDNA single, "Girl Gone Wild." The thumping song, released Monday (February 27), proves that this era of Madonna will certainly be focused on pumping out dance-floor anthems.
"Girl Gone Wild" is all about the heat of letting loose and dancing, certainly themes that Madge fans will find familiar. Produced by Benny Benassi, the track, though fun and funky, is a bit darker than her first single, which seemed to pay homage to the '80s version of the pop icon in its bright nature.
"I got that burnin' hot desire/ And no one can put out my fire/ It's coming right down through the wire/ Here it comes/ When I hear them 808 drums/ It's got me singing," she proclaims on the catchy, sing-along chorus. "Hey, ey, ey, ey/ Like a girl gone wild/ A good girl gone wild/ I'm like, hey, ey, ey, ey/ Like a girl gone wild/ A good girl gone wild."
The song chugs along thanks to more dance-floor confessions from the singer, which include, "The room is spinning/ It must be the Tanqueray/ I'm about to go astray/ My inhibition's gone away/ I feel like sinning/ You got me in the zone/ DJ play my favorite song/ Turn me on."
The video was shot earlier this month and was directed by fashion photographers Mert and Marcus, who also shot the colorful artwork for the album. It had been rumored that Britney Spears would be featured on the track, but that rumor was shot down by Madonna herself.
MDNA will drop on March 26. It features production from collaborators like Martin Solveig and William Orbit, Demolition Crew, Alessandro "Alle" Benassi, Hardy "Indiigo" Muanza and Michael Malih.
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Why the contest between the year's two biggest awards shows wasn't really much of a contest at all, in Bigger Than the Sound.
By James Montgomery
There was a wardrobe malfunction, some racy fashion, a bit of onstage inebriation, a little pre-show punking and even a Justin Bieber sighting ... and none of it was enough to spare Sunday's 84th Academy Awards from being called "as bland as oatmeal" and a "badly paced bore-fest."
Those criticisms may or may not have been deserved; after all, the three-hour-and-something telecast certainly lagged in spots, most of Billy Crystal's shtick seemed to have been vacuum-sealed during the latter days of the Carter administration and the most memorable moments centered on supposed nipple sips and Angelina Jolie's right leg. And, shoot, it's not like there was a whole lot of suspense involved with the show itself; everyone knew "The Artist" was a lock to win Best Picture, and, lo and behold, it did just that.
Still, there were highlights— Emma Stone's charming (and well-written) presentation bit opposite Ben Stiller, Octavia Spencer's gob-smacked Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech (and frequent near spills beforehand), Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis' cymbal-smashing stunt — but overall, consensus seems to hold that this year's Oscar telecast was too bloated, too straight-laced and too self-reverent. In other words, it was just like every other Oscar telecast, only with accidental nudity and some Cirque du Soleil thrown in at the last minute.
Which is why, after sifting through the aftermath of the show itself, I can't help but notice the similarities between the Oscars and the 54th Grammy Awards, which unspooled earlier this month and were greeted with the same basic criticisms immediately afterward: feckless host, lifeless pacing, predictable results. And while comparing Billy Crystal to LL Cool J is basically a futile endeavor (Crystal was funnier, but LL bested him when it came to prayer-leading and headwear), it's not exactly a stretch to call both telecasts long-winded, or make the connection between "The Artist" and Adele.
Of course, some (like, uh, me) have already floated the notion that the Oscars and the Grammys are basically the same show anyway — both are slightly silly, thoroughly incomprehensible exercises in self congratulation — though, for what it's worth, I actually enjoyed Sunday's Oscars way more than this year's Grammys. I thought the former was a better show, more creatively staged, and certainly more adept playing the hand it was dealt.
To wit: Producers went into Sunday's Oscarcast having already weathered the Brett Ratner/Eddie Murphy bad-press fiesta, and knowing that a) this year's crop of nominated-films weren't exactly compelling, b) a (largely) silent, black-and-white film was the odds-on favorite, c) their host was born in 1948, and d) they were opposite the NBA All-Star Game. Forget about "cool" ... about the best thing the Oscars could hope for was "classy," and in that regard, they definitely delivered.
On the other hand, heading into the Grammys, the presumptive favorite had also sold nearly 7 million albums (about as close as a consensus as you can get these days), one of the most-popular hip-hop artists on the planet was the night's most-nominated act (that would be Kanye West), and three of the world's biggest pop stars (Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna) were all in attendance. Oh, and then, on the night before the show itself, Whitney Houston — one of the greatest singers of all time, and a talent whose entire career was basically interwoven with the history of the award — unexpectedly died. If anything, the show was set up to be one for the ages.
And yet, it largely wasn't. Sure, Adele soared and scored, but everyone else in the previous paragraph was basically an afterthought. And the tribute to Houston, featuring a very game Jennifer Hudson, was buried in the telecast and largely forgotten by the following morning. Combine all that with an odd Nicki Minaj performance, that whole "EDM" tribute and a thorough bungling of the annual "In Memoriam" piece, and the Grammys were a debacle in just about every conceivable way (except for Dave Grohl, of course, who was awesome as always).
So if these two awards shows really are so similar, well, for one year at least, they weren't. The Oscars definitely out-gunned, out-shone, and even managed to out-Grammy the Grammys themselves. There was a slight spirit of irreverence (Angelina's leg show, Sacha Baron Cohen's ash-spilling stunt, the boozy "Bridesmaids" salute to Marty Scorsese) that permeated throughout the buttoned-up proceedings. They even got Justin Bieber involved, and the last time I checked, he was a musician (or at least that's what people tell me). Both certainly warranted criticisms, though perhaps that's just the case with all awards shows these days: They are largely antithetical to the way we operate, after all: throwback, three-hour telecasts where brevity is encouraged but never really enforced. They are practically constructed to be deconstructed by bloggers the following morning, painfully un-hip, unapologetically huge and forced to appeal to the broadest of demographics. And yet (or probably because of all that), they routinely deliver viewership — this year's Grammys were watched by 39 million folks, the largest audience since 1984 — which means they're not going anywhere anytime soon ... if ever.
So if we're stuck with them, we might as well come to appreciate them. Neither the Oscars nor the Grammys are ever going to be perfect ... and this year, neither were. But when comparison is necessary (and given the scope of both, basically unavoidable), the Oscars came out on top, by a large margin. They did more with less, and did so with style to spare. And less Nicki Minaj. Then again, perhaps all of this just begs a larger question: Wouldn't it be nice if there were some alternatives out there? I wouldn't hold my breath for an answer, so in the mean time, I'm left to compare one bloviated, bloated awards show to another, even if they don't even merit comparison.
What awards show did you enjoy more this year: the Grammys or the Oscars? Leave your comment below!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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"What's Your Number? is like Harry Potter minus the wizards, wands, and Lord Voldemort." —Michelle Bell
"What's Your Number? is like Gone With the Wind except with less hoop skirts and poverty and more beaus..." —Karen Meyer
"What's Your Number? is like To Kill a Mockingbird without all the racism and children." —Julie Stone
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MTV News looks back the awards shows that deserved standing ovations and those that left us falling asleep in our chair.
By MTV News staff
With the end of Oscars season, we say goodbye to awards shows for a few months. The spectacles honored the best in television, music and movies, and each handed out a good amount of hardware. But who put on the best show? Not all awards shows were created equal, and some get the benefit of live performances while some have to rest on the laurels of acceptance speeches.
As the 2011-2012 awards season comes to a close, the MTV News staff has taken a look back at the year that was to give you the breakdown on which shows earned standing ovations and which were just seat fillers.
The Academy Awards
"Another year, another reminder that the Oscars are no longer the can't-miss movie event they once were. Barring a surprise win for Meryl Streep and a fleeting hour where you thought that maybe, just maybe, 'Hugo' would topple 'The Artist,' the 2012 Oscars ceremony was a total dud. Yes, it was nice to see Billy Crystal back onstage; no, no one will complain about a cameo from Christopher Guest and friends; and sure, there is nothing that sucks about watching Sacha Baron Cohen spill 'Kim Jong Il's ashes' all over Ryan Seacrest. But those moments are why the Internet exists. As a whole and on its own, the 84th Annual Academy Awards were a giant, predictable snooze fest." C — Josh Wigler
"The Grammys are kind of like the Pu Pu Platter at the hip Chinese joint at the local strip mall: There's a bunch of the golden oldies your granny and mom love scattered among a bunch of weird new stuff that the grandkids can't get enough of. In other words, it tries to be all things to all people while typically turning off most of them. Except this year. The show drew near-record ratings thanks to a well-deserved sweep by Adele, a touching homage to just passed R&B superstar Whitney Houston and a grab bag of performances from the Foo Fighters, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt and that now-infamous messy EDM mashup thing. If that, along with two meh sets from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and a mystifying one from Nicki Minaj sounds like the weirdest, least appealing festival lineup ever, well... And yet, host LL Cool J set an appropriately somber, not morbid tone for the show while keeping it moving, Jennifer Hudson absolutely nailed her Houston tribute and Adele simultaneously dragged the Recording Academy into the present while serving up just enough throw-back flavor to keep several generations happy." B+ — Gil Kaufman
The Golden Globes
"There are many things to love about the Golden Globe Awards. First and foremost, it combines the best and brightest from the worlds of television and film, an interesting occurrence because for some strange reason the stars of TV and cinema don't regularly interact in the awards-show wilds. Second, there is a decidedly more laid-back air to the affair, made possible by the bottles and bottles of champagne that are handed out to attendees from the moment they arrive on the red carpet to the moment they depart. Third, the nominating body for the Globes is the mysterious Hollywood Foreign Press, the membership and qualifications about which no one really knows that much. This year's award show wasn't especially full of shocking surprises, but it definitely delivered on the fun factor. Ricky Gervais returned to host and managed to not offend too many celebs in attendance, save for one jab at Madonna that she playfully tossed back in his face; George Clooney and Seth Rogen both made penis jokes and on a more sincere note, deserving Best Actor winner and 'Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage used his acceptance speech to call attention to an injustice." B — Kara Warner
Screen Actors Guild Awards
"The SAGs get a lot of credit for their ability to predict the Oscar winners a month or so in advance. While the SAG Awards have rightfully earned their reputation as accurate fortune tellers, actually watching the show will make you wish you'd just Googled the results that next morning. With onstage union talk and no host to keep the show moving, the ceremony this year took its name too literally and sagged." B- — Kevin Sullivan
American Music Awards
"The AMAs kicked it off with Nicki Minaj/David Guetta performing and wrapped it up with Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff shufflin' alongside LMFAO. Squeezed in between were performances and awards handed out to stars like Minaj and Taylor Swift, among others. For a show that feels like it's Cinderella to its Grammys step sister, the AMAs proved that sometimes it's more fun to have fun." B — Jocelyn Vena
Critics' Choice Movie Awards
"Hosts Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer might have dubbed this show 'the ninth most exciting night in Hollywood,' and it might have delivered long stretches of snooze-worthy TV, but the CCAs also have us some great, 'Human Giant'-esque video bits, a live performance from Bob Dylan and Best Supporting Actor winner Christopher Plummer's onstage confession, 'I'm completely turned on.' It was the night's introductions and speeches, in fact, that made the show an overall winner. Judd Apatow dropped f-bombs, Sean Penn spoke via satellite about the continuing hardships in Haiti, and Patton Oswalt said, 'There are plenty of nuanced roles for schlubby actors out there. And the ones that Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman don't take are all mine!' "B+ — Eric Ditzian
People's Choice Awards
"For anyone who was wondering if hiring the girl from the 'Big Bang Theory' to host an award show was like a bang-up good idea, well then they should watch the 2012 PCAs, again and again and again. (Spoiler: it's not.) Also, when the biggest headline of the night is the fact that Robert Pattinson presented with a shaved head, well then you might have a dull show on your hands, folks. Seriously, what else even happened at that show?" D — Vena
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He?s been absent from the public square as of late, but Charlie Sheen is just gearing up for a triumphant return this summer.
According to a report, the former ?Two and a Half Men? star will premiere his brand new show ?Anger Management? on June 28th at 9:30pm on the FX network.
Charlie will play the lead role of a temper-challenged therapist, and the show is based on the movie of the same name starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson.
Of his inspiration for the gig, Charlie joked, ?I chose ?Anger Management? because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept.?
She?s always got something cooking, and Lindsay Lohan was spotted making her way around New York City on Monday evening (February 27).
Shying away from the paparazzi, the ?Mean Girls? star threw on a pair of designer shades and hopped into a friend?s vehicle.
Coming up this weekend, Lohan will be returning to ?Saturday Night Live? as the show?s host and one idea the ?SNL? writers are tossing around is having Lohan play Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich?s wife Callista.
?It entirely depends which Lindsay Lohan shows up. Lindsay the actor, or Lindsay the TMZ celebrity we've come to know from various court appearances,? journalist Glynnis MacNicol who covers both media and politics told press. ?If it's the former and Lohan arrives sharp and confident, than this could be a great opportunity for her to kick her career back on track and remind people she can act. Calista Gingrich is a terrific figure in SNL terms (that hair!) and presumably someone Lohan could have a lot of over-the-top fun portraying.?
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