January 20, 2019

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Lady Gaga’s ‘Applause’ Video … Watch It Here!

Lady Gaga took over Times Square on Monday (August 19) morning to premiere her much-anticipated video on "Good Morning America," and, in the process, presumably freak out a large portion of folks watching at home.

Oh, and as if all that wasn't enough, she also announced she'll be opening the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards with her first live performance of the song.

But back to the "Applause" video, which most certainly wasn't your standard breakfast-hour fare: Gaga cavorts in various states of undress, sprawls out on a mattress (an ode, she explained, to the months she spent recovering from her hip surgery), prances, preens, sprouts wings, sports about a dozen different outfits and, at various points throughout, transforms herself into various mythical creatures. It is obtuse, odd, and most certainly does not go well with oatmeal.

But that's precisely the point. Gaga has always been about provocation — she wants you to think, act, dance, etc — and here, she's stripping herself bare, pulling the curtain back on her creative process, showing the viewer how she's willing to do anything to please the public ... even if that means shapeshifting into a swan. She is the object of our curiosities and our fantasies, something we want to put on a shelf and admire, yet rarely do we think about everything that goes into, well, everything she does.

To that end, "Applause" is her call to consider the creator; repeat viewings also reveal several nods to the art world, both classic (Botticelli) and contemporary (Koons), and she seems ...

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‘The Butler’ Beats Up ‘Kick-Ass 2’ At Box Office

Despite the massive popularity of movies like and "The Avengers," box-office observers predicted that comic-book based sequel would be roundly beaten by a historical drama over the weekend. They were right.

topped the box office over the weekend with a $25 million debut. Starring Forest Whitaker as a character based on a butler who worked in the White House for 34 years, "The Butler" was the last film produced by the late Laura Ziskin, whose producer and executive producer credits included four "Spider-Man" films and "Pretty Woman."

"Kick-Ass 2" floundered in the #4 spot with just $13.5 million, behind both "We're the Millers" and "Elysium" from the week before. Liam Hemsworth's corporate espionage thriller "Paranoia" and Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic, "Jobs," both bombed. Neither movie debuted in the top five, despite the considerable respective fanbases for the two stars.

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" was the only one of the weekend's four widely released new films to receive mostly positive reviews from film critics. The film's success owed a lot to Oprah Winfrey, who put a great deal of time and effort into promoting her first scripted/live-action film role in more than a decade. "Kick-Ass 2" failed to receive the enthusiastic critical reception of its predecessor, amassing just 28 percent positive reviews, according to Rotten Tomatoes. "Jobs" fared even worse, with 25 percent on the Tomatometer, while "Paranoia" was one of the worst reviewed films of the year, sitting at just 4 percent.

"The Butler" was produced for just $30 million and has been called the ...

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Lindsay Lohan’s ‘Oprah’ Interview: 6 Things We Learned

When Lindsay Lohan sat down with Oprah Winfrey Sunday during an episode of the recently rehabbed 27-year-old addressed everything from her dalliances with drugsto her relationship with her family.

The interview served as the latest stop on Lohan's comeback tour, as well as the table-setter for her forthcoming OWN network docu-series, set to air on the network in 2014. MTV News has rounded up the six things we learned about Lohan from the interview.

Coming Clean Lohan confided to Oprah that she's addicted to alcohol, but has tried other drugs including Adderall, Ambien and cocaine. "Yeah, [I'm an addict]. Alcohol, that in the past, was a gateway to other things," she said, "I really haven't done [cocaine] more than 10 or 15 times. I've done it like 10 or 15 times. No, it never felt good the next day. It was a party thing. I snorted it. I never injected anything other than get B12 shots. It went hand in hand with drinking."

Her Parents Aren't To Blame Lohan said she never felt like her parents took advantage of her or her fame. And she takes complete responsibility for her mistakes. "I hate what a bad rap people give my parents, because they're just parents, really, at the end of the day," she said. "I don't blame anyone for my mistakes."

But at another point during the interview, she did note "I grew up in a very chaotic home. Unfortunately I waited too long to face it, I think, so it was a comfortable chaos for me."

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Getting To Know Priyanka Chopra: The Next Pop Superstar?

With over 40 films under her belt, Priyanka Chopra is known the world over as one of Bollywood's highest paid actresses. But America is just now getting acquainted with the former Miss World as she embarks on her new career of pop star.

The Interscope signee has been taken under the wing of the legendary Jimmy Iovine, Lady Gaga's manager Troy Carter and her producer RedOne. She made a splash in the music industry last summer with her debut single "In My City" featuring will.i.am, which was selected as the theme song for Thursday Night Football. Her new track "Exotic" with Pitbull is making even more noise, garnering more than 10 million hits on YouTube in less than a month and landing in the Billboard Dance charts.

She's a humanitarian, a green activist and there's still more to know about Priyanka Chopra. She paid her first visit to MTV News, and we learned a few fun facts about the Indian beauty.

Looking Good Isn't Always Easy
You might think being the "Indian Angelina Jolie" is a piece of cake but even Chopra has a tough time looking good all the time. Despite showing off her svelte bod in "Exotic," Chopra reveals the hardest part of shooting the video was "to be in the water for six hours and not look like a prune." The comforting discovery proves she, too, is human.

Transitions Can Be Challenging
At her most vulnerable, Chopra calls her transition into the music industry "hard." "I guess I didn't realize how different both the professions were," she candidly reveals. ...

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Macklemore Wants To Win VMA For The ‘Grandkids’

There are those who boast about their Moonmen, there are those who stay modest — and then there's Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who just want a story to tell the grandchildren.

The duo is up for six awards at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, going head-to-head with Justin Timberlake, who has the same number of nominations. "Thrift Shop" is up for Video of the Year, and "Can't Hold Us" landed nods for Best Hip Hop Video, Best Cinematography, Best Direction and Best Editing. The equality anthem "Same Love" may take home the award for Best Video with a Social Message.

"I would love to win Video of the Year," Macklemore said behind the scenes of their VMA promo. "And 'Same Love' next."

" 'Same Love' I feel like I want to win as a song," Ryan Lewis said. "It's the most meaningful. It's the most important."

No matter how special the song feels to Lewis, he still thinks the "Can't Hold Us" video deserves the ultimate award. "Looking back at those three videos — I mean, 'Can't Hold Us' took three and half months to do — I'd love to get an award for that one."

For Macklemore, he's looking to make his possible VMA win legendary.

"But Video of the Year, uunh, uuunh," Mack grunted, slapping his knee. "Get the grandkids. C'mon! Sit down, Johann. Let me tell ya somethin'."

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Applause’ Video: What We Know So Far

Little Monsters finally get to see Lady Gaga's video for Monday (August 19). While little is known, the Mother Monster is famous for her eye-popping visuals like the colorfully epic "Telephone" and the spacey "Born This Way."

With fans watching the guerrilla-style lyric video on repeat before the video's official premiere, we've rounded up what we know so far about the "Applause" video. The partially hand-painted film will premiere on "Good Morning America" six days before she'll perform it live at the VMAs on August 25.

It's Dedicated To Little Monsters
"Applause" producer, DJ White Shadow, has been with Gaga every step of the way, and says that this ARTPOP project is dedicated to her legion of devotees. "She has a complete and total adoration for her fans," he told MTV News. "I've never seen anyone in my entire life work as hard or do as much for her fans. It's a back-and-forth thing. She does so much for them that they naturally want to do stuff for her. The reason why those kids are so into Lady Gaga is because Lady Gaga is so into them."

She's Reuniting With Familiar Faces
Gaga worked with directing duo Inez & Vinoodh on the clip. But this hardly marks her first collaboration with the pair. They recently photographed her V magazine photo shoot, along with several other magazine covers and the fashion videos for "You and I." "She's a very special human being that is all about giving," Inez told us in 2011.

Gaga Had The Final Say
Inez & Vinoodh didn't ...

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‘Kick-Ass 2’ Star Reveals The MotherF—er’s ‘Dark, Twisted Fantasy’

If every good superhero needs a villain, Kick-Ass finally has one. In "Kick-Ass 2," Christopher Mintz-Plasse makes a profound transformation from the would-be hero, Red Mist, into the title character's fiercest adversary, The Motherf---er, and his journey was a complicated one.

"In the first [movie], he's this kid who doesn't understand who is or where he belongs," Mintz-Plasse told MTV News' Josh Horowitz. "When he's got no family to fall back on, when that happens to someone, I feel like you have nowhere to turn but the dark side."

"Kick-Ass 2" follows the first film as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl struggle to readjust to normal life after starting a revolution of superheroes in a world where they previously didn't exist. As costumed do-gooders proliferate, so too do their foes, now led by Mintz-Plasse's character, whose single-minded pursuit of vengeance prompts him to become the world's first supervillain.

Mintz-Plasse said that writer-director Jeff Wadlow never forgot that the character was still just a kid which produced a uniquely bleak transformation — that also managed to be funny at the same time.

"He just has revenge on his mind, this dark, twisted fantasy of killing Kick-Ass," Mintz-Plasse said. "Which is fantastic, because the costume is so demented and dark, but beneath it is just a 17-year-old boy. And I thought Jeff did a really good job of writing this dark character, but when a young, nerdy character is trying to do that, it's going to be hilarious and twisted at the same time."

"Kick-Ass 2" opens in theaters nationwide Friday, August 16.

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’ Responses: The Good, The Bad And The Super-Ugly

Ever since Kendrick Lamar dropped his fiery bars on Big Sean's "Control," there has been an explosion of rap responses.

None of the MCs that Kendrick namedropped in his verse have released any related music. So while Drake, J. Cole, Meek Mill and A$AP Rocky have been respectively quiet, plenty of other capable lyricists like Joell Ortiz, Lupe Fiasco, Papoose, B.o.B, Fred the Godson, Cassidy and Astro have all released response records with varying degrees of venom.

It's getting hard to keep track, but MTV News breaks it all down for you.

The Good

Joell Ortiz, "Outta Control"
The Yaowa wasn't mentioned by Kendrick, but that didn't stop him from being the first to hijack the "Control" beat and get busy. "Little homey, you ain't the king of New York/ You the next thing on my fork," the Slaughterhouse MC spits.

Lupe Fiasco "SLR 2"
After a lengthy Twitter rant, Carrera Lu dropped the sequel to his fan-favorite "Super Lupe Raps" and takes Kendrick to task. He also gets props for using an original beat. "He so crazy, look at the little baby/ N---a you ain't Nas, n---a you ain't Jay Z," he raps.

Papoose, "Control (Freestyle)"
Earlier this year, Kendrick and Pap were on the same page after Dot helped the Brooklyn verbalist overtake Hot 97's Summer Jam stage, but those days are clearly over. "Kendrick, Kanye and Drake they act feminine/ Wear a lot of clothes you usually see women in," 'Poose raps on what is easily the most scathing K-Dot diss thus far.

Skyzoo "Along the Way"
Skyzoo took a ...

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‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’: The Reviews Are In!

Lee Daniels, director of the Oscar-nominated "Precious" and most recently "The Paperboy," returns to theaters this weekend with starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

Loosely based on the real-life story of Eugene Allen, who worked as a White House butler under eight different presidents, the film follows Whitaker's Cecil Gaines from his childhood on a cotton plantation to his tenure at America's most famed address, tackling issues like racism and infidelity along the way.

Here's what the critics have to say about "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

The Story
"Inspiring if not inspired, 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' is a sort of Readers' Digest overview of the 20th century American civil rights movement centered on an ordinary individual with an extraordinary perspective. This fictionalized account of a Southern black man who worked as a White House butler under seven presidents from Eisenhower to Reagan is a very middle-of-the-road movie politically and aesthetically with myriad issues to carp about. But the long arc of this man's story, which begins in a Georgia cotton field and ends with an invitation back to his longtime work place to meet the first black president of the United States, describes a personal, racial and national journey in a way that is quite moving and will have a powerful effect on all manner of audiences, with the presumed exception of highbrows and real leftists." — Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

Whitaker And Winfrey
"Whitaker works beautifully with Oprah Winfrey as Gloria, Cecil's not-so-dutiful wife. Gloria sublimates her frustration over her husband's 24/7 devotion to the Oval Office by finding sham ...

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