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Mila, Channing and the February woodshed

Sarah Posted by Sarah at June 4, 2014 15:34:42 June 4, 2014 15:34:42

Late yesterday Warner Brothers announced that the Wachowski siblings’ new movie starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, Jupiter Ascending (aka Jackie and Potatohead Do Space), has been kicked from its sweet July 18 opening to February 6, 2015. It’s not surprising. When the tracking data was released for July movies it rated a dismal $18-22 million projection, against an estimated $150 million budget, which is probably a lot closer to $200 million in reality. Full Story

What does Beyonce mean?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at June 4, 2014 15:03:49 June 4, 2014 15:03:49
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Beyonce is on the cover of T, The New York Times style magazine. The profile features a Beyonce photo shoot…but no Beyonce interview. So, she agreed to appear in the publication and, for one reason or another, decided not to speak. Instead the writer discusses the Beyonce phenomenon, Beyonce’s footprint on the music industry, on pop culture, on the universe. Full Story

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Marvel’s dating drama

Sarah Posted by Sarah at June 3, 2014 19:21:08 June 3, 2014 19:21:08

Ever since Edgar Wright abruptly left Ant-Man a little over a week ago, Marvel has been listening to “I Will Survive” on repeat, drinking wine coolers, and promising that it’s “like soooooo fine.” To that end, Marvel is already dating around, looking for a new director. Full Story

Angelina, China, Cleopatra

Lainey Posted by Lainey at June 3, 2014 17:02:13 June 3, 2014 17:02:13
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Angelina Jolie is in Shanghai promoting Maleficent. The movie did well at the box office here. And there’s so much money over in China, she has to go get it. Brad Pitt did not join her for the trip. We’ll come back to him later. As you can see, she’s wearing another pair of those custom Louboutins that were made for her for this press tour. Full Story

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Amanda Seyfried: getting credit?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 27, 2014 17:01:39 May 27, 2014 17:01:39
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Sarah has a nickname for Amanda Seyfried that she uses on this site: oatmeal. I can understand why. But today I actually spent some timing thinking about Amanda Seyfried, her career. And you know what? Her choices don’t really suck. If they do ever suck, she doesn’t have to wear it. Like, we don’t blame her for The Big Wedding. Full Story

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Marvel: Still scary

Sarah Posted by Sarah at May 27, 2014 14:43:18 May 27, 2014 14:43:18

Scarlett Johansson has a movie coming out later this summer, Lucy, and it looks pretty cool.  It was originally slated to come out on August 8th, which made a lot of sense. The movie looks entertaining, if not actually good, and those kinds of softy action films usually do pretty well in the slightly less competitive month of August. Full Story

Beyonce was in the Hamptons

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 26, 2014 13:30:45 May 26, 2014 13:30:45
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Lester Cohen/ Getty

Here’s what I wrote on Friday: Is B going to the wedding this weekend? God I hope not. But how do they get out of it? Jay and Kanye are collaborators. Close collaborators. If he doesn’t go, would be seen as a sign of disrespect, non? Well, they didn’t go. Full Story

Touring Tom Cruise

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 21, 2014 14:36:45 May 21, 2014 14:36:45
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Tom Cruise was out last night in London having dinner with director Paul Greengrass. Perhaps a future project? Let’s focus on the present project first. Edge Of Tomorrow opens next week in the UK and the following week in North America. It’s a crowded summer, as always, and, well, the question for Tom is whether or not he still belongs there. Full Story

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Robert Pattinson’s supporting Cannes

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 20, 2014 17:33:02 May 20, 2014 17:33:02
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A selection of shots of Robert Pattinson in Cannes is attached. Pattinson was at the festival representing two films – first The Rover and then David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars. Pattinson’s performance in The Rover was called by many to be the best of his career. And he apparently delivers in Maps To The Stars too. Full Story

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Beyonce’s family weekend

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 20, 2014 16:30:31 May 20, 2014 16:30:31

Beyonce posted a photo of herself with Solange Knowles the other day in New Orleans to convince us that all is right. Then she and Jay Z released a trailer for their tour featuring a lot of their celebrity friends and, um, Emmy Rossum. I wrote about this yesterday. Click here Full Story

The Beygency's biggest blemish

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 16, 2014 14:26:44 May 16, 2014 14:26:44

What a public relations mess. And from a superstar who's known for precision and perfection. That's part of it, non? Part of the reason why this story has been so captivating? Beyonce lets you see only what she wants you to see. Even the most "candid" moments in her documentary Life Is But A Dream were transmitted through a filtered screen and some kind of exclusive lighting. Full Story