Singer Solange Knowles returned to the spotlight in New York City on Monday night (02Jun14) for the first time since her headline-grabbing fight with Jay Z last month (May14). Beyonce's younger sister became headline news following the leak of security camera footage which showed her lashing out at the rapper as they left a party at The Standard Hotel after the Met Gala in the Big Apple.
The pair has since apologised to each other over the incident and tried to keep a low profile, but Knowles braved the press and photographers at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards on Monday. Wearing a revealing silver dress, the 27 year old briefly posed for snappers, but did not stop to talk to reporters covering the event.
Hit crime drama True Detective will lead the way at the 2014 Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards after landing four nominations, including Program of the Year. The first season of the show, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as troubled cops trying to solve a series of cult-related murders, will face tough competition for the top prize from 2013 winner Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Orange Is the New Black.
True Detective also scored nods for Outstanding New Program and Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, facing off in both categories with Billy Bob Thornton's new series Fargo, while Oscar winner McConaughey was recognised for Individual Achievement in Drama. He will compete against Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black).
The nominees for Individual Achievement in Comedy include Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Louis C.K. (Louie), and the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy category will be a battle between The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Louie, The Mindy Project and Veep. Meanwhile, actress Valerie Harper, Star Trek icon William Shatner and retired late night U.S. TV host Jay Leno will receive Career Achievement awards when the ceremony takes place in California on 19 July (14).
The TCA Awards honour excellence in U.S. television.
Fans have launched a petition in a bid to turn Jay Z and Beyonce's star-studded concert promo into a full-length film. The superstar couple thrilled fans over the weekend (17-18May14) when they released a four-minute promo set to the tune of their duet Part II (On The Run) to promote their upcoming joint tour.
Stars like Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively and Emmy Rossum appeared in the crime-themed short film, in which Beyonce and Jay Z play a gun-toting couple on the run from the police, and it was a big hit among fans, who have launched a petition on Change.org for a movie version.
It reads, "After the release of Beyonce and JAY Z's RUN trailer... millions of fans across the world became devestated (sic) after seeing 'coming never' at the end of the exciting and action packed RUN trailer. We... would love for our two favorite artists to actually make a full length movie based off of the trailer. "Why? It would most definitely sell millions, it's also casted (sic) so perfectly... and most importantly, it would make your fans happy. We love you B and Jay, you two have to make this happen. Please, the world wants the ON THE RUN movie!"
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It's the beginning of the summer, which means it's time for Hollywood's biggest and brightest stars to make their way to the French Riviera for the Cannes Film Festival, while the rest of us look on with jealousy. But just because you didn't snag a ticket to the most glamorous film event of the year, that doesn't mean you can't keep up with all of the big films premiering over the next two weeks. To help you stay on top of things, we're running down the films that premiered in competition every day, along with what the critics are saying about them. It's all the fun of being at Cannes, without the hassle of having to fly there.
Mr. Turner Mike Leigh's latest collaboration with Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner takes place during the last 25 years in the life and career of the famous British painter JMW Turner. The eccentric Turner was equally as famous for his lack of manners as he was for his talent, and he was both loved and hated by the general public and the aristocracy. In addition to the ups and downs of his career, Leigh's film also touches on the devastation that the death of Turner's father caused, his tumultuous relationship with his housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson) and his unique and sometimes dangerous methods of painting.
"For a director who's specialized in finding poetry in the everyday, it's fitting that while the backdrops are Turner-esque, the people who fill them are more Hogarthian. No one looks like a movie star in a Mike Leigh film, and he's assembled a dream team of previous collaborators here... But it's Spall's film, and he's remarkable in it, all snorts and snarls and grunts, hands often tensed into a kind of claw ... There's as much animal in him as man, which only makes the beauty that comes from him the more impressive." - Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
"Returning to the large-canvas period filmmaking of his 1999 Gilbert & Sullivan bio 'Topsy-Turvy,' Leigh has made another highly personal study of art, commerce and the glacial progress of establishment tastes, built around a lead performance from longtime Leigh collaborator Timothy Spall that’s as majestic as one of Turner’s own swirling sunsets." - Scott Foundas, Variety
"The director obviously empathizes with his protagonist cussedness, and his monomaniacal devotion to his art, but what’s more resonant here is Leigh’s ability to draw out Turner’s soft, capacious underbelly, visible in his easy rapport with Sophia, or the way he listens keenly to Mr. Booth’s remembrances of working on slave ships, intelligence that would feed into one his greatest paintings, 'Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On.'" - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
Timbuktu Centered on the unrest caused by Islamist extremists in Mali, Timbuktu tells several different stories about people who are brought together by the crimes and choas that is ravaging their country. Director Abderrahmane Sissako, who grew up in Mali, hired a cast of experience actors - like Abel Jafri and Hichem Yacoubi - and newcomers to illustrate the way that culture and conflict has torn the country apart.
"Abderrahmane Sissako's passionate and visually beautiful film Timbuktuis a cry from the heart...In many ways, Sissako's portrait of Mali is...built up with enormous emotion, teetering between hope and despair." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Timbuktu is an impressively well-made film, eschewing what might be the obvious choice of presenting the events in a docu-realist style, in favor of constructing a loose mosaic of stories...For all its value in bearing witness to the kind of atrocious acts that get but little attention on the world stage, this is not mere testimony, this is cleverly crafted and remarkably affecting storytelling." - Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"While previous films have showcased [Sissako's] skill at bringing magnetic dignity to his characters, “Timbuktu” confirms his status as one of the true humanists of recent cinema... Performances are mesmeric, even the smaller roles, and Sissako’s unfailing sense of color, contrasting with the pale desert landscape, holds the eye without distracting from the story." - Jay Weissberg, Variety
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
Solange has reportedly deleted photos of herself with sister Beyonce from her Instagram.com account a day after a video, in which the singer appeared to attack her brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator, surfaced online.
The couple and the 27 year old hit the headlines on Monday (12May14) when surveillance video from an elevator at the Standard Hotel appeared to show Solange slapping and kicking the 99 Problems hitmaker, as Beyonce watched and then stepped between her sister and her husband. The Knowles sisters and Jay Z have yet to comment about the altercation, but on Tuesday (13May14), Solange removed all but one of her family snapshots with her big sister from Instagram.
In the remaining picture from over a year ago, the sisters are photographed with a friend, with the caption reading, "Girls moment." The reason for the removal of the pictures remains unclear, but reports indicate the sisters attended former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland's rumoured wedding in Costa Rica on Friday (09May14).
Meanwhile, Jay Z and Beyonce put on a united front on Monday at a basketball play-off game between the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets, during which they were snapped laughing and embracing each other.
Kelly Rowland fuelled reports she's a married woman by keeping her hands out of view during a red carpet event in New York City on Monday (12May14). The former Destiny's Child superstar reportedly wed her longtime manager Tim Witherspoon in a small, intimate ceremony in Costa Rica on Friday (09May14).
She's yet to confirm the speculation, but the singer beamed as she posed for photographers at the 2014 American Ballet Theatre Opening Night Spring Gala in the Big Apple.
Wearing a yellow Lanvin dress, Rowland kept her hands in the gown's pockets so onlookers wouldn't get a glimpse of her wedding ring.
Rowland's wedding guests are believed to have included Beyonce and Solange Knowles, who reportedly jetted out to join in the festivities just days after the singer's now infamous fight with brother-in-law Jay Z in the lift of The Standard Hotel after the Met Gala in New York City last Monday (05May14).
Beyonce uploaded a close-up shot of her smiling and wearing a glamorous pair of earrings on her Instagram page on Saturday (10May13), with some sources suggesting she was her former bandmate's bridesmaid.
Rowland confirmed she was engaged to Witherspoon in December (13).
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Jamie Foxx is a lot of things; Academy Award winning actor, a talented singer and musician, and an extremely funny comedian. What he's not, however, is your typical movie star.
Since moving to the big screen from a successful television career, first on In Living Color and then The Jamie Foxx Show, the actor has proved that he has little interest in being pigeonholed by the parts that he takes. Since winning his Oscar for Ray, Foxx has done roles in just about every genre of film, whether it's action (White House Down, Miami Vice), romantic comedy (Valentine's Day), straight comedy (Due Date, Horrible Bosses), musical (Dreamgirls), animated (Rio 2), or prestige pictures (The Soloist, Django Unchained).
Checking off another box on his resume, he's now playing a villain in a superhero movie (Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2). He bounces between supporting and leading roles more regularly than any other major actor in Hollywood… to the point where it's difficult to figure out which way he's more comfortable. His willingness to bounce between genres and types of roles not only makes it hard to pinpoint what Foxx will do next, it also keeps it from feeling like he's overexposed.
Beyond just his choice in roles, Foxx doesn't stand on superstar conventions. During this year's Academy Awards, Foxx and his daughter, Corinne Bishop, were suddenly on stage dancing during Pharrell Williams' performance of "Happy." Why? No real reason other than because he wanted to.
Not only does Foxx continue to make music when he feels like it — he's a five-time Grammy nominee — he continues to do pretty much whatever he wants. Tap into social media and you'll find Foxx putting up goofy videos on his Vine, tweeting out pictures of his four-year-old daughter or his Spider-Man costars and clips of him singing sexy versions of unsexy words on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Most major stars are protective of their public image, but Foxx largely doesn't seem to care about his. He's earned the ire of conservative pundits for moves like calling President Barack Obama "our lord and savior" and for his spot-on impressions of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. He's been outspoken on issues of race related to Quentin Tarantino's script for Django Unchained as well as the casting of Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role of his next project, a remake of the musical Annie. And, he drew the ire of Jay Z with some awkward comments about Beyoncé as he was presenting an award at this year's Grammys. No matter the situation, though, Foxx is unapologetic.
It's not easy to know whether to admire Foxx for his zig-zagging through the Hollywood landscape or to be frustrated that he doesn't put his amazing talent front and center as often as he could. Either way, Foxx has proven repeatedly that what others think of his career or his choices means little to him. As perhaps the most unpredictable movie star working today, there's one other thing that Foxx is not… boring.
Actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth is set to follow in Angelina Jolie's footsteps by taking on the role of fairytale villain Maleficent in an upcoming TV movie. The Glee star has been cast to play the evil queen in Disney's Descendants, a live-action film which centres on the offspring of villains created for the movie studio's most-beloved films.
Chenoweth will star opposite Dove Cameron, who will take on the role of Mal, Maleficent's teenage daughter.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn star Booboo Stewart will play Jay, the son of Aladdin's Jafar, and newcomer Mitchell Hope will portray the product of Belle and the Beast's romance post Beauty & the Beast.
High School Musical and This Is It director Kenny Ortega will take charge of the film, which will debut next year (15).
Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie will hit the big screen as Maleficent on 30 May (14).
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On May 19 at 10 PM, The Maya Rudolph Show will premiere on NBC. After some time out in Hollywood making films like Grown-Ups and Friends with Kids, and a short stint with Up All Night, the Saturday Night Live veteran is returning to the variety show format to bring us a little song, dance, and live sketches. Right now it sounds like The Maya Rudolph Show is a one-time special that could become a series. And if NBC does pick it up for more, there are a few things we hope to see.
As Many Beyoncé Impersonations as Possible
The "Drunk in Love" video has been patiently awaiting a Maya Rudolph/Jay Pharoah remake since their unforgettable SNL skit. And the thought of Rudolph in any of those NSFW Mrs. Carter World Tour costumes is enough reason to tune in.
More Kristen Wiig, Please
Wiig and Rudolph have done so many memorable things together (their skits on SNL, Friends with Kids, and Bridesmaids), so we have every reason to demand a little Wiig cameo or two (even though we also look forward to confirmed guest appearances from Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell). Come to think of it, a Bridesmaids cast reunion moment is long overdue and probably needs to happen as well.
The Maya Rudolph Family Hour
Maya Rudolph has four children with acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson, and just once it would be nice to see the whole family together... maybe doing a Sound of Music "Edelweiss" thing? Something tells us that people would definitely tune in to watch a room full of little Rudolph Andersons being extremely adorable and wonderful on stage. If Rudolph thinks this is too much, a nice big family photo shown before the first commercial would also be acceptable. Don't make this weird, Rudolph... we just want to bask in your family's talent!
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