Supermodel Elle Macpherson quit her role as head judge on U.K. reality TV show Britain And Ireland's Next Top Model to concentrate on overseeing her son's education.
Bosses at broadcaster Sky announced last year (13) that the U.K. version of Tyra Banks' televised model hunt would come to an end after 10 years on air. The cut came after the network picked up Naomi Campbell's rival modelling show The Face, sparking reports producers wanted a fresh format for viewers.
However, Macpherson insists she walked away from the show so she could help her 16-year-old son, Arpad Flynn, prepare for his GCSEs, school exams taken by teenagers in Britain.
She tells U.K. morning show Lorraine, "Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model was such a fantastic programme to be working on because it was about mentoring girls on every level... I had a lot of fun. "Unfortunately I wasn't able to do it this year because I was building this new business and my son is doing his GCSEs so I was like study mum!"
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker showed off her dancing and singing skills at the White House on Tuesday (20May14) as part of a new arts initiative spearheaded by Michelle Obama.
The Sex and the City star partnered with America's First Lady for the Turnaround Arts program, which brings the arts into some of the most underprivileged schools in the U.S. To showcase the work that has already been accomplished by the scheme, students from across America gathered in Washington, D.C. for a talent show, and were joined by Hollywood stars including Parker, Sir Elton John, actress Alfre Woodard, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Groban and Tim Robbins.
Woodard led a student brass band, while Parker went back to her roots and danced with a group of girls to You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile from Annie, which she starred in on Broadway in 1979. The Turnaround Arts initiative was launched in 2012, and stars including Kal Penn, Forest Whitaker, Kerry Washington, and Yo-Yo Ma have all participated.
Director Francis Lawrence has decided against using computer-generated imagery (CGI) to complete Philip Seymour Hoffman's scenes in The Hunger Games sequels following his death in February (14).
The Capote actor died from a drug overdose after shooting the bulk of his scenes for the franchise's next instalments, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 & 2, in which he plays head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, and filmmaker Lawrence reveals he has decided to rework his outstanding scenes for his castmates Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks instead of attempting to recast his role or use technology to fill in for the late star.
Speaking at the Cannes International Film Festival in France, where he was promoting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 on Saturday (17May14), Lawrence said, "We finished the majority of his work. I think he might have had eight to 10 days left on our schedule. In most of those scenes, Phil didn't have any dialogue. "We are going to put him into those scenes, but we're only using real footage. We're not creating anything digital or a robotic version of him."
He added to Reuters, "There were a couple of scenes that were pretty substantial which we ended up giving to other actors to take over, and obviously although no-one is a replacement for Phil, the story still works." The Hunger Games franchise also stars actress Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland and Julianne Moore.
Kanye West has fuelled speculation he is preparing to wed Kim Kardashian in Florence, Italy after revealing the couple's baby daughter was conceived in the city. The showbiz couple is set to marry in Europe later this month (May14), and although initial speculation pointed towards Paris as the location for the nuptials, reports now suggest guests will have dinner in the French capital before they are flown to Florence for the ceremony.
The rapper has now given a huge clue about the location of the wedding by revealing the couple's daughter, North West, was conceived during a trip to the historic Italian city.
In an interview with Florence's La Nazione newspaper, which was published on Friday (16May), West opens up about his love for the city and his personal connection to the area, saying, "I adore Florence. I love Italy and the Italian lifestyle. To tell you the truth, I already came to the banks of the Arno (Florence's river) with Kim last year, just the two of us, incognito. I think that our daughter North was conceived here among the Renaissance masterpieces. It was our first honeymoon. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world - for me the most beautiful in Europe."
West was speaking during a trip to the city this week (beg12May14) when he visited local fashion designer Ermanno Scervino. The publication reports that West and Kardashian have chosen Florence's historic Fort Belvedere for the wedding, which is said to be taking place on 24 May (14).
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It's important to acknowledge the fact that there at least 94 reasons to be in love with Seth Rogen. Picking just seven moments in his career to highlight is morally wrong on some level, so you'll have to forgive us and use this list as a jumping-off point for future YouTube perusals. Rogen's new movie Neighbors hits theaters this weekend and he and his co-star just made a great appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Rogen in drag doing the "Ew" skit was amazing, and here are seven other times we could not resist his charms.
1. The Esteemed Screenwriter of Star Whores
In the end, the Zack and Miri characters never got to make Star Whores. But hearing Rogen (as Zack) waxing poetic on the epic porn parody script to end all porn parody scripts was unforgettable. Plus, he and Elizabeth Banks (Miri) were just adorable. There's nothing cuter than falling in love with your porn co-star.
2. Dawson's Creek Heartthrob
Lest we forget the time he played Stoner Bob on Dawson's Creek! Rogen was sort of the older, hot guy here — note that he's described as "an outstanding lay." This isn't exactly the Rogen we've come to love, but it works!
3. He Gets That Marriage Can Be Awesome
In this interview, Rogen talks about putting an end to the "naggy wife" trope that has been perpetuated everywhere, even in his own films. He told Studio 360's Kurt Andersen that with a little help from his own wife, the script for Neighbors got some much-needed revisions. We also get to hear 13-year-old Rogen doing stand-up, which is amazing.
4. The Bieber Conundrum
Rogen keeps it real, a rarity among celebrities. And when he spoke out against Justin Bieber — planting an epic dog joke in this interview — it just made us love him more.
5. Greatest Music Video Parody Ever
There are no words for this moment in pop culture history. When Rogen and James Franco teamed up for this Bound 3 parody video of Kanye West's Bound 2, it was incredible. And we clearly need more Kim Kardashian impersonations from him as well.
6. These Are His Confessions
In which Rogen admits to wetting the bed, disliking ugly babies, and interesting choices for make-out partners.
7. The Dice Roll
There are so many great moments from Knocked Up, but when Rogen reminded us that sometimes the dice roll dance works (because, hey, he does get the girl in the end), we all learned a valuable lesson. You can find true love at the club. You just have to use the dance moves you have — however ridiculous they may be.
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Tyra Banks is set to produce a new docu-series featuring transgender model/actress Carmen Carrera.
The America's Next Top Model host will co-produce TransAmerica, a TV series following the lives of five transgender women living in Chicago, Illinois. Carrera will serve as a role model to the women as they build their careers, giving viewers an in-depth look at how their sexuality affects their lives.
Carrera became an icon and outspoken activist in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after appearing on reality show RuPaul's Drag Race in 2011.
Model Karlie Kloss has enrolled in a class at the Harvard Business School. The Victoria's Secret angel is now a part-time college student after taking a course, titled The Business of Media, Entertainment and Sports, at the prestigious university.
The 21 year old took to her Instagram account to post photos of herself on the Massachusetts campus, posing next to a statue of the school's founder, John Harvard. She wrote, "I am very excited to be spending a few days here on the Harvard Campus in Cambridge for a class this week. I had to pay respect to Mr. John Harvard himself and rub his foot for good luck."
Kloss posted another picture at the library with her highlighted notes spread out on a desk, and added the caption, "Late night in the library." The model has previously expressed interest in attending Harvard full-time, but is eager to focus on her career before earning a degree.
Incidentally, Kloss' boyfriend, Josh Kushner, is a Harvard graduate with both a bachelor's and master's degree. She's not the first model with brains to study at Harvard - Tyra Banks is a former Business School student.
Actress Elizabeth Banks and her producer husband are at the centre of a legal spat over their new movie Walk Of Shame. The film, in which The Hunger Games star plays a news anchor stranded after a one-night stand, opened on limited release and as a video-on-demand download in America last week (01May14) and now it's making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Producer Dan Rosen has sued Banks and her husband Max Handelman, claiming the movie is based on a script he pitched to the couple in 2007, titled Darci's Walk of Fame. In papers filed on Wednesday (07May14) in California, the plaintiff claims he forwarded a draft of the screenplay to Banks via a mutual friend, with a view to her starring in the film. He then sat down for a meeting with the actress and Handelman and walked away confident that the couple liked the script.
But they never got back to Rosen and, according to the lawsuit, which has been obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, they "retained the Screenplay, and never returned any version of it."
The suit reads: "The plot in both works follows a pretty blonde but prudent woman (a 'good girl') in her thirties living in a big city who goes through a break up with her boyfriend, commiserates with her best girlfriends (one of whom is sexual and foulmouthed), gets drunk, spends a 'one-nighter' with a younger man she just met who works as a busboy/bartender, wakes up the next morning at his place, and puts on her inappropriate outfit from the night before."
Rosen and his partners at Shame on You Production have also named Walk of Shame screenwriter Steven Brill and executives at Focus World, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, FilmDistrict and Lakeshore Entertainment in the suit, claiming copyright infringement and breach of implied-in-fact contract. A spokesperson for Lakeshore Entertainment tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Lakeshore developed Walk of Shame independently, prior to casting Elizabeth Banks. We believe this claim is meritless."
Walk of Shame will be released in Russia, Singapore and Vietnam this weekend (beg09May14), and film fans in Lithuania, France, Holland, Belgium and Hungary will be able to catch the movie before the end of the month.
Not only was Pitch Perfect epically funny it also had an amazing soundtrack. It was the perfect blend of nostalgic pop hits, current Top 40s, and innovative musical mash-ups. But can the upcoming sequel, with Elizabeth Banks now serving as director, top the 2012 movie?
They have all the tools: Anna Kendrick proved she was a viable recording artist after “Cups” went from a cute song to a viral hit. Fans may not realize that Ester Dean, who plays Cynthia Rose, is behind some of the most memorable pop hits. She produced the infectious Selena Gomez hit “Come & Get It” and the David Guetta/Nicki Minaj collaboration “Turn Me On.” We may not know any of the songs that will be in the movie but here are a few songs we’re dying to hear get an aca-adjustment.
The Audition Song
In the first film, all the freshman had to perform Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Rebel Wilson kills it and Skylar Astin belts out a high note. For the sequel, we think Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is the perfect song. The Bellas could very well choose the song since they sang “Party in the USA” in the last film. Plus, the song is catchy, and by now, who doesn’t know the lyrics?
The riff-off was one of the best moments of the movie. All the competing a capella groups meet up in an empty pool to sing fully arranged a capella songs with no prior rehearsal. However, through Hollywood magic they end up being fully in-synch. In the first film, songs like “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, “S&M” by Rihanna (written by Dean), and “No Diggity” by Blackstreet made the cut. This is a great opportunity for “Come & Get It” to make an appearance since the producers have an in with Dean. Also, “Somebody that I Used to Know” got some amazing a capella treatment by Pentatronix. There’s also a chance for Kendrick to rap and perhaps sing Iggy Azaelea’s “Fancy” or dare we say it, Kreayshawn’s viral video hit “Gucci, Gucci.”
The Barden Bellas
Now that Becca (Kendrick) has revealed her magical DJ powers and ability to write mash-ups, it stands to reason the ladies will be singing one or two of them, adhering to songs by female artists. “Let It Go” is inescapable. Here’s an awesome mashup by DJ Axcess that mixes it with Madonna’s “Frozen.” To add a little more pep to the somber hit why not add Britney Spears’ “Hot as Ice”? Another great mash-up (see below) features “Drop Dead Beautiful” by Spears and written by Dean. It also speeds up Kerry Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock.” However, they should replace the Chris Brown sample for obvous reasons with TLC’s “Unpretty.”
In the first film, Astin, Adam DeVine, and Ben Platt sang amazing pop songs as part of the all-male group on campus. The sequel should do a gender-swap of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” There were a ton of viral videos of men singing the song. An all chorally-arranged version of The Pixies classic “Where Is My Mind” would be an awesome moment in the movie. Plus, it’s been a great time for guys in music with “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons or anything by Sam Smith who killed it at Coachella. Or what about this Bastille slowjam cover of “No Scrubs” by TLC.
What songs do you want to see in the sequel?
Rapper Ab-Soul is threatening to leak his long-awaited new album online after growing fed-up with label delays. The hip-hop star, a member of Kendrick Lamar's rap group Black Hippy, completed the follow-up to 2012's Control System in February (14), but label bosses at Top Dawg Entertainment have yet to set an official release date for the project.
The lack of progress has left Ab-Soul fuming and he reveals he is ready to just give his new music away to fans.
Venting his frustration on Twitter.com, he writes, "I'm this close to just leakin (sic) my s**t like its (sic) a mixtape..."
He isn't the only musician to threaten a rebellion against record executives - fellow rapper Azealia Banks also recently vowed to post her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, online for free in her longrunning battle with Universal Music Group chiefs.