Star Scoop: Rita Ora Talks Mr. Grey, Kanye’s New Collab, Drake is Going Down... Under

By  November 24, 2014

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Are you the one person in the world who’s still deciding whether to see Fifty Shades of Grey? Let Rita Ora persuade you. The Roc Nation singer landed a role as Jamie Dornan’s on-screen sister and says you don’t want to be the one who misses out. “Fifty Shades is going to make a lot of waves, I’ll tell you that much,” she told OK! Magazine. “It’s going to be awesome.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

New music from Kanye West may come in an unlikely form. He’s rumored to be collaborating with Grammy-nominated newcomer James Blake. “In terms of the actual collaboration for this record, it looks like we should be able to get something done,” Blake told Miami New Times. “I know that there’s a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.” [Miami New Times]

Drake is going down under. Before your mind hits the gutter, the self-proclaimed “6 God” just announced his first headlining tour in Australia and New Zealand. He’ll be joined by 2 Chainz on an Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne run before heading to Perth and Brisbane next March. [Billboard]

After dancing around in her undies for the camera phone-shot video to “7/11,” Beyoncé is letting fans listen to the platinum edition of her eponymous fifth album on Spotify. It’s something like a big deal considering the December 2013 version of her disc never appeared in full form on the streaming service. I know you care. [Vulture]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 came and conquered. As predicted, the Jennifer Lawrence starrer had the biggest weekend box office open of the year, netting $123 million. For comparison, the first Hunger Games film earned $152.5 million during its first weekend, while its Catching Fire installment opened with $158.1 million. Either way, Katniss still wins. [Variety]

First comes the food coma, then “the force awakens.” The first trailer for Star Wars VII will premiere at nine Regal Theaters on Friday, spanning cities from San Diego to NYC. [Vulture]

Winner’s Circle: Katy Perry Tops the 2014 American Music Awards

By  November 24, 2014


Everyone’s favorite California girl turned out to be the biggest winner at this year’s fan-voted American Music Awards. Katy Perry, who accepted her three wins via satellite during the Australian leg of her Prismatic World Tour, took home Single of the Year, Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock, and Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary at the annual ceremony. Contenders BeyoncéIggy Azalea, and One Direction joined her in leading the pack, while Taylor Swift earned a monumental honor of her own: the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, presented by thee supreme Diana Ross. #Major.

Click through to see the full list of winners from Sunday night’s 2014 American Music Awards.

Star Scoop: Ryan Gosling Doesn’t Want to be Sexy, Lorde Explains her Diplo Dig, Hollywood Remembers Mike Nichols

By  November 21, 2014


Women everywhere can agree that Ryan Gosling is long overdue for a Peoples Sexiest Man Alive crown—no shade, Chris Hemsworth. As it turns out, Gosling isn’t interested in watching that throne. According to The Wrap, his team deems Gosling “too serious” and “too artsy” for the accolade. We still have photos of him plastered around our office, so there’s that. [Vogue UK]

Lorde may be friends with electronic powerhouse Diplo, but that doesn’t mean she’ll stand for his body-shaming. “I love Wes and he’s a big brother to me and one of my first friends in the industry, and part of having a friendship with someone like that is not letting them say stupid sh__,” she told FADER of Diplo’s decision to poke fun at Taylor Swift. “ Taylor’s my friend as well, and I’m a girl, and if I see some weird body-shaming on my feed I’m going to be like, ‘Hey man…’ We do still love each other, hopefully.” Fingers crossed. [Billboard]

The charts are about to get interesting. Billboard announced that it will incorporate streaming statistics and individual track downloads to determine who ranks on its Billboard 200 list. This, of course, would have no bearings on Swift’s multi-platinum success. [Stereogum]

A cloud hung over Hollywood this week when acclaimed filmmaker and EGOT Mike Nichols passed at 83. Here is what Al PacinoJulia RobertsSteven Spielberg and other Tinseltown fixtures had to say about his life and legacy. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Asthon Kutcher is the last Steve Jobs character actor standing. Sony, which was looking to produce a second biopic on the Apple founder, has dropped the project. It would have been adapted from Walter Isaacson’s 2011 book Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle, and starred Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. But all hope isn’t lost; rumor has it that Universal will pick up the film. [Fast Company]


Glee’s Final Season: Rachel Berry Says Bye to New York

By  November 21, 2014

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When Glee debuts its sixth and final season, a familiar backdrop will fade to black.

The Fox musical dramedy will return to airwaves on January 9 with a two-hour premiere. Over the course of its 13 episode, creator Ryan Murphy says the focus won’t be so much on happenings in the Big Apple, but instead, original cast members who we’ve come to know and love from seasons past.

“The final season is really its own story and its own location, and while the New York stuff will be alive, the final season is not New York-centric at all,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter. “It really [will be] a lovely, fitting season that… dwells on the original people that were on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season… We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went. There’s a return of the Jane-Matt characters in a big way. It’s really interesting, a very sweet, satisfying ending to the story.”

Lea Michele as Rachel Berry, Darren Criss as Blaine, Amber Riley as Mercedes, and newlywed Naya Rivera are all set to reprise their original roles. We’ll see how arcs unfold when the series takes a final, two-hour bow on March 20.

Here Are the Two New Singles Beyonce Wants You to Hear

By  November 21, 2014

We’ve played Beyoncé’s eponymous visual album on a near-daily basis since it dropped last December. We’ve emulated her moves in its accompanying music videos, got our lives during both the Mrs. Carter Show and On The Run Tour, and willingly handed over our wigs when she and her clan posed—like the chic, mystical beings they are—at Solange’s New Orleans nuptials. So when news broke that she would release a platinum version of Beyoncé with two new singles, we were willing to receive.


Snippets of “7/11” and “Ring Off,” appeared on Bey’s website, and now, full streams of both are available online. The first evokes Yoncé’s “Bow Down” braggadocio and gives us a second taste of her trap persona, which we heard in full force on an original and remixed “***Flawless.” The latter, “Ring Off,” is a reggae-influenced ode to her mother Tina Knowles and her triumph over divorce from her cheating husband (and Bey’s former manager) Mathew Knowles. Bey lets us into the saga with lyrics like “so tired of the lies and trying, fighting, crying, took that ring off, oh, now the fun begins,” and crescendos until a recording of her mother can be heard saying, “If you’re going through it, just know it’s called “going through it… you’re going to survive.”

Listen to “7/11” below and head over to Spin to stream “Ring Off” before the Beygency pulls both offline ahead of their November 24 release.

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.