July 17, 2019

Review Category : TMZ Music News

‘Fruitvale Station’: The Reviews Are In!

"Fruitvale Station" is not the biggest film to hit theaters this week, but it may be the most powerful. A re-enactment of the events leading up to the death of Oscar Grant, a young Bay Area man who was killed on New Year's Eve 2009, writer-director Ryan Coogler's portrait of tragic loss and hopeful redemption tells a story that promises to reverberate with audiences, even if they weren't familiar with the real events that inspired it.

But how is the docudrama, which stars Michael B. Jordan as Grant? Check out a handful of reviews that may give you something to consider when you're watching the film this weekend.

How Is Michael B. Jordan As The Film's Main Character?
"Played by up-and-comer Michael B. Jordan ("Chronicle") with enormous restraint and pathos to spare, Grant develops into a deeply sympathetic young man over the course of the movie, which makes the imminent climax particularly tough to watch. Coogler's camera captures the details unavailable to the recording devices that captured Grant's death — namely, the whole story." — Eric Kohn,Indiewire

How Does The Movie Handle The Real-Life Story?
"Coogler, who grew up in the same neighborhoods as Grant, evokes a tangible sense of place, and his staging of the climactic incident hits like a fist in the gut. It's not enough to wipe out his reduction of this real-life figure into a composite-character martyr or the lukewarm filmmaking that's come before, even if you're left shaken all the same." — Sam Adams, Time Out

How Realistic Is The Portrait Of Oscar Grant?
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Rihanna Opening Act Haim Popping ‘Pink Champagne’ On Tour

Haim were huddled on a tabletop in Tennessee, sunnies nestled in "Love Story"-style, air-dried locks, when the topic of band names came up. The San Fernando Valley, California-bred trio were explaining how they were of the "super boring," no-energy species of girl group, and they'd come up with a handle to advertise those killjoy tendencies.

"We were gonna call our band Wet Blanket, so it really covers all bases — you really know what we're about," bassist Este joked.

Of course, soulful sisters Alana, 21, Danielle, 24, and Este, 27, are very much in-demand and anything but low-energy, as vets of the multi-instrumentalists' live shows will testify. And when MTV News caught up with them at last month's Bonnaroo in Manchester, the girls were in full festival-circuit mode. In fact, they copped to jumping off a scheduled run of "utter chaos" opening gigs for Rihanna so they could make their Governors Ball date.

"We did bring her a pink bottle of champagne," Este said of the Bajan Badgal. "We kept it classy!" youngest sis/keyboard player Alana chimed in as soft-spoken Danielle nodded and laughed.

With pubs from Teen Vogue to Fader having spilled ink about their dreamy Forever EP, Haim were poised to get back on the road again with their fellow Roc Nation management signee. They would join her again for the early-July, European leg of her Unapologetic Tour. You know, just killing time with a multiplatinum star while studio geeks put the polish to their now-complete debut album, which is due by summer's end.

"We're touring while [the ...

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Robin Thicke Goes Hard On ‘Take It Easy On Me’

On the sticky, stylish track that's shown no signs of loosening its grip on the summer-anthem crown, Robin Thicke sweetens his dirty desires with a jubilant beat and an equally smile-inducing video. While the R&B star has a similar message on his brand-new track, "Take It Easy On Me," this time, he's removing the sugar and getting straight to the point.

While "Blurred Lines" is a track to dance in your socks to, the Timbaland-produced "Take It Easy On Me" demands stilettos. And Tim's synth-heavy fingerprints can be seen all over the club-ready track, which finds Thicke using his smooth R&B voice in a slightly more aggressive manner, all making his intentions that much more clear.

"I'll rip through all your fancy clothes/ I want to shop for your underwear/ I wanna do it all so close/ Baby, I can make it worth your while," Thicke sings. "When I look right through your dress, I want your cherry pie."

Just in case that didn't quite get through, Timbaland joins in on Thicke's pleas: "Do it, do it/ Hypnotize me," he repeats. "Do it, do it take it easy on me."

As if the Justin Timberlake vs. Robin Thicke feud fire weren't blazing strong enough — just take a look at all the comparisons between the "Blurred Lines" video and JT's equally naked "Tunnel Vision" clip — "Take It Easy On Me" perhaps throws in yet another log. While they are by no means identical, it's all very reminiscent of JT's ubiquitous 2006 track "SexyBack."

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‘X-Men’ Sequel: Hugh Jackman Spills Secrets About ’70s-Era Wolverine

After a few years apart, Hugh Jackman is ready to once again rule the big screen as the Wolverine with back-to-back summer movies.

And unlike his previous four outings as the clawed Canadian, this summer's and 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Place" push both Jackman and his iconic character into new and exciting directions. While his solo film, which opens later this month, throws a beat-down Logan into the Japanese underworld, next year's time-traveling team-up throws the X-Man into a new decade.

"Weirdly, his hair is kind of '70s," Jackman tells MTV News' Josh Horowitz, when asked about portraying the hero during the Nixon administration. "The chops are kind of '70s. He really got stuck in the '70s, let's face it. Even getting into the cars, it feels like Wolverine. I've been ad-libbing a whole lot of lines where he's like, 'Yeah, this is how a car was made' and 'Yeah, I can smoke my cigar in the pre-school.' This is his time, the '70s."

Whereas the trilogy director Bryan Singer started with 2000's "X-Men" was set in the present day, 2011's "X-Men: First Class" was set in 1962. According to Jackman, Wolverine is the character that bridges the gap between the disparate timelines.

In the comics, the surviving X-Men of a post-apocalyptic future send the mind of an adult Kitty Pryde — played by Ellen Page in "X-Men: The Last Stand" — to the present day to prevent the one political assassination that changed history for the worse. This explains how Hugh Jackman, a character associated with the original trilogy, can ...

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‘X-Men’ Sequel: Hugh Jackman Spills Secrets About ’70s-Era Wolverine

After a few years apart, Hugh Jackman is ready to once again rule the big screen as the Wolverine with back-to-back summer movies.

And unlike his previous four outings as the clawed Canadian, this summer's and 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" push both Jackman and his iconic character into new and exciting directions. While his solo film, which opens later this month, throws a beat-down Logan into the Japanese underworld, next year's time-traveling team-up throws the X-Man into a new decade.

"Weirdly, his hair is kind of '70s," Jackman tells MTV News' Josh Horowitz, when asked about portraying the hero during the Nixon administration. "The chops are kind of '70s. He really got stuck in the '70s, let's face it. Even getting into the cars, it feels like Wolverine. I've been ad-libbing a whole lot of lines where he's like, 'Yeah, this is how a car was made' and 'Yeah, I can smoke my cigar in the pre-school.' This is his time, the '70s."

Whereas the trilogy director Bryan Singer started with 2000's "X-Men" was set in the present day, 2011's "X-Men: First Class" was set in 1962. According to Jackman, Wolverine is the character that bridges the gap between the disparate timelines.

In the comics, the surviving X-Men of a post-apocalyptic future send the mind of an adult Kitty Pryde — played by Ellen Page in "X-Men: The Last Stand" — to the present day to prevent the one political assassination that changed history for the worse. This explains how Hugh Jackman, a character associated with the original trilogy, can ...

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‘Pacific Rim 2’? Director Already Has ‘A Couple Of Things’ In Mind

is a rarity among this summer's blockbusters in that it's completely original, based solely on the imagination of its creators. But that also means that it has more work to do — especially if it's successful.

If it's a hit, audiences will likely demand a sequel. But given its monsters-versus-robots set-up, a follow-up doesn't sound too difficult to imagine. In fact, the film's co-writer and director Guillermo del Toro already has a few ideas for a follow-up, and when MTV News caught up with him, he detailed what exactly he has in mind.

"I'll tell you a couple of things. We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure," del Toro told MTV News, referring to one of the many giant robots that fight monsters. "We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. Second thing is you're gonna see a merging of Kaiju and Jaeger. And that is quite special."

Following the adventures of human soldiers who pilot giant robots called jaegers to fight against undersea monsters called Kaiju, the film climaxes with an enormous showdown underwater as the last remaining robots fight to close a portal between our world and the one from which the monsters emerge. Del Toro said that if nothing else, this epic showdown produced a few promising ideas about how to further explore this larger-than-life world and push its mythology into new territory.

"Just think about it for a second," del Toro explained. "We sent Gipsy to the other side, right? It exploded, but whatever remains stays there." Referring to "drifting," the psychological process through which jaeger pilots team up ...

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Miley Cyrus ‘Doesn’t Give A Damn’ About What You Think Of Her

Miley Cyrus might be about 300,000 Twitter followers away from revealing her album title, but one of the folks she worked with is already spilling some details about the project.

Songwriter/producer Sean Garrett, who has penned songs for Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Fergie, opened up to MTV News about hitting the studio with the singer as she prepares to launch her post-Disney music career.

"Man, that was a really, really exciting relationship, just getting in the studio with Miley. This was my first time working with her, and I actually thought she was going to be a lot different, to be honest with you," he said. "But she is down-to-earth and so funny ... Being that she's had so much success, sometimes you work with certain artists and they be so into themselves, but she was so down-to-earth."

"It made the music-making process so much easier," he added. "When you've got someone who's cool and understands that it's about taking your life and putting it on music and actually putting it on tape, the songs were coming so easy and the conversation was so easy."

Not only did Miley book time with the hitmaker, but also a handful of other A-list producers including Pharrell and Mike Will Made It, who produced the album's lead single, And hearing her work with those other producers convinced Garrett he wanted in on the project as well.

"By the way, I was already a fan of what I had already heard. I wanted to be a part of that. Miley is a fun girl who really ...

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Exclusive: Daft Punk And Durex Have Not Hooked Up

Daft Punk may have their own official action figures and Coke bottles, but what about official condoms? The Daft Punk helmet is practically ubiquitous at point, but when it comes to the "Get Lucky" condoms that popped up on the Web this week, those helmets are strictly off-brand, as Durex denies a team-up.

A Durex rep, however, told MTV News that they have not been working with the band. "We are aware of reports that Durex has launched Daft Punk branded condoms following their hit single 'Get Lucky,' " he said. "There is no Durex promotion or partnership with Daft Punk in the U.S. or any other markets and Durex is not posting free packs to the world's top DJs as suggested. However, we do hope that by using Durex condoms, music-lovers will continue to make sweet music together and have great sex!"

After Diplo posted a picture of an opened Durex-branded condom package to Instagram this week, word started flying around the Web that Daft Punk and Durex had a special-edition condom collabo.

"Thank god I had those daft punk condoms last night," Diplo wrote in the caption. The thin box was tricked out with the Random Access Memories cover art. Reports stated that Durex had started sending out these samples of the condoms to DJs ahead of release.

Are Those Daft Punk Condoms For Real?

It seemed a plausible match, as summer jam "Get Lucky" lends itself particularly well to activity of the lubricated variety. Durex also teamed up with ...

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Schoolboy Q Didn’t Ask Eminem For A Verse… Yet

Sure Schoolboy Q would love a verse from Eminem, but that wasn't the purpose of Black Hippy's meet-up with Slim Shady.

"We weren't trying to go in there all, 'Oh let me get a verse.' We hate when people do that to us, so we actually wanted to go in there and be cool and feel him out and see what was going on before anybody asked for a verse," Q told us of his June in-studio meeting with Em.

Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Royce da 5'9," Mr. Porter, Schoolboy and of course Eminem all linked up in Detroit. Fans — and news writers — hoped that there was an all-star recording session, but it was more of a hangout. "We just sat there, we chilled, we talked. We expressed what we liked about each other's music, we talked about Slaughterhouse, we talked about his artists, we talked about us individually. He's just a good dude, just chillin'," Q said.

Kendrick gave us a similar account after he performed at the Firefly Festival in Delaware. "That was me actually just meeting and greeting," K-Dot said. "I bumped heads with Eminem [in the past], but it was very brief, that was my first time really chopping it up with him, getting to ask all the questions I wanted to ask him."

Schoolboy, on the other hand, stayed quiet. "I sat in there and I didn't say nothing. I soaked up game, I didn't want to say too much," he told us. "I can't go in there running my mouth trying ...

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