Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick got a little saucy during her hosting stint on Saturday Night Live at the weekend (05Apr14) as "an international nasty girl" in search of Dongs All Over the World in a music video sketch. The actress also showed off her rapping skills during the sketch with the line, "Here's a quick tip that you need to know/When you're travelling the world with your girls in tow/Keep a tight schedule and you can't go wrong/You'll see none of the country but all of the dongs."
The skit also featured Icona Pop as pilots flying Kendrick and her naughty pals on their international sex adventures.
Kendrick also portrayed Ariel from the Little Mermaid, mimicking the singing voices of Kesha, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea and Selena Gomez, on the show.
There are a lot of beautiful women in the world and there are plenty that are sexy as well. There is, however, only one Rihanna.
The pop singer has been called the "Sexiest Woman Alive" multiple times, most officially when Esquire bestowed that title upon her in 2011. But, why is she so desirable? What is it about her that screams "sexy"? Why does most of the world seemingly want her?
We think that we have some idea… and we're willing to share.
She Doesn't Care What We Think
Rihanna is as comfortable in her own skin as anyone. Just take a look at her Instagram posts and it's easy to see that she's not worried about how people see her. The fact that she can look good whether she's trying to or not is part of her allure. Of course, it hasn't always been that way. On the heels of filming a part in Battleship in 2012, she told Women's Fitness magazine, "You always find something wrong, you always find something you’re uncomfortable with, and one thing turns into another and you get embarrassed and self-conscious about it. After a while, it was like, 'What’s the worst that can happen?' and I just started being a little more daring with it. It was just knowing my body is the way it is no matter what that helped me, knowing that it is what it is under clothes or outside of clothes." She seems to prefer the outside the clothes option, but there's nothing wrong with that.
She Doesn't Shy Away from Her Sexuality
The woman that sings "S&M" and "Pour It Up" has a stage show that matches her songs lyrics. Rihanna makes Miley Cyrus look like she's back playing Hannah Montana, and neither Madonna nor Lady Gaga has anything on her when it comes to being provocative. During one tour, she would select a male audience member to simulate sex with on stage. More than that, she is open and honest about it in real life as well. When reporters ask her about her sexually charged image, she has no problem answering. "I like to take charge, but I love to be submissive. Being submissive in the bedroom is really fun. You get to be a little lady, to have somebody be macho and in charge of your s**t. That's sexy to me," she told Rolling Stone. "I like to be spanked. Being tied up is fun. I like to keep it spontaneous. Sometimes whips and chains can be overly planned — you gotta stop, get the whip from the drawer downstairs . . . I'd rather have him use his hands."
She Has Her Share of Celebrity Crushees
When the website Violet Grey asked Mad Men's January Jones who she would most like to go to bed with her answer was Rihanna. After Shakira shot the video for their duet "Can't Remember to Forget You," she gushed to Glamour, "Working with her was utopia. She's the sexiest woman on the planet." None of that is a surprise to her BFF Katy Perry. "It's disgusting how gorgeous she is," Perry told Rolling Stone. "Anytime I introduce my friends to her, male or female, the ride back always consists of, 'What, does she drink the blood of virgins?'" (Of course, Perry also told Elle Canada that her friend smokes a lot of pot and doesn't sleep... making her looks even more impressive.)
She Rocks a Bikini Like Nobody Else
Swimsuit models don't spend as much time in a bikini as Rihanna does. When the singer was her native Barbados' Ambassador for Youth and Culture, her role seemed to be more or less to show up all over the island showing off her lithe body in an assortment of string bikinis. She doesn't always wear the entire suit, but who are we to complain? She's been photographed so often in the string swimwear that a Google Images search for her wearing one returns results that keep going and going... and going.
She's Not a Victim
There is no getting away from the ugly incident that happened with former boyfriend Chris Brown. The photos of the singer with her faced bruised after Brown's attack are an indelible image. Rihanna does not allow that to define her, though. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, she stated that she has forgiven Brown and still considers him a friend. Whether that's a wise choice or not is debatable, but showing that you won't be kept down by a past abusive relationship evokes a strength that is extremely appealing.
She'll Change Her Looks if She Feels Like It
The singer's skin glows and her green eyes sparkle, so there are some natural elements to her beauty that are God-given. Beyond that, though, Rihanna does what she wants. Her hair color changes periodically as does it's length and style. When she's not naked or in a bikini, then she looks equally stunning in a simple wrap dress as she does in a formal gown. Heck, she can grab attention just by wearing jean shorts and a tank top. If there's a look that she can't pull off, we haven't seen it yet.
She's Not Fake
Besides being forthcoming in interviews, sharing her life (not to mention her dates with Drake) on Instagram, and not trying to put gag orders on her friends, Rihanna tends to stay true to herself in every way. Even when she endorses a product, it's something that you get the impression that she actually likes. Case in point, her clothing collections with River Island felt like the kinds of things that the singer would choose for herself. Being able to keep things real, even when you're an international singing star, is sexy in a way that has nothing to do with looks.
Although the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who is behind us — and we’re still a little bit sour about the lack of Rose Tyler — fans of the British sci-fi show are turning to the skies to honor their favorite series. A Change.org petition started on Dec. 7 is calling to rename a recently discovered planet after Gallifrey, the fictional world that is home to the Time Lords and the Doctor.
Sam Menhennet, a Doctor Who fan from Australia, started the petition appealing to the International Astronomical Union to rename the planet, HD 106906 b. Menhennet is rallying other Whovians with the hashtag #GallifreyFound and trying to garner 150,000 signatures — they’ve already gotten more than 125,000.
If you’re wondering why Menhennet chose to rename this particular planet, it’s not random: HD 106906 b resembles all depictions of Gallifrey from the series. Also, in the Doctor Who episode “Gridlock,” the Tenth Doctor describes his home planet: “The sky's burnt orange, with the citadel enclosed in a mighty glass dome, shining under the twin suns. Beyond that, the mountains go on forever. Slopes of deep red grass, capped with snow.”
Although renaming the planet after Gallifrey has as much significance as naming a star after your boyfriend or girlfriend, how cool would it be to tell future generations of Whovians that if they look up in the sky, Gallifrey is actually out there somewhere? Very cool.
Hollywood magician and actor John Calvert has died, aged 102. The star passed away on Friday (27Sep13) in Lancaster, California. No further details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
A statement posted on the website of The International Brotherhood of Magicians reads, "John Calvert, 102, the venerable magician, author, and movie star, died Friday morning, September 27, 2013, in Lancaster, California... Mr. Calvert's long-time wife, Tammy, was at his side."
Calvert, assisted by his wife of more than 50 years, Tammy, enjoyed a career spanning more than eight decades, performing both on Broadway and in Las Vegas, and he was famous for his ground-breaking tricks, which included firing a woman from a cannon into a box suspended overhead on the stage. He was also known for creating the illusion of sawing off the head of a spectator using a giant buzz saw.
His fans included movie stars Gary Cooper and Cary Grant, who often joined him on stage when he was performing in Los Angeles.
He was also an actor, playing the detective nicknamed The Falcon in three movies, Devil's Cargo (1948), Appointment With Murder (1948) and Search for Danger (1949), while his credits also include Are These Our Parents? (1944), The Return of the Durango Kid (1945) and 1956's Dark Venture, which he directed and starred in.
He continued performing his magic show right up until weeks before his death, and two years ago he fulfilled a lifelong dream by performing at the London Palladium.
Visual/WENNIt’s time for your inner child to freak the freak out. Before Harry Potter, before The Hunger Games, before Fifty Shades of Grey (yeah, I went there) there was a literary series like no other. R. L. Stine’s children’s horror books Goosebumps were wildly popular in the 1980s and '90s, and when the series spawned a television show, it was kind of a huge deal. Back in 1998, Tim Burton was attached to a Goosebumps film that never came to fruition, but now the project is officially back in the works. Burton is no longer directing, but we can think of five other reasons to still get creepy-excited about this.
The Jack Black Factor
As of right now, Bernie star Jack Black is in the midst of negotiations, and is expected to take on the lead role in the movie. Can you imagine Jack Black playing an R.L. Stine-esque writer, whose literary creations start coming to life in real and frightening ways? Yes, so can we.
The Monsters vs Aliens Director Is On Board
Rob Letterman is no Tim Burton, but this could actually be a good thing. The young director brought us (and, okay, our children) Monsters vs Aliens back in 2009, and since folks like Reese Witherspoon and Seth Rogen were on board that project, we expect he might pull out some heavy-hitters to join Jack Black on this one.
You Now Have An Excuse To Re-read The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom
Movies made from the stuff of childhood allow us to do the one thing we want to do pretty much every day —relive the magic. So head on over to Amazon and start pretending you’re nine again. You’ll feel so accomplished when you finish reading three whole books in 45 minutes. Then you’ll have an excuse to watch some of the series on Netflix because – oh yeah – Goosebumps the series is on Netflix!
The Fast & Furious Producer Is Involved
Look, the truth is that Hollywood has been known to destroy...things. Lots of things. Literary classics, careers, and childhood memories have all suffered greatly at the hands of the big screen. However, we have high hopes for Goosebumps the movie, partly because Neal H. Moritz (the guy responsible for totally reviving the Fast & Furiousfranchise) is producing.
You Can Twitter-Stalk R.L. Stine For Updates
If you’re not following R.L. Stine on Twitter right now, then what exactly are you doing? His bio reads: 'My job: to terrify kids.' And he’s been tweeting updates about the movie as well as his other projects, his love for wheat thins, and Demi Lovato. It's awesome.
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Every agency — be it an advertising firm, a mystical demon-hunting society, or a top secret government organization bent on thwarting international terrorism — needs a snarky office fixture. A master of the deadpan, though moreover useless in the field. Preferably British. Thick glasses optional. Don't bother trying to fill this position though (we're sorry, recent graduates desperate for any means of employ). Jared Harris has got it covered. Deadline reportst that the increasingly present actor is now joining The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Guy Ritchie picture set with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the central spots. While the mad Men star's role in this film is as of yet undisclosed, we can surmise that it will entail some finely pressed suits, orders barked with conviction, and a stark deficit of smiling.
This will be Harris' second go with Ritchie, who led the British actor to villainy in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Harris' most recent turn was in the YA feature The Mortal Instruments, in which he played his intellectual shut-in shtick up to 11. With a script from Scott Z. Burns, the mind behind Steven Soderbergh's exceptional The Informant!, Harris should have a good deal of fun pouncing on some dark, bridled mania.
Just the way we like our Jared Harris: buttoned up tight, confined to a claustrophobic office, and right on the verge of snapping.
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Four Chinese hopefuls have landed supporting roles in the new Transformers film thanks to a new TV talent search. Producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura and former Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences boss Sid Ganis were among the judges who vetted the contestants over the weekend (31Aug-01Sep13) via a Paramount and China Movie Channel venture, titled Transformers 4 Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show.
More than 70,000 hopefuls applied for the four available jobs in the film.
The successful applicants were actor and martial arts specialist Byron Lee, TV stars Austin Lin and Teresa Daley, and former Miss Bikini International Pageant China winner Candice Zhao.
Two established Chinese actors, Li Bingbing and Han Geng, have already been cast in supporting roles in the movie, which will star Mark Wahlberg and premiere next year (14).
Gangnam Style star Psy has teamed up with Korean food firm Bibigo to search for a new personal chef. The hitmaker misses food from his native South Korea when he's touring the world and, as he embarks on a new international adventure to promote new single Gentleman, he's hoping to find a new cook to travel with him this summer (13).
Psy has asked wannabe chefs to post videos which show off their cooking and mixing skills online and he and fans will pick the winner in the coming weeks.
The winning cook will receive $40,000 (£25,000) and an all-expenses trip around the world with the singer.
Psy says, "You'll get to mingle with celebrities at the hottest parties!"
The contest comes just weeks after the South Korean pop sensation signed on as restaurant chain Bibigo's official spokesperson.
Lady Gaga has a legion of followers she has affectionately dubbed her "little monsters." However one of her paid followers is taking the title literally. Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta) is being sued by her former assistant/best friend, Jennifer O'Neil, who is claiming she was never paid overtime during the many years she worked for the singer.
In a six-hour court session, the Born This Way singer fired a barrage of expletives at the woman she called "a f-cking hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn't earn." During the course of the case — which Gaga claims is "bullsh-t, and you know it" — the 26-year-old star proclaimed in court records obtained by the New York Post, "I'm quite wonderful to everybody that works for me, and I am completely aghast to what a disgusting human being that you have become to sue me like this."
However the international star did admit during her videotaped deposition that none of her employees were ever paid overtime, saying O'Neil "knew exactly what she was getting into, and she knew there was no overtime."
However her former assistant disagrees and is suing for 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime, totaling $393,000 in back pay.
It was later that Gaga revealed, via Twitter, that the lawsuit wasn't just ending a business relationship, but rather a friendship one, as well:
Everyone's headlines need an updating. "former assistant" is actually "my best friend from NY since I was 19." Painful stuff.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 2, 2013
What do you think of the latest development? Let us know in the comments, little monsters.
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With only a few roles under her belt, Jessica Chastain has emerged has one of brightest stars in Hollywood, an actress who can slip into any role and layer it with an evocative performance. Her work in Zero Dark Thirty, the new film from Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, is no exception. Chastain raises the bar with her graceful approach to dark subject matters, as her character Maya is fully immersed (perhaps too much so) in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. According to Chastain, she doesn't share much in common with her operative counterpart.
"She's very different from me," Chastain tells Hollywood.com. "I'm a very emotional girl from Northern California [laughs]. The opposite of a woman in the CIA who is trained to be unemotional, analytically precise. Very different."
Although Chastain is convinced she doesn't have the cold edge to her personality that would make her fit for international intel gathering, she does consider herself an individual of immense concentration. That is, when she wants to be one. Chastain recalls being "very good at focusing" as a kid, but that it took a toll on her studies. "I was not a good student because I wasn't interested in it. But if there is something I'm really interested in, I could stay up all night reading a book or doing research. I will forget to eat. I love that kind of stuff."
Like Maya, Chastain approaches a script and her character much like an analyst, sifting through details to fully understand why she would play a particular scene in a particular way. She lights up at the mention of "specificity and details" and it's clear that, to best convey Maya's arc over the decade-long search, the actress had to toil over every word and every gesture. "I had to find and mark out the subtlety," Chastain says. "Same with this. I had to go subtly with each scene as I'm talking about 20 detainees recognize this photo of Abu Ahmed. Where is Maya at that point where I say that? How am I starting to lose myself and become obsessed with this?"
Chastain admits that Maya's occupational consumption was not easy to bring to life — but it was honest. "[The film] is true to the woman she was. She didn't have a personal life," the actress says. "Her whole focus was this mission. If we take a shot at the beginning of the film and a shot at the end of the film — it's like two different women." Chastain's boiled down assertion of Maya is spot on, speaking to why the role is so ferocious on screen. "She's not the same girl in that first scene when she was showing up in her suit for her first interrogation."
In the end, it's the challenges that keep Chastain coming back for more. Like a covert spy, the actress loves digging deep into the mind of her characters. Even when people are closed off to the outside world, they still feel. That's the key to Chastain's work in Zero Dark Thirty. "Just because she's trained to be unemotional doesn't mean — this is interesting for an actor to play — it doesn't mean they are unemotional. There can be things in there that she's constantly trying to not show."
Check out our entire interview with Jessica Chastain by watching the video above. Zero Dark Thirty is out in limited release now and opens wide on Jan. 11.
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