Angelina Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt may be Hollywood’s most famous power couple, but it looks like that fame may not translate to the silver screen. The couple covered Vanity Fair Italia this month, looking loving and sultry in a black-and-white photograph, wrapped around each other.
Meanwhile, the first film in which they appeared together since Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005 has tanked disastrously at the box office.
By The Sea, directed by Jolie and starring the couple, was inspired by a European art house aesthetic and takes an in-depth look at marital dysfunction. Jolie and Pitt star as Vanessa and Roland, a married couple traveling through France in the mid-70s. They befriend a young couple and try to grow closer in their marriage, amid strife.
Despite the mega-popularity of its two stars, By The Sea was a total tank. Poorly reviewed, the film’s release was scaled back to only ten theaters, and made only $95,440. The film reportedly took at least $10 million to make.
Why was this film, which from the looks of it, had all the makings of a moderately successful film (considering its two leads), such a failure? Well, history has shown that films starring long-married or long-established couples tend to flop, possibly because off-screen chemistry doesn’t necessarily translate on screen. Also, the reviews for this film were mixed to negative at best, and the film’s release had to contend with more accessible, popular films. And now, of course, it’s only in ten theaters nationwide.
Even though the film will likely be seen by virtually no one in the States, it’s likely that worldwide, the film will at least break even. In the meantime, we’ve got some beautiful photographs of one of Hollywood’s most infamous couples to feast our eyes upon. Which is the only thing any of us wanted, anyway.
Check out the photos from inside Vanity Fair Italia:
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Lana Del Rey has had a busy year, with a new album release and a “Trailblazer” award at Billboard’s Women in Music event. She continues to push the limits of her own signature aesthetic, and has taken on projects writing music for films like Big Eyes.
Now, Del Rey is giving her own spin to the Daniel Johnston song “Some Things Last A Long Time,” covering the song for an upcoming short film about the singer-songwriter.
Entitled Hi How Are You Daniel Johnston, the film will chronicle the story of an “aging musician coming to terms with the dreams of yesteryear” and will feature “an intimate interview between Daniel and his younger self addressing his most prolific and maddening era,” according to NME.
Lana Del Rey feels strongly about the project, pledging $10,000 to the film’s Kickstarter page to fund the film, and thus becoming its executive producer. Lana Del Rey has consistently drawn upon American history and Americana in her music, and she has strong emotional ties to Daniel Johnston’s music.
The film has been called “psychedelic,” about a musician encountering “nightmares, and characters from his past.”
Watch the trailer below. Lana’s cover begins to play at the minute mark, and it’s clear from the trailer that her music will provide the perfect atmospheric accompaniment to a trippy movie:
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You probably haven’t heard of Joe Jonas’s low-key band DNCE, but now you will.
Bandmembers Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle, and JinJoo conconcted a wonderful stunt in honor of Halloween and making their band more famous. The foursome got all dressed up in clown apparel and full makeup, covering Adele’s new smash hit “Hello” complete with brooding vocals and soft musical accompaniment.
Joe’s sad clown getup is perfect for the mood of the song, lamenting a lost love (and maybe a red nose or two).
DNCE is comprised of three other musical members besides the Jonas brother. Guitarist JinJoo toured with Charli XCX, Jordin Sparks, JoJo, Ciara, and Cee Lo Green. Cole Whittle’s New York City band Semi Precious Weapons toured with Lady Gaga and Ke$ha. And Jack Lawless drummed for both the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato.
Joe Jonas’s new band is already shaping up to be a lot better than his first. Now, all we have to do is figure out how to pronounce its name.
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Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has landed another stunning cover for Vogue magazine and it’s straight couture flexing. In the spread, the actress is the muse of all manner of fall couture. Her feature story is one of both delight and vast historical intensity.
Lupita is one of Hollywood’s most radical success stories, having earned an Academy Award for her supporting role in her first on screen film (12 Years A Slave). This is an extremely rare occurrence at the Academy Awards, and it propelled Lupita into immediate stardom. She then became the muse of fashion houses like Givenchy, Prada, and Dior, landed a fashion campaign for Miu Miu as well. After recently becoming the Ambassador for the French beauty brand Lancome, the actress has worked her way steadily up the list as one of Hollywood’s ‘It Girls’ of the moment.
For Lupita’s breathtaking new spread for Vogue, the actress encapsulates a most majestic nature and an ethereal element of style. Here is the enchanting spread, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
If your jaw isn’t dropping right now, I suggest you look again. Lupita is the utter embodiment of class, style, and elegance. No wonder she’s a muse for so many of our generation’s most talented artists.
Inside the cover of the magazine also lies an in-depth interview with Lupita herself, and it sheds some light on why her fashion aesthetic is so magnetic—because it’s just so very genuine.
Even though Lupita, 32, works with a stylist, both her stylist and Lupita have to agree one hundred percent on a gown for any event before Lupita puts it on. This makes sure that Lupita has full creative control over her clothing, and makes her entire persona and personal style even more genuine.
Lupita’s bespoke style harkens back to her childhood in Kenya, where she said that making clothes is much cheaper than buying clothes. “In Kenya it’s much cheaper to get clothes made than to buy them. We would have everything run up by a tailor, or my aunt Kitty, who is very creative, would sew things for me.”
Clearly, this gave Lupita a love of fashion that has never deserted this powerhouse star. She has an old-world mentality when it comes to fashion and style, another characteristic she attributes to her Kenyan upbringing: “Presentation is extremely important in Kenya. You dress formally. You can’t just wear flip-flops. My mother always had her own style. She wore A-line, tea-length flowery dresses, very well fitting.”
What a singularly amazing woman to feature on the October cover, no small feat to follow September’s Beyonce. Dare I say that Lupita even outshines Queen B herself. These photos don’t lie. Lupita is a dominant force in both film and fashion.
Photos courtesy Vogue magazine
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Kelly Clarkson's roster of famous covers keeps growing, and we aren't complaining!
While performing at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, the vocal powerhouse belted a beautifully emotional rendition of The Heart Wants What It Wants.
Ch-ch-check it out (below)!
While introducing the cover for the night, Kelly revealed that performing fan requests is what she likes the most about this tour:
"It's my favorite part of the show, just because, you know I sing my songs all the time. So I like singing other's people's music. I'm a big fan of music. So I like singing other people's songs."
We love when you sing other people's songs, too, Kel! Keep 'em coming!
[Image via Lia Toby/WENN.]
If there’s one thing we each consistently believe about celebrities, it’s that their lives are so much easier and more fulfilling than our own. With fame and riches must come happiness, right? And even though somewhere deep inside us we know that it’s a lot harder to be famous — what with paparazzi at every turn waiting for you to leave your house without eyeliner — many of us still believe that our lives would be improved, if only we could be like [insert celeb’s name here].
Keira Knightley proves this isn’t true.
And just like most twenty-somethings who are struggling to find themselves, build a life, and figure out what we want, Keira also didn’t have that great of a time in her twenties. Her comments make us put things into perspective, and remind us we’re not alone.
In her recent interview (and gorgeous cover) with Elle magazine, Keira got really real about her twenties and made us all a little more comfortable with the stress elephant constantly doing the cha-cha on our twenty-something chests:
“My twenties were pretty crap.
My career was absolutely amazing; in fact, I don’t think my career will ever get better than it was in my late teens, early twenties. But as a person, you’re changing so much and you’re trying to figure stuff out. Some people go wild and have a great time and throw caution to the wind, and I was the complete opposite. I was very shy.
It took me a lot of years to try and stop pleasing a lot of people and allow myself to have fun. It’s the difficult thing of getting out of your own head. To stop going, ‘Oh, there’s something I should be doing, there’s a way I should be behaving, I should be dressing….’ All of those shoulds, you can drown in them.”
It’s refreshing to hear a woman so honest about not feeling happy all the time in her twenties, especially someone as fierce, independent, smart, and talented as Keira. How often do we, as twenty-somethings, put so much pressure on ourselves to conform, to go YOLO-ing every weekend, to pretend to be happy all the time, and to make the most of these years when more often, we find ourselves so stressed and confused? Keira’s comments make us feel like it’s normal, which it totally is, and that it’s all going to be okay.
Her comments also shed light on the stigma associated with seeking therapy. She said:
“I’ve totally done therapy. I highly recommend it. I don’t do it at the moment. But in my early twenties when I found everything completely overwhelming, 100 percent, I did it! Are you kidding? I think when you’re in those moments in your life, and you want to get through them…you have to do whatever it is to help you get over it. You have to give it a go. Try anything that might help.”
Hear, hear, Keira!
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Most rock stars would love to get a chance to play with themselves in front of a screaming audience.
And U2 frontman Bono got to do just that when the band performed at the Air Canada Centre on Monday!
The iTunes infiltrators were playing a show on their Innocence + Experience tour when they invited Toronto based U2 cover band Acrobat on stage to play with them!
The cover band rocked out with the actual band during a performance of the hit Desire.
Acrobat is made up of Gabriel Pate as Bono, Martin Chorlton as guitarist the Edge, Mark Baker as bassist Adam Clayton, and Michael Wood as drummer Larry Mullen Jr.!
Check out the concert footage (below) to see this band's dreams come true!
Song of the Summer!!!
Okay, no, not really, but this is a really good cover of an iconic 2015 jam!
The mother-of-one stepped a little outside of her clean image to give a rather impressive vocal to RiRi's B*tch Better Have My Money, and we didn't think it could work -- but it totally did!
In fact, while it's not as over-produced as Rihanna's track was, we may like Kelly's version just as much... if not more!
Don't believe us??
Ch-ch-check out Kelly Clarkson's PG foray into rap (below)!!!
Laverne Cox Pens Heartwarming Essay On How Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair Cover Can Help The LGBT Community!
We are so incredibly moved by her words!
Well how does a fellow transgender activist feel about the athlete's big reveal?!
Laverne Cox absolutely loves it!
On that same day, the Orange Is The New Black actress posted on her Tumblr a moving essay on how the Olympian's magazine spread will truly help those dealing with their sexuality!
The 31-year-old wrote:
"I am so moved by all the love and support Caitlyn is receiving. It feels like a new day, indeed, when a trans person can present her authentic self to the world for the first time and be celebrated for it so universally."
We completely agree!
However, while many showered Miz Jenner with praise about how fantastic she looks, Miz Cox believes this shouldn't be the main takeaway point.
"Many have commented on how gorgeous Caitlyn looks in her photos, how she is "slaying for the Gods." I must echo these comments in the vernacular, "Yasss Gawd! Werk Caitlyn! Get it!" … Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities. The love and devotion she has for her family and that they have for her. Her courage to move past denial into her truth so publicly. These things are beyond beautiful to me."
In fact, the Alabama-native believes the reality TV star's presence can inspire other transgendered individuals to share their unique stories to the world and to not rely on their looks to do so.
"This is why we need diverse media representstions of trans folks to multiply trans narratives in the media and depict our beautiful diversities. I started #TransIsBeautiful as a way to celebrate all those things that make trans folks uniquely trans, those things that don't necessarily align with cisnormative beauty standards. For me it is necessary everyday to celebrate every aspect of myself especially those things about myself that don't align with other people's ideas about what is beautiful. #TransIsBeautiful is about, whether you're trans or not, celebrating all those things that make us uniquely ourselves."
Overall, Laverne hopes that Caitlyn's message of self-acceptance can help the trans community receive better treatment in society.
"Most trans folks don't have the privileges Caitlyn and I have now have. It is those trans folks we must continue to lift up, get them access to healthcare, jobs, housing, safe streets, safe schools and homes for our young people… I hope, as I know Caitlyn does, that the love she is receiving can translate into changing hearts and minds about who all trans people are as well as shifting public policies to fully support the lives and well being of all of us."
We are so touched by Laverne's words and hope that her message persuades others to become more tolerant and less judgmental!