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  1. By Sowmya Krishnamurthy Everyone is talking about Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" music video. The Kanye-helmed visual recreates the psychedelic, hyper-sensory experience of the Watch the Throne tour, taking a bulk of footage from their Los Angeles shows and coupling it with dazzling onstage imagery, strobes and live audience reactions. The result: a pulsating, kaleidoscopic and possibly seizure-inducing good time. RapFix spoke to L.A. filmmaker Russell Sanzgiri, who worked with Ye' on the Spike Jonze mini flick "We Were Once A Fairytale," and also to break down the eye-catching visuals from a director's perspective. 'N----s In Paris' Video: Best Still Shots The images beginning in concentric circles and then repeated over and over in different patterns is based in a general style called fractals. "The main technique used in the video is Split screen. They really just took an image and mirrored it on the other side of the frame and made really interesting choices in the edits of the camera moves," Sanzgiri says. He adds that there was probably an immense amount of footage that had to be sifted through before arriving at the final cut. Although the basic technique itself isn't new or even that difficult for most editors, the level of expertise seen in "N--as In Paris" shows an exceptional artistic eye at work. "This was painstakingly edited and it goes well to the beat too, so they took their time with this...I think to make a video as interesting and as fun as this, they had to love it," Sanzgiri says. Kanye West, Jay-Z Add Live Vocals To 'N----s In Paris' Video This is no surprise, since Kanye has always been lauded for having a unique creative perspective. "He's very specific. He really knows what he wants out of something and knows what he doesn't like," Sanzgiri remembers from working with the superstar on We Were Once A Fairytale. Kanye was extremely hands-on when it came to how his image was portrayed during that project. The consummate Renaissance man, he drew inspirations from a myriad of sources. Says Sanzgiri, "Kanye is pretty well-versed in modern art and design, architecture and visual artists as well as musical artists and filmmakers," and that has definitely shaped his keen eye. [url=http://rapfix.mtv.com/2012/02/10/russell-sanzgiri-kanye-west-niggas-in-paris-video/]View the full article[/url]
  2. El Debarge says his famous incarcerated brother has a serious beef with jailmate Conrad Murray ... but El is confident the two can eventually work things out ... if Conrad plays his cards right. As TMZ first reported, James and Murray are both being&hellip; </p> [url=http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/10/conrad-murray-michael-jackson-debarge-jail/]View the full article[/url]
  3. [img]http://moviesblog.mtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/darth_maul.jpg[/img] "[url="http://www.mtv.com/movies/movie/135080/moviemain.jhtml"]Star Wars: Episode I[/url]" returns to theaters today, in 3D. But let’s flash back for a few moments to May 19th, 1999 – the day “The Phantom Menace” was originally released. If you were a die-hard “Star Wars” fan, like I was, you were going to see this movie regardless of what the critics wrote about it. You ached to hear, once again, that familiar yet exciting 20th Century Fox fanfare before reading the opening crawl. You may have camped out on a dirty sidewalk for hours, days, weeks even, just so you could be one of the first to experience it. But if you weren’t one of “those” fans, you might have waited and checked out the reviews before making the decision to see “The Phantom Menace.” The following is a sampling of what you’d have read. [b]The Story[/b] “The plot has something to do with a trade embargo being waged against a small planet called Naboo, an embargo that turns out to be a disguise for a planned full-scale invasion. We’re never told what this tiny planet could possibly be worth to the enormous Trade Federation (the way we understand, in the first “Star Wars,” what the baddies stand to gain from the elimination of the rebel forces), so the story’s basic conflict has no weight.” – Charles Taylor, [url="http://www.salon.com/1999/05/19/star_wars_2/"]Salon.com[/url] [b]The Look[/b] “There are new places here--new kinds of places. Consider the underwater cities, floating in their transparent membranes. The Senate chamber, a vast sphere with senators arrayed along the inside walls, and speakers floating on pods in the center. And other places: the cityscape with the waterfall that has a dizzying descent through space. And the other cities: one city Venetian, with canals, another looking like a hothouse version of imperial Rome, and a third that seems to have grown out of desert sands.” – Roger Ebert, [url="http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19990517/REVIEWS/905170301"]Chicago Sun-Times[/url] [b]The Gungan[/b] “Yoda puts in a cameo, but the film's designated alien is Jar Jar Binks, a rabbit-eared ambulatory lizard whose pidgin English degenerates from pseudo-Caribbean patois to Teletubby gurgle. (Although Jar Jar can be construed as grotesquely Third World and the fish faces talk like Fu Manchu, the most blatant ethnic stereotype is the hook-nosed merchant insect who owns young Anakin.) Jar Jar and his fellow Gungans suck the oxygen out of every scene; their human costars seem understandably asphyxiated.” – J. Hoberman, [url="http://www.villagevoice.com/1999-05-18/film/all-droid-up/"]The Village Voice[/url] [b]The Kid[/b] “Based on what we see here, it doesn't seem like such an ineffable mystery that this kid will end up a wheezing, intergalactic power-mongering control freak. A slave boy who already fashions himself a Jedi knight, Anakin is a precocious brat -- the kind of kid who, in our own galaxy, might commandeer a playground and run everybody else off the jungle gym. If the psychological richness of the Star Wars movies is grounded in Darth Vader's movement in and out of the light, then it may be high time to create a new myth -- i.e., a new franchise.” – Peter Rainer, [url="http://nymag.com/nymetro/movies/reviews/64"]New York Magazine[/url] [b]The Final Word[/b] “Nothing could live up to the hype of this film. Nothing. "Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace" is a movie. It's not the Second Coming. It's not even the First Coming, depending on your religious stance. It's just a movie. ... And while I'm saddened to report that it's a deeply flawed film in terms of both story line and character development, I'm happy to note that visually it's a marvel.” – Paul Clinton, [url="http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Movies/9905/13/review.phantom.menace/"]CNN.com[/url] [url="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2012/02/10/star-wars-phantom-menace-reviews/"][img]http://mtv.mtvnimages.com/uri/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:732667?height=288&width=512[/img][/url] [url="http://www.mtv.com/videos/movies/732667/talk-nerdy-bourne-spiderman-and-phantom-menace.jhtml#name=news&id=1673762"]"Phantom Menace" discussed this week in Talk Nerdy![/url]</p> [url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2012/02/10/star-wars-phantom-menace-reviews/]View the full article[/url]
  4. Reuters - The post-surgery voice of British singer Adele was heard by U.S. television audiences on Friday as she sang an impressive a cappella version of her hit song, Rolling In The Deep. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20120210/music_nm/us_adele]View the full article[/url]
  5. NY Giants star running back Ahmad Bradshaw has apparently developed an extra-special relationship with former "Jersey Shore" star Angelina Pivarnick ... TMZ has learned ... but the Staten Island Dump insists they're NOT officially dating. Angelina&hellip; </p> [url=http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/10/ahmad-bradshaw-angelina-jersey-shore-dating/]View the full article[/url]
  6. AP - San Francisco is honoring legendary crooner Tony Bennett, whose famous song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, was recorded 50 years ago. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120210/ap_en_mu/us_tony_bennett_san_francisco]View the full article[/url]
  7. AP - Mary J. Blige brought out plenty of emotion as she performed in front of a packed house to support one of her favorite charities. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120210/ap_en_mu/us_music_grammywatch_mary_j_blige]View the full article[/url]
  8. AP - Losing has never felt better to The Band Perry. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120210/ap_en_mu/us_music_grammywatch_the_band_perry]View the full article[/url]
  9. AP - Jason Aldean usually maintains a fairly steely demeanor, yet country music's hottest new male star admits to being more than a little excited about his three Grammy nominations. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120210/ap_en_mu/us_music_grammywatch_jason_aldean]View the full article[/url]
  10. AP - Bret Michaels isn't above stealing a Grammy. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120210/ap_en_mu/us_music_grammywatch_one_night_only]View the full article[/url]
  11. Matt Lauer has softened his position about leaving "Today" in December at the end of his contract -- that is, if NBC antes up a record amount of money.Sources connected to NBC tell TMZ ... Lauer was done with "Today" and wanted out -- but the&hellip; </p> [url=http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/10/matt-lauer-today-contract/]View the full article[/url]
  12. Months before skyrocketing to fame on the cast of "Glee," Mark Salling was a tree-hugging bird-loving acoustic-guitar-playing hippie-dippie park squatter -- and we got the footage to prove it!You see, Mark -- an outspoken bird advocate -- is a&hellip; </p> [url=http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/10/glee-star-mark-salling-bird-song/]View the full article[/url]
  13. Nate Dogg's world-famous rap friends turned their backs on the singer when he needed them most ... refusing to pitch in one cent towards his medical costs ... this according Nate's former associate, who's on the hook for the $300k bill. TMZ broke&hellip; </p> [url=http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/10/nate-dogg-abandoned-friends/]View the full article[/url]
  14. Michael Lohan is finally gearing up to ask the burning question that may or may not have been on his mind for years -- "Would you like fries with that?"Sources tell TMZ, Michael filed an application with a local Burger King in Palm Beach, Florida&hellip; </p> [url=http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/10/michael-lohan-burger-king/]View the full article[/url]
  15. Shemar Moore spent his Sunday drowning in a sea of half-naked, hard-bodied* party chicks ... at a CRAZY lingerie bash at his L.A. home ... and TMZ has the pics. Technically, it was a Super Bowl party ... but with all the scantily clad people running&hellip; </p> [url=http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/10/shemar-moore-lingerie-party-super-bowl/]View the full article[/url]
  16. Ahhh... I still say African Booty Scratcher today as a throwback comeback lol

  17. AP - Rap music mogul Marion Suge Knight is facing a March court date in Las Vegas following his arrest on a 2009 traffic warrant and a new misdemeanor drug charge, authorities said Thursday. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120210/ap_en_mu/us_rap_mogul_arrest_vegas]View the full article[/url]
  18. Who says Hollywood’s all about acting? In fact, more and more of the industry’s hottest starlets are making the transition from the silver screen to behind the movie camera. Angelina Jolie‘s directorial feature, In the Land of Blood and Honey, made a splash this year when it was nominated for a Golden Globe. Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore‘s...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-02-09/courteney-cox-angelina-jolie-more-actresses-who-became-directors-photos/]View the full article[/url]
  19. AP - Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man convicted of threatening to kill Madonna who walked away from a Los Angeles-area mental hospital last week. [url=http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/music/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120210/ap_en_mu/us_madonna_stalker]View the full article[/url]
  20. They’re growing up before our eyes! Kendall and Kylie Jenner look absolutely stunning in a new photo shoot with celeb photographer Nick Saglimbeni. Kylie tweeted: “Check out this amazing photo @NickSaglimbeni shot! We will be leaking more next week!” We’re definitely staying tuned for more! Both girls are becoming staples in the modeling world — but their...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-02-09/kendall-kylie-jenner-rock-nick-saglimbeni-shoot-photo/]View the full article[/url]
  21. Can you think of a better Valentine’s Day treat?! If you find yourself sans sweetheart this year, don’t worry because Celebuzz is here to play Cupid! (Sort of). One very lucky reader will get a personal phone call from a member of Nickelodeon’s hit boy band Big Time Rush on February 14! That’s right, you’ll...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-02-09/win-a-valentines-day-phone-call-from-big-time-rush/]View the full article[/url]
  22. After Karl Lagerfeld called her “a little too fat” in a recent interview, Adele puts it all out there in the new issue of People by talking about her weight and body image. “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines,” she says. “I represent the majority of women and I’m...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-02-09/adele-responds-to-karl-lagerfelds-too-fat-comment/]View the full article[/url]
  23. Move over, Kristen Stewart! There’s a new vampire in town! Selena Gomez has replaced Miley Cyrus in Adam Sandler‘s new flick, Hotel Transylvania. A rep for Sandler has confirmed to E! Online that Gomez is signed to voice Dracula’s daughter — a role that was previously given to Cyrus. Although Miley has yet to release...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-02-09/selena-gomez-replaces-miley-cyrus-in-adam-sandlers-hotel-transylvania/]View the full article[/url]
  24. Ashley Tisdale is returning to TV with a bang! The former Hellcats actress will appear in Raising Hope‘s Valentine’s Day episode and word has it that her cameo will certainly raise a few eyebrows as well. In the upcoming special, Ashley plays Mary-Louise, an aspiring actress who is hired by Jimmy (Lucas Neff) to be his fake...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-02-09/ashley-tisdale-strips-down-seduces-lucas-neff-in-new-raising-hope-episode-video/]View the full article[/url]
  25. It’s been a big week for Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. His hit show The Voice premiered in its second season on Super Bowl Sunday, Terry Richardson posted pics from their photo shoot and it was announced that he’s starting a record label. The rocker has already signed his first guy to 222 Records and...Read more» [url=http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-02-09/adam-levine-signs-glee-guy-to-new-label-poses-for-terry-richardson-photos/]View the full article[/url]
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