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Star Scoop: Ansel Elgort Doesn’t Want to Disappear, U2 is Saving Music, Matthew McConaughey Won’t Strip Down

By  September 18, 2014

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Newsflash Ansel Elgort: if you disappeared tomorrow, there’s a legion of teenaged girls who would lose their minds, despite what your character in Men, Women & Children thinks. A new trailer for the Jason Reitman drama has landed with Jennifer Garner channeling an over-protective mom and Adam Sandler in the midst of stepping out on his equally-duplicitous better half. We’re still thinking of Elgort, though. [Vulture]

Sorry to disappoint, but Matthew McConaughey isn’t stripping down to his skivvies anymore. Well, at least as Dallas in the anticipated sequel to 2012’s Magic MikeGreg Jacobs, who is directing the XXL installment of the franchise, confirmed that the Oscar winner won’t reprise his role, but promises that the project will be “different enough that once you see it you’ll understand why we made a sequel.” A few shirtless Channing Tatum moments will just have to do. [Indiewire]

If you were surprised when U2’s Songs of Innocence magically appeared in your music library, think again. The band, and Apple, have something bigger in store. The foursome, who was paid by Apple to distribute its album to 500 million iTunes users for free, is working on a special project to develop a new digital music format that will ensure all artists, especially smaller ones, get compensated for their work. [TIME]

We’ve waited two long, hard years, for the follow-up to Kendrick Lamar’s critically-acclaimed good kid m.A.A.d. city. As soon as next week, that wait may be over. The Compton-bred emcee unveiled the cover art for a new single, “i,” on Twitter, which will reportedly drop within the next seven days. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Lamar offered more bits on the elusive LP, saying it will be filled with “aggression and emotion,” and, like his debut, have minimal input from featured acts. “I have so much to say! It’s almost selfish of me.” [MTV]

Grumpy Cat—finally—has a voice. Lifetime announced that Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza will voice the meme-friendly feline for its live-action TV movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Though she was 81 years old at the time of her death, her friends, colleagues, and admirers say that Joan Rivers still had plenty more life to live. Her home network, E!, will do its best to share those moments with us tomorrow in an all-day tribute to Rivers, culminating in an episode of Fashion Police hosted by her daughter, Melissa. [Los Angeles Times]

Star Scoop: They’re Still On the Run, Hollywood Loves Prabal Gurung, It Won’t Be a Paranormal Halloween

By  September 18, 2014

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Have you had enough of Beyoncé and Jay Z?!  Neither have we. From elevator incidents and divorce rumors to short films and baby buzz, the summer clearly belonged to the Carters, which makes this latest nugget all the more enjoyable. They are rumored to be releasing a joint album by early 2015, according to DJ Skee. We’ll be first on iTunes to buy it. [Vulture]

The Hollywood Reporter has a thing for lists. It’s ranked Tinseltown’s top lawyers and doctors, publicists and studio execs. Now it’s inducting a new class of A-list acts: fashion designers. In its inaugural Top 25 Red Carpet Designers rank, THR is paying tribute to the ateliers who’ve landed the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson in best-dressed company. Cover stars Prabal Gurung and Giorgio Armani made the cut, as did Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and Roland Mouret. [Pret-a-Reporter]

If you were expecting to get spooked by Paranormal Activity 5 this Halloween, don’t hold your breath. The Ghost Dimension installment has been pushed back from an October 24 release date to March 2015. Because spring deserves a supernatural situation, too. [The Wrap]

Don’t call it a comeback—because, technically, it’s not—but Bill Hader is returning to Saturday Night Live for one night only. The funny man, whose SNL stint rant from 2005—2013, will host the October 11 edition of the comedy hour, with musical guest Hozier slated to perform. [Deadline]

Iggy Azalea isn’t letting anyone into her bedroom. After an ex-boyfriend surfaced with unreleased music and compromising footage of the “Fancy” star from 2009, Azalea and her team are fighting back with a lawsuit claiming theft and forgery. [TMZ]

Something tells us we’ll be seeing lots of Jessica Biel in the near future. After eight years off-camera, Mrs. Timberlake is making her small screen return as a guest on New Girl, in the running for the female lead on season two of True Detective, and has reunited with her 7th Heaven family. And it feels so good! [Huffington Post]

Yes Cara Can: Details On Delevingne’s Next Leading Role

By  September 17, 2014

cara-delevingne-04When news broke yesterday of Cara Delevingne‘s new gig—a lead role in the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns—it was just another reason to applaud the bushy-browed beauty for stepping off of the catwalk and on to the silver screen. But, is the verdict still out on how promising of a movie star she’ll be?!

Though she has six films slated for release through 2015, we’ve seen her act in limited capacities: first for a small role in 2012’s Anna Karenina, and later in 2014’s The Face of an Angel, a thriller based on the real-life trial of Amanda Knox and described as “not simple to decipher” at best.

The task won’t be any easier for Paper Towns. She’ll star as Margo Roth Spiegelman opposite Nat Wolff, who tasted success as Isaac in the wildly-popular adaptation of Green’s bestselling The Fault in Our Stars. The tale centers around their adolescent connection, built over “the jarring experience of finding the body of a man who committed suicide,” years before reuniting to “get revenge on the people who’ve hurt” Margo. According to Green, we need not worry about Delevingne’s ability to convincingly pull it all off.

“Cara Delevigne’s [sic] audition blew everyone away (including me!),” he shared on Twitter, before admitting he should learn to spell her surname. “And she understands Margo profoundly. I am so excited!” The film’s director, Jake Schreier agrees, calling Delevingne’s audition “something special.”

As for how it will fare in theaters, let’s consider the adaptation of Green’s Fault in our Stars. It made more than $299 million at the box office on a $12 million budget—talk about a forecast. As for Delevingne, this is probably the project she needs to cement her A-list status. Move over, Jennifer Lawrence—there’s a new YA starlet in town.

Star Scoop: Casting Cara Delevingne, Hollywood’s New A-List Baby, A Rosy View

By  September 17, 2014

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She may be known as one of the preeminent fashion models of our day, but Cara Delevingne isn’t resting on her brows laurels. Rihanna’s BFF is steadily beefing up her acting repertoire, with a role opposite Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) as her latest conquest. The Burberry spokesmodel landed a role in Paper Towns, a drama about “young neighbors who share [a] jarring experience,” and the relationship ebbs and flows that evolve from it. [Variety]

It’s a hey girl! Eva Mendes and our (yes, our), boyfriend Ryan Gosling welcomed a bustling baby girl on Friday, September 12—two months after we found out Mendes was pregnant in the first place. We’ll let them slide on keeping mum, as long as we get the first pics! [MTV]

Producers knew what they were doing when they brought Rosie O’Donnell back to The View. Monday’s season 18 premiere, with Whoopi Goldberg as moderator and newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace on board, marked the show’s highest opener in eight years. We wonder what Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and her friends at Fox, have to say about that! [USA Today]

We applaud Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson for a spectacular first season on HBO’s True Detective. Now, it’s time for show runners to hand it over the the girls! After reports that Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams were vying for season two’s female lead, it turns out that there are (at least) seven other candidates up for the part of “no-nonsense Monterey sheriff Ani Bezzerides.” They include Brit MarlingRosario Dawson, and—wait for it—Jessica Biel! [Vulture]

Bourne. Is. Back. Universal is reportedly reuniting Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for another chapter in the Bourne Identity franchise, to be released July 2016. [Deadline]

Ever wonder what happened to Carson Daly post-Total Request LiveJimmy Kimmel has the answer. The late-night host is teaming up with Daly, now of The Voice fame, to produce a half-hour sitcom about “about a once massively popular VJ who loses it all and is forced to move back in with his parents.” We’re excited to see what these BFFs, with a 20-year history, have in store. [The Hollywood Reporter]

We didn’t forget what you did last summer. Neither did Sony. The production studio is looking to revamp its classic I Know What You Did Last Summer a new adaptation of the 1973 book. We doubt Jennifer Love Hewitt is joining in, though. [Vulture]

Star Scoop: Brangelina Vacation By the Sea, Remembering Amy Winehouse, More Tattoos for Rooney Mara?

By  September 15, 2014

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith Pitt are doing it … again. Nine years after their last on-screen collab, and weeks after their wedding, we have a first look at their upcoming film, By the Sea. The couple star as former dancer and her writer husband, whose French vacation could save their marriage from unraveling—with Angelina Jolie giving 1970s Sophia Loren realness. [Entertainment Weekly]

Amy Winehouse would have celebrated her 31st birthday yesterday and despite her tragic 2011 death, fans in Camden made sure to commemorate the late star’s special day. The London borough unveiled a life-size, bronze statue of Winehouse on Sunday, a memorial her father Mitch Winehouse says “reinforces the fact that physically she’s gone but spiritually she’ll never leave us.” [Huffington Post]

Rooney Mara could be showing off those tattoos sooner than you think. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher—who is busy putting the final touches on Gone Girl’s theatrical debut—says he’s ready to resurrect the trilogy and tell its last two tales. “I think because [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script, it will result in something,” Fincher told Swedish site Afton Blade. “The script that we now have has huge potential.” We’ll be waiting. [Vulture]

Get your Blue Steel mug ready. Zoolanderis happening, and Will Ferrell is bringing Mugatu along for the ride. Ferrell confirmed that the cast is doing a table read of the script soon, while The Leftovers’ Justin Theroux told Vulture that Ben Stiller may be tapped to direct. [IFC]

Big girls didn’t cry in 2006, and they still don’t now. It’s been eight years since Fergie’s one and only solo record hit the charts, and Billboard is recounting all the other amazing things that happened during The Dutchess’ reign. Don’t act like your London Bridge didn’t fall down. [Billboard]

Less than one month until Carrie Mathison leaves her baby girl at home and reports for duty in the Middle East. Claire Danes and the crew behind Homeland didn’t actually shoot season four of the Showtime drama in the tumultuous terrain, but, in this behind-the-scenes clip, explained how they made South Africa look like the real deal. [Variety]

Jay Z and Beyonce Shoot Em Up in New Trailer... with Baby on Board?

By  September 15, 2014

Their explosive short film may be “coming never.” Their first joint tour may have already seen its Parisian finale. Still, there’s plenty more from Jay Z and Beyoncé’s “this is not real life” era.

Music’s most-powerful couple is one week away from their first HBO concert event. In yet another push for the televised spectacular, the pair have extended their Bonnie & Clyde narrative through a series of short films. Nowness debuted part one of the Bang Bang trilogy today, which was compiled from footage shown during the Carters’ On The Run Tour. Shot in just two days using 50-year-old Russian lenses and French new wave techniques, director Dikayl Rimmasch says the visuals capture Jay and Bey’s need to “stay new.”

“In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay Z he explained his concept of On the Run,” Rimmasch told Nowness. “He said: ‘We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again.’ Everything he mentioned was a level of consciousness he has for staying alive as an entertainer and as a human being.”

Though both have collaborated with the premium cabler in the past—for Bey’s Life Is But A Dream documentary and Jay’s “Picasso Baby” preview—this marks the first time either of their performances will be aired, uncut, and in full, on the network. Before their September 20 bow, Nowness will premiere parts two and three of Bang Bang, blurring the lines between the couple’s criminal alter egos and real selves.

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“Beyoncé and Jay Z are two very intelligent, insightful and thoughtful people, in an almost low-key way,” Rimmasch said of the private pair. “Which is how they got to where they are. They are very aware of people’s attitudes and what energy they are bringing. Once you fully realize that, then the pressure comes off and you just have to do what you’re good at.”

Which brings us to something else the Carters are good at: keeping the rumor mill churning. After a summer marked by a family feud and divorce rumors, it looks like Jay, Bey, and Blue Ivy are set to welcome another royal to the clan. Jay reportedly hinted that Beyoncé was “pregnant with another one” by altering lyrics to “Beach is Better” during their September 12 stop in Paris. It just so happens that the City of Light is where the two got engaged, and where baby Blue was conceived. Could magic have struck again?!

Lauren Conrad Is Married!

By  September 14, 2014

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Our girl from Laguna is now a married woman! Lauren Conrad tied the knot with fiancé William Tell on Saturday.

The pair said ‘I do’ in an intimate ceremony in Santa Ynez, California surrounded by family and friends, including Lo Bosworth who served as a bridesmaid. “What a perfect way to start our lives together; surrounded by the people we love most,” the newlyweds said in a statement to US Weekly.

Though the designer of her bridal gown has not yet been revealed, Conrad could have easily created the confection herself. Along with her design experience at Kohl’s, the lifestyle guru recently gave fans a peek of the Paper Crown bridesmaids’ dresses she designed for her party in the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings. “I sent them all the different shapes and let them pick from two colors,” she told the bridal bible. “I don’t mind if there are a few girls in the same dress, or if people are all in different ones. It’s too difficult to take a group of girls and put them in the same color and silhouette; everyone has their own style.” 

Friends set Conrad and Tell up on a blind Valentine’s Day date back in 2012, but Tell put a ring on it last October and Conrad couldn’t wait to share. “I am very excited to share with you guys that William and I got engaged over the weekend,” she gushed in the caption. “I am beyond thrilled!” She’s kept everyone informed on as she planned her nuptials her blog and social media from her bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to her pretty pastel wedding shower over the Labor Day Weekend.

Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Tell!

Star Scoop: J + B Forever, Michael Che Suits Up, Mandy Moore’s New Band

By  September 12, 2014

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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, forever! After the commercial and critical success of their first two projects, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Lawrence and Cooper are teaming up again for a Depression-era drama, Serena. No date has been set for its stateside release, but fans will get a first look at the film during the London Film Festival in October. [Vulture]

There’s a new anchor pulling up to the late-night desk. Michael Che, of The Daily Show fame, is replacing Cecily Strong on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment. Strong will remain a regular cast member on SNL while series creator Lorne Michaels says Che will help the segment find its identity, post-Seth Meyers. [New York Times]

Mandy Moore is bringing her sweet tooth to Fox. The multi-hyphenate landed a recurring role as chief of staff on the network’s new medial dramedy, Red Band Society. Executive producer Rina Mimoun says the addition will help develop adult storylines, in addition to those of the adolescent characters who star on the show. [The Hollywood Reporter]

On today’s episode of Friday Funny, this sixth grader candidly told President Barack Obama that she was disappointed he wasn’t Beyoncé. Totally understandable. [Huffington Post]

CBS sports anchor James Brown is taking a public stance against domestic violence. Following the disturbing details surrounding Ray Rice’s assault on then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Rice, Brown asserted that the problem goes beyond football. “This is yet another call for men to stand up to take responsibly for their thoughts, their words, their deeds,” Brown said during last night’s Thursday Night Football broadcast. “Our silence is deafening and deadly.” [YouTube]

Apple received mixed responses when copies of U2’s Songs of Innocence magically appeared in 500 million iTunes libraries earlier this week. Though free for consumers, retailers are wondering how they can make a buck on all of the action. There’s a deluxe set with acoustic exclusives for that. [Billboard]

June Ambrose Is Not a Stage Mom, and Daughter Summer is the Main Attraction

By  September 10, 2014

June and Summer AmbroseIt wasn’t the slinky sheaths or onna-bugeisha vibes that won us over during Hervé Léger’s Spring 2015 show. It was mother-daughther duo June and Summer Ambrose, particularly the latter. At just 10 years old, her VIP and front-row appearances could be enviable, and, some may even question her bold-faced name status amongst fashion’s biggest influencers. After a charming introduction, we don’t.

“I’m not a stage mom,” mother Ambrose beamed from the front row as paparazzi swarmed and reporters competed for a chance to chat. “[But] Summer does fashion week.”

She gave off a charismatic, enveloping air that, when she spoke, made you feel like old friends. Old, real friends—not in an air-kiss kind of way. Her daughter, Summer, obviously follows suit. She sat by, seemingly unimpressed with the flashing lights, and instead, turned around to greet Glam editors with a handshake—a firm one.

“Hi, I’m Summer,” the fifth-grader quipped. “I started school Thursday, so this is my first show this week.” With a mini Moschino wrapped around her black, white, and leopard-print ensemble, she was primed for street style stardom. And, it was refreshing to know that she favored fashion unlike that of Hervé’s sexy offerings.

“My favorite fashion show was Lacoste,“ she said, making sure to specify that it was “not this morning, a while ago.”

As for mother Ambrose, it was important that any photos snapped included her daughter’s new designer bag.

“[This] is my new Armani bag,” she told photographers. “Get Summer’s Moschino.”

 

Prince William and Princess Kate Are Expecting Royal Baby Number 2!

By  September 08, 2014

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A new sibling is on the way for Prince George: The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with royal baby number 2! As with her first pregnancy, Kate Middleton is experiencing morning sickness, and will therefore be scaling back on engagements and appearances going forward. Prince George and his brother or sister to be (who will be fourth in line to the British throne) will barely be two years apart in age.

Congratulations to the gorgeous couple–and thanks to them for giving us something to talk about other than Fashion Week.