June 24, 2019

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Hailee Steinfeld: ‘Romeo And Juliet’ Is ‘So Relevant Today’

Ask actress Hailee Steinfeld what she's been reading lately, and she may struggle to name a novel that isn't becoming a big-screen adaptation in which she'll star. It seems the 16-year-old star of films like "True Grit" and "Ender's Game" is quickly becoming the go-to adaptation girl, and she's totally okay with that. To wit: next she'll star in the latest re-telling of Shakespeare's famous tale of star-crossed loves,

"I was reading the book in school at the time that I heard that they were remaking the film, and you know, I had watched the [director Franco] Zeffirelli version a few years ago ... The idea of knowing that it had been done before was present but just sort of walking into it with a different director who had a different take with all these incredible actors — everything about it was so different although we're retelling the same story," Steinfeld said of why she signed on to the project. "But I think what's so incredible about it, and what I love so much, is that so many themes in the movie are so relevant today, and no matter how it's told or who tells the story, it's still relevant. It's so relatable."

Though Steinfeld referenced the 1968 version during our Fall Movie Preview week interview, she's no stranger to the splashy Baz Luhrmann version from 1996, which it's worth noting, opened the same year she was born.

"I love that film. I love how different it is," Steinfeld said. "Again, it's the same story but told completely different. I ...

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‘Same Love’ Sparked ‘Incredible Movement,’ Mary Lambert Gushes

BROOKLYN, New York — Watching Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards was moving, but for singer Mary Lambert, who was actually performing the track, it was a bundle of emotions.

"It was really exhilarating. It was like all of these rush of things, but then right before, I was super calm, like, 'We got this,' " she told MTV News not long after accepting the Best Video With a Social Message alongside her Seattle collaborators.

During the trio's VMA performance on Sunday night, Macklemore delivered the song's poignant rhymes with a heartfelt delivery, while Lambert sang the hook. Jennifer Hudson kicked the set up a notch with her surprise cameo toward the end of the song. To close, J-Hud and Lambert faced each other and had a good old-fashioned sing-off before sharing a hug. It was just one of many VMA moments for Lambert.

"That was so cool," the singer told us. "In rehearsals, I was like, 'How can I not talk about this [cameo]? I have to keep my mouth shut.' It was really hard," Lambert admitted. "[Hudson's] a phenomenal singer and a phenomenal person, performer — all of it."

Macklemore, Ryan and Mary shared in a few more special surprises backstage at the Barclays when they all bumped into Kanye West. Mack gave the G.O.O.D. Music MC a pound and a hug before showering him with praise. "Thank you for raising the bar as an artist for us. I appreciate it," the Seattle MC said, before also congratulating 'Ye on his ...

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Justin Timberlake: ’20/20 Experience’ Was Almost A Four-Parter!

As it is, Justin Timberlake will give fans as much music this year as he's released in his entire solo career. He's dropped the year's best-selling album to date, The 20/20 Experience, and is prepping its sequel, The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2
 for September 30.

But in an interview with MTV News' Sway Calloway at Sunday night's 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, just before he broke the Internet
 by reuniting
 with 'NSYNC, Timberlake revealed that he originally planned to serve up four times that much product.

"Here's the thing that you have to understand about all of it, is it was all written at the same time," Timberlake said of the two albums he recorded last year. "How it's being released ... we kinda thought this was a cool way to do it. I went through a bunch of different ideas on how to release it. One being four EP's of five songs."

Plans obviously changed, but JT said the process of building enough songs for those releases came during one of the most fruitful creative periods of his career. "We sat down together, [Timbaland], myself, and crew ... a bunch of other producers," he said. "I just kind of assembled this great group of people and ... we put together more than 20 songs. We had 25 to 30 songs in 20 days. So we were just sprinting and sprinting and sprinting and then trying to figure out a way to put it out."

They finally agreed to do a double album, staggering the releases ...

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Jake Gyllenhaal Lays Down The Law In Exclusive ‘Prisoners’ Clip

Parents would do anything to get their kidnapped child back, and director Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" shows that "anything" could even encompass giving up one's soul. In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a detective who finds himself at odds with Hugh Jackman, a father named Keller Dover whose daughter and her best friend were ripped out of their families' lives on Thanksgiving. But the horrific crime isn't without a suspect, a creepy looking mystery man played by "There Will Be Blood's" Paul Dano.

Dano and Gyllenhaal come face to face in this rain-soaked exclusive clip, as "Prisoners" takes part in MTV News' Fall Movie Preview. The film opens on September 20, but you can get your first piece of the drama right now.

Dano's no stranger to playing intense characters, and his startled Alex Jones makes an impression in this clip despite leaving all the talking to Gyllenhaal's determined Detective Loki. But there's more to Jones than meets the eye, and when the kidnapping charges don't stick, Keller Dover takes matters — and Jones' life — into his own hands.

Maria Bello co-stars as Jackman's wife, with Terence Howard and Viola Davis rounding out the cast as the parents of fellow kidnapping victim. The film comes from Canadian film director Denis Villeneuve, who will debut "Prisoners" at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival in early September prior to its wide release.

"Prisoners" opens in theaters everywhere later this year.

From "Romeo and Juliet" to "Ender's Game," "Riddick" to "Oldboy," the MTV Movies team is delving into the hottest upcoming flicks in our 2013 Fall Movie Preview. Check ...

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Macklemore Adds To His Epic Selfie Collection At The VMAs

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis may have hit the big time — the hip-hop duo scored three Moonmen at Sunday's 2013 Video Music Awards — but when it comes to celebrity-featuring selfies, Mack is a regular Stalker Sarah. The latest additions to his collection? A cadre of snaps from this past weekend's VMAs.

Looking at Macklemore's Instagram feed is like gazing at a wall at your local pizzeria where the owner has pasted shots of him and local celebs — times about a million. Mack's most recent picture features him posing with Diddy at the VMAs, with a subsequent photo of him and Ryan Lewis holding their trophies aloft. Mack also has photos with the likes of Robin Thicke, Big Boi, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Erykah Badu, Tyler, The Creator, Wale, 2 Chainz, J. Cole and ?uestlove — and that's just to name a few.

For a man who went toe-to-toe with Timberlake at this year's VMAs — tying with JT for the most nominations — Macklemore seems mighty starstruck. Or he's just really into making memories.

Although Macklemore has been in the game for more than 13 years now, it was his independently released album The Heist — which he dropped last year with Ryan Lewis — that finally catapulted the musician into the public eye, his single "Thrift Shop" becoming permanently etched into the population's brainpan.

"We had no idea that it was gonna do this well, but I think the people are behind it, and it's an exciting thing for an independent artist to push this ...

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Miley Cyrus Hits ’23’ Set, And Brings Her VMA Foam Finger With Her

Just 24 hours after taking the stage for what became the buzziest performance of the 2013 VMAs, a href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mtv.com%2Fartists%2Fmiley-cyrus%2F">Miley Cyrus hit up the video set for Mike Will Made It's And it appears she brought along a prop from the shocking performance along to the video shoot: her foam finger.

The "We Can't Stop" singer was on set late into the night, sporting black, white and red alongside Mike Will, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa. Miley was photographed in two outfits: white biker shorts under a black thong with a red sports bra, as well as Michael Jordan's famous Chicago Bulls jersey cut into a bikini-type outfit, putting his #23 on full display.

In addition to taking photos with Wiz, Mike and Juicy, Miley also shared a photo of herself wearing the now "infamous" foam hand she rocked on stage at the VMAs. No word on if it will make into the final cut of the video.


No release date has been set for the video, but earlier this summer, Mike Will, who also produced "We Can't Stop" opened up about making "23" with Cyrus. "I already had Juicy J and Wiz on there, and then we were working on 'We Can't Stop,' and I had a verse on there that was already laid down, but I wanted a girl to do it," he told MTV News.

"But I didn't know who I was going to do it with, and this was first day meeting Miley, and we had just knocked out 'We Can't Stop,' " he added. "And ...

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Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’: Director Takes On Infamous Hammer Scene

Spike Lee — a director known for taking on difficult subject matter — has given himself yet another challenge: remake a cult classic beloved by film buffs for its disturbing imagery, uncompromising story and unsettling plot twists. But speaking with Lee, he sounded laid-back about tackling Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy," in spite of the original's legacy.

"I don't think it's pressure. That's not the way Josh Brolin and I approached it," Lee told us when we caught up with him for MTV News' Fall Movie Preview. "Josh went to Park and asked for his blessing. Park gave it, and the one thing he said to Josh — which Josh related to me — was 'make a different film; don't do the same thing I did.' [So] that's the way we did it."

Even with Lee and Brolin setting out to make a different film, there are certain indelible images from the 2003 version of the movie that will be hard to escape: The hero, Dae-su Oh, eating a live octopus or destroying a hallway full of henchmen with a hammer in one take, for example. It's a scene Lee reimagines, at least in some capacity, in his own "Oldboy."

We asked Lee, specifically, about the hammer fight and how he pulled it off. Finding the right collaborator was first on the checklist, and he found that in Brolin. "We were partners; Josh was amazing," Lee gushed.

"We'd talked about working together for many years, and it finally happened. He carried the film on his back— it's an amazing performance. He had to ...

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