music videos

Lia Sophia Cubist ring as seen on Nicki Minaj

by Jamie Sanford on August 22, 2011

Today we have an item as seen in a music video.  This time it is Nicki Minaj in the “Where Them Girls At” video, which is a collabo between Nicki, Flo Rida and David Guetta.  Here’s a look at the video.

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Nicki looks fabulous in the video, as always.

My friend Cindy emailed me to let me know that the fabulous ring that Nicki is rocking here is from Lia Sophia.  If you haven’t been introduced to Lia Sophia, it is a great catalog-driven jewelry line.  If you haven’t been invited to a Lia Sophia party yet, you probably will soon, it is getting more and more popular.

Anyway, Nicki is wearing the Cubist ring:

It’s really cute.  Here’s the description:

A wide band of matte gold is boldly crowned with a glistening cube of black diamond cut crystals individually set and squared up across the top and all four sides.

I like the style of this, gold isn’t really my thing but I do like the cube.

The Lia Sophia Cubist ring is available for $110, but will most likely cost less if you pair it in with whatever Lia Sophia special is running at the time.  (Actually, I just checked out the Lia Sophia main site and they have a whole section showing celebrities wearing their items! Click here to check it out.)

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Britney Spears has a new video! Here’s the link to “Hold It Against Me,” or you can watch it below.

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If you didn’t have a seizure from the jump cutting, let’s continue.

This is not even in my top 5 Britney videos. I am seriously disappointed.

I had high hopes for the video, I really like the song, I think it’s a fantastic dance track and since I have appropriate expectations when it comes to my Britney Spears content, I am fine with that. Even the teasers for the clip looked pretty promising and so I was excited for it.  Plus, Jonas Akerlund directed and that’s pretty much always a good situation.

Example: Lady Gaga & Beyonce, “Telephone”

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Yeah, that’s a serious music video.

Anyway, so you have to look at this in gif or image format to get a good look at anything, so I’ll share some of that here.

She looks pretty but the dress doesn’t really fit.

I don’t love this hair but again, she looks good. My problem is that we never see her for long enough to form an opinion.

SEXY! That, my friends, is Britney Spears. She can still do it – I wish I knew why they didn’t show it to us in this music video.

Anyway, there are lots of interpretations of the clip online.  The white dress and the being surrounded by videos from her past, then the destroying it all with paint, that’s Britney moving into the future.  She’s fighting herself too?

Manager to Britney Spears, Larry Rudolph, was talking in an interview about the public and private Britney and how they are sometimes at odds with each other.  Larry – anyone who knows anything about Britney’s “private” time knows that she generally doesn’t look this good when she’s not being “public” Britney.  I don’t see any Uggs in this fight.

Anyway, I think the only way to finish this post is to feature my Top 5 Britney Spears videos.  This is no easy feat, as Britney has made something like 30 videos.  Anyway, here we go.  These are in no particular order.

“Stronger”

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I know that everyone loves the “Baby One More Time” video and I do too, and while also really love the “Oops I Did It Again” clip (especially that white outfit during the second verse where she just looks so gorgeous), this video was the first one where I thought Britney was really sexy.  The Wikipedia article on Britney’s videography has this amazing description of the video.

Set in a semi-futuristic world, Spears is seen breaking up with her boyfriend who is cheating, driving a car through a thunderstorm, and performing intricate choreography upon a chair.

“I’m A Slave 4 U”

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This is the Britney Spears video that most people agree on.  Everyone likes this, everyone agrees that the song is great and the video is super hot.  Britney’s body was ripped, the dancing was ON, it all worked.  A sign of things to come with videos from the Britney album.

“Toxic”

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The second video from the In the Zone album, naked sparkly Britney shows up looking stunning, between the plot  involving Britney as a sexy spy taking on her nemesis, a hot guy who has clearly wronged her in some way.  Lots of wig changes and outfits.  The song and video are both amazing.

I really love the video for “My Prerogative” but since it doesn’t have the dancing, I am putting it aside in this list.  It is probably number 6 or 7 though.

“If You Seek Amy”

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I love this video! The song is sort of silly, but I stopped caring when I saw Britney in the midst of some hottie sex party.  This was filmed while she was on tour, so the tour dancers are in the video and while it isn’t traditional dancing in front of a camera, I like the dancing a lot.  There’s a moment involving a hot dancer at the top of the stairs after Britney puts on the pink and white outfit that is my favorite.

“3 (Director’s Cut)”

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The regular version of this clip is great, but the director’s cut is just a bit sexier and so I’ll share that version here.  I really love this video, the previous one had been “Radar” which was a completely different feeling, being more about having a plot.  This video is about dancing and sexiness. Britney does some choreographed dancing and looks great.  I think this might be my current favorite.

What’s your favorite Britney Spears video? Or are you like me and have to pick a top 5?

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100 Films in 2011: Men in Black

by Jamie Sanford on February 9, 2011

Still behind.  Either way, I caught this movie on TV and watched it over the weekend.

8. Men in Black (Not available on Netflix Instant Watch)

I don’t remember if I saw this movie back in 1997 when it came out, but I remember one thing from that time—

Will Smith got sexy all of a sudden!  In the “Men in Black” video! My friend Christina and I did not go to high school together, sadly, but we talked a lot, and once we had cars, hung out a lot too.  I have a specific memory of talking about this with her and having her comment on how Will Smith’s dancing in the music video is SEXY.  The steps are pretty basic but Will Smith brings out some swagger here that has lasted, because he is still hot.

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Anyway, back to the movie.  It’s classic summer blockbuster fare, and I think it is mostly really entertaining.  It’s a comedy with some action in it.  I would have recast Linda Fiorentino with another actress, but I think that I am not a big fan of hers in general.  I also just read that Tommy Lee Jones was a second choice to Harrison Ford, and I can’t imagine the movie without the Agent K that we know and love.

Men in Black is available on DVD from Amazon for $8.99.

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