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Star Scoop: Twilight Turns Up, The Secret Life of Bey, Sarah Silverman Does Saturday

By  October 01, 2014

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Twilight is breaking dawn, again. Lionsgate is teaming with Facebook to produce five short films based on characters from the multi-billion dollar book and film franchise. Kristen Stewart will be returning to work on the saga, not as Bella, but as one of eight A-list, female panelists who will choose an aspiring female director to helm each installment. Go, girls! [Entertainment Weekly]

It’s been almost a year since Beyoncé disturbed the music industry with her eponymous visual album. Two tours, an HBO special, and a handful of Blue Ivy candids later, the work is still packed with plenty of surprises, like how Parkwood Entertainment got Facebook involved with the launch and how 70 recordings into the album’s final 14. [ELLE]

Live from New York, it’s Saturday night… with Sarah Silverman. The funny femme makes her first return to Saturday Night Live since being fired from a writing gig there 20 years ago. Everything comes full circle, right?! [Mashable]

Six seasons and a movie seems promising for Community now that Yahoo is picking up the series for a run on the web; but Shirley won’t be part of it. Yvette Nicole Brown won’t transition when Community hits the web to spend more time with her ailing father. “The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn’t do it,” she said. “It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.” [TV Guide]

Want to write a book like Gillian Flynn (so you can, you know, make Ben Affleck your leading man)? Then study what inspires her. Here’s a list of 21 things that influenced her work, including Truman Capote, Psycho, and Tina Fey. [Vulture]

We’re still awaiting Tracy Morgan’s speedy recovery, but word from his lawyers say the 30 Rock alum may, sadly, not be able to perform again. According to reports, he suffered a brain injury that have impacted his  “daily speech, cognitive, vocational and physical” abilities. If Morgan has his way, though, he’ll be back in no time. “I love you all,” Morgan said in a statement. “I’m fighting hard every day to get back.” We’ll be waiting! [Page Six]

Naomi Campbell Takes on an Empire State of Mind

By  September 30, 2014

Three Lions Entertainment Presents Fashion Rocks 2014 - ArrivalsNaomi Campbell has proven to be just as riveting on-screen as she is on the runway, thanks to Oxygen’s reality modeling competition The Face. After years of appearing as herself in television shows, though, her role on the small screen is about to get bigger.

Campbell landed a recurring gig on Fox’s upcoming drama Empire, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. The show will follow Howard as music mogul Lucious Lyons, whose plans to choose a successor at Empire Entertainment are thwarted when his wife (Henson) is released from prison. Campbell will play the cunning Camilla, a cougar who is courting one of Howard’s three sons in hopes of duplicitously staking her claim in the family business.

The series comes from Lee Daniels, known for his affinity for high drama as evidenced by 2001’s Monster’s Ball and recent work like Precious and The Paperboy. For Campbell, working with her longtime friend in his element is a dream come true.

“It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of actresses like Halle BerryOprahGabourey Sidibe, and Mo’Nique, and work with Lee Daniels,” Campbell told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m looking forward to joining Lee and this amazing cast on set.”

Daniels insists the feeling is mutual—and that Campbell can stand up to the task. “Naomi is a beautiful actress—underrated in my mind,” he added. “She will be wonderful as Camilla. I am truly thrilled to have one of my close friends join us.”

Question: can we sit with them?

See Campbell’s character debut unfold when Empire airs early next year. We’re certain she has the sass part down.

Star Scoop: Nicki’s Euro Beat, Gwen Stefani is Solo, Kanye Isn’t Komplete

By  September 30, 2014

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She shot ’em up with Jessie J and Ariana Grande. She shook it down with “Anaconda.” Now, Nicki Minaj is slated for an even bigger role on the MTV stage. Beyoncé’s latest collaborator nabbed a gig as the host for the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 9. These background dancers won’t be involved. [LA Times]

Gwen Stefani is keeping it in the family… her NBC family. The No Doubt frontwoman-turned-designer is recording her third solo album, which will include a cameo from fellow The Voice coach Pharrell. The busy mom will debut her first single from the LP later this season on The Voice, while simultaneously recording a new album with her SoCal band. [Billboard]

A few days ago, Brooklyn rapper Theophilus London teased loyal followers of Yeezus, insisting that Kanye West’s upcoming album was almost complete. The lie detector determined that was a lie. Okay, so it wasn’t Maury Povich extreme, but London still cleared up the initial misquote today on Twitter. He should probably get permission from Nori before “breaking” news. [Vulture]

Ben Affleck can give Gone Girl grimace and suit up as the Caped Crusader. But can he sing? That’d be a no. The father of three gets a pass though. His rendition of “Let It Go” on The Tonight Show may not be worthy of Idina Menzel acclaim, but his kids love it. Sorta. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Netflix won’t stop at convincing customers to cut the cable cord. The streaming giant is pushing against movie theater models with its latest move. It teamed with The Weinstein Co. to release Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on August 28, 2015—the same day it lands in IMAX theaters… [Variety]

…But has the plan backfired? Maybe. Regal, Cinemark, and Carmike, three of the top four theater chains in the U.S., say they won’t air the “day-and-date” release on their in-house IMAX screens. [Variety]

Star Scoop: Lorde Gets Inside Katniss’ Head, Buy Batfleck’s Suit, Beyoncé Claims 2015

By  September 29, 2014

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It was a royal 2013 for Lorde, but her follow-up to Pure Heroine is guaranteed to be bigger than her debut hit. Why, you ask? Katniss Everdeen. Lorde released “Yellow Flicker Beat” today, the first song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack, a disc she curated herself. “It’s my first offering from what I hope will be a soundtrack you love,” Lorde shared on Tumblr. “It’s my attempt at getting inside her head, Katniss.” [YouTube]

Just because he’s been cast as the caped crusader doesn’t mean Ben Affleck gets any special perks … at least when it comes to the costume. When filming wraps on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he’ll only be able to take Bruce Wayne’s armor home if he shells out $100,000. NBD. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Yoncé and her liquor are pouring it up throughout 2015. Glam got an exclusive look at Beyoncé’s second calendar, otherwise known as our new workout plan. The spread includes stills from Bey’s self-titled 2013 album, as well as footage shot during promos for the On the Run Tour with hubby Jay Z. [Glam]

We love seeing great artists pay homage to one another, so when we heard Aretha Franklin’s rich rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” we got all giddy inside. Franklin is taking a page from Bette Midler’s book and releasing a CD of covers dubbed Great Diva Classics, where she’ll tackle ballads from Etta JamesAlicia Keys, and Sinead O’Connor. A lot of r-e-s-p-e-c-t going on there. [Stereogum]

The Mjolnir has a new home. Remember when we told you that the next Thor would be a woman? Well, that time has arrived and it involves Captain America, a whisper, and inspo for a kickass Halloween costume. [Vulture]

Magic Mike XXL just keeps on giving. We’re still processing that Matthew McConaughey won’t be involved, but Channing Tatum, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, and new addition Michael Strahan more than make up for his departure. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Good Girl Gone... Bond? Rihanna Rumored for 007 Role

By  September 29, 2014

Your favorite rude gyal could be going on the run with Bond. James Bond.

Rumor has it that Rihanna’s next silver screen moment could be alongside Daniel Craig in Bond 24OK! reports that producers of the 007 installment approached her for a cameo role, which she agreed to without hesitation. An emphasis on cameo implies that she may not be stepping into Bond Girl territory, but there’s certain to be equal parts sexy and sass associated with her suspected role; and Craig agrees.

Rihanna—she’s dirtier,” Craig said back in 2012 when asked whether Ri or Beyoncé would make a better Bond Girl. Be mindful that the world hadn’t seen “Partition,” yet.

If she accepts the challenge, Bond 24 would be Rihanna’s fourth film role to date, not counting her appearance in Katy Perry’s 2012 documentary and voice work for 2015’s animated comedy Home. The film starts shooting later this year, which may interfere with Ri’s work on R8… or double as great promotion when both are released in 2015.

GLAM EXCLUSIVE: A First Look at Beyonce's 2nd Calendar

By  September 29, 2014

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Queen Beyonce is back again, ready to give even more to her loyal fans. After an epic summer on the run with Jay Z, providing her BeyHive with intimate video footage of their personal family life with Blue Ivy, she’s finishing the season with one more offering.

If the cover of CR Fashion Book, plus the inside spread wasn’t enough, Beyonce created an official calendar for 2015 (the second she’s launched), posing for 12 original images along with a centerfold. Glam exclusively has the first look at February and June, as well as the breathtaking centerfold, all of which are beyond stunning. (No surprise there, of course.)
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For February, Beyonce worked with Nick Farrell to achieve the perfect shot in the surf. She’s sporting a gold headdress with feathers and a matching accented top and bottom quite similar to the outfit she wore in the video for “Put it in a Love Song” with Alicia Keys. Giving that epic Beyonce posing, she’s transporting us to the beaches of Brazil in a single photo.

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As for June, the look appears to be a take on one of her “Partition” costumes, a flapper style headdress with matching triangle top. (If the look is indeed the same from her video, the hat was sourced from Crazy Horse Paris’ archive, paired with a vintage crystal bra and body chain by Lorraine Schwartz.) Robin Harper captured the more intimate, black and white shot which portrays Beyonce in a private moment.

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For the centerfold, the honor went to photographer Yosra El-Essawy who employed a bit of backlighting to further highlight the beauty of Beyonce. A cut out bandage style bathing suit provided the outfit, while she allowed her shorter hair to show off that spectacular gaze we’ve all come to know from the brilliant talent and entertainer.

Photographers for this year’s calendar include Yosra El-Essawy, Santiago & Mauricio, Nick Farrell, Robin Harper, and Mason Poole. The calendar retails for $14.99, which you can purchase on her site.

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Are Married!

By  September 27, 2014

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The ultimate bachelor, George Clooney, is finally officially off the market! He wed Amal Alamuddin in a twilight ceremony in Venice, Italy at the Aman Canal Grande Hotel in front of celebrity friends including Bono, Bill Murray, Cindy Crawford, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and Anna Wintour. 

Festivities began on Thursday at the Hotel Cipriani with the rehearsal dinner and a wedding-day breakfast, before guests took a flotilla of vintage water taxis across the canal to the Aman Canal Grande Hotel for the ceremony followed by the wedding after-party, and post-wedding dinner. As Clooney and his family made their way across the canal, throngs of onlookers cheer for the star, who was smiling ear to ear. The wedding was officiated by their close friend Walter Veltroni, who also happens to be the former mayor of Rome.

Though details and pictures of Alamuddin are not yet available, we’re on the lookout!

UPDATE: A source confirmed that Alamuddin wore Oscar de la Renta on her wedding day.

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Star Scoop: KimYe Cleavage Wins PFW, HTGAWM Kills the Competition, Shondaland Alum Pens New Mystery

By  September 26, 2014

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Ok, ok… KimYe cleavage did not win Paris Fashion Week. North West front row at Balenciaga did. Still, her parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West deserve a little shine for coordinating cleavage at Lanvin. And scolding hecklers. And escaping a tackle pre-Balmain. [E! Online]

Thank God It’s Thursday is right! Shondaland’s Thursday night block on ABC—Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away with Murder—won premiere week. Viola Davis’ series premiere proved to be the ultimate victor, (take that New York Times), bringing in a total of 14 million viewers, “debuting to the biggest young-adult audience of any new show yet.” [Vulture]

That Shonda Rhimes reign just won’t let up. Shondaland alum Jenna Bans just sold a new political mystery to ABC—as if there wasn’t enough drama already. The premise is enticing, though. It “follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier,” and leaves the community asking whether or not he’s who he says he is. Dun, dun, dun! [Deadline]

It didn’t take long for Fox to announce a sequel to Maze Runner, and the studio has been just as quick with introducing its villain. Aidan Gillen from Game of Thrones has been tapped to play Janson, or the Rat-Man, the YA trilogy’s main antagonist. When part two picks up, Janson and his WICKED cohorts will make life outside of the maze a dismal one for Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and friends. [The Hollywood Reporter]

André 3000’s magic window is closing… so says the enigmatic half of pioneering hip-hop group OutKast. In a cover story with Billboardhe reveals that despite a comeback festival tour and his anticipated role in the Jimi Hendrix biopic, 3000 is searching for more. “My opposition is time, age. You can make music forever, but I think there’s a magic window,” he said in the exclusive. “I think you can go beyond your magic window and still be the greatest instrumentalist and greatest artist, but anything outside that magic window is just not resonating the same.” Keep your heart, Three Stacks. [Billboard]

Cracking the Case: Rachel McAdams Joins True Detective

By  September 26, 2014

It what was the hardest casting case to crack, but we finally figured out True Detective’s leading lady: Rachel McAdams.

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McAdams will shed the innocence of About Time to channel Ani Bezzerides, “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol.” McAdams will be joined by Colin Farrell as a detective caught between crooked cops and the mob, and Taylor Kitsch as a young soldier whose new job as detective is riddled by remnants of a violent and destructive past.

McAdams’ confirmation comes after a summer of endless True Detective speculation. First, there was no room for a female lead on season two of HBO’s neo-Noir hit. Then, Nic Pizzolatto apparently made room for one: Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men. That, too, proved false when the official shortlist of actresses emerged weeks later. Surprisingly, there was no Moss to be found; instead the likes of Rosario Dawson and Jessica Biel were said to by vying for the role, sans a McAdams mention. Did you follow that?

We’ll see McAdams, Farrell, Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn step into character when True Detective returns next spring.

From Makeup to Music: Michelle Phan Launches a Label

By  September 26, 2014

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Michelle Phan isn’t just playing with makeup anymore, and she’s priming herself to take over the music business as well.

The YouTube beauty guru and digital entrepreneur has partnered with Cutting Edge Group, a music financing and services provider for music in media, to form Shift Music Group. The new label will focus on social media to spread awareness for music powerhouses as well as up-and-comers, and given Phan’s social savvy, they’ll be in good hands.

While there are no names signed to Phan’s new venture yet, there’s no limit to whom she could add to her roster. “It’s whatever makes sense and fits her creative dial,” Phan’s attorney, Phil Daniels, told Variety.

“I am passionate about finding undiscovered and talented artists,” Phan said in a statement about the partnership. “I want to help those artists get to the next level, and provide existing artists with a new way to reach fans. I wanted to partner with the Cutting Edge Group because they share my vision, and have a proven track record in innovation in the music business.”

Looks like in addition to just watching her beauty tutorials, we’ll now be Shazaming them too!