It looks like Taylor Swift is getting an encore performance at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London—but she won’t be the only singer to strut her stuff on stage. Victoria’s Secret shared via Instagram that Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier will all be joining her. So, we know what the Fantasy Bras look like and who’s wearing them, we’ve gotten the lineup of models, and we finally know what to expect in the way of musical appearances—the only things left to our imagination are the glittery skimpy outfits they’ll all be sporting. Oh, and whether Grande will give up her high ponytail for some more VS-worthy bombshell waves. Tune in on December 9 to see if Tay Tay can top her performance from last year.
Star Scoop: Interstellar is Out of This World, Nicki Minaj Sleeps in a Bed of Lies, Silver Linings Cast Reunites!
Interstellar’s global box office is out. Of. This. World. The Christopher Nolan odyssey has earned $300 million worldwide, just three weeks after it arrived in theaters, thanks in large part to its Chinese opening. Alright, alright, alright! [Variety]
Remember that song Nicki Minaj teased at the MTV Europe Music Awards with Skylar Grey? Well, it’s here in full form. In “Bed of Lies,” she’s a lover scorned, calling out her ex for his infidelity and selfishness. She does so with “Balenciagas on [her] boots,” so something tells us she’ll walk away just fine. [Vulture]
Reunited and it feels so good! Robert De Niro confirmed that he will team back up with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell for Joy, a biopic about Miracle Mop creator and entrepreneur Joy Mangano. If Russell has it his way, he’ll be able woo Jennifer Lawrence in the titular role and have Bradley Cooper grace the project, too. [The Hollywood Reporter]
As far as the 2015 Academy Awards race is concerned, Steve Carell is in the lead. His performance as eccentric millionaire John du Pont in Foxcatcher has earned him the Outstanding Performer of the Year accolade at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The organization released a statement praising Carell for his “complete embodiment of the reclusive millionaire… a testament to his versatility as a comedic and dramatic actor.” Is Oscar next?! [L.A. Times]
There are three things we learned about Amy Adams from her “73 Questions With…” feature on Vogue. 1. Her favorite television show is Girls. 2. Her daughter is the answer to anything involving love, joy, and pride. 3. Though she has an affinity for classical music, she wouldn’t mind strutting her stuff to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” That almost makes up for the fact that she pinches a cute kid’s cheeks after coughing, repeatedly, at the end of the clip. Almost. [Huffington Post]
Let’s face it: as reliable as Uber is, it doesn’t always pass the test in terms of in-ride entertainment. A new partnership with Spotify is looking to change that. The two companies have joined forces to let Uber riders stream their own Spotify playlists en route. According to Mashable, “once an Uber driver arrives, their passenger’s Spotify playlist will already be playing in the car.” Can you say #win? [Mashable]
Move over Marnie. Allison Williams is saving her pipes for Peter Pan.
December 4 is approaching swiftly, and with it, NBC’s latest efforts to push Peter Pan Live!. The Peacock dropped a new promo for its sophomore, televised musical event Sunday. Williams shines “as the boy who never grew up,” while Christopher Walken makes his Captain Hook debut as “the greatest villain of all time.”
This is the first clip to feature Williams’ singing skills, which she’ll put to good use when the show airs live in a few weeks. If NBC’s first televised musical event Sound of Music Live! is any indication, Peter Pan Live! could draw in 18.62 million viewers and become one of the network’s most-viewed projects of all time. No pressure, Marnie.
Lorde blasted Kim Kardashian for being a mom after her Paper Magazine cover emerged. But she didn’t mean it in the Naya Rivera sort of way—she said it as an endearing term of “humour/worship.” Apparently, in Tumblr-talk, “among the youthz [sic] is a compliment; it basically jokingly means ‘adopt me/be my second mom/I think of you as a mother figure you are so epic.’” Yeah. [Vulture]
Honesty hour: we really didn’t see it for Jamie Dornan as Fifty. Until last night. An extended trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey premiered during ABC’s Shondaland block last night, and boy, was it steamy. As for these new movie posters? Icing on Christian Grey’s cake. [GlamBuzz]
It took long enough for Azealia Banks’ Broke with Expensive Taste to drop—with two years of delays to boot. Now that her anticipated LP has finally landed, it’s making waves on the charts. It debuted at number two on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums ranking. Albeit with only 11,000 units sold… but still. [Billboard]
Sad news from MTV. The Challenge alum Diem Brown lost her battle with cancer today; she was 32 years old. She first debuted on the network in 2006’s Fresh Meat, where she opened up about her battle with ovarian cancer. Of all her memorable on-air moments, the network summed up her time best. “Diem was a true fighter and brought passion to everything she touched.” [MTV]
Paramore has been around since 2004, but it wasn’t until lead vocalist Hayley Williams lent her pipes to B.o.B’s “Airplanes” in 2010 that the group catapulted to mainstream success. Still, the group has managed to release four studio albums, all of which have surpassed the gold or platinum RIAA rating, thanks in large part to Williams’ vivacious voice and unique appeal. At this year’s Billboard Women in Music Awards, she’s getting recognized for just that.
Williams will join Ariana Grande, Idina Menzel, and Taylor Swift as honorees at the December 12 ceremony. She will receive the event’s first-ever Trailblazer Award for breaking convention and attaining success without following the norm.
“Trailblazers like Hayley are exciting to follow because they are risk takers, and we are pleased to honor her creativity and success this year,” said Janice Min, an executive at Guggenheim Media which heads Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve watched her progress and climb the charts as a soloist and lead singer for several years, and we look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.”
Williams thanked the glossy for her impending honor, but it seems like a trophy isn’t all that she’s looking forward to at its ninth-annual extravaganza.
“I can remember a time when I would’ve been made fun of for doing things differently. Now I’m getting an award for it? This is too much. I’m so excited!” she said. “There are women in this industry who totally bulldozed walls down for the likes of me to come along and do what I believe in. I want to be that for even one girl in the future. I can’t wait for the event next month and to high-five some of my sisters in music.”
When we first saw Kelly Osbourne on the small screen, she was a rebellious terror of a teen who raised havoc with brother Jack on MTV’s The Osbournes. Now that she’s a designer, television personality, and all grown up, we’ll see how much zaniness ensues when her clan returns to reality TV.
VH1 is reviving its sister network’s show almost a decade after it went off air. When The Osbournes debuted in 2002, it was MTV’s most-watched series up until that point; it even went on to win an Emmy that same year. Though its initial run only lasted four seasons, the clan—sans the Osbourne’s eldest daughter Aimee—should have no trouble readjusting to primetime.
Not only did they lend their charm to Cuppa Coffee Studios’ animated series The F’n Osbournes, but Sharon Osbourne has since hosted The Talk on CBS, Kelly’s become a permanent fixture on E!’s Fashion Police, and Jack has had cameos on National Geographic’s Alpha Dogs, ITV2’s Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkieand BBC’s Saving Planet Earth, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter.
VH1—get those censors ready.
How’s this for a Scandal? On Thursday night during the series’ latest episode, viewers got an extra dose of sexy in the form of the second Fifty Shades of Grey trailer. The verdict? There must only be a handful of PG-13 scenes in the entire movie, because we’re pretty sure we saw most of these clips in trailer number one. Still, it’s really hot.
Additionally, trailer number two is set to a steamy version of Beyoncé’s “Haunted,” and, frankly, that’s enough of a difference for us. Plus, we get a little more dialogue in this one, and you definitely get a sense for their, uh, relationship, or something? Simply put, forget about the dropping temperatures outside—we are sweating in here. With Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) making their way onto the big screen on February 14, the prospect of Valentine’s Day just got a whole lot better.
Yep, we definitely see you, too, Mr. Grey.
Star Scoop: Wonder Woman Says Ladies First, Shailene Woodley Goes Independent, Can Jennifer Anitson Win an Oscar?
Warner Bros. is calling ladies, first. Rumor has it that Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead director Michelle MacLaren is in talks to helm the studio’s standalone Wonder Woman film starring Gal Gadot. Who runs the world… you know the rest. [Vulture]
Insurgent lead Shailene Woodley is one of those rare Hollywood stars who can traverse studio-backed films and indie flicks with ease. It seems, though, that the latter is a clear favorite. “For the most part, they feel like the basic art of cinema is being honored,” she told Variety. “On indies, if one person from the team went missing, the entire project would fall apart. No one is there to make money, or to receive accolades in the form of glamour and glitz. I also love that everyone is treated as like an equal. Everyone is just as vital to the eventual outcome — whether you are a producer, a caterer, an actor, a gaffer or a teamster.” [Variety]
Could this be Jennifer Aniston’s Oscar-winning role? See the romcom favorite like never before in this sneak peak of Cake. The film, which received plenty of praise at the Toronto International Film Festival, finds Aniston playing a woman suffering from chronic pain. As for her transformation, it gives Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos, circa 2003 a run for her money… and we all know how well that fared during awards season. [Vanity Fair]
There’s no denying that Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell Him” is a certified club hit. So we were a little skeptical to hear that Lorde chose it as her latest cover. The Grammy-winner infused the song with her signature haunting, indie pop sound, and—dare we say—made it almost as good as this T. Swift x Kendrick Lamar mashup. Almost. [YouTube]
Sorry, Iron Man. You’re not the only billion-dollar man in town. According to a new report from The Licensing Letter, Marvel beats comics competitor DC Comics in the global licensed products game, and has the rights to the best-selling superhero in the world: Spider-Man. [The Hollywood Reporter]
If this whole music thing doesn’t work out for Top Dawg Entertainment’s leading lady SZA, she could always lean on a good floor routine. The Jill Scott collaborator flexed her gymnastics skills in a cute behind-the-scenes clip for Interview magazine. We foresee 10’s across the board. [Interview Magazine]
You can’t escape Taylor Swift. From the top of the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts, to Thanksgiving dinner, and radio airways in between, the purveyor of 1989 pop is everywhere. So why not get up close and personal with music’s shining star?!
Swift is taking over newsstands this week, not just on the fashion front with (eyebrows on the cover of) Wonderland, but also on the business and news scene with Businessweek and TIME. The country crooner-turned-pop princess dropped the only album to go platinum in 2014; in fact, her latest LP sold nearly 1.3 million copies in its first week—more than enough ammo to prove she doesn’t need Spotify. So it’s no wonder two glossies on the hard news circuit are deeming her a power player like we haven’t seen before.
While Businessweek didn’t speak to Swift for its feature, TIME explored plenty with the star, from her influence over young girls to her impending tour. Check out some of the highlights below.
On why she left Spotify:
“Well, they can still listen to my music if they get it on iTunes. I’m always up for trying something. And I tried it and I didn’t like the way it felt. I think there should be an inherent value placed on art. I didn’t see that happening, perception-wise, when I put my music on Spotify. Everybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things. They keep running towards streaming, which is, for the most part, what has been shrinking the numbers of paid album sales.”
On the risks she took with 1989:
“When I put forth an album cover that didn’t have half my face on it, and tried to convince my label that this was the best way to sell an album, you know, I got some kind of interesting side-glance looks. But I knew that this was the best cover to represent this record, because I wanted there to be an air of mystery. I didn’t want people to know the emotional DNA of this album. I didn’t want them to see a smiling picture on the cover and think this was a happy album, or see a sad-looking facial expression and think, oh, this is another breakup record. When I wanted to call the album 1989, people on the team questioned that. Every single element of this album has been called into question, and I’ve had to say ‘No, this is how we’re doing it.’ And the fact that we came out and did the kind of numbers we did in the first week—you have no idea how relieved I was, because it was all on me if this didn’t work.”
On how songwriting keeps her grounded:
“I see a lot of celebrities build up these emotional walls around themselves, where they let no one in, and that’s what makes them feel very lonely at the top. I just keep writing songs. And I kind of stay open to feeling humiliated and rejected, because before being a quote-unquote celebrity, I’m a songwriter. Being a celebrity means you lock your doors and close your windows and don’t let people in. Being a songwriter means you’re very attuned to your own intuition and your own feelings even if they hurt.”
On her surprising role models:
“I do have female role models in the sense of actresses like Mariska Hargitay. I think she has a beautiful life, and an incredible career, and I think she’s built that for herself. She’s one of the highest paid actresses—actors in general, women or men—on television, and she’s been playing this very strong female character for, what, 15 years now, something like that. And Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. I really love her business, and how she sticks to who she is, and how people relate to it. In other industries, I have female role models.”
On growing up as a woman in music:
“I just struggle to find a woman in music who hasn’t been completely picked apart by the media, or scrutinized and criticized for aging, or criticized for fighting aging—it just seems to be much more difficult to be a woman in music and to grow older. I just really hope that I will choose to do it as gracefully as possible.”
On being a role model herself:
“I’ve struggled with a lot of things, but the idea that you’re living your life and it’s impacting other people, some of whom are very young, some of whom are in their most impressionable times and they’re discovering the music that tells them how they are going to live their lives and how they should feel and how it’s acceptable to feel, I think that that’s kind of exciting.”
On the 1989 tour:
“If you look at the makeup of my previous music, as far as production elements go, there are a lot of live drums, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and live bass. And if you look at the landscape of 1989, it’s mostly synths and automated drums and these kind of big epic synth pad sounds, and key bass, and layered vocals. I have a very big band, there are, what, 14 of us, so what you’re going to end up with is more of a live feel in that it’s going to be filled in and more dramatic with more layers to it, but never to the point where it’s going to feel noisy or overcrowded. The music on this tour is going to live a little bit in that world, and thank God, my fans really seem to like that world.”
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.
Don’t be alarmed when Paula Patton comes armed and ready to kick some… After Jumping the Broom in 2011 and busting 2 Guns in 2013, Patton will take on the role of Garona in 2016’s highly-anticipated Warcraft. According to movie notes, she’s “a strong-willed survivor who is caught between the Alliance and the Horde and must decide where her true loyalty lies.” Something her soon-to-be ex-husband Robin Thicke couldn’t seem to master.
Now, more from the Casting Room:
The Accountant | Anna Kendrick joining Ben Affleck
Animal Crackers | Sylvester Stallone and Ian McKellen
Central Intelligence | Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart
Downsizing | Matt Damon
Elvis & Nixon | Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey
Free State of Jones | Matthew McConaughey
The Hateful Eight | Channing Tatum joining Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell
Joy | Jennifer Lawrence in talks to join Robert de Niro and Bradley Cooper
Mechanic: Resurrection | Jason Statham
The Six Billion Dollar Man | Mark Wahlberg
Suicide Squad | Margot Robbie with Jared Leto in talks
Unlocked | John Malkovich
Warcraft | Paula Patton
Bates Motel | Joshua Leonard | A&E
Community | Paget Brewster and Keith David | Yahoo! Screen
Criminal Minds | Ben Savage | CBS
Gigi’s Bucket List | David Krumholtz | IFC
The Good Wife | Chris Elliott | CBS
Marvel’s Agent Carter | Costa Ronin and Bridget Regan | ABC
NCIS | Jeri Ryan | CBS
New Girl | Zoe Lister-Jones and Barry Bostwick| Fox
The Night Shift | Merle Dandridge | NBC
Peter Pan Live! | Minnie Driver | NBC
Sirens | Wayne Knight | USA
Zoo | James Wolk | CBS