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Hypable spoke to IAMEVE, an electro-pop artist whose song was featured in Sea of monsters, about her style, her creative process, and Thalia’s theme.

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“To Feel Alive” is the hauntingly beautiful theme song for Thalia, the daughter of Zeus who was nearly killed by a cyclops in Sea of Monsters, the second book and second film in the Percy Jackson series. She was saved by her father and transformed into a tree, where she has been guarding Camp Half-Blood ever since.

Hypable spoke to the artist behind the song, IAMEVE, about both her music and the song’s relation to the film and the character of Thalia. You can listen to the song below and read the lyrics on her website.

Q: What does the creative process look like when you sit down to pen or compose a song?

A: Every time is a little different depending on the mood or circumstances, but overall I find the best way for me to create is to focus on the feeling of the moment and try to stay out of my head. Often I am inspired by a certain story or intention and other times I hear a beat or melody that makes me sing and move. From there I try to just be open and let ideas flow out. What’s amazing is that there are so many tools to create with, whether its an acoustic instrument, computer software, or apps on the iPhone. There’s so many ways to be creative and get inspired. Tools and palettes aside, I still am an avid believer in the craft of songwriting and that there is nothing more important than strong melody and lyric. No matter what, in the end, the most important thing is refining the melody and lyrics over and over until it feels right.

Q: How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard your music before?

A: It’s kind of ethereal, fantastical, pop that is a little left of center with a lot of synths and big harmonies.

The Huffington Post described it as “if Alice took Ziggy Stardust’s hand and followed him down the rabbit hole to a world guided by the twists and turns of ethereal and colorful vocals.”

Q: What preparation did you take before this song was written? (ie. Did you watch the previous movie? Have you read the books?)

A: Yes, I did watch the previous and current movie, as well as reading excerpts from the books. I also have a love for Greek mythology, so I had fun researching Thalia and the Muses as well. Andrew [Lockington, composer] and I also spent a lot of time working on ideas for how to bring the sound of the film score and Thalia’s Theme together with my sound to create something that would connect in a magical way.

Q: What was your main objective with this song? What did you want your listeners to get from it?

A: The inspiration for me was to bring Thalia’s story to life by imagining what it was like to be in her shoes. I just loved her character and story because she has this beautiful combination of strength and vulnerability that is so feminine. Plus I loved the idea of her being in a state of slumber from childhood and waking as a young woman. It reminds me a little of Snow White, and it’s something that I think most females connect to on a deep level. It also made perfect sense with the ending of them film, where she awakes, especially since it connects to the next sequence in the series. It just seemed to be the perfect way to end it.

What I wanted listeners to get from it was the feeling of being lifted up and alive. It is such an extreme to go from darkness and aloneness, to suddenly out of nowhere waking up surrounded by people and bright lights. That’s what it felt like happened to Thalia, and I hoped to capture those emotions in the lyrics and music.

Q: This was written about Thalia Grace, but is there any part of you in this song?

A: :) Yes… It’s as much about me as it is about Thalia. It was a perfect set of coincidences, as I’ve been working on a concept album called The Everything Nothing, where I am lifted up into the universe after being trapped for a lifetime in a big black hole. Essentially, it’s about awakening, which is what I immediately connected to with Thalia’s story. I am so fascinated with women and our incredible ability to transform ourselves over and over again until we are barely recognizable. It’s truly magical, and Thalia’s awakening felt like one of those transformations to me.

What are your thoughts on ‘To Feel Alive,’ Thalia’s theme song, in ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’?

90 minutes into an embarrassing year for the MTV VMAs, a bright light appeared: Beyoncé.

Beyoncé’s 2016 MTV VMA performance may go down as one of the best in the award show’s history. The Lemonade singer flawlessly moved through “Pray You Catch Me,” “Hold Up,” “Sorry,” “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (featuring a Cruella de Vil-like wardrobe), and “Formation,” each with their own themes and stunning visuals. (That fire! That broken camera! The feminism!)

Watch Beyoncé’s full 2016 MTV VMA performance below:

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90 minutes into an embarrassing year for the MTV VMAs, a bright light appeared: Beyoncé.

Beyoncé’s 2016 MTV VMA performance may go down as one of the best in the award show’s history. The Lemonade singer flawlessly moved through “Pray You Catch Me,” “Hold Up,” “Sorry,” “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (featuring a Cruella de Vil-like wardrobe), and “Formation,” each with their own themes and stunning visuals. (That fire! That broken camera! The feminism!)

Watch Beyoncé’s full 2016 MTV VMA performance below:

The performance was a bit of a surprise. Though MTV hinted that she’d be showing up, no one expected a 15-minute performance.

The 2016 MTV VMAs were disappointing to say the least. The first two award winners — the only two awards presented in the first 2 hours of the show — weren’t present to receive them (Drake was apparently stuck in traffic, according to P Diddy).

And peppered throughout the performances were Key and Peele, who were playing commentators who just mocked millennials and their lingo. Bizarre, when you realize that they’re just making fun of the show’s core audience for hours.

Then Britney Spears had to follow Beyoncé with a performance of “Make Me” with G-Eazy. Poor Britney! No one should have to follow a Beyoncé performance like the one above.

It’s funny how Beyoncé feels compelled to perform at the garbage that are the MTV VMAs. They don’t deserve her. There are only two legitimate reasons why she could be interested in doing this: To inspire, and to promote the Formation World Tour.

Marvel reveals what Thor was really up to during ‘Civil War’ in amazing new video

"And who's this purple weirdo?"

3:38 pm EDT, August 28, 2016

Have you found yourself curious about just where Thor ended up whilst his team mates were duking it out during Captain America: Civil War? Well, wonder no longer, as Marvel has finally revealed the truth.

We’ve all mulled the question over in our heads, since the line-up for Civil War was revealed. Where were Thor and Bruce Banner hiding out whilst the Sokovia Accords were tearing their team apart?

The answer was revealed in a mockumentary clip, directed by Thor: Ragnarok helmer Taika Waititi, which debuted during San Diego Comic-Con this past summer — where it received an enthusiastic response. But, for those fans left at home, and without a coveted seat in Hall H, the answer still remained painfully out of reach.

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Have you found yourself curious about just where Thor ended up whilst his team mates were duking it out during Captain America: Civil War? Well, wonder no longer, as Marvel has finally revealed the truth.

We’ve all mulled the question over in our heads, since the line-up for Civil War was revealed. Where were Thor and Bruce Banner hiding out whilst the Sokovia Accords were tearing their team apart?

The answer was revealed in a mockumentary clip, directed by Thor: Ragnarok helmer Taika Waititi, which debuted during San Diego Comic-Con this past summer — where it received an enthusiastic response. But, for those fans left at home, and without a coveted seat in Hall H, the answer still remained painfully out of reach.

Until now.

Released in anticipation of the Civil War DVD and Blu-ray release, this short is now available to the masses, and we couldn’t happier — not least because it’s just as hilarious as promised.

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That’s right. As Tony and Steve were duking it out, Thor was Down Under, chilling with his new buddy Darryl and engaging in a little community service.

It’s definitely worth checking out for yourself, and we won’t spoil any of the more hilarious touches — especially some of Thor’s… artistic interpretations of certain Avengers team members. We’re definitely not going to be able to look at Nick Fury in the same way, ever again.

(Also, if you’ve been having difficulty tracking the Infinity Stones, Thor has the perfect solution for you!)

Rest assured that, if this mockumentary is anything to go by, Thor: Ragnarok is in very capable hands. We’re certainly looking forward to a Rainbow road bridge-tripping adventure across the universe with Thor and Hulk.

Especially if it allows Chris Hemsworth to show off more of his comedy chops, as seen in the above clip.

Captain America: Civil War is released in Digital HD on September 2, and on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13. Thor: Ragnarok will be heading to theaters on November 3, 2017.

Which ‘team’ are you on now? Team Cap, Team Iron Man, or… Team Thor?

The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.