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Star Scoop: Michael Fassbender May Land a Job(s), Cara Delevingne Goes for a Swim, HBO will Air Kurt Cobain Doc

By  November 26, 2014

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Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic isn’t lost after all. Days after Sony dropped the anticipated project, based on Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography Steve Jobs, Universal has scooped it up for a reported $30 million. The studio has given it, and director Danny Boyle, the green light and will likely push for Michael Fassbender to star. [The Hollywood Reporter]

See Cara Delevingne like never before. The model-turned-actress is getting some camera time in Pan, the Warner Bros. Pictures fantasy about the origin of Peter Pan. Though she seemingly has few lines—she plays a mermaid after all—she’s serving plenty face and giving leads like Rooney MaraHugh Jackman, and Amanda Seyfried a run for their money. [ELLE]

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, has been eight years in the making. Early next year, we’ll finally be able to see it. HBO will air the film—executive produced by Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain—in 2015 with hopes of offering an unprecedented look into the Nirvana front man’s life. “I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media,” said helmer Brett Morgen. Smells like… amazing. [HBO]

Carlton, ahem, Alfonso Ribeiro has won of Dancing with the Stars. It’s, frankly, no surprise that the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star beat out designer Betsey Johnson, athlete Lolo Jones, and YouTube sensation Bethany Mota. We’re more flabbergasted that the dancing competition has lasted for 19 seasons. [Vulture]

Dracula’s dad is coming home. Mel Brooks has been tapped to voice the Vlad to Adam Sandler’s Dracula in Hotel Transylvania 2. Brooks said the September 25, 2015 release will peg his archaic character as “a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.” [Variety]

7 Celebrity Thanksgivings We Wish We Could Have Been A Part Of

By  November 26, 2014

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If these star-studded Thanksgiving feasts from last year are any indication of what the ones taking place tomorrow will look like, then count us in! 2013′s top two households? Maria Menounos and the Hough siblings take the win as they spent the day challenging the other party to Turkey-day dance-offs via Instagram. From the Cannon’s to the Cyrus’s (minus Miss Miley), here are all the celebrity celebrations we wish we could have crashed.

Star Scoop: Rachel McAdams Goes Undercover, Nicole Kidman’s Big (Little) Lie, Andre 3000 Heads to Art Basel

By  November 25, 2014

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It’s official: Rachel McAdams is headed to True Detective 2. Almost a month after we first reported the news, HBO finally owned up to the casting call via Twitter. [ELLE]

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are ready to spin a web of Big Little Lies. The pair are developing a limited series based on the best-selling book of the same name about “three mothers of kindergartners whose lives unravel to the point of murder.” Juicy! [Variety]

André 3000: coming to an Art Basel exhibit near you. The elusive artist is getting the retrospective treatment thanks to the Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD will debut “i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin” during the annual South Beach art party next week, spotlighting the 47 jumpsuits he wore during OutKast’s reunion tour this past summer. Cue deep discussions on his custom wears and their accompanying musings: “art or fart,” “everything is temporary,” and a personal favorite, “thinking deeply about shallow sh_t.” [New York Magazine]

Speaking of Art Basel, producer-turned-art collector (and Alicia Keys’ hubby) Swizz Beatz is headed to Miami to profess his love of the finer things. He’s curated work from emerging designers to show at SCOPE Miami next week… and to think, it all started 20 years ago with a dance group, graffiti, and a little Loco. [Vulture]

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson will finally see his name written in stone. The Hobbit helmer will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 8, thanks “groundbreaking” work that has become “part of the legacy of larger-than-life, Hollywood-style entertainment.”  [The Hollywood Reporter]

Have Yourself an Ariana Grande Christmas

By  November 25, 2014

All we want for Christmas is… Ariana Grande.

The “Problem” powerhouse is here to help deck your halls with a new holiday tune, “Santa Tell Me.” Grande first performed the song at A Very Grammy Christmas on November 18, before releasing it on iTunes after her 2014 American Music Awards performance Sunday night. Listen below as she pleads with Old Saint Nick to gift her a good guy under the mistletoe:

The seasonal song is a follow-up to Grande’s first Christmas disc, Christmas Kisses, released last December. She’s already shot a video for “Santa Tell Me,” so all that’s left to determine is whether her real-life beau, Big Sean, will make a cameo.

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Star Scoop: Rita Ora Talks Mr. Grey, Kanye’s New Collab, Drake is Going Down... Under

By  November 24, 2014

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Are you the one person in the world who’s still deciding whether to see Fifty Shades of Grey? Let Rita Ora persuade you. The Roc Nation singer landed a role as Jamie Dornan’s on-screen sister and says you don’t want to be the one who misses out. “Fifty Shades is going to make a lot of waves, I’ll tell you that much,” she told OK! Magazine. “It’s going to be awesome.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

New music from Kanye West may come in an unlikely form. He’s rumored to be collaborating with Grammy-nominated newcomer James Blake. “In terms of the actual collaboration for this record, it looks like we should be able to get something done,” Blake told Miami New Times. “I know that there’s a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.” [Miami New Times]

Drake is going down under. Before your mind hits the gutter, the self-proclaimed “6 God” just announced his first headlining tour in Australia and New Zealand. He’ll be joined by 2 Chainz on an Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne run before heading to Perth and Brisbane next March. [Billboard]

After dancing around in her undies for the camera phone-shot video to “7/11,” Beyoncé is letting fans listen to the platinum edition of her eponymous fifth album on Spotify. It’s something like a big deal considering the December 2013 version of her disc never appeared in full form on the streaming service. I know you care. [Vulture]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 came and conquered. As predicted, the Jennifer Lawrence starrer had the biggest weekend box office open of the year, netting $123 million. For comparison, the first Hunger Games film earned $152.5 million during its first weekend, while its Catching Fire installment opened with $158.1 million. Either way, Katniss still wins. [Variety]

First comes the food coma, then “the force awakens.” The first trailer for Star Wars VII will premiere at nine Regal Theaters on Friday, spanning cities from San Diego to NYC. [Vulture]

Winner’s Circle: Katy Perry Tops the 2014 American Music Awards

By  November 24, 2014

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Everyone’s favorite California girl turned out to be the biggest winner at this year’s fan-voted American Music Awards. Katy Perry, who accepted her three wins via satellite during the Australian leg of her Prismatic World Tour, took home Single of the Year, Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock, and Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary at the annual ceremony. Contenders BeyoncéIggy Azalea, and One Direction joined her in leading the pack, while Taylor Swift earned a monumental honor of her own: the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, presented by thee supreme Diana Ross. #Major.

Click through to see the full list of winners from Sunday night’s 2014 American Music Awards.

Star Scoop: Ryan Gosling Doesn’t Want to be Sexy, Lorde Explains her Diplo Dig, Hollywood Remembers Mike Nichols

By  November 21, 2014

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Women everywhere can agree that Ryan Gosling is long overdue for a Peoples Sexiest Man Alive crown—no shade, Chris Hemsworth. As it turns out, Gosling isn’t interested in watching that throne. According to The Wrap, his team deems Gosling “too serious” and “too artsy” for the accolade. We still have photos of him plastered around our office, so there’s that. [Vogue UK]

Lorde may be friends with electronic powerhouse Diplo, but that doesn’t mean she’ll stand for his body-shaming. “I love Wes and he’s a big brother to me and one of my first friends in the industry, and part of having a friendship with someone like that is not letting them say stupid sh__,” she told FADER of Diplo’s decision to poke fun at Taylor Swift. “ Taylor’s my friend as well, and I’m a girl, and if I see some weird body-shaming on my feed I’m going to be like, ‘Hey man…’ We do still love each other, hopefully.” Fingers crossed. [Billboard]

The charts are about to get interesting. Billboard announced that it will incorporate streaming statistics and individual track downloads to determine who ranks on its Billboard 200 list. This, of course, would have no bearings on Swift’s multi-platinum success. [Stereogum]

A cloud hung over Hollywood this week when acclaimed filmmaker and EGOT Mike Nichols passed at 83. Here is what Al PacinoJulia RobertsSteven Spielberg and other Tinseltown fixtures had to say about his life and legacy. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Asthon Kutcher is the last Steve Jobs character actor standing. Sony, which was looking to produce a second biopic on the Apple founder, has dropped the project. It would have been adapted from Walter Isaacson’s 2011 book Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle, and starred Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. But all hope isn’t lost; rumor has it that Universal will pick up the film. [Fast Company]

 

Glee’s Final Season: Rachel Berry Says Bye to New York

By  November 21, 2014

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When Glee debuts its sixth and final season, a familiar backdrop will fade to black.

The Fox musical dramedy will return to airwaves on January 9 with a two-hour premiere. Over the course of its 13 episode, creator Ryan Murphy says the focus won’t be so much on happenings in the Big Apple, but instead, original cast members who we’ve come to know and love from seasons past.

“The final season is really its own story and its own location, and while the New York stuff will be alive, the final season is not New York-centric at all,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter. “It really [will be] a lovely, fitting season that… dwells on the original people that were on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season… We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went. There’s a return of the Jane-Matt characters in a big way. It’s really interesting, a very sweet, satisfying ending to the story.”

Lea Michele as Rachel Berry, Darren Criss as Blaine, Amber Riley as Mercedes, and newlywed Naya Rivera are all set to reprise their original roles. We’ll see how arcs unfold when the series takes a final, two-hour bow on March 20.

Here Are the Two New Singles Beyonce Wants You to Hear

By  November 21, 2014

We’ve played Beyoncé’s eponymous visual album on a near-daily basis since it dropped last December. We’ve emulated her moves in its accompanying music videos, got our lives during both the Mrs. Carter Show and On The Run Tour, and willingly handed over our wigs when she and her clan posed—like the chic, mystical beings they are—at Solange’s New Orleans nuptials. So when news broke that she would release a platinum version of Beyoncé with two new singles, we were willing to receive.

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Snippets of “7/11” and “Ring Off,” appeared on Bey’s website, and now, full streams of both are available online. The first evokes Yoncé’s “Bow Down” braggadocio and gives us a second taste of her trap persona, which we heard in full force on an original and remixed “***Flawless.” The latter, “Ring Off,” is a reggae-influenced ode to her mother Tina Knowles and her triumph over divorce from her cheating husband (and Bey’s former manager) Mathew Knowles. Bey lets us into the saga with lyrics like “so tired of the lies and trying, fighting, crying, took that ring off, oh, now the fun begins,” and crescendos until a recording of her mother can be heard saying, “If you’re going through it, just know it’s called “going through it… you’re going to survive.”

Listen to “7/11” below and head over to Spin to stream “Ring Off” before the Beygency pulls both offline ahead of their November 24 release.

Star Scoop: Mockingjay Will be Major, Casting Jessica Jones, Luther is Back on BBC

By  November 20, 2014

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In news that doesn’t come as a surprise, The Hunger Game: Mockingjay — Part 1, is on par to have the biggest weekend box office opening of the year. Entertainment research and data firm Exhibitor Relations predicts that the Jennifer Lawrence saga will pull in $170 million over the next three days, beating out the biggest opener thus far, Transformers: Age of Extinction[Forbes]

Is it Krysten Ritter? Will it be Alexandra Daddario? The shortlist for Netflix’s Jessica Jones has surfaced with a total of five actresses reportedly vying for the role. Whoever prevails will take on the titular character, a “superhero suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which leads to her hanging up her costume and opening her own detective agency.” Talk about a twist. [Deadline]

Don’t get us wrong: we’re excited that Luther is being adapted for a stateside debut. But there’s nothing like the original. Luckily, BBC’s Idris Elba starrer will be returning in 2015 with a two-part, two-hour miniseries. We’ll take it. [Variety]

Jeff Koons is packing his bags. The celebrated artist, and recent H&M collaborator, will have to move out of his Chelsea studio now that the property has been sold to a housing development company. In other words, his sanctuary will become a towering, New York City high rise. The usual. [Vulture]

Girls Inc. raised a glass to Eva Longoria, television producer Mara Brock Akil, A&E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc, and Oprah Winfrey Network head Sheri Salata yesterday for their strides in leveling the playing field for women in the entertainment industry. A huge talking point for the afternoon, as one would expect, was feminism in Hollywood, to which Akil said should be “congruent with being human.” Emma Watson would agree. [Variety]

Internet moving slow? Thank all those Orange is the New Black fans. Streaming giant Netflix consumes 35% of the Internet’s total bandwidth, according to research firm Sandvine. [TIME]