Former American Idol judge and Grammy-winning songwriter/producer/musician/singer (!) Kara DioGuardi recently conducted an interesting experiment with Elle magazine: trying to quickly turn someone into a viral pop star.
DioGuardi went after hours to the fashion magazine's offices, where one of Elle's junior editors became the guinea pig -- with the help of Elle Creative Director Joe Zee and famed co-choreographers Derek Mondello and Cody Rigsby.
Check out the fun and real (yes, that's an actual Elle staffer singing!) results below in the video for the song "My Heels."
Last week the interwebs exploded with the news that Russell Brand was filing for a divorce from Katy Perry. Since then, tabloids have come up with multiple reports about how the couple's handling the split, saying they're happy, sad, relieved, depressed, etc. But naturally, the next thing to be discussed is the money situation...especially since Brand admitted to New York Magazine last year that they didn't sign a pre-nup, which could mean he's entitled to half of Perry's millions. According to California law, in the absence of a pre-nup, the couple must split their earnings 50/50 and since Perry's worth a little over $40 million, that means Brand could potentially be receiving a check in the sum of $20 million. You know, because that sounds fair, right? - NYDN
Aretha Franklin announced yesterday that she became engaged over the holidays to her "forever friend" Willie Wilkerson. Franklin's rep confirmed the news to People magazine, adding that, "Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino, and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown." And while no exact date has been set yet, the Queen of Soul herself commented on her upcoming nuptials, saying, "We're looking at June or July for our date and no, I'm not pregnant, LOL!" Congratulations, Aretha! - People
Back in September, it was announced that plans to make a biopic centering around Elton John's life (called Rocketman) was well in the works. But the main question on everyone's mind is -- who should play the infamous artist? Well, according to the LA Times, John has a few suggestions on the matter and his number one pick to play himself is none other than Justin Timberlake. The singer told the newspaper, "I've got a wish list of people. No. 1 on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of Rocket Man and was superb. Can't argue with logic like that! - LA Times
After a whirlwind romance and an engagement after only six months of dating, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries tied the knot in from of 440 guests on Saturday. The bride's stepfather, Bruce Jenner walked her down the aisle in her Vera Wang gown and her sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian Odom served as maids of honor. Kim's stepsisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner rounded out her bridal party and her nephew Mason Dissick served as the ring bearer.
In attendance were a whole slew of stars including Demi Lovato, Vera Wang, Mark Ballas, Eva Longoria, Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough, Carmello Anthony, Ciara, Lindsay Lohan, Brody Jenner and Avril Lavigne, just to name a few.
E! will replay some of the footage Sunday at 6 p.m. and of course, fans will get the whole scoop on the nuptials when the full special airs on E! on Oct. 9.
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Less than three days left on our K-Day wedding countdown! We know the dress designer (Vera Wang), we know the location (Montecito, Calif.), and we even know the strict guest attire rule (black and white only). But what kind of wedding would it be without some family advice? Apparently Khloe Kardashian has got some words of wisdom to share with her soon-to-be married sister, Kim Kardashian.
Being a veteran bride, Khloe feels equipped to pass on some tips to her sister, saying "It's not about having everything perfect...at some point in your wedding, take your husband in a corner and just be quiet and look and enjoy the whole presence of it. And just look and enjoy because it goes so fast...it's amazing." With a $25,000 dress, a $20,000 cake, and a slew of celebrity guests, Kim really should take a mental image of it all because this is sure to be a day she will never want to forget (even after the bills come in).
But the worldly advice doesn't stop there. As far as life after the honeymoon, Khloe says "No two relationships are the same. Keep yours to yourself because everyone will have an opinion. They have no idea what goes on behind closed doors." Unless you have a reality show where cameras follow you around all the time, that is.
Even before this wise advice, Kim has appeared to be very calm about the upcoming big day and has said that she and future hubby Kris Humphries balance each other out really well, and she chalks it up to having "a good connection." We should hope so because you're about to be connected forever as husband and wife -- or until divorce papers are filed. Either way.
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Update: Miss Kunis has given the old 10-4 on Sgt. Scott Moore's request and agreed to accompany the marine to the Corps Ball in November. That's right, Kunis will be reporting for duty and it's all thanks to her Friends with Benefits co-star, Justin Timberlake. When Fox411 asked Kunis if she had heard about the YouTube invitation, Timberlake chimed in "Have you seen this? Have you heard about this?....you need to do it for your country!" The Sexy Back singer said in a message to Scott, "I'm going to work on this, man...this needs to go down!" Mila replied to Timberlake saying, "I'll go. I'll do it for you."
Earlier: Well here's something that's never happened before....A marine, Scott Moore, has posted a video asking Mila Kunis to join him at the Marine Corps Ball on November 18th in Greensville, North Carolina. I think this guy is on the verge of discovering a new kind of dating service. Sgt. Scott Moore is a member of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Musa Qala, Afghanistan. I'd say that looks highly impressive on a dating resume. Moore has even taken the time to put together a YouTube page dedicated to the cause. At the bottom of the video it reads, "Mila- if you see this, please contact Scott at email@example.com :)" Good luck Mr. Marine -- we're rooting for ya! Check out the video below:
The Friends With Benefits star has yet to respond, but if this works then I'm totally doing this with Alexander Skarsgard. A girl can dream, right?
Source: Huffington Post, US
Now that Tracy Morgan has told us all that he's totally fine with homosexuals and apologized for those homophobic comments he made apologized to a bunch of gay homeless teens, he's now talking about how strong retarded kids can be. During two performances at Caroline's, he said, "Don't ever mess with women who have retarded kids. Them young retarded males is strong. They're strong like chimps." Then, he talked about how he dated a girl once who he said was "a cripple" because she had a prosthetic arm, a mechanical larynx and a dialysis machine. You know -- funny stuff. - Jezebel
Kim Kardashian was seen shopping for a wedding dress at Vera Wang's store in NYC yesterday. Her sister Kourtney was also there to help, as were E! cameramen because oddly enough, they actually have a lot of experience with that type of stuff. Seriously. They know. - Us
Beyoncé was on Piers Morgan's show last night and she reminded everyone that she said she was going to have a baby when she turned 30, and that she turns 30 in September. She said, "I feel like 30 is the ideal age, because you're mature enough to know who you are and have your boundaries and your standards and not be afraid or too polite, but young enough to be a young woman. I'm so looking forward to it." As is everyone. - CNN
In the category of things we’re pretty excited about but not that surprised by: Mila Kunis is in negotiations to play leading lady in Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming fuzzy comedy, Ted.
In case you haven’t yet noticed how much the Fox cartoon’s pudgy troubled teen, Meg, sounds remarkably like Jackie Burkhart from That 70’s Show you may live under a rock and you should know that Kunis has been the voice of Meg since season two when the show dumped actress Lacey Chabert. Thus, when MacFarlane was searching for a girlfriend for Ted’s star, Mark Wahlberg, it could have been assumed that Kunis was on the short list. (Although I’m sure her boost in fame thanks to Black Swan doesn’t hurt.)
In addition to Kunis, funny man Adam Scott of Parks and Recreation and the dearly departed Party Down, is in talks to join the cast.
The film follows Wahlberg’s character, who at a young age wished his teddy bear (Seth MacFarlane) would come to life. Fast forward to adulthood, where the bear is still very much alive and has become swarthier than a salty old sailor. Ted keeps Wahlberg from growing up and Kunis seeks solace with her douchey boss, played by Scott.
Scott’s got the comedic chops to play a fantastically sarcastic ass, and MacFarlane’s not exactly new to comedy so I’m sure he’ll use the actor to his advantage. As for Kunis, she’s got huge potential for comedy but her part seems to be a bit of a ragdoll being tossed between the two male characters, so we’ll have to wait to see what MacFarlane does to make her a bit more interesting.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Reese Witherspoon, one of America's most coveted blonde actresses, has signed on to play Peggy Lee in Fox 2000's untitled biopic that will chronicle the American jazz singer's life story. Nora Ephron, of "I'll have what she's having," will serve as writer and director.
Witherspoon acquired the rights to Lee's story when she met her granddaughter, Holly Foster-Wells. I imagine that even though Wells was already inclined to grant Witherspoon the opportunity to develop a Hollywood depiction of her grandmother's life, Witherspoon still took the time to plate up some nice cookies that were remaining from the Gyllenhaal days, and respectfully yet forcefully advocated why she was the right lady for the endeavor. And I imagine Walk the Line played a bigger part in it than just something that allowed Witherspoon to buy such plush sofa cushions.
Marc Platt, who produced Legally Blonde with Witherspoon and the glorious musical, Wicked, is producing.
Lee was one of the most multidimensional musical figures in American history. She began her career singing on local radio shows, and after a successful gig at The Buttery Room in Chicago, she captured the attention of Benny Goodman, who invited her to join his band, which officially launched her career. Perhaps Lee is most known for the songs she composed for the Disney hit, Lady and the Tramp, a production which she also voiced the four main characters. She was also responsible for the lyrics of hits like "What More Can A Woman Do?" "Don't Smoke In Bed," "I Love Being Here With You," and "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter." Over the course of her life, Lee was nominated for 12 Grammy awards and won one for "Best Contemporary Vocal Performance" for the 1965 charm, "Is That All There Is?" She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999. Lee died in January of 2002 of complications from a heart attack and diabetes.
Hugh Jackman will join Jeon Ji-Hyunand and Li Bingbing in director Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, the trades report.
While local media called his role the male lead, Jackman's publicist told The Hollywood Reporter that "at this point in time, he is doing an unbilled cameo."
This would be Jackman's first project in China, adding him to a growing list of Hollywood stars who are heading East to work in the world's fastest-growing movie market. Kevin Spacey recently joined Chinese film Inseparable.
The English-language Snow Flower is an adaptation of Lisa See's novel about love between two women and the rigid codes that govern their friendship in 19th century China. Wendi Murdoch, wife of Rupert Murdoch, and Florence Sloan, wife of MGM chairman Harry Sloan, are co-producing.
Shooting began this week in Hengdian studios in Zhejiang province.
Zhang Ziyi was originally due to star in the film and serve as co-producer, but the actress dropped out last month.
Wang is best-known for directing Smoke and Blue in the Face.
All Jackie Chan movies are basically the same right? Jackie is the good
guy who's on the run from or in pursuit of a truly evil bad guy. In
this one Jackie plays an Imperial Chinese guard sent to the American
west during the 1800s to rescue a kidnapped princess (Lucy Liu). He
buddies up with a bumbling outlaw (Owen Wilson) and as you might guess
action and laughs follow.
One reason for Chan's phenomenal success of recent years is that he
seems to realize his own strengths and weaknesses as an actor and plays
up to them. As he did with Chris Tucker in "Rush Hour " Chan plays the
straight guy while Wilson (doing a more slapstick type of comedy than in
"Bottle Rocket" and other films) acts the goof.
Well there's some nice scenery of the Sierra Nevadas and the old west
(where this stuff was actually filmed I have no idea but it looks
great) but other than that this film is a showcase for the actors. For
the most part director Tom Dey doesn't deviate from the tried-and-true
elements of a Hollywood western: Gunfights Indians brothels bounty
hunters barroom brawls hangings damsels in distress and so on. The
final fight between the good guys and bad guys is a lot of fun mixing
up swordplay gunplay martial arts and fighting sticks.