November 16, 2018

Review Category : TMZ Music News

‘2 Guns’ Continues Comic Book Domination At Box Office

A mere two weeks after the conclusion of this year's San Diego Comic-Con, comics ruled the box office for what feels like the zillionth time since the new era of comic-based movies began. But this time, it was smaller comic publisher Boom! Studios that took the #1 spot with "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of undercovers whose bank robbery leads to all kinds of violence.

"2 Guns" made $27.4 million, the fifth-highest debut for Washington and sixth for Wahlberg, who has succeeded with action comedies before thanks to "The Other Guys," while the whole shoot-em-up-laugh-em-up bit was new to Washington. "Part of the excitement is the unknown," Washington recently told MTV News. "'Is this going to work? Can I be funny? How do I do that?' ... [Taking on comedy with a partner] actually makes you sharper, makes you prepare more, wakes you up."

While "2 Guns" took several liberties with the source material (which may or may not have contributed to its mixed reviews), was the most faithful adaptation of the mutant anti-hero yet, by most accounts. Last weekend's #1 film slipped just one spot with $21.7 million in its second weekend for a 10-day total of $95 million. The second weekend drop for the character-driven Wolvie flick was much less than that of the poorly received "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which opened bigger than "The Wolverine" but suffered greatly from poor word-of-mouth.

As Deadpool creator and Image Comics co-founder Rob Liefeld pointed in a Sunday morning tweet, even The Smurfs originated on ...

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Lollapalooza 2013: 10 Awesome Moments You Missed

CHICAGO — Music festivals are all about "you totally had to be there" moments that only happen when 80,000 people get together for three days of music. And Lollapalooza 2013 was no different, with countless amazing memories provided by everyone from Nine Inch Nails to Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Rey, Haim and Icona Pop, among others.

Sunday's roster included daytime sets from sister act Tegan and Sara, British buzz band Alt-J, rapper 2 Chainz and Vampire Weekend. They helped close things down on a 72-hour blitz of strange, wonderful and funny moments that MTV News witnessed on the ground.

10 awesome things you missed at Lollapalooza:

Recipe for success: Kendrick Lamar told Chicago it was the "livest city" he's played on tour and he didn't scrimp on the energy during his set on Saturday. The amped audience provided him with a moment when, during "The Recipe," they lifted up a man in a wheelchair on their hands, which totally caught Kendrick's attention mid-song. "Oh s---, look at that dude in the wheelchair!" he said. "Ya'll some crazy mother---ers!" He took a break a short time later to give the crowd time to bring that man and another in a wheelchair up to the pit in front of the stage.

He wasn't alone in his wonder, because on Sunday night in the middle of a show that featured his "Beez in the Trap" and "Bandz a Make Her Dance" verses, as well as "I Luv Dem Strippers" and "Duffel Bag Boy," rapper 2 Chainz was blown away by the very ...

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Lindsay Lohan To Talk Addiction Head-On With Oprah Winfrey

Lindsay Lohan may have just stepped out of rehab, but she's already got a docket full of appearances.

Her full interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air on OWN on August 18 and in a new teaser clip, the famed talk show host is asking the actress all the hard questions, including "Are you an addict?" and "What does it feel like to be both an adjective and a verb for child-star-gone-wrong?"

Lohan is expected to answer those queries on "Oprah's Next Chapter" when her episode airs later this month. She will appear on the network again in 2014 for her own eight-episode docu-series.

Tune in Sunday, August 18, at 9/8c.

Ahead of her appearance on Winfrey's series, she will appear as a guest host of "Chelsea Lately" on Monday (August 5). In addition to poking fun of One Direction Harry Styles' sexuality, she'll also have some fun at Kristen Stewart's expense. In one joke, the actress is discussing the latest celebrity gossip when an item about Stewart yelled at the paparazzi comes up.

Lohan's response? "I'm just excited that Kristen Stewart, you know, finally showed some emotion," she says. "No, I really do love her. She's awesome. I'm a Kristen Stewart fan." But, she doesn't leave it alone there, adding, "I will say this, of course she hates photographers — they got a picture of her kissing a married man in a Mini Cooper."

Lohan's latest flick, opened over the weekend, grossing $15,200 in New York City and Los Angeles. It is reportedly doing "extremely ...

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Porn Questions? Amanda Seyfried Gives Her Take!

Got questions about porn? Amanda Seyfried is taking them. And there's no inquiry she's not afraid of.

Since filming the lead role as 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace in "

"It's like underage drinking," she offered up knowingly, "you're looking for it everywhere. It's like a secret. And of course that was a big deal when 'Deepthroat' was in theaters and you could actually buy a ticket and watch it with everybody."

Her character, Linda, starred in "Deepthroat," the first pornographic film credited with a plot and a bigger budget — if you count $22,500 as a budget. The 1972 film follows Lovelace in her quest for pleasure (spoiler: she finds it). But the new biography, directed by Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein, shows all the behind-the-scenes work and digs into Linda's personal life and emotions.

"Knowing now what Linda had gone through and what a lot of people have gone through — still, around the world today, much less so in the United States — women are coerced into it," Seyfried said, diving into the not-so-fun side of porn. "Women are objectified and they'll always be objectified, unfortunately. That's the dark side of it. They don't necessarily want to be there, some of them. The idea of that is enough to turn you off completely."

So is Seyfried "completely" turned off to porn after playing Lovelace? Well, it sounds like she was never really into it to begin with.

"Pornography was something, before, that was really fascinating to me, but I was uninterested in watching it," she told us. "I'm pretty disconnected from ...

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‘Mortal Instruments’ Author Thought Movie Would ‘Never Really Happen’

From printed page to silver screen: It's been one wild ride for author Cassandra Clare and her series.

" 'Surreal' is the word," the author told MTV News' Josh Horowitz while on the Toronto-based set of the urban fantasy. "My husband says it's like being at Disneyland where all of the rides are based on my book. It has gone through a long process."

A long process, yes, but not an unexpected one for Clare, who has movie-making in her blood.

"My grandfather was a movie producer. I grew up in the film industry," she explained. "I always knew movies aren't really happening until they're actually filming, and I thought this will never really happen. And then when they got [director] Harald [Zwart] on board, I really started to believe it could because he has such a passionate commitment to the project, and he's a very emotion-focused director. And he really wanted to focus on the characters and their relationships to each other with the special effects second. And I thought that was a really great quality in a fantasy-film director."

Clare did admit that it took some time for it to all really sink in, recalling her aha moment:

"We were shooting in the subway, and they had closed off part of the subway for shooting, and I walked down the stairs to get to the set, and I saw Kevin Zegers in his full costume with runes and everything. And all the commuters were passing him by like they didn't see him. And I just thought, 'Oh my god. It's like ...

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Imagine Dragons Exorcise ‘Demons’ On New Single

CHICAGO — There was no point in Imagine Dragons trying to out-do the WTF puppet-cage match narrative in the video for their breakthrough hit, "Radioactive."

Instead, the 2013 VMA nominees for Best Rock Video decided to go the other way in the clip for their new single, "Demons," focusing on the drama in our every day lives and their high-energy stage show. Just before the Las Vegas-bred band took the stage for one of those sweat-soaked gigs at Lollapalooza, singer Dan Reynolds told MTV News he thought the dramatic video for "Demons" is actually the perfect follow-up to the fantasy-like "Radioactive" clip.

"We intertwined a story through it that tells the story of demons," he said. "There's more to people than what you see at face value and often we judge people very quickly."

The video for the fourth single from the band's smash major-label debut, Night Visions, was shot during a show at Las Vegas' The Joint earlier this year and mixes live footage with a story about love and loss. It opens with impressionistic, slow-motion shots of the band bathed in blue light before focusing in on a woman in the audience who, who soon learn, has lost a military spouse.

The camera pans across the crowd and catches a different fan, this one an emaciated man staring in the mirror, then another with a black eye from a parental assault and finally, a solider flashing back to a rescue of a comrade in arms during wartime.

"When you get to know them, there's more behind the scenes," Reynolds explained of ...

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Beyonce Lights Up Brooklyn’s Barclays Center — BeyHive Bows Down

BROOKLYN, New York — "This gift gives you power," Beyoncé says in voiceover during one of the video shorts that peppers her Mrs. Carter World Tour set. On Saturday night, the first of a three-night set at the Barclays Center, concertgoers beheld the power that is Queen Bey.

Without almost nothing in the way of new material since the 2011 release of her sublime R&B record, 4, Shawn Carter's better half proved her deep catalog was more than enough to mount a thrilling two-hour show, complete with bursts of pyro and awe-inducing walls of glitter. She even reached back into her girl-group grab bag for a fist-pumping rendition of "Survivor."

The Almighty Bey may not actually be capable of but between donning a cape for "If I Were a Boy," and flying over the throngs for "Irreplaceable," it's hard not to believe Beyoncé is a pop superhero, with real super powers. Here are a few other things we learned.

"This Is Not The Show For You To Sit In Your Seats."
That was Beyoncé's decree near the start of the concert. "This is not the show for you to be cool," she lovingly scolded. And she was right. From the dancehall-infused wine of "Naughty Boy" to the Vegas-inspired take on "Party," it was standing room only in Brooklyn. The trio of cute boys in white tanks and short shorts got to practice all of their choreography.

Beyoncé Can Make A Sitcom Theme Song Sound Like A Smash Song.
Midway through her matrimonial kiss-off, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," Bey ...

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Mumford & Sons Strum, Stomp And Shuffle Through Lollapalooza Set

CHICAGO — Every festival needs a sure-fire headliner that will bring in the huge crowds, if only for just one night. This year's slam-dunk was Saturday night capper Mumford & Sons, and the British folk revivalists were more than up to the task, drawing a massive, foot-stomping throng to the South end of Grant Park for a string-plucking run through their catalog.

They helped shut the lid on a spectacular cool and sunny day by Lake Michigan that featured everyone from Ellie Goulding to Mr. "Harlem Shake" himself, Baauer, as well as the National, the Lumineers and the Postal Service.

From the look of the swarm of humanity that stretched several hundred yards form the stage, though, Mumford were the act to beat. With smoke billowing across the stage, they wasted no time, busting out breakthrough hit "Little Lion Man" right away to grab their fans and get them moving.

On the same stage that has previously hosted plugged-in thrash by everyone from Pearl Jam to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, the Mumfords did what might have seemed improbable, if not impossible: they kept the audience's attention with their patented low-key, busk-y mix of banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, stand-up bass and drums. If anything, their biggest challenge was to simply rise above the constant, not-so-dull roar of incessant chatter from their admirers.

Seeming fully recovered from recent brain surgery that forced the cancellation of earlier festival dates, bassist Ted Dwane sounded a steady thrum on "Holland Road," looking healthy and energetic during the entire set. A short ...

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Icona Pop Thinks Robin Thicke’s ‘I Love It’ Cover Is ‘Sexy’

CHICAGO — Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to Robin Thicke's recent brown liquor-soaked cover of Icona Pop's breakthrough breakup single, 
 the Swedish duo love that Mr. "Blurred Lines" took some artistic license.

"We love it," singer Aino Jawo told MTV News just hours before the pair hit the stage for their Lollapalooza debut. Thicke recently did a slowed-down take
 on the song during a British radio appearance, changing up some of the lyrics, which he said he could totally relate to.

"It's so nice to hear different versions of your songs and his version was so sexy and it was like you wanted to go into a bedroom and make love," Jawo said. "Which is like a totally new [feeling] ... otherwise it's like you want to punch someone. We love it!"

Jawo and fellow singer/keyboard player Caroline Hjelt, brought down the house with the song during their mid-day Lolla set on Friday. With Jawo in a black mini dress made of reflective black tiles and Hjelt in a matching white dress, the smiling duo worked the crowd with their high-energy set of dance pop songs from their upcoming full-length debut.

Then, with ominous clouds rolling in over the Chicago lakefront and rain falling for most of their set, the skies miraculously cleared up as they prepared to end with their most recognizable tune. The remixed version of "I Love It," which had some stops and starts that stretched it out, clearly amped up the crowd, who danced up and down and ...

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