Star Scoop: Spider-Man Stops Swinging, Obama Heads West, Being Pharrell’s ‘Bae’

By  July 24, 2014

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Sony Pictures isn’t sticking to the script. The studio is pushing the third installment of its Amazing Spider-Man franchise back to 2018 from its original June 2016 release date. Though The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did well at the box office—it earned $706 million compared to the first’s $758 million—reports say mixed fans and critical reviews are leading Sony to “consider its creative approach.” [Wall Street Journal]

President Barack Obama went west… and brought a bit of scandal with him. The POTUS hosted one of his midsummer fundraising stops at the home of ABC mainstay Shonda RhimesKerry Washington co-hosted the effort, where tickets ran as high as $32,000, with guests like Janelle MonáeScott Foley, and Tony Goldwyn mixed throughout the affair. We take it our ticket got lost in the mail. [The Hollywood Reporter]

We’re not even going to speak on Time posting an article about the origins of the term “bae.” But we will commend Miley Cyrus for keeping her twerking at bay. [YouTube]

When it comes to staying up late, New York always bests Los Angeles. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that The Late Show will remain in the Big Apple after Stephen Colbert takes over for David Letterman next year. The show has been filmed in Manhattan’s Ed Sullivan Theater for the past 21 years, and its stay will secure 200 jobs that go into producing the show. [Vulture]

We were admittedly disappointed to hear that Ben Affleck would be taking the role of Batman in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice epic. Where, oh where, is Christian Bale?! Then, we saw Batfleck in the Batsuit; and our sentiments changed. [Variety]

Editor’s Pick: Google Nexus 7

By  July 24, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

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I always said I wouldn’t be one of those people. The ones who are inadvertently killing the print industry because they’ve opted to read their glossies, news, and New York Times bestsellers from a tablet. What about turning pages, that new-book smell? Feeling paper—recycled, matte, glossy, or new—pressed between your fingertips? Those were the days.

Then, Google gifted me with a Nexus 7. The mobile device, all 16 GB of it, has become my reader of choice. I’ve transferred all my Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar subscriptions onto it, discovered a free UK fashion magazine (Stylist), and started filling my virtual Play Books library with with my favorite novels, new and old. Now, before you get all “you didn’t even buy that” on me, have a seat. I loved the mobility and interface of the device so much that I bought one for my boyfriend. Legit, people.

Though I specifically use my Google Nexus 7 for mobile reading, it has been touted by PCMag.com as one of the best Android tablets around. And it’s for good reason. The thin, lightweight, 7-inch tablet has a super-high display resolution that rivals the iPad (1920 x 1200 pixels to be exact), a quad-core processor (it moves fast), a front and rear camera, and two stereo speakers. The latter is especially important, considering the Android device allows you to sync your iTunes library. Can you say win?!

P.S. I still buy magazines. What else am I going to frame and hang on my walls?

Google.com, $269

Meet the New Girl: Jessica Biel Gets Funny with Fox

By  July 24, 2014

Jessica BielCan you believe three years have passed since Jessica Biel last blazed the small screen? It was for a stint on Saturday Night Live in 2009—another three years after the show that put her on the map, 7th Heaven, went off the air. That’s all going to change this fall on Fox.

Mrs. Justin Timberlake nabbed a guest role on New Girl opposite Zooey Deschanel. According to reports, the former will play Kat, the “hottest scientist in the world,” who gives Jess (Deschanel) some competition in wooing a potential beau. The two girls’ rivalry, set against the backdrop of a summer wedding, is indication that Deschanel’s Jess has yet to rekindle with Jake Johnson’s Nick. According to show creator Liz Meriwether, their relationship status is as malleable as ever.

“I love them together and I don’t think it’s it for them at all,” Meriwether told reporters. “I’ve never been in a good relationship… I just found that it’s been easier for me to write them as single idiots out in the world trying to get laid and looking for love. I had trouble figuring out where the conflict and comedy was coming from with them last season. Admittedly, it’s definitely fun to keep them apart for more.”

We’ll keep our fingers crossed on this one!

Season four of New Girl will air September 16 on Fox.

Portia de Rossi Signs up for Olivia Pope and Associates

By  July 24, 2014

Portia de RossiBreaking news: sources at the White House reveal that an “arrested” A-lister will be bringing drama to D.C.

Portia de Rossi will join the fourth season of Scandal this fall, ABC confirmed to Variety. Her wife, host extraordinaire Ellen DeGeneres, shared the casting news on Twitter yesterday, saying “So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on ‘Scandal.’ Oops.” Ever bashful, that Ellen. But what do you expect from the woman who broke your timeline?

There are no further details of De Rossi’s “top secret arc” other than she’ll appear in more than one episode. We can bet she won’t be a replacement of sorts for Columbus Short, whose real-life scandals led to his dismissal from the show. (Harrison, you will be missed).

In true form, show creator Shonda Rhimes—who hosted President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at her Los Angeles home for a fundraiser Wednesday night—remained tight lipped on the matter, responding to E! Online’s inquiry of adding new Gladiators to the show with this (rhetorical?) question: “Were there any Gladiators at the end of the [third] season?” With Olivia Pope escaping OPA with Jake, Harrison’s (presumed) murder, and Quinn running amok, we can’t say there were.

What Rhimes is adding to her ABC empire this fall is a new show. Thursday night will belong to the Shondaland mastermind with an 11th season of Grey’s Anatomy, a fourth of Scandal, and the premiere of How to Get Away with Murder, starring Viola Davis. We’ll be all night.

Scandal, starring Kerry Washington, Guillermo Díaz, Tony Goldwyn, and Bellamy Young returns September 25.

Fifty Shades of Crazy: Your First Look At The Steamy Trailer

By  July 24, 2014

Are you sitting down? Good. Do you have headphones on? Wonderful. Is your boss anywhere near your computer screen? Okay. We dare you to click play.

Mr. Grey is ready not only for Anastasia, but now, for us. After a whole lot of build up (we can thank Beyoncé for that tantalizing teaser she posted on Instagram earlier this week), the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey is here. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson appeared on the Today show on Thursday morning to introduce the clip. The movie, based on the phenomenon of a book by E.L. James, is due out February 13, 2015.

Set to a super sexy version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” the trailer slowly lures us (and Anastasia) into Mr. Grey’s “intense” world. Thanks to Queen Bey, elevator make-out sessions have never been hotter. Put it this way: we’re sweating extra today.

Star Scoop: Zoe Saldana Is Pregnant with Twins, Jimmy Kimmel’s New Girl, James Franco Brings Broadway to the Big Screen

By  July 23, 2014

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Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter proved our suspicions true and confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy lead Zoe Saldana is expecting her first child with husband Marco Perego. The reveal must not have fared well with the THR cover star, and the post has since been removed. We still can’t deny her glow… or the urge to plea for an invite to her baby shower. Congrats, Zoe! [E! Online]

Update: Baby makes… four. Saldana is not just pregnant—sources tell E! Online that she is expecting twins! Her newfound parenthood will be coupled with shooting Star Trek 3 and the new Avatar sequels. “Back to business,” as Bey would say.

Say it with us now: awwww! Jimmy Kimmel shared pics of his 12-day-old newborn June on his namesake show Monday night. He told the crowd that he and his wife were doing fine and that he managed not to scream during her delivery. More cuteness, please! [ABC News]

We’re used to seeing James Franco on the silver screen, and thanks to Broadway hit Of Mice and Men, we got accustomed to his skills on the stage. Now, the National Theater’s NT Live is merging the two. Of Mice and Men, in which Franco stars alongside Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester, will film a private performance of the show to be released in select theaters. [Variety]

Save the date. We’re going On the Run with Jay Z and Beyoncé—again—September 20. HBO teased its exclusive concert special with the power pair via Instagram, revealing that the filmed version of the joint concert will air a week after its September 12 and 13 live date. [Huffington Post]

Speaking of IG drops and Bey… the vinyl version of her self-titled visual album is coming soon. [Instagram]

American Horror Story fans shouldn’t expect Freak Show to fall on the “campy” side of things. Fox CEO John Landgraf told press at the 2014 Television Critics Association summer press tour that season four of the spooky anthology series will be more chilling than season three. “Some years it’s going to be big and bright and brash and campy the way Coven is,” he said. “Other years it’s going to be dark and brooding, like Asylum was. I guess I would put Freak Show half-way in between the two. It’s got a little bit more humor and a little bit more camp, but it’s got a brooding period feel to it also.” [International Business Times]

A$AP Rocky may want to learn to keep his hands to himself. The Rihanna collaborator and GQ style star is facing a lawsuit from a (former) fan who says he slapped her during last September’s Made in America Festival in Philadelphia. The plaintiff is seeking $75,000 in damages, and judging from past complaints against the Harlem-bred emcee, he may have to cash out. [Rolling Stone]

Casting Room: Anthony Hopkins Lands First TV Role in 25 Years

By  July 23, 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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Sir Anthony Hopkins is going sci-fi. With only five television credits to his name—the most-recent of which happened in 2007 as a narrator for PBS’ American Masters—Hopkins is headed to HBO for a television reboot of Westworld. The 1973 thriller centered in on a futuristic theme park where androids malfunctioned and attacked human guests, who were originally lured by the attraction’s tagline “Have we got a vacation for you!” 

It will be Hopkins’ first acting role for TV in 25 years. He’ll play Dr. Robert Ford in the pilot, the “the brilliant, taciturn and complicated Creative Director, Chief Programmer and Chairman of the Board of Westworld” with “an uncompromising creative vision for the park.” He’ll be joined by Evan Rachel Wood, who plays an android that is seemingly unaware of her artificial existence.

Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams will bring his science-fiction expertise to the pilot as executive producer, bolstering its campaign to be picked up for a full season.

Now, more from the Casting Room:

The Company Man Matthew McConaughey
The Deep Blue Good-ByChristian Bale
The Disappointments Room | Kate Beckinsale
Grimsby | Penelope Cruz joining Sacha Baron Cohen
Hail Caesar | Scarlett Johansson joining George Clooney, Tilda Swinton
How to Talk to Girls at Parties | Elle Fanning
The Janson Directive | Dwayne Johnson
The Jungle BookNeel Sethi joining Lupita Nyong’oScarlett Johansson
King Arthur | Idris Elba
Light Between Oceans | Rachel Weisz joining Michael Fassbender
Paddington | Ben Whisaw replacing Colin Firth
Pixels | Jane Krakowski joining Adam Sandler
Race | Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons joining newcomer Stephan James
Truth | Robert Redford
Untitled Cold War Thriller | Amy RyanAlan Alda

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Lucy Lawless | ABC
American CrimeRegina King | ABC
Castle Ryan Sands | ABC
Covert AffairsLynn Collins | USA
The Flash Wentworth Miller | The CW
Girlfriends Guide to Divorce | Bernadette Peters | Bravo
The Good WifeSteven Pasquale | CBS
The Mindy ProjectRhea Perlman | Fox
Mom | Jaime Pressly | CBS
RevengeBrian Hallisay | ABC
Sons of AnarchyMalcolm-Jamal Warner | FX
StalkerElisabeth Röhm | CBS
The Vampire Diaries  Jodi Lyn O’Keefe | The VW
WestworldAnthony Hopkins | HBO

#Trophies: Denzel Washington Is Adding a Lifetime Achievement Award to His Stock

By  July 23, 2014

Denzel WashingtonKing Kong ain’t got nothing on Denzel Washington.

The decorated A-lister, whose career started with an uncredited role in 1974’s Death Wish, will receive the 2014 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd San Sebastián International Film Festival this September in Spain. The honor puts the Academy Award-winner (and four-time Best Actor nominee) in the same category as past recipients like Al Pacino (1996), Jessica Lange (2002), and Meryl Streep (2008).

Washington’s newest bestowment will coincide with the European release of The Equalizer, his second collaboration with director Antoine Fuqua, and a Sony Pictures’ reboot of the 1980s CBS television drama. According to Variety, the project is buzzing with Oscars potential, considering Fuqua’s Training Day was responsible for earning Washington his second Academy Award, and Washington’s character-driven acting repertoire: Malcolm XThe Hurricane, and Flight, for starts. 

The Equalizer, starring Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Melissa Leo will land in theaters September 26.



One Direction Will Light Up 3,000 Screens!

By  July 22, 2014

Directioners won’t have a problem catching Where We Are at local cinemas. That’s because One Direction’s concert film is being released in 3,000 theaters worldwide.

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Arts Alliance, an event cinema distributor responsible for promoting Coldplay Live 2012 and Pearl Jam Twenty, will produce 10,000 screenings of the 1D’s second concert documentary, over 50 territories, in just two days. The film, executive produced by Simon Cowell, is being touted by the Arts Alliance as “the biggest global ‘event cinema’ release ever” and “the first of many record-breaking theatrical releases” according to Variety. It chronicles (and is named after) the band’s current international tour, and features performances of their biggest hits (like “One Thing” and “Best Song Ever”) at Milan’s San Siro stadium.

Where We Are — The Concert Film’s October 11 and 12 showings will act as a grand finale One Direction’s tour; the eponymous live show wraps October 5 in Miami.

Fans will be able to purchase tickets for the cinematic feat on July 28; if sales are anything like their tour, they’re bound to go fast!

Learning with Lucy: Scarlett Johansson Talks Her Superhuman Role

By  July 22, 2014

Scarlett JohanssonThe premise behind Lucy is a fascinating one: a drug mule, forced to work for a Taiwanese mob, is implanted with a drug that unintentionally enters her system and allows her to access her full brain capacity. The Luc Besson film builds upon the theory that humans only use 10 percent of their mental prowess, leaving the majority of their brain power untapped.

Scarlett Johansson tackles the titular role, which falls in line with some of her more recent work. Like Her and Under the SkinLucy keys in on an entity that transcends mere human existence, and, as Vulture reporter Jesse David Fox puts it has a “great desire and capacity for learning.” From operating system, to alien, to superhuman, the characteristic is one Johannsson says helps her look at humanity differently.

“The rules don’t necessarily apply to these characters because they’re not even human,” she told Fox. “That has allowed me to step back and really examine human behavior in a way. As I know myself better—as I get older—I don’t have to relate all of my work to my own experience, necessarily. It’s not as important to me to be able to have a total relationship with the character I’m playing.”

Days ahead of Lucy’s July 25 release, Johansson set down with Vulture to talk being overexposed, looking toward the small screen, and, of all things, tuna sandwiches.

Why Lucy was a perfect fit:

“When I first met Luc, I was doing a Tennessee Williams play that was visceral and raw and this project seemed so abstract. It was challenging in a different way because the character is in this constant state of transition and struggles to hold onto the nuances of herself and her life that make her who she is — that make her human, in her mind. In comparison to the work that I was doing when we met, it seemed like a totally different challenge.”

Why there’s no need to combat celebrity culture:

“It’s something that you see because it’s a part of this overexposure that we experience in celebrity culture and the 24-hour news feed that we’re on. Still, I guess there’s not much you can do about that. It’s there and there’s no sense in fighting against that. ”

How television could be on the horizon:

“I like the idea of the television. I like the long format of it… It depends on if that was brought to me or created by me. But I like the idea of having the time to really imagine a character in a much more in-depth way. Having that freedom sounds kind of fun.”

On tuna sandwiches:

“I live in New York, so I’m surrounded by different sandwiches all over the place. I would say my favorite type of sandwich is probably … maybe a tuna sandwich. I have a simple life.”

Read Johansson’s entire interview here.