Saturday, March 28, 2015
We are eight months away from the 24th Bond film's theatrical release, and now we have a peek into what we can expect from the highly anticipated follow-up to Skyfall entitled Spectre.
In the film, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind sinister organisation Spectre, which originally appeared in the first ever Bond film – 1962’s Dr. No.
In the new film, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris reprise their roles as Q and Moneypenny, respectively, while Ralph Fiennes takes over for Dame Judy Dench as M. Spectre also stars Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, and Monica Belucci (The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions) and Lea Seydoux as the new Bond girls.
Spectre, which was directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall) will be released on November 6.
Friday, March 27, 2015
A few days ago word began to spread that Ray J would be leaving Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood after one season to work on saving his messy relationship with girlfriend Princess Love. Well rumors of his exit were exaggerated, because it looks like the sometimes singer and actor isn't going anywhere.
I think it was a smart move for Ray J and Princess not to leave L&HHH only because his career is not as hot as his sister Brandy's. She's always been the serious singer and actress and Ray's image has always been the messy playa side. If the reality TV coin is all you have going for you at the moment, the stupid thing to do would be to leave a cushy job that's giving you a smidge of infamy.
Cissy Houston has broken her silence by sitting down for a chat over at New York radio station WBLS, where she opened up about the condition of her granddaughter Bobbi Kristina. As you all know the 21-year-old daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston has been lying in a medically-induced coma since January.
My heart breaks for Cissy and the entire Houston/Brown family. Cissy not only lost her daughter to a long battle with drugs, but her granddaughter is suffering all the same. I really hope things will change for the family, but I feel that while it hurts to lose a child, Bobby needs to come to terms with Krissy's condition and let her go. No one wants to be a vegetable for the rest of their lives.
After surprising everyone on social media yesterday with the news that she would be dropping a new single within the next 24 hours, Rihanna has finally unleashed her ratchet new single Bitch Better Have My Money. It was also announced a short time ago that RiRi will perform the track, which was written by Jamille Pierre, Badrilla Bourelly, Rihanna, and Travis Scott and was produced by Deputy and Kanye West at the iHeartRadio Music Awards this coming Sunday.
I should also give a huge congrats to the Bajan beauty for also gaining ownership of all the masters to her songs, which is major because very few musicians own the masters to their music
Here's what we learned after visiting her website and reading her newly rezhuzhed biography:
"now recording her first album under the roc nation label with the ownership of her masters, she is busy adding more credits to her burgeoning resume: executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist."
So what this means is basically RiRi will have ownership of all her music moving forward, since when they sign their shady major record deals they were expected to turn over the rights to their sound recordings – the actual studio/live recordings of their material. As part of a typical record deal, relinquishing these “master rights” was part of how an artist secured the financial support of the label to pay for the recording and release of the record.
Once the major labels gain control over the masters, they could then license the master recordings to third parties for placement in TV or film, use in commercials, or for use in another work (e.g. sampling) without the artists’ consent or monetary gain. Unless an artist had earned back all the money the label loaned to them for the recording and promotion of a record, all master license fees would stay with the label.Here is what Rihanna had to say about her upcoming eighth album that will be released later this year:
“I wanted songs that I could PERFORM in 15 years; I wanted an album that I could perform in 15 years,” Rihanna told MTV NEWS. “Not any songs that were burnt out. I find that when I get on stage now, I don’t want to perform a lot of my songs. They don’t feel like me. So I want to make songs that are timeless.”
In the beginning of her career I've always looked at Rihanna as nothing more than a black Barbie doll, playing dress up for fashion's biggest designers while singing songs from the best producers and songwriters in the business. As I dig further into her personal, I'm starting to learn that she is serious about her shit, and is definitely making boss moves as a smart businesswoman. She's paid her dues by doing what her label asked of her, and now that she's proven herself by becoming a in-demand global superstar, she can pretty much do whatever she wants at this point.
Take a listen to RiRi's new single at the following link
Remember recently when Timbaland told the crowd at SXSW that Aaliyah told him in a dream that Tink is the real deal and that he should work with her? Well his protege has s unleashed the music video for her new track entitled Ratchet Commandments. See if she is worth the hype by checking out the video, which was shot by legendary music video director and frequent Missy Elliott visual collaborator Dave Meyers below...
Thursday, March 26, 2015
While Madonna enjoyed being the #1 album in the country last week, it looks like I've got some bad news for her in week 2. Sales for her 13th studio album have fallen off 80%, taking her from #2 to number 16 on the Billboard charts after selling only 22,000 copies in it's second week of release.
I think the problem is that while Rebel Heart is well-produced, the album lacks memorable singles. The album has way too many cooks in the kitchen, and it seems Madonna was more interested in hooking up with the most trendy of producers instead of really giving us a proper pop album. Don't get Me wrong, there are a lyrically strong tracks on the album like Ghost Town, HeartBreakCity, Inside Out, Joan of Arc, Hold Tight, and Living For Love, but gone are the days when Madonna gave us our lives when she worked with radio-friendly producers such as Nile Rodgers, Patrick Leonard, William Orbit, Stuart Price, and Mirwais.
Lyrically the album was strong, but what I had trouble with is when I would listen to the tracks how will her choreographers pull off making the Rebel Heart tour interesting from a dancer's standpoint if the beats are too complex to dance to? I was talking to a friend of mine about this very topic, and she said that what Madonna needs to do is stop spending time overseas in the U.K. and get back to her roots. She also suggested that Madonna work with Rick Rubin, which I think is a phenomenal idea. I also think it's time for Madonna to start maturing with her audience (most of her fans are in their late twenties and up) and stop trying to appeal to the fans of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. If your music is good the kids will listen, but rocking the grills and trying to perform juvenile-sounding pop tracks about your vaginal juice tasting like Holy Water is beyond cringe-worthy. So Madonna, while I'm sure your tour will be a knockout success, I really need for you to regroup and figure out the next evolution of your music career, because the last thing we need is for your haters to be right and say that you've become washed up. Madonna needs to remember why people love her in the first place, and regain her title as the Queen of Pop and Reinvention.
Here is the video from New York duo Lion Babe (the singer is Vanessa Williams' daughter Jillian) entitled Wonder Woman, which was produced by the very busy Pharrell. The single drops on May 4.
We are one week away from Furious 7 shattering box office records, and action star Vin Diesel, who has been on a rant as of late about his love for his good friend and Fast & Furious co-star the late Paul Walker recently made a huge statement where he believes the seventh film will win the 2016 Oscar for Best Picture.
Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash in November of 2013, and production had to be shut down in order for writers to change the ending. They also had to use special effects to finish all the parts that Paul hadn't completed, with the help of his real-life brothers as stand-ins.
This is some serious wishful thinking on Vin's part, to make such a bold revelation that he believes Furious 7 will even be considered for an Oscar. As much as I love the mindlessly fun franchise (I started to like it again once Dwayne Johnson came on board), the Academy is full of prudes and only want to give awards to movies that most of America could give a shit about. I don't want to shit on your dreams, but let's be real here: You'll have a better chance of cleaning up at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards than at the Oscars.
Then again, I would love to see the Oscars include more films that are popular among fans that are actually really good. So if the next Batman movie is great, or if Furious 7 is what people behind the film says it is, i don't see why films that don't fall on the snobbish side can't get a shot?
Well it's about damn time. After being reduced to extra status in the first two X-Men movies, Bryan Singer has revealed that Jubilation Lee, aka Jubilee will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse. A popular character in the X-Men comics, Jubilee can emit colorful energy plasma that she uses against her enemies. The role will be played by Lana Condor.
Apocalypse will also feature characters such as Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (MICHAEL FASSBENDER), Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult). Audiences will also see younger versions of Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner).
Fingers crossed she will have a much bigger role in Apocalypse, because you have no idea how pissed I was when Jubilee was reduced to background fodder in the earlier X-Men movies.
Congratulations are in order for singer, songwriter and actress Brandy, who will be heading to Broadway to play murderous housewife Roxy Hart in Chicago.
Beginning April 28-June 21, the singer will take center stage at the Ambassador Theater for eight weeks. So scrape together your coins and get those tickets soon, because you know it's going to be good with Brandy on board.
For those of you not familiar, Brandy Norwood has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. She first made us fall in love with her when she released her multi-platinum self-titled debut album at 15 featuring the hit single "I Wanna Be Down." Her record "The Boy Is Mine" is the longest running number-one song and best-selling duet of all time. As an actress, Brandy has starred in her own sitcom, "Moesha," and made history in Disney's television film Cinderella as its first black princess, starring alongside her icon Whitney Houston. She recently received a 2014 NAACP Image Award for her role as Chardonnay on BET's "The Game." FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit her website at www.4everbrandy.com.
I have some heartbreaking news. My heart and condolences goes out to the family of Blake Brockington, a transgender teen who took his own life. Last year Blake made history by becomeing the first trans male to win Homecoming King of East Mecklenburg High School, and had a promising future. So it's shocking to hear when someone who has a bright future ahead of them commits suicide.
QNotes spills the T:
Details of Brockington’s passing and any plans for memorials are not yet known. qnotes will provide updates as they become available.
Brockington’s death was confirmed and announced publicly Tuesday morning by Time Out Youth Center, a local LGBT youth services agency where Brockington received support.
The center is working today to ensure other youth and staff receive needed support. Executive Director Rodney Tucker says youth members and clients have been at their center since 9 a.m. this morning. A counselor will be on hand to speak with staff and is available to youth and clients throughout the day.
We really need to uphold our youth and protect the next generation of LGBT kids, because even though people don't want to admit it, all kids from every aspect of the rainbow are our future. It's not talked about often enough, but there is a high suicide rate in our community, especially when it comes to trans youth of color. You never know what people are going through even when they may be the most popular person in school, so hopefully this story will open up a dialogue as to what can we do to make sure our kids get the proper love, help and support that they need to strive and thrive.
- 5 Deadly Venoms
- Another Gay Movie
- Blade Runner
- Boy Culture
- Brokeback Mountain
- Die Hard
- Eating Out
- Enter the Dragon
- First Blood
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- Kill Bill
- Mysterious Skin
- Night of the Living Dead
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Spider Man 2
- The Bourne Trilogy
- The Circuit
- The Crazies (2009)
- The Dark Knight
- The Empire Strikes Back
- The Fluffer
- The Goonies
- The Lost Boys
- The Matrix
- The Monster Squad
- The Road
- The Road Warrior
- The Terminator
- True Lies