Taylor Swift does Smelly Cat with Phoebe

Another reason I’m starting to fall in love with Taylor Swift… Last night the star performed another sold out gig as part of her 1989 tour. In true form and in keeping with the star pull Swift has, she welcomed Lisa Kudrow aka Phoebe from Friends on stage. Lisa through her character as Phoebe Buffay, made the Smelly Cat song world famous when she performed it on the hit show Friends.

So Taylor and Lisa decided to recreate the moment and here it is:

#Winning!

Taylor Swift Shakes It Off in her new single

Look who has finally dropped some new music… It’s none other than Taylor Swift. Her new single is called Shake It Off – a very light, fun pop single. The star makes light of some of the stories about her writing songs about her exes and making millions off them in this one too. She’s shaking it off and having fun while she’s doing it. Nice feel good song. Her forthcoming album is called 1989 and it is due to drop later this year… Available as a pre-order on iTunes now. Welcome back Taylor!

2014 Golden Globes – blow by blow

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The 2014 Golden Globes are here and that means that awards season has officially kicked off. Check this out… Bryan Cranston, Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Seth Myers, the guys from U2 and Leonardo DiCaprio are just some of the male stars walking the 2014 Golden Globes. Those are some of the big boys in Hollywood but what would a night like this be without some of beautiful starlets too? Kerry Washingston and her “best accessory of the night” aka her unborn baby were there. While waiting to be interview by E! Entertainment’s Ryan Seacrest, Julianna Margulies offered Kerry some advice on becoming a mother, saying it’s the best thing she has ever done. Cate Blanchett of “Blue Jasmine” was sporting her Armani dress tonight. Gucci was a popular choice for the night, as pregnant Olivia Wilde and The Wolf of Wall Street star, Margot Robbie donned some of the brand’s latest design. Margot is my winner of the night.

Pic: Just Jared
Pic: Just Jared

Matthew McConaughey and Julia Roberts wore Dolce&Gabbana, Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera and Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. Sophia Vergara is looking great in Zac Posen, even if it’s a “tent”. She was recently on holiday, posting pics of her perfect bikini body. She told Seacrest that she finds the cold weather torturous, “You have to wear too many clothes”. We prefer it hot too, Sophia. Love her, she’s hilarious.

Golden Globes live ceremony:

– Amy Poehler and Tina Fey get things going with their hosting duties. They’re absolutely brilliant

– Jennifer Lawrence wins the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in American Hustle. The award was presented by Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.

– Jacqueline Bisset wins Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television for her role in “Dancing on the Edge. She is visibly moved “Okay. Scottish background to the front. Um, I always wanted to do something for the BBC and this was great.” The rest of her speech definitely requires a transcription… The wrap up music and all.

– Behind the Candelabra wins the Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television.

– Elisabeth Moss wins Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television for her role in “Top of the Lake”. She dedicated her award to her mother, whom she hopes to be like one day.

– Bryan Cranston wins Best Actor in a Television Drama Series for his role in “Breaking Bad”… Obviously 😉 “Oh my gosh. Oh. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press. It’s a lovely honour and such a lovely way to end the show.”

– Breaking Bad wins Best TV Drama series. The creator, Vince Gilligan accepts the award on behalf of the cast and crew. “The best thing about this is that it gives us one more chance to thank the fans of the show.” Aaron Paul pipes in “Yeah bitch, thank you”

– Best Score – All is Lost by Alex Ebert #GoldenGlobes. “Let it flow”.

– Best Original Song award goes to U2 for their song Ordinary Love in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom “This is amazing. We have been working for president Mandela since the 70s. So it has taken us 3 years to write this song. Not only South Africa, but thanks to Mandela. The course of history, holy Catholic Ireland has changed forever. This really is personal for us. Very, very personal. A man who refused to hate. He thought love would do a better job.”

– Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television goes to Jon Voight for “Ray Donovan”

“I know you all. I’m very grateful. I’m so grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this. I’m as nervous as everybody else.”

– The winner for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”.  If Jacqueline Bisset wants some tips on how to accept an award, she should definitely watch Amy Adams because that was a great, succinct, smart and to the point speech that had emotion, humour and a story to it.

– Best Actress in a Television Drama Series goes to Robin Wright for her role in House of Cards “Completely unexpected I have no speech.  Thank you everybody.”

– Best Supporting Actor goes to Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club. He spoke of his but, waxing his entire body and how he hadn’t made a movie in six years because of wanting to pursue other dreams… When you’re talented, you’re talented huh? Nice one!

Best Screenplay goes to Spike Jonze for “Her”. “Im a terrible public speaker and I’m bad at speaking English so bare with me. I want to share this with the other great writers.”

Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series award goes to Andy Samberg for “Brooklyn 99”.. “Oh no. I didn’t prepare anything. It wasn’t going to happen. Who knew. I guess I’ll just thank everyone. You know the guys who came up with the show, Mike and Dan. The cast is awesome, the crew is really good. The writers kick A. And of course my beautiful and incredible wife Joanna who I love so much. Thank you”.

– Best Foreign Language Film award goes to “The Great Beauty” out of Italy. “Thank you to Italy. That’s a crazy country, but beautiful. Thank you very much”

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television award goes to Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”. ” Thank you all. Thank you very much. Hollywood Foreign Press. Forty five years in the foreign press. I used to think of them as my aunts and uncles, now they’re my nieces and nephews,” he said. “Matt Damon, the bravest, talented actor I’ve ever worked with.”

Best Animated Feature Film goes to the team who worked on the film, Frozen.

– Best Actress in a TV series Comedy goes to Amy Poehler for her role in Parks and Recreation. After ‘making out with U2’s Bono, Amy said, “Wow I was unprepared for this. Wow, Parks! The best job. I’m just so thrilled to be apart of this evening among such great people. Thank you very, very much.”

– Cecil B. DeMille award time. This year’s recipient is Woody Allen. He wasn’t there to accept the award so his long time friend, Diane Keaton accepted it on his behalf.

Best Director goes to Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”. “Well thank you Hollywood Foreign Press. This is for the hundreds of people who made this film possible. Sandra you are the most amazing collaborator. I want to thank you for not waiting when I told you I am going to give you herpes when I meant I’m going to give you an earpiece.” Hahaha.

– Brooklyn Nine-Nine wins the Best TV Series Comedy award at this year’s Golden Globes “I’m a terrible actor so you can be assured that I’m surprised in real life.”

Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy award goes to Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street. He thanks Martin Scorsese for being the incredible visionary that he is and for allowing him to stalk him into making this movie.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy award goes to American Hustle. “I’d like to say that one of the benefits to the motion picture business is that we get to make films about people. We had the privilege of telling the art of survival, resilience and reinvention. The award has to be shared with David Russell.”

– Cate Blanchett wins the award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama for her role in “Blue Jasmine” . “A few vodkas under my belt and here we are.”

– Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama award goes to Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”. “Aaaaaaaaaaah. Alright, Alright, alright. Unexpected, but graciously expected. Respect to the other nominees. This film was never about dying, it was about living. With that I say just keep.”

– 12 Years a Slave finally wins an award…. Steve McQueen accepts the award for Best Motion Picture. “A little bit in shock. Firstly I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press. My wife, Bianca.” He also thanked his cast, crew and studio.

Taylor Swift and Gary Lightbody – The Last Time

Superstar, Taylor Swift and Snow Patrol‘s Gary Lightbody are making sweet music together. The song is off Taylor’s Red album, which she dropped last year and now the two are ready to get the song out there. The two debuted the song, The Last Time on X Factor UK on Sunday evening during the live show. Check it out below:

Do you like the song?

Top celebs in South Africa

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Gone are the days where South Africa is “too far to visit” or “too small to tour”… South Africa is now firmly on the map for top celebrities to visit, tour, film and holiday in. Take today for example… We have Rihanna hanging out in Cape Town (check her Instagram feed to see pics). Keri Hilson and Anthony Hamilton were hanging out in Macufe over the weekend. Idris Elba was jamming it up at DStv’s Delicious Food & Music Festival two weeks ago and now Taylor Swift, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and a few other big Hollywood A-listers are apparently in the country too. They’ll be getting to work on a new film called The Giver, which is set for release in August next year. I also know that John Cleese was here shooting the third installment of Spud… SA is #Winning!!!

If you’re in the Cape Town area, be on the lookout for Ms. Swift and crew. I’d love to get some pics of them, but I’m in the Joziwood at the moment, so I’ll leave it up to you. Send them to me on jason.vonberg@gmail.com or tweet me: @JasonVonBerg.

There are loads of other events coming up in the next couple of months that will see big stars heading to our shores including:

Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom world premiere

Dave Matthews Band live in concert

Nickleback live in concert (expect Avril Lavigne to be here too)

2014:

Bryan Adams live in concert

Big Sean live in concert

Kendrick Lamar live in concert

Welcome back John Mayer

Aah yes… Welcome back John Mayer. The star has just released his new single, Paper Doll and you can hear it above. The song is taken off Mayer’s forthcoming album, Paradise Valley. While Mayer is still in studio working on this album, he’s also hard at work prepping for his world tour, which kicks off next month. The tour is called Born and Raised World Tour, which is the title of his last album, but no doubt fans will get to hear a lot of the new material when he hits the road.

I’m loving the first single, so I’m sure he and Don Was will be making a lot more magic as they wrap up production in the studio. If you’re a Mayer fan and you’re wanting to see him live, check out the tour dates below: Continue reading “Welcome back John Mayer”

2013 Grammys – full list of winners

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Record Of The Year

  • Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Album Of The Year

  • Babel – Mumford & Sons

Song Of The Year

  • We Are Young – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe)

Best New Artist

  • Fun.

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Set Fire To The Rain [live] – Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Best Pop Instrumental Album

  • Impressions – Chris Botti

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Best Dance Recording

  • Bangarang – Skrillex Featuring Sirah

Best Dance/Electronica Album

  • Bangarang – Skrillex

 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • Kisses On The Bottom – Paul Mccartney

 

Best Rock Performance

  • Lonely Boy – The Black Keys

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

  • Love Bites (So Do I) – Halestorm

Best Rock Song

  • Lonely Boy – Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney, songwriters (the Black Keys)

Best Rock Album

  • El Camino – The Black Keys

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Making Mirrors – Gotye

 

Best R&B Performance

  • Climax – Usher

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • Love On Top – Beyoncé

Best R&B Song

  • Adorn – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Best R&B Album

  • Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment

Best Rap Performance

  • … In Paris – Jay-z & Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • No Church In The Wild – Jay-z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-dream

Best Rap Song

  • … In Paris – Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West, Songwriters (W.A. Donaldson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best Rap Album

  • Take Care – Drake

Best Country Solo Performance

  • Blown Away – Carrie Underwood

  Continue reading “2013 Grammys – full list of winners”