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Music Video Review: Lady Gaga, “G.U.Y.”

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Music Video Review: Lady Gaga, “G.U.Y.”

Two months ago, after it became clear that the music video for “Do What U Want,” the second single from Lady Gaga’s latest album, Artpop, was unlikely to ever see the light of day, the singer took to her fan forum to explain:

“[The video] is late because, just like with the Applause video unfortunately, I was given a week to plan and execute it. It is very devastating for someone like me, I devote every moment of my life to creating fantasies for you. All my my [sic] most successful videos were planned over a period of time when I was rested and my creativity was honored. Those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time and health and left me on my own to damage control any problems that ensued as a result.”

Mother Martyr continued:

“The next few months of ARTPOP will truly be its beginning. Because those who did not care about ARTPOP’s success are now gone, and the dreams I have been planning can now come to fruition…Let me be for you the Goddess that I know I truly am, let me show you the visions that have been in my mind for two years.”

More than four months after the album’s release, it seems Gaga is finally getting around to keeping that promise. Except it feels less like a beginning and more like a last gasp (Artpop currently sits at #156 on the Billboard album chart). “G.U.Y.” is a receptacle—a veritable dumping ground, really—for all of the visual ideas Gaga had hoped to explore throughout the life of the album, including those for erstwhile second single “Venus.”

Following the comparatively brief clip for “Applause,” “G.U.Y.” returns Gaga to her previous visual excesses. Shot over six days last month at the San Simeon, California estate of publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst, the seven-minute “short film” recalls the pop star’s first epic production, the superior “Paparazzi,” and not just because the location’s European architecture is similar to that of the Bel Air manse where the previous video was shot. “G.U.Y.” likewise revisits Gaga’s perennial theme of fame, with cameos by the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and YouTuber SkyDoesMinecraft ostensibly intended as a comment on reality stardom, though it’s not entirely clear.

It begins promisingly and strikingly, with a winged Gaga lying in a barren field littered with money. She’s been shot out of the sky by men in suits, no doubt an allegory for the artist’s fall from grace by what she perceives to be the business interests of the industry and media. She crawls to the doorstep of Hearst Castle, where she’s taken to the pool and reborn as…apparently Donatella Versace. From there, things take a turn for the muddled, with the seashells-by-the-seashore motif of “Venus” represented by synchronized swimmers paying homage to the 1952 Esther Williams movie Million Dollar Mermaid, and some kind of cloning operation using the DNA of Michael Jackson, Jesus Christ, and Gandhi. Oh, and Bravo’s Andy Cohen is Zeus.

A throwback to the singer’s early hit “LoveGame” that she describes as “new-wave feminism,” “G.U.Y.” purports to teach us “new and exciting positions,” but it’s ultimately just the same old missionary style. For a song about sex, the video is tragically unsexy.

Gaga takes the stage for seven shows at the soon-to-be-shuttered Roseland Ballroom in New York City beginning Friday. Despite numerous inquiries, we still haven’t been invited.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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