Although we finally get a look at NBC's new miniseries Rosemary's Baby in its first trailer, we actually have more questions than we did before. The show stars Zoe Saldana as Rosemary, a woman who becomes pregnant, but fears that her progeny may or may not be the Antichrist. It's quite the maternal dilemma. The four-hour mini-series event is airing over two nights, and also features the devilish Jason Isaacs, being as conniving as ever. Most of you probably know the story of Rosemary's Baby, but for those whose memories are a little fuzzy, or those who may simply find themselves baffled by the teaser, we've answered any and all questions you might have.
First off, what is Rosemary's Baby?Good question! Rosemary's Baby is a psychological horror film released in 1968 and directed by Roman Polanski. The original film was based off a novel written by Ira Levin, and has become a seminal horror classic over the years. Polanski's film takes place in New York, but this modern retelling shifts its setting to Paris. We're betting other liberties with the source material will be taken as well.
Do we really need a remake?Probably not, but at this point, NBC is so desperate for ratings, they are willing to give birth to the Antichrist and bring forth the apocalypse if it means people will watch something on their channel that's not the Olympics.
Why is Zoe Saldana in this? Isn't she a movie star?Well, see, everyone wants a cool mini-series, but not everyone can be on True Detective.
This is about the birth of the Antichrist right? Why is everything so... bright looking?In all but a scant few instances (like the terrifically dour Hannibal), network television usually fails to set the right mood, shooting and lighting everything like an episode of Friends, so in a way it's not terribly surprising that Rosemary's Baby looks like a mid-season episode of a sitcom. On the other hand, the series is being directed by Angiezka Holland, a small screen vet who has lent her directorial know-how on projects like The Wire and The Killing, shows that excelled at crafting chilling, moody settings.
So is Jason Isaacs is totally the Devil, right?What! How'd you figure THAT out... Well I guess we're done here. But seriously, he's more likely to be some sort of devil worshipper or evil minion than the genuine D-man himself. Though, if he were the devil, he'd probably be named Lou C. Pherr or something totally subtle like that. Gotta keep the viewers guessing.
And he's a fertility doctor?We certainly hope so. One has to hope that the really creepy dude at least flashed the couple some sort of credentials before getting free rein to mess around with Saldana's womb.
So how exactly do you make your own devil baby?Making a devil baby is super easy. All you have to do is chew on few goat hooves, drink a bit of sparrow's blood, say some easy to remember incantations and you'll be showing in no time. It's that simple. All the celebrities are doing it, so you know it's safe.
Why is Jason Isaacs stroking a cat at the end of the trailer?How else are you supposed to know he's the bad guy? In the year 2014, television viewers can only understand that someone is evil if they are actively stroking a cat. Otherwise, they can just be anybody, really.
Does that mean my grandma is evil?She send you sweaters for Christmas, doesn't she?
Rosemary's Baby premieres May 11 on NBC.
British pop star Jaymi Hensley has changed his wedding plans so he can marry his partner next Christmas (Dec14). The Union J singer has been engaged to his boyfriend Olly Marmon since 2010, and recently revealed they had set a date in 2015 for the nuptials.
However, Hensley, 23, has now revealed the date has changed so they can enjoy a festive ceremony in December.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I'm getting married in December. It's going to be a big day. We've been wanting to do it for a long time and are now in the position to do it. We will have been together for five and a half years when we get married."
The star admits the wedding will take place during a break in Union J's touring schedule, so they won't be able to jet off on honeymoon straight away.
He adds, "We've got the next day off and that's probably all."
If you got pregnant this year, 1.) Congratulations and 2.) you must be a celebrity, otherwise you were pregnancy buddies with a celebrity (which is just as cool). Because pretty much all celebrities who are capable of bearing children this year got pregnant. Seriously. All of them. Kim Kardashian, Halle Berry, Kate Middleton, Kate Winslet -- all of these ladies were pregnant this year and had healthy, beautiful babies. And we've got a slew of other celebrities who are about to become first-time moms or moms all over again. Olivia Wilde, Emily Blunt, Drew Barrymore, Kendra Wilkinson, Kelly Clarkson, Evelyn Lozada, Kristin Cavallari, Megan Fox, Ginnifer Goodwin -- they're all totally pregs and we can't wait to see these new celebrity babies. But of all of these (and other) pregnancies, we do have a few favorites. Here are the three celebrity pregnancies we are freaking out about the most.
Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley
Yes, folks. JWOWW from Jersey Shore is pregnant and the only reason it's not completely, entirely, mind-blowingly shocking is because Snooki already beat her to it last year, and Pauly D had a baby this year. You know you're old when all the former Jersey Shore cast members are settling down and starting families. But the truth is, Jenni's come a long way since her drunken nights on the Shore, and we can't help but be excited for her and her fiancé Roger Mathews. They announced the happy news on Christmas day with a sonogram photo on Jenni's blog, and we can expect to see that baby bump pretty soon.
The rockin' hot mother of two looks amazing just a few months into her recent pregnancy, but that's nothing to be surprised about... considering the fact that her abs haven't changed at all since 1995. The singer has remained mum about the new baby (although she did pose in that adorable bump photo with Rachel Zoe), so we have yet to find out if she's carrying a boy or a girl. Either way, it'll be awesome but it's hard not to hope for a teeny, tiny Gwen look-alike. We can just see the Hello Kitty onesies now...
A secret marriage, a secret pregnancy; how can we not be insanely excited about Kerry Washington's baby? Like Gwen, she has yet to confirm the news but we all saw that Saturday Night Live episode she hosted and we can expect her maternity wear during awards season to be ah-mazing. Then throw in the fact that she's an intelligent, creative, gorgeous woman? We cannot wait to see Washington enter motherhood, even if it does affect future seasons of Scandal.
British model Liberty Ross and music mogul Jimmy Iovine went all out for their Christmas party by enlisting Mary J. Blige to sing carols to revellers. Blige serenaded Ross and the Interscope co-founder, along with guests including Tom Hanks, Dr. Dre, Sean Comb, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale at the bash in Los Angeles.
Soul star Mary J. Blige fulfilled a lifelong ambition this year (13) by recording her first album of Christmas songs. The Family Affair hitmaker released A Mary Christmas in October (13). The album contained R&B versions of traditional tunes such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Little Drummer Boy.
And Blige was delighted to finally spread some seasonal cheer on record, saying, "Christmas is, like, my favourite holiday, my favourite time of year, and I've always wanted to record a Christmas album... but I never found the time.
"When (producer) David Foster suggested the idea, and there was space in my schedule, it was a dream come true."
Ollie Millington/GettyFrom the annual X-Factor winner's single to an outtake from this year's coolest pop debut, here's a look at five of the best tracks to have been unveiled over the past seven days. The Dead Weather – "Open Up (That’s Enough)"Arguably the most sinister thing Jack White has put his name to, his 'motley collection of low-lifes, grifters and ne'er-do-wells' serve up their very own nightmare before Christmas with this slightly terrifying slice of garage-rock.Pixie Lott – "Heart Cry"Getting back to what she does best, Pixie Lott ditches the tacky synth-pop of her last album for the retro soul of her first on a timeless blend of '60s girl group melodies, whistle hooks and toe-tapping beats co-written by Cee-Lo Green.Sam Bailey – "Skyscraper"Following covers by 2009 winner Joe McElderry and 2012 fourth-placed finalists Union J, this year's victor, former prison officer Sam Bailey, becomes the third X-Factor UK contestant to tackle Demi Lovato's emotive post-rehab ballad "Skyscraper."Lorde – "No Better"Capping off an incredible year which has seen her transform from virtual unknown to chart-topping four-time Grammy nominee, New Zealand's most precocious teen now unveils "No Better," a bass-rumbling Pure Heroine outtake refreshingly more carefree than her usual anti-materialistic anthems.Foxes – "Holding Onto Heaven"Blending her typically dramatic melodies with soaring strings and skittering breakbeats, this latest taster from Foxes' forthcoming full-length debut, Glorious, suggests that the album may live up to its title.
Here are some of this week's highlights from Flavorwire, VH1, Celebuzz, and Hollywood.com, ranging from books to reality TV.
In true academic form, Flavorwire judges you by your favorite book of 2013.Find out what it means if you liked Jonathan Franzen's new book, or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah before Beyoncé sampled her. Check it out at Flavorwire.
Who were the worst reality show villains of 2013? It's a nasty, but varied list, ranging from dance moms to real housewives. Find out if your personal least favorite made the cut at VH1 celebrity.
Tis the season of strange holiday album releases.And Hollywood.com lists this year's best, from Kelly Clarkson to Mary J. Blige. Listen to a sample of them all here.
Find out Kanye's craziest quotes.Celebuzz is listing their year's favorites through the 12 Days of Christmas. You've got six Bieber scandals and, our favorite, seven crazy Kanye West quotes. Find out what they are at Celebuzz.
RCAWith everyone from the cast of A&E reality TV series Duck Dynasty to '80s pop icon Kim Wilde recently venturing into the festive market, here's a look at five of the best new Christmas albums to have been released this year.Leona Lewis – Christmas, With LoveInspired by Phil Spector's classic Wall of Sound, Lewis looks like getting her career back on track with a warm and nostalgic record featuring several new compositions ("One More Sleep," "Mr Right") which fit in comfortably with the more familiar numbers ("Winter Wonderland," "White Christmas") and an astonishing operatic take on "Ave Maria" which proves she’s still the best vocalist ever to emerge from The X-Factor.Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In RedStamping her mark on the festive season just as effortlessly as her fellow talent show winner, the original American Idol ropes in the likes of Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood for an affectionate collection of yuletide tunes old and new, including arguably the most uplifting seasonal song since Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" ("Underneath The Tree").Mary J. Blige – A Mary ChristmasGiven her previously fiery reputation, Mary J. Blige doesn't seem like the most obvious candidate to celebrate the season of goodwill. But she acquits herself well on the brilliantly-titled A Mary Christmas, recruiting everyone from Barbra Streisand to Jessie J on a surprisingly traditional but typically soulful affair.Erasure – Snow GlobeConsidering their 'camp as Christmas' reputation, it's a surprise that it’s taken the synth-pop veterans nearly thirty years to commit to a holiday record. Featuring an eerie take on traditional hymn "Gaudete," a bizarre chiptune rendition of Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" and a macabre waltz inspired by a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, Snow Globe won't be for everyone. But it's easily the most intriguing Christmas release this year.Tamar Braxton – Winter LoverslandAfter waiting 13 years to follow-up her 2000 debut, Tamar, the youngest Braxton sister has now released her second album in three months with a brief but heartwarming festive effort which showcases her powerhouse vocals in all their glory.
Kevin Mazur/Getty20th-century seasonal classics from various Rat Pack crooners, The Pogues and Mariah Carey may still reign supreme on the radio come December. But there are plenty of more recent festive hits that are worthy of joining them in the all-time Christmas hits canon. Here's a look at six of the best from the past 13 years.Leona Lewis - "One More Sleep"A refreshing departure from Lewis' usual heart-breaking ballads, "One More Sleep" perfectly recaptures the excitement of the Christmas countdown with an uplifting blend of Motown pop beats, sleigh bells and bursts of brass inspired by Phil Spector's classic Wall of Sound.Coldplay – "Christmas Lights"Released in between the Viva La Vida and Mylo Xyloto albums in 2010, "Christmas Lights" saw the 21st century’s biggest guitar band get in on the holiday action with a typically melancholic tale of a relationship that's turned sour at the worst possible time of year.George Michael – "December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas)"Originally intended for the Spice Girls and then Michael Buble, George Michael's 2008 wintry ballad might not have caught on in the same way as Wham!'s festive classic, but with its Frank Sinatra sample and gorgeous orchestral production, it's unarguably just as timeless.Sugababes – "New Year"The 2000 second single from the original line-up of the ever-changing Sugababes established Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan as the coolest girlband around as they reflected on a past Christmas Day break-up over an understated blend of sparse acoustics and subtle R&B beats.The Killers – "A Great Big Sled"The first and indeed the greatest of The Killers' eight attempts to establish themselves as the four wise men of indie rock, 2006's "A Great Big Sled" combined shimmering synths, galloping guitars and of course some obligatory sleigh bells to produce an instant Phil Spector-esque classic.Hurts – "All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day"Beginning as a slightly morbid ballad, this anti-Christmas anthem then builds up into a strangely euphoric crescendo of tubular bells, emphatic drums and soaring melodies, recapturing the magic of the holidays in a way which many more cheery yuletide songs failed to do.
Mariah Carey's 1994 hit All I Want For Christmas Is You has topped Billboard's first Holiday 100 chart of the year, as it did last year (12). The song, which Carey performed at the 81st annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony on Wednesday (04Dec13), hit the number one spot with 29,000 downloads and big airplay figures.
Brenda Lee's 1958 classic Rocking Around the Christmas Tree comes in at two and Bobby Helms' Jingle Bell Rock is at three on the first U.S. festive chart of the year.
Ariana Grande claims the chart's top holiday song released this season with Love Is Everything at number 15, while her cover of Wham!'s Last Christmas is at 32. The original takes the 11th spot on the countdown.
Meanwhile, on the U.S. Christmas albums chart, Duck Dynasty stars the Robertsons' Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas ranks number one, just ahead of Kelly Clarkson's holiday compilation Wrapped in Red.
Mary J. Blige's new album A Mary Christmas is at three, Michael Buble's 2011 release Christmas is at four and Susan Boyle's Home for Christmas rounds out the new top five.