Monday, 28 February 2011
On tonight's premiere of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain travels to Haiti, and visits Sean Penn in his "tent city."
Here's what Bourdain says about it in the episode's intro:
"We've shot a lot of places around the world. This is one of the places of the world [...]
In his first solo video, Stump gets positive, grabs the spotlight for himself.
By James Montgomery
Last week, Patrick Stump told MTV News that his brand-new Truant Wave EP wasn't "Take This to Your Grave, Part II," and if the 23rd-century pop&B sonics of the thing weren't enough to convince you of that fact, well, then perhaps his "Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)" video will.
Because the clip — which premiered Monday (February 28) on PopDust — is most certainly a departure from everything he did in his former (they're still on hiatus, right?) band Fall Out Boy. That's mostly because, unlike basically every late-period FOB vid, it's not cluttered with questionable plot devices, winking in-jokes and cloying promotional shots. Instead, it's a sunny, simple, homemade thing — a straightforward, decidedly uplifting bit of DIY inspiration.
In short, it may very well be the best video Stump's ever been associated with.
Shot in dreamlike slo-mo, the video showcases a host of kids excelling at various feats — skateboarding, extreme pogo-sticking, urban gymnastics, sticking their tongue out really far — and, in the process, becoming the kings and queens of their own little kingdoms. That message gibes with the hook of the song (basically that you can "be your own spotlight," no matter how inconsequential your talents) and, when coupled with the youthful exuberance of the video's stars, the end result is a truly captivating, unapologetically positive experience.
And it bears mention that, throughout the video, Stump appears to be experiencing the same posi-vibes as the kids he's surrounded by. Whether he's trying (and failing miserably) to match the cup-stacking talents of one of his co-stars or simply drifting through a skate park belting out the song's hook, he seems — for the first time in a long time — to be completely unencumbered, free of whatever burden you've probably assigned to him and content to just do his own thing. He cracks up. He smiles. He's doing this his own way.
And in that regard, the "Spotlight" video is also a success, because it shows Stump following his own advice. By stepping out as a solo artist, he's grabbing his own spotlight, becoming the ruler of his very own kingdom. This is the video he'd longed to make — free and clear and straight from the heart. It's not Take This to Your Grave, Part II because it wasn't supposed to be. As a video, it's something much better.
What do you think of Patrick Stump's first solo video? Let us know in the comments!Related Artists
Letters To Juliet/13 Going On 30 director Gary Winick has passed away at 49 years old, after a long battle with brain cancer.
Winick contributed to the film community for his directing & producing efforts, and for launching InDigEnt, an independent film company which was [...]
WWE star Chris Jericho, Kirstie Alley, Lil' Romeo and perpetually pregnant / tabloid star Kendra Wilkinson are all in for Dancing With the Stars.
Six of the 11 celebrities who will appear on the show as well as their partners have been confirmed prior to tonight's official announcement.
Those stars and the professionals partnering with them are ...
Cue the Kendra-Louis romance rumors and Kendra-Hank split rumors!
- Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke
- Lil' Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
- Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel
- Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani
- Disney star Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas
DWTS will officially announce the full cast tonight during The Bachelor. Speaking of, some major Bachelor spoilers just leaked that you won't believe. Well, you won't if you believed all the spoilers this season up until now ...
Jenni Farley from Jersey Shore, better known as JWoww, celebrated her 25h birthday in Las Vegas last night - and boy did she rock the Hard Rock hard!
We assume so, at least. Jenni has a tendency to go all out.
The Jersey Shore star, who donned a silver, glittery dress that was actually fairly conservative by her standards, was joined by boyfriend Roger Williams:
No cast members from the MTV show were on hand (we would have at least expected an appearance by Snooki and/or Deena), but it was still a blast.
Nice to see her smiling, given all the drama going on with ex Tom Lippolis and the nude photos dude is trying to hawk. What a sleaze that guy is.
Click to enlarge some vintage JWoww pictures, past and present, in honor of the reality star and Long Island native's 25th birthday ...
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Box office observers give "Number Four" an edge, but other acknowledge that "Unknown" is already doing better than expected.
Sunday, 27 February 2011
English attitudes towards faith, identity and race. I am always very sceptical
about polling. Samples can only ever be so representative, and different polls
on the same issues will produce different results, as the questions are
structured differently and asked to different people. Yes Prime Minister sums
up my views of polling: Anyway, the key points of the report are summarised
below, which is more useful for examining broad trends rather than precise
Gearing up for the big Oscar weekend, Lindsay Lohan was spotted at the Kari Feinstein Academy Awards Style Lounge yesterday (February 25).
The ?Mean Girls? actress looked to be in good spirits, despite her current legal woes, as she arrived at the shindig sporting a white long sleeved top and black trousers.
A few hours later, Lindsay took to her Twitter page to share a picture of her freshly-made culinary creation.
She tweeted, ?Enjoying a night home with my family w/a delicious meal #madebyLindsayLohan,? along with a snapshot of a pasta dish.
Robert Downey Jr. is making plans to fill the fall hole in his schedule with the lead role in "Inherent Vice" for writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson.