Not everyone was happy about who got nominated, and who didn’t. Rihanna was completely shut out, save for a nom with Kanye West for Best Collaboration, even though she had one of the most talked about videos of the year with ‘Man Down’. She gave a cheeky response as to why she might have been left out.
Rihanna’s BFF Katy Perry was pretty excited about her 9 noms though. She was live from her tour in Seattle to help present the nominations.
Bruno Mars thanked MTV for recognizing him. You know I actually like Bruno and think he deserves it.
Some people, who may or may not identify themselves as Little Monsters, weren’t too pleased with Adele‘s nominations. You’d think Adele killed their cats or something.
Our friends over at Neon Limelight collected some butthurt reactions as well.
It’s almost too easy to complain about an awards show on a network that only plays videos at 4 a.m., but remember when the VMAs were a big deal? I don’t want to put their names out there anymore than they already are, but I am disappointed at MTV nominating some crappy culture vulture with terrible hair, and even worse rhymes, and a guy I can only describe as a black Johnny Rotten with an even more fake-anarchist attitude.
Weird Al Yankovic has a long history of parodying some of the greats. Madonna, MJ and James Brown just to name a few, but Lady Gaga, or rather her manager, almost put a stop to his version of “Born This Way“.
In a post on his blog, Yankovic revealed that Lady Gaga didn’t want him to release the song.
“As of this posting, I still don’t know specifically what kind of problem she has with the song (obviously I take a few jabs at her, but y’know, it’s satire – that’s how it’s supposed to work). And I’m especially confused as to why she waited until I actually recorded the song (at her insistence!) before saying no. It’s not like there were any surprises in the finished song that she couldn’t have foreseen by, you know, READING THE LYRICS.
A conventional release for the song and video would have also raised a nice chunk of change for the HRC – an organization which I have to assume Gaga supports. Hopefully, if fans enjoy hearing the song online, they’ll make a donation anyway.
My parodies have always fallen under what the courts call “fair use,” and this one was no different, legally allowing me to record and release it without permission. But it has always been my personal policy to get the consent of the original artist before including my parodies on any album, so of course I will respect Gaga’s wishes. However, given the circumstances, I have no problem with allowing people to hear it online, because I also have a personal policy not to completely waste my stinking time.”
Somebody’s mad! Turns out though, it wasn’t Gaga who disapproved, it was her manger. He said no without actually asking her beforehand. Weird Al released the song on YouTube and apparently Gaga likes it. So he says.
C’mon girl, even Kurt Cobain wasn’t upset over his Nirvana parody.
Timed perfectly with the release of ‘Black Swan‘ on dvd (I’m just sayin’), a dance double for Natalie Portman is saying that the Academy Award-winning actress only did 5% of her own dancing for the film. Ballerina Sara Lane told Entertainment Weekly that producers told her not to talk publicly about her during award’s season. This came after the choreographer, and Portman’s fiance, Benjamin Millepied told the L.A. Times that his future wifey did 85% of the dancing for the movie.
Director Darren Aronofsky released a statement through Fox Searchlight studios:
“Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots.There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that’s 80% Natalie Portman. What about duration? The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second. There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement.Even so, if we were judging by time over 90% would be Natalie Portman.
And to be clear, Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes. If you look at the final shot of the opening prologue, which lasts 85 seconds, and was danced completely by Natalie, she exits the scene on pointe. That is completely her without any digital magic. I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor. Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance. And I don’t want anyone to think that’s not her they are watching. It is.”
So here’s what I think happened, the actual ballerina filmed numerous scenes of her dancing which were then cut or edited to make it look like Natalie did all the dancing in her scenes. I’m sure she practiced and trained long and hard, but it takes years to learn how to do what Nina in the movie was supposed to be good at. Of course now Sara Lane looks like a butthurt bitch. Portman’s co-star Mila Kunis defended her saying, “Natalie danced her ass off. I think it’s unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention away from (the praise) Natalie deserved and got.”
You know who really lost all that weight, thinned his hair and acted crazy, Christian Bale, that’s who! As our friend Roger Ebert stated though, Natalie won her Oscar for acting, not dancing.