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Brad Pitt Makes a Cameo at Frank Ocean’s FYF Fest set

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The audience at the FYF Fest in Los Angeles not only got to see the acclaimed Frank Ocean but also enjoyed the unexpected appearance from one of his fans: the one and only, Brad Pitt.

The singer was in the middle of his set when he told the crowd that he was going to cover his favorite song, Stevie Wonder’s version of “Close to You” by The Carpenters.

During the performance, Pitt stood by the side of the stage with his back to Ocean, his ear to his phone as if Ocean was serenading him; the image of Pitt listening to the song was projected onto large video screens.

After that cover, Ocean transitioned into the Jackson 5 classic “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

Also spotted on stage? Oscar winner Spike Jonze. The Where the Wild Things Are and Her director was at the concert filming Ocean’s performance.

This lovely bromance came about after Pitt professed his love for Ocean’s music during the GQ interview, where the actor explained how Ocean’s most recent album Bond help him through his divorce from Angelina Jolie:

“I’ve been listening to a lot of Frank Ocean,” Pitt said. “I find this young man so special. Talk about getting to the raw truth. He’s painfully honest. He’s very, very special. I can’t find a bad one.”

Ocean returned the compliment during his set at Parklife Festival in Manchester, back in June, by wearing a shirt with the actor’s face on the front.

The audience was ecstatic about the moving piece of performance art performed by the acclaimed singer and the award winning actor and posted on social media plenty of photos and reactions.

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Netflix debuts trailer for Will Smith’s “BRIGHT” at Comic-Con

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Comic-Con San Diego was the perfect opportunity for Netflix to debut the brand new trailer for “Bright”, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.

The film is the next project from Suicide Squad director David Ayer. Ayer reunites with Suicide Squad’s Will Smith who stars alongside Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace, known from her stellar work in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Prometheus.

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

During the panel to promote the film at Comic-Con 2017, the film’s stars gave the audience some details about this dark and gritty fantasy.

“A “bright” is anyone who can control magic, and while this is the realm of human beings, we are not the strongest of the strong. If a human being touched a magic wand, they would just obliterate themselves,” Smith told the crowd. “You have to be trained in magic to actually handle it.”

“I’m playing a guy who really wants to be liked but looks like a monster,” said Edgerton. The actor described him as “a conservative human being who doesn’t understand irony, wit, or any kind of humor.”

Alongside Smith, Edgerton and Rapace the film also stars Lucy Fry, Édgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi. The film that mixes the cop genre with sci-fi and fantasy was written by Max Landis, with Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless as producers.

Bright will be available to stream on Netflix on December 22.

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Justin Bieber banned from performing in China due to “bad behavior”

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Justin Bieber’s bad reputation caught up to him in China. The People’s Republic of China has officially banned the Canadian heartthrob from performing on the mainland because of his “bad behavior” on and off the stage.

The reason behind the strong measure is that the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture is on a quest to “purify” the country’s entertainment industry.

The “bad behavior” from Bieber includes run-ins with the law over alleged drunk driving and drag racing.

Writing a statement in response to a fan’s demand for an explanation of the 23-year-old pop star’s ban, the bureau wrote on its website this week: “We sympathize with your feelings. Justin Bieber is a talented singer but is also a controversial young foreign idol. We understand that there are records of his bad behavior, whether it is in his private life abroad or on stage….”

“His inappropriate manner has caused public discontent. In order to regulate the market order of show business in China and purify the market environment, it was decided that performers of inappropriate behavior will not be welcomed,” they added.

The news comes as a blow to Chinese Beliebers who were hoping to see their favorite singer during the Asian leg of his tour later this year, since it already has scheduled shows in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Bieber last performed in China in 2013 as part of his Believe tour, but he caused upset among some of its residents when he was pictured being carried up the Great Wall of China by his bodyguards.

Despite the ban, the bureau suggested that it was only temporary. In their statement, they added: “We hope Justin Bieber is able to improve his conduct as he grows up and will once again find public favor.”

China’s strict ban to artists and performers is not uncommon. In 2008, Icelandic experimental artist Bjork was banned after calling for Tibetan independence during a show in Shanghai, and Maroon 5 and Oasis are also forbidden from performing after expressing support for Tibet.

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Lena Dunham Joins “American Horror Story” Season 7

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Lena Dunham will relive the horror of the 2016 election… but for Ryan Murphy. The TV mastermind behind the American Horror Story series announced that the “Girls” creator will be joining the FX anthology next season.

“Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family,” Murphy tweeted. “Always wanted to work together, and now we r!”

During an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” back in February, Ryan said the new season would take on the last presidential election.

“Well I don’t have a title,” Murphy said. “But the season we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election we just went through, so I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.”

Dunham, who is fresh off finishing the 5th and final season of her successful show “Girls” on HBO, joins a cast that includes Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner and Cheyenne Jackson.

The news of Dunham casting came with some negative comments on social media but AHS star and Emmy award winner actress Sarah Paulson defended Dunham. When a fan asked her and Murphy what was happening with an eyebrow-raised emoji in tweeter, she tweeted back, “Magic and dream of all dreams.”

Dunham also responded to the haters with a fun selfie on Instagram.

“It’s only important to me that people know as they’re busy tweeting bulls–t about me I’m most often dressed in a latex suit and crystal crown working from home on imagining new worlds #blessedbitch,” she said on instagram after the news broke out.

It's only important to me that people know as they're busy tweeting bullshit about me I'm most often dressed in a latex suit and crystal crown working from home on imagining new worlds #blessedbitch

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There are no details yet on Dunham’s character, though Murphy said that there may be more news at the AHS panel during Comic-Con in San Diego.

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Ryan Seacrest is Back to Host ‘American Idol’ Reboot

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And Seacrest is back! Ryan Seacrest, the host and TV personality announced on Thursday, July 20, that he will joining ABC’s American Idol reboot as the show’s host.

Seacrest cohost, Kelly Ripa, helped him reveal the news on their Thursday morning show “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

“Ryan Seacrest is returning as the host of American Idol!” Ripa said, to which Seacrest replied: “I am so excited. It’s gonna be the best time.”

ABC announced in May that they are bringing back the iconic singing competition, which aired originally on Fox. The only confirmed celebrity to appear on the show is Katy Perry, who will serve as one of the judges. Meanwhile there are rumors that Idol alum Chris Daughtry will also join the judging panel.

Even though Seacrest served as host for the franchise during its 15-season run, which aired its “farewell season” last year, his return to hosting duties was not a sure thing. He addressed speculation on whether he would be returning to the reality competition and said that it would be difficult to host Live on the East Coast while also hosting Idol on the West Coast.

“We haven’t gotten that far,” he said on Live back in May. “This was news to me last week. I had said at the end of the series, ‘Goodbye for now,’ hoping somewhere it would come back.”

But now Seacrest is excited to bring the series to his new network. “It’s genuinely hard to put into words what ‘American Idol’ means to me,” Seacrest said in a statement. “I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience.”

“I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it,” he added. “Especially Idol’s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

Live auditions for “American Idol” begin in August and the show is schedule to return on ABC in 2018.

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Madonna blocks auction of Tupac Shakur letter and other personal items

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A judge has blocked an impending auction of some personal Madonna items, including a breakup letter from her late ex-boyfriend Tupac Shakur.

The artist was granted an emergency court order on Tuesday, July 18, to stop the rock ‘n’ roll-themed auction, organized by Gotta Have It! Collectibles, that was originally set to launch on Wednesday, July 19.

Manhattan State Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits ordered the New York City memorabilia shop to pull the items from its auction. The auction included up to 22 articles, among them some of the Queen of Pop’s personal photos, a hairbrush, a pair of her previously worn underwear and a handwritten letter in which she called Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone “horribly mediocre.”

In court papers, Madonna said she was “shocked to learn” of the auction. “The fact that I have attained celebrity status as a result of success in my career does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items,” she said. “I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair. It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public.”

The court papers also indicated that the Tupac letter was expected to sell for up to $400,000. The “Vogue” singer and the legendary rapper, who died of injuries suffered in a 1996 drive-by shooting, briefly dated in the 1990s.

“I was shocked to learn of the planned auctioning of the Shakur letter, as I had no idea that the Shakur letter was no longer in my possession,” Madonna wrote in the suit. In her filing, Madonna blames the unauthorized memorabilia on a former friend, Darlene Lutz. According to Madonna, Lutz was a “frequent overnight guest” who “would have had access to these items on numerous occasions.”

“Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz’s legal property,” said Pete Siegel, a spokesman for the auction house and Lutz. “Madonna’s allegations will be vigorously challenged and refuted in a court of law in due course. We are confident that the Madonna memorabilia will be back.”

A hearing is set for September. It remains to be seen what will happen to the items if the auction does not proceed.

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Felicity Jones to play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the biopic “On The Basis of Sex”

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A new actress from a galaxy far, far away will star in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic “On the Basis of Sex”.

Felicity Jones, known for her Oscar nominated role in “The Theory of Everything” and as the heroine from last year’s blockbuster “Rogue One: A Star Wars story”, is the chosen one to portray Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to ever become appointed to the Supreme Court Justice.

Prior to Jones, the Oscar winner Natalie Portman – and former Star Wars leading lady herself, had been tied to the role since 2015. No reason has been given as to why Portman dropped out of the project.

So it’ll be British-born Jones turn to play the Brooklyn resident, who was the first Jewish woman to be assigned to the Supreme Court.

Portman, who was born in Jerusalem, Israel, was pretty excited and talked about the opportunity to play the feminist icon during the promotional tour for her Oscar nominated role in last year’s biopic “Jackie”, where she got to portray another famed political figure: First Lady Jackie Kennedy, which is why the news of her no longer pursuing this role seemed quite surprising.

The Leftovers director Mimi Leder will direct the film which begins principal photography in September. The Daniel Stiepleman screenplay has been the talk of Hollywood since it was named to the 2014 Black List, which is a compilation of un-produced scripts chosen by industry insiders.

The story of “On the Basis of Sex” will detailed the numerous obstacles in Ginburg’s fight for equal rights throughout her law career, from its early days at Harvard University and Columbia Law School, all the way to Washington. She continues to serve as an associate justice as part of the court’s liberal wing, one of three female justices in the current Supreme Court.

Felicity Jones will also star in Luca Guadagnino’s “tentpole film” version of Swan Lake from a script by Kristina Lauren.

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Ed Sheeran temporarily quits twitter after Game of Thrones backlash

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Ed Sheeran temporarily deleted his Twitter account this week, a month after claiming that he planned to stop using it.

The singer’s cameo appearance on “Game of Thrones” on Sunday brought an onslaught  mix of criticism and praise on social media, prompting fans to speculate that he deleted his account because of the shade he received over his performance.

The main criticism from hardcore Game of Thrones and some entertainment reporters was around the fact that there seemed to have been little attempt to disguise his cameo – meanwhile other artists such as Coldplay drummer Will Champion, the band Sigur Ros and Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol were more subtle in their appearances on the famed HBO show.

Co-showrunner David Benioff said this about his cameo: “We knew that Maisie [Williams] was a big fan of Ed Sheeran, and for years we’ve been trying to get him on the show so we can surprise Maisie. This year we finally did it.”

When it comes to his media presences, this absence is no surprising given that Sheeran has said before that negative comments directed at him has turned him off to the social media platform.

“I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things,” Sheeran said. “Twitter’s a platform for that.”

He had later retracted his comments in an Instagram post where he said: “I haven’t quit anything” and said he simply wasn’t reading Twitter comments.

He may have not quit, since the account is once again active -but the last tweet is a reply from two years ago: April, 2015.

Sheeran remains pretty active on Instagram, where he shared a behind-the-scenes selfie from the “Game of Thrones” set on Monday.

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The singer also posted about his future cameo on another beloved TV show: The Simpsons, as a character caught up in a love triangle with Lisa Simpson.

Game of Thrones season 7 continues on HBO.

 

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What Is New With Kendall Jenner’s Jeans?

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It feels like celebs don’t go out unless there’s something weird going on with their jeans. Case in point: Kendall Jenner, who was seen in L.A. on Saturday wearing a couple of loose mother pants with a crooked fly.

It practically resembles the jeans were too big for her and rather than going down a size; she just moved the button to the left a couple of inches. Of course, this is Kendall Jenner, so it’s probably safe to assume that these are really fancy designer jeans masquerading as a pair of questionably tailored hand-me-downs.

 

Kendall matched her crooked-fly jeans with angular, oversize shades, a very ’80s blazer, and a teeny white cropped tank.

In case you’re feeling Kendall’s look, there are an astonishing number of uneven fly or “X-over” pants out there for you to purchase. Or, on the other hand, you could simply add another catch to your mother’s old pants and turn in until tomorrow.

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Disney’s princesses, Oprah, Star Wars and more: All the news from Disney’s D23 Expo

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D23 Expo is an exclusive opportunity for fans of the Mouse House to celebrate all things Disney, but it’s also a chance for Disney to reveal trailers and make a ton of film-related announcements.

Ralph Breaks The Internet

The sequel to Wreck It Ralph tells the story of the titular character moving beyond the world of video games and into the internet. Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston (Zootopia) took the opportunity to introduce a new character names Yesss,  that will be voiced by Taraji P. Henson.

This new adventure through the World Wide Web will mean that characters like Darth Vader and Spider-Man could get cameos in the same movie, and it was also revealed that every single Disney Princess will share the screen at the same time.

Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in Brave), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz, Wreck-It-Ralph), Kristen Bell (Anna in Frozen) and Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) took the stage at the expo in Anaheim for a lovely moment, since all of them will reprise their characters for the fun sequel. Ralph Breaks the Internet is coming on November 21st, 2018.

First teaser for A Wrinkle in Time

Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon took the stage to present the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, the adaptation of the bestselling novel by author Madeleine L’Engle. The beautiful teaser was a great first look for the film, filled with big colors, elaborate costumes and mindblowing action pieces. The film will be released on March 9th, 2018.

A brand new world… of live action adaptations

Dumbo is among the different live action films in development over at Disney and at D23 there were some big announcements. The main cast is set and ready to go: Tim Burton recruited Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green to play the human characters in his Dumbo adaptation. The story follows Farrell’s character, who is put in charge of a big eared baby elephant at a struggling circus, only to discover that the elephant has one amazing ability. The film will be released in March of 2019.

Although it was previously reported that Disney was having trouble casting Guy Ritchie’s live action Aladdin movie, D23 was the perfect occasion to set the record straight. Disney officially announced that Mena Massoud will be Aladdin; Naomi Scott will be Princess Jasmine; and Will Smith will play the Genie.

The behind the scenes from a galaxy far, far away…

Director Rian Johnson took the stage with cast members including Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio Del Toro, and Laura Dern to talk about the anticipated new film. The main release was a behind-the-scenes reel that shows the making of one of the year’s biggest releases.