It's been almost a month since Judith Hill's shocking departure from The Voice, a turn of events so unexpected to her team leader, Adam Levine, that he found himself in hot water after muttering, "I hate this country." Judith tells us what it was like leaving the show and reflects on her decade-long career as a backup singer that saw her even sing duets with Michael Jackson. Judith's time as a backup singer is chronicled in the June 14 film 20 Feet From Stardom — but those days might be numbered!
Rochelle Aytes stars in the new ABC series Mistresses, and she visited our NYC studio today to chat about the power of a series with four strong female characters. Find out if she thinks Mistresses will be the new Desperate Housewives — and her special connection to the ladies of Wisteria Lane — plus get the scoop on her new project about '90s girl group TLC. Mistresses airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Frances Ha is all about Greta Gerwig. She cowrote and stars in the black-and-white coming-of-age story from director Noah Baumbach, who's known for being the man behind the lens on previous movies The Squid and the Whale and Greenberg.
This is Greta's latest collaboration with Noah, since they worked together on Greenberg and the ill-fated HBO pilot for Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections. They've become more than just professional acquaintances. Their romantic relationship was under the radar for nearly a year before they confirmed their status in an April New Yorker piece.
Noah and Greta's special connection has its advantages when it comes to working together, which explains their collaboration on Frances Ha as well as an animated project and another film. "We just are able to write the same song, in some way. We each are contributing to it and have our own thing, but it's like this '70s songwriter partnership where — not that it's the equivalency of The Beatles — but Lennon and McCartney, they just made each other better," Greta said. "Noah and I, we kind of make each other — I don't want to say better because he was already really great — but he certainly makes me better and we bring something out in each other in our writing that I don't think we have alone."
Appropriately then, Frances Ha is a story made of love stories. Firstly, it's the tale of the affection between two college friends who are growing up and drifting apart. Greta's Frances has found her match in best pal Sophie, played by Mickey Sumner, daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler. Greta and Mickey have relatable onscreen chemistry, and apparently did in real life, too. Greta explained, "The thing that made me know that [Mickey] was Sophie was that we'd been auditioning so many actresses — and really great actresses — but something happened when we auditioned [Mickey] which was that I felt like all of a sudden I became Frances . . . it was kind of magical."
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The 2013 Cannes Film Festival has come and gone, and now it's time to look back at the festival and list the five reasons the annual cinema celebration has earned its glamorous reputation. With entertainment editor Lindsay Miller, we're recapping the food, parties, and style highlights from the Croisette!
Emma Watson and Sofia Coppola discussed their new film, The Bling Ring, today during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival. The conference came after a morning photocall and before their big premiere scheduled to take place this evening at the Palais des Festival. The Bling Ring, which is out in the US on June 14, is based on the true story of a group of fame-obsessed teens who tracked the outings of celebrities — including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Megan Fox — via social media and then robbed their homes. Emma heads a cast that includes Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, and Claire Julien.
Today, the actors, along with Sofia, touched on the real story and the factors that made it possible for the burglars to locate and steal from the stars. Emma also reflected on what it's like being a woman in the film industry, and Sofia hinted that tonight's red carpet event will include a cameo from Paris herself. Here are highlights from the conference:
Sofia in Paris Hilton's rumored appearance: "Paris Hilton and them haven't seen it, but I heard they might be coming tonight."
Sofia on the robbers whose stories inspired the film: "We made a movie. I'm not too concerned about their reactions."
Emma on what it's like for women in the film industry: "I am young, and . . . from why I see, young women are at the helm of franchises I see coming out. We are forging a new way in comedy. From what I can see, it's a great time to be a woman in this industry."
Emma on the prevalence of social media: "I think it's amazing how self-aware people are becoming. . . . I think it's a shame . . . "
Sofia on walking a fine line in being inspired by their story: "I definitely didn't want to add to their celebrity because of what they did."
On whether or not the based-on-a-true-story film makes them depressed about the 20-something generation — Emma: "It was an extraordinary set of circumstances."
Sofia: "Knowing my actors gives me hope."
Candice Accola talked about what's in store during the end of the fourth season of her CW show, The Vampire Diaries, which airs its third-to-last episode this evening. We checked out a sneak peek of the excitement to come, while Candice hinted about a big cliffhanger in the May 16 finale. Plus, Candice dished about new spin-off The Originals, who she'd like to see her character, Caroline, date on the show, and how she and costars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder celebrate the season wrap! On Allie: BCBG blazer and Monika Chiang blouse.
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Joe Manganiello visited our NYC office to chat about his very big year. In addition to prepping for the season six premiere of True Blood on June 16, Joe just wrapped a movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger called Ten and is writing a fitness memoir that will be out in time for the holidays. Plus, he's the new face of Magnum Gold ice cream! Joe told us about all of those projects and shared other fun stories, including why his mom was surprised about his working with Magnum. Also, Joe touched on the possibility of a Magic Mike sequel. He told us, "I'm working on something right now that — whether or not it happens — will tide people over who are fans."
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The Tribeca Film Festival is under way in NYC! Entertainment Editor Lauren Turner has the inside scoop on what movies to see — and which celebrities to look for — at the 2013 festival, including Kate Hudson's latest and the new vampire movie from the man behind Interview With the Vampire.
Rebel Wilson kicked off the 2013 MTV Movie Awards this evening with a little help from her pal James Franco and musical accompaniment from her Pitch Perfect costars. She told a handful of jokes before the golden popcorn presenting began, and Bradley Cooper was the first to win, coming up tops in the category of best male performance thanks to Silver Linings Playbook. Next, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson took home best WTF moment for Django Unchained. Samuel L. Jackson was able to pick up two popcorns in a row — he and his Avengers costars Tom Hiddleston and Chris Evans won for best fight.
Eddie Redmayne had fans screaming when he introduced 2013 Trailblazer Award winner Emma Watson, who had the support of her boyfriend, Will Adamowicz. Her This Is the End costar Jonah Hill also had kind words for her via video and joked that they're going to star in the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation together. Later, another special honor went to Comedic Genius Will Ferrell — who was only briefly interrupted during his acceptance speech by "stage crasher" Aubrey Plaza — who commented that he had only two dreams in life: to make people laugh and to dress like Dennis Rodman every day. The night's final special designation went to Generation Award winner Jamie Foxx.
The evening wrapped up with a few particular highlights. Kim Kardashian showed her presenting skills to introduce Selena Gomez, who sang her new track "Come and Get It" for the first time publicly. Liam Hemsworth, additionally, went on stage to introduce a special clip from Catching Fire. Finally, a happy-looking Brad Pitt took the stage to present movie of the year to The Avengers. There were many more popcorns handed out — make sure to check out the full list of MTV Movie Award winners.
Paul Weitz is the man behind March 22's Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. The picture isn't Paul's first — he and his brother Chris also memorably collaborated on About a Boy. We caught up with Paul at a recent press day in NYC to chat about the forthcoming About a Boy TV series — and how Hugh Grant broke the news over email — and discuss what it was like directing a comic like Tina.
Tina Fey stars in the upcoming movie Admission, out March 22, opposite Paul Rudd, and the role of a Princeton admissions counselor presented some new challenges to the 30 Rock creator. Tina spoke with us at a recent NYC press day to talk about getting to know Paul on the set, the love she's gotten from fans since 30 Rock ended, and what new hobbies she's exploring now that she isn't required regularly on a TV show set.
Paul Rudd stars in the March 22 comedy Admission, which also features Tina Fey. The two star as an unlikely pair brought together through Tina's job as a Princeton admissions counselor. We chatted with Paul about getting to know Tina on set — they actually didn't really know each other before shooting — and his similarities to his character in the film, a man who travels around the world nonstop, compulsively doing good.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has not one, but two roles in the Guillermo del Toro-produced Mama, which is out next Friday, Jan. 18. We talked to Nikolaj about the film during a recent press day in NYC, where he spoke about his leading lady Jessica Chastain — and her impressive karaoke skills! Nikolaj is best known for his work on HBO's Game of Thrones, but he has plenty of big-screen work on the way, including Oblivion with Tom Cruise. It turns out Nikolaj, who hails from Denmark, had a blast working with Tom, and even had some recommendations for places Tom could hang out when production on the sci-fi movie moved to Northern Europe.
Hugh Jackman was tasked with playing Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. We caught up with him at a press day in NYC to find out what it was like nabbing the role in director Tom Hooper's much-anticipated movie and having Russell Crowe play his onscreen nemesis. Hugh also spoke about what he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness have planned for the holidays this year, and whether or not the little ones will be able to see dad Hugh in this particular project.
Les Misérables is Samantha Barks's first-ever film, and what a welcome to Hollywood it has been! Samantha's no stranger to the tragic story of Fantine, Cosette, and Jean Valjean, as she told us during a recent press day in NYC. She stars as the daughter of Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter in the film, and opened up about her dreams of working alongside both Sacha and Helena. One scene with Sacha was, in particular, a difficult one to act out.
Eddie Redmayne has a big role in Les Misérables, which is out on Chrismas Day. We caught up with Eddie recently to get the scoop on his singing background in school. (He went to Eton at the same time as Prince William!) Royalty isn't Eddie's only fun connection. He also opened up about his bonds with fellow young British actors Robert Pattinson and Tom Sturridge. Eddie's looking forward to a break from his traveling promotion schedule to head home to London for a special meal with his family. He told us what he's tasked with before their Christmas dinner. Spoiler: it involves ham.
Les Misérables star Amanda Seyfried opened up at a recent press day in NYC to talk about the rare amount of discipline she employed to get ready to play Cosette in the Tom Hooper-directed musical, which is out on Christmas Day. Amanda spoke about her own family holiday plans, and even touched on how odd it truly is to have Anne Hathaway, who's just three years her senior, play her mother on film.
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