Hello! Back in NYC after a fun weekend at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Wish my airline had this safety video though…
* The big Beyonce news this week is the singer has dethroned Oprah in Forbes‘ annual 100 Most Powerful Celebrity list. The magazine speaks to lawyers, agents and others in the know, and then estimates the celeb’s earnings, mixes that in with a couple of other algorithms according to popularity, and hey presto, comes up with the list. Dr Dre is actually the person who earned the most – thanks to his $3 billion Beats-sold-to-Apple deal, but $150 million for Bey ain’t too shabby.
* A trailer is out for one of my favourite movies from Sundance this year. The Skeleton Twins stars Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, who play suicidal siblings who haven’t been in touch with each other for 1o years. The film gives Wiig and Hader much more dramatic parts to play – considering they’re SNL alum – but it’s still got moments of great humour, as you can see by a glimpse of the lip-synching to Starship’s Nothing’s Gonnna Stop Us. The film is due out in September.
* Over the weekend Do The Right Thing celebrated its 25th anniversary with a block party in Brooklyn. With anniversaries being celebrated almost every other day it seems (like 10 years since Mean Girls was first shown), this is one truly worth commemorating for the impact it had on society (and the lack of honours it didn’t receive then).
* Bruce Springsteen will debut a short film he and documentary filmmaker Thom Zimny made, on his website, next Wednesday, called Hunter of the Invisible Game. This comes after a super-fan launched Blinded by the Light on Monday, an online museum in honour of the singer, with hundreds of artifacts collected from 30 years of fandom.
* And, thanks to Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here movie, we get a new song from Bon Iver to listen to, called Heavenly Father. The soundtrack, sure to become another Garden State-like classic, is out in July.