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More than just celebrity gossip

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Engaged!

Looks like Jenny McCarthy is headed down the aisle again! She announced on The View today, April 16, that she is getting married to boyfriend  Donnie Wahlberg.

“I just got engaged!” she told her co-hosts and audience members. Flashing her yellow sapphire ring, Jenny revealed that her son Evan helped out with the surprise proposal last weekend. Donnie popped up on the show too, doting on his fiancee! The couple doesn’t have a date set yet, but they’re thinking about a late summer wedding in August 2015.

It was announced in July last year that the pair were officially dating. This will be the second marriage for both. Congrats to them…they seem really happy! Offering up best wishes!

In other news for The View, in honor of Barbara Walters‘ last week on the show, ALL 11 hosts are heading back to the table on May 15. That’s :

Meredith Vieira (moderator, 1997–2006, season 1–9)
Star Jones (1997-2006, season 1–9)
Joy Behar (1997–2013, season 1–16)
Debbie Matenopoulos (1997-1998, season 1-2)
Lisa Ling (1999–2002, season 2–6)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck (2003–2013, season 7–16)
Rosie O’Donnell (moderator, 2006–2007, season 10)
Whoopi Goldberg (moderator, 2007, season 11–present)
Sherri Shepherd (2007, season 11–present)
Jenny McCarthy (2013, season 17–present)

Now that’s an episode I HAVE to DVR. I know they’ll be coming back for Barbara and all, but there’s no telling what might go down between all of these ladies!

Image via Theo Wargo/Getty Image

Brandy and Fiance Ryan Press End Engagement

Sadly it’s another celebrity couple gone splitsville! Brandy and fiance Ryan Press have broken up and called off their engagement, Brandy’s rep told Us Weekly. “They are no longer together. The engagement is off, but the friendship is still on,” the rep said in a statement.

It was first announced in December 2012 that the singer was engaged to the music exec, but now the two are going their separate ways for now. “They decided to take a step back and reevaluate the relationship,” the rep explains. “Brandy is 35 now — that’s what her whole #35 on Twitter is about, becoming her own woman.” The rep continued: “Brandy has a daughter and she still wants to be married and have more kids but she is working on so many other things right now. They haven’t ended things on a bad note and they still speak all the time.”

I feel really bad for Brandy. Though the two will still be friends, I know how bad she wants love and to be married (she got emotional about it several times during her VH1 reality show, Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business). I think no matter how much some may deny it, deep down we all want love (cue Rihanna music), and Brandy’s no different. I thought she had finally found it with Ryan, but things happen. Hopefully, she finds the one for her one day!

Image via Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images

CELEB SPOTTING: Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss Take NYC

Seemingly new besties Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss were spotted strolling the streets of New York City for a girls’ night out on Monday!

The singer and supermodel were somewhat matching in gray and black ensembles, letting the pretty just shine through! The pair seem to be developing a great friendship, and were seen last week out and about in the city as well.

They’ve even posted several pics to Instagram, showing off their visit across the California coast, which included a stop at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. “Beach, forests, cliffs, Northern California, sand, flower picking,” Taylor tweeted along with with a cute little black and white shot of her and Karlie. “Best road trip ever.”

These two seem joined at the hip! Busy being young and having fun!

Image via JDH Imagez / Splash News

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards Nominations Are Out!

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are on the way, and the full list of nominations have come out! Leading the pack are Lorde and Imagine Dragons, who both have 12 nominations. Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus are also up for a bunch as well!

Billboard’s Milestone Award, which was launched last year to “honor musical ingenuity and innovation” (the dedicated Beliebers won the fan-voted award for Justin Bieber)  will be presented again this year. Up for the award are Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood. The six finalists will become three, and fans will be able to vote online, as well as enter a contest to present the award alongside Kelly Rowland during the telecast.

Check out the partial list of the nominations below  (you can see the full list here)!

Top Artist:
Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top New Artist:
Bastille
Capital Cities
Ariana Grande
Lorde
Passenger

Top Male Artist:
Luke Bryan
Drake
Eminem
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist:
Beyoncé
Miley Cyrus
Lorde
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Duo/Group:
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
One Direction
OneRepublic

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
Eminem
One Direction
Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top Digital Songs Artist:
Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top Touring Artist:
Beyoncé
Bon Jovi
P!nk
Rihanna
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
One Direction
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Streaming Artist:
Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Katy Perry
PSY

Top R&B Artist:
Beyoncé
Pharrell Williams
Rihanna
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake

Top Rap Artist:
Drake
Eminem
Jay Z
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Pitbull

Top Country Artist:
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Darius Rucker
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist:
Capital Cities
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Passenger

Top Latin Artist:
Marc Anthony
Gerardo Ortiz
Jenni Rivera
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. Did your favorite artist make the cut?

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Beyoncé Talks About Sexual Liberation for OUT Magazine

Beyoncé became yet another star to channel Marilyn Monroe for her recent interview with OUT Magazine (she did it very well, though!). Sitting down with the mag, the star spoke about her decisions for her self-titled hit album, and her choice to use her music to inspire women to be sexual and confident. Check out some of the interview below!

On how she created a sexual liberation conversation with her latest album

I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.

[It was] much freer than anything I’d done in the past. We really just tried to trust our instincts, embrace the moment, and keep it fun.” As an illustration she singled out the video for “Drunk in Love,” a fan favorite. “We were in Miami for Jay’s concert, and it was just the two of us, on the beach, amazing weather, and one outfit! It’s beautiful in its simplicity. If you want something to feel real and urgent, you can’t overthink it.

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On if it was her decision to have her voice sound raw and less polished for ‘XO’
When I recorded “XO” I was sick with a bad sinus infection. I recorded it in a few minutes just as a demo and decided to keep the vocals. I lived with most of the songs for a year and never rerecorded the demo vocals. I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos. I spent the time I’d normally spend on backgrounds and vocal production on getting the music perfect. There were days I spent solely on getting the perfect mix of sounds for the snare alone. Discipline, patience, control, truth, risk, and effortlessness were all things I thought about while I was putting this album together.

On if she intentionally set out to make an album that feminist as well as the LGBT community could identify with
While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make. I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart. Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle…But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority…We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.

I know that there has been some controversy behind Bey shedding her pretty girl image, but I actually admire what she did with this album, not even just as a stan but as a woman. She’s married now and she’s a mommy yes, but that doesn’t mean that she still can’t stand strong in her business, in her music, and in her sexuality. All power to her!

Image via OUT

Haylie Duff Is Engaged

It must really be springtime because love is definitely in the air! Haylie Duff announced that she is now engaged to her boyfriend Matt Rosenberg! 

“The future Mrs.Rosenberg #Love @mr_sts,” Haylie wrote on Instagram, sharing a picture of her and her man smiling, while simultaneously flashing that rock!

“This week has seriously just become the best week of my life!” she also added on her Real Girl’s Kitchen blog. “As if announcing The Real Girl’s Kitchen tv show wasn’t enough, Matt just took me by total surprise and proposed…on April Fool’s Day of all days! The moment was genuine and sweet (like him!) and I couldn’t wait to say yes!”

“We are so excited and happy to share our wonderful news with everyone!” she continued. “We both feel so blessed to have the love and support of our family and friends and can’t wait to start this new adventure!”

It’s a little ray of sunshine after Haylie’s little sister, Hilary Duff, announced her split from husband Mike Comrie after three years of marriage. The exes have remained friendly and co-parent their 2 year old son, Luca.

I hope that things fare better for Haylie and Matt! Congrats to them on their engagement!

Image via Haylie Duff

Lupita Nyong’o is the New Face of Lancome!

Lupita Nyong’o is clearly winning right now, and shows no signs of stopping! After snagging the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave, it has been announced that the actress is the newest face of beauty brand Lancome!

“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved,” Lupita said in a statement. “I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for  women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”

Lupita joins the ranks of Kate WinsletJulia Roberts, and Penelope Cruz, who are all current spokeswomen for the brand as well.

 

Very excited for her! Lupita is a gorgeous and talented actress, and it’s great to see her growing success. Congrats!

Image via Alexi Lubomirski for Lancome

Laverne Cox Will Receive Stephen F. Kolzak Award At GLAAD Media Awards

Transgender actress Laverne Cox, best known for her role as Sophia Burset on Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black,” is set to be honored at this year’s 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. She will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak award, one of the event’s highest honors!

The award is presented annually to a media professional in the LGBT community who has put in a significant amount of time and work to promote equality. GLAAD also announced that actress Ellen Page, who recently came out herself, will present Cox with her award. Jennifer Lopez will also be honored with the Vanguard Award at the event for her production work on ABC Family’s hit show, “The Fosters.”

“Laverne Cox has reshaped the way Americans see transgender people and raised the bar in diverse representations of the LGBT community in entertainment,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “She is not only a talented actress, but a truly transformational leader in the LGBT equality movement. Through her tireless commitment to building understanding and acceptance through education and advocacy, Laverne is moving equality forward both on and off the screen.”

The GLAAD Media Awards  will take place on April 12 in Los Angeles. 

I think it’s so awesome that Laverne is getting this award. She is not only an incredible actress, but she’s very outspoken on issues regarding the LGBT community, and I absolutely love her! Congrats to Laverne, and I can’t wait to see her in the upcoming season of OITNB!

Image via Jamie McCarthy via Getty Images

Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry Are Married

Gotta say congrats to another celebrity couple for tying the knot! Sara Gilbert and songwriter Linda Perry were married Sunday, March 30! Sara’s rep confirmed the happy news to Us Weekly.

While neither Sara nor Linda have spoken out yet, actress Juliette Lewis shared her well wishes to the couple before the ceremony, tweeting, “Holiday by Madonna playin, sun is beaming,gettin ready 4 the wedding of 1of my fave couples in the universe @RealLindaPerry @THEsaragilbert.”

Sara first revealed her engagement news to her fellow cohosts on The Talk last April. “It’s like the most amazing proposal ever,” she said about Linda’s romantic musical picnic proposal. “I’m sitting there listening and I’m kind of daydreaming and I’m thinking like, ‘If I ever proposed to her this would be an amazing way to do it.’ The people picnicking next to us pull out string instruments from under the blanket, walk over and they start playing [The Cure's] Lovesong,” she said.

Talk about a perfect proposal! With elaborate planning like that, I’m sure the wedding was even more beautiful. Congrats to Sara, Linda, and their families. Wishing them much happiness in the years to come!

Image via Beck Starr/FilmMagic

CELEB SPOTTING: Nas Celebrates ‘Illmatic’ 20th Anniversary at the Kennedy Center

Talk about a way to celebrate! Nas took the mic at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for a two-night concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of his classic Illmatic album!

The concerts were a part of the Kennedy Center’s One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide festival that’s being hosted in the nation’s capital from March 25-April 13. After performing some of his classic hits with the National Symphony Orchestra, the rapper was spotted at the Hennessy V.S after party at the KC Cafe, with the media and members of the audiences, as well as the Symphony conductor, Christoph Eschenbach. He hopped on the mic and told the conductor he thought he would be “stuffy”, but the NSO were on point, even after only one day of practice!

Check out some of the photos for the event, and check out Nas performing his hit song “I Can” below!

Images via Yassine El Mansouri

Chelsea Handler Will End Chelsea Lately After Eight Years

Chelsea Handler is moving on to greener pastures. After eight years on the E! network, she has announced through her manager, Irving Azoff, her popular late night show Chelsea Lately, will come to an end.

Irving told The Hollywood Reporter that after Chelsea’s contract is up at the end of this year, she will leave the show and E! behind. “Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires,” he said. “She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.”

Chelsea has had no problems expressing her frustrations with the E! network, calling it “a sad, sad place to live,” on The Howard Stern Show and adding, “They don’t know what they’re doing. They have no ideas. It’s a failure.”

“Chelsea has nine months left on her contract, and E! will not comment on the future of Chelsea Lately at this time,” an E! spokesperson said to Us Weekly.

I’m sure this won’t be the end of Chelsea Handler. I think she’s just over working with E! and wants out. I’m sure another network will pick her up, especially with her ratings. Her personality is too big to just fizzle out now. I wish her the best of luck with the transition!

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Beyoncé Gets Emotional During Final Night of The Mrs Carter Show

Mrs. Carter’s run has come to an end for now. Beyoncé and her team said goodbye to the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Lisbon, Portugal, on March 27. The tour is the highest selling tour of Bey’s career, with her grossing over $200 million dollars!

The singer got a little choked up at the show in front of her fans, expressing her feelings about her accomplishments over the past year:

If y’all didn’t know, tonight makes 132 shows. Tonight is the last show of the Mrs. Carter Show. We started a year ago. I wanna say this has been such a journey. In the past year, we’ve been through so much together, the Super Bowl, shooting the videos, all of these shows.

When I first started the tour, my baby was not even walking. I just want you to know that I am so lucky. I’m giving ya’ll the ugly cry. Thank you for allowing me to have a career, and when I fall, you lift me up. And when I’m hungry, you feed me. And I just want to give you my light.

Check out Bey tearing up as she closes out the show with “XO” below!

Now, I have to admit, I LOVE Bey, but I’m a little salty at her that she’s not coming back to the U.S. to perform the songs off the new album. I saw her first U.S. leg of the show last summer before the album dropped. It was for the first time, so I was excited regardless. However, it would’ve been great to see the new songs too. Now, granted, a lot of us have already seen the performances on YouTube by zealous fans filming on their cameras with shaky hands. That’s no where near the same as season this woman live! So I’m a little upset as a stan, but I understand that after 132 shows, she needs time to relax. I’ll catch her again the next go round. UNLESS she decides to randomly pop up with another tour announcement later on this year like she did with the album (Maybe a Mr. and Mrs. Carter Show…!). It might sound like wishful thinking, but, hey, I honestly thought after a long time of hope that the album wasn’t coming until later this year, and look! Keep hope alive people!

Image via Necole Bitchie

VIP Review: MoviePass

This post is for the movie lovers out there!  MoviePass is an all access pass to movie theaters nationwide.  For one flat monthly fee you will get access to all of the biggest releases in theaters! MoviePass works at 95% of theaters nationwide (Click here to find theaters near you). Members can see a movie a day for one low monthly fee. There are no blackout dates and all first run major releases are available. Some restrictions apply.

With the price of movie tickets skyrocketing, MoviePass is a great way to stretch your entertainment budget and stay up-to-date on all of the biggest and latest releases. The New York Times said:  “With MoviePass, see a movie a day without breaking the bank.”

How Does MoviePass work?

MoviePass is a simple to use service that allows you to cut the lines at the movie theaters. When you join MoviePass you will receive your very own MoviePass VIP card that you can use at 95% of movie theaters where major credit cards are accepted.  Simply…

1. Download the App (available on both iOS and Android)

2. Check into the theater and movie you want to see (you must be within 100 yards of the theater to do this). 

3. Use your MoviePass VIP card to pick up your ticket at the kiosk.

Check out the video below to see just how easy MoviePass is to use!

MoviePass was featured as App of the Week in the New York Times and was also featured in WSJ, CNN, Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter, Time Magazine just to name a few.

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I loved how convenient it was to use. It’s basically a pre-paid card strictly for movies! You head to a ticket kiosk, pop in the VIP card, select your seat, enter your zip code, and voila, there’s your ticket! It’s that simple. It definitely beats waiting in line (which I HATE), and having to carry a bunch of cash for tickets. There is the one-movie-a-day restriction, but most people don’t have time to see movies back to back to back anyway.

I don’t think right now I see enough movies in a month to really use it on a regular basis, personally. However, for the those who see a good couple of movies a month, this is PERFECT for you! This is the card that’s greatfor the movie buffs who love heading out to the theater every weekend. The rate is $30 a month, which will balance itself out in the long run (movie tickets are getting more and more expensive these days). Sorry, you’ll still have to come out of pocket for that ridiculously-priced popcorn and soda, though.

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Disclosure: Celebrity VIP Lounge was given product to review. All opinions are 100% my own.

The Art Of Elysium Develops L’Wren Scott Designer Award

In memoriam. The Art of Elysium, an organization that brings the love and beauty of the arts to hospitalized kids, has created an award in honor of late designer L’Wren Scott.

The Art of Elysium also honors a child by the name of Amber, who participated in the organization’s fashion workshops and had a brain tumor. The award, officially known as the L’Wren Scott Amber Award, will honor upcoming fashion designers.

L’Wren sadly committed suicide on March 17. According to various reports, her will left her $8 million Manhattan condo and her other personal possessions to her boyfriend, Rolling Stones Mick Jagger. He and her family are reportedly splitting her ashes. 

It was very nice of the Art of Elysium to create this award in both L’Wren and Amber’s honor. No word on when the first award will be given (it’s probably much too soon to consider that). However, hopefully it brings to light more emerging designers, and gives them their chance to shine in the fashion industry. Prayers and thoughts continue to go to L’Wren’s loved ones.

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CELEB SPOTTING: Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Throw Engagement Party

On the road to the chapel! Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross celebrated their upcoming nuptials with friends on Wednesday with a great engagement party!

“What an amazing engagement party with all of our loved ones! We gettin’ married,” Ashley tweeted, adding on a picture of her and Evan getting cozy and looking gorgeous in their matching silver and ivory pieces! Ashlee rocked a beautiful feather headdress that stole the show in my eyes!

Ashlee’s older sister Jessica Simpson also shared a pic at the party on Instagram. “Celebrating my best friend and sister @missbananahammock @ashleesimpsonofficial. I love her so much!” she wrote.

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The party was a double celebration, as it was held on Evan’s legendary mom Diana Ross‘ birthday!

I’m very happy that Ashlee has found love again, and wish her and Evan the best in the future. They’re definitely a beautiful couple, and look so in love!

Images via Twitter / Instagram