The 88th Annual Academy Awards: Highs and Lows

2016’s big winners: (L-R) Mark Rylance | Best Supporting Actor for “Bridge of Spies,” Brie Larson | Best Actress for “Room,” Leonardo DiCaprio | Best Actor for “The Revenant,” and Alicia Vikander | Best Supporting Actress for “The Danish Girl.”

In a lackluster award show year in the midst of perhaps the most publicized Hollywood controversy over the lack of nominations for actors of color, I knew the 2016 Oscars would be a rather different ceremony than in years past. That being said, I still wasn’t expecting so many uncomfortable moments shoved down the audience’s throat by host Chris Rock in his second stint on the stage.

88thoscars_key_hostWithout touching too much on a provocative subject I’m not exactly equipped to speak knowledgeably about, I thought he might use his opening monologue to address the debate, which he did, and maybe close out the show with some sort of call to action, which he did by citing #BlackLivesMatter, and leave it at that. However, the night was rife with crude jokes, relentless little jabs at the underrepresentation of black actors (not all minorities, just blacks) in film, and several awkward moments that made the talent in the room shift in their seats, tittering as though they weren’t sure if they were supposed to laugh or not. After scanning some reviews, it seems some people were a fan of his tactics, but I happened to find jokes like, “In the In Memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies,” to be needlessly tasteless. Continue reading

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Gaga’s New Single? Not So ‘Dope’

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Oh God. Oh God, my ears. No. Nope, sorry. Gaga debuted her latest ARTPOP single this week, performing it at YouTube’s Music Awards last night. The singer’s voice, deep and haunting, tells a story of a love lost twisted with a touch of fan appreciation. Continue reading

Glambert Channels His Inner Gaga

I just lost my freaking mind.

You all remember when the news was announced that the Idol alum would be joining season 5 of Glee? We got our first glimpse of his character in the promo for the upcoming episode, entitled “A Katy or a Gaga.” Based on Lambert’s own Instagram, he has been dubbed Starchild (how appropriate). Continue reading

Does Gaga’s video deserve ‘Applause?’

Lady Gaga’s music videos are like hallucination-induced short films. I know music is an interpretation, but half the time I feel like I’ve got a “WTF?” face the whole time I’m watching. Applause was released Monday the 19th and apparently it’s chock-full of cultural references—an ambitious BuzzFeed staffer broke it down:

“The curtain opened Monday on the video for “Applause,” Lady Gaga’s first single in almost two years. And she’s right back at it, putting out a video rich with various influences and symbolism-overload, though this time it clocks in at a reasonable 3:36 instead of the nine-minute video epics we were growing accustomed to from her. “Applause” was directed by famed fashion photographer duo (and previous Gaga collaborators) Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.

The video is visually stunning, but it can also get confusing, with references to Greek mythology, German expressionist horror films, Hindu goddesses, and callbacks to previous Gaga videos. We’re here to help break it all down for you.”

Read the full article for the complete symbolic analysis.

What do you guys think of the video for Applause?
Artistic expression or attention-seeking oddity? Continue reading

PERRY VS. GAGA

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Attention all KatyCats and Little Monsters—it’s almost time!

Lady Gaga announced the title of her new album ARTPOP last year by giving fans a sneak peek at her new ink. On a much larger (but perhaps not as permanent) scale, a golden semi was spotted cruising around L.A. this afternoon sporting the name of Katy Perry’s upcoming album. Undoubtedly two of the most creative artists in pop music right now, Katy and Gaga look to be in the running to take award season head-on at the same time. Mark your calendars …

GAGA
August 19: New single “Applause” drops.
August 25: Mother Monster returns to the stage (and our TV screens) at the VMAs.
November 11: ARTPOP release.

KATY
August 12: New single “Roar” drops.
October 22: PRISM release.

Whose new album has you more excited? Sound off in the comments!