Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays from Madonna!

Does Madonna know it’s Christmas?


Never mind that some of us have been naughty, the Queen is being nice: M has confirmed that her upcoming 13th album will be is titled Rebel Heart with this Instagrammed (and Facebooked) black-and-white pic.

And she wants us to go an pre-order the darn thing, already, just so we can get our hungry hands on six new tracks – including “Living for Love,” the reggae-tinged “Unapologetic Bitch,” and “Bitch Im Madonna,” featuring Nicki Minaj – right on time for the holidays!

Turns out Madonna was hoping to release “Living for Love” as the albums first single on Valentine’s Day next year, but the recent leaks of her music pushed up her timeline.

“I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating,” M said in her announcement. “Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.

L-U-V! Christmas came early this year, and Madonna’s f---ing Santa Claus!

Now, at the risk of sounding greedy: Gimme more! I need a release date for the whole thing...a of a tour!

OK, the album is coming out in full the first week of March – check. More new music is coming in February.

F--- yeah!

Yeah. I am excited.



Update: I cannot get enough of “Devil Pray” and “Ghosttown.

The New Kardashian Patriarch

David Schwimmer, a Kardashian?

Oh, it’s happening.

But no, not because hes like, marrying into America’s favorite family (to love to hate) but because the erstwhile Friend is joining Cuba Gooding Jr. on Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Schwimmer will portray the late Robert Kardashian, whom youll remember was a member of Simpson’s defense team.

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson will air on FX in 2015.


Backstreet’s Doc

This winter, the Backstreet Boys are going to Show ’Em What You’re Made Of.

And I likey.

See, the quintet’s long-awaited documentary is ready to premiere, and it will do just that on Jan. 30, when it hits the iTunes and movie theaters across the nation.

Check out the trailer now:


Nicki Does Roberto


Make some room, Calvin Harris and Madonna – there’s another musical act modeling some high fashion for Spring/Summer 2015.

It’s Nicki Minaj for Roberto Cavalli, yo.

The Pinkprint princess looks good – but where, oh where is her world-famous rump? Looks too tamed-for-the-campaign to me....

That thing has earned its right to the spotlight.


Cam’s Getting Married!

Hollywood’s ultimate single gal, Cameron Diaz, is engaged.

Or so they’re sayin today.

You see, the Annie star reportedly has said yes to her rocker-bf Benji Madden’s proposal (evidently, more and more insiders are saying so). The two started dating earlier this year, after his sister-in-law, Nicole Richie, set them up.

Guess she finally found her lobster.

After all, this is the same (42-year-old) woman who told Marie Claire magazine earlier this fall, that she was not looking for a husband or marriage or not not looking for that stuff. Im living, not thinking what I should or shouldnt be doing with my life.” Funny enough, the engagement rumors already were floating about, especially after she turned up at some Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences luncheon wearing a big sparkler on that finger...).

Go, Cam’ron – it’s your wedding...coming right up!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Look Who’s Headed to the Hamptons

Looks like someone needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the New York City of USA NetworksSuits....

Gina Torres is headed to the Hamptons of TV’s Revenge.

Yes, the stunning actress has landed a recurring role on the ongoing fourth season of the ABC drama. She will be playing a self-made socialite who arrives on the scene dead-set on stirring the pot just a little more for Victoria (Madeline Stowe) and Emily (Emily VanCamp).

Torres will first be seen on Revenge’s first episode back of the new year.




Calvin Harris has got it goin’ on!

The superstar DJ is the new face – and hot (H-O-T, I tell ya!) bod – of Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2015, and, uh...mmm...what was I sayin’?

I mean, look at the behind-the-scenes of the shoot at right.


Btw, Harris also will serve as the new ambassador for Emporio Armani eyewear and watches

Now, since this is all for spring and summer, can Armani just go ahead and put him in a Speedo, por favor?


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas (Baby Please Don’t Go)

Ah, shucks.

So I knew Dave (Letterman) was planning on retiring at the end of this season (his last show is, in fact, scheduled for next May 20).

And I knew that, with Christmas right around the corner, we soon would be seeing Darlene Love on his Late Show, singing – as it’s become a 28-year-old tradition – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” I swear I was just telling someone last week that I was so looking forward to this because it absolutely is one of my most joy-inducing traditions for the holidays.

But, like a doof, I did not connect the dots.

Dave leaving the late-night game means that this, 2014, will be the last year we see Love singing the song. On the telly. At Christmas. On Dave’s show.


Click here to read what she had to say to about all of this...and about her plans not to retire the song just because Dave is retiring himself from his show.

And don’t forget to catch Love on Letterman one last time this Friday. I bet it’s going to be a special one....


Sweet Whale Talker

And speaking of docs....

Know who else is getting his Morgan Freeman on?

Ewan McGregor.

The Mortdecai actor will be tellings us what is up in the upcoming Humpback Whales, a new underwater 3-D doc for IMAX and other giant screens that is coming out on Feb. 13.



Cancelled Interview

Looks like the cyberterrorists have won.

Sony will not be releasing the upcoming comedy The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, as planned, in theaters...this Christmas, anymore.

Unless you have been living under a rock with no Wi-Fi, Sony has been under attack for about a month now, by Guardians of Peace, a group that wants nothing more than to destroy the company. Lots and lots of embarrassing information has made its way to the Internet, as we all know, and popular wisdom has chucked this action to the group not having taken to the subject matter of the comedy.

See, The Interview has the Pineapple Express co-stars playing a producer-and-trash-TV-talking head duo, right. After they land an interview with Kim Jong-un, the CIA recruits them to “take him out.” Meaning to assassinate the North Koren dictator.

Which, because of who these characters are, results in many a ridikolous situation.

Guardians of Peace clearly did not see the funny in the material and, like I said, has made it its mission to club Sony at the knees. They have released documents that shine a light on e-conversations between studio heads not meant for public consumption and info on everything from what pseudonyms actors use to check into hotels to how much they (and other staff) make vis-à-vis one another (GTS).

More alarmingly, they also recently invoked the 9/11 attacks to discourage the showing of The Interview and the patronage of audiences.

Which is why Sony has said uncle.

Crazy, huh?


Update 1: My, my.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, North Korea definitely was behind the Sony hack, which, much to the chagrin of Hollywood power players including Judd Apatow and Aaron Sorkin, led to the studio pulling the movie.

Yes. The Interview is dead. It will not be seeing the light of day on DVD, On Demand, or anything any time soon.

Apatow thinks the move is a disgrace, while Sorkin finds it to be an affront to free speech with much-larger repercussions. IMHO, both have valid points, but I think that when someone is overtly threatening the safety of a people, you gotta err on the side of safety, no?

Update 2: Another big-screen casualty of the hack? The Steve Carell-led North Korea-set thriller that director Gore Verbinski was set to helm (not for Sony).

Pissed Madonna

The Queen is not happy.

No, not because she is hot in some room somewhere.

OMG, remember that?

In all seriousness, though, more a heckuva lot of tracks from Madonna’s upcoming 13th album have leaked, and our girl really doesn’t want us clicking on any audio clips we may see online – guilty! – and thus encourage those who put put them there in the first place.

“Thank you for not listening!” the singer said in the caption of this pic she Instagrammed today. “Thank you for your loyalty! Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world[.]

Roger that, M. Shant do it again. (She did warn us not to f--- with the Queen during her last tour, after all.)


Confessions of a Fallen Star

Stephen Collins is come clean (to the public).

In a statement – released to People magazine, natch – the 7th Heaven pastor-patriarch has gone ahead and confessed to doing, “something terribly wrong that I deeply regret.

The actor is, of course, referring to the allegations of child molestation that have plagued him the last couple of months (following the release of one his therapy sessions, which was secretly recorded by his now-ex-wife, actress Faye Grant), and has admitted to victimizing three women from 1973 to 1994.

He also wrote that he apologized to one of the women many years after the incidents, which he insists have been blown out of proportion in the media. Meaning that they were not quite what some have presumed or been led to infer.

Collins will elaborate further during an interview with Katie Couric that will stream on Yahoo! and air this Friday on ABC’s 20/20.


Somebody Just Earned Himself a Pastelito...

Now this is how you spice things up a bit if you’re the POTUS.

Barack Obama reportedly got back on the phone with Cuban President Raúl Castro yesterday, marking the first time an American president and a Cuban leader have spoken, in a direct manner, in more than half a century.

Did they talk about how Birdman is soaring from coast to coast, landing on the short list of best films of 2014 from Florida to San Francisco?

Of course not.

They talked about restoring full diplomatic relations between America and Cuba and about opening an American embassy in Havana following today’s release of USAID worker Alan Gross from a Cuban prison, as well as that of three Cuban spies (who, btw, were not swapped for Gross – he was released on humanitarian grounds – but for an intelligence agent who had been imprisoned in Cuba for almost 20 years).

While the American embargo on the island nation 90 miles south of Florida will stay in effect for now, the United States will ease up on matters related to banking and travel, for instance. The United States, however, will remain firm on issues of human rights in Cuba

And yes he could and yes he is on the touchy subject of U.S.-Cuba relations.

Who’s a bad president ahora?


Debate Narrator

Once he’s done going Into the Woods, Chris Pine will move on with a trip back to high school.

Nah, not for another comedy. To narrate something.

See, Pine is going to get his Morgan Freeman on as the narrator of This Is Not a Club, a forthcoming indie doc about four teams of high school debate competitors that spend a year in competitions leading to the annual National Speech and Debate Tournament in Vegas

Oh, the stories he will tell....


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

She’s a Creed Girl

So there’s a Rocky spin-off in the works....

I know, right?

It’s titled Creed, and it will star Michael B. Jordan and, of course, Sylvester Stallone.

And...Tessa Thompson.

Indeed, the Dear White People star (who will soon be seen in Selma) has landed the female lead in the project, which will be directed by Jordan’s Fruitvale Station helmer, Ryan Coogler.

Sly will reprise his Academy Award-nominated role as Rocky Balboa in the movie, which will see him act as the trainer and mentor to the grandson of his boxing BFF, Apollo Creed.


Off to Skull Island, Too

J.K. Simmons is (deservedly) basking in the spotlight this awards season, for his merciless supporting turn in Whiplash, but the actor is looking ahead to not a break, exactly, but, indeed, to a little trip.

With Tom Hiddleston, no less!

To Skull Island.

Yes, Simmons has joined the cast of Kong: Skull Island, a movie that is no longer coming out in fall 2016 but in spring 2017.

No further details about his role are known at this time.


So Manly...

He already is the Sexiest (and we love know it) – but now Chris Hemsworth is also the Manliest Man in Hollywood.

This according to GQ magazine, OKRRR.

Now that I am disagreeing. Far from it. The Blackhat star is one fine specimen, and now you can read all about it in the magazine’s January 2015 issue.

So get!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Married Eddie going on!

Why are all the hot British actors being such wet blankets all of a sudden.

I chose to ignore the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch went and got engaged recently (because engagements fall apart all the time – oh, I keed!), but this...this I cannot turn a blind eye to.

Eddie Redmayne has gone and gotten married.

Yes, Redmayniacs – the Golden Globe-nominated Theory of Everything made it official with his fiancée, Hannah Bagshawe, in England today. (The two reportedly have been a thing for about three years.)

Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple!

I guess....

Oh, I keed, I tell ya.


OMG, Prince George Is Getting So Cute!

How quickly they grow up!

I mean, Prince George Alexander Louis. Look at those cheeks! And those chunky legs.

Is that cute or what?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a. Prince William and Kate Middleton, clearly knew they had some good pics of their 16-month-old son in their hands after he struck a pose at Kensington Palace, which is why they released some of em over the weekend – just in time to make the world a little bit happier for Christmas.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

She Holds the Key

No more teasing: The Divergent Series: Insurgent is officially coming in just a little more than a month.

And Tris (Shailene Woodley) is not going to let anyone else die because of her in this follow-up to last springDivergent.

She and Four (Theo James) are going to be running from that witch with a B Jeanine (Kate Winslet), looking for answers as to why her folks sacrificed themselves in the first movie (what were they protecting?), and figuratively getting into bed with the leader of the Factionless (Naomi Watts).

Check out the first full-length trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which is due out on March 20.


D’Angelo Is Back!

He is almost here, people.

Fourteen years after he untitledly pondered how...somin felt (remember that video?), D’Angelo is set to deliver his much-anticipated third album, Black Messiah.

Today, at a Red Bull Music Academy/Afropunk listening session in New York City.

The album’s first single is a track titled “Sugah Daddy,” which Rolling Stone describes as a “brassy, funky [ditty that] fully employs the singer’s trademark falsetto, [an offering that] would slide comfortably on the back half of his neo-soul classic Voodoo.

Welcome back, dude!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Schumer, Schumer the MTV Movie Awards

Funny gal Amy Schumer’s gonna work ’em 2015 MTV Movies Awards.

And lemme tell ya, she is promising to do right by us.

“I am honored to be hosting,” Schumer said when the announcement was made earlier this week“I will carry the audience with me like a teen mom #breaktheinternet #breakmywater.

For their part, the powers that be at MTV said they chose the star of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer for the gig because she is wickedly funny and sharply insightful.


The 2015 MTV Movie Awards are set for April 12, live from L.A.