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Janet Jackson Does ‘Essence’ Magazine

"It took me a good minute to get here, it really did. But I love my life."

Janet Jackson, who has been rocking a pretty hot short hair’do lately, is featured on the cover of the new issue of Essence magazine with a full head of beautiful hair. It’s not clear if this is a photo that was snapped before Janet lopped off all of her hair or if she’s wearing a fabulous wig but she looks amazing on the cover:

“It took me a good minute to get here, it really did. But I love my life. I only wish I had this confidence when I was younger…”–Janet Jackson

BEFORE SUNSET… Following the success of “Why Did I Get Married Too?” and while working on Tyler Perry’s next film, “For Colored Girls…,” Janet Jackson directed her own romantic drama and cast sexy “CSI: Miami” star Adam Rodriguez as her costar. Lights, camera, action! Plus, don’t miss Janet’s performance at the upcoming ESSENCE Music Festival this Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans…

This is the Janet I love … classic, smiley Janet. I know she’s still going thru the pain of losing her brother Michael Jackson but she seems to have soldiered thru the worst of it about as successfully as can be expected. Not only is her acting career going well but she’s still going strong with her singing career … she will be performing this weekend at the Essence Music Festival In New Orleans and I can’t wait to hear all about it! It’s really very cool to see JJ lookin’ so happy again.

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Jake Shears Does ‘The Advocate’ Magazine

Woof

Jake Shears, front man for Scissor Sisters who has recently graced the covers of Têtu and Attitude magazines and bared more than his soul for Rentboy.com, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the upcoming issue of The Advocate magazine. Here is our first look at Jake‘s Advocate cover:

The Scissor Sisters are back with their first album in four years, Night Work,and lead singer Jake Shears has never looked better. Check out a few of his pictures from his photo shoot for the August issue of The Advocate. Come back to Advocate.com July 12 for more photos and the complete issue.

Scissor Sisters released their new album Nightwork yesterday and I have been LOVING it to death. I’m also loving all the promo that Jake has been doing for the album’s release. After the jump, check out a couple more photos from his Advocate photoshoot cuz I think you might like the promo too … More »

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Angelina Jolie Covers ‘Vanity Fair’ Magazine

"[Acting is] a fun job. It’s a luxury. But I don’t think I’ll do it much longer."

Yesterday we got our first look at Angelina Jolie inside the pages of the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine but today we get to see her on the cover. Here is raven-haired Angelina on the cover of the new issue of VF mag along with a few more excerpts from her coverstory interview wherein she hints that she may be ready to retire from acting:

She is a dedicated mother of six children, an A-list actress and global humanitarian. But Angelina Jolie says she might soon give up acting to spend more time with her family. In an interview in the new issue of Vanity Fair, the actress says: ‘It is not the most important thing in my life. ‘It’s a fun job. It’s a luxury. But I don’t think I’ll do it much longer.’ Jolie, recently finished filming in Venice for her role as an Interpol agent opposite Johnny Depp in The Tourist, says the need to be with her family is behind her stance: ‘I have a happy home.’ She and Brad Pitt have six children, Maddox, eight, Pax, six, Zahara, five, Shiloh, four, and twins Vivienne and Knox, who are almost two. Three of their children -Maddox, Zahara and Pax – are adopted. Miss Jolie took time to describe her children’s developing personalities during the interview with the magazine.

I’d take the talk of retirement with a huge grain of salt … but, then again, I could see Angelina forgoing a life of acting for a life of philanthropy. But, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if she actually plans to make good on this retirement talk. As for the magazine cover, yeah, it’s not my favorite. It’s kinda blah … and I can’t stop looking at how one boob is mushed up higher than the other one. I’m still dying to read the full interview … but this cover leaves me cold. What do y’all think?

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Kylie Minogue Does ‘Attitude’ Magazine

The CAMP Issue

Kylie Minogue, whose new album Aphrodite will be released here in the US next week, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the UK magazine Attitude. This new issue is the mag’s Camp Issue so obviously they had to put the queen of camp Kylie Minogue on the cover. In her coverstory interview, Kylie reveals some of the regrets she has about her last album X:

KYLIE MINOGUE regrets not pushing record company bosses to allow songs about her cancer battle on her last album, X – because she poured her heart and soul into the emotional tracks. The Aussie superstar was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 and underwent intensive chemotherapy treatment, which caused her to lose her hair. As soon as it grew back, Minogue headed into the studio and spent “insane, emotional” sessions recording with producer pal Biff Stannard. But label bosses rejected the personal tracks for inclusion on her 2007 album X – and Minogue admits she’ll always regret not convincing them to change their minds. She tells Britain’s Attitude magazine, “As soon as I could get back in the studio, I went with hair not a centimetre long, I ran in there with Biff and we did five days of insane, emotional… the two of us will never forget it. I’d written songs about my experience, my illness, and they didn’t make the album, I even don’t know why. If they just weren’t good enough songs, or the record company didn’t think they were appropriate, I don’t know. So there’s a little regret about that.”

Personally, I love X … there are so many great, upbeat tracks on that album … I have no complaints. But, I can absolutely see where Kylie is coming from. I’m sure writing about her cancer battle was very cathartic. It’s a shame that none of that music made it on the album. I’m certain her record label was adamant about her not releasing a “cancer album” but still … after all of Kylie‘s successes, they could’ve let her make the album she truly wanted to make. She is such a survivor … and she’s always got a smile on her face. I just love her … and I can’t wait to see the photos from this Attitude photospread.

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Angelina Jolie Does ‘Vanity Fair’ Magazine

Parties with her daughters in Culver City

Angelina Jolie, dubbed Angelina The Conqueror by Vanity Fair magazine, is featured in the new issue of the mag due out on newsstands this Wednesday. The interview, which was conducted in Venice, Italy where Ange has been filming a film with Johnny Depp called The Tourist, discusses issues ranging from rumored pregnancy (she’s not) to marriage (she won’t cuz she already feels like she is) to the prospect of co-starring with faux hubby Brad Pitt in a movie again (it’s possible but not likely they’d do Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2). Here is a sneak peek at Ange‘s upcoming VF magazine feature along with some excerpts from her interview:

“No, I’m not pregnant,” Angelina Jolie tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Rich Cohen, from the set of her movie in Venice, Italy. Perhaps in the future? “We’re not opposed to it. But we want to make sure we can give everybody special time. They’re kids now, and can play together, but they’re going to need a lot more talking in the middle of the night, like I did with my mom for hours. We want to make sure we don’t build a family so big that we don’t have absolutely enough time to raise them each really well.” Jolie says she and Brad Pitt also are not “against getting married,” but “it’s just like we already are. Children are clearly a commitment, a bigger commitment [than marriage]. It’s for life.” Despite her dedication to her work, she thinks she won’t do it much longer: “It’s not the most important thing in my life. Acting helped me as I was growing up. It helped me learn about myself, helped me travel, helped me understand life, express myself, all those wonderful things. So I’m very, very grateful, it’s a fun job. It’s a luxury. Look, I’m at work today in the middle of Venice. But I don’t think I’ll do it much longer.” Jolie says this reassessment is mostly due to her family: “Because I have a happy home….I got back from work last night, and everybody was playing music and dancing and I suddenly found myself dancing around with a bunch of little fun crazy people.” Jolie talks extensively about her children, explaining that “Mad’s a real intellectual, which I can take no credit for genetically. He’s great at school, great at history. He feels like he could be a writer or travel the world and learn about places and things. Zahara’s got an extraordinary voice and is just so elegant and well spoken. Shiloh’s hysterically funny, one of the goofiest, most playful people you’ll ever meet. Knox and Viv are classic boy and girl. She’s really female. And he’s really a little dude.” Jolie says that when she was growing up she was most like her daughter Shiloh: “Goofy and verbal, the early signs of a performer…. I used to get dressed up in costumes and jump around. But at some point, I got closed off, darker. I don’t remember anything happening. I think you just get hit with the realities of certain things in life, think too much, start to realize the world isn’t as you wished it would be, so you deepen. Then, as I had kids and got older—being goofy, lighter—it all came back.” And what does Angelina think of Brad’s strange, wispy beard? “I love Brad in every state.”

Wow … in just this short excerpt we’ve already learned so much from Angelina, stuff that she hasn’t really shared in the past few years. It’s really cool getting to hear about the kids in this intimate way. I suspect the full interview will reveal even more. Ange and the fam have made their way back home to SoCal so that daddy Brad can do some work here. Over the weekend, Angelina was spotted with her eldest daughters Zahara Marley and Shiloh Nouvel making their way into a party in Culver City. After the jump, check out a couple photos of the ladies here in LA this weekend and read a few more excerpts from Angelina‘s upcoming VF interview … More »

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The ‘Twilight’ Trinity Does ‘Entertainment Weekly’ Magazine . . . Again

The big 3 grace another cover of 'EW' mag

Back in November of 2009, on the eve of the release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the principal stars of The Twilight Saga movie franchise — Kirsten Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner — graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine. This week, on the eve of the release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the Twilight Trinity again grace the cover of EW mag … but this time, they get 2 different covers … that they have to share:

As the highly-anticipated Twilight Saga: Eclipse prepares to descend on theaters June 30, stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner get together in L.A. for a frank discussion about the roles they play within the Twilight universe — both on screen and off. They also open up about their Oprah appearance, staying fit, and what it took to film a climactic scene in Eclipse, in which the three characters are forced to wait out a blizzard in incredibly close proximity.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: One scene fans have been dying to see takes place in the tent during the snowstorm. Jacob warms up Bella with his body because Edward is cold-blooded and can’t do it himself.
LAUTNER: The tent scene is probably my favorite, because it’s the first time Edward and Jacob are actually able to connect and understand each other.

EW: How many takes did you go through to get that scene?
LAUTNER: Two days originally to film it, and then a full day of reshoots.

EW: Why?
PATTINSON: [The director] wanted it to be more erotic. Seriously.
STEWART: It’s true. In the book there’s a serious sexual tension. As I’m sleeping, Jacob is staring over my vulnerable body, and he’s naked in this fucking sleeping bag because you heat up faster that way, and Jacob and Edward are leveling with each other.

EW: Taylor, you and Rob have some pretty serious confrontations in this movie.
LAUTNER: Some of those scenes were pretty hard for me. I think we ruined a couple of takes in front of the house and in the tent. It’s just, I don’t know, I have a hard time looking at him…
STEWART: Ha! “I have such a hard time looking at him”!
LAUTNER: [Laughs] I wasn’t finished. He and I were this close to each other — we are literally, like, an inch away — and we’re screaming at each other.
STEWART: And about to kiss…
LAUTNER: A couple of moments it felt like that.
PATTINSON: Every single time we had to do a threatening thing to each other — for one thing, you always have your shirt off, and so in the tent scene I literally grabbed your breast. And it’s very difficult to remain in the moment. Also, in that tent scene, I can’t really get over the fact that the word thought sounds like fart.
STEWART: The word thought does not sound like fart.
PATTINSON: It does.
STEWART: Maybe because you are an English person.
PATTINSON: The opening line of that scene is “Can you at least keep your farts to yourself?” I couldn’t quite get over that.

The full EW interview can be read in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly which is on newsstands NOW! After the jump, check out a photo of the big 3 that is featured inside the mag … More »

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Prince To Release His Next Album In German ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine

"SOMETHING BIG 4 20TEN"

Prince, who is known for being a bit unconventional when it comes to releasing his music, has decided that his next offering (the title of which is still unknown … tho it’s possible it may be titled 20TEN) will be released in the August issue of German Rolling Stone magazine. As you may recall, a couple of years ago Prince gave away free copies of his album Planet Earth with the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK (the album was later offered for sale here in the US). It seems like Prince is ready to give away another album, this time in German Rolling Stone mag. Here is a full page ad in the July issue of German RS that promotes an upcoming concert performance in Berlin along with a rough translation of the text that hints at the release of his next album:

Purple Weeks After 8 years without a show in Germany Prince is finally doing the honors on July 5 at the Waldbuehne Berlin – presented by ROLLING STONE which is hitting the newsstands with the most exclusive Prince bonus there is in the August issue. Nothing more may be revealed…

Despite the fact that it will be very difficult to get a copy of German Rolling Stone WITH this Prince album included here in the US, I am very much looking forward to its release. As much as many folks did not like the album LOTUSFLOW3R which was released last year, I dug it very much and am excited at the prospect of new music to come. My guess is that this new album will be made available in the rest of the world as well … we just may have to wait a bit longer. Any Prince fans excited out there?

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M.I.A. Does ‘GQ’ Magazine

"In the future, I want to move more into art. I think [art is] good for my ADD ..."

M.I.A. who has recently appeared on the covers of NME, Complex and Nylon magazines is now featured in the pages of the new issue of GQ magazine. As you might expect, M.I.A. discusses all the same sorts of things she’s been discussing in the other mags and features in yet another beautiful photospread. Here are a few photos and some excerpts from her chat with GQ:

M.I.A. is perhaps the preeminent global musical artist of the 2000s, a truly kick-ass singer and New York-Londony fashion icon, not to mention a vocal supporter of Sri Lanka’s embattled Tamil minority, of which she’s a member. Her father was a key player in the Tamil separatist movement, and his links to the Tamil Tigers would later contribute to Maya’s rep as a terrorist sympathizer. She also has a 1-year-old son and a third album on the way. When asked about the new rec­ord, Cassette Playa (real name: Carri Munden) says simply, “It’s sick.” Shopping with Maya is fun. “I like this Sade hat … That doesn’t suit me … My head’s too small.” She’s wearing a vintage Louis Vuitton sweatshirt, black tights, and ankle boots, looking disarmingly hipster-suburban. Her moods vary from slightly pissed off to go-fuck-yourself-already, but today she’s bubbly and engaged, doing a sexy-tired southern-ingénue walk. From her song “Hombre”: My hips do the flicks as I walk, yeah. We work our way through reams of ’70s and ’80s shit that reminds me of my own immigrant past. (My parents and I emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1979.) Taupe-colored “refugee coats.” EZ Spirit. Focus 2000. A Gitano denim coat. We get on the trendy subject of avoiding meat, and Maya says, “What are you gonna do, you know? We don’t have the luxury to even think about being vegetarians or meat eaters. We’re refugees. We’ve been dealing with normal shit, like how to stay alive.” I think to myself, The refugee is strong in this one. She buys a king’s ransom of thrift for $178.72 but still hasn’t found her perfect wedding dress. “I’ve always wanted to get married in a white suit,” she says. “I used to work at a Kodak lab in England, cutting photos after they’d come out of the wash, and in one I saw this couple getting married on a beach in white suits, and their kid was there.”

This GQ mag interview goes on for 6 pages HERE. Yeah, I’m kinda over all the interviews at this point … we never get anything new, which is fine but I just don’t need to read the same stuff over and over. I do love the photos tho. She looks fantastic … as always. I don’t mind more photos, just less of the same kind of interview.

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Watch: Kellan Lutz Behind The Scenes Of His ‘Men’s Health’ Photoshoot

Better seen and not heard

Last week we got our first look at Kellan Lutz on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Men’s Health magazine but today we get to check out a fun behind-the-scenes video of Kellan on the set of his Men’s Health photoshoot … here are a few screencaps:


Kellan does a bit of talking in this video … but that’s not really the draw here ;) As you may recall, we got to see (and not hear) photos of Kellan showing off his Calvin Klein Underwear in Toronto, Canada yesterday but in this video he’s showing off a bit more. Check it out, after the jump … More »

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Michael Jackson Does ‘Billboard’ Magazine

Paying tribute to Michael Jackson's 50 Top Hits

Almost one year after his untimely death, Billboard magazine is featuring Michael Jackson on the cover of their new issue. The magazine is paying homage to MJ‘s 50 Top Hits and reveals his most successful single according to the Billboard charts … and you may be very surprised to find out which of his many songs is his most successful (it ain’t Billie Jean or Thriller). Here is MJ‘s Billboard cover and some deets from the coverstory:

In the days, weeks and months following his death on June 25, 2009, from drug-related cardiac arrest, a popular reclaiming of Jackson as a beloved, once-in-a-lifetime musical genius took hold. While cable-news pundits endlessly pored over the tawdry circumstances of his demise, millions of fans new and old simply shrugged their shoulders and happily popped in their “Thriller” CDs. In July, Jackson regained his spot at the top of the Billboard sales charts, moving 422,000 units in the week after his death alone–to date, the Jackson catalog has sold 9 million copies in the year since he passed, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Spontaneously, kids from Bed-Stuy to Beijing were seen sporting bootleg “Thriller” T-shirts and blaring “Billie Jean” as if it were 1983 and Reagan was in the White House. In the fall, the film of Jackson’s rehearsals for the mocked This Is It tour became the highest-grossing concert movie of all time, earning $72 million at the U.S. box office, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. (The soundtrack to “This Is It,” Sony Music’s only release of new Jackson material since his death, has sold 1.6 million copies.) In March, the Jackson estate, led by co-executors John Branca and John McClain, signed a 10-album, $250 million deal with Sony that will include the release of a collection of previously unreleased tracks, set for November, as well as repackages of Jackson’s 1979 solo breakthrough, “Off the Wall,” and his 1987 album, “Bad.” One month later, Cirque du Soleil, which had created the Beatles’ show “Love” to great acclaim, announced it would produce both a touring and permanent show based on Jackson’s music.

The coverstory article can be read in full HERE … but just to spoil a bit, MJ‘s most successful Billboard hit was the song Say, Say, Say — his duet with Paul McCartney. Click HERE to see the full ranking list of MJ‘s 50 Top Hits. It’s kinda crazy to think that we are coming up on the one year anniversary of MJ‘s death … and yet, he continues to make headlines. Michael Jackson, it would seem, is destined to live on forever in much the same way that Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley do. He might be even bigger … after all, there is still that treasure trove of unreleased Michael Jackson music that has yet to be released. Who knows, in a few years Billboard may have to amend this list of 50 Top Hits with the addition of a few new songs.

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