During Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn and Rey are leaving Starkiller Base, as they step onto the turbolift, Chewbacca picks up Han’s parka that had been thrown on the ground earlier and hands it back to his buddy, prompting Han to flash Chewie a bewildered look. When asked what he remembered about shooting that moment, Joonas Sutamo responded:
By saying that great artists don’t need awards in his tweet, Eric Bogosian is also letting it be known how he feels about the artists he worked with on Uncut Gems. Josh and Benny Safdie didn’t receive an award for Best Director (nor were they expected to), and they, along with co-writer Ronald Bronstein, didn’t get a Best Original Screenplay nomination. Still, that doesn’t take away from the fact that they are great artists.
It’s been several months now since Conan Gray stopped by the MTV News office for a brief, yet impressive three-song set, and life for 21-year-old singer-songwriter has changed a lot since then. Last Friday (January 10), Gray announced his debut LP, Kid Krow, and also dropped his broody new song, “The Story.” Now, less than a week later, he’s back with a thought-provoking and melancholy video to match.
The music video begins with Gray wandering aimlessly before hitching a ride on the back of a pickup truck. As he walks through a seemingly abandoned town (and later, a seemingly abandoned property), he sings of all the unfair things he’s seen in this world, from the effects of bullying and self-hatred to a fear of being your 100 percent authentic self. And though he seems despondent and like he’s lost hope as he roams lonely dirt roads, he knows that it’s “not the end of the story.”
With the end of the video comes a reminder that, while it might feel like it sometimes, we are never truly alone. As more people start to appear, it becomes clear that they, too, are trying to navigate the complexities of life. And just like Gray, they are simply trying to find who it is that they really are.
Much like the song and its video, Gray said in a statement that his upcoming album “is a study of how I perceive the world.” The LP will also give fans a more in-depth look at his personal life, from life on the road to learning to accept who he is.
“I talk a lot about my friends and people I’ve met touring over the past year,” Gray added. “It’s me. I’m not the coolest person, but the album is me accepting the fact I’m weird and I don’t need to be anybody else. It’s also a chance to encourage others to embrace who they are and be unapologetic about it.”
In an Instagram post announcing Kid Krow, Gray also said that he’s excited for his fans to learn things about him that he’s never revealed before. “I say more on this album than i’ve ever said in my life and I can’t wait to tell you all of my secrets,” he wrote. “Love y’all.”
If you love “The Story” and its corresponding visual as much as we do, fear not. There’s so much more coming our way. Kid Krow will be out on March 20, and until then, we’ll likely be watching this video on repeat.
Since The Gentlemen is set across the pond, it has a unique relationship to the C-bomb. It’s simply not as taboo of a word in the U.K., and as a result the word “cunt” is said and read consistently throughout the movie’s runtime– often to hilarious results. I had the chance to speak with the cast of The Gentlemen, when I asked the actors what their relationship was to the C-word during filming. They were charming and hilarious, so check out the comments from Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, Henry Golding, Charlie Hunnam, and Michelle Dockery below.
Sam Mendes’ Golden Globe winning film 1917 isn’t based on a true story. The story of two lance corporals running to stop an attack which will end in tragedy never happened, but the story was inspired by very real events. Of course, the film is set during the very real World War I, but simply the idea of making the movie in the first place was largely inspired by a real person, Mendes’ own grandfather Alfred, who was a soldier during the great war and who once had a mission shockingly similar to the one in the movie.
By now, we all know that Mariah Carey is unstoppable. The music icon has broken not one, not two, but several records over the last few months, and soon, she’ll be honored for her songwriting in a major, major way.
On Thursday (January 16), the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced which talent will be inducted into the class of 2020. And after recently scoring her 19th No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” it should come as no surprise that Mimi’s made the cut.
The pop culture legend expressed her gratitude on Twitter. “I can’t believe it…” she wrote. “The SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME!!!!” Carey went on to call the forthcoming induction one of the “greatest honors” of her roughly 30-year-long career. “I’m so proud and humbled to be in the company of such legendary songwriters – both previously inducted as well as the incredible class of 2020!” she added.
She’s right, this year’s class is pretty impressive. Pharrell Williams, Eurythmics‘ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, the Isley Brothers, Steve Miller, and several others will be inducted. But alas, it’s Carey’s devoted Lambs who are most excited over the enormous achievement. “A-MAZE-ing,” one fan tweeted. “It’s why I have been a fanatic since 1990. Your words. Your lyrics. Your songs. THANK YOU MC.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Hall of Fame chairman Nile Rogers said in a statement, “I am very proud that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time and that the 2020 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres, ethnicity and gender.” He also added that these particular artists “have enriched our lives” and “literally transformed music and helped make it what it is today.”
It’s also worth noting that in order to qualify for the Hall of Fame, a songwriter must have a catalogue spanning at least 20 years. Carey, having been in the business several decades, certainly fits the bill. And after making headlines recently for breaking just about every record under the sun — from becoming the only artist in history to have a No. 1 single across four separate decades to being the first artist ever to fall off the Hot 100 completely after spending the previous week at No. 1 — being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame seems like the only logical next step.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 11 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Man, if only the industry as a whole took the approach to sequels and franchise continuations that Will Smith describes here, we’d have been spared a lot of disappointment over the years. The reason why it took so long for Bad Boys to get another sequel, 17 years after 2003’s Bad Boys II, is that Will Smith wanted to protect this franchise, which is the one that really kicked off his career as a movie star.
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
As we have mentioned before, Greta Gerwig’s Academy Award nomination for Best Director in 2018 was a big deal, and not just for being the fifth woman to earn the nod. Her directorial debut, Lady Bird, received plenty of love at the Golden Globes that year, earning star Saoirse Ronan a lead actress award and being crowned Best Picture in the Musical or Comedy division, but Gerwig’s sole nomination for her work was Best Screenplay, which Best Director award presenter Natalie Portman famously commented on before listing the “all male nominees,” causing her co-presenter, Ron Howard, to awkwardly chuckle.
Getting matching tattoos with your significant other: cute idea or surefire kiss of death? In the latest video from Lauv, for his aptly titled new single “Tattoos Together,” he makes a case for both.
“To me, it wasn’t a bad idea because it was such a special time in my life when we were really happy together,” Lauv told MTV News about the idea for the song — which, yep, came after he got matching ink with a now-ex-girlfriend. “I think everybody’s different. And it’s a really cute tattoo. It’s not, like, names or something. I think names is where I draw the line.”
On the upbeat hook, Lauv takes that no-regrets approach to life by proposing, “Let’s get / Tattoos together / Something to remember / If it’s way too soon / Fuck it, whatever.” That blissfully carefree sentiment comes to life in the accompanying visual, in which he dances around a colorful neighborhood block where flowers are sold like drugs and flash mobs are an everyday occurrence. He and director Declan Whitebloom scrapped an initial idea for Lauv to get a tattoo with a fan, and settled on a more visually interesting concept inspired by the Hall & Oates dance sequence from 500 Days of Summer. In that dreamlike scene, Lauv said, “everything kind of goes perfectly for the main character,” which mirrored his own headspace when he wrote “Tattoos Together” last year.
“At that time in my life, I was manic,” he said. “I was super, super, super, super unrealistically happy and impulsive because I had just gotten on my antidepressants and I was in a really big hole before that. I was super, super high and I didn’t realize it at the time. I wanted the video to feel like you’re so in love and it’s so perfect, and then had the idea to shatter it at the end with the cheating.”
Indeed, after dancing up a storm with his smiley neighbors, Lauv wanders back home, ready to propose to the girl of his dreams. But when he gets down on one knee, he sees her in bed with another guy — which sets off a hilarious outro and blooper reel wherein Lauv cusses up a storm and freaks out about their matching tats by screaming that he “can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery” anymore.
“That scene was funny to shoot because I totally improv’ed it,” he said. “We had to do it so many times and the first two times, I really felt in it. And then after you’re yelling, like, ten times, you kind of start to feel bad and weird. Especially because, the girl in the video, I think it was her first music video ever, so I felt super bad screaming at her.”
Impressively, the video was shot all in one take, though they ended up using the 15th run-through for the final version. Chalk that up to the choreography, which Lauv only learned the day before filming.
“I think it’s the most [dancing] I’ve done,” he said. “But I’m going to do a lot more in future videos. I’ve been learning how to dance, which is really fun.”
“Tattoos Together” is the latest taste of Lauv’s upcoming debut album, ~how i’m feeling~, and it’s not the only new song linked to a piece of his growing collection of body ink. He has 14 tattoos total (none he regrets), with the most recent being the phrase “Modern Loneliness” on his arm, in commemoration of one of his favorite tracks off the album.
“It’s this super, super meaningful song to me,” he said. “That one’s basically about… I feel like these days, I’m so used to never being alone but feeling so alone. It’s so easy to feel totally isolated even if there’s people around you. I just think it’s this condition that a lot of people in my generation feel.”
We’ll have to wait to hear that song until ~how i’m feeling~ arrives on March 6, after a long and steady rise for Lauv. It’s already been two years since he broke out with “I Like Me Better,” and he’s kept up a constant stream of singles ever since, including “I’m So Tired…,” “Fuck, I’m Lonely,” “Sims,” “Mean It,” and “Drugs & the Internet,” all of which appear on the upcoming album.
“It feels very long overdue,” he admitted about the project’s impending arrival. “I’m honestly nervous because there’s a lot of different vibes on the album and some of them I think are going to be way different than what people would expect. But they’re really important parts of me as an artist, and I think it’s the first time that I’m really exploring every aspect of who I am and the kind of music I want to make.”
And make no mistake: there’s plenty more music (and plans for more tattoos) on the way.
“I’m honestly already working on my next project,” Lauv said. “I’ve just been in such a creative flow, so I’m really happy.”
In addition to the film itself, Tales as Old as Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen is a new walk through gallery exhibition that will show off costuming and other elements of French storytelling, including how French literature inspired many Disney classic films, like Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella.