August 20, 2018

Review Category : TMZ Music News

‘Star Wars VII’ Cast List Leaks: Who Are The Seven Characters?

Foregoing the requisite "galaxy far, far away" jokes, it appears that J.J. Abrams may have begun casting Schmoesknow.com reprinted text from a casting website announcing the availability of roles in a film directed by Abrams, and offered descriptions of seven characters who are set to appear in it.

Details are scarce about the plot of the film, which was written by Michael Arndt ("Oblivion," "Catching Fire"). But the first character is described as "a young man aged between 20 and 25, witty and smart, fit but not classically handsome." Interestingly, that seems to resemble the physical description of Luke Skywalker but the personality of Han Solo, but that seems like an unlikely genetic combination. That is, unless the fella is Han and Leia's son, who perhaps resembles his uncle but retains the scrappy charm of his father.

A second male character is described as a "man in late twenties, also fit, but this one is handsome and confident." While this description suits Han Solo to a tee, an interesting characterization for this role would be an Anakin Skywalker type. Already self-possessed and confident, he could either have his sense of security shaken, or find himself going down a path where confidence leads to, well, the Dark Side, as has been thoroughly documented in "Star Wars" films several times.

The first female character listed is described as "late teenage" with a "great sense of humor, also physically fit." Sadly, there were few female characters in either trilogy that possess all of these qualities — as strong ...

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O Music Awards Kick Off With 50 Bands Over 24 Hours: Watch It Now!

Ever wanted an awards show 24-hour drumming marathon, performances from your favorite artists and the wackiest awards? Look no further; the O Music Awards are HERE!

Watch the live stream at OMusicAwards.com for 24 hours, or if you can't stay awake, just check in when you can. It starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday (June 19) and featuring performances from Hanson, the Jonas Brothers, Kat Dahlia and Kate Nash, who will all join in for the first-ever "Live Music Day" festival. Grouplove will be there, and K Michelle and Ashley Monroe and the So So Glos and Langhorne Slim and Matt Nathanson... you get it... the list goes on. After all, there's 50 bands participating.

With the JoBros set to kick things off, we caught up with the band mere hours before show time. "We're really excited to be able to perform at the OMAs," Kevin said. "Twenty-hour hours of live music is really incredible and to kick it off is a huge honor and we're just happy to be a part of it. I think we're just gonna be playing some new songs as well, so if you haven't been able to come to one of the shows ... [you'll see us perform] 'First Time,' our new single and a couple others [but] we'll be playing that one, so make sure to tune in to watch."

Asked whether they had met Hanson, fellow performers and a boy band trio they've often been compared to, Kevin revealed, "We have not. I have not personally met all three of them. I ...

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‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Locks In Director

The big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller, "Fifty Shades of Grey," has just locked in a director. Sam Taylor-Johnson has been confirmed by Universal Pictures and Focus Features to help adapt the first book in the trilogy.

"I am excited to be charged with the evolution of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' from page to screen," Taylor-Johnson said in a statement. "For the legions of fans, I want to say that I will honor the power of Erika's book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia. They are under my skin too."

Taylor-Wood is best known for her film, "Nowhere Boy," but has also directed a handful of short films as well. She beats out a who's who of directors who had been rumored to tackle the flick about the kinky relationship between Christian Grey, a 27-year-old billionaire, and his college-aged and inexperienced girlfriend, Anastasia.

Prior to Taylor-Wood joining the project, Angelina Jolie, American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis and even had all been rumored candidates to helm the movie.

"Sam's unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia's relationship to life," producer Michael De Luca added. "E.L. James' characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed and Sam is a natural fit."

With Taylor-Johnson and both on board, fans of the New York Times bestseller are eagerly awaiting word on who will play Christian and Ana. Small-screen hunks like Alexander Skarsgard and ...

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Miley Cyrus On ‘We Can’t Stop’: I’m ‘Obviously’ Singing Miley, Not <i>Molly</i>

Miley Cyrus wants to clear the air once and for all. Though fans widely believed she was making references to "Molly" on her single (and just-released video) the 20-year-old star insists she's actually singing the word Miley — but with some flair.

"I have an accent! So when I say 'Miley,' it must sound like 'Molly,' " the Nashville native told Rolling Stone about the lyric, which seemed to be a reference to the slang term for the party drug Ecstasy. "You're not allowed to say Molly on the radio, so it obviously says Miley," she explained. "I knew people were gonna wonder what I'm saying in that song."

"People refer to [cocaine] as 'Miley Cyrus,' " she continued, referring to Rick Ross' verse on Meek Mills' "Believe It." "My name is used in hip-hop songs to mean that, so even if I'm saying 'Miley,' people could still find something wrong with it."

Miley's Southern Charm Praised by Pharrell!

In addition to the interview, on Wednesday (June 19), Cyrus dropped the much-anticipated video for "We Can't Stop." Directed by Diane Martel (Robin Thicke, Pink), the house party-themed clip seems cut to show fans she's no longer a Disney princess. (She even cuts off an ankle bracelet at the very beginning of it!)

The video has some unexpected visuals, including alphabet soup that forms the word "twerk," a skull made of French fries and a pinata filled with hot dogs. But it also shows off Miley's well-documented fun side, with the singer expertly twerking and going ...

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Kanye West’s ‘Blood On The Leaves’ And The History Of ‘Strange Fruit’

Kanye West's album Yeezus
 is controversial for so many reasons: its noisy, industrial sound, the title, the lack of packaging
, lyrics that have raised eyebrows and this bizarre
 promotional film, among others.

The track "Blood On the Leaves" manages to encompass many of those controversies in one. It see-saws from a plaintive cover of the jazz classic "Strange Fruit," to Kanye's Auto-Tuned vocals about the perils of fame and molly, while layering in a skittering, blown-out horn riff, the sounds of an animal's growl and a sung interpolation of an iconic No Limit street anthem.

It's a lot to take in, but the haunting refrain that rises above the din is the sound of Nina Simone singing about "bodies swinging in the Southern breeze."

That line comes from Billie Holiday's original 1939 recording of "Strange Fruit," which was a simmering shot across the bow of racism in America. West tapped the 1965 cover of the ballad by Simone as the dramatic centerpiece sample on the song, in which he takes words originally written by teacher/songwriter Abel Meeropol for the Marxist magazine "The New Masses" and twists them into a modern fable about race, identity and materialism.

Holiday's version, with moving vocals that brought the story of lynchings of black Americans to a startling poignancy, remains one of the most towering, important songs of the 20th century. In West's re-telling, the Simone version of the song opens the track with the lines, "Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees/Blood on the leaves," before West turns it into a churning anthem about ...

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The XX Went ‘Delirious’ Shooting New ‘Fiction’ Video

The XX say they wanted their somnambulant, sensual new "Fiction" video to feel "like a dream; where reality stops and begins." And that's fitting, considering singer and bassist Oliver Sim — who stars in the clip (and wrote the song's lyrics) — was pretty much asleep the entire time they shot it.

"It was a 16-hour shoot, from like late afternoon through the night, so I was pretty delirious by the end, didn't know where I was or what I was doing, just wandering, dancing around the desert," he told MTV News. "I actually don't remember a ton of it, towards the end, to be honest. So it was definitely dreamlike, in a sense. I woke up the day after and was just like 'Did that actually happen?' "

So Sim sleepwalked his way through the "Fiction" video shoot, much to the delight of his XX mates Jamie Smith and Romy Madley Croft, who both decided very early on that he would be the reluctant star of their latest clip.

"We love to be really involved in our videos, and the idea came out of a conversation," Madley Croft explained. "I really wanted it to be all about Oliver, really, as it should be; that's his song on the album, 'Angels' is my song, so it should be about him ... The idea of him performing a bit more was a big focus."

And though "Fiction" is the brand-new single off their Coexist album, the XX are already thinking ahead to their next album, which they hope to begin working on after wrapping ...

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Miley Cyrus Gets ‘Dirrty’ In New ‘We Can’t Stop’ Video

Given that Miley Cyrus has spent the past few months twerking in onesies, posing for photo shoots that include fashion credits like "briefs (worn as top)" and performing alongside topless dancers at something called "Christmas Creampies," one couldn't help but wonder what she'd do for an encore.

Well, on Wednesday (June 19), we found out, as Cyrus unveiled her music video ... and, well, it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a former 'tween queen attempting to shed her good-girl image: Scandalous, sexualized and strident, full of party-hearty sentiments and barely-there sartorial flair, it's the kind of clip most folks would describe as "shocking," if a) said folks had never seen something like Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty;" and b) Miley hadn't been telegraphing this transformation since at least 2012.

So, yes, Miley pops in some grills, mean-mugs for the camera, sprawls out on the floor and shakes it all over the place. Of course, she twerks — she is endlessly proud of her twerking abilities, after all — and drags around dead animals and hangs out with a bunch of skuzzy partygoers, each of whom probably have modeling contracts. She makes naughty hand gestures and wrestles with her pals and, at one point, appears to get kicked in the head. Oh, and then, she passes out atop some skinny dude's torso, because that's how these wild nights always seem to end in music videos. If any of this seems remotely jaw-dropping, you are either still watching "Hannah Montana," or are Miley Cyrus.

In short, ...

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