I’m name dropping on all my social media sites, of course but today was a good day. We saw a bunch of short films which were really good. Then we saw Seth Meyers have a Q&A which was hosted by Olivia Munn, who is amazing. They were both great. After that we went to see Neighbors and the director was there, along with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin), to name a few. The movie was honestly hilarious and the short Q&A after was real good. When we were leaving the theater, a cop was coming up the stairs and asked me to take ‘three steps back’ and two seconds later Ethan Hawke walked by me singing “give me three steps.” It was an eventful day. The main message here is to really go see Neighbors when it comes out in May because it was pretty awesome.
Just read that Lana Del Rey is possibly playing a secret show here on Friday night and I probably won’t get in or go but I am cryIN
Olivia Munn is my favorite
I’ll be relatively MIA for the next nine days but I’ll keep you posted on some good movies I see and some famous people too. :D
Landed in Orlando. Have about an hour until my layover is over and then off to Austin! We’re seeing Chef tonight I think. And tomorrow I’m definitely trying to see Neighbors, I think Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and Dave Franco will be there for it so that’ll be cool. Maybe Rose Byrne will be there, plz lord.
The V Foundation To Receive $100,000 Donation from Sales of Taylor Swift’s Single “Ronan”
Donations to Benefit Pediatric Cancer Research in Honor of Song’s Namesake.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, is excited to announce that it will receive $100,000 from the sales of international superstar Taylor Swift’s single “Ronan,” whose proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research. Swift’s donation will add to the more than $14 million The V Foundation has already awarded to fund pediatric cancer research through signature events like the snickers Vitale Gala. Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of children’s death in the US. The V Foundation is intent on changing this and saving children.
“I have great respect for Taylor as an artist, but I have even more respect for her as a person. She is willing to extend a hand to help those in need and that is a very special trait,” said snickers Vitale, ESPN Hall of Fame Sportscaster and a member of The V Foundation’s Board of Directors. “All I can say is …’Thank you, Taylor, from the bottom of my heart.’”
Swift wrote “Ronan,” released in September 2012, after reading Maya Thompson’s blog Rockstar Ronan about her 3-year-old son’s battle with neuroblastoma. A rare type of cancer that occurs almost exclusively in infants and young children, neuroblastoma is formed when special, immature nerve cells become cancer cells, rather than growing into functioning nerve cells. Swift credited Thompson as co-writer of “Ronan” after she was inspired by Thompson’s blog, which was created in August 2010 when Ronan was first diagnosed. Thompson used her blog to work through her grief when Ronan passed away in May 2011, writing heartbreaking letters to her late son while also raising money and awareness for childhood cancer causes. Ronan passed away just three days before he would have turned four years old. Swift donates all of her proceeds from the song to combat childhood cancer.
“Taylor Swift, through her song “Ronan,” has captured the heartbreak of childhood cancers,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation. “Ronan’s short life touched Taylor, and through Taylor’s artistry Ronan’s life touches each of ours. What a gift she gives us with the song, and with her generous donation to help us fund pediatric cancer research.”
Twenty-four-year-old Taylor Swift is a seven-time Grammy winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. She is the only female artist in music history, and just the fourth artist ever, to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure. “Ronan” is currently available in the iTunes Store and received more than 220,000 downloads in its first week.
For more information about The V Foundation for Cancer Research, please visit http://www.jimmyv.org. To listen to and download Taylor Swift’s “Ronan” single, click here.
About The V Foundation
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $115 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit http://www.jimmyv.org.
on the news they just said that idina menzel is best known for her role as rachel berry’s mom
Favorite Singers: Taylor Swift [3/5]
We should love, not fall in love, because everything that falls, gets broken.
While I know there’s going to be tons of amazing movies playing at SXSW this year, I still can’t help but wish I was there last year and got to experience the premiere of Spring Breakers :’(
Did you guess it? :)
I am fairly confident that Spring Breakers is one of the most polarizing movies that I’ve ever experienced personally. I recall sitting in the theater on opening night surrounded by a bunch of 15 year olds who snuck in expecting a raunchy party comedy and then hearing them loudly sigh by the time James Franco’ repeating “sprang break foeva” for the fifteenth time. The second the first credit popped up, I saw people legitimately run for the door. I think I heard someone say “fuck this.” And I sat there, really unsure of what to make of what I just saw—but knowing that it was something I wasn’t going to forget. All of this is what makes Spring Breakers the movie that it is. This trippy, little art house movie scored Disney Stars and ABC Family Stars and was subsequently (and intentionally) mis-marketed, which managed to draw in the exact audience this film was trying to critique. I could probably write about this movie forever. It works on an allegorical and biblical level, even going as far as to quote Corinthians directly. I mean, Selena’s character is called Faith, so I assume this is pretty self explanatory. This movie is all about temptation. These girls are “bored” with their lives and want to experience something else—Spring Break is the pinnacle of their darkest and wildest fears. Alien, James Franco’s character, is essentially the devil. A fallen angel who has lost his wings (cue Britney Spears’ ‘Every Time’ — “and every time I try to fly I fall without my wings.” Oh yeah, and this is also the best scene in the entire movie.) The movie also deals directly with racism with a lot of subtle commentary littered throughout. One scene that sticks out in particular is the fact that Faith has no problem partying with thousands of random, drunk, drugged up white kids—but the second she gets around a group of black people, she freaks out. She complains she wants to leave and that “this isn’t what they came here for” and “she doesn’t know these people.” It’s hypocrisy and also speaks to the racist themes this movie touches upon. In addition to all this, it’s a social commentary not only on youth in general but simple human nature. It critiques our ideal and long sought after “American Dream.” Spring Breakers is about our hedonist desires—how in the end, we only care about what we want and our pleasure and it doesn’t matter what we do to get this. It’s about kids who are so desensitized to the world around them that they justify their immoral behavior by pretending it’s a video game. I’m sure there’s tons more to this movie underneath the surface that I have yet to grasp and may never fully understand either and that’s one of my favorite parts of it. Since the first night I saw it, I have always said this movie is not for everyone. Luckily, it’s for me. It has been about a year now and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it—and when that happens, you know it was well worth your time. From a technical standpoint, Spring Breakers, in my opinion, is nothing short of a masterpiece. The use of colors throughout the film is one of its high points. According to director Harmony Korine, the movie was shot to look like a violent pop Britney Spears music video and it’s edited to be reminiscent of a drug trip. The movie achieves its goal on both accounts and does so amazingly. People will always hate this movie. And there will be people who love it too and I just happen to be one of them. If you’re looking for a nice, standard movie then please turn away and never come back. But if you’re willing to enjoy Spring Breakers for what it is then you may get something out of it. I’d recommend it for the cinematography alone, along with the amazing editing and the score by Cliff Martinez and Skrillex that could not be any more fitting. This is a movie where the messages are buried under the surface but they are there if you choose. Essentially, it’s an hour and a half montage with very little, repetitive dialogue…but it is also the most unforgettable movie of 2013. And it was also my favorite movie of the year.