Benedict Cumberbatch films ‘Hollow Crown’ in armor: hot or not?

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Here are some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch filming The Hollow Crown on October 9th. These photos were only released yesterday and I missed them completely! So enjoy. Our Cumberbatch in armor. With a bad wig. And a horse. I feel sorry for the horse, actually. I know there are horses that enjoy trotting around in armor and such, but… yeah, I feel sorry for the horse. The horse is wearing armor and carrying a heavy, armored man.

In other Cumbernews, The Imitation Game doesn’t come out in the UK and US until November, but Benedict is already doing some advanced promotional work on TV. He’s just been added to this week’s Graham Norton Show, which films on Friday, I guess. The other guests will be Miranda Hart, Timothy Spall and Maroon 5. Benedict and Graham Norton seem to get along very well, and whenever Benedict has a big project to promote, he usually does Norton’s show. I think this will be Benedict’s third time? And usually the Cumberbitches come out in full force!

Oh, and there have been sightings of Cumberbatch in Edinburgh. It’s something to do (maybe) with the secret girlfriend Sophie Hunter? I have no idea. But I’m kind of over the secret girlfriend speculation, you guys. I think Benedict is dating Sophie Hunter and they’re just being discreet about it. It’s not the end of the world and there’s no reason to stalk his every move because of it.

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Big Sean: Ariana Grande and I Have Great Chemistry!

Big Sean and Ariana Grande are making beautiful music together.

This is literally the case. And possibly true in other ways, as well.

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The couple’s relationship status has been the topic of much debate, although there’s not much to debate about Ariana Grande and Big Sean dating.

They’re totally together, even if they try to keep the public declarations of love low-key. We can’t blame them for that, but we also can’t help but note the chemistry.

On that topic – at least as it pertains to their music – Sean opened up.

“I was the first rapper to perform at the White House,” he told MTV.

“I performed there with Ariana, so that was an honor. [We] make a lot of music together and the chemistry between me and her when we work is great.”

The hip hop star and songstress have collaborated twice on the hit tracks “Right There” and “Best Mistake,” and he appears uncredited on “Problem.”

Not a bad trifecta for the stars, and Sean says they’re not done.

“We got more in the works, too. I feel like her voice is crazy, [just] that that big voice comes out of her is insane,” the 26-year-old gushed about Ariana.

“I was probably one of the first people to ever tweet about her music,” says Sean of Ariana, with whom he is reportedly getting really serious, really quickly.

“We’ve been friends for years, long before anything else.”

One person he’s no longer close to? His former fiancée, Naya Rivera. Sean absolutely destroys Naya on a new track, entitled “I Don’t F–k With You.”

Grande, meanwhile, praised her man’s new music on Instagram:

“#IDFWU #PARADISE #4THQUARTER #JITJUKE Huge congrats to @bigsean u are so deserving of all the good things happening for u & this new music is everything!”

He’s good, sure, but no. These Ariana pics are everything

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Ariana Grande is such a young hottie. Just don’t believe those nude pics floating around. Not really her.

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Prince Harry looks great in London, promotes Invictus Games: would you hit it?

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I don’t care if this sounds inappropriate, but holy hell, Prince Harry looks so bangable these days. This might be the best he’s looked in years. He’s thinned out, he doesn’t look like he goes out drinking every night, his hair is a good length and he can wear the hell out of some jeans. These are some new pics of Harry outside of BBC Radio 2 in London today, where he was doing some advanced promotion for the Invictus Games. He posed with a cute little girl too. Harry + children = always great.

The Invictus Games start right around Harry’s 30th birthday in September. Vanity Fair says that Harry isn’t going to have a big blowout for his b-day this year – William and Kate are going to throw him a small dinner party in Kensington Palace (??) and then Guy Pelly is throwing a party for him at one of Guy’s nightclubs, but Harry will leave the party by 10:30.

In other Harry news, over the weekend he attended a “secret garden party” in Cambridgeshire which was like an undercover music festival, I guess? In any case, Harry went shirtless – you can see the photo here. It’s not quite like the Las Vegas “nude scandal” but it’s still decent. This is probably one of the reasons why Harry recently proclaimed his hatred for Twitter. Last week, he was doing a social media event to promote the Invictus Games and he said:

“I really hate Twitter. I would love to get involved and go on social media, and if it was for causes like this I really would. The issue for myself and my family, put quite simply, is that it’s very hard for me to tweet about the Invictus Games and tweet about something that means a lot to me, whereas I, at the same time, really quite hate Twitter by the invasion of privacy. I think you all understand what I’m talking about. I would love to tweet about things I care about but it’s a fine line between what you should do and what you can do, and what other people want to know and what you don’t want them to know.”

[From Vanity Fair]

The answer is not “staying off Twitter” though – if you’re a celebrity or royal and you’d like to use social media to promote your work and raise awareness for the causes you feel passionately about, you should go on social media and simply ignore the haters.

And here’s Harry’s photobomb from earlier this week:

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Ariana Grande and Jai Brooks: Kissing on Instagram!

During a live performance on MTV last week, Ariana Grande cursed up a storm.

In a very sweet Instagram photo posted Monday morning, however, the only thing coming out of the young singer’s mouth was her tongue… and it headed straight into the waiting mouth of boyfriend Jai Brooks!

The artist shared this smooch-filled shot with the Janoskians prankster today and then watched as  it received nearly 1 million Likes in under 12 hours.

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The couple has been very open with its relationship over the past few weeks, with Brooks wishing “the most beautiful girl in the world” a very happy birthday toward the end of June.

Grande, meanwhile, continues to shoot up the music charts.

Many think “Problem” is the song of the summer, while MTV brought back Total Request Live for one special day last week just in the artist’s honor.

Yesterday, Brooks celebrated his YouTube comedy troupe’s third anniversary, writing on Twitter:

“3 years ago today Luke clicked that button that would go on and change our lives. I love you all so much, cheers for the amazing 3 year journey so far. thanks for sticking around to see us ugly boys f–k s–t up.”

In other words: It’s good to be Ariana Grande and Jai Brooks these days.

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Ariana Grande shows off her tattoo and the tiniest bit of side boob. Better than nothing.

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Kanye West went on a lengthy Yeezus-style rant in London & everybody booed

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This ^^ is a photo of Kanye West performing at the Verizon festival in London over the weekend. He stepped in at the last minute, replacing Drake who apparently is pretty sick and his doctor ordered him to cancel all of his appearances. So the Yeezus tour came to London. And I’m sorry, English crumpets. As an American, I’ve gotten used to Yeezington’s rants and ravings and his general nutburger vibe. I’ve not only gotten used to, I kind of enjoy it. Kanye has lots of opinions about lots of different things, and while he’s not always wrong, he tends to rub everyone the wrong way because he’s such an egotistical monster, a hypocrite and a label-whore. Throughout his US tour, Kanye has been taking “time outs” during the stage show to go off on 20-minute-long rants about… shoes, the art of genius, and how great he is. And he brought that flavor to the Verizon festival. And the English people were NOT having it.

Kanye West was booed by festival-goers on Friday night after he launched into an extraordinary ’20-minute rant’ in the middle of his Wireless set. The Yeezus rapper caused confusion when he paused his performance at the London music event, held at Finsbury Park, to preach to the crowd about discrimination within the fashion industry.

Wearing a bejewelled mask over his face, Kanye, 37, told the audience: ‘I’m not going to mention any names but… Nike, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Don’t discriminate against me ‘cos I’m a black man making music. F**k saving face and what it’s supposed to mean, it’s about living my dream.’

And it would seem the move didn’t go down too well with the crowd, with audience members reportedly deserting the al fresco gig in droves. One festival-goer told MailOnline: ‘He was laying into the ‘machine’ and ranting about the public’s perception of him. Hundreds of people left the park early because they were so bored of his long rant. There was serious booing towards the end of the speech, as people got so fed up and just wanted to hear him perform.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Not only did they boo him, some of them were shouting “we want Drake!” Pissy English people were ranting about it on Twitter too. “Sanctimonious prat” was used often. The c-word was dropped. It’s all pretty much on point. I’m including one Vine of the booing, plus video of the whole performance of “Runaway” with most of the rant. Classic Yeezington. What sucks is that “Runaway” is one of his best songs and he just f—ks it up so he can rant about stupid BS.

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Duchess Kate repeated a McQueen look, kissed an 88-year-old D-Day veteran

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Here are some photos of Duchess Kate and Prince William attending the D-Day events in Normandy on Friday. These pics came in too late for me to include them in the Queen Elizabeth post, but you can enjoy them now. I wasn’t too excited because she repeated this dress. I mean, it’s a great dress and everything, but I was hoping for something new. This is the same blue Alexander McQueen dress that she wore in New Zealand in April. Back then, she wore it with a ponytail navy pumps.

In France, she wore the McQueen with a black fascinator/hat and black pumps. The side pieces of her hair were secured back with what appears to be a simple hair band. I like the hat, but I think it must have been really, really hot on the dais. William was noticeably sweating and Kate looked a bit flushed in some photos. Before the big event where world leaders spoke, William and Kate attended a tea party for some of the elderly veterans of D-Day. One of the men, 88-year-old Arthur Jones, started flirting with Kate and he asked her for a kiss, because he had always wanted to be kissed by a princess. She obliged! She kissed his cheek. Then William came up and accused Jones of “chatting up” his wife. I’m not even making this up!!! That really happened.

Oh, and Grenadier Guard Eric Presland, 94, asked Kate about Prince George (the bruiser!!!) and this is what happened: “I asked Kate how was the little ‘un and she said if he were there, he would be making short work of the plate of cakes.” Ha. George is hungry all the time.

Last thing: Buzzfeed has a user-generated article with is this sort of amazing takedown of the Cambridges’ “we’re so normal” shtick and how they’re alienating their subjects. The writer blames Kate for “exacerbating” William’s paranoia about royal work and royal life, and the writer claims the courtiers are throwing up their hands at Kate and her decision to step back even further from royal life. It’s a really fascinating read on the dynamics of their marriage and how the courtiers really feel about them.

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Solange: Provoked by Rachel Roy Prior to Jay Z Attack?

Why did Solange Knowles violently attack Jay Z inside an elevator of The Standard Hotel on the night of May 5?

We may now have a partial answer.

According to a People sources, Knowles was “provoked” by designer Rachel Roy earlier that evening, with Beyonce stepping in to tell Roy “not to talk to her sister.”

Jay remained silent during that initial confrontation.

Roy has known the Knowles family for years and is actually the ex-wife of Jay Z’s former business partner, Damon Dash.

She was also a guest over the weekend at Kim Kardashian’s bridal party.

Toward the end of the night, “Jay said something inappropriate to Beyonce and Solange, and she snapped,” says the insider.

“When they got in the elevator, it escalated quickly the way family tensions can [and] got exceptionally heated the way family moments can.”

That much is clear to anyone who has seen the full Solange assault footage:

It remains unclear, of course, just what brought on the argument with Roy and why Solange would get SO angry at Jay Z for simply remaining uninvolved in this alleged argument.

A witness, meanwhile, claims Solange was drunk at the time of the beatdown – but People’s insider says the artist “was not intoxicated” and has already moved on.

“She’s fine now,” the source says of Solange. “She’s back home in New Orleans and she’s going on with her business.”

Other theories on why the beef erupted include …

Solange Has a Drinking Problem


Many have pointed out that the fight took place at the end of a very long night of partying, and Solange may have been drunk at the time of the event. Reactions from those around her suggest this sort of thing happens often.

We may never know for certain what caused her to snap like that, but hey, at least we’ll always have anonymous sources giving us their best guesses.

And these #WhatJayZSaidtoSolange memes:

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Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea to Perform at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Sure, Rihanna laughed at Ariana Grande during a recent performance, but that embarrassing incident aside, Ariana has been crushing it career-wise lately and it was announced today that she’ll be performing her hit song “Problem” along with Iggy Azalea at this year’s Billboard Music Awards.

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Ariana is a natural choice for the show, as “Problem” debuted at number one on Billboard‘s digital songs chart and is currently number three on the magazine’s Hot 100.

The first single from Grande’s forthcoming studio album has been such a success that even a teaser for the “Problem” video became a viral sensation online.

Ariana and Iggy join a list of previously announced performers that includes Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Jason Derulo. 

In addition to performing at the show, Ariana is nominated for Top New Artist.

No slouch in her own right, Azalea is scheduled to perform her solo hit “Fancy.” The success of that single makes Iggy the first female rapper with two songs concurrently in the Billboard Top 5.

Not too shabby. We get the feeling you’ll be hearing a lot of these two this summer.

The BBMAs will be held on Sunday, May 18th.

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Michael Fassbender thinks Macbeth has PTSD: ‘I don’t think Macbeth is evil’

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During the awards season, Michael Fassbender grew out his ginger beard, which was a bold choice for an actor going through his first Oscar campaign. As it turned out, it didn’t matter because Fassy barely campaigned, and he grew his beard to play Macbeth in the latest film adaptation. Originally, the film was supposed to star Natalie Portman as Lady Macbeth, but Natalie thankfully dropped out. But then Marion Cotillard stepped into the role and I’m not really sure if that was better.

Anyway, they released the first two production stills and Michael did an interview with the Daily Mail about Macbeth. First, the stills: I like the one of Michael and Marion. Honestly. I think it’s got an interesting look and it makes me want to see the film. Reading this interview makes me want to see the film too – Michael manages to talk respectfully and authoritatively about Shakespeare’s Scottish play without it becoming twee and Hiddleston-esque.

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard stand respectfully still as the Thane of Cawdor is anointed king. Three times the assembled bishops, priests noblemen and soldiers cry out: ‘Hail, Macbeth!’ Fassbender refers to his screen wife as ‘Lady M’, and together, they make as powerful a screen couple as I’ve observed in many years. As I sit with director Justin Kurzel and watch the scene he’s shooting at Ely Cathedral (standing in for Dunsinane Castle), the camera picks out Fassbender’s eyes, and they give a hint of Macbeth’s inner torment.

‘He’s suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder,’ Fassbender told me later. ‘It makes total sense, when you think about it. Justin set the seed of the idea in my head. This trauma is something we know about. In World War I they called it battle fatigue, and it was probably more horrific in Macbeth’s days, when they were killing with their bare hands, and driving a blade through bodies. He’s having these hallucinations, and he needs to return to the violence to find some sort of clarity, or peace.’

Macbeth and his Lady M had also, the actor and director point out, lost a child.

‘He’d been away fighting and when he returns, we see it’s a relationship that’s broken down. They lost a child, and there wasn’t time for them to grieve because he’s been away campaigning.’ However, the couple do reconnect. ‘Lady M is desperate for that reconnection, and briefly they do. And, of course, the doorway has been opened to darkness and to violence,’ Fassbender said.

After Duncan is murdered, Lady M hopes that this ‘fantastical deed, this terrible deed, this extraordinary deed of killing a king will be something that will bond them together’.

But once the blood is spilled, it leads to more and more killings. ‘He’s wary of doing it,’ Fassbender said, ‘but Lady M bolsters him, and tells him to garner his strength.’

The Bard’s verse remains, too, though it has been edited. ‘There’s a vibrancy and intelligence to the script,’ Fassbender observed. He explained that the cast speak with Scottish accents — all apart from Lady M, the Oscar-winning French actress Ms Cotillard. ‘We felt it would be unreasonable for her to put on a Scottish accent. It would not be unreasonable to presume that her character spent time in the French court.’

I asked how he was approaching the psychology of Macbeth. How evil was he? ‘I always have a problem with that word,’ Fassbender said sharply. ‘It never gives me any information, or helps me in any way. I like to find a character’s motivation. I don’t think Macbeth is evil. I think he’s damaged. When we meet him, he’s a man who’s as good as his circumstances will allow. He serves his king loyally and looks after his soldiers.’

And what about Edwin Epps, his character in 12 Years? Surely he was evil? ‘You put it down to insecurity, and fears — unless of course you’re dealing with a total sociopath. Evil is a cloudy word, and something that’s not going to inform me to play the character in any other way than pantomime.’

[From The Daily Mail]

The Mail’s Baz Bamigboye also reports that Michael consulted his friend James McAvoy about playing Macbeth, because McAvoy had done Macbeth on stage in the West End last year (and McAvoy had a ginger beard too). Apparently, McAvoy gave Fassy some Macbeth literature and help.

As for Michael’s interpretation of “Lady M” and Macbeth’s motivations… it’s interesting. I mean, obviously, Lady Macbeth is one of the most fascinating female characters in the history of the English language, and I think it’s an interesting take on the play to basically boil it all down to “they’re trying to reconnect and strengthen their marriage through murdering a bunch of people.” And the post-traumatic stress thing is good too. Hopefully there won’t be too much “war” stuff in the movie though.

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Jared Leto on living in the South: ‘We escaped early on… it’s very oppressive’

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Jared Leto and his brother Shannon cover the new issue of FourTwoNine Magazine, which I have never seen nor heard of, but here you are. I’m really not into either brother, but I do prefer Jared to Shannon. Shannon has the eyes of a creepster. I was going to ignore this, but I read some quotes from the interview and Jared’s post-Oscar holiday from criticism is short-lived.

Jared Leto is once again proving how friggin’ cool he is. In the new issue of FourTwoNine magazine, the Dallas Buyers Club Oscar winner says he doesn’t mind if you called him “queer.”

When the mag’s editor-in-chief Kevin Sessums mentions that some of his “straight friends have begun to define themselves as queer without it being a sexual term but a cultural one,” he goes on to ask Leto and his brother Shannon Leto if they’d be “averse” to having the same label.

“I wouldn’t care,” Shannon said. Jared added, “I don’t think we’d care at all. We certainly identify with people who are different.”

That differentness is one of the reasons the Leto brothers’ band, 30 Seconds to Mars, has attracted such a large LGBT fan base.

“I got a note from a kid yesterday,” Jared said. “We were signing a thousand CDs after a show. If you looked at him, he looked like any young kid maybe in twelfth grade or eleventh grade who’d be on the baseball team or something. A nice looking kid. He handed me a note and it said, ‘I just want to say thanks so much for the music. It’s helped me in many ways–especially with coming out this year to my family.’”

And to think the Letos were born in the not-always LGBT-friendly south.

“We escaped early on,” Jared said. “It’s very oppressive.” He further explained, “We would go back for the summers and stay with our grandmother, though. So the culture was always there that we returned to. We moved around every couple of years growing up. Way up to north Massachusetts. Everywhere. But no matter where we were it was a very creative environment around artists. That is obviously an important reason that Shannon and I are pursuing the path that we are now.”

[From E! News]

Is the South oppressive? I’ve lived in the South for most of my life, and I’ve become increasingly sensitive to the prevalent anti-Southern bias exhibited by so many Hollywood-types (even those who were born in the South). The question I tend to ask is this: is the South any more or less oppressive than other parts of the country? And I really don’t think so. There are bigots in Manhattan. There are gay-bashers in Los Angeles. There are corrupt cops in every city. There will always be some neighbor or some crazy family member who has some asinine conspiracy theory about the government, no matter where you live.

I’m also including some photos of Jared at Coachella this weekend. He doesn’t look as douchebaggy as some of the dudes there, but then again… Jared is 43 years old. Maybe he’s too old for this crap?

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