Before ‘Part Of Me’ is released, MTV News takes a look back at recent concert flicks from fellow pop stars like Justin Bieber.
By Jocelyn Vena
After rumors hit the Web earlier this year that the pop singer was in talks to bring her brand of cotton-candy eye candy to a theater near you, on Wednesday, MTV News confirmed that the flick, named after her current Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection single, will be the latest spectacle to hit the cineplex.
Over the last few years, it has become quite popular for pop stars to film their concerts and bring them to theaters in 3-D. Perry now joins the ranks of “Glee,” Miley Cyrus (and her alter-ego Hannah Montana), the Jonas Brothers, Michael Jackson, and, of course, Justin Bieber. So, in the end, did those movies live up to the hype?
“Glee: The 3D Concert Movie”
Released in August 2011, the “Glee” concert movie opened to lots of promotion and hype. Given all the buzz and fandom around the TV show, it seemed poised for big-screen success. However, in its disappointing first week at the box office, it grossed just $5.7 million and landed in 11th place.
“Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”
Justin Bieber hit box-office gold with his part biopic/ part concert flick. The Jon Chu-directed film serves as the gold standard of 3-D concert film releases busting records and raking in tons of dough. Opening over Valentine’s Day weekend in 2011, in its opening day it made $12.4 million and nabbed $29.5 million in its opening weekend.
Currently it holds several U.S. records for its theater run, including being the highest-grossing concert movie since 1984 and the third-highest-grossing documentary since 1982. It probably didn’t hurt that weeks after the first release, Paramount also dropped “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – Director’s Fan Cut” to give fans even more Bieber for their pleasure.
“Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert”
The film, released at the height of Hannah Montana fandom, grossed a whopping $31.1 million in its one-week, limited-engagement run in February 2008. With a budget of $7 million, it eventually went on to gross $70 million worldwide. As if that wasn’t enough success surrounding it, months later, when it premiered on Disney in July, it averaged 5.9 million viewers, and another viewing later that month averaged 20.6 million viewers.
“Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience”
In early 2009, the Jonas Brothers went on the road, flying around the country to special screenings of their 3-D flick to get fans hyped for the release. Filmed during their 2008 tour, it also featured cameos from their superstar pals Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, as well as eye-catching renditions of their biggest hits. However, in the end, while it didn’t do terribly (it made $19.1 million domestically), it also didn’t live up to expectations.
“Michael Jackson: This Is It”
Released posthumously in 2009, “This Is It” documents the rehearsals that went into what would have been Jackson’s great return to the stage. Directed by Kenny Ortega, it was released in October 2009 and gave Jackson’s fans a final glimpse at the star, just days before he passed away in June 2009. The flick raked in $72 million domestically and $261 million worldwide.
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As the bottom two contestants, the wild-card pick squares off against Elise Testone.
By James Dinh
Capping a week of tunes from music greats Stevie Wonder and the late Whitney Houston, Jeremy Rosado was sent packing during the “American Idol” results show Thursday night (March 8), marking the first Top 13 farewell.
Before the elimination was announced, the episode kicked things off on a lighter note as host Ryan Seacrest welcomed the contestants to perform Wonder’s 1977 hit “As.” And after all the introductions, usual Ford product placement and recapping, it was time to get down to business. First up on the chopping block were the female contestants, who were eventually narrowed down to the bottom three: Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt and Shannon Magrane. The trio of male contestants included Jermaine Jones, Jeremy Rosado and Joshua Ledet.
Seacrest’s “after the commercial break” intensity ended with Rosado and Testone as the finalists with the lowest votes after Wednesday night’s episode. Leaving the deliberation up to judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, it was Rosado (originally a wild-card choice) who was announced as this week’s eliminated contestant.
Asked what he would miss about “Idol,” Rosado simply told Seacrest, “Just the whole experience.”
“This was awesome. … Thank you guys for everything,” he said.
As a special guest mentor on this week’s episode, Mary J. Blige also took to the “Idol” stage to perform her new single “Why.” Additionally, “Idol” welcomed back season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina, who offered some Southern charm with a performance of her single “Georgia Peaches.”
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‘I’m getting ready as we speak,’ she tells MTV News of this year’s tournament, tipping off Monday.
By James Montgomery
Last year, based mainly on her attitude, the fact that she plays an AK-47 shaped guitar and the presence of photos like this, Ke$ha was given an 11 seed in MTV’s Musical March Madness tournament — and promptly lost by a huge margin to U2 in the opening round.
Of course, she’s spent the past 12 months fuming over that early exit, and now, she’s going to get her shot at redemption. Not only is Ke$ha back in the 2012 MMM tournament — which kicks off Monday — but she’s beefed up her rock credentials: working with the likes of Alice Cooper, channeling the “sexiness” of ’70s rock on her new album, recording a (genuinely pretty great) cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” and spending time snorting Tums with Wayne Coyne.
So, yeah, this year, she’s ready to knock off the field of 63 other acts gunning for the MMM trophy — a brimming bracket that includes defending champions Green Day, upstarts Fun. and good pals the Black Keys, to name just a few — and reign supreme. But just in case all that rock-and-roll prep work isn’t enough to put her over the top, well, Ke$ha has another secret weapon at the ready: an incredibly toned pelvic floor.
“I’m getting ready as we speak. I’m doing Kegels,” she told MTV News, while throwing phantom punches at an unsuspecting cameraman. “Vote for me!”
MTV’s 2012 Musical March Madness tournament begins Monday, March 12, when we’ll unveil the full field of 64 bands that will battle for this year’s championship. Winners are determined by fan votes, so if your favorite act made the cut, it will be up to you to guide them to glory. You can rally the troops on Twitter using the hashtag #MMM — but get ready, it’s gonna be a war.
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