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Winner’s Circle: Boyhood Triumphs at the 2015 Golden Globes

By  January 12, 2015

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As expected, Birdman flew high at Sunday night’s 72nd Golden Globes, but it was a 12-year-long epic about a boy, and his Boyhood, that took home the most honors.

The Alejandro G. Iñárritu dark comedy earned awards for best screenplay and best comedic actor in a motion picture, while Richard Linklater’s cinematic feat, Boyhood, took home three trophies, including those for best director and best drama.

The only question that’s left is which will prevail at the 87th Academy Awards in February. While the Globes offers dual recognition for drama and comedy categories—which Boyhood and Birdman fall under, respectively—the Oscars couples all best film, acting, and directing categories onto one ballot. That will certainly make things interesting come February.

And the Golden Globe goes to…

Motion Picture, Musical or ComedyThe Grand Budapest Hotel

Motion Picture, DramaBoyhood

Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, Big Eyes

Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Animated Feature FilmHow To Train Your Dragon 2

Foreign Language FilmLeviathan

Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Screenplay: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, Birdman

Original Score, Motion Picture: Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory Of Everything

Original Song, Motion Picture: “Glory” from Selma

TV Series, ComedyTransparent

TV Series, DramaThe Affair

TV Movie or MiniseriesFargo

Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Ruth Wilson, The Affair

Actor in a TV Series, Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Actress in a TV Series, Comedy: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards

Actress in a TV Miniseries or Motion Picture: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Actor in a TV Miniseries or Motion Picture: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture: Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Star Scoop: Gwyneth Paltrow Heads to the Clubhouse, It’s Nicki’s Time (AGAIN), Listen to Christian Grey’s iPod

By  January 09, 2015

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Welcome to the clubhouse! Gwyneth Paltrow will head to Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with host Andy Cohen on January 15. We wonder how long it’ll take him to bring up Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin’s on-again fling. [E! Online]

Beyoncé isn’t the only top-billed act lending vocals to Fifty Shades of GreyThe WeekndSiaEllie GouldingSkylar Grey, and Jessie Ware have all been tapped for its official soundtrack, slated to drop on February 10. Interestingly enough, Rita Ora, who stars as Mia Grey on the silver screen, didn’t make the album cut. [ELLE]

Does The Grand Budapest Hotel have what it takes to best Birdman? Though the latter has led nominations at stateside awards shows, the Wes Anderson comedy is top contender at the 2015 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. It earned a whopping 11 nominations, including a bid for Best Film, where it will face BirdmanBoyhood, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything. [Variety]

The fact that legendary writer Joan Didion landed a Céline ad is major for everyone… except her. “I don’t have any clue,” she told The New York Times about the Internet’s reaction to her chic coup. “I have no idea.” Impossibly cool, that one. [New York Times]

Move over J. Law. Step aside Shailene. The world’s next YA cinema star has arrived. Hailee Steinfeld will star in the film adaptation of Carrie Pilby. The story’s titular character is a certified genius who graduates from Harvard at the tender age of 19. Not the dystopian plot line YA films have been known for, but an interesting peg, nonetheless. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Donald Glover is back to his “immature’ ways. The actor-comedian assumed the identity of Childish Gambino and dropped a video for his new song, “Sober.” The track is part of his seven-song EP, Kauai, which features Jaden Smith and Christian Rich. [Stereogum]

Star Scoop: An Empire State of Mind, ‘Classic’ Viola Davis, Birdman will Battle King Kong

By  January 08, 2015

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Fox may have found its next big thing. Empire, starring Hustle & Flow co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, debuted Wednesday night to impressive stats. It totaled 9.9 million viewers, beating out its American Idol lead-in, as well as new Fox dramas Red Band Society and Gotham. How good was it? Well, just ask Shonda Rhimes. [Vulture]

Dear New York TimesViola Davis isn’t done besting you yet. When she won the Favorite Actress in a New Series trophy at last night’s People’s Choice Awards, she not only thanked her fans, but also used the platform to shade NYT’s crass criticism (remember this?). Classy, eh? [Twitter]

Michael Keaton is hanging up his wings to battle it out with King Kong. The heavily-nominated Birdman star is in talks to join Universal’s Kong: Skull Island. The 3D epic will follow “a team of explorers who venture deep inside the primordial island that is King Kong’s home.” Sounds like the perfect, exotic getaway… or nah?! [Variety]

Grammy nominee Iggy Azalea has been on the receiving end of lots of criticism lately, with claims of inauthenticity and appropriation clouding her success. She does have an ally in Kendrick Lamar, though. “She’s doing her thing,” he told Billboard about Azalea, who’s caught flack from rival Azealia BanksJ. ColeSnoop Lion, and Q Tip in recent months. “Let her. People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they’re at. Do your thing, continue to rock it, because obviously God wants you here.” [Billboard]

Glee is bidding farewell to television for good, but not before one of Lea Michele’s best vocal performances yet. Watch her “Let it Go” in this preview, then set your DVR for Glee’s two-hour series finale on Friday, January 9. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Fargo is filling out. When season two of the crime dramedy rears its head, Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson and Jean Smart will be signing on. They will join Kirsten DunstKieran Culkin, and Jesse Plemons as the anthology series flashes back to 1979 Sioux Falls. [Entertainment Weekly]

Winner’s Circle: Big Bang Theory is the People’s Choice

By  January 08, 2015

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The Big Bang Theory has kept fans laughing since 2008, nabbing accolades on Emmy, Critics’ Choice, and Satellite Award stages ever since. Wednesday night, the Jim Parsons-Kaley Cuoco starrer added to its trophy case as the winningest contender at the 41st annual People’s Choice Awards. The fan favorite took home trophies for three of its four nominations, including Favorite TV Show, beating out Game of Thrones, The Walking DeadOnce Upon a Time, and NCIS. The kudos didn’t stop there. Click through for winner highlights from the 2015 People’s Awards (full list here), plus a special nod to Gotham’s new savior, Ben Affleck

Star Scoop: Sia Stretches Out, Alexa Chung Sings the Blues, Fifty Shades is Rated R

By  January 07, 2015

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The long-awaited video for Sia’s Catching Fire ballad “Elastic Heart” premiered exclusively on Vevo today. It features her Dance Moms damsel and “Chandelier” star Maddie Ziegler moshing around in a cage with Shia LaBeouf, who’s in full-on performance art mode. It’s animalistic and bizarre… and totally open to your own interpretation. [Glam Inbox]

In other music news, socialite Alexa Chung is broadening her crossover appeal with a mytheresa.com collab. Her debut recording, a cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Blue Denim,” dropped today in tandem with the launch of mytheresa.com TUNES and Alexa Chung for AG. Our take? Amazing. Peep her Gia Coppola-helmed music video, too! [Glam Inbox]

The MPAA has finally given Fifty Shades of Grey a rating: R. No surprise there, but the reason why is. According to the association, the Valentine’s Day comprises strong sexual content (duh!), graphic nudity (of course!), and “unusual behavior.” That’s obviously a reference to what’s going on in the red room. [Indiewire]

That one time, in New York City, when CHVRCHES shut down Grand Central Station and performed “The Mother We Share.” [Stereogum]

Kanye West is the “only one” who left an indelible (shoe) imprint on eBay last year. His Air Yeezy Red October collaboration with Nike was the marketplace’s top seller in the footwear department, with more than 6,000 pairs of the rare sneaks sold. [Glam Inbox]

George Clooney is headed to Showtime. His tentatively titled The Studio, a dark comedy about the film industry in the 1990s, will get the pilot treatment. Plot details are scarce and though Clooney is attached to direct, there’s no word on whether he’ll appear on-screen. [Vulture]

Mark your calendars: Netflix is unleashing four new series for your binge-watching pleasure. Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtBloodline, Marvel’s Daredevil, and Grace and Frankie are slated to premiere between March and May, with streaming favorite Orange is the New Black to follow in summer. [Huffington Post]

Vimeo is stepping up to the original programming plate with four new shows of its own, including two from YouTube creators Sawyer Hartman and  PJ Liguori (KickThePj). [Variety]

Star Scoop: Rita Ora Gets Spoof-y, GOT Gets Cinematic, Migos Goes Mainstream

By  January 06, 2015

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We aren’t the only ones who’ve been stung by Beyoncé. RocNation artist Rita Ora took the camera into her own hands and recorded a spoof to the Queen’s “7/11.” Smack it, smack it, in the air. [YouTube]

Game of Thrones has gone cinematic. The HBO heavy hitter will become the first television series to screen across Imax theaters nationwide. From January 23—29, fans can visit 150 Imax hubs to watch the last two episodes of season four, and get an exclusive look at season five. Winter is coming… for reals. [Variety]

In 2013, they had us all hollering “Hannah Montana.” Now, Atlanta-based rap trio Migos is primed for mainstream appeal. With 1.7 million mixtape downloads, 49 million YouTube views, and 47 million Pandora plays per month under its belt, the group sat down with Vulture to talk Paris, their debut studio album, and being spontaneous in the booth. [Vulture]

If that Pro Era t-shirt you wanted goes out of stock, you have Malia Obama to thank. [New York Magazine]

This is what you call a comeback. Downton Abbey returned stateside to PBS Sunday night with 10.1 million viewers. The season five stats nearly matched its season four debut and proves “that its American fanbase isn’t turning to illegal channels to catch episodes,” which air three months earlier in the UK. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Blake Shelton will work a double as host and performer on Saturday Night Live’s January 24 show. [Stereogum]

Drake, AC/DC, and Jack White will headline Coachella 2015. Wanna crash? [Glam Buzz]

Music Musings: Drake, AC/DC, and Jack White with Headline Coachella

By  January 06, 2015

If there’s one thing we can say for sure about Coachella, it’s that the annual music and arts festival has something for everyone. Past headliners have spanned from BeckMadonna, and Prince, to The Flaming Lips, OutKast, and Lana Del Rey. This April, when an estimated 600,000 attendees flock to Indio, California, they’ll experience just as much—if not more—variety.

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Headliners AC/DC will bring no-frills, classic rock on night one, Jack White will leave The White Stripes at home for a solo set on night two, and Drake will close out the festival on night three with punchlines that only he can deliver.

They’ll be joined by Azealia BanksV Magazine covergirl FKA Twigs, Swedish House Mafia alum Axwell + Ingrosso, Florence + the Machine, and more than 150 other acts. Coachella 2015 will take place April 10-12 and April 17-19, with tickets going on sale Wednesday, January 7 at noon (PST, of course).

For first-timers, curious as to what the weekend will bring, there’s this:

Winner’s Circle: The 15 Best Speeches from Awards Season

By  January 05, 2015

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That one time Lupita Nyong’o tearfully professed that “your dreams are valid” at the 86th Academy Awards. Or when Matthew McConaughey shared gratitude for the “bull ride” that is acting at the 20th Screen Actors Guild honors. And again, when his Dallas Buyers Club co-star Jared Leto accepted his first Oscars win by saluting “all the dreamers,” working to “live the impossible.” These acceptance speeches have earned their rank as some of the best awards season moments ever, making the 2014 race one to remember, and the upcoming 2015 ballot one to look forward to. In anticipation for this year’s Tinseltown accolades, we take a look at 15 of the best speeches from yesteryear.

Star Scoop: Listen to Rihanna’s (Rumored) New Song, ScarJo Gets Animated, Join Mark Zuckerberg’s (Face)Book Club

By  January 05, 2015

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Rihanna for “World Peace.” The Bajan beauty is in the studio cooking up something good for (the unofficially entitled) R8, and this leak may—or may not—preview what’s in store. A song surfaced over the weekend featuring vocals that appear to belong to Riri, but we can’t be for sure until she confirms herself. Until then, we’ll just wait on it. [YouTube]

In 2014, she was a psychokinetic powerhouse, superhero, and kitchen hostess. Now, new mom Scarlett Johansson is gearing up for her next role: an anime character come to life. Johansson has reportedly signed on to star in a live-action adaptation of manga Ghost in the Shell, about “Motoko Kusanaigi and her security agency squad members on their search for a malicious hacker named the Puppet Master.”  [The Verge]

Reading Rainbow is to kids what Mark Zuckerberg’s book club is to Facebook fiends. The social media disruptor set a New Years’ resolution to read more books and is bringing his 30 million followers along for the ride. Zuckerberg created a new Facebook community called “A Year of Books” in which the goal is to read a new book every other week and discuss it in comment threads on the page. Here’s to hoping this is one resolution that doesn’t fail. [Vulture]

Is a Jackson heir the next Biebs collaborator? According to an anonymous source (of course!), Prince Jackson and Justin Bieber have hit the studio together to work on a “major recording album.” We won’t hold our breath. [Page Six]

Awards season is near, and with it, another accolade to keep track of: the Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. Here’s the official list of nominees with American SniperThe Grand Budapest Hotel, and (Oscars shoo-in) Birdman vying for a January 31 win. [Variety]

Sports fans and media minds alike are mourning the death of ESPN mainstay Stuart Scott after a lengthy fight with cancer, one he assured fans that, even in death, he would not lose. Here’s a look back at his powerful acceptance speech for the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at last year’s ESPYs and what it really means to be as cool as the other side of the pillow. [YouTube]

14 Celebrity Ladies Who Had the Best Year Ever 

By  December 31, 2014

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It’s a fact of life: some years are just better than others. But if you’re one of the famous faces on this list, 2014 in particular is going to be one for the books. Whether they were skyrocketed into stardom, expanded their resume, racked in the cash, or achieved a significantly greater level of status, these fourteen women all have a particular reason to regard 2014 as a mighty good one.