Fan Art Fridays: Happy Birthday, Zedd!

zedd fan artZedd turned 27 today!

Seems like the birthday boy is pumping some “Adrenaline” for his special day, as his new track was released today.

“Adrenaline” is a collaboration with up-and-coming producers Grey. They’re so mysterious. I want to know more about them…

In honor of Zedd’s birthday, I’ve selected this incredible piece of fan art I found on Instagram by sirenmonkeyofficial. It really shows off his “True Colors.”

Enjoy “Adrenaline” below and view the original fan art here.

 

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Fan Art Fridays: Visionary Music Group’s Jon Bellion

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In honor of the premiere of the music video for “Beautiful Now” by Zedd ft. Jon Bellion, I present to you none other than Visionary Music Group’s most prized possession.

Jon Bellion has a very distinctive face. I like his face. I also like his voice.

See the original on Tumblr, and watch “Beautiful Now” below!

May Favorites: Sprouse Twins Graduate from NYU, Rebel Wilson’s Lies & Richard Prince’s $90K Instagrams

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Summer is supposedly here, but I’ve somehow gone back to wearing my spring jacket.

Get it together, Mother Nature!

May is a special month for me, seeing that it’s my birthday month and all, so I decided to do this month’s favorites in a podcast!

Enjoy! Here are the links, photos, and videos I talk about in the podcast:

Favorite News Articles

1. The Sprouse Twins graduated from NYU! (Also, watch the Gawker interview with Dylan Sprouse).

2. Rebel Wilson’s got some explaining to.

3. Richard Prince is selling Instagrams for $90,000.

4. Ed Sheeran is the royal baby.

5. The Mindy Project is soon to be a Hulu original!

Favorite Music

1. “Beautiful Now” by Zedd feat. Jon Bellion.

2. “The Sea” by Parov Stellar.

3. “Haunt/A Light” by Seoul.

4. “Annie” by Neon Indian.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

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Favorite TV Episodes

1. Younger, “Sk8.”

2. The Grace Helbig Show, “Lance Bass, James Corden, Hannah Hart, Naha Armády.”

Favorite YouTube Videos

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Let me know if you guys like the podcast format of monthly favorites! Happy June!

Movie Review: Zedd’s ‘Moment of Clarity’ Mini-Documentary

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“It all started with a moment of clarity,” says Zedd, reminiscing on the moment he wrote “Clarity” (feat. Foxes), the hit song that brought him into the spotlight.

The 25-year-old DJ and producer’s mini-documentary, Moment of Clarity, gives fans a behind the scenes look at last years world tour of the same name.

In the documentary, we learn that the crew only had a grand total of 8-hours of rehearsal for the tour. If they hadn’t said anything I wouldn’t have noticed, because the edits of the tour scenes were superb.

Zedd is such a busy body that one of his band members believes there are two of him, one relaxed version of him at the piano, “and another one answering emails, because he gets stuff done!”

In one part of the video, Zedd is watching his fans on Twitter tweet about the leak of “Stay the Night,” a song he recorded with Hayley Williams. “Sh*t happens,” he said after getting off the phone with his manager.

The funniest parts of this documentary are the story of how he ended up producing three songs for Lady Gaga’s Artpop and his response to how he’s holding up on the tour.

“I bought a juicer,” he tells the journalist. The scene should have cut to a smoothie tutorial. That would have been perfect.

The documentary features appearances by Skrillex, Hayley Williams, Foxes and Matthew Koma.

Watch the documentary on Vevo.

Movie Review: ‘Now You See Me’

Yesterday I went to the movies with my mom to watch the film Now You See Me.

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My mother is obsessed with winning money, so when she saw the trailer for the film she went crazy.

The movie was directed by Louis Leterrier. Now you See Me is considered a caper film, which is a subgenre of crime fiction.

It all begins with four magicians, Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), a card magician, Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), daredevil magician in a tank of piranhas, Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), a metal bender magician, and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), the mentalist, each performing their tricks solo in a series of  four different scenes.

My favorite was Merritt McKinney’s mentalist hypnotism of a couple. He scams a woman’s husband into paying him off to make her forget that he admitted to fooling around with her sister. Too good!

Each of the four magicians is slipped a tarot card by a mysterious man in a hoodie. On the back of each card is an address to a NYC apartment and a time to be there. At the apartment we learn that Henley used to be Daniel’s assistant.  The only reason she quit was because Daniel kept telling her she was too fat to fit in the box to perform the “girl gets sawed in half” trick.

In the apartment the four search for a light source to find that the light switch activates a hologram. This hologram is a plan for what will become the magic act of “The Four Horsemen.”

The first show is in Las Vegas. For the final trick, the Four Horsemen ask a person in the audience which bank they would like them to rob. After McKinney hypnotizes the person, they sign a playing card. They then place a teleportation device on their head and tell them to step into the machine that will take them to the bank.

After placing the signed playing card in the middle of the money in the safe, all of the money gets sucked through a vent and rains all over the audience in Las Vegas.

The next day, the FBI takes the Four Horesmen and the audience member in for questioning. As usual, Jesse Eisenberg ends up playing the smart guy, telling FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) a piece of his mind. “The closer you look, the less you’ll see,” he tells Rhodes before undoing his handcuffs and placing them on Rhodes with his mind. The key ends up in the can of diet Coke, which spills all over the table.

The Four Horsemen perform two more shows—one in New Orleans and another in NYC. All the while, Agent Rhodes and Interpol Agent Alma Gray try to find out how to capture these guys and accuse them of robbery. Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), an ex-magician who makes money off of exposing magicians, helps the agents try to figure out how they are doing their nifty trick.

Oh, how the tables turn by the end of the film. It’ll leave you laughing and screaming, “I knew it!!”

I really enjoyed the film and so did my mom.

I especially loved the New Orleans show scene, where the Four Horsemen give all the audience members their money back from Arthur Tressler, the Four Horsemen’s sponsor, who embezzled money from the Hurricane Katrina victims through his insurance company. The Four Horsemen bring Tressler’s huge $144 million dollar check out onto the stage along with a large flashlight. As the flashlight shines over the dollar amount on the check, the value goes down and into the audience member’s bank accounts! It was so great. Justice was definitely served!

I also really loved the fact that Jesse Eisenberg’s hair was straightened in this film. It looks amazing that way!

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The soundtrack for this film was definitely well chosen. As the Four Horsemen come out onto the stage for the Las Vegas show, “Codec” by Zedd plays. I am a huge Zedd fan, so that really made me happy.

If you’re contemplating seeing this film, contemplate no longer! Just go see it! It was totally worth it.