Beyoncé - "Schoolin' Life"

J.R. Taylor Choreography

Sunday, January 30, 2011

If Nicki Minaj really is feeling the pressure of her stardom, she’d better get used to it. After her command performance on last night’s Saturday Night Live, the Harajuku Barbie isn’t going anywhere. In addition to lush performances of her acclaimed hits “Moment 4 Life” and “Right Thru Me”, Nicki showed off her acting chops (and her KING-size derriere) in her role as the bewigged bride of “Blackenstein”, and dropped a verse on the Lonely Island video introducing their new dance, “The Creep”. Watch Nicki stage her massive attack on SNL below.

Nicki donned a blonde wig and spectacles for her cameo in the Lonely Island skit (which also featured a special appearance from famed horror director John Waters). As PopEater noted, Nicki perfectly balances “nerdy sweetness and total ickiness” in her role, right up to the point she tries to smooch a corpse. (Nicki named the character Point Dexter, and we expect that means there’s a 100% chance we’ll see her again).

And let’s not forget her performances (one of them featuring her Blackenstein fright wig):

Mariah Carey is currently eating for 3 (she's pregnant with twins!) and the singer has discovered a sweet trick to making sure she's not indulging in every single craving she has while prego. 

Mariah Carey (Pacific Coast News)Husband Nick Cannon explained: "I think she's figured out brilliantly that when she craves stuff she doesn't necessarily have to eat it. When she cooks, she cooks everything from scratch and then the cravings go away. So I get stuck with eating all the food. I'll be gaining weight during this pregnancy."

Nick, 30, also revealed he is in awe of his wife and admitted she is handling expectant parenthood much better than he is.
He told RadarOnline: "She's holding up beautifully. To see this strength! It's a different type of strength to carry around two babies. She's not even concerned with her aches and pains which I'm sure are great. She's so nurturing right now. It's wonderful. It's amazing to see."

"I'm extremely excited about bringing new life into the world. It's a journey every single day. It's something new. I'm nervous. I'm excited. We're just taking it one day at a time."

Johnny Depp has a very disposable income, being one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, so he spends accordingly. His latest purchase: An $8.5 million home in Venice! The 47-year-old actor spent several months in the Italian city with his family while shooting The Tourist with Angelina Jolie and apparently just had to buy the 17th century Palazzo Dona Sangiantoffetti.

Johnny Depp (Getty)According to local newspaper La Nuova Venezia, the Hollywood star outbid an Arab prince for the empty building which is one of the only available homes overlooking the famous Grand Canal.

Johnny - who has two children Lily-Rose, 11, and eight-year-old Jack with his French partner Vanessa Paradis - has previously spoken of his love for the city and revealed he loved to explore late at night when the streets were quiet.

He said: "My experience of Venice really happened between 10pm and 2am when the streets closed and I was able to walk around and experience the poetry of Venice, the ghosts of Venice, all those wonderful dark alleys. For an actor being able to film within the confines of that magical city certainly helps... The city's magic shone through completely."

While the actor and his family spent most of their time at their estate in France, he also owns a home in Hollywood and a 45 acre island in the Bahamas.

David Arquette's stint in rehab has come to an end -- a month after entering a facility for "alcohol and related issues," reports The actor checked himself out today and his rep said he's well on his way to recovery.

David Arquette  (Pacific Coast News)"He has competed his treatment and has left," his said. And, a source adds that he's "in great spirits. He's feeling good and he's ready to move forward." 

David decided to get help over New Year's weekend and checked himself into a rehab facility after partying hard to welcome in 2011.

Courteney Cox, the actor's estranged wife, said at the time he decided to enter a facility: "I really admire David and his choice to take charge and better his life.  I love and support him." 

Tired of all your old playthings? Here’s something new: UK starlet-on-the-rise Jessie J is a babe in Toyland in her “Price Tag” video, featuring B.o.B.. The bright, colorful, light-hearted vid features the sometime subway performer perched atop a music box, strung up as a marionette, and crammed into a dollhouse, amongst other childish delights, as she sings against the money-grubbing nature of the music industry. Watch here — it won’t cost you a penny!

“We don’t need your money / We just wanna make the world dance / Forget about the price tag,” the Brit ingenue sings on the infectious tune, dancing along under a money tree. She’s just the right mix of sultry and playful, flashing a smile every once in awhile to let us know she isn’t taking herself too seriously. B.o.B. plays along nicely with the anti-material girl in his rap interlude, appearing in a line of toy soldiers. (Credit director Emil Nava for matching Jessie’s antic spirit with those dreamy visuals).

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Game dug into his rap Rolodex for his latest mixtape Purp & Patron, roping in production from Dr. Dre, RZA, and Pharrell, with guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Fabolous. But when it came to working with Ashanti on the gushy “Soft Rhodes,” he got some help from the man behind the boards.

While in the studio with the Compton rapper, Dr. Dre asked him if he had ever collaborated with the former Murder Inc. princess, and if there was anything keeping him from hopping on a song with her. “We were in the studio. Dre asked me if I had any drama with Ashanti, and I was like, ‘Nah.’ He was like, ‘You worked with her?’ And I was like, ‘Nah,’” Game told “He was like, ‘You mind working with her?’ I was like, ‘Nope.’ He called her up and she came through and we did that.”

The Dre-produced cut, which boasts a soothing beat and catchy hook, sees each artist tackling the touchy issue of hooking up with an ex. “Just ’cause we break up don’t mean it’s over/ When I call, you comin’ over/ To get this here like I told ya/ I’ma get it every time I want it,” sings Ashanti.

Game is currently assembling the leftover tracks from his Purp & Patron sessions for another mixtape, The Hangover, scheduled to drop Monday.

Friday, January 28, 2011

After teasing us with photos from the set of her upcoming video “S&M,” naughty red-headed minx Rihanna has now given even more access to her visual fetish fest by way of a short behind-the-scenes clip. And you know you’re dying to watch RiRi literally whipping her journalist victims into shape while wearing pink latex bondage gear! C’mon, who doesn’t love fuzzy handcuffs on Friday?

The video for “S&M” was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who previously was behind the lens for Rihanna’s “Rude Boy. ”Ow!"

A star is about to be reborn. Following reports that Will Smith was rebooting the 1982 musical film Annie starring his daughter Willow and featuring music from Jay-Z, the remake is official, with the announcement that Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment is partnering with Jay-Z to develop and produce major motion pictures, beginning with Annie.

Overbrook, run by Will, his wife Jada Pinkett, and partners James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz, first teamed with Hov to co-invest in beauty products line Carol’s Daughter, later partnering to produce the Broadway musical “Fela!”

“The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision. We’ve already produced a Tony Award-winning play and we’re developing a true superstar in Willow,” said Jay-Z in a statement. “This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative, and innovative.”

It’s currently unclear if the Roc Nation chief will handle musical duties for Annie‘s soundtrack, but 10-year-old Willow will star in the remake, with Sony Pictures Entertainment developing the flick.

The singing sensation, riding on the success of her platinum single “Whip My Hair,” is prepping its follow-up “21st Century Girl,” with her debut album slated for spring.

It's the perfect storm of entertainment: The biggest football game of the year and one of the world's biggest bands will come together as Sports Illustrated hosts the Black Eyed Peas for a Super Bowl Bash.

"As an NFL owner and a football fan, I cannot be more excited to join forces with Sports Illustrated for the hottest party of the season," the Peas' Fergie says. "It will be the kick-off to an amazing weekend in Dallas and we can’t wait to get it started."

Joining the Peas will be deejays and David Guetta along with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models Christine Teigen, Anne V., Julie Henderson and Genevieve Morton.

Sports Illustrated Presents: The Official Black Eyes Peas Friday NightB4 XLV Party will be Friday, Feb. 4, at Tower Building in Fair Park in Dallas.

Demi Lovato (Getty Images)Demi Lovato is currently in rehab being treated for "emotional and physical issues" in Illinois, but she's reportedly set to leave the facility at the beginning of February after successfully working on her issues.

A source told gossip blogger Zach Taylor: "Demi has been making big changes in her life, and is excited about what the future holds. She will be getting out very soon."

Demi entered rehab voluntarily at the beginning of November last year after an incident in which she punched a backing dancer, but the actress is said to be determined to undertake a solo tour this year.

A new song by the Disney actress called "Shut Up and Love Me" has also leaked online, leading fans to believe she is ready to step back into the spotlight.

Earlier this month, representatives for Demi reached a settlement with dancer Alex Welch, who allegedly received a black eye when the star attacked her on a plane after believing Alex had complained to management about her.

Miley Cyrus (Getty Images)Miley Cyrus topped a poll of the Worst Celebrity Influence for the second year in a row on AOL’s (Just So You Know), taking 58 percent of the 99,000 votes.

Although no reasons have been given for Miley receiving the dubious honor, she had a controversial 2010 after video footage showing star inhaling smoke from a bong was posted on the internet.

Visitors to the website slammed her for her “poor” choices with one user called Leanne saying: "Just because it is legal, doesn't mean it's good for you! Like beer, and smoking cigerettes ... Those ARE LEGAL but people die from them every day. She's just not making the right choice."

Chelsea12Chel wrote: “Really girlfriend you are setting a really BAD example for your fans. They looked up 2 u. And I wanted they 2 look up 2 u, because you are awesome and a really preaty girl. But now I am going to have 2 set down and think about them looking up 2 u.”

Miley beat off competition from Demi Lovato and Lindsay Lohan, who both entered rehab last year, Teen Mom star Amber Portwood, Kanye West and Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford, who was arrested for possession of marijuana.

Nicki Minaj finds her prince in the fairy tale video for “Moment 4 Life,” her collaboration with Drake off her platinum debut Pink Friday. In the Chris Robinson-directed clip, the Young Money rappers act out the rumors by walking down the aisle and sharing a kiss at the stroke of midnight.

“Out of everyone I’ve shot a video with, I was most comfortable with [Drake],” the hip-hop princess told MTV News. “I just always have a special place for him.”

Watch the royal treatment below, including a cameo from Nicki’s alter-ego Martha aka Roman’s mother.

Kesha (Getty Images)Kesha signed with DAS Communications in 2006, and two years later she left to work with producer Dr. Luke. Now, the company has filed a lawsuit for breach of contract.

DAS claim Kesha had initially agreed to give them 20 percent of her future income, with the option to sever the business if she did not land a major label record contract within a year.

Although she failed to pick up a deal within those 12 months, DAS insist they continued a good relationship with Kesha until she met Dr. Luke, who allegedly "induced, intimidated and convinced Kesha" to cut ties with them.

The legal papers added: "Although she has made an incredible amount of money in a very short period of time, in large part due to DAS' efforts on her behalf, she could just as easily lose money if not properly guided."

Ken Freundlich, who is representing DAS, said: "DAS was Kesha's manager since the beginning of 2006, and there was a written agreement, and they worked closely, and sometime in September 2008 Dr. Luke, for his own personal gain, somehow induced her to breach that contract. And she unceremoniously terminated DAS without justification and then ended up with Luke, basically.

"We're going to have our day in court. And we're going to prove that Dr. Luke induced her to breach the contract. She had no right to do so, and we're going get damages from her."

Her lawyer Charles Ortner said: "This lawsuit seeks to require her to pay DAS head David Sonenberg commissions on her RCA/Jive record deal that he had nothing to do with, long after she terminated him in writing."

By the looks of this behind the scenes footage from Willow Smith’s recent fierce spread in Vanity Fair, this 21st century girl is hardly living a hard knock life. In fact, we wonder if there’s anyone out there having as much fun posing for the cameras as the “Whip My Hair” singer is in this shoot. Jump below for a peek at the 10-year-old pop sensation singing, dancing and goofing off on set.

We wonder if Willow would be willing to teach me some of her sweet dance moves?

Lady Gaga is snowed in her apartment in New York City, but that didn’t stop her from picking up the phone to wish friend Ellen DeGeneres a happy birthday. The pop queen surprised the hostess during her show today, serenading her with “Happy Birthday” and fielding a few questions.

The eccentric singer, who confirmed that she will perform her single “Born This Way” at next month’s Grammys, wishes that her album would come out sooner. “Born This Way is coming out May 23. I wish it was coming out in March!” she exclaimed. “I really want to take the time to set it up properly and do all the TV [stuff], like ‘Ellen,’ for example.”

She also took the opportunity to shoot down rumors that she was getting married. “I’m not engaged, that’s so ridiculous!” she giggled.

UPDATE: Lady Gaga has unveiled the lyrics to “Born This Way,” produced by Gaga, Fernando Garibay, and DJ White Shadow.

Steve Carell's stint on The Officewill be over before the end of the current season. (Photo Agency)The Office isn't going to go away just because Steve Carell is leaving. The show's producers are bringing in Will Ferrell this season and it's likely his role on the show will carry on for at least an episode after Carrell leaves.

Deadline reports that Ferrell has signed on for a four-episode arc where he'll show up as a visiting branch manager. The word is he came on board because he's a fan of the show and wanted to commemorate Carrell's departure and help segue into the next incarnation of the Scranton office.

“We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star,” said executive producer Paul Lieberstein (who plays Toby Flenderson on the show). “We are proud to continue The Office’s tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see, tremendous raw sexuality.” 

What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. 

It was one of the biggest spats ofThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' first season but Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer tried (sort of) to squash the conflict that began on a weekend getaway to Sin City and spread across the country, resulting in another blowup in New York City. 

Until now, that is.

On Thursday's controversial, the women will rehash the incident that sparked the feud and it appears to be no less heated. When Camille said she was going to Hawaii without husband Kelsey Grammer, Kyle recalls saying, "Oh really?" she says on the reunion. "'Cause I'm thinking, that's normal for your husband to meet you on spring break." 

But Camille interpreted the remark as Kyle really saying, "Why would anyone be interested in you without your big star husband," host Andy Cohen says. 

"You felt that but I didn't," Kyle snaps back. "Why would I want you on the show and not want them to film you?" 

That's when Camille accuses Kyle of being a "bully." 

"Quit using the buzz word of the moment, Camille," Kyle says. 

Camille then says that Kyle started calling her "delusional" and now "everyone in America thinks that I'm delusional." 

Kyle's explanation: "That's because you say things that aren't true." 

Before Charlie Sheen was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning with stomach pains, the phone rang at the home of his neighbors, Dr. Paul Nassif and wife Adrienne Maloof-Nassif.

"We did receive a call from Charlie's house this morning, asking for medical assistance and advice," the couple tells our friends over @PEOPLE in a statement, "and immediately insisted the caller dial 911. Dr. Nassif also immediately called 911."

Sheen, 45, was taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where his parents Martin and Janet Sheen soon arrived.

"As longtime friends, we are obviously very concerned about his well-being," say Nassif and Maloof-Nassif, who appear on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now and we wish him a speedy recovery."

Cher with song writer Diane Warren. (Getty Images)After winning the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, Cherhad high hopes for "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," the power ballad she sang in Burlesque. Cher took to Twitter on Thursday to air her grievances that the song, written by six-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren, didn't even get a nod from the Academy.

She wrote: "We didn't get a nomination 4 best song ! That sucks ! Diane's song Is so beautiful ! It's hard to understand how u win The Golden Globe 4 BEST SONG & not even get nominated by the OSCARS? Oh well it is..what it is ..."

Despite a drubbing from critics, Burlesque has received an unexpected boost from the awards season, most of it centering around the Warren-penned number. "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" has rounded up seven awards for being the best movie song of the year while Cher herself has received the dubious honor of being nominated for a Razzy for Worst Supporting Actress.

Wiz Khalifa gets his smoke on in the video for “On My Level” featuring Too $hort, a Jim Jonsin-produced buzz track off his upcoming debut Rolling Papers. In the party-themed clip, the Taylor Gang rapper tokes up in the club while kicking it with DJ Drama, taking shots to the brain before linking up with legendary rapper Too $hort in an abandoned warehouse. Put some in the air with the West Coast buddies.

Taraji P. Henson shows no hint of shyness as she strikes a sexy – and totally naked – pose for a new ad campaign.

The actress, 40, shows off a toned physique and a sultry stare for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign.

"I don't think a living being should suffer for the sake of fashion, period," Henson says. "End of story."

Henson's campaign will debut at PETA's New York Fashion Week Bash on Feb. 10, and the ad will also appear on a billboard in L.A.

Live from 30 Rock it’s Nicki Minaj! Fresh from Paris, the blonde babe hit the set of “Saturday Night Live” to tape a promo with host Jesse Eisenberg of The Social Network and cast member Kenan Thompson. Nicki will perform on this weekend’s show and appear in a digital short, which she filmed today. When asked by MTV News if she would also participate in a live sketch, she would neither confi

Paris Hilton for Vogue TurkeyA few weeks ago, television personality Paris Hilton posted a picture of herself with fashion photographer Terry Richardson on her Twitter. Hilton was posing in a black Balmain leather jacket for the cover of Vogue Turkey's February 2011 issue.

Now the cover, which features a red-lipped Hilton adjusting a pair of oversized Terry Richardson shades, has hit the Internet. Hilton looks surprisingly sexy in the '70s nerd shades, does she not?

The last time Hilton landed a Vogue cover was 2006, when Mario Testino shot her for the November issue of Vogue Paris.

Brandy got a new tattoo on her left forearm last month, and now her artist has made some changes to it after the reaction it got on Twitter. The singer's faithful followers pointed out that her tat of the Hindu god Ganesh looked a little, well, phallic thanks to a very well-endowed elephant trunk.

Rather than weather snickering behind her back whenever she went out to the club, Brandy apparently took up her tattoo artist on an offer to modify the ink (see her Twitter photos at left). It looks like her artist's skillful application of a lotus flower has thwarted any awkward misunderstandings.

Brandy fielded questions about her new tat on Twitter last month, and later admitted that her daughter, 8-year-old Sy'rai, wasn't crazy about her mom getting inked. Brandy wrote of Sy'rai's reaction: "she said that when she get's 80 the tattoo will be wrinkled.. smart Kid." 

(Images of Brandy's tattoo come from Yfrog via Twitter here and here.)

Money doesn’t grow on trees, except in the B.o.B-assisted video for Jessie J’s “Price Tag,” the first U.S. single from her debut album Who You Are, arriving March 28 in the U.K. and April 12 in the U.S. In the Emil Nava-directed visuals, the British songbird lives in a “larger than life” world, cuddling up with a giant teddy bear and swinging her legs over an oversized desk chair. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful clip before it premieres January 31 on VEVO.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Usher attended the 2011 NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France sporting a pair of Grey Ant “Status” Sunglasses ($250). These over-sized 80′s inspired sunglasses feature a squared shape and silver tone detailing at the corners.