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Brittany Murphy Biopic is Set to Premiere on Lifetime

Lifetime has snagged another celebrity biopic, and this one is coming out sooner than expected! The network has just announced that a film about the late actress Brittany Murphy will premiere this fall.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, he two-hour film will cover Brittany’s childhood, how she got started acting, and her untimely and sad passing. The actress died in December 2009 at the age of 32 of pneumonia as ruled by the coroner. Her husband Simon Monjack died just five months later.

This biopic is the first to be made about the actress. Last Man Standing actress Amanda Fuller will play Brittany while Ray Donovan star Sherilyn Fenn will star as Sharon Murphy, Brittany’s mom. The Brittany Murphy Story will premiere on Sept. 6 on Lifetime.

I’m always interested to see biopics that detail a celeb’s life. It’s always captivating to watch how a famous person rose to stardom, and the ups and downs of that life. I’m hoping that Lifetime does it justice.

Images via Dani Abramowicz/FilmMagic; JB Lacroix/WireImage.com

Audrey Hepburn’s Granddaughter, Emma Ferrer, Covers Harper’s Bazaar

Talk about identical! Audrey Hepburn’s granddaughter is the spitting image of the icon, covering Harper’s Bazaar in a great tribute to the late actress.

Emma Ferrer, the daughter of Ms. Hepburn’s son Sean, was featured on the magazine’s subscriber covers (The newsstand covers feature Penelope Cruz, Linda Evangelista, and Lady Gaga). Interestingly enough, the show was photographed by Michael Avedon, grandson of fashion photographer Richard Avedon, with whom Ms. Hepburn had a relationship years ago.

Currently an art student at the Florence Academy of Art, the 20-year-old spoke to the mag about her legendary grandmother, who, sadly, died before she was born. “I remember seeing a photo of her jumping on a trampoline — I believe this was before I understood that she was famous,” Emma said. “But I remember thinking that she looked like a friend I wish I could have had. As a child I couldn’t really relate to Audrey Hepburn, the actress. To me, she was family.”

When asked if she had anything of  her grandmother’s, Emma said, “”All I can think of are her cashmere turtlenecks, which I adore and wear all throughout the winter. And a white antique stuffed teddy bear.”

They look so much alike! The poses and outfits chosen were perfect to match Aubrey Hepburn’s style. Check out Harper’s Bazaar for the full interview and photos from the shoot!

Image via Harper’s Bazaar

Ciara Appears on MTV’s House of Style, Reportedly Calls Off Engagement to Future

Ciara has been steadily working on her comeback after giving birth to son Future with rapper Future just three months ago. She’s been working on some new music for her fans, and was recently spotted making an appearance on MTV’s resurrected show House of Style.

The singer wore Hood By Air apparel with Balmain sneakers. This is her first television appearance since the baby, and she’s looking good! She captioned a photo on Instagram:

2Day Was A Good Day. #CCMTVHouseOfStyle Coming Soon. I’m Gonna #DoMore Baby!:) #Zonin. Xo

Sadly though, it’s being reported that she and Future have ended their engagement, due to some infidelity on Future’s part. “He cheated on her. Game over,” a source said to Us Weekly of the rapper. Another source added: “She’s devastated. Ciara’s focus now is the baby.”

Neither one has actually spoken out on this, nor any of their reps, so it’s just an Internet rumor for now. However, if it’s true, it’s really sad since they have a child together. Hopefully, they’ll be able to work out their issues, or, if not, find a way to best co-parent for the sake of their son.

Image via Necole Bitchie

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Actress Makes Tear-Jerking Tribute to Robin Williams

It’s hard to believe that legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams has died, taking his own life after suffering from depression and addiction. It’s been clear since the news hit, that so many were impacted by his talent and kindheartedness, and loved him enough to pay tribute to him. That rings true as well for Lisa Jakub.

For those of you who may not remember, Lisa played the role of Lydia Hillard in the classic film, Mrs. Doubtfire, in which Robin starred as a man who, in the midst of a divorce, was so desperate to be around his children that he disguised himself as their nanny. Lydia, the oldest, shared a special bond with her dad, and, eventually, Mrs. Doubtfire herself.

Lisa has long since given up acting, instead focusing her interests on being a writer. In a tribute to Robin published to her personal blog, she spoke on how the actor changed her life. At the time of filming the movie, she was 14, and, one day, was expelled for missing five months of school for shooting. In the post, she calls the experience “devastating, feeling like “a freak and a reject.” Robin instantly felt for her and did an astonishing thing. Lisa wrote:

When I arrived at work the next day, Robin noticed that I was upset and asked me what was wrong. I explained what had happened, and the next day, he handed me a letter that he wrote to my school. He explained that I was just trying to continue my education while pursuing my career. He wrote embarrassingly kind things about my character and my work, and requested that they reconsider and allow me to return to my classes.

When I told him I still didn’t think they would take me back, he said, “It’s kinda like Amnesty International. That school just needs to know that people know the truth.”

Ultimately, the administrators did not take back their decision (although they kept and actually framed Robin’s letter, the jerks!). However, Lisa said that, in that moment, Robin changed her life by showing just that small nugget of kindness, and teaching her a very valuable lesson: “You stand up for the things that matter. And even if your attempts fail, you tried.”

Though she wrote him a thank you note then, she assumed, that “there would be some future opportunity to tell him that his letter changed my life.” After hearing of Robin’s passing, Lisa wrote of another clear lesson:

If you have someone in your life that you are grateful for — someone to whom you want to write another heartfelt, slanted, misspelled thank you note -– do it. Tell them they made you feel loved and supported. That they made you feel like you belonged somewhere and that you were not a freak. Tell them all of that.

It’s sad knowing that Robin is gone. Devastating really, for those of us who grew up on his films. However, little stories like this that are pouring in help in making me smile, knowing just how kind and awesome Robin Williams truly was.

Image via Lisa Jakub

Beyoncé Will Receive MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

It’s been rumored for quite some time that Beyoncé would be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards this year. However, according to The Wrap, MTV has confirmed that the star will also be receiving a nice award for her hard work!

Bey is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, when the award show airs live from the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, Aug. 24. In addition to this award, the singer snagged eight nominations, including two of the top nods, Best Female, and Video of the Year.

The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award is much like a Lifetime Achievement award of sorts, honoring artists that have been put in the work and time on their music and visuals. The award was renamed for the legendary King of Pop back in 1991. Michael was one of several stars that took home the award for their work. Other recipients of the award include Madonna, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

Obviously, as a dedicated member of the Beyhive, I’m very happy that Bey is not only performing live, but is getting an award for all that she’s done so far. She’s been in the industry for quite a while now, and is definitely deserving. I’m excited to see what she brings to the show come August 24! Is it too much to hope for another Destiny’s Child mini-reunion???

Image via The Wrap

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser Married

Secretly married!  Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser are officially husband and wife…and have been for quite some time! The acting couple quietly got married in Ojai, California –get this— in June!

Alexis’ rep confirmed the news to Us Weekly. An additional source, according to the mag, said, “It was a small and intimate family affair. They wanted something relaxed and beautiful. Ojai was the perfect place. His family flew out from the East Coast.”

The newlyweds got engaged back in March 2013, having dated since early 2012. This is the first marriage for them both.

“Honestly, they’re a really good match,” Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner told said in an interview Vulture in April about the couple. “They’re both very down to earth, with a sense of responsibility and strong family ties. And they’ve been acting since before they can remember, which makes for a very special personality.”

Sending a special congrats to them!

Image via Jeff Vespa/WireImage

 

CELEB SPOTTING: Miley Cyrus Performs Karaoke with Mama Tish

Miley Cyrus was spotted  having some good old fashioned fun with her mother Tish (minus the twerking and posing!).

Having some free time on her hands, Miley went down to Sing Sing Karaoke Bar in Manhattan, performing a few hits with her mom right by her side. “Turnt up karaoke with MT @tishcyrus,” Miley posted on Instagram as the two hit the stage. “classic ny nights.”

Looks like the two were having a really good time! Even though I’m sure Miley was semi turnt up, it’s nice to see her on chill mode when you can, without all the crazy partying and everything that she’s become known for lately. Plus, they’re both pretty good singers, so I’m sure they did a great job rocking the stage!

Image via Miley Cyrus/Instagram

Ariana Grande Talks Insecurities and Relationship with Her Father in Seventeen

Ariana Grande is, no doubt, one of the biggest pop stars out in the industry right now! She’s killing the music scene with her own smash hit, “Problem,” a new amazing track with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj called, “Bang Bang,” and is set to release her album at the end of August! She’s on top of the world, but in a recent interview with Seventeen magazine, the singer was candid about her struggles, including her insecurities and her distant relationship with her father.

Check out some of the highlights below!

On putting herself out there and being totally exposed…
“It’s tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart. Insecurity has been the hardest thing I’ve had to overcome. I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved.”

On how she gets over her insecurities…
“I focus on what’s important. My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day. I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.”

Her grandfather, unfortunately, recently passed away, and Ariana Grande released a statement to the mag, saying,

This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is, of course, very hard but I’m so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope the Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.

On the biggest lesson she’s learned in the past few years…
“Being okay with not having the answers to everything. I feel like for the first time in my life, I’m really okay. I used to freak out about everything all the time. I used to be like, ‘Oh my God, somebody said this!’ Everything used to be such a big deal! But now, I feel I can handle everything that comes my way with a calm energy.”

On the toughest thing she has ever had to deal with…
“Falling out of touch with my dad. It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”

I absolutely love this girl, and love her even more after reading this interview. She seems so sweet, yet real, and her talent is impeccable (so excited for her new album)! Keeping her and her family in my thoughts and prayers with the passing of her grandfather.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Done with Dancing With The Stars

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is officially done with dancing! During his appearance on The View on July 29, the dancer announced he will no longer perform on ABC’s hit dancing competition, Dancing With the Stars!

“I’m done dancing,” he said on the daytime talk show. “I feel like it’s time.” Maks continued, explaining his decision, “When I came back to the show, it was not the same—I was different, probably. (He first left in February 2013 after season 16.) “When I came back, I saw this amazing talent…I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better. I was taking up a huge spot.”

This year, he returned for season 18, and took home the Mirrorball trophy for the first time with Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis.After his win, Maks first hinted that he was ready to leave the competition behind for good during an interview with Social Life magazine. “I want Meryl to be the last person I dance with,” he said in June. “The last person I got to be passionate with and care so much for.” The dancer apparently discussed plans to start a family, too. “I raised so many children at the studio that I am ready to create one of my own,” he told the mag. “I am really ready to have a family now. I need an outlet. I have so much I want to give, and I need someone to give it to.

Maks first appeared on DWTS in its second season, dancing with some top stars like boxer Laila Ali, the Spice Girls’ Mel B., and singer Brandy. I don’t blame him for wanting to move on to something new. He has his Mirrorball now. It’s time to move on to the next adventure!

 

Image via C Flanigan/Getty Images

REPORT: Naya Rivera Married New Husband On Planned Wedding Date to Big Sean

It was announced earlier in the week that Glee actress Naya Rivera shockingly just got married in a secret ceremony to actor Ryan Dorsey, just three months after her engagement to rapper Big Sean ended. Now reports are looming that the actress was married on the same day as her original planned wedding date!

Naya and Ryan were married on July 19 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in front of a small group of close family. “We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife,” the couple said to PEOPLE exclusively. “Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for.”  July 19, according to Us Weekly, was the day that she was supposed to get married to Big Sean before their engagement ended in April! However, the day was also said to be Ryan’s actual birthday, by a source close to the couple, “making this an even more joyous occasion.”

Naya did look stunning wearing a gorgeous Monique Lhhuillier gown, while Ryan wore a Dolce & Gabbana suit for the ceremony, with the bride carrying a bouquet of daisies and baby’s breath, as the couple exchanged Neil Lane rings and became man and wife (Naya even made it Twitter official, going by Naya Rivera Dorsey now!).

Now are people going to remember that Naya was married on her new hubby’s birthday, or the day that she was supposed to get married to her ex? Hmm. I just find the whole thing to be weird, and way too soon. Naya and Ryan were said to have known each other for about four years, but really? This soon after a previously broken engagement, you get married? I could see dating the guy, but marriage? I guess she didn’t want to waste any more time. I’m not the one to curse anyone’s nuptials, and I actually do like the girl, so I wish her and her husband well.

CELEB SPOTTING: Shakira Hangs Out with Boyfriend Gerard Pique and Son Milan

What a beautiful family! Pop star Shakira and her soccer star boyfriend Gerard Pique shared a great family pic with their 18-month-old son Milan as they hung out in the country on a ranch!

“Countryside!”  Gerard, 27, captioned the photo on Instagram. The little family looked happy smiling as Gerard held Milan and wrapped his arm around Shakira. Milan himself was rocking a nice plaid shirt and jeans (definitely ranch appropriate!). Gerard shared another photo of the family riding on a funicular (fancy word for a tram-like vehicle) throughout an unknown city.

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Though they sure are happy with Milan, Shakira herself told Latina magazine in April, that she definitely wants more kids…a LOT of them! “I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard,” she said. “My own futbol team.” Geez! All power to her.

Images via Gerard Pique/Instagram

Rachel McAdams Talks Working with Lindsay Lohan and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in ALLURE

Rachel McAdams shined on the cover of ALLURE’s August issue, shedding her makeup and going au naturel! In her interview, the actress opened up on her thoughts about love (especially after her breakup with Ryan Gosling), as well as working with Lindsay Lohan and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

“If anything, I was in awe of her talent. I looked at her as this experienced actor, and she had great comedic timing, so natural,” Rachel said of her experience with Lindsay on the set of Mean Girls. Lindsay herself reportedly found that Rachel was intimidating, to which Rachel responded, “It’s just funny to hear that because you never know what people are thinking. We all try to act like we’ve got it together.”

The actress is set to appear next in the upcoming flick, A Most Wanted Man, which also stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman. “”I learned so much from him,” she said of working with the late actor.” He really takes you under — he really took me under his wing. You feel very taken care of, but at the same time there’s an element of danger: There’s a crackle in every scene,” she continued. “He makes sure the stakes are very high, and there’s a safety there, too. He had so much natural, raw talent, but he worked so hard, too. He really worked for it and didn’t let up. I’m sure that wasn’t easy.”

You can check out more of the spread and interview here! And, of course, be sure to pick of a copy Rachel’s issue when it hits newsstands July 29!

Image via ALLURE

Kanye West Talks Wedding & Love for Kim Kardashian in GQ

Kanye West recently snagged the cover of the most recent issue of GQ, and was open as always about his recent wedding to Kim Kardashian, clearing up rumors that he gave himself a 45-minute toast, and speaking out on Jay Z and Beyoncé not showing up. Check out some of the highlights from the interview below!

If he feels like TMZ is trying to “de-fang” him when they mock him:
“I don’t have fangs. I’m a porcupine. I’m a blowfish. Like, I’m a — what’s the fish that blows up? Yeah. I’m a blowfish. I’m not a shark, I’m a blowfish. So that perfect example about me hitting my head, it’s like a blowfish. I wasn’t coming out of my house going to a paparazzi’s house to attack them. I’m defending my family in front of my own house. I’m defending my name as someone’s screaming something negative at me. That’s a blowfish. People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.”

On rumors he gave a 45-minute toast to himself:
“And what I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we’re going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn’t choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I’m going to fight to make sure she has a better life.”

On Jay Z and Beyonce not attending his wedding:
“All that, I wouldn’t even speak on. It doesn’t even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that’s all that matters to me.”

On who is responsible for his wedding photo garnering more likes than any other photo in Instagram’s history:
“It’s because of Kim. Meaning there’s no photo that I would have put up by myself, or next to one of my smarty friends, that would have got that amount of likes … Now the thing that is the most popular is also communicating the highest level of creativity. The concept of Kimye has more cultural significance than what Page Six could write.”

On why he married Kim:
“Like they said in ‘Step Brothers’: Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur. Kim is this girl who f**king turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around … You mean to tell me that this girl with this f**king body and this face is also into style, and she’s a nice person, and she has her own money and is family-oriented? That’s just as cool as a f**king fighter jet or dinosaur! And just as rarely seen.”

Kanye clearly loves him some Kim K! Read the full story here!

Image via GQ

Former Destiny’s Child Member Farrah Franklin Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Songbird turned jailbird! Farrah Franklin, best known for her very short stint alongside Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams in Destiny’s Child, was arrested for disorderly conduct on Sunday, July 20 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to TMZ.

NFL players Da’Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp went out with Farrah on the beach on Saturday night, and apparently, when they got back to Ricky’s house, Farrah was reportedly wasted and got very crazy! The men eventually called police due to her antics, saying that they thought the former singer might be involved with drugs since she would go to the bathroom for long periods of time. Farrah was found lying down in the front yard of a neighbor, claiming she was going to sleep in the woods. It was reported that police described her as “highly intoxicated,” but said she denied using drugs.

Farrah appeared in Destiny’s Child for five months back in 2000. She, along with Michelle, replaced LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, but was fired from the group shortly after. Of course, DC continued on as a trio before disbanding in 2006.

“We have to say that Farrah was not kicked out of Destiny’s Child,” Beyonce said on Total Request Live at the time. “She actually did not show up for three major promotional events, one of which was ‘MTV All Access.’ She walked out on [that], and the KUBE Summer Jam was another one in Seattle. You’ll all see that on the ['All Access'] show. We also had a five-day promotional tour in Australia, which was our first visit there and very important, and she didn’t come. So we all agreed that Farrah and Destiny’s Child should part ways, and we wish her the best in the future. But it wasn’t a management decision, it was a group decision.”

Sad to see Farrah in such disarray! I’m not sure what she’s up to now, but hopefully she gets herself back on track soon.

Image via Splash News Online

CELEB SPOTTING: Napoleon Dynamite Cast Reunites!

Flashback to 2004! Members of the cast of  cult comedy Napoleon Dynamite were spotted for a mini reunion!

Jon Heder, who played the main character, posed with Tina Majorino, who played Deb, Haylie Duff, who played Summer Wheatly, and Efren Ramirez, who played Pedro in a photo, reunited this week in celebration of the hit film’s 10th anniversary. Hill+Knowlton Strategies senior account executive Stephanie Kahan, who was also in the picture, posted the pic via Twitter saying, “Celebrating 10 sweet years of #napoleondynamite.”

The cast was also promoting the release of the anniversary Blu-Ray/DVD combination pack Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Sweet Years… of Liger Magic, Tots & Great Skills. They will also get together again next month to make an appearance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 7 for a screening of the movie for the opening of the Sundance Next Fest. The appearance is definitely fitting as Napoleon Dynamite first premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, eventually bringing in $44.5 million at the domestic box office, after working with a small budget of just $400,000!

Good to see some of the main characters together!

Image via Stephanie Kahan