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Blake Lively Does ‘Vogue’ Magazine . . . Again

"[M]y New York guise is gone. Ostrich flats don't really work on the beach!"

Blake Lively, star of the CW‘s Gossip Girl and the female lead in the upcoming movie adaptation of Green Lantern, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Vogue magazine … for the second time in just over a year (as you may recall, she was featured on the cover of the February 2009 issue as well). Vogue editor in chief, Anna Wintour, explains the reason why Blake scored her second Vogue cover in the Editor’s Letter … which you can read below:

“Lively has been in VOGUE before–when Gossip Girl made its initial dent in the popular psyche in March 2008; for her first cover with Mario Testino and Tonne Goodman, in February 2009; and as the style icon du jour for New York socials in March 2010. She’s a terrific role model for young women: sporty, healthy, family-minded, and effortlessly lovely.”

It is interesting that Blake Lively managed to score another Vogue cover, especially since she doesn’t have any new projects to promote right now (Green Lantern won’t be out until next year). Still, Wintour is right … I would also describe Blake Lively as “sporty, healthy and effortlessly lovely”. After the jump, check out some photos from Blake‘s latest Vogue magazine photospread … More »

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Christina Aguilera Does ‘Out’ Magazine

"On 'Bionic', I wanted to go completely futuristic."

Christina Aguilera is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Out magazine. In this coverstory interview, Xtina talks to Out about the inspiration behind her new album Bionic … and Out talks to some of Xtina‘s music collaborators (including the amazing Sia) as part of the coverstory as well. Here is Xtina‘s Out magazine coverphoto and some excerpts from the coverstory article:

Christina Aguilera, now 29, lives in Ozzy Osbourne’s old house right off the Sunset Strip with her 2-year-old kid, Max Liron, her husband Jordan “Jordy” Bratman, and a platoon of Latinos who dust, Swiffer, sweep, and generally keep the manor. The house has been thoroughly Aguilerized with zebra- and leopard-print carpets and Shepard Fairey prints that scream Obey from the walls. The doorknobs, at least, are holdovers from the Osbourne era, heavy iron affairs with Gothic crosses on them. The other holdover is the recording studio, a converted pool house past a courtyard full of teak gazebos, lightly melted Buddha-head candles, and a sad Kermit doll lying face down in the pool like Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard. The pool house is where Aguilera recorded most of her new album and where the singer is now curled up, Betty Page style, on a sofa, with those famous red lips wrapped around a Ricola … the cover of her new album, Bionic, features a D*Face portrait of Aguilera, one half of her face notably Marilyn Monrovian, the other a robotic consortium of gramophones and Edison bulbs. Her bright red Rocky Horror lips are the bridge that connects the two halves. Bionic does not logically follow from her last album or the one before that. From pop tart to Angry Young Woman (Stripped) to Marilyn Monroe (Back to Basics), the sequence of Aguilera’s sound is as wild as the wind. Her voice is a mercenary, one of the perks — and pitfalls — of being a versatile medium. “Every album has been a 180 from the past,” she admits. “On Bionic, I wanted to go completely futuristic. As a new mother, I was thinking about the future generation, so I was inspired a lot by electronic music.” When she began the album, Aguilera put out a call to artists whose work she found simpatico, an unexpected cavalcade including underground faves Le Tigre, Goldfrapp, and Ladytron. “It’s a gamble,” Aguilera says of the cattle call. “You never really know who’s going to get it and who’s not.” Sia Furler, professionally known as Sia and as the best Australian queer blue-eyed soul singer, got it. Her contribution to the album—four songs written with her bassist, Sam Dixon—is what Aguilera calls, “the heart of the album.” One song in particular, a raw, shuffling, vocally demanding Etta James–type ballad called “You Lost Me,” is not only the heart of the album but a defining apex of Aguilera’s career. Those four minutes alone are enough to ensure Aguilera’s place alongside Nina Simone and Whitney Houston in the soul pantheon. In its simple progression, Aguilera finds a song strong enough to withstand the blistering power of her voice. Sia’s words, stricken with the grief of abandonment and betrayal, release Aguilera’s voice, ranging from a deep, defiant growl to a lonely, high, vaporlike whisper. “The things she can do with her voice are insane,” says Sia, “but I really like it when she’s doing less of the squiggly diddlying. There were times when I’d just say ‘I think you should just sing it straight.’ I feel most able to identify with her and her vulnerability when she just sings simply with that amazing tone of hers.” As in “Beautiful,” written for her by former 4 Non Blonde Linda Perry, the grain of Aguilera’s voice is audible in “You Lost Me.” It crackles like an old phonograph at times, gathers itself up and takes to the keep in others. It breathes and sighs and writhes. It’s too big to fail but not too proud to falter. “It was hard for me. I really am a perfectionist,” says Aguilera. “I like to perfect a vocal and really make sure of every note. Even if it’s good I’ll go in to see if I get a better one. But when I get in studio with people like Linda or Sia, I’m able just to find inspiration inside the music in a different way. I can find the beauty in the imperfections.”

Of all the interviews that Xtina has done thus far to promote Bionic, this is the best of them. She really talks about the hows and whys of the album’s creation and gives us, in words, a really good understanding of what we can expect from the disc. Judging by the collaborators she worked with alone, I’m already a fan of Bionic. After the jump, check out some of the photos from Xtina‘s Out photospread — some of which may delight or disturb you … More »

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Cate Blanchett Does ‘W’ Magazine

"I’m not focused on what other people think of me."

Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of W magazine. Without question, Cate is my fave actress right now. She consistently turns in stellar performances in all her films and truly appears to be one of the most thankful, most humble women in Hollywood. Here is Cate‘s W mag coverphoto and some excerpts from her coverstory interview:

On her inaccurate public perception: “I’m so misunderstood! I’m not focused on what other people think of me. Some people get you and some people don’t, and to spend your life trying to make people understand how deep and complex and varied you are—I think that way lies madness.”

On her husband’s influence: “My husband keeps me really honest. I remember him saying to me after I made Elizabeth, ‘Sweetheart, you’ve probably got about about five years.’ He was preparing me for the time when the work dries up, as it invariably does.”

Blanchett’s husband, playwright Andrew Upton, on his wife as a coworker: “She challenges, but she’s not aggressive. I can tend to be a bit scattergun. She’s quite practical in the end, so I often just fire off, and she’ll sort of pick up the pieces or choose the best bits. She would be the first and pretty much only person I would seriously seek counsel from. We’re fairly brutal with each other.”

On working with her husband: “We’re really open. I have friends—she’s an actor/writer married to a director—and she was horrified when we said we were going to work together. She said they don’t talk about work because they don’t want to venture into the territory of being criticized by you partner. But I know what to do with the criticism.”

Cate Blanchett is truly an amazing artist. She has to be the most accomplished woman in show business right now. It’s absolutely uncanny how naturally she morphs from one character to the next … it’s really amazing. You can bet that Cate is in a film, I will be seeing that film … she always delivers, every single time. Oh and can we talk about how beautiful she is? After the jump, check out a few photos from Cate‘s W magazine photospread … More »

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Christina Aguilera Does ‘Billboard’ Magazine

"I’m in it for the long haul, and a decade later ... I have nothing to prove."

Christina Aguilera is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Billboard magazine (wearing the sexy pair of Christian Louboutin boots that she wears on the cover of the latest issue of German GQ magazine) and in her coverstory interview she dismisses the haters and explains that after 10 years in the music biz, she ain’t got a damn thing to prove to anyone:

Amidst comparisons to Lady Gaga, the 29-year-old singer states, “I’m in it for the long haul, and a decade later in my career, I have nothing to prove. To anyone who wants to be negative, it’s like, ‘I’m obviously relevant enough to you for you to care and to talk and to evoke negative feelings inside of you.’ At this point in my career, I’m over any and all weird comparisons or negativity.” Christina claims making hit songs is not what inspires her: “There was actually a song that the label really wanted me to record, and I just said ‘no,’ because it didn’t fit on the album – it wasn’t creatively inspiring to me. They said, ‘It’s a hit, it’s a hit!’ And absolutely it’s a hit for someone. But it’s not for me, because when it jeopardizes my integrity too much I can’t do it. The hit thing… (sigh) ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ was a f–king hit, you know what I mean?” Aussie singer, Sia, who is working with Christina is also quoted in the article saying, “Christina could shit in a bottle and her fans would still love it.”

LOL! Okay, I love Sia more than anything (she is among THE most exciting, talented and inventive artists in music right now) but the only thing “in a bottle” I want from Xtina is a Genie … NOTHING ELSE :) But getting back to Xtina‘s interview … I LOVE that she made it clear that she isn’t out to prove anything to anyone. She is so right … she’s been in the game way too long for ridiculous critics to maintain she’s “copying” anyone else. Love her or hate her, Xtina has always remained true to who she is. If you would like to read the full text of Xtina‘s interview with Billboard (as well as see a few videos from her chat) you can do so HERE. Stand your ground, girl … and do your thang. Haters gonna hate but you are so above it all.


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The ‘Sex And The City’ Ladies Do ‘Entertainment Weekly’ Magazine

Michael Patrick King re-imagines the 'SaTC' ladies as ... babies

The sexy actresses who star in the upcoming sequel film Sex and the City 2 — namely Sarah Jessica Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw), Kim Cattrall (as Samantha Jones), Cynthia Nixon (as Miranda Hobbes) and Kristin Davis (as Charlotte Yorke-Goldenblatt) — are featured on the cover and in the pages of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. In the mag, SaTC director/writer Michael Patrick King shares a couple of fictional screenplays where he re-imagines the ladies in different settings, as different characters. Here are a few photos of the SaTC ladies in the pages of this week’s EW magazine and a cute fictional screenplay (written by MPK) that (oddly, yet funnily) re-imagines Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte as babies:

Ever wonder what Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha were like when they wore Pampers instead of Prada? You’re in luck! The writer-director behind the SATC movies offers this ”screenplay” featuring tiny versions of the fab foursome.


The sun is shining.


A room full of 2-year-old babies playing. Cheery walls, colorful children’s artwork on display. On a pink play mat in the corner of the room sit: BABY CARRIE, BABY CHARLOTTE, BABY MIRANDA, and BABY SAMANTHA…who is happily sucking on her bottle.

BABY SAMANTHA Hmmm. Hmmm. Hmmm. Hmmm.

BABY CARRIE We get it. You like milk.

BABY SAMANTHA Nonfat, low-fat, skim milk, whole milk, buttermilk…

BABY CHARLOTTE Buttermilk. Ewwww.

BABY SAMANTHA Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

Baby Carrie glances over at Baby Miranda, who is looking sad.

BABY CARRIE What’s happening over there, Miranda?

BABY MIRANDA The day-care man never picks me up.

BABY CARRIE That’s not true. I’ve seen him pick you up.

BABY MIRANDA Once. And only when he had to ’cause I made a doodie in my pants.

BABY SAMANTHA Well — be more aggressive. Spit up on him. It works for me.

BABY CHARLOTTE I’m saving my spit-up for a really handsome day-care worker.

BABY MIRANDA Shhh — here he comes.

A HANDSOME MALE DAY CARE WORKER approaches them — seen only from the knees down.

BABY CARRIE (VOICE-OVER) As we watched the day-care worker approach, I couldn’t help but wonder — is any man really worth spitting up for?

The man puts a very cute, dark-haired LITTLE BOY on the play mat next to Carrie. The little boy looks at Carrie — his eyes twinkle.

BABY CARRIE (V.O.) And that’s when I saw him for the first time…Mr. Little.

Baby Carrie spits up on herself. Still adorable.

LOL!! This is cute but … weird. For more fun like this, click HERE to read Michael Patrick King‘s re-imagining of Sex and the City as a film-noir-inspired murder-mystery (random, I know). MPK also wrote a SaTC screenplay as a postapocalyptic sci-fi thriller set in 2040.


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Christina Aguilera Does ‘Latina’ Magazine

"There's always room for forgiveness. And I do forgive"

Christina Aguilera, who spent the earlier part of this week spreading goodwill to the children of Haiti as the Ambassador Against Hunger for the World Food Programme, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Latina magazine. In her coverstory interview, Xtina talks about her “nonexistent” relationship with her father but also reveals her ability to forgive the horrible treatment suffered by her family at his abusive hands. Here is Xtina‘s Latina mag coverphoto and some excerpts from her coverstory interview:

These days, singer Christina Aguilera is a happy wife (to Jordan Bratman) and mom (to 2-year-old son Max). One person not in her life? Her estranged father Fausto Aguilera. Their relationship, Aguilera tells Latina magazine, is “pretty nonexistent. I’m in a place in my life where I just don’t see a reason for it.” The pop star has said that Fausto, a former U.S. Army Sergeant, was emotionally and physically abusive; he and her mom, Shelly Kearns, split when Christina was just seven, and she rarely saw him after that. “To remember the chaos that [my mother] went through, the abuse, I don’t know how she did it,” Aguilera, 29, tells Latina. “But it’s amazing how much you can trick your mind into surviving when you have to.” “There’s always room for forgiveness,” the “Not Myself Tonight” songstress adds. “And I do forgive–but you grow up and make choices for your family.” In 1999 — when Aguilera first became a teen pop rival to Britney Spears — she reunited with Fausto after 12 years following an NYC concert. “We spoke for the first time in a long while. Really, he’s a stranger to me,” she told Rolling Stone at the time. “He’s apologized,” she added. “I think he had a lot of guilt.” Things are infinitely better with Bratman, whom she married in 2005. “Jordy was the calm in the storm when everybody else was driving me crazy,” she tells Latina. “I had a lot of older people around me who were conniving–and these people do that so you cling to them. He was the person who reached down, pulled me out and made me see reason. I’m very lucky to have him.” The June issue of Latina hits stands May 25.

I know that Xtina has opened up about her father’s abuse before but I really think it’s important for her to keep sharing her story. So many families are suffering in abusive situations right now and hopefully Xtina‘s story can help them overcome their situations and extricate themselves from their abusers. It’s also important for others in the same situation to realize that they are not alone. I’m sure it was very difficult for Xtina to reach a point where she could forgive … but it’s also very important that she not forget. But … I digress. Xtina‘s feature in Latina is about so much more about her past … she also talks about her future, including her new album Bionic. She also features in a pretty hawt photospread as well. After the jump, check out some photos from Xtina‘s spread in LatinaMore »

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Thomas Jane Does ‘Men’s Fitness’ Magazine

“I’m [an] average guy ... I even have a right-down-the middle-exactly-average cock.”

Thomas Jane, the sexy star of the HBO series Hung (one of my fave shows, set in my beloved Detroit, MI) is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Men’s Fitness magazine. In his coverstory interview, Jane talks about a great many things … including how “textbook average” he is … right down to his, well, you know what. Here is our first look at Thomas Jane on the cover of Men’s Fitness and some excerpts from his coverstory interview:

Although he plays the ultimate stud on HBO’s Hung, Thomas Jane is just an average guy. At least that’s what the 41-year-old heart throb tells Men’s Fitness. “I’m a textbook average guy,” says Jane, who graces the cover of the magazine’s current edition (June/July). “I’m 5’10”, I wear a model suit size — 40 regular, 32-inch waist pant — and a size 10 shoe. Everything about me is prototypical. Everything. I even have a right-down-the middle-exactly-average cock.” Well, at least he’s honest. Here are some more Jane nuggets from the June/July Issue of Men’s Fitness, as provided to the Keeping Fit blog by a PR rep for the magazine.

On how his training saved him from injuries: “I was cruising down the sidewalk and started fishtailing from side to side. I raced by this guy and went, ‘Woo-o-o-o-o.’ He turned and I started showing off — and the skateboard started to hydroplane and spin out. I flew off the board, tucked my shoulder, hit the ground, did a 360-degree flip, and landed on my feet. If it weren’t for my training, it could have been a hell of a lot worse.”

On training with former Dodgers outfielder Reggie Smith for his role as Mickey Mantle in the 2001 HBO film 61*: “Reggie had me eating tuna fish in the morning, lunch, evening, snack. Mickey [Mantle] was built like a bull. It wasn’t about definition. Mickey and those guys didn’t have six packs. They were farm boys, corn-fed, and they were big. That’s the kind of look I was going for.”

On his old eating habits: “On the day I would wrap a movie, my old ritual was to have a six-pack of Guinness and half a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts waiting in my trailer. That was my reward”

On how his trainer, Christine Hazelton, made the gym fun: “She turned [the gym] into a science — the mystery of how your body actually grows a muscle, the meditative aspect of lifting weights and working through the pain.”

On his humble beginnings: “Sometimes, I drive my Maserati by park benches that I’ve slept on. I feel a small sense of achievement.”

Ah … Tommy … he’s a hottie, no? I’ll admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of his before Hung debuted on HBO last year but he is really fantastic in that series and is really easy on the eyes … especially in the hot work-out photos featured in this issue of Men’s Fitness. After the jump, check out a couple photos from his photospread as well as a behind-the-scenes video of Thomas Jane on the set of his photoshoot … More »

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Lady Sovereign Comes Out Of The Closet

"I don’t really give a f*ck. You can’t hide away forever."

British rapper Lady Sovereign (née Louise Amanda Harman) is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of the British magazine Diva wherein she comes out publicly as a gay woman in her coverstory interview (well, actually, I understand she first came out as gay on the UK version of the reality TV show Big Brother — but this is her first print interview since coming out). Sovereign, who is honestly one of my fave rappers of all time, confesses to Diva that in the past she was willing to let her publicists keep her from revealing the truth about her sexuality. She has decided, it seems, that those days are over. Here is Lady Sovereign‘s coverphoto for Diva magazine and some excerpts from her revelatory interview:

Following stars like Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin, British rapper Lady Sovereign too has chosen to deal with the media on a very personal aspect of her life without the help of a publicist. Thus, the latest issue of Diva magazine brings her coming out interview, in which she not only explains how she came to this decision but also why she chose to walk down this road alone … According to the outspoken rapper, who’s made a name for herself both back home in the UK (and Europe) and in the US, in the past, she usually had people – publicists – handle all questions about her private life. There came a point, though, when she was no longer happy with how that worked: and that was the day when she decided she wanted to come out and she wanted to do it on her own terms. “Magazines would always ask about it but [their questions] would get stopped by my publicists. It was my choice, too, because I was a bit worried about it but now I don’t really give a fuck. You can’t hide away forever. It’s just stupid and now I’ve come out I feel a lot more comfortable with myself. But it was a bit scary back then because some people do have horrible opinions,” Sovereign says for Diva, out at newsstands today.

Yay!! This is yet another fantastic move forward for out and proud celebs and musicians. I am so happy that Lady Sovereign feels comfortable enough at last to be open and honest about who she is. I met her once a few years ago and she was just the coolest chick ever. The may be small in stature (at just 5′ 1″) but she is a giant in personality, wit and talent. After the jump, check out a behind the scenes video of Sovereign chatting with and posing for Diva magazine for this interview … More »

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Christina Aguilera Does German ‘GQ’ Magazine


Yesterday we got a whole new batch of new promo stuff to check out from Christina Aguilera (including her first batch of tour dates, a stream of her new song Woohoo, video of her performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show last Friday and the official tracklisting of her upcoming new album Bionic) and today we get our first look at Xtina on the cover of the new issue of German GQ magazine:

I understand this photo of Xtina was taken back in November of last year during the photoshoot for Xtina‘s album artwork for Bionic. I’m told she is wearing diamond studded Gaspar Gloves and Christian Louboutin boots and the photo was taken by French photographer Alix Malka. It remains to be seen if this image will show up in the album artwork for Bionic but I’m certain it will raise quite a few eyebrows on the cover of German GQ. She looks fantastic … it’s a great shot. What do y’all think?

[Source, thanks Ki]

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M.I.A. Does ‘NME’ Magazine, Names Her Album ‘/\/\/\Y/\’

Mama '/\/\/\Y/\'

M.I.A. is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of the British music magazine NME … but the big news today is the announcement of the title of her upcoming third album, due out in July. As you may recall, M.I.A. caused a bit of a ruckus with the release of the music video for her first single Born Free a couple of weeks ago but it all seems to part of her artistic plan. Here is M.I.A. on the cover of NME magazine and deets about her new album titled /\/\/\Y/\:

MIA has eschewed traditional lettering by naming her forthcoming third album ‘/\/\/\Y/\’. The announcement was made on the blog section on the website of her record label, Neet Recordings, It was also revealed on the site that the album will be released on July 12 in the UK, and a day later in the USA (two weeks after its previsouly-scheduled release date). ‘/\/\/\Y/\’ will be the follow-up to her 2007 album ‘Kala’. Get this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands nationwide from tomorrow (May 12), for a exclusive cover story interview with MIA, plus her reaction to the controversy surrounding the video for her new song ‘Born Free’.

Now this is a musician who really knows how to express herself in a truly inventive and artistic way. M.I.A. doesn’t need to be scantily clad and weird for shock value, she tends to use her intelligent creativity instead. I am such a big M.I.A. fan, I’m really excited for anything she puts out. This week, she released her second single XXXO (currently available for download on iTunes) and will be releasing other singles in the weeks leading up to the release of /\/\/\Y/\. I gotta hand it to her … naming her album /\/\/\Y/\ is pretty inventive. I love it.


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