Taylor Swift Looks Leggy In Hot Pants En Route To Dance Class
Taylor Swift has been spending a lot of time in ballet classes recently, but Thursday, March 7, she traded her ballet skirt for a leggier look.
The "Red" singer was spotted heading to the Ballet Bodies studio in West Hollywood wearing hot pants and an oversized patriotic sweater.
Swift complemented the sporty look with a pair of Wayfarers and bright red lips, looking a bit dolled up for a workout.
The star's toned legs show that her new routine is definitely working. Who knows? Maybe she'll gain a few new dance moves too.
Swift is preparing for her Red Tour in Asia which kicks off on June 1 in Tokyo.
'Sesame Street' Parodies 'Les Misérables' By Subtracting Revolution And Adding Cookies
It's the story of Jean Bon-Bon, a French man on a desperate search for cookies who then learns how to share them with his friends. Featuring hit songs:
"Look Down, Look Down... No Cookies Anywhere"
"There Is A Cookie On A Cloud"
"Own My Own... Wishing I Had Cookies"
And our personal favorite:
"One Day S'more"
This video is part of a Sesame Workshop series that aims to teach kids about self regulation. See more of our favorite clips here!
'Sharknado 2' Gets Premiere Date And New Celebrity Cast Members
Mark your calendars, movie fans. The SyFy Channel’s “Sharknado 2: The Second One” finally has a premiere date: Thursday, July 31, at 9 p.m. PT/ET.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, along with some exclusive casting information, on Friday. Gossip blogger Perez Hilton will reportedly have a cameo in the film, which takes place in New York City. Joining him will be Biz Markie, Salt-N-Pepa’s Pepa (Sandra Denton), Robert Klein and professional wrestler Kurt Angle.
Little is known about the roles of these new additions. However, THR learned Klein will be playing a former New York City mayor, and Angle will be the FDNY fire chief in the follow-up to the unexpectedly successful 2013 made-for-TV-movie in which a tornado lifts sharks out of the ocean and carries them over the city of Los Angeles.
The sequel was given the green light just weeks after the premiere of the original movie, which aired to 1.4 million total viewers. After some buzz on social media, the encore airing delivered another 1.9 million viewers, Entertainment Weekly reports.
As Deadline previously reported, other cast members include Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander and Judd Hirsch. Tara Reid and Ian Ziering will be reprising their roles from the first film, because why not?
To see some of these stars in action, check out this rather painful video from the set of “Sharknado 2,” courtesy of TMZ:
Wanna Drink Like A Famous Person This Weekend? Mix Up Some 'Funky Juice' Like Tina Fey.
Happy Friday! Welcome to Drink Like A Famous Person, where we let you bring out your fabulous side in the name of some well-earned R&R. Eschew your regular habits this weekend by drinking like...
It's Women's History Month! Time to reflect on the myriad contributions made by the fairer sex to our grand society. Tina's not only given us probably the best show to ever grace NBC's Thursday night lineup, but she's also a pretty great human being. So how might you channel your inner Lady Fey this weekend?
With a large glass of white wine!
It's incredibly versatile, too. You'll look classy as hell swinging a single glass between your fingers, but you can also go the practical route and carry around a whole "golden fishbowl" of the stuff, as Tina did after the Emmys in 2010. Who has time to refill their glass every other minute, anyway?
We'd also like to take this moment to remind you of Liz Lemon's beverage of choice -- a concoction dubbed "funky juice." Mix up some funky juice with white wine, Sprite and ice cubes, and store it in a thermos by your toilet. Don't ask questions.
Tensnake On 'Glow,' His Mod Adolescence And Why Disco Never Died
Marco Niemerski produces sleek, melodic club music as Tensnake, but the German artist didn't start out behind a turntable. He first had to get over his mod period.
"I'm glad that no records exist," the producer laughed during a recent interview with The Huffington Post. "I tried to play guitar when I was young and we had a cover band that did The Who. At school, I'm almost embarrassed to say, but we had a Ramones cover band too. In a suburb of Hamburg, so you can imagine that it wasn't that glam."
After graduating, Niemerski struck out into the music industry, doing public relations work for labels like Strictly Rhythm and eventually settling into advertising. ("It was very, very boring," he said.) He's come a long way, though: On March 11, he'll release "Glow," a studio album that features the likes of Nile Rodgers, Jamie Lidell, MNEK, Fiora and Jacques Lu Cont.
The LP makes for a good start-to-finish listen, with a good mix of timeless sounds ("See Right Through") and contemporary takes on post-club mood music ("Holla"). In advance of the record's release, a tour and an opening gig for Giorgio Moroder and Chic at the Hollywood Bowl in May, we spoke with Niemerski about his inspirations, working with Rodgers and his somewhat controversial views on modern R&B.
You're fond of saying that disco never died. Who are some of the artists you've been enjoying for the past few years?
Over the past couple of years I sort of rediscovered my love for it from Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space show. Then there was this wave of not "nu disco," because I don't like that word at all, but Scandinavians like Todd Terje, Prins Thomas and others who did this type of sound. That inspired me a lot, and obviously DFA Records with LCD Soundsystem's disco influence.
Some of your earlier stuff, like "Coma Cat," sounds like it could have been made this year, but it's almost four years old now.
Yeah, I was a bit too early!
Through that lens, is it interesting to see groups like Disclosure taking off now?
Of course, I'm happy. I remember when I made "Coma Cat" I was quite unsatisfied with the sound in the clubs. It was very minimal, with no vocals, and to me it was missing the fun and the melodies. Back then, I wasn't sure if I should put it out at all, because no one was doing club vocals. But now there are so many club bands with vocals that you almost have to have them. If "Coma Cat" helped bring that back, then of course I'm happy.
Do you think there's a space for the type of music you make on pop radio?
I'm not afraid of pop music, I grew up on it. I grew up in the suburbs of Hamburg, and there wasn't so many things to do. Music was very important to escape that life when you were young. I grew up on '80s radio music, so I was confronted with the big pop song very early. Some people are strictly underground and I don't know if they're afraid of making more money or reaching more people, but I'm not like that. What is underground? Underground is just not selling records -- the less you sell, the more underground you are.
I can definitely say that I had to get used to playing in front of more and more people in bigger clubs, but only because the dominant, main sound in those places is made for masses. The place I come from isn't necessarily what the masses like. It's changing, though. Because in my mind, I think that I come from an underground space but it's more and more mainstream. In the States, for so many years you had hip-hop and rock, and that was it. Then you had this explosion of EDM, and hopefully they're discovering some new sounds. It's getting more diverse.
Between performing and recording, which do you prefer?
The most fun for me is sitting in the studio and the production. The creative process of making music is what's tickling my brain. It makes me happy and it takes me on a journey. To stand in front of people, I had to really get used to playing festivals, because you're very far away from people and it's very hard to connect. But over time, I've come to also enjoy it because you reach a lot of new audiences and I can also hear a lot of bands.
The sets are usually also just so short at festivals.
Yeah, very often you're just playing one hour, and you have to start with a climax. Every DJ wants to be the best at a festival, so you don't have a choice but to play hard from the start.
When did you actually start working on the album?
To be honest, it was years ago. One of the first songs that I finished was "Feel of Love," and it's my bow-down to Prince. Hopefully it sounds Prince-ish without too much copying. The Nile Rodgers song, "Love Sublime," was done in March of last year. All of that was before "Get Lucky" came out. I think the whole process took me about two years and it got signed to the label a year ago. Everything takes ages.
Was there a broad vision for the album?
No, there wasn't a master plan. But all I knew is that I didn't want it to have a collection of tracks, I wanted it to work from the beginning to end and make it sound a bit like we were back in the '90s. Sometimes you would buy a CD or vinyl for one song, but you'd discover a lot more. That was the main goal, to make something that people would listen before they go out, when they return from the clubs. During the creative process, you might think it doesn't make sense, but when you're putting it together in the end, it does.
Did you think that people already had certain expectations of your sound?
I wanted to show myself that I could produce different types of music. I try not to think about it, because there are people who want "Coma Cat" part two or three or four, then there are people who say Tensnake is too commercial so they want the first release from six years back. I try just not to think about that.
Did you and Nile have any studio time together?
No, we didn't unfortunately. We met for dinner a couple of times and were together on stage in Ibiza. Suddenly his management called and said, "Nile is in Hamburg for two days, do you want to record?" I wanted to but I had a DJ booking somewhere else. I sent him some stuff and when he was back in New York in his studio, we did a Skype session. He just told me, "Dude, I'm just your session guitar player." So you can imagine. But he makes it easy!
He's also such an amazing storyteller.
Yeah, that's what happened in Miami when we were at Joe's Stone Crab which is a classic place. It was just my management and his management and some people. It's like I wasn't even there, because it was so surreal. He was telling us stories about Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, and a bit about the Daft Punk thing.
Was there a particular production of his that really inspired you?
I love "Get Lucky." It's a genius track, and the whole Daft Punk album is so original. It's very important to do something else -- they could have very easily done a sure shot, and this wasn't one.
You're keen on viewing what you do as proper songwriting, not just a means to an end for dancing. How does your process work with vocalists?
Mainly I'm finishing the instrumental and I send it over. Except where Fiora is featured, because we worked on "See Right Through" and she sent me her track the next day. I was very impressed because the background track is very boring, it's kind of like a tech house loop. I then invited her to the studio, and she's someone who really cares about lyrics. I'm usually not even listening to lyrics. My brain works more with melody. We finished the rest of the tracks together.
Are you fond of the direction that dance music is moving, in terms of the more popular content?
I'm super excited. I think now, more than ever, good electronic music is becoming very popular. People are hungry for something new, and there's so much attention from the media because it's generating so much money. I grew up on music that was made in America, so I'm looking forward to moving to L.A. for three months. I came up on '90s R&B, which I don't really think exists so much anymore. I would like to work with some people and come see if I can get involved in helping bring R&B back a bit more.
Who would you like to work with?
I'd love to work with artists like James Fauntelroy, and the guy who produced the Frank Ocean. Los Angeles in general is a great place for pop music, so I'm excited to learn.
Andre 3000 Takes On Jimi Hendrix Role With Perfect Precision In 'All Is By My Side' Clip
At long last, a clip from the Jimi Hendrix biopic, "All Is By My Side," has premiered on YouTube. Starring Outkast's Andre 3000, the movie is set to make its debut March 12 at SXSW, but for the unlucky who don't get to travel to Austin, Texas, this clip should be plenty exciting.
The movie, written and directed by recent Oscar winner John Ridley, focuses on Hendrix's life when he found fame between 1966 and 1967, according to U.K.'s The Independent. Since the Hendrix estate didn't give its support to the film, it's expected to focus more on sex and drugs than the music.
In the minute-long teaser below, the legendary guitarist gets discovered by Linda Keith (Imogen Poots) and tries to sway her to run away with him behind his girlfriend's back.
In an additional, exclusive teaser obtained by Rolling Stone, Hendrix is seen sitting next to Linda Keith in a New York restaurant, while future manager Chas Chandler (Andrew Buckley) attempts to convince him to move to London.
10 Reimagined Disney Posters Bring Your Favorite Childhood Characters Back To Life
We dare you to reminisce about your younger years without letting visions of Simba, Cruella de Vil and the Mad Hatter fill your head. It's simply impossible to wax nostalgic about our days as burgeoning human beings without remembering the cartoon characters that taught us life's little lessons, from the hassles of pet care to the tragic emotions connected with losing a loved one.
So, when we came across "Nothing's Impossible," a series of reimagined Disney posters that pay tribute to the animated heroes and heroines that made childhood that much better, our inner kid did a cartwheel. Organized by Mondo, Austin, TX's haven for movie poster design, the collection consists of limited edition artworks inspired by films like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," bringing beloved bits of pop culture back to life. We're exclusively premiering our personal favorite, a "Jungle Book" poster by British artist Olly Moss, below:
In celebration of the series' debut, showcased in partnership with Disney's "Oh My Disney" blog," we give you a preview of the throwback exhibition, on view during this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival at Mondo Gallery, below. Let us know your favorite film homage in the comments.
DOCUMENTARY: How One Email Changed One Guy's Life... Forever
I had a rather remarkable night here in the City of Angels. Better said, I saw a documentary about one guy's remarkable journey to find his birth parents. Notice I didn't say real parents. And neither did Dan Mathews during the exclusive screening of his documentary, AKA Dan, at YouTubeLA's studios. That's Dan and me in the pic above.
In fact, he didn't say it during the revealing Q&A afterwards. You could see in his face, the words he carefully chose and the wheels spinning in his mind that he is still trying to download the experience into some compartmentalized, identifiable experience. That will probably not happen for a while. And that's not a bad thing. What am I talking about?
Take a quick peek at the trailer and you'll see:
For anyone who has been adopted, adopted or had friends and family who were adopted, this film is incredibly resonant.
But, I haven't been adopted and the film still hit a number of touchstones with me, not the least of which are the many, incredible definitions of love.
Love lost. Love gained. Painful love. Joyous love. Deep love. New love. Awkward love. Nervous love and that wild card, unknown love. All of these and more are felt by Dan as he arrives in Korea and meets his dad, mom, sister and twin brother.
But before you think this is one big, serious emotional journey, I should tell you it's a helluva lot of fun, too. It's funny. Laugh out loud funny at times. There is some serious partying and clubbing as Dan gets to know other adoptees who are in Korea on the same journey. Dan is a hip-hop artist as well, so there are scenes of him performing in a club where his newfound brother and sister are watching him for the first time. Hello world! (Dan's new album/single can be found here. )
In fact, music connects Dan and his twin. There's a nice scene where they're getting to know each other and start chatting about music and who they like. His brother is an Eminem fan and they soon find out their favorite Eminem song is the same.
Overall, the film is a nice effort. It's heart is in the right place. It's honest in every way. There is an incredible scene at the airport when Dan has to leave Korea and his biological family is there saying goodbye. I won't give away the reason why Dan's bio-mother had to give him up for adoption, but I can tell you it all comes to a crushing, emotional point at the airport.
On the flip-side, the film is a bit uneven. There are entire scenes that don't add much value. Others which could have been shortened and combined with later scenes, shortened as well, to give the film a better flow. In addition, until the airport scene, Dan's bio-parents didn't want to be on camera. That could have been a huge problem, but to Dan and his crews' credit, they turned it into an asset.
But look, this was a passion project boosted by a kickass Kickstarter campaign. The ask was for $25,000 and Dan received nearly $35,000 in donations. Not $350,000 like many documentaries. $35,000 for EVERYTHING.
And to that end, the look of the film has that new media, Kickstarted kinda feel. Dan starts off 'hosting' the film, turning to the camera to tell us what's happening and then by the end we are watching through his eyes. The hosting is pretty much gone by the end. I like that it has both.
Also, the setting for the special cast and crew and friends screening lent itself to the new media feel of the night. YouTubeLA is a great space.
I can't remember when I was at a screening (and I've been to hundreds) where I was handed a beer the moment I walked in and asked to play ping-pong until the festivities were set to begin. Ping-pong and beer would seem to go together. They don't. At least not for me.
A great start. A good movie and a nice scene after it ended. I looked around the room as the credits rolled and noticed not a single person was leaving.
As Dan took the stage to answer questions, you could feel a ton of respect, admiration and love in the room. It wasn't a new media or an old media thing. It was a human thing.
However, to watch it, you'll have to do the new media thing and watch it on YouTube. Here is part one AND part two. Enjoy.
All images are author's own, and embedded videos are courtesy of Dan Mathews.
Miley Cyrus Shows Off Her Sex Toy On Twitter, Should Seriously Be Taught What TMI Means
In the midst of her latest cat fight with Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus chose to overshare with her immense Twitter following what her latest sex toy looks like.
Cyrus posted a couple photos earlier this week in which she's on a plane, posing with what is later revealed to be the Hand of Adonis, a device the manufacturer calls "NOT for the faint of heart."
Can someone explain to Miley that although her tongue refuses to stay in her mouth, her sex toys can absolutely stay in the bedroom?
Don't Google Miley's tweets kids pic.twitter.com/ACcgijpLpD— Miley Cyrus News (@gypsyhearttour) March 6, 2014
Here's Everything Wrong With 'Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'
Indiana Jones is undeniably cool, but that doesn't mean he always makes sense.
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" was heartily welcomed by fans in 2008 and made a killing at the box office, and naturally, the Internet has something to say about that. YouTube account CinemaSins is showing fans "Everything Wrong with 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'" in approximately 13 minutes.
If you like to poke holes in movies' plots and laugh at the ridiculousness of Hollywood, this is the video for you. Think of it as proof that sometimes it's just impossible to suspend disbelief, even for the sake of movie magic.
Why We're Still Talking About 'Frozen' and What Disney Should Do Next
As if there aren't enough people talking about Frozen already, even way past its release date, here's my take on the Disney movie and why it has stuck with me (and not just because of its songs, which seem to only gain popularity as the weeks go on). (Spoiler alert: if by some cruel twist of fate you have not yet seen Frozen, you should go watch it and then come back.)
First of all, I have to admit I love Disney movies, no matter how cheesy they may be. However, I did go into the movie with high expectations and hopes for change, if only because it was about time Disney did something new and I'd heard that Disney really went above and beyond with this one. Yet when Anna suddenly decided she was in love with Hans after only one song, I almost groaned. Was this going to be another one of those movies? Did she really just fall in love one hundred times faster than any previous Disney character? Was that even possible? When the trolls told Anna that only an act of true love can save her, I may have smacked my head and did the biggest eye role ever. Let me guess, I thought, she's going to go running back to Hans, who is going to save the day. Hooray.
Fortunately, Frozen was surprisingly refreshing in that the story plot did neither of these things. Both Elsa and Kristoff voiced their doubts about how two people could fall in love so quickly, and by the end of the movie, we learn the supposed love between Anna and Hans was indeed false. A Disney movie has finally shown the world and its children that true love doesn't always happen quickly and that it doesn't always work out with the first guy you meet. It also showed that love can be in unexpected places, not always in the places you believe or want them to be in. Thank you for finally being realistic, Disney!
As for the whole act of true love debacle, I've seen a lot of tweets about Frozen from people who say something along the lines that Frozen is their favorite movie because Anna's sister, Elsa, saved Anna, rather than the traditional man-saves-princess. Instead, I'd argue that Disney went a step even further. Anna, rather than running to Kristoff to save her life, ran to protect her sister from Hans. Anna was willing to die for her sister, both by Hans' sword and by the ice, rather than protect herself by going to Kristoff. I think that was the real act of true love, a sign that the heroine can save herself and doesn't always have to be hopeless and in the hands of others. True, Elsa did end up in tears and Elsa's love is the key to thawing the land, but I like to think that it just took a while for the unfreezing to kick in. Plus, when Elsa is stunned that Anna sacrificed herself for Elsa, Anna replies "I love you," to which Olaf gasps and repeats the phrase about an act of true love thawing a frozen heart. It points to Anna's brave act, and plus I think the fact that Anna loved her sister so much that she was ready to die for Elsa was a bigger act of true love than Elsa's tears.
Aside from the overarching messages, which are obviously my favorite part about Frozen, I think the characters themselves also lent a lot to the overall tone and message. Elsa struggled with being different from everyone else, and in light of her initial inability to accept herself, she continued to isolate herself and fought her gifts. However, she eventually learns that her differences do not necessarily mean she's bad or imperfect, and Elsa shows us the warmth that comes with love, self-acceptance and acceptance by others. I especially loved how, while building the ice castle and singing the now-popular song "Let It Go," she was the picture of confidence while embracing her powers. Every time I think of that scene, I'm awed by the way she literally lets go, and I see her transformation of sorts as a sign of freedom, of her finally being able to be herself and empower herself. Kudos to Disney for the lesson on self-acceptance.
Anna showed us the beauty of unconditional love, and she was our steadfast, strong character who believed in the good of others and never gave up. She refused to jump on the bandwagon when everyone else turned against Elsa, and Anna went to such great lengths out of love for her sister. Disney reinforced sibling love, and between this and Brave, I love how Disney is putting an increased emphasis on familial love rather than romantic love. On top of that, as if Anna isn't already perfect enough, she personified goodness, optimism and hope.
Kristoff is made to seem like a blockhead at first, one that doesn't have any chance of becoming a potential love interest. He's not a prince, nor does he have a great occupation or fancy clothing. Not only that, but he sings and talks to his pet reindeer. He's big and bulky, and he's without an ounce of royal sophistication. Yet Kristoff shows the audience that love comes in all sizes, shapes and appearances. A guy shouldn't be counted out for superficial things; what matters is the heart he has on the inside and that he cares for Anna (unlike Hans), and I think this was especially a great chance for Disney to show that the less obvious choice can sometimes be the best one.
I found Hans particularly interesting because he was utterly the stereotypical Prince Charming of pretty much every Disney movie. He seems to be Anna's obvious future husband, complete with royal blood, fancy clothes and singing abilities. He looks to be the goody-two-shoes, yet he as a secret, dark side of him, making him a villain in disguise. Sometimes the brightest and shiniest isn't always the nicest -- or the most honest.
Of course, I don't think I have to explain too much why Olaf and Sven are adorable characters that you cannot hate. They're the typical, silly supporting characters that every Disney movie cannot go without. They are the Pascal and Maximus of Tangled and the Raymond (Ray) and Louis of Princess and the Frog. Sven is the loyal best friend for Kristoff; Olaf is the heart of the childhood and innocence stripped from Elsa at too young an age. Beyond that, they're just cute and hilarious.
Should Disney make a Frozen sequel? My answer is no. Disney's been going a little sequel-crazy of late, but I think this falls into the same category as Tangled. They had nice, strong plots, and both featured clean, tight endings. Both movies also had older characters. I don't think Disney should risk ruining such nice movies and their endings. A happily-ever-after is a happily-ever-after. Plus, what would Disney do? These aren't Toy Story, where some other trouble could befall the toys, or Cars, where there's another adventure and race to be found; these are the stories of girls who looked for and found love and had their own happy ending. (Even so, I know I'll still totally go see the sequel if Disney makes one.)
What should Disney do next? Like the popular petition going around on the Internet, I think Disney should have a plus-sized princess or main character. Unlike what some people have criticized, it wouldn't necessarily be an encouragement of "unhealthy behavior." Instead, it would be teaching tolerance different kinds of people and showing that love does come in all sizes. Plus, it would also be a response to the terrifying rates of very young, "average"-sized girls who are dieting or want to diet and lose weight. However, I would also settle for a more "normal" sized girl as a first step forward at this point, rather than characters that look like Barbie dolls with eyes the size of half their head.
I also think it would be great if Disney made another movie that isn't about princes or princesses but one that still had just humans in it. Not humans that turn into some kind of animal or humans that are under a spell to resemble objects. Can we just have people who aren't royalty and don't have some other non-human aspect(s)?
Following along that people line, I also think Disney should make a movie featuring a young, human male main character. Not a male racing car, as in Cars, but a guy. Has anyone else noticed that almost all Disney movies featuring a male main character were about toys or automobiles? I don't think "boy movies" should be stereotyped into basically anything without people, and it would be nice to give boys a good image or model to look to. The only case I can think of from recent years (or ever) when Disney had a male, human main character in a movie was Up, which had an absolutely beautiful story that everyone loved. I'd love to see what they could come up with for a younger man, as well. Plus, Disney already does a splendid job of making lovable guy characters (like Kristoff or Flynn Rider), anyways.
Lastly, I wish Disney would make more characters of greater ethnic diversity, and they simultaneously need to focus on not being overly stereotypical or culturally insensitive while doing so. The truth is, most of the world lives in places with people from more than one ethnic heritage, and it would be beautiful for Disney to embrace these variances. The Princess and the Frog wasn't enough; Disney must keep going.
All four of these things have a similar quality: realism. I think Disney should make movies that are more realistic and reflective of the world we live in today. Love isn't just about fairytales or princesses or inanimate objects. Disney should be teaching children that love isn't restricted and that all kinds of people can love and be loved. Love shouldn't be conditional. Additionally, I love the fact that they're starting to shift away from the dependency of the damsel in distress who needs their one true love, a man, to save them. The fact that Disney has given more of their recent characters strength and independency shows empowerment, and showing children -- especially girls -- to embrace their inner strength is beautiful and essential in today's world.
I strongly believe that Disney can follow modern times and reflect changes in societal views and values, and I have faith that Disney can do it all while still holding with the tender sweetness and love that makes Disney Disney.
President Obama Pays Homage To The 'Women Of Soul'
WASHINGTON (AP) — He bobbled the spelling, but President Barack Obama had nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the "women of soul" who shook and rattled the rafters of the White House on Thursday night.
"What a lineup!" Obama declared at the outset of a concert that featured a generations-spanning array of soul singers that stretched from musical legends Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle to 20-year-old Ariana Grande. Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song "Respect" into "a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized."
The pumped-up audience gave a hearty laugh but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it "R-S-P-E-C-T."
First up in the East Room lineup was LaBelle, with a thundering delivery of "Over the Rainbow" that had the audience on its feet.
It was a mutual admiration society of sorts as LaBelle thanked the Obamas for their tenure in the White House, declaring, "Baby, you got swag!"
Grande, the youngster in the group, seemed in awe of her fellow performers and the august audience. Her lead-in: "What's up? How are you? Good to see you. Thank you for having me."
The emotional high point came when Franklin, 71, sauntered in, gave a shimmy and declared "Let's have a party." Then she went right into "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" She was back later to close down the show with what Obama called "one more treat," — a slow, soulful rendition of "Amazing Grace" that turned rowdy at the end.
But first, all the other ladies — including Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and Tessanne Chin — collaborated on a rollicking delivery of "Proud Mary."
The concert was livestreamed at WhiteHouse.gov/live and will be broadcast as "In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul" on April 7 on PBS.
At a morning arts workshop for high school and college students, first lady Michelle Obama called soul "the kind of music that makes you move, no matter who you are or where you come from."
LaBelle, Etheridge and Monae had plenty of stories and advice to share with the students, then got them whooping, hooting and swaying with a trio of songs in the intimate venue of the State Dining Room.
Mrs. Obama quoted LaBelle as once saying that she had succeeded because she "took chances and sang my butt off."
The first lady tried her own riff on that advice — then admitted she may have taken it a little too far.
"Find your own voice and be proud of it," she said. "And then, sing your butt off. Or work your butt off. Or whatever you do, do it until your butt comes off. "
Then she added: "OK, that quote is going to be kind of funny in the papers. I already know it. My communications people are like, 'What?' But you guys all know what I meant — be good at what you do. "
The concert was scheduled as part of Women's History Month.
Said the president: "As someone who always shares this house with brilliant, creative, talented, somewhat stubborn women, I think Women's History Month is the perfect time to honor a few more: the women of soul."
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Miley Cyrus' Full Marc Jacobs' Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign (PHOTOS)
When we first saw Miley Cyrus' pouty lips in ads from the Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, we were kind of into it. But, this full spread is making us think that Miley might be making the right moves in gaining yet another credential on her resume: model.
Throughout the Marc Jacobs ads, Miley exchanges her twerkin' good times and flashy fashion for a dark, brooding wardrobe that evokes a dream-like atmosphere. And not going to lie, we love the piece-y, wet hair, which we saw a lot of on during Paris Fashion Week.
What do we have to do to be in the good graces of Marc Jacobs? Any tips, Miley? What about you, Kendall Jenner?
See Miley Cyrus show a different side in the campaign photos below, shot by photographer David Sims.
Jimmy Fallon And Linsday Lohan Throwing Water At Each Other Is As Good As It Sounds
When Jimmy Fallon and Lindsay Lohan sit down to a game of cards, you know it's not going to be just any game.
When one player loses a round, dry humor is out the door. We think Lohan had the clear advantage, though, since Oprah was on her side.
Ke$ha Leaves Rehab, Says She's 'Feeling Healthy'
Ke$ha has landed back in Los Angeles after a two-month stint at a Chicago rehab facility.
The singer entered treatment in early January because of an eating disorder and extended her stay through February. The extra time in the center meant Ke$ha canceled tour dates for March and April, but aided a more successful recovery.
The 27–year–old is back in town and letting her fans know that she's doing well. She shared a photo as she traveled back to LA:
Later, she updated fans on her health:
Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music I can't thank my fans enough for all the love & support u have given me❤️️— kesha (@KeshaRose) March 7, 2014
Welcome back, Ke$ha!
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