Thursday, September 30, 2010
'He deserves to perform, because it's healing for him,' Michael Jackson's brother tells 'Extra.'
By Gil Kaufman
Chris Brown wasn't the only one getting misty-eyed at Sunday night's BET Awards during his tribute to Michael Jackson. The King of Pop's older brother, Jermaine, told "Extra" that he was also overcome with emotion during the dance routine, in which Brown paid homage to some of MJ's most famous moves and then attempted to sing "Man in the Mirror" before being overcome with emotion and weeping onstage.
"To see [Chris'] performance, it was very emotional for me, because it was an acceptance from his fans from what has happened to him and also paying tribute to my brother," Jermaine said. "It was just a spectacular moment."
Fans and critics have been split on the performance, which some saw as the bursting of an emotional dam for the singer, making his first major public appearance since he pleaded guilty to felony assault in his assault of former girlfriend Rihanna last June. Others speculated that Brown may have manufactured the tears to gain sympathy from fans who abandoned him in the wake of the Rihanna attack.
Jermaine Jackson said he thought Brown — a longtime devotee of Michael's and, at one point, considered a modern heir to the R&B throne — had every right to pay homage to his brother. "He deserves to perform, because it's healing for him," Jermaine said. "How can he learn from his mistakes if you don't give him a chance? He needs that. I love Rihanna, and I'm not supporting what he did, but I support him [as a singer] 100 percent. ... I'm just very emotional just knowing what has happened. Chris Brown is a human being, and we all make mistakes. We can't condemn him for what has happened. We hope he has learned from it."
Brown hasn't made any public statements since the BET performance, but on Monday, he did tweet, "My fans are my world," a follow-up to a message earlier in the day when he wrote, "I Love you ... (ever single one of #teambreezy)."
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Legendary filmmaker suggested Matt Reeves listen to child actors.
By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
There is a moment in the new horror flick "Let Me In" when a local policeman goes in search of a young girl named Abby, who he believes is connected to a series of grisly murders. As he walks into her apartment, he steps on one of the toys that she and her friend Owen had been playing with moments before.
It's a small yet redolent moment: The cop has missed her for now, this young girl with a horrifying secret whom the audience has come to care about so deeply. It turns out the moment was neither part of the shooting script nor one of director Matt Reeves' ideas. It sprung from the mind of then-13-year-old Kodi Smit-McPhee, who plays Owen.
"I was like, 'That was a great idea,' " Reeves told MTV News recently. "And we did it. With kids, you have to be open to what they bring."
That's a lesson Reeves learned from none other than Steven Spielberg, who's directed child-actor-centric films like "ET," "Empire of the Sun" and "Hook." The directors were brought together by J.J. Abrams, who produced Reeves' "Cloverfield" and is working with Spielberg on "Super 8," an upcoming film shrouded in mystery.
"[Spielberg] had seen 'Cloverfield,' and he was very, very complimentary," Reeves said. "I asked J.J., 'Do you think Spielberg would talk to me ... about directing kids?' And he was like, 'Yeah, of course. I'll ask him.' I met with him, and I was like, 'Oh, this is cool.' "
Reeves remembers Spielberg coaching him: "He said, 'The thing about it is you have to let them bring themselves to it. When you go in a room, say, "OK, this is your room. Where would you go? What would you do?" Let them bring it. I'm telling you, that's where the gold is.'
"Because they actually are the ages of the characters, you're remembering what it was like to be 12," he continued. "They are 12. That was the big thing."
The result of this advice was an environment of open collaboration in which Smit-McPhee (who starred in "The Road" last year) and co-star Chloe Moretz (who plays Abby and made a name for herself in "Kick-Ass") were free to contribute ideas each day. Many of those ideas, like the toy one, made it into the final picture.
"Directing them was really playful, just learning to try and see through their eyes," Reeves said.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
'Lost' star reportedly set to join Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner in 2011 installment of spy franchise.
By Kara Warner
The heavily hyped cast of "Mission: Impossible IV" has added another star to its beefy roster: "Lost" actor Josh Holloway.
Holloway is reportedly in final negotiations to play a member of the Impossible Mission Force, the high-tech and top-secret task force headed up by Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This will be the first big feature-film role for the "Lost" star, who is best known for playing broody antihero Sawyer on the ABC series.
Holloway joins a band of high-profile actors on the Brad Bird-directed film. In addition to Cruise and Holloway, the cast includes Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Vladimir Mashkov, as well as returning "Mission" co-stars Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg. The production is supposed to begin shooting sometime this fall and filmmakers are currently scouting locations in Vancouver, Prague and Dubai. Paramount announced earlier this year that "M:I 4" will open on December 16, 2011.
While the production has already weathered a few storms, Cruise has been vocal about his commitment to bringing new talent to the franchise.
"My whole thing with the series is always having a new director come on and put their stamp on 'Mission: Impossible,' " he told MTV News this summer. "Brian De Palma was first, then John Woo, J.J. Abrams and now Brad Bird, so it will be Brad Bird's 'Mission: Impossible.' " Regarding his thoughts on the story line — which is, of course, very much under wraps — Cruise said simply: "It's sick. It's fun, really fun."
Pegg reacted to the latest casting news via an enthusiastic Twitter "conversation" with "Lost" executive producer Damon Lindelof.
Lindelof wrote: "Okay. They had me at Brad Bird. But now? I am TOTALLY IN"
To which Pegg responded, "I think I just squeed in my pants!"
Check out everything we've got on "Mission: Impossible IV."
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'If time allows, there will definitely be new music,' Robert DeLeo adds of STP's future.
By Chris Harris
There are a number of reasons why Stone Temple Pilots decided to reunite after nearly five years apart — some are obvious, and others, not so much.
Of course, the financial windfall of reviving the grunge stalwarts for an extensive U.S. tour was too good to pass up, and bassist Robert DeLeo readily admits as much. And then there are the fans, the ones who had been with STP since the very beginning as well as those who discovered the band only after it first split back in 2003 and who, woefully, have yet to catch the Pilots live.
On a more personal level, though, Stone Temple Pilots' resurrection was purely selfish, and very much an anticipatory (not to mention optimistic) move on the band's part: If, after the months and months of rumors and denials, there ever is a full-on Led Zeppelin reunion tour, STP wanted to be ready to offer their services as an opening act.
"Believe me, that was one of the reasons," laughed DeLeo. "We thought, 'We should get together now, in case Zeppelin does tour.' I'm serious, man. That would be one hell of a bill: STP and Led Zeppelin. I mean, we could play a doghouse, out in the middle of the ocean, and if I got to play with Zeppelin, that would be a highlight of my life."
Yes, DeLeo — and the rest of the band — had several reservations about raising STP from the dead — a feat DeLeo jokingly referred to as "Mission Impossible." For the band's members, the idea of regrouping was terrifying at first, but with time, the boys settled their differences and tried to think positive.
"For me, it was about putting down some of the things that I was used to getting bitten by," explained the bassist — who, with guitar-playing brother Dean DeLeo, has been collaborating with Peter Frampton on material for his next LP. "After you get bitten, it's hard to go back. I wanted to go into this with an open frame of mind and a positive attitude and just have fun with it. We should have fun with it, which God knows we didn't always have with our career when we were younger. If that's all I can say, and that's what I can get out of this reunion, great.
"I think I speak for all of us when I say there's a lot of unfinished business that we didn't get around to the first go," he continued. "Enough time has gone by, and it feels really good to be back. I don't really want to put too much thought into how it feels — I'm just kind of going with it and keeping a good positive attitude about it. I just needed to get over the things that we all needed to get over, and that's been working so far. If everyone shows up and does this thing, I think it's going to be really amazing."
DeLeo claims that during recent rehearsals, STP were "sounding as good as ever," and he credits sobriety as part of the reason the band's in tip-top shape.
"My brother's going on four years of sobriety," he said. "We have a lot more clarity in the band now, and I think with clarity comes appreciation. I saw that the other night, when we played [a secret gig in Los Angeles]. I saw it in my eyes, and in the eyes of the rest of the band. There's a lot more rock in this band now."
As for an STP record, DeLeo is not 100 percent sure that's going to happen. The goal for STP over the next few weeks, he said, is to reacquaint themselves with their songbook and prepare for their return to the road. Once the band is back in that mindset, the bassist said new STP material is very possible.
"I've always got stuff written, and there's always a long list of songs that are always there — it's a matter of timing," DeLeo said. "If time allows, there will definitely be new music. I think it would be silly not to release new music. I'd like to believe we still have a writing relationship, but the first step is getting reacquainted with what we know."
While STP were on hiatus, frontman Scott Weiland teamed up with Velvet Revolver, and the DeLeo brothers joined forces with Filter's Richard Patrick for Army of Anyone — who are now on hiatus after releasing a poorly received self-titled LP. Does DeLeo foresee an AOA reunion somewhere down the line?
"You never know," he said. "It's just like STP — I didn't know if I was going to return. Whether we get back together and do anything, I think we made a great record, bottom line. That's all that matters to me. If we make another one, I want to make sure it's great, and that applies to STP and anything I do. But I was pretty heartbroken over [the feeble response to AOA's album]."Related Photos
Christian Larson was at the helm of upcoming documentary about superstar dance music trio, following the global phenoms for a year.
By Akshay Bhansali
Last week, MTV News brought you the brand-spankin'-new trailer for "Take One," the highly anticipated documentary about Scandinavian electronic music rock stars Swedish House Mafia. We were lucky enough to catch up with the film's director, Christian Larson, who gave us a behind-the-scenes take on the doc. (Heads up, folks: The noted editor/director's editing prowess is on display in Lady Gaga's "Telephone" video among other clips.)
Signed to EMI earlier this year, Swedish House Mafia will premiere the film in the U.K. on Wednesday, and U.K. fans will be the first to get the documentary on DVD in late November (a U.S. DVD release date remains unconfirmed). SHM's "greatest hits" album Until One doubles as the doc's soundtrack and is due in October.
Larson traveled with SHM — Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angello — as cameras rolled for virtually an entire year documenting the life of the holy trinity of house.
"We start off in Miami at WMC back in 2009," the director recalled of the trio's stop at that year's Winter Music Conference. "That was a big moment for them. They had just released 'Leave the World Behind,' " Larson said of their hit collaboration with DJ/producer Laidback Luke and singer Deborah Cox. "Then it goes all around the world through festivals in Europe and England, then small pieces from Dubai, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam. And then it pretty much ends in Miami again in 2010."
"Take One" marks one of the most ambitious documentary film undertakings with a dance music focus, and it's only fitting that Ingrosso, Axwell, and Angello are each charting superstar DJ/producers on their own. Their decision to join forces and form the Mafia has generated a fervor that has spread to the pop music world. N.E.R.D. frontman Pharrell Williams, for one, contributed bars to the trio's single "One," which charted this year at #1 on Beatport.com. And their latest release, "Miami 2 Ibiza," features a verse from one the U.K.'s hottest MCs, Tinie Tempah.
It's this rapidly swelling stardom that Larson sought to capture in "Take One." He relayed to us his first memory of hanging with the famed trio.
"I was on vacation in France and they had a gig in St. Tropez," Larson said. "And we ended up going to the gig and hanging out with them at the afterparty at 9 in the morning. Sebastian says, 'Why don't we go to lunch at this place?' I said, 'That's three hours away.' And he was like, 'Let's take a f---ing helicopter.' He goes and wakes up Steve and they take me along in a helicopter ride over the French Riviera and we have lunch and then the helicopter picks us up and takes us someplace else, and we end up at their next gig."
Larson added that fans can expect a linear rollout of SHM's eventful year in the film. "It's not narrated at all. It's just sequences of them and it's made into a story. It's all chronological. It's just me following them around and they become characters in their own film. It all happened pretty naturally. It was pretty easy because they are all such strong characters, all three of them."
Swedish House Mafia's album Until One will be available in the U.S. on October 26.Related Artists
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Pop star admits he doesn't have much time for dating right now.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Tim Kash
Now that Justin Bieber properly took over the VMAs, lined up a bunch of projects and even announced the release date for his forthcoming 3-D movie, one might think he would want to find that special someone to share his days with. But just moments after winning his Best New Artist VMA on Sunday, the 16-year-old megastar explained that he's too busy for love right now.
"I mean, girlfriends are trouble at this age," he explained to MTV News. "Girls are fun to hang out with but, like, having that one steady girl ... we're constantly traveling and one girl's not gonna really [work]. You can't really have one girl. I don't really have any crushes at the moment."
With so much going on in his life, the "U Smile" singer is just trying to balance his career and personal life. "Right now, the best thing is [that we're] just teenagers having fun doing what we love," he explained. "We're just staying ourselves and remaining humble."
With his "Never Say Never" collaborator Jaden Smith by his side, Bieber revealed that he and the Smith family may work together again in the future, with Bieber possibly working with Will Smith on his next project. However, Bieber kept the details sparse, saying, "We're trying to figure something out."
In addition to trying to re-team with pal Jaden and family, Bieber said that for his next album, he wants to work with his friend and fellow Canadian Drake. "[It'll] probably [come out] fourth quarter next year," he said. "Drake is gonna be on that album. I'm not sure [who else]. I'm gonna ask him if he can get [Lil] Wayne on there."
The Moonmen have all been handed out and the stars have gone home, but there's plenty of 2010 MTV Video Music Awards news, interviews, behind-the-scenes scoop, party reports and more still to come, so keep it locked on MTVNews.com.Related Photos