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More than just celebrity gossip

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!

Image via Film.com

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.

Image via Getty

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

Nicole Richie Launches House of Harlow 1960 Clothing Line

Nicole Richie has stepped beyond accessories and finally gave her fans what they’ve been asking for! The socialite has officially launched her clothing line for House of Harlow 1960.

Nicole, who serves as creative director of the brand, said in a statement, “It’s been so gratifying to see the fan base that has grown for our accessories over the years, so I’m thrilled to provide our loyal customers with fashion to complete their look.” She added, “It’s exciting that House of Harlow 1960 is now one step closer to being a complete lifestyle brand.”

The clothes are really laid-back, just like Nicole’s own style when she’s not on the red carpet. Check out some of the designs below!

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Designs range in price from $60-$300 and are available at HouseofHarlow1960.com. I wasn’t really feeling the above designs, but if you go on the site, there are definitely other cute looks that are perfect for the springtime! In any case, congratulations to Nicole on this new venture!

What do you think of Nicole’s new clothing line?

Images via Lisa Rose / House of Harlow

 

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Separate

Sadly, it’s another celebrity couple calling it quits! After 10 years of marriage, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay‘s Chris Martin have decided to separate.

The couple announced the news on Gwyneth’s  lifestyle website GOOP, with a post titled “Conscious Uncoupling”.  “It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” they stated. “We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.”

“We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been,” they continued. “We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”

The couple had just celebrated 10 years this past December. They have two children: daughter Apple, 9, and son Moses, 7.

Sad to see them splitting up, but at least they are separating on good terms, and will co-parent their children in a dignified manner. Not everyone does. Wishing them the best in the future!

Image via Colin Young-Wolff/Invision/AP)

Danity Kane Announces ‘No Filter’ Tour!

Do, do you have a first aid kit handy? My heart was damaged to the core when I first heard that Danity Kane were breaking up. Imagine my excitement when four of the five original members–Aundrea, Aubrey, Dawn, and Shannon–decided to reunite! D. Woods is off doing her own thing, though I definitely think she’s better with them than solo, but to each his own.

The group is officially coming back with new music and…a NEW TOUR! The ladies will go on the road starting May 16 in San Francisco for their “No Filter Tour,” which will hit 12 other cites throughout the states!

“The symbol for the tour is our unfiltered selfies, a mosaic compiled of over 100,000 unfiltered images that our fans sent in,” Danity Kane declared in a press statement. “To our fans: Danity Kane is doing this for you. We want to give, see, and promote a real, unrestricted, uncensored, unfiltered life! That’s why we make music and that’s the way we want to see [the] world!”

Tickets for the No Filter tour, promoted by Live Nation, will go on sale on Friday, Mar. 28. VIP tickets go on sale tomorrow, Mar. 26 at DanityKaneVIP.com! Check out the full list of dates below:

May 16: San Francisco, CA      The Fillmore
May 18: Anaheim,CA              The City National Grove of Anaheim
May 21: Chicago, IL                  House of Blues
May 22: St. Louis, MO              The Pageant
May 23: Cincinnati, OH            Bogart’s
May 24: Detroit, MI                  The Fillmore
May 25: Cleveland, OH            House of Blues
May 28: Charlotte, NC             The Fillmore
May 30: Boston, MA                 House of Blues
May 31: Silver Spring, MD     The Fillmore
June 1: Philadelphia, PA        Theatre of The Living Arts
June 3: New York, NY             Irving Plaza
June 5: San Diego, CA             Humphries By The Bay

I’m TOO excited! They’ll be in my area, and I plan to go for sure! I think that they can definitely make a big comeback in the industry. They’re very talented, and have amazing chemistry as a group. I’m anticipating great things from them!

What do you think of DK’s comeback?

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REPORT: Mila Kunis Pregnant with Ashton Kutcher’s Baby!

Looks like congratulations are in order! Mila Kunis is reportedly pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Ashton Kutcher!

This news comes almost a month after reports came out that the actress was engaged to Ashton.  Mila was pictured last month rocking a huge diamond ring while she was out shopping with her mom in L.A., confirming reports. She and Ashton, known for their stint together on That ’70s Show, first went public with their relationship in spring 2011.

This will be the first child for Ashton as well, who finalized his divorce from Demi Moore back in November.

According to E!, Mila was even recently spotted attending a prenatal yoga class in Hollywood. And just yesterday, the couple was seen on the Kiss Cam at the Pistons-Clippers game! See them smooching below!

Neither of them have officially made an announcement about this yet. If the news is true, and I really think it is, congrats to them and their families!

Image via Noel Vasquez via Getty Images

CELEB SPOTTING: Beyoncé Visits Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

Every place she goes on The Mrs. Carter World Tour, Beyoncé  makes sure that she takes time out to experience the culture of the city she’s touring in! Amsterdam was no different as she and husband Jay-Z visited the Anne Frank House,  hours after Bey’s performance at the city’s Ziggo Dome.

According to the museum’s Facebook page, they spent “more than an hour inside and very impressed by their visit to the hiding place of Anne Frank.” The museum also posted a shot of the singer writing a message in the guestbook.

Beyoncé, notoriously known for sharing her life through pics on Instagram, shared some shots on the social media site too!

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So awesome! I love these pictures. Needless to say Anne Frank is a huge figure in world history, and it’s cool that Bey and Jay took some time out to visit. Hopefully, one day in my travels, I’ll get to go there too!

Images via Beyoncé / Instagram

Madonna Releases Promo Video for MDNA Skin Care Line

Time to get pretty! Madonna has officially released a video promoting her MDNA skin care line!

In the black-and-white video, Madonna says, “Having good skin is important to me but so are other things.” She continues without much explanation about what the line actually has: “I’ve spent hours on it. Months on it. Years on it. MDNA. Transformation. Enigmatic. Substance. Connection. Revolution. Spirit. Intuition. Magic. Mystical. Ambition. Infinity. Immortal.”

The three-part skin care line created with MTG beauty company consists of a Chrome Clay Mask, Skin Rejuvinator, and The Serum. Too bad we’ll never see it in the States! Unfortunately for everyone, the line is only being sold in Japan! After all this?! You can still check out the video for MDNA below!

The video is a little weird, but I can’t say Madonna doesn’t look amazing in it! I don’t think it’s because of her MDNA line, but regardless, she looks HOT!

Image via Us Weekly

Keira Knightley Seduces in New Coco Mademoiselle Campaign

Keira Knightley is looking like a total goddess in the newest campaign video for Coco Mademoiselle!  In the 60-second clip, set to 60s song “She’s Not There,” by the Zombies,  Keira walks through the party in a white gown rocking a smoky eye look and loose curls, looking angelic yet seductive at the same time. A male suitor sees her and is captivated instantly. However, he never quite reaches her, until the next day, when he sees her driving a speed boat!

“The third film is very silver and quite cool,” the actress said in a press release. “But again, nobody can quite capture her; so she is kind of there, but she is sort of playing with them… And then she gets on a speed boat! What more can you ask for?” Keira became the face of Chanel back in 2007, and worked with director Joe Wright for the campaign (the two previously collaborated on Pride and PrejudiceAtonement, and Anna Karenina.) “Neither Joe nor I could ever have imagined that this collaboration would continue for so many years. Having this creative relationship with him is an incredible chance for me,” Keira continued. “We saw each other grow up, personally and professionally. And working with someone you know and who knows you just as well changes absolutely everything. We can create a story together more quickly.”

Check out the sultry campaign below!

Image via Chanel

Chris Pine Pleads Guilty to DUI in New Zealand

Uh oh, looks like international trouble for Chris Pine! The actor has pleaded guilty to a DUI over in New Zealand.

Chris was pulled over by police early March 1, telling them that he had four vodka drinks. He had been celebrating the end of filming Z for Zachariah with the cast and crew of the film, as well as his girlfriend, Iriz Bjork Johannesdottir. When he was pulled over, his blood-alcohol content was at 0.11 percent, above the 0.08 legal limit. He had a hearing on Monday, as his lawyer entered a guilty plea in Ashburton District Court.

As punishment, the actor had his driver’s license in the country suspended for six months and got a small fine of $93, which equals to be $79 is U.S. dollars.

Drinking and driving doesn’t mix people! Lucky for Chris, it wasn’t too bad of a legal issue. He’ll be back in Los Angeles soon. He’s not a celebrity whose name is always in the headlines for trouble, so hopefully nothing like this happens again!

Image via Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

Ashanti Talks New Album ‘BraveHeart’, Split with Nelly on The Huffington Post

For those Ashanti fans out there, her new album BraveHeart is FINALLY out in stores, after almost 6 years of waiting! The R&B singer dished to The Huffington Post on the new album, which features singles “I Got It” and “First Real Love”, as well as her breakup with rapper Nelly, and her future acting opportunities.

Check out the interview below!

How would you describe the meaning behind the album’s title, “BraveHeart”?

There’s a few things about it. The title kind of speaks for itself, just being brave and having heart in everything that you do in life. I feel that this album is my most vulnerable, my bravest album that I’ve spoken the most about personal experiences. My last album came out in 2008 and here we are in 2014, and I’ve grown, obviously. The music industry has changed so much. And people have seen me go through so many things in the public, whether it’s my personal life or my career, and I feel like a lot of answers [are] in this album.

Were there any difficulties adjusting to today’s R&B scene, in comparison to your last project?

Not so much difficult to adapt, but more so being brave in sticking to my roots and sticking to what my core fans love me for, in addition to understanding that things evolve. And it’s good to be creative and it’s good to try new things. Not totally abandoning where you came from musically, but kind of enhancing. So it’s kind of like giving the best of both worlds. Like showing your growth and showing your progression, but not necessarily abandoning what people love you for.

How much of an impact did your public relationship with Nelly affect your writing process?

I definitely feel like my situation has played a huge role in the records and how I felt. As far as dropping a ‘hot 16′ [song verse], I might have recorded them but they didn’t make the album. [Laughs] There is a record that I have called “Scars” that is weird, because [it's] talking about being scarred in a relationship, but it’s not a ballad. It’s a head nod record. So I think that was a great twist for me.

Aside from everyone that you worked with on this album, noticeably absent is your Murder Inc. family. Can fans expect a reunion of some sort in the near future?

Me and Ja [Rule] was in the studio not too long ago. And I was playing him some records … The thing about me and Ja is, our chemistry is undeniable. It doesn’t take a lot for us to get into the studio and come out with something crazy. So at this point we both are kind of like doing our own thing because we know we’re superior in what we can do together. But I think later on we can see a little collabo, reunion. [Laughs]

Last month Irv Gotti posted his thoughts, via his Instagram account, on his past idea of teaming Ja Rule, Jay-Z and DMX for an album. By chance, do you recall any of the conversations during that period?

Oh my God, that would have been phenomenal! I remember when were at a hotel and I came downstairs to the lobby and Jay and Irv were sitting at the table, and they were talking about putting that tour together. This was probably around 2003, 2004. And it was going to be Ja, Jay and X. And I was like, “Nah, I want to be on there, too.” [Laughs]

But I remember just the excitement of that possibly happening. And it’s unfortunate that it didn’t happen, but I think it would’ve been something monumental because all of them are just so super creative and their energy is amazing. That would’ve been something crazy! And I would’ve “Deebo’d” my way in. [Laughs]

In addition to your music career, you’ve also been busy making a name for yourself as an actress. Are you currently working on any new television or movie projects?

Absolutely. I’m more so into executive producing and doing things behind the scenes. But I have a couple of ideas about things I want to do. Obviously more film. TV has a lot of money in it right now … If you do it right and you’re with a great network and you have a good product … Because right now it’s all about being visual and being in millions of homes across the country to keep the visibility out there.

When you say television, are you referring to reality television, or something more scripted, similar to your past role on “Army Wives”?

If I had it my way, it would be all three [film, scripted TV and reality TV]. But in a way that I can control it. I’m not necessarily a candidate for a person to have a camera following me all around every day. But if it’s something that I could control what they see and what they don’t see, in certain aspects, then that’s different.

It’s crazy, because I was approached years ago to do a reality show and I was like, “WHAT!? Never!” But now, they’re coming out with these eight-figure deals, we may have to revisit that. [Laughs]

Deep down, I’m rooting for Ashanti! I want her to succeed, because I think she’s a talented singer and pretty good actress. She was at the top of the R&B/hip hop music scene when she first came out, but her star kind of faded. Hopefully, this album does well, and she’ll come back stronger than ever! (I secretly think she and Nelly are together again, too. If they’re not, they need to be!)

Image via The Huffington Post