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Wonder Woman Movie Finds Its Female Director

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Even though Warner Bros. considered male directors, the studio hoped to find a lady to helm Wonder Woman. Given that the DC superhero is all about female empowerment, I’m sure the studio felt pressure to go this route. Honestly, it only makes sense in my opinion.

After an exhaustive search, their quest is over. Among the frontrunners circling the project for months were successful film directors Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), Julie Taymor (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) and two from the world of television- Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) and Tricia Brock (The Walking Dead). Find out below who Warner Bros. lassoed for the highly-anticipated film.

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Just when I thought I couldn’t love Jennifer Lawrence any more, she does something to hook me even deeper. The 24-year-old recently revealed her love for reality television with Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise as her biggest guilty pleasure. She’s a woman after my own heart.

“I do love my Real Housewives,” she shared with Vanity Fair when revealing her favorite reality shows. “I love Intervention, New York Housewives—and Beverly Hills, New Jersey, and Atlanta Housewives. I mean, I love them all, but Miami—oh, my God! Miami is really special.”

Over the weekend, J-Law headed out for a girls night at Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant SUR located in West Hollywood. Clearly, she’s Team Lisa. Watch out Brandi Glanville.

While there, they sipped on martinis, met the Vanderpumps and their lovable pup Giggy and spoofed the intro for Bravo’s Hills-like series, Vanderpump Rules, by filming their own version. Watch Jennifer run a fork through her hair in their version. God, I adore this woman.

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Over the weekend, HBO released two more clips giving fans a sneak peek at Season 2 of Looking. It appears the boys ditch life in the Castro for a little camping action. Or perhaps they’re more of the glamping variety. Jonathan Groff looks like the high maintenance type. I kid. Here’s what showrunner Andrew Haigh told Entertainment Weekly about what to expect.

“All of them have been in flux since the end of the last season, and they’ve all been doing their own thing a little bit,” explains executive producer Andrew Haigh. “This first episode is them being determined to spend more time together and go away to Russian River, which is, like, two hours outside San Francisco. It’s this really beautiful, tranquil place along the redwoods.” But there’s no guarantee of smooth sailing. According to Haigh, “they get outdoors. They go canoeing. Things happen.” We’re guessing they run into at least one or two bears.

Check out both clips below. Looking returns to HBO on Sunday, January 11. Which of the boys would you rather share a sleeping bag with? Sound off below.

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Didn’t love “Baby Don’t Lie?” You weren’t alone. Gwen Stefani’s first solo single in years received a tepid response and it reflected on the Billboard Hot 100. The track didn’t even crack the Top 40 on the chart. Here’s hoping for a reversal of fortune with the next single.

After teasing it a month ago, the 45-year-old Voice coach finally premieres “Spark The Fire” in full. It’s about time. Stefani joins forces with frequent collaborator Pharrell Williams for the fun track. If you loved “Hollaback Girl,” this is relatively in the same lane.

If being licensed is an indicator of the song’s future success, “Spark The Fire” should do well. It’s already been featured in a 30-second commercial for the FIAT Gran Finale. Give Gwen’s potential new hit song a listen below.

listen to the track after the jump

Netflix Snags Tina Fey’s NBC Comedy

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was originally slated to debut midseason on NBC. The peacock network gave Fey a straight-to-series commitment for her new project when it ordered it earlier this year. So, it’s a little puzzling why it’s moving to Netflix. It’s not like the network has a riches in successful comedies on their schedule.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to debut Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt exclusively on Netflix, which has proven to be such an outstanding place for distinctive, original programming,” Fey and Carlock said in a statement. “Happily, we will still collaborate with our longtime partners at Universal Television to fulfill Netflix’s two-season order. We grew up at NBC and will continue to develop broadcast projects with them as well. We found the inspiration for this series in Ellie Kemper’s shining all-American face, and we know that she and Kimmy Schmidt have found their best possible home at Netflix.”

All 13 episodes of the first season will be available to stream sometime in March 2015. Ellie Kemper, of The Office and Bridesmaids fame, plays a woman who starts a new life in New York City after leaving a doomsday cult. Tituss Burgess, Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda, Carol Kane and Tina’s former 30 Rock colleague Jane Krakowski round out the cast. Read below to learn NBC’s reason why the series is changing mediums.

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I’m sure not even Mariah Carey could’ve have predicted the success of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” when she recorded it back in 1994. It was a definite game-changer and forever changed the standard for modern day Christmas tracks. The Yuletide favorite is so beloved it reenters the Billboard Hot 100 around the holiday season.

Naturally, being that Grande is a mini Mimi, the “Problem” singer had to record her very own X-mas track and get in on that lucrative holiday action. Last year, the 21-year-old released a Christmas EP featuring four songs including a cover of “Last Christmas.” “Santa Tell Me” is her first original Christmas track and it’s pretty good.

Will it match the success of Carey’s classic track? Only time will tell. Check it out below. Like Carey, Grande doesn’t want material things on December 25. She just wants Santa to bring her true love. Awe!!! Be sure to weigh in after listening to it.

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It wasn’t exactly the best kept secret in town, but the cat is officially now out of the proverbial bag. Katy Perry is putting on the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX. The 30-year-old singer was an early frontrunner for the gig.

Though early reports suggested the NFL was hoping to score a cut of the performer’s post-Bowl revenue, it appears Perry won’t be paying to play at the most-watched TV event of the year. Bravo for Katy for not caving in. It’s not like the league is hurting for money.

Now that everything is official, Perry is already in promotional mode. A video clip hyping up the performance has been released. Check it out below.

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The 2014 American Music Awards were handed out Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles with Pitbull presiding over the ceremonies once again. Heading into the evening, Iggy Azalea led the pack with six AMA nominations. One Direction, however, ended up being the night’s big winner, taking home three awards- Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Midnight Memories.

Unlike the VMAs though, Azalea didn’t go home empty-handed this time. The Aussie femcee won two categories. Taylor Swift also got in on the action by earning the event’s most prestigious honor. The legendary Diana Ross presented the “Blank Space” singer with the first-ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence!

Katy Perry and Sam Smith took home honors for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist respectively. Check out all the winners below.

In between all the acceptance speeches, there was a whopping 18 performances crammed into the three-hour telecast. There was something for everyone with artists ranging from teen dreams 5 Seconds of Summer to R&B veteran Mary J. Blige. My favorites of the night were Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea and Jessie J reuniting with Nicki Minaj and Grande.

On the flip side, I took bathroom breaks during Selena Gomez, Magic! and Fergie‘s set. Was it me, or did the Duchess move awkwardly slow and look a tad stiff? No disrespect but she looked like Iggy’s grandmother on stage. Check out the performances below.

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