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Allison Iraheta’s ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’ video out; Jennifer Hudson thrilled by Winnie Mandela role

I grew up gorging on MTV videos of the 1980s. So I’m delighted to see Allison Iraheta’s director channel a bit of that spirit in the singer’s new video for “Friday I’ll Be Over U.” Judge for yourself. And just to make you feel old, Iraheta wasn’t even around in the 1980s. She was born in 1992.

The video definitely evokes imagery from the era of leg warmers, “Flashdance” tops and skinny ties. For example, Scandal’s “Goodbye To You”:

Or the Waitresses’ “I Know What Boys Like”

And of course, A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” with the cartoon drawings:

The paint splotches and lyrics being thrown onto the screen are very early 80s but I’m having trouble remembering which videos or used those effects. Can someone help me? The only thing I can think of when it comes to the pallette is the cover of the Police’s Synchronicity album.

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-Jennifer Hudson nabs another great film role, playing Winnie Mandela in an upcoming biopic.

“Winnie Mandela is a complex and extraordinary woman and I’m honored to be the actress asked to portray her,” Hudson said in statement this week.

She will be playing opposite Morgan Freeman, who will play Nelson Mandela.

27 comments Add your comment

JTesla

November 19th, 2009
4:01 pm

Ahh the good old days of music video. Ahh Allison.

Good for Jennifer. I’ll never watch it, but it’s a good role for her. Thanks Rodney.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

November 19th, 2009
4:24 pm

I just want Allison’s handlers to keep her far far FAR away from the pop diva sound — she’s so much better than 99% of the pop divas including the past 10+ years — please don’t make her sound like leona lewis-britney spears-christine aguilera-j-lo-gaga-etc etc ad nauseum…

let her ROCK OUT. listening now — this is a wee bit bubbly but then she IS young yet… please let her be rock not pop!!!!

JTesla

November 19th, 2009
5:43 pm

Linny… Lady GaGa is in a class all by herself, don’t be lumping her in with those others.

Allison is no GaGa, but she is distinct enough to stand apart from those others. She strikes me as being more like Pink or a solo version of the power-pop Paramore than Britney, but it’s up to Allison to fight for what she wants.

Ryan

November 19th, 2009
6:11 pm

Love the video, love her cloths (she looks beautiful), I like the art as well…. Just a perfect fit to the song…. I understand that some ppl don’t like it and that’s ok, that’s what makes us humans! Love ya Allison

Deirdre

November 19th, 2009
6:15 pm

She’s got a really good voice and it seems like someone has worked with her on her enunciation, which was very sloppy during Idol.

Mercedes S.

November 19th, 2009
6:38 pm

First Adam, then Danny and now Allison – their videos are all more enjoyable than Kris’s, imho. Thanks for bringing back memories, Rodney. The A-Ha video kept interrupting itself every couple seconds, though.

Mercedes S.

November 19th, 2009
6:42 pm

Nana, in response to your comment on previous blog, “The Blind Side” is less chick-flicky than you might think. Promise, your hubby will like it.

Deirdre

November 20th, 2009
7:42 am

Morning!

The Blind Side is at the top of my list for movie viewing this week. Now if I can just get hubby to agree!

I know that Jennifer Hudson is an Academy Award winner but I think she may have bitten off more than she can chew with the role of Winnie Mandela. Morgan Freeman is capable of swallowing her whole on camera.

Deirdre

November 20th, 2009
7:47 am

Here’s a quote from Adam Lambert responding to the pout-piece from the editor of Out:

What people don’t realize is, I am managing my image, more than maybe the editor of OUT magazine likes to give anybody credit for. My team is a team. And I really feel fortunate that 19 Management and Simon Fuller said to me, from the get-go, “We want to do what you want to do. You need to tell us how you want to do things, what interests you have,” and they’ve been incredibly supportive of me. I really mean it. I’m not being puppeted around. I didn’t want to jump onto a gay magazine as my first thing, because I feel like that’s putting myself in a box and limiting myself.

Highlander

November 20th, 2009
7:52 am

Rh, while listening to the song, I was getting more of a Go-Go’s, Bangles or maybe even Bananarama vibe. Alison’s vid is definitely more pop than rock.

I agree with Linny and JT, they should find more Pink-type songs for her. We don’t need another bubblegum-pop female singer. Archie fills that role just fine. ….Sorry, couldn’t resist! My bad! ;-)

Highlander

November 20th, 2009
7:56 am

Sorry ’bout the lower case ‘h’, Rodney. Should have been capitalized, but you know that.

Nana

November 20th, 2009
8:17 am

Good Morning Everybody.

Today’s Quote: “We don’t stop laughing because we grow old; We grow old because we stopped laughing.”

Out of the three cd’s that has been/will be released, I think Allison will outsell Adam and Kris. This kid has a set of lungs and people love her. I thought she was great on idol and still love her. She has alot of maturity for her age and seems to have her priorities straight. I also hope the higher ups will keep her rock. Another wanna be pop princess, we don ‘t need.

I can’t see JHud playing the part of Winnie Mandela. As Deirdre stated in her post of 7:42, Morgan Freeman will outshine her. He is such a great actor, although, I’m not saying JHud isn’t, but Freeman is much better. At any rate, I applaud her for landing the role and wish her the best.

Off now to take Memory to be groomed, then going Wal*Marting and Krogering. be nice and I’ll be back later.

Mercedes S.

November 20th, 2009
8:32 am

Good morning to all … as I read the movie section in the paper AJC, I saw no review of the third (after “2012″ and “Avatar”) most hyped-up and awaited movie of the year, “New Moon” (aka “Twilight II”)!! For those of you very young at heart, or with young’uns at home: it won’t disappoint. It actually sets up the triangle Bella/Edward/Jacob with more finesse than the book since Jacob is a much more appealing character here. Quote from niece: “Actually watching Jake’s muscles ripple is more fun than reading about them”. Dakota Fanning unrecognizable as mean vampire Jane, and you’ll enjoy Michael Sheen’s creepy über-vampire!.

Mercedes S.

November 20th, 2009
8:36 am

D. and Nana, Morgan Freeman is old enough to be JHud’s grandfather. Of course he has more experience as an actor. Most co-actors are out-performed by Freeman. But I think Jennifer will do very well.

kelly&carriefan

November 20th, 2009
8:57 am

Good morning, y’all!

D, interesting quote from Adam. I guess we have no choice but to believe him. I’m just skeptical considering the treatment of 19 with past Idols…call me a cynic.

As far as CD sales, if they do market Allison as the “next Kelly Clarkson” (which I’ve been in some blogs), I can see it happening. Honestly, she only has Adam to compete with her. I like Kris, but I just don’t see him selling at their level.

Mercedes, I’m going to see that tonight…yes, I’m into the Twilight saga. It’s mindless entertainment.

Highlander

November 20th, 2009
9:53 am

I look at the Twilight series in the same vein (sorry) as pop music. It’s bubblegum. I much prefer John Carpenter’s Vampires (with James Woods) or Dracula (the Francis Ford Coppola version).

I just don’t think the male vampires should look like they use more hair products than the women. Robert Pattinson (sp?) looks like he’d be more upset if he ran out of mousse rather than blood!

Heather MacDonald

November 20th, 2009
9:58 am

Robert Pattinson looks like he needs to BATHE!!!

Deirdre

November 20th, 2009
9:58 am

My favorite male vampires are Eric Northman and Bill Compton of the True Blood series! I like my vamps more manly than (another androgynous actor) that Pattinson guy. But then I’m not a teenager.

kelly&carriefan

November 20th, 2009
10:05 am

I, too, prefer True Blood to Twilight. Though, I do enjoy Ian Somerhalder as Damon on Vampire Diaries. He’s kind of a teenage Eric…

Both True Blood and Vampire Diaries are a bit more in the traditional vein of that genre. The whole sparkly, “vegetarianism” of Twilight makes me laugh.

Rickster

November 20th, 2009
10:12 am

Morning, all.

Sure am glad it’s Friday. Long week!

Some news on the s-i-l. She’s off the ventilator, and breathing on her own. Still working to learn o talk with the trach in her throat. She was giving them trouble, pulling the feeding tube out of her nose three times in one day (till they restrained her arms again.

Based on her behavior so far, I’m wondering if there is any brain damage at all… since she seems to be back to her usual pain-in-the-butt self. :-)

kelly&carriefan

November 20th, 2009
10:22 am

Rickster! So glad to hear that. While it does sounds like a long road, that’s very encouraging news. Continued prayers/positive vibes for you and your family.

Mercedes S.

November 20th, 2009
10:31 am

Good news, Rickster!

Deirdre

November 20th, 2009
10:39 am

Ditto what k&cf said, Rickster.

Rickster

November 20th, 2009
10:39 am

We were hoping that – having been so close to death – that she’d see things a whole lot differently. But, alas, it appears not.

Rickster

November 20th, 2009
11:00 am

And since someone mentioned it in response to my “Koala Tea” joke…

American Idol Auditions we’d love to have seen: William Shatner (singing “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”)

Randy: (deer-in-the-headlights look, stunned silence) “Dawg…. I get the whole ‘boldly go where no man has gone before’ thing… but dawg… don’t EVER go there again.”

Kara: “When I tell someone to take a song and make it their own… what you just did to that song is NOT what I meant.

Paula: “Beam me up scotchy…. I mean Scotty.”

Simon: “That..(dramatic pause).. was..(dramatic pause).. truly..(dramatic pause).. TRULY..(dramatic pause).. horrible.”

Rodney Ho

November 20th, 2009
12:03 pm

New blog entry up! I hope you all have a great weekend…

LEA

November 20th, 2009
1:04 pm

wrong morgan freeman is in another film that comes out in a few weeks. Jenn is playing the lead role in another film. they haven’t even chosen who’ll play Nelson in her movie.. Morgan Freeman is so overrated.. He’ll never be on Denzel, or Will Smith’s level EVER..