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The song appears headed for a striking top 10 debut on next week's Hot 100.
While highlights of this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart will be revealed tomorrow (April 30), details are already emerging about next week's chart, on which Ariana Grande appears headed for a haughty top 10 debut with her new single, "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea.
Industry sources suggest that the song, which previews Grande's second album, due this summer, could sell more than 300,000 downloads in the tracking week ending Sunday, May 2, following its digital release yesterday (28). Such a start, regardless of any added airplay or streaming points, would likely translate to a top 10 debut on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100. We'll know where the song starts on the chart a week from tomorrow (May 7).
(The April 28-May 2 Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking week will feed next week's chart data, encompassing the song's full opening retail week, thus, explaining why the track will likely make its heralded Hot 100 start then, not this week.)
How notable is a debut sales frame of at least 300,000? Just 22 songs have arrived with that sum or better since SoundScan began tracking digital sales more than a decade ago. The last two such songs launched on the Nov. 16, 2013 Digital Songs chart: Eminem's "The Monster," featuring Rihanna (373,000) and One Direction's "Story of My Life" (305,000). (Flo Rida's "Right Round" holds the record with 636,000 first-week downloads sold [Feb. 28, 2009]).
In addition to its sales, which would likely account for the majority of its Hot 100 chart points next week, "Problem" is already receiving early radio support. The song drew 293 first-day plays on 87 stations yesterday, according to Nielsen BDS. Pop Songs reporter KIIS Los Angeles led all stations with 17 first-day plays. Among all stations, "Problem" garnered 3.8 million in opening-day radio audience.
"Problem" was produced by and co-written with Max Martin (Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, among many others). Grande debuted the track live at the Radio Disney Music Awards, which aired on Disney Channel on Sunday (27).
Grande soared onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 in September with her debut album "Yours Truly." The set has sold 421,000 in the U.S. to date. Her introductory single, "The Way," featuring Mac Miller, reached No. 9 on the Hot 100 and has sold 2 million downloads. Azalea, meanwhile, blasted 37-18 on last week's Hot 100 with her breakthrough hit "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX. Azalea's album "The New Classic" is set to debut, possibly at No. 2, on this week's Billboard 200, details of which will be revealed on Billboard.com tomorrow.
As we wait for Grande's grand Hot 100 entrance, also check Billboard.com tomorrow for highlights of this week's chart, where Pharrell Williams will seek a 10th week at No. 1 with "Happy."
According to The Wrap, "Saturday Night Live" alum Maya Rudolph has signed on for a lead role in Marvel and Disney's "Big Hero 6" animated feature. Disney representatives declined comment, but if true, Rudolph would join comedian TJ Miller, who is voicing Fredzilla, and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" actress Jamie Chung, who is voicing GoGo Tomago.
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While Rudolph is likely best known for her many years on "Saturday Night Live," she has a lengthy credits sheet, appearing in everything from the critically acclaimed films "Bridesmaids" and "The Way Way Back" to NBC's recent sitcom "Up All Night" with her new series "The Maya Rudolph Show" set to debut May 19. The actress has also had her fair share of voiceover work, recently playing Precious in "The Nut Job" with roles in "Shrek the Third," "The Simpsons" and "Turbo."
The current known cast has not yet been officially announced by Disney -- Chung's casting confirmation comes from her bio for "Believe" on NBC.com, while Miller confirmed his involvement during an interview earlier this year.
Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, "Big Hero 6" is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film centers in on robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his robot friend Baymax as they join forces with a team of freshman crime fighters to save the futuristic city of San Fransokyo (a combination of San Francisco and Tokyo) from a criminal plot. The film debuts November 7.
She will either play Cass or Honey Lemon
"If you think the Star Wars: Episode VII casting process is finished, the Force is not strong with you.
Several sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that director J.J. Abrams has another substantial role to fill — and it's a female part. No further details are known.
That might be good news for a vocal segment of Star Wars fans that have bemoaned the lack females in the six previous films and the just-announced new cast. In Tuesday’s big announcement, newcomer Daisy Ridley is the only woman among the crop of actors joining the franchise, which include John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.
Earlier this year, THR revealed that the production was seeking a mixed-raced female in her twenties. The director did meet with 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong'o just before the Oscars, although it is not known for what part. And at one point, speculation centered on unknown British actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers. It is unclear if that young female part still exists or if it has been removed due to rewrites."
When Debbie Rowe got engaged to music producer Marc Schaffel earlier this month, she insisted that her ex-husband, Michael Jackson, would have given them his blessing. But is she really so sure?
Only RadarOnline.com has all the dirty details of how Schaffel — formerly the official videographer at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch — was disowned by the pop star after Schaffel’s X-rated skin flicks with young men came to light, and how he was even named as a co-conspirator in Jackson’s 2004 child molestation indictment!
Schaffel ingratiated himself into Jackson’s inner circle in the late 90s, when he was the official videographer at Jackson’s Neverland ranch. There, the two men grew so close that Jackson wrote a dedication to him in 2001’s “Invincible” album, which read, “Marc Schaffel…Thank you for all your help. I love you.”
Their bond was so tight that despite Schaffel’s total lack of music production experience, Jackson handed him the reins to oversee the recording of his 9/11 single “What More Can I Give,” and its subsequent music video, later that year.
As Schaffel’s relationship with Jackson came under the spotlight, however, L.A.-based gay porn director Paul Barresi took notice — and recalled that Schaffel had a sleazy past in skin flicks as well!
Under the name “Marc Frederics,” Schaffel directed dozens of porn videos throughout the 80s and 90s, including Cocktales (1989), Man with the Golden Rod (1991), Every Last Inch (2000), This Is Huge (2000) and Mansized, aka Power Drivers (1999).
In addition, Barresi was in possession of a video clip he had of Schaffel on a Hungarian film set with two very young-looking boys. After initial attempts to meet with Jackson’s camp about the tape were rebuffed, according to the book Hollywood, Interrupted by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner, Barresi says he went to the authorities. According to the report, he claims he gave a copy of the tape to the Juvenile Crimes Division of the LAPD and the FBI in late 2001, in the hopes that they would put Schaffel “under investigation for child pornography.”
No such investigation materialized, but Schaffel’s porno past soon came to light and the single he was working on with Jackson was quickly scrapped.
“It’s no secret that my background is in the adult film business,” Schaffel insisted at the time. “I don’t keep anything in my life hidden.”
Ensuring that all his dirty secrets were out in the open, Dateline aired the footage of him with the two young men but dismissed the scandal as “bad judgment” on Jackson’s part.
And by July of 2002, Jackson’s camp was publicly disowning the former gay porn king. Jackson’s rep, Dan Klores, told USA Today in July 2012 that Schaffel “has had no relationship with Michael Jackson. The minute Michael and his advisers found out about Schaffel’s background, they cut the cord immediately. This was months ago. [Schaffel] has nothing to do with Michael Jackson … and has been told this repeatedly by Michael’s attorneys.”
But unfortunately, Jackson hadn’t seen the last of Schaffel, and vice versa. Two years later, when Jackson was indicted for child abuse, false imprisonment and felony extortion, Schaffel was named as one of his co-conspirators who “did conspire with [Jackson] … To commit the crimes.”
According to a copy of the indictment obtained by Radar, Jackson was accused of “willfully unlawfully and lewdly commit[ting] a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body and certain parts and members thereof of John Doe, a child under the age of fourteen years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the said defendant and the said child..” among other things.
Jackson was later acquitted of all charges, and Schaffel was never charged, resulting in his name being redacted from the officially filed documents.
But another lawsuit that year, brought by Schaffel against Jackson, exposed just how enmeshed he was in Jackson’s life and affairs.
Schaffel sued Jackson in 2004 for $4 million he claimed the pop star owed him for unpaid loans, cash advances, producing fees, and other expenses, including money to “pay Marlon Brando to appear at Jackson’s concert,” and to “buy jewelry for Elizabeth Taylor.”
He also claimed during the trial that he had made a $300,000 delivery to mysterious South American businessman “Mr. X” on Jackson’s behalf, and said on the witness stand that Jackson had once asked him to find boys to adopt there.
A jury awarded him $900,000 and Jackson got $200,000 in a cross complaint.
Rowe has said she met Schaffel when he was working for Jackson, so it’s likely she’s fully aware of his past.
There were reports out recently that Debbie is fighting for custody of the 3 kids. If this guy really made pornos with underaged boys in them, I hope to God no judge gives her custody of them!
The newly announced cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII" includes familiar faces Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, and rising stars Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. But most conspicuous among the assembled talent is newcomer Daisy Ridley, a relatively unknown actress whose casting has many voices suddenly crying out, "Who?"
Here are five things to know about her.
She's new on the scene. Ridley's casting more or less came out of nowhere. Unlike Isaac, Driver and John Boyega, her name wasn't mentioned in previous rounds of rumors.
The young British thespian's short resume goes back a year or so, with appearances on the television series "Casualty," "Youngers," "Mr. Selfridge" and "Silent Witness." She also landed a role in the upcoming film "Inbetweeners II."
She's the only new female character (so far). At the moment, "Episode VII" is a bit of a boys' club. Among the seven cast members announced who are new to the "Star Wars" franchise, Ridley is the only woman. (The others actors are Driver, Isaac, Boyega, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.)
Of the six "Star Wars" veterans who are confirmed to return, Fisher is the only woman. More female characters might be added to the mix.
Her character is a mystery. No official information has been released about the new characters Ridley and her cast mates will play, although Driver has been rumored as a villain in the vein of Darth Vader and Boyega is said to be playing a young Jedi.
Previous rumors have also said that the children of Han Solo (Ford) and Princess Leia (Fisher) could play a part in the new film, and Ridley is seated in between Ford and Fisher in a cast photo released by Disney and Lucasfilm, prompting some observers to speculate that she will play their daughter.
She's multitalented. According to a profile on her talent agency's website, Ridley's skills include accents (Cockney, Dublin, London), singing (she's a mezzo-soprano), dancing (jazz, ballet, tap), playing the violin and playing sports (she's a highly skilled swimmer).
You can watch her online (barely). Ridley's acting reel on YouTube and Vimeo was quickly turned private in the wake of the "Episode VII" casting announcement, but eager fans can catch glimpses of her in the short film "Blue Season," made as part of the Sci-Fi London 48-Hour Film Challenge last year, and in a YouTube clip of her singing "Moon River."
Here's her acting reel. Disney took it off youtube. Here are screencaps of said acting reel.
This is her singing back in 2010.
This is her acting in a short film a year ago.
a nice tweet
we don't know her age but i'd say she's like early 20s
Skins, E4’s cult teenage drama, could be returning soon as an online drama, RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal.
Creator Bryan Elsley is in talks over the creation of a new series charting the lives of a fourth generation of party loving teens, a year after the final episode aired on E4.
“Discussions are under way with a number of parties,“ Elsley told RadioTimes.com in an exclusive interview at the Series Mania drama festival in Paris.
Elsley confirmed that if Skins did return it would have an entirely new cast but would continue to involve young people in its creation.
“Any reimagining of Skins would be from the ground up, a reimagining of the whole thing .Today’s youth are very different from what they were when Skins started."
Confirming that the show’s original broadcaster Channel 4 would not be involved, Elsley said, “The thing about the modern world now is that the future is neither film nor television series, not platform, nor not platforms. It is about collaboration, co-production and the internet. Somehow that equation has got to be worked out and I think it will be worked out quite quickly. Whether it will be worked out in time for Skins I don’t know."
He was unable to say which production companies are involved in the new Skins project, or whether it would involve the production company Balloon Entertainment which he runs with comedian Harry Enfield (aka the Stonems's father).
However he did confirm that while the nature of the new collaboration still needs to be worked out he would no longer be taking day to day charge of the production.
“I have said goodbye to being the showrunner of Skins but discussions are under way with a number of parties.”
Skins, which Elsley created and wrote with his own teenage son, Jamie Brittain, finished its run last year after six years and three generations of characters.
When it burst onto the TV landscape in 2007, it made a star of a range of performers including Nicholas Hoult who played the manipulative Tony Stonem as well as actors Dev Patel and Kaya Scodelario among others.
I'm not sure how I feel about this news since the show was a platform for a lot of actors, directors and writers but the Brittain/Elsley managed to destroy their own show with those last two seasons.
Let's be real this is just an excuse to get some more writing work for his kids ;)
After waiting five years between albums, Mariah explains the struggle behind her next release: "This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here's the album"
Mariah Carey is having a Case of the Mondays.
It's the day after Easter, and she's nursing a kick to the face from her nearly 3-year-old son Moroccan after a long day of egg hunting."We were sort of winding down the day, removing his shoes, and he was having his own moment of not wanting the night to end and he ended up getting me square in the nose while the shoe was still on," says Carey, 44, on the phone from her apart- ment in New York. Though her nose has a "tiny bump" that Carey has been treating with ice and milk, the incident has still apparently swollen her face enough that she has had to cancel a planned photo shoot and in-person sitdown with Billboard. "I think it's OK. It's still really red. I could've covered it up and tried to look decent, but shouldn't my "Billboard" cover be a little less about that and more about the music?" (The cover photo is an outtake from her album shoot.)
If you've followed the headlines around Carey in the years since 2009's "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," you would know it hasn't always been about the music. Since the birth of her twins Moroccan and Monroe in April 2011, she has weathered a rocky stint as a judge on American Idol in 2013, for which she was paid $18 million, according to People, as well as an accident on a music video set that led to a dislocated shoulder and cracked ribs. The injury preceded the latest in a series of delays for her planned 14th album, which at one point was earmarked for early 2013. Though her Miguel duet "#Beautiful" was a decent-sized hit last summer, peaking at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 with sales of 1.2 million (according to Nielsen SoundScan), a trio of other singles failed to catch fire, most recently February's "You're Mine (Eternal)," which spent a week on the Hot 100 at No. 88 and has sold only 56,000 copies.
But in late May, Carey hopes she can silence her naysayers and super-serve her patient fans with the much-anticipated release of her 14th album, which at one point was intended as a digital-first, all-at-once release a la "Beyoncé." Though her label Def Jam now says an official pre-order is expected for later this week, announcing the album's title, cover and tracklist, it's clear from talking to Carey that she misses the good old days of the '90s. The time when you could deliver an album the old-fashioned way, when you had to go to the store to see the song names and the cover art."I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title," says Carey, noting the album takes its name from a "personal possession of mine that's part of an entity that I've had almost all my life."
The "Beyoncé" parallels would have made even more sense when you consider that Beyonce was coming off an underperforming album (2011's "4") before going the surprise route, much like Carey's "Memoirs" produced just one top 10 hit ("Obsessed") and sold a disappointing 549,000 copies, low enough to cancel a planned remix album.
Carey will cop to a few of the prerelease singles not doing particularly well, pausing to note that 2013's Stargate-produced "Almost Home" was intended for the "Oz, Great and Powerful" soundtrack. "It was never about, 'This is my album,' but I wasn't fully connected to that song. I was in the middle of that other situation in my life, which we will erase and pretend it never happened." (That "situation" being Idol, which we'll get to later.) "You would think I would be all about the singles-driven situation, and I am in a way, but with this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work," she says. "This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here's the album."
"Life happens, and that added to the making of this album," songwriter-producer Bryan-Michael Cox told "Billboard" in February. "Over the past couple years we've added songs, scratched songs, slow-baking this record like a honey-baked ham. And when you take a bite of that ham — people will be extremely and pleasantly surprised."
Carey's label group Island Def Jam is probably best described as cautiously optimistic about the album, declining to respond to multiple fact-checking and interview requests for this story.(lol keep helping her flop IDJ)
In terms of fans, anticipation for a new Carey album hasn't been this high since her mid-2000s comeback, which saw 2005's "The Emancipation of Mimi" go quadruple-platinum and turn "We Belong Together" into the biggest radio hit of her career, spending 14 weeks atop the Hot 100 and becoming Billboard's top song of the 2000s. But in addition to the reteaming with Jermaine Dupri ("We Belong Together," "Always Be My Baby") on two tracks for the new album, she has assembled a team of collaborators that shows she has paid attention to the hip-hop and R&B charts in recent years. There's tracks from of-the-moment producers like Hit-Boy (Kanye West and Jay Z's "N***** In Paris") and Mike Will Made It (Rihanna's "Pour It Up"); guest features from Wale, Nas and Trey Songz; and even c ontributions from veeran arranger Larry Gold and the Love Unlimited Orchestra and a "special guest that I'm not allowed to reveal."
Talk to Carey about the album, and you'll get lengthy if cryptically worded explanations about the material, making liberal use of favorite words like "journey" ("If I use that word one more time I'll have to start an '80s rock band"), "festive" (her time on Idol, she says, "was not festive") and "moment" ("I just need a moment to finish this track listing"). She'll call you "dahhhling," with a Zsa Zsa Gabor affectation, and grill you on your "lambily" status (that's Mariah speak for hardcore fans, or "lambs"). "There's no way I'll be able to quite relive the splendor of certain moments — name that tune, lambily!" she says at one point, asking if you've spotted her lyrical reference to "The Roof " from 1997's "Butterfly."
As Carey began work in earnest on the project in 2012, a friend compiled an exhaustive, 1,000- track playlist of all of Carey's catalog and remixes, dubbed "The Ultimate MC Audio Collection." Through revisiting her own 24-year career, Carey reminisced about forgotten remixes from the '90s with producers like the late David Cole and her early experiments with genre-fusing. "I will always lean toward R&B in general, but I do think that merging hip-hop and R&B was one of the best things that happened for me as a fan of music. There's this whole pop and hip-hop mixing together thing now — first of all, it's not new, and second of all, why are we acting like it is?"
The album will also showcase Carey's intro-spective, "morose" side, which certain lambily have treasured through the years from deeply personal cuts like "Looking In" (from 1995's "Daydream"), "Close My Eyes" (from "Butterfly") and Petals" (from 1999's "Rainbow") — songs that offer an intimate glimpse into the person behind all the diva behavior. "It's so good to hear people say they grew up with me as the soundtrack to their life, even though I was making it, so that was the soundtrack to my life as well," she says.
It was Carey's reconnection with "Looking In" that shaped the final phase of the current album. She performed the song live for the first time with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park last July, just one week after her shoulder injury, clad in a faux-fur sling that matched her white ballgown. The song's lyrics were inspired by her unhappy marriage from 1993 to 1998 to Tommy Mottola, and found her singing in the third person about a girl who "dreams of all/ That she can never be/She wades in insecu- rity, yeah/And she hides herself inside of me." Carey broke down in tears at one point during the song, cautioning the audience beforehand that it "requires a bit more stability than I have right now. I kind of got in trouble for writing this song so I'm going to try."
After the show, Carey revisited the songs she had already earmarked for the ballad-heavy album and decided she needed a change of pace. That's where two of the three Hit-Boy tracks came in, as well as a fresh collab with Dupri, who became her latest manager thereafter. (Carey's management underwent several changes in 2012 and 2013, including parting ways with former Idol co-star Randy Jackson after many years together and a brief stint with Coran Capshaw's Red Light Management.) "There were certain parts of the album where I needed to be lifted up again. I needed something uplifting." (That's a "Dreamlover" reference, lambily.)
That Carey is taking even more of a hands-on approach to her music these days is no surprise from a woman who co-wrote all her No. 1 singles, and has also taken more aspects of her career in her own hands amid her various management shifts and other endeavors. After being "bamboozled" by the Idol experience when footage of her feud with fellow judge Nicki Minaj leaked, for example, Carey says she would like to executive-produce her next reality-competition venture. "I have another project that I'm so very excited about that's finally coming to fruition. I would want to do something that was authentic. And I did feel that there were some truly talented singers on there this year, last year, whenever that was. It's a blur, it has all been a blur, all of it, dahhhling."
But she's also in a rarefied class of superstars in their third decade of fame who can still compete in the big leagues. Madonna, Cher and Celine Dion continue to rank among Billboard's top-earning artists more for their exhaustive touring work, not because they're still getting the massive radio play and album sales of their respective heydays. Carey, meanwhile, has never been much of a roadhorse (she didn't even tour until 1993, when she played 10 theaters in support of her third album, "Music Box") and still considers herself more of "a studio rat" at heart.
"I love being in the studio, making Wall of Sound background vocals. That's when I'm most at home, other than being with 'dem babies' now. I love being onstage and connecting with the lambily most importantly, but it's just that now nothing's just an experience with your fans and your fans alone. It's on YouTube immediately, not 'Oh, that was an amazing moment I just experienced.'" So until she's willing to do a global arena tour or a Las Vegas residency, Carey will need to keep churning out hits to extend her living legacy.
Dupri seems weary of the expectations that come with official "comeback singles," which is why one of his first items of business as Carey's manager last fall was releasing the ballad "The Art of Letting Go" as a teaser track on Carey's Facebook page to set the tone for the album, rather than the typical event strategy. Though "Letting Go" will appear on the album along with "#Beautiful" and "You're Mine," the hope is that the fans' response will democratize the typical album process from here.
"The challenge with Mariah has always been if I like one record and she likes another, you can never pick a single that satisfies everybody," says Dupri. "If you just did what Beyonce did, she just gave you 17 singles and you picked which record you like."
Even though Carey's latest album marks the longest gap between albums, it certainly won't be her last, despite a recent interview with Bravo's Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live" where she indicated she might be treating it as such. Still, it signifies something of a make- or-break moment at this phase in her storied career as Billboard's second-most-decorated Hot 100 chart-topper, next to The Beatles.
"I will always make music.When I said [this album] could be my last, that's because tomorrow's not promised to anyone. When I release anything, it's difficult — it could be a performance that you don't love and it's like, 'Great, everybody's going to pick this apart,' and that's it. What I'm trying to say is I wanted this to be something I could be proud of, whether it's like, 'Yay, No. 1 song!,' and this and that. However things end up happening, we've all worked so hard. The true lambily have all worked so hard to break all these Billboard records and to have this incredible experience with me that I want them to have this almost as a gift."
I have so much faith in this album now. Mimi serving dat uptempo!!!
Welcome to the monster mafia.
After months of waiting, Supernatural is finally giving fans their first taste of the CW's planned spinoff Supernatural: Bloodlines, which focused on the various mafia-esque monster families that run the underbelly of Chicago. Yes, an entire city has been taken over by the things that go bump in the night right under Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean's (Jensen Ackles) noses all this time. But that all changes in tonight's episode of Supernatural, which serves as a backdoor pilot for Bloodlines, and introduces fans to Ennis (Lucien Laviscount), a newly minted hunter out for revenge, and David Hayden (The Vampire Diaries fan favorite Nathaniel Buzolic), a shapeshifter from one of the ruling families.
To help prepare you for the highly anticipated hour, we chatted with the pilot's writer and producer Andrew Dabb, who dished on everything you need to know about Supernatural: Bloodlines before tuning in tonight at 9 p.m....
Winchesters Hit the Windy City: Or should we say the Windy City hits the Winchesters? After nine seasons of hunting, the brothers witness a first when they discover Chicago is being ran by monster families.
"It's of course a big shock to them, and they of course want to get to the bottom of it," Dabb previews of Sam and Dean hitting the big city only to discover the supernatural hierarchy. "It's something where they never thought of monsters functioning this way, and now they see it. Though I will say over the course of Supernatural we've certainly seen more in terms of monsters being more familial, more sympathetic, things like that."
As for how devious these families get, Dabb says, "Some are down and dirty and essentially just street gangs and some are like the Corleone family in The Godfather, where they're really connected up to the highest echelons of power."
Location, Location, Location: The first star cast in the spinoff? The city of Chicago, the Supernatural team's first pick for the location. "Chicago seemed pretty perfect. It's a beautiful city, it has a great mob history. It also has a great occult, dark history," Dabb explains. "There are a bunch of haunted houses in Chicago, and then things like H.H. Holmes and The Devil in the White City and things like that, and it really just spoke to us on that level. It was pretty much Chicago from the jump."
More Characters: While Supernatural has largely focused on just the two brothers throughout its run ("If you're going to build a show around two guys, you couldn't pick two better guys," Dabb gushes of Ackles and Padalecki), Bloodlines will tackle more characters.Dabb says, "I think it's an ensemble show and I think we have six incredible actors who all can have their own storylines, all can have their own relationships, and all can have their own romantic moments. There will be romance, there will be relationships, there will be betrayal." (Translation: Expect more romance, especially with Buzolic's character.)
Pretty People Are a Plus: "Obviously we were looking for a couple of really ugly guys," Dabb jokes of casting Laviscount and Buzolic as the two leads before revealing they were looking for someone who "could play both tough and vulnerable" when casting Ennis and someone "serious and also really comedic and charming" for David.
Dabb adds, "I realize that with Jared and Jensen the bar is incredibly high. And as much as I would have loved to say we were just going to find another Jared and Jensen, that's probably impossible, so we were really trying to find guys that kind of brought their own bold flavor to it."
Supernatural: Bloodlines airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the CW.
Ben Winston travelled with the singers, filming them no doubt for what’s thought to be a big screen sequel to the 1D movie This Is Us and he revealed that all the band were invited on the trip, but Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson declined the early start and decided to stay in bed instead.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver gives Donald Sterling a lifetime ban, $2.5 Million fine
(CNN) -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA and given the maximum fine possible for racist remarks ripped by many inside and outside the world's biggest basketball league.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine on Tuesday, about eight hours before Sterling's Clippers were to tip off in the fifth game of their tightly contested first-round playoff series with the Golden State Warriors.
The decision -- coming just three days after website TMZ posted audio featuring the incendiary comments, which Silver said that Sterling admitted he made -- was widely applauded by NBA owners, players and others connected to the league.
"I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you," Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star who was tasked with leading the NBA players union's efforts on this matter.
Under the lifetime ban, Sterling is prohibited from attending games or practices, stepping foot inside any Clippers' facility, taking part in business or personnel decisions, or having a role in league activities such as attending NBA Board of Governors meetings.
Silver insisted that he will do "everything in my power" to compel the NBA Board of Governors to "force a sale" of the Clippers. The commissioner said "I fully expect" to get the needed three-quarters of the league's owners -- meaning at least 23 -- to back the move.
If Sterling does sell the team, he stands to profit considerably: He bought the Clippers for $12 million in 1981, and the team is now worth $575 million, according to Forbes magazine.Silver, who succeeded the NBA's longtime leader, David Stern, in February, called the comments that provoked this action "deeply offensive and harmful; that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage."
"Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multi-ethnic league," Silver said.
The inflammatory sentiments he was referring to came packaged in a 10-minute recording that TMZ said occurred during an April 9 conversation between Sterling and girlfriend V. Stiviano.
On the recording, a man and woman argue about photos posted to Instagram in which she appears with African-Americans. The man says he doesn't want the woman bringing any black people to games with her.
The sports website Deadspin on Sunday posted five additional minutes of what it said was part of the same audio recording.
Neither website has said how it obtained the recordings; Stiviano's lawyer's office said Sunday that she didn't release them to TMZ, while stating they are legitimate.
On Saturday, Clippers President Andy Roeser suggested the audio was aimed at "getting even" with Sterling over a lawsuit.
Rochelle Sterling filed a lawsuit last month against Stiviano, who she said was having an affair with her husband and accusing Stiviano of going after extremely wealthy older men.
Roeser said that the offensive comments are "not consistent with, nor does it reflect (Sterling's) views, beliefs or feelings." Moreover, he cast doubt as to whether Sterling had made them, stating: "We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered."
Silver expressed no such doubts Tuesday, saying the Clippers owner "acknowledged it was his voice on the tape." Asked whether the owner expressed any remorse, the commissioner said, "Mr. Sterling has not expressed those views directly to me."
Moments after Silver's press conference concluded, the Clippers struck a different tone than their initial statement.
"We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today," the team said. "Now the healing process begins."
There is no question that Sterling rightfully owns the Clippers. Some observers questioned how comments, made privately, could serve as grounds for such punishment, including possibly forcing him to sell the team?
Silver said Tuesday he'd "let the lawyers" address specifics, while stating flatly, "We have the authority to act as I've recommended."
A lifetime ban of an owner is unprecedented in the NBA, but not pro sports. In the 1990s, Major League Baseball repeatedly suspended Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott over racist and other controversial comments, and she ultimately sold the franchise.
In this case, Sterling had no real public support but drew a heaping of condemnation from within the NBA and outside of it.
Players past and present spoke out to demand action.
Members of Sterling's own team, the Clippers, debated boycotting their playoff game Saturday with the Warriors, according to coach Doc Rivers. They decided against it, instead opting to stage a silent protest by removing their warmup shirts bearing team logos to reveal red T-shirts worn inside out, with the logos hidden.
Silver said he talked to Rivers, Clippers star point guard Chris Paul (who is also the players union president) and other players prior to reaching his decision Tuesday morning.
Dollars talked, too, to ramp up the pressure for Silver to act.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson said Monday that fans should make a statement by staying home. And over a dozen companies -- including State Farm, Virgin America, CarMax, Red Bull and Adidas -- halted their sponsorships, at least temporarily, with the Clippers over the remarks, CNN Money reported.
Speaking Tuesday, the commissioner said he shares these companies "outrage," adding "it will take some time" to get things right.
"I can understand how upset they are, and I'll do my best to bring them back into the NBA family," Silver said.
One man thrust into the controversy -- seemingly out of the blue -- was NBA great Magic Johnson. In the TMZ recording, the man seems mad about a photo the woman posted to Instagram with Johnson.
"In your lousy f**ing Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with -- walking with black people," the man says.
"If it's white people, it's OK?" she responds. "If it was Larry Bird, would it make a difference?"
Bird was Johnson's chief rival when Bird's Boston Celtics and Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers ruled the NBA.
"I've known (Magic Johnson) well, and he should be admired. ... I'm just saying that it's too bad you can't admire him privately," the man on the recording says. "Admire him, bring him here, feed him, f**k him, but don't put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games."
After the audio went public, Johnson -- who, since retiring from basketball is now a successful businessman and part owner of baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers -- expressed dismay and insisted he'd never attend a Clippers game so long as Sterling was the owner.
Johnson offered a very different tune Tuesday, commending Silver for exhibiting "great leadership" in saying he and others "are very happy and satisfied."
"I wish I was in LA, I would be at the Clipper game tonight!" he tweeted.
If any NBA owner opposes forcing Sterling to sell the Clippers they should get a lifetime ban too because they'll be supporting racism. Roeser needs to get fired asap cuz that asshole defended Sterling.
what say you ONTD? Did Silver make the right call?
There is nothing Gleeful about Naya Rivera’s life right now.
The actress’ job on the hit television show has been cut unceremoniously short with her recent actions causing her to be written off the last two episodes of Glee, banned from the lot where filming takes place, receiving TWO notices from FOX that they planned to take legal action against her for hours lost due to her on set tantrums and storming off the set and the production crew already packed up her trailer and shipped it to her house RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
“Naya has had a lot of issues this season,” a source close to the situation told Radar.
“She has been fighting with all of the lesser known directors but when veteran Brad [Falchuck] came back she caused trouble with him and that’s when the drastic measures were taken.”
The 27-year-old split with her fiancé Big Sean in April, but her on-set drama was taking place all season the source told Radar.
“She is NOT allowed on the Glee set anymore. Brad said he had had enough and spoke to all of the executives and the decision was made to write her off the last two shows of the season for causing drama all season.”
The production tried to manage the situation for the entire season, and Rivera’s troubles were raised to the top of the company.
“Fox sent her TWO notices telling her that they were planning to take legal action against her for all the time that she was missing because of her tantrums and walking off the set,” the source revealed to Radar.
“Naya promised that she would change her ways and she begged them to give her more chances, saying that she wouldn’t cause any more drama.
“But they finally decided that the show couldn’t go on with her disrupting production so they wrote her off the show.
“She’s not even allowed back on the lot where they film. Her Paramount pass has been revoked and the production team packed up her trailer with all of her belongings and shipped it to her house.”
Rivera’s rep did not immediately respond to a comment request from Radar.
Get ready to do the jailhouse frock!
A Milan appeals court has upheld a tax fraud conviction against A-list designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, despite the prosecutor’s request to drop the case. However, the court did shave two months off the original suspended sentence, to a year and six months.
Defense layer Massimo Dinoia was critical of the court’s decision to ignore the request to dismiss and pledged to appeal to Italy’s highest court.
The designers, mainstays of Milan fashion, were convicted of failing to declare 200 million euros ($268 million) through a Luxembourg company. The prosecutor, in calling for dismissal, called the company “a legal operation.”
Dolce and Gabbana have denied tax evasion — and even shut down their Milan stores for three days last summer “in indignation” over a city official’s remarks about their conviction.
The design duo has dozens of high-profile celebrity fans (including Selena Gomez, Julia Roberts, and Madonna). Last year, they accompanied Katy Perry to the Met Gala, though it seems unlikely they’ll make an appearance at the ball on Monday.
Still I wonder why it is.. I don't argue like this, with anyone but you
@selenagomez: @steviemackey mornin
@courtneyjbarry: You betta werk Land Before Time
@steviemackey: Good day LA 😎🙌 Front porch life with @selenagomez
Gwyneth Paltrow's alternative to a designer Met Gala dress? A designer Goop collab hoodie, of course.
The Oscar winner wore exactly that while soaking up the California sunshine at the Brentwood Country Market with her daughter Apple on Tuesday, enjoying an afternoon out with her adorable offspring.
Paltrow, who recently split from hubby Chris Martin, was all smiles as she did a bit of shopping, appearing relaxed and comfortable as paps snapped pics of the blond stunner.
The 41-year-old beauty sported a Veronica Beard for Goop hoodie, which retails for a cool $895, as well as a pair of boyfriend jeans and trendy black shades. She wore her hair up in a casual ponytail and kept her low-key style accessory-free, looking gorgeous as ever despite her dressed-down appearance.
The photos of Paltrow's outing come on the heels of the star's confirmation that she will not be attending the 2014 Met Gala.
"Gwyneth will not be in New York and is unable to attend the ball," her rep told the New York Post.
Paltrow swore off the annual fashion bash last year in an interview with USA Today, slamming the fete as "un-fun."
"I'm never going again. It was so un-fun. It was boiling. It was too crowded. I did not enjoy it at all," the Oscar winner said.
The Black Keys will serve as Saturday Night Live's musical guest on May 10th, just three days prior to the release of their eighth studio album, Turn Blue. The episode, hosted by Charlize Theron, will feature tracks from that Danger Mouse-produced LP, and may include the psychedelic slow-jam "Turn Blue" and the hypnotic "Fever."
“We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record — not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either," drummer Patrick Carney said in a statement about the album. "On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue."
On May 16th, the band will headline the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. After that, they'll hit the road for an extensive summer tour of European festivals. Their Saturday Night Live appearance will be the band's third on the show and first since 2011.
Turn Blue, co produced by Danger Mouse with Carney and frontman Dan Auerbach, is due May 13. You can buy the single –or get it as a free instant download with album preorders—at theblackkeys.com/turnblue.
It's basically everything you've ever wanted in a rom-com.
Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler star in the upcoming parody film They Came Together, directed by Wet Hot American Summer's David Wain. The movie's trailer, which dropped on Wednesday, proves that romance is best served with lots of irony.
Goofy and lovable Rudd and Poehler (Joel and Molly, respectively) meet and fall in love, but average rom-com tropes quickly turn into outrageousness. Girl who gets hurt a lot? Check. Feeding each other pasta sauce? Check. Frolicking in the leaves? Check.
The film hits theaters on June 27 in select theaters and VOD.
awful tbh but any excuse for a french music post
On this week's episode of Oxygen's new show Celebrities Undercover, Lil' Kim pretended to be a her own biggest fan – a pregnant Indian woman named Jamilla – in order to listen to her "true" fans talk about her and see if they are really "true" to her.
Celebrities Undercover is almost exactly like the cancelled CW show H8R. Both follows celebrities like Kim Kardashian hiding their "true" identities with the use of prosthetics and wigs in order to interact with plebs. Produced by Wendy Williams, Celebrities Undercover follows said celebrities "to find out what unsuspecting fans and friends really think of them without the distraction of their famous personas." (H8R was slightly different in that it featured said famous people confronting their "haters" who specifically did not like them.)
"Oh my goodness, it was so interesting to see what some of my fans said about me," Lil' Kim said in her episode of Celebrities Undercover. She was clearly touched by this moving exchange:
Fan #1: She taught me how to suck dick.
Fan #2: Lil' Kim taught you how to suck dick?
Fan #1: You gotta learn from somewhere.
UPDATE: An official statement regarding Miley Cyrus' future tour dates was released, saying,"Cyrus is continuing to recover from the severe allergic reaction she suffered on April 15. After a period of improvement, Cyrus' symptoms have returned and Doctor's will not permit her to travel."
It continued, "Cyrus must remain under Doctor's care at this time. The London date at O2 Arena will proceed as planned on May 6th."
She isn't out of the woods just yet.
E! News has exclusively learned that the "We Can't Stop" singer has "had a health setback and her allergic reaction issues have returned."
Doctors initially gave a prognosis that Cyrus would require anywhere from 5 to 27 days of recovery, and it seems that she's needing more time to get well.
But the timing couldn't be worse for the former Disney darling who is about to embark on the European leg of her sold-out Bangerz tour.
Her upcoming concert in Amsterdam, which was originally scheduled for this coming Friday, is going to be rescheduled due to the singer's health issues. She is also planning to postpone her show on Sunday evening, May 4, at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp.
As of now, there's no word if her entire tour will be postponed to give the songstress ample time she needs to rest and recuperate.
"Miley is very bummed about it," a source tells us.
Cyrus was understandably upset during her hospital stay and vented on Twitter about missing being on the road.
"This hospitals full of a bunch of QUACKS (get it??? Quacks) #punnyeveninthehospy#stayinglightlovingandpositive #imissbangerztour #tryingtonotbebitter," she wrote an Instagram selfie, donning a duck-face oxygen mask.
Cyrus also shared the new dates with her Twitter followers.
Get well, girl!