Arts bites: Sept. 30, 2009

MJ’s desire to save Hitler

Since his death in July, rediscovered interviews with Michael Jackson seem to be a favourite headline among music publications.

Last week the Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul In Intimate Conversation was released, offering intelligent, world-altering insights into the life of Michael Jackson.

For instance he was too shy to ask Princess Diana out, believed that Madonna was in love with him and that he could have “saved Hitler”, had he been given a mere hour to spend with the dictator.

It’s probably time for the posthumous-releases industry to slow down and rethink their existence.

-Sarah Murphy

Twilight author hits again

If there was ever a clear-cut sign that hell is about to freeze over, Twilight author Stephanie Meyer has supposedly reached a deal that will bring her other, non-vampire, romance novel The Host to the big screen.

The story deals with alien-like creatures using humans as host bodies to create their own version of society, or something like that.

Filming is scheduled to begin mid-2010 and the film is set for release later that year.

I am pretty sure I speak for all intelligent beings when I say that we can wait until the film hits DVD; or never.

-Wade Thompson

Worst music video of 2009?

Little Jimmy Brooks from the show Degrassi has left behind the world of wheelchair basketball for the rap industry. Now known as “Drake”, the Toronto-based rapper somehow managed to snag a collaboration with Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem on the track “Forever”.

While the song is a solid effort, it’s actually one of the most awkward videos in recent history.

None of the rappers appear together in the same frame, so to bring some excitement to the screen there are random clips of basketball players throughout the video.

In Kanye’s own words – “I used to want this shit forever, y’all can have it back.”

-Sarah Murphy