Thursday, January 31, 2013
It's been a few years since we've heard new music from 80's synth-pop goth trio Depeche Mode, and now they are back with a brand new track called Heaven, which takes the band back to the dark but memorable sound that made them famous almost three decades ago with such hits as Just Can't Get Enough, Enjoy The Silence and Personal Jesus. I love how Dave Gahan's and songwriter Martin Gore's vocals compliment each other on the track, and I'll even go out on a limb to say this is the best Dave has sounded vocally on a track. The new album, titled Delta Machine will be out on March 26 and be accompanied by a 28-page book chock full of photos from the band's longtime friend Anton Corbijn. A deluxe addition will also include the b-side to Heaven, "All That's Mine," as well as bonus tracks "Happens All the Time," "Long Time Lie" and "Always". The video for Heaven will premiere tomorrow. Check out the tracklisting and take a listen to Heaven below...
DEPECHE MODE DELTA MACHINE TRACKLISTING:
1. Welcome To My World
4. Secret To The End
5. My Little Universe
8. The Child Inside
9. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
10. Should Be Higher
12. Soothe My Soul
When it comes to the Super Bowl, the only thing that really gets me going is not who is actuall playing since I'm not a big sportsnista (unless it's the UFC which I love), but who is performing during Half Time and the movie trailers. On Sunday, the list of film trailers that millions will get to see is Star Trek Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger, Fast & Furious 6, Oz The Great and Powerful, World War Z and Iron Man 3. The latter's full 60-second spot will premiere this Sunday and for those of you who can't wait three more days, you can check out a clip from it featuring new footage along with a cool new poster for the upcoming film!
Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
The teaser in my opinion was unnecessary since they were quick clips of things we've seen already in the teaser that came out months ago. As for the other films getting their own push during the Super Bowl, I was underwhelmed by the special effects zombies in World War Z, so while I welcome an epic zombie film, it doesn't look like it's going to give me the chills and thrills I get whenever I watch The Walking Dead (and they work on a much smaller budget). I'm also not impressed by Oz Great and Powerful (do we really need a backstory on the wizard of oz?) I am looking forward to Fast 6 because my girl Michelle Rodriguez is back (which I knew was going to happen since I have a friend who used to work with her revealed that she was being revived for the new movie) and mixed martial artist Gina Carano, who was the best thing in Haywire will be playing Dwayne Johnson's partner in the sequel, which means expect lots of ass-kicking.
Other films I wish were getting their trailer debut at the Super Bowl: The Wolverine, Man of Steel, Hangover 3, Kick-Ass 2, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Maybe there's still hope right?
Iron Man 3 opens in 3D and 2D theaters on May 3, 2013. Directed by Shane Black, the action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 winner Sharon Needles has unleashed the music video for her new single This Club Is A Haunted House, which can be heard on her debut album PG-13. The video, which clocks in over seven minutes features an introduction by the legendary queen herself RuPaul (which was clearly inspired by the Lawanda Page intro on Supermodel of the World) and the video is about Sharon and a group of freaks taking over a club after they object to a sign prohibiting fats, fems and freaks from entering. The song is pretty catchy and danceable and I'll even go on a limb to say this is the best single to come from a RuPaul's Drag Race contestant.
P.S. You can currently see Sharon's partner Alaska on RDR5. PG-13 is available now.
RuPaul's Drag Race kicked off season 5 this past Monday, so of course the minute you make it on TV people should know by now that someone is bound to dig up your past. Gay porn site The Sword did some digging on some of the contestants, and they revealed that two of the queens have a gay porn past.
Jade Jolie may be serving lots o' tuna this season, but she was serving more than that not too long ago when it was revealed that she once upon a time moonlighted as a gay bareback porn star who went by the name Tristan Everhard and starred in the film DaVinci Load 2: Electric Twinkaloo. Another fellow contestant Detox (who along with Ivy Winters is a fave of mine) also has a porn past as Sebastian Ford where you can see Detox getting pounded by a black guy in a hotel room and in another video where he's getting fucked in the back of a van.
I just love that with so many reality stars with porn pasts making it on TV, it's no longer taboo to get you freak on in front of a camera and then cross over into mainstream TV. Next week's episode is supposed to have one queen revealing a deep dark secret, so the porn revelation might be just that. I just hope that this is the beginning of not judging people based on decisions they have made in the past that in the end doesn't effect anyone but themselves.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I have been a fan of Neon Hitch's style and music for quite sometime, but like Wynter Gordon and Lolene if I don't hear enough about them on the musical front like when music from Gaga, Beyonce and Rihanna are shoved down our throats on a constant basis then they are bound to slip my mind.
Neon had one of the hottest songs last year called Fuck U Betta, which designer Andrew Christian used in one of his popular underwear videos, and she also performed at Logo's NewNowNext Awards (as well as some of your favorite gay clubs). Tired of her label continually shelving her debut album, like Lolene Neon opted to take her career into her own hands and has released a new EP called Happy Neon. The six-track EP was produced entirely by Neon and Happy Perez (Frank Ocean, Miguel), and while the album has a R&B/pop vibe (a female Frank Ocean maybe?), if you are expecting to hear a bunch of songs that sound like Fuck You Betta or Ass Back Home, you'll be sadly disappointed.
The sad part is with these bullshit 360 deals and the decline of the music industry, labels aren't interested in nurturing artists anymore. The only way you can be seen and heard as a musician in this country is A) launch your music career through a reality show (Tamar Braxton and most recently The Saturdays have capitalized off of this trend) or B) become an independent DIY artist (like Solange, Robyn, Dawn Richard and a few former major label legends who have decided to use their loyal fanbase to sell their music through their own websites and label).
Download the entire EP at the following link and be sure to check out one of the tracks called Midnight Sun below...
Since people have clearly come undone from Rihanna's ability to not take a break from music, her handlers over at Def Jam have opted to release Pour It Up, the unhookiest track off her Unapologetic album as the next single. If you've been paying attention to the label's favorite field slave and the Unapologetic promo trail as of late, every magazine cover, music video and celebrity outing has featured the overexposed singer practically naked, and I have a feeling the music video for this song will feature RiRi haning out with her girls throwing dollar bills at a bunch of out of shape strippers (or man-looking chicks that look like Joceline Hernandez from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta). Instead of shoving RiRi back in the studio to work on new music and another collaboration with Chris Brown, why didn't they decide to capitalize on their reconciliation by releasing Nobody's Business or even the dubsteppy Jump, the latter which fans and critics agree (next to Diamonds) is the best single-ready track off the album.
It just goes to show that her label isn't even hiding the fact that Rihanna is nothing more than a singles artist and a go-to hook girl who's only purpose is to make her label enough money until the listening public gets tired of her.
Singer and actress Brandy gives fans an insight into her life before she became a famous singer and actress in the new MTV series, This Is How I Made It. She also talks about being bullied in school, signing her first record deal with Atlantic Records at 14, and the shocking revelation that she never planned to become an actress. But when an opportunity presented itself for her to star on the short-lives sitcom Thea, Brandy stepped out of her comfort zone and opted to try something new.
Watch Brandy talk about her rise to the top below...
The supernatural horror film Mama, which has been getting rave reviews snagged the #1 spot at the box office this weekend, raking in an estimated $ 28.1 million. This is the second horror film in January to take the #1 spot, with Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D bringing in $25.6 million it's opening weekend.
Mama tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.
Whether or not you've seen the movie, which stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Nikolaj Coster Waldau (Game of Thrones), I highly recommend you check out the Spanish-language short that inspired Guillermo Del Toro to sign on as a producer of the full-length below...
In my previous post about some top Hollywood actresses in talks to star in an all-female version of The Expendables, I made slight mention of Helen Mirren and her memorable turn as an assassin in the action/comedy RED.
Now the trailer for the sequel has appeared online, which features retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Willis) reuniting his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they'll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process.
RED 2, which stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox and Neal McDonough will be in theaters on August 2.
Two years ago when the first Expendables movie came out, I thought to myself, "why don't they make a female version of the hit machismo film, which stars Sylvester Stallone and just about every 80's action star that I grew up with in the 80's and 90's?" Then Screen Rant would up doing an article on their dream team of female stars who would be great in a all-girl Expendables film, and it got me thinking of a dream team of my own.
I think what the female version will have to focus on is the emotional core of the action universe, instead of what macho films rely on too often and that's blowing shit up and cutting people's throats to solve a problem. What I loved about Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games is that during some of the heartfelt scenes where she had to do what she had to do to survive, you felt for her emotionally throughout the film and you rooted for her to win the games. It's also why people love shows like Homeland, Game of Thrones, True Blood, The Walking Dead and even the hit cartoon Brave. People love seeing strong women getting the job done. It also helps that women are becoming a much more powerful force when it comes to corporate jobs, media, and the recent presidency.
I loved the fun one-liners in The Expendables, but that can't be all you focus on when you make a female version. It will also suck if they relied on all the ladies to be provocatively sexy and sedictive as the only way to get the 18-34 year-old crowd to pay $15.00 at the theater. What I loved about Christopher Nolan's version of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises is that she didn't rely on being a sex kitten to get what she needed out of people. She knew when to turn on the charm to get what she wanted out of powerful men, but she also wasn't afraid to kick your ass when you stepped out of line.
That is what we need in the Expenda-Belles movie. We need that balance. Hopefully with Executive producer Adi Shankar (who gave us must-see macho films such as Machine Gun Preacher, Dredd 3D, and the hit internet short Punisher: Dirty Laundry) and writer Dutch Southern on board, we will have a movie that will show Hollywood that there is an audience (both male and female) out there that wants to see hot chicks kicking ass and taking names.
The writer(s) will have to figure out where they will fit each person, but my dream team of action heroines I would like to see in the film are: Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Helen Mirren, Milla Jovovich, Zoe Bell, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Rodriguez, Uma Thurman, Kelly Hu, Summer Glau, Cynthia Rothrock, Kate Beckinsale, Vivica A. Fox, Charlize Theron, Lucy Liu, Eliza Dushku, Rhona Mitra (who I think should be considered as the new Lara Croft if they ever decide to reboot the franchise), Gina Carano (who was the best thing in Haywire and also stars in the upcoming Fast 6), Michelle Yeoh, Jessica Biel, Carrie-Ann Moss, Zoe Saldana, Ziyi Zhang, and the villainess can be either Sharon Stone, Lucy Lawless or Pam Grier.
I would also love to see Maggie Q in this film, but I know when you've got a busy 22-episode schedule on an action-packed show like Nikita it might be hard to steal her away to be in such an ensemble film. Mirren, who I loved in RED (I got slightly turned on watching an old lady fire automatic weapons at the bad guys) would make a great M-like character.
Now if we're talking about actual actresses who do their own fight stunts, my (narrowed-down) choices as the Expenda-Belles would be: Sigourney, Milla, Michelle Rodriguez, Michelle Yeoh, Gina Carano, Uma, Zoe Bell, Vivica, Angelina, Linda Hamilton, Cynthia, Carrie-Ann, Maggie Q, Jennifer Garner (who did most of her fight scenes in Alias and Electra), and Lucy Liu. The villains stay the same.
Who do you guys think you would like to see in this film? Sound off in the comments section.
In an attempt to kill his squeaky clean image so that he can win himself some desperately-needed street cred, Justin Bieber has been seen lately trying to come across as a poor man's Justin Timberlake. Now he's taken a page out of Eminem's old school handbook and as retaliation towards the paparazzi, he showed the world what Usher gets to have a taste of whenever he checks up on his protege.
Justin quickly took the pics of his ass and another featuring his crotch bulge down after posting it on Instagram, and his manager Scooter Braun took to his own social media site, tweeting: "as a prankster u have to respect another good prank. only makes sense.
I don't know where in the prank handbook is mooning the paparazzi considered a prank. If the Beebz wants to know how to pull off a good prank war, he should have watched the masters Pauly D and Vinny over on six seasons of Jersey Shore. When I see him with weed, sagging his pants, and hanging out with rappers and sports figures, it just comes across as Justin trying too hard to get some attention and cool points. I'm just glad he's of the legal age to be showing his ass (literally and figuratively), because quite frankly he's got a nice one. It's only a matter of time before he pulls a Chris Brown and "accidentally" posts pics of himself naked online, or a Kim Kuntrashian and "accidentally" leaks a sex tape. I guess we'll call those "pranks" as well?
Anyways, check out Justin's half-assed moon and bulge below...
As I wait in anticipation for the release of James Franco's and co-director Travis Mathews' interpretation of the leather bar sex scenes cut from William Friedkin's controversial 1980 drama Cruising (which was cut to avoid getting an X rating) to come out, Mr. Franco has another film that follows another explicit sex theme.
Kink takes a behind-the-scenes look at BDSM porn mega-studio Kink.com, the studio in San Francisco's Armory where Franco shot Stephen Elliot's film "About Cherry," about a woman entering the porn industry.
Check out the trailer below...
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Since Fortune was not the comeback album that Chris Brown had hoped for, and Rihanna has run out of ways to show off her kibbles and bits in order to sell her lackluster Unapologetic singles to a thirsty mainstream public, the duo's handlers have decided to push the bootleg Ike and Tina back in the studio to work on a new music together. For the past few weeks RiRi has been spotted coming in and out of the studio (didn't she just drop album #7 two months ago) and RiRi and Chris have a song together called Nobody's Business on her latest album. But when they were spotted leaving the same studio separately, it sparked rumors that they were working on new music together.
Breezy's rep did confirm to E! News that the reunited lovebirds are in fact working on new music, but there is no word if this is Rihanna returning the musical favor for Chris' sixth album Carpe Diem or of she is working on album #8. Either way you slice it I'm sure the song will be milked to death and it will be forced down our throats so much it will become an instant hit (pun intended).
Riding on the success of two reality shows (Braxton Family Values and Tamar & Vince), and a #1 single called Love And War, singer Tamar Braxton stopped by 106 & Park to premiere the video for her latest hit.
She revealed that she wanted the Beyonce-esque Hot Sugar to be the album's first single (being that it's an uptempo track), but she says she's glad she listened to her husband Vincent Herbert who opted for L&W instead: “I was so devastated and disappointed. I didn’t speak to Vince for like a whole five, six hours. That’s a lot for me,” she laughed.
And while Tamar provides vocals on the title track to Lady Gaga's only hit single from her last album Born This Way, Tamar says the pop singer will not be returning the favor on her album: “We’re two different kinds of artists and I really respect Gaga and I appreciate her, but we’re gonna keep that lane separate,” said Tamar, who is the new host of Centric’s “Culturelist.”
Speaking of albums, it was also reported last month that Tamar was planning to release her sophomore album next month, but apparently she has decided to push back the release date from February 12th to March 5th.
Check out the video and interviews on 106 & Park and her interview with The Breakfast Club below...
It's not often that I (or anyone else for that matter) talks about Nicole Scherzinger and music in the same sentence. She has tried and failed twice to make her solo career happen in the United States (to be fair she has had some success with her Killer Love album overseas), and now Scherzy is back once again trying to make it a go as a solo star.
Nicole (who most likely used some of the money she made on the U.S. and U.K. X-Factor to cut a music video and single) is set to drop a new single Boomerang overseas on January 24, and at this point since U.S. radio has all but ignored her on the solo tip, I have no idea if the song will ever see the light of day here. While we all sit and wonder if Nicole will ever be as big as Beyonce, check out a clip of her new video Boomerang below...
Like her DC sister Beyonce, singer Kelly Rowland is about to have a very busy 2013. Between performing in two weeks during Super Bowl Half Time when Destiny's Child reunites on stage together for the first time in almost a decade, Kelly is also dropping her fourth album, Year of the Woman sometime this Spring.
Kelly has worked with producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Rico Love, Kevin Cossom, T-Minus, and Rock City on her new album, which means it will most likely be filled with sexy dated R&B tracks that black people stopped purchasing from an actual record shop around the time the Virgin Megastore closed in Times Square.
Kelly's last three albums have been pretty lackluster in regards to hits, and it wasn't until she started collaborating with David Guetta that for the first time I saw Kelly as a divalicious force to be reckoned with. It was the first time she was making music that helped her stand outside of Beyonce's shadow and solidified her as a dance diva-in-training who could have been this generation's Donna Summer. But then she (or someone she's paying in her camp) is advising her to keep making songs that sound like Motivation and then they're shocked when her albums flop. I just wish Kelly would get it through her thick skull and abandon the R&B sound/audience that has never bought her lackluster three albums and would at least attempt to give us that fierce music we know she's capable of making. Kisses Down Low while a cute track just feels like Kelly is forcing the sex appeal to sell records.
Anyways, take a listen below and feel free to express your opinions on the song if you like.
Joe Budden may currently be acting like a subdued cracked-out mess on the current season of VH1's reality show Love & Hip Hop, but now he's trying to make that long in the waiting musical comeback with his brand new single She Don't Put It Down. Now in remix form, he recruits Fabolous (who's baby mama is no longer on L&HH) tongue-twisting rapper Twista and R&B singer Tank for some much-needed radio play. I gotta admit the song is hot and as a fan of Joe's first album I'm glad he's finally back on his grind and the remix is da hotness! My only question is does the title refer to his cray cray relationship with Tahiri, Raqi Thunda or the 19-year-old he has shacking up with him on the show?
Joe's sophomore album No Love Lost will feature appearances by Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Juicy J, Lloyd Banks, and more, and will be in stores on February 5.
Sidebar: I wonder what's going on with Slaughterhouse, the group Joe is in that's signed to Eminem's Shady Records label?
Rising electro pop Jonas Oakland manages to get right what so many of these paint-by-numbers wannabe mainstream dance artists are trying to do to keep what's left of their careers afloat -- by taking his sexy falsetto and sensually catchy lyrics and allowing it to ride quite nicely over an infectuous catchy electro bassline. I just hope if he continues to make music this good that the music will in fact never die.
Listen to When The Music Died below...
Friday, January 18, 2013
As of late the term "porn star" is few and far between, especially since the new generation of porn stars don't really stand out like they did back in the 80's, 90's, and 2000's when there were legendary pornformers like Al Parker, Mark Dalton, Jeff Stryker, Jack Wrangler, Lukas Ridgeston, Francois Sagat, Aiden Shaw, Colton Ford, Matthew Rush and the last true essence of what embodied a porn star -- Erik Rhodes. There are actually a few I can think of off the top of my head from today's era that has what it takes to carry the torch of the previously mentioned porn legends (like Austin Wilde, Tim Kruger, Rafael Alencar, Alessio Romero, Spencer Reed, Jesse Jackman, Anthony Romero), but what I hope is by this compiled list (Tiger Tyson should have been added in my opinion) is that all these so-called "straight" boys who are jumping into gay porn for easy money (and some of you queens who just become a porn star for the title) learn is that it takes a lot more than making "oooh" faces and faking it on camera to embody what it takes to be a porn star. There were too many to mention, so I decided to pust post the top 10 but if you want to check out the rest, cleck on the link so you can check out the full list for yourself. Check it out here at the Boy Culture site. Also feel free to sound off on who you think should have been on the list or who was your favorite porn star to wack off to.
10 HOTTEST GAY PORN STARS OF ALL TIME
1. Bill Henson
2. Chad Douglas
3. Eric Manchester
4. Mike Henson
5. Al Parker
6. Jon King
7. Joey Stefano
8. Jack Wrangler
9. Kevin Williams
10. Casey Donovan
Thursday, January 17, 2013
- 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