"I'll tell you what, it's so funny because he did ask to make an appearance on the show in the white Batman suit. I don't think it's going to happen. But he did ask." Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith on her son Jaden's desire to appear on her new U.S. TV drama Gotham, a prequel to Batman. The teen sported his unique choice of attire at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's wedding in May (14).
Katy Perry has fired back at critics who took aim at her decision to dress dancers up as big-bottomed, buxom Egyptian mummies on her Prism tour, insisting the race controversy over the costumes was blown up over nothing. Twitter followers reprimanded Perry when images from the stage show first surfaced, with many suggesting the pop star had crossed a race line by poking fun at black stereotypes.
One fan wrote, "Just saw the pictures of Katy Perry and the mummies...uh...this is not okay. And white feminists, we need to be active in saying so."
Other fans defended Perry and now the singer herself has addressed the controversy in a new Rolling Stone interview.
She says, "As far as the mummy thing, I based it on plastic surgery. Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T's wife, Coco. Those girls aren't African-American. But it's actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that's why there's bandages and it's mummies.
"I thought that would really correlate well together... It came from an honest place. If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn't be there, because I'm very sensitive to people."
She adds, "I guess I'll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that's it! I know that's a quote that's gonna come to f**k me in the a**, but can't you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don't know."
Rapper Lil Kim celebrated America's Independence Day weekend (04-06Jul14) by showing off her newborn daughter to fans for the first time. The Lady Marmalade hitmaker welcomed a little girl named Royal Reign last month (09Jul14) and she has finally given the public a peek at her new bundle of joy.
In a post on her WhoSay.com account on 4 July (14), Lil Kim shared a picture of Royal Reign's legs splayed on a changing table, with dainty white bows wrapped around her tiny feet.
She added a caption which reads, "Look who is stepping out today for the 4th of July. Happy Independence Day from my blessing, Royal Reign, and us!!! #royalreign #happy4thofjuly #independenceday #fireworks #blessing (sic)."
Royal Reign is the first child for Lil Kim and her rumoured boyfriend, rapper Mr. Papers.
Rapper French Montana has reportedly spent $100,000 (£62,500) on gifts in honour of his girlfriend Khloe Kardashian's 30th birthday. The reality TV star marked her age milestone on Friday (27Jun14), but she celebrated the event a day early by partying with friends and family, including sisters Kourtney and Kim Kardashian and hip-hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs and his girlfriend Cassie, at Don Coqui in her beau's native The Bronx, New York on Thursday (26Jun14).
During the night out, Montana presented the birthday girl with the keys to a white Jeep Sahara, reportedly worth $60,000 (£37,500), and handed her a $25,000 (£15,625) gold ring decorated with Colombian emeralds and yellow canary diamonds.
Earlier in the day, the Pop That hitmaker also gifted Kardashian with two mouth grills, which set him back an estimated $10,000 (£6,250), according to TMZ.com.
The couple became romantically linked four months ago, but has yet to officially confirm the status of its relationship.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star split from her estranged husband, basketball player Lamar Odom, last year (13), and she filed for divorce in December (13).
Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com
Bare it like Beckham!Celebrate the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12 with the only reason you started paying attention to soccer in the first place: shirtless David Beckham. Celebuzz has a gallery of all of Becks' best semi-dressed moments.
Your newest guilty pleasure TV show awaits... Once you've run through the new season of Orange is the New Black, you'll need something a little lighter and a lot campier to recover from your marathon, and ABC Family is just the place to take the edge off. Flavorwire runs down the hidden gems of the network, and the best shows you'll never admit to watching.
"My conductor don't want none unless you've got trombones, hon." Sure, Sir Mix A Lot's "Baby Got Back" is a one of the best songs of the '90s, but you know what would make it even better? A full symphony orchestra on backup. VH1 has video of the rapper pefroming the updated classic, along with other great covers you might have missed.
Queen Bey Vs. Kim K: Who Reigns Supreme? Is Beyonce's picture day ponytail cuter than Kim Kardashian's fancy white bow? Just in time for #ThrowbackThursday, Hollywood.com grades the biggest stars on Instagram to see who has the more fabulous flashback photos.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have released pictures showing the moment they tied the knot at their weekend (24-25May14) wedding in Italy. The showbiz couple exchanged vows during a luxurious ceremony in the city of Florence on Saturday (24May14), and they have now shared the special moment with fans.
The snaps, published on Eonline.com, show Kardashian in her Givenchy wedding dress kissing her new husband in front of a wall of white flowers, and they are also seen walking down the aisle together after becoming man and wife.
The couple encouraged guests to have their picture taken in a photobooth at the reception, and one snap shows the newlyweds posing in black leather jackets emblazoned with the words 'Just' and 'Married'.
Other guests seen posing in the booth include Kardashian's model sister Kendall Jenner, her mother Kris Jenner and sister Khloe, as well as singer John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's wedding countdown has officially begun after the couple hosted an informal dinner and concert in Paris on Friday night (23May14). The rapper and his bride-to-be lunched with designer Valentino and then took a tour of the Chateau de Versailles nearby on Friday afternoon, before returning to their base in the capital for a cocktail party.
It still isn't clear exactly where West and Kardashian will exchange vows on Saturday (24May14), but reports suggest their plans to wed at Versailles were dashed by French law, which stipulates couples mush reside in the country if they wish to wed there.
Sources claim the couple will jet the wedding party off to Florence, Italy early on Saturday and stage the nuptials in the 16th century Fort Belvedere.
An official at the city mayor's office has confirmed the couple has rented the venue for over $410,000 (GBP256,000), but there are suggestions the fort has been booked just to dupe the paparazzi.
One thing is for certain - Kardashian will become Mrs. West by the end of Saturday. This will be her third marriage and Kanye's first.
Meanwhile, Kardashian has shared one of her final Twitpics as a single, offering a shot she took while touring the grounds of Valentino's palatial Chateau de Wideville before lunch on Friday.
The image featured a series of little white lights above the gardens, prompting the socialite to write, "Little angels in the sky blessing us #TheyDidntShowUpInAnyoneElsesPicture."
Will Smith's teenage son Jaden is courting controversy like his sister Willow after posting a snap of himself posing half-naked reality TV star Kylie Jenner.
Last week (05May14), former Hannah Montana actor Moises Arias posted a black-and-white image on his Instagram.com page of himself without a shirt on while 13-year-old Willow lounges on a bed next to him. The picture caused a storm of criticism, prompting Arias to delete the image from his social networking accounts.
Now Willow's 15-year-old brother is taking the heat after Kim Kardashian's half-sister posted a similar black-and-white snap on her Tumblr blog. The photo shows Jenner, 16, straddling Jaden from behind, as he wears only Calvin Klein boxers and a backwards baseball cap. Alongside the post, Jenner writes, "*Ksss* (sic) Ahhh... 2014."
The pair is reportedly dating. After critics questioned the appropriateness of Willow's picture, her mother, actress, Jada Pinkett Smith, defended the controversial image, telling TMZ.com, "Here's the deal - there was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it."
Rapper Kanye West paid tribute to his late mum with a touching message on Twitter.com on America's Mother's Day (11May14).
Donda West died in November, 2007 from heart disease and complications from a breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction procedure, and on Sunday, the hip-hop star went online to post a photo of the sun peeking out through some clouds, alongside the caption: "hi Mom."
Meanwhile, West's fiancee Kim Kardashian took to her Instagram.com account to show fans what her husband-to-be gave her on her first Mother's Day, posting photos and videos of a wall made entirely out of white, cream, and blush coloured flowers. She wrote, "woke up to a wall of roses, hydrangeas and peonies!!! I have the best fiance in the world! I love you so much baby!!!!"
The reality TV star was feted at a lavish bridal shower in Beverly Hills the day before (10May14) ahead of the couple's wedding in Paris, France on 24 May (14).
Rob Lowe is nothing if not candid. In promoting his new book, Love Life (the follow-up to 2011's Stories I Only Tell My Friends), Lowe has been espousing his opinions on subjects as diverse as the relative merits of Justin Bieber and big government, as well as re-enacting his awkward kissing scenes with Jewel while shooting the short-lived TV show The Lyon's Den.
One other revelation that came out of the book — which largely features stories about his wife and sons — is that Lowe feels as though he's been typecast because of his good looks.
"I've been told, as I'm sure others have been countless times, that the way I look precludes me from playing a cop or a doctor or a regular guy," the actor told Fox News. “'A PTA father would never look like that!' Meanwhile I am a PTA father but I've never been precluded from playing an arrogant, rich prick. So what does that tell you?"
There is no denying that the former teen heartthrob and Brat Pack member was, is and probably always will be an extremely attractive man. His looks helped him overcome everything from a sex tape scandal (before that was fashionable) — something Lowe will parody with an appearance in this summer's Jason Segal-Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape — to one of the most reviled moments in Oscars' history when he sang a cringe-inducing duet with Snow White.
The reality is that all actors are typecast in some ways based on their looks. Film and television is a visual medium and there's no escaping the fact that a person's appearance plays a role in that. He might not be in the running for some of the roles that Paul Giamatti or Patton Oswalt might play, but they're not going to be in the running for a whole lot more roles that an actor with Lowe's physical gifts would be.
Still, Oswalt's Young Adult costar Charlize Theron has proven that being gorgeous doesn’t have to stop an actor from getting substantial roles. Her physical transformation for Monster was convincing enough that audiences were willing to put aside the fact that she was still more attractive than the real Aileen Wuornos, the serial killer on whose life it was based. The same was true for Halle Berry in Monster's Ball. Men considered just as beautiful as Lowe like George Clooney and Matt Damon have also downplayed their inherent good looks for roles (Syriana and The Informant! come to mind).
In fact, it's easier for most actors to do that — slide into a better looking version of a "normal" person — than it is for actors like Giamatti or the late Philip Seymour Hoffman to be seen as leading men, no matter how talented they are as performers.
While it's true that Lowe earned his way in Hollywood by virtue of his matinee idol good looks, that doesn't mean that it has to continue to define him… just as it hasn't always defined Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio. If he wants it to change, then he needs to continue taking roles like the creepy plastic surgeon in Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.
Lowe has been around long enough that he knows the game and how to work around any stigma that might be attached to his being handsome. It's incumbent on him to fight for a role if he really wants to play it… even if it is just a PTA dad. That's the nature of Hollywood for all actors, not just the pretty ones. It's really hard to find a way that Lowe's looks have been a true hindrance to him, and when he's playing someone's ridiculously attractive grandfather in 15 years, we won't feel bad for him then either.