- Artist: Ke$ha
- Label: Photo Finish Records
- Director: Isaac Ravishankara
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Director Anthony Mandler wanted to let R&B superstar take viewers 'on a journey, not a ride.'
By Jayson Rodriguez
For a video as forward-thinking as Usher's "OMG" -- with its laser beams and light flashes -- director Anthony Mandler actually looked back for inspiration.
"The original idea was kind of Max Headroom," Mandler told MTV News, citing the animated science-fiction character from '80s British TV. "That's where it came from — the TV flickering on and there's this character. We just wanted to bring it up to date."
"Max Headroom was always in his room," he continued, "this unidentifiable room, '80s shapes. I used that for inspiration."
The formula worked: "OMG" is among the Best Male Video nominees for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The clip is up against Drake's "Find Your Love," Jason Derülo's "In My Head," Eminem's "Not Afraid" and B.o.B's "Airplanes." Mandler is a multiple nominee, having also helmed Drake's video.
"OMG" is the first time Usher and Mandler — who has worked with Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna — collaborated on a project.
Usher said he knew the video would be a challenge and wanted to make sure the director was up to the task.
"When I first shot the song to him, I was like, 'Are you sure you're gonna be able to catch this one?' And he said, 'I got it,' " Usher explained.
"We wanted to bring Will.I.Am (the song's producer) into my world," he continued. "Obviously, the international sound and look and feel has already been set, but we wanted to do something theatrical, fun and energetic to show us working off of each other and playing off of each other as artists, but the cinematography would be artistic and incredible."
Mandler described the visuals as "Hitchcock-ian." Though the style of the shot was important to the director, he had a simpler goal in mind: to capture Usher in his element. He said the key to the clip was simply letting Usher's talent take over.
"The concept was to create a world where we put Usher in a space where he does what I think he does better than anyone else in the world, which is perform at a level and magnitude of a superstar and take us, the viewer, whether audible or visually, on a journey, not a ride," the director said. "And, in that, I wanted to create an unpredictability, so one set leads to another and another, and you never know what's gonna happen. Along the way, Usher becomes our guide. We're so focused on him, we don't notice the change. The thing is unfolding little by little, and you can't quite see far enough ahead to know what's gonna come next."
The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12. The party starts with MTV News' VMA Pre-Show at 8 p.m., followed by the main event at 9 p.m. ET. Fans can go to VMA.MTV.com (or text VMA to 97979 if they are Verizon subscribers) to vote for Best New Artist from now through September 12.Related Artists
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Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Gathering together to continue work on their new movie, the stars of "Drive" were spotted in Los Angeles, California on Thursday (October 28).
Leading things off, "Mad Men" beauty Christina Hendricks donned a pair of high heels and dark skinny jeans while carrying a large, black duffel bag into a Money and Loan store as cameras rolled.
Meanwhile, Ryan Gosling looked focused as he passed the time in between shooting scenes by trying to solve a Rubik's cube.
Last, but not least, Carey Mulligan looked pretty in pink while talking to crew members - with the freshly-blonde beauty having recently made headlines for breaking up with Shia LaBeouf and being linked to Tom Sturridge in a budding romance.
Due out in 2011, the film "Drive" is about "a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovering that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong."
'I can't help where I come from, but I love where I come from, so I just do music and I create,' Austin Brown says.
By Steven Roberts
The name Austin Brown may not ring any bells, but he is the youngest son of Rebbie "Centipede" Jackson, and, of course, the nephew of the late Michael Jackson. Brown, a talented and versatile singer, songwriter, producer and dancer, is ready to carry on the Jackson family business for the next generation. But he isn't necessarily looking to live off the family's fame.
"Music is in my heart," Brown said. "It's what I love to do. I can't help where I come from, but I love where I come from, so I just do music and I create."
Brown said he grew up listening to everything from Boyz II Men and George Michael to the Beatles. And while such a diverse musical taste isn't uncommon with the iPod generation of today, the singer said he loved to sit around and dissect what makes each artist special. He'd listen and wonder what about the Beatles inspired Brian Wilson's (of the Beach Boys) work, which in turn inspired the Beatles.
Brown also loves to perform, which he said started when his mom first took him onstage. "She was doing a show in Japan and I was about 3," said Brown. "When I first looked up, there was all of these things onstage — gargoyles and all this weird stuff at the club. And I got scared and kind of ran off, but I paused when I ran off. So my mom tried it again the next day, and I danced my heart off after that."
Some 20 years later, Brown has teamed up with super-producer Rodney Jerkins and is set to release his debut album, 85. The title represents what Brown has learned from music throughout his life.
"He had the vision," explained Jerkins. "He said, 'It's going to be called 85.' Why 85? 'Because that was the year I was born and in '85 this artist came out, and the music sounded like this. We've got to be inspired by this.' The whole thing we kept trying to do was create a sound that makes you want to dance and feel good."
The album's first single, "Target Practice," debuted Monday on Brown's website, and the video will follow. Brown said it doesn't look anything short of stunning.
"It was directed by a man by the name of Tom DeSanto, who is the producer of 'Transformers' and 'X-Men,' and it was such a blessing to get him for my first video," he said.
"He's downplaying it for me," Jerkins said. "Your first video and you've got the producer of 'Transformers'? How did you get him from the movie world? Most people go from making music videos to the movie world. He's coming from the movie world to the video world."
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Nicki Minaj, B.o.B, Ne-Yo scored two nods apiece at this year's show set to air November 28.
By Jayson Rodriguez
New mother Keys and Usher are tied for the most nods with four apiece; Keys is up for Best R&B/Soul Artist Female, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Record of the Year, while Usher is up for Best R&B/Soul Artist Male, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Dance Performance.
Drake is just one nom behind the pace-setters. The Toronto lyricist scored nods in three categories: Best Hip Hop Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, B.o.B Erykah Badu, Monica, Sade and Fantasia are among the other big nominees, each scoring two nods apiece. This year's Legends Awards recipients are veteran singers Ron Isley and Anita Baker.
R. Kelly is set to open the show, hosted for a second-straight year by actor Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Rick Ross, Cee-Lo and Keyshia Cole are among the acts scheduled to perform. The 2010 Soul Train Awards are set for November 10 at Atlanta's Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and will air November 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on BET and Centric.
Last year marked the return of the seminal awards show, founded by "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius, after a two-year hiatus. The 2009 production also took place in Atlanta and featured tributes to Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, L.A. Reid and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.
For the full list of nominees, visit BET.com.Related Photos
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Taking a breather from another full day of filming, the stars of "Glee" were spotted out on lunch break in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday (October 27).
As for the fellas, both Matthew Morrison, who spent the past weekend partying with Cameron Diaz, as well as a candy bar munching Cory Montieth went about their personal business during the short respite from work efforts.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Finishing up a full day of work efforts, Angelina Jolie was spotted partaking in a night shoot in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday (October 13).
The "Wanted" actress, who received a visit from partner Brad Pitt earlier in the day, busily directed her leading characters as the crew members captured all of the action for the upcoming movie.
Meanwhile, it seems as if Ang's new flick has hit a bit of a snag, as AP reports tell that Bosnian authorities revoked permission to shoot in their country after complaints from a women war victims group.
Gavrilo Grahovac, the Culture Minister of the Muslim-Croat federation, told press, "They no longer have the authorization to shoot in Bosnia. They will have it if they send us the scenario with a story which will be different from what we have been told by people who read it."
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Back out flaunting her stylish new hairdo, Ashlee Simpson was spotted leaving her hotel in New York City on Wednesday afternoon (October 13).
Looking sleek and sexy, the former "Melrose Place" actress donned a cute leopard print jacket with a brimmed hat sitting atop her blonde pixie cut.
The outing comes as Miss Simpson flew into the Big Apple from Los Angeles with her growing son Bronx the previous day.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
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Friday, October 1, 2010
- Artist: Usher
- Label: We The Best, E1 Music
- Director: Gil Green
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