Hey y’all! I’m back from a long break and as I return to my treasured trash bin of celeb dirty laundry, I see that the fates have taken issue with my absence and have sent a peculiarly disturbing piece of news, that MILEY CYRUS and JARET LETO have been getting cute n’ cuddly in some random hotel rooms. WHAT?
Hollywood Life reported some kind of FWB sitch, as evidenced by their source:
“It’s super casual, but he’s more than just a hookup buddy, as they genuinely care about each other.”
In fact, the insider claims the two connect “REALLY DEEPLY.” SURE.
“Miley thinks the world of Jared, and she really looks up to him. They have more than just a physical connection. They’re on the same page in so many ways. They love talking about politics, art, spirituality, and sexuality — nothing is off limits. A lot of the time when they get together, they stay up talking until the sun comes up.”
Yeah, I’m sure the dude who sent rats as wrap gifts and the ganga princess get super philosophical together. ANYHOW- gross. So now you know how I FEEL.
Rihanna is one of the only stars to not share a stage with Taylor Swift on the latter’s recent tour, don’t hold your breath, y’all.
Asked by NME if she’d ever join Swift onstage, the 27-year-old singer responded:
“I don’t think I would. I just don’t think it makes sense. I don’t think our brands are the same; I don’t think they match,” Rihanna elaborated. “I don’t think our audiences are the same. In my mind she’s a role model, I’m not.”
Wow, a pretty authentic reaction from a pretty controversial figure in entertainment. But still- I wouldn’t exactly say you have to be squeaky clean to sing with Tay. After all, she had Mary J. Blige and John Legend on, and they aren’t squeaky clean.
What do you think- are Riri and Taylor THAT off brand from each other? DISCUSS BELOW!
In a statement issued by director Joseph Kahn and provided by Swift’s publicist, he said the video was “not about colonialism, but about a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950.” He also compared the video to films like Out of Africa and The English Patient, a connection some critics made as well.
Here is Kahn’s full statement:
“Wildest Dreams” is a song about a relationship that was doomed, and the music video concept was that they were having a love affair on location away from their normal lives. This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa,1950.
There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screentime is Taylor and Scott.
The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa and The English Patient, to name a few.
The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man. We cast and edited this video. We collectively decided it would have been historicially inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work.
There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography. Furthermore, this video has been singled out, yet there have been many music videos depicting Africa. These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history. Let’s not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people.
What do YOU think of this music video controversy? Do you think the video is guilty of colonialism? I Kinda do, but like a softcore-style insensitivity that is mostly due to good-natured ignorance.
Everybody’s been waiting for Adele’s new record since 2014…and we might ACTUALLY be able to hear it soon!
The singer has been hinting at a follow-up to her 2011 blockbuster, 21 for more than a year but this Fall she’ll finally be able to make good on her promise of a November release on something NEW. So what’s the deal with the album? Here’s what we know…
According to Billboard, Danger Mouse has been working on the album, and Max Martin has contributed a single. Canadian singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. also has written a (reportedly, standout) track, and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder is back in the mix after producing and co-writing “Rumour Has It” on 21. (Yeah, I know, a OneRepublic dude co-wrote Rumour Has it?! WEIIIIRRRDDDD)
Adele and her team are super silent about the whole thing, as obvi there’s a LOT of pressure surrounding its success. Her sophomore LP sold over 11 million copies and was the top-selling album of the year in both 2011 and 2012, SO, you KNOW. In July, Ed Sheerantold the U.K.’s Capital FM, “I haven’t heard [Adele’s album], but everyone I know who’ve worked on it is just like, ‘Dude… that record!’ Apparently, it’s really good.”