In ‘More,’ Indie Pop Singer Kris Kelly Wrestles With 7 Deadly Sins Personified

New York singer-songwriter Kris Kelly encounters his demons in the flesh in his new video for “More,” the latest single off his 2019 album, “Runaways.” 

HuffPost got an exclusive first look at the video, which you can watch above. Director Kris Moyes (who you may know from his work with Sia and Beck) has Kelly wandering through a dreamy landscape while fearsome characters, each representing one of the seven deadly sins, emerge from the gloom. 

“I wasn’t raised in a religious background,” Kelly told HuffPost. “That wasn’t really a reference that came to me, but I thought it could fit in really well with what the song was about … A lot of what ended up in the video was really not planned. It was an ensemble, improv feeling. It was spontaneous and alive in that moment.” 

Kris Kelly released his first full-length album, "Runaways," last year. 

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Kris Kelly released his first full-length album, “Runaways,” last year. 

“It’s about society giving us so many opportunities to escape ourselves through drugs, alcohol, boys, sex,” he said of the song. “Not that any of these things are bad, but when it becomes a compulsion over a long period of time, you aren’t really embarking on the journey that we’re all invited to take as human beings and to grow and to really face ourselves, our fears, our anxieties.” 

To write “Runaways,” Kelly drew on his experiences living in South America between 2010 and 2016. It was during that time that he met his former husband, and the couple lived in Brazil and Argentina. 

Sonically, the album incorporates a variety of genres, including classical, pop and folk, while its lyrics reflect the ways LGBTQ people “have this amazing freedom to define our relationships in a nonconventional way,” Kelly said. One song in particular, “Cracked Porcelain,” explores open relationships among same-sex couples. 

“There is still a responsibility there to take care of each other and to make sure there’s love there and to value love and not just cheap sex and feeling gratified in the moment,” he said. “We don’t have to do things the way straight people have done for thousands of years. That’s really exciting.” 

Looking forward, Kelly would like to try his hand at a stage musical or a world music project. 

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Looking forward, Kelly would like to try his hand at a stage musical or a world music project. 

The release of “More” was intended to follow Kelly’s March 17 performance in Austin, Texas, during South by Southwest. Like many other artists, the singer-songwriter was forced to cancel the performance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Although all of his future tour dates are on hold, he’s hoping to schedule performances in New York, Los Angeles and Austin later this year. He’s also eager to try his hand at a stage musical and possibly travel the world for a world music project. 

“I have the idea of going to different countries with music traditions that I’ve always been interested and loved, so I can learn more about the music traditions,” he said. “I’ve thought about India and Egypt and Brazil and Ireland and places where the music has always really spoken to me. That’s one of my fantasies.” 

Ryan Reynolds Roasts Fellow Celebs In Semi-Serious Coronavirus Video

Ryan Reynolds resorted to his classic bag of tricks for a coronavirus video he made to encourage people to stay inside. 

The actor, who was nominated to post a message by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, shared the video on his social media platforms by telling his followers this was “Another important message from an important celebrity.” 

Reynolds then started off his clip by thanking the prime minister and reminding people who will always save them in times of crisis: celebrities, of course! 

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are donating $1 million to charitable food banks in Canada and the U.S. amid the pandemic

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are donating $1 million to charitable food banks in Canada and the U.S. amid the pandemic.

“We need to work together to flatten the curve and fight off COVID-19. I think in times of crisis, we all know that it’s the celebrities we count on most,” Reynolds said with a slight smirk. “They’re the ones that are going to get us through this.”

“Right after health care workers, of course,” the actor added. “First responders. People who work in essential services. Ping pong players. Mannequins ― they’re great. Childhood imaginary friends, sure. Like 400 other types of people?”

“Look, stay at home. Practice social distancing, wash your hands,” Reynolds said. “We are gonna get through this thing. We’re gonna get through this thing together.”

Reynolds and his wife, actor Blake Lively, announced last week that they were donating $1 million to charitable food banks in Canada and the U.S. amid the pandemic.

Reynolds said Tuesday that his gin brand, called Aviation, will be donating $15,000 and 30% of all orders purchased online to the United States Bartenders’ Guild. “Stay home to help #FlattenTheCurve while we #TipYourBartenders,” the Aviation website urged.

Though the world certainly didn’t need celebrities to band together to make that terrible “Imagine” video, the U.S. surgeon general has also called on celebs with massive followings to encourage young people to recognize the severity of COVID-19. 

“What I really think we need to do … is get our influencers out,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams said last week while calling into “Good Morning America.”

“Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell,” Adams continued. “We need to get Kylie Jenner, we need to get our social media influencers out there in helping folks understand that, look, this is serious. This is absolutely serious. People are dying.” 

Jenner later answered Adams’ call and gave her 167 million Instagram followers information about COVID-19. 

“Practice social distancing, self-quarantine,” the beauty mogul said, adding that everyone should stay inside. “If you live with your parents, you don’t want to go home, get your parents sick. You might have it and not even know and be infecting other people.” 

Watch ‘Quarantine Stir Crazy’ Rita Wilson Rap For 3 Minutes Straight

Rita Wilson’s ongoing self-isolation has prompted her to reveal some skills she’d previously kept private.

The 63-year-old actor, who has been isolating with her husband, Tom Hanks, in Australia after testing positive for coronavirus, posted a four-minute video on Instagram over the weekend in which she raps Naughty by Nature’s 1990s hit “Hip Hop Hooray.”

The post, captioned “Quarantine Stir Crazy,” starts with Wilson reading Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel “Ender’s Game” on the couch. Then, as her jam comes on, she launches into song (well, spoken word).

“See it to believe it,” she wrote. 

Hanks and Wilson were discharged from a Gold Coast hospital last week, five days after announcing their coronavirus diagnosis. They self-quarantined at their place in Australia, a representative for Wilson confirmed to HuffPost.

Hanks shared an update soon afterward, saying they were feeling “much the same” and experiencing “no fever but the blahs.” He said it was good news, considering some patients have gotten worse over time.

Previously, he’d said they were experiencing body aches and fatigue, and that Wilson had recurring chills and slight fevers. They’d resorted to passing the time with card games, napping and chores, he said.

Wilson had also shared another (very different) musical clip, likely recorded before the diagnosis, singing her song “Broken Man.”

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Alicia Keys Says She Will Send Voice Notes To Fans After Postponing Book Tour

Alicia Keys has figured out a way to connect with her fans after postponing the upcoming tour for her book “More Myself: A Journey” due to the coronavirus pandemic: voice notes. 

The singer announced Thursday that her tour, which was originally scheduled to kick off in Brooklyn, New York, on March 31, had been officially postponed. 

“Everyone’s health and safety is the #1 priority!” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for your deep love and support, I’ll let you know about new dates as soon as possible. Stay positive! Stay powerful! Keep your frequency high and be kind to one another. I adore u.” 

Keys then shared a phone number on Twitter early Friday morning, encouraging her fans to text her so she can send them voice notes and “maybe even sing u a little song.”

“This is a strange time and I want to find ways to continue to connect with you,” she wrote. “I really have love for y’all.”

Keys also announced that the release of her latest album, “Alicia,” would be postponed. It was originally slated to come out Friday. 

“Stay home right now…” she wrote.

New ‘Star Wars’ Clip Shows The Jedi Who Spoke To Rey In That Critical Scene

A new clip promoting the home video release of “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” gives viewers a chance to see who spoke to Rey during the film’s climax.

Caution: Spoilers ahead

The clip shows Rey, portrayed by Daisy Ridley, calling on the Jedi of the past for help after she was left weakened from her battle with Emperor Palpatine (her grandfather, as it turned out).

“Be with me,” she said, helplessly watching as Palpatine attacks the Resistance.

Earlier in the film, she tried calling on the Jedi using those same words, but failed. This time, they were there for her and the new clip posted on the Star Wars Twitter feed puts faces to some of those voices: 

The clip shows only part of the scene. 

Fans have also made their own version showing each of the Jedi who spoke to Rey during those critical moments: 

Tom Hanks Shares ‘Good News’ For Him And Rita Wilson From Coronavirus Isolation

Screen icon Tom Hanks has “good news” for his fans: He and spouse Rita Wilson, the actor, singer and producer, haven’t gotten any worse one week after testing positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Australia. 

Last week, Hanks said the two were feeling tired and had colds with body aches.

Rita had some chills that came and went,” he wrote at the time. “Slight fevers too.”

They were since released from the hospital and into self-isolation for recovery, where he said on Tuesday that they’re feeling more or less the same… which he called “good news” given how the infection can get so much worse for some patients. 

“No fever but the blahs,” he wrote. “Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.”

But he added there was also a little bad news: Wilson “has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and leads by 201 points.” 

Then he cracked a joke about a typewriter he used to love: 

“We’re all in this together,” he concluded. “Flatten the curve.” 

Wilson reposted Hanks’s message and shared a video ― likely recorded previously ― of her song “A Broken Man.” 

Blake Lively Donates Big Bucks To Coronavirus Relief While Roasting Ryan Reynolds

In times of great uncertainty, it’s comforting to know that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds will never miss out on an opportunity to poke fun at each other.

The married couple announced on Monday that they are donating $1 million to charitable food banks in both the United States and Reynolds’ native Canada amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Lively and Reynolds allocated $500,000 each to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada to help feed those in need, as thousands of people have been affected by loss of work, a lack of medical care and reduced access to food supplies due to the pandemic. 

“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families. Ryan & I are donating $1 million to be split between FEEDING AMERICA and FOOD BANKS CANADA,” Lively wrote on Instagram. “If you can give, these orgs need our help.”

While she underscored the importance of social distancing to stop the spread to vulnerable populations at this time, the “Gossip Girl” alum also encouraged everyone to stay connected in other ways.

“Remember the lonely and isolated. FaceTime, Skype, make a video. Remember the love that can travel through all this,” she wrote. “Communities are stepping up — shopping for the elderly, making lunches for children. We can all do something for one another, even if that’s simply staying home.”

And because we all could use a laugh right now, Lively ended her message by joking Reynolds was using the crisis to his own benefit. 

“Can someone please tell Ryan that ‘emotional distancing’ from his mother in law is not a thing,” she concluded. “Nothing can save him.”

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively at the premiere of "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" in May 2019.

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively at the premiere of “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” in May 2019.

Lively has been a frequent target of her husband’s well-documented internet trolling.

Earlier this year, Reynolds posted a series of photos of the couple in which Lively is either slightly cropped out or making a funny face and he’s looking as handsome as ever to celebrate her birthday. 

At the time, Lively said she was “working on” her next move against the “Deadpool” star, quipping, “I gotta dig something up.”

Reynolds shared a post of his own announcing the donation on Monday and similarly urged his followers to give what they can during the crisis. 

But, of course, he also couldn’t help but find the funny, taking his sights off Lively and onto frequent social media sparring partner Hugh Jackman. 

“Take care of your bodies and hearts. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection,” Reynolds concluded, before he joked: “Hugh Jackman’s # is 1-555-[crying emoji]-HUGH.”

Reynolds and Lively are two of many celebrities offering a helping hand throughout the health crisis. 

This past week, designer Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck donated 200,000 euros to the intensive care department of San Raffaele hospital in Milan, Italy, while Justin Timberlake announced that he’d be donating to the Mid-South Food Bank in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

“This is a crazy time, but remember we’re all in it together,” Timberlake wrote. “Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need.”

Keep up with the latest updates on the coronavirus at our live blog.

Mel Brooks Makes A Blunt Joke About Self-Isolation Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak

Mel Brooks wants to remind you that when you’re dismissive about the elderly during the coronavirus outbreak, you’re talking about him — and all his friends.

So Brooks teamed up with his son Max and a sliding glass door to create a PSA that’s not only funny and helpful but also puts things in stark perspective.

Max Brooks begins the PSA by saying he’s 47 years old and that his father — who created comedy classics like “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “History of the World, Part 1” — is 93.

As the two stand on either side of a sliding glass door to keep the filmmaker safe, the younger Brooks gets to the point of their message.

“If I get coronavirus, I’ll probably be OK,” he says. “But if I give it to [my dad], he could give it to Carl Reiner, who can give it to Dick Van Dyke, and before I know it, I’ve wiped out a whole generation of comedic legends.”

The PSA offers sound advice about what everyone can do to help prevent the spread of the virus — such as washing your hands and practicing social distancing. Meanwhile, Mel Brooks makes goofy facial expressions behind the glass door and eventually shoos his son away.

Max Brooks via Twitter

Brooks isn’t the only celebrity to speak out against flippant responses to the current crisis.

“Lizzie McGuire” and “Younger” star Hilary Duff posted a video on social media Sunday telling “millennial assholes” to “stop killing old people” by “going out and partying.” Taylor Swift, on the other hand, took a gentler approach in a plea to her fans.

“Guys – I follow you online and I love you guys so much and need to express my concern that things aren’t being taken seriously enough right now,” she said on her Instagram stories.

“I’m seeing lots of get togethers and hangs and parties still happening. This is the time to cancel plans,” Swift wrote, adding, “Don’t assume that because you don’t feel sick that you aren’t possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this.”

‘Bachelor’ Peter Weber’s Mom Barb May Return To TV Before He Does

It’s very unlikely “Bachelor” star Peter Weber will be returning to the show anytime soon, but ABC executives wouldn’t mind working with his opinionated and passionate mom, Barbara Weber.

ABC’s reality chief Rob Mills told Variety on Wednesday that the network is very open to the idea of having Barbara Weber — or Barb, as she’s known by fans — be involved with the Bachelor franchise moving forward.

“Anywhere Barbara wants a place in Bachelor Nation, she’s got it,” he said. “She’s certainly somebody with a lot of love to give.”

She became a viral sensation with fans earlier in the season thanks to repeated previews of a scene where she expressed her affection for one of Peter Weber’s final two choices, imploring him to “bring her home.”

But things really came to a head on Tuesday night, when she flat out told her son, his final choice Madison Prewett, and the rest of the world that she didn’t think the relationship would work and he would have to “fail to succeed.”

Mills said that he was surprised at how far Barb Weber went to express her disapproval, but admitted it was “great TV.”

“We knew that she was not necessarily thrilled that Peter had reconciled with Madison, but this was truly a little bit scary because it was live and nobody knows what she’s going to say,” he told Variety.  

Because Peter Weber and Prewett only got back together during Tuesday’s finale, Mills says the couple isn’t doing the usual round of media interviews that typically follows the end of a season of “The Bachelor.”

“I think Peter and Madison are trying to figure their way out and what’s next for them,” Mills told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think that answering a million questions right now when they haven’t had the time to ask those questions of themselves would have been really difficult and kind of a gauntlet.”

Although the show may follow up with the couple if it’s warranted, Mills seemed more open to working with Barb Weber, whether that means co-hosting “The Bachelor’s” upcoming “Senior Edition,” or being a bartender on “Bachelor In Paradise.”

“I’ve also seen a lot of people asking if she’d be on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’” Mills said. ”If Barb is interested in something, we’d always sit down with her.”

Suspected Car Thief Tells Police She’s Beyonce Knowles

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is facing charges after police say she stole a car and later tried to claim she was pop singer Beyoncé Knowles.

Surena Henry was arrested Saturday morning in Las Cruces, New Mexico, when an officer spotted a vehicle that resembled one that recently had been reported stolen, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

According to court documents, the 48-year-old Henry ignored the officer’s orders to pull over and later parked in front of her home.

Documents say Henry told the officer she was Beyoncé.

Police also reported Henry told the officer she found the keys in the vehicle and decided to take it for a joy ride. She also allegedly told police that she didn’t stop driving when she saw the emergency lights because she didn’t feel like it.

Henry is charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, concealing identity and resisting or obstructing an arrest.

It was not known if she had an attorney.

Surena Henry, 48, is facing charges after police say she stole a car and later tried to claim she was pop singer Beyoncé Know

Las Cruces Police Dept.

Surena Henry, 48, is facing charges after police say she stole a car and later tried to claim she was pop singer Beyoncé Knowles.