From a wedding that rivaled royals, to their darling daughter’s takeover at Paris Fashion Week, there is no denying Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s indelible imprint on pop culture in 2014. With countless selfies and rants on classism alike, the pair earned their title as the #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple—with an Anna Wintour endorsement to boot! And of course we saved the most nude—er, best—for last.
In terms of celebrity weddings, we saw everything from secret nuptials to surprise ceremonies to unnecessarily over-the-top soirees (we’re looking at you, Kimye) this year. While marriage is a beautiful thing no matter what, celebs often take it to the nth degree with their perfect and lavish celebrations. Or, they surprise us with a simplistic – but just as perfect — approach. There was no shortage of notable pairs that tied the knot in 2014 and boy, were they beautiful. But these 14 celebrity weddings are the cream of the crop as far as we’re concerned, and will no doubt serve as sources of inspiration for plenty more in 2015. Start pinning now.
They’re cute, they’re cuddly, and they arrived into the world with a silver spoon: they’re the 14 babies born to celebrity parents this year. We followed their famous mothers, from first timer Eva Mendes to baby-carrying veteran Gwen Stefani, through heated Hollywood romances and stylish pregnancies up to this point. We can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring for these hot mamas now with their mini-mes officially in tow. Another baby bump, perhaps?
Lady sings the blues goes from Broadway to HBO. The premium cabler will film a live performance of Audra McDonald’s award-winning, history-making turn as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, and air the special some time next year. [Variety]
Birdman may be leading the awards season race, but only one film boasts the presidential seal. President Barack Obama proclaimed that Boyhood, the Richard Linklater coming-of-age drama shot over 12 years, was his favorite film of the year. [The Hollywood Reporter]
As for the First Lady, she prefers a darker tale: Gone Girl, the book, not the movie. [Vanity Fair]
When it comes to music in 2014, Taylor Swift was the biggest rule-breaker of them all. From 1989’s record-breaking debut to her industry-rattling decision to sever ties with Spotify, this good girl gone pop was ahead of the curve. And, surprisingly, plenty of her peers sent “text messages, emails and phone calls” to tell her so. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Portlandia is growing up, but not before immortalizing the moment on film. Season five of the Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein satire is nigh, and with it, new portraits, shot by Catherine Opie. Watch this clip to see how Opie brought the concept to life. [IFC]
From silver screen debuts to primetime competition stages, Nick Cannon has proved that he can move a crowd. Tomorrow, the America’s Got Talent and Wild N Out host will showcase that skill as emcee for PEOPLE’s inaugural awards show.
“PEOPLE magazine has created an indelible imprint on pop culture and it is truly an honor for me to be asked to host their very first televised live awards ceremony,” Cannon said in a statement. “For the show to be broadcast on NBC makes it even more special for me.”
Among the performers are fellow NBC reality juggernauts Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Adam Levine (with band Maroon 5). The ceremony, a Dick Clark production, will hand out accolades for the people that shaped pop culture in 2014, including the fan-voted Best PEOPLE Magazine Cover of the Year. For Cannon, it could be a stepping stone to a PEOPLE award of his own.
“Looking forward to an amazing night and hopefully this will launch a new category for PEOPLE to name me Sexiest Host Alive in 2015.”
Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o has met her match. Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo (for Selma), will play her love interest in upcoming indie drama Americanah. The story is based on Beyoncé-endorsed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-seller, and will be produced by her 12 Years A Slave co-star Brad Pitt. [Variety]
True to form, trap star and G.O.O.D. Music emcee Pusha T is back with a new single, and a promise to take your “Lunch Money.” Thank Kanye West for the production. [Stereogum]
Speaking of Kim Kardashian’s better half, he could be coming to a theater near you. In the midst of Sony’s massive hack, it was revealed that West’s creative director Elon Rutberg pitched Sony chief Amy Pascal a feature from Mr. “Bound 2.” “I supervise all of Kanye’s film and media projects, and we have a major film project coming up that involves both cinematic and technological innovation, so I naturally thought Sony and wanted to reach out,” wrote Rutberg. “We premiered a multi-screen cinema experience to great response at Cannes 2012, and are looking to take the storytelling to the next level with a feature length film, shot for an immersive cinema experience.” [The Daily Beast]
It’s been 15 years since we ogled soul singer D’Angelo’s chiseled body in his steamy video for “Untitled (How Does it Feel).” The same amount of time has passed since his last album, Voodoo, dropped. That all ended Sunday night with the surprise early release of his latest LP, Black Messiah, and his first new single, “Sugah Daddy.” The thirst is real ladies; the thirst is real. [Vulture]
There’s more Brian Williams in store at NBC. The Nightly News mainstay and managing editor just signed a new long-term deal with the Peacock on his tenth anniversary with the show. It’s reported that he’ll net an additional $10 million for each year of the deal… and maybe a co-host spot for daughter
Peter Pan Allison Williams?! One could only hope. [Variety]
Birdman continues to fly high. After nabbing top nominations at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, the Michael Keaton-starrer earned 13 nods at the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 20th annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Its closest competitors are Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood, with 11 and eight nominations, respectively. Perhaps director Alejandro G. Inarritu should start celebrating now. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Photojournalist Rick Smolan was a 28-year-old National Geographic contributor in 1977 when he met Robyn Davidson, a Australian woman who was training camels in preparation for making a solo trip 1,7000 miles across the outback. Smolan and Davidson became close, and Smolan ended up shooting tens of thousands of photographs of her desert journey, dozens of which were published in a legendary National Geographic cover story.
On the heels of Smolan’s article, Davidson wrote Tracks, an autobiographical tale of her travels. Her story was made into a movie this fall, starring Mia Wasikowska as Davidson and Adam Driver as Smolan.
Now comes Inside Tracks, a new 224-page smartphone-enabled coffee-table book from Smolan. The first half showcases Davidson’s epic outback adventure with stunning, never-before-published photos. The second half details the making of the movie, including screenplay excerpts and behind-the-scenes pictures.
We spoke to Smolan about his work, his inextricable link to Davidson, and how it feels to be portrayed by Girls‘ heartthrob hipster Adam Driver.
What is Inside Tracks about?
Inside Tracks is the story of what happens when you discover that the most dangerous terrain is not external but internal. It’s also the story of how I came to know a young woman whom I admired more than anyone I’d ever met. Unlike most people, whose instincts tell them to run when frightened, this woman’s inner voice urged her to challenge and confront her fears head on. She was willing to risk her life and her sanity for something she felt compelled to do.
Has Robyn ever told you why she made this trip?
It’s the one question that Robyn has never felt the need to answer. Perhaps allowing each person to reach his or her own conclusion is what makes her unlikely journey so compelling. To me, what matters is that Robyn permitted herself to listen to the little voice inside that so many of us ignore.
What memories or conversations stand out most clearly from your assignment photographing Davidson as she crossed the dangerous desert?
Robyn once made an observation that Americans treat friendship like Valium. She said that every time she saw Americans together they were comforting each other: “Don’t worry. Everything will be fine.” She said that in Australia, if someone is your friend, if you really care about them, then you risk your friendship by being brutally honest and hitting them over the head with a two-by-four if they are doing something stupid. You don’t allow your friends to keep making the same mistake, marrying the wrong person, sticking with an abusive boss, and so on.
It sounds like Robyn was ahead of her time with her mindfulness and ability to live in the moment.
Absolutely. On my third visit, Robyn hadn’t seen anyone for several weeks, and as we sat by the campfire she suddenly demanded: “When are you going to get here?” I remember wondering if she was losing her mind and said: “I’m sitting here across from you.” She stared at me and said: “No, you’re not. You are worrying about where you are going to drop your car in two weeks when you leave me, and whether your photo is going to be on the cover of Time next week. You show up out here and then you are everywhere else but here. If you’re going to come, then be here with me and not lost in your head the whole time!” She was right. While I was always filtering it, she allowed herself to actually experience every moment of the trip, the pain and the wonder.
What was it like to see the movie Tracks for the first time?
Before Tracks was released, producer Emile Sherman and director John Curran graciously set up a private screening for me in Los Angeles. I was excited and looking forward to a trip down memory lane. Instead, a few minutes into the film I found myself gripping the arms of my seat, breaking out into a sweat, my heart pounding, experiencing a full-blown anxiety attack. Sitting alone in that darkened theater, I was flooded with a sense of dread, suddenly remembering that every time I drove away from Robyn during her journey I would look in my rearview mirror and wonder if that would be my last memory of her, if she would die out there.
Wow! Did you stay for the whole screening?
I did, but that rush of forgotten memories made it impossible for me to enjoy. It wasn’t until I saw the film again at the Toronto Film Festival with 800 other moviegoers, heard them hold their breath when Robyn was attacked by wild camels, heard them laugh in unison at Adam Driver’s fish-out-of-water aspects, and cry when Robyn lost her best friend that I was able to properly experience Tracks for the first time.
How accurate is the film, compared to what actually happened?
Obviously the Robyn and Rick in the film are fictionalized versions of us and many of the events have been tailored and altered to fit into the movie’s 90-minute narrative arc. And, in many ways, even Robyn and I were on different journeys, and we each remember parts of the trip very differently. Ironically, the thing we both fear now is that the movie version of events may begin to replace our memories of the real events.
What do you want readers to take away from your new book, Inside Tracks?
My deepest hope is that Robyn’s journey will inspire you to look inside and find your own journey, your own personal “camel trip.”
Use the code BOOKDEAL25 to get Inside Tracks for only $20 (regularly $45) at Amazon.com.
Okay. Titan may be a reach, but we know you have a friend equipped with every must-have app, whose iPhone (magically!) never dies and can troubleshoot any tech issues in a flash (drive. Ha!). If so, this list is for them. Go-go-gadget flow!
If there was any denying Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscars potential, his seven Golden Globes nominations for Birdman should quell that.
The Michael Keaton–starrer trumps all musical/comedy and drama nominees on the film and television side, with chances to take home the gold for best motion picture (musical or comedy), best director, and best screenplay. Those could-be accolades mirror the film’s success on the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards ballot where it is up for four of six film honors.
The 72nd annual Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air live on NBC on January 11, 2015. Tune in to see if Birdman—or The Grand Budapest Hotel, or Into the Woods, or Selma, or The Affair, or Girls—takes flight.
Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Motion Picture, Drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
David Oyelowo, Selma
Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie
Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
The Book Of Life
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Foreign Language Film
Force Majeure Turist
Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem Gett
Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Original Score, Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory Of Everything
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Original Song, Motion Picture
“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
“Glory” from Selma
“Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
TV Series, Comedy
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
TV Series, Drama
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House Of Cards
TV Movie or Miniseries
The Normal Heart
Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Dominic West, The Affair
Actress in a TV Miniseries or Motion Picture
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor, The Missing
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Actor in a TV Miniseries or Motion Picture
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Allison Janney, Mom
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Star Scoop: Listen to Nicki and Bey’s New Song, Amy Schumer Headed to MTV, Birdman Rules the Oscar Race
If you thought Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj were done sounding the alarm, think again. The “Flawless” duo have teamed yet again, this time for Minaj’s upcoming LP, The Pinkprint. Take a listen to their new anthem, “Feeling Myself,” before it’s pulled off the web. As the title suggests, it’s #bossy. [Stereogum]
We already know that Amy Schumer can work a crowd (exhibit A: her intro speech for Tilda Swinton at the Gotham Independent Film Awards). So, it’s with plenty of stocked-up LOLs that we announce her as the “last comic standing” to host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. April 12, 2015 couldn’t come any sooner. [Vulture]
Birdman may be closer to nabbing an Oscar than you think. After dominating the 2015 SAG Awards ballot, the dark comedy also triumphs over the Golden Globe film nominees. The Alejandro González Iñárritu “tour de force” earned seven nominations at the annual accolade, including best motion picture (musical or comedy), best actor in a motion picture (musical or comedy) and best director. [The Hollywood Reporter]
As we go into complete baby bump mode with Keira Knightley, new mommy Mila Kunis is ready to get back into the swing of things. She made her first post-baby appearance last night on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson where she dished on baby Wyatt. Can you believe she just gave birth two months ago?! We’ll have what she’s having. [ELLE]
Another week, another number one for Taylor Swift. The “Blank Space” singer’s 1989 won its fifth non-consecutive week atop the Billboard 200. This makes for a total of 29 weeks that Swift spent at number one with her entire music catalogue. [Billboard]
Speaking of the top, Jay Z protégé J. Cole is projected to have his third number one album on the Billboard 200, thanks to the release of 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The disc, which dropped without the fanfare of a single on December 9, will likely sell 297,000 (or more) in its first week. [Billboard]