Martin Garrix Gets ‘High On Life’ and Synth Melodies With Bonn: Listen

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There are few things in the world that can give you a rush, like headlining Tomorrowland. The Belgian event is one of the biggest music festivals in the world. It’s stages are monolithic, its crowds fiercely energized. It’s one helluva place to debut a new song, and it was the perfect setting for Martin Garrix to unleash his arena-sized single “High On Life” featuring Bonn.

It’s a synth-heavy festival house tune that begs to be blared while confetti fills the air. Garrix closed his set with the song Sunday night (July 29), and it went live on streaming platforms immediately after. It’s an uplifting summer song that celebrates the way being with your closest friends and loved ones can make you feel unstoppable.

Garrix announced the song was coming last week, as well as another incoming tune with Justin Mylo scheduled for September. “High On Life” is out now on Garrix’s label STMP RCRDS. Catch a buzz on its synth booms below.

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Ciara Declares ‘Level Up’ Challenge Winner: Watch

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After almost a week of internet craze, Ciara has announced the winner for her “Level Up” dance challenge.

Ciara took to Twitter on Sunday (July 29) to share her astonishment over an incredible submission of the dance challenge. “WOW WOW WOW!! Throws Wig!! @BlameItOnKWay Muuurrded the #LevelUpChallenge! #LevelUp,” she wrote.

The video is an almost exact replica of the music video; it begins with a man walking up with a speaker seemingly alone. The camera then cuts to wide shot revealing group of shirtless male dancers hitting every dance move perfectly. The video is bold and dynamic, featuring a group of talented dancers, an engaging lead, and of course a luxury sports car.

Check out Ciara’s tweet below.

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Kygo & Imagine Dragons Send Sasquatch Love in ‘Born To Be Yours’ Video: Watch

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Everyone deserves love, even Big Foot. Just like regular homo sapien love, Sasquatchs have to be careful who they give their hearts to. Love is a dangerous game, but when it’s right, it’s amazing, and that’s the kind of love the modern Big Foot finds in Kygo and Imagine Dragon’s music video for “Born To Be Yours.”

It’s a summery song with a signature Kygo melodic hook. The music video features neither the Norwegian producer nor his rock collaborators, but it’s an adorable story line.

Can Sasquatch find a love that fits? Watch the clip below to find out.

 

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50 Greatest Movie Superheroes

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Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a film genre that’s taken over mainstream Hollywood and multiplex culture faster than a single bullet! Superhero movies have gone through a massive evolution over the last few decades, from special-event blockbusters (“You’ll believe a man can fly”) to expanded-universe franchises that mimic serialized comic-story arcs with impressive fidelity. Not every cinematic superhero is created equal, however, even if many of their origins stories seems the same – so we’ve ranked the 50 greatest caped crusaders and friendly-neighborhood crimefighters, Justice Leaguers and Avengers, off-brand men-in-tights and MCU-and-beyond all-stars to grace the big-screen.

A note about the picks: We’ve relegated superheroes who’ve had numerous actors behind a singular character’s mask to one performer and asked writers to choose which of the performances they preferred regarding the list; we’ve done this avoid, say, six different Batman entries. We’ve identified the particular version we’re singling out and tried to mention as many of the other portrayals as we could. Also, supervillains were not eligible (see title), but a supervillain who eventually transformed into a superhero was eligible – what we call the Mystique Syndrome. Read on.

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The Toxic Avenger

Meet Melvin Ferd, a 98-pound weakling janitor who, thanks to a drum of radioactive sludge, finds himself turned into the Toxic Avenger – a hideously deformed do-gooder who’d dispatch drug dealers, et al. with his trusty mop and all the glee of a juvenile delinquent blowing up frogs with M-80s. His 1984 splatter-flick debut helped put the good folks at Troma on the map as purveyors of cult-friendly Z-grade schlock, yet this parody of a comic-book crimefighter took the genre into some outrageous, stomach-churningly gross and morally questionable territory. In other words, Toxie was just the superhero that the Reagan era needed and deserved. STC

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Speed Racer

Tatsuo Yoshida’s beloved anime introduced the world to Go Mifune, a young man with a pure heart and a need for you-know-what; you might know him, however, by the name the dubbed, Americanized version of the series gave him. (Hint: See the title.) The Wachowski siblings’ hypercolorized, CGI-apalooza live-action adaptation gave us a driven – pun 1000-percent intended – idealist played by Emile Hirsch who uses his gadget-filled racecar to strike terror into the hearts of corporate evildoers and their minions the world over. Everything around him may be careening off the tracks, but Speed keeps his cool till he crosses the finish line, every time. He’s proof that a big part of being a hero is keeping your eye on the prize. Go, Speed, go! STC

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Nightcrawler

Go back to the opening moments of 2003’s X2, in which we watch the future X-Man use his ability to teleport across short spaces, infiltrate the Oval Office and attempt to assassinate the President. But that’s not who Nightcrawler is (really, he was just being mind controlled) – thanks to Alan Cumming, we soon realize this furry, blue-skinned mutant is moral, kindhearted man, one whose devilish exterior belies his devout faith. He goes from antagonist to loyal teammate, one who whisks others away from danger by hugging them. It’s a shame that the Scottish actor never returned to the role. KP

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Raphael

Leonardo leads. Donatello handles the machinery. Michelangelo is a party dude (party!!!). But if you’re looking for the true star of the original live-action 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie – accept no substitutes – only one cool but rude half-shell hero will do. Raphael brought a streetwise edge to the first incarnation of creators Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird’s insanely popular group of ass-kicking amphibians, adding some killer wisecracks for his too-cool tween audience (to an assailant wielding a José Canseco signature baseball bat: “Tell me you didn’t pay money for this”) while remaining true to the character’s roots as one of four loving send-ups of the grim-and-gritty superhero age. STC

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Gamora

Is there a better sight gag in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies than Gamora just barely putting up with Peter Quill’s nonsense? This green-skinned alien comes with a tragic backstory and a drive for justice; she’s also handy with a blade. But Zoe Saldana plays this galactic heroine as a woman who’s also surprised to discover she still has potential for joy, which is all too evident in scenes in which she – reluctantly at first – entertains Starlord’s flirtatious advances. Still, you do not want to tangle with this Zen-Whoberi badass. KP

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Flash Gordon

Alex Raymond’s influential newspaper-strip character – who’d previously starred into a popular string of motion-picture serials in the late 1930s – got a Pop-Art update in 1980, courtesy of spectacle-loving producer Dino De Laurentiis and kitsch-friendly BatmanTV writer Lorenzo Semple, Jr. This Flash Gordon (played by ex-Marine and Playgirl centerfold Sam J. Jones) comes across as more than just a former New York Jets player transported to the planet Mongo; his heroic blond hunk is a sexy, planet-hopping demigod, ready to take on Ming the Merciless and his minions at a moment’s notice. He’s also a great reminder that every white knight should be so lucky to fight evil to sound of a crushing, anthemic score by Queen. Flash, ahhhhh! Savior of the universe! NM

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Quicksilver (Evan Peters)

There is the MCU’s version of the speed-demon/Scarlet Witch sibling, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson – but it was the “mutant” version crafted by Evan Peters who channeled the character’s blasé wit. Starting with 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, this rascal made a compelling argument for extraordinary fastness being both a tremendous power and one of the coolest. In the film’s most fantastic scene – cheekily scored to Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle” – Quicksilver doesn’t just save the day and protect his fellow Homo superiors from harm. The kid also has enough time to enjoy some food and prank his foes. What’s the point of being a superhero if you can’t be a bad-ass while flaunting your powers? TG

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Baymax

Disney’s Big Hero 6 began life as a fairly obscure Marvel Comics series, about a team of clever tinkerers and super-powered nerds. On-screen, rendered in cartoonish CGI, the characters ranged from from cutesy to cool – or both, in the case of the friendly inflatable robot Baymax, who’s equally skilled in medicine, psychology and karate. The movie takes full advantage of its animated format, allowing its puffy, mechanical breakout star to flop about adorably in ways a live-action hero never could. NM

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The Winter Soldier

Other Marvel superheroes have tragic backstories, but one of the MCU’s greatest ongoing dramas is the luckless legacy of Bucky Barnes. Steve Rogers’ dear friend was presumed dead after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger; we later discovered he’d been rehabilitated and reprogrammed to become his old partner’s nemesis decades later in The Winter Soldier. As played by Sebastian Stan, Barnes is a man robbed of his humanity as he’s transformed into an elite killing machine, and his journey to reclaim his former self powers Civil War’s narrative engine. He’s a singularly haunted figure – a good guy who was brainwashed into becoming a bad guy, and has to fight his way back to becoming a hero again. Not even Hydra could squash his inherent decency. TG

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Dr. Manhattan

In Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen, the blue-skinned, omnipotent Doctor Manhattan stands in for every aloof comic-book super-scientist, from Reed Richards to Brainiac. Director Zack Snyder’s movie adaptation smartly hews close to the source material, retaining much of the imagery and dialogue that covers the Doc’s origins and outlook on life. Give credit too to actor Billy Crudup, for taking a character that’s practically a deity and giving him a human personality and body – and a frequently naked one, no less. NM

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Hit-Girl

Chloë Grace Moretz was only 11 years old when she appeared in Matthew Vaughn’s gleefully violent superhero comedy Kick-Ass (2010) as everyone’s favorite underage murder-happy vigilante. And despite her youth (or perhaps because of it), she’s really damn scary. Under the guidance of her equally screwed-up dad – played Nicolas Cage – the gun-toting Mindy Macready is foul-mouthed and ultra-deadly, raining down bullets and C-bombs with equal ardor. She’s 10 times more, well, kick-ass then Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s mopey teen hero, and proof positive that the most effective costumed crimefighters are the ones you never see coming. Never underestimate a little girl with an ax to grind. JS

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RoboCop (Peter Weller)

Unlike many of the superheroes on this list, Detroit’s robotic protector didn’t originate in a comic book. Instead, it sprung from the mind of a young screenwriter, Ed Neumeier, who hung around the set of Blade Runner, inspired by the idea of characters who didn’t know if they were man or machine. From that came the devoted policeman Alex Murphy (Peter Weller), who gets gunned down by some goons – only to be resurrected by an evil corporation into a crime-fighting cyborg. Thanks to Weller (essentially acting with just his lips), there’s a touching vulnerability to this mechanized super-soldier; you never forget about the beating heart under all that alloy. TG

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Storm (Halle Berry)

You don’t want to mess with the X-Men in general, but you specifically don’t want to mess with Storm, a.k.a. Ororo Munroe. She can control the freakin’ weather, after all – calling down a dense fog, a blizzard or your run-of-the-mill showers depending on her mood. That, and she generally steers clear of the soap-operatic hijinks the other members of her team tend to get caught up in (we’re lookin’ at you, Scott and Jean). Halle Berry’s ride-the-lightning mutant was a highlight of those early X-Men movies; the younger mohawked version played by Alexandra Shipp also gets a thunderous shout-out. JS

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The Phantom

The grungy Nineties weren’t ready for a superhero as happily stuck in the past as the Phantom. The 1996 movie adaptation of Lee Falk’s classic comic strip is charmingly square, filled with exotic jungle adventure and swanky New York nightlife, all presided over by a masked man in a garish purple unitard. Inside the costume? Billy Zane, an impossibly handsome leading man who looked like he traveled through time from Tinseltown’s studio heyday. Yes, he’s old-fashioned – but the character’s just so effortlessly awesome, skintight jumpsuit and all. NM

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Doctor Strange

He’s the Sorcerer Supreme, a former surgeon who became a Master of the Mystic Arts – and thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch, the MCU’s resident magic man has slowly revealed himself as one of the stealth MVPs of the franchise’s ongoing end-of-the-world saga. Yes, the gravity with which the good doctor intones “protecting your reality” regarding his purpose on Earth definitely squares with the self-serious sage envisioned by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko all those decades ago. The fact that Strange follows it up by calling Tony Stark a “douchebag” adds a whole extra dimension to this dimension-hopping superhero. You get someone with charm and smarts, an Avenger-friendly cohort who can take on planet-sized demons and put someone like Loki in his place. And not even the Caped Crusader himself has such a helpful cape at his disposal. DF

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Ant-Man

There’s an appealing modesty to a superhero who shrinks in size to fight evil, and while there are complicated narrative reasons for Ant-Man’s absence from Avengers: Infinity War, the character is both a part of and apart from the MCU, inconsequential in the best possible sense. His two movies are the lowest-stake entries in the Marvel line, enforced by Paul Rudd’s reading of the character as a cool-dad wiseacre who doesn’t suffer the origin-story torments of superheroic peers. Ant-Man’s size-shifting abilities can minimize him to subatomic levels or maximize him to a 100-foot-tall giant who uses flatbed trucks as a skateboard. The fact that the latter makes him feel a little sleepy is part of the charm. ST

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Drax the Destroyer

Drax has floated around the Marvel universe since 1973, originally conceived as a energy-blasting beast formidable enough to take on cosmic foes like Thanos; eventually, the Destroyer found a permanent home among Star-Lord’s misfit rogues in Guardians of the Galaxy. His longstanding beef against the purple-hued villain remains, having lost his wife and daughter to one of his henchmen, but Dave Bautista’s performance suggests a more approachable Hulk – an imposing beast with a big heart and natural deadpan. He takes care of business in fight sequences and quietly steals scenes from the sidelines. Only weakness? Sensitive nipples. ST

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Mystique

She started out as a villain, part of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants – but once the X-Men franchise started going back to the past and revamping its Homo superior superheroes, this shapeshifter began morphing into a good guy. As played by Jennifer Lawrence, Mystique slowly turned into the series’ unlikely heart, becoming both a leader and a kind of mutant folk hero in the process – as well as a valuable asset to Professor X & Co. in battles both apocalyptic and more down-to-earth. She’s proof that you can change … sometimes, several times in a single movie. KP

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Domino

She doesn’t show up until somewhere around the halfway mark of Deadpool 2 and is only in a handful of scenes – yet this lucky-in-cards, lucky-in-love, lucky-in-everything-really mutant immediately makes enough of an impression to land a spot on this list. Blessed with an ability to make things go her way no matter which way they’re going, Domino brims with a confidence bordering on arrogance … though to be fair, if you inherently knew that getting thrown from a moving vehicle would end in you landing safely on a giant panda balloon, you’d probably move with a little extra swagger as well. (And man, can this lady fight!) As played by Atlanta‘s Zazie Beetz, this X-Force member virtually steals the movie away from Ryan Reynolds’ scarred smartass super-antihero. Two words: solo movie. DF

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Rorsharch

If the Watchmen movie has a dark spiritual center, it’s Walter Kovacs, a troubled, violent vigilante who compulsively trudges through the sickest segments of humanity to fight crime. (As he explains to a clueless psychologist hoping to “cure” him, “Once a man has seen society’s black underbelly, he can never turn his back on it.”) Jackie Earle Haley plays  the man in the ever-changing mask with the brooding cynicism of a great noir detective, along with a potent cocktail of anger, sorrow and mental instability. Rorsharch seethes because he cares so deeply – as if doing enough good in the world could somehow silence the anguish in his head. TG

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Hancock

What if Superman were an obnoxious, unpopular alcoholic? The dark, twisted 2008 action-comedy Hancock beat the likes of Kick-Ass and Deadpool to the punch with its depiction of a problematic hero, who tends to make everything worse when he tries to save the day. As played by Will Smith, this accidental menace to society may be funny, but he’s also a walking (and flying) example of how a fickle public can be unnecessarily cruel to famous folks. He could also stand to work on his crowd control skills a bit more as well (“What you want, a cookie? Get outta my face”). NM

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Rocket Racoon

The Guardians of the Galaxy crew are a bunch of misfits and dorks – but when it comes to snideness, nobody beats the Rocket. Thanks to Bradley Cooper, this galaxy-trotting smart-ass and a thief gives the franchise a solid dose of unfettered piss and vinegar; as for the voice, the Osbar-nominated actor hit upon a combination of what he called “Gilbert Gottfried meets Joe Pesci” to give the little varmint extra ‘tude. But the more that Rocket positions himself as a bad-ass gunner and pilot, the more obvious it is that underneath his fur and sass is a big heart. Just watch him around Baby Groot: That adorable little twig brings out his softer side. TG

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Barbarella

Roger Vadim’s camp-classic adaptation of Jean-Claude Forest’s racy space opera is a fascinating glimpse into a what-if world where sex rather than violence is the fuel for superheroic adventures. In her star-making role, Jane Fonda is the title character, a space-faring, world-saving heroine whose swinging-Sixties blend of innocence and insatiability is her true superpower. STC

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Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)

With all due respect to Eric Bana’s and Edward Norton’s considered portrayals of Marvel’s giant green guy, Mark Ruffalo has made the role his own – and without even getting the benefit of a standalone Hulk movie. As he morphs into the monster, his Hulk (aided by CG wizardry) is a fearsome, rampaging wonder. But it’s when he’s Banner that the character really comes alive. A mixture of giddy nerd, insecure outsider and expert straight man – his deadpan reactions in Thor: Ragnarok are golden – the scientist is the closest thing to a “regular guy” among the Avengers’ superstars. The scene in The Avengers when Banner reveals that he doesn’t have to “get” angry to activate the Hulk – because he’s actually always angry – shows the superhero in a whole new light. He’s not just an incredible brute. He’s a tormented soul consumed by a rage he can barely contain. TG

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Okoye

Quick: Name another hero who can use both a spear and a wig as a deadly weapon. You don’t get to be the leader of Dora Milaje without being a fierce fighter, and the Okoye we see in Black Panther and (briefly) Infinity War is as ferocious as they come. Even if you’ve watched Danai Gurira slay zombies for six seasons on The Walking Dead, you’re still apt to be surprised by the way she turns this Wakandan warrioress into a first-rate, grace-under-pressure badass. But it’s the ride-or-die loyalty to T’Challa, as well as her ability to call him out on his posturing (“Just don’t freeze when you see her”), that makes her so valuable to king and country. She’s the person we want watching our back in an all-or-nothing fight. DF

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The Crow

Actor Brandon Lee, a.k.a. Bruce’s son, seemed born to play writer-artist James O’Barr’s undead vigilante, who returns from the grave to murder his way through the gang responsible for his girlfriend’s death. But despite the on-set tragedy that claimed the actor’s life, Lee helped create a no-holds-barred hero with an unforgettable look and vibe. The Crow doesn’t need the bulky armor and high-tech gadgets of his peers: His body is his weapon, and his spectral presence alone is enough to strike terror into criminals’ heart. Batman beware. STC

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Judge Dredd (Karl Urban)

Sorry, Mr. Stallone, but there’s only room for one “I am the law”-man on this list – and that’s the version from the punishing 2012 film Dredd. Played with unsmiling fury by Karl Urban, that judge is an instrument of capital punishment so pure and implacable that you never see his full face – an unknowable and untouchable avenger behind his helmet. This deliberate dehumanization does the original ultraviolent comics by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra proud, and when this Dredd shows up at the ground floor of a skyscraper apartment complex, one look at him is all it takes to know he’ll kill his way through every floor to get to the gang boss at the top. Which he does, with honors. STC

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Neo

“He is the One.” Played by Keanu Reeves with his usual zen chillness, The Matrix‘s black-clad hacker-turned-messiah is the lynchpin of the Wachowski siblings’ visionary hodgepodge of wuxia combat, cyberpunk philosophy and CGI-enhanced action. His balletic grace during those bullet-time slo-mo shootouts and his bone-crunching fights with Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith remain high-water marks for late Nineties sci-fi/action – dig his final revolution-sparking flight into the skies! – but make no mistake: This is a superhero story. And Neo is nothing if not a Superman for the AOL age. STC

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Blade

Originally modeled after African-American icons of the early Seventies, Blade is the son of a woman bitten by a vampire. Technically, he’s a “Dhampir”: a hybrid creature who’s human but has all the awesome qualities of a vampire … and then some. Dressed in a floor-length black leather ensemble with a blood-red lining, Wesley Snipes plays the monster-hunter at maximum glower, shredding through vampires in a vengeful mission to protect folks from his fanged brethren. He’s a peerless martial artist and swordsman, with all the super-strength and speed expected of a Marvel hero, but y’know, more antisocial. He’s the cool jerk in humanity’s corner. ST

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Thor

The Avengers’ resident alpha jock has come a long way since Kenneth Branagh’s Thor (2011), in which Chris Hemsworth tossed his beautiful blond man-mane and brooded about his place in the Norse pantheon. Thankfully, the MCU powers that be have since figured out what gives Thor his crackle, lightning powers aside: namely, tempering his mythic powers with broad comedy, and his might with sweetness – two of Hemsworth’s IRL superpowers. And Taika Waititi’s spin on the character in the endlessly fun Thor: Ragnarok (2017), which stripped him of his hammer, his haircut and his kingdom, transformed the Asgardian into one of the franchise’s most lovable characters. The only thing funnier than a pratfall is a pratfall performed by the literal god of thunder. JS

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Professor X (Patrick Stewart)

He’s the telepathic brains behind Marvel’s team of do-gooder mutants; his commitment to bridging the gap between human and mutantkind (and his on-again/off-again bromance with Magneto) forms the backbone of the vast and varied roster of X-Men movies. James McAvoy does admirable work as a younger Professor X, but it’s Sir Patrick Stewart’s turn as the older incarnation that carries a necessary Shakespearean gravitas – whether he’s the wise, avuncular father figure we first meet in Bryan Singer’s X-Men (2000) or the bitter, broken Xavier of James Mangold’s Logan (2017). JS

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Violet Parr

Okay, she’s not the flashiest member of the team we know as the Incredibles … but then that’s the whole point, isn’t it? Pixar’s Brad Bird designed this superpowered family to reflect the traits of a typical American household: the flexible mom, the impetuous kid brother, etc. So the shy teenager Violet turns invisible, just like countless embarrassed adolescents have longed to do. And thanks to Sarah Vowell’s appropriately low-key voice performance, the often-unseen Incredible is really the one that’s easiest to identify with. NM

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Groot

Has there been a catchphrase in superhero movie history more enduring than “I am Groot”? The gentle sometimes-giant of the MCU is also one of its weirdest creations: an alien who’s basically a sentient tree, and the irrepressible sweetheart of the Guardians of the Galaxy‘s prickly misfit space crew. Voiced to gravelly perfection by Vin Diesel, the hero is irresistible in all sizes – whether he’s a towering bruiser, a little twig dancing in a flowerpot or a moody teen who literally gives his right arm to be used as a handle for Thor’s shiny new god-killing ax. Sacrifice, thy name is Groot. JS

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Valkyrie

Thor is surrounded by enemies, everything seems hopeless … then a spaceship hatch opens to reveal a leather-armored, war-painted Valkyrie chugging a 40. “He’s mine,” she growls – at which point the woman who’s here to “rescue” the God of Thunder loses her balance and falls to the ground in a drunken heap. Equal parts savior and sellout, badass and buffoon, Tessa Thompson’s outer-space opportunist is normally the kind of Han Solo role reserved for a strapping young white dude. So kudos to Thor: Ragnarok, which turns an often stodgy comic character into a scene-stealer with a sneer, a swagger and a knack for thriving in cosmic chaos. The fact that she turns out to be an Asgardian warrior goddess in exile only makes her that much cooler. JS

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Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s Avenger proved early on that a female superhero could be just as compelling and dangerous as her male counterparts. (Not that we needed convincing, unlike the slow-to-greenlight-a-solo-movie production company and the folks who make toys.) Natasha Romanoff is first seen using her wits to turn the tables on some would-be Russian torturers, and she keeps demonstrating new skill sets (like hacking government computers and riding motorcycles out of planes); and while she not be the largest member of the MCU all-star team or has the most tricked-out gear, she definitely ranks high in the running, jumping and beating-the-crap-out-of-bad-guys department. KP

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Scott Pilgrim

Bassist for a middling Toronto garage band called Sex Bob-Omb, boyfriend to a too-young high-schooler, passive to the point of slacker paralyzation – Bryan Lee O’Malley’s alternative comic Scott Pilgrim vs. The World created an alternative superhero, a 23-year-old townie layabout who meets his dream girl. There’s just one catch: He can’t get to her without fighting her “Seven Evil Exes” first. Edgar Wright’s screen adaptation turns its Pilgrim (played by Michael Cera) into a powered-up arcade character, walloping all comers for level-ups and bonus coins. For a certain breed of culture-addled young romantic, he’s the most identifiable of superheroes – and a good lesson in not getting hung up in your partner’s romantic history. ST

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Deadpool

Remember that first, unfortunate version of Deadpool, the one that showed up in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, (2009)? Ryan Reynolds was determined to get it right the next time – so after stumping hard for a solo movie, the comic actor went on to deliver the raunchiest, bloodiest, most irreverent and vulgar version of a mainstream Marvel superhero yet. This is the Merc with a Mouth we know and love, a killer with a knack for breaking the fourth wall and taking the piss out of comic-book-movie conformity. The star spends most of the original Deadpool and its sequel behind a mask, but you just know he’s grinning under there. TG

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Hellboy

Writer-artist Mike Mignola’s jolly crimson giant is a creation at war against his nature – a half-demon summoned by Nazi occultists as the ultimate weapon against the Allied forces, yet eternally resentful of his calling. He keeps his devil horns filed and springs to action with comic reluctance, despite the oversized right hand made of stone and a matter-obliterating revolver in his left. Over two Guillermo Del Toro movies, Ron Perlman’s gruff, cigar-chomping Hellboy beats back the forces of evil alongside the other affable monsters in the United States Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Still, he’d rather be doing just about anything else. Like playing with cats. ST

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The Rocketeer

Remember when Hollywood studios threw money at some truly off-the-wall superhero projects? That’s how cult cartoonist Dave Stevens’ delightfully retro, Commander Cody-esque comic character known as the Rocketeer made it to the big screen. A shiny-helmeted, jetpack-sporting Nazi-fighter may have felt like an anachronism in 1991, but as fans of vintage pulp magazines and Thirties showbiz glamor know, fun and original characters like dashing stunt pilot Cliff Secord’s alter ego never really go out of style. Also, he has a knack for punching fascists – which means he’d fit right in with 2018’s landscape. NM

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Captain America

No movie superhero is so innately good as Steve Rogers – a scrawny kid from Brooklyn who couldn’t get into the army and wound up a super serum-jacked crime fighter/OG Avenger. “I don’t like bullies,” he says in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and this policy is his mantra whether he’s fighting WWII Nazis or contemporary government-sanctioned corruption. Decked out in the red, white and blue with a smile as sweet as apple pie, Cap represents the ideals of what America could be if its heart were only so pure as his. And as portrayed by Chris Evans (who, judging from his Twitter account, basically is Steve Rogers), the patriotic good guy is a hard-nosed leader who’s also a big ol’ dork. Keep your brooding, snarky, supercool superheroes; Captain America proves it’s hip to be square. JS

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Spider-Man (Tom Holland)

The wide-eyed, unfailingly earnest, good-with-a-wisecrack webslinger of the Tobey Maguire era proved that you could bring your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to the big screen. Then came Tom Holland, who perfectly captures the beleaguered, insecure, resolute teenaged Peter Parker of the comics – and suddenly, you felt like you were seeing the character for the very first time. His freshly minted Spidey balances a determination to be someone who makes a difference against a fear he’s going to screw everything up and let everyone down. You still get the sarcastic quips, but you also get the vulnerability. It’s sometimes hard to figure out whether we should cheer for this amazing young man or give him a hug. KP

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Iron Man

When Marvel announced the casting of Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire playboy/armored suit-wearing superhero Tony Stark, some people chalked up to an intriguing stunt-casting gimmick. Clearly, the skeptics had never read an issue of Iron Man: Everything that made the actor seem like a less-than-traditional choice to play a superhero – his braininess, his quippiness, his kidding-but-not-really egotism, his troubled past – has made him the ideal big-screen version of this weaponized industrialist who slowly grows a conscience. (And who also designs a robot whose A.I. capacity turns him into a humanity-hating psychopath, but hey, never mind that.)  The comic character hasn’t just become a cornerstone of the MCU; this Avenger has deepened with each successive appearance as Stark becomes increasingly aware of what he has to lose and what he’s already given up. KP

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Elastigirl

It’s all in the name: Elastigirl – a.k.a. Helen Parr, a.k.a. Mrs. Incredible – cannot be like her ungainly battering ram of a husband, staving off midlife crisis and workaday irrelevance through brute force alone. She has to be flexible enough to play whatever role a situation requires, whether she’s patching up Mr. Incredible’s ego-driven mistakes (see: the original Incredibles movie) or stepping out as the new face of superherodom (see Incredibles 2) while her competence stabilizes a wavering public trust. Voiced by Holly Hunter, this supple savior can act as a parachute or a bridge or the ultimate rubber adhesive – whatever it takes to keep the world, and her family, from falling apart. ST

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Darkman

A decade before director Sam Raimi made the first Spider-Man, he poured his passion for Marvel Comics and Universal monster pictures into a wildly imaginative, unapologetically R-rated superhero thriller. Liam Neeson goes all-in as an eccentric scientist Peyton Westlake, who creates realistic human masks out of unstable “liquid skin” to get revenge on the criminals who melted his face. Thus is born the vigilante known a “Darkman,” a moral crusader who’s brilliant, brave and more than a little crazy – not to mention one of the single best off-brand heroes the genre has given us. Skills include: dangling from helicopters, dropping his enemies off buildings and skulking in the shadows like the Creature from the Black Lagoon. NM

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Black Panther

Debuting in comics in 1966 but not a central comic-book figure until the 1970s, Wakanda’s No. 1 champion T’Challa roared onto the big screen in Captain America: Civil War (2016) providing rising star Chadwick Boseman with a superhero character as quietly magnetic as the real-life heroes – James Brown, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall – he’d played in biopics. Mourning the murder of his regent father, the man behind the mask spends most of his blockbuster solo adventure learning what it means to be a leader – and also, how to reconcile with a past that’s not nearly as rosy as he once believed. No Avenger is as thoughtful or reflective as Black Panther, no one as noble in trying to overcome his flaws and be the figurehead his people require him to be. He’s the exact superhero we need for this moment. TG

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Wonder Woman

Many of us had all been waiting for an honest-to-Hippolyta female-centric superhero movie since … well, forever. And Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is everything we could have asked for – an ass-kicking goddess with an unshakable sense of justice and a refreshing policy when it comes to all the men who tell her to sit down. (Answer: Hell No.) She’s powerful without sacrificing compassion, in love with the fallen world in all its violent imperfection. The character has been a feminist icon from the start, from her 1941 debut in All Star Comics to her portrayal by Lynda Carter in the 1970s TV show. But it’s Gadot’s turn that has cemented Diana, the Amazon warrior with bullet-deflecting bracelets and take-no-bullshit policy, as a true icon. JS

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David Dunn

Most of us would love to be superheroes – the mournful protagonist of Unbreakable (2000) has the exact opposite problem. As played by Bruce Willis, who reunited with Sixth Sense writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, David Dunn is a humble security guard trying to duck his destiny, scared at the prospect of what it would mean to have extraordinary powers. The movie’s bittersweet irony is that, while this everyman could be a prototypical comic-book hero, he isn’t feeling very super: His marriage is collapsing, and the massive media attention directed his way after surviving a deadly train crash has left him with an existential crisis. The thrill of this underrated supernatural drama is watching a seemingly ordinary person finally embrace his incredible potential – we can hardly wait to see his return in Shyamalan’s forthcoming semi-sequel Glass. TG

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Batman (Michael Keaton)

Even in the pre-internet days of the late 1980s, Michael Keaton, then best known for his comedic roles, was a controversial choice to play Batman. How could the guy from Beetlejuice and Mr. Mom convince us he was the Dark Knight of Gotham? And would Tim Burton’s take on the caped crusader just be a return to the campy 1960s TV series? They needn’t have worried. Others have done well by the part – we’re looking at you, Christian Bale – but when it comes to capturing the cracked psyche that might prompt a man to dress up like a bat, no one’s touched Keaton. Rather than play tough, the actor goes goes weird and obsessive, and his superhero is a man who fights crime to avoid falling apart – an element as central to the character as the cape and cowl. From the first time he growled “I’m Batman,” he embodied the part in the 1989 original and its 1992 sequel, Batman Returns. He took this vengeful vigilante seriously, laying the groundwork for the superhero explosion of the 2000s and beyond. You don’t get the Batmen who came after without him. KP

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Superman (Christopher Reeve)

“You’ll believe a man can fly.” Richard Donner’s 1978 big-budget vehicle for the character who started it all – arguably the single most recognizable character in caped-hero comics history – would walk out a believer. They did – and beyond original creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, those viewers had one man to thank. With his matinee-idol looks and sly comedic charm, actor Christopher Reeve was like a leading man from Golden Age of Hollywood transported into the 1970s for a single purpose: to bring the bravest, strongest, truest hero of all time to life. This was the film that essentially gave birth to the entire superhero-movie genre, and the late actor’s take on the Man of Steel with a heart of gold basically set the pace for how to faithfully bring someone dedicated to truth, justice, etc. from the funnybooks to the big-screen. It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a performance that’s 100-percent perfection. No one else who’s donned that giant S on their chest has come close to matching it. STC

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Wolverine

Blessed with indestructible adamantium fused to his skeleton, some intimidating razor-sharp claws, the power to heal almost instantly and Hugh Jackman’s impervious charisma, this all-star mutant has been the MVP of the Fox’s X-Men universe for 20 years now, starting off as the lone-wolf antihero in the original X-Men movie and going out in a blaze of glory in the somber 2017 swansong Logan. The character eventually learns to play nice with others (somewhat), but he also remains consistent in sticking to a very particular code of honor; it’s a testament to Jackman’s commitment to this mutant’s tortured journey to rid himself of his demons that we never doubt the character’s soulfulness or ferocity. And it’s through Wolverine’s last appearance, in which Jackman guides his iteration of the character toward a violent endgame, that we also see what superhero movies are capable of becoming: moral parables capable of being both thrilling and thought-provoking, blockbusters that reflect the world beyond the comic-book shop and the multiplex. Someday, eventually, another actor may don the claws of this iconic character – when that happens, they’ll have to walk in Jackman’s long, formidable shadow. We don’t envy them. TG

CARDI B ISN’T JOINING BRUNO MARS ON TOUR ANYMORE — SEE HER HEARTFELT STATEMENT

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Cardi B is being careful with herself.

On Thursday night (July 26), the “I Like It” rapper announced that she’ll no longer be joining Bruno Mars on the last leg of his 24K Magic tour. Cardi’s guest spot was announced back in February, but after welcoming her first child, a daughter named Kulture, on July 10, Cardi admitted that she “underestimated this whole mommy thing” and wasn’t ready to hit the stage.”Not only am I not just not ready physically, I’m not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it’s not healthy for her to be on the road,” she wrote on Twitter.

Cardi elaborated on her decision on Instagram Live, opening up about the struggles she’s faced as a new mother. She explained, “That postpartum shit is really real, y’all. … I respect mothers more than ever now. I see moms differently, especially the young ones that barely have experience and money. I don’t know how they do it.”Those struggles aside, the chart-topping rapper added that she’s loving life as a new mom and simply can’t bear the thought of being away from Kulture.

“She just melts me,” Cardi gushed. “I don’t feel like nobody can tend to my baby like I can.” As for Mars, he hasn’t announced a replacement for Cardi, but he did share some kind words for his “Finesse” collaborator, writing, “I know the fans will understand. You are absolutely doing the right thing.

This article was originally published by MTV

Drake Dominates Streaming, But Not Pop Radio — ‘In My Feelings’ Will Change That

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Rap singles have been on top of the Hot 100 for the past 26 weeks, and hip-hop has been the most consumed genre of music in the U.S. for 18 straight months. But these victories have not been mirrored in the world of Top 40 radio — even Drake, who routinely breaks streaming records, still faces a tough slog over the airwaves. “God’s Plan” had to spend 10 weeks as the Number One hit on the Hot 100 before it became a top 10 record at pop radio, and follow-up single “Nice for What” never made it into pop radio’s top 10 despite eight weeks as the biggest record in the nation.

But Drake appears to have crushed that resistance with his latest single, “In My Feelings.” The key has been a viral dance challenge, which has made the record so ubiquitous across such a wide swath of listeners that pop radio cannot help but throw its considerable weight behind the single: 70 different stations recently added the song into rotation, according to Nielsen. “All of the mediums, regardless of what format, are looking for the thing that everybody’s talking about,” says Terri Thomas, a programming director for The Box, Houston’s mainstream R&B/hip-hop station. “The total virality of it – ‘In My Feelings’ made its way into all aspects of popular culture.”

That’s not easy for a rap record to do. Though streaming takes up the lion’s share of the headlines, radio still reaches corners of the country that streaming does not. Nielsen reported in April that, “on a weekly basis, 93% of all adults tune in to radio, the most of any platform, and radio has 243 million listeners in a given month.” Listeners are still roughly twice as likely to discover new music on the radio as they are on streaming services, according to Nielsen, and in 2017 the pop format still had the largest audience share in the 12 to 17, 18 to 34 and 25 to 54-year-old age brackets. But pop radio doesn’t play much rap.

“Nice for What” enjoyed some Top 40 play, but it didn’t become a mega-hit, despite its soothing, hyper-melodic Lauryn Hill sample and star-studded video. “In My Feelings” can be seen as a companion piece — like “Nice for What,” it’s co-produced by the veteran Blaqnmild, who is presumably partially responsible for the kinetic percussive breakdowns inspired by the New Orleans subgenre known as bounce music. On paper, “In My Feelings” might be considered the less pop-radio friendly of the two singles. The second half of the song includes a melange of staccato samples — Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop;” a famous bounce snippet known as the Triggerman beat — that have a history for rap listeners but no currency at pop radio.

Perhaps that’s why Drake’s team did not promote “In My Feelings” to pop radio at first. Instead, they led with “Don’t Matter to Me,” which features snippets of an unreleased Michael Jackson demo — potential points on the pop radio scorecard – but also comes off as a gloomy, post-break-up tour through a romantic wasteland. Pop programmers respected Drake’s wishes: The week after Scorpion came out, they played “Don’t Matter to Me” 102 times, according to Mediabase, which tracks radio play. They spun “In My Feelings” just once.

This article was original published by: Rolling Stone

¿CRÓNICA DE UNA MUERTE ANUNCIADA? ASÍ FUE EL ÚLTIMO CONCIERTO DE AMY WINEHOUSE

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Fue el 23 de julio de 2011 cuando se dio a conocer que la cantante Amy Winehouse había muerto. Su guardaespaldas, que una noche antes la había dejado en su habitación, fue quien la encontró sin vida. La causa se dio a conocer unas horas después: una ingesta de alcohol muy grande que le provocó que su cerebro dejara de enviarle señales al cuerpo para que siguiera respirando.

Para el mundo entero la muerte de Winehouse fue una sorpresa, pero también algo que se veía venir desde hace tiempo. Especialmente por sus problemas con las drogas y el alcohol que cada vez más la ponían más en los titulares de los periódicos y sitios de internet, sin embargo, nadie se imaginó que llegaría al grado de perder la vida por culpa de ellos.

Un mes antes de su muerte, la cantante dio un último concierto, uno de los más desastrozos en todo su historial y que fue el principio del fin tanto de su carrera y como de su vida misma. A 7 años de su partida, recordaremos cómo fue ese caótico día que terminó con la muerte de una de las voces femeninas más influyentes y privilegiadas de los últimos tiempos.

Durante varios años la británica lidió con problemas de adicciones, muchas de ellas provocadas y alimentadas por sus parejas sentimentales y sus relaciones personales en general. Por ejemplo, su papá Mitch culpa directamente a Blake Fielder-Civil, su ex marido y a quien conoció en 2005, de haberla sumergido en el mundo de las drogas, o al menos eso dijo en una entrevista con Vanity Fair.Con Fielder la cantante vivió una relación tóxica, gracias a la cual nació su afamado disco Back To Black, que incluye la canción “Rehab”, donde Amy habla sobre no querer ir a rehabilitación.

Con Pete Doherty, vocalista de The Libertines, las cosas no mejoraron. Lo que inició como una amistad gracias al alcohol, terminó como una de las relaciones más tóxicas en la vida de Amy Winehouse. A pesar de todo eso, las ganas de la cantante de salir de ese mundo siempre estuvieron presentes, con sus incontables idas y venidas a los centros de desintoxicación, en los que por alguna razón siempre terminaba.

 

Pese a todo eso su talento era innegable. En el 2008 arrasó en los premios Grammy, en los que obtuvo seis nominaciones de las cuales ganó cinco. Sin embargo, de nuevo sus escándalos con las drogas no le permitieron saborear del todo ese momento de gloria. Primero porque los rumores de una recaída sonaban en todos lados, lo que tenían a la cantante con los paparazzis encima. Y segundo porque su asunto con las drogas provocó que las autoridades de los Estados Unidos no la dejaran pasar.

Pero el momento en el que comenzó la cuenta regresiva para Amy Winehouse fue el 18 de junio de 2011. La cantante subió a un escenario en Belgrado, Serbia, donde cerca de 20 mil personas la esperaban. Tambaleándose y sin poder pronunciar bien las letras de sus canciones fue como Winehouse intentó dar su show, mismo que la gente paró entre abucheos y chiflidos. Nadie podía creer que alguien la había dejado subir a cantar en ese estado, en el que nadie sabía si estaba muy ebria, muy drogada o ambas.

Después de ese día, la cantante canceló todas las fechas que tenía programadas. Y aunque muchos tenían la esperanza de que lo hiciera para regresar limpia, eso no sucedió. Amy se hundió en un estado depresivo del que nadie pudo sacarla. Incluso en una entrevista con Daily Mail Janis Winehouse, su madre, dijo que un día antes de que su hija muriera, fue a visitarla y se dio cuenta de que ya había tocado fondo, pero nunca se imaginó que su estado le provocaría la muerte.

Así fue como la noche del 22 de julio Amy Winehouse se fue a dormir después de haber bebido tres botellas de vodka, mismas que se encontraron tiradas alrededor de su cama cuando la hallaron y las causantes de que la cantante ingresara al nada envidiado “Club de los 27”, donde figuran nombres de otros músicos como Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin y Jim Morrison, quienes al igual que Winehouse murieron en el mejor momento de su carrera y a la misma edad.

También de esa manera fue como terminó una vida llena de excesos, abandonos y abusos; como se apagó una de las promesas más jóvenes de la música, que de haber vivido en otras circunstancias probablemente seguiría brillando.

 

 

Original Article by: Sopitas.com 

DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo’s “No Brainer” Is A Summery Anthem

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Last year DJ Khaled landed a serious hit with his star-studded “I’m The One.” After recruiting the likes of Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, Quavo and Lil Wayne, the quintet topped the Billboard Hot 100. The accompanying video was viewed more than one billion times, and the anthem was a serious contender for the title of Song of the Summer. Today (July 27), the super-producer pulled off the unthinkable. He managed to get the group (excluding Weezy) back together on his new single, “No Brainer.” Since officially announcing the release last week fans have speculated if they would be able to replicate the success of their first outing. Now that the song has dropped, it is clear that they have another serious hit on their hands.

Following in the footsteps of “I’m The One,” their latest is a vibrant bop. On it they trade off verses while Bieber and Khaled take the reins on the chorus. There, the “Sorry” crooner delivers some flirty lines to a potential fling. “You stick out of the crowd, baby. It’s a no brainer. It ain’t that hard to choose. Him or me, be for real, baby, it’s a no brainer,” he confidently announces over the buoyant production. It sounds like they may have another number one single on their hands, and they definitely have another viral video to support it. With a variety of set pieces and a large cast, it is another impressive release. With the right push, “No Brainer” may eclipse the group’s first release. It looks like the summery smash will land on Khaled’s forthcoming album, Father of Asahd. His son, Asahd Khaled, acted as executive producer on the project. It follows last year’s Grateful, which topped the Billboard 200 and spawned a trio of radio hits including “Wild Thoughts” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. Stream “No Brainer” up top and revisit “I’m The One” below!

 

This article was originally published by: Idolator

Los fans de Paul Walker tendrán su esperado documental.

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2013 fue el año en el que el mundo no volvió a ser el mismo. Con esto nos referimos a que usualmente, con las muertes de personas jóvenes, el mundo se colapsa. Especialmente si esta persona es alguien tan joven como lo fue Paul Walker, el actor mejor conocido por su participación en las cintas de Rápidos y Furiosos. 

La premisa de dicha saga, básicamente, era de un policía que se hacía “malo”, después de conocer a Toretto —papel interpretado por Vin Diesel— y enamorarse de su hermana Mia (Jordana Brewster). Durante siete películas, la velocidad, los arrancones y la acción fueron parte de la vida de Paul, quien lamentablemente el 30 de noviembre perdió la vida en un accidente automovilístico (qué ironía), y por consiguiente su vida pasó a ser un mito, una leyenda que finalmente tendrá su propio documental y del cual ya podemos ver el primer tráiler. A cinco años del fallecimiento del actor, Paramount Network tomó la batuta para mostrar un poco del legado de Walker en el que su familia habla de la vida de Paul y de cómo fue que aprendieron a lidiar con su pérdida. 

El nombre de esta producción será “I Am Paul Walker”, y en ella aparecerá una compilación de entrevistas con sus familiares, entre ellos Caleb, Cody y Ashlie, así como sus amigos de la infancia, directores que trabajaron con él y los actores con los que compartió el set de grabación, entre ellosTyrese Gibson, quien también protagoniza las cintas de Rápidos y Furiosos. 

El documental también aborda la tendencia de Paul de tener “un pie dentro y otro afuera” de Hollywood, pues prefería centrarse en su familia y disfrutar de la vida, de los paisajes. “Mi hija, mi surf, esa es la vida y es lo que me importa”, se escucha en una parte del tráiler donde habla el director de The Fast and The Furious, Rob Cohen, y dice que esas eran las palabras que Walker le decía. 

El filme cuenta con la producción ejecutiva del hermano de Paul Walker, Caleb Walker, quien también habla de su trabajo como filántropo y la ayuda que puso para reconstruir las casas en Haití después de ese terrible terremoto. Todo a través de la organización Reach Out Worldwide. 

Walker murió en un accidente de auto en 2013 después de que perdiera el control del Porshe —el cual él iba manejando—, chocara, y éste comenzara a incendiarse. Justo en ese tiempo, se encontraba filmando la cinta The Fast and The Furious, la penúltima entrega de esta franquicia que no pudo terminar de grabar, pero que ésta, para rendirle tributo a uno de sus personajes principales (Brian O’Conner), hizo un par de trucos con la ayuda de su hermano Caleb para mostrarlo ante la cámara y hacer que manejara hacia el atardecer, no sin antes despedirse de su mejor amigo, Toretto. 

I Am Paul se estrenará el 11 de agosto a las 9:00 de la noche en Paramount Network, el canal oficial de la productora y distribuidora de cine.

 

This article was originally published by: Sopitas

Michael Bublé and Luisana Lopilato are now the proud parents of a baby girl.

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Michael Bublé performs during Z100's Jingle Ball 2010 at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 10, 2010 in New York City. 

Cómo explicar que nos explota el corazón de amor? Que no nos alcanzan las horas del día para contemplarla. Le agradezco a Dios por hacernos este regalo de vida y alegría! Porque mirar sus ojos es mirar el cielo mismo! Te amamos hasta el infinito y más allá. Te esperábamos no solo para crecer como familia… nos diste luz, esperanza, en fin sos y serás nuestra Vida del alma!! #regalodedios #feliz #family #ourprincessA post shared by Luisana Lopilato (@luisanalopilato) on

Bublé’s rep says the family is “beyond overjoyed.”

Vida’s middle names are in honor of her parents’ mothers: Amber is Bublé’s mother’s name, while Lopilato mother’s name is Betty.

Bublé, who is Canadian, is a four-time Grammy winner with hits like “Haven’t Met You Yet.”

                               Original Article by: BillBoard.com