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“YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M CAPABLE OF.”

On Valentine’s Day, I had a “date” with I Am Number Four at Cathay Cineleisure – thanks to InCinemas.sg! That “date” includes Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Callan McAuliffe and Jake Abel!

// Alex Pettyfer was previously seen in Wild Child and can be seen next in Beastly with Vanessa Hudgens. Timothy Olyphant is in Justified! Callan McAuliffe was in Flipped, which was sadly not shown in Singapore. Jake Abel was in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and also Adam Milligan aka the Winchesters’ half brother in Supernatural! //

I Am Number Four is based on the novel by Pittacus Lore. It centres around Number Four/John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), one of nine remaining aliens from the planet Lorien, who have come to seek refuge on Earth while on the run from the Mogadorians, another alien species. He is protected by his guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), who will train him when his Legacies/powers manifest themselves. These last Loriens have to be killed in the sequence of their numbers and Numbers One, Two and Three are dead – this means John is in danger.

Sarah: What’s your name?
Number Four/John: John… Smith.
Sarah: Okay, you don’t wanna tell me your name…

I think I nearly jumped out of my seat because the the movie kicked off Kings Of Leon’s Radioactive (!) followed by The Black Keys’ Tighten Up, both of which were in the running for Best Rock Performance/Song for the Grammys that day.

John: A place is only as good as the people you know in it. I think this is a pretty good place.

There’s plenty of action and suspense in the movie and some parts even caused me to grip my seat real tight – like when the Mogadorians and their “pets” appear. The opening scene grips you right from the start and you just mentally prepare yourself whenever there are dark places involved.

Sam: (on shooting down a Mogadorian) I play a lot of X-Box.

Timothy Olyphant is Olyphantastic as usual and he sure channeled Raylan Givens when he fired that shotgun! I wouldn’t mind being home-schooled by him. Then I have this semi-crush on 16-year-old Callan McAuliffe, who plays Sam and provides most of the comic relief. It won’t be obvious at first when he keeps his head down, but once he starts to open up to John, you’ll be charmed (by his eyes and smile)!

Number Six: If you slow us down, I’ll shoot you myself.
Sam: I believe you. Can we go now?

Teresa Palmer totally kicks ass as the feisty Number Six. I liked that she was fireproof and could disappear and appear out of thin air! Dianna Agron stars as Sarah, John’s love interest and it has blossomed off-screen – such a good-looking couple! There are plenty of funny moments too, like when Sarah’s mother switches the porch lights on and off in a bid to distract the young couple from making out too intensely. And I’d like to add that Singaporeans are a sentimental bunch cos there was a collective “Awww” when John’s dog, Bernie Kosar, appeared at the end. 4 out of 5 stars (an extra half for the good looking cast!).

The movie opens in Singapore 24 February 2011.

Here’s a really cute interview featuring Alex Pettyfer on Ellen and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

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53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

Yup, it’s music’s biggest night! If you’ve read my Twitter feed, you must have know Lady Antebellum won three Grammys! The Black Keys won too, as well as Arcade Fire, who blurted “what the hell?” when they won Album of the Year. They were so high that they proceeded to perform another song after their win!

Clockwise from top: Lady Antebellum, Kings Of Leon (without Matthew), The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga and Muse.

Here are selected winners:

Album of the Year
Arcade Fire, The Suburbs

Record of the Year
Song of the Year
Country Performance by a Duo or Group
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Best Rock Album
Muse, The Resistance

Best Pop Vocal Album
Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster

Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Short Form Video

Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Male Pop Vocal Performance
Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”

Best Alternative Album
Best Recording Package

the Black Keys, Brothers

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group
the Black Keys, “Tighten Up”

2010: KJ’S REPEAT MODE

Yup, it’s nearing the end of the year!

Personally, I think the last days of December goes by the fastest. First it’s Christmas, then it’s New Year’s Eve! This year has been good, I think. First half is me mugging, second half is me enjoying life. And which year can be complete without music?

If I remember correctly, I listened to a lot of Lady Antebellum and Cheryl Cole during my exam period. I have this strange idea that if I listened to it while revising, and if I played it (in my mind) during the exam, it might help me recall whatever I’ve revised. But I’m not sure if it really works cos I only “play” songs to calm my nerves.

“Anything that’s worth having, is sure enough worth fighting for. Quitting’s out of the question, when it gets tough gotta fight some more.”
Fight For This Love, Cheryl Cole

Sure, Cheryl Cole was singing about love but it sure served as motivation for me.

Here’s some tracks from the above albums that I adore:

  1. Lady Antebellum – I Run To You
  2. Muse – Resistance
  3. Taylor Swift – Speak Now / Sparks Fly / The Story Of Us
  4. Brandon Flowers – Crossfire / Only The Young / Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts / Swallow It
  5. Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love / Parachute
  6. LeAnn Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight / The Right Kind Of Wrong + INXS – Need You Tonight
  7. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now / Something ‘Bout A Woman / Love This Pain / Our Kind Of Love
  8. The Script – Science & Faith / For The First Time / Dead Man Walking
  9. Maroon 5 – Misery / Never Gonna Leave This Bed / Runaway / How
  10. The Black Keys – Chop And Change
  11. Lady GaGa – Alejandro / Monster / Telephone
  12. Adam Lambert – Whataya Want From Me?
  13. Kings Of Leon – No Money / Pyro / Mary
  14. The Black Keys – Tighten Up / Everlasting Light / She’s Long Gone
  15. The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved / Breakeven / Before The Worst

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

  1. OMD – If You Leave
  2. Stephen Duffy – She Loves Me
  3. Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  4. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
  5. The Pretty Reckless – Make Me Wanna Die
  6. Landon Pigg featuring Turbo Fruits – High Times
  7. Daft Punk – Derezzed
  8. Chairlift – Bruises
  9. Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes
  10. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – Home /40 Day Dream
  11. Eminem featuring Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie
  12. Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris – Break Your Heart (remix)
  13. B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams – Airplanes
  14. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  15. Melee – On The Movie Screen / The Masquerade
  16. Carrie Underwood – Cowboy Casanova
  17. Demi Lovato & Joe Jonas – Wouldn’t Change A Thing
  18. Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake – Carry Out
  19. Justin Bieber – One Time / Baby
  20. Tokio Hotel – Automatic

THE BLACK KEYS – TIGHTEN UP

One of my favourite songs this year!

Living just to keep going
Going just to be sane

2011 GRAMMY NOMINEES

HELLO? THE 2011 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS ARE OUT!

CBS: 2011 Grammy Nominees

Here’s some selected categories:

RECORD OF THE YEAR
NOTHIN’ ON YOU – B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE – Eminem Featuring Rihanna
F*** YOU – Cee Lo Green
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
NEED YOU NOW – Lady Antebellum

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
THE SUBURBS – Arcade Fire
RECOVERY – Eminem
NEED YOU NOW – Lady Antebellum
THE FAME MONSTER – Lady Gaga
TEENAGE DREAM – Katy Perry

SONG OF THE YEAR
BEG STEAL OR BORROW – Ray LaMontagne, songwriter (Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs)
F*** YOU – Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Cee Lo Green)
THE HOUSE THAT BUILT ME – Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE – Alexander Grant, Holly Hafferman & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Rihanna)
NEED YOU NOW – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
KING OF ANYTHING – Sara Bareilles
HALO (LIVE) – Beyoncé
CHASING PIRATES – Norah Jones
BAD ROMANCE – Lady Gaga
TEENAGE DREAM – Katy Perry

BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
HAVEN’T MET YOU YET – Michael Bublé
THIS IS IT – Michael Jackson
WHATAYA WANT FROM ME – Adam Lambert
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE – Bruno Mars
HALF OF MY HEART – John Mayer

BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ (REGIONALS VERSION) – Glee Cast
MISERY – Maroon 5
THE ONLY EXCEPTION – Paramore
BABYFATHER – Sade
HEY, SOUL SISTER (LIVE) – Train

BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
AIRPLANES, PART II – B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams
IMAGINE – Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
IF IT WASN’T FOR BAD – Elton John & Leon Russell
TELEPHONE – Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
CALIFORNIA GURLS – Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
READY TO START – Arcade Fire
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU – Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
TIGHTEN UP – The Black Keys
RADIOACTIVE – Kings Of Leon
RESISTANCE – Muse

BEST ROCK SONG
ANGRY WORLD – Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young)
LITTLE LION MAN – Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
RADIOACTIVE – Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
RESISTANCE – Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)
TIGHTEN UP – Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)

BEST ROCK ALBUM
EMOTION & COMMOTION – Jeff Beck
THE RESISTANCE – Muse
BACKSPACER – Pearl Jam
MOJO – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
LE NOISE – Neil Young

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
THE SUBURBS – Arcade Fire
INFINITE ARMS – Band Of Horses
BROTHERS – The Black Keys
BROKEN BELLS – Broken Bells
CONTRA – Vampire Weekend

BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
FREE – Zac Brown Band
ELIZABETH – Dailey & Vincent
NEED YOU NOW – Lady Antebellum
LITTLE WHITE CHURCH – Little Big Town
WHERE RAINBOWS NEVER DIE – The SteelDrivers

TURN TO STONE

That was the title of the Ingrid Michaelson song I was listening to when the seemingly harmless page loaded on my phone.

And I even had a pretty dark playlist earlier on:

  1. The Killers – Smile Like You Mean It
  2. Chairlift – Bruises
  3. Ryan Cabrera – 40 Kinds Of Sadness
  4. Eminem featuring Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie
  5. Tokio Hotel – Dark Side Of The Sun
  6. The Black Keys – Chop And Change
  7. Brandon Flowers – Crossfire
  8. Band Of Skulls – Friends
  9. Paramore – Brick By Boring Brick
  10. Taking Back Sunday – Twenty-twenty Surgery

OMG! OMG! OMG!