An incredible Cast star in THE HARDER THEY FALL, from Executive Producer Jay-Z!
When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him in this assured, righteously new school Western include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right and left hand men — hot-tempered Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler)—and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose. Directed by Jeymes Samuel, written by Samuel and Boaz Yakin, produced by Shawn Carter, James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender and Jeymes Samuel, and featuring a red hot soundtrack and a stunning all-star cast, including Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, R.J. Cyler, Damon Wayans Jr., Deon Cole with Regina King and Idris Elba revenge has never been served colder.
THE HARDER THEY FALL arrives on Netflix and in select theatres this Fall.
In what looks already like the best MY NEXT GUEST NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION with David Letterman, Jay-Z opens-up about many things we’ve been wanting to know about for a while including his mother’s recent “coming-out” as a lesbian. New clips have surfaced from the interview.
Jay-Z on Trump
Jay-Z on Blue Ivy
Jay-Z on his mother’s “coming out”
MY NEXT GUEST NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION with Jay-Z streams today, Friday, April 6, 2018.
With the Holidays just around the corner, anticipation continues to build for ANNIE and just released earlier this week was a reel of New Yorkers singing along with the Classic TOMORROW from upcoming Jay-Z & Will Smith-produced Remake! Funny, touching and sweet, you must witness the magic of how one Song has touched the hearts of multiple generations here.
Official Synopsis: Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.
See New Yorkers singing TOMORROW from ANNIE!:
You too can be a part of the Reel by recording yourself singing TOMORROW and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the Hashtag #ANNIEMOVIE!
I just might have been tempted into joining-in on the fun! Will you?
Have you recorded your take on #TOMORROW from #ANNIEMOVIE? Do it now for a chance to be included in a Fan Reel! #ANNIE
The 43rd annual Costume Institute Gala was held last night in New York City. The annual Fixture at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art pairs Fashion and Starpower together in a dazzling Red Carpet Affair with a hand-picked A-List of Invitees approved none other than by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour – the most respected and at once feared Woman in the Fashion industry. Earlier in the day, American First Lady Michelle Obama honoured her in a Ceremony at the Venue.
Bringing the focus on influencial Fashion Designer Charles James, Men for the first time ever played a more pronounced role at the Gala. Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Bradley Cooper – the latter serving as Chair this year, were among the many Hunks gracing the Red Carpet which shut down a portion of Fifth Avenue. A mandate was set by Wintour encouraging Coat Tails and white Bow Ties, most adhering as would best be advisable at the profile-boosting Extravaganza of the highest form.
As always, the Ladies are front and center. Sporting and among the Red Carpet Favourites last included Supermodel Cara Delevingne in a Pantsuit by Stella McCartney, Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa, Lupita Nyong’o in a sparkly green piece by Prada and Blake Lively in Gucci.
The Party didn’t end right there though as the stars came out in full force at the Afterparties around town. It is said Beyoncé and Jay-Z got swarmed by Fans, travelling separately from one Party possibly for their own safety. Sean Penn and Charlize Theron were seen happily out and about as were another new Couple in Michael Sheen and Sarah Silverman. We wonder if there were any moments of awkwardness as Toronto’s own Rachel McAdams also attended; she previously was involved with Sheen. All eyes however were on Lively and Ryan Reynolds as loud cheers were hears upon their cozy displays of affection.
Several were disappointed about Jennifer Lawrence‘s deeply-felt absence despite being scheduled to be dressed in Dior and without Madonna this year, there seemed to be that little bit less enthusiasm in the air.
Some got a bit tipsy as we witnessed Academy Award Nominee Ejiofor getting a bit of help back to his Hotel, as was 20-year-old French Acting Sensation Adèle Exarchopoulos. And was that Tomato Sauce we saw on Lily Allen‘s cheek as she made her way back to her Hotel with a big box of Pizza in-tow?
Personally, we are still giddy about meeting Australian Beauties Naomi Watts and breakout Star Margot Robbie! And did we mention that we got an ultra-rare opportunity to meet the biggest Celebrity in New York right now, Pasty Chef Dominique Ansel? The soon-to-be Author and Beard Honour-receiving Cronut Inventor has the Culinary World and New York City at the palm of his hand. It was also sublime getting to meet Celebrity Photographer of the highest calibre, Mario Testino!
Just some of the Snaps below of whom I got to meet:
He’s been hand-picked by the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Oprah, Naomi Campbell and Justin Timberlake. After four years in the making, DJ Cassidy is set to make an explosive debut with his first Album Paradise Royale, set tentatively for a release in May. The star-studded Affair features collaborations with 22 of the most influencial Musicians of the Disco Era and a roster of Guest Vocalists which will have you asking, “Like, how?!?”. Mary J. Blige, Estelle, R. Kelly, Cee-Lo, John Legend, Kelly Rowland, Passion Pit and so many more lend their talents in a way you’ve never quite heard them before!
DJ Cassidy dons a stylish fedora and a large brooch with the letter “C”, a signature look which matches his level of musical sophistication. We learn he is very hands-on with his approach, humbled by the opportunity to give musical direction to many of his Heroes on his upcoming Disc. He also incorporates a Live Band to his Act when performing live, as he currently opens on tour for Robin Thicke.
“The first step was I sat down and made a Playlist of my favourite 25 songs of that Era (1978-1982)”, says the eloquent New Yorker says to an intimate Audience of Tastemakers at Toronto’s Drake Hotel, “How do I make my songs feel like these Songs?”. He adds, “I made a list of every Musician who ever worked on these Songs – the Drummer, the Guitar Player, the Horn Player and so on. I made 25 lists and what I saw was the same names repeated over and over and over.”. “To achieve my mission, I had to go to the source – so for the past four years, I reunited 22 of the most legendary Musicians to recreate their sound”. He then went-on to premiere four unheard Tracks from his Album.
I was floored by the John Legend and Estelle Track When The Stars Come Out. I try convincing DJ Cassidy this needs to be his Followup Single as we exchange a hug, him telling me he saw me grooving from the stage as he measured reactions from the Crowd. Current Single, Calling All Hearts featuring the vocals of Robin Thicke and Jessie J. Disco Era heavyweights Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind & Fire. Mega-Producer Nile Rodgers even brings out the same guitar we hear on Chic‘s Good Times and Madonna‘s Material Girl. But back to When The Stars Come Out, the Track is like nectar to the ears. “I normally call my own shots, but ultimately I trust the Label to decide what’s best”, he says about whichever Track next will see a release.
DJ Cassidy‘s Soulful Funk revival (please do not use the word “Disco“) could well define the Sound of 2014, reconnecting his Generation of Hip-Hop-obsessed Music Listeners to what he calls “the most universal Dance Music of all time”. The Crowd in attendance is delighted by infectious Passion Pit Collabo So Long Baby, a true mark of his ability as a Producer, making them sound convincingly soulful; there is big potential there for a Crossover Hit.
Noticing an R. Kelly Collaboration sequenced late on his Playlist projected onto the screen, the Audience begged for him to play the Track, Make the World Go Round, and they certainly are not left disappointed, greeting it with loud cheers and claps. The Track is a result of multiple flights and sessions with the controversial Singer/Songwriter. It rates among his best work.
I ask DJ Cassidy whom he wishes to collaborate with still. “I submitted a list of 30 Vocalists and immediately got to work with 10 of my top picks”, he reveals. “Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Miguel I hope can be on the next Album.”. Well, at this rate, it sure doesn’t seem impossible – wouldn’t you agree?
See our Snap:
Listen to DJ Cassidy talk about his creative process and how he got to make the Album many might dream of, but only he could make:
Check-out Calling All Hearts ft. Jessie J and Robin Thicke below:
I don’t know how much longer we could’ve waited! After teasing us earlier this year with The-Dream-produced Single Skirt earlier this year, International Pop Queen Kylie Minogue finally unleashes a proper Single! The Track, Into the Blue, is her Debut from Warner Music after many fruitful years under EMI Music and is written by Kelly Sheehan (Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora).
Minogue recently joined the U.K. Edition of The Voice on the urging of will.i.am to record ratings and has spent much of 2013 in the U.S. working on her new Music. She next will mentor on The Voice Australia.
Only you, Queen B! Beyoncé just about shocked all of us by dropping her fifth Studio Disc only a few minutes before midnight. The Disc, which admittedly fell off our radars after Promo Single Grown Woman surfaced earlier this year, is a self-titled Disc and is described by the Entertainment Magnate as “a visual Album”, which she feels enables her to “speak directly to her Fans”.
Beyoncé features 14 new Tracks and 17 – yes 17 – Music Videos, including one for Grown Woman even though it doesn’t surface as an actual Album Track.
On the Disc are Collaborations with the likes of Frank Ocean, Toronto’s Drake and her Husband, Jay-Z. It even features a Collaboration with Daughter Blue Ivy.
Preview Snippets of Beyoncé and purchase it right here.
Also, for those of you in Toronto attending her The Mrs. Carter Show at Air Canada Centre next Monday, December 16, 2013, remember that she is partnering with Goodwill to give Fans a chance to get free upgrades on their seats into her #Beyhive!
All you have to do is bring a donation with you: old clothes, toys and small household items between 7:00 – 8:00 PM to get a qualifying sticker. Follow @GOODWILLTECNO for more!
Nominations were announced tonight in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, rung-in with a Concert from several potential Nominees.
Leading the way was Hip-Hop Impresario and Multimedia Mogul Jay-Z with an impressive nine nominations, while four Artists tie in second spot with seven nominations apiece – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell, Justin Timberlake and Kendrick Lamar. Toronto’s Drake has us well-represented, nabbing a total five nominations.
Missing surprisingly in the category of Best New Artist is New Zealand Teen Sensation Lorde, whom howmever is recognized in some of the more major categories. After several comparisons between Sara Bareilles’ Brave and Katy Perry‘s Roar, many eyes will be on the Best Pop Solo Performance category as both are pitted against one another for Pop Music Glory.
See Perry‘s Toronto-recorded performance Roar acoustically at the Nominations Concert:
Nominees are as follows in some of the Evening’s most-watched categories:
Best New Artist James Blake Kendrick Lamar Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Kacey Musgraves Ed Sheeran
Album Of The Year The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles Random Access Memories — Daft Punk Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Red — Taylor Swift
Song of the Year
Just Give Me A Reason — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess Locked Out Of Heaven — Bruno Mars Roar — Katy Perry Royals — Lorde Same Love — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert
Record Of The Year
Get Lucky — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams Radioactive — Imagine Dragons Royals — Lorde Locked Out Of Heaven — Bruno Mars Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
It was a great year for Pop Music in 2013. DJ Earworm recaps it best and in what is becoming an annual Pop Tradition, the San Francisco-based Mash-up Artist has just unveiled his United State of Pop 2013 Megamix. And he never disappoints! Although a bit less energetic and a bit darker than previous year’s, this is definitely among his best.
The Mix includes Billboard Magazine‘s Year-End Top 25 Songs and this year we have:
Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man Capital Cities – Safe & Sound Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky Eminem feat. Rihanna – The Monster Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly – Cruise Imagine Dragons – Radioactive Imagine Dragons – Demons Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail Justin Timberlake – Mirrors Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z – Suit & Tie Katy Perry – Roar Lady Gaga – Applause Lorde – Royals Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – Thrift Shop Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop OneRepublic – Counting Stars P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason Rihanna – Stay Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble Will.I.Am feat. Britney Spears – Scream And Shout
Founded in 2006 by Megastar Justin Timberlake and his Best Friend Trace Ayala, Fashion Label William Rast is set to debut at The Bay in Toronto and the Duo are set to ring-in the occasion with an appearance at the Queen Street location on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM. The Line collaborated in late 2010 with Discount Retailer Target in the U.S. for an exclusive Collection.
The Store Tweeted earlier this evening about the Appearance and although we’re unsure if it’s an Autograph Signing or simply an appearance, Timberlake appears to have a gap in his schedule that day as he co-headlines with Jay-Z on their The Legends of Summer Tour with a Show at Rogers Centre the following night, giving him an opportunity to promote the Line. Furthermore, this is an ultra-rare chance for Toronto Fans to see Timberlake up-close!