All posts for the month August, 2013

Lea Michele Breaks Silence For The First Time Since Cory Monteith’s Death

Published August 31, 2013 by gossipzoo

Lea Michele has broken her silence for the first time following Cory Moneith‘s death.

The 26-year-old Glee star, who had been dating Cory for over year before his passing, posted this message to Twitter Monday morning:

Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart.

– Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013

The cast of Glee came together to hold a private memorial service for their late costar this past Thursday. Cast members, including Dianna Agron, Darren Criss and Kevin McHale, were seen gathering at AOC restaurant in West Hollywood after the service.

Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on July 13th after an accidental overdose involving heroin and alcohol. He was 31 years old.

Most Iconic VMA Moments: Britney Spears Performs ‘Slave’ With an Assist From a Snake

Published August 31, 2013 by gossipzoo

Is Britney Spears‘ 2001 performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U” the greatest VMA performance ever? In anticipation of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most iconic VMA moment ever. We’ve selected five of the most memorable performances; vote for your favorite below. Continue reading after the poll for more Britney goodies. Return each day this week for a new feature on each of the performances. You may vote once per day.

Return next week to vote for your favorite VMA fashion moment. Then, the week of August 12, we wil ask you to vote for your favorite VMA scandal. And now… it’s voting time!

A Look Back At Britney’s Iconic ‘Slave’ Performance

In 2000, one year before Britney performed “I’m a Slave 4 U,” Britney performed another little ditty you may have heard of at the VMAs: “Oops!… I Did It Again.” The performance, which featured Britney ripping away her tuxedo to reveal a sparkly, flesh-toned catsuit, helped cement her as one of her generation’s most exciting performers.

Cut to one year later. Expectations were high. Could Britney top her “Oops” performance? There’s no way, right? WRONG!

Britney emerged from a cage and performed, for the first time, her brand new single, the slinky, Neptunes-produced “I’m a Slave 4 U.” And while she did share the stage with a live white tiger, all eyes were on Britney, who looked sexier than she’d ever looked before:

Of course, talk of this iconic moment would not be complete without mention of Britney’s co-star, Banana the albino python. As Britney danced her way across the stage with Banana draped across her body, it was clear: this was not a performance to forget. Ever. In fact, in 2008, MTV named it the most iconic performance ever. Does it still deserve that title? That’s up to you, dear readers.

I mean, c’mon! This performance is so famous that even kittens are imitating! #Reductive

[Source: MTV]

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite iconic VMA performance above. Return each day this week to vote again – and for a new feature on the other performances.

Jerry Bruckheimer Convinced ‘Lone Ranger’ Will Be Remembered as ‘Brave, Wonderful Film’

Published August 30, 2013 by gossipzoo

Unlike most Americans, producer Jerry Bruckheimer saw The Lone Ranger and thought it was a good movie. In fact, he’s convinced audiences will one day wake up and realize it was every bit as memorable as another movie he worked on:Flashdance. Here’s what he told Vulture on Monday:

“It reminds me of a critic who called Flashdance a ‘toxic dump.’ Ten years later [the critic] said, ‘This is really a good movie. I missed it.’ I think [Lone Ranger] is going to be looked back on as a brave, wonderful film.”

Meanwhile, Bruckheimer – who has produced everything from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies to, yes, Coyote Ugly – is also convinced that the film’s terrible reviews had nothing to do with its poor box office performance.

“You always want to get good reviews, but you know, it’s reversed in Europe,” he said. “It’s 70 percent good reviews and 30 percent mixed there. So, that happens.”

Maybe. But when even someone like Johnny Depp is thinking about retiring, something obviously isn’t right here.

Here Is Everything We Know About Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ (So Far)

Published August 30, 2013 by gossipzoo

It feels like it’s been way too long since Lady Gaga did (or wore, or said, or … yeah) something outrageous.

Ever since the pop star canceled the remainder of her “Born This Way Ball” tour to have hip surgery in February, the Grammy-winning singer has kept things surprisingly – and uncharacteristically – low-key. From a new bare-faced look to relatively normal street attire (unless you count that gold wheelchair, anyway), it was beginning to feel as if Gaga’s meat-dress-wearing days were over.

In all reality, it seems she’s just been busy gearing up for the release of her highly anticipated CD, ARTPOP, which over the last few weeks has been generating the type of fun, if confusing, buzz that fans have waiting for.

So, what’s the deal with the CD? Here’s everything we know about it so far:

ARTPOP Officially Drops Nov. 11 …

On July 12, Gaga posted the album release date on her Facebook page, along with a statement clarifying the artist’s creative process. (Well, the post was actually more confusing than clarifying. Which, again, not that shocking.) In addition, fans will have access to an accompanying App that “combines music, art, fashion and technology.”

… But You Can Pre-Order It All on Aug. 19

Although the album and app’s original pre-order date was September 1, the pop star moved it up two weeks “due to public anticipation,” according to her Facebook page.

The First Single Will Be Called “Applause”

Also available on Aug. 19 will be the album’s first single, “Applause,” according to a tweet from Mother Monster herself on Sunday. Official artwork for the single, which was cowritten by her longtime collaborator DJ White Shadow, made its debut in Women’s Wear Daily Sunday afternoon and features a close-up of the 27-year-old’s face with paint smeared across it. (BTW: That nude photo you see, above, is apparently just an ARTPOP promo.)

A Music Video Has Already Been Recorded

According to MTV, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin – who photographed the cover art for “Applause” – also shot a music video for the much-anticipated single last week in Los Angeles.

Gaga Will Perform Her New Single at the VMAs

Gaga is sure to get the crowd going when she performs “Applause” at the 2013 MTV Music Video Awards on Aug. 25. Gaga has never failed to entertain at the awards show (see: her meat dress; her bloody performance; and her cross-dressing alter ego), so expectations for this performance are understandably high (if a little feared).

More Collaborations Are On the Way

Among those said to have worked with Gaga on ARTPOP include her longtime collaborator Fernando Garibay and EDM maven Zedd. In May, Gaga was also photographed in the studio with famed songwriter Dallas Austin.

For more on Gaga’s ARTPOP, plus news about the Nov. 10 “artRave,” visit her official website.

Channing Tatum And Mila Kunis Create Fan Frenzy Filming ‘Jupiter Ascending’

Published August 29, 2013 by gossipzoo

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis On Set

Hollywood set up shop in suburban Chicago on Monday and the rare scene was made even more unusual with the A-list likes of Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis filming scenes for their latest sci-fi action flick Jupiter Ascending.

Maybe it was Tatum’s unsignature-like blonde locks (and goatee) or bizarre neck tattoo, but whatever it was the stars drew quite the crowd as they shot scenes at Aux Sable School in Joliet, Illinois and moved to farm country 50 miles outside the Windy City in rural Minooka where the massive cast and crew took over a dilapidated house.

As security kept the growing number of local looky-loos at a distance, Tatum and Kunis diehards snapped pics of the temporary Tinseltown as the new dad rehearsed lines for the car scene in full sci-fi gear (pointy ears included).

Between scenes the co-stars couldn’t help but notice the fan-demonium so practiced their best parade wave and enthusiastic smile before action was called.

For all the fan pics from set, click through the CB! gallery above.

Alex McCord On Last Night’s ‘RHOC’ Episode: ‘An Immodest Proposal’

Published August 29, 2013 by gossipzoo

Reality veteran Alex McCord gave Celebuzz her thoughts on last night’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Orange County, which featured a proposal and planning ahead for the season finale.

8 Incredible Batman Film & TV Concept Designs That Were Never Used

Published August 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

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I think it is safe to say that no character has undergone as many redesigns as Batman has during his history, which now spans nearly three quarters of a century. Almost every generation of comics fans have their version of Batman. This includes, naturally, evolution not only in his iconic costume, but also in his various gadgets, cars, planes, and supporting characters. While there is certainly something to be said for the idea that something so instantly recognizable should not be messed with, one of the most fun things about being a geek is nerding out over new concept designs for upcoming Batman movies, rejoicing when someone gets it right and complaining really loudly when they get it wrong.

Here, therefore, are some of those designs that did not make the grade.

8. David Russell’s Unused Batwing Design

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David Russell, the storyboard artist for anything from Star Wars to Moulin Rouge, non-surprisingly also drew storyboards for Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. Among them is a glimpse at the originally planned design for the Batwing plane Batman brings out for the final climactic confrontation with the Joker.

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In the film, the plane dramatically aligns with the full moon to form the famous insignia. The concept had apparently not yet materialized at the storyboard stage, however, as the plane there looks more like an actual stealth aircraft, the triangular shape imitating the spread cape of Batman. It’s a pretty interesting design, but not even nearly as fitting with the Tim Burton-established unpractical, but dramatic style as the one that ended up in the film.

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Bourne 5: 5 Ways It Can Continue The Saga

Published August 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

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Deadline have just announced plans for a fifth film in the Bourne Franchise. And once again Jeremy Renner will be reprising his role as Aaron Cross from The Bourne Legacy. Personally, I couldn’t be happier. While I enjoyed the original trilogy with Matt Damon, there was something about the fourth film, the first not to feature him, that I found surprisingly good.

I think the decision to open up the back story on where the original title character came from, namely Project Treadstone was an inspired one. If you’re going to lose your leading man, you had better have something meaty to tantalise the audience with. What the fourth film cleverly did was have the ramifications of Jason Bourne’s actions in the third film indirectly leading the actions of Ed Norton’s Eric Byer to take out anyone connected with the black ops projects linked to Treadstone (of which the public has become aware) to protect the government’s secrets.

Immediately The Bourne Legacy felt ‘bigger’. We might have had Jason Bourne travelling the world in search of secrets but it always felt like one man’s story. While we had a new hero, Aaron Cross, we were also introduced to the super soldiers and the scientists involved in their enhancements. Rachel Weisz’s Doctor Marta Shearing also gave us a strong female lead, perhaps lacking from the first three films, a love interest but also a connection to the government projects and ultimately a victim herself. With both characters forced to go on the run, we had more connections as an audience, characters who also came across as more sympathetic.

There’s no news yet on whether Rachel Weisz or Matt Damon may be making a return for Bourne 5, but here’s my thoughts on where the film should go next.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Luis Suarez To Cost £100 Million?

Published August 27, 2013 by gossipzoo

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Arsenal could have to pay 100 million if they are serious about signing Luis Suarez this summer, according to the Express.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remains insistent that Suarez is not for sale – but if he were, he’d be valued at a similar fee to that being quoted by Tottenham for Gareth Bale.

Real Madrid, who have also been linked with the Uruguay international this summer, are expected to table a world-record 100 million transfer bid for Bale.

And Rodgers believes that if the Welshman is worthy of a nine-figure sum, so too is Suarez.

The 26-year-old marksman scored two more goals than Bale last season and finished as the Premier League’s second-highest goalscorer, just behind Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie.

And that, according to Rodgers, means the two should each have a more equal value.

The Northern Irishman said of Suarez:

“It is very, very simple. He is a top player and we don’t want to sell him.

“Of course, throughout the world every player will have a value but you only have to look at the market – and 40 million and 1. Gareth Bale, they are talking about nine figures.

“Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez were arguably the two best players in the Premier League and you can’t say Bale is valued at more than 100 per cent more than Suarez.

“Every single player will be open to that (right bid), but it is not even something we are thinking about.

Reports suggest Suarez, who wants to move to a Champions League club, is considering taking legal action and handing in a transfer request to force his way out of Anfield this summer.

He thinks Arsenal’s offer of 40 million plus 1 activated a release clause in his contract – though Liverpool disagree and maintain that clause does not force them into selling.

Liverpool have now rejected two bids from the Gunners for Suarez.

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Spurs Transfer News: Gareth Bale Future To Be Decided In 48 Hours?

Published August 27, 2013 by gossipzoo

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Tottenham’s attacking midfielder Gareth Bale’s future will be decided one way or the other within the next 48 hours, according to the Daily Mail.

Bale has been involved in one of this summer’s more protracted transfer sagas but could have his future sorted this week, if reports are accurate.

Spurs’ owner Joe Lewis is taking charge of talks over the potential sale of the player to Real Madrid – and he will not settle for anything less than 100 million for the Wales international.

The Bahamas-based billionaire is taking up a more active involvement in the Bale situation and is set to meet Real’s president Florentino Perez in Miami or Phoenix, along with the Lilywhite’s chairman Daniel Levy.

An insider is quoted as saying:

“It isn’t just Daniel Levy involved now. It is Joe Lewis who is going to be facing Perez at the negotiating table. He wants to meet Perez and resolve the Bale situation.

“The main outstanding issue is one of cash, rather than the question of which player, if any, comes to White Hart Lane from the Bernabeu. The sides are still some way apart.”

Lewis is aware of the fact Perez is under intense pressure to land Bale for Madrid this summer, while it has also emerged the Spanish giants only want to pay 20 million up front, with the rest of the world-record fee spread out in instalments.

Real are conscious of falling foul to financial fair play rules.

But if the Spaniards want five years to make the payment for the double PFA Player of the Year, Tottenham could take advantage and push the total fee up to an eye-watering 120 million.

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