By Valis Vicenty May 15, 2013
Nicole Kidman is having a very good week! After inking a deal to star in Jimmy Choo’s fall campaign, we’re now getting a look at some of the first shots from her upcoming biopic, Grace of Monaco.
The Hollywood Reporter had exclusive access to the first images of the film, which chronicles the life of Hollywood starlet turned real life princess, Grace Kelly. Directed by Olivier Dahan, the film delves deep into the time period but steps away from the lookalike approach. This style is quite similar to Dahan’s Oscar winning La Vie En Rose and the casting choice of Marion Cotillard. “I’m not trying to re-create Grace, just capture her essence,” she explained to the publication last year during filming. “This is more of an art movie than a strict biopic.”
The film was originally meant to debut at the Cannes Film Festival, but we’ll have to wait for the holidays when it hits theaters on December 27th.
Star Scoop: Kelly Rowland Airs Out ‘Dirty Laundry,’ Mariah Carey Plots World Tour, USC’s Dr. Dre Academy
By Angel Lenise Robinson May 15, 2013
Fans of Kelly Rowland‘s charismatic sex appeal were exposed to a darker side of the Destiny’s Child alum with the release of her third single from Talk A Good Game, “Dirty Laundry.” In the candid ballad, Rowland opens up about her past in an abusive relationship and how she struggled with Beyoncé‘s success after their chart-topping girl group went on hiatus. “It took me days to record. I had to get past being so upset and actually sing the song, not sob through it,” Rowland revealed to Billboard. “I always hope that my music can inspire someone, the same way other artists inspire me.” [Billboard]
Her future as a judge on American Idol may be bleak, but Mariah Carey is reportedly focusing her attention—and five-octave vocal range—on a world tour. Her Miguel-assisted “#Beautiful” is already number one in 25 countries, and sources say its enough momentum to spark her first tour since her Charmbracelet run in 2004. [Us Magazine]
One of the richest figures in hip-hop, Dr. Dre, announced today that he and legendary music executive Jimmy Iovine are pledging $70 million to open a music academy at USC. “I feel like this is the biggest, most exciting and probably the most important thing that I’ve done in my career,” the Beats by Dre founder declared to the New York Times. The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation will boast a four-year undergraduate program to prime emerging music professionals starting fall 2014. [L.A. Times]
Since we’re on the topic of academia, students at New College Nottingham in England can now pursue a Heavy Metal Performance Degree. The four-year track will cover heavy metal history, censorship, genealogy, composition, business, and its relationship with religion. [TIME]
Mobile gamers were obsessed with Angry Birds when it was introduced in December 2009. Nearly two billion downloads and nine books later, the addictive app is heading to the silver screen. Sony Pictures has bought global distribution rights to the sensation with plans to release a 3-D film based on the flying fighters on July 1, 2016. [The Hollywood Reporter]
For all you Trekkies who are having trouble in Klingon 101, turn to Bing. The search engine partnered with the creator of the intergalactic language to help Star Trek fans translate from English to Klingon and back. [GLAM Inbox]
Our fingers are crossed that Rihanna‘s stateside debut of Styled to Rock will fare much better than her critically-slammed 777 Tour documentary. And with the help of Pharrell, our wish could come true. The Daft Punk collaborator will be a mentor on the Unapologetic singer’s U.S. version of the reality styling competition. “We are delighted to have Pharrell, who is a driving force in both the music industry and fashion world, serve as a mentor on ‘Styled to Rock,” said Salaam Coleman Smith, president of Style Media. “Pharrell’s unique aesthetic and commitment to individuality combined with Rihanna’s vision for this series will enable our aspiring designers to hone their craft and learn from the very people who set the trends.” [GLAM Inbox]
And now, for your regularly scheduled rom-com tease: the official trailer for About Time starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson has arrived. The November film tells a story of Tim (Gleeson), a man who uses his uncanny ability for time travel to make Mary (McAdams) fall in love with him and paint a picture-perfect life. Check it out here. [GLAM Inbox]
By Valis Vicenty May 15, 2013
Move over Maxim! Victoria’s Secret unveiled this year’s list of the world’s sexiest women, and they’re not just ranked on how hot they are. Each celeb earned their own particular title, just like high school superlatives. While Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev scored Sexiest Style, our girl Jennifer Lawrence took home the title of Sexiest Sense of Humor. Even Elizabeth Banks and Carrie Diaries’ Chloe Bridges landed on the list thanks to votes from fans! Here are a few highlights of the bevy of beautiful winners:
Sexiest Actress: Jessica Chastain
Sexiest Songstress: Beyoncé
Sexiest Style: Nina Dobrev
Sexiest Sense of Humor: Jennifer Lawrence
Sexiest international Import: Emilia Clarke
Sexiest Hair: Amanda Seyfried
Sexiest Legs: Blake Lively
Sexiest Tweeter: Elizabeth Banks
Sexiest Up & Coming Bombshell: Chloe Bridges
For a full list of winners, please visit VictioriasSecret.com.
Star Scoop: Leonardo Nets $35 Mil at Christie’s, Beyonce Fuels Baby Rumors, Rashida Jones Gets ‘Brave’
By Angel Lenise Robinson May 14, 2013
An Elizabeth Peyton portrait of Gatsby gent Leonardo DiCaprio sold for an astonishing $1 million at the actor’s 11th Hour charity auction last night; but that was nothing compared to the $35 million total that was raised for environmental and wildlife conservation under his namesake foundation. The event, hosted in conjunction with Christie’s, set 13 auction records for various artists’ works in what chairman Brett Gorvy coined as “the most important environmental charity ever staged.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
In a move uncharacteristic of her pristine career, Beyoncé cancelled her Tuesday tour date in Antwerp, Belgium citing health concerns. While Mrs. Carter Show reps added that the Queen Bey “has been advised by her doctors to rest as a result of dehydration and exhaustion,” the cancellation leads to speculation that she’s pregnant with baby number two. Although Beyoncé revealed to ABC News that she would like to give daughter Blue Ivy some company, her team is dispelling pregnancy rumors and say that she plans to return to the stage on Wednesday. [E! Online]
Who’s got Sara Bareilles dancing in the streets? Rashida Jones. While we’re used to seeing the Parks and Recreation star in front of the camera, she stepped behind the lens to direct Bareilles’ new video for “Brave,” the first single from her upcoming album, The Blessed Unrest. [Entertainment Tonight]
Have you been holding your breath between reveals for Catching Fire? Well, get ready to exhale. Here’s the official movie poster for Jennifer Lawrence‘s second run as Katniss Everdeen via an Instagram account for The Hunger Games sequel. [Mashable]
After eight years of Stefon and Vinny Vedecci, Bill Hader is bidding adieu to Saturday Night Live. “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” said Hader. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’” The Emmy nominee will officially depart at the end of SNL‘s 38th season. [New York Times]
While NBC is making headlines for canceling more than 10 shows, rival ABC is adding 14 new series to its lineup. Joss Whedon‘s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Steven Spielberg‘s Lucky 7 are among the network’s newest additions. [Yahoo News]
Back at the peacock, The Voice is preparing for the return of Christina Aguilera. She and fellow judge Cee Lo Green were replaced by Usher and Shakira this round to focus on their music careers, but both should be back on for season five of the reality competition. Aguilera will reportedly pocket $12 million for the gig. [Entertainment Weekly]
Michael Pena’s finale in End of Watch left us in tears, so we can only hope he rekindles that magic by teaming up with the film’s director David Ayer for a furious role. Pena is in negotiations for Ayer’s Fury, a World War II-era film that stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Beyonce‘s baby sister Solange Knowles is a “Grown Woman” who’s taking her music career into her own independent hands. The “Losing You” chanteuse is releasing a full-length album under her new company Saint Records. “Super stoked to announce I’ve started my own label, SAINT RECORDS, where I’ll be releasing my music & other projects distributed through SONY,” she tweeted earlier today. “Through Saint Records I will have 100% creative/artistic control & continue to passionately pursue my footing in this new musical movement.” [Pitchfork]
By Valis Vicenty May 14, 2013
It looks like the Knowles are becoming a sister act! In a delightful turn of events, Beyoncé and Solange released new songs on the very same day!
Both songs provide an ode to le boudoir and also feature some of the hottest rappers to recently blow up, providing their own dose of swagger. Solange slows things down with “Looks Good With Trouble,” a full version of the tune from her True EP with help from Kendrick Lamar. The Complex cover girl holds her own against her big sis and proves that there’s more than style that runs in the family.
Beyoncé gifted us with a peek into her highly anticipated album thanks to her Pepsi and H&M commercials, and seriously caused a stir when she asked everyone to “Bow Down.” This time around, the Time’s 100 icon tapped 2Chainz and The Dream to ensure her newest track has a bit more bump to it, a la “Single Ladies” with a true R&B groove.
Regardless of which is your favorite, both are sure to become playlist essentials for those sultry summer nights when l’amour is in the air! Listen to the tracks below:
By Valis Vicenty May 14, 2013
Angelina Jolie is sharing some very personal information; she underwent a preventative double mastectomy in order to create awareness of the preventative surgery.
The very private star opened up to The New York Times about her decision to move forward with the series of procedures that would lower her risk of developing breast cancer. Her mother fought the disease for over a decade and passed at the age of 56. Thanks to genetic testing, Jolie later found out that she carried a gene that increased her own risk by 87%.
In the letter to the paper, Jolie detailed the three months of procedures, including a “nipple delay” and reconstructive surgery, which lowered her risk to below 5%. She also touched on the support she received from Brad Pitt and her six children that motivated her to undergo the process in the first place. “[They] know that I love them and will do anything to with them as long as I can,” she explained. “Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.”
She wanted to share her brave story to provide women with options, especially to those who have a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Jolie noted that the gene testing she received was over $3,000 in the U.S. alone, which can be an obstacle for many women. In doing so, she’s prompting conversations to assist lower income families to get access to the test. She also urged readers to turn to medical experts and become informed of what preventative measures they can take. “I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer,” she concluded. “Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”
By B. Scott May 13, 2013
As many of you may already know Mariah Carey a.k.a ‘My Mimi’ and yours truly are close friends. We first met when I interviewed MC in her dressing room after her Las Vegas concert in 2009 (which was arranged by her husband Nick Cannon after he randomly starting tweeting me one day a couple of weeks prior to our interview). We instantly clicked and as they say, the rest is history. So naturally, I attended the splendiferously divine princess ceremony that shut down Disneyland where Carey and Cannon renewed their wedding vows in honor of their fifth wedding anniversary and celebrated the second birthday of their twins, ‘Dem Babies’ Moroccan and Monroe.
Here’s a quick summary of the magical night: Carey and daughter Monroe got ready for the ceremony at the Dream Suite, an exclusive hotel room located above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Both wearing white princess-inspired gowns, Carey (dressed as Cinderella) and Monroe rode in a Cinderella-style horse-drawn carriage to Main Street where Cannon and Moroccan, both dressed as Prince Charming were anxiously awaiting.
The couple and ‘Dem Babies’ walked down the aisle to the front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, which was decorated with 15,000 flowers imported from South Africa, Holland and France, and 10,000 crystals. Cinderella’s Royal Footman officiated the ceremony (attended by 250 guests including Debbie Allen, Holly Robinson Peete, Luenell, Stephen Hill, Tamar Braxton, and Vince Herbert) which concluded with a spectacular fireworks display.
Then the guests were escorted to Fantasyland for the reception. Cannon DJ’d the event, playing old school hip-hop intermixed with Mariah’s numerous hits and later guests rode the Matterhorn Bobsleds, the King Arthur Carousel, Peter Pan’s Flight and Snow White’s Scary Adventures. At the end of the night, the glass carriage whisked the happy couple away back to the Dream Suite.
Before the wedding renewal ceremony, ‘Dem Babies’ Monroe and Moroccan celebrated their second birthday at the Fantasy Faire section of the park with 150 guests. The highlight of their birthday celebration was when Carey gave her daughter Monroe the microphone and she sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to everyone’s delight!
The Cannons have renewed their vows every year since getting married. After dating almost two months they were married in the Bahamas in 2008. They first re-wed in the Maldives in 2009, then at their Beverly Hills home in 2010, in the hospital in 2011 (Carey had just birthed their two twins), and at the Eiffel Tower in 2012.
Speaking of ‘beautiful’, Mariah has just released “#Beautiful”, her brand new single both co-written by and featuring Miguel. I knew from the moment she played it for me that it was an undeniable hit and should be the first single from her forthcoming album. The song is receiving stellar reviews across major publications and media outlets, further adding to Carey’s already fairy-tale life.
B.Scott, The Multimedia Maven and Every Girl’s Best Friend, serves as the premiere tastemaker of lovebscott.com, providing his ‘love muffins’ with the latest in celebrity news, entertainment, fashion and advice. He’s best known as one of the first internet celebrities to successfully transition into television and radio.
By Angel Lenise Robinson May 13, 2013
In six days, Billboard’s hottest acts will take to the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage and electrify audiences with their chart-topping hits. To date, there are 16 acts slated to entertain during one of music’s biggest nights, from Bruno Mars and the Band Perry, to Icona Pop and Icon Award recipient Prince. American Idol judge Nicki Minaj and labelmate Lil’ Wayne will probably take us on a nostalgic trip to “High School” while Chris Brown may assume a Michael Jackson-worthy role and woo us with “Fine China.” Whatever these acts may have in store, we’re sure to be entertained. In anticipation of this star-studded soiree, we’ve curated over an hour of listening with some of the biggest tracks that BMA 2013 performers have graced the masses with so far.
“Beautiful” | Christina Aguilera, 2002
“Better Dig Two” | The Band Perry, 2012
“Boyfriend” | Justin Bieber, 2012
“Don’t Wake Me Up” | Chris Brown, 2012
“Come & Get It” | Selena Gomez, 2013
“Play Hard” | David Guetta, Akon, and Ne-Yo, 2013
“I Love It” | Icona Pop, 2012
“Dance Again” | Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, 2012
“Can’t Hold Us” | Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, 2011
“Locked Out of Heaven” | Bruno Mars, 2012
“How Many Drinks” | Miguel, 2013
“Superbass” | Nicki Minaj, 2011
“Merry Go ‘Round” | Kacey Musgraves, 2012
“When Doves Cry” | Prince, 1984
“Drunk” | Ed Sheeran, 2012
“I Knew You Were Trouble” | Taylor Swift, 2012
Star Scoop: Amy Winehouse Remembered with London Exhibit, Lady Gaga’s Return, Daft Punk’s Latest Viral Tease
By Angel Lenise Robinson May 13, 2013
London’s Jewish Museum is paying homage to Amy Winehouse in the first posthumous exhibit to honor the “Back to Black” singer, and with the full support of her family. Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait was co-curated by her brother, Alex, and offers a candid look at her personal life, style, and heritage. “Amy was someone who was incredibly proud of her Jewish-London roots,” he said of the showing, which opens on July 3. [The Cut]
We haven’t seen much of Lady Gaga and her gold wheelchair post-hip surgery, but she’s slowly making her way back to the limelight. Mother Monster performed with jazz trumpeter Brian Newman this weekend at the Gramercy Park Hotel where they serenaded the crowd with a rendition of “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The casual comeback marks Gaga’s first live show since being diagnosed with synovitis earlier this year. [E! Online]
The Daft Punk duo is steady on the promo trail with the release of a viral video for their new album, Random Access Memories. The clip features the “robots” opening a confidential package in a dark control room that reveals their LP cover and 13-song tracklist. [Huffington Post]
Who dares to contend Game of Thrones and actually win? Girls. The Lena Dunham hit beat its fellow HBO series for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ International Program award last night. Thrones, however, did go on to score another big win, the Audience Award. [Entertainment Weekly]
With the 2014 Winter Olympics set for February of next year, award shows are bumping up their broadcasts. The Grammys, which traditionally airs in February, will rather go live on January 26, 2014 for its 56th annual ceremony; but the change is temporary. CBS and Recording Academy execs have already planned for the 2015 show to air on February 8. [Variety]
Savannah Guthrie had a lot to smile about TODAY! The NBC anchor revealed that she and political consultant Mike Feldman are engaged after four years of dating. “We adore each other,” she beamed from set. “Our families have been in-laws for years…they were just waiting for us to catch up!” [Us Magazine]
Comedian, radio host, and day time talk show personality Steve Harvey has cemented his place in Hollywood history. The media multihyphenate was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this morning, and he owes it all to keeping himself challenged while staying true to his first love. “I just always wanted to keep evolving and reinventing myself,” said Harvey. “Most people get stuck on one idea and you can miss out on a lot of opportunities … but everything is centered around my comedy.” [Variety]
Is Gwyneth Paltrow looking forward to next year’s Met Ball? Probably not. The Iron Man 3 actress told USA Today that she will never return to the “un-fun” fête after the dramatics of this year’s punk-themed ceremony. “You always think, ‘oh my God this is going to be so glamorous and amazing’ and then you get there and it’s so hot, it’s so crowded, everyone is pushing you,” Paltrow added during a radio interview. “This year it was really intense, it wasn’t fun.” That last part spoke specifically to Kanye West, a mutual friend and Met Ball performer, who Paltrow says “was furious” during his moody performance. [ABC News]
By Valis Vicenty May 13, 2013
She’s kept America informed for over 50 years, but now Barbara Walters is ready to take a step back.
The groundbreaking broadcast journalist reported on her own retirement by Tweeting the “big news” and setting the facts straight. From now until her last day in 2014, Walters continue her role with ABC as part of The View while serving as an anchor for the network and her Academy Awards and Most Fascinating People specials.
Even after her exit, she will maintain her role as the executive producer on The View. “I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on The View and ABC News,” she said. “I created The View and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”
Walters became a pioneer in television as she worked her way from researcher to panel member of NBC’s Today show during the early ‘60s. She moved over to ABC in 1976, where she became the first female co-anchor on an evening news program before taking the helm of 20/20. Later she curated her specials and started The View in 1997. “I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain,” she said. “I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women – and OK, some men, too – who will be taking my place.”
ABC News President Ben Sherwood was grateful for Walter’s work throughout the decades. “There is only one Barbara Walters,” he said. “We look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself.”
Thank you for your service, Barbara! We applaud all of your hard work!