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Star Scoop: Batman v. Superman Crushes Comic-Con, Missy Elliott is Loaded, Fifty Shades’ Friendly Competition

By  July 29, 2014

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The stats are in and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was the most-popular movie at Comic-Con. Research firms Mashwork and Way to Blue told Variety that 73% of emotional reactions to the film deemed it “amazing,” while the film’s first trailer received 248,960 mentions. [Variety]

Missy Elliott is ready for a revival. Her longtime collaborator and friend, Timbaland, told Rolling Stone that she’s already selected a lead single for her upcoming album, her first solo effort since 2005’s The Cookbook. “It’s just a matter of when she wants to do it,” he said. “We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun. We have the game-changer right there.” Can’t wait to get our freak on. [Huffington Post]

Fifty Shades of Grey is getting some friendly competition. The Jamie Dornan-Dakota Johnson starrer will face off against faith-based love story God’s Not Dead on Valentine’s Day 2015. Though the Fifty book series sold over 100 million copies worldwide, God’s was also commercially successful with $60 million in sales. “Opening the same weekend as Fifty Shades, there’s definitely a David v. Goliath comparison,” said Rik Swartzwelder, who will write, direct, and star in the feature. “They will have more screens, more money, more hype [ed note: and, Beyoncé]. . . but we’re hopeful that we are not alone in our belief that there are others out there who desire more from love–and the movies–than objectification or domination.” [Variety]

Speaking of Fifty, it reigns as the as the most-viewed trailer of 2014 with 36 million YouTube visits… and counting. [The Hollywood Reporter]

With the slew of unscripted series and “reality” shows that VH1 produces, it’s with great cheer—literally—that we report the Viacom network is renewing Hit the Floor for a third season. Now, if we could only get rid of Steebie and his Love & Hip Hop Atlanta crew. [VH1]

With the world’s need for social swag and the media’s need to offer immediacy, what better way to meld the two than with an improv show fueled by live tweets? Comedy Central is doing just that with a six-episode digital series, CC: Social Scene, that will draw inspiration from Twitter posts about “worst breakup lines,” “oddest combos at the BBQ,” “beach hogs,” and more. [Broadway World]

Meet the Chefs Going Head to Head on Top Chef Duels

By  July 29, 2014

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Back in the kitchen and into the fire, 18 of the best Top Chef alumni battle it out in Bravo’s upcoming Top Chef Duels, premiering Wednesday, August 6, at 10 p.m./9 p.m. CT. Showcasing the biggest chef rivalries in the show’s history, each episode will pair two former contenders against one another in a challenge of skill, creativity, and timeliness. The prize at stake? Top Chef Duels proves to be more than just hashing out the biggest rivalries in Top Chef history—the winner will receive a $100,000 grand prize and a culinary adventure to be featured in Food and Wine magazine. No pressure, Top Chef alumni. Check out who is set to battle it out and make your predictions in advance—which 10 chefs will make it to the finale to dish it out for the grand prize?

Beauty Buzz: Buzzcut Season, Fuel the Fight With Treatmint Boxes, Straighten Some Color Into Your Hair

By  July 29, 2014

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We’re always looking out for the newest hair trends, and the next big one may be…no hair? That’s right, buzz cuts may be a major fall and winter trend, as shown by Gisele‘s Balenciaga fall campaign or Olivia Cooke at Comic-Con. While we can’t deny these ladies look fierce, it is certainly not a hairstyle for the weak of heart. [New York Times]

Subscription boxes just got a whole lot more meaningful. Treatmint Box is a subscription box service for men and women battling cancer, and its contents include inspirational note cards, organic beauty and skincare products, nourishing foods, and accessories with uplifting messages. The creator of the box, Kimberly Fink said, “Keeping your mind in a good place is half of the battle, and I think people benefit from visual reminders of their own strength.” It is certainly a beautiful way to show support for cancer treatment. [Huffington Post]

Getting two things done at once always sounds better. According to scientists at University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Labs, we’ll be able to do exactly that with straighteners that can dye your hair. How crazy? This ion beam technology uses no chemicals and permanently changes hair color by affecting the way light reflects on hair follicles. While the word “permanent” sounds a bit scary for now, we are looking forward to these fascinating straighteners. Ombré, anyone? [Fashion Telegraph]

You might want to toss that loofah you use to scrub yourself clean in the shower. As it turns out, it may not actually get you clean at all. Scientists found that natural loofahs, when not properly washed and dried, can be prime spots for bacteria growth. Yuck! [Huffington Post]

Love Donna Karan‘s Cashmere Mist? Watch the process of creating the campaign for this best-selling fragrance, documented in the short film, The Making of an Icon, told in Donna Karan‘s own words. Fans of this beloved scent will be intrigued by the story of Cashmere Mist, and how it came about. [YouTube]

Here’s a collaboration that’ll perk up your ears. Nicole Miller and butter LONDON are teaming up for an exclusive summer style giveaway. From July 20 to August 5, enter to win Nicole Miller’s Flower Spike Denim Dress and a bespoke set of hand-painted nails and the polishes and tools used to create the look. Nails from butter LONDON, dress from Nicole Miller? Consider our NYFW ensemble complete. [Glam Inbox]

Shoot Em Up: Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj Drop ‘Bang Bang’

By  July 29, 2014

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Nicki Minaj may have pushed back the release date for “Anaconda,” but she still has new music to share. After Monday’s leak of her bodacious “Bang Bang” collaboration with high-powered crooners Jessie J and Ariana Grande, the trio have officially released the record on iTunes.

“Bang Bang,” a sassy soundtrack to the bad girls, will be the debut single from Jessie J’s third album, her second to be released in the U.S. Grande will also add the Max Martin-produced song to her discography with a spot on the deluxe edition of My Everything, out August 25. No word on whether Minaj will feature the track on The Pink Print, but rumor has it that the three will perform the modern-day “Lady Marmalade” at the MTV Video Music Awards next month.

One thing we can bet on is that there’s a video on the way.

“We fly to L.A. in about six hours to shoot the video,” Jessie J told Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning show today. “Honestly, I’m so excited! We shoot the video tomorrow and the next day. Me, Nicki, and Ariana are all available which is rare in itself—no blue screen, no green screen, no screens!”

Listen to “Bang Bang” below and await the badass visuals that will undoubtedly follow.

In other music news… Hilary Duff returned to the recording booth after seven years. Here’s her new, Colbie Caillat-penned single, “Chasing the Sun.”

Winner’s Circle: 2014 Young Hollywood Awards

By  July 29, 2014

Beauty buffs may have a thing for old Hollywood glamour, but Monday night, at Los Angeles’ The Wiltern Theater, Tinseltown’s youngest stars stole the stage. Kelly Osbourne hosted the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards, which honored achievements from pop culture’s emerging acts, as merited by 13—19 year old voters. Orange is the New Black proved the evening’s top victor, earning three awards: Breakthrough Actress Danielle Brooks, the We Love To Hate You award for Pablo Schreiber, and most Bingeworthy TV Show—though we’re not sure it’s a program aimed at teen audiences (*wink).

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Click through to see other young favorites, like Shailene WoodleyChole Grace Moretz, and Ansel Elgort, take home YHA trophies.

Lady Gaga Takes a Stab at Acting

By  July 29, 2014

LadyGagaSinCityLady Gaga’s performance hat is always on, as the singer’s sartorial choices and made to project different personas. While the infamous meat dress and iconic egg contraption are, in a lot of ways, two ends of the spectrum, they’re both just sooo Gaga.

But her most recent announcement involves a movie screen and a character that’s not, well, herself. The singer shared via Instagram that she’ll be appearing alongside Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill. Her retro waitress getup is a departure from what we’re used to seeing from her, but we don’t hate it. The best part about all of this is, of course, that there’ll be a number of red carpet opportunities during the movie’s press tour for Lady Gaga to shock us a little more.

Star Scoop: Wonder Woman Revealed, Lea Michele Rides Out, Nicki Minaj Pushes Back

By  July 28, 2014

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We know how Henry Cavill suits up, and we’re finally warming up to Ben Affleck in his Batsuit. Today, Warner Bros. is unveiling a third central character in its Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. We admit this iteration of the DC Comics hero is chicer than we expected. [Forbes]

Sons of Anarchy is going out with a bang… and an unexpected guest star. Glee’s Lea Michele confirmed that she scored a spot on the FX drama’s final season. She’ll play Gertie, “empathetic truck stop waitress and single mother, who connects with Gemma during a difficult time.” We take it she won’t break off into song. [MTV]

The release of “Anaconda” isn’t the only thing Nicki Minaj is pushing back. Before informing fans that The Pink Print single would drop August 4 instead of today, Minaj responded to critics who deemed the its racy album art unacceptable. The shade master uploaded Sports Illustrated images to her account with models in similar bum-baring attire, an answer to the question of industry double standards. Who’s (back)side are you on? [Vulture]

Zoe Saldana is one busy mommy-to-be. While promoting her new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel announced that it has given its sequel the go-ahead for a July 28, 2017 release. Between now, and then, she has two other film franchises to worry about: Avatar, which has three upcoming sequels, and a third Star Trek space saga. [The Verge]

One monkey script leak don’t stop no show. Even though the script for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight leaked earlier this year, the filmmaker declared that the Western will still appear on the silver screen. [Variety]

Tarantino broke that news at a Comic-Con panel for Dynamite Comic’s Django UnchainedZorro crossover comic book. “I loved this idea, not only because I like western comics in general, but I also loved Zorro in all his iterations whether it was the Disney series or the William Witney films,” Tarantino shared. “I thought it was a great idea of taking the most famous, fictional Mexican western hero and putting him together with the newer, famous black western hero.” [Deadline]

For $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year, you can have access to Sarah Palin, ‘round-the-clock. The former Republican vice-presidential candidate is airing it out on her new, online network. The eponymous channel promises to be “a news channel that really is a lot more than news.” Will you be watching? [Politico]

TV Buzz from the TCAs: What You Should Know About Your Favorite Shows

By  July 28, 2014

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The summer 2014 Television Critics Association press tour closed last week, and with it, plenty of reason to tune in to shows’ promising new seasons. Charlie Hunnam hit the annual promo set to curb reports that another Emmys snub has left the Sons of Anarchy cast solemn; Parenthood showrunners say its final season will hit hard; and Fox promises that Octavia Spencer dramedy Red Band Society won’t have a “body count.” That, and more ‘tube takeaways, from the TCAs:

Five Minutes of Funny: What to Expect from The Simpsons x Family Guy

By  July 28, 2014

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Fox’s animated mainstays, The Simpsons and Family Guy, are joining forces this fall, and Comic-Con fans were the first to get a look at the mashup. During Saturday’s Family Guy panel, executive producer Steve Callaghan shared five minutes from the upcoming hour-long special. The clip, which opens with the Griffins stumbling upon Springfield, includes donut sharing between dads Homer and Peter, pranks calls with Bart and baby Stewie, and a street fight of intergalactic proportions.

Back in May, Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly shared that Bart and Stewie bond over skateboarding, while reports added that Lisa will help Meg tap into her best self, and moms Marge and Lois become real housewives on the run.

Aside from their run-in with comedy’s other cartoon family, the Griffins will get another visit from Jesus around Christmas, and Liam Neeson will “poke fun at himself” on the show later this season. As for the Simpsons, they’re in for a tragic loss. In its season premiere, the series will say goodbye—for good—to one of its Emmy-winning characters. The title “A Clown in the Dumps” hints at the end of Krusty the Clown, but this 35-second tease spotlights Homer’s new affliction.

The Simpsons-Family Guy crossover, and the former’s season premiere, will debut on Fox on September 28.

Game Time: Jennifer Lawrence Readies for a Fight in ‘Mockingjay’

By  July 28, 2014

Let the games begin… again.

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After a first look at Julianne Moore as President Coin, an ominous message from President Snow, and a peek at its interactive script, the first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, has arrived.

Lionsgate debuted the clip in San Diego at Comic-Con this weekend. The teaser features the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, endorsing Katniss as the leader to rally Panem’s respective Districts against the Capitol’s totalitarian rule. Jennifer Lawrence speaks up as Katniss Everdeen at the end of the clip, ensuring fellow rebels that she will rally in their fight against Snow.

Part one of the Mockingjay epic, starring Lawrence, Moore, Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthWoody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks, will land in theaters November 21.