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    Madonna at the Secret Project Screening in New York City
    Madonna with Sean Penn, Lindsay Lohan, Anderson Cooper, Steven Klein, Rocco and others at the screening of her short film the Secret Project in New York (September 24)

    Finally, Madonna, who had been seated on the floor several people deep into the audience, was dragged back onto the stage by two "cops."She then performed an exquisite cover of Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars" in perfect voice. (The song appears on the Good Will Hunting soundtrack, and as I recall, Madonna named that film her favorite the year it was released.)


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    the kanye track is a nice touch.


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    Dramatic rumors surrounding Miley Cyrus' relationship with Liam Hemsworth never seem to end... and the couple's no longer even together! Apparently, the "Hunger Games" heartthrob wanted to break-up with Cyrus as early as last spring, but the 20-year-old "Wrecking Ball" songstress "trapped" him in the relationship with a pregnancy scare. Wait, what!?

    A recent cover issue of the seedy gossip magazine OK! blares the headline, "Miley's baby trap. The truth about whether a positive pregnancy test kept Liam from dumping her months ago."

    According to the tabloid, Hemsworth was "ready to break up" with the songstress last spring until "a positive home pregnancy test changed everything."

    An alleged insider explains, "Miley thought she was expecting and wanted to announce it to the world, even before she went to a doctor to verify the results... Liam begged her not to go public yet. He was emotionally out of the romance for months by that point, though he was still sleeping with her."

    As OK! sums it up, "Essentially trapped Liam in the relationship, telling him that if he left her alone, she'd tell the world that he had abandoned her at such a delicate time."

    Sounds a bit too crazy... even for Cyrus.

    Gossip Cop insists that such "pregnancy scare" rumors are totally false. Another source claims that "there is absolutely no truth to the story... [it is] a complete fabrication."

    So what do readers think - would Cyrus really trick Hemsworth like that to make sure he wouldn't "abandon" her?


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    Robert Downey, Jr. doesn’t only play a superhero on the big screen, but he also acts like one in real life. Earlier this year, we reported on how Robert Downey, Jr. gifted the crew for Iron Man 3 with solid-gold Iron Man helmet heads. But it turns out Downey, Jr.’s generosity extended beyond just the production crew.

    An anonymous reader sent us in an actual photo of one of the solid-gold and diamond Iron Man helmet heads, along with an amazing story of how his five year old son came about having one. The reader’s son is a huge Iron Man fan, who got the opportunity to meet Robert Downey, Jr. one day.

    According to the reader, Robert Downey, Jr. was very approachable and down to earth. Downey, Jr. signed his son’s Iron Man 3 mask, but what happened next was even more surprising. Downey, Jr. gave this five year old fan a box that sort of looked like a box for a sleeve of golf balls.

    However, one of Robert Downey, Jr.’s bodyguards told the father that what was in the box was real so to be careful about his son playing with it. When the father looked at the box, it was marked “Stark Industries Jeweled Materials.” Inside the box was a solid-gold and diamond Iron Man helmet head.

    There’s no telling what the solid-gold and diamond Iron Man helmet head is worth, but for the five year old Iron Man fan who received it, its value and the memories of that special day are priceless.


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    Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth didn't announce the end of their engagement until Sept. 16, but the former couple had been at odds for many months. Covering the October issue of Fashion, the single singer says that a new song, "Drive," is about the hardships they faced earlier this year.

    "I wrote it while I was working on Valentine's Day—emotionally it was such a hard time," she recalls. "It is about needing to leave someone but not really wanting to completely cut yourself off from the relationship. It's a time when you want to leave but you can't. It's also about moving on."

    The song will appear on Cyrus' Bangerz album, which drops Oct. 8.


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    Pulchritudinous icon of modern celebrity Paris Hilton is speaking out following Nick Carter’s claims that their relationship was unhealthy. On Wednesday, Paris responded Nick in a statement to Access.

    “I don’t believe I was a negative influence on Nick, we dated for a very short period of time almost 10 years ago and when we met he was already a successful pop star, I’m pretty sure that was the only thing influencing him at the time. I’m glad he got help for his problems and wish him all the best,”Paris , whose new single "Good Time" is out October 1st, said.


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    I was browsing the X Factor's youtube page and I came across this. Unfortunately, they did not air her performance. Ark Music Factory party post one last time?

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    Blake Lively is launching her own company, and this time it has nothing to do with acting.

    "It's something that will be launching in a few months and that I'm really, really thrilled about. The main element of it is that it's about storytelling and it's about living a very one-of-a-kind, curated life, and how to achieve that. There's nothing like it out there - it's without a genre," Lively told us. "I have so many passions outside of acting and things that I grew up being good at and that I don't utilise when acting. Acting was something that my family did so I just kind of got into it by default, but there was so much that I cultivated, thinking that I wouldn't be an actor."

    Lively says that she has had the opportunity to branch out into new projects since she finished filming Gossip Girl just under a year ago, and took part in Gucci's "amazing" Chime for Change concert this year as well as continuing as the face of the fashion house's Premiere fragrance. But fans of her work needn't worry, it certainly isn't the end of her acting career.

    "A lot has changed for me in the last year! I got married, I finished Gossip Girl after six years, I had my first break in a while and I've been working on this company… it has been nice to have a separation from my show. The first film I did coming out of Gossip Girl, I wanted it to be different from anything I've ever done but also representative of where I want to go, because now I'm in a different place," she told us.

    "When I was doing Gossip Girl, I had these short breaks where I could play a character on weekends, but there's a movie I'm really excited about that I'll be doing this winter and one of the most enticing parts of it is that it spans from the 1900s until now. The fashion is amazing, and my character gets to experience all of the different time periods and tell the story through fashion. It's not a movie about fashion, but it's an integral part of who she is and the whole story."


    Sooo...GOOP Jr.? And what is it with everyone using the word "curated" lately? I'm seeing it everywhere.

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    Lindsay Lohan will get to keep her huge paycheck from Oprah Winfrey ... but only after an intense showdown between O and LiLo ... TMZ has learned.

    We've confirmed Lindsay was a disaster at the beginning of the project -- at times just being a no-show -- which doesn't work in Oprah's world.  We're told Oprah went to Dina's house on Long Island for a showdown with Lindsay.  She told Lindsay either clean up her act or the project is over and Lindsay would not get her $2 million paycheck.

    Our sources say Lindsay had a bunch of excuses she was spending time trying to find an apartment in NYC, she had other projects she was trying to finish, there were "miscommunications" between her people and the folks at OWN, yada yada.

    Oprah made the ultimatum clear and Lindsay got the message.

    We're told Lindsay is now cooperating and things have been running okay for nearly a month, but Oprah is still watching Lindsay like a hawk.

    Be careful Lindsay.  It's gonna be hard to score 2 mil with "Canyons 2."


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    Geoff Barrow of the revered English band Portishead recently maligned the fast-rising Los Angeles sister act HAIM with a snippy tweet : Hiam [sic] sound like Shania Twain ... When did that become a good thing? To which this critic replies: Who said it isn't? HAIM's song "The Wire" does bear traces of Twain's 1999 hit "Man I Feel Like a Woman," one of many inspirations hidden in plain sight on the trio's debut album, Days Are Gone. And that's good thing right this minute: HAIM's thoughtful, playful music is good for the radio, good for rock, and good for music lovers of all ages who need to carve out a little space to dream.

    Sisters Danielle, Alana and Este Haim grew up playing music with their parents in the amazingly named cover band Rockinhaim, and tried several music-business career moves (Nickelodeon cameos, Este's ethnomusicology degree, Danielle's apprenticeship playing guitar with Julian Casablancas and Jenny Lewis) before breaking through as a trio in 2012. Getting serious as a band, they found a drummer, Dash Hutton, and sought out eclectic collaborators. HAIM has toured with Mumford & Sons and been remixed by the EDM DJ Duke Dumont, written songs with the British singer Jessie Ware and the Swedish soundtrack composer Ludwig Goransson, and found a favorite producer in Ariel Reichstad, whose own portfolio includes work with Usher and Vampire Weekend , playing in a ska-punk band, and writing "Hey There, Delilah" for the Plain White T's.

    Diving into so many different musical wellsprings, HAIM discovered its specific superpower: the ability to channel influences most listeners recognize within a fresh, personal sound. It's easy to play the game of references on Days Are Gone. "Honey & I" re-imagines Fleetwood Mac as a duo with just Lindsey and Christine; "The Wire" throws its Shania Twain guitar riff against a wall built by The Bangles. The wonderfully moody "My Song 5" imagines a perfect union of Nirvana and TLC."Running If You Call My Name" runs up that hill in the Kate Bush song and finds Tom Petty free-falling on the other side. And so on, until the jukebox is exhausted.

    But the Top 40 machine that HAIM loves and elevates is never exhausted because it's powered by the dreams of generations of boys and girls — especially girls, so many of whom figure out what they think of love, loss and independence by absorbing and developing their own reinterpretations of the songs the radio feeds them. The lyrics on Days Are Gone are all about the trial and error involved in realizing that dreams designed by others (parents, boyfriends, songwriters) may not fit your growing individual frame.

    Danielle Haim's lead vocals always sound like a thought process, interrupted by sighs and guttural stops and starts; her sisters shore her up with harmonies and funky rhythms, but even within the sleek production, their playing has an imperfect edge that makes it all the more accessible.Days Are Gone brings the revenge of the listening girl, the one whose passionate engagement made pop possible in the first place. In front of the microphone, these sisters retell pop's central stories in a language that's true to actual young women like themselves.


    Release date 30th September. Favorite songs?

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    Here's a second, longer trailer for Fox Searchlight's Black Nativity, a musical drama directed by Kasi Lemmons, which is set for a November 27, 2013 release.

    The story centers on a young black teen from Baltimore, who is sent to Harlem by his mother to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents. The boy then learns the real meaning of faith and family when his grandfather delivers a Christmas Eve sermon. The film includes a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story.

    The film stars Jacob Latimore, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson, in a work that's based on Langston Hughes' Broadway gospel musical.

    Mary J. Blige, Tyrese Gibson, Luke James, and Nas round out the cast.

    Terence Blanchard is the film score's composer, while Raphael Saadiq wrote music for it.

    It opens November 27, 2013, in the middle of a somewhat crowded fall for black films.

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    I see you sneaking your song in there, Mary.

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    I'm sorry if I scared you with the most horrifying headline imaginable. It's okay. The tresses are intact. Everyone -- except Deacon, who could be dying in a ditch somewhere and absolutely wishes he was -- is fine. Rayna (Connie Britton) rather easily came out of the induced coma she'd been in for two weeks. A much less scraggly-haired (in most scenes) Scarlett said no to Gunnar's proposal and seems more confident and less mumbly than ever. And Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is back in sweetheart/bitch mode, either rapidly cycling between the two or somehow conveying both at the same time. Love her.
    But my heart's swelling the most for Rayna James and her daughters -- that scene at the end where her family and we viewers were suspended in time, waiting for her to recognize them, had me sobbing. The reigning queen of country music would have sobbed, too, had she had full movement of her face. A single slow-trickling tear said everything for her. I'm so hungry. How are my sales? Where is that bastard Deacon?
    "I am just not interested in looking behind me anymore," Rayna told her hulking dad while getting some fresh air. "I am just gonna live my life." Vague, yet poignant! Not so vague anymore: We learn from Deacon's new attorney Megan that Lamar was likely involved in the death of Rayna's mom. "Forgive me, darlin'. For everything," Lamar had croaked out over Rayna's bedside before she'd woken up. That's not gonna happen.
    Maddie (Lennon Maisy) had some good scenes tonight, her daddy issues intensifying just like her mom's had right around her age. And like her mom, Maddie's disappointed in her biological father, Deacon. "If he loved her so much, how could he do this?" she asked Teddy. This was when everyone still thought Deacon had been driving drunk when the SUV crashed. Apparently it took weeks for the right people to connect the dots and determine the diagonal mark on Rayna's torso signaled that obviously she was the one driving. But, you know. Television! Who cares? What's important: The truth is out.

    And Deacon's out of prison, moments before the $1 million bail Scarlett had to coax out of Juliette had come through. Deacon spent the premiere sobering up and loathing himself in the slammer, a lone butterfly bandage on his right eyebrow and a sinking stone in his heart. He was a monster to Scarlett whenever she visited, in denial about his familial ties to anyone and everyone. "I'm a damn drunk and I'm no good to you or anybody else," he told his niece after she said he was like a father to her. "I'm NOBODY'S damn father! You quit comin' here!" Now you and that hair of yours, shoo!
    Surprise, though: Scarlett's movin' into Deacon's house. He has a non-torched sofa, so it's perfect.
    I loved those flashbacks of Deacon and Rayna 13 years ago, by the way -- particularly the careful placement of Rayna's cowboy boots during the footage of them conceiving Maddie on the floor. Country, y'all! We saw Deacon so blotto he forgot he'd proposed to Rayna the night before, prompting Rayna to hurl the ring onto a hideous rug. And then Rayna's sister Tandy encouraged Rayna to marry Teddy instead of her true, destructively drunken love, even though Rayna was pretty sure Deacon was the father of her unborn child.
    Juliette was stressed. Remember, her mom recently killed herself and murdered someone else so that Juliette wouldn't have to deal with a sex tape scandal. (Still ludicrous! But I don't mind; Jolene was annoying.) But perhaps even more worrisome: The recent media blitz over the "Saint in a Coma" threatened to thwart Juliette's record sales. The nerve of that saint! One of Juliette's coping mechanisms during this difficult time was to have an unnamed prospective assistant (I think?) go down on her as she writhed around angrily, not getting enough out of it. Assistants just do not work hard enough these days. It's an epidemic.
    We got one glitzed-out concert scene this episode, to go along with Avery and Gunnar/Scarlett's more muted Bluebird performances: Juliette workin' it in an angelic white "party in the front" gown on her Inside the Dream tour. I should make special mention of the ultra-effective wind machine gently engorging the business-in-the-back portion of that gown, as well as the complicated lighting arrangement that created the illusion of fireworks every half-second. No expenses spared with this one, as usual. I love it.
    Of course, Juliette's lead guitarist Avery (quite the solo, sir!) and Manager Glenn (welcome back, Glenn! I'm trying my best to pretend "Dante" didn't exist) both knew Juliette was milking the Saint in a Coma situation to boost her sales with those sappy speeches and Juliette-centric slideshows of the two country divas together. Singing Rayna's "This Love Ain't Big Enough" was a brilliant choice -- during the concert, the lyrics ("Waiting on somebody to go down / Take what's left of this love and put it in the ground") seemed straight-up murderous to sing for someone in a coma. But later, Juliette told Maddie that the song reminded her of her own mom, when they used to lie on the floor (Jolene was probably passed out) and listen to it over and over.
    Before her concert, Juliette had snapped, "Glenn, get me a thousand candles. I need to pray." She mind-controlled hundreds of her adoring fans to follow her to the hospital and pray for Rayna. But at least some of the candles turned out to be for Juliette's own at-home tribute to her mom -- and the sobbing, makeup-free, totally raw 'n' real Juliette we came to love at the end of season 1 pulled a surprise move, placing an old Rayna James CD next to a photo of her and Jolene. Ahhhh!

    Zoe, Scarlett's friend since first grade, is replacing her as a waitress at the Bluebird. So far she only seems to serve as a human for our overgrown-mop head to talk to, now that Scarlett denied Gunnar's marriage proposal and has "gotta learn to stand on my own." But I'm sure she'll start screwing Avery or Gunnar by the time I finish this sentence, so expect to see a lot more of Zoe.
    I liked Avery's delicate, piano-driven "How to Live Alone" solo, though I'm not sure what is going on with his really, really long hair. But the happiest Bluebird moment for me was Scarlett and Gunnar's sweet duet at the end -- not because "Why I Can't Say Goodnight" wasn't beautiful (it was!) but because Miss Scarlett's weave had been temporarily tamed. That thing was its own scene-chewing character all last season and I would love for it to keep allowing Scarlett more of the spotlight. Am I talking too much about these people's hair? Just wait 'til next week, when Rayna's back in full force after a deep condition.
    For me, nothing will ever come close to Scarlett and Gunnar (Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio)'s series premiere duet on "If I Didn't Know Better," I realized tonight. I mean, everything these two sing together sounds amazing, but that initial vibe suddenly established at the end of that premiere -- so rich with tension, possibility, and holy sh*t would you listen to that girl's voice?! -- cannot be replicated. Nor should it be! Tonight's duet, similarly set over a montage of all the other characters and their suffering, was another good one. I think I'm okay with them not being together, but I don't want their songwriting partnership to ever die, and Scarlett's solo record deal as well as any romantic entanglements will surely corrupt that.
    Meanwhile, Chris Carmack's Will ("Welcome to the closet, bitch!") is already getting a juicy storyline and lots of screen time, and I love it. He and the lovelorn Gunnar are roommates, and after contributing a vague painting of a bull with horns to one of the walls, Will decided that he and "the best damn songwriter in Nashville" needed to get loud and busy with a renovated-house party. Why not? They'd almost…started painting!
    Enter local sex toys Lacy and Savannah (perfect names), plus a dude who gives Will the eye over a mouth-watering tray of jello shots. It's the mysterious guy from Will's gay past. "What the HELL are you doing here?" Will demanded, while thrusting the man against the washing machine -- one of TV's tried-and-true sexiest appliances. Nice job by Chris Carmack vacillating between super lustful and super angry here. We don't learn anything more about him, but obviously we will soon.
    "This creep just made a pass at me -- you believe that?"

    Ugh, Peggy Kentner and Teddy. Can we not? First she confirmed their pregnancy to him "with three home pregnancy tests." Red flag. But no -- the baby did exist, he or she just no longer had a heartbeat when Peggy got her ultrasound. And then she LIED to him -- while in tears! -- and said she heard the baby's heartbeat. She'd dragged him all the way down to a depression-lit basement bar to tell him this, even though he'd been a complete jerk about the pregnancy. "I already have a family, Peggy." He can offer her financial support, and that's it. I'm so bored. No one is still reading this paragraph.

    I turn it over to you: Did you love the season 2 premiere? Is it only a matter of time (like, 1.5 episodes) before Scarlett and Gunnar get back together? How long before Juliette blabs to the media about Deacon being Maddie's real dad? Are you still crying right now? Other thoughts?

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    Victoria Beckham will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at her fashion empire with a new fly-on-the-wall documentary.

    The mum-of-four has teamed up with Skype to present the story of her life as a designer "in a groundbreaking storytelling format", allowing the internet call company unlimited access to her studios.

    As well as documenting her fashion designer career, the show will also explore how Victoria balances her hands-on designer job with her role as mum to her four children and wife of David Beckham.

    The interactive project will also "give the audience opportunities to engage directly" with Victoria and her fashion label team as cameras follow them from their London studio across the Atlantic to their New York HQ.

    Victoria, 39, has spoken before about conducting work over Skype while juggling her business commitments with her family.

    "Most evenings, I'm curled up in front of Skype, in my dressing gown, speaking with my studio in London," she said in 2010.

    "I travel a lot; my team travels a lot, but I wouldn't have it any other way."

    "I'm very proud to be British; my brand is British, and I'm very proud of that."

    It isn't yet clear whether the Beckham brood – Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper – will appear on-screen alongside their former Spice Girl mother.

    The programme won't be Victoria's first foray into fly-on-the-wall documentary-style TV.

    When Victoria and her family moved to Los Angeles when former England captain David signed for LA Galaxy, she filmed a one-hour special, Victoria Beckham: Coming to America.

    The spoof-style show revealed the mum-of-four's wicked sense of humour and that she wasn't afraid to have some fun with her reputation for being a pouter.

    In the early noughties, she featured in documentaries including Being Victoria Beckham and The Real Beckhams. Both gave a sneak peek into the singer's private life and relationship with David and her time as one fifth of the Spice Girls.


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    As many of us know, David E. Talbert’s film, “Baggage Claim”, opens in theaters on Friday, September 27th. As I have mentioned previously, I loved the film. It was witty, cute, and funny.

    I’ll release my final review for the film on Friday, however, today, I’d like for you to check out the interview that I did with cast member Jill Scott.

    In this interview, Jill reveals her thoughts on the amazing energy of the set of "Baggage Claim," talks about her challenging audition with the late film director Anthony Minghella, and explains a bit why she will not be on Broadway any time soon.

    Shadow and Act: Can you tell our readers about your role in Baggage Claim?

    Jill Scott: I play Gail Best, who is one of the best friends to Montana Moore, played by Paula. Gail is feisty, sassy, and confident.  She’s kind of a man killer, with no feeling of remorse about it. While Montana is searching for love, Gail is interested in the fun of right now.

    SA: How did this project come about for you?

    JS: My agent sent me the script. I get scripts all the time, but I read this one thoroughly, and I loved it. It was light hearted, cute, sweet, and funny.  I told my agent that I liked the script, but I did let my acceptance of the role slide a little, until I was watching television one day; scrolling through the stations, and there was this play. And I don’t like plays made for the screen. But, this one, “Suddenly Single”, caught my attention.  Isaiah Washington acted his butt off as well as everyone else. I couldn’t turn from the play, and then at the end David is on the screen saying, “Hi, I’m David Talbert…”and I was like oh that’s the dude that wrote Baggage Claim? Oh, I’m in!

    SA: How was the set culture of Baggage Claim? Can you tell us about the camaraderie?

    JS: It was really cool. Every other day, we saw somebody new that we hadn’t seen before.  Jenifer Lewis will keep you going. She has so many stories, I love when I am around a veteran in this business. Because I can dig and ask questions, and find out the “who” and “what” of it all. I love that. And then I met Lauren London who I hadn’t met before, and we just hit it off, like we were always supposed to meet. Adam Brody is this quick witted, intelligent, really cool guy. We hit it off immediately. I just like him. I fuck with Adam. We talked a lot of politics, and it was good.

    SA:  I read in the production notes that you really thought that the energy was great on this set. Can you explain to us exactly what you mean?

    JS:  In what area?

    SA: Well, we hear the phrase a lot from people of all industries. When you made that statement, are you saying that everyone on set was simply nice, or are you saying something else?

    JS: Being on set is a hard thing. A lot of people are like oh, you get to make a movie, and it’s all fun.  But the reality is, it’s a lot of hours. It’s a lot of reshoots; it’s a lot of waiting. And you can become increasingly agitated by the amount of time that you are waiting. But that’s real. But when you have a cast and crew of people who make it light hearted and crack jokes, and break treats, and understand that we are all in this together. That’s a biggest plus that you can have.

    SA: How do you balance music and acting? And do you want to get more into acting?

    JS: Balancing is hard. I’ve lost roles that I really wanted because I had set up a tour.  I cancelled tours to do roles before. But I have to find the time to make that up to my audience. I made a commitment to them. Singing and acting suit me. I made a vow to myself, to do everything that I can do with this life that I have, and I have to find the time to do this. Sometimes I need to be an actress.  Sometimes I don’t need to be Jill. However, everyone is always looking for the Jill in everything.  People say that they like the characters that they believe that I am. But, I don’t as much.  I like the characters that I believe that I am not. Like my role on Law and Order. That character unnerved people. And I loved every second of it. I want to continue growing as an actress. There are ways that I can reach quicker, or deeper, with acting.

    When I auditioned with Anthony Minghella (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency), I loved the audition process, although I hated him for it.  Because he had me audition six times for that role. Maybe three hours each. He wanted to see how quickly I could vary. So, he says you have a broken left rib, you have a sprang ankle… he kept finding things to keep challenging me. And I said to myself, you know what? I’m going to go in with this… I saw his work with, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, and I love Gwyneth Paltrow, she’s one of my favorites. But I’d never seen her that good before. And I did not know who Matt Damon was at the time.  I fell in love with him. Jude Law was amazing. So, I was like, here I am working with the director that worked with them, so I was like I am here to do what I got to do.

    SA: Do you plan on going on Broadway?

    JS. Everyone keeps on asking me that. I’ve been. And that’s a rough life. It has to be something worth it. And I wouldn’t want to sing at all. The character would really have to push me to another level.

    LOL @ Paula's stereotypical 'hot girl chilling out' look

    I'm going to need people to stop asking this question, starting with Andy Cohen.


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    "I really think of this is Britney's "Ray of Light" album -- it's kind of like that in a lot of ways."

    "It's a new chapter in the Britney Spears saga," says her manager Larry Rudolph, who's standing outside of a rehearsal studio at CenterStaging in Burbank, Calif.

    It's a typically sunny Los Angeles morning and dozens of scantily clad dancers have flocked to Studio 10 to audition for Spears' upcoming residency show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

    "It started off at 600 and now we're down to 28," Rudolph tells Billboard, adding that 14 dancers total will be chosen for the two-year show, titled "Britney Spears: Piece of Me.""Britney is coming today and she'll be making the final selection."

    Indeed, Spears' camp is in full residency mode as the Dec. 27 opening date quickly approaches. The singer's approximately 90-minute performances will take place inside a 4,600-capacity planetarium-like theater with traditional seating, a dance floor, private tables and bottle service. The Baz Halpin-directed show will feature 21 of Spears' greatest hits and new music from her as-yet-untitled eighth studio album, due Dec. 3. In addition to 14 dancers, the concerts will also feature a four-piece band and state-of-the-art visuals. She's slated to perform 50 shows per year in 2014 and 2015.

    "I'm almost having to hold back the floodgates, because she wants to start rehearsing right now," says Halpin, who's also on-site selecting dancers with his team at Silent House Productions, which has designed tours by such pop acts as Katy Perry, P!nk and Taylor Swift. "I've never seen an artist so pumped and excited. She's been doing religious vocal and choreography for months and months. So I'm waiting for this unleashed furry of rehearsal energy when we get started."

    After Billboard broke intimate details about Spears' nightclub-like residency in an exclusive interview with Caesars Entertainment VP of entertainment Kurt Melien, rumors have been swirling around the web about lackluster ticket sales (the first 16 concerts went on sale Sept. 20) and whether the pop singer will lip-synch her way through performances. We caught up with Rudolph (who was momentarily sidetracked during this interview by a call from his other red-hot client Miley Cyrus: "She just put out a new version of 'Wrecking Ball,' which I think will get an equal amount of (web) hits," he says) at CenterStaging.

    Below, Rudolph sets the record straight to Billboard about the latest set of rumors surrounding Spears' Las Vegas residency, and divulges exclusive details about the pop superstar's eighth album and potential next single.

    Billboard: First off, let's clear the air about whether Britney Spears will be lip-syncing during her Las Vegas residency shows. Can you set the record straight on this subject?
    Larry Rudolph: She's going to be singing live. She does choreography and vocal coaching every day. The vocal coaching is really just to strengthen her voice and get her to a point where she can go out there every night and do a full show.

    It's hard for the public to fully understand what goes on when you get on stage and you're dancing full out during a song. No matter what anyone says, there's not a single artist who goes out there and does full choreography and is singing without a vocal track underneath them at the same time. It's physically impossible. We're just trying to build up her stamina and get her to a point where she can do as much as humanly possible. The idea is to try to get her pretty close to 100%. There might be some numbers where she's full out dancing with a (vocal) track underneath her, but there won't be any lip-syncing across the board on anything.

    There have also been reports that ticket sales to her residency shows haven't been selling well. So how are ticket sales so far?
    Yesterday, I got a phone call from Britney's mom, Lynne Spears. She said, "Larry, I just read on BreatheHeavy.com that Britney's show is failing. What's going on?" She was deeply concerned. I said, "Lynne, don't worry about it, we're dealing with it right now. Nothing could be further from the truth. "

    You have these idiot tabloid reporters who are completely irresponsible and love taking pot shots at Britney. One guy did it and everybody else picked it up. It's based on nothing, other than an "industry insider," who they'll never disclose. But it's damaging to Britney. So we had to go on the offensive and put out correct information to counteract it.

    When we went on sale with our pre-sale, we sold out every single VIP package for all 16 shows. We had to create new ones just to fill some of the demand, because people were starting to get pissed off that there weren't enough out there. Caesars told us that a highly successful launch would be selling 10% of the ticket stock on the on sale. I think we either tripled or quadrupled that. They told us it was literally the best on-sale they'd ever had. Now they've come back to me and asked if it's OK to put the next round of dates on sale sooner than we had originally discussed. They haven't given me an exact date for it yet, but I said of course.

    Can you give any details about Spears' new album -- what the title is or what fans should expect it to sound like?
    We don't have a title yet. But it sounds great. It's so different from anything she's done before. Will.i.am is executive producing it. After the "Scream & Shout" exercise, which went so well, the public seems to really like Britney and Will together. There's something about them that works. He understands who she is and what her audience wants.

    "Work Bitch" is a great example of a song that's from this album, but I don't know that it necessarily defines the album. There's a lot of other material on here that is really rich. There's a ballad called "Perfume" that she recorded recently. Britney wrote it with Sia. It's a breakup song that's about wanting the next girl to smell your perfume on the guy afterwards. The lyric is really unique and she sings the shit out of it. I think everyone will be really impressed by the song. I don't know if it will be the second or third single, but it will definitely be a single.

    There are a couple other songs that have a really modern EDM vibe and other stuff that has more of a "Ray of Light" (Madonna) vibe. I really think of this as Britney's "Ray of Light" album -- it's kind of like that in a lot of ways. She wrote everything on the album with collaborators. There's one or two she wrote herself. That's something she wanted to do coming in. She wanted to make it very personal. They're all custom made for her, based on what's going on with her life and in her head.

    Is she still working on the album?
    Yeah, there are still about five songs to go.

    Have there been any discussions about how the album will be marketed and released?
    I think it will be more of a traditional release. This is going to be more about the Vegas thing happening and her putting out an album around the same time. I don't want to overcomplicate this or make it gimmicky, because the music is so important. I don't want to cloud it with some marketing scheme.

    Getting back to the residency, I recently did an interview with Caesars Entertainment VP of entertainment Kurt Melien, who said that an artist residency is more lucrative than traditional touring. Is that true in Spears' case?
    I honestly don't think it is. You have to remember, you're selling 4,400 seats a night instead of 15,000 seats a night. So your revenues are less than a third of what they would be if you were out on tour. Your costs are lower, because you're not trucking everything around. But at the end of the day, I don't know if it's more lucrative than a tour, in terms of what she puts in her pocket. It really wasn't a factor in our consideration. We didn't sit down and say, "How can we make more money?" We said, "How can we do something more interesting for the fans?" And we came up with this idea.

    Can you shed any light on how much money Spears is being paid for the residency?
    I can't comment on actual figures. She's getting paid well to do it, but it wasn't a big factor for us. We don't look at the business opportunity first and then back into it with the creative concept. We do it the other way around. We wanted to do a Vegas show, because it was the right thing for her now, and the right thing for her fanbase.

    What other type of revenue opportunities come along with a residency like this?
    We're talking to a couple of big tech companies about coming in and maybe helping us with sound and video. There's a lot of video on the show, so there are a lot of opportunities for that kind of thing. The sponsorship is definitely a part of it. Nothing has been locked in yet, but there are a lot of major tech companies that are very interested and have approached us about it. That's a big potential revenue stream.

    Another one, of course, is general merchandise sales. You have general tour merchandise sales, like you would normally have at a tour. But what you have here also is merchandise being sold in and around the venue, even when she's not there. It's not a tremendous amount of money -- nothing that would influence us to do or not do the show in Las Vegas -- but it's an added revenue stream we wouldn't normally have.


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    Are you tired of waiting for VH1′s You Oughta Know artist Lorde‘s debut album, Pure Heroine, to come out?!? The album officially drops on September 30, but starting today you can listen to the exclusive album stream right here on VH1.com.

    You can pre-order Pure Heroine now and you’ll receive an exclusive Lorde/VH1 folio. The embossed folio includes a series of exclusive prints showcasing the album’s lyrics and photos.

    When we spoke with Lorde last month, she was very excited for her first full-length album to hit the streets. ”I just feel that it’s kind of a more mature album,” the 16-year-old pop star confessed. “When I wrote [The Love Club] E.P. I was 15 and now I’m going to be 17 in a couple of months, so it’s more mature.”

    She also described some of the songs as being more “intimate” and confessed that musically she thinks Pure Heroine is beyond The Love Club because she and her producer “learned how to make beats…like [we] just got way better at it.”

    Stream Album Here @ VH1

    the temptation to tag this with 'lord(e) of the rings' is strong

    anyways, links are all over tumblr

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    Christine McVie joined her old band Fleetwood Mac onstage for the first time in 15 years at London's O2 Arena.

    Receiving a rapturous reception, she sang 'Don't Stop' with the group on the second of their three nights at the venue on their current tour of the UK. Another former bandmember, Peter Green - who left the group in 1970 - was in the crowd for the show, and Stevie Nicks dedicated the song 'Landslide' to the founding member of Fleetwood Mac.


    she looked/sounded PHENOMENAL. also stevie hugging her & holding her hand at every opportunity was so adorable/sad.

    what's your favorite Christine McVie song?

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    The former Vampire Diaries co-stars were reportedly spotted getting cozy at an L.A. nightclub last weekend.

    “[They were] on a double date with Ben McKenzie and Shelley Hennig,” a source told the mag. “It looked like Paul and Phoebe might have set Ben up with Shelley — seemed like a first date.”

    If you remember, Ben and Paul met on set of The O.C., while Shelley and Phoebe co-starred on The Secret Circle together.

    “Paul and Phoebe were 100% romantic,” the source added. “They were across the table from Ben all cozied up on the couch kissing each other. She had her head on his chest.”

    A few months ago, Paul and wife Torrey DeVitto, who has also appeared on The Vampire Diaries, announced their plans to divorce.

    Phoebe is now a regular on the spin-off The Originals.


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    I am loving this! I can't wait to see her perform it live.

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