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Justin Timberlake finally addresses criticisms over Nipplegate

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Justin Timberlake might be a man of the woods, but maybe not really a man of his word

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The 2004 Super Bowl halftime show’s ‘Nipplegate’ was truly the Watergate of sports broadcasting: Where were you when Justin Timberlake unexpectedly exposed Janet Jackson’s breast to 143.6 million viewers on live television — seemingly, to her utter surprise?

In a new interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, Timberlake addressed the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” known as Nipplegate, in light of his preparations to return to the stage for Super Bowl LII. 

The singer admitted that he “stumbled through” the aftermath of the scandal, vaguely addressing criticisms that he didn’t do enough to defend Jackson from the disproportionate backlash she received.

“I had my wires crossed and it’s just something that you have to look back on and go like, ‘OK, well you know, you can’t change what’s happened but you can move forward and learn from it,’” Timberlake said, decked in the beanie and flannel that signal his rebrand as a woodsy hipster.

It’s not entirely clear what aspect of the situation Timberlake is saying he can “learn” from. But he makes sure to assert that Jackson is totally not mad at him. 

“I don’t know that a lot of people know that [me and Janet made peace],” he claims. “I mean I don’t think it’s my job to do that, because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”

It’s important to note that Jackson has not publicly commented on her feelings towards Timberlake in recent history.

After the incident, she was not only forced to apologize and take full blame, but was also barred from award shows — like that year’s Grammys (Timberlake still attended) — and also had her music blacklisted from the most influential radio stations and TV networks of the time (Timberlake did not).

In a 2006 MTV interview, long after it could actually help Jackson, Timberlake expressed regret that he’d failed to stand by her while she suffered the lion’s share of the consequences.

But in the age of #FreeTheNipple campaigns and the Time’s Up initiative, we can now look back at the clear misogyny and racism at play. The public vilified Jackson, pinning the supposed moral degradation of society on a single (briefly) exposed nipple. 

And those who clamored to shame and blame her didn’t once stop to ask, “Hang on — wasn’t it Timberlake who actually, physically ripped off the costume? And didn’t Jackson look shocked and mortified about it before immediately running off stage?”

There’s still a lot of mystery around what exactly happened. But you know what isn’t a mystery? The reason why Timberlake’s career continued to soar, while Jackson’s never came close to recovering.

Fourteen years later, and Timberlake has been invited back with open arms to the scene of the Nipplegate crime. But where’s Janet Jackson’s big comeback halftime show?

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/17/justin-timberlake-janet-jackson-super-bowl-nipplegate/

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Lady Gaga wins her first Oscar for ‘Shallow’

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Lady Gaga won her first Oscar at the 91st Annual Academy Awards.

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“Lady Gaga is an Academy Award winner, folks.

The best song of the year, “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, earned Lady Gaga an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday night, marking the first time the music legend has earned an Oscar. She shared the honor with co-writers Mark Daniel Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt.

I mean, come on, listen to this:

“I worked hard for a long time and it’s not about winning, but what’s about is not giving up,” Lady Gaga said in her acceptance speech. “If you have a dream, fight for it.”

Lady Gaga is also up for the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in A Star Is Born, the first person to ever be nominated for both awards on the same night. Earlier in February, Lady Gaga was nominated for four Grammys for the song “Shallow” and won two.

A Star Is Born was up for eight awards in total at the Oscars, and the award for Best Original Song was the film’s first of the night.

Lady Gaga received her first and only other Oscar nomination in 2016 for the song, “Til It Happens to You,” for the documentary The Hunting Ground.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/lady-gaga-shallow-oscar/

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Bradley Cooper shares how he altered his voice for ‘A Star Is Born’

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“Of all the enchanting things about A Star is Born, one of the most mesmerising has to be Bradley Cooper’s distinctly low voice that he manages to maintain throughout the movie.

Well, Cooper let Stephen Colbert in on his secret for how he trained his voice to plummet to new vocal depths. Turns out he drew inspiration from his co-star Sam Elliott.

“One of the things, I knew I wanted to lower my voice. But I didn’t want to make him too country,” said Cooper. “Sam Elliott is from Sacramento but his mother was from Texas, so he has this accent that you can’t quite place. But it’s so wonderfully iconic.”

Cooper says in order to achieve the Elliott-esque low voice, he’d do a warmup using a tagline. But for the first six months, he could only do it while hunched over.

“I would go to sleep and my throat would hurt and I thought, well this is never gonna happen. That was what I was most terrified of, was his voice,” Cooper said. “I always had this warmup line which was a line from an interview [Elliott] did at Sundance which I played him when he came over to my house.”

Cooper performed his warmup in the video above using the tagline: “this part here is about as good as it gets for me”.

Goodness me, someone give that man an Oscar.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/bradley-cooper-colbert-star-is-born-voice/

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What happened when M. Night Shyamalan told his dad he got into film school

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“M. Night Shyamalan’s dad is so proud of his son these days that he apparently pays for everything — even gum — with a credit card — just so people will see his last name.

But it wasn’t always that way. Back when a young M. Night Shyamalan first broke the news of his showbiz career plans to his family — who are all doctors — his father wasn’t exactly impressed.

“My dad was watching a hockey game and I said, ‘Dad I applied to NYU film school, I got in as a scholarship, and I’m gonna go’, and he didn’t even look at me,” Shyamalan tells Stephen Colbert in the clip above. “He just kept watching the game.”

Still, at least it all worked out in the end.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/m-night-shyamalan-parents-film-school/

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