"It doesn't even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that's all that matters to me. I had to fight for that for seven years... Kim is this girl who f**king turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around." Rapper Kanye West insists he wasn't angered that close friends Jay Z and Beyonce snubbed his Italian wedding to reality star Kim Kardashian in May (14).
"There was so much commotion and excitement, I never really gave that a second thought. If you had been there you would have thought that was the last thing on anyone's mind... (I) just assumed they were working." Kim Kardashian's mum Kris Jenner insists Beyonce and Jay Z's no show at her daughter's wedding to rapper Kanye West in Europe last month (May14) was not a big deal. The notoriously-private hip-hop supercouple stayed in the U.S. and instead vacationed in the Hamptons in New York.
Prince William's son Prince George has been crowned the most fashionable celebrity offspring after beating Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy to the top of a new poll.
The third-in-line to the British throne, whose mother is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has won 23 per cent of the public vote on U.K. baby website My1stYears.com, with Blue Ivy coming in second place. Newlyweds Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's baby girl North is third, with British singer Alesha Dixon's daughter Azura and David and Victoria Beckham's tot Harper rounding out the top five. Kate Winslet's son Bear and Simon Cowell's first child Eric are also featured in the top 10.
Beyonce and Jay Z skipped pal Kanye West's European wedding over the weekend (24-25May14) in favour of a private getaway to the Hamptons in New York. The hip-hop supercouple was noticeably absent from the celebrations in Paris, France and Florence, Italy on Saturday (24May14), when the Stronger hitmaker exchanged vows with reality TV star Kim Kardashian. However, the Crazy in Love hitmaker sent her best wishes to the newlyweds via Instagram by sharing a photo from the couple's recent Vogue magazine shoot and writing in the caption, "Wishing you a lifetime of unconditional love. God bless your beautiful family."
Kanye West will perform one of his first shows as a married man when he headlines pal Jay Z's third annual Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August (14). The Stronger hitmaker, who is scheduled to wed fiancee Kim Kardashian this weekend (24May14), will return to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway venue over America's Labor Day weekend to entertain audiences, two years after he joined Jay Z as a special guest onstage at the inaugural two-day event in 2012.
Kings of Leon, Pharrell Williams, dance DJ Tiesto, The National, rap veterans De La Soul, Steve Aoki and J. Cole will also be part of the 2014 line-up.
This year's bash will also be celebrated simultaneously in Los Angeles for the first time. Performers for the west coast show are due to be unveiled later on Thursday (22May14).
Jay Z's superstar wife Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails topped the bill at last year's (13) festivities in Philadelphia.
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With only a week and change having passed since the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we no doubt feel the question living fresh in our minds: can we ever judge a remake without considering its predecessors? The conversation about the stark contrast in critical favor between Marc Webb's release and Sam Raimi's trilogy (the second installment of his franchise in particular) buzzed loudly, and we imagine the volume will keep in regards to Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. But it'll be a different sound altogether.
The original Godzilla, a Japanese film released in 1954, reinvented the identity of the monster movie, launched a 30-film legacy, and spoke legions about the political climate of its era. The most recent of these films — Roland Emmerich's 1998 American production — is universally bemoaned as a bigger disaster than anything to befall Tokyo at the hands of the giant reptile. With these two entries likely standing out as the most prominent in the minds of contemporary audiences, Edwards' Godzilla has some long shadows cast before it. And in approaching the new movie, one might not be able to avoid comparisons to either. It's fair — by taking on an existing property, a filmmaker knowingly takes on the connotations of that property. But the 2014 installment's great success is that it isn't much like any Godzilla movie we've seen before. In a great, great way.
This isn't 1954's Godzilla, a dire and occasionally dreary allegory that uses the supernatural to tell an important story about nuclear holocaust. A complete reversal, in fact, first and foremost Edwards' Godzilla is about its monsters. Any grand themes strewn throughout — the perseverence of nature, the follies of mankind, fatherhood, madness, faith — are all in service to the very simple mission to give us some cool, weighty, articulate sci-fi disaster. Elements of gravity are plotted all over the film's surface, with scientists, military men (kudos to Edwards for not going the typical "scientists = good/smart, military = bad/dumb" route in this film — everybody here is at least open to suggestion), doctors, police officers, and a compassionate bus driver all wrestling with options in the face of behemoth danger. The humanity is everpresent, but never especially intrusive. To reiterate, this isn't a film about any of these people, or what they do.
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The closest thing to a helping of thematic (or human) significance comes with Ken Watanabe's Dr. Serizawa, who spouts awe-stricken maxims about cryptozoology, the Earth, and the inevitable powerlessness of man. He might not be supplying anything more substantial than our central heroes (soft-hearted soldier Aaron Taylor-Johnson, dutiful medic and mom Elizabeth Olsen, right-all-along conspiracy theorist Bryan Cranston), but Watanabe's bonkers performance as the harried scientist is so bizarrely good that you might actually believe, for a scene or two, that it all does mean something.
Ultimately, the beauty of our latest taste of Godzilla lies not in the commitment to a message that made the original so important nor in the commitment to levity that made Emmerich's so pointless, but in its commitment to imagination. Edwards' creature design is dazzling, his deus ex machina are riveting, and the ultimate payoff to which he treats his audience is the sort of gangbusters crowd-pleaser that your average contemporary monster movie is too afraid to consider.
In fairness, this year's Godzilla might not be considered an adequate remake, not quite reciprocating the ideals, tone, or importance of the original. Sure, anyone looking for a 2014 answer to 1954's game-changing paragon will find sincere philosophy traded for pulsing adventure... but they'd have a hard time ignoring the emphatic charm of this new lens for the 60-year-old lizard, both a highly original composition and a tribute in its way to the very history of monster movies (a history that owes so much to the creature in question). So does Godzilla '14 successfully fill the shoes of Godzilla '54? No — it rips them apart and dons a totally new pair... though it still has a lot of nice things to say about the first kicks.
Oh, and the '98 Godzilla? Yeah, it's better than that.
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Kim Kardashian celebrated her upcoming wedding to Kanye West with a lavish bridal shower in Beverly Hills on Saturday (10May14). The reality TV star is expected to wed West in Paris, France on 24 May (14), and she marked the remainder of her single days with a pre-wedding bash with her celebrity pals and famous family.
Among the guests at the Peninsula Hotel were sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, mum Kris Jenner, singer Ciara, reality TV star Larsa Pippen and socialite Brittny Gastineau.
According to reports, the Paris-themed affair had been set to take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but Kardashian decided to boycott the venue in protest after its owner, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, implemented a law in his country that includes the stoning to death of gay people.
She joins the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, and Sharon Osbourne, who have all vowed to steer clear of his hotel chain until the law is reversed.
Rapper Kanye West plans to party with Jay Z in Dublin, Ireland ahead of his wedding in Paris, France. West is due to get hitched to reality TV star Kim Kardashian in the French capital on 24 May (14) and will reportedly celebrate his upcoming wedding with a bachelor party in Dublin with 80 friends, including the 99 Problems hitmaker.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Kanye loves Dublin, as does Jay Z, and it's pretty close to Paris so it's a perfect option before the wedding.
"He has had his people looking into places like (hotels) The Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton and clubs they could take over for a night. Kim will be doing her own thing with the girls and Kanye knows that in Dublin he would be pretty much left to himself."
Given the recent statements Beyoncé has made along with some backlash she's received from others, it has to be asked: Is Beyoncé a fake feminist? On the one hand she makes grand statements, like this one, taken from a recent Out Magazine interview:
There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.
It sure sounds like a feminist sentiment, doesn't it? She is saying all of the right things here. But Beyoncé is an icon, a businesswoman; she's someone whose very career depends on (among many other things) her ability to say the right thing. But what do some of her actions, or inactions, tell us about her true thoughts on feminism?
Thigh Gap and Messages About Body Image
Beyoncé recently came under fire with accusations of photoshopping an Instagram shot of herself. In the picture, people claimed that the gap between her thighs was created through photo manipulation (they observed some strange effects on other parts of the picture). If it's true, then that is certainly problematic for a so-called feminist. Obviously, Bey gets photoshopped all of the time for her high-fashion shoots (which are fabulous), but to do so with an Instagram picture sends another message: that her natural, un-retouched body is not something she wants to share with everyone. This is a corrosive message to send to her fans, especially the younger lot, considering our culture's epidemic of body image issues. Beyoncé is often such a great champion of her curves, but this alleged manipulation sends a contradictory message.
Mrs. Carter Versus Beyoncé
When Bey announced the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour she got a lot of heat from fans who wanted to see their Queen Bey, not Jay Z's wife. The very concept of taking your husband's last name still sparks debate among women and feminists, but to be a pop star known for songs like "Independent Women," "Survivor," and "Run the World (Girls)," calling yourself "Mrs. Carter" is bound to spark some controversy. Around this time, Beyoncé also released the track "Bow Down" which many found offensive to women (due to the repetition of the lyrics "Bow down b**ches"). In her defense, it has to be said that being proud of your husband's name (especially when your husband is Jay Z) should not automatically be deemed anti-feminist. And "Bow Down" was really a playful track that functioned as an ode to Houston trap music. She also used the song to address her break from music and her new position as a wife and mother: "I took some time to live my life/but don't think I'm just his little wife."
The "Drunk in Love" Conundrum
Bey has been attacked in the past, most recently for her husband Jay Z's lyrics, playfully referencing the abusive relationship between Ike and Tina Turner on Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" track. But Jay rapping "eat the cake, Anna Mae" is just that — it's playful. The joke may be lost on some — and may, indeed, be inappropriate, but one could argue that asking people to stand by literal interpretations of their music is problematic. Still, Beyoncé never spoke on the issue... but does she ever address specific issues in feminist debate?
Gender Equality, According to Bey
Now, in Beyoncé's defense, she did write a piece titled "Gender Equality Is a Myth!", and has spoken up about equal pay — props for that! And, sure, that alone could make her a true feminist! But it was another piece filled with clichés. Do we know where Beyoncé stands on harder issues like abortion and birth control? No. And we probably never will, if Beyoncé plans to keep on being Beyoncé. She's not a controversial figure, for the most part. She's loved and enjoyed by feminists and non-feminists alike. So she seems to say just enough to claim the title "feminist," without alienating any other part of her fan base. And the truth is, there's nothing wrong with this. It could even be that she is, simply, a pop star first and a feminist second.
If Beyoncé is a fake feminist or a real feminist (a difficult question ultimately, because everyone does not agree on the definition of the word), it's significant that she claims the title, and that she's speaking up (even if in clichés) when she could really say nothing. Some ask, "Who cares?" Who cares if our celebrities are feminists?" But for some of us, feminism is actually a fairly simple idea that should be embraced by everyone. So yes, it matters if Beyoncé is a feminist. And, even if it's difficult to discern her true intentions, it's good to see her bringing awareness to the very idea. Now, if we can just get her (and other celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Kim Kardashian) to stay away from the photoshop tools they have (allegedly) been using on their Instagram pictures, we'd be making great strides over here.
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Jay Z and Beyonce have reportedly turned down an invitation to attend Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's wedding. West is set to tie the knot with the reality TV star in Paris, France next month (May14) and reports suggest they will marry in secret in Los Angeles ahead of their extravagant ceremony in the French capital.
However, West's regular collaborator Jay Z and his wife Beyonce will not be attending the nuptials, so the Big Pimpin' hitmaker will throw a pre-wedding party for his friend at his New York club 40/40, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
The publication reports Jay Z is also planning to spend $160,000 (£100,000) on chartering a yacht for the couple's honeymoon. A source says, "Jay Z would be there if it wasn't going to be such a public event. Instead he's making it up to his mate by throwing him the most extravagant stag do (party) known to man. "It will cost a small fortune - and to top it all off he's chucked (thrown) a £100,000 yacht rental in there as a wedding gift as well."