Actress Dakota Johnson is reportedly dating Welsh rocker Matthew Hitt. The daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson was photographed strolling arm in arm with Drowners musician Hitt in New York City on Wednesday (23Jul14), a day before the highly-anticipated trailer for her new movie Fifty Shades of Grey was released.
The new couple was also snapped sharing an intimate kiss.
Johnson, 24, was romantically linked to Last Man Standing actor Jordan Masterson last year (13), while Hitt, who moved to the Big Apple in 2011, is said to have dated model Atlanta de Cadenet, the daughter of Duran Duran star John Taylor and British TV personality Amanda De Cadenet.
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Actor Zach Braff has denied rumours he's dating Taylor Swift, insisting he has sworn off dating "super-famous girls" after becoming a tabloid target while romancing singer/actress Mandy Moore.
Speculation recently surfaced that the former Scrubs star and the serial celebrity dater had become an item, but in an interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern on Monday (21Jul14), Braff quickly shot down the story. Calling the Love Story singer "a sweet girl" the actor explained he has only met Swift twice and romance reports are nothing but "Internet bulls**t".
Braff, who recently split from his model girlfriend Taylor Bagley after five years together, revealed he vowed never to date another celebrity after breaking up with Saved star Moore in 2006. He told Stern, "When you date another famous person, that's when they really hound you. That's when the paparazzi are outside your house and that's when you can't ride your bike through Manhattan because they follow you."
"When my relationship with Mandy ended, (my publicist) said, 'I'm going to give you a hint that you should know. If you don't date these 25 girls, your life will be so much easier.' And she was kind of exaggerating because there's more than those 25 girls, but in so many words, if you can, don't date other famous people because then all the tabloids pretty much leave you alone."
He added, "I could walk down the street, I don't get followed. Well, if you're going to hook up with a famous girl, that might be fun for your ego, but you don't want to be out in public dating a famous girl because then they follow you everywhere you go."
And Braff admitted he'd hate to have pal Harry Styles' life, adding, "He can't walk two f**king feet or a crowd forms and the paparazzi forms (sic)... He's the sweetest kid, but I don't want that existence."
Ironically, Styles briefly dated Taylor Swift at the end of 2102.
Actress Laverne Cox is overjoyed after making Emmy Awards history on Thursday (10Jul14) by becoming the first openly transgender person to score a nomination for her role in comedy drama Orange Is The New Black.
The star, who plays transgender prisoner Sophia Burset in the show, will compete for the title of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, while her co-workers Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne will also be in the running for acting accolades when the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards take place in Los Angeles on 25 August (14).
Orange Is the New Black garnered a total of 12 nominations and Cox couldn't be more proud to be recognised for her efforts. She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm on cloud nine. I'm through the roof. We're definitely part of a (cultural) moment."
"What a wonderful, wonderful day for Orange and for black trans-women. People are obsessed (with the show). Would you ever have thought a show about a women's prison would have this moment? It's unbelievable."
Cox's groundbreaking Emmy nod comes just weeks after she became the first transgender star to land the cover of Time magazine.
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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air on Monday (oddly enough), August 25, and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live vet and Late Night host Seth Meyers. Here are the nominees recognized for their achievements over the course of this past year in television.
Best Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeep
Best Drama SeriesBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Best Actor - ComedyLouis C.K. - LouieDon Cheadle - House of LiesRicky Gervais - DerekMatt LeBlanc - EpisodesWilliam H. Macy - ShamelessJim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress - ComedyLena Dunham - GirlsEdie Falco - Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus - VeepMelissa McCarthy - Mike and MollyAmy Poehler - Parks and RecreationTaylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston - Breaking BadJeff Daniels - The NewsroomJon Hamm - Mad MenWoody Harrelson - True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey - True DetectiveKevin Spacey - House of Cards
Lead Actress - DramaLizzy Caplan - Masters of SexClaire Danes - HomelandMichelle Dockery - Downton AbbeyJulianne Margolies - The Good WifeKerry Washinton - ScandalRobin Wright - House of Cards
Best Mini-SeriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenBonnie and ClydeFargoLutherTremeThe White Queen
Best TV MovieKilling KennedyMohammad Ali's Greatest FightThe Normal HeartSherlock: His Last VowThe Trip to Babylon
Best Actor - Mini-Series/TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch - SherlockChiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba - LutherMartin Freeman - FargoMark Ruffalo - The Normal HeartBill Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Actress - Mini-Series/TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter - Burton and TaylorMinnie Driver - Return to ZeroJessica Lang - American Horror Story: CovenSarah Paulson - American Horror Story: CovenCicely Tyson - The Trip to BountifulKristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
Best Variety ShowThe Colbert ReportThe Daily ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!Real Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show
Best Reality Competition ShowThe Amazing RaceDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe Voice
Best Supporting Actor - Comedy SeriesFred Armisen - PortlandiaAndre Braugher - Brooklin Nine-NineTy Burrell - Modern FamilyAdam Driver - GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern FamilyTony Hale - Veep
Best Supporting Actress - Comedy SeriesMayim Bialik - The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen - Modern FamilyAnna Chlumsky - VeepAllison Janney - MomKate McKinnon - Saturday Night LiveKate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Best Supporting Actor - DramaJim Carter - Downton AbbeyJosh Charles - The Good WifePeter Dinklage - Game of ThronesMandy Patinkin - HomelandAaron Paul - Breaking BadJon Voight - Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress - DramaChristine Baranski - The Good WifeJoan Froggatt - Downton AbbeyAnna Gunn - Breaking BadLena Headey - Game of ThronesChristina Hendricks - Mad MenMaggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Best Guest Actor - ComedySteve Buscemi - PortlandiaLouis C.K. - Saturday Night LiveGary Cole - VeepJimmy Fallon - Saturday Night LiveNathan Lane - Modern FamilyBob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Best Guest Actress - ComedyUzo Aduba - Orange Is the New BlackLaverne Cox - Orange Is the New BlackJoan Cusack - ShamelessTina Fey - Saturday Night LiveNatasha Lyonne - Orange Is the New BlackMelissa McCarthy - Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor - DramaDylan Baker - The Good WifeBeau Bridges - Masters of SexReg E Cathey - House of CardsPaul Giamatti - Downton AbbeyRobert Morse - Mad MenJoe Morton - Scandal
Best Guest Actress - DramaKate Burton - ScandalJane Fonda - The NewsroomAllison Janney - Masters of SexKate Mara - House of CardsMargo Martindale - The AmericansDiana Rigg - Game of Thrones
Taylor Swift has turned writer for The Wall Street Journal by penning an article defending the music industry.
In honour of the newspaper's 125th anniversary on Tuesday (08Jul14), the Love Story hitmaker was commissioned to pen an essay for a section called The Future of Everything.
In her article, the 24 year old offers her opinion on the state of modern music, dismissing fears that declining sales and increased piracy have sounded the death knell for the industry.
She writes, "(I'm) one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying... it's just coming alive. There are many (many) people who predict the downfall of music sales and the irrelevancy of the album as an economic entity. I am not one of them. In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work... Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently."
"In recent years, you've probably read the articles about major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal. My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet... is that they all realize their worth and ask for it."
Swift argues that music fans consume differently than they did 20 years ago, detailing the success of her recent record-breaking Red concert tour and the rise of YouTube.com.
Veteran Broadway, film and TV casting director Barry Moss has died at the age of 74. Moss passed away on 17 June (14) after suffering congestive heart failure at a New York hospital, his partner Bob Kale has confirmed.
He landed his first Broadway gig on Neil Simon's Chapter Two in 1977 and reunited with the playwright to find talent for his 1979 musical They're Playing Our Song and I Ought to Be in Pictures in 1980.
As co-founder of the Hughes Moss Casting agency, he went on to work on nearly 90 Broadway shows, including a 1980 revival of West Side Story, My Fair Lady and 1995's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which earned Matthew Broderick a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Moss also cast Lauren Bacall in the musical Woman of the Year, Raul Julia in Nine and Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes.
He worked on hit TV sitcom The Cosby Show in the 1980s and helped to launch Adam Sandler's screen career after casting him as Theo Huxtable's friend Smitty, while his big screen credits included casting for horror movie Friday the 13th, the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple and Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 romantic drama Endless Love, which featured Tom Cruise in his film debut.
Rapper Teyana Taylor has found love with another basketball player after jetting to Hawaii with New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert to celebrate his birthday. The hip-hop star split from fiance Brandon Jennings of the Detroit Pistons last autumn (13) and now it appears she has moved on to date singer Elle Varner's ex, Shumpert.
Taylor had previously gushed about a mystery new man in her life, saying, "I'm so happy and the n**ger I'm with right now is making me feel so beautiful."
He has since been identified as Shumpert after the new couple was photographed kissing while relaxing on a beach in Maui, where the sportsman celebrated his 24th birthday on Wednesday (25Jun14).
Taylor has yet to comment on the budding relationship, but on Wednesday, she shared an Instagram.com snap of herself kissing the basketball star on a beach alongside the caption, "Happy Birthday baby.. #ILoveU".
Veteran rocker Sting took to the stage to sing with the cast on the opening night of his new musical The Last Ship in Chicago, Illinois. The Police star's show opened at the city's Bank of America Theatre on Wednesday (25Jun14) ahead of its planned Broadway debut in October (14), and the rocker was in the audience with his wife Trudie Styler.
At the end of the performance, Sting took to the stage for the curtain call and led the cast in a song, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Other stars who turned out for the musical's opening included Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
The show received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned whether the production, set in a doomed shipyard in Sting's hometown in the north of England, could draw in audiences on Broadway.
Steven Oxman of variety writes, "Do you want to live for two-and-a-half hours in a beautifully sad song?... The show currently works as a collection of songs in search of a complete story, or perhaps as a concept album - filled with mood and emotion and character and sensibility, but swaying as it takes on specifics. What seems to be missing is a driving conflict."
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones adds, "(Many) scenes... still have the air of a semi-staged concept album... The Last Ship already is a worthy and earnest musical, but we know how Broadway loves to take those down. Just look at last season."
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Business Journal concludes, "Most of the theatre crowds in the early going at least will probably have come to hear Sting's music for the show. Fans of his work may find that much of it sounds familiar and pleasant to hear performed in a theatrical setting. But hardcore theatre buffs will soon realise Sting's style of music - for the most part - simply doesn't sit comfortably in a big Broadway musical context."
There's nothing sexier than a hip young gent with a sweet ride, leather duds, a clean shave, and a silent glower that says, "I buy American." At least that's what the promotional team behind Fifty Shades of Grey seems to think... perhaps misunderstanding the title as '50s Shades of Grey, as they've stuck star Jamie Dornan in a still that's family friendly even by the standards of my grandmother who still insists that I shouldn't be listening to that awful Bill Haley.
The pic keeps in step with the confirmation that director Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades will be R-rated, as opposed to the NC-17 that the book's material would more naturally call for, leaving us to expect as tame and tepid a movie about sadomasochism can conceivably be. If you have your doubts, take another look at the photo. It doesn't even seem like Dornan's Christian Grey is driving, rather sitting in park until the devil-may-care youths breaching the speed limit are safely beyond the horizon. Lousy kids.
Dornan and Dakota Johnson will take to the big screen with their mutual first step to film stardom next Valentine's Day, a date appropriately void of organic passion.
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Country star Taylor Swift has picked up a few new recipes from her culinary idol Ina Garten after enjoying a special lunch date with her for America's Food Network Magazine. The Love Story hitmaker, a keen baker who owns all of the TV chef's recipe books, was recently invited to join Garten at her home in The Hamptons, New York for the publication's first-ever Music Issue.
The singer, who was accompanied by her mother Andrea Finlay and brother Austin Swift, was served freshly-baked date bread upon her arrival, before the Barefoot Contessa show host taught the 24 year old how to make a mustard-roasted fish and decorate a Pavlova meringue dessert with whipped cream.
Garten also served Swift her first whiskey sour drink as they bonded over their shared frustration for guests who refuse to eat.
The blonde beauty revealed, "I'll cook for these boys, and they'll be like, 'I'm on a diet'. I'm like, 'I can't hang out with you.'"
The stars ended their lunch meeting by forgoing plates and digging straight into the Pavlova, with Garten quipping, "I don't always eat it this way!"
Swift also invited Garten to visit her new Manhattan apartment and attend one of her future concerts.
Swift isn't the only celebrity to take part in the July/August (14) Music issue - Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan teamed up with chef Jeff Mauro, rapper Ja Rule cooked with Geoffrey Zakarian and rocker Sammy Hagar took over the kitchen with Michael Symon.