Screen Junkies » Lana Del Rey http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:39:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Someone’s Trying To Sabotage Lana Del Rey’s Oscar Chances http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/someones-trying-to-sabotage-lana-del-reys-oscar-chances/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/someones-trying-to-sabotage-lana-del-reys-oscar-chances/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:08:14 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258460 This mystery person is doing God's work.

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I’m a proponent of fair competition, but I hate Lana del Rey more than most other things. I should get introspective later and figure out on which side of this I fall.

An anonymous letter went to all voting Academy members saying that Lana Del Rey’s song from The Great Gatsby, “Young and Beautiful” (UGH), has been disqualified, and is no longer up for consideration.

And that’s a lie. It still very much qualifies. And while the efforts of this saboteur (“j’accuse!”) are admirable, they’re probably in vain, as she’s one of 75 entrants who made the initial cut. Still, I like this anonymous person’s moxie.

(For the sake of this effort, and the holiday season, I’ll pretend that this whole thing isn’t some elaborate PR scheme to get attention to Lana Del Rey, though, as I type this, it feels pretty obvious that’s EXACTLY what this sounds like.)

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Lana Del Rey Is Now Going To Ruin Screenwriting The Way She Completely Ruined Music http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lana-del-rey-is-now-going-to-ruin-screenwriting-the-way-she-completely-ruined-music/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lana-del-rey-is-now-going-to-ruin-screenwriting-the-way-she-completely-ruined-music/#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2012 00:50:00 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250665 Lana has decided to enrage enthusiasts of a totally new medium.

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Full disclosure: I’m not a huge fan of manufactured indie-singer-songwriter-chanteuse Lana del Rey

“When I was starting, I had a vision of being a writer for film and that’s what I am doing now. I’m so happy”

L.D. Ray

Our dear friend Lana del Rey, who was recently let back out of her cage by her record label after tanking so miserably on last season’s Saturday Night Live, has notified the world that she’s currently working on a screenplay, which is just fine with everyone, because time she spends working on a screenplay is time she isn’t spending destroying music for everyone before and after her.

“Hopefully I will branch into film work and stay there. That will be my happy place. I’d like to stay in one place for a long time.”

Funny you should mention that. Back in your cage, now, Lana.

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The 7 Worst ‘SNL’ Musical Performances Of All Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/the-7-worst-snl-musical-performances-of-all-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/the-7-worst-snl-musical-performances-of-all-time/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:29:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242711 Welcome To The Club, Lana Del Rey...

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Internet sensation Lana Del Rey performed on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, and her performance is being called one of the worst in the show’s long, long history. Though new to the music landscape, she had already been met with skepticism, with many feeling her indie credibility was largely manufactured, a position that was supported by her shoddy performance.

She was selected for the show due exclusively to buzz, as her output at the time of her selection consisted of a two-song web EP. As such, it would appear that Del Rey wasn’t prepeared for the gig. She appeared visibly nerous and seemed to make several mistakes during the performances, prompting no less than Brian Williams to write an email to Gawker panning her performance.

Here are a handful of other notorious SNL performances that would have undoubtedly upset Brian Williams as well.

Ke$ha

The performances here fall into two groups, largely. Performances by shitty artists that are as shitty as the artists themselves and performances by decent artists that are shitty. This performance is the former.

It’s unclear what makes Ke$ha a star, so I’m comfortable assuming it’s her eagerness to get on her back for everyone in the music industry, from record execs to the guys that sell bootleg t-shirts outside concert venues.

This performance would seem to support my theory, as this video defies all logic blending astronauts, patriotism, and lots of spectacle with a song that’s pretty much about being a drunk white trash whore.

This performance is exactly as good as it should be.

Sinead O’Connor

This will sound horribly jaded, but I find it quaint that, as recently as 1992, people were mortified by the fact that Sinead O’Connor tore up a picture of the pope at the end of her a capella rendition of “War,” urging the audience and viewers to “fight the real enemy.” What do you think would happen if someone like Adele tore up a picture of Pope Benedict next weekend? I would guess you would hear a hiccup, a squeaky fart, then some polite applause.

Adding to the haunting nature of O’Connor’s performance is Lorne Michaels’ now-infamous decision to not light up the applause sign, creating an even more uncomfortable silence all the way to commercial.

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