Adam Levine is looking back fondly on his brief time working with the late Kelly Preston.The actress died in July at the age of 57 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.Among her many roles was an appearance in the music video for Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved.”
During a recent interview on “The Howard Stern Show,” Levine, 41, reflected on filming with the “Jerry Maguire” star, in which he played a man that lusts for the mother of his young girlfriend. Preston played the mother, who was stuck in an abusive relationship with her husband.
“I fall in love with the mom,” recounted the Maroon 5 frontman, per E! News, comparing the video to the film “The Graduate,” which follows a similar plot. “That was the whole vibe. That is what I was trying to go for.”
Preston wasn’t the only actress to be considered for the role, however, as Levine revealed that Diane Lane was among his “top two” picks for the character.
“When we sat there and I first met her, she was super cool,” he remembered. “I remember I was nervous because not only had I not kissed a person I didn’t know before that was definitely older than me and who I definitely for sure 100 percent even remember specifically doing s–t to back in the day … Now I’m in the f–king room with this person and I can’t believe it.”
Nowadays, the video is among the band’s most memorable.
“It was one of those isolated, beautiful experiences,” the singer said. “The video wound up becoming this classic video that everyone loves. I never got to speak to her about it. Life goes on and obviously, we never crossed paths again. I was so sad to hear that news, man.”
He added: “It’s so crazy that she passed away. It blows me away. I can’t even believe it.”
The First-Ever Video Game Console Was A Beautiful Mess
Did you know Neil Armstrong pooped himself taking his first step on the moon? Or that the Vikings who reached Newfoundland mispronounced Beothuk as “Buttock” for two years before someone corrected them? When you’re the first, you’re bound to make a lot of rookie mistakes. And the same can be said of the makers of the first-ever home video game console, who really nailed the console part. The video game part? Not so much.
The Magnavox Odyssey was — actually, let’s talk about its name first. How did we get from something so lyrical that it evokes epic lo-rez journeys to Playstations and Xboxes, which evoke standing in line at the DMV? The machine itself is also a sight to behold. Despite being the size of a modern console but with the guts of a tape deck player, its exterior nails that beautiful Kubrickian futurism that Sony’s sentient air conditioners can only dream of achieving.
And that alien beauty is also included in the controller, a ridiculous side-scrolling artifact unburdened by knowledge of Twitch gaming.
But when it came to the games themselves, there’s a reason the Odyssey called itself things like a “closed circuit electronic playground” and a “total play and learning experience.” Though my favorite is its title as an “electronic game simulator,” because it does at least try to simulate what an electronic game could be. But with fewer pixels than games (28), and the kind of games you’d find in a funfair slot machine, the Odyssey knew it had to distract players that it had the processing power of a lightbulb. To do so, it filled its box with all kinds of board game knick-knacks, including dice and play cards (with American state trivia!), but also paper money and poker chips.
Texas Boys, Ages 5 And 7, Fend For Themselves For Days After Mom Collapses And Dies At Home
This is a truly tragic story.
Teachers in Talty, Texas, grew increasingly concerned when they noticed two of their young students — a pair of brothers, ages 5 and 7 — had been missing a lot of consecutive days of school.
The boys hadn’t been to class and staff hadn’t heard anything from their mother.
Connie Taylor, 71, was in the process of officially adopting the two boys, as they had been living with her full-time as her foster kids.
Staff members from the Forney Independent School District felt something was wrong after receiving no word as to their whereabouts, so they called the police.
Officers were sent to Connie’s home for a welfare check.
When they arrived, the boys opened the door for the officers and pointed to their mom, who was laying lifeless on the floor.
They said she’d passed out and wouldn’t wake up.
They said they tried to call someone for help, but they couldn’t unlock Connie’s cellphone.
Officers were shocked upon learning their mother wasn’t passed out; she had, sadly, died — and her little boys had been fending for themselves inside their home ever since.
And because they didn’t know their neighbors and were afraid to venture outside alone, they just stayed inside and ate whatever food they had there.
The local police are hailing the teachers who called them as heroes for listening to their instincts and alerting them.
Watch the video below to see what has unfolded since this horrible discovery.
Michaela Coel And Donald Glover Got Real Together About The Obsessive Nature Of Social Media
Michaela Coel (creator, writer, and star of HBO’s I May Destroy You) and Donald Glover (creator, writer, and star of FX’s Atlanta) had a conversation for GQ, and it was as expansive and insightful as you’d expect it the piece to be. Amid other topics of discussion, Glover revealed that he’s not necessarily done with Childish Gambino yet, and the two discussed their various brainchildren with Coel revealing that, as far as literal children go, she’s not incredibly attached to the idea but is freezing her eggs. The conversation included Donald raving about IMDY, but he hasn’t seen that finale yet, so a followup discussion might be necessary, public or otherwise.
In the meantime, the two discussed (among subjects as wide ranging as “WAP” and Elon Musk taking over our brains) the urge that many people have to obsess over social media approval. Michaela mentioned that time when she first revealed (a few years ago while giving a keynote address) that she turned a Netflix offer, and she actually didn’t follow up to see if people tweeted about it. Glover was all in on that vibe and referenced how Nina Simone probably wouldn’t dig Twitter:
“That’s awesome. Nina Simone did her thing and then she went home. She wasn’t on Twitter checking, “Do people like this sh*t?” I try really hard not to know what people are saying about me. That’s not to say that I’m impervious, because I definitely do check. It’s so easy to get caught in that loop. I feel like a lot of people I see are getting caught in the narrative of who they are. And I’m like, “Man, you’re not anybody. Stop!”
From there, Michaela likened Twitter to a “monster,” but she added that this is a highly relative term, as in “just like all monsters, you can see it either as this huge monstrous thing or this little baby that’s having teething problems.” She said that while writing IMDY, she had to get the heck off Twitter for awhile because it wasn’t contributing to the clarity of her narrative. Before this declaration, GQ quotes Donald as remarking, “Naming that bar Ego Death [in I May Destroy You]? I was like, “Yo, this sh*t is f*cking deep. This is a f*cking deep dive, man.” Agreed. You can read the full feature here.
In closing, I’d like to mention that Michaela happened to tell us that she wouldn’t mind if her Arabella character popped up in Atlanta one day. And given that Atlanta‘s third and fourth seasons are apparently written and ready to film whenever it’s safe to do so, might we suggest a slight revision for an Arabella cameo? Surely, Glover can make it happen. Even if Arabella’s only walking by in that pink wig and telltale sweater or dancing to The Prodigy, it’d be an unforgettable crossover.
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