Ever find yourself reading through the crime section of prominent media outlets like People? There are some eye opening stories there that really make you question the ethics of individuals. While many cases are relatively low in the number of casualties, there’s one case that sticks out so much it is now going to be a major feature film. The DuPont C8 Lawsuit
The movie, titled “Dark Waters” is set to release on Nov. 22, 2019 and stars Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway. It’s about communities along the Ohio River Valley in West Virginia who were exposed to harmful chemicals in their drinking water at the hand of powerhouse company, DuPont, that has caused cancer, deaths and dangerous pregnancy conditions. Ruffalo stars as the attorney who initially took on the case while Gary Douglas became the lead trial counsel attorney, costing DuPont more than $700 million in punitive damages. Douglas was also inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame earlier this year. Douglas is portrayed towards the end of the movie.
“Law is about fighting for people who have been exploited or taken advantage of. People who have been harmed and hurt by the powerful elites in our society. Music is just a different medium to get to the same result. These songs, they’re about the same people, their struggles and their lives. Both things, it’s about giving voice to the voiceless.” – Gary Douglas
“DEEP IN THE WATER” MUSIC VIDEO
Produced by Anthony (AJAX) Resta, “Deep in the Water” reflects Gary Douglas’ battle against one of the world largest chemical companies DuPont for illegally dumping dangerous chemicals in the Ohio River.
Douglas continues to explore the social and emotional effects of politics and power on human beings- not only lyrically but also visually. The “Deep in the Water” music video was filmed in an old country home in the backwoods of the South. A funeral is being held for yet another family that has lost a child from the contaminated waters. David McClister directed the music video and brilliantly portrays the dismal truth of Gary’s message.
“Deep in the Water” will support the upcoming feature film Dark Waters (starring Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway) releasing November 2019. Dark Waters was inspired by the true story of attorney Robert Bilott (Ruffalo) who investigated DuPont’s cover up of their illegal dumping and disseminating of toxic chemicals to Ohio’s surrounding communities of 70,000 people. Bilott quickly brought Gary Douglas’ firm on to defeat DuPont and their corruption.
Robert Bilott’s recently released his new book entitled Exposure, which describes the twenty-year battle against the chemical giant and the exposé of one of the worst cases of environmental contamination in modern history. The book details Gary’s involvement in the DuPont case and his role as lead trial counsel.
If you haven’t heard of Sarah Ryder, then you need to stop and go check out our interview we recently did with her!
Now that you’re back, lets talk about her new song and music video “Beat Goes On” that Variety Beat gets to premiere!
We love the feel-good and care-free vibe the song provides. Break-ups are tough enough and instead of taking on an angry or self-defeating tone, the lyrics are encouraging.
The best part of “Beat Goes On” is that the lyrics aren’t specific enough to reference who the subject of the song is. That means, listeners can interpret the song in various ways, which would allow even more connections. The lyrics could be talking about a friend, a family member, a former flame, a co-worker, a bully.
On the ground/looking up/you’re staring down on me/Betcha think you’re tough/The sticks and stones you’re aiming, They’ve been tearing me a part/But I won’t hang on every word/ Listenin’ to you try and break my heart/ you can break my heart/This beat goes on/Like it did before you/Like it will when you’re gone/ I’m getting strong/Like I was before you
The video starts out with Ryder sitting at a table with a plate of chocolate chip cookies and wine. We found out during our interview process that the country singer/songwriter is a big fan of wine. A twist comes later in the video when she is seen dipping her cookies in the wine! Is this a thing people do? (Asking as someone who’s never had wine but is suddenly very interested).
Later, Ryder can be seen getting ready for a night out without whoever it is that did her wrong and we are all for it. Break out the champagne and the dancing with the girls and remember who you are and don’t stand to be treated by no one but what you deserve.
“Beat Goes On” was written by Ryder, Mike Meadows (Taylor Swift’s band), and Mike Davis!
A native to Nashville, singer/songwriter Kelleigh Bannen was just named to Nashville Lifestyles Most Beautiful People 2019 list! It’s the publication’s 20th edition of the list which states that beauty is more than skin deep.
Bannen also recently released a music video for her song “Diamonds” off her forthcoming debut album, Favorite Colors. Before its release, Bannen teased she might need to be added back to Sue Bannen‘s (her mom) prayer list.
WARNING: The “Diamonds” music video is a little steamy, proceed with caution.
Bannen’s previous music videos have not heavily featured on-screen romances so this is a first for the singer and was a bit awkward. She recently did a Q&A on her Instagram stories where she answered questions about the music. She admitted she told the actor, Brendon Beck who plays her love interest that he was going to have to help her out and that she had never done this before. The two never lock lips, but get rather close in a teasing and steamy way. Bannen admitted to doing a shot with Beck before the filming took place so they could both just go for it.
In Bannen’s debut music video, “Sorry on the Rocks,” she had to simply hold hands with another man, which felt strange for the singer who has been married since 2003. She stated at the time:
“I’m married. I’ve been married for a while, so it was funny just holding hands with someone else that wasn’t Jeff (her husband). I kept getting real embarrassed about it, but he was really great and so sweet, and his wife was there too, so it wasn’t weird. But it was like, ‘Oh, that’s new. I haven’t been holding hands with anyone other than Jeff in a long time.’”
“Diamonds” is the final music video and song to be released ahead of the much anticipated release of Favorite Colors due out October 11.
Maren Morris is living her best life with a #1 song and top selling album GIRL. For her new single The Bones, Morris took us along her much deserved vacation with husband Ryan Hurd. The video features actual footage of their travels to Hana. In a tweet, Morris remarks that the trek to Hana is much like a relationship. You weather the storms and make it through if the bones are good.
The Road to Hana is beautiful but a hell of a trek… kind of like the most meaningful & lasting human relationships we get to have. This is our journey on film for “The Bones” directed by our friend and Maui aficionado @AlexMFerrari 🌴🌊https://t.co/jSvHhYIFdSpic.twitter.com/imfpc3dNCV— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) August 15, 2019
Fans for Morris were happy to get a behind the scenes look at “Murd” (the name for Morris and Hurd) and loved the simple video for such a beautiful love song. Go along the Road to Hana with Maren Morris by watching the video here:
Superstar Maren Morris’ new video for “The Bones” premieres today. Directed by Alex Ferrari, the video features footage of Maren vacationing with her husband, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd. Watch/share HERE.“The Bones” is taken from Morris’ sophomore album GIRL, which shattered the record for the largest-ever debut streaming week for a country album by a woman with 23.96 million streams in its first week. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and continues to receive rave reviews.The record’s title track, “GIRL,” just hit #1 on country radio, making it the first solo song by a woman to top the Billboard Country Airplay Chart since February 2018 and Morris’ third overall time at #1. Upon its release earlier this year, “GIRL” had the highest debut on Billboard’s Country Streaming Songs chart by a female artist and the highest weekly streams by a female country artist ever.Morris kicks off the next leg of her GIRL: The World Tour later this month with performances at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. She will also support Miranda Lambert on her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour this fall. Visit marenmorris.com for full tour details.
This year Morris received five Grammy nominations and was awarded with a Billboard Music Award for Dance/Electronic Song alongside Zedd and Grey.Morris won a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards, was named New Artist of the Year at the 50th Annual CMA Awards, Top Country Female Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards and New Female Vocalist of the Year at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. She was also the most played female artist on country radio in 2017 and 2018.The 28 year-old singer-songwriter from Arlington, Texas got her start playing in bars around her hometown and quickly made a name for herself with her Gold certified debut album Hero and its Platinum-selling “My Church,” Gold-selling “80s Mercedes” and “I Could Use A Love Song.” Hero and its singles topped charts nationwide, set Country radio records, and were some of the most critically acclaimed works of 2016.
Recent critical praise for GIRL:
“A Texas songwriter with a sharp eye, a velvet voice and a mean streak…‘GIRL’ sets the bar high right away. It’s the most ambitious and eccentric song she’s done yet, an emotional powerhouse driven by jagged rock guitar.”—Rolling Stone
“Country’s most innovative young star”—NPR “Seriously soaring vocals” —Esquire
“The country singer has something to say about how her genre handles women, skin and outspokenness.”—Playboy
“Country star Maren Morris is the strongest she’s ever been…Now she’s testing the limits of just how far she can go.”—Women’s Health
“Morris represents a new generation of women in country who are working to transcend the boundaries of their Nashville roots” —TIME
“GIRL is a 14-song collection showcasing Morris at her prime, swerving lanes between genres while maintaining her deep and respectful country roots.”—GQ
“However good Morris and her band sound on recorded tracks, they sound a hundred times better when you’re there in the room with them.”—UPROXX
Taylor Swift just released the music video for “You Need To Calm Down” and after waking up after 7am and getting a nice calm sleep, let’s dive into the video!
First things first, if you have not yet seen the video…. why haven’t you? Here’s your chance! Watch below then join us again to discuss!
Swift teased earlier there would be lots of stars in the video plus more! So who is who in the video and why are some stars involved? If you haven’t yet read our article on the song, go ahead and check that out!
The scene opens with Swift in her trailer bed and shows a sign that says “I am a rich man” which Swift probably painted herself. She is quite the artist after all! Some people speculate that it could be an upcoming song title, but we are more inclined to believe that it is a nod to Cher’s quote about not needing a man when her mother tells her she needs to settle down and marry a rich man, to which Cher replies, “I am a rich man.” Cher also has a trans son, Chaz so her inclusion of a Cher quote seems to fit the theme of the video well. Cher also posted a photo of the painting to which Swift replied she cannot calm down about. So we are now convinced this was the meaning behind the painting.
When you have a song about being calm and the video has a Cher quote in it and she posts it so henceforth you are not able to be calm anymore 😆 https://t.co/YGG0LyY4Kw
Some might be confused by her inclusion of this quote as Swift has been in a relationship for the past 2.5 years with actor Joe Alwyn. However, we tend to think it was included because Swift got so much hate for her relationships over the years, which included her using men for song material and not being able to be alone. Cher goes on to express that she loves men, she thinks they are great, but that she doesn’t need a man. That is an important point to make because our partners should compliment us and make us better, but we should also be confident in who we are and be able to stand on our own two feet. So, although we may not need them in our life, we still want them. This seems like a nod to the haters that Swift doesn’t actually need to be in a relationship, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be in one.
Swift also has new merch that’s out now and it is all throughout the music video, from the phone Swift uses in the beginning with the album title Lover, which could also be a title track, to the sunnies she wears and the shirts that many of the guest actors are wearing!
Swift’s trailer then begins to burn. The exact meaning is left up to interpretation, our best guess is that even when there is all this negativity around her, she is now unphased and is then seen lounging in her pool as her “former world” burns around her. She then goes out, gets her hair dyed to the colors of the Bi flag and joins her LGBTQ friends, fighting along side them for equal rights, instead of staying in her safe cotton candy land where everyone is taking shots. It’s her turn to speak up.
We do want to stress that although this song is fighting for the LGBTQ community, it also includes other aspects of haters, people being too loud and needing to calm down about things (such as pitting women against each other and spewing hate online). Swift shared about writing the song on a Spotify panel saying:
I wrote this song about the energy that some people put into spreading negativity. With all the trolling, cancel culture, telling people how to live their lives of pitting women against each other… you’re being too loud. This is a song where I’m just saying ‘You Need To Calm Down.” Go outside. It’s the summer.
Most of the guests who appear in the video identify with the LGBTQ community. There are a few who do not, which made us wonder why they were chosen to be involved. Sure, Swift is good pals with Ryan Reynolds, but in a video and song promoting LGBTQ, there had to be a deeper meaning. That lead to some investigating and although Reynolds himself does not identify within the LGBTQ community, he is still a strong advocate and supporter of the community, even going so far as to help create the first superhero movie where the superhero, aka Deadpool, appears pansexual.
In an article with Vanity Fair, the Deadpool comic co-creator, Fabian Nicieza, has been asked about the character’s sexuality and says all are accurate, because the character is constantly in flux. “He can be gay one minute, hetero the next, etc. ALL ARE VALID.”
Reynolds has also voiced his support for years for same sex marriage. He appears in the “You Need To Calm Down” video as a painter, he also paints in a teaser trailer for Deadpool 3. Reynolds is constantly promoting his movie in the strangest places, even showing up on stage in heels with Celine Dion! In the video, he is not just painting something random, he is painting The Stonewall Inn, where Swift just gave a surprise performance at Jesse Tyler Ferguson‘s show, commemorating it’s 50th anniversary.
The numbers 5 and 0 also appear in the video. The Stonewall Inn is a landmark and birthplace of the Gay Rights Movement. Also to those wondering about the dice that appear in the video. Some speculate they also lead up to the number 50. We’ve seen other numbers, but it depends on how you count the dice based on how they are angled.
Ferguson also appears in the video with his real-life husband, Justin Mikita. In the video they are getting married and the one officiating the wedding is none other than Ciara. Although she has a strong LGBTQ fanbase, we had to do a little more digging to see why she was included in the video as well. What we found was mind blowing. Did you know that Ciara was planning on getting married in North Carolina but moved her wedding location after they passed the House Bill 2, which bans transgender people from using the restroom of the gender they identify with? So now here she is officiating a gay wedding! Talk about a full circle moment!
One of the most iconic moments of the video is when the alumni of RuPauls’ Drag Race stand on stage for the “Pop Queen Pageant,” each representing a lady in current pop music. Tatiaana was portraying Ariana Grande, while Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor was Lady Gaga, Delta Work was Adele, Trinity K Bonet was Cardi B, Jade Jolie was Taylor Swift (and even sung along to the song as if she was truly Swift herself), Riley Knoxx was Beyonce, Adore Delano played Katy Perry, (who later made a real life cameo) and Akeria C Davenport played Nicki Minaj.
Cardi B. quoted tweeted this moment, adding “Sooo cute.”
The cool thing about this moment is while all these ladies are on stage, one of the best lines from the song is sung and reminds everyone that these ladies aren’t out here trying to fight each other or be pitted against one another. There’s not just one winner or as in a pageant, one crown to be won amongst them, but every single one of them has their own crown. They do not need to fight each other for it, they all shine.
And we see you over there on the Internet Comparing all the girls who are killing it, But we figured you out. We all know now. We all got crowns. You need to calm down
There are some other noticeable cameos in the video, such as YouTube star Hannah Hart, who is a lesbian chef and a big Swift fan! Laverne Cox, who is the first openly trans person to be nominated for a Prime-time Emmy and back in 2015 presented Swift with a BMA Award!
One of Swift’s BFFs, whom also happened to executive produce the video, Todrick Hall, also appeared in her “Look What You Made Me Do” video. One of Hall’s friends, Chester Lockhart, also appeared in the video and is also a singer and actor. Pop artist, Hayley Kiyoko, who Swift brought out during the Rep Tour to perform and Swift also made a surprise appearance at one of her shows! Adam Rippon,who is the first openly gay American athlete (Olympic Figure Skater) to medal at the Winter Olympics and is also an avid Swift fan!
Adam Lambert and Ellen DeGeneres also appear in the video in which Lambert is giving Ellen a tattoo that reads “Cruel Summer.” A possible upcoming song title? Or nod to the song itself by Bananarama.
Lambert revealed he ran into Swift while filming for The Ellen Show and she asked if he would like to be in her video with Ellen. Swift also revealed on her appearance on The Ellen Show that she had left a “clue” during their interview, and in fact she did! Ellen had the tattoo during their sit down!
Billy Porter of the show Pose also appears serving some looks!
Then of course the moment that has been widely spoken about, Katy Perry shows up wearing her Met Gala after-party costume of a cheeseburger. Apparently Swift had already reached out to her about being in the video and going public with their reconnected friendship after having “beef” for several years. Perry posted a picture saying this meal was “beef-free.” Pun intended!
Todrick Hall spoke to Access about this moment and said that he thought it was a great idea to invite Perry because Swift has always spoken through her music. He went on to say that they were so genuine on set, laughing and having a good time. He also thought it was important to show that you can have beef with someone and then get over it and move on and become friends with people that you were once enemeies with.
“Well, we have been on really good terms for awhile, like, she sent this beautiful note and an olive branch to me the opening night of the Reputation Stadium Tour awhile ago. And from then on, we’ve been on good terms and we hadn’t seen each other, though. So the first time we saw each other was at this party and when we saw each other, it was just very clear to both of us that everything was different. That we had grown up. That we had grown past allowing ourselves to sort of be pitted against each other. It just was really, really clear that we remembered how much we had in common. So both of us have been in a really good place for awhile, but we didn’t – I don’t know if either of us knew if we were gonna talk about it publicly. So when I thought of this concept for the video and I wrote the treatment, I thought of this idea, and I thought, you know, I’m just gonna ask her if she’d be interested in this, but I would be totally fine if she’d rather keep it private and keep it between us. But I sent it to her and, you know, she was like, I would love for us to be a symbol of redemption and forgiveness! And I felt the same way about it… [About the text she sent to Katy] Basically, it was like a long synopsis of the entire video. And I didn’t think of the burger and fries costume until she wore the burger–she wore that Jeremy burger to the Met Gala after party, and I was like ‘that is amazing’. It felt very punk-rock to me, like her wearing that, like that’s really, really cool and funny. I kept thinking, you know, we are gonna have this moment in the video and if it’s too on the nose, if it’s too us wearing normal clothes and hugging, it won’t really fit into this video because this video is very wacky and very surreal and fun and playful. So I was like, can we do a burger and fries as like a metaphor for two people who belong together? And people who are like a a perfect pair? And she thought it was really funny! So we did it. And I think that the metaphor of us being like, you know, searching for someone you have something in common with and seeing them having it be originally represented is funny.”
Some other iconic moments? When the protestors decide they are in fact being too loud, calm down and stop protesting. Swift also used a real life sign with an incorrect spelling, just like an actual sign that was used in protest.
The words “Love Letter Only” also appear in the video, which may hint at a possible upcoming song as well.
There were so many things in the video, we could be here all day! Have a question about the video? Let us know