Making it in Hollywood is not easy. From getting your television show pitch rejected to messing up that audition, it’s safe to say that the City of Angels is not a friendly place.
After taking a class about the film and television industry, I have learned that Hollywood loves to recycle ideas. So what’s a better way to get noticed than to recycle already popular TV shows and show it off as something new? That sounds like a formula for success, right?
WRONG. From making an eclectic choice of references from shows like Girls, Breaking Bad, Entourage, Louie and Flight of the Conchords, it appears that Hollywood JUST isn’t buying it. You can’t recycle TV shows that are still on the air!!
Personally, I think they should have went all out and combined all of them together.
So how about this? Two struggling (and awkward, because that’s what Hollywood seems to like these days) screenwriters in Los Angeles who break out into song while selling plant-based narcotics to make some money. Add in British accents, and you’ll be rolling in money in NO TIME.
It’s safe to say that Ed Sheeran’s video for “Give Me Love” was bound to spark curiosity and outrageous fangirl fights. After looking through the comments under the video, I realized a few things:
1. People don’t know who Isabel Lucas is.
2. Isabel Lucas is not in fact Lana del Rey.
3. Ed Sheeran is some form of “ginger jesus.”
Despite all the scrambling to figure out who the angel is in the video, the comments do provide a lot of insight. The “Give Me Love” video lead fans to debate the true meaning of the video. Some say it’s about an angel who acts as cupid to help people find love. Others say she’s Natalie Portman’s doppelganger in “Black Swan.” Despite the cringe-worthy scene in which the angel pulls a feather out of her back, Ed Sheeran has helped create a lovely video that sparked discussion on some pretty deep topics.
But enough of the serious stuff. Here are 15 hilarious (and some sweet) comments via the Sheeran fandom.
Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry is absolutely terrified of horses. The poor guy flipped out when Warpaint, the team’s horse mascot trotted out during a recent game.
“I’ll wait ’til the horse pass,” Berry says in the clip below upon seeing the mascot. ”I don’t mess with horses, bro. He might come over here and throw a tantrum.”
Turns out, an irrational fear of horses is a real condition called equinophobia, which draws anxiety, nausea and crying when confronted with the animal.
He’s not the only one. Kristen Stewart discussed her fear of horses while filming Snow White and the Huntsman. According to Huffington Post, the fear stemmed from a riding injury she sustained as a kid.
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By Jessica Galang
Last week for the first time in television history, singers were ranked based on their popularity, with Cece Frey coming in last and Tate Stevens at number one. With these rankings made public, the pressure was on for contestants like Arin Ray and Paige Thomas, who are falling behind.
This week was “Divas Week,” which will probably end up being one of the most favoured weeks of the season. Who can argue with a group of talented singers paying homage to some of the best songs of the twentieth century?
Here are my top three picks for this episode:
Fifth Harmony – “Hero” by Mariah Carey
With a name much better than 1432, Fifth Harmony rocked one of Carey’s best songs. Fifth Harmony doesn’t use dancers like the other contestants seemed to have done at least once. They play the “innocent girls just here to sing, not dance” persona really well. While LA thought they struggled a little at the beginning, they found their voice later on.
Carly Rose Sonenclar – “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
[Insert obligatory Titanic joke here] Carly Rose, keeping with her popularity streak and love from judges since day one, carried this song with what seemed to be no effort. Her vintage gown was perfect for the haunting, ghostly feel of the melody. I forgot she’s 13-years-old because of the control she has over her audience. Her judge, Britney Spears, definitely has a competitive edge thanks to her. “I don’t believe you’re a human being. Because you can’t do that at 13,” Simon said in awe.
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The Friskies annual award show for Internet cat videos is streaming live from Los Angeles RIGHT NOW, brought to you by Friskies and The Pet Collective. The show is being hosted by the always “extra” Buck Hollywood’s Michael Buckley. The show honours all those brave men and women who have tackled directing their cats, despite the old adage “Never work with children or animals.”
We’re big cat lovers here at ANDPOP so anything that recognizes all those established felines of the Internet world is fine with us. The finalist also gets $15,000, which is pretty major.
Watch it below or follow the conversation live on Twitter at #TheFriskies.
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Aaand here’s yet another song to get stuck in your head for the next few
days weeks. But this time around, it’s a song that’s actually mocking those “catchy” tunes that plague our minds day in and out. You know the type — the awful, made-for-the-club songs that have zero substance.
“In the Club Tonight” features the funny guys of The Axis of Awesome ripping apart club songs that have very little meaning or musical talent. The guys are dressed to the nines in the video, fist pumping to their sad-yet-true lyrics. “It’s easy to remember and it’s easy to learn. That’s why people call it catchy when they mean that it’s terrible,” says one member in the song. Sadly, this line rings very true for so many poorly produced songs. Hopefully, “In the Club Tonight” (even the title is a stereotype) will inspire club go-ers to request better music.
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Somewhere in Australia, a weird drug deal went down the other day. You know you’re going to have a problem when the ritzy dude buying drugs from you is completely indiscreet and wants a receipt to claim the product on taxes. He’s that guy who has obscure dietary restrictions and refuses to eat anything that’s not fat-free. It is 2012 after all, every product should be tailor made for the beach bum Australian.
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No matter what profession you’re in, the face you make while you’re working says a lot about your style. Take guitarists who play rock and roll as an example. Depending on the squintiness of their eyes, head movements and the way they move their mouth, they can look super badass or verge quickly into creepy territory.
In a new video, WreckroomRecords presents some trademark rock facial expressions, including The Overly Attached Girlfriend, Honey Boo Boo and Robert De Niro. While most of them hit the mark, one YouTube commenter suggested the guitarist’s Kristen Stewart face had way too much emotion.
What are some of your favourite guitar faces?
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By Jill Krajewski
Before she fell hard for vampires, Kristen Stewart racked up tons of cute cameos and supporting film roles as a child actor. With The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 coming out this Friday, we figured it’s about time to look at K-Stew’s evolution from child actress to Twilight superstar.
She has a showbiz family
Kristen’s no stranger to Hollywood, considering she was raised in L.A. She was born on April 9, 1990 to a TV producing dad and script supervising mom. At first, Kristen wanted to work behind the scenes like her parents, but we’re happy she ended up on screen.
She practiced being famous
With a huge smile and even bigger shades, Kristen couldn’t be more of a diva in this shot from when she was about three. She even rehearsed being a star: “I always practiced my autograph because I loved pens,” Kristen said. “I’d write my name on everything.”
First Hollywood movie
After a year of auditions, nine-year-old K-Stew made her big-budget movie debut in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas in 2000. Watch out for the the cutie tossing rings in the pink dress! A whole four seconds…
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Laina the Overly Attached Girlfriend is probably making a pretty sweet living off her obsessive character considering she’s now doing ads for Samsung. In a new webcam-style video Laina promotes the SSD 840 by creepily singing about her obsessive relationship with her estranged computer. The SSD will change all the troubles she’s having apparently.
If you don’t remember, Laina rose to Internet stardom after entering the Justin Bieber “Girlfriend” contest. Since then, she has become a well known Internet meme and has made guest appearances in online sketch comedies.
While some people are calling her a sellout, others are defending her, claiming she needs to make a living. I’m torn. While I was originally disappointed, everybody has to earn money to support themselves — this is just one of the more visible ways to do it.
What do you think about the whole thing?
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In this instalment of “Ask A Network Head,” Natalie asks the “head of programming at MTV” why they stopped playing music videos and started playing superficial reality shows like “Teen Mom” and “Cribs” instead. The answer is simple. It’s her f*cking fault!! Well, not just her — it’s her entire generation.
The very people from her generation who loved those music videos also decided to steal music online, making videos more worthless than ever before. It’s ironic that the very people complaining about “the new MTV” are the same people who indirectly destroyed it. The video features comedians Brian and Maria, who post their videos to bfirenzi on YouTube.
Do you agree with them?
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Ghost-riding the whip has been a huge trend on the Internet these days so we decided to commemorate our favourite videos. If you don’t know, ghost-riding is when a person gets out of their moving vehicle (the whip) and dances beside and around it. While it’s been around for years it became really popular with the 2006 song “Tell Me When to Go” by E-40 and “Ghost Ride It” by Mistah F.A.B. The song references actor Patrick Swayze in Ghost, sparking Internet references to ghost riding as “Going Swayze.”
The trend had its heyday roughly five years ago, but we thought we’d open the vault and have a look at some of our faves.
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Conan O’Brien accidentally corrupted a poor, innocent baby on his show the other night after Sarah Silverman peer pressured him into saying — nay, singing — “vagina” live on air. Since Conan is an uptight Irishman Sarah thought it would be a fantastic exercise in human sexuality, and naturally, she got her way.
Meanwhile, a little boy was watching the broadcast at home and started repeating the word over and over. His mom caught it all on camera and uploaded the footage to Facebook. I can tell this video is one his parents are going to be using to embarrass him with for years to come.
For now, Conan can official add “Corruptor of Youth” to his resume.
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Have you ever seen those inflatable stick figures that flap around in the wind on some people’s front yards? At Brisbane’s Supanova Pop Culture Expo one guy dressed up as one and had everyone in stitches. He’s so convincing I didn’t think there was a person in there at first! [Reddit]
I used to love Warheads when I was a kid but I haven’t had one for years. To this day, whenever I think of them I cringe at the sour taste. That’s why I’m giving kudos to this grandfather who was a good sport and tried one for his grandkids. Even though he didn’t keep it in his mouth for very long, he still lasted longer than a lot of people.
It’s been a long time since I was in elementary school but I don’t remember covering British soul and R&B artist Seal. In this comedy sketch by teacherswebseries, a soft-spoken teacher asks her young students an important question: “What happened to Seal’s face?”
The answers range from burn marks to an allergic reaction to seals, but the best part is the teacher’s unwavering positivity. I remember most of my teacher’s using identical (“I want to think about that one” and “That’s a great detail”) despite the answers being clearly wrong.
The sketch was created and written by The Katydids and Matt Miller. The hilarious web series also includes parodies of teachers dealing with hot dad’s and playing Truth or Dare in the teacher’s lounge.
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A new music video called “It’s Thanksgiving” was released yesterday from ARK Music Factory by one Nicole Westbrook, whose song is so cheesy it reaches Rebecca Black territory…. meme territory. She will be a gif.
Oh wait! She already is:
The song is basically the holiday-edition of “Friday,” which makes sense considering it comes from Patrice Wilson, the same guy who did Black’s 2011 ARK Music Factory song. We know he’s just banking off the tackiness at this point but I hope Westbrook has the strength to withstand catty Internet commenters. Westbrook’s auto-tuning isn’t as terrible as Black’s, but the lyrics and music video are on par — just wait until she starts singing with the turkey drumstick.
Next, I’d love to see a Christmas edition duet with Westbrook and Black. Let’s make it happen!
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I hope these guys saved up their money because they’re definitely going to get fired soon. The Wal-Mart employees from Pikeville, KY filmed themselves throwing iPads like they’re footballs and laughing about the whole thing. The video starts with one guy looking into the camera and explaining: “This is why you don’t get an iPad from Wal-Mart.” He goes on to say “throwing sh*t” is a regular daily ritual in the back room.
I’m not sure if the video is real, but if it is, it’s a horrible example of how Wal-Mart treats expensive products. It also shows that these guys don’t have an ounce of respect for customers or pride in their jobs. With this video on YouTube for the world to see, I don’t know if these guys could find jobs at McDonalds after this — I certainly wouldn’t want them making my burger. [Reddit]