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The 10 Best Celebrity Costumes of Halloweens Past

By  October 22, 2014

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The stress of styling the perfect Halloween look is a universal burden on those keen to participate in the spooky festivities–even for celebrities. Yes, stars are just like us. Concocting creative costumes seems to be a specialty for these famous faces, however. You know for certain already her Halloween holiness Heidi Klum made our list, but see what other ladies of Tinseltown have nailed the holiday over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Musings: Here’s the Full Tracklist for Lorde’s Hunger Games Soundtrack

By  October 22, 2014

Let’s give a round of applause to Lorde. Though she’s just one year past her (Grammy Award-winning) debut, the 17-year-old has curated one of the most-anticipated movie soundtracks of 2014. If Katniss Everdeen had an iPod, this would be on heavy rotation.

Aside from recording “Yellow Flicker Beat” for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, she pulled together some of the hottest names in music—Kanye West, Miguel, CHVRCHES, Charli XCX—for a collaborative cinematic feat. 

“Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” she said in a statement. “The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people.”

One song on the 14-track list remains a mystery, but here, in all of its Panem glory, is Mockingjay’s Lorde-approved listening experience:

  1. “Meltdown” | Stromae feat. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, and Haim
  2. “Dead Air” | Chvrches
  3. “Scream My Name” | Tove Lo
  4. “Kingdom” | Charli XCX feat. Simon Le Bon
  5. TBA
  6. “Lost Souls” | Raury
  7. “Yellow Flicker Beat” | Lorde
  8. “The Leap” | Tinashé
  9. “Plan the Escape” | Bat for Lashes
  10. “Original Beast” | Grace Jones
  11. “Flicker” (Kanye West Rework) | Lorde
  12. “Animal” | XOV
  13. “This Is Not a Game” | The Chemical Brothers feat. Miguel
  14. “Ladder Song” | Lorde

Star Scoop: Gwen Stefani Swears By the Truth, Kat Dennings Hearts Kim K., The Simpsons are Under Fire

By  October 22, 2014

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We heard Gwen Stefani’s first single in six years, “Baby Don’t Lie,” just a few days ago. Now, the official video for the trippy track has arrived. This, ladies and gents, is what we like to call an eyegasm. [YouTube]

Kat Dennings has never seen an ass like Kim Kardashian’s in her life. Mrs. West will guest star in an episode of 2 Broke Girls this season, and Dennings told Ellen DeGeneres what it’s like to zoom in on Kardashian’s best biggest asset. Squatspo?! [GossipCop]

The Simpsons are going to court. Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero is filing a case against the show for allegedly basing Springfield Mafia’s Louie on his Frankie Carbone character in the 1990 film. How much is he asking for? $250 million. Doh! [Deadline]

Florida moms: 0. Bryan Cranston: 1. A Change.org petition with more than 9,100 signatures had Toys ‘R’ Us rethink its Breaking Bad merchandise, but Walter White isn’t phased. “Florida mom petitions against Toys ‘R’ Us over Breaking Bad action figures,” Cranston said in a tweet. “I’m so mad, I’m burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest.” Ouch! [Vulture]

Matthew McConaughey was the man of he hour at the 28th American Cinematheque Awards where he was honored for epitomizing “what a Hollywood star should be.” That’s certainly the icing on his award-winning cake (he nabbed an Oscar, SAG Award, and Golden Globe for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, all in the same month). Still, we can’t help but think his adorable tots—and gorgeous wife—stole some of his thunder. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Quora is coming to a television screen near you. The Q&A website—used by Ashton KutcherJ.J. AbramsPresident Barack Obama, and other to answer questions from fans—has gone Hollywood with a popular forum (“If every state of the USA declared war against each other, which would win?”) being optioned as a television miniseries. [Variety]

If you’ve got $745 million to spare, you could be the next Peter JacksonThe Hobbit director’s latest film trilogy cost three-quarters of $1 billion to make, but could make three times that at the box office. [AP]

“Twerking is not feminism.” — Annie Lennox. The singer-cum-activist is tired of musicians disguising overtly sexual stage performances as a liberating, empowering part of women’s rights, but she does credit the likes of Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj for at least creating conversation around the topic. [Billboard]

Star Scoop: Naming Baby Blake, Kooking with Kris, Barbara Walter's 'Most Fascinating' List

By  October 21, 2014

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We have Nicki Minaj to thank for baby Lively-Reynold’s name. Ryan Reynolds joked that he and mommy-to-be Blake Lively are betting on Excalibur Anaconda Reynolds or Bruce Jenner for their bundle of joy. What?! No, most-beautiful-baby-of-the-year moniker? [Vogue UK]

Fancy dinner with Kim Kardashian (happy birthday, girl!)? Appetizers with Kendall (no Jenner)? Well, you’ll probably never get there… but you can eat like them thanks to this recipe book from momager Kris Jenner. Bon appetit! [Domaine]

Barbara Walters may no longer be a regular on daytime television, but the recently-retired journalist isn’t done counting down the world’s most-fascinating people. She’s bringing her annual special back to ABC on December 14 with spotlights on Oprah WinfreyNeil Patrick HarrisScarlett Johansson, and Chelsea Handler. Sorry—North West declined. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Three things: a Drumline sequel is coming to VH1 next week. Zoe Saldana won’t be in it; but Alexandra Shipp—who stars as Aaliyah in the late singer’s controversial Lifetime biopic—will be. So… who’s watching? [Vulture]

Waiting on Mean Girls part two? Don’t hold your breath. Tina Fey, who made “fetch” a thing and instilled the importance of wearing pink on Wednesdays, is over that era. According to ELLE, she’s not interested in extending the teen drama, but rather, writing smart, funny work for women of all ages. [ELLE]

Music Musings: New Music from Drake, Gwen Stefani... and Rihanna’s Tracklist?!

By  October 20, 2014

Just when we thought the Mondaze got the best of us, we were hit with this: music headlines from DrakeGwen StefaniTaylor SwiftCara Delevingne, and Pharrell. New tunes are on the horizon for the set, and the tracklist from a certain bad gal’s eighth album allegedly hit the web. Make some space on your iTunes:

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Drake isn’t done lamenting over lost loves. A 17-year-old from Marietta, Georgia uploaded a track from Drizzy over the weekend called “How About Now.” How the teen managed to do so, well, that’s beyond us. All we know is that it samples Jodeci’s “My Heart Belongs to You,” and enumerates all the times he went above and beyond to impress an unrequited love: buying her dad Christmas gifts to get no thank you in return, driving her to her bar exam in the snow. The usual. [Stereogum]

Did Pharrell find a new protégé in Cara Delevingne? The pair have reportedly been working in the studio for the past eight months on what Daily Mail insists is a “huge song” for Delevingne’s musical debut. “They’re going to release the song without warning, complete with video and global launch,” the site reports. Someone took a cue from Beyoncé, eh? Surprise! [Refinery 29]

After devoting her musical expertise to The VoiceGwen Stefani is putting her own to good use. With solo and No Doubt projects on the horizon, we’ve got our first listen to new music from the ska queen. Here’s “Baby Don’t Lie,” from her forthcoming third solo feat. [Slate]

Just a week ago, people were touting “Out of the Woods” as Taylor Swift’s next hit, but it looks like she has something bigger in mind. The latest song available from 1989 is “Welcome to New York,” a mid tempo track penned with Ryan Tedder. Swift says “I saw New York as a place of endless potential and possibilities, and you can hear that reflected in this music and in this song.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Is this what Rihanna’s been up to? An alleged track list from her eighth album has appeared online and, with a total of 14 songs, includes reported features from former beau Drake and Nicki Minaj. [Mediatakeout]

Speaking of Onika, have you seen her new spread in GQ? Flawless. As for all your cynicism over “Anaconda,” she thinks you should lighten up. “She [in the video] is just talking about two guys that she dated in the past and what they’re good at and what they bought her and what they said to her,” Minaj said. “It’s just cheeky, like a funny story.” [GQ]

Star Scoop: Lorde Gets No Love, Jimmy Fallon Pens Baby Book, AHS Gets the Last Laugh

By  October 20, 2014

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There’s no love for Lorde under the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco radio stations KFOG and KOIT have declared airways a “Royals”-free zone in anticipation of the Giants’ World Cup bout against the Kansas City Royals. Batter up! [Billboard]

Jimmy Fallon is penning a book on parenting… sort of. His second children’s read, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada, will be out next year, and is inspired by his attempts to get newborn Winnie Rose to call out for dad first. Admittedly, “mama” won that round. [The Hollywood Reporter]

If the murderous clown on American Horror Story: Freak Show doesn’t tickle your fancy, Ryan Murphy is here to lighten the mood. Fox has given the green light to a new project from Murphy and his AHS team entitled Scream Queens. It’ll be an hour-long, horror-comedy anthology series helmed by two female leads. Any bets on Jessica Lange? [Vulture]

Universal Pictures has made its scares social. The studio is the first to use advertising on Snapchat. Over the weekend, it promoted PG-13 movie Ouija with a 20-second trailer that appeared on the app’s “Recent Updates” page. It’s an expert move in targeting the millions who use SnapChat, 32% of which are 13—17 years old. [Variety]

Jay Leno is known for dishing out the jokes, but the acclaimed comedian can take a jab or two himself. He was on the receiving end of laughs from Fallon, Wanda Sykes, and Jerry Seinfeld this weekend in D.C. where he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He joins Will FerrellBill Cosby, and Ellen DeGeneres as recipients of the nation’s highest humor honor. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Dale: Pitbull is Hosting the 2014 American Music Awards

By  October 20, 2014

This year’s American Music Awards will be twice as nice with the return of Mr. 305. The annual Dick Clark Production has brought the “dale” king back for its November 23 ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

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“World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row?” said Pitbull, who will also perform a song from his upcoming album Globalization. “The harder I work, the luckier I get. Thank you ABC and dick clark productions for the amazing opportunity — more than anything, let’s get ready to have fun. Dale!”

Pitbull’s hosting debut in 2013 drew in 12.93 million viewers, more than the show had seen in the past four years. It was indicative of his mainstream appeal and enough to convince ABC of his magic touch.

“Pitbull is a global superstar and multi-talented powerhouse, who delivered one of the most exciting shows in American Music Awards history when he hosted in 2013. This year will be no different,” show producer Larry Klein told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re working together to create elements of the show that will wow audiences and take the night to a whole new level.”

“Boom Clap” singer Charli XCX is the only other act, other than Pitbull, confirmed to take center stage; that leads us to believe her “Fancy” cohort Iggy Azalea–who is the night’s most-nominated musician—could flex her onstage prowess, too.

John LegendKaty PerryPharrellLordeBeyoncé, and Eminem, with at least three noms a piece, could also make a ceremonial splash. You’ll have to tune in to ABC on November 23 to see. Until then… dale!

Bethenny Frankel Is A Housewife Once Again

By  October 20, 2014

BethennyFrankelRHONYOnce a housewife, always a housewife—at least where Bethenny Frankel is concerned. Bravo confirmed Monday morning that Frankel is returning to The Real Housewives of New York for season 7! But wait, there’s more! E! News also confirmed that Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer are also all back for another season.

In search of a new start, Frankel says her point of view is much different going into the show this time around: “I’m such a different person and in such a different place than when I was on first season. When I went onto Housewives when I was younger, I didn’t have a family, I didn’t have a business, I didn’t have partners. I think basically the most important thing is how I’m just being honest about my perspective.”

Citing Frankel as “one of the most popular housewives in the history of the franchise,” executive producer Andy Cohen couldn’t be more excited to have her back on the show. And, certainly, we can’t wait to watch how her explosive personality and fiery disposition makes sparks fly, as it always does.

Star Scoop: Chris Rock’s Top Five, Sarah Paulson’s #FBF, Here Comes the Queen

By  October 17, 2014

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Vulture deems it “the talk of the Toronto International Film Festival” and now, we can see why. Here’s the trailer for Chris Rock’s new satire, Top Fiveabout a world-famous comedian looking to be taken seriously as an ac-torRosario DawsonKevin Hart, and Gabrielle Union also appear, and if this isn’t the funniest thing you’ve seen so far today, you might want to rethink your life. [Vulture]

Before she was starring as Siamese twins on television’s most-popular horror show, Sarah Paulson was just a 19-year-old eager to work with Kathleen Turner on Hallmark TV. Now that she’s reunited with another one of her acting idols, Jessica Lange (the pair starred together on Broadway in 2005’s The Glass Menagerie), Paulson has some advice for young actors looking to follow her lead. “Slow and steady wins the race,” she told Variety. “There’s nothing definable about me, so I don’t ever feel like I’ve gotten locked into one type of person that I play. I think you have a better shot at longevity if you can immerse yourself into different parts without anyone getting used to seeing you in a particular way.” [Variety]

Here comes the queen! Daytime talk show host Queen Latifah will host this year’s Hollywood Film Awards on November 14 when it airs on CBS for the first time in history. “Queen Latifah is a world-class entertainer,” said ceremony founder Carlos de Abreu. “From film and music to television, her humor, quick wit and ability to entertain live audiences make her the perfect choice to host the Hollywood Film Awards.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

We haven’t seen Ashton Kutcher on screen since Jobs, and there are apparently no new features in the pipeline; but a new baby isn’t the only reason he’s been so low-key. Kutcher’s A-Grade Investments, co-founded with Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle is now valued at $150 million. The venture capital firm has stakes in Airbnb, Foursquare, Uber, Spotify, and Soundcloud, and is primed to grow even bigger now that Oseary is stepping into the music biz. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Movie tickets may be cheaper now than they were a few months ago (from $8.33 to $8.08), but the price is still higher than last year, when a seat at the theater averaged $7.84. Someone tell this to the folks in New York, where cozying up in front of the silver screen costs up to $15. [Deadline]

Is class in session for 23 Jump Street? Don’t hold your breath. When offering his take on the future of the franchise, Channing Tatum says it may be time to graduate. “College was the obvious next step for us,” he told USA Today. “We had to go there. I don’t know what the next step is after college. Do we go and take down Enron? Or the government in D.C.? I feel like it’s all redundant. The big running joke of the second movie is this is just going to be bigger than the first time. I don’t know if that joke works three times so we’ll see.” [USA Today]

NPH Wants Gaga, Adele, or Pink on His Oscars Dream Team

By  October 17, 2014

Now that Neil Patrick Harris can (almost) cross hosting the Oscars off of his bucket list, he’s ready to assemble his ceremonial dream team with some chart-shattering chanteuses.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly‘s Matt Bean on Sirius XM’s Town Hall, Harris jokingly revealed that Lady GagaAdele, or Pink could be a great duet partner, and while he has major hosting experience on the primetime stage (three Emmys and four Tonys), he’s approaching the Academy with new fervor.

“I hope that I can keep it smart,” Harris said. “I’ve always loved the Oscars and have great respect for its history and the gowns and the classiness of it.”

Listen to snippets of Harris’ interview below and tune in when he bows on the Academy stage February 8, 2015. Who knows?! A Grammy gig—and hosting EGOT—could be next!