Superstar couple Beyonce and Jay Z are set for a big night at the 2014 BET Awards with four nominations apiece. The Crazy in Love hitmakers will compete against each other in the Best Collaboration category, in which Beyonce's song Drunk in Love, which features her husband, will battle Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's Holy Grail. Drake and Majid Jordan's Hold On (We're Going Home), Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines, YG's My Hitta collaboration with Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan and I Luv This by August Alsina and Trinidad Jame$ are also up for the prize.
Meanwhile, rivals Jay Z and Drake will go toe to toe in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist category, alongside Future, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, while Beyonce will battle Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna and Tamar Braxton for the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist title. Jay Z and Beyonce will also vie for the coveted Video of the Year award with the videos for Drunk in Love and Partition, respectively. Pharrell Williams' Happy, Chris Brown's Fine China and Drake's Worst Behavior are also nominated.
In the movie categories, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o and Oprah Winfrey will fight for the Best Actress prize, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Forest Whitaker, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart and Michael B. Jordan are up for the Best Actor trophy. The Best Movie nominees are: 12 Years a Slave, The Best Man Holiday, Fruitvale Station, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
The 2014 BET Awards will be handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on 29 June (14).
The full list of nominees are:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna, Tamar Braxton
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: August Alsina, Chris Brown, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams
Best Group A$AP Mob Daft Punk Macklemore & Ryan Lewis TGT Young Money
Best Collaboration August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ - I Luv This Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love Drake featuring Majid Jordan - Hold On (We're Going Home) Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake - Holy Grail Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharell Williams - Blurred Lines YG featuring Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan - My Hitta
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Drake Future J. Cole Jay Z Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Angel Haze Charli Baltimore Eve Iggy Azalea Nicki Minaj Video of the Year Beyonce - Partition Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love Chris Brown - Fine China Drake - Worst Behavior Pharrell Williams - Happy
Video Director of the Year Benny Boom Chris Brown Colin Tiley Director X Hype Williams
Best New Artist Ariana Grande August Alsina Mack Wilds Rich Homie Quan ScHoolboy Q
Best Gospel Artist Donnie McClurkin Erica Campbell Hezekiah Walker Tamela Mann Tye Tribbett
Best Actress Angela Bassett Gabrielle Union Kerry Washington Lupita Nyong'o Oprah Winfrey
Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Forest Whitaker Idris Elba Kevin Hart Michael B. Jordan
YoungStars Award Gabrielle Douglas Jacob Latimore Jaden Smith KeKe Palmer Zendaya
Best Movie 12 Years a Slave The Best Man Holiday Fruitvale Station Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain Lee Daniels' The Butler
Subway Sportswoman of the Year Brittney Griner Lolo Jones Serena Williams Skylar Diggins Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year Blake Griffin Carmelo Anthony Floyd Mayweather Jr. Kevin Durant LeBron James
Centric Award Aloe Blacc - The Man Jennifer Hudson featuring T.I. - I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" Jhene Aiko - The Worst LiV Warfield - Why Do You Lie? Wale featuring Sam Dew - LoveHate Thing
Best International Act: Africa Davido (Nigeria) Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) Mafikizolo (South Africa) Sarkodie (Ghana) Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) Toofan (Togo)
Best International Act: UK Dizzee Rascal Ghetts Krept & Konan Laura Mvula Rita Ora Tinie Tempah
Actress Olivia Munn and moviemaker Brett Ratner appear to still be at odds over ill-advised remarks he made about their alleged sex life, despite the fact he insists they've put their differences behind them. The Rush Hour director stunned Munn when he boasted that he had "banged her a few times" during a U.S. TV appearance in 2011.
In the interview on Attack of the Show, where she was once a co-host, he said, "I used to date Olivia Munn, I'll be honest with everyone here. But when she was Lisa. She wasn't Asian back then. She was hanging out on my set of After the Sunset, I banged her a few times, but I forgot her.
"Because she changed her name, I didn't know it was the same person and so when she auditioned for me for a TV show, I forgot her, she got p**sed off, and so she made up all these stories about me eating shrimp and masturbating in my trailer. And she talked about my shortcomings."
Ratner has since apologised publicly for his remarks and tells the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter that he and Munn are no longer at odds.
He says, "We laughed about it. It was ridiculous."
But a representative for the actress tells the publication, "That is not at all true."
Ratner insists there is one ex he is still good friends with - tennis star Serena Williams.
He adds, "We were best friends, and we just ended up (dating)... It wasn't something I was looking for."
The filmmaker reveals the relationship fell apart because, "Tennis players, they're travelling around the world, they want their boyfriends or partners (with them)."
We recently learned that actress Cate Blanchett is getting ready to make her directorial debut. This is awesome because 1.) it’s Cate Blanchett and 2.) it’s always cool to see more women getting behind the camera. Many of us are familiar with the big names — Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, and Miranda July for the indie-lovers. But there are plenty of other women filmmakers who are making good, quality productions and who should be on everyone’s radar. Spike Lee recently made an addendum to his list of Essential Films and added five female filmmakers; here are some up-and-comers we think might make similar lists in a few years.
The Oscar-nominated actress best known for her leading roles in Juno and Inception will soon make her directorial debut with Miss Stevens. We’re seriously excited about the coming-of-age story (starring Anna Faris) that she’ll be bringing to the big screen.
Probably best known for her 2007 film Things We Lost In The Fire (starring Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro), Bier’s next film Serena will re-team Jennifer Lawrence with her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper. Set in Depression-era North Carolina and based on the book by Ron Nash, we’re expecting big things from this seasoned director.
Having found some success with indie flicks like L!fe Happens and the hilarious short Idiots (starring Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth), Coiro’s most-recent release And While We Were Here -- an affair film starring Bosworth and Iddo Goldberg -- debuted to strong reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival and later in theatres. We’re looking forward to more slow-moving love stories and comedic-dramas with strong femme leads from Coiro.
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Earlier this year Jennifer Lawrence took home the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Tiffany in the critically-acclaimed film Silver Linings Playbook. She is now the second-youngest Best Actress winner and the youngest person to ever receive two Oscar nominations for Best Actress. Suffice it to say, she’s doing just fine and really doesn’t need our help. In her next few films we’ll see her re-teaming with her Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell, and of course the rest of The Hunger Games films are headed our way. But if J-Law wants to take her career to a whole ‘nother level, we can think of a few directors who might be able to make that happen.
Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond The Pines, Blue Valentine)
Okay first of all, a movie with Cianfrance almost automatically means a movie with Ryan Gosling. Can you imagine the scenes d’amour in this one? Exactly. Lawrence’s role in Winter’s Bone showed critics and audiences that she can do gritty, and she can do indie. We’d love to see her get back to some of that—but with a little bit of romantic intensity – by teaming up with Cianfrance. Plus, again, it's important to stress: that Gosling/Lawrence love scene would be all kinds of insane.
Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring, Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette)
In the upcoming period piece Serena, Lawrence will work with award-winning director Susanna Bier. We’d like to see her team up with more women behind the camera, and we think Sofia Coppola could really cook up a great role for her. Actresses like Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Dunst, and Emma Watson have benefited greatly from being in her films, and we can easily see Lawrence transforming into one of her fascinating characters.
Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious)
Okay, even we’re a little scared about this mash-up. In fact, we respectfully request that Jennifer Lawrence not make any movies with Lee Daniels for at least another five to seven years. Daniels is no joke — his films are often beyond gritty, beyond intense, and most of us still feel like we should go hide in a corner and peek through our fingers during the majority of his sex scenes. But he’s definitely the go-to guy if you want to do a film that makes you pretty much unrecognizable as an actress. Folks like Halle Berry, Mo’Nique, Nicole Kidman, and Zac Efron have him to thank for certain big moments in their careers. If Lawrence ever gets tired of looking like America’s sweetheart, this would be the route to go.
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On Aug. 26, the U.S. Open began its first round of matches for the 2013 tournament. Tennis lovers from around the world flocked to Queens, New York to see athletes like Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams participate in the renowned competition. Along with the fans, celebrities also made their way to the USTA National Tennis Center to see these athletes in action.
Movie stars like Matt Bomer, Kevin Spacey, and Blake Lively all showed up on the U.S. Open Instagram, while our very own sister site, Beyond the Row, caught Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour taking in a set or two. Nick Jonas kissed new girlfriend Olivia Culpo in the stands while Ben Stiller was caught chatting with tennis star Andy Murray.
The US Open will end Mon. Sept. 9, with the finals beginning on Sun. Sept. 8 at 12 PM ET. But you can get your dose of Open star power now by launching our gallery.
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Acclaimed British songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming had a life-saving kidney transplant after she nearly died from eating poisonous wild mushrooms. The 55 year old, who is married to The Horse Whisperer author Nicholas Evans, almost lost her life after her partner accidentally picked a batch of deadly webcaps from a forest and served them up during dinner in 2008.
She was left in need of dialysis treatment after suffering kidney failure and had to undergo a transplant operation, and her writer husband underwent similar surgery in 2011 after his daughter Lauren donated an organ.
Cumming now admits they are both lucky to be alive, telling Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "To get to the other side of the transplant and to feel well again is simply extraordinary. I can truly say I feel immensely grateful."
The kidney was donated by Cumming's friend, Serena Tucker, and she credits her pal with saving her life, adding, "Serena has given me a second chance at life... I can't put into words what it feels like when someone steps up like that because they really are saving your life. I am humbled and blessed."
Tennis ace Serena Williams is distancing herself from controversial comments she allegedly made to a magazine interviewer about the rape of a drunken 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio after appearing to suggest the teen was partly responsible for the sexual assault. Rolling Stone contributor Stephen Rodrick recently sat down with the sports champ to chat about her career, but the topic of conversation strayed when a news clip about the March (13) rape conviction of two Steubenville High School football players aired on TV.
The news purportedly prompted Williams to say, "I'm not blaming the girl, but if you're a 16-year-old and you're drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don't take drinks from other people... She shouldn't have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that's different."
Rodrick included the comments in a lengthy story posted online on Tuesday (18Jun13), sparking a backlash among readers and causing many to take aim at Williams for appearing to place the blame for the rape on the young victim.
However, the tennis superstar has now spoken out to address the sensitive topic and apologise for what she was quoted as saying - although she suggests Rodrick got her words all wrong.
A statement released on Wednesday (19Jun13) reads: "I am currently reaching out to the girl's family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written - what I supposedly said - is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame."
Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has found her newest newest cinematic adventure. The critically acclaimed actress will star in the upcoming drama The Rules of Inheritance.
According to Deadline, The Rules of Inheritance is based on Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir about a young woman who loses her parents to cancer, but then finds herself in the process. The full description reads, "While struggling to cope, she propels herself into many romances, adventures and travels in an inspirational, emotionally charged and surprisingly humorous journey that celebrates life, the people we love and lose and the discoveries we make along the way."
Directing the film is Susanne Bier who just helmed Serena with Lawrence and her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper. The Hunger Games star is also set to produce the film alongside Silver Linings Playbook’s Bruce Cohen while FilmNation Entertainment will executive produce.
FilmNation’s Glen Basner and Aaron Ryder said, “We are thrilled to be working with the dream team of Jennifer Lawrence, Susanne Bier, Abi Morgan and Bruce Cohen. We have no doubt that this inspirational and hopeful book will be turned into an emotionally powerful movie that audiences around the world will fall in love with.”
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Pop rockers Marianas Trench have trumped rapper Drake to top the nominations for Canada's leading music video awards. The Vancouver-based band lead the field after picking up six nominations for the MuchMusic Video Awards on Wednesday (22May13), while hip-hop stars Drake, from Toronto, and Classified, of Nova Scotia, weren't far behind with five and four nods respectively.
All three homegrown acts will compete in the Video Of The Year category, alongside Serena Ryder and The Weeknd, and they will also battle it out with Billy Talent and Hedley for the Your Fave Video trophy.
In the global categories, chart-toppers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips, Psy, Taylor Swift and will.i.am are in the running for the Best International Video Of The Year by an Artist prize.
The International Video Of The Year by a Group accolade will be a fight between fun., Jay-Z and Kanye West, Maroon 5, One Direction, Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, the Jonas Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, The Lumineers, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Gangnam Style hitmaker Psy will co-host the awards in Toronto on 16 June (13), while Lovato, One Direction, Pink, Carly Rae Jepsen, Swift and Justin Bieber have all signed up to perform.