Jennifer Aniston has prosthetic face scars for ‘Cake’: is she trying for an Oscar?

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Last Friday, we had some of the first photos of Jennifer Aniston on the California set of Cake, her new drama (dramedy?) which has Aniston looking… well, kind of rough. You have to remember, through Aniston’s career, her movies can usually be described as “the one where she wore all the scarves” or “the one where she was in the bikini” or “the one with that cute white dress.” My point? Aniston usually makes a point to only do films where she looks cute and has a great wardrobe. Cake is not that kind of film.

Anyway, these are some assorted new and newish photos from the set. I’d heard that Aniston’s character had some kind of backstory that involved chronic pain, but as you can see in some of these photos, Aniston is wearing prosthetic/makeup scars on her face. That surprised me. I think she’s got some scars on her hands too, or maybe the lighting is just weird. So… start your engines. Everyone is already talking about how Aniston is “uglying up” for an Oscar bid, like Charlize Theron in Monster or something. I don’t know though… you can give her bad clothes (and seriously, her outfits are NOT CUTE in this movie) and scars, but will she still flap her hands, pout and tilt her head like Rachel Green? If so, maybe not so much with the Oscar talk.

That being said, I applaud Jennifer for mixing it up at long last. Cake is the first film Aniston is executive producing through her recently inked deal with Shenghua Entertainment/Cinelou Films, which basically means that Chinese producers want a foothold in Hollywood. Shenghua has financed Cake for $7-10 million, which means it will probably be eligible for Independent Spirit Awards. Maybe that’s what Aniston should aim for.

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Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

Lea Michele on Cory Monteith’s death: ‘working is no harder than being at home’

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Lea Michele was on Ellen yesterday, where she really opened up about how she dealt with grief and loss following her boyfriend, Cory Monteith’s death this year. Before we cover more about Lea’s interview, which is above, I want to get it out of the way that I disagree with rumors that Cory and Lea were a showmance. Those story were based on a blind item, and as a gossip blogger I know that many blind items are made up. Some are accurate and based on solid leads, but many are made up. So I don’t think it’s fair to Lea to trot those out, especially based on how well she seems to be coping in the wake of Cory’s death. People handle grief differently, Lea definitely has a type A personality, and on Ellen I think Lea really explained herself well.

Lea said that, for her, being home and being reminded of Cory daily was harder than going to work and being distracted, basically. She also said that she was so grateful to Kate Hudson (who guested on Glee) for letting Lea and her family stay at Kate’s home right after Cory died in July. It was easier for Lea not be surrounded by memories of Cory. The interview touched me and I got the impression that Lea was working hard to hold it together. She’s an actress, though, she’s skilled at presenting herself and that’s important to her. Here’s some of what she said:

On Kate Hudson letting her stay at her house
She was so wonderful to basically give me her home to myself and my family. It was so helpful to just basically have a safe place to process and to just have a minute to breathe before getting back to my house which has a lot of memoriesand stuff. So, being some place else to just have a moment was really nice.

On the paparazzi hunting her
It’s pretty intense and then if you smile, ‘she’s so happy!’ and then if you look sad like ‘she’s terrible.’ It’s really hard there’s so many emotions, and to have people watching every step of the way.

On going back to work on Glee
Ryan Murphy came to Kate’s house and said ‘what do you want to do?’ I said ‘I have to go back to work… they’re my family.’ What people also don’t understand is that going to work is no harder than being at home. And being in the house and opening up a closet and seeing a pair of shoes. Grief goes with you every day, whatever you’re doing… So I’d rather be at work with the people that I love that are going through the same thing… At the end of the day, I feel so safe there.

On people saying she’s strong
I really feel like I’m still trying to figure out all of this. It’s been only a few months, but my mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me ‘there is an empowerment that comes with grief. At some point you find it.’ It’s very hard, but you will find it. I think that at a certain point you can chose to either fall from this or you can chose to rise and that’s what I’m just trying to do my best for him because I know that’s what he would have wanted.

[From The Ellen show via Huffington Post]

The stuff about seeing Cory’s shoes really got me. That’s almost exactly what a friend ofmine said years ago when her husband died in a car accident. She said that she saw his giant shoes under the bed and kept expecting him to come back. She was a lot like Lea, she seemed so pulled together after a tragedy and I was struck by how practical she was.

Ellen shared a saying that “when your heart is broken the cracks let the light in.” Then they talked about how Cory revealed, for the first time on Ellen, that he was seeing Lea. Lea blushed while recalling how Cory told her the story at home that day, and how happy she was because he was usually so private. She said “I literally lived every day of my life feeling like the luckiest girl in the whole world. I just thought he was the greatest man. At that moment, that memory, means so much to me.

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Beyonce dropped her new album on iTunes last night with no advanced publicity

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Maybe it’s because Beyonce was feeling light-headed from her vegan diet. Maybe she was just running out of stunts after all of her meat-themed clothing. Or maybe Beyonce is just mad that she was only nominated for one Grammy this year, as part of a collaboration with her husband. Whatever it was, Beyonce decided to drop her newalbum on iTunes at midnight and now the world is all “QUEEN B!” What’s interesting to me at least is that this is the album Beyonce has been working on for the better part of a year and a half. Word is that she scrapped nearly everything she had recorded earlier this year and started over because she wants this album (the album is called BEYONCE) to be her big comeback.

Beyoncé has created a holiday frenzy – delighting fans by announcing a surprise new album just before midnight Friday, then secretly releasing it immediately after the announcement.

With 14 songs and 17 videos and collaborators such as Jay Z, Drake and Frank Ocean, the self-titled album also features on its closing track, “Blue,” performed by Beyoncé with daughter Blue Ivy.

“I see music,” Beyoncé said in a video announcement on her Facebook page. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

Inspiration for the new work, she says, came from watching Michael Jackson reveal his landmark Thriller album in the ’80s.

“I miss that immersive experience,” she says. “Now people only listen to a few seconds of song on the iPods and they don’t really invest in the whole experience. It’s all about the single, and the hype. It’s so much that gets between the music and the art and the fans. I felt like, I don’t want anybody to get the message, when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

This is her fifth studio album and first since 4 two years ago. The new album is released exclusively on iTunes.

[From People]

“It’s all about the single, and the hype. It’s so much that gets between the music and the art and the fans.” I feel like this is a pointed criticism, specifically at Lady Gaga. But it could easily be about Katy Perry too, I guess. Both Katy and Gaga released their albumsa few months ago, and Katy “won” with how she released Prism and Gaga “lost” because she over-hyped and badly managed the release of ARTPOP. Beyonce’s gamble is that people love her so much they’re going to be crazy-excited for her album with little to no advance publicity. Will it work out?

Beyonce also released a ton of “teasers” for the songs. I’m including a few below.

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Photos courtesy of Beyonce’s Tumblr, WENN.

 

Justin Timberlake’s team is miffed he only got 7 Grammy nods instead of 10

 

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Poor Justin Timberlake can’t win no matter what he does. He very badly wants to be a well-respected actor, but critics won’t let him be great. Audiences don’t much like the idea of heading out to watch JT at their local multiplexes either. So Justin is forced to earn his millions by “acting” through his music, which is such “an elevated idea.” Not to mention his attitude when he stated earlier this year, “My music career hangs over me like a cloud.

I give JT a hard time on a regular basis, but he really is an incredibly talented musician. The two 20/20 Experience albums are filler crap or what I like to call “Walgreens music,” but I listened to Future Love/Sex Sounds during my last run and remembered how charismatic he used to be. JT was so much fun, you know? Now he’s completely full of himself, and he’s surrounded himself with fellow whiners.

Justin has kept quiet in the wake of last week’s Grammy nominations, but his team is complaining for him. JT earned 7 nods including Best Pop Solo Performance, but he failed to scoop the “big” categories, including Album, Song and Record of the year. Justin’s producer, Rob Knox, and music supervisor, Scott Vener, couldn’t help but vent all over Twitter:

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Ugh, these guys. Justin could have told them to chill out or delete their tweets, but no. That hasn’t happened, so I can only assume that they’ve all been bitching together in private. I wish JT understood how fortunate he is. He’s sold more albums (2.3 million) than any other artist this year! JT needs to realize that he can’t win all of the awards all the time. Especially since he doesn’t even want to be a musician.

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Oprah Winfrey on not being a mother: ‘If I had kids, my kids would hate me’

 

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Oprah Winfrey covers the latest issue of Hollywood Reporter to promote her role in TheButler. I’m wayyy behind on my Oscar viewing this season, but if the SAG nominationsare any indication (and they usually are), then Oprah will likely get an Oscar nod this year. Will she win? Who knows. She’ll probably be up against Jennifer Lawrence, who is an academy darling if there ever was one. Plus Julia Roberts, who can’t be counted out as a mere nominee by any stretch.

The photoshoot here is standard, and I’m so used to seeing Oprah photoshopped on thecover of her own magazine that I don’t even know what she really looks like. This interview is pretty good though. Oprah says there will never be another Oprah, which is absolutely true (sorry, Dina Lohan). The more interesting part is how Oprah explains why she never had kids. It sucks that childless female celebrities always get asked these sorts of questions, but the O handles her response well:

Ending “The Oprah Winfrey Show”: “The only thing I ever questioned about leaving [the show] was the timing. Should I have waited and then started OWN separately? Should I have tried to start it earlier? But the actual ending of theshow, I never wanted to be in the position of ever having people say, ‘You shoulda come out of the rain.’”

She’s generous: “When you’re the most successful person in your family, in your neighborhood and in your town, everybody thinks you’re the First National Bankand you have to figure out for yourself where those boundaries are. I got to thepoint where nobody ever asked me for anything less than $5,000. I felt pressured for a long time to say yes, because I thought, ‘I can’t lie and say I don’t have it. My salary is printed in the paper. I’ve bought more houses and cars than I can even tell you.”

She wants to do Broadway: “It’s something I would like to do, but I’d like to get settled in my house, have a life and then make the next move. I’d just like to be inthe space where I really feel like I have nothing to prove. I think I’m just about there.”

On her successor: “There won’t be a ‘next Oprah.’ Just like there won’t be another Barbara Walters, Aretha Franklin or Whitney Houston. People who make their mark in the way that they made it, that’s it.”

Why she isn’t a mother: “If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them.”

Her BFF Gayle King always wanted kids: “Gayle [now a mother of two] was thekind of kid who, in seventh grade home ec class, was writing down her name andthe names of her children. While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King.”

[From Hollywood Reporter]

That last part about Gayle could be considered some slight shade, right? I don’t think Oprah meant it that way at all. They’re the best of friends and appreciate each other’s differences. I totally get what Oprah is saying about how she simply didn’t have room in her life to be a mother. I feel that way sometimes too, and I am a mother. Kids take up so much damn time (and some days are tougher than others). I’d never (EVER) wish my daughter away, but she is a little vacuum of resources.

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Photos courtesy of Hollywood Reporter

Miley Cyrus leads GQ’s ‘least influential’ & ‘least sexy’ lists: rude?

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As we talked about yesterday, Miley Cyrus turned 21 (with “the gayest cake ever“) over the weekend. The internet is still leaking the happenings of her birthday party because that’s how the news cycle runs. I don’t think Miley will mind at all since seems like the type to celebrate her birthweek or birthmonth. Of course she misses her birthday already. She loves being the focus of everyone attention.

Anyway, the above photo comes from Kelly Osbourne’s Instagram page. As you can see, Miley appears pleased to carry that champagne bottle like a champ. She no longer has to hide her drinking, you know? TMZ says Miley’s birthday party was filled with twerking dancers, The Lorax, and a teepee. Happy freaking birthday indeed. Well besides the burglary that happened at Miley’s house on Friday. Estimates put the haul at over $100,000 of jewelry and purses. Speculation is that her engagement ring from Liam Hemsworth might have been part of the take.

Now for the meat of this post, which is all about a few of GQ’s recent buzz-baiting lists. About a month ago (and I ignored this at the time), the magazine included Miley in two entries of the Least Sexy Moments of 2013 list. They called out both Miley’s twerktastic VMA performance and her “Wrecking Ball” video. Other not-sexy entries included Lena Dunham’s topless ping pong moment in Girls and Kristen Stewart’s everpresent scowl. I think you can guess what kind of list this is — one designed to be cruel and one that features only “unsexy” females and not males. Ugh.

Now GQ has published a list of the 25 Least Influential Celebrities of 2013. The list includes Anthony Weiner, Lady Gaga, Ryan Reynolds, Paula Deen, Barack Obama, Dennis Rodman, and Miley Cyrus. I can see why Deen is on the list, but it seems really unnecessary to put even her on a list with the likes of Jodi Arais.

GQ justifies the Miley entry by saying she’s “basically trying every inane strategy she could think of to rile up America’s few remaining pearl clutchers,” and “what’s sad is that it totally worked.” I’m not saying these statements are wrong, but Miley has been sadly influential amongst young women. So many people were dressed up as Miley for Halloween. Even if they did so as a joke, Miley’s still influencing them in one way or another.

GQ seems to be dragging Miley’s name into the lists because they know her name gets press.

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Now for some replays of Miley’s EMAs dress. Because — let’s face it — the girl who “can’t be tamed” been very tame lately.

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Photos courtesy of Miley Cyrus on Twitter, Kelly Osbourne on Instagram & WENN

Kanye West: ‘Kim is the most beautiful woman of all time… of human existence’

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Here are some new photos of Kim in “skinny jeans” yesterday in NYC. I don’t get why any woman would wear white skinny jeans, much less a woman built like Kim. White jeans are not your friend, Kim! Anyway, in case you missed it, Kim Kardashian DID respond to Seth Rogen and James Franco’s epic and amazing spoof music video for “Bound 2”. As I said yesterday, Kanye West’s original music video already looked, felt, tasted and smelled like a spoof, but Franco and Rogen took it to the next level. Anyway, Kim was pretty classy about it, tweeting “You nailed it!!! Sooo funny” at Seth’s Twitter. He responded with “Thanks! Some of those positions were really uncomfortable. That s–t is harder than it looks.” Kim also tweeted (again, at Seth): “Kanye says what’s up! He loves u guys! He laughed so hard at this.” I really hope Kanye did laugh. I really hope Kanye isn’t going to spend the next ten months ranting about Seth and James. #nodisrespecttoBenAffleck

As for out now-daily “Today In Yeezus Rants” segment, here’s what Kanye’s been ranting about lately:

*Kanye thinks Kim Kardashian is the most beautiful OF ALL TIME, saying: “Okay, ladies and gentlemen. All barber shops, fashion designers, architects, corner stores, Wall Street, all over the world: Y’all acting like this ain’t the most beautiful woman of all time! I’m talkin’, like, arguably of human existence — the top 10 of human existence. I loved her from the first day I saw her, which I said on ‘Bound’…I remember seeing pictures of her and Paris Hilton in Australia, and I came to Don C., and I was like, ‘Man, have you ever seen Kim Kardishawn? What’s up with Kim Kardishawn?’”

*A love story for the ages: “Our love story’s a love story for the ages. I felt like when we first got together, it was like a Romeo and Juliet kind of thing, where it’s like, she’s a reality star and I’m a rapper, and people talk about how our brands connect and what doesn’t fit. And I’m just so tired of the conversation of brands. Why don’t we start the conversation with love? Why don’t we start the conversation with God? Why don’t we start this conversation with family? It’s not about branding at a certain point.”

*Nike wouldn’t give him royalties: “I said I need royalties. Nike told me, ‘We can’t give you a royalty because you’re not a professional athlete.’ I told them, ‘I go to the Garden and play one on no one. I’m a performance athlete.’ The old me, without a daughter, might have taken the Nike deal, ’cause I just love Nike so much. But the new me, with a daughter, takes the Adidas deal, because I have royalties and I have to provide for my family.”

*Yeezus = Walt Disney: “I’m just a creative. I’m more like, a Walt Disney or something. Like, rap is just a chamber of my thoughts. It’s something that I really wanted to express as a modern-day poet, because you know, if I had lived in a past lifetime, maybe I would have been a playwright or something. But in this lifetime, to be the most heard and the most relevant, the most relevant is to be a rap rock star. You can express at the highest level there.”

*He’s like other people too: “I’m like Howard Hughes! I’m like [NBA commissioner] David Stern! I’m like Steve Jobs! If anything, that’s a compliment to them! I’m like Michelangelo. Because I’m the new version of that.”

*Kim is Marilyn Monroe: “Kate Upton ain’t Marilyn Monroe! Kim Marilyn Monroe [sic]! She was controversial. She controversial [sic]. This is a reality. I’m living inside of a dream world.”

[Via Us Weekly & Radar]

You guys, I’m telling you. Kanye is going Full Gaga. He’s just doing lines and calling up radio shows and saying the most bizarre shiz, whatever pops into his head. “Imma tell you, I’m like acid-trip Walt Disney because, Walt was like Tupac, he was my man, rapper fairy dust yo, creative genius I AM THE SOCRATES OF ADIDAS, like, Dior Homme me motherf—ker and then we get into Jackson Pollack was my man because like I PAINT WITH WORDS and thoughts and this rainbow, can you see this sparkling rainbow? It’s in my mind’s eye, like I’m Jamie Diamond Elton John and Rene Descartes man. You don’t even know how I’m the 21st century version of the Madness of King George, like let’s get all Charles Lindbergh up in here.”

That being said, I did think that stuff about Kim was sweet. Of course we all think she’s a kat-faced famewhore, but don’t you want your man to talk about how beautiful you are?

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Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.