Daniel Craig’s “Spectre”: A Behind-The-Scenes Look
With the November 6th release date looming nearby, Daniel Craig and the rest of his Bond comrades are taking us on an adventure on the set of “Spectre.”
In a new Entertainment Weekly featurette, director Sam Mendes explains why he felt it would be helpful to give viewers a look into James Bond’s backstory- “[Author Ian] Fleming wrote about a boy who lost his parents at age 11. What happened? I felt there was another opportunity there to take him from 11 to adult.”
“Spectre” also stars Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes. Per the synopsis, “A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”
#TEAMUNBREAKABLE Janet Jackson Responds to Accusations She’s Getting Instagram Accounts
Janet Jackson is directly addressing allegations she’s responsible for the deletion of fans’ Instagram accounts.
There have been reports that fans’ entire Instagram accounts have been deleted and/or suspended due to copyright violation for sharing clips from her Unbreakable World Tour.
Instagram issued a statement admitting that they’re required by law to remove content found to be in violation of copyright law, however a bug in their system caused the removal of accounts that shouldn’t have been.
“When we receive a valid report of intellectual property infringement, we’re legally required to remove the reported content and to disable the accounts of repeat infringers. We have identified a bug that resulted in the removal of accounts that shouldn’t have been removed,” an Instagram representative wrote. “We have fixed the bug and are in the process of restoring the impacted accounts.”
Janet issued a statement of her own, apologizing for the mishap but also standing firm in the protection of her intellectual property.
Hey you guys, I have been listening… I love and appreciate my fans. I want you to know that I enjoy watching the short video clips of how you are Burning It Up at the Unbreakable shows. Please keep posting them. My team is passionate about protecting the intellectual property we are creating for the tour and possible future projects. It was never their intention, acting on my behalf, to have social media accounts removed. Permitting the use of long clips does present a contractual problem for these projects. I hope you understand. I trust the fans will use their short recordings for their own memories and to share on their social media networks of choice. I have asked my team to change their approach and allow you to engage socially with these videos. I know I wouldn’t be here without the love I stand on.
We’re happy Janet addressed the controversy...................And I totally agree!
#TEAMEMPIRE #TEAMCOOKIE Here's Your First Look at the Deborah Lippmann x Empire Collection
Anyone who watches Empire knows that Cookie Lyon has a particular fondness for two things: wigs and nails. Playing to the latter, Deborah Lippmann will release a limited-edition collection of three nail polishes made specifically for the characters in Empire . (But, you know, mostly Cookie.)
The three bold colors are aptly named: Hustle Hard is a shimmery fuchsia, Power of the Empire is a glittery gold, and War of the Roses is a deep, inky red.
"I was mostly inspired by Cookie," says Lippmann. "I wanted colors that complemented her powerful and assertive wardrobe as well as made a statement on their own. I absolutely love the gilded Empire offices, the ornate homes, and the New York City hip-hop scene."
Lippmann says she created War of the Roses especially for Cookie: "This color is powerful and glows from within just like Cookie does," says Lippmann. "I imagine her wearing it when she has to fight for her family."
And as for Lippmann's favorite Cookie nail moment? "I was especially inspired by the scene where Lucious announces his engagement to Anika. Cookie chose to wear purple nail polish to match her fur coat in order to please Lucious. It's a scene where she expected a romantic rekindling but got something else," says Lippmann. "Cookie’s whole look is never complete without her nails being considered."
We just hope we feel as powerful as Cookie when we put them on. The Deborah Lippmann x Empire collection will be available in November and will retail for $24 at Sephora and Nordstrom.
Nene Leakes is going back to Broadway this time in The Musical 'Chicago'!
NeNe Leakes is dancing her way back to Broadway. The former Real Housewives of Atlanta reality star, who expanded her acting résumé on Glee and The New Normal, is about to join the stage production of Chicago.
Leakes has big shoes to fill. She is will be playing "Mama" Morton, a role Queen Latifah was Oscar-nominated for in Rob Marshall's 2002 film adaptation. (Chicago took home six Academy Awards that year, including best picture.)
It's a short run: Leakes will join the long-running show, now in its 19th year on Broadway, from Nov. 23 through Dec. 20.
Rumer Willis is currently playing Roxie Hart in the production. Both Leakes and Willis were previous contestants on Dancing with the Stars.
Chicago will be Leakes' first return to Broadway since she made her stage debut last year in the role of Cinderella's wicked stepmother in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella.
IN EMPIRE NEWS! "Empire" Star Ta'Rhonda Jones Says She Was Named After Her Mom's TWO Boyfriends
Ta'Rhonda Jones, one of the breakout stars of FOX's highly rated series "Empire", appeared on CONAN recently where she share a pretty funny (and slightly ratchet) story about the origin of her name. It involves her mom having relations with two dudes during the same time frame.
Because Conan O'Brien has a unique name too, he asked Ta'Rhonda how her parents came up with her name. Then Ta'Rhona went into her "origin" story.....
"My mother was dating two men at the same time, Tyrone and Ronny." You can already tell the ratchetness is coming on....
She went on to reveal that all of her siblings' names begin with the letter "T" and since her mom wasn't "sure" who her father may be, she decided to name her after BOTH men. Chile...
It gets better (or worse).....
Then she told Conan that her mom "pimped" both men into making sure she received everything like school supplies, clothes and other essentials. SMH.....
We're not done yet....It turns out NEITHER of the men turned out to be her biological father. Her real dad's name is Derrick.
So....Ta'Rhonda laughed and told a national tv audience that her mom was sleeping with three men at the same time with no protection. We gotta do better......
BALLROOM AND H&M/BALMAIN JOIN FORCES! H&M Fetes Collaboration with the #Balmaination
The Balmain army was out in full force: Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss, and Jourdan Dunn all walked the runway for Balmain's highly-anticipated collaboration with high-street retailer H&M. Close friends of creative director Olivier Rousteing also came out to show their support from Kylie Jenner, to Lewis Hamilton and the impossibly stylish Diane Kruger. Following the runway extravaganza, complete with an army of Voguers.
WATCH THE SHOW HERE
There was the Backstreet Boys who took to the stage to perform some of their early '00 hits which had everyone out of their seat ready to record
Lamar Odom Party Girl “Bunny Lain” Missing?
According to TMZ, one of the prostitutes partying with Lamar Odom during his three day binge at Nevada’s Love Ranch brothel is missing. Friends and coworkers claim that Bunny Lain was devastated by Odom’s condition after he was found unresponsive inside his hotel room.
Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof tells TMZ, “Bunny was extremely distraught over the unfortunate Lamar experience and could not quit crying for days … Love Ranch staffers tried to stop her from leaving the brothel on Thursday because they didn’t want her to be alone in that state.”
Shortly after the missing report went viral, someone close to Lain informed the press that the adult entertainer was safe with her family.
Janelle Monae Lands First Movie Role
Congratulations to the talented And beautiful Janelle Monae, the singer just landed her first movie role!! The movie is titled #Moonlight – Monae will work alongside Naomie Harris, Andre Holland, Mahershala Ali. The Film will be directed by Barry Jenkins and is being financed through Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment (12 years a slave) and will be produced by Adele Romanski
Hot Ta Death! Angela Bassett & Lady Gaga’s ‘AHS: Hotel’ Love Scene
*Whoo Lawd! It’s going down. No, wait. It’s already GONE down. Wednesday night in fact it went down on “American Horror Story: Hotel”
If you missed it, “AHS: Hotel” just straight up “went there” with an X-rated lesbian love scene between Angela Bassett & Lady Gaga. And it’s got Twitter tweetin’!
“Just when you thought ‘AHS’ was getting boring, a gay kissing scene and Lady Gaga show up to lure you back,” one Twitter user posted.
Another user was trippin’ on how Bassett, at 57, looked “timeless” while “being freaky” with the 29-year-old pop superstar.
TheWrap reported this:
Showing off her impressively gorgeous body, Bassett made her debut as Ramona Royale — first with a her wordless taser attack on Donovan (Matt Bomer) and then in a sexy clinch with Gaga.
In the episode, Bassett plays a former ’70s blaxploitation star transformed into a vampire by The Countess, who later turned into a jealous lover when Royale shunned her by getting her teeth into a ’90s rapper she met at Hotel Cortez.
“Just when you thought ‘AHS’ was getting boring, a gay kissing scene and Lady Gaga show up to lure you back,” one Twitter user writes
Royale’s quest for revenge for being cast out of the hotel is sparking the promise of a bitter bitch-on-bitch battle to come.
“The first day, the first scene, we were clinched in an embrace,” Bassett recently told TheWrap about filming the scene with the iconic “Bad Romance” singer. “I’m having a great time kissing on her.”
As you can imagine, the story line and visuals are shocking and mind-boggling to some, but others couldn’t get enough.
“110% would not mind being in an Angela Bassett/Lady Gaga sandwich,” one user wrote. “I’m not even gay but Angela Bassett & Lady Gaga are some bad bitches,” said another.
“American Horror Story: Hotel” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.
In an interview back in September, Bassett told viewers what was coming, but dang it still caught folks by surprise.
Jay Z Wins In Court! Judge Dismisses Copyright Infringement Case
Great news for the Carter family. On Wednesday, a judge dismissed a copyright infringement case against rapper Jay Z over his 1999 hit “Big Pimpin’” before the case was sent to a jury.
U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled that the heir of an Egyptian composer did not have the right to pursue a copyright infringement claim and the case should be tossed out.
The nephew of Baligh Hamdi, an Egyptian composer whose 1957 song “Khosara Khosara” is partially used in “Big Pimpin’,” sued Jay Z, producer Timbaland and several media companies in 2007. Flute notes that Hamdi composed appear throughout the Jay Z song, and nephew Osama Ahmed Fahmy claimed they had exploited “Khosara Khosara” without proper permission.
The abrupt end to the case came after the rapper and Timbaland testified about creating the rap hit and their belief that they had valid rights to use the Egyptian song.
Timbaland paid $100,000 in 2001 to settle a claim about usage of Hamdi’s song, which was written for a 1957 film, and testified that he believed he had valid rights to use it.
Jay Z also said he thought he had a valid license to use the flute notes for the song that became his first major hit single.
Jurors heard from witnesses who described contracts and copyright laws in both the United States and Egypt and music experts who offered dueling interpretations of how important the “Khosara Khosara” flute notes are to “Big Pimpin’.”
The flute notes are repeated throughout the song, which is a raunchy ode to a promiscuous lifestyle.
Pete Ross, an attorney for Fahmy, has said the rap’s lyrics are at odds with the love ballad that Hamdi composed, but Carter’s lyrics were not an issue in the case. Jurors heard the beginning of “Big Pimpin'” several times and saw a snippet of the music video, but the song was not played in its entirety during the trial.
Coming to a venue near you! Caitlyn Jenner To Do ‘Up Close And Personal’ Speaking Tour
Some things never change! Bruce Jenner was always trying to motivate people back in his day, and now that has been passed on to Caitlyn Jenner. I mean, if you’ve tuned in to I Am Cait, then you already know that Jenner has been looking to motivate and help others, who may be in the same boat that she once was, and it looks like she is about to do just that.
Of course, if you’d love to learn all about Caitlyn Jenner’s struggles, then this just may be the tour for you. Jenner is set to kick off her “Up Close And Personal” motivational speaking tour in the new year. But if you want all of the details, you’ll have to come check it out inside…
Get ready, folks, because Caitlyn Jenner is about to motivate you (if you want it, that is). According to a new report from E! Online, Jenner is set to kick off a new speaking tour in the new year, called “Up Close and Personal.”
According to the site: “The tour will kickoff next year and stop in Toronto, Vancouver, Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle beginning in late February of 2016. Tickets are already on sale, with prices ranging from $40 to $500 for a VIP package, depending on the location. The VIP ticket includes access to a post-show meet and greet with refreshments and an opportunity to get a photo with Caitlyn.“
And in case you’re wondering what Jenner will be speaking about, based on the title, we’re guessing she will be discussing her decision to go from a man to a woman, and all of her experiences over the past year or so. It’s certainly refreshing to see Caitlyn trying to help others – or is all for the money and fame?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CAITLYN JENNER GOING ON A SPEAKING TOUR? WOULD YOU GO SEE HER?
ADELE WORLD DOMINATION! Adele To Tape NBC Special For ’25’
Her world domination wont’ let up, To promote her upcoming CD Sony Music Entertainment has teamed up with NBC to promote Adele’s project, named ’25.’
The entertainer will deliver a one hour NBC special to audiences before the project’s November 20th that will be taped at Radio City Hall.
Reports indicate that the special will see her perform a number of cuts from her new project which is reported to enjoy promotional spots on ‘Saturday Night Live‘ and ‘Today.’
YOU GO GIRL!
Did Stevie J. Just Hint at Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Season 5 Taping?
Though it’s only been a couple months since Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Season 4 left the air for Love & Hip Hop Hollywood to take over, the cast may already be back in the swing of filming their shenanigans for Season 5.
We can’t be certain, but it looks like star Stevie J. might have let the cat out of the bag recently when he took to Instagram with a video of himself standing in front of a green screen.
Initially, we thought Stevie’s green screen time may be for his spin-off with wife Joseline Hernandez, Stevie J. and Joseline Take L.A., but after checking other Atlanta stars’ Instagrams, we found that Lil Scrappy and Karlie Redd were also posting photos of themselves in front of green screens, too!
Of course, nothing is ever official until VH1 makes the announcement, but we have to say we’re slightly excited to see members of the gang coming back for a Season 5 — after Love & Hip Hop Season 6 airs, of course.
We’re already salivating for the drama!
Autistic Man Worked for Applebee’s for 1 Year Without Pay
An autistic man worked for a Middletown, RI Applebee’s restaurant for an entire year without receiving a paycheck.
Caleb Dyl, 21, was scheduled to begin receiving wages in August 2014 after he was placed at the restaurant by a state-funded agency.
Caleb’s parents filled out a W-4 form and a direct deposit form in Aug. 2014, but no checks came.
His parents filled a 2nd W-4 form in November 2014 after the restaurant claimed they lost his first W-4 form.
Caleb’s parents said he was well-liked by his co-workers who described him as a “tireless worker”.
“One young man told me they were lucky to have him, that Caleb just continues to work and work and he won’t stop until the end of his shift,” Caleb’s father, Bob Dyl, said.
“He was enjoying the job, so we really weren’t focused on the income so much,” Dyl said. “But after that amount of time, you kind of wonder what’s going on.”
After contacting the state agency — and getting the runaround — Caleb’s parents went to WPRI Target 12 News.
Target 12 reached out to Pawtucket-based Resources for Human Development, which receives government funding for the training program for special needs residents.
But a spokeswoman for RHD claims they never receiving Caleb’s paperwork.
“We were told by RHD that Applebee’s was going to hire him, and he was going to get paid,” Bob Dyl told Target 12 News.
But Eleanor Clancy, regional director of operations for the Applebee’s chain, said RHD never contacted her about the problem nor did the Middletown restaurant franchise.
“RHD never contacted us,” Clancy told Target 12. “The first we heard of this was when you [Target 12] called. But this is on us,” she said. “We obviously feel terrible.”
Clancy said Applebee’s was cutting a check for Caleb, who worked as a prep cook for minimum wage ($9/hr).
But Applebee’s is only paying Caleb for 166 hours. Clancy claims Caleb failed to clock in when he went to work.
Bob Dyl estimates his son worked about 350 hours for Applebee’s.
AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
‘BREAK IT OFF’
I can’t tell if that’s a man or a woman, but what I can tell is whichever it is, he/she could rip me in half and break my manhood into pieces.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!