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Friday, July 24, 2015

This Week: Madonna Channels Picasso, Ghostface Burns Beards, and Backstreet Boys Murder Cinema

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Sometimes, creative decisions that seem great within someone's mind don't always translate well when they're thrust upon the rest of the world. This week, it's one probable artistic disaster after another: James Franco writing about Lana Del Rey, Backstreet Boys entering the world of filmmaking, George Lucas turning down Michael Jackson... Thank goodness for great decisions by NWA and Ryan Adams...

Here are the quotes of the week:
  • Michael Jackson / "Thriller"
"We were taken backstage and we met Michael... George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and... Michael was like, "Oh. OK." ...After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. I'm having a drink with George and I said, 'Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?' He said, 'Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like 'Thriller.'' George wanted to do it in CGI."
Would Michael Jackson have made Jar Jar Binks less fucking terrible? We'll never know, because George Lucas cast Ahmed Best instead. Poor fucker. (Vice)

"It's a zombie Western futuristic horror movie. My character is still being worked out right now, but I'm a good guy that's going to help save the day."
Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys is writing a movie that will star his band, plus members of ’NSync, that we know definitely won't be Justin Timberlake. (Rolling Stone)

"When I listen to her stuff, I am reminded of everything I love about Los Angeles. I am sucked into a long gallery of Los Angeles cult figurines, and cult people, up all night like vampires and bikers. The only difference between Lana and me is her haunting voice."
Oh God. James Franco has co-written a book about Lana Del Rey. Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations With Lana Del Rey is out in March 2016. (Rolling Stone)

"It's crazy how we were getting criticized for this years ago. And now, it's just like, 'OK, we understand.’”
Dr. Dre, on the rest of the world catching up to NWA. (Hollywood Reporter)

“You walk around the club with no shoes on and that big ass beard and one day I might set that shit on fire.”
Ghostface Killah just threatened to burn Action Bronson’s beard:

“Fucking fat slob. I want to see him get fucked up SO badly... I have lots of disdain towards the men who have threatened me with bodily harm publicly.”
Azealia Banks doesn't think very highly of Action Bronson either... (Twitter

"I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso. He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so. Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that's how I feel."
Hey, it's not just Kanye! Madonna is like Picasso too! (Billboard)

"Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if we were, I for one wouldn't be associating my name with this clown."
Stop press! Donald Trump might introduce their set at the Iowa State Fair and Def Leppard are not stoked. (NME)

"This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately."
Love is dead: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting divorced. (US Weekly

And finally, King of the Awesome Cover, Ryan Adams just took Foo Fighters' "Times Like These" and made it better:

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