JERUSALEM (AP) — The Mideast conflict has done little to help Israel's image in the world, but the way local filmmakers deal critically with the Israel-Palestinian issue has won wide international praise — and this year, recognition from the top of the movie industry.
SEOUL, South Korea - Experts on North Korea have long studied photos of the country's leaders trying to interpret the significance in the slightest change of body language, pose or position of hierarchy. >> Read
Forgetting your phone charger at your hotel is one thing. Forgetting your breast implants? Well, that's quite another. >> Read
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Astronaut Neil Armstrong may not have been speaking entirely off the cuff when he delivered the most iconic quote in the history of manned space flight. Armstrong wrote out the sentence, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," before blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in July 1969, his brother now says, according to the transcripts of a documentary recently aired on BBC Two. ...
'I'm thinking of doing it by myself,' Psy says of following his smash hit 'Gangnam Style.'
By James Montgomery
Photo: MTV While most of the world was officially nursing hangovers on New Year's Day, was unofficially launching the next phase of his career. Having more or less put his smash hit "Gangnam Style" to bed with a performance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" — he told MTV News that he was "ending" the song, because it "became too popular" (though he admits he'll still probably be performing it around the world for most of 2013) — the South Korean sensation was hard at work on the follow-up single, which he says will put him front and center. "I don't think I'll be doing any collaborations until my new track is done, and it's not done yet, but I'm thinking of doing it by myself, so I can prove I can do it one more time," Psy told MTV News. "And I'm working hard on it, because I've got to be good with the track and the video, and I've got to be able to perform it on the stage." And while Psy wouldn't reveal any additional details about his next stateside single, based on what he did say, it sounds it won't be his much-discussed collaboration with Diplo and 2 Chainz ... though he has been taking inspiration from a few of his pop contemporaries. "I really like [Rihanna's] 'We Found Love,' and these days I've been listening to 'Scream & Shout' by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears," he said. "And, of course, all year, I have liked what Usher has done, too." And, as you'd probably expect, when it comes to following up a single as successful as "Gangnam Style," Psy knows the stakes are high ... though he's viewing that pressure as a good thing: After all, in 2013, he thinks he can become a genuine K-Pop pioneer. "If you look at K-Pop, it's kind of popular around the world, but its known for some skinny boys and pretty girls," he laughed. "So I'm proud to be here without that skinny body! If I can do it, anybody can!" Can Psy follow up the success of 'Gangnam Style?' Let us know in the comments below! >> Read
They deserve credit for the last-minute fortitude they displayed in ending the deadlock over tax cuts, writes Walter Shapiro.
K-Dot hits up Paris in the self-directed video for the good kid, m.A.A.d. city track.
By Rob Markman
Kendrick Lamar in "Backseat Freestyle"
Photo: Aftermath/Interscope Records Kendrick Lamar may be hip-hop's self-proclaimed good kid, but he is a bad man on the mic. While fans still await K-Dot's short film, which is based on his gold-selling debut album, the Dr. Dre protégé blessed us with the music video for his "Backseat Freestyle" track on Wednesday night. The four-minute, 45-second black-and-white clip starts off in Paris, where Kendrick sets up shop with an American flag-laced podium in front of the Eiffel Tower where he will later deliver his fiery rhymes, but before the MC drops his verse he is back in his native Compton, California. "All my life I want money and power/ Respect my mind or die from lead showers," he spits from inside his home, while waving his hands in the air wearing a black L.A. cap and matching Los Angeles Kings hockey jersey. The video, which Kendrick directed himself alongside Dave Free and Jerome D., gives fans a glimpse of the characters that they've grown familiar with listening to the tightly weaved narrative on good kid, m.A.A.d city. First there is K-Dot's dad, who sits smoking a joint while badgering his son for his misplaced domino set. Then there is the rapper's mom, who teases her Chicago-born husband for wearing a Compton hat. Lastly there is Sherane, Lamar's good kid seductress who serves as a catalyst for the drama on the album. She doesn't say a word in the video, instead she dances seductively, shaking her barely covered rear while Kendrick's old school car sits as a prop. "Backseat" doesn't do much to unravel the coming-of-age tale that Kendrick presented on his debut, but instead stands as a visual preview of what's to come from the cinematic LP. Not only does K-Dot promise a vid for his "Poetic Justice" single (a video he hopes to get Janet Jackson to appear in), he also is prepping a film version of the album. "We actually started the visuals for this whole project," he told MTV News in December. "I called it a short film before I even started the actual foundation of the music." What do you think of Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle" video? Let us know in the comments! Related Artists Kendrick Lamar >> Read
NEW YORK—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a private meeting Wednesday with former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who nearly lost her life when she was shot in the head at point blank range at a constituent meeting two years ago. The sit-down, which wasn’t listed on Bloomberg’s public schedule, was first confirmed via the [...] >> Read
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