Britney Spears Hits the Studio While Running Errands

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Britney Spears was quite the busy bee today!

The former X Factor host threw on some comfortable clothes—which included a pink zip-up hoodie, gray sweats and UGG boots—for a quick drugstore stop at Rite Aid, before changing again into a pair of jean shorts and over sized frock for a run to Target (look at her being productive with her errands).

But the best part? She also made time to hit the studio!

Spears is “deep into negotiations” for a Las Vegas gig!

“I’m at the studio recording a new song for my boys. They are going to freak out when they hear it. So excited!” she tweeted. “It’s a surprise so keep it shhhhh and don’t be grouchy. I’ll fill you all in soon ;)”  Ah, the anticipation!

When Spears announced her departure as a judge on X Factor, she mentioned that, “Watching them [the contestants] all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love most.”

Brit recently released the remix to her song with “Scream and Shout” which features Hit Boy, Diddy, Waka Flocka Flame and Lil Wayne.  Maybe these are some names we can look forward to seeing on her upcoming album?


Catherine Zeta-Jones ramps up the glamour ahead of Oscars appearance

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Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones has her designer-clad toes firmly back in public life.

The raven-haired beauty has begun the year with a host of glamorous and charming stints on the chat show circuit. Officially, the appearances were to whet audiences’ appetite for her new film,Broken City. Unofficially, the 43-year-old was showcasing her talent for glamour in a range of stunning couture threads.

With those jobs successfully done, the mum-of-two can now look forward to this year’s Oscars ceremony, where she is expected to take part in a Les Miserable s-inspired musical tribute.

The film version of the West End epic has been nominated eight times, and Catherine clearly wants to embrace the magic the picture has dusted over awards season. Speaking of the upcoming performance, she told reporters it would be “great fun” but kept details of the show a closely-guarded secret.

“I don’t quite know the exact capacity in which I will be [at the Oscars],” she said. “But I’ll be there, put it that way. I don’t quite know exactly what I’m doing.”

It won’t be the first time Michael Douglas‘s wife has shone at the Academy Awards thanks to a musical. Catherine famously smouldered in the high-kicking movie version of Chicago, and in 2003, her role as Velma Kelly snared her the Oscar for best supporting actress.

Away from the glitz of her working life, Catherine has in the past spoken out about her battle with bipolar disorder. The Darling Buds of May star said she hoped her honesty would help to “lift the stigma” surrounding the illness she was diagnosed with in 2011.

The brunette said she wanted other sufferers to know that help is available, and said that her diagnosis meant she learnt to appreciate her life all the more. “I’ve gained an appreciation for the little things,” she said “like having tea outside on a terrace.”

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Her marriage to screen star Michael Douglas, whom she wed in 2000, has withstood time and both their personal challenges.

The couple faced a crisis when Michael was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010.  At the time, Catherine said: “The hardest part is seeing his fatigue, because Michael is never tired. If there’s anything Michael has, it’s strength.”

True to form, the couple vowed not to let the disease beat them, and the 68-year-old made a full recovery and his tumour disappeared.




Jennifer Lawrence is America’s Darling: Can Her Charm Nab Her the Oscar?

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The clouds have parted and a glorious light, in the form of one Jennifer Lawrence, has descended from above to unite Hollywood (and all the world) in one perfect, steadfast belief. Finally, everyone — Republicans and Democrats, cat people and dog people, glamorous movie stars and the rat-faced people of television — can agree on something: Jennifer Lawrence is amazing. Nary a magazine interview, a late show appearance, an awards show acceptance speech goes by without lauding her myriad talents: her wit, her humility, her photogenicness (photogenecy?), or her acting ability. Lawrence is the total package, and we can’t get enough.

In the past 10 days alone, Lawrence has hosted SNL, survived pneumonia, and thanked MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen for inducting her into the Screen Actor’s Guild. In the past month, she’s told tales of staving off home intruders with her Hunger Games archery skills, and proudly proclaimed “I beat Meryl!” (Okay, so that one was more allusion than declaration.) And in the past year, she has defended her appearance and her weight countless times. Have we ever had a Hollywood starlet more real? More down-to-earth? More genuinely charming? Probably. But in 2013, we love us some Jennifer Lawrence.

And the industry, it’s clear, is loving Jennifer, too. For her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence has already picked up the Golden Globe, the Critics Choice Award, and the SAG Award (to name a few). Only the Big Kahuna, the Oscar, looms on her horizon. Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar once before, in 2011 for Winter’s Bone. Sadly, she was bested by Natalie Portman. But that was 2011, when Lawrence was still a year away from becoming America’s Sweetheart. The Hunger Games, X-Men: First Class, and a Vanity Fair cover all laid before her. In 2011, Lawrence was just a girl in a smokin’ red Calvin Klein dress. Natalie Portman, however, was having a baby.

In the race for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Academy loves to honor women who are having “a year.” Women who are garnering praise for their personal lives as well as their performances. Women who may have once been prime for high school crushes and rom-com leads, but were finally given some Oscar-worthy material. Think: Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Gwenyth Paltrow. Sure, all of the above are immensely talented women, but did Bullock really give a better performance than Helen Mirren in The Last Station or Gabourey Sidibe in Precious? Was Natalie Portman in Black Swan really better than Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine or Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right? While these questions will surely be debated at dinner parties for years to come, it’s clear these ladies made more headlines and talk show appearances in their respective winning years than their competition did.

And now, we have Lawrence. In this year’s Oscar battle she is faced with worthy foes in Jessica Chastain, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Naomi Watts. Of these four, the only one to rival Lawrence in media frenzy is Chastain. But, let’s be honest, Chastain’s “year” — the year in which she appeared in every other film and grabbed hold of America’s heartstrings — was really last year. So, if the media (and let’s be honest, the Internet) has anything to say about it, the Academy Award should be Lawrence’s for the taking. Lawrence’s talent is laid bare in each of her performances (award-nominated as well as not), but if you need further convincing of her charm, take a gander at her first professional acting job below. The girl is clearly exceptional.

THR’s awards analyst Scott Feinberg moderated a Q&A with the “Lincoln” actor, who was honored with the fest’s Montecito Award.

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At the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday, a theater full of people got to know a little bit more about the man behind such amazing film characters as There Will Be Blood‘s Daniel Plainview, My Left Foot‘s Christy Brown,Gangs of New York‘s Bill “The Butcher” Cutting and Abraham Lincoln.

In a nearly two-hour Q&A session with The Hollywood Reporter’s awards analystScott Feinberg, Daniel Day-Lewislooked back on his most memorable work, and explained his decision to wait several years between projects.
The two-time Oscar winner (and nominee once again this year for his leading role in Lincoln) appeared at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 26, to receive the fest’s Montecito Award, which recognizes “a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his/her career.” After being introduced by his Last of the Mohicans director Michael Mann, Day-Lewis took the stage to engage in a sweeping discussion of his career
Day-Lewis started out by discussing his upbringing in London in a home full of creatives, being the son of actress Jill Balconand Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis.

Day-Lewis went to both public school and boarding school, enjoying the former much more than the latter.I grew up in a class-driven society,” said Day-Lewis. “It still is. The demarcation lines have become a little more obscure, but they’re still there.

While attending the boarding school Sevenoaks in Kent (which he did not enjoy), he was part of a play called Cry the Beloved Country.

“What delighted me what the discovery that there was an alternative universe. And that’s what the theater is – it’s an alternative,” he said.

Feinberg asked if Day-Lewis felt that his life changed after My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room with a View came out, showing the world that Day-Lewis could play two characters who couldn’t be more different.

“I think things changed without me being full aware of it,” he said, adding that it was luck that they opened up the same day in New York.

“And therefore as a result of that, I think people started to take an interest,” he said.

Feinberg commented that most of Day-Lewis’ film work has been in projects set in an earlier time. He asked the Lincoln star if that was on purpose.

“It certainly was never my intention to kind of claw my way through one century after another,” he said, getting laughs for the crowd. “I hope that I might eventually emerge in the 21st century. I’ve still got a long way to go.”

“I’ve no idea how that happened. It wouldn’t have been my intention,” he added. “In fact, most of the performances that have influenced me have been contemporary performances, so I can’t account for that except I think it has something to do with my nose.”

When Feinberg asked him to elaborate on that, Day-Lewis said, “Well, until I got it broke doing The Boxer, it was just a nose that people like to throw a cloak over. But that accounts for most of my mistaken forays into Shakespeare. I have the look of someone who ought to really exist in another time.”

Day-Lewis also touched on the gaps between his performances. There have been several instances in his career where he would wait years to work on another project.

“There’s no thought process behind it, but there’s a very strong sense, which I think I’ve been blessed with from an early age, of my own rhythm,” he said.

He said he’s often asked about this by journalists because from their point of view they see a pattern of public presence and then “what they consider to be a reclusive need to withdraw from that.”

“But from my point of view, these two things are mutually dependent on each other,” he said. “I cannot do the work I love to do unless I take time away from it. In the time taken away from it when – god forbid – I reengage with life; It allows me to do the work in hopes that I might bring something to that work.”

After The Boxer, Day-Lewis took five years off from acting in what he called a “semi-retirement.” Feinberg asked what specifically brought him back to acting.

“Martin,” he said, referring to Scorsese, who directed Gangs of New York. “I didn’t feel ready to work, but as he told me the story, I knew I had no choice, really.”

He met with Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, and knew that he had to take the part.“No one’s ever had to sell it to me,” he said. “Anyone that’s ever had something of value, doesn’t have to sell it. I’d say it’s true of everything I’ve ever done. These directors that have given me these incredible opportunities, they’ve never tried to sell them to me; they didn’t need to.”

At the end of the Q&A, Day-Lewis’ Lincoln co-star, Sally Field, presented Day-Lewis with his award.

Witherspoon in talks for The Good Lie

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Reese Witherspoon is in talks to star in a forthcoming drama about the Sudanese Civil War.

The Good Lie tells the story of a young refugee who wins a lottery to relocate to the United States.

The Oscar-winning actress is up for the role of an American woman assigned to help him and a group of other lost boys, reports US trade publication Variety.

Philippe Falardeau is directing the screenplay from award-winning writer Margaret Nagle.

Margaret was honoured by the Writer’s Guild of America for her work on American telefilm Warm Springs and American television series Boardwalk Empire while Monsiuer Lazhar helmer Philippe was among Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch list last year.

A production schedule has yet to be released.Reese is already booked through 2014, according to

The actress most recently completed work on crime drama Devil’s Knot, scheduled for release later this year.She has also been cast in forthcoming dramas Big Eyes and Wish List, and romantic comedy Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, based on the best-selling 1992 book by relationship counselor John Gray.

All three films are currently in pre-production.


Rosario Dawson lands Queen of the Night

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Rosario Dawson has officially joined the cast of Queen of the Night.

Variety reports that the actress will play a leading role alongside Ryan Reynolds in the thriller.

Queen of The Night’s plot follows a man, portrayed by Ryan, who is on a quest to find his kidnapped daughter after he finds a number of clues that indicates his child’s alive. Rosario will play the lead investigator on the case.

Atom Egoyan directed the picture and he also co-wrote the screenplay with David Fraser.The Film Farm and Ego Film Arts will work together as co-producers on the project.

Entertainment One (eOne) will serve as Queen of the Night’s Canadian distributors and the company will also oversee international sales. ARP Selection is the movie’s French distribution outlet.

Rosario is currently shooting Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and has several movies lined up this year. She will next be seen in Trance, Chavez and Gimme Shelter.

Queen of the Night will start filming in Ontario, Canada next month.

Uma Thurman discusses Kill Bill return

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Uma Thurman has openly acknowledged she will be returning for Kill Bill: Vol.3

The pretty blonde was the star of Quentin Tarantino’s popular and violent movie franchise.

The 42-year-old plays The Bride and says the director is currently working on the project.’It’s always good timing,’ she smiled to WWD, referring to the upcoming film.

The actress gave birth to the elaborately named Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson in July last year, her first child with financier partner Arpad Busson.Since having her daughter, Uma has been resting up and taking a little break from her career.

‘My baby just turned six months and I’m taking my time to go back to work,’ she explained.The last Kill Bill was released eight years ago, with Uma starring in films such as My Super Ex-Girlfriend and the recent Playing for Keeps in between.

At the end of last year, Quentin hinted a return of the popular franchise would be unlikely.’I don’t know if there’s ever going to be a Kill Bill: Vol. 3. We’ll see, probably not though,’ he admitted to Total Film.

However, it now seems the project is very much on, although a release date or further cast details are not yet known.