Music Musings: New Music from Drake, Gwen Stefani... and Rihanna’s Tracklist?!

By  October 20, 2014

Just when we thought the Mondaze got the best of us, we were hit with this: music headlines from DrakeGwen StefaniTaylor SwiftCara Delevingne, and Pharrell. New tunes are on the horizon for the set, and the tracklist from a certain bad gal’s eighth album allegedly hit the web. Make some space on your iTunes:


Drake isn’t done lamenting over lost loves. A 17-year-old from Marietta, Georgia uploaded a track from Drizzy over the weekend called “How About Now.” How the teen managed to do so, well, that’s beyond us. All we know is that it samples Jodeci’s “My Heart Belongs to You,” and enumerates all the times he went above and beyond to impress an unrequited love: buying her dad Christmas gifts to get no thank you in return, driving her to her bar exam in the snow. The usual. [Stereogum]

Did Pharrell find a new protégé in Cara Delevingne? The pair have reportedly been working in the studio for the past eight months on what Daily Mail insists is a “huge song” for Delevingne’s musical debut. “They’re going to release the song without warning, complete with video and global launch,” the site reports. Someone took a cue from Beyoncé, eh? Surprise! [Refinery 29]

After devoting her musical expertise to The VoiceGwen Stefani is putting her own to good use. With solo and No Doubt projects on the horizon, we’ve got our first listen to new music from the ska queen. Here’s “Baby Don’t Lie,” from her forthcoming third solo feat. [Slate]

Just a week ago, people were touting “Out of the Woods” as Taylor Swift’s next hit, but it looks like she has something bigger in mind. The latest song available from 1989 is “Welcome to New York,” a mid tempo track penned with Ryan Tedder. Swift says “I saw New York as a place of endless potential and possibilities, and you can hear that reflected in this music and in this song.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Is this what Rihanna’s been up to? An alleged track list from her eighth album has appeared online and, with a total of 14 songs, includes reported features from former beau Drake and Nicki Minaj. [Mediatakeout]

Speaking of Onika, have you seen her new spread in GQ? Flawless. As for all your cynicism over “Anaconda,” she thinks you should lighten up. “She [in the video] is just talking about two guys that she dated in the past and what they’re good at and what they bought her and what they said to her,” Minaj said. “It’s just cheeky, like a funny story.” [GQ]

Star Scoop: Lorde Gets No Love, Jimmy Fallon Pens Baby Book, AHS Gets the Last Laugh

By  October 20, 2014

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There’s no love for Lorde under the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco radio stations KFOG and KOIT have declared airways a “Royals”-free zone in anticipation of the Giants’ World Cup bout against the Kansas City Royals. Batter up! [Billboard]

Jimmy Fallon is penning a book on parenting… sort of. His second children’s read, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada, will be out next year, and is inspired by his attempts to get newborn Winnie Rose to call out for dad first. Admittedly, “mama” won that round. [The Hollywood Reporter]

If the murderous clown on American Horror Story: Freak Show doesn’t tickle your fancy, Ryan Murphy is here to lighten the mood. Fox has given the green light to a new project from Murphy and his AHS team entitled Scream Queens. It’ll be an hour-long, horror-comedy anthology series helmed by two female leads. Any bets on Jessica Lange? [Vulture]

Universal Pictures has made its scares social. The studio is the first to use advertising on Snapchat. Over the weekend, it promoted PG-13 movie Ouija with a 20-second trailer that appeared on the app’s “Recent Updates” page. It’s an expert move in targeting the millions who use SnapChat, 32% of which are 13—17 years old. [Variety]

Jay Leno is known for dishing out the jokes, but the acclaimed comedian can take a jab or two himself. He was on the receiving end of laughs from Fallon, Wanda Sykes, and Jerry Seinfeld this weekend in D.C. where he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He joins Will FerrellBill Cosby, and Ellen DeGeneres as recipients of the nation’s highest humor honor. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Dale: Pitbull is Hosting the 2014 American Music Awards

By  October 20, 2014

This year’s American Music Awards will be twice as nice with the return of Mr. 305. The annual Dick Clark Production has brought the “dale” king back for its November 23 ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

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“World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row?” said Pitbull, who will also perform a song from his upcoming album Globalization. “The harder I work, the luckier I get. Thank you ABC and dick clark productions for the amazing opportunity — more than anything, let’s get ready to have fun. Dale!”

Pitbull’s hosting debut in 2013 drew in 12.93 million viewers, more than the show had seen in the past four years. It was indicative of his mainstream appeal and enough to convince ABC of his magic touch.

“Pitbull is a global superstar and multi-talented powerhouse, who delivered one of the most exciting shows in American Music Awards history when he hosted in 2013. This year will be no different,” show producer Larry Klein told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re working together to create elements of the show that will wow audiences and take the night to a whole new level.”

“Boom Clap” singer Charli XCX is the only other act, other than Pitbull, confirmed to take center stage; that leads us to believe her “Fancy” cohort Iggy Azalea–who is the night’s most-nominated musician—could flex her onstage prowess, too.

John LegendKaty PerryPharrellLordeBeyoncé, and Eminem, with at least three noms a piece, could also make a ceremonial splash. You’ll have to tune in to ABC on November 23 to see. Until then… dale!

Bethenny Frankel Is A Housewife Once Again

By  October 20, 2014

BethennyFrankelRHONYOnce a housewife, always a housewife—at least where Bethenny Frankel is concerned. Bravo confirmed Monday morning that Frankel is returning to The Real Housewives of New York for season 7! But wait, there’s more! E! News also confirmed that Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer are also all back for another season.

In search of a new start, Frankel says her point of view is much different going into the show this time around: “I’m such a different person and in such a different place than when I was on first season. When I went onto Housewives when I was younger, I didn’t have a family, I didn’t have a business, I didn’t have partners. I think basically the most important thing is how I’m just being honest about my perspective.”

Citing Frankel as “one of the most popular housewives in the history of the franchise,” executive producer Andy Cohen couldn’t be more excited to have her back on the show. And, certainly, we can’t wait to watch how her explosive personality and fiery disposition makes sparks fly, as it always does.

Star Scoop: Chris Rock’s Top Five, Sarah Paulson’s #FBF, Here Comes the Queen

By  October 17, 2014

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Vulture deems it “the talk of the Toronto International Film Festival” and now, we can see why. Here’s the trailer for Chris Rock’s new satire, Top Fiveabout a world-famous comedian looking to be taken seriously as an ac-torRosario DawsonKevin Hart, and Gabrielle Union also appear, and if this isn’t the funniest thing you’ve seen so far today, you might want to rethink your life. [Vulture]

Before she was starring as Siamese twins on television’s most-popular horror show, Sarah Paulson was just a 19-year-old eager to work with Kathleen Turner on Hallmark TV. Now that she’s reunited with another one of her acting idols, Jessica Lange (the pair starred together on Broadway in 2005’s The Glass Menagerie), Paulson has some advice for young actors looking to follow her lead. “Slow and steady wins the race,” she told Variety. “There’s nothing definable about me, so I don’t ever feel like I’ve gotten locked into one type of person that I play. I think you have a better shot at longevity if you can immerse yourself into different parts without anyone getting used to seeing you in a particular way.” [Variety]

Here comes the queen! Daytime talk show host Queen Latifah will host this year’s Hollywood Film Awards on November 14 when it airs on CBS for the first time in history. “Queen Latifah is a world-class entertainer,” said ceremony founder Carlos de Abreu. “From film and music to television, her humor, quick wit and ability to entertain live audiences make her the perfect choice to host the Hollywood Film Awards.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

We haven’t seen Ashton Kutcher on screen since Jobs, and there are apparently no new features in the pipeline; but a new baby isn’t the only reason he’s been so low-key. Kutcher’s A-Grade Investments, co-founded with Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle is now valued at $150 million. The venture capital firm has stakes in Airbnb, Foursquare, Uber, Spotify, and Soundcloud, and is primed to grow even bigger now that Oseary is stepping into the music biz. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Movie tickets may be cheaper now than they were a few months ago (from $8.33 to $8.08), but the price is still higher than last year, when a seat at the theater averaged $7.84. Someone tell this to the folks in New York, where cozying up in front of the silver screen costs up to $15. [Deadline]

Is class in session for 23 Jump Street? Don’t hold your breath. When offering his take on the future of the franchise, Channing Tatum says it may be time to graduate. “College was the obvious next step for us,” he told USA Today. “We had to go there. I don’t know what the next step is after college. Do we go and take down Enron? Or the government in D.C.? I feel like it’s all redundant. The big running joke of the second movie is this is just going to be bigger than the first time. I don’t know if that joke works three times so we’ll see.” [USA Today]

NPH Wants Gaga, Adele, or Pink on His Oscars Dream Team

By  October 17, 2014

Now that Neil Patrick Harris can (almost) cross hosting the Oscars off of his bucket list, he’s ready to assemble his ceremonial dream team with some chart-shattering chanteuses.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly‘s Matt Bean on Sirius XM’s Town Hall, Harris jokingly revealed that Lady GagaAdele, or Pink could be a great duet partner, and while he has major hosting experience on the primetime stage (three Emmys and four Tonys), he’s approaching the Academy with new fervor.

“I hope that I can keep it smart,” Harris said. “I’ve always loved the Oscars and have great respect for its history and the gowns and the classiness of it.”

Listen to snippets of Harris’ interview below and tune in when he bows on the Academy stage February 8, 2015. Who knows?! A Grammy gig—and hosting EGOT—could be next!

Chris Rock and Prince will Make it ‘Purple Rain’ on Saturday Night Live

By  October 16, 2014

BET AWARDS '14 - ShowChris Rock is ready for his Saturday Night Live return.

Rock, who got his mainstream start as a cast member on SNL in 1990, is headed back to its NBC studio for a hosting gig on November 1. It will be his first appearance on the show since hosting in 1996—that’s 18 years, folks!

If that weren’t enough to pique your interest—and, perhaps revive the show from Bill Hader’s ratings flopPrince will be joining as the night’s musical guest. It will be the 3RDEYEGIRL frontman’s third time christening the stage. 

Both he and Rock have projects that will receive plenty of attention thanks to their SNL effort. Prince just released two separate albums on September 29, and Rock will bow in theaters on December 5 with Top Five co-starring Gabrielle UnionKevin HartRosario Dawson, and Sherri Shepherd.

We just hope Rock and Chris end their Saturday Night Live set like this:


Star Scoop: Ryan Gosling Saves the Day, Katniss Everdeen Comes Home, Wonder Woman Stands Alone

By  October 16, 2014

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It looks like proud papa Ryan Gosling is ready to get back in front of the camera. Reports say he’s finally fielding offers for a big franchise role, with the powers behind Doctor StrangeThe Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero, and Suicide Squad vying for his green light. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Katniss Everdeen is coming home. A new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 is here, and teases the YA heroine’s return to a destroyed District 12… with Lorde soundtracking the saga. [Indiewire]

Warner Bros. is giving Wonder Woman some much-deserved shine. After unveiling that Gal Gadot will play the DC Comics warrior princess in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, executives confirmed that Gadot will star in her own standalone film by 2017. You go, girl! [L.A. Times]

P.S. Ben Affleck will reprise his role as Gotham’s savior in Gadot’s big silver screen moment. [Vulture]

Friends will be there for you… on Netflix! Warner Bros. The streaming service acquired the license to host all ten seasons of the show online, starting January 1, 2015. How’s that for a Happy New Year?! [Deadline]

Oh, Kanye! How we’ve missed thee and thine glorious sound bytes. In this newly-released, behind-the-scenes-video from his August 2014 cover shoot at GQ, Yeezy compares himself to none other than Michelangelo and mused on why “perfection” is not enough. Just wait for #geniuslevel to trend. [Racked]

Beloved Modern Family actress Elizabeth Peña passed away from natural causes; she was 55 years old. [Vulture]

Neil Patrick Harris is Hosting the 2015 Oscars!

By  October 15, 2014

Your favorite host’s favorite host is headed to the Academy Awards!

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Neil Patrick Harris, who’s already emceed Tony and Emmy ceremonies of years past, will follow Ellen DeGeneresrecording-breaking Oscars gig and helm the 2015 show on February 22, 2015. 

“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,” Harris said in a statement from The Academy. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

NPH’s turn follows the Academy Awards’ best broadcast to date: DeGeneres’ 2014 gig drew in the biggest audience in 14 years with 45.4 million viewers. Something tells us Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs thinks NPH will be able to deliver, and even top, those stats.

“We share Craig [Zadan] and Neil [Meron]’s excitement in welcoming the incredibly talented Neil Patrick Harris,” she said in a statement. “He is the consummate entertainer. Neil’s distinctive charm and showmanship make him the ideal host to honor the Oscar legacy and ensure we all enjoy another unforgettable celebration.”

As for how NPH is taking the news, well, there’s this:

Ariana Grande Gets Animated for ‘Underdogs’

By  October 15, 2014

Ariana Grande Hosts Official iHeartRadio After Party at 1 OAK at the MirageBig Sean’s girlfriend Ariana Grande will be putting her pipes to use for something other than the Billboard Hot 100.

The multi-platinum singer has landed a lead voice role in the Weinstein Company’s new animated project, Underdogs. The story follows a shy foosball player named Jake, played by Matthew Morrison. He triumphs over the town bully Ace (Nicholas Hoult), only to have to defend his home and loved ones from Ace’s vengeful streak years later. Grande will voice Laura, Jake’s loving girlfriend whose safety is compromised when Ace returns.

Grande should find her self at home for this role; not only does she know her way around the recording booth, she also starred in Nickelodeon’s 2013 tween sitcom Sam & CatUnderdogs will be her second voice-dubbed appearance, and she’s in pretty good company: Katie HolmesJohn Leguizamo, and Chazz Palminteri have also signed on.

“This talented cast takes our script and enhances it, with brilliant improvisation and wonderful chemistry,” said Weinstein Company co-founder Harvey Weinstein. “I’m so proud of these super talented actors and comedians.”

Underdogs was originally released as an Argentinian production in 2013, was the most-expensive Argentinian film to make, and “rewrote the history books” by becoming “the best opening ever for an Argentine film” according to Variety. If that’s not enough indication of its stateside potential, it won the Grand Prize Feature Award at this year’s New York International Children’s Film Festival.

Looks like Grande will have no “Problem” here.