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After becoming social media stars thanks in large part to their popular Vines, Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky -- known collectively as Jack & Jack -- have turned their attention to the world of music. Their second Ep, Gone, arrived in May 2017, and thanks to the support of Samsung, they were able to promote it in an extraordinary way. A partnership with the tech company yielded music videos for each song on the record, including three 360-degree offerings made available through Samsung Vr.
Gone is a concept album about the rise and fall of a relationship. “The lyrics and the videos convey the story,” said Gilinsky in a press release. “The first few tracks are about infatuation and falling for a girl. The later tracks are all about the breakup. It’s going to make our fans feel a specific way. If you’re in love or you’re dealing with heartbreak, »
- Sam Gutelle
Who won the world’s biggest musical entertainment show? We were in Kiev to follow every single second of randomness
• Review: gorilla suits, Gypsy hip-hop – and the winner was half-decent
And we leave you with a wrap of the whole night, complete with gorilla suits and gypsy hip-hop.
Related: Eurovision 2017: Gorilla suits, gypsy hip-hop, and the winner was half-decent
So that’s It for another Eurovision, and it’s goodbye from Kiev! Thank you all for joining in and helping me keep it together, and a massive thanks to Alice for being an extra pair of eyes and ears on this crazy night. I know Eurovision isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s one of my favourite nights of the year - being here in Kiev in your liveblog company has been an absolute joy.
We’re on Twitter @heidistephens and @alice »
- Heidi Stephens
[[tmz:video id="0_riqacey5"]] Kelly Slater -- the Michael Jordan of surfing -- is about to tell the world who the best celebrity surfer around is ... and sorry guys ... his pick ain't one of the fellas. We had to surf talk with Kelly when we got him out in NYC promoting his Outerknown clothing line, and wanted to know who the world's most famous surfer is ... who's not actually a surfer. Our guys gave Kelly a lot of options, »
- TMZ Staff
[[tmz:video id="0_7rhhj4wm"]] This is incredible ... and and it only gets more impressive the more you watch it. "Black-ish" star Miles Brown -- who plays Jack Johnson on the show -- stood right behind Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal and mimicked his shot Perfectly. Watch the form. Watch the way his arms swing after the release. Watch his feet. It's perfect. Not bad for an 11-year-old. The real question ... can he do the same thing with the ball in his hand? »
- TMZ Staff
The Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has made deep inroads into the online video community, and it has now added a high-profile duo to its roster. As first shared by The Hollywood Reporter, The top talent shop has linked up with Jack & Jack, a twosome known for their vlogs and music videos.
Jack & Jack are 20-year-olds Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky, who have been friends since they met in kindergarten in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Beginning in 2013, they teamed up to make videos on Vine, where they first found a widespread audience.
As Vine has declined, Jack & Jack have moved their digital presence to other platforms. On YouTube, their music videos routinely hit seven-digit view counts. Their most popular track, "Like That," has been watched more than 31 million times to date.
Their digital success has also allowed them to land projects across multiple platforms. They chronicled their experience on the »
- Sam Gutelle
Conversations about an actor’s life were mixed with observations about Muslims and the Supreme Court as the Santa Barbara International Film Festival saluted eight actors for their breakthrough work in 2016 films.
The first recipient of the fest’s Virtuoso Awards on Saturday was Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures”). He was asked about his SAG Awards speech about being a Muslim, and about his reaction to having his religion “dragged through the mud” for the past months. “The Muslims I know are peace-loving people,” he said quietly, adding that the actions of a few extremists have been reported so much that many people are getting a distorted view of the religion.
Janelle Monae, who also appears in both those films, said she was deeply moved when she first read Barry Jenkins’ script for the latter, because it depicted characters who are usually marginalized and discriminated against.
A third “Moonlight” actor, »
- Tim Gray
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