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50 Cent drops 50 pounds for movie role: See the shocking pictures here

50-centImage Credit: thisis50.comWhoa! 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson) made a hell of a sacrifice for his upcoming movie. Usually the MC looks like an NFL linebacker. But for his starring role in the Mario Van Peebles-directed Things Fall Apart, a movie he wrote, 50 dropped 54 pounds to play a college football player battling cancer. On a liquid diet and three-hour-a-day treadmill stints, he went from 214 pounds to a sickly 160 pounds, reports US Weekly.

It’s not unusual for actors to lose extreme weight for movie parts. Matt Damon got bony for Courage Under Fire. Will Smith shrunk for Seven Pounds, and Christian Bale got frail for The Machinist. But those were all for major releases. There’s no word yet on if this movie will hit theaters or not.

Maybe this will be 50’s breakout role. But there’s a good chance it won’t. As an actor, 50 Cent has only starred in a handful of major releases and straight-to-DVD castoffs. His film debut came in 2005 with the semi-autobiographical Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and in 2008 he acted alongside Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the commercial flop Righteous Kill. All of his showings suggest that he should stick to his day job, though it seems he’s bent on Hollywood stardom.

50’s currently out on his national Invitation tour and back in fighting shape. On his website, a recent picture shows a healthier 50 rapping with his G-Unit mates Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. Check out another picture of the slim 50 after the jump.


Robyn stalks ex boyfriend in 'Dancing On My Own' video: Watch here

robynSituation: You’ve broken up with your ex and moved on to another relationship. On a Friday evening, you and the newbie hit the club for some late-night fun. While grooving on the dance floor, you look up. Lo and behold, there’s your ex, creepily staring at the two of you.

You’d be freaked out, right? Well, Swedish pop star Robyn is that girl. At least in this video. She’s sad. And throwing wild jabs at no one, she’s also gone mad. I think it might be time for a restraining order. Robyn’s a little too close for comfort. Watch her stalk her ex after the jump.


John Mayer's 'Playboy' interview: Why does no one care that he also uses a gay slur?

John Mayer’s crazy controversial Playboy interview has already sparked outrage for his use of the N word and his comparison of Jessica Simpson to “sexual napalm.” But in the interview Mayer also uses the gay slur “f–s,” which seems to be yielding much less outrage. While discussing kissing Perez Hilton one night at a club, Mayer says, “I grabbed him and gave him the dirtiest, tongue-iest kiss I have ever put on anybody—almost as if I hated f–s.” Um, why has this not merited a twitter-pology? A spokesperson for Mayer told EW, “On Wednesday, JM apologized for his remarks via Twitter and again in public that night. His remorse is genuine and he has expressed sincere regret for all of his word choices.” Clearly this interview was meant to offend pretty much everyone, but I would still like an apology from Mayer on behalf of gays everywhere.

What do you think?

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Kelly Clarkson responds to Taylor Swift's record-label defense: 'Take a lesson'

Today’s passionate defense of Taylor’s much-maligned performance at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards by her record label president has drawn the ire of one its incidental targets: Kelly Clarkson.

Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta said, in part, of Taylor, “”She is the voice of this generation. She speaks directly to [her fans], and they speak directly back to her. This is not American Idol. This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note. This is about a true artist and writer and communicator. It’s not about that technically perfect performance.”

“Maybe,” he went on, “she’s not the best technical singer, but she’s probably the best emotional singer because everybody else who gets up there and is technically perfect, people don’t seem to want more of it.”

Clarkson, who has taken her own knocks in the press before, seems to have genuine sympathy for Taylor but is none too pleased with Borchetta’s defense—or the accidental Idol insult it implies.

This afternoon on her blog, Clarkson posted the following note:

“Wow …..Dear Scott Borchetta,

I understand defending your artist obviously because I have done the same in the past for artists I like, including Taylor, so you might see why its upsetting to read you attacking American Idol  for producing simply vocalists that hit ‘the high notes’. Thank you for that ‘Captain Obvious’ sense of humor because you know what, we not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the ‘right’ notes as well. Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable, but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better.

I have been criticized left and right for having shaky performances before (and they were shaky) and what my manager or label executives say to me and the public is “I’ll kick butt next time” or “every performance isn’t going to be perfect” ……I bring this up because you should take a lesson from these people and instead of lashing out at other artists (that in your ‘humble’ opinion lack true artistry), you should simply take a breath and realize that sometimes things won’t go according to plan or work out and that’s okay.


One of those contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes”

Honestly, Borchetta seems to have done Swift more harm than good today; the best defense is not, in all cases, one that is actually offensive to not only your own star, but also any artist who sings better than she does.

Things he could have emphasized—Swift’s songwriting chops, her relative youth and inexperience, general human frailty in a high-pressure situation—were played down in favor of, well, coming off like kind of an ass.

But you tell us, readers—Team Kelly or Team Scott? Ultimately, they both seem to be on Team Taylor, though Swift herself might prefer the less-divisive rule book Kelly is using to play the game.

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The year in NSFW video: What were the gnarliest, nakedest music clips of 2009?

Hold on to your blackout shades, cubicle monkeys: Today, Stereogum ranks 10 of the year’s most scandalous, never-ready-for-prime-time music videos. Among them? Usual suspects (Oh, Mr. Manson), left-fielders (thanks for the money shot, Massive Attack!), and an exposed-body-bits-to-bicycles ratio that would give Lance Armstrong the heebie jeebs, courtesy of the Flaming Lips.

Watch one of the few we can actually show you here, Matt & Kim’s “Lessons Learned,” with mom-friendly blurs:

In truth, some of these clips skirt a pretty thin line; drug-trade content aside, Raekwon’s “Pyrex Vision” contains just about as much jiggle and profanity as Drake’s MTV-ad naseum “Best I Ever Had”—the difference is, basically, a few inches of cotton and a bleep button.

But you tell us, readers—which videos this year did you think crossed into infamy, and how do they compare to NC-17 efforts past? Really, this list is nothing without Rammstein’s “P—y”; watch it here if you’re legal. P.S. please don’t get fired.

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Chris Brown outraged that stores are not carrying his new album; unleashes Twitter tirade

Singer Chris Brown took to his Twitter page to express his extreme displeasure with stores, including a Walmart in Wallingford, CT, that are not visibly stocking his new album, Graffiti.

“the[y] didnt even have my album in the back… not on shelves, saw for myself,” he wrote in a series of tweets over the weekend. “im tired of this s—. major stores r blackballing my cd. not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers. what the f— do i gotta do.”
He continued: “im not biting my tongue about sh– else… the industry can kiss my ass.
WTF… yeah i said it and i aint retracting s–”

“we talked to the managers and the didnt even know anything. wow!!! but they had alicia keys album ready for release for this tuesday comin … the manager told me that when there are new releases its mandatory to put em on the shelves.. BUT NO SIGN OF #GRAFFITI. BS.”

“no disprespect to alicia at all,” he continued. “just givin an example to whos album is loaded and ready to go next week.”

The debate continues with fan’s responses and re-tweets on his page, but what do you think, readers? Do stores have the right to decide whether to stock Brown’s album, based on personal objections to his actions this year? Should Brown have perhaps waited to release a new record until his public image was less tarnished?

By the way, Billboard predicts that Graffiti will take the third-place spot on the charts tomorrow, with sales of 95,000 to 110,00; that’s no SuBo, but it’s still better than the much-promoted, scandal-free Shakira and Kris Allen did in their recent chart bows.

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Paramore's 'Brick By Boring Brick' video: Watch it here!

Paramore premiered their video for “Brick By Boring Brick” today, featuring shades of creepery that run the full childhood-nightmare gauntlet. But despite nods to Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Labyrinth, and this one bad dream I keep having where the whole world is more or less on fire, this thing is definitely not for kids. Also, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what any of it means: Hayley Williams, all dolled up and looking adorable, is singing angstily while a man digs a grave and leaves fall from empty skies; meanwhile, a little girl who looks like the lost Fanning sister explores a magical castle full of butterflies and mushrooms and men of dubious intent. When the castle’s magic turns dark and evil (as castle magic so often does), the little girl runs back across the field towards Hayley — and falls smack into the open grave. At which point it somehow gets even creepier. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say I doubt Hayley was much of a babysitter.

What do you think, Mixers? I’d psychoanalyze everything here, but I don’t get paid enough.

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Chris Brown's 'Crawl' video: He's feeling remorseful about a lost love. Do you care?

The video for Chris Brown’s “Crawl” has hit the Web after premiering on The Wendy Williams Show this morning. Filled with shots of a bespectacled Brown looking remorseful as he sings about a lost love, it’s the second promotional clip he’s released in advance of Grafitti, due Dec. 8.

By centering this clip on an ex he can’t stop thinking about (played by Cassie), Brown is practically begging for us to read it as a statement on his former relationship with Rihanna — you know, the relationship he hastened to an end by brutally assaulting her in February. So what, if anything, is he actually saying with this clip?

Mostly, just that he feels sorry for himself. “Everybody says we’re through/I hope you haven’t said it too,” Brown complains. “So where do we go from here?” I’m pretty sure a roadside trash pick-up site and an anger-management counseling session are where you’re supposed to be going, Chris. We see none of that — the real aftermath of his breakup — in this video, of course. Instead we get Brown moping around a hotel room, a snowy street, and, finally, a CGI desert, mouthing self-help platitudes about crawling before you fly. Excuse me if I’m not ready to sing along just yet.

Do you find Brown’s latest video as uncomfortable to watch as I do, or am I being too harsh? Check out “Crawl” below, then let us know what you think.

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None more black, Halloween edition: What songs really freak you out?

Every year around this time, drugstores, teacher’s aides and oldies stations resurrect the classic “spooky” playlist — “Monster Mash,” “Thriller,” the (da da da DUMMP) Addams Family theme. But what about the songs that feel genuinely, viscerally dark?

A Music Mix office poll yielded a few easy picks: Eminem’s brutal murder fantasy “Kim,” Nirvana’s version of Leadbelly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”, Alice Cooper (“Welcome to My Nightmare” — before it went to the Muppets), Nick Cave (a lot, really, but let’s start with “Red Right Hand”), Sufjan Stevens’ portrait of clown-faced serial boy-murderer “John Wayne Gacy,” and Neko Case’s of the Green River killer, “Deep Red Bells.” Also: “Basically any version of ‘Long Black Veil.’

Give us your best below; we’ll get you started with Metallica’s “One,” featuring mad-creepy excerpts from the 1971 anti-war film Johnny Got His Gun:

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Chris Brown, 'I Can Transform Ya' video: Too soon?

He’s sorry. Sort of. But should Chris Brown really be making slick, boastful videos with lines like “Ciroc and lime, give it a lil time / and she can transform like Optimus Prime,” while the ink is practically still wet on his sentencing agreement?

Today, the 20-year-old R&B star released a snazzy-looking clip for the song “I Can Transform Ya,” featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz, and it feels … kind of gross. Watch below:

Kanye “the GIF that keeps on giving” West notably bowed out of several recent public appearances after his now-infamous episode and continues to lay low, and the only charge he’s facing is chronic interruption; one would think a slightly longer grace period is in order for the man convicted of felony assault against Rihanna only two months ago.

But maybe I underestimate the speed of America’s forgiveness cycle? Tell me below in the comments section…

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