On Monday, Hollywood played host the world premiere for what is arguably this year’s hottest blockbuster, Iron Man 2. The film, which releases to theaters on May 7th, was directed by Jon Favreau and features the return of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. The sequel also adds Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson to an already amazing cast.
Iron Man 2 is the first sequel to the latest series of Marvel films that focus on the SHIELD program storyline. If you’ll remember, The Incredible Hulk ended with Tony Stark in a bar, talking with General Ross about a collaboration with the world’s new breed of superhero. You may also recall Samuel L. Jackson’s appearance at the end of the first Iron Man movie as Nick Fury, a role he’ll reprise for Iron Man 2.
The world’s been waiting for quite a while for a new video from Christina Aguilera and we’ll finally get one this week. In the days prior to the launch, the press is being treated to a shot from the video each day of the week.
The video for “Not Myself Tonight” will be the first from her new album, Bionic, which releases June 8th. The album will be Aguilera’s first release since 2006. In the time off, Aguilera has had a son, who she says was a big inspiration for the new album.
Despite her recent pregnancy, Aguilera has obviously used her time off to regain her amazing figure. If anything, it looks like she’s packing a little more junk in the trunk, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like that?
In celebration of Hole’s newest album, “Nobody’s Daughter,” Courtney Love was out and about on Saturday night, hosting at Las Vegas’ TAO bistro. Love spent most of the night in a skybox, where she was presented with a cake and sat drinking sparkling water.
Around 1AM she took to the stage for an impromptu performance. Courtney made a throwback reference to MTV Unplugged and followed with “Pacific Coast Highway” and “Someone Else’s Bed,” accompanied by Mico on guitar.
Though most would hate to admit it, Love looks pretty good. It’s amazing what a night of sobriety can do.
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 24: Courtney Love and Miko Larkin celebrate the release of "Nobody's Daughter" at TAO Nightclub at the Venetian on April 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Melissa Etheridge has been in the news lately, as she split with her longtime partner Tammy Etheridge (formerly Tammy Lynn Michaels) and also released a new record – Fearless Love. On the musical front, not much has changed for Melissa according to Jeff Giles:
Seventeen years later, Etheridge isn’t quite the radio mainstay she once was, but she’s still doing exactly what she’s always done – to a fault, in fact. The last decade has seen her release a pair of live albums, a Christmas album, and a greatest hits collection, in addition to four albums of new material – and Fearless Love, her latest, suggests it might be time for a vacation. It’s certainly a step back from 2007’s The Awakening, which found her using those reach-for-the-sky choruses in service of a spiritual, autobiographical song cycle; in contrast, Fearless Love comes loaded for bear with a dozen tracks of platitudes as corny as its title.