Archives for the month of: September, 2013

Amanda Bynes’ Canine Found Drenched In Gasoline

Uh oh. It looks like the embattled actress wasn’t the only one who ran into trouble the night she got detained. See what happened to her pet pomeranian on Socialite Life.

Beyonce’s “Standing On The Sun” Receives A Reggie Remix

Queen B recently released the newest version of her addictive H&M jingle and we’re stoked to hear it contains a couple of surprises for her fans. Listen to the full track now on Idolator.

Selena Gomez’s Leggy Tonight Show Performance

The former Disney star is certainly doing her best to prove to her fans that she’s all grown up. Check out the sexy getup she wore to a recent performance of “Slow Down” on Huffington Post.

Ladies Beware: “Gone With The Wind Fabulous” Is Back

Our very own Miss USA Kenya Moore will be returning to Bravo’s The Real Housewives Of Atlanta for Season 6, but at what cost? Us Weekly has the scoop on the star’s explosive salary.

Taylor Swift Fan Contest Cancelled

Kiss 108 has announced the cancellation of the country singer’s “Biggest Fan” contest after a 39-year-old man won. Hollywood.com knows why this supposed superfan will “never ever get” together with the songstress.

Daddy-Daughter Time With Ben Affleck

Too cute! Violet Affleck spent some one-on-one time with her papa learning some life skills. See the adorable father-daughter duo in action on The Frisky.

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It’s become clear that One Direction isn’t telling the whole truth when they sing “don’t need makeup to cover up” in their hit song, “What Makes You Beautiful.”

MUA Cosmetics announced that pop boy band will be launching their first makeup collection geared towards their fans. The collection will include five lipsticks, three cheek tints and five nail polishes with clever names like “Harry Loves Strawberry,” “Rock Me,” and “Be Mine.”

The business-savvy band are targeting their younger audience by pricing all their products under 3 (which is around $4.15 in U.S. dollars). With this new project, a branded perfume on the way and their new music video already breaking records, the group is sure having a pretty good season.

The 1D cosmetics line, aptly named Little Things Collection, will be hitting shelves in Superdrug stores across the United Kingdom on July 29. For those who don’t like across the pond, the boys will be selling their beauty products online too. e

While this is the first beauty venture for the group, celebrity-endorsed makeup lines are nothing new. Check the galley above for more makeup loving celebrities.

Every woman in the world let out a collective “WTF” when the Duchess of Cambridge emerged from St. Mary’s Lindo Wing on Tuesday looking fresh-faced with glossy locks.

Not only were said locks curled, volumized and bouncy, but her ombre coloring was to die for.

Inquiring minds wanted to know how to get one’s hair to look like that (let’s call it the “I Just Gave Birth” treatment), so I called upon celebrity colorist and he-who-is responsible for the greatest Ombre highlights ever, George Papanikolas.

“Kate really is a ‘modern’ princess,” Papanikolas told me.

“Her gorgeous Ombre hair is just another example of how she can wear any trend with pure elegance. The key to what makes her Ombre sophisticated is that the graduation of color is only a few shades lighter than her root color.

“She has a chocolate base color, gradually fading to a honey blonde. Her loose waves accentuate the dimension.”

The takeaway: Bring a picture of Kate and Papanikolas’ guidance on Ombre highlights to your stylist. Better yet, if you’re in Los Angeles, pay Papanikolas a visit at the Andy Le Compte Salon.






Blue Jasmine is out in select theaters today – and so, too, is our first potential glimpse at this year’s Oscar race for Best Actress.

The film stars Cate Blanchett as a wealthy New York housewife whose financial rug is pulled out from under her after her husband’s (Alec Baldwin) Bernie Madoff-esque schemes are exposed. This leads her to crash at her sister’s (Sally Hawkins) place in San Francisco, where she very quickly begins to have a nervous breakdown, as seen in the terrifying clip below:

For her performance in the film, Blanchett has already racked up some of the best reviews of the year, if not her career. Variety called her “mesmerizing,” while trade rival The Hollywood Reporter described her as “neurotically golden.” These are the types of rave reviews that are typically reserved for end-of-year Oscar players, meaning Blanchett already has a leg-up in what will likely become a very competitive race.

Of course, even the most passive Oscar pundit will tell you that reviews can only get you so far; if they dictated everything, I’d have written this very same article about Frances Ha’s Greta Gerwig a couple months back. In which case, Blanchett is going to have a do a bit of leg work to keep her buzz going until the nominations are announced in January. The question is: Can she do it?

The short and long answer is probably yes. For one thing, Blanchett already has a well-established history with the Academy. She was first nominated in 1998 for Elizabeth, and went on to win six years later for The Aviator. Three subsequent nominations followed – for Notes on a Scandal, in 2006, and the double-whammy of Elizabeth: The Golden Age and I’m Not There in 2007 – meaning they like her consistently enough to always keep her in the conversation.

But if they like Blanchett, then they really, really like her director, Woody Allen, a man who has received a staggering 23 nominations over the course of his long and successful Hollywood career. (He most recently won a fourth statue for Midnight in Paris in 2011.) Granted, they were mostly for his comedies (this one is a drama of sorts); but when voters get the chance to vote for Woody and/or one of his players, odds are they will try to find a way to do it. (Remember that Original Screenplay nomination for Deconstructing Harry in 1997?)

Of course, any sort of Oscar talk before September is kind of moot, especially when you consider the amount of competition Blanchett may face in the coming months – mainly, from Meryl Streep, who stars as a pill-popping mother in Tracy Letts’ adaptation of August: Osage County, and Sandra Bullock’s one-woman show in the terrifying-looking Gravity. There’s also Judi Dench in Philomena to contend with, as well as Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco, Naomi Watts in Diana and, well, you get the idea.

But for now, at least, things are looking pretty good.

Cory Monteith

Members of the cast of Glee were seen arriving at A.O.C. restaurant in West Hollywood Thursday following a private memorial service for their late co-star Cory Monteith. Among those photographed included Dianna Agron, Kevin McHale and Darren Criss.

The memorial was reportedly held earlier that day on the 20th Century Fox lot in Hollywood. It was organized by Glee creator Ryan Murphy and Monteith’s girlfriend, Lea Michele.

“Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith,” FOX said Thursday in a statement obtained by CB!. “We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time.”

Monteith was found dead July 14 in his Vancouver hotel room after overdosing on heroin and alcohol. He was 31.

We’re thinkin’ bout you, Frank.

Frank Ocean has been forced to call off his sold-out Australian tour as a result of a vocal chord tear. During opening night of his inaugural tour Down Under on Thursday, the R&B singer struggled with his voice, sounding strangely off-key at times.

“After last night’s concert…it was necessary to seek medical advice due to vocal issues Frank Ocean experienced,” said a statement on the promoter LiveNation’s Facebook page. “It has subsequently been confirmed that Frank has suffered a small tear to one of his vocal chords and has received medical advice that he must rest his voice.”

After a performance of “Forrest Gump” (above) – a hit off his universally-acclaimed freshman album, channel ORANGE – Frank told the audience, “I’m sick… I don’t know if you care,” according to reports.

The mini-tour of four dates was planned around his appearance at the Splendour in the Grass music festival, hosted in the beach town of Byron Bay. But now Frank will be out of commission for that, as well.

“With Splendour already in full swing this is devastating news for the event and will be for many of our patrons,” a festival spokesperson commented.

Get well soon, Frank.

gareth bale tottenham

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas expects Gareth Bale back in training on Tuesday if his transfer to Real Madrid is not completed by then, according to the BBC.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the Spanish champions all summer and has become the subject of a world-transfer record bid of 86 million.

Real made two separate offers for Bale at the weekend, the first of 86 million to be structured over three to four years and the other of 70 million-plus-player in part exchange.

Last season’s La Liga runners-up are still waiting to find out if either bid has been accepted, and when asked, Spurs boss Villas-Boas revealed they could have their answer within the next 48 hours.

“Whether the transfer will happen or not, hopefully you will have more news in the next couple of days.

“But, at the moment, there is nothing I can tell you.”

Bale has yet to feature for Tottenham this season and was not at White Hart Lane for yesterday afternoon’s 1-0 win over Swansea, but Villas-Boas says there is no cause for alarm.

“We allowed him two days off.

“It’s not the first time this has come up. We never force non-selected players to come to our games. I decided that last season.”

In Bale’s absence, new summer signing Roberto Soldado has been banging the goals in and picking up where the Wales international left off.

The Spaniard has now hit four goals in three games, form which has impressed Villas-Boas.

“He is really adding to our game because he brings that life and spark.

“When he receives the ball in space, he has one objective, which is to beat the man.”

Should Bale join Real, he will become the world’s most expensive player with the Spaniard’s set to pay more than the 80 million they gave United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

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Tennant Smith

It’s now less than three months until Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary and, more importantly, the 50th Anniversary Special. As well as some Whovians most likely planning a nerdrage-powered revolution thanks to the continued absence of a trailer, anticipation for the Anniversary Special is at an all time high. Especially with the recent leak of a grainy image from the episode that shows the John Hurt, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors together.

Although the Special looks to be in safe hands with Steven Moffat writing it and Nick Hurran (The Girl Who Waited, Asylum Of The Daleks) directing it, there’s still a possibility that there could be some elements in the episode that will either drag down its quality outright or that won’t suit such a huge milestone in Doctor Who history. These are five things we don’t want to see in the 50th Anniversary Special…

5. Too Much Focus On The Time War

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Daleks

Although it’s not been officially confirmed yet, all the evidence we have points to the Anniversary Special showing at least part of the Time War. The only official image we have so far is of a group of Daleks in a rubble-strewn battleground, so it’s likely that the John Hurt Doctor was the Doctor who ended the Time War. It’s been a prominent theme in the programme since 2005, and finally, it’s an event of astounding importance that we’ve only ever seen snippets of.

So if the Time War is a part of the Anniversary Special, it can potentially work well, but only if it’s used as a set-up for the Hurt Doctor or another plotline. The Anniversary Special should be an original story that expands and celebrates the Doctor Who mythos rather than something that just goes back and fills in the gaps from eight years ago.

The Eighth and Hurt Doctors’ Regenerations should be shown and if the episode restores the Time Lords, so much the better. But since the Time War is a concept that only became an established part of the Doctor Who canon in 2005, it shouldn’t have too much of a bearing on a one-off episode that pays tribute to fifty years of the programme.

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Batman Beyond Universe 1

This new series of Batman Beyond (entitled Batman Beyond Universe) collects the first two digital releases of both Batman Beyond and Justice League Beyond into one book. This series is a grand departure for the past run with an all new creative team and a desire to tie into the animated series rather than a separate entity. This offers a fresh starting point for newbies to the comic’s Universe with this run being set one year after the end of the previous run, entitled Batman Beyond Unlimited.

This is first thing that strikes me about this comic is how extremely welcoming is it toward new fans, or those that have never read a Beyond book before. I have a familiarity with the Batman Beyond universe via the awesome TV series from the 90 s but zero experience with the past runs of the book. Before I get into this review I have to say that if you’re a fan of that TV show then this is for you!

Writer Kyle Higgins has expressed that he is a huge fan of the TV show on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast and in numerous interviews. It is clear that he loves this world, and that he is a fan and that shows. Higgins knows this world, understands his characters and more importantly he understands how to use them and what motivates them. This sense of understanding eases you into this world and that is even before all the fan service that is within the first issue. Higgins uses characters from both the show and the Return of the Joker movie. Everything about this spot on, it is the Batman Beyond for fans by fans. Neo-Gotham feels alive!

The plot begins with an attack on the elite of Gotham while on a tour of the new Arkham Institute. This issue then nicely introduces all the major characters of the world and highlights the changes in Terry’s life both in his personal life, breaking up with his girlfriend Dana, and as Batman. I love the interplay with Dick Grayson (Nightwing) with him being a father figure to Terry, almost in the same way that Bruce was to Dick in the past (see their interaction in the Knightfall saga for more).

Higgins’ choice to set his story one year after the conclusion of Adam Beechen’s Joker Night arc allows you the option to almost completely overlook the past comics run and gives you a blank slate to work from. The sense of the unknown throughout this first issue is really cool, as it allows the mind to wander. And you just know that something big is coming. In the TV show, this was underscored by the impact of the film that divulged what happened over the years to Tim Drake, Harley, The Joker and Barbara Gordon. It worked because of the longstanding set up that the TV show allowed. It appears that Higgins is aiming for the same thing.

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While artist Thony Silas has captured the look and feel of the show, but with a sense that things have moved on from the show. In other words, all the characters are older, wise and the futuristic world of Neo-Gotham has marvellously evolved.

The action scenes could translate nicely to the screen with a fast and explosive pace. Everything has a great sense of detail even down to the backgrounds and it feels alive. I hate to repeat myself but there is no other word, this comic is a refreshing take on the animated source material. And it is something that could have gone so badly wrong. It reads like a love letter to Dini’s and Timm’s work rather than a rip-off or worse a parody of the 90 s.

The backup featuring the Justice League Beyond is a nice start to establishing the new take on this group. However, there is really not much to say here as it is way too early to make an informed opinion. Maybe in a few weeks I can discuss it in detail. It is a nice backup that seems set to further set up this world of the JLA Beyond, yes. It feels rather samey but I am hopeful that it will engage me over the next few weeks.

Overall, Batman Beyond Universe is an exciting start to this similar but unique take on the beloved series. While Justice League Beyond is good but underwhelming at this point. Higgins and his team have made a definite statement with this book. From the stellar cover by Sean Murphy and Jordie Bellaire that brings back all the most iconic images from Batman: The Animated Series and set the tone for this run. Heck…you should buy this book for the cover alone!

Fans of Higgins’ Nightwing will also love this book, as it feels very much like this is what he wanted write all along. People have criticized Higgins’ Nightwing as a “wannabe Batman Beyond” and I can understand that. However, I never saw the issue with that take on the character. He made Nightwing feel like the heir to the BatThrone, something that Terry is. In this series, he is The Batman. I am a huge fan of Higgins’ Nightwing, and if you are too then you must pick up the first issue of Batman Beyond Universe. This is a buy!

Batman Beyond Universe #1 by Kyle Higgins and Thony Silas is out now.

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Sun's out, horns up!

Derbyshire, reknowned for its quaint English villages, idyllic british countryside and for 3 days a year, the UK’s largest independant metal festival – Bloodstock Open Air!

Now in its 9th year as an open air festival, 2013 proved to be the biggest Bloodstock yet with a line up that included Lamb of God and 2 of the “Big 4 thrash bands, Anthrax and Slayer.

But what about our homegrown talent? There were plenty of bands flying the flag loud and proud for british metal; from underground acts to the criminally under rated, let’s check out some of the best British bands Bloodstock 2013 had to offer.

Earthtone9

Nottingham’s Earthtone9 openend this years main stage – those sleeping off Thursday night hangovers certainly missed out on one of the UK’s most under rated bands!

Blending hardcore influences with massive riffs, discordant harmonies and soaring choruses; perhaps the inability to “pidgeonhole” Earthtone9 has left them criminally under exposed. New album “IV” was released earlier this year and – judging by the early reviews – should finally bring the band to a much wider audience.

If you’re dipping your toe into the murkey waters of Earthtone9, you can download a 16 track “Best Of” completely free of charge at http://www.earthtone9.co.uk – how awesome is that!

If you’re still undecided, check out single “Preacher” from the album “IV” :

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