If you're a woman of color, and you live in New York, there's a seventy-five percent chance you know about the famous African hairbraiding salons of Harlem. In a beautiful video interview from her Vogue cover story, Lupita Nyong'o talks about traveling to New York to get her own hair braided—being thoroughly disappointed—and then deciding she would learn the craft herself from an aunt. There's something so lovely about this story and the way the young Oscar winner tells it, we can't help but share:
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"Pulling out of Glastonbury in the name of family time was a tough decision but o boy I am not jealous of that mud." Lorde is glad she missed out on a soggy Glastonbury in Britain after choosing to spend time with family in New Zealand instead.
Courtney Love making out with someone at an awards show may not raise many eyebrows. But Courtney Love making out with new mom and wife Amber Rose at the BET Awards? Well, that's something special:
Soooooo me and @courtneylove made out tonight. Epic!
And here's a great "before" photo they got with Paris Hilton:
Amber Rose may have had to explain this to hubby Wiz Khalifa, but something tells us he probably sees the humor in it all. Congratulations Amber! This is a milestone... of sorts.
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Actor Cam Gigandet has mixed feelings about his time on teen TV show The O.C., insisting his co-stars Ben Mckenzie and Mischa Barton were "miserable" to work with. The Twilight star had a recurring role as bad boy Kevin Volchok on the hit drama, playing a rival to McKenzie's Ryan Atwood.
However, in a new interview with Elle magazine, Gigandet reveals their feud transferred off-screen, and when asked whether he keeps in touch with any of the actors from the show, he replied, "No. Actually Ben McKenzie was kind of mean to me. I hadn't done anything at that point and he was a little bit of an a**." He added, "But I love him. I think he's a great actor and I love (cancelled U.S. police drama) Southland."
Gigandet also took a swipe at Barton, who played Marissa Cooper, adding, "Mischa? I didn't really... Was she there? I don't even have memories of her."
Gigandet went on to note the rest of the main cast, including Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, were equally hard to work with: "I learned a lot, but the things that I remember now - none of them are good... Those kids were f**king miserable. "They were just - they would not remember their lines on purpose. They were young. That said, I don't talk to anyone I've ever worked with."
The O.C. ended its four-season run in 2007.
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These days, it seems like every day brings with it a new influx of rumors about Star Wars: Episode VII. From the initial casting reports to the latest cameo rumors to the never-ending, constantly conflicting plot "leaks," every time you turn around there's something else to cover. Even Marvel and DC are struggling to keep up with the barrage of press releases and insider information. With so much to cover, it can be hard to keep track of what seems real (the villains are probably Jedi Hunters, they might resurrect the Sith), what's completely insane (Harrison Ford will be replaced ) and what's already been debunked (most of it). In fact, there might only be one way to keep everything organized and comprehensible: give all of the rumors awards. And that's exactly what we did.
Least Creative: Production Delays on Production Delays on Production Delays At the rate that we’re seeing rumors about production delays, everything on set must shut down whenever someone sneezes. The most recent are centered on Harrison Ford’s broken leg, with multiple outlets claiming that the whole film has been shut down until he returns to set, which either overestimates how much screen time Ford will have or underestimates the importance of sticking to the December 2015 release date.
The Harrison Ford Heritage Award for Replacing Harrison Ford: Robert Pattinson It all started when the Internet had a breakdown over the possibility of Pattinson playing Indiana Jones in a reboot of the franchise. Then, when Ford got injured, it was rumored that Pattinson would take over the role of Han Solo so that production wouldn’t have to be – you guessed it – delayed. This one was quickly debunked though, as nobody with eyes would every believe Pattinson and Ford to be the exact same person.
Most Disappointing Debunking: Oscar Isaac’s Role Will Be Expanded Pattinson wasn’t the only person to get swept up in the frenzy surrounding Ford’s injury; Isaac’s character was rumored to have been expanded in order to fill story time to avoid – all together now! – more production delays. Unfortunately, Disney quickly refuted this one, showing us great possibilities before cruelly yanking them away.
Most Morally Ambiguous: Adam Driver: Hero or Villain? Because so many details are still under wraps, we don’t know anything about the characters that the new cast will be playing, which makes it easy for conflicting reports to cast the same person in different roles. When Driver first came on board, it was to play a villainous role, but by the time the rest of the cast was added, he was rumored to be playing the son of Han and Leia. Now, he’s back on the dark side, playing one of the Jedi Hunters terrorizing the heroes. At this point, it’s probably best to just imagine him as a double agent.
Biggest Potential Style Inspiration: Lupita Nyong’o, Villainess Perhaps no actress in recent memory has become a style and beauty icon as quickly as Nyong’o. She can pull anything off, and does so in a way that almost convinces you that you can wear the same thing. So when reports surfaced that she was playing a villain with yellow eyes, the world’s immediate reaction was basically “Hey, do you think I’d look good with yellow eyes?” You probably won’t. She definitely will.
Most Highbrow: David Cronenberg Approached to Direct Spinoff The Star Wars rumor mill doesn’t just affect Episode VII, but has come to encapsulate the spinoffs as well. Though the first two have been handed off to their respective directors, Cronenberg was reportedly approached to put his own spin on the Star Wars universe, an offer he almost immediately declined. Maybe all those Pattinson rumors inspired Disney to reach out to him?
Most Absurd: Tom Cruise Will Be Making a Cameo If you’re Tom Cruise and you meet up with Mission Impossible III director/producer JJ Abrams, the only logical reason is to plan a cameo in Episode VII. Your meeting couldn’t possibly be about the Mission Impossible franchise, or the numerous films you have lined up, or even just a chance to catch up on each other’s lives. Nope, you’re definitely going to be in Star Wars.
Most Surprisingly Awesome: Tom Cruise Will Be Making a Cameo Did you see Edge of Tomorrow? Slightly dickish, alien-fighting Tom Cruise is the best Tom Cruise of all.
Obi-Wan’s ‘These Are Not the Droids You’re Looking For’ Award For Deception: The Millennium Falcon Of all the rumors on this list, none was stuck down faster than that of the reappearance of the Millennium Falcon, which was spotted in leaked photos from the set. In response, Abrams leaked a photo of his own, denying that the Millennium Falcon had ever graced the set... from what appeared to be the inside of the Millennium Falcon itself. Still, once they saw it, the press simply nodded and allowed him to go about his business.
Least Likely To Have Been Double-Checked On IMDB: David Oyelowo Will Play a Villain Buried in the reports that Nyong’o and Driver are going to play villains was a brief mention about the third Jedi Hunter, supposedly played by David Oyelowo. There’s only one problem: Oyelowo was never cast in Episode VII, nor was he ever rumored to be part of the cast. Clearly someone needed to do a quick Internet search before writing up the latest rumor/report/hearsay from the Episode VII set.
Most Likely To Be Used As Punishment: Jar Jar Binks Is Back Every so often, when Star Wars fans start complaining too much or the press gets a little too invasive, one name appears, like an omen of despair: Jar Jar Binks. Do we actually think that he’ll pop up in the film? Probably not, but we do enjoy watching fans react to his name in much the same way the wizarding world did whenever Harry Potter said “Voldemort.”
Rumor Mill MVP: Boba Fett Try and find a single plot, casting, set design, or spinoff rumor that doesn't mention Boba Fett in any way. You probably can't do it. He's practically become the new main character of the Star Wars franchise. When the inevitable remakes come along, you better believe they're going to be all about Boba Fett.
Barrie-James O'neill has hit back at reports suggesting his relationship with singer Lana Del Rey is over, despite her revelations that the two have experienced some romance drama. Earlier this week (begs23Jun14), the Young & Beautiful hitmaker hinted the pair had parted ways after three years of dating saying, "We are currently not together. He is a wonderful person. But there are some things with which he has to deal. I will not explain it in detail. This was hard on our relationship; I no longer felt free. We'll see how it goes."
However, O'Neill is now disputing the reports of a break-up, prompted by Del Rey's comments.
He tells TMZ.com, "It's not over... Don't believe what you read... It's just stories, man. Bedtime stories."
The couple began dating in August, 2011.
Tilda Swinton is in talks to reteam with her Michael Clayton co-star George Clooney in the new Coen Brothers movie Hail Caesar!. The actress, her The Grand Budapest Hotel onscreen lover Ralph Fiennes and Channing Tatum are all in negotiations to join the cast of the Hollywood studios period comedy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum is slated to play a Gene Kelly-type dancer, while Swinton is up for the role of top gossip columnist, and Fiennes is close to signing on to play a studio director.
The film isn't Clooney's first Coen Brothers project - he also starred in the filmmaker siblings' O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Burn After Reading and Intolerable Cruelty.
Filmmakers at Burning Bridges & Fifth Column Films have launched a Kickstarter.com campaign to raise funds for a new documentary about reclusive English folk legend Shirley Collins. Directors Tim Plester and Rob Curry hope to raise $40,000 (£25,000) to complete their film The Ballad of Shirley Collins, which is inspired by the singer's autobiography, America Over the Water, which is scheduled for release next year (15).
According to their Kickstarter.com site, the film will "retell the tale of the famous song-collecting trip she took around the Deep South of America with legendary field-recordist Alan Lomax - a trip on which they uncovered and documented the music that would later inspire the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' O Brother Where Art Thou".
A spokesman for the film company adds, "We will blend the story of the trip with a celebration of her (Collins') role in the folk revival of the 50s, 60s and 70s, when - amongst many other achievements - she and her sister Dolly produced the era's most defining monuments in their seminal albums Anthems in Eden and Love, Death and the Lady."
At press time, fans had raised over $6,900 (£4,300).
Singer Lana Del Rey has split from her longtime boyfriend Barrie-James O'neill. The Young & Beautiful hitmaker had been dating the former Kassidy star since 2011, but she recently revealed the two are no longer a couple.
She says, "We are currently not together. He is a wonderful person. But there are some things with which he has to deal. I will not explain it in detail. This was hard on our relationship; I no longer felt free. We'll see how it goes."
The sad news comes just days after Del Rey felt the need to explain comments she made during a dark interview with Britain's The Guardian newspaper, during which she told reporter Tim Jonze, "I wish I was dead already".
The singer's disturbing comments stunned many of her fans and she took to Twitter.com late on Thursday (19Jun14) to try and explain herself. In a series of messages, Del Rey accused Jonze of acting in a "sinister" manner, writing, "His leading questions about death and persona were calculated but hiding sinister ambitions and angles... "I regret trusting the Guardian - I didn't want to do the interview but the journalist was persistent."
Jonze has since defended his article, stating, "Ultimately, the problem with Lana's complaint is that she doesn't seem to know what she's actually complaining about. She's not alleging that I made up her quotes, nor is she claiming that they've been 'twisted' or that we've printed them out of context. Instead she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."
U.S. comedian and chat show host Conan O'brien has saved his home in Rhode Island after settling an $8,000 (£5,000) tax bill on the property. The funnyman, who is based in Los Angeles, paid off the debt on Friday (20Jun14), saving the Westerly shore pad from auction.
O'Brien's publicist claims the star was unaware of the tax debt, blaming a clerical error for the mix-up.