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Star Scoop: Mr. Grey is Waiting, The Bellas are Back, Spider-Man is Rebooting for 2017

By  February 10, 2015

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In case you missed it, Fifty Shades of Grey will hit theaters this Valentine’s Day weekend, and has already set a presale tickets record for girls, guys, lovers, and friends looking to enter Christian Grey’s red room. Now, the question is whether the (seemingly disagreeable) Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson can live up to the hype. According to this review, the pair contribute to a final product that is “by turns provocative and romance-novel gooey.” Either way… we’ll be watching. [The Hollywood Reporter]

On a not-so-steamy Fifty note, Dornan visited The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and read excerpts from the book in various accents. Read: sex scenes in Scottish, red room in Russian, and cheeky exchanges in… cowboy?![YouTube]

The Barden Bellas are using a little Queen Bey to set the tone. A new trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 has premiered, with Anna KendrickRebel Wilson, and crew belting out Beyoncé’s “Run the World,” on the competition stage. Because, we all win with Bey (except at the Grammys, *cough* Beck). [Billboard]

Spider-Man will be back on the silver screen in July 2017 when Sony and Marvel unite for a reboot of the blockbuster franchise; but a key player will be missing. Andrew Garfield, star of the last two Spider-Man films,  will not be reprising his role as Peter Parker. [Variety]

Taylor Swift can’t stop, won’t stop moving, and Charli XCX is joining the club. The “Boom Clap” chanteuse covered Swift’s chart-topper for BBC’s Live Lounge. Does it still get you in the sing-a-long mood? [YouTube]

From rumor to reality: Johnny Depp and his The Rum Diary co-star Amber Heard wed in an intimate ceremony on Depp’s private Bahamian island over the weekend. Ladies, you have permission to weep. [People]

Star Scoop: The Carter CD, Americans Take the BAFTAs, Better Call Saul Breaks Records

By  February 09, 2015

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We’re not going to humor you with a “still on the run” joke here. But if producer Detail’s tease proves true, Jay Z and Beyoncé could be dropping a joint album later this year. Blue Ivy is rumored to executive produce. [Billboard]

Sunday night wasn’t just home to the Grammys. Across the pond, Hollywood’s top talent gathered to celebrate the 2015 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards where, ironically, American leads racked up top honors. Julianne MoorePatricia Arquette, and J.K. Simmons reigned in their respective categories, with Richard Linklater’s cast and crew winning best film for Boyhood. [Vogue UK]

Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul also had a winning Sunday night. It broke the record for biggest cable premiere with 6.9 million viewers, falling shortly behind this season’s broadcast network premieres of How to Get Away with Murder and Empire. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Grammys, however, didn’t fare too well. The CBS broadcast earned its lowest ratings in the past six years with 25.3 million tuned in. To put things in perspective, the show drew in 28.5 million viewers just last year. We guess Kanye pulling a Kanye couldn’t even boost those views. [Variety]

A day after his first Grammys win, Kendrick Lamar (finally!) dropped a follow-up to the award-winning “i.” It’s a socially and politically riveting track that’s as timely as it is ferocious. Listen here. [YouTube]

Winner’s Circle: Sam Smith is the Grammys MVP

By  February 08, 2015

2014 was the year we came to terms with not being the only one. When we latched on to love and begged significant others to stay (with me). An era when we all had money on our minds… especially, in the lonely hour. With sing-a-long ballads and a distinct voice reminiscent of Adele’s rise—though he doesn’t care for the comparison—Sunday night’s Grammy Awards belonged to the one, the only, Sam Smith.

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The English newcomer took home four awards, including trophies for Best New Artist, Record, and Song of the Year. His Grammys triumph was all but predicted by critics and fans alike, but in true form, the 57th annual ceremony had its share of surprises and snubs. Like when Kanye West took to the stage—in jest, we think—to jokingly contest Beck’s Album of the Year win over Pharrell Williams, Smith, Ed Sheeran, and Beyoncé. Or the fact that Beck won Album of the Year over Beyoncé. Yeah.

Still, there were plenty of times when the Recording Academy got it right: like with Kendrick Lamar’s first-ever win for his performance on “i,” and when the haunting “Say Something” from A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera earned multiple honors. But Beck… over Beyoncé?! Nah.

Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase

Record of the Year: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version)

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Best Pop Solo Performance: Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Best Rock Song: Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”

Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Best Country Song: Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta

Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, “i”

Best Traditional Pop Album: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek

Best Alternative Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent

Song of the Year: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version)

Best SoundtrackFrozen

Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River & the Thread

Best Pop/Duo Performance: A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, “Say Something”

Best Music Video: Pharrell, “Happy”

Best Dance Recording: Clean Bandit and Jess Glynn, “Rather Be”

Best Spoken-Word AlbumJoan Rivers, Diary of a Mad Diva

Best Comedy Album: Weird Al Yankovic, Mandatory Fun

Kat Graham on Game-Changers and the 2015 Grammys

By  February 07, 2015

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After months of anticipation, chart-topping Billboard battles, and a series of songs we can’t get out of our heads (from “Drunk in Love” and “Stay With Me” to “Fancy” and “Shake it Off”) the biggest night in music has finally arrived. Eyes will undoubtedly be glued to the Grammys red carpet and stage, and thanks to Kat Graham and Degree, all the game-changing moments that will make Sunday night one to remember. 

The Vampire Diaries star teamed with Degree Women to go behind-the-scenes at the Grammys, and “see what it takes to deliver a performance that not only changes an artist’s image, but can also change the industry.” Ahead of the 57th annual ceremony, Graham clued us in on her Grammy predictions, and a game-changing project that she’s ready to share with the world.

Glam: If you could have been part of any Grammys performance in history, which would it have been, and why?

Kat: It’s so hard. [So many past] performances were so incredible, and so good, and so game-changing in their own way, that I really don’t think that I would have added anything to them. I’m fine to just say that I will hopefully have my own one day, and that will be my Degree, game-changing moment.

Glam: When you do have that performance, is there a singer, dancer, musician, that you’d want to share it with?

Kat: Prince, obviously. There’s no one better. 

Glam: We want to know if you’ve got any predictions for Sunday’s ceremony, starting with Song of the Year. Who do you think will win?

Kat: I would be surprised if Sam [Smith] doesn’t win Song of the Year. He’s so humble and so incredible. He came onto the scene with such a different kind of voice and a different kind of song, that just kind of crushed you in the way that when Adele came out, it crushed you—in the most beautiful, epic way. I’m hoping that Sam Smith wins.

Obviously, my girl Taylor [Swift]—I always want her to win all the awards. So, I don’t know. I’m kind of tied between them.

Glam: What about Album of the Year?

Kat: Oh, I don’t! I’m going with Degree, and I’m so excited because we’re doing this game-changers campaign, which is all about looking at the different performances that have been game-changing for these artists. Even on Sunday, I want to see who’s going to come, who’s going to bring it, who’s going to do something different.

I know that a lot of artists are excited about the Grammys, but I don’t even know that, at that level, when you are that good, to even be nominated for a Grammy—at what point do you feel like “I lost,” you know? Even being nominated is such an honor. Even being able to perform—it’s such an epic moment in your career. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems like people are just there to be a part of this incredible night—the biggest night in music—and I’m just there to watch, and just be a part of it.

Glam: Well you’re actually embarking on a game-changing moment with the release of a three-part film series, Muse. What was the genesis of that idea?

Kat: A lot of people ask me if I like singing, or dancing, or acting [better]. I started off as a back-up dancer, I got into music and engineering when I was, like, 14, and I booked Vampire Diaries. I released some songs, did some touring, I’ve been on the show for six years, did a couple of films. People think that I’m bouncing around, and for me, the most important thing is that people realize “That’s just kind of who she is. She is a dancer. She is an artist. She is that.” And I thought, who better to help me explain what I do than me?!

That was my moment where I really needed to step up and create something that was different. That included the theatrical side to what I do, and some incredible cinematography and direction by Darren Genet, who’s a brilliant, brilliant director—one of my favorites in the world, that has ever been… There are so many things where I really get to have fun as an artist. I love dancing, and I love singing, and I love acting. And I grew up watching Shirley Temple, and I grew up watching Josephine Baker, and I look at all the icons—Sammy Davis, and even Elvis—and these people, they did all that stuff. They had albums and films, and they knew how to jam…

Glam: What game-changing projects have you planned with Degree ahead of the Grammys?

Kat: Being able to this amazing stuff with Degree, where I got to do these really cool dance breaks, that you’ll get to see—I’m sure you’re going to be online, checking your Twitter and Instagram for all the stuff. Degree and I are doing some really good dance breaks, really cool gifs, and we did some really cool stuff with E!, with Laurieann Gibson.

Glam: We’re excited to see those dance breaks! But when you finally do get red-carpet ready, who will be the “muse” to inspire your look?

Kat: I’m all about eras… I don’t know if I have picked an era [yet]. I don’t think it’s the 50s, I don’t think it’s the 60s, I don’t think it’s the 80s. It might be close to the 70s, and it might be close to late 40s. I love funk, and I’ve gotten into a lot of funk recently: funk music, Sly [and the Family Stone], James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, I’m really into that music. So that might reflect in what I’m wearing. Or, I might just want to be super glamorous—it depends on what I’m listening to that day.

Star Scoop: Gaga’s New Monster, The New Girl at HBO, T. Swift (Still) on Top

By  February 05, 2015

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He’s already teamed with Roc Nation royals Kanye West and Rihanna. Now, Paul McCartney’s resurgence on the music scene includes work with Mother Monster. Lady Gaga posted a photo in the studio with McCartney earlier this week, captioning it “Always a good time with my buddy. I’ll never forget when he called me last year to work and I hung up the phone cuz I thought it was a prank!” We wonder what the two have in store. [Instagram]

Lena Dunham won’t be the only girl leading HBO to glory. Issa Rae, who gained popularity thanks to the hilarious web series Awkward Black Girl, is bringing a new comedy to the premium cabler with the help of Larry Wilmore. Insecure, like its dotcom predecessor, will chronicle “the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American.” [Variety]

… And that makes another week for Taylor Swift on top. 1989 just hit its 10th, nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard 200. If it keeps this up, the multi-platinum disc will surpass her previous triumph, when Fearless won 11 weeks in the “penthouse.” [Billboard]

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has something special in store for the Grammy family. Mary J. Blige revealed yesterday that she’ll be joining nominee Sam Smith on stage for a special duet. [Twitter]

February 15 will mark the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live. Yes, fortieth. Its creator and producer, Lorne Michaels, is to thank. Weeks ahead of the milestone, Michaels stepped out from behind the camera and let The Hollywood Reporter pick his brain on SNL’s anniversary spectacular, his succession plan, and the show’s biggest risk. [The Hollywood Reporter]

 

Star Scoop: RihYeezy on Tour, Enter Katy Perry’s Shark Tank, Magic Mike XXL is a Tease

By  February 04, 2015

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Could that Rihanna reign and Yeezy season go hand-in-hand? If this Instagram snapshot is any indication, the Roc Nation cohorts are gearing up for a joint tour, hot off the release of their “FourFiveSeconds” video. That could mean a stadium status spectacular… and plenty of Kim Kardashian selfies captioned #tourlife. [Complex]

Pretty soon, you’ll be able to swag surf, à la Left Shark from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl spectacular. Men’s clothing company Bonobos has started an online campaign, promising that if it gets enough interest in the “Shark Suit,” it will set up a Kickstarter to fund and design the costume. Surely, this would be a hit during spring break. [Pret-A-Reporter]

Speaking of Perry, she’s performing at the Grammys. But of course. [Huffington Post]

The Magic Mike XXL trailer is here, and boy, is it a tease. Bring out the ice cubes girls, because it is hot. In. HERE! [YouTube]

Selma isn’t the only thing Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey have in store. The pair are teaming up again, this time for a scripted drama series that DuVernay will helm for Winfrey’s namesake network, OWN. [Vulture]

Don’t get your hopes up about seeing David Gandy on the silver screen. The chiseled model revealed why he turned down Fifty Shades of Grey, leveling that he doesn’t have any cinematic interests in mind. “I was offered Fifty Shades of Grey300: Rise of an Empire,  Hercules, which a lot of people probably would have taken as actors but I’m in the fortunate position where I like what I’m doing,” he told British Vogue. “I don’t feel the need to act.” As long as he keeps skimming down to his skivvies, we’re good.  [Vogue UK]

 

Star Scoop: What to Expect from Katy Perry at the Super Bowl, Jay Z Takes on Spotify, TGIT is Back!

By  January 30, 2015

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Unless you’ve stepped off your “Dark Horse,” you know that Katy Perry will be performing during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. While we can’t quite confirm the extent of any firework spectacular, we do know that her 12-minute set will include cameos from Lenny Kravitz and Missy ElliottWork it[Vulture]

He’s not a businessman, he’s a business… manJay Z pulled another power move this week, and bought Aspiro for $56 million cash. Why is this a big deal, you ask? Well, because the Swedish tech company owns two streaming services, Tidal and WiMP. We wonder what the big wigs at Spotify have to say. [The Verge]

So how did the return of Shondaland’s TGIT fare? Pretty. Darn. Good. Nielsen confirms that ABC not only won key demos during the three-hour block, but also shows that more than 738,000 tweets were sent out during Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. As for our wigs… consider them snatched. [Variety]

Here’s an early Valentine’s Day gift for the Beatles and/or Rolling Stones fan in your life. On Monday, February 2, eBay will open up an archive full of lost photos from both epic bands. The marketplace will sell the estate-stamped images now, through 2017… plenty of time to grab a piece of history! [eBay]

Blake Lively lent her big name to an even bigger cause. The Chime for Change supporter teamed with journalist Nicholas Kristof to visit My Life My Choice, an organization that aims to “prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of adolescents” in the U.S. You’ll be able to see her visit there in a three-part PBS series, A Path Appears. [InStyle]

Sorry to break you hearts, ladies, but Johnny Depp may be ready to say “I Do.” Rumor has it that he’ll marry his Rum Diaries co-star Amber Heard in an intimate, Bahamian ceremony as soon as next week. That’ll surely take the heat off of Mortdecai the flop. [Vogue UK]

Speaking of couples, the ones who play together, stay together. Angelina Jolie and hubby Brad Pitt are reportedly teaming up again, this time for Jolie’s next directorial feat, Africa. Pitt is in talks to star as Richard Leakey, “a staunch defender of elephants against poachers in Kenya in the late ’80s.” [The Wrap]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo isn’t done kicking ass and taking names. Author David Lagercrantz stepped in to complete That Which Does Not Kill (following original scribe Stieg Larsson’s death), a sequel to the best-selling Millennium trilogy. It will be released in 35 countries in August. Which, inevitably would lead to Rooney Mara reprising the role… right? [The Guardian]

Love and Television: The Reality Dating Show Lowdown

By  January 28, 2015

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Dating shows, whether they’re based on roses, rings, or religion, have one thing in common: They all show that sometimes we need a little extra help when it comes to the love department.

Back in the day, there was The Dating Game and then Love Connection. The ’90s brought us Singled Out and Blind Date, the series that sent love seekers on a romantic rendezvous that put their compatibility immediately to the test. The new millennium dawned with a string of themed dating shows, including Parental Control, Room Raiders, and Date My Mom. The Bachelor and its spinoff, The Bachelorette, both sought (and still do) to pair the main contestant with one of his or her selected suitors to vie for the final prize—marriage. Millionaire Matchmaker has long-term commitment on the agenda too, playing intermediary for wealthy singles looking for love.

The latest TV dating display to watch, though, is doing things a little differently. This time, random strangers, professional matchmakers, well-meaning parents, and potential mates’ bedrooms are being left out of the mix. The little extra help in WEtv’s Match Made in Heaven comes instead from the man upstairs—or at least someone with an extra-close connection. Pastor Ken Johnson debuts as the spiritual dating advisor to bachelor Shawn Bullard, an African-American real-estate magnate and former college athlete who’s in search of his soul mate. With the help of Pastor Johnson and his outspoken mama, Maggie, Bullard will scrutinize the 24 ladies who are looking to make him their beau. Morality, good will, and respect all come into play as temptation faces contestants at every turn. Tune in February 4, 2015, at 8/7c for all the drama.

Winner’s Circle: Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis Crowned Queens of TV at 2015 SAG Awards

By  January 26, 2015

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If you need any more help filling out your 2015 Academy Awards ballot, look no further than Sunday night’s SAG AwardsEddie RedmayneJulianne MooreJ.K. Simmons, and Patricia Arquette all took home top acting honors in their respective categories; coincidentally, the same quartet was victorious earlier this month at the Golden Globes (in addition to Michael Keaton, who won in the best comedic actor category). There was, admittedly, little surprise for the SAG’s film kudos, but plenty to applaud on the television side.

Both Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis took home their first television SAG Awards for leading roles in Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder, respectively (Davis won two for film with The Help in 2011). Davis unofficially won best speech of the night, too.

“I’d like to thank Paul LeeShonda RhimesBetsy Beers, Bill D’Elia, and Peter Nowalk for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman, could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned, African-American woman who looks like me,” she said to thunderous applause. How ya like that, gray lady that shall remain nameless?

And the actor goes to

FILM

Best CastBirdman

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion PictureUnbroken, Universal Pictures

TELEVISION

Best Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey, PBS

Best Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesOrange Is the New Black, Netflix

Best Actor in a Drama Series: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Best Actress in a Drama Series: Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Best Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy, Shameless

Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Best Actor, Movie or Mini-Series: Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Best Actress, Movie or Mini-Series: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama SeriesGame of Thrones, HBO

51st ANNUAL LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Debbie Reynolds

Star Scoop: Bradley Cooper Lands in London, Kanye’s RIH-Union, Beyonce Mean Mugs Etsy

By  January 23, 2015

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Bradley Cooper is taking his act across the pond. The American Sniper Oscar nominee will take Broadway hit Elephant Man to London this summer, where it will run at the Royal Haymarket from May 19 to August 8. [Variety]

Kan-Riri?! Kanye West and Rihanna are rumored to have a new collaboration, featuring vocals from Paul McCartney and west coast rapper Ty Dolla $ign. West played the song as a grand finale to his 45-minute rant speech at the iHeartMedia Music Summit in Burbank, California this week. Ty promises that the song, and an accompanying video, will drop “soon.” [Billboard]

Dear Etsy, Beyoncé isn’t here for your shenanigans…or your SKUs. The Queen has issued a warning to sellers on the Brooklyn-based, peer-to-peer site, who pun her name for the sake of a sell. According to TMZ, her lawyers sent Etsy a cease-and-desist letter, demanding that “Feyoncé” mugs no longer be sold there. Thank goodness we grabbed this first. [Glam]

Now, back to Mr. West (and his ego). The fashion world may be resistant to accepting his design skill, but the NBA seems to be all for it. West may design new uniforms for the Washington Wizards, thanks to his friend and team ambassador Wale. [Vanity Fair]

If one NYC-based drama about a bad guy gone big business isn’t enough (hey, Empire!), then 50 Cent has something in store for you. Season two of his Starz hit, Power, is coming back this summer, with more sex, more drama, and more scandal. Here’s your first look, with bae-to-be Omari Hardwick. [YouTube]

These are the breaks: When hip-hop was born, it revolutionized both music, and style. The latter is subject matter for Fresh Dressed, a new Sundance documentary from  Sacha Jenkins that “chronicles the evolution of ‘fresh’ style and rappers’ transition from Armani suits to b-boy chic onstage.” [Pret-a-Reporter]

It’s Fri-YAY! So why not indulge in nudes from your favorite celebs? No, we’re not talking Internet leaks…we’re talking magazine covers, starring RihannaMiley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey in the buff. Somehow, Brett Michaels (and his wig), managed to make the cut. [Billboard]

Looks like Michael Bloomberg is eyeing a certain gray lady. The former New York City mayor is reportedly increasing efforts to acquire The New York Times, a buy he attempted back in 2013. [The Daily Beast]