After a seemingly endless parade of Sin City-esque promo posters, Taylor Swift finally debuted her star-studded “Bad Blood” music video. Practically everyone in Hollywood was in it, except the person who reportedly inspired the track- Swift’s frenemy Katy Perry. Was it worth the hype? Yes and no.
Once again, director Joseph Kahn (“Blank Space”) delivers a highly-slicked produced visual. However, given the roster of famous faces involved, I expected a short film with more of a narrative. Instead, it seemed like a treatment for the all-female action flick, The Expendabelles. Speaking of which, if producers find themselves stuck with casting, half of these ladies would be perfect for the Expendables spin-off.
The clip begins with Swift and Selena Gomez teaming up for a heist, before Gomez backstabs her. Taylor then goes through some sort of high-tech boot camp to hone her skills. In the end, Swift along with her female brigade face-off against Gomez in another battle royale.
Joining Swift in the clip are models Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, actresses Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba and Serayah along with fellow musicians Ellie Goulding, Zendaya, and the aforementioned Gomez.
My favorite parts though featured the veterans including Cindy Crawford, Mariska Hargitay and Ellen Pompeo. The latter two might seem out of place, but Taylor has two cats named after their TV alter egos- Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey.
Check out Swift’s “Toxic”-ish (Britney Spears) video below and weigh in afterward.
Lena Dunham makes her glorious debut on next week’s Scandal. ABC shared the first bit of footage of the Girls actress‘ guest appearance in a promo aired last night.
Officially the episode is titled, “It’s Good To Be Kink,” but the promo dubs it as 50 Shades of Scandal. Clearly, someone is riding Christian Grey’s coattails :)
Just like Dunham in real life, her character, Kinky Sue, is a hardcore Olivia Pope stan. The two go toe-to-toe over a tell-all book Kinky Sue wrote, revealing the sex secrets of some of Washington’s most elite and powerful.
Based on the footage, things go the lighthearted route next week. I mean, it has to. Not only is some comic relief needed after some pretty intense episodes, but mostly because I just can’t take Lena Dunham seriously. The second she uttered her first line, I immediately thought it was a sequel to her SNL skit. Check out the promo below and see if you think so too.
When I first stumbled upon this, I thought Lena Dunham booked another hosting gig over at Saturday Night Live. Remember the hilarious SNL parody spoofing the ABC drama?
Believe it or not, the Girls actress legitimately scored a guest starring spot on Scandal. I’m sure the 28-year-old self-professed superfan shouted out with glee upon securing the job. Any Gladiator would kill to hang with Olivia Pope for a day.
On March 19, Dunham makes her scandalous debut on the episode titled “It’s Good To Be Kink.” Her character plans to expose the sex secrets of some of D.C.’s most elite. Enter Olivia to handle things.
Hollywood Reporter obtained exclusive pics of Lena’s guest spot. Personally, I can’t take them seriously. Just looking at the photos make me chuckle. I keep visualizing the SNL spoof. Check out a couple of pics below, along with the memorable sketch.
Technically, Girls is a comedy. Based on last season though, if you tuned in looking for laughs, you would’ve been sadly disappointed. The comedic moments were few and far in between. Am I alone in thinking Lena Dunham took it too dark and depressing? Hopefully, Dunham and her writers were in a better mood this year. Otherwise, I’m permanently breaking up with the HBO show.
In the newly-released trailer, Hannah (Dunham) is shacking up with Adam (Adam Driver) once again. Given the fact Christopher Abbott left the show, poor Marnie (Allison Williams) is toughing it out alone. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is still being Jessa, while Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) are still driving each other crazy. If that wasn’t enough, Shosanna takes a page from Miley’s book and twerks her little heart out on some poor dead person’s tombstone. Classic Shos ;)
This year, we get a temporary change of scenery. As with most NYC-based shows like Gossip Girl and Sex and the City, the requisite trip to the Hamptons takes place. Check out the trailer below.
Taking a page from the Sex and the City gals, Lena Dunham takes her hipster Brooklyn crew to the swanky Hamptons when the critically-acclaimed series returns. HBO recently released a new behind-the-scenes featurette which gives a preview of the third season. Girls returns on Sunday, January 12.
Base on the clip, we learn Hannah and Adam are happily together (for now). On the flipside, Marnie is heartbroken because Christopher Abbott left the show due to creative reasons taking his alter ego Charlie with him. As far as the other girls, Jessa is dealing with issues (quel surpris) and Shoshanna returns with her signature quirky hairstyles. For all you Elijah fans, Andrew Rannells is back on the HBO series. Hells yah!!! Check out the revealing featurette below.
Last issue, Time Magazine put same-sex marriage front and center on their cover. This time around they look to Jennifer Lawrence and six others to grace their annual 100 Most Influential issue. From artists and leaders to pioneers, titans and icons, the issue highlights the most influential people in the world. Each person is profiled by an equally luminary voice. In Lawrence’s case, it’s Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster.
“You’ll remember where you were when you first felt it, how you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end. The Jennifer Lawrence Stare. It cuts a searing swath in your gut. A reckoning. I remember going to the cutting rooms of Winter’s Bone. I thought, Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be.” – Jodie Foster
Photographer Mark Seliger snapped Lawrence for one of seven collectible covers. Gracing their own cover are Jay-Z (artist and entrepreneur), Elon Musk (SpaceX and Tesla founder), Li Na (tennis champion), Aamir Khan (film star and activist), Rand Paul (U.S. Senator) and 15-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai. Check out their covers below, along with some of my favorite entertainment stars included on the Time 100 list. Side note: If you love lists as much as I do, be sure to check out OUT magazine’s 50 Power List as well.
First Andrew Rannells and now Christopher Abbott. Say it isn’t so. I guess Marnie (Allison Williams) will be single once again. I can only imagine how badly she handles it this time around.
Even though the title of the HBO show is Girls, the two mentioned male actors were a couple of reasons why I fell in love with the series. I can only take so much of Hannah (Lena Dunham). Am I right, or am I right? Speaking of the actress, it appears “butting heads” with her is why Abbott is leaving, according to Page Six.
Work has just begun for Season 3 and word on the street is Christopher isn’t happy with the direction his character and show are going. His rep confirmed he quit, but revealed a more PC reason as to why he’s leaving the show that put him on the map.
“[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow], and the entire ‘Girls’ cast and crew, but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show,” Abbott’s rep
Meanwhile, US Magazine reports the following:
Well, isn’t this an interesting crinkle. Ben Affleck continued his hot streak of picking up every award out there since being snubbed by the Academy Awards. The 40-year-old won the prestigious Directors Guild Award for his directing efforts on Argo. Affleck became only the third person in the guild’s 65-year history to win the DGA but not get an Oscar nomination- Steven Spielberg (The Color Purple) and Ron Howard (Apollo 13) being the other two.
Long considered the most accurate Oscar precursor, the DGAs have only NOT matched the Best Directing Academy Award winner only six times since its inception including this year. If Argo does end up winning Best Picture at the upcoming Oscars, it’ll only be the fourth film to do so without a corresponding directing nod. The last movie to achieve that feat was Driving Miss Daisy back in 1989. Personally, I’m rooting for Ben to do the same. Perhaps, he’ll finally be vindicated for Gigli, Pearl Harbor, etc… Check out all the 2013 DGA winners below including one for Girls‘ Lena Dunham.