From her style to her strands to her life with hubby Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively inspires all kinds of envy. Well if you’re subscribed to her lifestyle site, Preserve, you may have turned a little green with FOMO over the weekend as the actress shared photos from a recent baby shower. Is it her baby shower? Is it a friend’s? We may not know for sure, but with tie-dyed onesies, fresh fall fare, decadent desserts, and plenty of presents to share, we do know that it’s one shower everyone’s adding to her their Pinterest boards.
Say hello to the “Sexiest Woman Alive” in 2014, according to Esquire: Penelope Cruz. The 40-year-old actress, who appears on the magazine’s November cover, says that she doesn’t feel like the sexiest woman alive, but rather a “mother who doesn’t get sleep.” Certainly, she’s much more than that.
Cruz, who is married to Javier Bardem and has two young children, is an Academy Award-winning actress and, of course, a true beauty. For confirmation, click the slideshow to see the whole Esquire photoshoot.
Lena Dunham is looking back a few centuries for her latest project.
Just after proving she’s Not That Kind of Girl, the mind behind Girls is set to adapt Karen Cushman’s 1994 YA novel Catherine, Called Birdy, she revealed during the New Yorker Festival on Friday. The story centers on the 13-year-old daughter of a baron in 1290 England as she avoids the pursuits of various suitors her father sees fit for her to marry.
Dunham’s A Casual Romance production company will bring the story to the big screen, though she did joke it might be tough for the PG-13 flick to find funding. Dunham told the audience that she has loved the book since childhood and fangirled about working on the tome’s historical viewpoint of women.
While some may see a Sofia Coppola/Marie Antoinette take on the tale in near future, we have a feeling it might be a special blend of (young) Girls with a pinch of My So-Called Life for good measure. Regardless, we know an amazing soundtrack is sure to accompany it!
Another year of incredible music has come and gone, and the American Music Awards is just around the corner. In what will be a celebration of 2014′s most mind-blowing albums (echem, Beyoncé) and jaw-dropping performances, this year’s award show is sure to be a can’t-miss. Iggy Azalea dominated with six nominations, but time will tell how she’ll fare against some of the biggest names in music. Airing on November 23 on ABC at 8 p.m., the AMAs are based only on fan votes–so take note of the below nominees to make sure your favorites end up on top.
Artist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
5 Seconds of Summer
Single of the Year
Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX “Fancy”
John Legend “All of Me”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams “Happy”
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
Lorde “Pure Herone”
One Direction “Midnight Memories”
Katy Perry “Prism”
Favorite Male Artist – Country
Favorite Female Artist – Country
Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Album – Country
Garth Brooks “Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influence”
Eric Church “The Outsiders”
Brantley Gilbert “Just As I Am”
Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea “The New Classic
Drake “Nothing Was The Same”
Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
Mary J. Blige
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
John Legend “Love in the Future”
Pharrell Williams “G I R L”
Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Favorite Artist – Latin
Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music
The Fault In Our Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1
With two babies on board, Zoe Saldana isn’t slowing down. She just wrapped filming for Nina Simone’s anticipated biopic and has been tapped to star in Avatar’s upcoming sequels (three are filming simultaneously). We’ll see her next on the cover of Elle’s Women in Hollywood issue, where she dishes on the backlash she received from being cast as Simone and what “making it” in Tinseltown really means. [L.A. Times]
Rihanna, we’re really happy for you, but Léa Seydoux may be the best Bond Girl yet. Weeks after Riri was reported to join 007’s saga, Seydoux has been confirmed to team with Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris for its 24th installment. [ELLE]
How does Keke Palmer manage to dazzle as Cinderella on Broadway eight times a week? She’s a kid at heart. “Children have much easier access to their emotions,” she told Vanity Fair in its November 2014 issue. “I think that most of that—my natural child-like instincts—I have kept alive.”[The YBF]
Hollywood remembers comedienne Jan Hooks, whose tenure on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1991 included some of her best comedic work. While recovering from news of her October 9 death, revisit some of her funniest bits. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Malala Yousafzai nearly lost her life campaigning for girls’ education in her native Pakistan in 2012; today, at age 17, her sacrifice and activism have made her the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. [The Daily Beast]
ABC is winning the fall TV premiere circuit. It’s picked up both How to Get Away With Murder and Black-ish for full seasons; they’re currently ranked as the top two series debuts of the season. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Misty Copeland admits she was an unlikely ballet dancer when she first hit the barre, but she never let any of it get in her way of making it to the world’s biggest stage as the first African-American soloist for the American Ballet Theatre in two decades. The ballerina shared her story with Self’s Editor-in-Chief Joyce Chang in celebration of the glossy’s Best Bodies issue Thursday night. After a Q&A with the editor, she took some time to talk Glam about her ballet buys and how to score her Old Hollywood aesthetic.
On her journey to the stage:
“My path from childhood until the time I started dancing was definitely not the path of a classic ballerina, not someone who’d make it to one of the top companies in the world. Being one of six children, struggling with a single parent, being biracial, and starting ballet at the age of 13–which is far too late to really succeed in a professional atmosphere. For me to have four years of training before being accepted to the American Ballet was extremely unlikely.
And then, my body completely changed when I was going through puberty at the age of 19 once I was already a professional. I had muscles and breasts and booty, and none of that is what a ballerina should be or that’s what we’ve been told. And being African American and being 5’2″, all of those things are unlikely, but I was born to be a ballerina and to share my experiences and my story. So I want this to be the new standard.
I had never heard classical music before, I’d never done any kind of structured training or sports or anything, and from the moment I heard classical music, I could feel it. I understood; my body just did everything, And then I fell in love with it, and then I got onstage, and on top of having all of those attributes, I was a performer naturally, so it all just came together.
At 13 I didn’t really have anything else going on, but when I was given this ultimatum of you either choose ballet and commit your life to it and become a professional or you don’t and you go on with living your life as you did before, it was like, ‘I’m in, I’ll give my everything.’ And I don’t think I really understood what that meant, and I was OK with it once it started happening. So I just take it one day at a time and make sure that I enjoy every step along the way, and that’s what I’m learning now. I haven’t lost that love.”
On her pre-performance rituals:
“I don’t really have any pre-performance rituals. I don’t warm up, which is kind of weird, but we rehearse up until two hours before the show, so my body stays pretty warm. I love hip-hop music, so I usually have my Beats on, and I listen to Drake in my tutu.… [Also] James Blake, love him; Mariah Carey, since I grew up with her; Amel Larrieux I love. And then old school: I love Anita Baker, Chicago–I grew up with the group since it’s what my mom listened to. [Laughs] So music is something I have to have to get into my body before I go onstage.
But I do have an after-performance ritual, and it’s walking home from the Metropolitan Opera House and decompressing and having some Prosecco. That’s it.”
On her ballet bag must-haves:
“It’s hard for someone who doesn’t know ballet, but Jet Glue. It’s something that we put in our toe shoes to keep them hard; I think it was made for model airplanes. Plus, nuts and legwarmers. “
On her off-stage style:
“I love Nicole Richie. She’s got such a petite frame, and she just knows how to dress it. She’s funky and she’s original, and she’s unique, but it’s always just done in the right way. It just looks so good on her. She’s definitely someone I look to, because we’re similar. And I just love her fashion sense; it’s humorous and elegant. But then I love super-old-school Hollywood; I love Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and, of course, Marilyn. But I love that old Hollywood–the incredible shoulder pads and the structured, almost masculine look.
I love Balmain, like I’m wearing now. I love Lanvin, but then I love DVF. I’m just pretty open to everything: J. Brand, Joie. I love clothes, and I love my shoes. These are my new faves, my Diors; they’re my walking/travel shoes. Everyone’s like, ‘What? Why would you wear those on a plane?’ But they’re so comfortable, and I need to be in a heel.”
Get ready for fireworks on the Super Bowl XLIX stage.
Katy Perry will perform during the 49th annual NFL showdown on February 1, 2015, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Her confirmation comes months after the NFL sought to “tap into the pockets of half-time performers whose own income hikes after game time shows” and, ironically, days after she told ESPN’s College GameDay that she’s “not the type of girl that would pay to play the Super Bowl.”
However, an “insider” told Page Six that a private negotiation between Perry and the pigskin powers-that-be has been “hammered out.” Pay or not, Perry’s star power will draw high numbers. Beyoncé’s 2013 performance brought in 110.8 million viewers, a stat that has been trumped only by Bruno Mars when he earned 115.3 million fans earlier this year.
Perry reportedly beat out Coldplay and Rihanna for the coveted set. Rihanna was a front-runner until her NFL recording of “Run This Town” was yanked from CBS Sports following the league’s Ray Rice domestic-abuse scandal; she was at the center of her own infamous domestic violence case in 2009 at the hands of her then-beau Chris Brown and has publicly denounced CBS for “penalizing” her. Ri: 1. NFL: 0.
Either way, we’re excited to Perry perform…and hopefully she’ll bring Juicy J along, too.
One radio station’s downfall is a Beyoncé fan’s treasure. Her native Houston News 92 FM radio station is shutting down and being revived with tunes solely from the Queen. “In looking to make a transition, we go back to what we know,” said Radio One representative Yashima Azilove. “We know urban radio. We’re in Houston, the combination seemed like a winning one.” [Billboard]
Catherine Zeta-Jones has gone gangster. She’s been cast as infamous drug lord Griselda Blanco in Eva Sørhaug’s The Godmother. Blanco was a notorious member of the Medellin Cartel in 1970s and 1980s Miami, whose ruthlessness earned her monikers like La Madrina, the Black Widow, and the Cocaine Godmother. No wonder Jada Pinkett Smith sought her for Gotham inspo. [Deadline]
Just a week-and-a-half after his wedding to Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney cut his honeymoon short for a surprise appearance at Comic-Con… his first in 20 years. The pop-up was in support of his new Disney film, Tomorrowland, which will land in theaters next May. [USA Today]
You know her as Ellen Pompeo’s mom. And James Franco’s. And even Gwyneth Paltrow’s. Emmy-nominated actress Kate Burton’s storied career includes 16 spots as a mom to 16 famous characters, and, with her season 11 return to Grey’s Anatomy as parent to Meredith Grey, she’s recounting instances with her on-screen children. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Bryan Cranston has gone undercover. He’s reuniting with his The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman for The Infiltrator, a drama about “a real-life customs agent who spent five years undercover investigating Colombian drug cartels.” [The A.V. Club]
Something told us this day was coming, but we wanted no parts of it. Now, after seven months of separation, Paula Patton has filed for divorce from
philandering Robin Thicke. We guess that album—which sold less than 27,000 copies—didn’t help Thicke’s case. [CNN]
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will welcome its new class on April 18, 2015, but it’s already made history–before voting even hits full swing.
Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are among 15 prolific acts to be included on this year’s ballot; they are also “the only acts to land on their ballot in their first years of eligibility,” according to Rolling Stone. In order to make the cut, this year’s nominees had to have released their first single or album during or before 1989. Qualifiers also include gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. (where Beats businessman Dr. Dre got his mainstream start), 1960s Motown mainstays The Marvelettes, and Sting.
Click through to see the other acts included on this year’s ballot, and cast your vote (yes, the public gets a say!) here.
THE PARTY: American Express Membership Experience Concert featuring Florida Georgia Line
THE PLACE: Terminal 5
THE FARE: All things southern: fried mashed potato bites, chicken and waffles, mini pulled pork sandwiches, tater tots
THE DEETS: An explosion of flannel took over Terminal 5 last night, accented with cowboy boots and a few straw hats, as Taylor Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line helped prove that NYC loves country music. Over the course of an hour and a half, the pair turned the concert venue into what felt like an intimate barn party, shedding their shirts and throwing them into the audience during the final songs, much to the delight of screaming girls. Thanks to American Express, Glam had a fantastic view of the musical moment, which included not only their greatest hits, but also “Burnin’ It Down” – a song they wrote which was ultimately given to Jason Aldean. Check out the full set list below and change whatever preconceived notions you have about country music with a listen.