Disclosure: As the author, I have been compensated to share experiences found throughout SXSW 2014 including unique AT&T SXSW activations in Austin however, all opinions are my own.
Every March, creatives of all stripes gather in Austin to witness, share and inspire the visions that will galvanize the filmmakers and ideas of tomorrow. SXSW Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drives the entertainment and media landscape, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition.
A nexus of discovery and collaborative energy, SXSW Film celebrates the art and business of the possible.Winding down my SXSW experience, I got the chance to check out a variety of film screenings and premiers in Austin. One of my favorite premieres had to be the family-friendly comedy… BAD WORDS.
Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut with the subversive comedy, BAD WORDS. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year old who finds a loophole in the rules of the National Quill Spelling Bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of ‘Homeland’), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life. The movie also stars Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn and Phillip Baker Hall. Check out some behind the scenes moments as we talk to the stars about SXSW, BAD WORDS the film and more.
The 56th Grammy Awards featured tons of funny photobombs, fashion faux pas and electrifying performances. This year’s music fest also highlighted memorable moments that have been made immortal by memes, gifs and more for years to come. We’ve gathered the top GRAMMY Facebook and Twitter moments last night and have them below…
Facebook’s Top Moments
On Facebook, 6.3 million people lit the world’s largest social network with more than 13.5 million interactions related to the Grammys. A Facebook spokesperson told Mashable Monday morning that these were the top five moments:
- Queen Latifah presiding over weddings while Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna perform a mashup of “Same Love” and “Open Your Heart”
- Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons performing “Radioactive” and “M.A.A.D City”
- Metallica and Lang Lang performing “One”
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis winning Best New Artist
- Beyonce and Jay Z opening the show
Twitter’s Top Moments
Twitter users sent 15.2 million tweets during the East Coast broadcast, with Lorde, Beyonce and Taylor Swift being the most-mentioned artists.
Meanwhile, the mashup performance by Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons was the night’s biggest moment for tweets, clocking in at 171,593 tweets per minute at its peak. [Have you downloaded the single from iTunes yet?]
Lorde’s win for Best Pop Solo Performance and her performance of “Royals” rounded out the top three peak moments with 152,688 and 146,083 tweets per minute.
We know who had a memorable night – no matter what, right Taylor?
On January 25th 2014, Roc Nation hosted the 4th Annual Pre-Grammy Brunch at a private location in Beverly Hills. Presented by MAC Viva Glam, the Roc Nation brunch was the most anticipated event during Grammy weekend.
The star studded event brought out celebrities including JAY Z, Rihanna, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Calvin Harris, J. Cole, Kevin Hart, Ne-Yo, Rita Ora, T.I., Ellen Pompeo, Kelly Rowland, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Grimes, Sasha and Theo Spielberg, Chris Ivery, Adrienne Bailon, Meek Mill, Wale, Julian Morris, Diane Warren, Sylvia Rhone (President, Epic Records) and more.
At this year’s celebration M.A.C Cosmetics donated $0.25 to the M.A.C AIDS Fund for every #VIVAGLAM mention and retweet during the event. Ambiance, nourishment, sounds and beverages were provided by sbe Events, Pepsi, TARGET, D’USSE, Bacardi, Budweiser, Sonos and Comador. Check out more photos from Saturday’s brunch below…
Music’s big show has taken the main stage, but not before the biggest stars took to the red carpet. The labels were in full effect, from Gucci to Lanvin and more. Check out a few of our favorite 2014 GRAMMYs red carpet celebrity looks below.
METALLICS ROCKED the GRAMMYs red carpet with super model Chrissy Teigen flaunting in this glamorous golden Johanna Johnson gown. Taylor Swift kept it classic and chic in Gucci…… while Rita Ora worked the cameras in an iridescent Lanvin dress. Mommy-to-be, Ciara was simply glowing in her Emilio Pucci gown – showing off how fabulous maternity wear can really be.
While some opted for red carpet glamour, these celebs stepped out suited and booted for the GRAMMYs. Chrisette Michele looked amazing in this black and white Etro suit with a pop of neon color. The Dream, Kevin Hart and John Legend also looked chic in well-suited red carpet looks.
Celebrities love their Blue Hues and the red carpet is no exception. Kendrick Lamar and Mack Wilds rocked blue suits while Zendaya took a look straight from the runway in a sheer Emanuel Ungaro blouse and maxi skirt. Alicia Keys worked the carpet in a low cut cobalt blue Armani Prive’ gown.
These ladies in red took the floor length gown route down the GRAMMYs red carpet tonight. P!nk was spotted rocking a sweetheart strapless Joanna Johanssen gown. Country girl Miranda Lambert looked amazing in a low cut Pamella Roland gown. Colbie Caillat arrived in a braided updo and red floral gown by Ezra Santos while 3x Grammy nominee Tamar Braxton wore an exquisite red gown by Michael Costello.
What were your favorite red carpet looks from the 2014 GRAMMYs? Who from this list, rocked their look the best? Share your opinion below…
The ESSENCE Black Women in Music event took place last night in Los Angeles, California honoring the U.K. native and featured an exclusive performance from Sandé with special guests. The ultra-glam, star-studded event, presented by the Lincoln Motor Company, kicks off the week leading up to the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and is designed to shine a light on African American women in the music industry.
“Emeli Sandé brings fresh, groundbreaking style as a performer and songwriter, which makes her a perfect match with the new perspective the Lincoln Motor Company is bringing to the luxury segment,” said Shawn Thompson, Lincoln manager, multicultural marketing. “Lincoln is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the 2014 ESSENCE Black Women in Music event because it celebrates strong and creative women.”
Emeli Sande’s debut album, Our Version of Events, became the top-selling album in the U.K. for the second year in a row and to date has sold 238,000 units in the USA, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In a statement released about the honor, Essence editor-in-chief Vanessa K. Bush shared, “Emeli Sandé’s soaring confidence as a songwriter and fearless self-expression as a singer is in the tradition of many iconic female trailblazers such as Nina Simone.”
Celebrities in attendance included: Chrisette Michelle, Sevyn Streeter, Michelle Williams, SWV, Kelly Price, Malinda Williams, Kelis, Vivica Fox, Tank, Goapele, Ledisi, Mara Brock Akil, Erica Campbell, Leonna Lewis and more… [Discover which celebrities loved posing with the Lincoln MKC here.]
Sandé joins previous Black Women in Music honorees Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monaé, Solange Knowles, Lianne La Havas and industry veteran Sylvia Rhone.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in Ride Along, the new film from the director and the producer of the blockbuster comedy Think Like a Man. When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother—a hot-tempered cop—to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life.
For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Cube) that he’s more than just a video-game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he’s earned the seasoned policeman’s respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela.
Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner’s rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it.
John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne join the cast of the action-comedy directed by Tim Story. Ride Along is produced by Will Packer (Think Like a Man), alongside Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez (Barbershop) and Larry Brezner (Good Morning, Vietnam).
The prizes up for grabs in an all-in-one-package are a $25 gas gift card and a Ride Along T-Shirt, air freshener, and beanie. The merchandise is depicted in the image below:
To enter and win, sign in below. The more ways you enter, the higher chance you have of winning!
Contest is open to United States residents now through January 17.
Ride Along in theaters January 17th
Flashy gadgets and tech reveals won’t be all that’s on display at the big CES show in Las Vegas this week. Amid the consumer tech, attendees will once again find themselves with the chance to gawk over the event’s celebrity guests.
DivasandDorks.com got the scoop on this year’s list of celebrity attendees. Celebrities making waves in the film, TV, music and sports industries. Here are some highlights of many of the celebrities that’ll fill our CES 2014 social media snapshot timelines…
- Nick Cannon: This America’s Got Talent host will also host Variety‘s Breakthrough of the Year Awards (BOTYA) at CES on Jan. 9.
- Tim Tebow and Brendan Schaub: Tebow, former NFL quarterback and upcoming college football analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network, along with Schaub, an Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights competitor, will represent SOUL Electronics on Jan. 8-9.
- Pharrell Williams (pictured): The voice on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” will sign autographs on Jan. 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Liquipel booth.
- Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson: Rapper 50 Cent will sign autographs Jan. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the SMS Audio booth.
- Kristen Bell (pictured): The upcoming Kickstarter-backed Veronica Mars movie is BOTYA’s honoree for Breakthrough Film, and actress Bell will accept the award.
- LeVar Burton: This Star Trek actor and Reading Rainbow icon will be on the “End of the One Hit Wonder” panel to discuss the Reading Rainbow app on Jan. 8 at 1:10 p.m.
- Vince Neil: Mötley Crüe’s lead singer will shill for Marshall Headphones, as well as sign autographs in the Zound Industries booth on Jan. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Robert Horry: Horry, a seven-time NBA champion, will represent ZTE Corporation on Jan. 7-8 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger and Meghan Ory: The stars of new showIntelligence will represent CNET. Holloway (Lost), Helgenberger (CSI) and Ory (Once Upon a Time) will appear at the show’s party outside of TAO on Jan. 7 at 9 p.m.
- Tiësto: World renowned DJ Tiësto returns for a press conference for Audiofly on Jan. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m.
- Olivia Munn: She will will receive the BOTYA’s Breakthrough Actress award. She has starred in Iron Man 2 and HBO’s The Newsroom and worked on The Daily Show.
- Janelle Monae: Monae, BOTYA’s honoree for Breakthrough Music, released her Electric Lady album in 2013.
- Jabbawockeez: Season one winners of America’s Best Dance Crew will representHisense with a performance on Jan 7 at 12 p.m. and Jan. 8-10 at 2 p.m.
- Steve Angello: This Swedish House Mafia DJ will make a cameo in Urbanears‘ booth on Jan. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Amy Schumer: Schumer will get BOTYA’s Breakthrough Comedy award for her work on Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer and on HBO’s Girls.
- Skylar Grey: Grey, BOTYA’s Breakthrough Newcomer, performed at WWE Wrestlemania, and her “Coming Home” song with Diddy was the event’s theme song.
- Rohan Marley and Ky-mani Marley: The sons of musician Bob Marley. Rohan will participate in interviews Jan. 7-10 at the House of Marley booth, while Ky-mani will perform Jan. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the same booth.
In addition to celebrities lending their talent to promote products, they’ll be tons of celebs walking the show floors and checking out the latest in tech just like the rest of us. Keep up with all the star-studded CES fun with me on Instagram, Twitter and more via
“In Yeezus We Trust.” Sound like a saying you want adorning your hard-earned cash? Well, a new digital currency might be sporting the motto soon. It’s called Coinye West — the newest in a series of so-called cryptocurrencies, like BitCoin — only this time sporting the likeness of, you guessed it, Kanye West.
Now for those of you not feverishly mining away on your Bitcoins, according to The Washington Post, crytpocurrencies “are basically decentralized financial systems with their own invented currencies. They’re appealing because they’re anonymous and peer-to-peer … and thus potentially augur an age of new, more open financial services.”
In recent years a slew of such cryptocurrencies have hit the web, including LiteCoin — a more consumer-grade version of BitCoin. DogeCoin, a digital currency based on a talking dog meme. And of course the original BitCoin which has been around since 2009. But the creators of Coinye say this specific digital currency will be a bit different.
Speaking anonymously to the the crew at Vice’s Noisey they said, “Our goal with Coinye West is to make it easier for people to use cryptocurrency. Right now, it’s kind of a dark art for people to mine coins. We plan on releasing a front end to the ‘mining’ programs called CoinyeMiner.”
That front end mining program will reportedly be the part that makes the whole system easier for the cryptocoin curious. Although, one Twitter user may have already come up with a better name for it. How about “Gold Digger”? (Via Twitter / @GoldenGatsby) BitCoin made a big splash in 2013 with a roller coaster year in terms of valuation. As ReadWrite points out the currency was valued at just $13.51 at the beginning of the year, before skyrocketing to over $1,000 each — then plummeting to less than half that following a crackdown by the Chinese government.
Now to be clear Ye hasn’t personally backed the currency — which is set to go live January 11th of this year. He hasn’t responded to this tweet from Coinye West explicitly asking his opinion either. It’s too soon to tell if your spending money will come in Coinyes in the future, but if it does there’s always the possibility other celebrities could get in on the act.
Kardashicoins? Coindashians? Anyone?
In case you’ve been under a rock, Beyonce not-so-secretly dropped her latest self-titled album of huge proportions: Beyonce features 14 songs and 17 videos. How did she announce it? Via her Facebook page? No press, no hype – just music. How she managed this huge feat without a single internet leak is beyond my imagination – but once again proves how the digital music age is forever changing the way artists do business. Check out some of our favorite memes celebrating Beyonce’s surprising announcement below…
The album is available now on iTunes.
1. Pretty Hurts
3. Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)
5. No Angel
9. Mine (feat. Drake)
11. ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)
12. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)
14. Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)
15. Pretty Hurts (Video)
16. Ghost (Video)
17. Haunted (Video)
18. Drunk in Love feat. Jay Z (Video)
19. Blow (Video)
20. No Angel (Video)
21. Yoncé (Video)
22. Partition (Video)
23. Jealous (Video)
24. Rocket (Video)
25. Mine feat. Drake (Video)
26. XO (Video)
27. ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche) (Video)
28. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)
29. Heaven (Video)
30. Blue feat. Blue Ivy (Video)
31. Grown Woman (Bonus Video)
32. Credits (Video)
In celebration of the Los Angeles Auto Show, celebrity and automotive style came together as Best Man Holiday actress Nia Long hosts an “Evening of Style” with Lincoln Motor Company.
The event, which took place at Hollywood’s Siren Studios, played host to the celebration of art, design and culture as well as the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility vehicle. The “Evening of Style” was hosted by actress Nia Long and guest attendees including friend Daphne Wayans, Zena Foster, Kel Mitchell, Pooch Hall and many more. Additionally, Lincoln MKC Brand Manager Jeff Reid also held an in depth discussion moderated by Automotive Rhythms president and publisher Kimatni D. Rawlins.
The actress gushed about her love of luxury, from enjoying good chocolates, designer shoes and spa treatments – as well as dished on her upcoming film project “The Single Moms club” celebrating a journey that she’s closely familiar with, being a single mom herself. Nia Long also shared her love of the new Lincoln MKC, noting the unique ambient lighting inside made her last minute makeup touch up “a breeze”. The 2015 Lincoln MKC was originally introduced last week at a private NYC media event (check out the video from DivasDriveInHeels) and has garnered attention as a standout at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Check out more red carpet photos and the behind the scenes video on DivasDriveInHeels.com soon.