Madonna has elicited mixed reactions since releasing the official music video for "God Control," the third track on her latest album Madame X, last week. The graphic clip, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, sees the Queen of Pop and her clique being gunned down by a lone shooter during a night out at the club, a direct reference to the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting that claimed 49 lives in Orlando, FL.
One notable critic of the video was Parkland shooting survivor Emma González, whose galvanizing speech at a February 2018 gun control rally is sampled on Madame X's closing track "I Rise." González admonished the artist for the vagueness of her video's content advisory warning, tweeting, "[Madonna] should have sent out a message warning what her new video contained, especially to Pulse Victims, especially as it was released just after the [third] anniversary [of the shooting] on June 12."
Madonna has yet to respond to González, who went on to call the video "f***ed up" and "horrible."
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First Look: Lady Gaga for Haus Beauty. pic.twitter.com/2QDbmD6TL1— GAGAIMAGES (@gagaimages) July 4, 2019
There could be 100 makeup lines in Sephora and 99 don't work for you, but this one might? Gaga's makeup line has been talked about for a while now, and according to little codesters who searched through the website hauslabs.com, they found new promotional images and vendors connected with the launch of the beauty line - even though the website currently shows an email form to enter. I'm just thinking how Too Faced might've been a step ahead in naming collections that would fit the "Reloaded" hitmaker's new cosmetic endeavors.
Models wearing Haus Beauty products. pic.twitter.com/1ho7B62MOK— GAGAIMAGES (@gagaimages) July 4, 2019
Do you see yourself purchasing Lady Gaga makeup?
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According to the new book The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation by biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli, Taylor Swift was treated like family during the time that she spent infiltrating the Kennedy compound in 2012. According the the authour:
- Taylor was always a fan of the Kennedys and read two of Tarborrelli's books and watched a bunch of documentaries before meeting anyone from the family
- When Rory Kennedy found out that she was a fan she reached out to Taylor asking for tickets to her Speak Now tour
- Taylor gladly obliged to have the kids come to the concert, complete with meet and greets
- At the meet and greet Taylor asked for Rory to pass her contact information along to Ethel, the Kennedy she seemed to admire the most
- Rory passed her number along, which eventually led to Ethel and Taylor having lunch together
- From that lunch came an invitation for Taylor to join the family at a Sundance Red™ carpet premiere of the HBO Kennedy documentary Ethel
- From here, Ethel invited Taylor to the Kennedy family compound for the 4th of July weekend in 2012
- The first night of the weekend she hung out with the younger Kennedy kids and doing typical Kennedy weekend activities: drinking, fishing, swimming, playing 'flashlight tag' etc.
- The following day included breakfast made by a chef (Palm Beach crab stack with poached eggs)
- Lunch was on Ethel's patio, where Taylor debuted a live acoustic performance of the song she wrote called Starlight, which was inspired by Ethel
- Ethel was "beyond moved"
- Dinner was a formal event, with a "first course of baked brie wrapped in phyllo with walnut, followed by barbecued Cajun shrimp as well as halibut"
- After the weekend was over it was clear: Taylor was now an honorary Kennedy
- Ethel was taken by how "game" she was for activities, trying things she had never done before like sailing and "dragging"
Now THIS is the Taylor Swift that I love and respect. Be the American royalty that you wish to see in the world! Fave Taylor 4th of July Shenanigans, ONTD?
Demi Lovato announces that she will be taking a break after the Taylor Swift & Scooter Braun situation! pic.twitter.com/afPRLxSzDN— Music News Facts (@musicnewsfact) July 4, 2019
This break is most likeley due to some of the backlash she received after defending Scooter Braun.
10. Wow! Now Demi Lovato is getting involved. She is a Scooter Braun client and posted this on her Instagram stories.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 1, 2019
Then she commented on @todrick’s Instagram post and said he shouldn’t call Scooter homophobic! (Scroll up to see what Todrick said) pic.twitter.com/LrWoBpha1j
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why must she always insert herself...
Breaking: An earthquake has just shaken Los Angeles. Preliminary reports from the @USGS says it was a 6.6 magnitude quake.— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) July 4, 2019
An earthquake? On my 4th of July?
It happened just
Been living in Los Angeles all my life. That was the longest earthquake I’ve ever experienced. Not jerky. Smooth and rolling. But it was loooong. It was so long I thought for the first time ever “Is this the big one?” Damn. Respect Mother Nature. She’s the boss.— Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 4, 2019
Big fucking earthquake. 😮— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) July 4, 2019
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ONTD, have you ever felt an earthquake?
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After not showing up to a cancelled meet & greet to say hey to fans who had arrived anyway, like her tour members the Jonas Brothers, Demi posted photos partying with her buddy Travis Clark. After posting pictures a fan tweeted this:
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From Lord of Winterfell to a Bodyguard and most recently, Elton's manager in #Rocketman, actor Richard Madden can now add Doctor of Drama to his list of titles as he received his Honorary Doctorate! #RCSgraduation pic.twitter.com/bLWKt3av1S— Royal Conservatoire (@RCStweets) July 4, 2019
+ Richard Madden received an honorary degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow today.
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- British singer/songwriter Ryan Ashley has been writing songs for others since he was 15, but just recently began thinking about releasing music of his own
- Did a cover of "He Wasn't Man Enough" and realized a man hasn't covered the song yet
- Wrote debut single "Innocent" high with MNEK and Kate Stewart; announces debut 7-track EP coming this month
- Would love to write for Beyonce
- Previews new song "Guess My Friends Were Right" coming tomorrow:
MNEK's productions are always *chef's kiss*
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For july 3, 2019
- John Cena Supports LA Ice Cream Truck Charging Influencers Double for Ice Cream
- Tess Holliday Comes Out as Pansexual
- Celebs show their support for Halle Bailey's casting as Ariel in the The Little Mermaid
- Taylor Swift / Scooter Braun Update: Her Lawyer Speaks + Taylor has "No Ragrets"
- Yeterday's Roundup
'Spider-Man: Far From Home' stars Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal reveal their list of favorite summer travel movies that would be perfect viewing pairings for their latest Marvel European adventure.
did you watch Spiderman, ONTD??? Thoughts? (Beware of spoilers in the comments)
Joy-Anna and her husband Austin Forsyth announced on Instagram today that they had suffered a miscarriage at 20 weeks. They decided to name the unborn baby girl Annabell Elise.
This would have been their second child after son Gideon, who was born in February 2018.
Independence Day feels like an artifact from a lost era of blockbuster movies. But the more things change, the more they stay the same https://t.co/XVGZTjvpwG— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) July 3, 2019
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-also Jeff Goldblum looking like this
Have an good 4th everyone. Stay safe out there.
the god warrior is an ally, CONFIRMED pic.twitter.com/sVsMY5Mfqx— Calvin (@calvinstowell) June 29, 2019
Marguerite Perrin, also known as the God Warrior, was seen in NYC last week during World Pride. Holding a rainbow flag and posing for photos with Pride festival-goers, it seems like she is now an LGBTQ+ ally?!
Perrin first made her appearance 14 years ago on an episode of Trading Spouses, where she had an infamous meltdown.
A change.org petition that popped up the day that Taylor Swift announced that she was "sad and disgusted" that Scooter Braun bought her old record label is now approaching 200,000 signatures (almost half of the signatures of what Taylor's Lover™ branded Equality Act petition has received in over a month). The petition is for Taylor Swift to re-record her past albums because through the sale of Big Machine Records, Braun now controls her master recordings. There is no clear answer as to what this would accomplish for Swift, who's net worth is reported to be $360 Million.
If you recall, JoJo re-recorded her first two albums and a handful of "one off" singles that her incompetent former record label would had not added to any streaming services. It is unclear what the end goal for Swifties truly is; Taylor's back catalogue is still available for streaming and isn't showing signs of going anywhere. It should be noted that Taylor will continue to profit from her original songs being streamed / bought because she still retains publishing rights to every song that she has written.
Most recently, Swift's friend Troye Sivan signed and wrote:
“Taylor wrote every damn lyric from her album Speak Now, 75 per cent from her other five albums. It’s her art. She’s incredibly talented, she’s my friend and I love her. Scooter Braun, I don’t know you. Bye, bye.”
It is unclear if Sivan understands that Swift is still receiving the same amount of money for her songwriting that she was making a month ago, when Braun wasn't in the picture.
Several outlets are also reporting that other celebrity co-sponsors include Katy Perry and Shawn Mendes, with the following being top comments on the petition:
It should be noted how easy it is to fake a signature, demonstrated by this post by "Harry Styles"
PS for anyone wondering what music masters are and what happens now that Scooter "owns" Taylor's: please listen to the latest episode of NYT's Popcast, which provides a concise overview of the situation and if it even matters
Tired of the perdue chicken on perdue chicken drama in the music industry this past week? Well, here's another perdue chicken, except she's unproblematic and always sticks to her lane!
Pop Queen Carly Rae Jepsen graces the cover of this month's Paper Magazine and gets to dress up as characters from some of the most popular 90's movies such as Romeo and Juliet, Clueless, and Never Been Kissed. She is also interviewed by Tan France (Netflix's Queer Eyes) about music, love, and life.
Interview and more pics at the source below.
What are your favorite movies from the 90's?
In the Game of Writers with Over-Sized Egos, you win or you die... or potentially ignite a petty feud, as the Internet witnessed a few days ago.
Recently, GRRM took time out of his busy schedule of not writing his books and figuring out Aragorn's tax policies to attend Leonard Maltin’s "Maltin on Movies" podcast, where he called online fandom toxic and out of control.
Of course, the subject of the much maligned Game of Thrones finale was raised, during which Gurmy lamented how rabid debates and disagreements between fans have become on the Internet.
Referring to to Game of Thrones readers and viewers, George Raymond Ricky Martin said, "“I want to give them something terrific,” [...] “What if I f*ck it up at the end? What if I do a Lost? They’ll come after me with pitchforks and torches.” This comment came soon after he described his experience watching the LOST finale, when he “watched [Lost] every week trying to figure it out, and as it got deeper and deeper, I kept saying, ‘They better have something good in mind for the end. This better pay off here.’ And then I felt so cheated when we got to the conclusion.”
UH-OH SPAGHETTIOS! We all know that Damon Lindelof, co-creator of LOST, doesn't exactly take criticism lightly. In fact, Lindelof expressed his butthurt the best way he knows how: through social media. He took to Instagram to bitch:
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I'm not here to debate the merits of feminism about the Disney princesses, but by all means, feel free to knock yourself out.
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Besides that, well, who do you want for other LA Princesses?
src: under the images, my own words, and spending money on 3/4 of these.
Five RPGs Didn't Need Sequels but We Got Them anyway.
Tales of Xillia 2
OP's note: You play Ludger who kind of pick up everyone from the first game like pokemon. The plot is paper thin (it has wormholes, alternate worlds...and the final boss: Some guy in a moon baby). They try the hide the fact in form of several side quests that the main purpose of the game is find out what the characters from the first game are doing. The possible of two endings...both of them sucks.
Best thing about this game: Everyone has much better fashion sense in this game (expect Leia)
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Stranger Things stars Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and Noah Schnapp answer the internet's most searched questions about themselves and Stranger Things. Does Millie Bobby Brown dance? What's Finn Wolfhard's band called? Is Noah Schnapp perfect? Is Stranger Things 3 the last season?? The cast answers all these questions and more!
Stranger Things season 3 is streaming now on Netflix
It was on this day in the year of our lord 2016 that Taylor Swift invited her
And on that day, Tom Hiddleston blessed us with a gift... his "I <3 T.S." tank top.
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Which July 4th activity sounds most fun to you?
Released in 2003, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Now iconic and often-imitated (but never surpassed), Oldboy is back in a brand-new 4K restoration from Arrow Films.
The film opens on select UK cinemas on August 2. The 4K restoration will soon be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download formats, with a limited edition 3-disc Blu-ray version to follow.
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Oldboy is influential but Lady Vengeance is much better than Oldboy tbh.