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    In the first episode of Last Week Tonight's second season, John Oliver took on a powerful new enemy: Big Pharma.

    The segment examined the ugly side of pharmaceutical marketing, looking at companies whose main goal is to make money rather than actually help anyone recover from an illness. "Drug companies are a bit like high school boyfriends," Oliver says at one point. "They're much more concerned with getting inside you than being effective once they're in there."

    Along with some things most of us already knew (for example, the fact that pharmaceutical companies hire attractive young representatives to market their drugs to doctors and hospitals), Oliver discussed how drug companies persuade doctors to work for them by giving them the flattering title of "thought leader," at which point the doctors are paid to deliver pre-written speeches advertising certain drugs. Some of their other schemes amount to blatant bribery, like paying for trips to Hooters in exchange for an endorsement. 

    Apparently nine out of 10 of the major pharmaceutical companies spend more money on marketing than they do on research. As Oliver emphasizes, that really tells you all you need to know.

    Photo via Last Week Tonight/YouTube


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    Straight Outta Compton, the new film about '80s rap group N.W.A., finally got its first trailer.  

    The film, directed by F. Gary Gray—who's directed everything from Friday and Set It Off to music videos for Ice Cube and Cypress Hill—chronicles the rise of the influential Compton group that included Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, MC Ren, and Easy-E—referenced by many as the template for gangster rap. And their songs have never been more relevant. 

    Ice Cube and Dr. Dre offer an intro to Compton in the trailer, accompanied by Kendrick Lamar. Cube relates that N.W.A., for all its controversies, was "non-violent protest." 

    The film comes out Aug. 14. 

    Screengrab via Universal Pictures/YouTube 


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    With the success ofBroad City and recent news of Issa Rae’s pilot order at HBO, it’s more clear than ever that Web content is being taken seriously. But one of the best new webseries out there is anything but serious. John Purcell’s Business Work explores the familiar tropes of office culture through a Monty Python-esque lens. The series is full of gleeful misdirection and visual gags.

    In “Office Romance,” smitten co-worker Frank (Nick Guercio) literally puts his foot in his mouth as he tries to woo his crush, Martha (Megan Kingsbury). In “Headphones,” Rick (Brady O’Callahan) rocks out to NPR. And in “Office Christmas Party,” Purcell, as the head of the fictitious office, pops up in various chairs around the room and lies across the laps of two employees as he delivers details of the upcoming celebration.

    Business Work is Purcell’s first foray into Web content. A performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Purcell had plenty of improv and sketch experience when he set out to make the series. The videos, which he writes, directs, and edits himself, have a polished feel, but his attitude is fresh and light-hearted. “I’m not trying to lampoon office culture in any way,” he told the Daily Dot. “It’s just silly.”

    Exceptionally silly. Purcell may not be taking aim at anyone in particular, but the sheer ridiculousness of the jokes will make anyone who's sat in an aimless meeting laugh heartily at the absurdity of office culture.

    And at under 2 minutes an episode, the show is exceptionally easy to digest—perfect for a quick break from whatever day job ails you.

    The latest episode features the company’s annual sexual harassment training. Click play for some good old fashioned absurdist fun.

    Screengrab via Business Work/YouTube


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    Pentatonix weren't the only YouTubers to get some Grammys screen time on Sunday. Several prominent web video stars lent their voices to an anti-smoking commercial that aired during the awards show.

    Truth, the nation's largest youth non-smoking organization, used the Grammys to promote its new #leftswipedat campaign, which plays on the Tinder-centric swipe mechanics of online dating to encourage kids to say no to smokers.

    Grace Helbig, Anna Akana, King Bach, and Harley Morenstein were among the digital talent who participated in truth's anti-smoking PSA, along with teen favorites like Becky G and Fifth Harmony. In the video, each time a picture of a smoker appears in a dating app, the gang decides to "left swipe dat," no matter how attractive the smoker might be.

    Moving the ad from digital distribution to the Grammys was a calculated move to increase teen awareness, according to Robin Koval, chief executive officer and president of Legacy, which funds truth.

    "It's very hard to aggregate live audiences of young people, the moments when you can do that are far and few between, so we want to take advantage of them," she told CNN. "We know that youth will be watching."

    Many of the digital stars that truth recruited to capture young eyeballs are crossover stars as well. Morenstein's Epic Meal Time franchise is now a television show, Helbig is set to premiere an E! talk show this season, and King Bach is on TV shows like MTV2's Wild 'n Out and The Mindy Project.  Their fans have been listening and tagging #leftswipedat on social media in response—exactly what Truth was hoping for.


    Screengrab via truthorange / YouTube


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    The Grammys were just the start of music’s biggest night.

    While the night of celebration ended for most of us once the award show's credits rolled, the winners, nominees, and presenters had a whole night of interviews and parties ahead. Amidst all of the watercooler moments, there were several unscripted moments. Once off-stage, celebrities enjoyed having a moment or two to breathe and even goof off.

    The Grammys, like the Golden Globes before it, gathered the stars for snapshots in a special Instagram booth. The Grammys went with a more subdued backdrop than the Golden Globes’ shimmering gold background, but at both shows, the stars got to shine no matter how much hardware they brought home.

    The late Joan Rivers won her first Grammy this year, awarded posthumously.

    He might not have gotten to perform in the Super Bowl halftime show, but “Weird Al” Yankovic ended up with an even better reward for Mandatory Fun.

    Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix sure has come a long way from their start on The Sing-Off and YouTube.

    Not even the Grammys could catch a glimpse of Sia’s face after her performance with Kristen Wiig.

    A man broke Sam Smith’s heart—and he won four Grammys because of it.

    Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett collaborate once again.

    Sir Paul McCartney might have been caught off-guard when he danced to Ed Sheeran and ELO’s “Evil Woman,” but he enjoyed meeting up with Questlove backstage.

    And finally, all hail the Queen.

    Photos via thegrammys/Instagram | Remix by Jason Reed


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    Did you get lost in the Grammys last night and forget to watch the debut of Better Call Saul?  

    Sunday night was an absurdlyjam-packednight for TV, so you'll be forgiven for missing one of the gazillion options. Better Call Saul debuted amid the chaos, and episode 2 airs tonight. Luckily, you can catch up on the first episode—and, it appears, every episode after—over on AMC's website, for free. 

    Episode 1 sketched out the origin story of lawyer Jimmy McGill, Saul Goodman's name before he met up with Walt and Jesse. There were concerns that BCS wouldn't be able to support itself as a Breaking Bad spin-off, but McGill's story about "Slippin' Jimmy" proves maybe, just maybe, it's Bob Odenkirk's time to shine. 

    Still, the final scene introduces us to a character Breaking Bad fans are very familiar with, and the opening scene makes good on a Cinnabon promise, the best kind of promise there is. 

    Screengrab via AMC 


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    BY SAM GUTELLE

    A pair of popular YouTubers are set to make their feature film debut. Lauren Elizabeth (a.k.a. LoveLaurenElizabeth) and Jenn McAllister (a.k.a. JennXPenn) are set to star in Bad Night, a film produced by GRB Entertainment.

    Bad Night, which was announced at Playlist Live, will be the first film from GRB, which is best known for producing reality TV shows like A&E’s Intervention. The project will star McAllister and Elizabeth as a pair of high school students who get lost during a class field trip. That plot summary, with its school-based shenanigans, resembles Cameron Dallas vehicle Expelled, another film led by an online video star.

    The similarities between Bad Night and Expelled run a lot deeper than their respective plots. Expelled brought content creators from the AwesomenessTV multichannel network to the big screen, and both Elizabeth and McAllister are represented by Big Frame, the talent management company owned by AwesomenessTV. Two of Big Frame’s employees, Byron Austen Ashley and Rana Zand, will produce the film alongside McAllister, Elizabeth, and AJ Tesler.

    The film’s directing duo also hails from the YouTube community. Brothers Chris and Nick Riedell, who collectively won the first season of YOMYOMF’s Internet Icon webseries, will get behind the camera for Bad Night. The Riedell Brothers also directed Camp Takota, the feature film that stars YouTube content creators Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart.

    In case you needed any more proof that Bad Night will appeal to fans of its two stars, Deadline reported that the movie was cast before its script was developed. “The creative freedom that GRB has afforded me and my team to make the movie the way we wanted to, with the story we wanted to, has been spectacular, and that’s a large reason everyone working on this is so excited about this,” said Tesler.

    Even if it may be a vehicle for its two stars, Bad Night also sports an impressive supporting cast. Casey WilsonMatt Walsh, and Adam Pally are some of the notable actors with roles in the film.

    Production on Bad Night begins Feb. 10. No release date has been announced as of yet.

    Photo via badnightmovie.com 


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    This story contains sexually explicit material. 

    Miley Cyrus has decided to capitalize on her most recognizable feature and enter her tongue into the NYC Porn Film Festival.  

    According to the New York Post, Cyrus has submitted a short film called Tongue Tied, which was actually released last May and played during shows on the Bangerz tour. Fest founder Simon Leahy claims "it’s a pop take on S&M,” and that Cyrus is "starting to become more of a contemporary artist.”

    Cyrus has certainly become the, uh, face of the Free the Nipple social media campaign, and while there's no nipple shown in the film, we do see Cyrus looking very flexible, being tied up (but not with sex rope) and blindfolded, and smearing herself with a mystery liquid. It's actually not that bad; it's basically a forgotten scene from Forbidden Zone

    The festival kicks off Feb. 27, and will also feature a Tila Tequila sex tape and some "independent submissions." So, there's that to look forward to. 

    H/T NY Post | Photo via Hot Gossip Italia/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)/Photo via Wikimedia (public domain)/Remix by Max Fleishman 


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    Kendrick Lamar's recent output did not suggest that'd he'd drop a guillotine on the rap game Monday. But thanks to leading man producer Boi-1da, a college ruled notebook crammed with muscular couplets, and Kingston, Jamaica-made dancehall vocals from Assassin (whom you may remember from Kanye West's Yeezus), Lamar's new single "The Blacker the Berry" did just that. 

    The track hit the Web just a day after Lamar won Grammys for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song—both for flavorless positivity anthem, "i." That aforementioned Isley Brothers cut and paste sample job from Lamar's upcoming, still-untitled new album buried the goodwill amassed from 2012's blistering major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city.

    It revealed Lamar as a hall monitor class critic, a sentiment soon amplified by public statements about Ferguson, Mo., "when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within."

    But "The Blacker the Berry" finds Lamar back writing music for men of color with a cultural love for loud bass, taking aim at older and disconnected citizens "watching me as a pull up, fill up my tank, and peel out." He routinely calls himself a hypocrite for failing to live consistently within his personal philosophies and for folding into artistic avenues forced upon him, saving harsh words for himself: "I'm a proud monkey, you vandalize my perception but can't take style from me."

    The track slams pavement when its auteur speaks as the everyman with biting passing commentary, "I mean it's evident that I'm irrelevant to society / That's what you're telling me—penitentiary will only hire me."

    It's lived in mood music for underdogs. 

    Photo via NRK P3/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


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    AMC has successfully parlayed its rabid Breaking Bad fanbase into a sustainable commodity that travels well.

    While the premiere of the Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul faced stiff competition on Sunday night—the Grammys, Walking Dead, HBO's Game of Thrones documentary, the return of John OliverSaul quietly made history. 

    Bob Odenkirk's solo vehicle was behind the race for overall eyeballs, sure, but its 6.9 million viewers made it the highest-rated cable series premiere in history. (The most-watched however, remains TNT's The Closer; it's an important technicality.)

    In addition to record ratings, the Breaking Bad-turned-Saul fandom can now claim the fastest-growing non-default community on Reddit.

    We're only two episodes into the series, and already the creators seem to love weaving in Breaking Bad references and Easter eggs—making this particular subreddit an ideal place to discuss conspiracy theories and strange coincidences.

    The show itself has received an initial wave of critical acclaim; the blog-driven culture of dense show recaps approves of what it has seen so far.

    The period-piece dynamic of Saul, which is set in 2002, gives it room to build in backstory and comfortably weave in familiar, pre-Bad faces. But in another nod to Breaking Bad, the series itself began by reassuring audiences that Saul made it to Omaha, Neb., after his adventures with Walter White. Saul was, in fact, lucky enough to helm a Cinnabon franchise (hence the social media-spurned marketing campaign).

    Better Call Saul has 11 years to take us back to Bad, and its Reddit fans will be watching and talking all the way there.

    Screengrab via AMC/YouTube


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    Can you remember a single guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show last week, someone who sat in the armchair to the right of Jimmy Fallon? For me, only one comes to mind: Will Smith. That’s probably because my Facebook feed was atwitter with news that Smith and Fallon, the show’s host, both beatboxed“It Takes Two,” the Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock hit from 1988. The performance itself overshadowed why Smith was even on the show—presumably to promote the Smith Family Empire—capping off a monumental week of viral, shareable nostalgia on The Tonight Show.

    As fewer eyes focus on actual TVs and more on computer, tablet, and phone screens, the nature of television must adapt. The fact that you’re seeing more and more of Fallon’s lighthearted stunts in your social media indicates that he and the producers of The Tonight Show are well aware of the need to feed the beast, and the public is eating it right up. Of course, Fallon’s certainly not the first of the contemporary late night hosts to hop aboard the viral train. Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, has proven time and time again that he’s got the chops to create viral hysteria. How can we forget “Worst Twerk Fail EVER – Girl Catches Fire!”? I would also argue that Kimmel was well ahead of the times in 2009, when Sarah Silverman, his girlfriend at the time, performed “I’m F**king Matt Damon” on the show. But where Kimmel excels in pranks and mild trolling, Fallon surpasses in nostalgia and overall mass appeal.

    The most talked-about moment from last week’s run of The Tonight Show is easily the Saved by the Bell reunion. With over 25 million views in less than a week, the stunt is well on its way to becoming the No. 1 most viewed segment on the program’s YouTube channel. (The title currently belongs to “Lip Sync Battle with Emma Stone,” from nine months ago, with over 43 million views.) Fallon’s flashback to his days at Bayside High featured the original cast of Saved by the Bell—with the exception of Lisa (Lark Voorhies) and Screech (Dustin Diamond)—and that’s just about it. Was the skit funny? Not to this author. Was it well-written? That depends on your definition of “written.” It was more of a collage of notable moments, regurgitated theme song lyrics, and poorly aged quirks from the series. I mean, could that mobile phone be any bigger? Sure, you could say that he’s paying homage to an influential force of ’90s pop culture, but when you factor in the fact that Fallon was 19 when the series ended, just a couple years north of the show’s intended demographic (9-14), it becomes clear that Fallon is really reaching for the clicks of… millennials.

    From an economic perspective, the role of nostalgia in The Tonight Show makes perfect sense. According to Amy Holdsworth, author of Television, Memory, and Nostalgia, the use of nostalgia in television “corresponds with the commercial safety of reproducing past successes and familiar forms.” Holdsworth adds that nostalgia, especially in a benign, inoffensive way, provides the “safety of distance.” With Saved by the Bell, for instance, Fallon isn’t interested in examining the complexities of 1990s California; waxing nostalgically over Pete Wilson’s governorship wouldn’t exactly send the right message to Tonight Show’s audience. Instead, he’s aiming to appeal to the fondest memories of his audience and their collective networks, but he doesn’t do much more beyond that. (Leave the heavy interrogation to Tumblr.)

    In a 2010 article about the “false nostalgia” of VH1’s I Love the [Decade] shows, Josh Kurp writes:

    VH1 was the first instance of being told that something in the near-past of pop culture was cool, or at least delightfully campy, and presented these relics in such a way that it was easy to quote and talk about with your friends, instead of actually discussing why Back to the Future was actually an important film. Everything became a giant in-joke that everyone was supposed to get.

    Like the VH1 talking-head shows, The Tonight Show uses its platform to pick and choose which moments are worthy of remembering and sharing—but with the bonus of clicks and shares. The ’90s-heavy tributes from last week also don’t explicitly say why Saved by the Bell or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were important, just that they were important by mere inclusion. But if that’s the case, why are these moments shared at such a rapid, almost alarming, rate? Well, humans are just wired that way.

    For a video, picture, article, tweet, cat, dog, or parakeet to go viral, it has to elicit an emotional response that prompts a share within a group of like-minded friends. If that response is laughter, even better. With Kimmel’s “Twerk Fail,” the response was a collective schadenfreude (which often involves laughter, however ill-intentioned) followed by shock when Kimmel revealed he was behind the prank. Although Fallon’s work may not be quite as laughter-inducing, the nostalgic element will certainly cause a smile. The added element of social validation may play into why The Tonight Show’s use of nostalgia is so successful. Maybe everyone wants in on the memory; maybe we just want to say, “I remember this, too!”

    At the end of the day, the typical talk-show format is a thing of the past. Television has grown beyond the glass and tubes and circuitry, outside the living room, and into the cloud. Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show are simply tugging at the strings of viewers and non-viewers alike to bring the talk show into the 21st century, for better or worse. Until the next cultural shift takes place, Fallon’s definitely going to summon millennials’ sense of nostalgia and reach unimaginable levels of shareability. It’s really only a matter of time before he “does the Urkel” with Jaleel White or frolics through San Francisco with the cast of Full House.

    Screengrab via NBC/Youtube


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    As the debate about vaccinating your children rages and the measles outbreak spreads across parts of the country, a key question remains: whether those who haven’t been vaccinated should be banned from schools or daycare centers in order to protect those who can't get those shots yet.

    Whatever solutions go into effect are bound to be controversial, but Conan O’Brien thought of the best alternative. Why ban the unvaccinated children from attending schools or daycares? Those institutions should be inclusive, but not at the risk of further spreading the disease. Conan's solution: Kind Hearts Daycare, which looks like something straight out of a futuristic film, or perhaps a remake of Bubble Boy.

    There, everyone wins—at least until some of the free-ranging kids get the idea to share a bubble or poke a hole in one of them, because if nothing else, kids can be both curious and cruel. But we're sure Conan has a solution for emergencies like that, too.

    Screengrab via Team Coco/YouTube


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    It’s the end of the road for the Fifty Shades of Grey press tour.

    With the film’s release set for Friday, the most excruciatingly awkward press tour in film history will come to an end. But not before its stars make some final appearances on talk shows, where their contempt for the film is probably more amusing than the appearance itself. 

    This time, Jamie Dornan and Jimmy Fallon are reading passages from the Fifty Shades novel in various accents, with varying degrees of success.

    Sure, some Americans might find things more charming when spoken in a Russian or Irish accent, but does that still apply when the source material is Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The results are in: No accent on the planet can make the line "I don't remember reading about nipple clamps in the Bible" sexy. 

    Screengrab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube


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    It's been more than a year since Hozier first released the song "Take Me to Church," which means you're either heartily sick of it or still listening to his Grammys duet with Annie Lennox on a loop. But even if you've heard the song one too many times, this ballet video may change your mind.

    The beautiful dance video, directed by David LaChapelle, sees Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin improvise a solo performance to the tune of "Take Me to Church" in a sunlit open-air studio.

    Polunin is something of a celebrity in the ballet world, due to both his technical skill and his extracurricular activities like starring in a Marc Jacobs ad campaign. The tattooed dancer has always had a bad-boy reputation; he became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal performer at the age of 19, then shocked his peers by quitting and moving on to other projects. A recent rumor held that he had quit classical ballet entirely and moved to Hollywood to become an actor, but this video proves that he's definitely staying in shape.


    Screengrab via Vimeo


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    Just because they’ve got something in common doesn’t mean they’ll get along from the start.

    Orphan Black has plenty of questions to answer (and more to form) when it comes back on April 18 as Projects Leda and Castor finally come head-to-head in the first of four promised Instagram teaser trailers from BBC America. As previously seen, Sarah Manning and Rudy, the clone she encountered locked up in a cage at the end of last season, certainly have plenty to talk about (albeit not in the most comfortable of locations).

    But trusting one another? That may be asking a lot.

    And if an Instagram trailer won’t do it for you, you can watch it in all of its HD goodness on YouTube.

    Screengrab via BBC America/YouTube


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    After Google laid the smackdown on Rap Genius for an SEO scam and a cofounder was canned for using the site to praise the manifesto of UCSB shooter Elliot Rodger, you'd forgive me for assuming that it no longer existed.  

    Alas, Rap Genius—now just “Genius”—is still around, and among its active users is celebrated novelist Michael Chabon, who somehow thought he was the best person to annotate the bracing, addictive new single from rapper Kendrick Lamar

    “The Blacker the Berry” is, as you might guess, a track that rolls like an armored tank across the minefield of American race relations. And true to one of Lamar’s repeated lyrics here (“Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean”), it was mere hours before a Pulitzer Prize-winning white guy decided to play interpreter.

    Before we ruin the mood with Chabon's whitesplaining, take a moment to enjoy the music:

    Writing in response to Lamar’s final lines— “So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street? / When gang banging make me kill a nigga blacker than me? / Hypocrite!”—the author of The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and Telegraph Avenuewrites:

    In this final couplet, Kendrick Lamar employs a rhetorical move akin to—and in its way even more devastating than—Common’s move in the last line of “I Used to Love H.E.R.”: snapping an entire lyric into place with a surprise revelation of something hitherto left unspoken. In “H.E.R.”, Common reveals the identity of the song’s “her”—hip hop itself—forcing the listener to re-evaluate the entire meaning and intent of the song. Here, Kendrick Lamar reveals the nature of the enigmatic hypocrisy that the speaker has previously confessed to three times in the song without elaborating: that he grieved over the murder of Trayvon Martin when he himself has been responsible for the death of a young black man. Common’s “her” is not a woman but hip hop itself; Lamar’s “I” is not (or not only) Kendrick Lamar but his community as a whole. This revelation forces the listener to a deeper and broader understanding of the song’s “you”, and to consider the possibility that “hypocrisy” is, in certain situations, a much more complicated moral position than is generally allowed, and perhaps an inevitable one.

    Do you think there was ever a time when songs just meant themselves, and didn’t require freshman-comp exegesis from an establishment literary persona? Hard to imagine.

    Photo by Jason Wesley Upton/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)


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    Are you already tired of seeing previews for Fifty Shades of Grey, a movie about emotional manipulation disguised as a steamy romance? You're not alone. There's only one thing that could make that trailer tolerable. 

    Steve Buscemi is an unlikely candidate for meme-dom, but it's happened nonetheless. The Internet has already toyed with his beautiful, fish-like eyes. Now, people are inserting him into the Fifty Shades trailer, and it's clear the producers made the wrong choice casting Jamie Dornan as the lead.  

    Boo Ya Pictures' 50 Shades of Buscemi is a transcendent masterpiece. It will restore your faith in kink-based love. To top it off, it also includes one of Buscemi's greatest performances ever

    Screengrab via Boo Ya Pictures/YouTube 


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    Fox News talking head Bill O’Reilly writes history books about the murders of famous political and religious figures. But you needn’t read his latest, Killing Patton, because he spoiled the best part on Jimmy Kimmel Live: Adolf Hitler had a flatulence problem.

    The malady Hitler suffered, known as meteorism or tympanites, involves the swelling of the abdomen from excess gas in the gastrointestinal tract. “Can you imagine, in the bunker with Adolf?” O’Reilly laughs, noting that it would have been a choice between huffing Führer fumes or taking a bullet in the head outside. We can’t speak to the validity of his medical diagnosis, which holds that Hitler had “every condition in the world” because “evil feeds on itself,” but hey, if we can add fart jokes to the repertoire of ridicule surrounding the bastard, so be it.

    Semi-related: anyone know a good dealer for cocaine eyedrops? They sound intense.

    Photo by Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube


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    Are you ready to be pitch slapped, yet again? Another trailer for Pitch Perfect 2dropped Tuesday, and it promises even more aca-excitement.

    We're given a bit more insight into the plot of the much-anticipated sequel to the 2012 musical hit, like the fact that the Barden Bellas are suspended from competition after Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) shows the President of the United States her lady bits during a performance gone awry.

    We also get to see more Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow realness, along with the pitch-perfect (pun intended) Elizabeth Banks as a surly a cappella commentator. The trailer is a little light on Skyler Astin, but we'll let it slide. After all: Who run the world? GIRLS.

    Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters May 15. This spring can't come soon enough.

    Screengrab via Universal Pictures UK/YouTube


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    Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" has been perverted in many ways: It's been slowed down, Groot'd, and athleticized. And now it's met its soulmate, which is apparently Nine Inch Nails

    Mashup god Isosine took the bleacher-stomping beat of "Shake It Off" and phased in the verses and chorus of NIN's 1997 single "The Perfect Drug." Not quite as terrifying as the 19-minute version of "Shake It Off," but close. If someone could mash up "Closer" and "Blank Space," that'd be great. 


    Let's get Swift in a David Fincher movie, STAT. 

    H/T AV Club | Screengrab via TaylorSwiftVEVO/YouTube


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