Monday, January 31, 2011
'Bieber, he's a great dude. He gave us advice backstage,' bandmember Roc Royal tells MTV News.
By Mawuse Ziegbe
The rising quartet, which includes 13- and 14-year-old Philadelphia and Los Angeles natives Prodigy, Roc Royal, Princeton and Ray Ray, hit the road with Justin Bieber in December. When they stopped by the MTV News offices on Friday, they dished that opening up for the teen superstar meant rocking the stage for thousands while grappling with the Biebs' hard-core fanbase.
"It was crazy," plaited singer Ray Ray admitted. "He has a lot of fans."
Fellow Mindless singer Princeton — who fans may remember as that cute krumpin' kid from Gym Class Heroes' 2006 video for "Cupid's Chokehold/ Breakfast in America" — added that in addition to dodging legions of Beliebers, the boys had to bring it in massive arenas.
"Every night, 15,000 fans," the curly-haired crooner said, adding that the teen crew used the adrenaline to pump up their performances. "It made us nervous, but the minute we hit that stage — and the stage is big, by the way, like really big — but the minute we hit that stage the nerves just turned into great energy." Getting face time with concertgoers also helped to ease their nerves. "Before the show we always did meet-and-greets, so the fans were really nice and very supportive," Princeton explained.
With their peppy text-friendly jam "My Girl" gaining traction and their status as budding heartthrobs blossoming, the Mindless fellas got some tips from Bieber on how to handle their growing fame. Rapper Roc Royal said the "Baby" singer was really cool about doling out pop-star guidance.
"Bieber, he's a great dude. He gave us advice backstage. He's nice," Roc said. "He told us don't be nervous because it's just fans, and you love it."
Roc added that Bieber was always down for a laugh — even if it came at the expense of the Mindless guys' eardrums.
"[Our] favorite moments [were] when Bieber came into our room and we start playing," he smiled, recalling an instance in which the pop megastar barged into their rooms blasting an ear-shattering horn. "Like, he starts blowing the whistles in our rooms. [It's] like, 'Aw, man stop!'
"He came in on a Segway, and he was like [makes horn sound]. We were like, 'Ah!' " Roc continued. "Definitely those moments when we were backstage and we were in our sweats just having fun."
Pop-star mentorship aside, the boys insist that Bieber isn't going to get away with the reckless whistle-blowing. Ray Ray joked that the guys might just turn the intense energy of Bieber's fans against him. "We gonna put fans backstage so when he comes he gets attacked," he laughed.
Princeton had another idea: "Take his Segway!" he said, pretending to jack Justin's wheels, exclaiming, " 'What up, Biebs? Vrooom!' "
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Bieber will appear on Sunday's episode with the Brown family of Wellman, Texas.
By Jocelyn Vena
Justin Bieber will make a surprise appearance on the feel-good ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on Sunday. In the episode, the singer meets the Brown family of Wellman, Texas, who are helping raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving after their eldest daughter Alex was affected by it.
The episode was shot back in November, according to AceShowbiz.com, and in it, Bieber not only pledges to give back to the cause, but also makes daughter Katrina Brown and her friends' day with some one-on-one time.
"So I'm really glad you guys can come. Every night we have a banner that goes up and it says 'don't text and drive' so every night all these kids see it so it definitely means a lot to me as well," he told the family. "We're gonna give $1 from every ticket sold to your cause. I always do this sound-check party and I wanted to invite you guys to come and hang out."
"I did not know what to do," Katrina admits in the preview clip for the two-hour episode, which also features Emma Roberts and NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle. "I did not know how to react."
Bieber also opens up a bit more about joining the cause. "It's been a big part of my life to influence others not to text and drive," he explained. "And every night when I perform, I have a video that comes up and it says 'don't text and drive' and it's me driving. It's just really important to me."
The encounter will also reportedly be featured in Bieber's upcoming 3-D flick, "Never Say Never." In a trailer released earlier this month, Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, opened up about how lucky he feels. "Me and the guy from 'Extreme Home Makeover' have the best jobs in the world," Braun explains in the new clip. "It's actually the most gratifying thing about the job. Little things go a very long way. You get paid to just make other people happy."
Bieber isn't the only pop star who works with the cause. The Jonas Brothers are also avid spokesmen for Allstate's "X the Text" campaign. "We're a part of the X the Text campaign with our sponsor Allstate, which is an amazing thing," Kevin Jonas told MTV News back in August. "So many teen drivers and drivers out there have accidents texting while driving, and it's such a [great] thing to bring awareness to this."Related Artists
According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, UFC 127 in Australia will not feature a "Prelims Live" special on Spike, though fans in the U.K. will be getting at least one extra fight from the card from Australia.
The lightweight bout between Brit and Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson and Spencer Fisher will come to ESPN in the UK, though the details on the preliminary card broadcast have not yet been finalized.
The main card for the night's event will also air live on ESPN in the UK on the morning of Sunday, February 27, as the event takes place from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The card airs live in the U.S. on pay-per-view on Saturday, February 26 with the time delay, headlined by the welterweight bout between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch.
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Penick's Analysis: It's not surprising that this event isn't getting the preliminary special here in the U.S., as with 12 to go around for the year there will be a few events they skip. An overseas pay-per-view with no title fight on the card, especially as the second of two pay-per-views in that month, makes for an easily skippable event for the specials. This will be a cool extra for fans in the U.K., though, and the UFC could still bring a couple of the fights online for U.S. fans like they have for a few events over the last couple of months.
Brian Friedman describes working with Jonas Åkerlund on video.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Matt Elias
Jonas Åkerlund certainly has the resume to pull off an epic clip for Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me." Having already directed spectacles like Lady Gaga's "Telephone," Madonna's "Ray of Light" and Pink's "Sober," Åkerlund is known for creating sexy, controversial and sleek pop videos. So, working with Spears was a natural fit, said her choreographer, Brian Friedman.
"[When] Jonas and I got on the phone for the first time, I was actually jumping on a plane somewhere, so the conversation was very brief, but I am a huge Jonas Åkerlund fan," Friedman dished to MTV News. "Anything that he does is magical. His eye for art is insane, so I was excited to work with someone who loves art so much and it's not just a job, it's not technical; it really is a string aesthetic to what he does."
When Friedman and Åkerlund finally did get the chance to hash it out, the conversation was about how to ensure the video would be focused on what Spears is known for: her tight and sexy dance moves.
"So with that said, I had a meeting with him at his house. We went through the video from top to bottom, and I gave him as much input from the dance side, 'cause it's a dance video, as I could to try to help bring his story to life," he recalled. "And the collaboration was incredible."
Friedman said Åkerlund completely understood his and Spears' ideas on the project, and the results, he said, are no less than stellar.
"I really feel like bringing two artists together in a way like that — where the director really loves the dance and understands the art of the dance and doesn't try to cover it up and water it down — is the best way to go," he said. "He was genius for me with dance."
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Thriller makes $5.3 million.
By Mawuse Ziegbe
It appears that audiences are still down to get freaked out by a creepy performance from Anthony Hopkins.
The Oscar-winning actor's latest skin-crawling, onscreen turn, "The Rite," topped the Friday box office. The film, which is based on real-life events and stars Hopkins as an unconventional exorcist, debuted with $5.3 million. When MTV News sat down with Sir Hopkins recently, the veteran star admitted he has a gift for freaking out fans.
"I know how to do those parts," he said. "Not because I'm scary, but because I know how to scare people. ... It's a question of being quiet and not overplaying it," he explained. "You let the script and the audiences do the work for you. You don't have to play evil."
Behind "The Rite" is last week's box-office winner, "No Strings Attached. Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman's portrayal of "sex friends" who shrug off the possibility of a relationship in favor of casual lovin,' scored $4.3 million. Friday's earnings kick the film's total haul to just over $30 million.
Jason Statham's latest firepower-heavy flick ,"The Mechanic," came in third place. The tale of an assassin looking to avenge the killing of his mentor with the help of his son (Ben Foster), debuted with $3.6 million.
"The Green Hornet" took the fourth-place spot at the Friday box office. Moviegoers coughed up $2.9 million to catch Seth Rogen as the classic masked superhero duke it out with Los Angeles-area baddies. The figure kicks the film's total estimated tally to $70 million.
"The King's Speech," the dramatization of the UK's King George VI's struggle to overcome his stammer with the help of an eccentric speech therapist, rounded out the top five. The film, which recently picked up 12 Academy Award nominations, scored $2.8 million. The movie's total estimated haul now stands at around $63 million.
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British actor known for 'The Tudors' was once attached to McG-helmed reboot.
By Mawuse Ziegbe
He'll be flying into movie theaters in 2012, but who exactly is the newest Superman, Henry Cavill? The latest screen star to don the famed crimson cape has gained fame as a castmember of Showtime's period romp "The Tudors," and will hit the big screen in the upcoming Greek mythology epic "War of the Gods." But before he was tapped to play the iconic superhero, he was super close to portraying everyone from Twilight's Edward Cullen to James Bond to, ironically, Superman in another filmmaker's vision of the superhero.
He was up for Superman before
British screen star Cavill has been making a name for himself stateside as Sir Charles Brandon on the saucy historical drama "The Tudors," but he's come close to portraying Superman before.
MTV News caught up with Cavill back in 2009, and the then 25-year-old star told us he was set to zip through the sky as the Man of Steel in director McG's ("Terminator Salvation") take on the American icon. However, a shuffling of filmmakers resulted in Cavill getting dropped from the project, which eventually became the 2006 flick "Superman Returns."
"I was attached to the McG 'Superman' movie," Cavill told MTV News "Then Bryan Singer came on and took the helm and he made his movie.
"[The McG and Singer versions] were two different movies," Cavill explained. "So it wasn't so much of a sting because it was like, 'Oh, I got [the role],' and then the movie just didn't happen."
He also reportedly missed out on "Batman" ... and "The Green Lantern"
Cavill was rumored to be on the shortlist of leading men up to vanquish Gotham-area baddies in Christopher Nolan's "Batman" franchise, a role which eventually went to fellow Brit Christian Bale. Ryan Reynolds also reportedly beat out Cavill for the "Green Lantern" series.
He lost Edward Cullen to Robert Pattinson
Thanks to RPattz, Cavill missed out on one of the biggest movie franchises in recent years, "Twilight," even though he had some strong support in his corner. "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer once said that Cavill was her dream choice, but Mother Nature thwarted the casting.
"The only actor I've ever seen who I think could come close to pulling off Edward Cullen is Henry Cavill. Henry was Albert, the young son in 'The Count of Monte Cristo.' Can you see it? I know I can!" Meyer blogged in 2007. However, after some delays in development, Meyer conceded that Cavill had aged out of "Twilight" territory. "The most disappointing thing for me is losing my perfect Edward."
"By the time the movie came around, I didn't look right for the character," Cavill explained to MTV News in 2009, adding, "No one even called me or my agent."
... And he was almost James Bond
The actor also auditioned for the role of 007 in "Casino Royale," but instead Daniel Craig knocked back shaken martinis and coolly took out henchmen as the world's first blond Bond.
He may not have played Bond, but he does drive the character's famed car
In a 2009 interview with JustJared.com, Cavill opened up about his biggest splurge, which he said was an Aston Martin — the same sleek, high-end ride that's been associated with Bond.
"It was one of those things that just ended up happening, like, 'Right, okay, just treat yourself," he said. The star also dished that he enjoys video games like World of Warcraft and shows like "Dexter."
Among the many changes you'll find in version 3.3 are the arrival of new import filters and improvements to existing ones -- key features when you're trying to persuade users to migrate from competing suites like Microsoft Office, Works, or WordPerfect. Calc (the LibreOffice spreadsheet app) now boasts better Excel interoperability, SVG images can be opened and modified in Draw, and they can also be imported into Writer.
The Suite's PowerPoint alternative -- Presenter -- now ships with a presentation mode plug-in which makes controlling slideshows from your laptop a breeze. Testers will enjoy the addition of Experimental Mode, which you can toggle if you'd like to play with new features before they've officially been added to LibreOffice. It's a bit like the about:flags page in Google Chrome. LibreOffice 3.3 also sports a long list of interface and usability tweaks -- check out this page at the official site for a complete rundown.
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Bieber's 30-second spot will debut one week before his 3-D movie's Valentine's Day weekend opening.
By Jocelyn Vena
Who says that young girls don't care about Super Bowl Sunday? This year there's a big reason for tweens, teens and non-football fans to get in on the action. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new spot for Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" 3-D flick will run during the super special post-Super Bowl episode of "Glee."
The 30-second commercial is set to air during the February 6 episode of the hit Fox comedy. The film opens one week later, on Valentine's Day weekend. THR further reports that the ad will be shown during "Glee" and not the Super Bowl proper since the film's target demographic is more likely to tune in to the musical TV show than the big game.
This is not the first time Bieber has teamed up with a major sporting event to support a release. During Game 3 of last year's World Series, the teen pop star debuted a mini-music video for the unplugged version of his song "Never Say Never" to promote his acoustic album, My Worlds Acoustic.
Bieber's flick isn't the only movie taking advantage of the Super Bowl's massive viewership. Several blockbusters will air commercials on Fox sometime during the evening, whether it's preshow, during the game or, in Bieber's case, postshow. It reportedly costs about $3 million for 30 seconds of airtime on the big night.
Variety reports that the movies "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Super 8," "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Cowboys and Aliens," "Priest," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Just Go With It," "Battle: Los Angeles," "Limitless," "Rango" and "The Eagle" all will have commercials broadcast during Super Bowl Sunday.
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The UFC just wants you to like them. Literally -- if you "like" them on Facebook, then you'll get to stream two preliminary fights from this weekend's "Fight for the Troops."
Head to the UFC's fan page, click on the "like" button, and then you can watch Cody McKenzie take on Yves Edwards in a fight that McKenzie promises to finish, and also watch DaMarques Johnson face Mike "Joker" Guymon for free. To the press release:
“I’m always looking for ways to give fans fights for free and this is just another example of that,” UFC President Dana White said. “Facebook is such a great tool for people to stay connected and we’re excited to put two live fights on our UFC page for free.”
Those fights will happen before the rest of the card -- headlined by Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guilard and Tim Hague vs. Matt Mitrione -- airs on Spike TV for the cost of basic cable.
While you're at Facebook, check out the Cagewriter Facebook page. We can't give you any free fights, but hey, we were nice enough to tell you about it, right?