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Kanye West isn’t Name Dropping Anymore

By  July 21, 2014

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Mr. West is in the building, swagger on hundred thousand trillion with GQ magazine. Kanye Omar West is a brand new man and he’s letting his freak–albeit, handsomely chic–flag fly on the pages on the August issue of the men’s magazine.

“You see I haven’t name-dropped and said a bunch of negative stuff about people,” West said, drawing attention to his penchant for speaking, um, extemporaneously. While it is true that West did appear to be rather calm—because you know, he drops bombs—there was no shortage of #ThingsKanyeSays.

He Gets Dressed with the Paparazzi in Mind

“I hope we don’t see no paparazzi today,” West said. “Because I’m still getting acquainted with these jogging pants I threw on. Like, ‘That’s not my statement!’

West isn’t Out to Get You… Or the Paps

“There’s no fangs. I don’t have fangs. I’m a porcupine. I’m a blowfish. Like, I’m a—what’s the fish that blows up?” He continues, “Yeah, I’m a blowfish. I’m not a shark, I’m a blowfish.” “People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.”

Hey, Page Six, Get Over the Gold Toilets at Kimye’s Wedding

“They didn’t even talk there about the photographs, or the dress, or Andrea Bocelli singing, or the marble tables. They’re like: “It’s a gold toilet.” No. The bathrooms—that usually would be a porta-potty—were wrapped in a fabric that was neutral to match the fort. The bar was terrible, and the wedding planner didn’t approve it with me. I was having issues with this wedding planner the entire time on approvals, and I get there and they threw some weird plastic bar there. So the same materials that were used to cover the bathroom, we said, “Let’s just use that, because this is all we have to make the bar look better.” Which it did, in the end.”

Kanye Wants North to Live a Normal Life

“I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we’re going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn’t choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I’m going to fight to make sure she has a better life.”

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He’s, um, Taken with Carine Roitfeld?

“Carine Roitfeld is the Walt Disney of what Tumblr is today. She is the Kanye West of what Tumblr is today. She’s the single most important person to what street style is today. And she was at the wedding seven seats down from Kim, who is one of the number one fashion plates of today.”

It Didn’t Hurt His Feelings Jay Z and Beyoncé Didn’t Attend his Wedding

“It doesn’t even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that’s all that matters to me. I had to fight for that for seven years. But the fact that these other people showed up that are from such different worlds but have done such dynamic things—they’re all, in a way, equal to what Kim has done in TV or what I had done in music. I was so moved that I just wanted people to stop and think they weren’t sitting at a table full of fashion people, they weren’t sitting at a table full of celebrities, they weren’t sitting at a table full of movie directors. It really was a representation of the way we receive information today, post-Internet.”

 Page Six Can’t Kill His Vibe

“Page Six can’t overshadow the main point: Carine Roitfeld was sitting next to Kim Kardashian.” Well played, Ye, well played.

Kim Kardashian is a Dinosaur

“Kim is this girl who turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around. And then people would try to say, “Well, you know, if you’re a musician, you should be with a musician, and if you want to design, you need to be with a girl from the design world.” I don’t [care] about people’s opinions. Because when a kid falls in love with an airplane or a bike or a dinosaur—especially if you’re an only child and it’s not because of the book that the sibling was reading—it’s like, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?! That’s amazing! You mean to tell me that these giant multi-ton crafts can fly that fast and that loud, and they can flip, and there’s danger, the possibility of them exploding? That’s [so] cool! You mean to tell me that this girl with this body and this face is also into style, and she’s a nice person, and she has her own money and is family-oriented? That’s just as cool as a fighter jet or dinosaur! And just as rarely seen.

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… And She Gave Kanye Skills

“And what I had to learn from Kim is how to take more of her advice and less of other people’s advice. There’s a lot of Kim K skills that were added. In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period.”

We’ll Have New Music, Soon, Maybe

“I think most likely September. I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November? When Beyoncé was working on her last album, she took a while. I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I’m like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child.”

 He’s Actually Happy

“This is a multi-lifetime process that we have now embarked on. Meaning starting now, you’re just starting to see a glimmer of what the idea of West will mean. So right now, at this age and with this visibility and with the skill sets that Kim is now giving me, I think I have a good chance of success in building something that has longevity, high integrity, high success rate, and is very fulfilling, not only for me creatively but also in adding fulfillment to people’s lives. Adding ease. Adding wonder. Adding magic.”

His Taste is Still Better than Yours

“This is Christopher Columbus. This is uncharted waters we’re on. We’d be super happy to be on land, and also a little bit like, “Ah, the journey’s over!” But I feel like, we got the Vogue cover, Steve McQueen won the Oscar, we finally got married… You know? We have a child. We’re a family now. I am an arbiter of taste, and people think that I have the ability to make things cool—or if I’m doing it, it should be cool. And I feel that this stuff’s starting to be cool. And that feels good to me. Because I don’t like walking around with people thinking I’m doing uncool [stuff], because there’s nothing I’m doing that’s uncool. It’s all innovative. You just might not understand it yet.”

 

Star Scoop: Kanye Is Back in the Stone Age, Jonah Hill Gives His Blessing, NPH is Headed for AHS?!

By  July 21, 2014

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Just call Kanye West king of the quotables. In his August 2014 cover for GQ magazine, Yeezus compares wife Kim Kardashian to dinosaurs, crowns Drake as hip-hop’s reigning champ, and—what we really want to know—hints that his next album could drop as soon as September. Which means it’s bound to end up soundtracking some Spring 2015 shows. [GlamBuzz]

Funny guy Jonah Hill took on a serious role over the weekend: officiant of Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo’s Los Cabos, Mexico wedding. The pair said “I Do” in front of 300 guests—including Robert Downey Jr., Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepeol, and Maroon 5’s Jesse Carmichael—with the 22 Jump Street star reportedly blessing their “loose, romantic, and fun” nuptials. [GlamChic]

Two of Hollywood’s hottest stars are gearing up to share the silver screen… again. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, er, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, have been tapped to star in, write, direct, and produce Universal Pictures’ adaptation of By the Sea. It will be an “intimate, character-driven drama,” that Jolie says will allow the two to “be actors together and be really raw, open, try things.” [TIME]

Everybody is hopping on the American Horror Story train, and with season four drawing nigh, Neil Patrick Harris wants in on the Freak Show madness. “I wrote a letter to Ryan [Murphy], asking if I could be in it,” Harris said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly Radio. “And he didn’t respond.” Until Friday, when Murphy tweeted that he has a role in mind for the Broadway buff. [Huffington Post]

No, ladies and gents, this isn’t your typical Craigslist ad. In an unconventional promo tactic, the first trailer for Nightcrawler has landed via the popular postings site. A jobs-wanted listing appeared on Friday from the film’s main character, Louis Bloom, a “freelance crime journalist wrapped up in Los Angeles’ underbelly.” Jake Gyllenhaal… is that you? [Indiewire]

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: a new look at the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. Director J.J. Abrams gave us a peek at a finished X-Wing, which was built for the epic’s Millennium Falcon. The news surely gave the space saga’s fans reason to go wild. As for us, we had to rely on Google to catch up on all the lingo. [Vulture]

Get On Up: Jill Scott on James Brown, Being Open, and A ‘Desperate’ Type of Love

By  July 21, 2014

Jill Scott may not appear until halfway through James Brown biopic Get On Up, but her screen presence—as it is in real life—is truly captivating.

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Scott is among the stellar cast of characters who brings Mr. Dynamite’s story to life. Get On Up chronicles the legend’s rise and permeating appeal, with flashbacks to lesser-known aspects of his life: being abandoned by his mother as a child, hustling at his aunt’s Georgia brothel, facing his first arrest at 16. Scott plays DeidreDee DeeJenkins, the second wife to Chadwick Boseman’s Brown, during his Godfather of Soul era.

Glam spoke with Scott about the burden she carried in doing Brown’s legacy justice, what it’s like to draw inspiration from Brown as a singer, and longing for a “desperate” type of love.

Glam: What was one of your first James Brown memories?

Jill Scott: I think it was in the house, and my mother was playing music out of her old stereo and it was “dun dun dun…” And I remember my little shoulders like “what’s that?” That’s when I found out about James Brown. This funk that you can’t stop. This real, real black music. 

G: How has his impact on the industry influenced you as a singer?

JS: There’s nobody more passionate, there’s nobody left of right the way that James is. I’ve never heard a vocalist yell and scream and get that emotion out the way that he does. You can tell that it’s not just something that he does or that it’s a practiced thing—it is in the moment, it is right now. And that taught me a lot. That’s the kind of vocalist I want to be, and watching him rehearse with his band, you know how hard he works them. I’m not as hard on my band, but I really do demand a certain level of perfection, but my take on things is perfection so that we can forget it. I don’t want to over-perfect it so that it feels staged or done and tired and dry. I need it to be alive now, so rehearse the hell out of it so we know all the things that we can do and then let’s just forget it and be.

G: We get to see that “perfectionist” side of Brown in Get On Up. What other elements do you think the film reveals to audiences who may know little of his real life?

JS: I learned a lot about his childhood, about where his strength comes from. To have that level of a defiant spirit, to not fall into despair because life has been despairing. I think it just says a lot about that particular dynamic human being. You don’t have passion and power like that without having to go through some level of struggle. And his struggle was so internal—to be wounded like that by someone who was the closest to you—it will affect your entire life. You can see a therapist all you want—he sang his out. I loved in the film how he kept finding the light. He kept finding the light in the dark. It spoke volumes to me as a person, and I hope he speaks volumes to the audience as well.

G: I’m sure there was a heavy responsibility in translating Brown’s struggle and despair to the silver screen. How did you deal with that?

JS: I was actually pretty afraid. I didn’t want to talk to Dee Dee because I wanted to live inside of the script. I thought that, you know it’s the little things, and I thought she might say something that will make me feel some level of guilt for being what this woman is on this page. That made me cautious about it, so I asked. I asked her grandson to tell me about Dee Dee. He said one thing that just sparked it off for me about who she really was, who she really is: she loves him now. Now, he’s passed-away. [He’d] gotten remarried, had other children, had a whole other life after the 11 years that they spent together, but she still was in love with him. Not just loved him and had fond memories, but was in love. So that way that I approached Dee Dee was that she was just unabashedly in love with the man. The icon, the genius and yes, sometimes he takes things out or he expresses things in ways that she doesn’t like or ways that are harmful to her, but she loves the man and I wanted to stay there. I just wanted to be true to that as much as possible—to try to find some light in the dark.

G: In your own music, you’ve been very open about love: finding it, falling in and out of it. How do gauge how much to share with your fans and what to keep for yourself?

JS: Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to discern what to keep from the audience yet. I’m kind of a slave to my own pen. I listen to music, I look for “water.” I call it “water.” Music that I can swim to, swim in. Whatever kind of music it is, I kind of just wait for my pen to work, rather than trying to force it to work. And it takes time, but it is what it is. I can’t, I won’t step away from that. I won’t be a robot to something that is a gift not a given, so some things I wish I never said, some things I wish I could undo, but I was true to that moment and sang a song about something I wish I didn’t, but it is what it is.

G: It’s interesting you say water. I think your recent collaboration with SZA reflects that beautiful sort of fluidity. How did that come about? 

JS: I’m really good friends with Om’Ma Keith and we had been trying to hangout and couldn’t. He was in town, I was in town; it was like 1:00 or 2:00 o’clock in the morning. I was like “Are you up?” and he said yeah, and I went over there [to the studio] and she was there. I didn’t know her before. I enjoyed her freckles so much, I was like you’re so lucky to have those freckles and then we played a track and I started to write something and she was humming something and it was just very organic, real easy—I like that kind of environment. I like the song; I listen to it a lot. I listen to it to go to sleep—it really gives me that Zen feeling.

G: Is there any “watery” James Brown song that you would love to cover?

JS: Is it called “Please?” I would like to be that desperate. I would enjoy feeling like that, but not too often.

Watch Scott, Boseman, Tika Sumpter, and Nelsan Ellis in the trailer for Get On Up, and hit theaters when it’s released on August 1.

Fifty Shades Of …Bey?

By  July 21, 2014

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Beyoncé is all about surprises this year following the release of her secret self-titled album in December.

On Saturday, she released a teaser video on her Instagram for the trailer of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, which will be released this Thursday. The fifteen-second teaser features a slowed-down, breathier version of Queen Bey’s “Crazy in Love” and flashes of Christian Grey (played by former Calvin Klein underwear model, Jamie Dornan) and a sneak peak into one of his many steamy bedroom scenes with Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson).

So what is Beyoncé’s involvement in the film? Is she doing the soundtrack? Will she make a cameo? Is it a marketing ploy? Is she just a fan? Regardless, kudos to Beyoncé and the Fifty Shades marketing team, because they have us at the edge of our seats waiting for the answer.

 

Star Scoop: Mad Men’s Parting Gifts, Idina Menzel Lets Go, Meet the New Aaliyah

By  July 18, 2014

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Mad Men has (almost) come to the end of the road. Its cast members shot the final episode earlier this month and celebrated with a week of partying, says leading lady Christina Hendricks. Surprisingly, when nabbing mementos from set, the show’s stars had to shell out the dough. No freebies here, folks. [Vulture]

Let’s face it: Idina Menzel and “Let It Go” jokes will never get old. In fact, the Frozen tune is the first thing that came to mind when we found out Menzel is selling the Studio City, California mansion she shared with ex Taye Diggs. It’s only $2.995 million. We’ve got that tucked away somewhere. [Variety]

Lifetime is moving forward with its contentious Aaliyah biopic. After announcing the departure of Disney alum Zendaya from the project, up-and-coming actress Alexandra Shipp has been tapped to take on the role of the late R&B singer. One more thing… Wendy Williams will executive produce. [IndieWire]

While we’re on the casting front, Star Wars: Episode VII has revealed another talent on its roster. Newcomer Christina Chong, who recently appeared in 24: Live Another Day, will have a small part in the Lupita Nyong’oHarrison FordAdam Driver starrer. [The Verge]

The Roots are paying homage to the unseen member of their group: Richard Nichols. The 55-year-old, who worked as the band’s manager and producer since its 1992 inception, passed after a battle with leukemia. In a statement, the Jimmy Fallon house band saluted Nichols for being “instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades.” [Billboard]

A year, $90 million, and one sequel later, The Purge is under attack. Thursday, scribe Douglas Jordan-Benel filed a suit against the studio behind the film for copyright infringement. “The plot in both works is also virtually identical,” states the lawsuit, arguing that The Purge is based on Jordan-Benel’s 2011 script for Settler’s Day. “A family must withstand a siege of its fortified home on the one night of the year that killing is legal.” We’ll see who survives the night as this plot unfolds. [The Hollywood Reporter]

For a dose of Friday funny: this is what happens when Conan O’Brien and Dave Franco (James’ dashing baby bro) do Tinder. [Vulture]

Flashback Friday: Watch a 19-Year-Old Kanye West Freestyle at Fat Beats

By  July 18, 2014

Before his near-fatal 2002 car accident, before he was producing beats for Jay Z, before he was combating classism and krushing on Kim K.Kanye West was an aspiring rapper, in an ill-fitting polo, looking for a chance to make it big.

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Footage has emerged of West, then 19, participating in a cipher at the August 1996 opening of Fat Beats in New York City’s West Village. The landmark record store, which operated out of a basement when it first opened in 1994, was a purveyor of independent and underground hip-hop, known for entertaining the likes of Al Tariq and Xzibit. At the time, West was among a collective of emerging acts who wanted to celebrate the store’s expansion, and showcase their skills amongst the cultural hub’s influential crowd. Luckily, DJ Eclipse, Fat Beats’ former manager, was on hand to capture this rare moment in time.

“Yesterday I started converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVD and came across some interesting footage from that day,” he said in an email to Complex, commemorating the now-closed store’s 20th anniversary. “Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day such as ILL BILL, Arsonists, Lord Finesse, Adagio… But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC.”

It’s safe to say that West is known around most parts these days; and if this video proves anything, it’s that he’s never lacked in the confidence department.

Notable Nominations: Beyonce Leads the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Noms

By  July 18, 2014

Let the Moonman madness ensue.

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Almost a month before its annual Video Music Awards, MTV has announced its list of 2014 nominees (via SnapChat, no less). While 2013’s Brooklyn installment saw top nominations for Justin TimberlakeMacklemore and Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, and Robin Thicke, this year, the Queen reclaims her throne.

Beyoncé leads the pack with eight nominations, due to her surprise December 2013 release. She has multiple chances to take home the trophy for “Drunk In Love,” “Partition,” and “Pretty Hurts,” which would add to her current collection of 14 Moonmen (12 as a solo artist). Mrs. Carter is followed by Eminem and Iggy Azalea with seven noms apiece; as a result both Bey and Eminem could become the second-winningest artist at the VMAs after Madonna, who has earned 20 throughout her career.

Tune in as the VMAs unfold on August 24 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on MTV.

Video of the Year
Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Sia, “Chandelier”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, “3005″
Drake feat. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Eminem, “Berzerk”
Kanye West, “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran feat. Pharrell Williams, “Sing”
Eminem feat. Rihanna, “The Monster”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Best Female Video
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Beyoncé, “Partition”
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Lorde, “Royals”

Best Pop Video
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up”
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Best Rock Video
Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
Black Keys, “Fever”
Imagine Dragons, “Demons”
Linkin Park, “Until It’s Gone”
Lorde, “Royals”

Artist to Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
5 Seconds of Summer, “She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”
Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Schoolboy Q, “Man of the Year”

Best Collaboration
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Chris Brown feat.Lil Wayne and Tyga, “Loyal”
Eminem feat. Rihanna, “The Monster”
Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pitbull feat. Kesha, “Timber”

MTV Clubland Award
Calvin Harris, “Summer”
Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Martin Garrix, “Animals”
Zedd feat. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Best Video With A Social Message
Angel Haze feat. Sia, “Battle Cry”
Avicii feat. Dan Tyminski, “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
David Guetta, “One Voice”
J. Cole, “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland, “Dirty Laundry”

Best Cinematography
30 Seconds to Mars, “City of Angels”
Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
Gesaffelstein, “Hate Or Glory”
Lana Del Rey, “West Coast”

Best Editing
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Fitz and the Tantrums, “The Walker”
MGMT, “Your Life is a Lie”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Best Choreography
Beyoncé, “Partition”
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Kiesza, “Hideaway”
Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, “Love Never Felt So Good”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Usher, “Good Kisser”

Best Direction
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Eminem feat. Rihanna, “The Monster”
Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”

Best Art Direction
Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Tyler, the Creator, “Tamale”

Best Visual Effects
Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”
OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”

All the Way: Bryan Cranston is Headed to HBO

By  July 17, 2014

Take that, AMC!

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Walter White may, or may not, be making a cameo on Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, but Bryan Cranston will be going All The Way… to HBO. The company’s film division acquired rights to the Robert Schenkkan-penned play, which stars Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson during his first year in office.

The role was Cranston’s first on the Great White Way and earned him accolades at the Tonys, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theater World Awards. No word yet on when the made-for-TV film will debut, but it’s bound to earn critical acclaim.

Cranston, who ended his run on Breaking Bad during the series finale last September, is nominated at this year’s Primetime Emmys. With All The Way’s HBO bow, he could be in the running next year, too.

Star Scoop: MTV Is Snap Happy, Beyonce Leads the Pack, A New Day for Captain America

By  July 17, 2014

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Many people (hello, anyone age 25+) still don’t fully understand SnapChat, but MTV is apparently loving it. Today, the Viacom network announced nominations for BeyoncéEminem, Iggy Azalea and more at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards via the photo messaging service; the means was a followup to last year’s nominees rollout using Vine and Instagram videos. [Mashable]

Speaking of the approaching MTV VMAs, Beyoncé leads the pack with eight noms. Her potential—and deserved, if we do say so ourselves—wins could come from Video of the Year for “Drunk In Love,” Best Female Video for “Partition,” and Best Video with a Social Message for “Pretty Hurts.” Run the world, girl. [Variety]

Marvel is diversifying its arsenal of iconic characters. Just a day after announcing that the new Thor will be a woman, Marvel creative exec Joe Quesada told Stephen Colbert that the new Captain America will be black. Steve Rogers, the character who plays the patriotic hero, will pass his suit and shield over to Sam Wilson (known as The Falcon), this fall. [The Verge]

Plenty are indifferent to Drake’s many personas—hardcore rapper, meets emo crooner, meets playboy—but there was no denying his hosting chops during Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards. From a song dedicated to athletes’ “side pieces,” to a spot-on Manny Pacquiao impression, we have to give him a pass. [Vulture]

Gone Girl fever is officially on the rise. Director David Fincher released an exclusive photo from the set of the Batfleck Ben Affleck starrer, this time, with the leading man being questioned for involvement in his wife’s murder. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Broadway world is mourning the loss of a legend. Described as a “brassy, tart-tongued” performer, Elaine Stritch, 89, has passed. She first rose to acclaim for her 1955 Tony Award-nominated role in Bus Stop, and had recurring television roles on Law & Order, and NBC’s 30 Rock. [The New York Times]

Mic Check? There’s No Truth to Adele Album Rumors, After All

By  July 17, 2014

If you, like us, had gotten your hopes up and started setting aside coins for Adele’s new album and tour, prepare for a hard truth.

It was all. A. Lie.

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Martin Mills, chairman of the parent company to Adele’s XL Recordings, debunked initial reports that her third album, 25, is being released soon and would come with an early 2015 tour. According to Billboard, Mills said there is “no truth in this.”

The World Music Awards first announced Adele’s rumored work Wednesday with a tweet from its official account that has since been deleted. It read “#adele confirms 2015 Tour After The Release Of Her New Album 25!” Welcome news for fans who have awaited Adele’s comeback since she blazed the charts with 21 in 2011.

Though Adele seemingly teased her anticipated return before her 26th birthday, and Phil Collins confirmed that he is indeed working with the star, we’ll be waiting for 25 longer than expected. OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who is responsible for Adele’s “Turning Tables” and “Rumour Has It,” told MSN “She will deliver the album on her own timetable, at her own pace. And the only person that will ever declare it finished will be her, when she decides it’s finished.”

In other words, she’s the boss.