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Star Scoop: Swifties Bank on a Million, Meet Marvel’s New Man, AHS Recruits NPH

By  October 29, 2014

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Here’s a fun fact for you: not one album released in 2014 has gone platinum. Until, maybe, now. Taylor Swift’s 1989, which dropped on Monday, is projected to sell—and maybe surpass—that amount in its first week. We wonder  how much the haters are going to hate?! [New York Times]

Chadwick Boseman is trading in the bellbottoms and pompadours for a shiny, black suit. The Get On Up star has singed on as Marvel Studios’ newest superhero, The Black Panther. Boseman will first appear as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before becoming Marvel Studio’s first solo lead of color in his own film November 2017. [Deadline]

And there’s more! Marvel has an entirely new superhero roster, including upcoming franchises for Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Inhumans. The studio is scheduled to release 11 epic films through May 2019. [Variety]

Neil Patrick Harris is having the best. Week. Ever. Not only is the new Oscars host getting his own variety show on NBC, but he’s also just landed a dream role on American Horror Story: Freak Show. He’ll appear as a “chameleon salesman” in the season’s last two episodes, while his husband David Burtka will make a cameo in the finale in a “sexy storyline” opposite Jessica Lange[TV Line]

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake aren’t the only ones awaiting a bundle of joy. Mad Men actress Jessica Paré confirmed that she and boyfriend John Kastner are also expecting their first child. [Vulture]

Your favorite football head is moving to Hulu. The streaming site inked a deal with Viacom to revive a huge chunk of its archival hits, including throwback Nickelodeon cartoons like The Ren & Stimpy ShowRocko’s Modern Life, and Hey Arnold! Move it football head! [Gothamist]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 is almost here, but not before Lionsgate teases us with a final trailer. Read: gunfire, fighter jets, explosions, and Katniss Everdeen, ready to kick some major ass. [YouTube]

Is Jessica Biel Pregnant?

By  October 29, 2014

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And baby makes 3!

Just weeks after Jessica Biel made her debut on Justin Timberlake‘s Instagram account, some big news is emerging regarding the couple. It seems that she’s hiding a baby bump which has been growing for upwards of three months! In the past few days, Biel was spotted in Hawaii in a bikini, showing off a burgeoning bump in place of her usually very toned tummy. To top it off, she attempted to hide her growing belly with a large scarf during a shopping trip to a party supply store with her stylist Estee Stanley, but inadvertently showed it off.

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If the pregnancy rumors are true, we’re beyond thrilled for the couple! They got married in October of 2012, marking the romantic occasion in front of their friends and family in Italy. Since then, Timberlake and Biel have rarely been spotted together as he’s been on a worldwide tour for the 20/20 Experience album.

She’s reportedly due in April, which is the same timing as the next Royal Baby! 

Katherine Heigl Gets her (State of) Affairs in Order

By  October 29, 2014

Ever since her departure from Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl has been plagued by reports of being “difficult” to work with. Her world post-primetime Isobel Stevens,was filled with as many box office fails (KillersThe Big WeddingOne for the Money), as hits (27 DressesKnocked Up), and plenty of negative criticism on both ends of the board. Now, four years after her last major role on television, she’s getting her affairs in order.

Next month, Heigl will return to the small screen as the lead in NBC’s State of Affairs. She’ll star as Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a CIA operative out for revenge when her fiancé—the President’s (Alfre Woodard) son—is assassinated. It’s a stark departure from her fragile Seattle Grace character, but Heigl is up for the challenge.

Something about her feels like an adult to me in ways that other roles haven’t,” she said in an interview with E!. “I don’t know if it’s because I feel like an adult. I feel like I’m finally like a legitimate grown-up with two children and a husband of almost seven years. I feel like a grown-up who has taken on a grown-up role.”

In case you’re wondering, that could be a dig to the queen of Thursday nights, Shonda Rhimes. Admittedly, the most-powerful showrunner in Hollywood probably doesn’t care. “There are no Heigls in this situation,” she told People earlier this month. We digress.

Tune in to NBC on November 17 at 10:00 p.m. to see if TV’s new “secret weapon” delivers.

Neil Patrick Harris Is Bringing Variety (Show) to NBC!

By  October 28, 2014

There was How I Met Your Mother. Then Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Even hosting gigs on Emmys and Tonys stages, with an Oscars debut just months away. Now, America’s favorite all-around performer, Neil Patrick Harris, is readying for an even bigger stage: his own late-night variety show on NBC.

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The Peacock confirmed that Harris will helm a stateside edition of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, a U.K. variety show that’s been on-air since 2002. The realization comes three years after Harris told Craig Ferguson that he wanted to “do an Ed Sullivan–y kind of show,” and is a move executive Paul Telegdy says is true to NBC’s DNA.

Harris’ hourlong version won’t bear the same name as its British counterpart, and is likely to be filmed in his native New York. Most of all, it’ll be the perfect platform to showcase his many talents.

“As I watched the show, I couldn’t stop smiling. Now that I’ve seen many seasons, my face hurts. It’s a game changer,” he told Vulture of the project, which will premiere in 2015. “Nothing like this has been done before, and its unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!”

Harris’ variety show conquest shouldn’t come as a surprise. When Jay Leno announced his departure from late night, some pitted Harris against candidates, including current host Jimmy Fallon, to succeed the The Tonight Show throne. He, however, told Howard Stern that a weekly show suited his tastes more.

“I think if it’s weekly, and people really want to see it, and you trust that there’s a lot of really great s__t on there, then you’re gonna get the guests to want to come on there,” he said.

Looks like he—and his fans!—got their wish.

Nicki Minaj is the “Only” Person We’re Listening to Today

By  October 28, 2014

Barbz, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad is that Nicki Minaj November won’t be a thing: hip-hop’s reigning femcee is pushing the pre-Thanksgiving release of The Pinkprint back to December 15. As much of a blow as that is, there is some consolation.

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Today, Minaj released a star-laced new single from her third album, “Only,” featuring label mates Lil Wayne and Drake, and Chris Brown. She first teased the drop on Instagram a few days ago, and, true to her word, she delivered.

Well done Onika. Well done.

Though we’re disappointed about the wait, we have to consider Minaj’s most-recent delay. When she pushed back the release of “Anaconda,” it was because she recorded a secret remix to “Flawless” with Beyoncé… and we all know how big of a deal that was. Who knows what she has planned with The Pinkprint’s impending domination?!

Casting Room: Kat Dennings Welcomed Kim Kardashian’s Bum to 2 Broke Girls

By  October 28, 2014

Before new shows and movies are on your radar, they’re being planned, executed, and put into motion by production teams far and wide. Each week, Glam is going to give you the rundown on your favorite celebrities and their new gigs, from Hollywood’s rising stars to Broadway’s top talents. Welcome to the Casting Room.

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She’s conquered reality television, beauty brands, and endorsements of everything from a little-known energy drink to Instagram-popular hair vitamins; and she’s done it to the tune of $65 million. Now, selfie queen Kim Kardashian has her sights set on scripted television.

We heard back in August that she’ll have a guest role on the upcoming fourth season of 2 Broke Girls, and star Kat Dennings is giving us a taste of what it was like having Mrs. West—and her assets—on set.

Now, more from the Casting Room:

FILM
Aquaman | Jason Momoa
Captain America 3 | Robert Downey Jr. 
Cook | Eddie Murphy
Dr. Strange and Suicide Squad | Ryan Gosling in talks
The Flash | Ezra Miller
Ghost in the Shell | Scarlett Johansson in talks
Green Room | Patrick Stewart joining Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots
James Bond 24David Bautista
The Hateful EightJennifer Jason Leigh
The Martian | Sean Bean
Nice Guys | Kim Basinger joining Russell Crowe
Now You See Me 2 | Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 | Javier Bardem
Star Wars: Episode VII | Warwick Davis
Underworld 5 | Kate Beckinsale reprising her role
X-Men: Apocalypse | Tom Hardy in talks

TELEVISION
The AmericansFrank Langella | FX
Bates Motel | Kevin Rahm and Ryan Hurst | A&E
Black-ish Ana Ortiz | ABC
Colony 
Amanda Righetti | USA
GothamMorena Baccarin | Fox
House of Cards | Kim Dickens | Netflix
Law & Order: SVU Meagan Good and Chad Coleman | NBC
Marilyn | Susan Sarandon | Lifetime
Once Upon a TimeRebecca Wisocky | ABC
Sleepy Hollow | Michelle Trachtenberg | Fox
The Walking Dead | Alexandra Breckenridge | AMC

Ready, Set, Go: Celebrities go On the Run for the 2014 New York City Marathon

By  October 28, 2014

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More than 50,300 runners suited up to traverse 26.2 miles of Big Apple terrain during the 2013 New York City marathon. On November 2, another flock of runners will follow in their footsteps, making history and raising funds for charities like the American Cancer Society, the Robin Hood Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the American Red Cross. Among them will be bold-faced names Teri HatcherTiki Barber, and Angie Martinez; they join A-list NYC marathon alum including Boardwalk Empire star Michael K. Williams, model Christy Turlington Burns, host Mario Lopez, and Ryan Reynolds, who’ve conquered the trail in years past.

Click through to see the 2014 class of celebrity New York City Marathon runners and the charities they’ll benefit. Ready, set… GO!

7 Celeb Shout Outs In Honor of Taylor Swift's "1989"

By  October 27, 2014

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Taylor Swift won’t have any problem shaking off the haters with all the celebrity love and admiration surrounding her latest album, 1989. The fifth album from the reigning chart topper (and BFF to half of Hollywood)’s officially dropped today, and is already becoming a favorite of fans and famous faces alike. Pals Ed Shereen, Lorde, Odeya Rush, and Hayley Williams of Paramore have tweeted their approval throughout the day, and even more celebrity supporters have taken to Instagram to pay tribute to Tay’s tracks. Click through to see some of their thoughtful shout outs!

Star Scoop: Usher Loves the Biebs, Fast & Furious Slows Down, Joan Didion Gets the Doc Treatment

By  October 27, 2014

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Billboard’s latest cover star, Usher, has plenty to share on his 20 years in the music biz, from his album production process and why he’s not ready for a new LP, to how he keeps those abs in tip-top shape. He also doesn’t shy away from his equally-as-successful protégé Justin Bieber, controversy and all. “He’s making his own decisions and it’s important to show support,” Usher told the magazine. “I can say I’m not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I’m supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I’ll punch him in the f—ing chest when I need to, and give him a hug and kiss when I need to. It’s more than just mentoring. I love the kid.” [Billboard]

For the first time in history, Fast & Furious is slowing down. Universal revealed Furious 7 as the title of its high-octane blockbuster; it will be the only film in the franchise to not have “fast” be part of the name. [The Hollywood

The Joan Didion story: coming to a theater near you. Filmmakers Griffin Dunne and Susanne Rostock have nearly doubled their Kickstarter fundraising efforts to produce We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live, “the first and only documentary about Joan Didion, made with Joan, using Joan’s words.” Michelle WilliamsAnnie Leibovitz, and Anna Wintour will appear in the doc and give their musings on one of the most prominent literary figures of our time. [Kickstarter]

Taylor Kitsch finally confirms that he’ll star in season two of True Detective. Thanks Tay, for telling us what we already knew. [Entertainment Weekly]

Sad news from the Beyoncé camp: her longtime tour photographer Yosra El-Essawy, succumbed to a battle with inoperable esophageal cancer at 33 years old. [Beyoncé]

We wouldn’t necessarily say that Honda makes our dream car, but after a starring role in Ok Go’s new music video, we may be courting the brand for a new gadget: the UNI-CUB. Famous for synchronized cardio, Ok Go took its choreography to the next level for “I Won’t Let You Down.” This time, instead of relying on treadmills, the foursome scooted around Japan on Honda’s motorized unicycle. Segway, have a seat. [Vulture]

Music Musings: Just Call Drake “6 God”

By  October 27, 2014

Not feeling Drake’s latest leak? How about now?

After a 17-year-old Georgia teen uploaded an unreleased Aubrey Graham track to the Internets last week, the self-proclaimed “6 God” took matters into his own hand. Not only did Drizzy make the song available for free download via SoundCloud, he threw in two more records for the win.

Now, before you get your hopes up, do note that this triplet doesn’t comprise a mixtape, nor is it confirmed to appear on his 2015 album Views from the 6. “That wasn’t an EP,” the OVO Sound head tweeted. “Just 3 songs that I knew some hackers had. But enjoy! Back to this album.”

Either way, it’s been three months since Drake gave us an official single, meaning our iPod is in need of his sensitive special touch. (That was a just a joke, folks).

Listen to “6 God,” “How Bout Now,” and “Heat of the Moment” below: