Beyoncé's baby girl may only be days old, but that hasn't stopped her from becoming a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. Once news of the famous birth broke, people from all over began to tweet about it - including some of Hollywood's finest. Countless celebrities took to the social media site to offer up their congratulations to the first-time parents. Suffice to say, Blue Ivy's already got a huge celeb fan base (not bad for being two days old).
However, one person in particular outwardly refused to congratulate the superstar via Twitter: Beyoncé's former Destiny's Child bandmate, Michelle Williams. But that's not to say she isn't happy for her famous pal, she would just rather do it in person...although she was a bit snippy about the whole thing. After someone berated Williams on Twitter for not writing a congratulatory tweet about Bey's baby, the singer went on a bit of a rant on her Twitter account and responded with a message that read:
"Let's get ONE thing straight....I do NOT have to say congrats to someone when they're NOT on twitter...ESPECIALLY when I talk or email them all the time....or when I'll be physically present as well. My friendship with people aren't always for twitter display," Williams continued. "Respect that and get a LIFE!!! Enjoy this FINE day!!! God bless!!!!"
So just to be clear: she tweeted about why she won't tweet. Makes sense. And although I understand where she's coming from to a point, the tone of her message was a little unnecessary. And to tell you the truth, I can't fully agree with her logic since I know I'd be offended if my close friends didn't write "Happy Birthday" on my Facebook wall, even if we'd already talked on the phone that day. I feel like tweeting holds the same sort of standards.
So here's a list of celebs who actually adhered to the proper social media etiquette and offered the Carter family their congratulations:
Gwyneth Paltrow: "Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already."
Rihanna: "Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih."
Solange Knowles: "The most beautiful girl in the world."
Diddy: "Congrats to jay and B! God Bless :) ! And many more!"
Ryan Seacrest: "Congrats beyonce and jay-z on their little child of destiny, Blue Ivy! #watchthecrib."
Russell Simmons: "congrats to my good friends Beyonce and Jay-Z…wowowowowo! Beyonce almost crashed the entire internet."
Snooki: "Beyonce congrats on your baby gurl mama!!!! So happy for you, you deserve it sexpot."
Nick Cannon: "CANNON'S COUNTDOWN: Congratulations to Jay-Z and Beyonce On Their Baby Girl!"
One Republic: "Congrats Beyonce & Sean- it would seem musical royalty has just been born."
Source: People, Twitter, E!
The hardest working man in entertainment isn’t Matt Damon or Tom Cruise. These days it’s actually rapper turned actor Common. Don’t believe us? Well, the man you may know as Jeremy Piven’s right hand Ivy from Smokin' Aces not only has a new album out called The Dreamer, The Believer, but a slew of movies coming and a legit role in AMC’s new period series Hell on Wheels, where we get to see his dramatic side and acting chops, playing the historic role of a former slave heading out West to find himself in the 1860s. We recently grabbed a few minutes with the budding film star to talk about his new album, portraying a slave and how he got so darn ripped for the role. (Hint - It wasn’t P90X)
Tell us about the new album The Dreamer, The Believer, how does it compare to earlier works?
It definitely has the core of what some of my earlier work was, the spirit of what hip-hop is and the art of it ... But I think it’s growth in the way that I’ve grown as a human being and at the same token as an artist. I think I’ve grown by the opportunity to act, I think being able to listen more and work with the collective.
Who can we expect to be featured on it?
One song with Nas called "Ghetto Dreams," one with Dr. Maya Angelou called "The Dreamer."
What are some of songs we can expect soon from the album?
There’s a song called "Raw (How You Like It)" and it will be coming out real soon. And a song called "Celebrate," [which is] a new single. The video will be premiering at the end of Hell on Wheels [for one episode].
Your film career is taking off now and Hell on Wheels is getting some real acclaim, what can we expect from that show moving forward?
We hope they will do a second season and ... We hope to be more rich and intriguing. We hope the truth keeps coming out in the show, just quality art and TV … people relate to it and we are going to win some awards.
Your character is Elam Ferguson, a slave trying to find his place? Any challenges playing such an iconic role?
It’s challenging just to be that because you have to do your best to become that and live in that time. It’s challenging just having that mentality of being a former slave and what slaves went through. Dealing with the prejudices and the racial discrimination, the racial hatred ... Even just challenges, I had to teach myself how to ride a horse [Laughs].
What kind of research did you do for the show?
I just started studying about that time period, especially black people and how we lived during that time period. You can just read about it and understand more about what they were dealing with.
You got absolutely shredded for the role, did you do anything in particular?
I try to stay in the zone. Maybe I’m not exactly in that shape all the time but I try to stay in that area. I work out three to five times a week if possible. Just eat healthy and eat well. Eating well is so important, it helps your whole life.
Last Sunday’s show (Episode 7), you were about to get hung, for those who haven’t seen the show yet, how do you plan on getting out of that one? I don’t know, man! If he gets out of that one, he’s a bad man, huh? If he gets out of that, he’s a bad man.
In addition to the show, you have like three movies either in the works or coming out.
New Year’s Eve was more of a cameo type role, I played Halle Berry’s husband. They had to fight me to get in that movie right? That just came out this past weekend.
What about LUV and Pawn?
LUV is an independent film that I worked with Michael Rainey, Jr., and "LUV" stands for "Learning Uncle Vincent." It’s really about a young man who spends a day with his uncle that just got out of jail. His uncle is trying to go on the right road and the day just starts going array for him, and the day starts going bad. He is spending the day with his uncle and he is learning all these things in life, and you think maybe a kid shouldn’t be put in this situation. The film just got selected to Sundance, so we are really excited about that.With Pawn, I just got the part last week and that’s with Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed and Sean Faris, all those good actors. So, I’m looking forward to broadening the acting scope.
What’s the plot of Pawn?
Hostages are being taken in this diner in Connecticut and you find out that diner may be mob affiliated. You are trying to find out who is behind the whole hostage taking event. Some police may be involved with it.
Here's the James Bond count as it stands: Roger Moore holds the record with seven potrayals of Agent 007 (Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to Kill).
Sean Connery, although the most iconic representation of Bond, was one shy of Moore at six (Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever).
Then you have Pierce Brosnan with four (GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day).
The current Bond, Daniel Craig, on his way to three (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and the upcoming Skyfall). But the franchise producer Michael G. Wilson is not content with these standings. He wants Craig to take the record with eight Bond films.
This is far from a solid deal, but the fact that Wilson is so adamantly behind the idea as to come out and state, "Filming has gone very well [on Skyfall] and I'd love Daniel to surpass Roger's [Moore] record and do eight pictures," to The People indicates that there's at least a reasonable chance we'll be seeing Craig as Bond for many years to come.
Many people have a strong stake in their favorite Bond portrayer. Could Craig's usurping of the 007 crown anger the devout Moorists? And how would this commitment affect his decision to take on other films, such as any inevitable sequels of the upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?
To finish off the Bond count: Timothy Dalton was Bond twice (The Living Daylights, License to Kill), and George Lazenby played the action hero in just one movie: Our Majesty's Secret Service.
In Hollywood, your first marriage is pretty much considered to be a practice run more than anything else. And before you start to argue my claim, think about how many celebs have had a successful marriage on their first try. It's hard to do, right? Granted, it's not always just the couple who is to blame since having your love life poked and prodded at by the media can't be pleasant or easy. But publicity comes with job in this industry, which is something Scarlett Johansson is slowly learning to deal with. In fact, the private actress opened up a little about her romantic life to People magazine this week and said she's open to the idea of getting married again.
Of course, the starlet doesn't have anyone in mind right now (although she's recently been linked to Joseph Gordon-Levitt), but she's learned at this point in her life to never rule anything out. When asked outright by the magazine if she would marry again, Johansson said, "I have no idea. I don't X things off. I don't know. Life is long." And while that's all sorts of vague, she goes on to say how she would eventually like to have a family of her own when she's older, which implies another marriage is not only possible, it's probable. But for now, she's more than satisfied with focusing on her career.
And as far as all the previous media attention she's received this year (from her nude photo scandal to her split with Sean Penn), the actress takes it all in with a grain of salt. Johansson told the magazine, "It's just nice to have kind of a blinder up in that regard. It helps keep you sane. I can't follow all that stuff. It's too exhausting." But there's one little thing she can't help but let get under her skin -- her coined media nickname ScarJo. Upon mention of the name mesh-up, she remarked, "Oh, it's awful. It's a laziness. People can't actually say the whole name? It's just bizarre." So I'm guessing she wouldn't be a big fan of Scaransson either, right?
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This bit of casting news might be taking place over in the United Kingdom, but it is far too fascinating for those of us here in America to ignore. Two of Great Britain's most formidable contributions to the craft of film and television, Sean Connery and Ricky Gervais, are teaming up in a comedy pilot called Derek. Gervais will be filming the pilot, which stars Connery as an aged man confined to an old folks' home. In addition to directing, Gervais himself will be starring alongside Connery in the pilot. So, this is just about the most enthralling news I've ever heard. -TV Over Mind
Parks & Recreation's Leslie Knope's (Amy Poehler) sunny and saccharine nature has brought her a great deal of success, and earned her a wide assortment of friends and allies. However, in the game of politics, you're always going to be up against someone. As Leslie delves further into her race for public office, we will be meeting a few of her opposing players. The first guest star to strike up an enmity with Knope will be in the form of Kathryn Hahn, who will play an operative employed by one of Knope's rival candidates. Hahn, with a good deal of comedy roles on her resume, will add her sharp flavor to Parks & Rec when her team faces off against Leslie and Co. I can't imagine it's any easy feat to keep up with the comic abilities of the show's stellar cast, but Hahn is hardly an amateur. She'll be paying a visit to Pawnee in early 2012. Parks & Recreation airs Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. -TVLine
One actor is hopping from one period drama to another. Darren Pettie is known for his small but prominent recurring role on Mad Men, playing the secretly gay Lee Garner, Jr. Now, he'll be stepping over to ABC's Pan Am to take on the role of a regally admired airline pilot. Vince Broyles, Pettie's Pan Am character, will be a WWII vet who is embraced as an American hero and a skilled pilot, though he harbors a secret dark side. Pan Am airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -EW
Nick Jonas is a paragon of innocence, wholesomeness and not being an estranged babydaddy. Or so we thought. If you've been watching ABC's new sitcom Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, then you already know about the as-of-yet unseen character Ryan, the father of Kristen's (Alexandra Krosney) baby who left her to care for the child on her own. Kristen is the oldest daughter of Allen's character, Mike Baxter; it goes without saying that he's not too fond of this Ryan individual. But Ryan will have a chance to win us over on the Christmas episode, and the very non-Ryan Nick Jonas will be the actor portraying him. Last Man Standing airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine
Jessie J is back—and not sitting-down-in-the-middle-of-a-stage-while-other-people-dance-around-her back. I mean back back. The British artist will be making her way overseas to deliver a special appearance on America's newest musical talent competition series, The X-Factor. Jessie J will make her appearance on this week's results show, airing Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. - THR
Franklin & Bash is pretty much just a gift to any young adult who suffers from pop culture nostalgia. The two stars are Breckin Meyer and Zack Morris, palling around as fun-loving lawyers. Adding to our yearnings for the days of cinema past is new guest star Sean Astin, who will appear on a Season 2 episode when the series returns to TNT. Astin is the star of old favorites The Goonies, Encino Man and Rudy (I know he has the Lord of the Rings movies under his belt now, but I prefer to remember him scowering the sewers for the treasure of One-Eyed Willy.) On Franklin & Bash, he will play a security guard who takes on a "superhero" persona after hours and fights crime, cape and all. The stars come to his defense when he is accused of murder. -TVLine
There's an interesting project on the horizons that will team Sean Penn and Robert De Niro with Kristen Wiig, in what I expect to be America's "Who saw that coming?" moment in terms of the actress' dramatic abilities. As we heard back in June, Penn is directing The Comedian, a tale about an aging, acerbic standup comic named Jackie Burke (played by De Niro), who is clinging desperately to any remnants of his once prominent fame. After a violent incident at a nightclub, Burke is sentenced to community service, where he meets his femme fatale/Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Harmony, played by Wiig.
Bridesmaids made everybody realize what a comic sensation Wiig is. Maybe it will be Penn's The Comedian that publicizes awareness of her dramatic talents as well. Plus, getting back into thick, gritty character pieces is just what De Niro needs to turn his career back around. And Penn...well, he's doing fine. But this will probably be a pleasant experience for him as well.
Penn has not directed a feature since 2007's Into the Wild. As a director, he is known for his large gaps between projects, possibly due to a careful deliberation regarding which films to work on. The Comedian seems like something Penn's artistic, erratic sensibilities will suit well. The same applies to the central role in terms of De Niro. And as for Wiig? Well, we may not have seen her do hard drama just yet. But mark my words: once you get a glimpse of what she is capable of, you'll be wiiggin' out.
After attempting to promote Elizabeth Olsen’s performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene on Twitter but missing the mark a bit after misspelling her name, Alec Baldwin got the urge to go down to Zuccotti Park and interact with some of the people at Occupy Wall Street. He tweeted at around midnight EST that he was headed downtown, and then tweeted two hours later to thank an Andrew from Brooklyn and a Sean from Winnipeg for helping him get acclimated to the environment down there.
But even after he left the event, Baldwin’s night wasn’t over. The gathering must have left him feeling rather charged because he spent another hour on Twitter expressing his views and interacting with his followers regarding the protests. He first wrote, “OWS needs to coalesce around some legislative policy. The “occupy” strategy may be an effective one. But what can each entity agree on?” Then he added, “Campaign finance reform remains the linchpin of our democracy’s many problems.” And when one of his followers insinuated he would have stayed longer if he wasn't a famous actor, Baldwin responded with, “Your ill-considered class baiting is a very real part of the problem.” Then we learned he donated the money he earned from being in that Capital One commercial to arts charities, and he finally closed the night with stressing the importance of “a healthy banking system” and “strong capital markets.” Man, let the countdown to Jack Donaghy teaming up with Beeper King Dennis Duffy officially begin.
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Sources: Buzzfeed, Twitter
When women are not falling in his shower and dislocating their elbows, Sean Penn is very vocal about politics. All throughout President Bush's two terms, Penn was extremely critical of his policies and he even went as far as to pay $56,000 in 2002 so he could write an open letter to Bush in the Washington Post that attacked his administration for its "simplistic and inflammatory view of good and evil" and specifically called Bush, Cheney and Condoleeza Rice "villainously and criminally obscene people."
But now that Bush is out of office Penn has turned his attention towards the Tea Party and on Friday's episode of Piers Morgan Tonight, accused party members of racism and of being a "distraction" from the upcoming 2012 election. He said, "Yet there's another problem. You have what I call the ‘Get the N-word out of the White House party,’ the Tea Party. This kind of sensibility, which is much more of a distraction." Penn clarified he believes the Tea Party is only around because they hate that America's President is African American, and maintained the members of the party don't truly know anything about the issues that make up American politics today. You can watch the full video of Morgan's interview with Penn below.
Anyone care for a rebuttal?
Sources: THR, Snopes, CNN
Destiny's Child was one of the best girl groups of the late 90s and early 00s. The trio sold over 40 million records worldwide and went on to become one of the best-selling recording artists in the United States. Billboard magazine ranked them as the ninth most successful band of the 2000s, and placed the group 68th in its All-Time Hot 100 Artists list in 2008. But even after splitting up in 2006, these ladies continue to dominate the music industry. Beyoncé is off making music videos even while rocking a baby bump, and now Kelly Rowland is kicking it up a notch in her latest video for her new song, Lay It On Me, featuring Big Sean.
And lay it on us she does, especially in the sex appeal department. But given the fact that she looks amazing and is surrounded by equally attractive (and shirtless) men, we're certainly not complaining. Everything about the video reeks of promiscuity, so much so that you almost forget to pay attention to the actual lyrics, but it's never done to a tacky extent. This singer clearly has enough talent to stand (and sing) on her own two feet in order to remain a prominent figure in this rather competitive industry. Check out the music video below and see just why this child was destined to fly solo:
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Source: Just Jared