Whether The Force Awakens intentionally lifted from Clone Wars or it was just a coincidence, Genndy Tartakovsky (whose credits also include the Hotel Transylvania movies, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Primal) seems to okay with the similarity. And to be fair, these shots are seen in wildly different circumstances, with the Clone Wars ships having recently crashed, while the Star Destroyer Rey passes by after scavenging having crashed during the Battle of Jakku, which occurred decades earlier following the events of Return of the Jedi.
If we could relive the ’90s every day, we would. We’re here for all of it: the chokers, the miniskirts, the baggy pants, the slew of pre-internet heartthrobs.
Sadly, we don’t have access to a time-travel machine, but we do have a ton of streaming services completely loaded with the best ’90s movies. And there are so many classics to choose from: There is, of course, Clueless, i.e., the absolute peak of the teen movie genre that features the decade’s most beloved heroine Cher Horowitz; the always comforting wackiness of Michael Jordan coaching the Looney Tunes in the epic basketball flick Space Jam; and then one of the lengthiest—but greatest—love stories of all time, Titanic.
Picking favorites is nearly impossible, given how many masterpieces came out of the era. Still, we waded through some of the best ’90s movies we could think of. See what made the list, below. And happy streaming!
Billie Eilish surprised fans today (January 23) when she announced that the music video for “Everything I Wanted” would be out in an hour. Well, an hour has come and gone, folks, and the “Bad Guy” singer’s new video, which she directed herself, is a spine-chilling and anxiety-inducing journey.
The video, which stars Eilish’s brother and longtime collaborator Finneas, begins with an important message. “Finneas is my brother and my best friend,” the 18-year-old pop star wrote. “No matter the circumstance, we always have and always will be there for each other.” The remainder of the video confirms this to be true.
Following her sweet message to Finneas, Eilish cruises past a beautiful cityscape with her brother in the passenger seat. In true Eilish fashion, their stares are blank, their bodies expressionless. When the siblings drive through a tunnel, they find themselves out of the city, through the desert, past the valley, and onto the beach.
Less than halfway through the nearly five-minute-long video, we realize that it’s not at all about the scenery; it’s about sticking by each other’s side even at hit rock bottom. In this particular case, Eilish drives the car directly into the ocean. And though it’s difficult to watch them getting swept away by the tide and slowly sinking under, the siblings confirm with their hands held tight that everything will be OK because, at the very least, they have each other.
Eilish’s directing skills shine through on this project, and many fans on social media feel that it perfectly encapsulates the feeling of wanting to give up on everything but realizing that there are people who care, even when it doesn’t feel like it. This isn’t the “Ocean Eyes” singer’s first foray into directing, either. Eilish made her directorial debut with her song “Xanny” last month, which was just as soul-stirring and evocative.
Sonic the Hedgehog may be opening on Valentine’s Day, but the Blue Blur has his sights set not on candy hearts, roses, chocolates or even golden rings, he’s eyeing major box office bucks.The latest tracking is in for Paramount’s adaptation of Sega’s iconic videogame franchise and Sonic the Hedgehog is projected to enjoy a 4-day opening weekend between $41 million and $47 million according to Deadline.
But as we saw in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck’s Batman was still in tip top physical shape, with his workout including tire dragging and weighted pull-ups. With the kind of physique he had, it’s no wonder that he ended up wearing a bulkier costume, although the carbon fiber tri-weave definitely contributed to the suit’s size too.
The 2010 Grammys were dominated by women. Beyoncé was the main event, winning six awards out of a whopping ten nominations. Then there was country princess Taylor Swift, who became the youngest artist to win Album of the Year. But it was then-newcomer Lady Gaga who was the evening’s wildest performer and winningest rookie, attending the show for the first time and initiating a decade-long Grammy streak that continues into 2020.
At the time, Gaga had just begun establishing herself as an attention-grabbing awards show presence — in September 2009, for example, she shocked the VMAs with a bloody “Paparazzi” performance. So when she arrived at the Grammys a few months later, on January 31, 2010, she did so in characteristically eccentric style. Gaga — who was nominated for four awards that night — was tasked with opening the show, and her performance was one of the most ambitious that’s ever graced the Grammy stage.
In a meta statement about the celebrity machine, the spectacle opened with a monologue by Elijah Kelly, who touted Lady Gaga as the perfect pop star: “The real Gaga comes complete with five No. 1 singles… and she has no soul!” Gaga — wearing a green sequined leotard with exaggerated rounded shoulders, pink triangles painted around her eyes — then appeared out of the “Fame Factory” and began singing a cabaret version of “Poker Face.” In one breathless jump, she then leapt to the stage and finished the song surrounded by a fleet of male dancers.
But she wasn’t done yet. After being branded a “monster” and dropped into a “rejected” pit of fire, Gaga reemerged for a surprise duet with Elton John. Both covered in soot and surrounded by severed mannequin arms, they sat at a double-sided piano and performed a medley of her “Speechless” and his “Your Song.” Elton even changed his lyric to sing, “How wonderful life is with Gaga in the world.” It was a match made in glitter-pop heaven, and John would later reminisce, “It was really spine-chilling and I knew it was a big success.”
Never a sartorial bore, Gaga’s green leotard was just one of three daring Armani looks she wore that night. For the red carpet, she arrived in a cosmic lavender creation accessorized with cylindrical orbiting rings, beaded tights, golden hair, and a spiky star ornament. Following her performance, she pulled off another costume change that involved a sharp, sculptural headpiece that probably made everyone around her duck for cover.
Gaga’s shiniest accessories, however, were her pair of golden trophies: her first two Grammys ever, for Best Dance Recording (“Poker Face”) and Best Dance/Electronic Album (The Fame). Unfortunately for Little Monsters watching at home and hoping to see a speech from their idol, both of Gaga’s awards were announced during a pre-telecast ceremony. Later that night, she revealed in a TV Guide interview, “We found out we won two Grammys right before I went onstage. And I cried and ruined all my makeup, so my makeup artist was screaming at me. And it was very memorable and I’ll never forget it.” (It must also be noted that, in the same interview, she answered the question, “Where do you get your inspiration?” with the now-iconic answer, “God and the gays.”)
After an exhilarating evening, Lady Gaga celebrated her win by tweeting, “We won big tonight little monsters, I am so proud to make music 4 you. I hope I continue to inspire u the way u inspire me. You’re everything.” Her wish came true — that 2010 debut was just the first chapter in a long and storied history with the Grammys. The following year, she would one-up herself by taking home three awards, arriving at the show encased in a giant egg. Over the next decade, she only missed two of the annual ceremonies, which meant plenty more eye-catching Grammy moments from Gaga — like that David Bowie tribute look in 2016, her performance with Metallica in 2017, and last year’s “Shallow” showstopper. Plus, she’s racked up a total of nine wins from 27 nominations. That includes the three awards she’s up for this year, like Song of the Year for her A Star Is Born ballad “Always Remember Us This Way.” We can’t wait to see how Gaga continues to command the Grammys in the new decade.
“Today is literally my first day off in months,” Iyla says excitedly over the phone. It’s a Friday morning and she’s reciting her plans for this unusually quiet day, which center around one very magical destination: “Disneyland is my favorite place. It has a good vibe to it.”
The downtime didn’t last long. On Thursday (January 23), the L.A.-based pop/R&B artist got back to business by launching her next era with the release of “Tattoo Tears,” the lead single off her forthcoming EP, Other Ways To Vent. And what a stunning reintroduction it is. “I haven’t put out music for over a year now,” she told MTV News, “and it just felt like this was a good way to come out with a bang and a statement.”
That statement is one of total empowerment, as she tells an ex she’d rather “tattoo tears than cry for you.” Over a springy R&B beat, the 26-year-old continues asserting, “I can reign on my own / I’ma wear your crown, throw a king off his throne.” The song was borne out of personal experience and a realization that erasing pain isn’t always an option, but controlling how you see it is. As she observes on the second verse, “These scars will never cease to exist / But I won’t ever fill ’em, fill ’em in / ‘Cause they gonna make me badder in the end.”
“When I wrote that, I was coming from this place of feeling like… in a relationship, there are sometimes emotional scars left on you,” Iyla explained. “I wanted to come at it from, even though you did this to me and you left this mark, I’m going to be cuter and badder in the end because of it. I’m going to embrace it and make it my own and own it for the rest of my life.
“‘Tattoo Tears’ is the most badass way of saying that I never want to cry for you again,” she continued. “I’d rather carve this beautiful scar into my skin than cry for you.”
Iyla plays off of those freeing themes in the accompanying video, which premiered on MTV and was directed by longtime collaborator Embryo. In it, she abandons her usual bright color palette — seen in her earlier videos like “Juice” and “Flowers” — and steps into a black and white world where geometric projections continuously wash over her.
“That stems back to the theme of the record,” she said. “A lot of times in relationships there are these standards that are projected on you. Or expectations or emotions, whether that’s from the person you’re with or from people around you. The video is symbolizing that these projections are unable to stay on me permanently. At the end of the day, I got myself, no matter what, and those insecurities will slide off. They will fall off of my body like those projections did. They’re temporary.”
Iyla speaks warmly but with clear conviction, and that command also comes through onscreen. In “Tattoo Tears,” there’s no one else sharing her space and nothing to distract from her emotionally resilient message. Unless, that is, you count the Beyoncé-esque wind machines that whip her hair around her face, or the fierce looks she wears throughout, like an all-black ensemble with arm-length, crystal-adorned gloves.
“When [stylist Brookelyn Styles] put me in that, I literally felt like a superhero,” she said. “I was like, ‘I’m ready. I got this. First video back.’ I felt powerful in that and I wanted to feel powerful in this song. It’s a vulnerable record and it’s definitely taking a stance and claiming my independence. A lot of this EP is like that.”
Other Ways To Vent arrives on February 7 and marks the follow-up to Iyla’s 2018 debut EP, War + Raindrops. That first project is “more summery,” but its sequel “definitely leans on the darker, more ethereal vibe,” she explained. “I think it was important for me to go a little deeper into who I am and get a little more in my feelings. It’s showing the ways that I vent, and music is my way.”
Next month, Iyla will vent out loud on her first headlining tour, which kicks off on February 16 in San Francisco before visiting 15 more cities in the U.S. and Canada. She’ll perform both War + Raindrops and Other Ways To Vent on the North American trek, and she’s looking forward to hugging her fans and reciprocating their support in a judgement-free zone.
“When you come to the tour, I want it to feel like, whoever you are and wherever you’re from, you are completely accepted and loved and this is a beautiful safe space where we’re all just on the same vibe,” Iyla said. “I want the tour to encompass that. I want the merch to encompass that. I want the music to encompass that. I think it’s going to be a really beautiful year. I feel a good energy and I can’t wait to just create more.”
Kanye West is a rapper, a songwriter, a record producer, an entrepreneur and a fashion designer and now we may be able to add casting director to his list of skills and occupations because he hit on a positively inspired choice of who could play him in a movie. Yes, apparently Kanye West once actually called actor Danny McBride, asking him to play him in a movie about the acclaimed musician’s life.
Rosalía began her career as a flamenco artist and, just ahead of the Grammys where she’s nominated for Best New Artist and Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, she’s returned to her roots for “Juro Que.” The acoustic guitar-heavy new single comes with a video about longing for a partner that’s locked away from her touch. It’s a tale of true love that isn’t bound by time or space and Rosalía sounds right at home. Hopefully, this means that more is on the way.
It’s hard to state enough just how good that “Juro Que” sounds. Rosalía, who began studying flamenco at 13 years old, sounds perfect as her voice shimmers and slides over the handclaps and guitar strings. She sings about her partner, played by Spanish actor Omar Ayuso from Netflix’s Elite, who’s imprisoned for 400 days. Rosalía swears that she’ll wait for him to be out no matter how long it takes. That’s the power of true love.
Rosalía recently appeared on the remix to Travis Scott‘s “Highest In The Room” with Lil Baby. Her second studio album El Mal Querer came out in 2018. At the end of December, former President Barack Obama placed her “Con Altura” collaboration with J Balvin on his Favorite Music Of 2019 list.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are settling into their new lives following the media circus surrounding their decision to step back from the royal family. Now that they’ve come to an agreement with the Queen (it includes dropping their royal titles and gaining financial independence), many people are still wondering how they’re gong to make things work. But one person who isn’t stressed, according to sources, is Meghan Markle.
Exhibit A: She was photographed earlier this week smiling and hiking with Baby Archie on Vancouver Island. While the family is working on getting tighter about paparazzi and privacy, the images hint that she’s happy having some distance from the bubble that is Buckingham Palace. According to sources who spoke to Us Weekly, she’s really looking forward to going back to work and figuring out professional arrangements to support her family. “Meghan loves the idea of being the breadwinner,” the source said. “She has no plans to do another show like Suits, but Harry’s been encouraging her to do more voiceover work, writing, producing, and directing in her free time.”
A video surfaced earlier this moth of Prince Harry telling Disney CEO Bob Iger at The Lion King premiere in London that she was interested in more voiceover opportunities. Markle, who was raised in California, did tons of different jobs before her acting career took off: she interned at the Argentine embassy and she did a lot of calligraphy work. “She doesn’t come from millions,” another source told Us Weekly. “She’s worked hard to get to where she is today.”
Whatever they decide, it seems that Prince Harry is completely on board with Markle’s plans. “He’s really excited about the next chapter in their lives,” one of the sources explained. Personally, we can’t wait to see what these two do next.