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Star Scoop: Frank Ocean is (Almost) Back, Oprah Goes on Tour, Paltrow-Martin ‘Consciously Uncouple’

By  March 26, 2014

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You run our minds, Frank Ocean. So we’re happy to find you back “in the lab” working on your sophomore effort, which will likely nab a Grammy or two. Thanks for sharing, Nabil. [Huffington Post]

Your get a car. You get a car! YOU GET A CAR! Ok, not quite. But what you will get is Oprah Winfrey and friends on an eight-city tour serving “empowerment, resilience, and authenticity” with Iyanla Vanzant and Deepak Chopra realness. And hopefully, complimentary packs of Lady O’s new tea. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband of more than 10 years, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, released a joint statement saying that they would be separating. “We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent,” they wrote on Paltrow’s lifestyle sight. “We will be able to continue in the same manner.” Sad news on the Goop front, yes. But we’re still trying to figure out what “consciously uncouple” means. [CNN]

With only eight episodes for its first season, many assumed HBO’s critically-acclaimed True Detective would enter the Emmys race as a miniseries. Quite the contrary, boys and girls. The Matthew McConaugheyWoody Harrelson starrer will compete as a drama, presumably slating the show to face off against Breaking BadMad Men, and House of Cards. Can we get those nominations going?! [Vulture]

Great news, Wu-Tang Clan fans. The collective is releasing its first album since 2007. The bad news: there will only be one copy of  The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin up for sale. Why you ask? Well, the disc will be contained in a silver and nickel case made by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, that took three months to make. The price tag? A million, or two. Any buyers? [Forbes]

The Kardashians Inspired Maria Menounos to Pursue Reality Television

By  March 26, 2014

While the sartorial set is recovering—or reeling, depending on who you ask—from the initial shock of KimYe’s Vogue coupMaria Menounos is commending the Kardashian clan for inspiring her latest venture: reality TV.

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“It’s definitely scary to decide to say yes, obviously, to a reality show. And I think for us, I kind of resorted to my usual, nerdy qualities, and made a list,” the Suave Professionals ambassador told Glam about her new Oxygen reality series Chasing Maria Menounos. “Some of the bigger pros were really getting to spend more time with my family. I’m friends with the Kardashians. I love watching the fact that they get to be with each other, I think that’s so fun and so nice.”

While the family factor was a major part of her decision—we get to see the antics that ensue between Menounos, her longtime boyfriend Kevin Undergaro, and her parents, who all live together under one roof—the show is also a platform for Maria the multihyphenate. Though she’s most popular for her post at Extra, which she’ll be leaving soon, Menounos is also a WWE fangirl, Dancing with the Stars alum, actress, producer, author, and purveyor of a pretty amazing head of hair. Don’t believe us? Just check out the mane attraction in the video below!


Star Scoop: Pharrell Let it Go, P. Diddy’s Big Re-Do, Shameless is Looking for Laughs

By  March 25, 2014

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Our imaginary boyfriend Pharrell Williams has broken his silence on that not-so-Happy Oscars snub. In his April cover feature for GQ magazine, the G I R L artist charmingly said “Well, trust me: when they read the results, my face was…frozen. But then I thought about it, and I just decided just to…let it go.” Oh, P! [GQ]

It’s the D, the I, the D, the D, the Y, the D, the I, the D. It’s Diddy—er, Puff Daddy. The artist formerly known as Puffy, Diddy, and P. Diddy is renouncing his many monikers in exchange for his original stage name. Sean Combs dropped a 58-second teaser for his new record “Big Homie” assuming his O.G. Bad Boy title to promote the release of his first album since 2010, MMM. [The New York Times]

Shameless is changing its Emmys approach. After putting the show up for contention in drama categories for the last three seasons, it will henceforth and forever more compete as a comedy. If it makes the ballot at this year’s ceremony, it will likely face off against Modern Family, Girls, and Big Bang Theory. [Entertainment Weekly]

Remember that Hercules sneak peak we offered up yesterday? Well, here’s the first official trailer of the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson starrer, with plenty of shirtless moments monster slaying. [Huffington Post]

Attention Netflix users: You’ve got just a few more days to binge watch 24 until it’s dropped from the streaming service for good. Netflix’s rights to the series expire on April 1, almost a month before Fox revives the show in a limited series event, 24: Live Another Day. Of course, there’s always Amazon Prime. [Variety]

Star Scoop: J. Lo Gets GLAAD, AHS Gets Freaky, A New X-Men Trailer is Here

By  March 24, 2014

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GLAAD luhs you J. Lo! The advocacy group will be honoring Jennifer Lopez with a Vanguard Award at its annual Media Awards, primarily for her work as executive producer on ABC Family’s The Fosters. “Jennifer Lopez has not only sent a message of acceptance to LGBT adults and young people, but inspired new support for our community among her many fans around the globe,” said GLAAD executive Sarah Kate Ellis. “Family is about love, and that’s a message Jennifer has shared with millions through her groundbreaking work on The Fosters.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Step right up, boys and girls, and feast your eyes on the freak show, American Horror Story style. Season four of the FX anthology series is underway, with Jessica Lange set to star as “a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.” in 1950s Jupiter, Florida. Kathy BatesSarah PaulsonEvan PetersAngela Bassett, and Frances Conroy, all part of AHS: Coven’s cast, are all on board for show creator Ryan Murphy’s latest wild ride. [Entertainment Weekly]

They’re back! On May 23rd, X-Men: Days of Future Past will land in theaters, and surely atop box office ranks, nationwide. Until then, this new trailer from the Marvel epic finds Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Jackman traveling across time to “change the past” and “save our future.” [Huffington Post]

Last night’s episode of The Good Wife marked the end of an era—the Will and Alicia era. Josh Charles’ exit from the show was manifested in the death of his character Will, a.k.a. Alicia Florrick’s real love. The WTF moment left fans dumbfounded, and the show producers with lots of explaining to do. Which they did, via Facebook. [The Good Wife Facebook]

We’ve seen him rev up his engines in the Fast & Furious series, commit extortion in Pain & Gain, and appear shirtless, time and time again. This summer, we’ll see Dwayne The RockJohnson sans top, but this time, like never before… as Hercules. With the hair to match. [USA Today]

Whether or not you’re interested in Lindsay Lohan’s road to recovery as told through her OWN docuseries, it’s worth a gander, just to hear Oprah Winfrey utter this phrase: “You need to cut the BS.” Bleeps, and all. [Vulture]

Box Offices Beat: Divergent Becomes a Dynamo

By  March 24, 2014

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Shailene Woodley and the other factions of Divergent banded together to keep the Muppets from making it to the number one spot. See how the cast of characters, as well as the weekend’s other debuts, fared:

1. Divergent $56M
2. Muppets Most Wanted $16.5M
3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $11.7M
4. 300: Rise of an Empire $8.7M
5. God’s Not Dead $8.6M
6. Need for Speed $7.8M
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel $6.8M
8. Non-Stop $6.3M
9. The Lego Movie $4.1M
10. Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club $3.1M

Star Scoop: Ryan Gosling Thinks He Can Dance, GOT Headed to a Theater Near You, Lip-Sync with J. Law

By  March 20, 2014

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Hey girl… Ryan Gosling’s next movie could have you dancing in the street. After portraying a conflicted crime lord in Only God Forgives and a circus act-turned-bank robber in The Place Beyond the Pines, Gosling is slated for a lighter role in a biopic about famed musical director and choreographer Busby Berkeley. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Game of Thrones showrunners may have teased that the show will end after seven seasons, but series creator George R.R. Martin seems to think the world of Westeros has more to offer… on the silver screen. “It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Those dragons get real big, you know.” [Huffington Post]

Because it’s Thursday, and it wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Dior’s great dame, here’s a deleted scene from American Hustle, with Jennifer Lawrence lip-syncing to Santana’s “Evil Ways.” All the more reason to buy the Oscar-nominated film on DVD when it’s released March 18th. [Buzzfeed]

Television subscribers are cutting the cord. A report from research firm SNL Kagan states that “for the first time over a full-year period” cable and satellite subscriptions fell. While the 251,000 net loss is minuscule compared to the 110 million households that pay the likes of Comcast and Time Warner Cable each month, SNL Kagan suggests the number will accelerate, especially with millennials opting to view content online. [Variety]

Calling all New York City parents! Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 is the next feature in Landmark Theatres’ “Rattle & Reel” film series where you can bring your baby to the not-suitable-for-babies screening. [Variety]

Need to get Kate Winslet’s attention on the red carpet? Just present her with a sketch of that epic scene from that epic movie. A fan did just that at Tuesday’s Divergent premiere when he handed Winslet a replica of the Rose drawing from 1997’s Titanic. And yes, it made her blush! [ELLE]

Our beauty editor sent an email blast this morning, asking the #GlamFam if we remembered reading The Giver in middle school. Why, you ask? Because after a decade of false starts, a film adaptation of the award-winning novel is finally coming to theaters… with Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and Taylor Swift to boot. [Slate]

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer started on the world wide web… and now they’re here. The pair behind Comedy Central’s new Amy Poehler-backed show Broad City parodied Drake’s “Started From the Bottom,” making sure to pay homage to his labelmate Nicki Minaj and hip-hop producer Missy Elliot in the process. [Vulture]

Star Scoop: Lupita’s Next Leading Role, Sia Swings from the Chandelier, Lady Gaga’s Latest Leak

By  March 17, 2014

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What’s next for Lupita Nyong’oReports say the Oscar winner is headed to outerspace for a role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, while writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—whose TED Talk Beyoncé sampled for “***Flawless”—hinted that Nyong’o will star in the film adaptation of her award-winning book Americanah. [The Washington Post]

We know her for penning powerful songs like Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” but this time around, Sia saved the best of the ballads for herself. The award-winning singer/songwriter released “Chandelier” yesterday, her first solo single in four years, the lead track from her upcoming sixth LP, and unofficial party tune of 2014. She told Ryan Seacrest that it could have easily worked for Rihanna or Katy Perry, but we’re swinging with Sia on this one. [Time]

Lady Gaga, like we haven’t heard her before. An unreleased Haus of Gaga demo surfaced online this weekend, to the beat of a failed love story, set against the backdrop of a few “Brooklyn Nights.” [Huffington Post]

The Tribeca Film Festival is less than a month away, and has lined up a series of conversations to excite film lovers the world over. Bryan CranstonLee DanielsMichael Douglas, and Kevin Spacey have all been confirmed for the festival’s #TribecaTalks with discussions spanning technical film production, screenwriting, and more. [The Hollywood Reporter]

 

Box Office Beat: Mr. Peabody & Sherman Outpace the Competition

By  March 17, 2014

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The classic cartoon about a time traveling duo blazed past Aaron Paul‘s action star debut to land the number one spot. With such a shuffle, check out which flicks made the top ten:

1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $21.2 M
2. 300: Rise of an Empire $19.1M
3. Need for Speed $17.8M
4. Non-Stop $10.6M
5. Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club $8.3M
6. The Lego Movie $7.7M
7. Son of God $5.4M
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel $3.6M
9. Frozen $2.1M
10. Veronica Mars $2M

Screening Room: Jake Gyllenhaal Is His Own Worst ‘Enemy’

By  March 13, 2014

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THE CAST: Jake GyllenhaalMélanie LaurentSarah GadonIsabella Rossellini

THE DIRECTORDenis Villeneuve 

THE DEETS: Let me preface this by saying it was 10:00 a.m. on a gloomy Manhattan morning when the loose adaptation of José Saramago’s The Double unfolded in Villeneuve’s psychosexual Enemy. I wasn’t quite mentally prepared for the surreal saga where sense of time, self, and dimension were warped within a sepia-toned Toronto. And, while the fangirl within me mused that two Gyllenhaal’s would be better than one, as the film ticked forward, I became less sure.

Gyllenhaal’s performance is unsettlingly strong in his post-Prisoners collaboration with Villeneuve. In the opening scene, we see him as a married member of an underground lair where women commit unspeakable erotic acts before a group of men. Shortly thereafter, he’s the insular, detached college professor Adam Bell who, after seeing a film recommended by a colleague, finds something to attach himself to: his doppelgänger, Anthony St. Claire, who just so happens to be the married man (an aspiring actor) we saw not too long before. Or so we think.

Adam becomes increasingly paranoid about Anthony, and after several attempts to make contact—including a phone conversation with Anthony’s pregnant wife Helen (Gadon)—both men agree to meet. Upon their initial encounter, we see that there is, in fact one Adam Bell and one Anthony St. Claire. We process that they are two separate entities, with two separate lives, two separate personalities, and two separate romantic relationships… except they look and sound exactly alike, down to a distinct scar below both of their chests. While the passive Adam regrets his quest of (self?) discovery, the aggressive Anthony sees it as an opportunity to fulfill his deep-seated sexual desires (remember, the invite-only sex club?) and embark on a weekend tryst with Adam’s unknowing girlfriend Mary (Laurent). Thereafter, an already obscure, dreamlike film takes an even darker turn.

There are several instances when we believe Adam or Anthony may be a projection of the original’s complex subconscious. Adam’s mother insists that Adam is her only child and is perplexed when he refuses blueberries, which she claims he loves. Then, we see Anthony, coming home from an evening run and asking his wife Helen why she didn’t pick up blueberries from the grocery store. Earlier on, Helen questions Anthony about an extramarital affair, which brings Mary to mind; is she his mistress? No, we see toward the end of the film, when it becomes clear that Mary doesn’t know Anthony after discovering a wedding band imprint on his ring finger. And we’re right back to thinking Adam and Anthony are not one in the same.

One’s mental tenacity is certainly put to the test for the film’s hour-and-a-half stretch. It’s a film that audiences will have to see more than once to make sense, if any, of its intricate twists and turns. Which, perhaps, is Villeneuve’s goal all along.

Enemy premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and will enter U.S. theaters on March 14th. Rated R. 90 minutes.

Star Scoop: Orange is (Almost) Back, Olsens Down the Aisle, Pretty Woman Heads to Broadway

By  March 13, 2014

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In three months, we’ll be turning off our televisions and logging on to Netflix for more wild adventures with Piper, Alex, and Crazy Eyes. Until then, streaming sensation Orange is the New Black is offering a second-season tease with photos featuring Law & Order’s recurring Lorraine Toussaint and a mock job fair for its inmate ensemble. [Vulture]

Mary-Kate isn’t the only Olsen who’s headed down the aisle. Baby sister Elizabeth Olsen is reportedly engaged to her beau of almost two years, Boyd Holbrook. Love is obviously in the Olsen air… and their water. [New York Magazine]

Pretty Woman is walking down the street; that street is Broadway. The 1990 cult classic starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere is being adapted by its director Garry Marshall and theater producer Paula Wagner for The Great White Way. [Entertainment Weekly]

SXSW’s annual music celebration was met with an untimely tragedy early this morning when a vehicle crashed outside of Austin’s Mohawk nightclub, killing two and injuring more than 20 others. SXSW Festival organizers released a statement, sending condolences and commending first responders “who so quickly sprung into action.” Tyler the Creator, who was scheduled to perform near the scene of the accident, canceled his show while SXSW Music keynote speaker Lady Gaga tweeted “All my love to music lovers and fans, stay safe tonight we love you.” [ET Online]

True Detective solved its season one mystery on Sunday, but fans are still seeking insight on its complex cast of characters. This clip may help. In a deleted scene from the HBO hit, we get a new look at Detective Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), his “philosophies,” and how his unwillingness to have children and “heal” hinders his relationship with Lori. [Variety]

Rozay—what a MastermindRick Ross landed his fifth number one album this week with more than 179,000 albums sold. His latest LP’s debut pushed Pharrell’s G I R L  back to number two, while Lea Michele’s debut disc landed in the top five. [Billboard]