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Star Scoop: Lady Gaga Crowns Queen, Taylor Swift Shakes up the Charts, Diane Sawyer Signs Off

By  August 28, 2014

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Mother Monster is “the happiest girl in the world.” On a day off from her ARTPOP Ball Tour, Lady Gaga made a surprise performance in Australia with Adam Lambert and Queen. “Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before,” she continued. “I returned to the Radio GaGa mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild.” [Billboard]

If you thought Taylor Swift would have trouble transitioning from country to pop, think again. Her new single “Shake It Off,” which she performed at the MTV Video Music Awards, landed the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 after just one full week out. Guess her haters heard that loud and clear. [Billboard]

Diane Sawyer is signing off. The broadcast vet stood up from her ABC World News anchor desk for the last time Tuesday night. She’d been the face of the broadcast for the past five years but this isn’t the last we’ll see of her. “On a personal note, as I said I’m not going far,” she said. “Down the hall, up the stairs, and I am not slowing down but gearing up in a new way, already at work on some of the stories that take you into the real lives around us, the ones we rarely get to see.” [ELLE]

We know, and love, Shonda Rhimes as being the force behind shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, but this fall, she’s making her on-camera debut. Rhimes will have a guest spot on episode three of The Mindy Project where she’ll star as herself. Should be easy enough. [TV Line]

Fresh off his Emmys win for directing made-for-TV movie The Normal HeartRyan Murphy is giving us a peek at his more sinister side. Here’s your first look at the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show. [Huffington Post]

40-Love: Take in the US Open, American Express Style

By  August 28, 2014

Games within sets, sets within matches, and proclamations of “40-love” to round it all out—regular tennis spectators are more than familiar with the sport, but novices may not be as quick to keep up. With the commencement of the 2014 US Open, though, American Express makes sure that all fans, new and old, partake in the spender of tennis whites, hard surfaces, and Grey Goose Honey Deuce cocktails, in style.

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American Express, an official sponsor of the bout, is back with its third US Open Fan Experience: a two-story coven, complete with a full-sized tennis court, for cardholders to cool off and immerse themselves in an environment where style, technology, and tennis meet. Before taking in Roger Federer and Serena Williams’s respective round one wins, we hung out at AmEx’s US Open Fan Experience and found five things you should do when gearing up for the Grand Slam.

1. Get a preview of James Murphy’s tennis-data inspired mix. The DJ and LCD Soundsystem front man is working with IBM to turn tennis data from each match into algorithms that will, in turn, yield 400 hours of music. Listen here.

2. Swing that thing. Ever wondered where you rank amongst heavy hitting UTSA pros? Stop by the Swing Analysis station where cutting-edge technology will measure your impact, racquet speed, and spin rate, so you can…

3. Serve it up on the Fan Court. This full-size, kid-friendly court offers tennis sessions for children 10 and under, clinics, and meet-and-greets with pro tennis players like Jack Sock and Monica Puig.

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4. Strike a pose with Sloane Stephens. If you can’t catch the 21-year-old phenom on the court, you can pose with her hologram in a card-members only section of the Fan Experience. Or, if you prefer to pose solo…

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5. Get candid with the brand-new Ram Cam. Grab a racquet, and have your best tennis pose caught on a 180-degree candid camera.

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As a bonus, the AmEx enclave offers a retrospective on stand-out tennis court style; Mophie juice packs and charging stations; a US Open-synced radio; and, for the first time ever, a MyOpen, RFID wristband to capture your entire Fan Experience and deliver it straight to your inbox. Any other day in Queens won’t quite compare.

#TBT: Jimmy Kimmel Stages ‘Friends’ Reunion

By  August 28, 2014

Reunited, and it feel so good! It may not be the Friends movie homecoming we’ve hoped for, but Jimmy Kimmel came pretty darn close to realizing our dream.

Jennifer Aniston stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night and was greeted with Kimmel’s fan-fiction account of a Friends reboot. She jumped into character as Rachel before being joined by sitcom alum Courteney Cox (Monica) and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) in an exact replica of Monica’s unmistakable kitchen—theme music and all.

Kimmel isn’t the only one serving up some friendly nostalgia. As the show approaches the 20th anniversary of the series premiere, Warner Bros. and Eight O’Clock Coffee are also teaming up to create a functioning replica of Central Perk, complete with free coffee. The pop-up cafe wil greet visitors beginning on September 17 in New York.

Catch the hilarious clip, and as a bonus, Ellen DeGeneres’ turn at rounding up the gang. Because, we’ll be there for you.

Report: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Are Married!

By  August 28, 2014

brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-marriedAfter nine years and six children, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally tied the knot Saturday in Correns, France.

According to the Associated Press, the couple wed in a small chapel in a private, nondenominational civil ceremony at Provence’s Chateau Miraval. The couple obtained a marriage license from a local California judge who conducted the ceremony. The couple made it a family affair as Jolie walked down the aisle with her eldest sons, Maddox and Pax while Zahara and Vivienne were flower girls and Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers.

Though details about the wedding dress have yet to be released, it was said that the late L’Wren Scott was working with Jolie on the bridal confection. “[Angelina and L'Wren have had] several meetings. Angelina wanted someone who is not so obvious for designing wedding gowns,” Grazia reported in 2012. “She’s been courted by some of the hottest designers on the planet, but having a big name isn’t important to her, she wanted someone she could trust – and she most definitely trusts L’Wren. Of all the people she’s met with, Angelina feels L’Wren is the one who understands her body the most.”

There have been rumors for years as to when Brangelina would make it official, as Pitt said they didn’t want to get married until gay marriage was legal. But it looks like his children’s wishes were finally heard. “We’d actually like to,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, “and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”

Congrats to the happy family!

Star Scoop: Donald Glover’s on the Web, PLL’s Dramatic Exit, Zach Galifianakis is Back on TV

By  August 27, 2014

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Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, aka… Spider-Man? The Community star-turned-acclaimed rapper is putting his voice to use for Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. He’ll play Miles Morales, who was introduced in the Marvel universe in August 2011 as the black Hispanic successor to Peter Parker’s heroic throne. [USA Today]

We didn’t see this coming! “A” struck again on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, this time choosing a main character as her latest victim. Mona Vanderwaal, played by Janel Parrish, was killed off in the season finale, moments before revealing that Alison, “A,” was indeed still alive. Rosewood weeps, but Parrish confirmed via Twitter that she’ll still be on the show… in flashbacks.  [The Hollywood Reporter]

Zach Galifianakis is ready to get back to the funny. The original wolf-packer is headed to FX in a new comedy series where he’ll play “a man who leaves his job in the corporate world to pursue his dreams of becoming a respected clown.” Galifianakis will co-executive produce the series with Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. [Variety]

When the artist formerly known as Prince—then known as Prince again—gives you advice, you take it. In an interview with The New York Times, André 3000 reveals he wasn’t ready for OutKast’s (widely-criticized) weekend one reunion at Coachella back in April, especially after finding out that Paul McCartney and Prince were in the crowd. A few days, later, he got some wise words from Prince. Lesson learned: stick with the hits! [Vulture]

The Budweiser Made in America festival is just days away, and Glam will be there to cover Kanye West’s headlining set in Philadelphia on Saturday… before he hops on a plane to Los Angeles to perform for the West-coast crowd on Sunday. The bi-coastal festival is the first of its kind, and according to Budweiser brand manager Mike Thompson, if it’s a success, it could mean a longer-running festival in years to come. [Huffington Post]

Instagram Diary: The 2014 VMAs and Emmys

By  August 27, 2014

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It’s not every day that tickets for the MTV Music Video Awards and the Emmys land in your hands, so when they do…well, see the above expression. Follow along to see my LA adventures, from prep to party.

Homage: AFI Fest Will Salute Sophia Loren

By  August 27, 2014

AFI Sophia LorenOne of Italy’s most premiere talents is stealing the spotlight at this year’s American Film Institute Fest: Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Bambi, Cannes Film Festival, and César awards recipient Sophia Loren

As part of its annual fête, the AFI Fest will pay tribute to Loren on November 12 with a 50th-anniversary screening of her 1964 film, Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all’italiana). Her portrayal of a shrewd mistress in the movie nabbed Loren her second Oscar nomination. She won the Best Actress award years earlier for Two Women (La ciociara), making her the first actress to win the category for a foreign-language film. Nearly 60 years—and 60 films—later, she represents what AFI deems staying power.

“Sophia Loren is a quintessential screen legend,” said festival director Jacqueline Lyanga. “And it is a privilege to honor her with a tribute that showcases our appreciation of her six decades of influence and outstanding work.”

AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale echoes those sentiments.

“In a world where the daily obsession seems to be, ‘What’s next?’ Sophia Loren is a rare and welcome reminder that true talent is timeless,” Gazzale said in a statement. “It is AFI’s honor to shine a proper light on all the gifts she’s given the world across the years.”

The AFI Fest will run November 6—13 in Los Angeles.

 

 

Man Crush Alert: Chris Soules is the New Bachelor

By  August 27, 2014

He may not have found love on season 10 of The Bachelorette with Andi Dorfman, but Iowa farmer Chris Soules is one step closer to his happily, ever after.

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Good Morning America announced Wednesday morning that Soules will be ABC’s newest Bachelor, joining the ranks of the oft-despised Juan Pablo and Firestone heir Andrew Firestone.

“I believe in the process. I believe in what I went through on the previous show and that’s why I’m doing it,” Soules said, clearly not phased by his third-place rank on Dorfman’s season of Bachelorette. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel like that was a potential.”

He’s right about potential: Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici are recent evidence of the reality show’s match-making prowess. On season 17 of The Bachelor, Lowe popped the question, culminating in a January 2014 ceremonyJason Mesnick from season 13 ended up leaving the season’s winner for its winner-up, Molly Malaney Mesnick, who he wed in a televised 2010 ceremony. On The Bachelorette side of things, its first star, Trista Rehn, accepted beau Ryan Sutter’s proposal; they’ve been married since 2003 and have two children.

That’s not to say the good has outweighed the bad. A majority of couples from the franchise called it quits within months of  their respective finales. Something tells us Soules won’t have a problem finding a soulmate—on or off air—though. Because…

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See You Later, Chelsea Lately!

By  August 27, 2014

Chelsea Handler, FinaleThis is the end.

Chelsea Handler bid adieu to E! Tuesday night after helming an eponymous talk show there for the past seven years. Her star-studded send-off included cameos from Ellen DeGeneres, ex-beau 50 Cent (that relationship still doesn’t make sense), Chelsea Lately talking head Loni LoveGwen StefaniGerard ButlerSandra Bullock, and Miley Cyrus—a list that doesn’t even account for half of the Tuesday night airing’s VIPs.

“I want to say thank you to every single person who showed up for me today, and every single person who showed up for me in the past seven years,” Handler said before her final scene. “Everybody who works on this show, the crew, the sound people who have to deal with my bad moods and my good moods, and the bad people I’ve dated, and the good people I’ve dated, I am really, really appreciative that I’ve been given this opportunity by E!”

As far as Handler’s late night romps, never fear—Netflix is here!

We reported in June that Handler and her unapologetic quips would head to the award-winning streaming service, first with a stand-up special, and then, as host of Netflix’s first talk show. It’s a move that Handler says is “something outside the box to keep myself interested.” And us, too!

Take a look at Handler’s final night on E!, then stay tuned for her Netflix comedy hour this October, before her talk show airs in early 2016.

Star Scoop: Emmys Wins Ratings Race, Kim K. is Broke, Full House Comes Full Circle

By  August 26, 2014

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Good going, Seth Meyers! His hosting gig at Monday night’s Emmys gave the ceremony its second-highest ratings in eight years. Despite a Monday broadcast, compared to its typical Sunday stream, the 66th annual gala brought in 15.6 million viewers. And to think, it didn’t need a star-studded selfie to do so. [Deadline]

No… Kim Kardashian (West), is not actually going broke; but she is slated to appear on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls. She may win an Emmy, after all. [Huffington Post]

Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paper boy… Full House back on TV?! Yes, you read that right! Warner Bros. TV is reportedly teaming with the show’s creator, Jeff Franklin, to pen a small screen revival. Will Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen make an appearance? [Entertainment Weekly]

Shots fired! It may be a late entry for song of the summer, but that hasn’t stopped us from falling for Jessie JAriana Grande, and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang.” Following a buzz worthy MTV Video Music Awards open, the trio has dropped a video for the chart topper—sans wardrobe malfunctions and slinky snakes. [Vulture]

Of all snubs at the Primetime Emmy Awards, the most-surprising is Netflix. Though the streaming service garnered 31 nominations for shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, the network was shut out for any wins. It did however take home seven honors at the Creative Arts Emmys, with Uzo Aduba notably earning a win for guest actress in a comedy series. [Variety]