Star Scoop: Mockingjay Will be Major, Casting Jessica Jones, Luther is Back on BBC

By  November 20, 2014

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In news that doesn’t come as a surprise, The Hunger Game: Mockingjay — Part 1, is on par to have the biggest weekend box office opening of the year. Entertainment research and data firm Exhibitor Relations predicts that the Jennifer Lawrence saga will pull in $170 million over the next three days, beating out the biggest opener thus far, Transformers: Age of Extinction[Forbes]

Is it Krysten Ritter? Will it be Alexandra Daddario? The shortlist for Netflix’s Jessica Jones has surfaced with a total of five actresses reportedly vying for the role. Whoever prevails will take on the titular character, a “superhero suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which leads to her hanging up her costume and opening her own detective agency.” Talk about a twist. [Deadline]

Don’t get us wrong: we’re excited that Luther is being adapted for a stateside debut. But there’s nothing like the original. Luckily, BBC’s Idris Elba starrer will be returning in 2015 with a two-part, two-hour miniseries. We’ll take it. [Variety]

Jeff Koons is packing his bags. The celebrated artist, and recent H&M collaborator, will have to move out of his Chelsea studio now that the property has been sold to a housing development company. In other words, his sanctuary will become a towering, New York City high rise. The usual. [Vulture]

Girls Inc. raised a glass to Eva Longoria, television producer Mara Brock Akil, A&E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc, and Oprah Winfrey Network head Sheri Salata yesterday for their strides in leveling the playing field for women in the entertainment industry. A huge talking point for the afternoon, as one would expect, was feminism in Hollywood, to which Akil said should be “congruent with being human.” Emma Watson would agree. [Variety]

Internet moving slow? Thank all those Orange is the New Black fans. Streaming giant Netflix consumes 35% of the Internet’s total bandwidth, according to research firm Sandvine. [TIME]


The Bellas Are Back in this First Look at ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

By  November 20, 2014

We did, indeed, miss them when they were gone. Now the Barden Bellas, and their “Cups,” are back.

A trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 has arrived, with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow hitting all the right notes. When it premieres next summer, we’ll find the a cappella crew at a time when “they are prohibited… from competing at the collegiate level,” and must win a professional match to fall back in good graces, according to first-time director Elizabeth Banks. Though she’ll reprise her role as International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella judge Gail Abernathy-McKadden, Banks is more excited for her behind-the-scenes role… kinda.

“This is the stupidest idea I’ve ever had,” she joked to Entertainment Weekly while on set. “My first movie is this huge studio movie that a lot of people care about that also happens to be a musical with massive dance numbers. I don’t know what I was thinking.” On a more serious note, she says the success of Pitch Perfect garnered more backing from studio heads, who are pushing part two to its full potential.

“The first film flew under the radar, and it was a gift,” she said. “This time around, much higher stakes… Everybody is much more involved… As the saying goes, ‘Success has many fathers.’”

Check out the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 below, and get your hand-song coordination back in tip-top shape.

Casting Room: Is Hugh Laurie Your New Veep?!

By  November 20, 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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When Julia Louis-Dreyfus ascended in rank as leader of the free world on Veep, we were left with one question: who will fill her vice presidential role? Rumor has it that HBO made a house call to Hugh Laurie. The Emmy Award-winner has been seen on set of the comedy, reportedly shooting scenes for an arc that will span several episodes. We can only hope that his arrival to the White House isn’t short-lived.

Now, more from the Casting Room:

Captain America: Civil War | Daniel Bruhl
Cowboy Ninja VikingChris Pratt
Daddy’s Home | Linda Cardellini
James Bond 24 | Christoph Waltz
Knights of the Round Table | Jude Law
Money Monster | Julia Roberts and George Clooney
Mountains Between Us | Rosamund Pike
Suicide Squad | Jai Courtney
X-Men: The Apocalypse | Elle Fanning

The Blacklist Ron Perlman | NBC
The Following | Michael Ealy | Fox
HappyishKathryn Hahn | Showtime
The McCarthys | Alyson Hannigan | CBS
The Mindy Project | Lee Pace | Fox 
Once Upon a Time
Merrin Dungey | ABC
RevengeTommy FlanaganVeep | Hugh Laurie | HBO

Star Scoop: Lana Del Rey is Wide-Eyed, Justin Timberlake Means Business, Bro Talk with Seinfeld and Wale

By  November 19, 2014

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Justin Timberlake doesn’t just reserve his “Suit & Tie” for a night out. The papa-to-be inked a deal to become co-owner at AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc. The audio company specializes in “enhancing and re-mastering audio quality,” using new mixes of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off,” and Sons of Anarchy as examples of its work. Looks like Timberlake’s vision isn’t the only thing that’s crystal clear. [Billboard]

Does Lana Del Rey have a shot at the Oscars? Following her Great Gatsby nomination upset (“Young & Beautiful” didn’t make the ballot), the moody singer is lending her voice to Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. She landed not one, but two, songs on the Amy Adams-starrer’s soundtrack, including the titular record. [Vulture]

We all know Jerry Seinfeld’s namesake sitcom was, well, a show about nothing. When rapper Wale dropped his Mixtape About Nothing in 2008, it was an obvious nod to the classic. Now, seven years later (and weeks before you see Seinfeld namedrop Wale in Chris Rock’s Top Five), Complex has united the two in a series of shorts to chronicle their unlikely bromance. Hecklers and strip clubs are part of the conversation. It’s worth a gander… and a few laughs. [Complex]

BAFTA is taking its “A Life In Pictures” series to the small screen. Ahead of its December retrospective with Ethan Hawke, the organization will launch its first “A Life in Television” chat, spotlighting “a major creative force within television.” First up: DinnerladiesWood and Walters, and Patt and Margaret star Julie Waters. [The Hollywood Reporter]

When Idris Elba starred in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, we didn’t anticipate this. The Luther lead will release an album, mi Mandela, dedicated to the South African leader and his late father. It will be released under Elba’s 7 Wallace moniker on November 24. In the meantime, you can stream five tracks from the album here. [Billboard]

SNL is Sending Cecily Strong to the White House

By  November 19, 2014

Late Night with Seth Meyers - Season 1Cecily Strong is trading in her Saturday night for an elegant—and funny!—evening at Capitol Hill.

The SNL cast member will host the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, becoming the fourth female to emcee the gala in history after Paula Poundstone, Elayne Boosler, and Wanda Sykes.

“Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent,” White House Correspondents’ Association president Christi Parsons said in a statement. “Cecily grew up in suburban Oak Park, Illinois and got her start in Chicago’s comedy scene with stints at iO and Second City.” Her background is also to thank for Strong’s political savvy. “Journalists are perennial targets for the WHCA entertainer, but Cecily has an edge,” the statement reads. “Her father, Bill Strong, served as Associated Press bureau chief in the Illinois Statehouse.”

Strong first appeared on Saturday Night Live in September 2015 as a co-anchor on its “Weekend Update” segment with Seth Meyers. She was later replaced by show writer Michael Che, but remains a key player on the show as “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party,” and impersonator of Khloe Kardashian, Lana Del Rey, and more. We take it she’ll leave that shtick for a non-White House date.

BAFTA is Going Back in Time with Ethan Hawke

By  November 19, 2014

AWXI - Day 2Tom HanksMeryl StreepMartin Scorsese, and Quentin Tarantino have all been spotlighted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts through its “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures” series which focuses on how the world’s leading acting talents perfected their craft. On December 18, Ethan Hawke will join their good company.

This winter, BAFTA will host a Hawke retrospective, tracking his most memorable moments in film, from his 1989 breakout role in Dead Poets Society to his Before Sunrise-Before Sunset-Before Midnight trilogy, which was filmed over 18 years with Richard Linklater. His 30-year career includes 3 Academy Award nominations, and wins on the Hollywood Film, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and Village Voice Film Roll award stages.

A press release from BAFTA remained objective in its decision to spotlight Hawke—mentioning his 40-plus film career and credits behind the scenes—but it does offer insight on his upcoming projects. Early next year, we’ll see him in sci-fi thriller Predestination, before he stars in the Shakespearean CymbelineGood Kill, Regression opposite Emma Watson, and In a Valley of Violence with John Travolta.

Hawke’s discussion will be available online here after his live chat at BAFTA HQ.

Meghan Trainor and Diana Ross have Got the Voice!

By  November 19, 2014


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One is a rising star whose summer debut skyrocketed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The other is a world-class diva known for high glamour, high style, and an unmistakable mane. This fall, they’ll unite on reality television as mentors on NBC’s The Voice.

On Tuesday’s episode of the Emmy award-winning show, host Carson Daly revealed that Meghan Trainor and Diana Ross will be appearing next week, along with Colbie Caillat and Fall Out Bot frontman Patrick Stump. Their appearance on the show marks a series of firsts for the competition: according to Billboard, it’s the first time in show history that advisers have appeared so late in the series. Additionally, when it’s time to crown the season’s top three, all eliminated contestants will have the chance to come back and compete for a wildcard slot.

Season seven of The Voice has called on acts like Taylor SwiftStevie NicksAlicia KeysGavin Rossdale and Little Big Town to counsel teams led by PharrellGwen StefaniAdam Levine, and Blake Shelton. Its ratings have stayed pretty strong, starting out with nearly 13 million viewers when it debuted in September, and remaining one of NBC’s top shows well into fall. Perhaps a little bass will boost its primetime appeal.

People Magazine’s 2014 Sexiest Man Alive Is…

By  November 19, 2014

SexiestManAliveChris Hemsworth! The Aussie actor receives People magazine’s highest honor for 2014, joining the ranks of heartthrobs including Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Richard Gere, George Clooney and Tom Cruise. Also on the 2014 list of the magazine’s sexy men are Chris Pratt, Jamie Dornan, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Shelton, Bradley Cooper, Matt Bomer, Michael Strahan, Eddie Redmayne, Scott Foley and Tim Tebow. That’s a pretty solid group, if you ask us.

So, how does this year’s hunk feel about his new title? “Good. But you’re a couple years late—I hit my peak a few years ago. I’m on the decline now, so I’m not sure if I still deserve it. But thank you.” Take it from us, Chris: keep up that insane Thor-worthy gym routine and never lose that impossibly sexy smirk (or your hot Aussie accent), and you’ll always deserve it.

Pick up a copy of the magazine or head to People.com for some more sexy.

Star Scoop: Miley is Still Miley, Idris Elba is Coming Stateside, U2 Channels Beyonce

By  November 18, 2014

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Here’s Miley Cyrus in a new commercial for hosiery brand the Golden Lady Company, being, well, Miley. She’s topless and gets pretty cavalier while ripping apart a teddy bear. Sounds like our girl. [Billboard]

Good news: BBC’s popular crime drama Luther is being adapted for a stateside debut. The bad: Idris Elba probably won’t reprise his titular role, but instead, serve as its executive producer. We’ll just have to take him any way we can. [Deadline]

U2 is taking a page from Beyoncé’s book. After surprising us with a free copy of Songs of Innocence in our iTunes library, the band says it will release a video for every song on the album under Films of Innocence. Their #visualalbum will comprise work from 11 street artists who’ve interpreted each song into a short film. Cool concept—just hoping it doesn’t magically appear in our video stream. [Stereogum]

The theme for Solange’s wedding day domination was nothing short of regal. “She’s a really good friend of ours and, you know, we wanted to make her look like a queen,” said Humberto Leon who designed her custom Kenzo gown, cape and all. Royalty, indeed. Bow down. [ELLE]

Happy holidays from Ellen DeGeneresPortia de Rossi, and their glistening, Kim K.-inspired backsides.[Huffington Post]

Box office success aside, there are some holes in Interstellar’s plot. Director Christopher Nolan acknowledges this and is here to fill in the void… with a comic strip. The accompaniment centers around Matt Damon’s character Dr. Mann, and offers the backstory on a journey he and robot SKIPP took before appearing on the silver screen. [The Hollywood Reporter]

We can’t deny that Dave Chappelle is making a comeback of sorts, but we were surprised to see him cover GQ’s Men of the Year issue. We were even more stunned by his bucket list admissions. Among them: he wants to road-trip from coast to coast and punctuate his travels with public barbecues, then go on to guest star in as many television shows in 2015 as possible, include Scandal. Yep, he’s a gladiator. [Vulture]

Matthew McConaughey Immortalized on Hollywood Walk of Fame

By  November 18, 2014

Matthew McConaughey Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of FameThe 2,534th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has Matthew McConaughey’s name all over it.

The Academy Award-winning star was joined by his wife Camila Alves and three children—all in Dolce & Gabbana—Monday morning to cement his addition to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s official A-list lane. “Matthew McConaughey is one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men,” Walk of Fame ceremonies producer Ana Martinez said in a statement. “The community of Hollywood is proud to place his star on our famed historic Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

Despite his Dazed and Confused debut in 1993 and debatable roles in rom-coms like Failure to Launch, the 45-year-old Texan started to be taken seriously in 2011’s Bernie, before going on to nab an Oscar, Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, Gotham, and SAG Award for his dynamic transformation in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club. When he took to the mic on Monday—with Interstellar co-stars Anne HathawayJessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, and director Christopher Nolan on hand—McConaughey threw in an ode to his hometown and the dreams he still has in mind.

“I am from Texas,” he said. “We have a home in Texas, but this business and this industry, I feel like it’s a privilege every single day that I get to get up on a Monday morning—I have a career that I look forward to Monday morning, to going to work. That I’m proud to be able to say. He added “this industry has given me… a chance to live out some dreams I didn’t even know I had, dreams I’m still finding along the way, and what other business can you go live them out, but in this storytelling business?”

That man and his rhetoric—gotta love it!