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Spears posted photo of herself surrounded by microphones after video shoot wrapped on Sunday.
By Jocelyn Vena
In the lo-res pic, Spears is shown from the shoulders up, standing with her back to the camera and her face turned toward it. The singer is in a red outfit and surrounded by a wreath of microphones.
On Saturday, she tweeted, "Day 1 of the HIAM shoot with [director] Jonas Akerlund. Such an incredible experience. I think this will be one of the best videos I have ever done." On Sunday, the same day the photo was taken she wrote, "Day 2 is a wrap! #HIAM video coming soon...."
Choreographer Brian Friedman also kept fans updated on the video shoot via Twitter throughout the weekend. "Good luck 2 @britneyspears and all of my incredible dancers," he wrote on Saturday. "You all have surpassed my expectations and I am so thankful for ur hard work!"
And on Sunday, he continued the praise, tweeting, "What a fabulous day on set of HIAM! @britneyspears killed it! She danced her ass off! Great work 2 my dancers too... Y'all slayed!"
Meanwhile, fansite Breatheheavy.com reportedly obtained a call sheet for the video, which revealed that the video was shot at Paramount Studios. The sheet also indicates that sometime Lady Gaga stylist B Akerlund designed the costumes for the video and that "Project Runway" hairstylist Philip Carreon worked on the shoot.
What do you think this new photo suggests about Britney's new video? Share your thoughts in the comments.Related Videos
Club smash, featuring will.i.am, tops our list of the Top 25 Songs of the year.
By James Montgomery
MTV News' Top 25 Songs of 2010 has reached an end. We've already counted down the rest, and now it's time to get to the best: Usher's "OMG," the song that perfectly sums up the past 12 months of popular music — and makes you wanna move until you can't move no more.
If 2010 proved anything, it's that a DJ really can save your life ... or at least get you to #1 on the Hot 100. After years of staring at each other from across the room, hip-hop, pop and R&B all decided to finally get in bed with dance music, and the results weren't always pretty, but they were certainly successful. To date, only 17 songs have made it to the top spot of Billboard's singles chart in 2010, and nearly two-thirds of them — from Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" to Far East Movement's "Like a G6" — were, in some way, dance songs.
In that regard, no song better sums up 2010 pop music quite like Usher's "OMG," the dance song to end all dance songs. Sure, it may not have matched the swagger of Kanye West's "Power," the snarl of Rick Ross' "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" or the inbox-clogging spread of Cee Lo's "F--- You," but it didn't have to. None of those songs went to #1, after all. "OMG" did. Twice.
Even among songs that managed to snag that top spot — Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie," Katy Perry's "California Gurls," B.o.B and Bruno Mars' "Nothin' on You" — "OMG" stood out from the pack, mostly because of its pedigree. It's not a stretch to say that any of those tracks could've (and probably would've) been #1 in any other year; "OMG" could only have done it in 2010, because it was crafted to do nothing else. No other song this year was as of the moment, as singular and shiny and downright undeniable. There's a reason it was named on more ballots than any other song on our countdown and justly takes the title of MTV News' #1 Song of 2010.
And while all that is important, it's largely beside the point. "OMG" is the kind of song that truly defies deep inspection, because it's not exactly headphone music. Rather, it was made for the clubs, designed to envelop you on the dance floor and not let go until the final "oh-ohh-oh-ooh-oh." And in that regard, it succeeds in spades. It is a masterful melding of R&B, and Euro dance, all icy synths and handclaps, starbursts and stutters and sing-along chants. It ebbs and flows, stops and starts, pumps and preens. Simply put, you cannot listen to it without moving in some way. (MTV's Dee Caligiuri, who voted on our countdown, probably put it best one night when she declared: "There are so many dances you can do to it!") And if that's not the definition of a success, well, then I don't know what is.
A large portion of the credit for "OMG" has to go to will.i.am, who not only produced the track (I know!), but was smart enough to see this whole dance thing coming when he teamed up with producer David Guetta last year. Those songs — "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" — were, of course, massive, but neither of them are as good as this. Given full control, Will goes off the deep end, cramming the song with every dance trick in the book — and probably some new ones he just invented on the spot. And Usher, whose career, truth be told, was sort of in need of a shot in the arm, is the beneficiary. He floats and gloats above the mix, suave and cocksure, knowing that he is exactly the right man at the right time. That time, of course, had to be 2010.
Because in a year when so many big-name acts embraced the DJ, he flat-out did it better than any of them. "OMG" represents the peak of the dance-pop era in which we live, a song as undeniable as it is of the moment. We can only speculate as to what next year will bring, but there's really no denying that, as 2010 comes to a close, Usher stands above all else, reinvigorated and ready for more. It's enough to make you say "Oh My God," really.
How does Usher's "OMG" rank among the year's best songs? Let us know in the comments!
MTV News' Top 25 Songs of 2010 have all been counted down. But the fun isn't over yet: We still want to see your picks in the comments below!Related Videos
'RuPaul's Drag Race' season three premieres Monday (January 24) on Logo.
By Damian Vaca
WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — Reluctantly crouched behind the red carpet line, drag queens primping and taking their time, the flashbulbs go off and the cameras go up, all of them yearning for their chance at the cup!
On Tuesday night, we caught up with the stars of "RuPaul's Drag Race" as they head into battle to see who will be the top drag queen of season three. Amid the glam and sequins in the air, competition was definitely on everyone's mind, so what better time to find out who RuPaul's drag queens predict will rule 2011: Lady Gaga or Britney Spears?
"With Britney and Gaga coming out with new [albums] this year — it's going to be Gaga," Shangela, of season two, predicted. "Gaga runs the world, so Britney better take a seat and enjoy."
Tough words about a woman who has reached the #1 iTunes spot in 19 countries since her new single, "Hold it Against Me," was released a little over a week ago.
Season three's Venus D Lite, who could give Madonna a run for her money, stated, "I would probably say Britney — only because Gaga has had her spotlight moment."
However, Raja, also from season three, disagreed: "I'm going to say Gaga. ... She challenges everyone and really puts out new ideas, and I certainly appreciate that."
With both artists set to premiere highly anticipated videos in the next couple of months, fans are waiting to see what new creative visions the stars will bring to the world of pop culture.
"I would love to see [Gaga] just be an artist and not just a character," said Sonique of season two. "With Lady Gaga, you can't really expect anything other than something that is going to be controversial."
season three castmember Mimi Imfurst, who arrived on the red carpet in an epic "worldly" outfit, is definitely on Team Gaga: "Lady Gaga has all the creativity that Britney doesn't have, plus all the talent she doesn't have, so Lady Gaga all the way."
When all is said and done, one thing's for sure: RuPaul's drag queens definitely aren't shy about expressing their opinions. Season three of "RuPaul's Drag Race" premieres Monday (January 24) at 10 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. Central on Logo.
Who do you think will conquer 2011: Britney or Gaga? Sound off below!Related Artists
I'm going to need Lisa Welchel to take a moment from blogging about "hot saucing" her kids to fully address Cousin Geri's coming out party. I'm also going to need another Facts of Life reunion special where we find out that Cousin Geri and Jo fell in love, moved to Massachusetts and opened up a bike shop/comedy club together.
via After Ellen (Thanks Karman)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This Sunday's edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will feature a special two-hour focus on a Texas family named Browns. Along with a 16-year old singer named Justin Bieber.
The singer makes an appearance because one of the causes closest to his heart is the prevention of individuals texting while driving - and, tragically, the Browns' oldest daughter, Alex, died in just such an incident.
In the following clip, Justin tells the family that one dollar from every concert ticket sold that night was donated to charity. He then invites 12-year-old Katrina Brown and her friends to a sound check party.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The sky in New Delhi seems as whitewashed as its bungalows, its sunsets are muted and its monuments silhouetted. But this fa�ade is exactly what makes New Delhi a literary and imaginative experiment.
There is a haze that veils every surface: culturally, socially and topographically.
The first way to ride above or below the immediate surface is on the Metro. It glistens with the pride of a new house on Diwali, and makes up, in honesty and efficiency, for the disillusionment that came with the administration of the Commonwealth Games.
So Mumbaiwallahs in Dilli for the India Art Summit or on their way to the Jaipur Literature Festival, here's a ride through New Delhi's culture corners: Connaught Place, Lodhi Road and Hauz Khas Village.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
'I've listened to their music since I was a child,' says the R&B diva, who recorded 'Stairway to Heaven' and 'Whole Lotta Love.'
By James Montgomery, with reporting by Larry Carroll
You wouldn't peg Mary J Blige as the black-light-and-tapestry sort, but, as has become readily apparent in recent weeks, she absolutely loves Led Zeppelin.
In early February, reports began circulating that Blige had re-recorded Zeppelin's classic "Stairway to Heaven," working with Travis Barker, "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson and guitarist Steve Vai on the track, which is slated to appear on the international reissue of her Stronger With Each Tear album, due Monday.
But after she had recorded "Stairway," Blige continued to get the Led out, covering another Zeppelin classic — the thunderous "Whole Lotta Love" — for the album too. And when MTV News caught up with her on the Essence Black Women in Hollywood red carpet, she told us all about channeling her inner Robert Plant for the tracks, a process that came much easier than you'd probably imagine.
"I did Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' and 'Whole Lotta Love' — it's crazy," she said. "I am a Led Zeppelin fan. I'm not going to say I've been to their concerts, but I've listened to their music since I was a child, and it's always moved me, especially 'Stairway to Heaven,' and 'Whole Lotta Love' is just fun."
Blige also said she recorded another new song — a "club record" called "I Can't Wait" — for the re-release. And while it's only slated to hit shelves outside the U.S., she hopes her fans will get a chance to hear all the new songs pretty soon.
"I want y'all to hear it," she laughed.Related Artists
Monday, January 17, 2011
Musical show takes home Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical, plus two acting awards.
By Aly Semigran
For the second year in a row, "Glee" has had something to sing about at the Golden Globes. Fox's pop-culture smash has emerged victorious yet again in the Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical category. In addition to besting the hit shows "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "The Big C," "The Big Bang Theory" and "30 Rock," two of the show's stars have taken home their first Golden Globe Awards.
While the show did not sweep — both Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison lost in their categories — it did win more awards than any other television show at the 68th annual Golden Globes.
Stunned first-time nominee Chris Colfer kicked things off for "Glee" with his heartfelt speech, which he dedicated to his "fairy godfather Ryan Murphy" and to teens who, much like his character Kurt, are bullied. "The amazing kids that watch our show and that our show celebrates and are constantly told no [by] people and environments and bullies at school, that they can't be who they are or can't have what they want because of who they are," he said, concluding his acceptance speech with, "Screw that, kids."
Next up was Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television winner Jane Lynch. The actress, who has now won a Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for her work on the show, had lost to "Big Love" actress Chloë Sevigny in 2010 in the same category.
In her acceptance speech, the comically trained star joked that she was "falsely humble" and went on to thank one of the show's writers, Ian Brennan, who created everyone's favorite tracksuit-wearing villain, Sue Sylvester. Jane lovingly referred to Brennan as a "deranged young man" and assured that part of the award was his, but quipped, "I'll be holding on to it."
Lynch also gave credit to the excited young fans of "Glee" and dryly promised that whenever she wasn't busy or eating, she'd give them a moment of her time, garnering a huge laugh from the crowd. She wrapped up by thanking her family, her agent, and her wife Laura and their two children.
Colfer and Lynch would return to the stage once again, alongside the rest of their cast and the creative team behind "Glee," for the show's final win of the evening, Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical. Creator Ryan Murphy took the mic to thank the various people behind the show. Ian Brennan had another moment in the spotlight as he thanked public school teachers for "doing the most important work in America."
Saturday, January 15, 2011
'Harry Potter' star branches out with 'The Apparition' and 'Rise of the Apes,' making him one of MTV News' 11 for '11.
By Kara Warner
Over the past week here at MTV News, we've been highlighting 11 people you'll be hearing about in 2011. From Kim Kardashian's plans to take over the pop world to self-proclaimed future "best artist of the year" Wiz Khalifa, we've selected a wide variety of folks who will be making waves and headlines this year.
Now, MTV News is proud to recognize Tom Felton. Yes, he had a lot going for him in 2010, with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" and everything that comes along with promoting a billion-dollar film franchise. He also picked up his first Golden Popcorn trophy at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, where he was named Best Villain.
When we caught up with Felton recently, we chatted about why this year will be even bigger than the last, what to expect from his performances in "Apparition" and "Rise of the Apes," as well as an update on his budding music career.
MTV: Have you seen any finished scenes from "Rise of the Apes" or "Apparition" yet?
Tom Felton: They have been very, very tight with both films. I've seen maybe half a scene of "Apparition." We were doing some [audio work] for that, and it looked great. It looked really beautiful, the way it was shot. "Rise of the Apes" they're keeping very much under lock and key, so I'm exceptionally excited. When I was there [during filming], I experienced so many fantastic performances around me. I'm excited to see it come to life onscreen. It's going to be a great film.
MTV: What about the "Deathly Hallows - Part 2" reshoots for that heavily hyped epilogue?
Felton: Believe it or not, I got left off the hook. Apparently, the shot setup didn't require my presence, so I was let off the hook at the last minute. I got all excited about going back, but I heard everything went swimmingly and everything is looking fantastic.
MTV: You once mentioned a brilliant potential scene between you and Dan Radcliffe where you, as Draco and Harry, run and hug. You should make that happen.
Felton: [Laughs.] I may get Dan around here one day this weekend and we may just shoot that ourselves and send it in. It needs to be seen, doesn't it?
MTV: Obviously, we here at MTV News have been fans of yours for quite some time, but it seems like a lot of other people have jumped on the Felton fan bandwagon. Do you feel a sense of that at all?
Felton: I've been exceptionally lucky, with lots of aspects of my life. The people around me have been fantastic, and I feel we're in a great position with some really exciting films to come out this year. I'm enjoying L.A. when I go there as well. That was a bit of a foreign town for me at first, but I'm thoroughly enjoying my time out there, so I'm looking forward to getting out there at some point next year. There's lots to look forward to.
MTV: What's the latest with your music?
Felton: It's all going very well. We're currently in development with a few artists that we're hoping to get out next year and just promote this idea that low-key music can be some of the best. I'm hoping to do some other recording later on in the year. It's a massive passion project of mine, and the fans' response has been fantastic, and MTV has been good to me there as well. I thoroughly appreciate that.
MTV: What can you tell us about working with Ashley Greene (who is also one of our 11 for '11)?
Felton: I was hugely excited about working with her [on "Apparition"], and her talent was exceptionally easy to notice very quickly. One of the first scenes I saw her do, she was in a very sort of panicky state and she jumped straight into it after lunch. It was amazing to see. I thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone on "Rise of the Apes" as well. Andy Serkis to me is one of the most memorable people I worked with this year. He's truly amazing to watch and an absolute gentleman offscreen as well, which is always nice. I've been very lucky in working with nice people.
MTV: Are you still playing golf with your "Potter" co-stars, Rupert Grint, James and Oliver Phelps?
Felton: Yes, most certainly. We haven't teed up in a while, but I'm definitely on for that. We occasionally swing the clubs. It's always nice to get the Weasleys out for a quick round of golf.
MTV: You guys should film that sometime. I'm sure fans would want to see it.
Felton: It's very funny you should say that. I don't want to speak ahead, but we have actually done that, and I'm not sure if James is putting together a little video or if it's going to end up on something — I haven't seen anything yet — but I have a feeling that one day that video may make it to air.
Check out MTV News' 11 for '11 — actors, musicians and TV stars who are about to have a huge year — all week long.
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Never one to fear a change in style, Adam Lambert has debuted a new haircut.
The singer paid a visit to the 2011 DPA Golden Globes Gift Suite at Beverly Hills' L'Ermitage Hotel yesterday, posing with a few items and a few fans and showing off nearly shoulder-length locks.
Adam will be on hand at Sunday night's award ceremony and we'll likely post more photos of him from that event. But compare the new 'do with the old below and cast your vote:
Friday, January 14, 2011
A survey conducted by O-net revealed further evidence of the growing prevalence of Japanese herbivorous men -- or soushokukei-danshi -- who are not only shy when it comes to seducing women, but have little or no interest in them.
'This is absolutely incredible!' singer's manager tweets.
By Jocelyn Vena
Forget any arguments that Britney Spears is some kind of underdog; with the release of her latest tune, "Hold It Against Me," earlier this week, the singer is certainly proving that she's still at the top of the pop heap.
Her manager, Adam Leber, tweeted that the singer was (as of press time) at the top of the iTunes charts in 16 countries: the U.S., Sweden, Australia, Greece, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal and Spain.
"This is absolutely incredible!" Leber wrote. "Brit's fans never cease to amaze me." In addition to thanking the fans, Leber also shared that Brit is hard at work on the video for the track. "Went 2 dance rehearsals yesterday with @BritneySpears & @brianfriedman. HIAM video is going to be incredible to say the least. More to come," he tweeted Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, Britney Spears thanked fans for all the support they've been showing the lead single from Brit's March album. "Couldn't of asked for a better 1/11/11..thanks to all my fans and all of the radio stations for playing HIAM!" she wrote. "I am truly blessed..."
On Tuesday, the same day the song was up for purchase on iTunes, it launched straight to #1 on the site and quickly broke all previous radio records for the most spins in the first day of release. "Top 40 outlets across the country immediately put 'Hold It Against Me' in rotation and received instant-reaction airplay at America's most-influential stations, including Z100 and WXRK in New York and KIIS and KAMP in Los Angeles," radio-industry analyst Kevin McCabe said in a statement.
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Teen sensation's Vanity Fair cover follows a spate of increasingly high-profile mag appearances.
By Jocelyn Vena
Justin Bieber first appeared on teen magazines like J-14 and Tiger Beat alongside fellow idols like the Jonas Brothers, but Bieber quickly established himself as a marquee cover boy. He was soon being profiled by industry publications like Billboard and embraced by mainstream mags like People.
Bieber's first big solo cover was the March 27, 2010, issue of Billboard. On the cover, Bieber sported a cardigan and those signature bangs while holding up a boom box. That appearance was quickly followed by his April 19, 2010, People magazine cover, which came out just weeks after the release of his My World 2.0.
Early on, Bieber proved he was comfortable on shoots. "He's always been a natural in front of the camera," said Melissa Victor, VP, Media & Artist Relations at Island Def Jam Music Group. "I don't think that kid can take a bad frame."
By the summer, Bieber was making headlines as teen magazines began proclaiming they had "Bieber Fever." He covered Seventeen's June/July issue and Teen Vogue's October edition. "He has very strong ideas of how he wants to look," Victor said of the Island Def Jam artist's visual evolution. "His mom is already working on a scrapbook of all his covers," she revealed. "She requests every single cover no matter how big or small; everything from J-14 to People magazine."
In addition to making the covers of some of the entertainment industry's most popular magazines, the singer also scored some memorable profiles in places like VMAN, Interview and Elle, in which he waded on the beach with Kim Kardashian.
With his latest cover for Vanity Fair, Bieber shows he's growing in terms of his public image, from teen heartthrob to pop superstar — one who can be appreciated by both teens and adults.
"Justin loves his core audience but it is important for him to continue to evolve as an artist, and with that evolution we want to insure that more and more people of all ages embrace his music," she said. "It is great that these magazines have been there to chronicle his journey."
2011 already looks to be a massive year for Bieber, and Vanity Fair is just the beginning. "He so honored and excited to grace the cover of Vanity Fair. He knows he is in great company, he doesn't take it for granted at all," Victor said. "This is has been a great way to kick off the New Year. But this is just the beginning. His fans can rest assured they will continue to get their 'Bieber Fix.' "
What do you think of Justin's Vanity Fair cover? Tell us in the comments!Related Photos
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By Jayson Rodriguez
Usher's protégé, Justin Bieber, scored more hardware than the "OMG" singer on Sunday night (November 21) at the 2010 American Music Awards, but the veteran superstar was far from a step behind the teen sensation.
With his fleet footwork, Usher teamed up with dance-world superstars Swedish House Mafia to ignite the stage with a mash-up of his "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" and their "Miami 2 Ibiza" and "One" that certainly qualified as one of the evening's high points. Decked out in black military garb and sporting a starter mohawk, Usher partied and pranced around onstage to his club-happy single.
"I feel like a zombie gone back to life," Usher sang. "Hands up, and suddenly we all got our hands up/ No control of my body/ Ain't I seen you before?/ I think I remember those eyes, eyes, eyes, eyes."
Usher and his gang of dancers showed off moves that would have tripped up teen stars. At one point, his backup dancers launched him into the air and Usher landed and jumped right into his next step.
A full explosion followed behind him and he carried the energy into the hook.
" 'Cause baby tonight, the DJ got us falling in love again," he crooned. "Yeah, baby tonight/ The DJ got us falling in love again/ So dance, dance, like it's the last, last night of your life, life."
After picking up an award earlier in the evening, Usher acknowledged his veteran status. The 32-year-old thanked his supporters, plugged his OMG Tour with Trey Songz and shouted out longtime fans. "I been doing this 18 years," he said.
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Manager Scooter Braun says he gets paid 'to just make other people happy.'
By Jocelyn Vena
In four weeks, Justin Bieber's 3-D flick, "Never Say Never," will be in theaters. As fans gear up for the film event of 2011, Ryan Seacrest shared a never-before-released clip from the Bieber film, which opens on February 11.
In the video, Bieber performs an acoustic version of "Baby." The performance footage is combined with scenes of him greeting his fans, something manager Scooter Braun admits is the highlight of working with the teen superstar.
"Me and the guy from 'Extreme Home Makeover' have the best jobs in the world," Braun explains in the new clip. "It's actually the most gratifying thing about the job. Little things go a very long way. You get paid to just make other people happy."
Braun admits that it really doesn't take much to make a Bielieber happy, just some primo seats to a Bieber show. "You give them free tickets and they're usually in the first 10 rows," Braun further explains. "If it weren't for those kids out there, we don't have jobs."
This is only the latest peek at the forthcoming film. A few weeks ago a clip of Bieber drumming as a kid was released. In it, his mom recalls his early days. "He never had any lessons or anything. I just never thought of it being anything other than for fun," Bieber's mother, Pattie Mallette, says.
The film's director, Jon Chu, told MTV News that he was nervous showing Bieber cuts of the film because he worried that the singer wouldn't be happy with the way he told his story.
"I mean, I'm always nervous. We're always trying to make our movies better," he explained. "We're never done with it, though. I just keep going until they tell me I've run out of time. So [Justin] got to see it this week, which was really exciting, and he loved it, which is always scary when you try to show someone the story of their life, but he's been very supportive, he and his family and his team. I'm excited to share it with the world and show another side of 3-D. With 'Step Up 3D,' we learned a lot of lessons and we discovered a lot of things, and it's just the beginning."
Check out everything we've got on "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never."
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
'I could get hit by a car tomorrow and know Kevin James knows the love I have for him,' Vaughn tells MTV News.
By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
"The Dilemma" overflows with relationship drama: between Vince Vaughn's fast-talking Ronny and his girlfriend, Beth; Kevin James' kind-hearted Nick and his wife, Geneva; and Geneva and her extramarital boy toy, Zip. But perhaps the most tension-filled relationship is the one between Ronny and Nick.
Best buds since their days at Ball State, the two are in business together, attempting to construct an electrical car engine that captures the bone-shaking energy of old-school muscle cars. But as the title of the film suggests, an unwelcome intrusion in the form of Nick's philandering wife enters the picture, causing some bromance-compromising secrecy between the friends.
When it comes to their own working relationship, though, Vaughn and James insist on full honesty and the healthy expression of their affection for each other. "I've taken every opportunity to be direct and tell this guy I love him," Vaughn laughed in an interview with MTV News. "I could get hit by a car tomorrow and know Kevin James knows the love I have for him."
James, however, worried that perhaps he hasn't gone far enough, that perhaps a full-court, flowers-and-candy effusion of man-love is in order. "I don't think I've expressed enough of my love for Vince Vaughn," he said. "I don't know if that's being an honest thing or you let it leak in slowly — you don't want to overdo it too much, because you don't want to frighten the person you love so much."
What, may we ask, has given birth to such dude-on-dude worship? Both men seem cut from the same comedic cloth and found themselves working together to hit new jokes and routines that weren't originally on the page.
"Right away, we collaborated with the script," Vaughn said. "Kevin is so funny. He's such a good writer. Such good ideas that we were making each other laugh and having fun coming up with stuff. It always makes it easier."
Check out everything we've got on "The Dilemma."
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Bieber's mentor tells MTV News the teen sensation has 'so much more in store for the future.'
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Tim Kash
With so much accomplished in 2010, Justin Bieber has certainly set the bar high for 2011. But the teen singer is already gearing up for next year. Bieber will not only release his much-anticipated 3-D flick, "Never Say Never", but he has also teased that he'd like to release an album of all-new material sometime later next year.
His mentor, Usher, thinks that at this point, the sky's the limit.
"There's so much more in store for the future, or at least there's a ton of things we can do and will, and with the support of his fans who will continue to just grow and grow and grow."
At 16, Bieber has accomplished what few manage with many more years in the music business, but Usher said he wants to ensure that Bieber doesn't stop enjoying it all as his popularity continues to grow and his schedule gets busier.
Asked what he admires most about Justin, Usher said, "His excitement and innocence in it. And I don't mean that in a light way because I think that he's absolutely enjoying every moment of it, as any young man his age would, but in a different way because [of] the hard work that has gone in and led to the dream that has become a reality. And every time you have an opportunity do something incredible, I tell him to do his best and be conscious that what you're doing today should last forever and eternity."
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