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Star Scoop: Happy Birthday Britney Spears, Kanye is Hitting the Road, Gwen Stefani’s Emoji Explosion

By  December 02, 2014

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Oops, she did it again. It’s Britney Spears33rd birthday, and we’re paying homage by watching these 33 Spears videos on repeat. Consider your life received. [Vevo]

Mr. West is on the road again. Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation is hosting an online auction, and up for grabs is a package called the “Kanye West Tour Experience,” which promises a VIP front-row seat, meet-and-greet, and an exclusive pair of Yeezy sneakers to wear during his upcoming 2015 tour. We take it this means that part two of Yeezus is indeed on the way. [Spin]

Gwen StefaniPharrell, and an emoji explosion. What more could you ask for?! The Voice duo teamed for Stefani’s new music video, “Spark the Fire.” The clip takes after the colorful, playful vibe of “Baby Don’t Lie” and doubles as a sign of our smiley-obsessed, truncated text times. Hollaback, girl. [Billboard]

Tilda Swinton walked away with a Film Tribute Award at Monday night’s Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony; but it was the introductory speech from Amy Schumer that earned a huge round of applause. Schumer welcomed Swinton to the stage, describing her as an egoless angel, one of the greatest actors of our time, and simply, everything. Ditto. [Vulture]

A Kickstarter campaign and $1.4 million later, and Spike Lee is ready to grace silver screens with his “newest, hottest” joint. The trailer for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus has arrived, a remake of 1973 blaxploitation film Ganga & Hess, about “a a high-class academic whose brush with a magical dagger leaves him with an insatiable thirst for blood.” [Vulture]

Listen: Frank Ocean Muses about an Imaginary Lover on ‘Memrise’

By  December 01, 2014

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - ArrivalsDear Frank Ocean, we’ve been thinkin bout you—ever since you all-but disappeared following the Grammy Award-winning success of channel ORANGE. Two years have passed, and though we heard your familiar baritone on “Oceans” with Jay Z, “New Slaves” with Kanye West, and “Superpower” with Beyoncé, you left us longing for new music. Finally, you’ve answered our call.

In between shifts at the “Pyramid,” Ocean released a 1-minute, 57-second track entitled “Memrise.” The rough cut muses about an imaginary lover who 1) isn’t dipped in gold, 2) isn’t plastic, and 3) is so thick, so thick. No word on whether the could-be interlude will appear on Ocean’s sophomore album, but until that comes, this will have to do. Brood on.

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The Force Awakens: See the First Trailer for Star Wars VII

By  December 01, 2014

We’re still one year out from the release of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. If the insurmountable anticipation weren’t already enough, a trailer for the J.J. Abrams-helmed film has arrived.

Episode VII’s space opera will pick up thirty years after Darth Vader was (seemingly) destroyed in Return of the Jedi. The first person we see in the film’s 88-second teaser is newcomer John Boyega, who appears to have a prominent stormtrooper role. Though they don’t appear in the trailer, Lupita Nyong’oAdam Driver, and Gwendoline Christie will also have a hand at the epic, joining Star Wars alum Harrison FordCarrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.

Abrams and company have lent no plot points, and a majority of the bold-faced names associated with the cast are playing unspecified characters. All we know, from this sneak peek, is that “there has been an awakening.” Lightsabers, orchestral cues, stormtroopers, and all. Surely, we’ll get more insight before its December 18, 2015 bow. Until then, may the force be with you.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Are Back With A Golden Globes Promo

By  December 01, 2014

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are back for their third (and final) stint as hosts of the Golden Globe Awards. In a 35-second promo video, the funny ladies dish on what they’re planning on wearing for the big night. They’ll likely showcase a few looks throughout the evening, but the ones they share in this clip sound utterly priceless. Suffice it to say, we cannot wait for January 11.

This is How Beyonce, Miley, Chrissy and More Spent Thanksgiving 2014

By  December 01, 2014

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Celebrities: they stuff their faces, deal with dirty post-Thanksgiving dinner dishes, and give thanks, just like us. Turkey Day 2014 was no exception, with the likes of Beyoncé sharing hand-written notes to her Beyhive, Chrissy Teigen going crazy in the kitchen, and baby North West showcasing her incomparable toddler style at the Kardashian clan’s get-together. Click through to grab a seat at your favorite celeb’s Thanksgiving Day table… don’t forget to bring the cider!

Star Scoop: Michael Fassbender May Land a Job(s), Cara Delevingne Goes for a Swim, HBO will Air Kurt Cobain Doc

By  November 26, 2014

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Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic isn’t lost after all. Days after Sony dropped the anticipated project, based on Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography Steve Jobs, Universal has scooped it up for a reported $30 million. The studio has given it, and director Danny Boyle, the green light and will likely push for Michael Fassbender to star. [The Hollywood Reporter]

See Cara Delevingne like never before. The model-turned-actress is getting some camera time in Pan, the Warner Bros. Pictures fantasy about the origin of Peter Pan. Though she seemingly has few lines—she plays a mermaid after all—she’s serving plenty face and giving leads like Rooney MaraHugh Jackman, and Amanda Seyfried a run for their money. [ELLE]

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, has been eight years in the making. Early next year, we’ll finally be able to see it. HBO will air the film—executive produced by Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain—in 2015 with hopes of offering an unprecedented look into the Nirvana front man’s life. “I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media,” said helmer Brett Morgen. Smells like… amazing. [HBO]

Carlton, ahem, Alfonso Ribeiro has won of Dancing with the Stars. It’s, frankly, no surprise that the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star beat out designer Betsey Johnson, athlete Lolo Jones, and YouTube sensation Bethany Mota. We’re more flabbergasted that the dancing competition has lasted for 19 seasons. [Vulture]

Dracula’s dad is coming home. Mel Brooks has been tapped to voice the Vlad to Adam Sandler’s Dracula in Hotel Transylvania 2. Brooks said the September 25, 2015 release will peg his archaic character as “a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.” [Variety]

7 Celebrity Thanksgivings We Wish We Could Have Been A Part Of

By  November 26, 2014

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If these star-studded Thanksgiving feasts from last year are any indication of what the ones taking place tomorrow will look like, then count us in! 2013′s top two households? Maria Menounos and the Hough siblings take the win as they spent the day challenging the other party to Turkey-day dance-offs via Instagram. From the Cannon’s to the Cyrus’s (minus Miss Miley), here are all the celebrity celebrations we wish we could have crashed.

Star Scoop: Rachel McAdams Goes Undercover, Nicole Kidman’s Big (Little) Lie, Andre 3000 Heads to Art Basel

By  November 25, 2014

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It’s official: Rachel McAdams is headed to True Detective 2. Almost a month after we first reported the news, HBO finally owned up to the casting call via Twitter. [ELLE]

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are ready to spin a web of Big Little Lies. The pair are developing a limited series based on the best-selling book of the same name about “three mothers of kindergartners whose lives unravel to the point of murder.” Juicy! [Variety]

André 3000: coming to an Art Basel exhibit near you. The elusive artist is getting the retrospective treatment thanks to the Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD will debut “i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin” during the annual South Beach art party next week, spotlighting the 47 jumpsuits he wore during OutKast’s reunion tour this past summer. Cue deep discussions on his custom wears and their accompanying musings: “art or fart,” “everything is temporary,” and a personal favorite, “thinking deeply about shallow sh_t.” [New York Magazine]

Speaking of Art Basel, producer-turned-art collector (and Alicia Keys’ hubby) Swizz Beatz is headed to Miami to profess his love of the finer things. He’s curated work from emerging designers to show at SCOPE Miami next week… and to think, it all started 20 years ago with a dance group, graffiti, and a little Loco. [Vulture]

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson will finally see his name written in stone. The Hobbit helmer will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 8, thanks “groundbreaking” work that has become “part of the legacy of larger-than-life, Hollywood-style entertainment.”  [The Hollywood Reporter]

Have Yourself an Ariana Grande Christmas

By  November 25, 2014

All we want for Christmas is… Ariana Grande.

The “Problem” powerhouse is here to help deck your halls with a new holiday tune, “Santa Tell Me.” Grande first performed the song at A Very Grammy Christmas on November 18, before releasing it on iTunes after her 2014 American Music Awards performance Sunday night. Listen below as she pleads with Old Saint Nick to gift her a good guy under the mistletoe:

The seasonal song is a follow-up to Grande’s first Christmas disc, Christmas Kisses, released last December. She’s already shot a video for “Santa Tell Me,” so all that’s left to determine is whether her real-life beau, Big Sean, will make a cameo.

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Star Scoop: Rita Ora Talks Mr. Grey, Kanye’s New Collab, Drake is Going Down... Under

By  November 24, 2014

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Are you the one person in the world who’s still deciding whether to see Fifty Shades of Grey? Let Rita Ora persuade you. The Roc Nation singer landed a role as Jamie Dornan’s on-screen sister and says you don’t want to be the one who misses out. “Fifty Shades is going to make a lot of waves, I’ll tell you that much,” she told OK! Magazine. “It’s going to be awesome.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

New music from Kanye West may come in an unlikely form. He’s rumored to be collaborating with Grammy-nominated newcomer James Blake. “In terms of the actual collaboration for this record, it looks like we should be able to get something done,” Blake told Miami New Times. “I know that there’s a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.” [Miami New Times]

Drake is going down under. Before your mind hits the gutter, the self-proclaimed “6 God” just announced his first headlining tour in Australia and New Zealand. He’ll be joined by 2 Chainz on an Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne run before heading to Perth and Brisbane next March. [Billboard]

After dancing around in her undies for the camera phone-shot video to “7/11,” Beyoncé is letting fans listen to the platinum edition of her eponymous fifth album on Spotify. It’s something like a big deal considering the December 2013 version of her disc never appeared in full form on the streaming service. I know you care. [Vulture]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 came and conquered. As predicted, the Jennifer Lawrence starrer had the biggest weekend box office open of the year, netting $123 million. For comparison, the first Hunger Games film earned $152.5 million during its first weekend, while its Catching Fire installment opened with $158.1 million. Either way, Katniss still wins. [Variety]

First comes the food coma, then “the force awakens.” The first trailer for Star Wars VII will premiere at nine Regal Theaters on Friday, spanning cities from San Diego to NYC. [Vulture]